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Oct

Is the Huawei Honor 8 the midrange champion? (Review)


2016 is the year of the midrange phone. This year we’ve seen amazing offerings in the $400 range that push the limits of what we can expect from midrangers. It’s left a lot of us here at AndroidGuys wondering if it’s worth buying a flagship anymore. The OnePlus 3, ZTE Axon 7, Lenovo Moto Z Play, Alcatel Idol 4s, and Huawei Honor 8 represent the best of the best in terms of quality, but who takes the cake? We’ve spent a few weeks with the Honor 8 and it makes a pretty compelling case.

What’s the best $400 phone you can buy?

Specs

  • Display: 5.2″, 1080p LCD
  • Processor: Kirin 950 Octa-core processor
  • Storage: 32GB (expandable)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Camera: Dual 12 MP, f/2.2 aperture (rear), 8 MP, f/2.4 aperture (front)
  • Battery: 3000mAh non-removable
  • Software: Android 6.0 with custom EMUI skin
  • Connectivity: Dual-Sim

    • 2G: 850/900/1800/1900
    • 3G: 850/1700 (AWS)/1900/2100
    • LTE Bands: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20

Read More: Reference guide to US carrier bands and networks

Build

If I were to tell you that you could get almost the exact same build quality of the Samsung Galaxy S7 while paying about half as much, would that interest you? Would you ask yourself how that was even possible? Well, I was certainly left wondering how Huawei pulled it off after I removed the Honor 8 from its packaging for the first time. I used the phone for about three weeks and was still constantly amazed at how well Huawei sandwiched glass and metal together to make this phone. It’s simply brilliant.

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The front of our blue review unit is simple, just the display, small bezels, a standard speaker earpiece/camera and proximity sensor up top with an Honor branding on the bottom. If the Samsung logo on the S7 and Note 7 bother you, the Honor branding might too, but I thought it looked nice without being too eye-catching or distracting.

The back of the phone is equally understated with just a fingerprint sensor, dual-camera setup, flash and honor branding at the bottom. You can see Samsung and Apple’s influence in the design for the Honor 8. It’s simple and doesn’t try to impress with a modular design, large front-facing speakers, or tactile buttons. Huawei kept it simple and let the materials impress those who are lucky enough to see it in person. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the most visually stunning phone I’ve ever seen in person, but the Honor 8 is right behind it.

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With the premium build materials do come compromises, namely, fragility and slickness. The phone will absolutely slide off anything with an incline and any kind of fall onto bumpy surfaces will blemish the devices. At the end of a long drive, I sat the Honor 8 on the top of my car along with my keys and a few other things. I thought it was on a flat enough surface, but I was wrong and it slid onto our blacktop parking spot. Luckily the display was spared, but the corners took the brunt of the blow. No more nice beautiful phone, but it could have been worse. If you’re worried about dropping your phone, get a nice case or choose a different phone because it’s easy to scuff this one up.

Display

The display on the Honor 8 is a 5.2″ 1080p LCD display. Hardly the highest resolution display on the planet, but ask yourself if you truly need a 2560 x 1440p display at 5.2″. The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 5.1″ QHD display and it truly is a thing to behold, but it’s more due to the AMOLED technology, deep blacks, and wonderful peak brightness rather than the pixel density. Huawei made the right call with “only” a 1080p display on the Honor 8.

The colors are vibrant and the blacks look great. Peak brightness won’t approach those in the upper echelon of devices- that’s one of the tradeoff’s you’ll make in this $400 device, but it does do well enough on cloudy days. Sunny days are another story. You’ll be covering the phone with your hand or running under cover to get a good grasp of what’s on your display.

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Auto brightness is better on the Honor 8 than most phones, but it does keep the display a bit dark. I kept my display at roughly 50% for the duration of the review period and was very happy. However, reading in bed was a bit of a pain. The display floor is pretty high and made for some squinting and eye strain in bed. If you like to read in bed you’ll probably need to download a third-party application from the app store to artificially lower the brightness.

