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How Is Amazon’s 2013 Tablet Still the Best One It Ever Released?

It’s often posited that a major factor in the tablet market’s recent decline is a lack of reason to upgrade; most people use these devices for little more than content consumption, and the one they bought years ago will often do that job for years to come. I don’t quite embody this myself, as I work on my iPad Pro almost every day, but it’s not surprising to me either — I also still use my Amazon Fire HDX all the time. The weird thing with Amazon tablets in particular, though, is that if I did decide to buy a new one today it’d actually be a downgrade. Amazon’s Fire tablets aren’t for everyone. If you care about app selection or productivity, there are far better options out there. But if all you want from your tablet is a simple device that’s bigger than your phone, easier to hold than…

Leak Of The Week: HTC U11 Confirmed With Edge Sense and No Headphone Jack

HTC launched the U Ultra early this year, but the reviews were largely negative. Now, the company looks to be preparing for its “true” flagship in 2017 with the HTC U11. We’ve seen a few leaks of this device, but nothing as good as this. It seems someone who attended a briefing with the phone jumped the gun and posted their hands-on. We get plenty of angles on the phone and a demo of the new Edge Sense feature. The original YouTube video was quickly taken down, but it has been mirrored. The video isn’t in English, but Reddit has helpfully provided a translation. The same design aesthetic we saw with the U Ultra is on-display here. The U11 has a high-gloss glass frame in several colors, all of which I’m sure pick up fingerprints amazingly well. Like the U Ultra, there’s no headphone jack—the Type-C is the only port.…

Twitter Plans to Broadcast Live Video 24 Hours a Day

The company’s COO and CFO Anthony Noto has announced that in collaboration with new media company Bloomberg, Twitter will offer 24/7 video news broadcasts on the platform starting this fall. The social network plans to air live video 24 hours a day, 7 days a week inside its apps and desktop site, building on the 800+ hours it aired in the first three months of 2017. “We will definitely have 24/7 content on Twitter,” Noto said during an extensive interview about the company’s live video strategy last week. “Our goal is to be a dependable place so that when you want to see what’s happening, you think of going to Twitter. This live stream, won’t just be a stream of Twitter’s existing TV content, either; it’ll feature new, original reporting from Bloomberg’s various global news offices, and content created and posted by Twitter users themselves, as curated and also verified…

Apple IPhone 8 Rumor Roundup: All You Need to Know

Apple’s iPhone will celebrate its tenth anniversary since it was first revealed by Steve Jobs back in 2007. The device initially emerged as a revolution in the world of cellphones, but in the last couple of years, the Cupertino company has been using a ‘better safe than sorry’ strategy. There hasn’t been much difference between iPhones 6, 6S and 7, making the fans rather cautious about the future of the lineup. As the anniversary comes closer, the expectations and rumors grow like mushrooms after rain. Numerous leaks point at a completely refreshed device, which will abandon the familiar approach to the phone. Rumors suggest a radically redesigned edge-to-edge display with minimal top and bottom bezels. Kind of what Samsung did with its Galaxy S8 model, but it’s not clear how Apple will tackle the placement of the Touch ID. The sensor is rumored to be built directly into the display,…

Ultimate Android Showdown: Galaxy S8 Vs. Google Pixel XL (video)

It’s hard to say no to the Samsung Galaxy S8. This little beast has everything you might want from a phone. Fantastic specs, gorgeous display, an outstanding camera with various options and, of course, the design. The S8 is the best-looking smartphone the world has to offer. Yet, it is never an easy choice, when it comes to flagships. The difference between their functionality is always minuscule, so the choice is usually decided by personal tastes… or brand loyalty. Especially considering that the Pixel XL is just as great. Not as gorgeous with those bezels, but the Apple-like approach to software makes the purchase just as attractive. Until the Pixel 2 arrives sometime in October-November, these two will probably be incredible buys for the Android fans. But which one is better? Let’s find out. Design and ease of use Spoiler alert: Samsung takes the cake in the design competition. Objectively.…

