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The Galaxy Note 8 vs. the competition: More than just a stylus

With phone screens getting bigger and bigger, the Galaxy Note doesn’t quite stand out the way it used to. The Note 8’s 6.3-inch screen is only a tad larger than the 6.2 inches boasted by the Galaxy S8+, and both devices share the same Snapdragon 835 processor. Still, the Note 8 has a few things to set itself apart, including a new dual camera setup like the one on the soon-to-replaced iPhone 7 Plus. Check out the table below to see what Samsung’s latest large-screen handset is packing under the hood versus other notable flagships, and check back for our full review of the Galaxy Note 8 in a few weeks.

Galaxy Note 8
Galaxy S8+
iPhone 7 Plus
Starts at $930 (off-contract)
$675 (off-contract)
$649, $729 (off-contract)
$769, $869, $969 (off-contract)
Known dimensions
162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 inches)
159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm (6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches)
153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm (6.06 x 2.89 x 0.31 inches)
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches)
195g (6.9 ounces)
173g (6.1 ounces)
169g (5.96 ounces)
188g (6.63 ounces)
Screen size
6.3 inches (160.02mm)
6.2 inches (158.1mm)
5.5 inches (139.7mm)
5.5 inches (139.7mm)
Screen resolution
2,960 x 1,440 (521ppi)
2,960 x 1,440 (529 ppi)
2,560 x 1,440 (534ppi)
1,920 x 1,080 (401 ppi)
Screen type
Quad HD+ Super AMOLED
Quad HD+ Super AMOLED
Quad HD Super LCD 5
Retina HD
Internal storage
External storage
Rear camera
Dual cameras:
12MP, f/1.7 (wide angle)
12MP, f/2.4 (telephoto)
12MP, f/1.7
12MP, f/1.7, 1.4μm pixel size
Dual cameras:
12MP, f/1.8 (wide angle)
12MP, f/2.8 (telephoto)
Front-facing camera
8MP, f/1.7
16MP, f/2.0
7MP, f/2.2
Video capture
4K at 30fps
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Apple A10 Fusion
2.3GHz octa-core
2.3GHz octa-core
2.45GHz octa-core
2.34GHz quad-core
Adreno 540
Adreno 540
Adreno 540
PowerVR Series 7XT GT7600 Plus
Dual band, 802.11ac
Dual band, 802.11ac
Dual band, 802.11ac
Dual band, 802.11ac
Operating system
Android 7.1.1
Android 7.0
Android 7.1
iOS 10
Notable features
Iris scanner, fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C
Iris scanning, fingerprint sensor, IP68 certified, USB Type-C
Fingerprint sensor, IP67 certified, USB Type-C
Touch ID, IP67 certified, Lightning connector


‘Swords of Ditto’ scratches that retro ‘Zelda’ itch

Washed up on the beach, you, young boy/girl/robot, are the hero that will save the island of Ditto. Or you’ll fail, and plunge the land into a hundred years of darkness until another hero is born. OneBitBeyond’s The Swords Of Ditto puts you control one tiny adventurer at a time, and if when you die, when the Big Evil (some sorceress of some kind) fries you on the spot, you won’t live to fight another day. However, someone else will claim your hero’s sword and continue the struggle. That’s the crux, but it’s how OneBitBeyond have executed it, in a top-down action RPG that leans heavily on SNES-era Zelda (and some Secret Of Mana), with a punchy cartoon style that belies the small team behind it all.

If you have watched the announce trailer (you should), you can tell that there’s an awful lot of love baked into the game, which lands on PS4 and PC next year. Even the randomly-generated hero (it can be a robot, yes!) somehow endears themselves to me over a mere 30-minute hands-on play.

I’m playing alongside OneBitBeyond’s Jonathan Biddle, who explains his through a sample of secondary weapons you earn to complement your sword. There’s lighting paper to set foes and grass on fire, a bow and arrow (of course), as well as more esoteric weapons like a nerf gun (which does no damage but can trigger switches), a golf club, a huge horse chestnut mace and many more. These work not only as weapons, but help you progress through dungeons, and weaken the big end boss. (You could attack her right at the start of the game, but I was warned that would not end well…)

Yep, two adventurers can play alongside each other, which makes some enemies easier to take down, but sometimes makes some puzzles harder — timed platform jumping is not a fun team activity.

