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2019 iPhone XI changes: Less slippery coating, new front tweaks

2019 iPhone XI changes: Less slippery coating, new front tweaks

Let me tell you how important it is to me that my smartphone is not slippery. Every single time I've reviewed a phone in the past almost-decade I mentioned the slippery nature of the phone where applicable. Now, with the 2019 iPhone, maybe called iPhone XI, iPhone 11, there's a rumor that Apple may have addressed this situation between generations. This device might be less slippery than the iPhones that've come before.

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Vivo V15 Pro will have a 32MB selfie camera

Vivo V15 Pro will have a 32MB selfie camera

Last year, Vivo launched a rather interesting solution to notches in its Vivo NEX S: a pop-up front facing camera. It was certainly a neat idea, especially if you hate notches in any form, because it means no cutouts on your nice edge-to-edge display. For as novel as the idea is, it's one that hasn't really caught on in the world of smartphone design, as many manufacturers seem to be gravitating toward hole-punch cutouts on the display for their selfie cameras.

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Canon EOS RP full-frame camera specs, photos leak ahead of launch

Canon EOS RP full-frame camera specs, photos leak ahead of launch

The anticipated full-frame Canon EOS RP has leaked in a series of press images. The model is expected to join the existing EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera, allegedly bringing with it a 26.2-megapixel CMOS full-frame sensor, DIGIC 8 image processor, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF, among other things. Canon is expected to officially reveal the camera in coming days as a lower-end addition to its mirrorless offerings.

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Flickr extends free account image deletion deadline to March 12

Flickr extends free account image deletion deadline to March 12

Though Flickr gave users an early warning about its plan to reduce free photo hosting, there were some users who inevitably missed the news. The company revealed last year that following its SmugMug acquisition, it would reduce free accounts to a limit of 1,000 photos. Customers who wanted more would either need to pay or save their images before they were deleted.

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iPhone 11’s tipped 3D laser cameras won’t be exclusive for long

iPhone 11’s tipped 3D laser cameras won’t be exclusive for long

This week 3D-sensing laser manufacturer Lumentum spoke about the future of their products in devices beyond those they've worked with in the recent past. Lumentum is the primary supplier of vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) components for Apple's iPhone X line of smartphones re: TrueDepth front-facing cameras. These lasers enable Face ID, portrait mode photography (frontside camera only, for now), and Animoji, in iPhones of several sorts. This week Lumentum Chief Executive Officer Alan Lowe said straight up: Android's on the way.

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Flickr deleting photos starting tomorrow: How to prepare

Flickr deleting photos starting tomorrow: How to prepare

When Smugmug bought Flickr at the end of last year, folks who were using it as a repository for their photos received some bad news. Instead of the 1TB of storage Flickr had been offering when it was owned by Yahoo, Smugmug changed that to a mere 1000 photos, unless of course you signed up for a Flickr Pro subscription, which runs $50 a year. Those who don't shell out for a Pro subscription will have their photos purged until they're at the 1000 photo threshold, and that purge begins tomorrow.

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Panasonic LUMIX S1R and S1 detailed with hands-on pro demo videos

Panasonic LUMIX S1R and S1 detailed with hands-on pro demo videos

The Panasonic LUMIX S1R and Panasonic LUMIX S1 were revealed in full detail this morning with a set of new lenses. These two Panasonic LUMIX S series cameras roll with 4K 60p/50p (PAL area only) video recording, rugged durability (when protected sufficiently, of course), and what Panasonic suggests is "expandability." The LUMIX S1R's specs start with a 47.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, while the LUMIX S1 sports a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor.

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Google Duo low light mode will brighten the darkest night

Google Duo low light mode will brighten the darkest night

Although Google has never really been known for its expertise in photography, it is starting to make a name for itself in that area, particularly on mobile. Its work on software-based photography with the Pixel phones’ lone camera has been impressive and its recent Night Sight turns night into day. Not everyone has a Pixel phone though so it’s mildly reassuring to find out that Google might be working on something similar for its Google Duo video chat app. Plus, it’s also working on something for lovers this month.

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GoPro Plus subscribers now get unlimited full resolution cloud storage

GoPro Plus subscribers now get unlimited full resolution cloud storage

GoPro has announced a big change for its Plus subscribers: unlimited cloud storage. Even better, this new perk stores photos and videos in their original, full resolution, meaning users don't have to choose between paying for a storage plan or settling for lower quality. In addition to its cloud storage change, GoPro is also offering its Plus subscribers big discounts on accessories.

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Xiaomi Pocophone F1 scores surprisingly well on DxOMark

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 scores surprisingly well on DxOMark

Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1, also known as the POCO F1, is a rather odd duck in the Chinese OEM’s team and, so far, seems to be alone. It crammed premium flagship specs in a Nokia-esque polycarbonate chassis in order to keep the price tag even lower than most of Xiaomi’s flagships. But while some compromises were made for the sake of economy, it seems that few were made in terms of performance. That goes even for the cameras, which DxOMark testifies to be good even if not the best.

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Samsung acquires Corephotonics as Apple court case continues

Samsung acquires Corephotonics as Apple court case continues

Usable features in a smartphone component are important - and nowhere more universally important to consumers than in the device's camera. The camera hardware and software must work together to bring the magic - at all points, in all conditions. As such, Samsung's acquired the company called Corephotonics, a company that suggests it's able to create in-focus and sharp photos no matter the amount of zoom.

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Insta360 ONE X Matterport integration makes virtual tour creation easy as pie

Insta360 ONE X Matterport integration makes virtual tour creation easy as pie

Insta360 has definitely come a long way. Starting out with a 360-degree accessory for iPhones, the company has moved up to offering the same ease-of-use and convenience to professionals in just two years. The recently announced Insta360 Titan targeted professional studios and creators but you don’t need an expensive kit just for that. The Insta360 ONE X upgrade last year brought everything you need in a professional but portable camera and can soon be used by Matterport users to create virtual tours that not only educate but can also sell real estate.

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