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Aug

DirecTV Now Rolling Out Support for Many Local ABC, NBC, and CBS Stations Owned by Nexstar


Live TV streaming service DirecTV Now this week began expanding support for local stations on its platform, with numerous posts on r/DirecTVNow reporting that local network affiliates for ABC, NBC, and CBS have appeared in cities across the United States.

As pointed out by CordCuttersNews, these affiliates are owned and operated by Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company that owns or operates around 170 TV stations across the country. In November 2017, Nexstar announced that it had reached “mutually satisfactory agreements” with three of the big four networks for participation in live TV streaming services like DirecTV Now and PS Vue, and then throughout 2018 a few local affiliates began trickling out for select cities.

This week, however, it appears like a wide rollout of local affiliates has begun on DirecTV Now. Over the past 24 hours on Reddit, users have mentioned seeing the following local stations:

CBS

  • WIAT in Birmingham, Alabama
  • WIVB in Buffalo, New York
  • KOIN in Portland, Oregon
  • WNCN in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • WROC in Rochester, New York

NBC

  • WCMH in Columbus, Ohio
  • KXAN in Austin, Texas
  • WOOD in Grand Rapids, Michigan

ABC

  • WKRN in Nashville, Tennessee
  • WRIC in Richmond, Virginia
  • WTNH in New Haven and Hartford, Connecticut

This is far from every local affiliate owned by Nexstar, and there are likely more that have appeared on DirecTV Now and other over-the-top streaming platforms in recent days. The full list of stations owned and operated by Nexstar can be found on the company’s Wikipedia page.

The addition of local stations greatly adds to the convenience and value of OTT services, given that without these stations cord cutters don’t have the chance to get local news or watch TV shows on one the big four networks (ABC, FOX, NBC, and CBS). While services like Hulu and CBS All Access supplement missed shows on many of these networks, they require additional monthly fees to be added on top of the cost of DirecTV Now or PS Vue.

As some Redditors are sharing, the expanded rollout means that many DirecTV Now subscribers in cities like Buffalo and Austin now have access to all of their local channels. CordCuttersNews reports that those Nexstar stations not yet added could still be coming down the line, since some — including a “handful of NBC affiliates” — have deals that are not set to be renewed until later in 2018, at which time the OTT-related agreements are expected to be added to contracts with these stations.

DirecTV Now’s last big update came in May with the launch of its “True Cloud DVR” in a wide beta. The feature lets subscribers record 20 hours of shows and movies on DirecTV Now, and sync their recordings across devices like the Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad. The same update also brought a few UI changes that renamed “Watchlist” to “Bookmarks,” and aimed to make search more “customizable” so that users spend more time watching shows and less time navigating menus.

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14
Aug

AirPods Wireless Charging Case Said to Work With Any Qi-Certified Charging Mat


At its iPhone X event last September, Apple previewed a new wireless charging case for AirPods, for use with its upcoming AirPower charging mat. The new case looks similar to the current version, which charges via Lightning cable, but it has a built-in induction coil that also enables wireless charging.

Conveniently, it appears that the AirPower won’t be the only way to wirelessly charge AirPods placed in the new case.

Chinese publication Chongdiantou, citing unnamed sources within Apple’s supply chain, claims that the wireless AirPods case supports the Wireless Power Consortium’s universal Qi standard, implying that it will be compatible with any Qi-certified charging mat from companies beyond Apple.

This would differ from the Apple Watch, which uses a modified version of the Qi standard that only works with Apple’s official magnetic charging cable and dock, and MFi-certified third-party docks with magnetic chargers. (Apple Watch Series 3 models technically work with select non-MFi chargers too.)

Chongdiantou has made headlines recently after leaking photos of what is claimed to be an engineering prototype of Apple’s new 18-watt USB-C power adapter for 2018 iPhones. The website, citing unnamed industry insiders, also claimed that the AirPower should be released this September for around $149 in the United States. Overall, the publication lacks an established track record.

According to Bloomberg, Apple aims to release the AirPower by the end of September, so there’s a good chance its pricing and availability will be detailed at Apple’s usual iPhone event next month, which hasn’t been announced yet. The wireless AirPods charging case should be released simultaneously with the AirPower.

Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller said the wireless charging case will be optional, so customers with the original AirPods will be able to purchase it separately. Pricing has not been disclosed. Apple is also expected to announce second-generation AirPods with “Hey Siri” support at its September event, but it’s unclear if the wireless charging case will be standard, or also be optional for those.

