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How to get a bokeh effect on your single-lens smartphone camera

How to get a bokeh effect on your single-lens smartphone camera

The next big thing in the world of smartphones are dual rear camera arrangements, one where a high-resolution camera is joined by a second typically low-resolution camera. The combination of the two enable the camera to pull off some interesting effects, one of which is bokeh effects applied to the shallow depth-of-field -- that is, to the blurred background of a image where where the subject itself is in focus. If you haven't updated your smartphone in a while, don't fret -- you can get this effect using your single-camera phone, as well.

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How to get rid of the ‘soap opera’ effect on your new TV

How to get rid of the ‘soap opera’ effect on your new TV

If you recently purchased a new high-end TV, only to turn it on and feel disappointment and confusion about the weird video motion, you're not alone. Some call it the 'BBC effect,' referring to the similarity between motion on new televisions and the motion effect on older BBC shows that used to bother so many American viewers. In recent times, though, this strange new video experience has become known as the 'soap opera effect,' and you can get rid of it if you'd like.

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Install Google Assistant on Android Lollipop without root

Install Google Assistant on Android Lollipop without root

One of Android’s biggest problems, next to security exploits, is its fragmentation. Never mind the dizzying array of Android versions available in the market, fragmentation means that not all devices, even relatively recent ones, will sport the same features. Take for example Google’s new favorite pet Google Assistant, which is only available for Android 6.0 Marshmallow onward. Android 5.0, a.k.a. Lollipop, still commands a third of the market but remains Assistant-less. Fortunately, it’s not that hard to actually get Google Assistant on your Lollipop device, provided you’re willing to make some concessions. And you don’t even need to root your phone to do it.

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Persona 5 Quiz Answers Walkthrough: Easy Guide Time!

Persona 5 Quiz Answers Walkthrough: Easy Guide Time!

The game Persona 5 was released in the United States this month and this week we've attained the full "Quiz Answers" from within. This game is long - extremely, super, almost-impossibly long. It can get infuriating too, if the player only wants to play a certain extra-fun part of the game. Today is the first day the entirety of the Persona 5 test answers list has been released - good news to us, good news to you.

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Shiny Pokemon GO: all the details [UPDATE]

Shiny Pokemon GO: all the details [UPDATE]

As of mid-day yesterday, Shiny Pokemon GO monster are live - they're out there, released, in the wild! Today we're getting down to brass tacks on all the details that are available in the game - in the code - and in the mix for the near future. Users will be able to participate in the Shiny Pokemon GO madness on their own, if they wish, but to find a Shiny Pokemon without some guidance is like going out to find an orange in an apple orchard - it's possible, however unlikely!

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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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Civilization 6 tips: Succeeding in the early game

Civilization 6 tips: Succeeding in the early game

You only need to spend a few minutes with Civilization 6 to notice that things have changed since the last time you danced to this song. Civilization 6 presents a number of new features that can be confusing or overwhelming for even the Civilization veteran, let alone newcomers. Using the tips listed here, you should be able to get your civilization off to the start you need to ensure that you remain competitive as the game moves into its middle and ending stages.

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Using your phone to scan documents and old photos

Using your phone to scan documents and old photos

Life has gone digital, but all sorts of documents and photos remain. It is uncomfortable leaving the important ones in their physical paper form -- a flood, a fire, a mischievous cat are all potential sources of destruction, and it's not really possible to replace an old photo for which the negatives are long gone. A scanner is the way to go if you want the best copies possible, but for every other situation, your phone is surprisingly capable of digitizing them.

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How to use Walmart Pay (hint: it’s really simple)

How to use Walmart Pay (hint: it’s really simple)

Walmart Pay, the retailer's alternative to Android Pay and Apple Pay, just made its first big rollout, arriving in all of the company's stores in both Texas and Arkansas. Given how big Texas is, it's not surprising the rollout encompasses nearly 600 stores -- that's a lot of stores, yes, but also a lot of customers who have a new-fangled way to pay. How do you use Walmart Pay? It's pretty easy.

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Here’s your Fallout 4 Survival Mode guide

Here’s your Fallout 4 Survival Mode guide

Kids these days have it so easy. Back in my day, we played games like Battletoads and Karate Kid, and spent countless hours just trying to get back to the spot where we kept dying. Now they've got quick saves, difficulty levels, and the internet to help guide you through any game you'd like. But Bethesda wants to make Fallout 4 hard enough to satisfy even the most masochistic of gamers.

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Facebook Search Update goes Public: here’s how you hide

Facebook Search Update goes Public: here’s how you hide

Today Facebook updated their Facebook Search feature to include ALL public posts. Before today, this feature only searched through your friends posts and those posts you and your friends were tagged in - now it's everyone, everywhere. This might freak a few people out. But don't worry! There's a (relatively) simple way of pulling your content from the public eye, and part of it can be done from your smartphone or tablet.

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Mother’s Day gift guide 2015: Five ways to say thanks, Mom

Mother’s Day gift guide 2015: Five ways to say thanks, Mom

Gone are the days, thankfully, when "tech" was primarily a man's world. Gadgets, devices, and trinkets now appeal to a much wider audience, including the ladies of the household. With Mother's Day just around the corner, it's a perfect time to dwell on some of the perfect tech gifts to give that special woman in our lives. But mothers come in all shapes, sizes, and inclinations so there really isn't a one size fits all kind of list. Nonetheless, here are five gift suggestions that mothers, or even fathers, would definitely appreciate. Some of them are even on a Mother's Day sale!

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