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Google Pixel camera’s low-light abilities are stunning in new analysis

Google Pixel camera’s low-light abilities are stunning in new analysis

Google's Pixel smartphone is notable for several reasons, not the least of which is its incredible low-light camera performance. We've seen the camera put to the test multiple times, but few analyses compare to the one recently completed by Google Research itself. In the tests, the Pixel camera was able to capture stunning shots of space using only starlight, among other things. The Nexus 6P was also tested, and one shot rivaled a DSLR's photo of the same subject.

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Why Google Pixel 2 might come early

Why Google Pixel 2 might come early

This week we're having a peek at the next generation in Google Pixel hardware - through its software running Android. What we're doing today is taking a tip we've received with a giant grain of salt. Massive, I'm telling you - you might end up feeling better about this if you take TWO grains of salt with it. Thanks to a bit of code in an Android code commit, we're able to see that at least one Google engineer has access to an actual, physical Pixel 2 - or whatever it'll end up being called.

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Odd Pokemon GO updates coming soon with Smeargle and Delibird

Odd Pokemon GO updates coming soon with Smeargle and Delibird

Niantic is working on how two of the most complicated Pokemon in the game Pokemon GO will be released in the near future. While we've seen the release of the vast majority of the Pokemon from the original 151 and Gen 2, several Legendary Pokemon and oddballs still elude us. With the release of Ditto as our guide, we're to understand that both Delibird and Smeargle are well on their way to semi-random release.

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A tiny new DJI drone is tipped by an invite release

A tiny new DJI drone is tipped by an invite release

An invite to an event in May has been sent by DJI, teasing the possibility that they've got some new hardware in store. The event will be taking place on the 24th of May, 2017. Rumors suggest that the invitation could be a bit misleading, especially if the brand's missing market segment says anything about their future.

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Instagram active users slams Twitter by 2x

Instagram active users slams Twitter by 2x

The folks at Instagram have announced that they've hit a major milestone in the brief history of their existence. They've racked up a cool 700-million monthly active users, with growth between 600M and 700M happening at a rate greater than any other 100M span they had before. Of course there were other major events in the history of this photo-based app, but none so supermassive as their most recent set of four months.

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Google’s new wireless headphones might poke fun at iPhone 7

Google’s new wireless headphones might poke fun at iPhone 7

Google has a new pair of Bluetooth (wireless) headphones coming and we've got the full specs for you well ahead of release. While we don't expect these headphones to be mind-blowing by any means, it's interesting to see how Google has more than one way of revealing or choosing not to reveal products in early testing. In this case, it would seem like Google didn't make quite as big an effort to conceal what they're about to release due to the relative small amount of market-wide impact they're going to have.

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Google Map’s parking reminder feature is now rolling out

Google Map’s parking reminder feature is now rolling out

Although often used as source for comic relief, forgetting where one parked one's car is enough of a problem that Google designed a feature for it. Yet not big enough to warrant its own "Dude, where's my car?" app, of course. Sighted just last month, Google has finally formally announced the availability of parking notes and reminders on Google Maps, both for Android and iOS.

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OnePlus 5 tipped to jump on the dual camera bandwagon

OnePlus 5 tipped to jump on the dual camera bandwagon

Everyone has a dual camera smartphone these days. Even Apple has one, too! And although the Galaxy S8 doesn't, Samsung is rumored to be eying that change later this year or with the Galaxy S9 at the latest. Given the trend, it isn't surprising to hear that OnePlus is planning to make that change as well. According to the usual people who are ever familiar with inside matters, the OnePlus 5 will be the startup's first dual camera model. And it will be interesting to see how OnePlus will try to sell this feature.

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Galaxy S8 home button fidgets to prevent screen burn-in

Galaxy S8 home button fidgets to prevent screen burn-in

If you thought that screen burn-in is a thing of the past, Samsung may have just proven you wrong. Considered to be a long forgotten artifact of ancient CRT screens, screen burn-in might be coming back into fashion, especially with the Galaxy S8. Samsung Netherlands' Twitter account has semi-officially confirmed that the smartphone is indeed susceptible to the phenomenon, which is why the always visible home button jumps ever so little to prevent that from happening.

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Which Chromebooks can use Android apps?

Which Chromebooks can use Android apps?

Android apps on Chrome OS is a long time coming. Probably too long. It has been months since Google officially announced the arrival of Google Play Store on Chrome devices but it has yet to make any significant headway into that promise. Performance has not been rated well and its rollout is still pretty dismal. To better reflect that disappointing state of affair, Google has updated its list of Chrome OS devices eligible for Play Store support. And it's not all good news.

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Galaxy Note 7 refurb will have a drastically reduced price

Galaxy Note 7 refurb will have a drastically reduced price

Although it's off to a strong start, the hype around the Galaxy S8 and S8+ will most likely have died down after two or so months. Samsung, however, has a strategy that will keep its name in the news, though probably not all in a good way. According to Korean media, the OEM will be re-launching the Galaxy Note 7 in Korea by the end of June. Of course, it will be a refurbished version, and one that will have a significantly lower battery capacity and a matching significantly lower price tag.

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Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Google Search update puts the heat on fake news

Facebook and social media may be largely blamed from the rampant rise of fake news over the Internet, but search engines, like Google Search, are just as culpable. After all, they are the vehicle on which these misleading content ride on to get to our web browsers. Google has definitely felt the pressure in these past months from fake news as well as inappropriate search results. Although it did take some time, Google is now making public the big changes it is making to its Search system to ensure that questionable content don't get through. At least not much.

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