AirPower can charge multiple devices at once, including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3 models, and AirPods placed in the new wireless charging case. Apple said it would work to have its proprietary technology become part of the universal Qi standard supported by many companies.

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14
Aug

Hands-on: Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1 takes aim at OnePlus 6


Xiaomi is coming full circle. The company that pioneered the “affordable flagship” model is launching a new sub-brand to sell even more affordable flagships. Ironically, Xiaomi is taking cues from Huawei and BBK, who copied Xiaomi with their budget-focused sub-brands, Honor and OnePlus.

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Some people might think that the most important feature in a smartphone is its display size. Others believe it comes down to a phone’s processor performance, or the amount of RAM, or how much storage …

Meet the Pocophone F1, the first phone from Xiaomi’s new brand. The device hasn’t been officially announced – the Pocophone sub-brand was just introduced last week – but we managed to get our hands on a unit.

Here’s what you need to know about the Xiaomi Pocophone F1.

Note: We’re still weeks away from the Pocophone F1’s official release. The software on our unit is likely not final, which could explain some of the bugs we encountered. Performance and camera quality may also be impacted.

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The brand

We know, the name is a little crazy (un poco loco, you could say). However, Xiaomi has already committed to it, in two versions no less. The brand will be called “Pocophone by Xiaomi” globally and “Poco by Xiaomi” in India.

pocophone f1 retail box

The branding and the simple design of the retail box are a good clue of what to expect from Pocophone devices — a no-frills experience at a good price.

Pocophone F1 specs

Display 5.99-inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 2246 (Full HD+), 18:9, 416 dpi
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 10nm, octa-core, liquid cooled
GPU Adreno 630
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB, expandable
Cameras Rear: 12MP+5MP dual pixel autofocus
Front: 20MP
Audio 3.5 mm audio jack
Battery 4,000 mAh
Quick Charge 3.0
IP rating No
Sensors Fingerprint (rear mounted)
IR face unlock (TBC)
Network GSM 900/1800
UMTS band 1/8
LTE band 1/3/7/8/20/38/40
Connectivity USB Type-C Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-Band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth 5.0 LE, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou
SIM Dual-SIM
Software Android 8.1, MIUI 9.6
Dimensions and weight TBC
Colors Blue, Graphite Black

Flagship performance

Pocophone Head of Product Jai Mani teased a “back to basics” approach to product design, saying the F1 will focus entirely on speed. From what we can tell so far, the first Pocophone delivers.

Thanks for all the love! Many friends asked me questions about this new project I mentioned yesterday, here’s my answer: @IndiaPOCO @GlobalPOCOPHONE pic.twitter.com/MK9MZUz0Zy

— Jai Mani (@jaimani) August 10, 2018

The phone comes with a Snapdragon 845 processor clocked at up to 2.8GHz and 6GB of RAM, along with 64GB of storage. There’s also a liquid cooling system that’s supposed to enable sustained high-speed operation.

The Pocophone F1 feels very fast, despite the non-final software our unit is running. Everything is as smooth as you’d expect from a Snapdragon 845 phone, with no lag or jarring episodes of jankiness.

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Running AnTuTu on the Poco F1 results in scores of around 240,000. That’s a very respectable performance for a phone that sells for around 430 euros (~$490) – in fact, it’s about the same score as the Galaxy S9 Plus, which goes for twice the price. Some rumors suggested the F1 could reach much higher scores, over 280,000, which would put it ahead of the OnePlus 6 and Xiaomi’s own Mi 8. We didn’t reach such scores in our testing. It’s possible there’s a Pocophone F1 variant coming with 8GB of RAM, which could help it rise through the ranks.

The Pocophone F1 feels very fast. Everything is as smooth as you’d expect from a Snapdragon 845 phone.

Cutting some corners

Obviously, you need to cut some corners to create a faster and cheaper phone than the competition. On the Pocophone F1, the biggest compromise seems to be the plastic back, which is something we haven’t seen on a high-end phone in years. Plastic isn’t inherently bad, and most users won’t care once they slap a case on the phone. That said, the F1 definitely feels cheaper than some competitors.

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The feeling of cheapness is aggravated by the screen, which picks up oils like crazy. If there’s an oleophobic coating on it at all, it’s the worst we’ve ever seen on a brand-new phone.

