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Music to my ears: the rise of high-res audio

Music to my ears: the rise of high-res audio

With few exceptions, smartphones have never really been seen as serious audio equipment because of compromises that must be made for the sake of portability, size, and price. Lately, however, there has been an undercurrent in both the mobile industry as well as the digital audio market that is turning heads, or rather ears. More than ever, greater attention is being paid to digital audio quality, even on smartphones, as terms like “hi-res audio” become mainstream. But what is hi-res audio really and how is it affecting even the mobile market? We take a deeper look, or rather a deeper listen.

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Forget Lightroom: 3 Must-Try Professional Photo Editing Alternatives (2017)

Forget Lightroom: 3 Must-Try Professional Photo Editing Alternatives (2017)

Ask anyone for photo editing software recommendations, and you’re likely to hear “Adobe Lightroom” as the first suggestion. That’s because the app is, by and large, a great piece of software, though it’s not without its downsides. Competing companies have made great strides in developing their own Lightroom alternatives, though, and there are several options on the market that are absolutely worth giving a try. Some of them, arguably, have outpaced Lightroom in both usability and features.

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Lenovo Yoga Book a month later: Android at work

Lenovo Yoga Book a month later: Android at work

At IFA 2016 back in September, Lenovo revealed what is, to date, the most curious Android tablet in existence. Officially marketed as the ultimate productivity device, the Lenovo Yoga Book is often billed as a glimpse of the future. Of course, a tablet of the future would be of little value if it didn’t prove to be of use today. And so we took the Lenovo Yoga Book, the Android version specifically, on an extended tour of duty, to see if this brief glimpse of the future is something we do want to live in or if it’s something we would prefer to live without. Here are some things we’ve learned.

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A $1,000 iPhone 8 “Anniversary Edition” makes perfect sense

A $1,000 iPhone 8 “Anniversary Edition” makes perfect sense

Would you pay $1,000 for an iPhone, even if it was the most ambitious iPhone Apple had ever made? That's the question being asked amid rumors of a super-premium price for the so-called iPhone 8 "Anniversary Edition", expected to arrive later this year. Now believed to sit at the top of a three model pyramid, the flagship - also known by some as the "iPhone X", in honor of the tenth anniversary of the smartphone - will spare no expense on the latest and greatest components and parts.

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Nintendo should take Pokemon GO away from Niantic

Nintendo should take Pokemon GO away from Niantic

Nintendo's released Super Mario Run for mobile devices and Fire Emblem Heroes soon approaches, but today we're talking about what could be. Today we're going to create the ideal game from scratch, without direct regard for how it'd get done. Today we're going to imagine what Nintendo could do to make the perfect game for mobile devices - one that'd capture the imagination and the coin from gamers and non-gamers alike, all around the world.

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Learning to love Apple CarPlay

Learning to love Apple CarPlay

If Apple is truly working on a car, as all the rumors suggest, then CarPlay is the visible tip of that iceberg. While I appreciated Apple's aim of distilling the familiar essentials from your iPhone in a way that was both safe and convenient while you're driving, it's taken me some time to appreciate what the fairly barebones interface has to offer. Still, it's more of a Stockholm syndrome relationship than I'd care to admit: I'm warming to CarPlay primarily because most in-car systems are so bad.

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5 Sweet Alternatives to the Donald Trump Inauguration Live Stream [OPINION]

5 Sweet Alternatives to the Donald Trump Inauguration Live Stream [OPINION]

I've compiled a list of alternatives to the inauguration of Donald taking place today in Washington DC. It's a good time to get distracted - start the protest tomorrow at the Women's March on Washington or a local sect near you. In fact, take what I've compiled below and watch it all while you're making your own protest poster to carry with when you hit the streets tomorrow morning. It's a perfect combination to take to heart.

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Nintendo Switch will give mobile gaming a much needed boost

Nintendo Switch will give mobile gaming a much needed boost

Nintendo fans are just counting the days, even if there are still weeks, to the Nintendo Switch's launch. Critics are waiting with bated breath to see how expectations and marketing will match both reality and sales. Some people will love it, some will hate it.

Whichever way the pendulum swings, and it will swing back and forth repeatedly the Nintendo Switch will have one lasting effect on one corner of the gaming market. The Nintendo Switch, intentionally or not, will give an infusion of inspiration, not to mention a role model, that the mobile gaming industry so desperately needs.

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Nintendo Switch: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Nintendo Switch: The good, the bad, and the ugly

In a roughly 14 hour period spanning Thursday night and Friday morning, we received an onslaught of Nintendo Switch news. A lot of new information was revealed, including details about the Switch's release, its online systems, and its launch titles. As a lifelong Nintendo fan, I'd been looking forward to these events since they were announced, and I thought I'd take some time to go through my personal hits and misses with Nintendo's Switch reveal.

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Galaxy S8 leaks: we rate all the image rumors so you don’t have to

Galaxy S8 leaks: we rate all the image rumors so you don’t have to

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was the subject of a substantial amount of leaked, crafted, or otherwise falsified photos and renderings in the weeks leading up to its release. Much like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and the Galaxy S6 before it, we're going to go ahead and analyze these images, attempting to separate fact from rumor, imagination from reality.

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Eight things AI assistants need to improve on

Eight things AI assistants need to improve on

HTC's announcement of its U Ultra and U Play phones, and consequently the revelation of its Sense Companion, may have you cringing at yet another AI-powered, disembodied, virtual assistant. But HTC's spiel has a nugget of sense. AI agents today are so bright they can tell jokes or even hold conversation, whether with humans or with each other. But when it comes to actually assisting us humans to get things done, they're not that smart yet and need more than a little nudging to work. If these assistants are to be the way we interact with our devices, our homes, and our digital selves, they need to be able to do a bit more, and soon. Here are some things these virtual secretaries and butlers need to be able to do in order to really make a significant impact in our modern lived. Not all of them even require substantial advancements in artificial intelligence.

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Google Pixel 2 : How Pixel XL’s success could shape the next release

Google Pixel 2 : How Pixel XL’s success could shape the next release

The release of the Google Pixel 2 (and Pixel XL 2) will refine an already-shining example of how good, and simply good, an Android device can be. Google seems to have reached a point at which they're ready to handle consumers directly, instead of relying on big brands to do all the heavy lifting. As the HTC-manufactured, Google-designed Pixel and Pixel XL had sparkling reviews upon release in 2016, the next generation won't likely change in any drastic way.

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