Besides your home town, the world you explore is regenerated each time your hero dies: dungeons also are redrawn, enemy placement redistributed, and puzzles swapped around. Not that you’ll have to struggle across the map to hop from distant dungeons to home: just summon a trans-dimensional bus with a kazoo. Don’t worry, the whimsy isn’t ever cloying, and some of the characters already teased, like a feline fight arena teacher or a sweaty octopus stewing in a hotspring bath will likely pull you further into the game. Never underestimate the power of silly ideas and cute design.

The game is a lot of fun, especially combining multiple weapons and gadgets for extra destruction. And while the game is headed for PC and PS4 next spring, given the cooperative play option and how much inspiration it takes from the guy in green with the pointy ears, is it too much to ask for a Switch port?

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Apple TV’s Estimated Market Share Declines as Customers Await Highly-Anticipated 4K Model

Apple TV was the fourth most popular streaming media player in the United States in the first quarter, behind the Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV, and Google’s Chromecast, according to market research firm Parks Associates.

Parks Associates estimates Apple TV’s market share fell to 15 percent in January through March this year among U.S. households with broadband. MacRumors confirmed the survey size was 10,306 households.

By comparison, Roku increased its lead in the category to an estimated 37 percent market share in the first quarter, trailed by the Fire TV and Chromecast at an estimated 24 percent and 18 percent respectively.

At $149, the Apple TV is also more expensive than any of its major competitors. Roku starts at $40, Chromecast starts at $35, and Fire TV starts at $90, with even cheaper prices often available from resellers.

“Higher-priced devices, such as the Apple TV, have not been able to keep up with low-priced and readily available Roku devices, which can be found at Walmart for as low as $29.99,” said Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst at Parks Associates.

In January, following Apple’s first quarter earnings results, financial chief Luca Maestri said Apple TV sales had declined on a year-over-year basis. Exact sales are unknown, as Apple groups the device under its “Other Products” category.

4K on Horizon

The current Apple TV launched in October 2015, ushering in significant changes such as a brand new tvOS operating system, App Store, and a Siri Remote. But, nearly two years have passed, and customers are anxiously awaiting what’s next.

One of the most desired features is 4K support, and rumors suggest Apple TV fans may soon have that wish granted.

In February, Bloomberg reported that Apple was testing a new Apple TV with 4K and more vivid colors that could be released as early as later this year. The report said the fifth-generation model is codenamed J105.

The codename, and references to 4K and HDR, have since been found in both the accidentally released HomePod firmware and the seventh tvOS 11 beta. 4K HDR references have also appeared in iTunes.

Additionally, in March, developer Firi Games provided MacRumors with evidence of a device identified as “AppleTV6,2” and running “tvOS 11.0” connecting to its arcade game Phoenix HD for Apple TV in its logs. The IP address fell within a range linked to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.

The current Apple TV has a model identifier of AppleTV5,3, and Apple TV6,2 does not correspond with any released model.

It’s conceivable that Apple could launch 4K content in iTunes alongside a new Apple TV with support for up to 4K video output and HDR, or high dynamic range, which allows for sharper colors and lighting. The current, fourth-generation Apple TV has a maximum 1080p video output, and no support for HDR.

The high-end iMac models with 4K and 5K Retina displays are currently Apple’s only devices that can display 4K content properly. The latest Apple TV lacks the hardware required for 4K and HDR video output.

Apple is widely expected to unveil new iPhones at a September event, which it could also use to unveil a new Apple TV.

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Samsung Reveals Galaxy Note 8 With Dual Rear Cameras and 6.3-Inch AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’

At its “Unpacked” event in New York City today, Samsung unveiled the all-new Galaxy Note 8 smartphone, following months of speculation about the device’s August debut. The event began with a recap video of the Note line’s history, including user testimonies following the Note 7’s fire-catching scandal and how they continued to support Samsung during the recall.

Looking forward at the new device, the Galaxy Note 8 has a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED “Infinity Display,” with an edge-to-edge screen that represents the largest screen ever on any Note device. The display has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, which allows users to see more content than ever before, according to Samsung. This includes access to a new multitasking feature called “App Pair,” which lets users create custom pairs of their favorite apps on the Edge side panel, simultaneously launching two apps to interact with them at once.