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A nice display — with a notch

The display is a Full HD+ IPS LCD spanning 5.99 inches. An OLED would’ve been nice, but we can’t blame Xiaomi for sticking with LCD, especially considering how nice color reproduction is on the Pocophone F1.

The phone’s fat notch feels completely unnecessary. It’s not like Xiaomi crammed a ton of components in it.

We didn’t like that the screen “floats” over the metallic frame – the glass sticks out a millimeter or so, meaning it will get no protection in case of a face-down drop. Invest in a good case, the one that’s bundled with the phone leaves the display exposed too.

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Finally, the phone’s fat notch feels completely unnecessary. It’s not like Xiaomi crammed a ton of components in it, and the thick bezels going around the screen make the notch look out of place. After all, the main reason we even put up with notches is to get rid of those pesky bezels.

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If you just want something that lasts a long time, you don’t need to pay $1000 for the Galaxy Note 9 and its 4,000mAh battery.

The battery is great

If you just want something that lasts a long time, you don’t need to pay $1000 for the Galaxy Note 9 and its 4,000mAh battery. The massively cheaper Pocophone F1 has the same battery capacity. We easily got six to seven hours of screen-on time between charges with medium usage.

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Bits and pieces

The Pocophone F1 features a fingerprint sensor on its back and it’s extremely fast — probably the fastest I’ve ever tested. Other hardware tidbits include a USB Type-C port and very loud single speaker on the bottom of the phone.

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According to the Pocophone F1’s retail box, the device should feature IR-based facial recognition. The notch includes a secondary front camera, but we couldn’t find the software setting required to activate face-unlock. This is likely because the phone isn’t running finalized software.

Mediocre cameras

The Pocophone F1’s dual camera pairs a 12MP main sensor with a 5MP secondary one. The camera does a decent job in good lighting, though we occasionally ran into overexposure in situations when overexposure shouldn’t have been an issue. Other times, pictures turned out washed out or slightly blurry even in broad daylight. The portrait mode also needs some work.

pocophone f1 cameras fingerprint sensor

The front camera features a 20MP sensor, using Xiaomi’s pixel binning technology to combine data from four individual pixels. The end result is a 5MP image that’s supposed to look better than what you’d get from a conventional sensor. In practice, we weren’t blown away by the results.

pocophone f1 camera

It’s entirely possible Xiaomi is still tweaking camera performance on the Pocophone F1. We’ll reserve final judgment for when we get a review unit.

Good software, with some bugs

Despite a few bugs, software on the Pocophone F1 feels quite solid and polished. MIUI 9.6 – based on Android 8.1 — is feature rich and a pleasure to use, a few usability gripes aside.

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We ran into a weird issue where the notifications icons didn’t show up at all in the status bar, making it almost completely useless. It’s possible this is just a bug to be fixed with an update. Another bizarre, slightly embarrassing slip-up is the mispositioned clock on the lock screen, which is cut off by the notch.

pocophone f1 screen

Who is this phone for?

Even in its current unpolished state, the Pocophone F1 lives up to Xiaomi’s promise to “focus entirely on speed.” If you want an affordable phone that performs great — even in a couple of years — the F1 may be a great choice for you.

If you want an affordable phone that performs great — even in a couple of years — the F1 may be a great choice for you.

If you’re looking for a more complete package, the Pocophone F1 is harder to recommend. It’s not exactly a looker, with its fat bezels and plastic back. The cameras are pretty mediocre, at least in their current state. The software is not as good as, say, Oxygen OS.

Ultimately, it could come down to the Pocophone F1’s price. The 64GB model we obtained was briefly put on sale by a European retailer for the equivalent of 430 euros. In the same country, the OnePlus 6 sells for 530 euros (~$603), the Asus ZenFone 5Z for 515 euros (~$585), and Xiaomi’s own Mi 8 for 500 euros (~$570).

The 15-20 percent price difference is nothing to scoff at. If Xiaomi manages to maintain it in other markets, the Pocophone brand could be off to a strong start.

We should find out the full details about the Pocophone F1 on August 22, when the phone is officially unveiled. In the meantime, let us know what you think about it.

14
Aug

Motorola’s P30 looks like every other iPhone X-clone we don’t want


Pop quiz: Name a phone with a notch above the screen and a vertical camera array, offset to one side, on the back. That’s right, it’s the rumored Motorola P30, a device said to be coming soon from the company.