Viewing angles are wonderful. If you often share your display with another while watching YouTube or Netflix on the couch at home or the train, you’ll be pleased with the Honor 8. I noticed no color shifting or distortion when viewed at even the most extreme angles.

Software

Software is the biggest area of difference between the Honor 8 and any other widely available Android device in the US market. The Honor 8 runs a heavily customized skin known as EMUI- or Emotion UI. These heavy skins are usually confined to the eastern markets of South Korea, Japan, China and others while we generally get lighter skins here in the States. EMUI takes a lot of what is great about Android and builds on it, but still has some head scratching decisions.

The biggest issue for me is the lack of app drawer. It’s 2016 and some companies, namely LG, have experimented with ditching the app drawer, but EMUI takes that step. I have used my fair share of iPhones and I love them for what they are, but part of the reason I use Android is for software functions like the app drawer. I don’t want three home screens full of folders that I have to search through for an app. Luckily you can swipe down on an empty space of the launcher to pull down a search bar that you can open apps from, much like on the iPhone.

Icons everywhere!Icons everywhere!

One of the smart improvements that the Honor 8 has is in the notification tray. A swipe down reveals all of your alerts, neatly tucked organized by what time they came in. It reminds me a lot of the timeline layout that Pebble uses in its smartwatches. A swipe to the right opens up your quick toggles. Unfortunately, you can’t customize what quick toggles you have or in which order they show up, but there are some smart toggles like Screenshot and WiFi hotspot toggles.

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The app suite included with the Honor isn’t by any means bloated, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some bloatware here. You do get Huawei’s messaging app, gallery, theme store, music player, video player, calendar, clock, file browser, phone manager and email client. You’ll also see two folders named Tools and Top apps. The Tools folder has some of the usual suspects like a calculator, notepad, sound recorder and flashlight. Nothing too revolutionary. Top apps are all of the added bloatware like Facebook, Twitter, and Shazam. Luckily, these are uninstallable. I’ve said this before but if including these apps are what help companies keep the cost of phones down, I’m fine with it (as long as they are uninstallable).

During the review period, I did receive the September security update, so Huawei is doing a good job of staying on top of those. I would like to see when the Honor 8 receives Nougat, though, and what it looks like when it finally hits the phone. When a phone is heavily skinned like the Honor 8, updates tend to take a while because there are a lot of features to incorporate into a new operating system. That’s a lot of testing to make sure nothing is broken once those features are incorporated. If you care about the latest software updates you probably already own a Nexus device. If you care about cool features and aesthetics, the Honor 8 might scratch that itch.

Performance

The Honor 8 is powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 950 chip and represents the first phone in the US powered by it. The Kirin 950 is an octa-core chip with four 2.3GHz cores and four 1.8GHz cores. In real world usage, the chip feels comparable to the Snapdragon 820. Obviously, there are a lot of factors that go into how a phone feels but I’m basing my opinion on usage of the Samsung Galaxy S7, OnePlus3, LG G5, Motorola Z Force Droid, and Samsung Galaxy Note7 (which thankfully didn’t explode).

While I did experience minor hiccups, they were just that- minor and infrequent. Daily tasks like browsing Reddit, scrolling through my agenda in the calendar, checking social media apps, taking pictures, and watching videos on YouTube were frustration free. After turning the phone on, it did need time to “wind up”. I’ve seen this issue in Samsung phones as well where they’re difficult to use in the first couple of minutes after a reboot as processes get started. The Honor 8 wasn’t nearly as bad as some Samsung phones that I used, but the issue did exist.

Battery life was a big standout with the Honor 8. The smallish 5.2″ 1080p display combined with a power-efficient processor meant I was able to get through the day, even on heavy usage days, with battery left over. The only day I was reaching for a charger to top off was the first day I received the Honor 8 and that was due to the phone not having 100% battery out of the box and setting up all of my apps. If you have a charger in your car capable of quick charging or a charger at your desk, it’s very possible to not charge your phone at night and just continue topping off as needed. To say I was impressed with the battery life would be an understatement.

