iPhone X

What Google’s Pixel 2 needs to compete with iPhone X

What Google’s Pixel 2 needs to compete with iPhone X

Apple's stepped up their game with the iPhone X, creating a device that not only has a built-in cult following, but delivers on new features to boot. Google's task now with Pixel is to create not only a solid Android phone, but a device that's at least as high quality as the phone's first generation. Today we're having a peek at some of the key features on the iPhone X to see what Google's Pixel 2 will need to directly compete.

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Galaxy Note 8 Sale Uber Alles OR Why I’ll wait for iPhone X

Galaxy Note 8 Sale Uber Alles OR Why I’ll wait for iPhone X

Both Samsung and Apple have new smartphones out for sale today, and I've got some opinions about which one I'd choose. If I wanted to pay the smallest amount of money for a top-notch 2017 smartphone (not considering the Google Pixel), I'd have to go with the iPhone 8, which is around $700, on pre-order starting today. If I wanted the most impressive hero phone this year and I needed to order right this minute, I'd choose the Galaxy Note 8.

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There’s a smart way to lock down iPhone X’s Face ID instantly

There’s a smart way to lock down iPhone X’s Face ID instantly

Of all the new features on the iPhone X, one of the most discussed - and potentially misunderstood - is Face ID. Apple's new biometric security system had a rocky start, with exec Craig Federighi finding his demo handset had locked itself down after backstage staff inadvertently sent the face recognition into a panic when he tried to demo it at the launch event on Tuesday this week. However, despite some concerns, it seems Apple has put no small amount of thought into how Face ID will hold up in the wild.

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Apple PSA: iPhone 8/8 Plus, Apple Watch 3 and Apple TV 4K preorders start tonight

Apple PSA: iPhone 8/8 Plus, Apple Watch 3 and Apple TV 4K preorders start tonight

It has only been a couple days since the announcement, but in case you forgot (or just weren't paying attention), most of Apple's latest devices go up for pre-order tonight. The company's online store is already down, the exciting time during which it adds its new products. When it comes back up later tonight, you'll get a chance to pre-order the iPhone 8 handsets, the new Apple TV 4K, and/or the Apple Watch 3.

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iPhone X : How do I deal with The Notch?

iPhone X : How do I deal with The Notch?

The iPhone X's notch sparked a conversation this week between designers, users, naysayers, and notch-lovers alike. What we've done here is explore some of the first reactions to the notch's now-official presence on the iPhone X. We've also taken a brief look at what Apple has announced as Human Interface Guidelines for the iPhone X - and the notch specifically.

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Yes, the iPhone X supports wireless charging at Starbucks

Yes, the iPhone X supports wireless charging at Starbucks

Your iPhone X can get a wireless power boost while you top-up your caffeine levels at Starbucks, with Powermat confirming it'll upgrade its public charging pads to support Apple's preferred Qi standard. The news means iPhone X owners - along with those using the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus - will have a long list of locations where they can get a cable-free recharge, including the popular coffee shop chain and the dashboard cubbies of select Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Buick cars. Turns out, when it comes to wireless charging pads, Powermat has something special going on under the table.

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iPhone X’s Face ID demo fail was security not screwup

iPhone X’s Face ID demo fail was security not screwup

The demo gods weren't smiling on Face ID. One of Apple's headline features of its brand new flagship iPhone X should've been wowing the crowds at the Steve Jobs Theater on Tuesday, but when Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi held up the smartphone for its big demo, the worst happened: it refused to recognize his face. Turns out, Face ID was actually doing its job, just not in the way Federighi was hoping for.

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The iPhone X demands faith

The iPhone X demands faith

The "ten" in iPhone X isn't a reference to the last decade of Apple smartphones. It's a reboot: the start of ten years more. For Apple fans, that's unsurprisingly prompted no small amount of excitement. For those less swayed by the Cupertino vision, things like the $999 price tag that comes along with the iPhone X have triggered skepticism. Turns out, they're probably both right.

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iPhone 8 and X have a sort-of secret weapon in NFC

iPhone 8 and X have a sort-of secret weapon in NFC

Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X have a new feature that Apple says doesn't come with any previous iPhone - for now. This feature is an opening up of the hardware that's already in quite a few iPhones from the past few years, a piece of hardware that allows Apple Pay to function. I'm speaking, of course, of the iPhone's NFC reader.

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This DIY iPhone X Mini is bonkers

This DIY iPhone X Mini is bonkers

For the cost of a couple of iPhone cases, a DIY expert in China has converted an iPhone 5 to an iPhone X... sort of. What results from the unscrewing and cutting and jamming in of parts this user has performed is an iPhone X Mini - an iPhone 5 with as little bezel as possible. Of course creating such a Frankenstein's Monster of a phone required that a little bit of the phone be removed - namely the charging port and the speakers.

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iPhone X’s creepiest features are its most compelling

iPhone X’s creepiest features are its most compelling

I don't think I've ever been in the midst of a conversation and thought "what this discussion needs is my opinion stated by a perfectly-animated poop emoji," though I concede I'm a sample of one. There's also been doubt among some I've spoken to post-Apple iPhone X event that you couldn't do Animojis with a regular front-facing camera and facial tracking. After all, Snapchat has cemented its relevance, in part, by doing just that across pretty much any smartphone.

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This is how much an iPhone X AppleCare+ will cost you

This is how much an iPhone X AppleCare+ will cost you

The iPhone X is easily the most expensive “regular” smartphone to date. But, truth be told, people will be willing to pay that price, especially if they can get it subsidized or discounted. Those, however, won’t be mitigating the cost of Apple’s AppleCare+ extended warranty, which practically adds another $200 on top of that $999 for the iPhone X.

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