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'Avatar: The Last Airbender' returns as a live-action Netflix series

Engadget - 4 hours 45 min ago
That sound you heard was legions of Avatar: The Last Airbender fans squealing with glee. Netflix has announced that it's releasing a "reimagined," live-action Avatar series on its service in partnership with Nickelodeon. Production will start in 20...

Captain Marvel reactions: Why punch an old woman? - CNET

CNET News - 4 hours 47 min ago
Brie Larson's impressive hero is also leaving fans wondering what this lady did.

YouTube's revamped gaming hub offers faster access to top streams

Engadget - 5 hours 1 min ago
YouTube is as determined as ever to compete with Twitch, and it's giving its dedicated gaming portal a makeover to make sure that happens. The new YouTube Gaming hub borrows key features from the mobile app, including faster access to top live stream...

Tesla reportedly faces DOJ investigation over Elon Musk tweets

Engadget - 5 hours 12 min ago
It looks like Tesla is in more hot water over Elon Musk's tweets that the company might go private. Bloomberg reports that, according to two people familiar with the matter, the Department of Justice is investigating Tesla because of the CEO's statem...

Facebook pushed for access to financial firms' user data

Engadget - 5 hours 17 min ago
Facebook is in hot water again over its data sharing deals -- or rather, attempted deals. The Wall Street Journal has learned that Facebook had spent "years" negotiating for access to financial companies' user data. The amount of data it wanted to...

Which Company Makes the Best Camera Phone in 2018? Not Apple

SlashDot - 5 hours 20 min ago
Which smartphone takes the best photos? For years, the unequivocal answer to that question has been the iPhone. Apple has, for years, taken pride in the pictures its iPhones are able to capture. And rightly so. But over the years, the competition has caught up and has arguably stolen that crown from the iPhone. Here's a review of various reviews of the iPhones. The Verge, reviewing the iPhone 6 launched in 2014: There's one feature that stands out, though, the one that most strongly makes the iPhone 6's case as the best smartphone on the planet: the camera. A year later, The Verge reviews the iPhone 6s: But these improvements aren't dramatic, since the previous rear camera was already terrific. Still, the new rear camera will maintain the iPhone's position as the best smartphone camera around. In another review, it said: I noticed slightly better macro performance and slightly better bokeh in a few shots, but Apple's been taking iPhone 6 photos and blowing them up to put on billboards for a year, so the bar is pretty damn high. Let's put it this way: the iPhone 6S is the best camera most people will ever own, but it's not going to keep anyone out of the market for a mirrorless rig. The camera review of the iPhone 7 Plus: This all adds up to a decent improvement, but the iPhone 6S was already operating at the top of the scale, bested only recently by the latest cameras in the Galaxy S7 and Note 7. In low light, that faster lens and optical image stabilization means that the 7 significantly outperforms the 6S. But compared to the iPhone 6S, the iPhone 7 is a step improvement, not a major leap. The camera review of the last year's iPhone 8 Plus: Over the past year, the S8 and Pixel pulled ahead of the iPhone 7 in various tests. Apple told me they don't look at benchmarks closely, but the images from the iPhone 8 camera definitely look more like Apple's competitors than before. Like Samsung, iPhone images are now more saturated by default, although Apple says it's still aiming for realism instead of the saturated colors and smoothing of the S8. And HDR is just on all the time, like the Pixel -- you can't turn it off, although you can set it to save a non-HDR image as well. We ran around shooting with an iPhone 8, a Pixel XL, and S8, and iPhone 7 on auto, and the iPhone 8 produced the most consistent and richest images of the group, although the Pixel was the clear winner several times, especially in extreme low light. The camera review of the $1,000 iPhone X, which was also launched last year: Now that we have an iPhone X and the Google Pixel 2, we're going to do a super in-depth camera comparison, but here's what I can tell you right now: the iPhone X has basically the same cameras as the iPhone 8, and the photos look almost exactly the same. And at the end of the day, I tend to prefer the photos from the Pixel 2 XL. And now, the camera review of the iPhone XS and XS Max, which The Verge published Tuesday (video): The camera upgrades in the XS over the X are significant. But I'm just going to come out and say this: I don't think the iPhone XS has better cameras than the [Google] Pixel 2 ... and Pixel 3 comes out in just a few weeks. Don't get me wrong, it's a really good camera, and I think people are going to like the photos it takes. But the Pixel 2 is the standard to beat and the iPhone XS doesn't do it for me.

