Xiaomi Mi Note 3 surprisingly gets high scores on DxOMark

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 surprisingly gets high scores on DxOMark

Since Xiaomi’s phones have never officially touched markets in the West, its camera prowess has never really put to the test. So it’s not exactly usual for DxOMark to put Xiaomi’s phones through its battery of benchmarks but now that it did, it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The Xiaomi Mi Note 3, the late 2017 flagship, has achieved a rather high score that puts it nearly on par with the last year’s Google Pixel and even this year’s HTC U11.

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World’s smallest Mona Lisa is on a DNA canvas

World’s smallest Mona Lisa is on a DNA canvas

A Caltech scientist called Lulu Qian, an assistant professor of bioengineering has developed an inexpensive method using DNA origami to self-assemble into large arrays with customizable patterns. This allows for the creation of customizable patterns to create a canvas of sorts to display any image. To demonstrate the breakthrough, the scientists created the world's smallest recreation o the Mona Lisa using DNA.

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NVIDIA TITAN V is company’s most powerful PC GPU yet

NVIDIA TITAN V is company’s most powerful PC GPU yet

Last year, NVIDIA revived the TITAN X, dubbed the new TITAN X, to reclaim the crown from the GTX 1080. Early this year, it announced the TITAN Xp, dubbed its most powerful desktop GPU for Macs. So what follows it? Not the TITAN Xo or even TITAN Y. Yes, its the new TITAN V, which NVIDIA boasts if 9 times more powerful than its predecessor. And, naturally, that makes it the perfect fit for research and machine learning.

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Instagram’s new Direct app splits off private messaging

Instagram’s new Direct app splits off private messaging

Facebook’s war against Snapchat continues and this time it is using Instagram as its proxy. The popular social photo sharing platform has just rolled out a limited test of its new Direct private messaging app that removes the same functionality from the main Instagram app. But in addition to exhibit similar behavior to Snapchat, this split could bring back painful memories of Facebook’s controversial extraction of Messenger into its own standalone experience.

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Huawei Nova 2s brings two cameras front and back

Huawei Nova 2s brings two cameras front and back

Huawei may have finally gotten its 2017 flagships out the door, but it hasn’t stopped its flow of new smartphones yet. It has just announced a new model in China, the Nova 2s, that further blurs the boundaries between premium flagship and mid-range phones. Mixing last year’s high-end specs with some of this year’s trends, the Huawei Nova 2s give some Chinese buyers pause to consider yet another contender for this year.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild expansion rolls out with Link on a bike

Zelda: Breath of the Wild expansion rolls out with Link on a bike

Japanese-made RPGs are often fluid in terms of their settings. Fantasy isn’t always fantasy and you’re likely to see some automatons mixed with wands and potions. So when Link starts a motorbike across mountains and rustic terrain, it all feels natural. In fact, it feels fantastic! That is practically the general reaction to the last few seconds of the trailer that introduced The Champions’ Ballad, the second and newest expansion to the breath-taking The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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iOS 11.2 HomeKit bug allowed unauthorized access to smart locks

iOS 11.2 HomeKit bug allowed unauthorized access to smart locks

iOS 11.2 has been out in the wild now for a month so you’d expect most of the critical bugs and issues to have surfaced by now. Well, most of them have but that does still leave room for some undiscovered problem. Unfortunately, that was indeed the somewhat frightening case that HomeKit users with smart locks may have been blissfully unaware of. It turns out that iOS 11.2 brought with it a vulnerability that allowed unauthorized persons to unlock doors and garages remotely via Apple’ smart home platform.

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Pikachu Charger is the most adorable way to charge your phone

Pikachu Charger is the most adorable way to charge your phone

Forget charging your phone with a cord; if it supports wireless charging, that's the way to go. It's convenient and, thanks to TeknFun's new Pikachu Wireless Charger, potentially adorable. The charger is designed to look like Pikachu lying on its stomach, the wireless charging surface residing on its back. The charger measures nearly 10 inches across.

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Mario + Rabbids versus mode brings a new type of battle on December 8

Mario + Rabbids versus mode brings a new type of battle on December 8

Mario + Rabbids will get a new "Versus mode" tomorrow, enabling players to challenge a friend on the same system in what is essentially a strategy game with big restrictions. Because of these restrictions (three available actions per turn, namely), players will need to think their moves out ahead of time, strategically using a three-character squad per game.

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Tomb Raider 2018 game confirmed with SHADOW name teaser

Tomb Raider 2018 game confirmed with SHADOW name teaser

Square Enix will be announcing a new Tomb Raider game next year, it has revealed, and its name may be SHADOW. It's not the first time we've heard rumor of a game called "Shadow of the Tomb Raider," but Square Enix kind of made the name official. The first letter in each sentence of the announcement, which was published via Twitter, spells out the word "SHADOW."

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Hilton smart hotel rooms with mobile control arrive next year

Hilton smart hotel rooms with mobile control arrive next year

Hilton plans to introduce smart rooms in its hotel properties next year, a move that will follow a beta it currently has in progress. The company calls this "Connected Room," and it involves various connected devices, as well as "engagements and experiences" you've likely never had in a hotel room before. Control over certain room elements, such as lighting and temperature, will be made available through the Hilton Honors app.

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Portal by Razer WiFi router is optimized for serious gamers

Portal by Razer WiFi router is optimized for serious gamers

Razer has announced a new partnership with Ignition Design Labs, the end product being a new Portal WiFi router that has been optimized for gamers. The new router is mesh-capable, offering Gigabit connectivity and features that improve gaming over wireless. Razer says that a pair of these Portal routers are able to cover houses ranging up to 6,000sqft, among other things.

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