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This is either the beginning or the end of the smartphone wars

This is either the beginning or the end of the smartphone wars

There's a wave rising in the mobile technology universe, and it's not going to be easy to talk about. We're in a position where the change between each generation in smartphones is smaller, and a few major brands have taken over the industry. At the same time, we're living in a country where protectionism has us restricting international brands, but not products manufactured internationally. We're in a place where it's rare to find something really good and/or exciting to say about a new smartphone.

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Pokemon GO Community Day Jan 2018: Special Surf Pikachu

Pokemon GO Community Day Jan 2018: Special Surf Pikachu

Niantic revealed Pokemon GO Community Day this week as a monthly event that'll take place at parks around the world. "Pokémon GO Community Day is an opportunity for Trainers around the world to meet up at their local parks to make new friends and experience what it means to be a part of this special community." Niantic announced that these events will feature a "special Pokemon" that'll only be available during that time, on that special day. The first special Community Day Pokemon is Pikachu with a unique move: SURF!

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iPhone battery replacements delayed as Apple runs out

iPhone battery replacements delayed as Apple runs out

Apple's battery replacement program has run into a stock crisis, with new batteries for some iPhone models unlikely to be available until the start of Q2 2018 in the aftermath of the iOS slowdown controversy. The company had announced it would be cutting the cost of replacing a battery to $29 on select iPhones, after admitting it had added code to iOS that would quietly slow down processing in cases where the device's battery was degraded by age or environmental conditions.

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iPhone slowing prompts Senator Thune to question Apple’s decision

iPhone slowing prompts Senator Thune to question Apple’s decision

Senator John Thune, the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's chairman, has fired off a round of questioning to Apple over its decision to slow older iPhones, according to a leaked document. The issue revolves around Apple's confirmation that it slows older iPhones that have aging lithium-ion batteries, which experience a drop in peak voltage.

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DJI Ronin-S hands-on: One-handed stabilization for DSLR

DJI Ronin-S hands-on: One-handed stabilization for DSLR

The DJI Ronin-S we're looking at right now is going to take some courage to use for several reasons. Not least of these reasons is the fact that you're going to be holding on to a metal rod that is in turn holding on to your very expensive DSRL or mirrorless camera. On the positive side, this equipment comes from DJI, and we have no good reason not to trust it with said very expensive camera.

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DJI Osmo Mobile 2 hands-on: Less Expensive, More Versatile

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 hands-on: Less Expensive, More Versatile

This week we're having a peek at the DJI Osmo Mobile 2, a second-generation smartphone stabilizer for video fanatics. This version of the machine allows the device to be situated either portrait or landscape mode and keeps with the robust nature of the original. This stabilizer also costs far, far less than the original, making it positively affordable for the average $600-$1000 phone buyer.

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Pokemon GO update requires new iPhone to play (for some)

Pokemon GO update requires new iPhone to play (for some)

This week the folks at Niantic announced an update to Pokemon GO, an update that might not sit well for users of elderly iPhones. This update requires that device have the ability to upgrade to iOS 11. As such, some older iPhones will not be allowed to use the app through the future. If your iPhone is not capable of running iOS 11, you'll have to quit playing Pokemon GO until you get a new phone.

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Mikme wireless mic hands-on: recording studio in your pocket

Mikme wireless mic hands-on: recording studio in your pocket

There is a lot of attention being paid these days to the recording and display of high-quality video on mobile devices, but when it comes to audio, it’s still a lopsided game. Smartphones put a heavy emphasis on audio playback quality but, save for a few like LG, don’t pay enough attention to the creation of quality audio. Fortunately, there’s Mikme, a successfully crowdfunded wireless microphone that delivers studio-grade audio recording capabilities in a box not that much bigger than your iPhone.

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Apple to combat iPhone addiction (for kids)

Apple to combat iPhone addiction (for kids)

Apple responded this week to a letter of concern from two major investors about smartphone addiction in children. The letter was dated January 6th, and came from the California State Teachers’ Retirement System and investment management group Jana Partners LLC. The letter included the following: "we have reviewed the evidence and we believe there is a clear need for Apple to offer parents more choices and tools to help them ensure that young consumers are using your products in an optimal manner."

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Insta360 Nano S adds 360-degree video chat to any iPhone

Insta360 Nano S adds 360-degree video chat to any iPhone

Insta360 started off as a small company with an almost odd product: a 360-degree camera that you attach to the bottom of an iPhone, forcing you to use the iPhone upside down. In a little over a year’s time, the brand has exploded into the 360-degree camera scene, embraced Android phones, and even put out an even stranger Insta360 ONE “orbiting” camera. Today, it is going back to its roots with the Insta360 Nano S, successor to the Nano that kicked off the company’s business. And it is adding more than just a letter to its name, bringing a set of interesting features to an accessory you can easily stow in your pocket.

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iPhone SE 2 glass back and wireless charging tipped, plus early 2018 launch

iPhone SE 2 glass back and wireless charging tipped, plus early 2018 launch

The iPhone SE 2, the rumored successor to the iPhone SE, will feature a glass back, according to a new report. This glass back may be more than a random design choice, instead hinting at a specific, welcomed feature: wireless charging. It's a big change over past rumors regarding the device, which was expected to bring an increase in speed but little else. The addition of a glass back would itself be a big change, and wireless charging would bring it to a whole new level.

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Apple: App Store set new holiday record

Apple: App Store set new holiday record

Apple probably enjoyed the holidays more than you did, announcing a whopping $300m in App Store purchases on New Years Day 2018. The company revealed its blockbuster Christmas and New Year sales today, with $890m spent on apps in the seven days starting from December 24th, Christmas Eve.

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