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Oculus Co-Founder’s Departure Could Mean Bad Things for Facebook VR

Facebook made a splashy entrance into VR when it purchased fledgling startup Oculus back in 2014 for $2.3 billion. However, even after putting out the first consumer-ready Oculus Rift in 2016, which was followed up by this year’s Oculus Go and the upcoming Oculus Quest, today’s departure of Oculus co-f0under and former CEO Brendan Iribe casts doubts on the future of Facebook’s VR efforts. Read More >>

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The Razer Phone 2’s Biggest Upgrade Is Being Better at Everyday Life

When Razer birthed a new category of phone last year, the company offered gamers two features that weren’t typically found on your average handset: a big 4,000 mAh battery and a fantastic 120Hz display that made games look and feel extra smooth. But now that the rest of the smartphone world has started to care more about gaming, aside from its screen and new obligatory RGB lighting, how does Razer take the idea of a gaming handset even further on the new Razer Phone 2? Read More >>

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The Incredible Evolution of the Smartphone Notch: From Bezels to All Screen

Despite Essential being first, after Apple adopted the notch, nearly every other smartphone maker jumped on the bandwagon and made those stupid little cutouts at the top of the screen the most discussed and reviled feature on handsets in the last 18 months. Read More >>

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The Fancy Display Tech Samsung Apparently Wants for Its Future Phones Sounds Amazing

Samsung is one of the clear leaders in mobile display tech, and its screens are found in a wide range of flagship devices including its own Galaxy phones and those of its biggest competitors like Apple. However, one of the biggest complaints about the Galaxy S9 is that looks virtually identical to last year’s device, a sentiment that arose largely due to the fact that Samsung didn’t do much to change up the S9's screen. Read More >>

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This Gorgeous All-Screen Phone Shows How the Notch Dies

When you look at the design of Apple, Samsung, and Google’s latest phones, there’s very little to distinguish this year’s crop from 2017’s has-beens. Meanwhile, outside of the big three, every other phone maker seemed content to jump on the notched screen bandwagon and settle for similarly iterative aesthetics. And just when it seemed like 2018 was going to be a truly boring year for phones, Oppo went and made the Find X, a device that simultaneously shows smartphone creativity isn’t dead and buries the idea that there’s no way to avoid those stupid screen cutouts. Read More >>

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Apple Finally Announces Day It Will Probably Announce Some New iPads

When Apple launched its new iPhones back in September, the company did a good job of fleshing out its handset lineup with the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. But still, it felt like new iPhones and Apple Watches were only part of the equation. Read More >>

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Samsung’s Galaxy Book 2 Goes Hard at Mobile Productivity With Huge Battery Life Claims and LTE

I’m not going to say the PC is dying, that would be ridiculous. But over the last 10 years, there are certain segments of the computer market that have been declining, like tablets, netbooks, and depending on how you look at it, the traditional clamshell laptop. In the meantime, there’s been a new generation of more flexible and more mobile detachables, 2-in-1s, and hybrids that have taken place. And that’s exactly what Samsung is hoping to address with the new Galaxy Book 2. Read More >>

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Twitter Makes it Easier to See When People Break the Rules

To make its policing of bad actors a little more obvious, Twitter is instituting new policies that should help users hide offensive content and see what happens after a tweet gets reported. Read More >>

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Google Pixel 3 Review: The Other Way to Make a Killer Phone

The history of smartphone improvement has largely relied on companies cramming faster or more powerful components into the now ubiquitous glass slabs we carry around. But the Pixel 3 is something else. Instead of focusing on things like a brighter screen, tons of RAM, or multiple rear cameras, almost all of the Pixel 3's advantages come from a software-first mindset. This results in a smarter, more intuitive experience that feels very different from the hardware-driven approaches employed by many of Google’s competitors. And while this isn’t Google’s first attempt at something like this, this third Pixel (we evaluated both it and the Pixel 3 XL) is the device that really pulls all of Google’s efforts together and makes it feel special. Read More >>

phones
Razer Built the Phone Gamers Deserve (It Has RGB Lights)

The first time you test something, you check out its design, you try all the new features, but even after an hour or more, the device still doesn’t feel as familiar as something you own and use every day. And yet, the first time I sat down and played a round of PUBG Mobile using the Razer Phone 2, I finished with a chicken dinner. Was it me or was it the phone? I’m still not sure, but here’s how Razer’s gaming phone has evolved for its second tour. Read More >>

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Essential’s Next Phone Will Be a Wildly Different, AI-Powered Companion: Report

Making smartphones is hard, and despite having one of the best pedigrees in the business, Andy Rubin’s company stumbled out of the gate when it launched the Essential PH-1 last year. At first, the Essential Phone’s camera wasn’t great and it’s software wasn’t quite as smooth as we’d like, but thanks to continued support and a some price drops, the PH-1 turned into one of the best smartphone bargains of 2018. Read More >>

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The Nokia 7.1 Is a £300 Budget Phone You Might Actually Want

No, this isn’t the wild bug-eyed Nokia phone with five rear cameras we’ve been hoping to see, but it’s something arguably just as important. That’s because the new Nokia 7.1 is simply a well-built phone with solid specs for a very reasonable price. Read More >>

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LG’s New W7 Smartwatch Is a Chaotic Mix of New and Old

Anytime Google does a big revamp to its smartwatch platform, it seems like LG is always close behind with new wearable to test out how good that new OS really is. Unfortunately, LG’s most recent attempt was kind of a dud, but with the new W7, LG may have finally created something with a little more legs (or in this case, hands). Read More >>

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LG’s 5-Camera Phone Offers a Snapshot of the Incredible Multi-Lens Future

If the new LG V40 was a person, it would almost certainly be an AV nerd. On the outside, it’s dressed in a rather drab, but not offensive outfit. Inside, it’s got some serious camera talent. Read More >>

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Google Assistant Just Got Upgraded With Better Touch Support and Richer Visuals

At first, the Google Assistant was designed primarily as a voice-based helper. However, after making its way to phones, smart displays, and whatever else Google can cram its assistant into, being forced to use your voice to access a lot of GA features hasn’t always offered the best experience. So today, Google has announced a revamped interface for the Google Assistant that should make searching, organising, and anything else you use the assistant for a little friendlier for both spoken and touch-based inputs. Read More >>