All posts by Shawn

  • Pixel Buds are the coolest thing to come from Google’s event

    Google’s event yesterday had an announcement for just about everyone, whether you’re a smartphone enthusiast or maybe just looking for an inexpensive (or really expensive) smart speaker. But after the announcements of everything we were expecting to see, Google had a few last...

    • Posted October 29, 2017
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  • The future of iPhone: An iPhone in every size?

    Every few years since its inception, the design of Apple’s iPhone tends to go through some major changes. The first three iPhones are all similar to each other; the iPhone 4 brought sharper corners and glass backs;...

    • Posted October 28, 2017
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  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Written Review

    Pros Rugged design with good grip Flat, bezel-less display Good battery life Cons Possibly inconvenient fingerprint sensor placement Non-customizable physical Bixby button External speaker experiences distortion at louder levels October signals the final stretch of 2017, and...

    • Posted October 26, 2017
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  • Are you still using a Windows Phone?

    It wasn’t a secret to anyone. Not really. But Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, someone who has been adamantly a fan of Windows on smartphones for years now, basically confirmed what we all already knew: Microsoft isn’t putting any attention...

    • Posted October 25, 2017
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  • Oculus ‘Go’ is Facebook’s new $199 VR headset that doesn’t require a PC or phone

    At its fourth annual VR developers conference, Oculus announced its newest, and most affordable, VR headset to date. The Oculus ‘Go’ resides in the sweet spot between Daydream and Rift, and features a lightweight headset with a...

    • Posted October 23, 2017
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  • Smartphone-controlled paper airplanes prove everything is better with Bluetooth

    Adding Bluetooth, a propeller, and steering to a paper airplane is the future we always dreamed of. A Kickstarter project, PowerUp Dart, is a Bluetooth-enabled paper airplane kit that makes the 12-year-old in all of us smile. And so...

    • Posted October 22, 2017
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  • Github wants to make it easy to discover fun projects to hack on

    The best way to improve as a developer is to read other people’s code, and to work on projects with other developers. Github, as the epicentre of social coding, is arguably the best place to do that, and...

    • Posted October 20, 2017
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  • Amazon’s AI division is a revolving door of talent for Microsoft and Google

    A recently released report shows that Amazon, over the last five years, has been involved in an AI-developer ménage à trois with Google and Microsoft. It turns out all three companies have a penchant for poaching talent in the machine-learning field...

    • Posted October 19, 2017
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  • Google Assistant killed one of my favorite Android features, and now I’m lost

    Before Google Assistant took on the task of delivering contextual information on your phone, there was Now on Tap, an on-demand service that searched the web for whatever was on your screen. The two are fairly similar, except that Assistant...

    • Posted October 17, 2017
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  • Apple taught iPhone users not to care about specs. Now it’s Google’s turn.

    For as long as I can remember, Android flagships have largely been defined by their specs. Whereas Apple users know the newest iPhone is always the best iPhone, Android’s diversity means researching processors, RAM, etc, is a regular part of choosing a...

    • Posted October 16, 2017
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  • Github launches new tools to say when your project’s dependencies get pwned

    Github today announced the introduction of more robust security features for its users, which will help developers identify vulnerable dependencies in their code. The announcement came at the company’s flagship Github Universe conference, taking place at Pier 70...

    • Posted October 14, 2017
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  • Oculus Go is VR’s biggest milestone, and its greatest compromise

    It’s easy to dismiss Oculus Go. Not unlike Gear VR or Daydream, Go offers the world yet another headset that’s stripped of everything that makes VR so promising. It’s not attention grabbing, certainly isn’t sexy, and it doesn’t offer anything others...

    • Posted October 13, 2017
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  • Quickly add the Google Play store to your new Amazon Fire 10HD

    Last time I bought an Amazon tablet adding the Google store was a real pain! It takes about 3 minutes and one reboot on the new Amazon Fire HD 10. In order to get the most out of my...

    • Posted October 11, 2017
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