Nokia 8 cameras explained: how does the dual camera work and what is a "#Bothie"

The Nokia 8 is here and it features a very interesting camera setup: three identical cameras, all with the same, 13-megapixel sensor. Two of them are on the back: one is the main color camera with optical image stabilization and the secondary one is a monochrome sensor, while the third one is… the front camera!
But first let’s start with the camera specs:
13-megapixel rear color camera sensor (likely Sony IMX 258 sensor) with 1.12-micron pixels, 1/3.06 sensor size, Optical Image Stabilization, f/2.0 Zeiss lens13-megapixel …

Google Contacts updated to work on all Android devices running Lollipop and above

The last major Google Contacts update dates from May when a new UI and lots of tweaks have been added to the app. Today, the developers announced another important update, which is meant to expand the availability of the app to even more devices.

Starting with this update, the Contacts application will be available for download on all Android devices running Lollipop and above. Previously, Google Contacts was only available to Pixel, Nexus, Android One, or Google Play Edition devices via Play Store.

The compatibility with just about any Android device is the most important change …

Apple and Aetna secretly meet to work out Apple Watch subsidies for millions of Aetna customers

Apple and insurance company Aetna have been secretly getting together to discuss how the two companies might be able to deliver discounted Apple Watch units to 23 million customers belonging to the health insurer. While Aetna currently offers 50,000 employees a discount on the Apple Watch, the plan is to extend this to the company’s customers who would use the fitness and health tracking features of the timepiece in order to get into better shape.

The meetings between Apple and Aetna took place last Thursday and Friday in Southern California. In addition to the executives from both companies …

Dropbox adds mobile prompts for two-step authentication, here is how they work

Dropbox has just improved its service to prevent users from being locked out of their accounts while they’re on the move. The two-step verification feature is a double-edged sword for many consumers, who sometimes face challenges when they make use of this extra layer of security.

For example, there are times that network coverage is not good enough to allow you to receive text messages so that you can log in to your Dropbox account using two-step verification. This is especially troublesome if you don’t keep track of emergency backup codes provided to you by Dropbox, …

Playing mobile games is now a scientifically proven method to get rid of stress at work. Go tell your boss.

Did you know that more than 50% of Americans regularly experience symptoms of cognitive fatigue, stress and anxiety at work? You probably did, as you are more-likely-than-not to be in that greater half of workers. So then you probably like to chill in your office’s lounge or hide away in the canteen to release some steam, while playing a game on your mobile phone. It’s awesome, but then you start kicking yourself for not using the time to catch up with that massive pile of documents, and end up stressing even more.

Don’t, OK? A recent study at the University …

Apple's latest iPhone ad is a masterful and touching work of art

If there is one thing Apple wants you to know about what it is as a company, that would certainly be different.
The company often points out that it is intensely focused on making great products, but there is one other aspect of Apple that makes it unique: the fact that it stands on the intersection between technology and the liberal arts much more than any other phone maker.
And it proves it time and time again.
Take this latest commercial for the Memories feature on iOS. Memories automatically …

'South Park' TV creators can beam their work directly into 'The Fractured But Whole'


South Park: The Fractured But Whole has a deeper connection to the Comedy Central TV series than you probably realize.

The long-awaited Stick of Truth sequel has seen its share of delays — it was originally meant to arrive in late 2016. The work would be moving a lot more slowly now, however, if not for a major change to the way Ubisoft works with South Park‘s Comedy Central team.

“We made the process different,” Senior Producer Jason Schroeder said during a new episode of Kotaku‘s Splitscreen podcast, referring to the sequel’s use of a new engine — Snowdrop — to power the game. Read more…

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iOS 11 drag and drop hacked to work on the iPhone as it does on the iPad

While previewing iOS 11 on our iPhone 7 Plus, we found a useful-looking drag-and-drop feature in Files, the new file managing app. It’s presence is noteworthy because watching Apple’s presentation at WWDC 2017 left us with the impression that the feature works only on iPads. Another curious fact – a global drag and drop function is also supported on iPhones running the iOS 11 developer preview. We just can’t use it because it’s locked.

This is what an iOS developer, Steven Troughton-Smith, recently found. He has discovered a way to activate drag and …

Do you or would you use a tablet for actual work?

So, with the updates to iOS 11, it seems that Apple is finally gearing up to put the “Pro” in iPad Pro. And yes, while thus far the machine was really powerful, fast, and gorgeous-looking, its issues with multitasking and the barred-off nature of iOS definitely didn’t lend towards a good working experience with the tablet. Unless you are a sketch artist who only uses one or two apps, for example, the Pro felt jarring.

But it’s not the only tablet out there that’s geared towards professionals. Microsoft’s Surface Pro is now 5 generations old and it has its fair share of devout followers, …

U.S. carriers confirm the Essential Phone will work on their networks, but none will offer it directly

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is the gadget of the moment sort to speak. The phone that’s been designed as an alternative to powerful flagships made by Apple, LG, Huawei, Samsung and other important players in the smartphone market, is going to be hard to come by.

Although the company behind the Essential Phone is trying to reassure customers that it will seek to do everything it can to make the device as widely available as possible, it’s clear that it’s not ready to mass produce a ceramic-made handset.

In any case, lucky customers who manage to purchase …