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Simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Can Review: A $250 trash investment

Simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Can Review: A $250 trash investment

When I mention the cost of this garbage can, you may recoil in horror. How dare I even consider recommending anyone pay two hundred and fifty US dollars for a can into which garbage should go? I thought the same thing at first, then I considered how often I'd replaced my kitchen garbage can in the last decade. Then I got to thinking about how much I hated the fact that no garbage can I'd ever owned really did a great job of masking smells of any significant strength, ever. Then I wondered if a can of this caliber could actually be a good investment.

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Galaxy S10 Plus’s dirty little ID secret appears in hands-on video

Galaxy S10 Plus’s dirty little ID secret appears in hands-on video

In a hands-on video leaked by a case-making brand, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus seems to have inadvertently revealed a secret. A secret beyond the obvious set of specifications, specifications which have leaked in GREAT detail over the last several weeks. We've got all that good stuff here too - but first, that little oddity sitting right up front. What's the deal with this big hole in the screen protector?

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Safari on iOS 12.2 will put limits on motion sensor access for privacy

Safari on iOS 12.2 will put limits on motion sensor access for privacy

It has been a little over a week since Apple rolled out the first beta for iOS 12.2 and the upcoming release of the mobile platform is already proving to be a treasure trove of features. But while most of the ones that have surfaced focus on what Apple is adding, a new “feature” that has come to light is talking about what Apple is somewhat taking away. While the iOS version of the Safari web browser will still let websites access data coming from the iPhone or iPad gyroscope and accelerometer, users will have to actually give the app permission to do so. Presuming, of course, they’re even aware it’s disabled by default.

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2019 iPhone 3D leaks smell like Android’s Tango

2019 iPhone 3D leaks smell like Android’s Tango

The latest iPhone 2019 leaks suggest Apple could present 3D-scanning features that Androids might find familiar. What with multiple cameras and scanners - including a laser-based solution - makes it seem like Apple just made their first Google Tango phone. Could it be - could we at last be looking at an augmented reality and 3D scanning set of features from an iPhone in 2019?

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Samsung budget phones take selfies for auto brightness

Samsung budget phones take selfies for auto brightness

Budget phones are cheap for a reason. Despite how companies try to spin them, they will always be lacking some hardware that enables this or that feature. Sometimes, such hardware happens to be something we mostly take for granted. Like ambient sensors that enable phones to automatically adjust their brightness depending on the environment. Samsung’s budget Galaxy phones don’t have that but it seems that the company has found a rather curious way to get around that limitation. All it needs is to take a selfie.

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Galaxy S10 to bear one of Samsung’s new 48MP, 32MP cameras

Galaxy S10 to bear one of Samsung’s new 48MP,  32MP cameras

Despite all the fancy bezel-less trends, notches, and sliding or elevating parts, the smartphone market these days is still largely driven by mobile photography. Once Apple’s domain, other companies have stepped up their game to claim the crown in that department. Although not exactly at the top, Samsung’s smartphones are still rated as some of the best, in no small part to its ISOCELL image sensors which are now welcoming two new members boasting 48 and 32 megapixels.

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Air Hogs Supernova Review: Simple drone with motion control

Air Hogs Supernova Review: Simple drone with motion control

Over the past week we've played with the Air Hogs Supernova, a tiny drone made to be minimal. This drone is controlled with an on-switch and sensors. The user tells the drone what to do and how to act with a series of gestures - hand signals in the air - and all power is provided by a charging cable that's not unlike what smartphone users have for their smartphone. This drone is just about as simple as a drone gets.

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Vivo Time-of-Flight 3D sensing tech challenges Apple Face ID

Vivo Time-of-Flight 3D sensing tech challenges Apple Face ID

Vivo has some crazy ideas and it’s not afraid to use them. It wasn’t content to put an in-display fingerprint scanner on the Vivo X20 UD, it had to turn half the screen into one as well. Plus, it moved the front camera out of the bezel and into a motorized sliding popup. It might bring it back to the front, though, at least to make its latest innovation possible. It’s simply calling it the Vivo TOF (time of flight) 3D Sensing Technology and it’s issuing a challenge to Apple’s own tech.

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ASUS VivoWatch BP adds a missing piece to smartwatches

ASUS VivoWatch BP adds a missing piece to smartwatches

Smartwatches have become more than just smaller smartphones. Many of them are smaller clinical labs as well. Health and fitness have become the focus of many smartwatch makers, especially Apple. Despite having countless sensors, almost all of them are missing one important functionality: measuring the user’s blood pressure. At Computex 2018, ASUS, following Omron’s footsteps at the start of this year, is addressing that problem with the new VivoWatch BP that brings a blood pressure monitor to the consumer wearable market.

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Chrome 67 to make mobile Web-based games, VR, AR better

Chrome 67 to make mobile Web-based games, VR, AR better

Chrome 66 just came out of production, finally blocking annoying autoplaying content, but Google is already whetting developers' and users' appetites on what's coming next. While it might not be a grand launch just yet, Chrome 67 will be laying the foundations that will make Web-based mobile experiences better by taking advantage of the smartphone's sensors as well as the new WebXR framework that combines VR and AR APIs into one.

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Canon 120MXS 120MP sensor will be great for surveillance

Canon 120MXS 120MP sensor will be great for surveillance

It’s been more than 3 years in the making but now Canon has something more concrete to show than just promises and theoretical data. Back in 2015, it announced, among two other next-gen cameras, a 120 megapixel SLR camera that has yet to actually launch. It has taken one step closer to making that drool-worthy and pocket-burning camera a reality with a 3-minute video showcasing why this particular sensor won’t be of interest just to photographers but even to security agencies and personnel.

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Another step toward the perfect smartphone

Another step toward the perfect smartphone

When I say "the perfect smartphone" I of course mean the four-sided screen. That is the dream of the panel you hold in your hand without any sign of interruption - logos, buttons, or anything in-between. That dream is one step closer to reality now that phones are coming with a feature that's going live thanks to a group called Goodix.

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