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Everything Announced At the Apple Event

Sept is back and so is the Apple event. As usual with these, let’s cut to the chase. For anyone who didn’t feel like watching the entire live stream, I put together a bulleted list of all the things you might care about: the new toys. Let’s get started, shall we? Apple Arcade Unlimited games on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV Exclusive games for Apple Arcade New games added every month It’ll be a specific section of the App Store Games mentioned available at launch: Frogger in Toy Town Shinsekai: Into the Depths Sayonara: Wild Hearts Available Sept 19th in over …

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Instagram Creator Profile vs. Business Profile

I logged in to my Instagram profile today on a new phone (we can’t talk about the phone just yet, but videos coming soon ­čÖé ) and was greeted by a small popup asking me if I wanted to switch to the new “Creator Profile”? Now, like most “creators,” I have always used the Business Profile option for my Instagram account since, unlike the only other option, the Personal Profile, it has some analytics available to allow you to optimize content, engage with users, and, well, treat it more like a business. It seems though that Instagram wants to change …

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Are You a Creator Who Uses NVIDIA GPUs, Change This Setting Right Now

Adobe just released a new update to Premiere Pro, Audition, After Effects, and some other apps (feel free to read the entire changelog as well as check out some videos on the new features from each here). Checking out some of the enhancements for myself, it’s is a neat, albeit small, update. Adobe seems to be on a roll lately with trying to improve their Creative Cloud suite for the tons of professionals that use it for work. I am definitely into features that make my workflow faster, easier, etc. as I’m sure anyone else who’s job relies quite a …

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 855: Why You Should Be Excited

So we were just in Hawaii for Qualcomm’s annual Snapdragon summit. And you’ve probably already heard by now, but they launched their new flagship chipset, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Now considering Qualcomm’s flagship chipset is what basically powers all of next year’s flagship Android devices, we got to see some things here that are a really good indication of what is going to be available in next year’s flagships. And I have to admit, I think we all walked away a little excited. Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is a 4th Gen AI Engine So whether you know this or not, Qualcomm …

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Alcatel 1X Released in the US: $99 Unlocked Android Go Phone

One hundred dollars unlocked is cheap for a phone. Especially in the US. Next week though, the Alcatel 1X is being released on Amazon for that exact price. The phone is going to be running Android Oreo Go edition. If you aren’t familiar, Android Go is the same Android you’re used to but just optimized to run on lower-end phones. On these devices, we have Android Go versions of your most popular Google apps pre-installed. These take up less storage and use less RAM than their non-Go versions. There’s an Android Go Play Store for downloading more optimized apps, and …

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The LG V35 Specs in an Easy-to-Read List

LG made the V35 official today, and on paper at least it seems very similar to the G7, minus a few changes (which you can read about here). But for anyone that is just curious about the specs, etc. here’s a quick list of them all in an easy-to-read bulleted list. [table id=13 /] The other big thing to note is that here in the States the LG V35 will be available from AT&T which means carrier subsidies, payment plans, etc. As we know, that’s a big deal for a manufacturer here in the US as it’s the way a …

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Here’s All the New Products Acer Announced Today in an Easy-to-Read Bulleted List

Today was Acer’s annual Next@Acer event where Acer showcases all of their new products in a rapid-fire presentation (the best kind of presentation?). Some of the devices worth noting are the Swift 5, the “thinnest 15.6″ laptop”; a new Helios 300 in white and gold, and some younger siblings of the monster we saw at IFA last year the Orion 9000. As usual, here’s my bulleted list of everything Acer announced for those out there that just want the specs really quick. Swift 5 15.6″ First up is the 15.6″ Swift 5, marketed by Acer as the thinnest 15.6″ laptop …

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Razer Blade 15 & Razer Core X Specs, Price & Release Date Revealed

Razer just launched the new version of their Razer Blade called the Razer Blade 15, and a new version of the Razer Core called the Razer Core X (is it just me or is everyone putting X’s in their device names all of a sudden?). The Razer Blade has been Razer’s top-selling┬áproduct since its debut in 2015, winning countless awards because of its build quality, portability, and power. Regarded back then as the gaming laptop to beat. In the short time that’s passed, however, Razer’s competitors have been catching up with more portable, and more powerful gaming laptops (and with …

