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A safe Galaxy S9 gives LG a huge opportunity in 2018

A safe Galaxy S9 gives LG a huge opportunity in 2018

As the Galaxy S9 approaches, you'd be forgiven for thinking smartphones in 2018 will be a battle between Samsung and Apple. Don't count LG out of the game quite yet, mind. Even though the rumors around the Galaxy S9 have been far more plentiful than those detailing next year's LG G7, that's not to say 2018 won't give "the other" South Korean phone-maker a rare opportunity to differentiate itself.

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Beyond iPhone X: 3 potential uses for Apple’s TrueDepth

Beyond iPhone X: 3 potential uses for Apple’s TrueDepth

Apple is investing almost $400m into the one of the companies responsible for its TrueDepth camera system on the iPhone X, and it's likely just the first step in rolling the technology out further in its range. The decision to grant millions from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Finisar, the US-based manufacturer of lasers used in TrueDepth, is being billed as a win for American industry; however, it'll also give Finisar the scope to make more advanced versions. As they get smaller, more capable, and more precise, that opens the door to putting the clever camera into new places.

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The Galaxy S9 must fix these three big S8 flaws

The Galaxy S9 must fix these three big S8 flaws

2017 had a bumper crop of smartphones, but the mobile world refuses to slow, and all eyes are on the Samsung Galaxy S9 in 2018. The company's flagship consumer phone - since, it would likely argue, the Galaxy Note 8 and its eventual successor are targeted at prosumers - has big shoes to fill, coming on the heels of the generally well-received Galaxy S8. Still, that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.

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A costly new phone doesn’t beat a free software update

A costly new phone doesn’t beat a free software update

I bet you'd rather have something for free than have to dish out a rather large pile of cash to get a new phone. I've been on a two-year cycle for the past 7 years or so, and before that I had a non-smart phone - and I had that thing for 3-4 years, without issue. I saw the new phones, I wanted the new phones, but I certainly didn't want to pay for the new phones.

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Qualcomm is preparing for war

Qualcomm is preparing for war

As it unveils the Snapdragon 845 and reveals its Windows on ARM plans, Qualcomm is getting all its friends together, and the omissions are conspicuous by their absence. The chipmaker is paving the way for 2018 with two high-profile launches, targeting not only its typical stomping ground of smartphones and tablets, but looking to finally broach a new and potentially lucrative segment too. That sets it on a collision course with some long-time rivals.

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Car subscriptions are here, but there’s no one-size-fits-all

Car subscriptions are here, but there’s no one-size-fits-all

Once upon a time in America, you went to your local auto dealership, gave them a wad of cash, and drove a car off the lot. Then came leasing, and drivers became temporary stewards of their cars in return for three year flexibility. Now, in the midst of an auto industry terrified of Millennial disinterest and general apathy, the hunt is on for the Next Big Thing in car buying. Only the way it's shaping up, you won't be buying a car at all.

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Google’s Pixelbook is wasted on Chrome OS

Google’s Pixelbook is wasted on Chrome OS

The status-quo in laptops has been upended. The MacBook Pro, once the darling of what seemed like every mobile user, has soured many with Apple’s resolute transition to next-generation ports and continued rejection of touchscreen displays. Microsoft, meanwhile, has demonstrated an unforeseen level of design creativity that borders on the obsessional, pumping out Surface hardware that has many macOS users second-guessing their platform of choice. And then there’s the Google Pixelbook running Chrome OS, a notebook both blessed and cursed.

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Heroes of the Storm is Blizzard’s best game. Why aren’t more people playing?

Heroes of the Storm is Blizzard’s best game. Why aren’t more people playing?

As far as game developers go, there are few as legendary as Blizzard. Throughout the years, Blizzard has created a ton of super popular games, with titles like World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone boasting huge, committed player bases. Still, not every game Blizzard has released has gone on to become some sort of mega hit - Diablo 3 might immediately spring to mind for most gamers, but there’s also the curious case of Heroes of the Storm, a game that should have captured a larger group of players than it ultimately did.

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It’s time to stop pre-ordering video games (again)

It’s time to stop pre-ordering video games (again)

Another controversy swept the gaming industry recently. If you missed it, I’m not sure how, but just in case you did, here’s a quick rundown: Electronic Arts and DICE crossed a line for many gamers yet again, tying Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s progression system to a loot box feature that is unquestionably too greedy. The response from players was quick and brutal, causing EA’s PR team to go into crisis mode.

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Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon make me excited for what’s next

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon make me excited for what’s next

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have been here for almost a week now, and while they’re mostly what we expected, the represent big things for the Pokemon franchise. Not long before both games launched, Game Freak revealed that Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will most likely be the final Pokemon games made for Nintendo’s 3DS line of handhelds. Presumably, that means the next mainline Pokemon game will be made for the Switch.

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FCC Net Neutrality 3-point plan outlined: Robin Hood in reverse

FCC Net Neutrality 3-point plan outlined: Robin Hood in reverse

Three moments in time, all within the last couple of months, all add up to one thing: current FCC leadership wants to keep poor people off the internet and give ISPs complete control over the internet. Current head of the FCC Ajit Pai suggested multiple times over the past year that the First Amendment should apply to internet service providers, and as such, they should be allowed to control every aspect of the internet they provide. Never mind the fact that the Net Neutrality rules Pai is dismantling were put in place to protect citizens from the internet companies Pai is fighting for.

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Should I trust the OnePlus 5T?

Should I trust the OnePlus 5T?

As the OnePlus 5T is released worldwide, we've discussed the lifecycle of each OnePlus device - and the software updates therein. Upon setting out the entirety of OnePlus' short company history, it's clear that this is no ordinary brand. Updates come quicker in some areas, and not at all in others - this is no Apple, that's for sure.

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