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8 most important announcements at Google I/O 2018

Google’s annual showcase of features and apps

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This year’s Google I/O has just concluded and there are a number of announcements and demos that people of the modern world should know about. If you haven’t watched the keynote, here’s a brief summary of what happened earlier.

Android P

Indeed, the most important announcement at Google I/O 2018 was the official introduction of Android P beta. Version 9.0 of Google’s mobile operating system doesn’t have a dessert name yet, so we’re still waiting for that.

Android P looks a lot cleaner now compared to its earlier developer preview release. The beta is now available to a number of Android OEMs (not only Pixel phones) and introduces us to navigational gestures. The traditional three navigation buttons are now replaced by iPhone X-like swipes to work well with borderless phones. You can also track how you’re spending time with your phone through the new Dashboard.

Six new Google Assistant voices

Google Assistant won’t just sound more natural, but it’ll also sound different soon. Users will get to choose from six additional voices in the upcoming update. The original Assistant voice “Holly” will soon have friends, and that includes celebrity John Legend.

Google Duplex

One of the impressive demos from the keynote was the recording of Google Assistant calling a hair salon. Google Assistant made an appointment through a voice call and the lady from the other line didn’t even notice that she’s talking to a computer. The conversation sounded just like two humans talking to each other with no hint of a robotic voice.

Check out the demo here.

A smarter Gmail that finishes your drafts

The Smart Reply feature is pretty helpful in suggesting quick responses and now Gmail can also help you draft emails from scratch. Well, it’s not like Gmail will do the work for you (but I think we’re getting there), but the new feature will make suggestions for completing sentences as you’re typing. This feature is coming very soon to all Gmail users.

Google Maps becomes more social

We don’t just open Google Maps to ask for directions, we also use it to find related info around us. Maps is starting to shape up like Yelp and Foursquare with its new dedicated tab for following what’s trending in your area and planning where to eat next.

In addition, augmented reality is coming to Maps. If 2D directions aren’t helping you find your way around, AR will now help you with turn-by-turn directions with the use of AI and Street View data.

AI now curates Google News

Google News is the latest platform to be managed by AI. Using artificial intelligence, Google News can now analyze all the content published to the web at any moment. It’ll be able to spot the ones you might be interested in and puts them right at your fingertips. It’ll also deliver other related news for further reading.

 

New features on Google Photos

Google Photos has become more powerful. It doesn’t only conveniently back up your photos to the cloud, it can now also edit them to separate subjects from the background. It’s much like how the Pixel 2 phones can shoot portrait photos without the use of a secondary camera thanks to the help of machine learning. Plus, it’ll be able to colorize your old photos, even if they’re shot in monochrome.

Improved Google Lens

The copy-paste feature on computers is revolutionary. It’s really convenient (sometimes too convenient) to simply copy what’s already written and paste it where you need it to be. This feature is not exclusive to copying digital texts anymore because Google Lens can now copy an actual written text and paste it into a text field on your smartphone.

Shopping is also getting an upgrade through Google Lens with the introduction of “style match” which scans what the camera sees and helps you buy it from online stores.

SEE ALSO: Google I/O announcements: What can Android P do?

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Why the Samsung Crystal UHD 2021 is a must have in your 20s

Make happy TV-viewing memories

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Samsung Crystal UHD TV 2021

Your 20s is a wonderful time. You fumble your way into adulthood and find your footing in the grand scheme of things. It’s a process that isn’t always pretty, but the whole experience can be elevated and extra fun with the right companion. Yes, we’re talking about a TV. Specifically, the Samsung Crystal UHD 2021. Why? Because Samsung — The World’s Number 1 TV Brand — sponsored this video and the Crystal UHD is actually, really pretty good.

Netflix and chillin’

You’re gonna want to do a lot of Netflix and chillin’ in your 20s. So, while you cool down and get your chill on, the Samsung Crystal UHD TV has your back with all the Netflxing and whatever other things you want playing to set the mood.

You see, when you’re actually watching, the TV’s Dynamic Crystal Colors is a treat for the eyes. Colors are vibrant and crisp, dark scenes pop, and the display gets pretty bright putting an end to the age-old question – lights on or lights off. Doesn’t matter. Whatever you choose, the picture quality will be crystal clear.

This is possible because the TV is really just smart. It upscales non-4K content and adjusts videos scene-by-scene making sure you’re getting the best picture possible.