Camera

We’re starting to see more and more companies put dual cameras on the rear of phones to maximize mobile photography opportunities. Huawei was one of the first to do this with the Honor 8. The rear of the phone houses dual 12MP cameras, one lens to capture color and one monochrome. This design intends to let more light into photographs in low-light situations. While you will see some grain in these low-light situations, I was impressed at how well the Honor 8 was able to let in as much light as possible. When you’re able to use the flash, you will notice a huge difference. In the sample below, you would be forgiven if you though the brighter picture was taken during the day rather than at 7:30 at night in a dark room with only a television for light.

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The cameras do even better in well-lit situations. A day at the ballpark and the beach left us with some truly excellent pictures. Here are some camera samples from my time with the Honor 8

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The camera app gives you more than just the bare-bones, too. I was impressed that a quick swipe to the left from the viewfinder found 16 different modes including pro and beauty modes for both photo and video, Good Food, Panorama, HDR, Night Shot, Light Painting, Time-lapse, Slow-mo, Watermark, Audio note, and document scan. While most of the modes will probably go completely untouched, it is nice to have them built-in to the camera app instead of needing to download third party applications if you ever do decide to use them.

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Conclusion

As lovers of technology, the writers here at AndroidGuys often engage in conversation about phones like the Honor 8, ZTE Axon 7, OnePlus 3, Moto Z Play, and the Idol 4S. It’s hard to pick which would be the “best” $400 phone since they all have their own strengths and weaknesses. But, the fact that we’re able to consider these phones over flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG V20, and HTC 10 means that the state of midrange phones has never been better.

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I really enjoyed my time with the Honor 8. I’ve used a lot of the phones released this year, and while it isn’t my favorite phone released in 2016 (Moto Z Play, in case you’re wondering) I would have no trouble recommending it to anyone. Huawei proves that they pay attention to detail and put a lot of work not only into the physical design of the phone but the software too.

The software may not be everyone’s idea of what they’d like to see on an Android device, but much like Samsung devices, Huawei was able to pack in a ton of features without making the device feel bloated. It feels sleek and cool like a cutting edge product no-one else has gotten their hands on yet. The Honor 8 is something completely different than what’s on the market right now and that’s a huge plus.

You can pick up the Honor 8 from Amazon, B&H Photo, or Newegg.

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10
Oct

Zero 2.0 Release Date, Price and Specs – CNET


If you’re making a short journey and prefer to travel light, the Zero 2.0 is a perfect way to get around. But if you need to go far, this carbon fiber scooter could leave you kick-scooting your way home.

Weighing in at 6.4kg, the Zero 2.0 is one of the lightest electric scooters I’ve come across thanks to its carbon-fiber build. The light weight makes it really easy to carry around, so you can fold it up and carry it onto a bus or train without breaking a sweat.

The Zero 2.0 has a range of around 15 km (9.3 miles) and can be upgraded with a bigger battery to a range of about 25km (15.5 miles). I tested the 15 km version and found that, depending on how fast you’re going and how much torque you’re using, you may not get very far.

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I found myself running out of juice after traveling around 8 km or so, and had to walk the rest of the distance home. The Zero 2.0’s 5-inch wheels make this a draining experience as you’ll have to kick a lot to get moving.

But if you’ve got the power, you’ll have a lot of fun zooming around on the Zero 2.0. It accelerates pretty smoothly up to 25 kph (15.5 mph) for a great ride though avoid bumpy ground, as you’ll feel most of the patches due to the smaller wheels.

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A lever located at the bottom allows you to easily fold and unfold the scooter.

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Other features include a bright front light that can be toggled on easily, and a built-in odometer and battery indicator located at the top where the handlebars are. Folding and unfolding the Zero 2.0 is pretty easy to do and you can do it in just one second by pulling a lever. The best thing about the design though, has to be the lack of visible wires, which are usually present on most e-scooters or bicycles.

