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Apple iPhone X becomes top performer for still photography in DxOMark

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It was only last month when the Pixel 2, Galaxy Note 8, and Mate 10 Pro took top honors for their performances on DxOMark’s camera tests. But here comes the iPhone X, ready to rain on their parade.

Released just a few days ago, the iPhone X has already been making a splash in multiple ways. Some were on the negative side, but there’s no denying the scores the tenth-anniversary iPhone was able to achieve for its camera performance.


With a still photography score of 101, it beats out the Mate 10 and Galaxy Note 8’s score of 100. It also proves that the newer iPhone topples the iPhone 8 Plus when it comes to pure photography.

DxOMark praises the iPhone X for having a significantly better secondary f/2.4 zoom lens with optical image stabilization compared to the iPhone 8 Plus’ f/2.8 secondary lens, which doesn’t let in as much light and has no optical image stabilization.

Less impressive, however, is the iPhone X’s video score. It’s way below the class-leading 96 score of the Pixel 2, and also falls behind the Mate 10 Pro’s score of 91. On the bright side, it’s still better than the Galaxy Note 8’s below-average 84.

But perhaps, most interestingly, the overall score is set at 97, which ties it with the Mate 10 Pro. Only the Pixel 2 and its 98 points do better overall.

So, what exactly is needed to reach such honors? The iPhone X camera’s best traits are in evenly balanced exposures, accurate color rendering, and good detail preservation in both wide and zoom modes. Weaknesses include the occasionally slow autofocus and difficulty with moving objects, especially in low-light situations.

With no major flagship smartphone set to launch for the rest of this year (we’ll consider the OnePlus 5T a minor update), these DxOMark ranking may finally stay put for a while. It would probably take a Galaxy S9 or Huawei P11 to shake the standings once again.

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will be out early 2020

Epic fights and interesting side quests to come!

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If Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball FighterZ wasn’t hyped up enough for you, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot might be what your missing.

This isn’t just about epic fights that Dragon Ball FighterZ blew up and is now know for. If you haven’t known, this time, you get to try exploring what used to just be a backdrop. The game allows you to play through most of Goku’s life. It’s an action role-playing game that lets you immerse yourself in Goku’s story as you progress further into the plot.


If you don’t find the appeal in playing out Goku’s life, you might want to reconsider. The game looks pretty cool and the views can be stunning when you’re flying in third-person perspective. When fights break out, it’s a whole different story.

The perspective shifts to an over-the-shoulder fighting game. Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot looks to be an interesting addition, drifting away from just letting us play hyped up fighting scenes. The game also lets you roam, mine, fish, and complete side quests.  

The game is going to be based off the anime. If you’re a huge fan of the anime, this is your shot to play it out in whole new immersive perspective.

When the heck is this game getting released? Luckily, it isn’t too far from being released. Bandai Namco just announced that Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is coming out on the 17th of January 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Marvel’s Avengers is coming out soon!

Live out their superhero dreams

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Marvel’s Avengers is an epic action-adventure game developed by Crystal Dynamics in collaboration with Eidos-Montréal, Crystal Northwest, and Nixxes Software. The game prides itself in stunning cinematic storytelling for both single-player and cooperative players.

It’s immersive and visually stunning which the developers hope would encourage players to live out their superhero dreams through the game.


The game starts when Captain America, Black Widow, the Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor unveil their headquarters decked out with new equipment and tech. A catastrophic accident hits the planet and the Avengers disband after being blamed for the incident.

Five years later, the Avengers reassemble despite being outlawed. This is where you come in. Marvel’s Avengers lets you encounter your favorite heroes as the plot ultimately progresses. None of the characters are blocked from your reach as DLC. The developers really wanted players to immerse in the plot and enjoy playing as their favored superhero.

If you’ve got a soft spot for games like these, you’re in luck. The game is coming out soon. Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia recently announced Marvel’s Avengers release date: May 15, 2020. It will be simultaneously released for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Google Maps incognito mode coming soon

It’s in testing phase now

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During Google I/O 2019, the company announced that it is bringing its incognito mode to its Youtube, Google Search and Google Maps apps. Youtube already got its incognito mode, leaving the two without it. However, that would soon change as Google is reportedly the feature on Maps, as spotted by XDA Developer’s Mishaal Rahman.

Incognito mode in Google Maps will be a boon for users who don’t want their location to appear on their timeline. It can also hide searches for places and locations where users can have their “private” time.


Baking it directly into the app is useful. It’s so much easier than having to access it via the Chrome browser’s incognito mode and search for the mobile version of Google Map’s website.

Google putting incognito mode into its native apps is in line with its mission to put more privacy controls in the hands of its users. As more and more tech companies are being scrutinized for supposedly interfering with their users’ private lives, Google’s move is surely a step in the right direction.

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