Of course, we didn’t really mean the Motorola phone when we asked our question, it’s just us being silly. We meant the Xiaomi Mi A2. Or the Vivo V9. Or the Huawei P20 Lite. Or any number of others that borrow their design from the Apple iPhone X. Motorola may become the next, and here’s what we know about the P30 so far.

There may be a family of P30 phones from Motorola, according to a leak by AndroidPure, which claims the company is working on the P30, the P30 Play, and a P30 Note phone. While Motorola has not confirmed or officially announced the devices, they have been spotted on the company’s own website in China, and a smartphone has been teased through Motorola’s Weibo channel that may be the P30.

The Motorola P30 will apparently have a 6.2-inch screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio, and a very iPhone X-style notch at the top. On the back will be a dual-lens camera set on one side of the device, with a 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel lens. The cameras will likely have artificial intelligence inside, although it’s not clear what functions it will support.

The processor type isn’t known, but it is expected to be an octa-core chip along with 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal memory. A 3,000mAh battery will provide the power. The Motorola website leak showed prices in China could convert over to around $300 or $350 for the P30.

Motorola P30 Note and P30 Play

Less is known about the Motorola P30 Note and P30 Play, but the Weibo teaser indicates a future Motorola phone will have a 5,000mAh battery, which may end up being one of these two phones. The P30 Play is the cheapest of the three, at around $260 converted over, so it’s more likely to be the P30 Note which is priced almost identically to the standard P30 in the leak. The P30 Note will likely come in either a 4GB/64GB or 6GB/128GB version.

The leaked photos, which appear to be official-looking renders of a mystery Motorola phone, shows a small chin at the opposite end of the device’s notched display, along with a smooth rear panel complete with a fingerprint sensor in the top-center. The curved shape of the phone makes it look very similar to the iPhone X.

The phone is also reminiscent of another leaked Motorola phone, the Motorola One Power, which was initially thought to arrive at the beginning of August and have a large 4850mAh battery. It’s possible the One Power may be an international version of one P30 model as it has also been rumored with Android One installed. Whether the P30 range is the same as the One Power, or they’re all different, remains to be seen.

Motorola may launch the P30 in China on August 15. We’ll keep you updated here.

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14
Aug

Trulia enables homeseekers to know the neighborhood with a new app feature


The multi-billion-dollar real estate data giant Trulia is going hyperlocal across America this month with the launch of an enhanced digital experience for its free app. The new project is called Trulia Neighborhoods and it’s the result of a research project into what life is like in cities around the U.S.

The Trulia Neighborhoods experience aims to amalgamate local knowledge and customs, hard logistical information like parking and safety, and original photography and drone footage to offer users a completely new way to discover a neighborhood they will love. The new digital experience can be accessed now through the Trulia app for iOS or Android, or by visiting its neighborhood website.

“Prior to Trulia Neighborhoods, there wasn’t a resource that showed consumers what life is really like in a neighborhood,” Tim Correia, senior vice president and general manager for Trulia, said in a statement. “Our research found consumers were determined to find this type of information and even developed a series of hacks to source these valuable insights. It was clear it was time to rebuild the home and neighborhood discovery experience from the ground up and empower consumers with all the information to make the best decision for themselves.”

The research project was launched in response to extensive consumer research Trulia commissioned with New York-based market research firm Harris Interactive, followed by the deployment of research teams across U.S. neighborhoods to capture unique “day-in-the-life” content to lend an authentic sense of what a neighborhood is like.

From this research, Trulia discovered that its users crave more neighborhood information and details. In its research, the company found that 85 percent of home buyers who plan to buy a home within 18 months say that the neighborhood is equally or more important than the house itself.

The service drills down from birds-eye view services like Google Maps, where families might see there is a park in the neighborhood, but no information on safety or crime. It’s also a more familial way to capture and broadcast the kinds of demographic information deployed by municipalities and tourist boards.

In addition to high-resolution photo galleries and unique aerial drone footage, Trulia’s researchers have also curated Inside the Neighborhood stories to offer a multimedia experience that depicts what life is like for people who live there. In addition to Yelp-like top lists of restaurants and amenities, the company also says Trulia Neighborhoods will allow buyers and renters to evaluate even intangible aspects of a community such as its vibe, friendliness, and street noise.

The enhanced program is not a prototype and will launch nationally. However, Trulia has put a special focus on five American municipalities in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, California; Austin, Texas; and Chicago, which will include enhanced photography and drone footage. Trulia plans to introduce more than 1,100 additional enhanced metro areas by the end of the year.