Retailing at S$1,000 (which converts to around $730, £585 or AU$960) and ships to the US, UK and Australia from Singapore. You’ll pay an extra S$190 (around $140, £110 and $180) for shipping — so if you can get it cheaper locally, that may be a better deal.

Key features

  • Weighs just 6.4kg
  • Range of 15 km (9.3 miles) or 25 km (15.5 miles)
  • Top speed of 25 kmh (15.5 mph)
  • No dangling wires
10
Oct

Should you upgrade to the Pixel XL from the Nexus 6P?


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How does the new Pixel XL compare to its predecessor from 2015?

The Nexus 6P is likely to be the last phone ever made with the Nexus brand, and the new Pixel XL is here to carry on as the successor. But the 6P was (and even a year on still is) a great phone, and it left big shoes to fill. The Pixel XL builds on a lot of what the Nexus 6P had, and is clearly meant to be a proper replacement — naturally, with a higher price this year.

So if you have a Nexus 6P in your pocket right now and have to make a call a year on whether or not the Pixel XL is the right phone for a replacement, we have you covered. Let’s talk about upgrading.

Hardware and specs

The most interesting thing to note when looking at these phones is how similar they are in size but also in specs. Though the Nexus 6P and Pixel have different manufacturers and were developed a year apart, it really seems a lot of the Nexus’s DNA made it over to the Pixel XL.

The Pixel XL design clearly borrows some from the Nexus 6P.

The Pixel XL has a slightly smaller 5.5-inch display, and that leads to just a tad smaller overall body when paired up next to the Nexus 6P. The Pixel XL is a bit thicker, but has a consistent thickness that tapers down toward the bottom ever so slightly. It loses the front-facing speakers of the 6P in exchange for bottom-firing ports, but keeps the USB-C port, headphone jack and buttons in almost the same spots.

The Pixel XL is of course a primarily metal phone, just like the Nexus 6P — the difference in build is rather notable, though. Even with the Pixel XL’s extra flourish of a large glass panel on the back, the phone feels dramatically more solid than the 6P, and doesn’t have the same odd coating that gave the 6P a somewhat-plasticky feeling on the back. The Pixel XL’s design flourishes are a bit less dramatic as well, with smaller chamfers and less contrast in the shiny portions of the frame.

Internally, things have progressed quite expectedly. There’s a faster processor, an extra gigabyte of RAM and the screen is definitely better, but beyond that it’s very much the same recipe: near-identical camera specs, the same battery size, Rapid Charging and the choice to go up to 128GB of internal storage. Check the full spec sheets out:

Operating System Android 7.1 with Google UI Android 7.0
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
RAM 4GB 3GB
Display 5.5-inch 2560x1440AMOLEDGorilla Glass 4 5.7-inch 2560x1440AMOLEDGorilla Glass 4
Rear Camera 12MP, f/2.01.55-micron pixelsPDAF, LDAF 12MP, f/2.01.55-micron pixelsLDAF
Front camera 8MP, f/2.4 8MP, f/2.4
Battery 3450 mAhNon-removable 3450 mAhNon-removable
Charging Rapid Charging Rapid Charging
Connectivity USB-C, Bluetooth 4.2 USB-C, Bluetooth 4.2
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Storage 32/128GBNon-expandable 32/64/128GBNon-expandable
Dimensions 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm
Weight 168 g 178 g

Software and value

The situation continues to be a game of small margins when we look at the software of the two phones. Of course the Nexus 6P was already updated to Android 7.0 Nougat before the Pixel XL was announced, but now we have a new version, Android 7.1, shipping on the Pixel — and beyond that, there are additional customizations (dubbed the “Google UI”) to look at.

The big software features of the Pixel XL basically come down to the integration of Google Assistant, a brand new launcher experience and included 24/7 support built into the software. Going a step further, Google is talking a lot about the Pixel XL’s speed, touch response and much-improved camera processing capabilities. Beyond that, most of the other changes are just subtle visual ones, and the core experience of using Android 7.0 on a Nexus today isn’t too far off from a Pixel XL on 7.1.