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OnePlus 6 Specs, Price, & Release Date

In case you missed the big reveal this week in London, OnePlus finally made their new OnePlus 6 official. Here’s the OnePlus 6 price, specs, and everything else you need to know in an easy-to-read bulleted list (as per the usual). OnePlus 6 Specs 6.28″ 19:9 aspect ratio AMOLED 1080×2280 pixel resolution screen There. Is. A. Notch. But… you can hide it with software similar to the P20 and LG G7. Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor Three memory options: 6GBs of RAM/64GBs of storage, 8GBs of RAM/128GBs of storage, or 8GBs of RAM/256GBs of storage Gorilla Glass 5 Front and Rear …

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Everything Important From Google I/O 2018 in an Easy-to-Read Bulleted List

Besides the, admittedly weird, but also super interesting machine learning produced music, and the revelation that beer foam cannot defy physics, there was a bunch of things announced at Google I/O that I think are worth mentioning to people even if they aren’t developers. From new Google Maps features to Android P UI changes, here are the most important things I found from watching the Google I/O 2018 Keynote (so you don’t have to). GBoard and Gmail Gboard now supports morse code to people with disabilities. Smart Compose is a new autocomplete for phrases instead of just words that will …

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All the People Who Said No One Would Buy the iPhone X Were Wrong

“No one is going to buy the new iPhone X.” “Too many people are scared of the privacy issues with Face ID and don’t want to give up Touch ID.” “It’s too expensive; people will go for the cheaper iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.” Eh, not quite. On the Apple earnings call last Tuesday, Tim Cook went over the fact that Apple posted $61.1 billion in the March quarter vs. last year’s $52.9 billion. He mentioned that they were going to do a $100 billion buyback of stocks to give stockholders some dividends. And he discussed that they sold 52.2 …

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Everything Facebook Announced at F8 in a Bulleted List

Facebook’s annual developer conference is happening right now and considering the current climate regarding Facebook’s data and privacy concerns, it was bound to be an interesting one for sure. For those that don’t feel like watching the entire Keynote (knock yourself out here if you do), I put together a quick bulleted list of what was announced. Here are the biggest things that were announced. FaceDate: This sounded like a joke to me based on the name at first, but nope, it’s real. Facebook is starting a dating app on Facebook that allows you to create a profile only visible …

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LG G7 ThinQ Specs Are Official: Here’s a Quick Bulleted List of Them

Today, LG released the 7th generation of their G-Series flagship devices, the LG G7 ThinQ. The device looks very similar to the G6 but has a metal trim around the outside and sports Gorilla Glass 5.0 on the front and back, is IP68-certified, and is Qi wireless charging capable. Just like the LG V30S ThinQ, the device has added AI functionality for things like the camera that enables it to auto-detect a scene and adjust color saturation, exposure, etc. for that specific scene. Other than that, it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (the latest flagship processor also found …

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Samsung VR Pilot Season Featured

At Samsung’s VR Pilot Week, I Experienced Something in VR I Never Have Before

Samsung is really pushing VR. It began with the mission to get VR hardware into the hands of more people that weren’t about to go out and buy a high-end HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. The release of the Gear VR headset in November of 2015, followed by the second gen a year later (and other smaller updates after that), its relatively low price (so long as you had one of Samsung’s compatible devices), and the fact those compatible devices were already in the hands of millions of consumers, and we arrive at today. As of last year, Samsung released …

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Microsoft Has a FREE STEM Summer Camp Program That Every Kid Should Take & Here’s Why

We live in a time where one of the most sought-after skills professionally is available on the internet for people to learn on their own, for┬áfree: computer programming. Thanks to more and more industries needing programmers, machine learning becoming more and more popular, and even a pivot to more and more skills-based hiring processes versus degree-based ones, there is an exciting ecosystem for the future of our workforce slowly being created. (Now, I’m not advocating not going to University! Many are even starting to adjust their curriculums┬áto model this new technologically centered world we now live in,┬áas well as the …

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