The new digital experience comes in the wake of two other neighborhood-specific products launched by Trulia this year including What Locals Say, a social review platform, and Local Legal Protections, a tool that helps the LGBTQ community understand non-discrimination laws that exist for housing, employment, and public accommodations.

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14
Aug

The best Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium cases


If you like phones with a unique look, you might be partial to Sony’s recent Xperia range. The most elegant of these is the top-tier Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium. With a full 4K resolution, incredible 51,200 ISO camera, and super-slow motion video support, the Xperia XZ2 Premium is the top Sony phone of the moment.

With a $1,000 price tag and glass construction, it’s a phone you will want to protect, but with so many options for protection out there, you might not be sure which to buy. Don’t worry, we narrowed down the best cases you can pick up to keep your expensive smartphone safe from harm. Here are the best Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium cases.

Noreve Premium Leather Case (from $48)

The XZ2 Premium is a premium phone with a premium price, and it deserves the absolute best protection that you can get for it. Noreve specializes in high-quality leather cases and offers a huge amount of customization. First up, pick your choice of material, from artificial PU leather, all the way to the super-premium aged Patine leather. There is a big range of color for your case to match your style, and you can also choose to have a metal or plastic belt clip added, too. The downside? It costs $48 for the cheapest case, and the price just goes up from there. But still, if you have the cash to spend, Noreve’s cases are elegant, stylish, and offer great 360-degree protection for your device.

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Official Sony Style Cover Touch ($50)

When you’re looking to protect a device, who better to check with than the device’s manufacturer? The Style Cover Touch is made by Sony and is a stylish, solid, and useful touch wallet case. The Style Cover Touch is made from TPU and hard polycarbonate (PC) — a TPU inner core keeps your phone held snugly, protecting the back and sides, while the PC front panel folds over to protect your phone’s screen. However, the real magic happens when the case is closed. The clear front cover allows you to use your phone, even while the case is closed, for the ultimate in screen protection. It’s expensive, but it’s the coolest case you can get by far.

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Olixar Ultra-Thin Clear Case ($9)

The Xperia XZ2 Premium is a beautiful phone, with Sony’s unique style — so why would you want to conceal it? This case from Olixar is made from TPU, a soft but durable material that feels great in the hand and is also completely clear. The flexible material is great for helping to keep a hold on your phone, providing extra grip for your fingers — and while it’s not as protective as some bigger, bulkier cases, the TPU still provides a good level of shock absorption to resist drops and bumps. It comes cut to fit your XZ2 Premium perfectly, and also has a raised bezel that elevates your phone from surfaces and stops dirt or grit from scratching your screen. It’s a good case for the budget price.

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Anccer Ultra-Thin Hard Case ($13)

Looking for a sleeker, more stylish case? This case from Anccer is made from hard polycarbonate that is protective and durable. It looks and feels great, with a smooth surface and a selection of colors to match your style. The sides are open, giving you access to all your buttons and ports, without prohibitive button covers. A harder case isn’t always better though, and what you gain in stiffness you will lose in shock-absorption, as the hard material won’t absorb impacts in the same way a softer TPU case would. It’s still a great case that feels good in your hand and it will guard against scuffs and scratches. But for rugged drop protection, look elsewhere.

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TopAce Flip Wallet Case ($7)

A budget case that looks great can be hard to find, and some budget cases do look cheap. A wallet case is one of the few types of case that still look fairly good, no matter the price, and this case from TopAce is no exception. It’s made of two pieces — a single piece of PU leather that wraps around your phone, protecting the front and back from threats, and an inner TPU case that holds your phone firmly within the leather. It’s held closed with a magnetic clasp, holds a couple of credit cards or spare cash in the inner lining, and the front cover folds behind to act as a kickstand. It’s protective, looks good, and it’s available at a bargain price, but we’re not sure how well it will age.

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14
Aug

How to fix a shaking screen in Google Daydream


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A shaking screen is a fast way to ruin a VR experience. Here’s how to fix it!

There are certain pieces of your phone or VR headset that’ll make your virtual experience either great or downright terrible. One that most users are familiar with is pixel density: low resolution displays look like a screen door just a few inches from your eyes, so high-res displays are a must. Another factor that gets less attention is positional accuracy, since this normally just works. The sensors inside your phone know when you turn your body, so you turn in the virtual world. Those same sensors know when you stop physically turning, so you don’t overshoot where you’re supposed to be.