Your Nexus 6P will soon have near-identical software to the Pixel XL.

The base of Android 7.1 is certainly coming to the Nexus 6P, but we don’t know the whole story about what these other features will look like when (or in some cases if) they come to the Nexus. Things like the slight visual changes, the new launcher and the ability to use Google Assistant can make their way over to a Nexus in the next update, but how they’re implemented may be tweaked slightly for the older phones. We also can’t really expect the full improvement in camera quality to arrive on the older Nexuses.

If you decide to move on from the Nexus 6P but have appreciated its continued software support, the Pixel XL seems like a logical choice — the newest phone from Google will have the same guarantee of two years of software updates, as well three years of security patches, and that’s a big deal. The Pixel XL of course marks a new line of hardware (processors, graphics capabilities) and vision for software (Assistant, Daydream) that Google will be following going forward, so you’re also getting ready for the future here.

Then of course there’s the price situation, which really makes the difference in an upgrade decision — particularly just a year on with a phone that’s likely working well still. At a starting price of $499 last year the Nexus 6P offered a pretty solid value, slotting comfortably above traditional mid-range phones but also well under flagships. Now at $769 the Pixel XL is going head-to-head with the top-end of the market.

The 6P surely has some resale value at this point, but no matter what you’re going to be laying out a serious chunk of cash for the new Pixel XL. When you add that to the fact that the Nexus 6P is still a really great phone, shares many of the same specs and features with the Pixel XL, and will soon be receiving much the same software experience, you need to think about this long and hard. This isn’t an instant upgrade for many people, and you shouldn’t feel on the outside looking in if it doesn’t add up for you personally.

Google Pixel + Pixel XL

  • Google Pixel and Pixel XL hands-on preview
  • In pictures: Google Pixel and Pixel XL
  • Pixel + Pixel XL specs
  • Understanding Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Verizon is the exclusive U.S. carrier for the Google Pixels
  • Join the discussion in the forums!

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10
Oct

Digital Offers: Get the Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle for only $49!


It’s tough to find work these days that doesn’t require some pretty impressive computer skills. We’re not just talking about proficiency with some basic office software or keyboarding skills, either; some of the most in-demand IT jobs require you to be an expert in security, Cloud software, Linux,networking, and more. How on Earth do you get these under your belt? When do you have the time to study, or the money for tuition?

The online education experts at iCollege have the solution you’ve been hoping for with the Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle. By studying online, at your own pace, and at a much lower cost than you’d expect, you’ll get all the training you’ll need to pass the professional certification IT exams that will finally get you the job you’ve been wanting, or move your IT career to the next level.

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The Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle is available right now through Android Central Digital Offers for only $49, a 95% savings on a three-course bundle that would normally cost you over $1000! Over a 12 month period, you’ll learn from the very best and cover all of the essential IT topics, and you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the hardware components of PCs & mobile digital devices
  • Understand operating systems, networking & security fundamentals
  • Install, configure & troubleshoot display devices & peripheral components
  • Manage system components & data storage
  • Install, configure, optimize & maintain Microsoft Windows & other operating systems
  • Support mobile digital devices, printers & multifunction devices

Prepare for your IT certification exams from the comfort of home and at your own pace. Move ahead at work or finally apply for the IT job you’ve always wanted. Take advantage of the Ultimate CompTIA Core Certification Bundle now for only $49!

See at Android Central Digital Offers

10
Oct

A surprise PlayStation VR sale this morning may be your last chance to grab one early!


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This may be the last chance you have to get a PlayStation VR bundle before Christmas.

Every time PlayStation VR went up for pre-order, it sold out in minutes. Sony has been slowly trickling these orders out to people who know where to look, but it couldn’t be more clear that this VR add on to your PlayStation 4 is going to be difficult to get after launch. If you’re willing to line up for midnight launches, there are a couple of places you might be able to camp out for a PlayStation VR on launch day. If that doesn’t work for you, it looks like Dell has a Doorbuster sale on their website starting at 11am EST for PlayStation VR kits shipping on October 13th.