Why You Should Wait Before Buying Samsung’s New Galaxy S8

When a splashy new smartphone hits the market, consumers often weigh whether to place an order right away or to wait and see how others react to the device. But with the Galaxy S8, Samsung’s first major smartphone release since the spontaneously combusting Galaxy Note 7 was discontinued last year, there isn’t much of a debate. Your best bet is to wait to buy the roughly $750 device — not just for safety reasons, but also because other uncertainties surround it. Samsung declined to provide an early review unit of the Galaxy S8 to The New York Times, but several consumer electronics experts who tried the device ahead of its release this Friday were cautiously optimistic about the product. Even so, they said the phone had some radical design changes that might make people uncomfortable, a few key features were unfinished and Samsung’s recent safety record remained a concern. For…

This Iphone 8 Leak Is the Biggest and Most Exciting One Yet

Samsung should bask in the limelight while it still can. Because if the iPhone 8 shapes up to be anywhere close to these leaks, it will definitely steal the show later this year. Fan site iFanr has gotten a hold of a schematic diagram of this iPhone X or iPhone 8 and the implications are going to be ground breaking. So whether Apple’s tenth anniversary iPhone comes late or not, it will be putting the Android world on notice and might set the design trend for the years to come. Those expecting Apple to adopt an edge-to-edge curved design might be a bit disappointed. But those who do agree with LG’s criticism of such curved edges will probably rejoice. There is still a tiny, though insignificant, bit of bezel, about 2.6 mm wide, where the screen usually slopes down on a 2.5D curve. Other than that, however, there is nothing…

Whoa: Paying Up to $500 to Chat With a Live Streamer?

YouTube has been a source of many videos and memes that have wound their way into popular culture. Now the Google-owned video site may increasingly be a source of ideas for how to make more money online, too. Consider the Super Chat feature that YouTube started this year, Laura Parker writes. When YouTube creators use Super Chat, they can ask members of their audience to pay anything from $1 to $500 to have their comments highlighted during a live stream. The more a viewer pays, the more characters they can include in a comment and the longer the comment will be highlighted. The use of Super Chat gives YouTubers a new way, beyond advertising and subscriptions, to make money. When Andre Rebelo, a YouTube streamer in Vancouver, British Columbia, live-streamed himself playing the video game Grand Theft Auto V in January with Super Chat turned on, viewers paid him $4,000…

Sorry, But Your iPhone 5 Is About to Become Obsolete

Apple’s pulling the cord on its iOS guillotine a little early this year. The next operating system update will only be available for the iPhone 5S and newer devices. That means if you have an iPhone 5 or an iPhone 5C, your expensive slab of aluminum and glass is about to become obsolete. This will be the first time that Apple has cut off updates for a device mid-cycle. It’s unclear why Tim Cook and his cronies aren’t waiting until iPhone day to begin the iPhone 5’s slow death, but there are some hardware limitations involved. You see, iOS 10.3.2—an otherwise minor update, now in beta testing, that features some bug fixes and some new Siri commands—is only supported on devices with a 64-bit processor. The iPhone 5 and 5C have a 32-bit processor. So those phones won’t be eligible for the update when Apple rolls it out to all…

The Smartphone Is Eventually Going to Die, and Then Things Are Going to Get Really Crazy

One day, not too soon — but still sooner than you think — the smartphone will all but vanish, the way beepers and fax machines did before it. Make no mistake: We’re still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (Andif we’re all cyborgs by 2027, I’ll happily eat my words. Assuming we’re still eating at all, I guess.) Yet, piece by piece, the groundwork for the eventual demise of the smartphone is being laid by Elon Musk, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, and a countless number of startups that still have a part to play. And, let me tell you: If and when the smartphone does die, that’s when things are going to get really weird for everybody. Not just in terms of individual products but in terms of how we actually live our everyday lives and maybe our humanity itself. Here’s…