But all technology is flawed in a way, and some users report that their virtual world will start shaking erratically without the user actually moving their heads. If you’ve never had this happen to you, know that it’s a really fast way to lose your lunch.

Here are some reasons your Daydream world may be torn asunder.

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Why your Daydream screen is shaking

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I haven’t had this happen to me personally, so I can’t offer reasons why this could occur. One user reports the screen starts shaking wildly only when watching VR videos, which shouldn’t cause an issue with the phone’s hardware. Another user noted it happened when a fan was blowing on the headset, which may be enough to mess with the phone’s internal sensors. There’s no official statement from Google just yet, and this doesn’t seem like a widespread enough problem to gather more user data.

How to fix a shaking screen in Daydream

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You’ll probably rip the headset off of your head when things start going awry, and that sudden movement may be enough to fix the problem. One user reported that setting the phone and headset down flat on a surface for a moment is enough to fix the problem. Unfortunately, there’s not enough data right now to suggest a permanent fix.

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14
Aug

What Galaxy Note 9 color are you getting?


This time around, U.S. customers get Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple at launch.

Samsung’s been known to dabble with exciting colors for its smartphones, and with the Galaxy Note 9, that’s no different. While other parts of the world get more traditional Midnight Black and Metallic Copper options, buyers in the U.S. get to choose between Ocean Blue and Lavender Purple.

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Our AC forum users have been talking up a storm regarding the Note 9’s colors, with a few of the comments going as follows:

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08-09-2018 12:19 PM

Can’t believe no silver! Blue is ok, but that yellow S-pen is ghastly!

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avatar1856733_1.gifMomoMilky
08-09-2018 02:34 PM

I guess I’m the only one psyched about the pretty purple one xD I’ve been waiting for a phone in pink (or even rose gold). Purple will do just fine ❤

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08-09-2018 05:18 PM

Has anyone decided on a color yet? I may have to choose blue. Can’t see myself with a purple phone. Is the blue same blue as the Note 8 blue?

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08-10-2018 10:19 AM

Being a UCLA alum the blue with a yellow pen is simply perfect! 🙂

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14
Aug

Here’s your first look at the Huawei Mate 20 Lite


Huawei’s next flagship family is looking awfully exciting.

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It can be difficult to keep up with all the phones Huawei releases over the course of a year, but one that continues to stand out from the pack is the Mate 10 Pro.

The Mate 10 Pro is a gorgeous and powerful piece of tech that made a splash in various countries but was unfortunately held back from greatness in the U.S. thanks to continuous pushback from the government.

Huawei’s expected to follow-up on the Mate 10 Pro’s greatness with the Mate 20 Pro and two other versions to accompany it, and even if it once again gets heat from the States, it’ll still likely be one of the best phones you can get early next year.

The latest Mate 20 news

August 14, 2018 — Huawei Mate 20 Lite appears in a leaked render

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The Huawei Mate 20 Lite, the cheapest of the Mate 20 trio, is the first of this phone family to rear its head in a leaked press render.

Evan Blass shared the above photo early in the morning on August 14, and to not much surprise, the Mate 20 Lite looks like any other phone that’s been released in the past few months. There’s an all-glass back, dual cameras on the front and back, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, a bezel-light display, and a notch.

Even if this design isn’t breaking any new grounds, the Mate 20 Lite does look like a fairly attractive phone. It’s unclear if this design language will carry over to the regular Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, but we’ll let you know as soon as we learn more.

August 1, 2018 — Leaked firmware suggests the Mate 20 will ship with Android P, have a 4,200 mAh battery, and use the Kirin 980

We’re likely a couple months out from an official announcement from Huawei regarding its Mate 20 phones, and just in time, the rumor mill has kicked into full gear with a ton of info that was recently shared in firmware files obtained by XDA Developers. The files outline three phones — the Mate 20 Lite, Mate 20, and Mate 20 Pro — but focuses mostly on the mid-tier option

The Huawei Mate 20 will reportedly ship with a large 6.3-inch OLED display, and as expected, use Huawei’s next-generation Kirin 980 processor. To accompany this, we’re expecting 6GB RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a seriously huge 4,200 mAh battery.

And, to help you charge that battery pack, Huawei is finally going to jump on board the wireless charging train.