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Shopify offers iOS 12's AR features to its 600,000 stores

Engadget - 5 hours 28 min ago
iOS 12 made a lot of strides in terms of augmented reality, thanks to the addition of features like AR Quick Look. This allows users to place 3D objects using AR, and now ecommerce platform Shopify is taking advantage of the feature for everyday shop...

NASA astronaut offers to ride along on SpaceX BFR moon mission - CNET

CNET News - 5 hours 30 min ago
Retired astronaut Scott Kelly has cleared his schedule for 2023.

Google's Trafalgar Square lion uses AI to generate crowdsourced poem

Engadget - 5 hours 49 min ago
In London's Trafalgar Square, four lions sit at the base of Nelson's Column. But starting today, there will be a fifth. Google Arts & Culture and designer Es Devlin have created a public sculpture for the London Design Festival. It's a lion that...

Nintendo Switch Online, a Paid Subscription Service Required For Console Owners To Access Internet-Enable Features Like Multiplayer Mode, To Launch This Evening

SlashDot - 6 hours 6 min ago
Nintendo announced Tuesday that its paid Nintendo Switch Online service will launch "later this evening," and that to prepare for the launch it will be taking the Switch eShop offline starting at 8 p.m. ET. From a report: It's expected to be unavailable for up to three hours, it said, putting the launch of Switch Online about 11 p.m. Tuesday night. Nintendo Switch Online comes with a seven-day free trial for all Nintendo Account holders. The official website for the service notes that it will cost $4 for a month, $8 for three months and $20 for a year. A family membership, which supports up to seven others in a family group, will run for $35 for a year. The Nintendo Switch Online service, which will be free to users to try for seven days, will be required for console owners to access any internet-enable features, including multiplayer and cloud saves. It will also grant them the ability to play 20 different Nintendo Entertainment System games at launch, although Nintendo hasn't revealed the entire lineup yet.

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Leaked Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL renders look like the real deal - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 6 min ago
These purported leaked press shots show the relative sizes of the two phones and the cases.

'Fortnite' Switch bundle arrives October 5th with in-game perks

Engadget - 6 hours 10 min ago
Back in June, Fortnite fans cheered when the popular game arrived on the Nintendo Switch. But starting October 5th, fans of the battle royale shooter can express their love for the game in a new way: a Nintendo Switch bundle featuring special items f...

Samsung's Odyssey Z gaming notebook now available for $1,800 - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 10 min ago
The company takes a second shot at garnering some love for its relaunched gaming line by targeting enthusiasts.

Apple's Tim Cook defends iPhone price: Most pay about $1 a day - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 11 min ago
The iPhone really is for everyone, Cook says. Even at those prices.

Amazon's new Alexa Gadgets Toolkit lets Alexa have some toy-friendly fun - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 11 min ago
Robots that can lip sync Alexa's speech? Disco balls that sparkle whenever you say the wake word? Amazon's new software makes it possible.

Purosangue: Ferrari names its upcoming SUV - Roadshow

CNET News - 6 hours 12 min ago
It'll be available in a hybrid-electric variant, too.

Amazon's Fire HD 10 is on sale for $110 for Prime members - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 15 min ago
For a limited time Amazon has chopped $40 off the list price of the Fire HD 10. Meanwhile, the Fire HD 7 is on sale for $35.

Lyft marks its 1 billionth ride as it expands beyond cars

Engadget - 6 hours 31 min ago
Lyft may be an underdog relative to Uber, but it's still huge in the transportation world. The ridesharing firm has officially provided 1 billion rides, including 233 million shared rides. That pales in comparison to Uber's 10 billion trips. However,...

Vizio's first Atmos sound bar goes on sale for $499 - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 34 min ago
Vizio has announced pricing for three 2018 Dolby Atmos sound bars, which will also incorporate Chromecast for multiroom music streaming.