“We appreciate the relentless passion of the Note community. They’ve been a constant inspiration to us, and we designed the new Note for them,” said DJ Koh, president of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “From the Infinity Display to the enhanced S Pen, to the powerful Dual Camera, Note8 lets people do things they never thought were possible.”

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a new and enhanced S Pen with a finer tip and improved pressure sensitivity. When using the S Pen, users can send “Live Messages” to handwrite text messages — and add in special effects — within the text message app. An enhanced screen-off mode lets users quickly jot down notes when the smartphone is turned off, and then save the note to view later.

On the photography side of things, the Galaxy Note 8 has one 8MP front-facing camera and two 12MP rear cameras, and includes optical image stabilization on both of the rear cameras. The rear-facing cameras include one wide-angle f/1.7 lens and one telephoto f/2.4 lens, while the front camera has an aperture of f/1.7.

A “Live Focus” mode lets users take a picture and control the depth of field of everything surrounding the main subject of the image, so users can adjust the bokeh effect before and after the photo is taken.

Expanding the ecosystem of the Note smartphone line, Samsung also introduced “Samsung DeX,” which lets the smartphone communicate with a user’s PC to seamlessly transfer between working on the go and at home or in an office.

Additionally, the Galaxy Note 8 is water and dust resistant (IP68), includes fast wireless charging, a 3,300 mAh battery, and various biometric authentication options (iris and fingerprint scanning). Samsung’s new smartphone has 6GB of RAM, a 10nm processor, and 64GB/128GB/256GB of internal storage, depending on market and carrier availability. The device also keeps the standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

A few websites have already gotten to go hands-on with the Galaxy Note 8, including The Verge, Engadget, CNET, and USA Today. Many sites pointed out the similarities of the device’s dual-lens camera system to that of the iPhone 7 Plus, with Engadget noting, “Samsung has a camera setup excellent enough to make iPhone owners consider switching.”

Those interested will be able to pre-order the Galaxy Note 8 starting tomorrow, August 24, and the smartphone will then go on sale September 15. In the United States, the device will be available in Midnight Black and Orchid Gray for carrier and Unlocked by Samsung versions, and customers will be able to purchase it at all of the major carriers, as well as, Best Buy, Target and Walmart.

According to a Verizon press release, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will cost $40/month for 24 months, or $960 at retail. The Verge reports that the smartphone will cost $930 at T-Mobile and $950 at AT&T.

For any original Note 7 owners, CNET noted that Samsung will be offering a discount on Note 8 devices: purchasing the smartphone through will allow previous Note 7 users to receive an instant trade-in credit of up to $425 when upgrading a current phone to Note 8. In addition, anyone at all who purchases a Note 8 between August 24 and September 24, 2017 has the chance to get either a free Samsung Gear 360 camera or a free Galaxy Foundation kit with a 128GB memory card and fast wireless charger.

For even more information on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, check out the company’s website.

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Apple to Build New Data Center in Iowa

Apple is planning to build a new data center in Waukee, Iowa, according to a meeting agenda published by the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board and shared by The Des Moines Register.

At a meeting that will take place Thursday morning, the board plans to review Apple’s application for investment in the city and will “consider an undisclosed amount of incentives” to encourage Apple to build the data center.

An Apple data center in Reno, via the Reno-Gazette Journal
While the agenda simply suggests Apple is planning some kind of project in Waukee, sources that spoke to The Des Moines Register have said Apple will build a data center, joining Microsoft, Facebook, and Google, companies that also have data centers in the area.

Apple currently has data centers located around the world. In the United States, Apple operates data centers in Reno, Nevada; Prineville, Oregon; Maiden, North Carolina, Newark; California, and Mesa; Arizona.

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iPhone 8 Event Date Rumored for September 12, With Device Launching September 22

As we approach the end of August and the time that Apple typically sends out invitations for its annual iPhone reveal event, a new report by Mac4Ever [Google Translate] has pegged this year’s iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s Plus event date as Tuesday, September 12. The site then predicted the three new iPhone models will go on sale a week and a half later, on Friday, September 22.

