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This week we compared camera features on the Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30, saw a ton of Google products leak, talked about Google’s new purchase, and much more. Here’s the news of the week!

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LG V30 vs Galaxy Note 8: Camera features The Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 both feature new dual-camera setups, so how do they compare? Click through to find out!


HTC in a nutshell: what went wrong and what went right After many rumors, Google finally announced that it’s buying HTC’s Powered by HTC division, which is responsible for building Google’s Pixel phones. Here’s a brief look at HTC’s history.


Understanding aperture With more and more smartphones boasting wider aperture camera lenses, we break down the details to answer the question: what is aperture?


The history of Android OS: its name, origin, and more Now that Android 8.0 Oreo is here, we look back at the history and names from the previous versions of the Android operating system.


Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixelbook, and more leak Thanks to a massive leak, we now have details on Google’s upcoming Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixelbook, Google Home Mini, and new Daydream View headsets.


The Chromecast is one of Google’s most under-appreciated products Google’s Chromecast has received stunning reviews since it was first launched, but we think it deserves a little more love for a number of reasons.


Why manufacturers should experiment more – the innovations that became a hit Smartphone manufacturers over the years have tried a little bit of everything in their attempts to innovate – so we’re celebrating breaking the mold.


Why we miss the Moto X With the Motorola of old a thing of the past, and the new Moto not exactly exciting, we take a nostalgic look back at one of our favorite device lines in its heyday: the Moto X.


$1,000 phones are an inevitable side effect of commoditization Charging $1,000 or more for a phone may seem extortionate to many, but it’s the price to pay if premium brands are to keeping standing out from the pack.


Three upcoming phones that could change everything Three upcoming phones could redefine the smartphone in our time. As smartphones become more and more common, OEMs need to branch out and get creative.


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LG G6 International Giveaway!

Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a new Android phone each and every Sunday!

A big congratulations to last week’s Google Pixel International Giveaway winner: Charles H. (USA).

This week we are giving away a brand new LG G6!

The LG G6 features a 5.7-inch 1440 x 2880 display with a unique 18:9 aspect ratio, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and either 32 or 64 GB of on board storage. It also has two 13 MP rear-facing cameras which can be used with a regular or wide-angle view, as well as an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.

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Looking for a Blinddate [App Review]

Blinddate is an service that helps match make folks online. The app is available for both Android and iOS users. To get started, you will need to create an account and setup a profile.  With any of these dating type apps, security is important. The company says that only verified users will be allowed access. Matches are based on personalities. You are asked 40+ questions which you need to answer honestly to get the best match. Once you have completed this, you can then go and search other users. Once you find someone who you are interested in, you can begin a chat with them.  The more you chat, the more you will get to know them.   Where it goes from there, is up to you. An interesting feature of the site is Blinddate Hour. Blinddate Hour takes place between 9.00 – 10.00 PM EST every day. During this time, all pictures on the site will become blurred. Your job is to make new connections by searching and contacting users,...

This is an original post from Looking for a Blinddate [App Review] at App Review Central by Larry Sullivan

iOS 11: Not my favorite update, but not the worst

Apple iOS 11

Apple released the official version of iOS 11 for eligible devices last Tuesday, September 19th. A few years ago I was keen to check out the betas before the official release, but this time around I decided I would rather just wait until the official, finalized version was available instead.

I already knew that iOS 11 would be more about refinement than excitement, so I knew that it wasn’t going to be something that would absolutely knock my socks off. However, despite knowing most of the features coming with iOS 11, I wasn’t prepared for how much the update would annoy me with its little design quirks that I just don’t find appealing.

The first thing I noticed was the new notification center. Instead of the frosted glass or blur effect that I had grown used to, I was greeted with my… lock screen? I thought it was a bug at first, but it turned out this was a feature. I’m not a fan. I tried to give it time so as to not respond with a knee-jerk reaction, but after almost a week I’m confident I’m used to it now – just not crazy about the way it looks, despite the extended functionality you get with it now.

The other thing I noticed was the new giant waste of space that apps in apps like Messages, Photos, Wallet, and Notes. There’s now a giant header on top of the app. Maybe it’s just because I’m used to iOS and have never had a need for these things, but it just feels like wasted space to me.

Those are the only two things I noticed that really bothered me. On the up side, I’m glad that the signal bars are back. Not that there was anything particularly wrong with the dots, but the bars seem to take up less space and look nicer in my opinion. The subtle changes to the passcode screen and the calculator are nice as well, and having an integrated Files app is pretty great, too.

iOS 11 Signal Bar

The ability to change Control Center is definitely a big plus from this update. I was elated with the Control Center when it was first unveiled, but being able to customize it is something that the feature was desperately lacking. I’ve already customized mine to my liking, and it has proved extremely handy (although I still toggle the Control Center on accident more often than I’d like just trying to scroll through pages).

Probably the coolest change to come with iOS 11 is the inclusion of ARKit, which I’m only just scratching the surface with (and probably won’t amount to much more than that on my small iPhone) but it is a really cool concept to have at your fingertips.

Most importantly, I haven’t noticed a significant change in battery life, which is always something I’m concerned about when a big update hits any of my phones no matter what operating system I’m using. My iPhone SE has so far proved to have excellent battery life over the course of a day despite its small size, and I was worried that iOS 11 might spoil that. The good news is that I haven’t noticed any change, which is fine by me as the battery life was already good in my opinion.

Overall, it has about the same number of pros and cons for me. I enjoy some of the content, but I’m less enthused about some of the design changes that came with it. In the end, as long as my battery life isn’t affected then I don’t have much to complain about; just some adjusting to do.

Readers, what are your thoughts on iOS 11? Are you a fan of the changes that came with iOS 11? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!