Results: despite its price, the iPhone X is grabbing hearts

So, Apple announced three new phones — as expected —, and two of them were reiterations of the 4-year-old design — as expected —, while the third one was the radical all-screen iPhone X… as expected. Man, these leaks really kill the excitement of such events, don’t they?

In any case, a lot of the rumors about the iPhone X turned out to be untrue. It doesn’t have a Touch ID sensor embedded in the glass, it doesn’t have a “control strip” at the bottom, it doesn’t shoot lasers, and can’t make you a latte. Some would say it’s basically an animoji machine with a large display.
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I used dating AI to make a mixtape for Donald and Melania Trump and the results are predictably horrifying

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Once upon a time, making a mixtape was a simple act of love. Those days are officially over. Now it’s an act of artificial intelligence.

There’s a new app that will generate a mixtape for you and your significant using AI and your photosCouple’s Mixtape, which was created by online suit rental company The Black Tux, analyzes pictures of any pair and spits out 10 to 15 songs it thinks will speak to the relationship.

I tried it using one of America’s most famous couples, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania, and the results were… both disturbing and spot on. For instance, the first song it chose was Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”  Read more…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 battery life: real-life impressions, test results and comparison vs iPhone 7

We’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the $950 Android super-phone, for about a week now and we have a lot to share, but one thing in particular deserves special attention: the Note 8 battery life.
After all, the Note 8 actually has a smaller battery than the nearly identical Galaxy S8+, so this might have some users worried. The Note 8 ships with a 3,300 mAh battery cell, while the Galaxy S8+ sports a 3,500 mAh battery.

So how does the Note 8 do in real life?

We have some good news: the phone easily …

Poll results are in: the Compact Xperia has the fans' hearts

Last year, Sony made the decision to bump the flagship Compact series down — you know, the 4.6-inched small top-tier phones they used to release together with each yearly flagship refresh now became mid-range devices with the Xperia X Compact. “Is that the end for pocket-friendly flagships?” we asked.

Seems not. Xperia XZ1 Compact is here and shows that Sony is back on track with making top-tier handsets that are easy to use with one hand. With pretty much the same hardware as the regular XZ1 and even the same 2,700 mAh battery, it’s a no-compromise Android …

Poll results: LG might be on to something with the V30!

The LG V30 was announced last week and — we have to say — it’s a pretty solid phone. A lovely design, top-tier hardware, awesome camera features, a new OLED display, the removal of the rather unsightly ticker display, and other nifty tidbits. Enough talking, just check out our hands-on with the phone if you haven’t.

But most of you have already probably checked out at least some coverage on the phone. At least the ones that voted in the following poll. Yup, we asked you what you think of it. And yes, unsurprisingly, most people love the V30, at least at first glance. …

Instagram breach results in up to 6 million users' phones and email adresses being sold for 10 bucks a pop

If you’ve been on the internet in the past, say, five years or so, you’ve undoubtedly at some point been the target of a request to enable two-factor authentication for some online service. And while giving away your phone number to a random corporation doesn’t sound like the best idea ever, this is one of the best ways to protect your accounts against unauthorized third parties.

But it seems that even a huge tech giant like Facebook has a bit of a trouble with not just giving away users’ private info — a report from Variety has just highlighted …

Results: the Note 8's secondary camera is a controversial topic

Dual cameras on smartphones are still a fairly new trend, but one that’s picking up fast. And there are four different ways in which manufacturers implement the technology, but they can pretty much be summed up in two categories — “Does it bokeh or not?”.

“Bokeh” refers to the portrait modes with artificial, DSLR-emulating background blur, which are all the craze this year. If the answer is “not”, then the secondary camera is probably a wide-angle one, a-la LG.

When Samsung’s Note 8 was rumored to come with a dual camera, we went wild with speculating which …

Results: Note FE vs Note 8 – here's which one you like more!

About a month or so ago, Samsung released the so-called Galaxy Note Fan Edition. A re-re-launched Galaxy Note 7, with the same hardware, design, and safe battery, only available in limited numbers and, apparently, only meant for Sammy’s home market over at South Korea. Yeah, many were confused at Samsung’s decision to launch any type of Note so close to the Note 8’s release, but the fact that the launch was so limited makes the Note FE’s existence look a little less baffling.

So, what are the differences? The Note FE has last year’s Snapdragon 821 and 4 GB of RAM. …

Results: do you like the Galaxy Note 8?

So, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was revealed yesterday — a powerful top-tier smartphone with a curvy Infinity Display front, a glass back, dual cameras, and the unique S Pen. Designed as the best Samsung can offer, it rocks all the bells and whistles seen in the past and then some. It also has the hard task of washing away the shame that the Note 7 brought on and, at first glance, seems to be well on its way to doing so.

It’s an awesome-looking handset with a rather steep price to boot. We thought we’d ask you whether you are impressed or underwhelmed by the new phablet. …

Results: do you prefer a circular or square smartwatch?

Smartwatches have been selling for a while now and, as you have probably noticed, square-shaped ones seem to be a bit more widely-spread. Actually, back when they first came out, smartwatches were exclusively square-shaped — manufacturers still had a tough time with making a round display and designing a software that looks right on it and makes use of the circular shape. The very first round smartwatch was the Moto 360, released in 2014, and it still had a “flat tire” look, due to the bottom of the display being covered by a black band, which held the display …