Read more at VR Heads!

10
Oct

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date revealed, not expected to be brought forward


With the Note 7 saga seemingly never ending, Samsung will be looking to restore consumer trust with its next major phone launch. However, contrary to some reports, it is unlikely to be moving it closer, regardless of its current handset issues.

Speculation firmly points to a release date for the Samsung Galaxy S8 as being 26 February 2017.

That comes from one of the rising stars in the mobile phone leaks business, Ricciolo, who posts on his Twitter feed that the aforementioned date has been confirmed.

Despite #Note7 #disaster,(ATM) i have been confirmed ,no early announcement…#GalaxyS8 SEe you 2+6 😉 Feb at 7PM #samsung #BeCareful ! pic.twitter.com/Rsh196dmBk

— Ricciolo (@Ricciolo1) October 8, 2016

There are no sources mentioned however, and the accompanying Samsung Galaxy Unpacked invite/poster is homegrown.

  • Samsung Galaxy S8: What we want to see and what’s the story so far?
  • Samsung suspends Note 7 production until battery issue is resolved… again

But the date does make complete sense considering the company traditionally holds an Unpacked event on the eve of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. And it almost always unveils the new Galaxy S line at that time.

We asked Samsung if it could confirm or deny the date and got the company’s standard response, “Samsung does not comment on rumour and speculation.”

Previous Galaxy S8 rumours suggest that the company will ditch the “edge” suffix and simply provide just one handset with a curved display. There might be two separate sizes though, to compete with Apple and Google directly.

10
Oct

Tesla confirms product announcement for October 17


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed via Twitter that there’ll be a Tesla event being held on October 17. He said in the tweet that it’s unexpected by most, which while may seem to relate to the actual product being revealed, we’re taking it as though the event itself is unexpected.

Many industry analysts are expecting Tesla to unveil plans for Autopilot 2.0, the second generation of the company’s semi-autonomous driving assistant. It’s likely the 2.0 version will use radar and cameras to allow the system to be more reliable and safer, following a few crashes.

But going by the wording of Musk’s tweet, people weren’t expecting to hear any announcements quite so soon. Perhaps Tesla just couldn’t wait to reveal the big news.

Tesla product unveiling on the 17th (unexpected by most), followed by Tesla/SolarCity on the 28th

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 9 October 2016

But current owners of Tesla electric cars need not worry, as it’s been predicted that any Autopilot 2.0 features will be able to be retrofitted to cars currently on the road.

Electrek.co has also speculated that Elon Musk will announce further details on the Tesla Model 3, the company’s affordable electric car, due to go on sale in 2017. So far we haven’t seen final images or drawings as to what the car will look like, and considering in excess of 400,000 people have pre-ordered one, they’ll probably want to know exactly what it is they’re buying.

There’s just a week to wait until Tesla’s product launch, we’ll of course bring you all the latest news and announcements as and when we get them.

  • Tesla: Everything you need to know about Model 3, Model S, Model X and more
  • What is SolarCity and why is Tesla buying it?
  • Tesla will keep Autopilot and teach drivers about it despite fatal crash

Elon Musk also confirmed in his tweet that there would be a separate Tesla/SolarCity announcement on October 28. Many are expecting this event to confirm the merger between the two companies has been confirmed. There should also be a number of product announcements, which will include the Powerpack 2.0, a scalable battery pack that uses new battery cells developed at the company’s new Gigafactory.

Musk is also expected to unveil details of a new Solar Roof project, which would see house roofs be made out of solar panels, rather than have separate panels installed on a traditional tiled roof.

