Samsung Galaxy Note 9: a dull launch, too expensive… but that’s a good thing

Watching the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch was tough. After watching a decade of phone launches waxing and waning in bombast, the new Note launch felt like it was running on fumes a little bit.

Let’s skip past the lack of upgrades on the new Galaxy Watch, the ‘and-me’ smart speaker and the decision to have ‘Mr Doodle’ on stage drawing with a product launched a few weeks ago, and jump straight to the Note 9.
There were a lot of marketing words spoken about the handset, about how it was ‘inspiring’, ‘removed borders and interruptions’ and basically worked with you… a lot of words that don’t really tell us much, meaning that most of us were left wondering ‘what’s actually new here?’.

That’s the issue – smartphones are now so capable that there’s not really that much further to go, so unless a brand materially changes the design and ways of using the phone (as Apple did with the iPhone X) then there’s not much to really excite consumers. more here

Review of Huawei P20 Pro. They simply nailed it with the P20 Pro.

It’s not often that we use so many superlatives in a review, but Huawei simply nailed it with the P20 Pro. The phone, as a whole, is a real work of art, undoubtedly Huawei’s best phone ever, arguably the best phone of 2018 yet.

The Huawei P10 of early 2017 was (still is) a super capable phone that was highly regarded among our editors here at Pocketnow. The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro came along late last year to convince us that the company is meaning serious business. We all expected the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro to be some sort of point-iteration, and we’re glad we were wrong! Review

Oppo Find X flagship with a pop-up mechanism for the cameras.

Oppo introduced the unique Find X flagship with a pop-up mechanism for the cameras and screen to body ratio of over 92%. The global launch took place in Paris and now the company is doing a local Chinese event on June 29.

The Oppo Find X will be introduced in the industrial park of Beijing at the famous 79 Tank at 751 D-Park, famously used for massive launches by many smartphone manufacturers. The launch on Friday will show the device to the Chinese audience and some sources suggest there might be a new variant with different colors and eventually different prices.

The Oppo Find X will arrive in August on major European markets like Italy, Spain, France, and the Netherlands. Actual availability dates were not unveiled in Paris, but the Chinese launch should come with pre-order and availability dates. Source (in Chinese)

Personality and Psychology just released for PlayStation 4 Store!

Explore your Personality, PS4!
Stressed? Tensed ? or worried… Try it now.!

Personality Psychology Premium app helps in getting you the analysis of your personality, psychology score. When you are worried within and looking for a better help and looking to visit psychiatrist then Personality Psychology Premium is the best solution available on your console.

It has a series of tests which you have to go throw to achieve your personal score. These tests are very innovative and are created in a light funny way such that nothing gets too serious or boring. Once you finish the test you will get the score card of your analysis.

The application supports up to 4K for PS4 Pro.

Search “Personality” and find it in your local Playstation Store.
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Best smartwatches to expect in 2018

2018 is shaping up as an interesting year for wearables. Google has recently rebranded the faltering Android Wear platform to Wear OS and is reportedly planning to launch three Pixel-branded smartwatches by the end of the year. Between Qualcomm’s releasing of a brand new Snapdragon chipset for wearables and rumors about an upcoming Samsung smartwatch that runs Wear OS, 2018 really looks like a great year for wearables.

So, what are the best smartwatches to look forward to in 2018? There’s at least a handful we know about right now, though many others are sure to be announced further down the line. That’s why this article will be updated throughout the year, as more information is revealed about future wearables from Samsung, Apple, Google, and other manufacturers. Right now, here’s the best smartwatches coming out this year that we know about right now!
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Secure Data Act would protect device manufacturers from having to create a back door

A new bill introduced in Congress, called the Secure Data Act, would prevent a government agency or a court order from forcing a manufacturer to add a backdoor to a device that offers encrypted communications. The bill has bipartisan support, and was introduced in the House by Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

The bill would give manufacturers of encrypted phones, tablets, computers and software (including apps like WhatsApp) protection from being forced to weaken the encryption on their products. Not only would it prevent a law enforcement agency like the FBI from forcing a phone manufacturer from providing it with back door access to their devices, it would also prevent a court order from doing the same thing. There is one exception as mentioned in the bill. That would be for requests and court orders having to do with wiretaps under the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act.

The Secure Data Act is a reaction to the battle between Apple and the FBI that took place in early 2016. The FBI was able to procure a court order demanding that Apple unlock the iPhon 5c that belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. Apple ignored the order, saying that it would have to build a special version of iOS to unlock the device. Cook told law enforcement officials that he was reluctant to create this software, dubbed Govt.OS, for fear that it would be leaked. That would endanger the privacy of all iPhone users globally. As it turned out, the FBI paid to have the phone unlocked by a third party only to find not one shred of worthwhile information inside it.

source: EFF

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium arrives with dual cameras and 4K HDR screen

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium arrives with dual cameras and 4K HDR screen

It is still Monday but Sony already delivered what will likely be the biggest announcement of the week. The Japanese company just introduced its first phone with dual cameras – Xperia XZ2 Premium. The phone has a 4K HDR screen, Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 GB RAM and the ability to capture photos and videos in extremely low-lit environments.
The TRILUMINOS display is 5.8” with a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels in the standard 16:9 ratio. Wrapped between a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 and a glass back, the phone follows the Ambient Flow design that was introduced with the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact at MWC 2018. The fingerprint is in the center of the back panel, positioned right under the biggest talking point – the dual camera. Read all here: