Results: phone cameras don't cut it, not always

A smartphone can be many, many things — a music player, a communications device, a fun mobile console, or even a camera. And lately, the camera department has been getting better and better. It’s safe to say that if you are shelling out for a flagship nowadays, chances are you will have a great camera on that phone.

But are they good enough to make most users forget about dedicated handheld cameras? Sure, you do have your phone on you at all times and that makes it the most-often used camera, but do you actually keep a dedicated shooter somewhere around, …


New shot-on-iPhone short film Vortex shows you don't always need expensive cameras for great video

Shooting a cinematic video on just a phone is a bit of a cliche these days: we know that it’s possible and we know people do it more and more, but this latest one is worth sharing because it pushes the boundaries with shooting technique.
Vortex is a new, 1.5-minute short movie that is shot entirely on an iPhone with the help of some tools and with a lot of creativity, and it exemplifies novel camera movement that gives an exciting new perspective on New York City.

Watch a phone camera perform 360° barrel rolls!

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Here's why T-Mobile, Verizon or AT&T reps don't really push the iPhone X

If you think store reps are enjoying huge incentives to recommend this or other phone to you, that’s obviously not the whole story, as a recent report by Chris Matyszczyk makes clear. Going around carrier stores, he couldn’t find a single salesman pushing the iPhone X instead of other handsets, which was a bit unexpected given the price and eventual larger purchase commission that common sense would suggest. 

Reps, however, commented that the infamous spiffs (incentives) to sell one phone or another are overblown, and each carrier has its own strategy to spur sales …

Pro-tip: Watch your dog so they don't eat 21 pacifiers

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Dogs eat anything. 

Okay, maybe not anything, but we do know of one dog that ate 21 pacifiers and that should serve as a warning for pet owners everywhere. 

A 4-year-old Shar-Pei named Dovey underwent surgery last week after his owners were concerned about how much weight he had lost over a short amount of time and brought him to see his long-time vet, KFOR-TV reported

Hs family, based in Oklahoma, also had noticed Dovey stealing one pacifier from a countertop and separately throwing one up. An X-ray revealed the pacifiers were in Dovey’s stomach: Read more…

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Did BLU bricked your Life One X2 smartphone? Don't worry, you can now buy its sequel

BLU Products, the US-based company that’s trying to conquer the entry-level segment with some of the cheapest Android smartphones that money can buy, recently made headlines due to an issue with a software update.

Apparently, BLU managed to brick a lot of smartphones when the company released a faulty software update a few days ago. Unfortunately, the company didn’t issue any official statements, so if you’ve bought the BLU Life One X2 and installed the last update, then your phone will probably remain unusable.

But there’s a solution to the problem if you’re …

I know there's a lot on your plate this year, so don't worry about all these robots we're making

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Okay, so you’ve probably seen an influx of robots and robot stories getting shared on the internet lately, and you’ve probably experienced some anxiety about some sort of impending robot-related doom

As a lead robot scientist, I’m here to assure you that evvvvveerrrrrything is cool. It’s all good!

Why are we making these robots that can acrobatically execute a flawless backflip? Don’t worry about that! Just believe me when I say that it’s totally cool. 

One of the robots we made yesterday already knew how to wield a gun and we didn’t even program that! This, of course, is one of many things you should not worry yourself with. Go grab a beer instead! Seriously. Nothing to see here. Read more…

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Don't like the iPhone X notch? Here's 15 wallpapers that make it disappear!

The iPhone X’s “notch” has got to be one of the most divisive design choices made by Apple in recent years. The classic iPhone silhouette is one of the most recognizable in tech – heck, even in modern culture in general. A large rectangle with rounded corners and a smaller rectangle within it, positioned atop an even smaller circle. Three simple shapes that, when arranged like that, are universally recognized as an iPhone. But then the iPhone X comes along to erase all bezels and remove the home button, and how does Apple strive to make its silhouette iconic in a new way? …

Don't upgrade your iOS without downloading this software first

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Managing all of the data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod can be a real iPain sometimes, especially when upgrading or switching devices forces you to leave some of your files behind. (To be fair, some of those photos from St. Patrick’s Day 2014 are probably better left in the past — but that’s besides the point.)

As the self-proclaimed “Swiss Army Knife” of mobile data organization, iMazing 2 is set on putting an end to this struggle. Compatible with any Mac, PC, and iOS device, this all-purpose software lets you transfer documents, data, and media between your gadgets — without jailbreaking your device.  Read more…

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If you don't put a case on your Apple iPhone X, it could end up looking like this!

You might remember a now famous video from 2014, dated September 19th. Yes, that was the day that the Apple iPhone 6 launched, and an 18-year old named named Jack Cooksey had just purchased the new phone at the Apple Store in Sydney, Australia. A television reporter on the scene decided to interview the kid, who was clutching the box containing his new phone. With the television camera focused on him, Jack opened the box and his brand new iPhone 6 slid right out and hit the pavement.

Well, let’s move forward three years to 2017. Today, the Apple iPhone X is being launched, and while Apple …

iPhone X bumper cases: protect your device, don't hide its style

The iPhone X is well on its way to the lucky ones that managed to pre-order it on time. Of course, there will also be a certain number of devices at the Apple Store physical locations for those that feel like lining up for a chance to get their hands on one. Seeing as the 10th anniversary iPhone is so highly-sought after and quite expensive, it’s probably a good idea to try and keep yours intact.

Yes, we are going to talk phone cases. Now, you generally have a couple of ways to go with those accessories — get a slim case that barely protects the phone, but also …