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Pixel 2 XL screen blue shift : Why didn’t Google show us this?

Pixel 2 XL screen blue shift : Why didn’t Google show us this?

Today the mystery behind the "blue shift" in the Google Pixel 2 XL seems to have been solved. The color space is a much deeper subject, the likes of which could easily fill its own set of articles - but that blue? It's quite simple, as it turns out. All one has to do is use a polarization filter on their camera to see the effect.

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AMD Ryzen mobile processors launch to take on Intel

AMD Ryzen mobile processors launch to take on Intel

While Intel and AMD trade blows often when it comes to desktop PCs, it seems that Intel has a lock when it comes to notebooks. AMD is looking to change that today with introduction of two new Ryzen mobile processors made specifically for notebooks. The processors being announced today were previously codenamed "Raven Ridge" APUs (Advanced Processing Unit), a name enthusiasts have been following for a couple of months now.

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Best phone camera of 2017 : Seek out PDAF

Best phone camera of 2017 : Seek out PDAF

Today we're going to take a look at what it means to buy a smartphone with a camera "that just takes good pictures." You know, the sort of phone that just lets you snap a picture and it won't be blurry. I'm here to tell you that this phone does exist, but that actually snapping a reasonably sharp photo is not quite as simple as just pointing and shooting.

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You don’t need an expensive phone, so don’t buy one

You don’t need an expensive phone, so don’t buy one

This year is the first in smartphone hardware in a long time in which I felt like no game-changing changes came from any company. The smartphones revealed by HTC, Samsung, Apple, and the rest - they were all solid. But we've reached a point in the history of the smartphone where only the very rich should consider buying a new device every single year. Let me tell you why.

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The ZTE Axon M has twin displays and we’ve a lot of questions

The ZTE Axon M has twin displays and we’ve a lot of questions

The ZTE Axon M is a smartphone with two displays - one on one half, and another on the other. This device isn't the sort of smartphone just any average user will want - instead it's made to provide for those users that want something completely out of left field. For those users that want to keep two smartphones in their pocket but would rather they were connected by a hinge - this is right along those lines.

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Google cuts USB-C headphone adapter to Apple price

Google cuts USB-C headphone adapter to Apple price

Google's gone to war with Apple with a single accessory, one dongle that connects the past to the future: the headphone jack adapter. This dongle connects to the Pixel 2's USB-C port on one end, and a standard 3.5mm headphone plug on the other. Google's just reduced the price of this dongle from $20 down to $9.

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Flexible foldable iPhones teased in Apple patent

Flexible foldable iPhones teased in Apple patent

Apple's future in foldable displays on devices of all sorts hit the rumor fan this week as a patent for said tech passed through the USPTO. This patent defines a device with a flexible display, one which "folds about a bend axis" and uses either OLED or micro-LED lighting technology for its display. This display folds along an axis and includes an inactive tail portion which bends about another bend axis.

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Oculus Rift just cut price for 3rd time this year

Oculus Rift just cut price for 3rd time this year

This week the folks at Oculus cut the price of bundle packages for the Oculus Rift. The headset's price point is a permanent change, coming because the company suggests they want to "get VR into more people's hands." This comes a few months after Oculus Rift's main opposition - the HTC VIVE - got its own price drop to $599 - that's below the whopping $799 the device cost in the first place.

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Why Google Pixel 1 may become Priceless

Why Google Pixel 1 may become Priceless

Today we found out that the Pixel 2 does not have the exact same "Unlimited Google Photos Uploads at Original Quality" deal that came with the first-generation Pixel. One year after launch, I remain positively shocked that Google's continued their Unlimited Google Photos Uploads at Original Quality deal with the original Google Pixel, to be entirely honest. I thought there's be some sort of catch - sort of like the catch that's included with the Pixel 2.

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iPhone X ‘True Super Cycle’ tipped for 2018

iPhone X ‘True Super Cycle’ tipped for 2018

The iPhone X is part of Apple's next Super Cycle - and that's neither a new feature for the iPhone nor a new way to wash it. The Super Cycle referred to in a report from KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo today (in a new investor note) is a long period of financial growth for a company - due in this case to the release of a brand new iPhone X, a device which looks and acts significantly different from its predecessors. The call for a super cycle to begin in 2018 goes against two opposing analyst trends, one that says this cycle will begin in 2017, the other that there won't be a super cycle at all.

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Google made a huge mistake with Pixel 2

Google made a huge mistake with Pixel 2

When the Pixel 2 was announced, I did not expect that Google would bring back wireless charging - and they didn't. Much to the surprise of the industry at large, Apple added wireless charging with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X this year. But Google didn't come back with wireless charging - not now, and not since the Nexus 4. Though their reasoning holds some water, it most certainly does not hold nearly enough.

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Google Pixel 2 release dates and prices revealed with tweaks

Google Pixel 2 release dates and prices revealed with tweaks

The price of the Google Pixel 2 will differ from that of the Google Pixel 1, just a tiny bit. Both the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL were revealed today by Google at a special event in California. There, the company showed the changes to their 2nd-gen Pixel smarphones, both small and large. The Google Pixel 2 looks rather similar to its predecessor, while the Google Pixel 2 XL is a slightly more drastic departure from the XL 1.

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