The weekdays match a pattern that Apple historically follows each year, setting an event on a Tuesday or Wednesday, and then actually launching the new iPhone a few weeks later, on a Friday. Mac4Ever’s prediction is sourced by information gained from a few French telephone carriers, but at this point any general event date guess on a Tuesday or Wednesday in early September could end up as the winning date chosen by Apple, so continue to take these event rumors with a grain of salt.

Apple’s financial quarter ends Saturday, September 30, so it’s likely that the company intends to have its iPhone 8 event early in September, followed by the launch a week or so later. This would provide enough leeway between the launch and the end of the quarter to account for a boost in iPhone sales figures.

For this reason, in the first week of September, Wednesday, September 6 is an option for the event, although Tuesday, September 5 is less likely due to its close proximity to Labor Day the day prior, which would likely require press to travel on the holiday. If Apple held an event on September 6, the iPhones could potentially launch Friday, September 15.

The second week of September includes Mac4Ever’s predicted date of September 12, and Wednesday, September 13 could also potentially be a possibility for the event. Either of these dates suggest an iPhone debut on Friday, September 22.

Looking back at the past few years of iPhone launches, the previously mentioned dates are most likely when users can expect Apple to announce and release the iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s Plus.

2012 — iPhone 5 — announced September 12, released September 21
2013 — iPhone 5s/5c — announced September 10, released September 20
2014 — iPhone 6 — announced September 9, released September 19
2015 — iPhone 6s — announced September 9, released September 25
2016 — iPhone 7 — announced September 7, released September 16
The September iPhone event is also rumored to see the unveiling of a 4K Apple TV and potentially the Apple Watch Series 3, although when those products would launch is unclear. The same event will also see Apple delve deeper into new features surrounding iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11.

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8 sweet Android 8.0 Oreo tips and tricks to help get you started

Android 8.0 Oreo is finally upon us. After a months-long beta program and a launch event timed with the solar eclipse, the newest version of Android is available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel, Pixel XL, and Pixel C.

If you have finished reading our Android 8.0 Oreo review, read up on all the new features, and followed our installation guide. Now what? Android 8.0 Oreo might not look all that different than the previous version, but there’s a lot that’s changed under the hood. You can customize notifications, watch YouTube videos while in another app, and stream high-quality Bluetooth audio. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Some of these features can be tough to find if you don’t know where to look. Here’s a list of handy Android 8.0 Oreo tips and tricks to help get you started.

How to customize notifications using channels

Android 8.0 Oreo introduces Notification Channels, or custom app-defined categories for notifications. The YouTube app is a good example: It splits notifications into two groups, offline notifications and general notifications. The idea is to let you block unimportant notifications without messing with the ones you want to see. The Twitter app is another example: You can choose to get notifications for direct messages, but not for likes or new followers.

Switching off a channel is easy. Long press on one of the app’s most recent notification and tap the toggle to turn off notifications from the channel. Here, you can also tap All Categories to get a full list of the app’s channels, and tap the button next to the channel you want to disable. You won’t get notifications from that channel until you enable it again. To turn off notifications for an app entirely, slide the notification left or right until you see a gear icon. Tap the gear icon, and toggle the Notifications off.

Alternatively, you can head to the app’s notifications page in Android’s Settings menu. To get there, go to Settings > Apps & notifications > App info and choose the app you want to customize notifications. Here you’ll see a list of the app’s channels, along with settings toggles for each channel and indicators showing their priority. High priority will make a sound if your device’s notification volume is turned up; urgent priority will make a sound and pop on screen; medium priority will make no sound, and low priority will have no sound or visual interruption.  The YouTube app treats general notifications as “high priority,” for example, and offline notifications “medium priority.”

How to snooze notifications

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Sometimes you don’t want to deal with a notification right when you get it. That’s where Android Oreo’s notification snoozing comes in: You can schedule a notification to reappear after a predefined interval of time.

To reschedule a message, swipe to the right or left of a notification until you see the gear and clock icon. Notifications snooze for 1 hour by default, but tapping the drop down arrow will offer options to snooze for 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and 2 hours.  Select one, and you’ll see the notification again when the time comes.

You can’t snooze every alert. Persistent notifications, otherwise known as ongoing notifications, can’t be dismissed or rescheduled.

