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Pixel and Pixel XL make you care about photography and Google’s new Assistant

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Google’s highly anticipated, and heavily leaked, smartphones are now official. They’re high-end, strong on software, and effectively replace the Nexus series as Google’s flagship smartphone lineup. Without further ado, here are the Pixel and Pixel XL.

It seems like all the Google Pixel leaks we’ve seen in the past week were indeed legit. If you’ve been following our coverage, you would’ve already had a clear look at the design and specifications of the internet giant’s latest smartphones.

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As expected, the only difference between the two handsets is size: The Pixel has a 5.2-inch AMOLED screen with a Full HD resolution, while the 5.5-inch Pixel XL has a noticeably better Quad HD AMOLED panel. The difference in measurements extends to the batteries, wherein the Pixel and Pixel XL have 2770mAh and 3450mAh capacities, respectively.

The lack of major differences is a big deal, because you aren’t forced to choose a larger phone just for its beefed-up features. This is something Google failed at with the Nexus 6P and 5X; the former was equipped with flagship-level specs, but the latter had the pocketable size nearly everyone wanted at the time.

Whether you go big or small, you’re treated to a metal unibody with a glass coating around the fingerprint scanner mounted at the back. With a thickness of 7.3mm for both handsets, they won’t win any style awards, but the inclusion of a 3.5mm audio jack will delight a lot of traditional audiophiles.

The shared internals include a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of memory, storage options of 32GB and 128GB, and fast charging through a USB Type-C port, but what really stands out is the camera. Having a 12.3-megapixel main shooter and 8-megapixel selfie camera with no optical image stabilization whatsoever may not seem special, but the real-world performance says otherwise.

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If you recall our recent article on the iPhone 7’s DxOMark rating, you’d know that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge’s camera is the benchmark’s king with 88 points. Well, with the release of the new Google phones, the Galaxy has been unseated by the Pixels’ 89 points — the highest ever recorded in DxOMark’s mobile phone database. Impressive!

In case you’re wondering, the phones are manufactured by HTC, but Google is keeping this piece of information under the rug. The company wants Pixel to feel like a fully integrated Google product. To do that, the brand’s new virtual assistant is at the forefront of the Pixel phones.

Along with Android 7.1 Nougat, the Pixel phones are the first to come with Google Assistant, which is the company’s answer to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. Google spent a ton of time explaining all the core functions at the event, but in a nutshell, the virtual assistant is really efficient at catering to your personal requests. The more you use it, the smarter it gets.

With the improved artificial intelligence, you can search through photos with ease and listen to your favorite music on the fly, all done by voice command. Google Assistant is pretty much the replacement of Google Now, the now obsolete assistant of every other Android device.

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The color options are quite humorous; you have Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue. What isn’t funny, however, is the pricing. Prices begin at $649 for the smaller Pixel — as much as you’d spend on a brand-new iPhone 7. The 128GB variant costs $749, while the larger Pixel XL goes for either $769 or $869 for the 32GB and 128GB storage options, respectively.

On the bright side, the phones come with unlimited cloud storage on Google Photos at original quality and full resolution. That’s great value, and might make the 32GB storage option enough if you have a reliable internet connection on hand.

You can pre-order as early as today if you live in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, or Germany. Fans in India will have to wait until October 13 to begin ordering.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 coming on August 5, leak says

Earlier than last year

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Recently, we compiled all the leaks, rumors, and confirmed details of the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series. Without a doubt, Samsung plans to go big with the latest release after a sour patch from the pandemic era. However, despite all the glitz that we already know, we don’t know when the next series is exactly launching.

Based on a previous report, the company is set to launch three new devices between August and October, with a different device launching each month. The same reports claims that the Galaxy Note 20 will launch in August, just as it does every year. However, without an official confirmation or invitation from the company, it’s all guesswork based on a rough timeline.

Thankfully, one of the most reliable sources for the upcoming series has just come in with a new update. According to a new tweet from renowned Samsung leaker Ice Universe, the next Galaxy series is coming on August 5, just a tad bit earlier than last year’s Galaxy Note 10 series.