And it doesn’t even have to be Netflix strictly. This 4K TV comes pre-installed with plenty of other streaming apps like YouTube, AppleTV, Viu, and HBO GO. You can also install other apps like VLIVE and Facebook Watch. Speaking of Viu and HBO GO. You actually get fantastic deals when you buy a Samsung Crystal UHD TV?

That’s a lot of streaming whatever and chillin’ which is so much better on a TV than say your smartphone or laptop.

Where will I put it?

Ah yes, space. It’s always a tricky subject perhaps even more so when you’re in your 20s. Where do I put this? Where do I place that? Was I being too clingy? Or maybe I wasn’t around enough? You know, that sort of thing.

Thankfully, the Samsung Crystal UHD TV comes in many different sizes. It goes anywhere from 43 inches all the way up to 85 inches.

Size matters, yes. And Samsung has one that will definitely fit your space.

You see, the TV has this AirSlim design making it just 25mm thin. That’s about as thin as you can get for a TV of this caliber.

That makes it easy to slide into whatever kind of space you have. Whether that’s in the living room with your family, your bedroom, or your studio apartment.

You can already picture it, right? Yeah, us too.

While we’re on the topic of Space, the TV actually takes this into consideration when it comes to sound. As they are, the speakers already deliver good audio. But say, you’re in a larger space. You can simply switch the sound mode to Amplify and it’ll fill-up your room stat. And we all know every viewing experience is better with that feeling of surround sound.

Make me wanna take it home

Alright, alright. We see you’re really interested now. We’re gonna rapid fire this part. We know you’ve moved most of your entertainment to streaming. So of course, the remote control is tailored for that lifestyle. No more of those numbers you barely press these days. Just a nice button and directional pads with shortcuts Netflix or Prime video and an easy toggle volume and channel controls.

And if for some reason you lose the remote into the abyss that is your room because that’s just a thing that happens. Fret not, because you can easily control the TV via the Samsung SmartThings App on your smartphone that you refuse to put down.

The Samsung Crystal UHD 2021 also has three HDMI ports so you can take things further by getting a soundbar, connecting your laptop, and if you’re into gaming, hooking up a gaming console.

So, if you’re into gaming, you’ll be happy to know that the Samsung Crystal UHD TV is next-gen console ready. Whether you’re into Xbox or PlayStation, you’re gonna get 4K and 60Hz of gaming goodness. And that… is a life changer.

And if you’re working from home the TV actually supports Bluetooth 5.2. This lets you connect speakers and PC peripherals to turn your TV into a monitor. Best of all, you’re not gonna grope your way through it because the TV has built-in menus to set this up. Just wow.

You can buy the Samsung Crystal UHD TV now at any authorized Samsung dealer, and they’ll even set it up for you at your request.. Top notch service with a top notch TV, for a top notch you.

We know you’re picturing it now… watching the game with your buddies, snuggling with your S/O, or just winding down after a long day of work. These are the moments you cherish in your 20s. And these are moments best spent with a TV. Which one? We’ve made our case. The choice… is crystal clear.


This feature is collaboration between GadgetMatch and Samsung Philippines.

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The secrets behind iPhone 13’s Cinematic Mode

Together with Apple’s VP for iPhone Product Marketing as well as their Human Interface Designer

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For the first time ever, we had a three-way interview with Apple’s VP for iPhone Product Marketing, Kaiann Drance as well as one of their leading Human Interface Designers, Johnnie Manzari. If you’re not starstruck enough, both of them appeared in Apple’s September 2021 Keynote event!

Other than new camera sensors, newer camera features are also found on the new iPhone 13 Series. One of those is the new Cinematic Mode.

If you’ve watched some of our latest iPhone videos including the Sierra Blue iPhone 12 Pro Max unboxing, we’ve let you take a sneak peek on that new video mode.

We’re not gonna lie, it’s one amazing camera feature Apple has managed to deliver.

But what are the secrets behind it? And are you curious how technicalities work?

Watch our 16-minute interview with the Apple executives explaining why Cinematic Mode is the next big thing in mobile videography.

 

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Apple iPhone 13 and 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on

Which iPhone 13 is your GadgetMatch?

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After we unboxed the Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro Max and gold iPhone 13 Pro, it’s time to do the same to these iPhone 13 babies.

Changes with the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini aren’t just about the “odd” camera placement. Other than the new wide camera sensor, there’s a more powerful A15 Bionic Chip, smaller notch, and more.

Watch our iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on video now to find out more!

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