10
Oct

Microsoft’s reworked Paint app lets you draw with 3D objects


Microsoft is working on an overhaul of its Paint app for Windows 10, and it might just be worth a look if you’re a casual creator. WindowsBlogItalia has leaked an early test version of the software that reveals both a much-needed modernization of the interface (it’s easier to use with your fingers, The Verge notes) as well as some big feature upgrades. For one, it supports 3D objects — you can incorporate fish and other shapes to spice up your otherwise flat drawings, including items from the community.

You’ll also find 2D objects and freehand drawing features. This won’t make you forget professional creative tools (there’s no layering in this version, for example), but that’s likely not the point. As with other versions of Paint, this is more for sketching, illustrating photos and other quick tasks.

It’s not certain when you’ll see the finished version of Paint for Windows 10. However, Microsoft is holding a big Windows 10 event on October 26th. While there are no guarantees as to what will happen, we wouldn’t be surprised if the company used Paint to show off new Surface hardware.

Source: WindowsBlogItalia (translated), The Verge

10
Oct

Olloclip’s new lenses attach quickly to your iPhone 7


Now that there are new iPhones with revised cameras, many smartphone photographers are going to want new Olloclip lenses. Thankfully, they’ve arrived… and Olloclip didn’t just tweak the connectors and call it a day. Its new Core, Active and Macro Pro lens sets not only have improved optics (“premium multi-element coated glass,” Olloclip says), but an improved interchangeable lens system. Called Connect, it separates the frame on your phone from the lens housings. This lets them quickly attach to and align with your iPhone’s camera, even if you have a screen protector. You should spend less time swapping lenses and more time shooting, in other words.

The lenses themselves aren’t a revolution, but they’ll cover most of your photographic needs. The $100 Core Lens kit includes fisheye, 120-degree wide-angle and 15X macro lenses that prioritize flexibility above all else. You can get it with a protective case for $120. The $80 Macro Pro set includes 7X, 15X and 21X lenses for extreme close-ups, while the $120 Active Lens bundle includes both a 2X telephoto lens and a 155-degree ultra-wide lens to capture those outdoor adventures.

You can pre-order all of the lens kits today ahead of the planned early November launch. You may want to choose your lenses carefully if you have an iPhone 7 Plus, however. There’s no mention of taking advantage of the Plus’ longer-range secondary camera — you’re not going to combine that extra zoom with Olloclip’s other optical tricks.

Via: Mashable

Source: Olloclip (PR Newswire)

10
Oct

Olloclip Debuts New Photo Lenses for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus


Photography accessory maker Olloclip today introduced three new photo lens kits designed to fit the new iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, giving iPhone users more ways to improve their photographs. The Core, Active, and Macro Pro lens sets offer macro, wide-angle, and telephoto lens options, and feature an updated Connect interchangeable lens system.

Like previous Olloclip lenses, the new iPhone 7 lenses fit precisely over the rear and front-facing cameras, quickly snapping into place. A hinged lens base swivels so it can be moved between both cameras, and it’s able to work with screen protectors up to .5mm.

The Core Lens Set, priced at $99.99, includes a 180 degree fisheye lens, a 120 degree 4-element wide-angle lens for landscape-style photos, and a 15x macro lens for getting close-up shots. Olloclip is also offering a bundle with the Core Lens that includes an Ollo Case, which is a case designed specifically to work with the lenses.

The Active Lens Set, priced at $119.99, includes a 2x telephoto optical zoom lens, which is able to further enhance the built-in zoom of the iPhone 7 Plus. It also includes an ultra-wide 155 degree lens, which Olloclip says gives an “action camera” field of view.

The Macro Pro Lens Set, priced at $79.99, features three different magnification levels: 7x, 14x, and 21x. According to Olloclip, its macro lenses feature edge-to-edge clarity, less pincushion distortion, and InstaFocus hoods for automatically getting the right depth to capture a clear image.

Each of the three lens sets include a wearable Pendant Stand to keep the lenses close at hand and to create a quick pocket-sized tripod.

All of Olloclip’s lenses can be pre-ordered from the Olloclip website starting today. Shipments will start in early November, with the new lenses offered at Apple, Best Buy, and other major retailers around the world.

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