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Animoji is Apple’s animated emoji for iPhone X only

Animoji is Apple’s animated emoji for iPhone X only

Your face will be tracked by the iPhone X, and in turn the emoji you send to your best friend will make your facial expressions. It's a concept Apple calls Animoji, and it'll be coming to iOS 11 very soon. Users will be able to access iOS 11 on September 19th - but the iPhone X will be the first with Animoji in full effect. This is all thanks to the numerous sensors and camera up front of the iPhone X, all there primarily for face authentication, AKA Face ID.

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iPhone X: This is Apple’s next vision

iPhone X: This is Apple’s next vision

Today we got to see the iPhone X for the first time at Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. This device came to light the same day as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and broke the mold for the iPhone, top to bottom. According to Tim Cook: "This is the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone."

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iPhone Upgrade Program: 5 things to know ahead of iPhone X

iPhone Upgrade Program: 5 things to know ahead of iPhone X

Rumor has it the upcoming iPhone X will cost upwards of $1,000, putting it outside of the pay-with-cash budget for many consumers. Now that two year contracts are gone and the discounted phone costs with them, consumers are left with a few options: get the phone through a carrier with a monthly device payment plan, buy with a credit card and pay it off in due time, or take advantage of Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program.

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This gold iPhone X costs $70k

This gold iPhone X costs $70k

The first custom iPhone X models were revealed today with prices ranging from $7.5k to $70k. These are no ordinary iPhone units, of course, they're made with custom exteriors made from varied amounts of precious materials, all from the company called Brikk. Some are made with gold, some feature diamond inlays, and all come packaged in a custom aluminum case lined with carbon fiber and leather.

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Apple iPhone 8 event: the announcement schedule (or what we expect)

Apple iPhone 8 event: the announcement schedule (or what we expect)

The Apple Event on October 12th will include the products shown in this article in the order they appear - or so we expect. Due to the inordinate amount of leaks surrounding Apple's upcoming products, not least of all the next-gen iPhone 8 (or whatever it'll be called), the following predictions can be made. I'm also ordering the product announcements below according to patterns Apple's exhibited with past releases at major events over the past decade.

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Google may acquire HTC (or part of it, anyhow)

Google may acquire HTC (or part of it, anyhow)

A report from China suggests that HTC is in final negotiations to sell at least part of their business to Google. In a way similar to the acquisition of Nokia's phone hardware business by Microsoft or even Google's acquisition of Motorola, Google's reported to be aiming for HTC. The report at hand suggests that this sale would be for the HTC smartphone research and development team only, and wouldn't include the entire company nor its Virtual Reality arm (with the HTC Vive).

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Essential’s Andy Rubin just rectified a huge mistake – good on him

Essential’s Andy Rubin just rectified a huge mistake – good on him

This morning Andy Rubin wrote a note to the public regarding the company's recent mishap with emails and private customer info. That sizable mistake grabbed the attention of the entire Android-loving internets this week as it seemed many Essential customers had their personal information shared with email recipients they did not know. Today Andy Rubin rectified the mistake that was made.

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Razer Blade Pro just got cheaper (1080p style)

Razer Blade Pro just got cheaper (1080p style)

This morning Razer revealed their 2017 edition Razer Blade Pro, complete with a 17.3-inch Full HD 120Hz display. That display resolution is smaller than the most recent Razer Blade Pro release - just by a bit. Enough to jam that price point down to a place where it's perfect for a new collection of users.

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Acer Spin, Swift, and Chromebook updates drop, flip, transform

Acer Spin, Swift, and Chromebook updates drop, flip, transform

Acer has a wide array of device updates and refreshes this week, all of which are being shown for the first time at IFA 2017. The three devices I'm rounding up here are the Acer Swift 5, the Acer Spin 5, and the Acer Chromebook 15. These devices add to Acer's already-expansive collection of versatile notebooks and 2-in-1 convertible products on the market today.

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AMD Radeon RX Vega GPUs could be hard to find for a while yet

AMD Radeon RX Vega GPUs could be hard to find for a while yet

There's been a good amount of excitement surrounding AMD's new Radeon RX Vega line of graphics cards, which started shipping out just 10 days ago. Out of the gate, though, AMD is having problems keeping up with demand, resulting in customers being forced to search high and low for them. Today we're finding out why this shortage is occurring and how long it may last.

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iPhone 7S leaked photo tips speaker boost

iPhone 7S leaked photo tips speaker boost

With the iPhone 8 comes a set of two phones, iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, are rumored to be coming to Apple's next big event. Release time for these devices does not seem to be all that different from past years - but precedent might not dictate the features this time around. According to a repair shop employee from China, this upgrade will focus on sound (at least in part).

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Intel 8th-Gen Core made simple

Intel 8th-Gen Core made simple

Intel just revealed their 8th-Gen Intel Core processors, and with them, a bundle of information that's not important to most consumers. Much like the rest of the tech universe, PC users can be broken up into two categories: those that can tell the difference between processors, and those that don't care. The vast majority of the world is made up of the latter group.

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