How to enable Notification Dots

The notification shade isn’t the only way to keep track of alerts in Android Oreo. Notification dots add iOS-like indicators to homescreen app shortcuts. They double as powerful app shortcuts — tapping and holding on them lets you preview the most recent notification’s content, and in some cases take action on it.

To enable notification badges, head to the Settings menu and go to Apps & notifications. Then, tap Notifications and flip the Allow icon badges switch to “on.”

If you’d rather enable badges on an individual basis, head to Settings > Apps & Notifications > Notifications > Notifications. Tap the app you want to toggle, and then tap the button next to Allow notification dot.

How to save time with Smart Text Selector

Let’s face it: Copying and pasting text on your smartphone sucks. But Android Oreo’s Smart Text Selection makes it better by automatically recognizing text content. When you highlight an address, phone number, email address, or name, you’ll get contextually relevant shortcuts to the dialer, Google Maps, and other applications.

To use Smart Text Selection, press and hold on a block of text you were going to copy. You should automatically get an option to jump to a relevant app, alongside copy and share. For example, if you select an address, you should automatically get an option to jump into Google Maps — the address will already be inputted.

How to save your passwords and login info with Autofill

Android Oreo’s Autofill feature lets you store form data like usernames, passwords, addresses, and phone numbers, kind of like how most browsers ask if you want it to store account information. It’s helpful as you don’t have to remember your account details when you log in again.

When you sign into an app or fill out a form for the first time, Google will ask if you want it to store this information. All you need to do is tap Yes, and that’s it. While Google saves a bulk of your login data, if you allow it, but Autofill can also work with third-party apps like Enpass Password Manager and Dashlane.

Head to Settings > Languages & input > Autofill service. Select the autofill app you’d like to use, and try logging into an app, website, or service. Android will automatically supply any username and password data associated with your account.

How to enable Google Play Protect and remotely wipe your phone

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Android, like any widely-used operating system, is a prime target for hackers. That’s why Google took the wraps off Google Play Protect, a suite of anti-virus and security tools for Android, earlier this year, and launched it with Android Oreo. Many of these features have been implemented before, but Google is now making it easier to see your device’s status.

To enable Play Protect, go to Settings > Google > Security > Google Play Protect and toggle on Scan device for security threats. You’ll see a list of recently scanned apps, and a green “Looks good” check mark if your phone’s in the clear. You can also access this setting by going to Settings > Security & Location > Google Play Protect.

There’s another component to Google Play Protect: Find My Device. Once it’s enabled, you can use it to see your phone’s last known location, lock your phone with a PIN, pattern, or password, or erase your phone’s internal memory. You can access these functions remotely via the Find My Device website.

How to watch videos with picture-in-picture mode

Android 8.0 Oreo’s new picture-in-picture mode lets you minimize videos so you can multitask. The list of supported apps isn’t huge right now — YouTube, Duo, VLC, and Google Play Movies are among those that currently support it. But it’ll no doubt grow as Android Oreo makes its way to more devices.

To use picture-in-picture mode, launch the app you want to minimize. Start a video, then tap the home button. You’ll get a small rectangular video player on your home screen. Tap the screen and you can close the video, go back to full-screen mode, or access playback controls. Tap and drag the floating window to move it around.

How to add a custom ringtone

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Android may be one of the most advanced operating systems on the planet, but adding a custom ringtone used to be an absolute pain. You basically had two choices: Download a third-party ringtone app that added the ringtone for you, or manually copy the sound file to /sdcard/Notifications, /sdcard/Alarms, or /sdcard/Ringtones. It’s a lot easier now on Android Oreo.

Adding a custom ringtone is as easy as pulling up Settings > Sound and tapping Phone ringtone. The final step? Tap the Add ringtone button at the bottom to add any sound file to Android’s sound picker list.


Best iOS app deals of the day! 6 paid iPhone apps for free for a limited time

Everyone likes Apple apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for free for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up while you have the chance. Here are the latest and greatest iOS app deals available from the iOS App Store.

These apps normally cost money and this sale lasts for a limited time only. If you go to the App Store and it says the app costs money, that means the deal has expired and you will be charged. 


