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Huawei announces MateBook E 2-in-1 device with 2K display, advanced Folio Keyboard

May 22, 2017

Huawei has just unveiled a brand new 2-in-1 device that’s meant to compete with Microsoft’s new Surface Pro that went official earlier today. The MateBook E is Huawei’s next generation slate that promises speed, elegance, and mobility, allowing consumers to stay connected to everyone while on the go.

As the title says, Huawei MateBook E sports a 12-inch display with 2160 x 1440 pixels resolution and 400 nits brightness. The 2-in-1 device weighs 640g (without keyboard) or 1.1Kg (keyboard included).

Hardware-wise, the MateBook E is equipped with either a 7th …

Hide your Instagram posts with a new archive option!

May 22, 2017
Think your profile is overrun with too many Instagram posts? Not enough likes on your latest selfie? Well you’ll soon be able to archive those oldies. Here’s how!

If you’re someone who’s been on Instagram since it first launched in 2010, chances are you have quite a number of posts and content that no longer match your current ~aesthetic~ or that are old and silly that you might not want to outright delete, but definitely don’t want on your profile if someone scrolls back to the beginning.

Now, Instagram is introducing a new archive feature that will allow users to save their old posts but hide them from the view of others.

9to5Mac:

Essentially, users now have the option “archive” a post rather than delete it altogether. When a post is archived, it is simply hidden from public visibility, but remains on the service for the user to restore to visibility if they so choose.

How does it work?

If you want to archive a post, just tap on the three dots next to one of your posts an…

First HTC U11 night time photos surface: is this the best smartphone camera around?

May 22, 2017

HTC’s new flagship phone, the U11, has big aspirations: some publications have called it the best camera ever on a phone, but how does it do in one area where smartphone cameras typically struggle, night time photography?

Nothing short of impressive

The HTC U11 will be released in early June, but today we see the first test of the U11’s 12-megapixel rear camera in night time conditions and the results are nothing short of impressive.
The images were published on Flickr by a user in Asia who seems to have …

Amazon Channels now available to Prime subscribers in UK

May 22, 2017
UK Amazon Prime subscribers can add on more than 40 premium on-demand channels to their Prime Video collection.

Cutting the cord just got a little bit more interesting for UK residents. Amazon has launched its Channels add-on feature with more than 40 premium streaming on-demand channels. Channel add-ons start as low as £1.49 per month.

Amazon Channels is an on-demand service that lets Prime subscribers choose additional premium content from specific content programmers, like Discovery, Eurosport Player, ITV, and more. These channels are available as a stand-alone subscription and do not require bundle package subscriptions.

According to Amazon, some of the available sports channels offer live content, including coverage of the French Open Tennis tournament.

Channels are different than subscribing to a pay TV company directly. You don’t have separate sign-in credentials. This means you can only watch content via a Prime Video player. Luckily, the Prime Video app is availabl…

Results: Galaxy S8 / S8+ users, do you use your iris scanner at all?

May 22, 2017
The Samsung Galaxy S8 has two unique mechanical components that are used for unlocking the phone — an awkwardly placed fingerprint scanner and a pretty straightforward, fast-working iris scanner. The latter one we first saw on the Galaxy Note 7 and were already acquainted with the tech. However, now, even months after the release of Sammy’s latest and greatest flagship duo — the S8 and S8+ — we can’t say we are fully accustomed to using the iris scanner exclusively for unlocks.

We are pretty sure we are not alone in this, but also certain that there are people out there who like and use …

Wireless charging: do you use it?

May 22, 2017
So, wireless charging is pretty popular nowadays — almost all current major Android flagships have the feature, sans the occasional heavy hitter like the Google Pixel. It is becoming so prominent that even Apple’s iPhone 8 (or whatever that rumored premium edition of the iPhone ends up being called) is rumored to come with a wireless charging coil.

As you probably know, wireless charging requires you to lay your phone on a special pad for it to begin topping up. It’s slower, it warms up the phone noticeably, but it works without you fiddling with any wires, so it’s convenient when you are …

New Google Assistant update adds entire search phrases to keyboard suggestion row

May 22, 2017

Typing support for Google Assistant was only introduced at last week’s I/O 2017, yet the function is already getting an upgrade. 
The feature that provides a type-to-search option for people who don’t want to talk to their phones in public now sports a new suggestions bar containing full search phrases. Previously, the service only relied on Gboard which offered recommendations for your next word. 
If you have the latest available version of Google Assistant and want to check out this new feature, launch …

iCloud Photo Library and Photo Stream: What’s the difference?

May 22, 2017
What’s the difference between iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream?

Updated May 2017: Updated with most recent version of Photos for Mac and iCloud.

With iCloud Photo Library, you can store all your photos in iCloud with no limits, unlike the traditional Photo Stream we’ve been accustomed to for the past few years. As long as you have enough iCloud storage, iCloud Photo Library will save all your photos.

But what happens to your regular Photo Stream when you enable iCloud Photo Library? And more importantly, where did all your synced albums go? We’ve got the answers to these questions and more!

The differences between iCloud Photo Library and Photo Stream
I’ve enabled iCloud Photo Library, my Photo Stream is completely gone! Why?!
Can I still access photos on my Mac or PC if I enable iCloud Photo Library?

An overview of the differences between iCloud Photo Library and Photo Stream

There are a few key differences between iCloud Photo Library and Photo Stream that you need t…

Digital Offers: Create perfect photos for $39

May 22, 2017
As technology gets better and better, one smartphone feature is perennially important: the camera. It seems like humans are always searching for the perfect photo; we want to be able to capture what our eyes see, not what the camera lens sees. This can be pretty difficult, especially with certain cameras, so where do you turn? Do you just carry around a DSLR all the time? Sure, but does a DSLR even capture what your eyes really see?

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Post production is where it’s at. Sure, taking a photo in the moment is “real”, but there’s nothing wrong with working on a photo after you’ve taken it. In fact, photographers today aren’t strictly photographers anymore — they’re now graphic artists as well. There’s nothing wrong with altering an image after you’ve taken it. For one, you’ve taken it, so it’s your property. For another, you can turn some “meh” photos into “WHOA” photos.

HDR Projects 5 is just the software that can help you create amaz…

The Galaxy S8’s iris scanner can be bypassed using a digital camera and a contact lens, researchers show

May 22, 2017

It’s a pretty well known fact at this point that using any form of biometric authentication, such as a fingerprint scanner or face unlocking, is essentially choosing convenience over actual security. That is, there are a ton of ways to fool the current technology, and while passwords can be changed, physical features cannot, plastic surgery notwithstanding. This has once again been proven right, as a group of researchers from the Chaos Computer Club, who have demonstrated a method for bypassing the Samsung Galaxy S8’s iris scanner.

The process, as demonstrated …