Now, the leaker doesn’t explicitly state the Galaxy Note 20 series by name. However, given the amount of details that are out already, it’s almost definitely the Galaxy Note 20.

Without a doubt, Samsung is launching the Galaxy Note 20 series hard and fast. The premium smartphone series is expected to launch with two variants: a regular Note 20 and a Note 20 Ultra (or Note 20+, depending on who you ask).

The countdown is on. One more month, ladies and gentlemen!

SEE ALSO: Samsung accidentally leaked Galaxy Note 20 Ultra images

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Leaked Galaxy Watch 3 gestures include very offensive hand movements

It’s what you do if you love yourself very much

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Today’s gesture controls have appropriated our everyday movements for other purposes. With wearable technology, a finger twirl can answer a call or silence your phone. However, unless everyone else knows what you’re doing, gesture controls can mean that you’re doing a lot of weird motions in public. It’s part of a tech designer’s job to come up with gestures that don’t look too weird.

Unfortunately, Samsung might have misplaced their smartwatch designer. According to a Gizmodo report, the Galaxy Watch 3 has a couple of ill-advised gestures.

Starting with the upcoming device, Samsung is introducing gesture controls to Bixby, allowing users to control their watch (and subsequently, their phones) with a flick of the wrist. As the report has indicated, the more general commands are safe enough: raising your arm to speak, for example. Further, the device also comes with fall detection, which can alert authorities if ever you stumble and become unresponsive.

Another leaked gesture, however, is odd. A single fist pump is the “confirm gesture,” which presumably responds to yes/no/okay prompts. Though inoffensive on its own, the gesture can raise a few eyebrows when done in public.

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If that’s not awkward enough, the third leaked gesture is ten times worse. To mute the device, you have to shake your fist a few times. In a way, it’s a different type of fist pump. Further, if you’re in London, the gesture — known as the wanker hand sign — is as offensive as a middle finger. Now, we don’t think we need to explain what “wank” means. Certainly, it’s not a gesture you’d want to display in public.

Of course, Samsung has not officially launched or announced the watch yet. Currently, we know only rumors at this point.

SEE ALSO: Samsung debuts the Galaxy Watch Active 2

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LinkedIn launches its digital skills initiative

14 learning paths to choose from

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In this day and age, learning a new skill is important as the economy adjusts to a new normal. The Internet makes learning a new skill easy, with learners simply having to search Google to get started. However, it can be hard to gather the proper resources needed to effectively and efficiently learn a new skill.

To that end, LinkedIn has launched a new global skill initiative. It aims to easily and effortlessly bring digital skills to 25 million people by the end of 2020. To mark the initiative, the company has already launched 10 new learning paths for free.

LinkedIn based these paths on jobs that are in-demand for the economy of today and the future. These jobs also have the greatest number of job openings on LinkedIn, have the highest growth over the years, and pays a livable wage. Plus, most of these jobs rely on skills that can be learned online.

The 10 learning paths from these jobs are as follow:

The company is also launching four learning paths designed for professionals looking to expand on their soft skills. These paths include:

Other job-seeking features

In addition to these new learning paths, LinkedIn will also introduce three new features to help job seekers in these difficult times. The first feature is #OpentoWork, where job seekers can indicate that they are open to a new job through specific photo frames on their profile picture.

There’s also the second feature called offer help. LinkedIn members can indicate in a post that they’re willing to help other members in their network. Members can offer help ranging from connecting other people, reviewing resumes, or providing general job-seeking guidance.

Finally, LinkedIn is launching an interview prep. Through this feature, the company is offering its interview preparation tools including an AI-powered feedback feature for free.

Job seekers and employers can also gain access to some labor market insights from LinkedIn’s economic graph. These insights will help them find new jobs, other employers hiring for a position, and on-demand skills from over 180 regions across the world. It can be accessed through this link.

The current times call for an emphasis on cultivating skills that will be useful under the new normal. LinkedIn’s learning paths are a great way to start on a journey to learning a new skill. There are more learning paths and features that the company is offering which can be accessed by visiting this website.

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