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Samsung Note 10: this camera upgrade will be a big win vs Galaxy S10

Here’s a snippet of tasty information for anyone looking forward to the August release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10: the South Korean company has just been granted a patent for a stylus with a camera in it. The patent, which was granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on February 5, 2019, describes an “electric pen device” with an “optical system including a lens and an image sensor”, allowing a camera to be “controlled from the external electronic device.” It was first spotted by Patently Mobile and…

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Wacom adds a screen for those who paint and pen

Digital artists have quite a few choices when it comes to how they can hone their craft these days. They can draw then snap a picture using their phone, and they can switch to any number of the platforms made to support a digital pen. You probably already know these tools, even if you’re not thinking about them. There’s the obvious one, with Apple’s iPad and the iPad Pro, and there are also tablet options on the Android side of things with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4. Microsoft even has a…

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Samsung Galaxy S11 and Note 10 might feature exciting new camera tech

Samsung is rumoured to be buying a camera technology firm that may revolutionise smartphones With folded optics a zoom lens is possible (Image: Corephotonics) Samsung is looking to buy an Israeli company that could help it revolutionise the cameras in its smartphones in a $150 million deal. The firm, called Corephotonics, specialises in what are called “folded camera optics” which take camera lenses and turn them into a sort of periscope. Although we have telephoto and wideangle lenses on phones we don’t have zoom lenses because there isn’t usually room. A zoom…

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Nokia Steel HR review

If you’re counting calories, or just want to keep an eye on your health in general, there’s something you really need to know first. How active are you, really? Because for all the points, syns and steps you count, if you don’t know how much energy you’re burning up you could be in for a shock when you look at the scales in the morning. But without monitoring your heart rate it’s incredibly hard to estimate your daily calorie burn with any accuracy at all. The gap between “estimated” and…

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The Best Robotics Kits for Kids

Whether you know a young inventor who’s already into robotics or they just really like this video of a Boston Dynamics robot dancing, robotics kits make an excellent gift for kids. Experimenting with basic robotics is a great way to combine creativity with basic building and programming skills. These seven kits are fun and interactive for young inventors of all levels. Smithsonian Science Activities Robo Spider Kit The Smithsonian’s Robotic Spider Kit is great for beginners ages 6 and up to learn how robotic joints fit together and move. Just…

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How To Get Into the High-Powered World of Gaming PCs

What Is a Gaming Computer, And Why Do You Need One? Playing a game is among the most taxing jobs you can give a computer. Editing video comes close, but nothing demands as much processing power as creating a photo-realistic environment that constantly reacts to your input. Above all, gaming PCs require a serious graphics card (also called the graphics processing unit, or GPU), the hardware that handles the calculations required to make everything look pretty, even when the scene is full of explosions and moving characters. They’re designed to…

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Technology used by NASA could end food shortages and save trillions of dollars

As organizations grapple to find solutions to the twin problem of resource shortages and food waste, technology used by NASA could provide a timely solution. Hyperspectral imaging — a form of technology which uses images to measure chemical information — has been used by the U.S. space agency for decades. But now, thanks to cost reductions, its applications have become more widespread and are impacting a variety of industries including the food sector. California-based ImpactVision uses that technology to help producers conduct tests more accurately and manage their supply chains…

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Sonos Beam review: compact, great-sounding and with Alexa support – this is Sonos’ best yet

Sonos has ruled the multi-room audio space for years – but it’s also facing its biggest ever threat from so-called “smart speakers” like the Amazon Echo , Google Home and Apple HomePod . Rather than come up with its own digital assistant and shoehorn it into the market, Sonos has opened up its range of Wi-Fi connected speakers to incorporate Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. Although this is most notable in the Sonos One, the audio company has also made it a feature of the brand new Sonos Beam soundbar. Set to hit stores…

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6 seriously useful smart home innovations you need in your life

Sure, you might have an Amazon Echo and a few Philips Hue bulbs but is your home really smart? There’s no doubt that our AI buddies Alexa, Google and Siri are driving interest and innovation in connected home products, taking them out of the early adopter/hobbyist niche and into the mainstream. These cutting edge devices from the Internet of Things are for those looking to take their domicile on a deeper dive into smart home devices. Prepare to wow your house guests with just how futuristic your abode is… 1.…

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Say hello to the mouth-watering Huawei Mate X folding phone

Along with Samsung and its Galaxy X, the other front runner currently in the folding smartphone race is Huawei, with the Chinese maker snapping at the South Korean company’s heels. Both companies are set on delivering the world’s first folding phone, and now thanks to an awesome new video, we’ve got the best look yet at how Huawei’s foldable phone could look. The jaw-dropping Huawei folding phone concept video comes via mobile industry designer TechConfigurations, who specialises in creating videos of upcoming phone based on all the latest leaked information…

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