If you're in the market for a premium phone right now, know that there's more than just the latest iPhone versus Samsung's Galaxy S10 to consider. This year, two other contenders, the Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T, also deliver a top-tier Android experience with the latest-and-greatest in processing speeds, cameras and software features. Starting at $899 (£869, AU$1,349) the Pixel 3 (and its larger counterpart the Pixel 3 XL) earned a CNET Editors' Choice and has an exceptional camera that takes the most consistent photos in any lighting scenario. Its call blocking feature, which runs on AI straight from Google, also gives it an edge over other great phones this year. (Note that OnePlus' next phone, the OnePlus 7, is expected sometime this spring.) Now playing: Watch this: Pixel 3's stellar camera ups the ante again 3:31 But at the same time, the OnePlus 6T is the most affordable, top-notch Android phone you can get. It starts at only $549 (£499, converts to AU$775), is … [Read more...] about Pixel 3 vs. OnePlus 6T: Which Android should you buy?
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Mike Luckett is a lifelong gamer. He started at the age of 5 nearly three decades ago, joining his older brother who was playing the original Super Mario Bros. on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Within a few years, he was playing games like Id Software's 1992 Nazi prison break shooter, Wolfenstein 3D, and the followup sci-fi hit Doom. Over the years, Luckett collected lots of consoles, including 1988's Sega Genesis, 1994's Sony PlayStation, 2005's Xbox 360 and 2017's Xbox One X. One of his favorite games was Vectorman, a shoot-'em-up adventure in which you're a robot in the future protecting Earth from an uprising of evil robots. But that all changed after the accident. Luckett had been deployed overseas and working ordnance logistics for the Army in Iraq from 2010 through March 2011, when he came home. A few months later, in August, he was driving a motorcycle when things went wrong. The accident severed his C6 spinal cord, leaving him unable to use his legs. While … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s new Xbox Adaptive Controller puts disabled players back in the game
It's been a busy couple of weeks for smart displays, an emerging category of voice-activated touchscreens seeking a place in your living room or kitchen. First, Amazon introduced us to its new-and-improved, second-gen Echo Show. Then came Facebook, with the surprise announcement of a pair of "Portal" smart displays with cameras that can automatically track you as you move during video calls. The very next day: Google rolled out the smart-home-centric Google Home Hub. Google Home Hub takes on the Amazon Echo Show 14 Photos That's three, count 'em, three titans of tech battling it out to get you to buy in on their smart displays this holiday season (not to mention ones from Lenovo and JBL that already made their debut earlier this year, or ones from Sony and LG that are yet to arrive). So, how do these new displays stack up against one another? Let's start the best way I know how: With a sizable, borderline unwieldy chart that's chock full of specs:Amazon Echo Show … [Read more...] about Facebook Portal vs. Google Home Hub vs. Amazon Echo Show
Happy iOS 12 day, everybody—after being announced back in June, the final version of Apple’s mobile OS gets pushed out to eager iPhone and iPad users across the world today. You’ll need an iPhone 5C or newer or a 2013 iPad or newer (anything that could run iOS 11, essentially), and when you’ve got the software installed, here’s everything you can do. 1) Create your own Memoji iOS 12 brings with it some new Animojis and more detailed face mapping (you can now... stick out your tongue), but the big addition as far as animated cartoon avatars go is the introduction of the Memoji: your face, emoji-ized. From the Messages app, tap the monkey face Animoji button, then the Plus button, then start crafting your new digital avatar. 2) Add stickers and text Hey, iOS 12 is fun! If you’re sending video or taking a snap inside Messages or FaceTime, you can now slap a host of filters, stickers, and text effects on top, as well as Animoji and Memoji. To get to … [Read more...] about 19 Things You Can Do in iOS 12 That You Couldn’t Do Before
If you scroll down on Google's smart display, the Google Home Hub, you'll see a smart home control panel filled with shortcuts for common tasks like turning off your lights or locking your doors. Open up the Google Home app and you'll see similar options and a room-by-room breakdown of all of your compatible smart home gadgets. In October, I wrote about how these controls help make the smart home more seamless. Instead of juggling a bunch of apps to control gadgets from different companies, you can see everything grouped together in one spot. The experience is the same whether you are on your phone or using the smart display, so you only need to learn one interface. Google can legitimately make managing your smart home simpler as long as you're willing to put one of the search giant's gadgets at the center of your web of connected devices. Google launched its smart display this year alongside a few third-party alternatives integrated with the company's voice assistant (just called … [Read more...] about Google Home’s 2018 in review: Owning the smart home