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Pictar Pro grip turns your smartphone into a makeshift DSLR

Pictar Pro grip turns your smartphone into a makeshift DSLR

Smartphone cameras these days can almost rival DSLRs in many ways, especially with their more convenient portability and general purpose functions. There are still, however, things that a dedicated camera will always be able to do better, like offering tactile and more precise physical controls and having a viewfinder that works under the brightest of days. Rather than spend twice on a smartphone and a camera, miggo is offering a more practical alternative: the Pictar Pro Advanced camera grip that transforms your iPhone or Android phone into one.

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Exynos Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 can do 4K 60fps recording

Exynos Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 can do 4K 60fps recording

Just because you have a fancy, advanced image sensor capable of 4K 60 fps video recording doesn't mean you'll be able to do that on your smartphone. Your phone's processor needs to be able support that rather heavy load and, even if it could, your OEM has to allow that feature to be made available to users. When one of those requirements aren't met, users are sadly deprived of what they should have. Fortunately for owners of the Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 using Samsung's Exynos processors, that's possible now.

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Pixel OG fast charging bug fixed in October update

Pixel OG fast charging bug fixed in October update

One of the perks of owning a Google phone is that you are guaranteed regular monthly updates for up to two or three years, depending on what kind of update. What you're not guaranteed, however, are completely bug-free updates. Owners of the first Pixel and Pixel XL "Made by Google" phones learned that the hard way when they discovered almost two months ago that the Android 9 Pie update broke fast charging capabilities. Now two months later, the fix is hopefully rolling out to everyone.

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iPhone XS LTE benchmarks proves it’s better but not the best

iPhone XS LTE benchmarks proves it’s better but not the best

One of Apple's biggest spiels about the iPhone XS and XS Max is their improved LTE performance. That's thanks to its overdue adoption of 4x4 MIMO technology. In theory, that should shut Samsung up over its claims of download superiority. But how does it perform in practice? Separate benchmarks apparently show how much the iPhone XS improved over its predecessor. Unfortunately, they also show how Qualcomm may still have a bargaining chip over its new enemy.

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BlackBerry KEY2 LE pre-orders begin in the US

BlackBerry KEY2 LE pre-orders begin in the US

Some OEMs are rushing to put out new phones in the coming days and weeks but TCL is just being chill and rolling out what it announced just over a month ago. After all, its BlackBerry-branded QWERTY phones don't exactly have universal appeal. It does have its fair share of fans, some of whom might have wished to get their hands on a BlackBerry KEY2 if they could afford it. Fortunately, there is the KEY2 LE which is now available for those in the US to pre-order.

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OnePlus 6T renders confirm waterdrop notch, colors

OnePlus 6T renders confirm waterdrop notch, colors

In about two weeks, we will finally hear from OnePlus why it thinks it's such a hot idea to release a second flagship this year. While the OnePlus 6T may have some differences from the OnePlus 6, it might not be enough to make the latter's owners fume and cringe with regret. Surely, OnePlus believes the OnePlus 6T warrants its own release now rather than wait for a OnePlus 7. And while we already know what those reasons are, these fresh set of leaked renders drive those points home.

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Galaxy S10 might look like this, if we’re lucky

Galaxy S10 might look like this, if we’re lucky

This week a set of leaks about the Samsung Galaxy S10 seem to bring the device (in its several forms) into focus. This is the first time we've gone into depth on the triad of devices in specs right next to one-another with this much confidence - even though the rumors haven't changed a whole lot in the last few weeks. We've got some renderings here that show the Galaxy S10 in a couple different iterations, both of which make it appear to be the most elegant smartphone yet released by Samsung.

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Watch the LG V40 ThinQ Cine Shot mode in action

Watch the LG V40 ThinQ Cine Shot mode in action

LG won't take the wraps off the V40 ThinQ, its latest Android smartphone, until later this week, but we can already share a sneaky tidbit about the new handset today. One of the flagship features of the smartphone - already notable for having a whopping three cameras on its rear - will be its Cine Shot mode, making it easy to create "living photos" or Cinemagraphs.

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Google Store now has its own in-house mail-in Repair Center

Google Store now has its own in-house mail-in Repair Center

Accidents do happen and, unlike the phones of yesteryears, are smartphones today are as fragile as they are expensive. OEMs often frown upon third-party or even self-repairs but the likes of Google have little choice but to outsource repairs to the likes of uBreakiFix. That is, until now. Still unannounced but already live, Google silently added what it has simply dubbed as the "Repair Center" so that you can send in your Pixel phones directly to Google to be repaired by, well, hopefully Google.

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iPhone XS drop test checks if Apple was serious

iPhone XS drop test checks if Apple was serious

Almost all of today's high-end, and even some mid-range, smartphones have glass backs. While those make for visually fantastic designs, they also come with the risk of breaking and, therefore, expensive repairs. That's why smartphone and component manufacturers spend a lot of resources on creating less breakable glass. But glass is glass and glass will break when dropped from a certain height. That is the principle that JerryRigEverything puts to the test by subjecting the iPhone XS to multiple drops from multiple heights.

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LG V40 ThinQ’s five cameras will work like this

LG V40 ThinQ’s five cameras will work like this

Huawei can probably have a few laughs in the next few days, seeing how its rivals are trying to catch up with it this time. Samsung has just revealed its first smartphone with three cameras on its back but LG is about to do one better. The V40 ThinQ is already confirmed, by LG itself, to have three cameras rear side. It will also have two cameras on the front, and all of them will determine how close you want to get or how much of the background you want to capture.

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iPhone XS aggressive “beauty filter” might just be a bug

iPhone XS aggressive “beauty filter” might just be a bug

Apple has made a lot of concessions lately to woo the Chinese market, still considered the biggest and fastest-growing smartphone market, with India a very close second. Its latest change is dual SIM support in the iPhone XS, after years of ignoring trends and market demand. Now it seems it's delivering another popular Chinese market feature in the iPhone XS, one that heavily modifies selfies to make users almost look like they had a face lift.

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