Convert your iPhone into a retro Walkman with Delitape. This vintage music app brings you back to the good old days. Swipe through the finest tapes animated with a great passion for detail.

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Ashy Bines Ab Challenge

Discover your personal belly blueprint and fast track your journey to achieving the flat, sexy stomach you have always wanted.

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Remote Drive Pro

Turn your iPhone or iPad into a wireless flash drive for your Mac. Have full access to your Mac files – use your iOS device to stream videos, and view photos and documents, from anywhere within your home.

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Apply stunning filters to your photos more easily than ever. Choose from a beautiful collection of stunning filters to make your photos achieve the specific look and glow you want.

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Speech Translator

Instantly speak another language simply by talking to your phone. This app promises to return your speech in one of 33 languages.

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Train Conductor

Directly control trains with your finger. Send them to their destinations by creating track connections with a quick swipe.

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Future Audi electric cars may feature roof-mounted solar panels

Why it matters to you

Technology like Audi’s planned roof-embedded solar panels can make electric cars more convenient, which will speed up their adoption.

Sunlight could soon power the air conditioning system that keeps you cool in the middle of July. Audi has teamed up with Chinese solar cell specialist Hanergy to develop thin-film solar panels for its electric cars. That sounds like it’s straight out of a science fiction movie, but the company says it’s closer to production than it seems.

Audi is working with Alta Devices, a sub-division of Hanergy, to develop thin solar panels that can be integrated into the panoramic glass roof of a car. These state-of-the-art panels have an efficiency of over 25 percent, and are thin and flexible, so they can take on many shapes and forms. The brand predicts these panels could cover the entire surface of an electric car’s roof to harness as much electricity as possible, and will even work in low light.

The energy generated by the solar panels will flow to the car’s electrical system to power volt-hungry accessories like the air conditioning and the seat heaters. These features will in turn draw less juice from the battery pack, which will boost the car’s driving range. How much of an increase we could be looking at hasn’t been revealed yet, but every little bit helps.

“The range of electric cars plays a decisive role for our customers. Together with Hanergy, we plan to install innovative solar technology in our electric cars that will extend their range and is also sustainable,” Audi board member Bernd Martens said in a statement.

Audi predicts it will be possible to send electricity from solar panels directly to the battery pack to help provide power to the electric motors in the not-too-distant future. Solar panel technology still needs to advance before it’s possible to charge an electric car on-the-go. Figuring it out would be “a milestone along the way to achieving sustainable, emission-free mobility,” Martens added.

Audi and Hagergy plan on building the first prototype with solar panels embedded in the roof before the end of this year. The e-tron quattro concept introduced two years ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show will spawn a production model next year, so the solar roof could be ready by the time production begins.


Echo Show gives you a reason to actually use Amazon Prime Photos


The Echo Show is a great digital picture frame. Now you’ll just have to start using Amazon Prime Photos.

There are too many ways to manage your photos online. That’s a good thing, actually, because choice is good. It’s just that I’ve never had any reason to use Amazon Prime Photos, and so I’d never bothered taking a look at Amazon Prime Photos.

pics-echo-show.gif?itok=HIq-c-dUTurns out it’s actually pretty good. Probably not as good or use as Google Photos, or Apple’s own scheme. But it’s definitely something you should check out at some point.

And if you’re one of the early folks who has a new Echo Show, you’ll definitely want to fire up Prime Photos.

A couple reasons for this: First is that if you actually take any pictures with the Echo Show (not that there’s any real reason to do this, other than the novelty of it), Prime Photos is where they’ll show up. So it’s at least worth keeping an eye on that, because kids do the darnedest things. (Also: Stickers!)


But the better reason is because you can turn the Echo Show into a digital picture frame. Here’s how:

First, you’ll need pictures. I’ll assume you have some somewhere and can upload them to Prime Photos on your own. You’ll also need one of the following: Prime Photos on the web, the Android app, or the iOS app.
Log in to Prime Photos, and go to “Add.” Then choose “Create Album.” I gave mine an easy name — “Echo Show Pics” — so I’ll know what I’m sending to the Echo Show.
Add pics to that album!
Now head on over to your Echo Show

And that’s it. While the Echo Show is still a pretty poor appliance for headlines that actually matter, I’m loving it as a digital picture frame.

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