Not much is detailed about the other two phones, but there is mention of the Mate 20 Pro including an in-display fingerprint sensor similar to what we’ve seen on the Mate RS and Vivo X21.

All three phones will likely ship with Android P and Huawei’s EMUI 9.0 skin on top of it.

All the big details

How many phones will there be?

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Similar to last year, we’re expecting three different versions of the Mate 20 family — including the Mate 20, Mate 20 Lite, and Mate 20 Pro.

The Mate 20 will be the mid-tier option, whereas the Mate 20 Lite is the most affordable and the Mate 20 Pro is the most expensive/powerful.

If Huawei follows a similar launch pattern compared to the Mate 10, we’ll only get the Mate 20 Pro in the U.S.

How much will the Mate 20 cost?

Before we can speculate about how much the Mate 20 family will cost, we need to first look at last year’s pricing.

  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite — £280
  • Huawei Mate 10 — £699
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro — £799

The Mate 10 Pro started off with a $799.99 price in the U.S., but right now, can be purchased on Amazon directly from Huawei for just $549.99.

I expect we’ll see similar pricing for the Mate 20 lineup, with an increase of £20 – £50 here or there thanks to the rumors of a 4,200 mAh battery and in-display fingerprint sensor.

When will it be released?

As for when we’ll be introduced to the Mate 20 series for the first time, we’re likely looking at an announcement within the next couple of months.

The Huawei Mate 10 family was announced on October 16, and a year before that, the Mate 9 was unveiled on November 24.

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What color Galaxy Note 9 should you buy?


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Depends on your region as much as your taste.

The Galaxy Note 9 is undoubtedly going to be one of the best phones of the year — it’s packed with every top-end spec under the sun, and the S Pen is better than ever with its new wireless functionality. You probably already know if you’re going to buy one or not, so the only thing left to figure out is what color to get it in.

Samsung showed off four colors at its Unpacked event last week: ocean blue, lavender purple, metallic copper, and midnight black. They all look great, but depending on where you live, you might not be able to get the color you want.

Galaxy Note 9 in Ocean Blue

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The ocean blue Galaxy Note 9 seems to be Samsung’s favorite, given that it’s the one being displayed in all of the company’s recent ads, and who can blame them? It’s a deep blue finish with a contrasting yellow S Pen that gives the whole phone a unique, eye-catching look.

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Who is it for?

As one of the two colors available in the States, you’ll be seeing a lot of ocean blue Note 9s floating around in the coming months. If you’re okay with that, it’s a great-looking finish — and it’ll be easily re-sellable when it comes time to upgrade again.

Galaxy Note 9 in Lavender Purple

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Lavender is a lighter shade of purple than the lilac purple used on the Galaxy S9 and S9+, though it’s just as gorgeous as ever. It can get a bit lighter or darker depending on the way the light hits it, and the metal frame matches the finish. There are plenty of blue phones elsewhere, but you won’t find a purple phone many other places.

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Who is it for?

If you live in the U.S. and the ocean blue Note 9 isn’t your thing, the lavender purple may be a better bet. It likely won’t be in as many hands as the ocean blue model, so you’ll stand out in a crowd, and the S Pen is color-matched to the phone.

Galaxy Note 9 in Copper

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Stateside shoppers won’t be seeing much of the metallic copper Galaxy Note 9, since it isn’t coming to the U.S. For others, though, the copper finish is an interesting one. It’s not quite brown and not quite gold … I guess that’s why it’s called copper. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ It’s almost like a slightly lighter version of the mocha brown Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

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Who is it for?

This one’s easy. If you live in the United States, this one isn’t for you — at least not at first, though Samsung is known to add more finishes to its selection a few months down the road. The metallic copper is a great alternative to the blue and purple finishes, especially if you want to rub it in the faces of those who can’t buy it.

Galaxy Note 9 in Black

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These other, flashier colors are nice, but it’s hard to argue with a stealthy all-black finish. The midnight black Galaxy Note 9 looks just like every other black Samsung phone in recent years — the pitch black glass back and metal frame match the display perfectly to create an ultra-sleek look that would undoubtedly be one of the most popular finishes … if it were more widely available.

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Who is it for?

Yep, that’s right. Even though you might think of the black finish as standard, it’s not going to be one of the two finishes in the U.S. and other regions. It’s a shame, because this is the perfect look for the no-nonsense shopper that wants the best of the best but doesn’t need to flaunt their phone.

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