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The Essential Phone

You may have heard about the Essential Phone a time or two, but now, you can actually buy one. The Essential Phone is the brainchild of one of the co-founders of Android and is touted to be the perfect Android phone. Well the buzz around the Essential Phone has been pretty good for a while, however, it doesn't seem like it's blowing people away. ComputerWorld gets their hands on it and shares their thoughts here.

Perhaps one of the most poorly named products in recent memory, the new Essential phone arrives just in time to make us wonder why it even exists.

Using a “modular” design, the idea is to add pieces like a 360-degree camera or maybe some sort of connected home gadget to the smartphone, which runs a stock version of Android. It also uses a slick black enclosure, something that might make you think of a recent Blackberry model. And, the screen runs all the way to the edge. Hmm.

Here’s my problem with it. While the modular design seems novel (Motorola does the same thing) and I’m impressed that any company would even try to go up against Apple and Samsung, there’s already some signs that this will be an uphill climb.

Nokia 8

The latest and greatest from Nokia is launching, dubbed the Nokia 8. This new Nokia phone is using the Nokia name but it a partnership by a company called HMD Global which hopes to bring Nokia back to its former glory days.

Now it's no surprise that the smartphone market is crowded, with Samsung and Apple being the big players and a whole truckload of others all scrambling for market share. The Nokia 8 has something that no one else does with a new "killer feature" which they are calling the 'bothie'. So basically what the 'bothie' feature will do is use both cameras at the same time which will allow you to either take a picture or record video of you as well as what you are looking at. Now the idea seems a little silly, and who knows how popular it'll be, but for the somehow hugely popular YouTube streaming audience it might actually be something they grab onto. Now of course, if it is to take off, I would assume everyone else will come out with the same thing, but until that time, the Nokia 8 is your device.

The Guardian has more.

Nokia has launched the most important new handset in its attempts to revitalize the once world-beating brand for the modern smartphone era dominated by Samsung, Apple and China’s Huawei.

The Nokia 8 marks the culmination of efforts to bring the Finnish telecoms brand back to the mainstream handset market, which kicked off six months ago with the nostalgia-inducing remake of the classic Nokia 3310 feature phone.

Netflix to spend $7 Billion on content in 2018

Netflix is going full steam ahead into 2018 and has announced that they'll be putting $7 billion dollars into content next year. In 2017 they've invested $6 billion, which was an increase of a billion over 2016 so the trend seems to be that Netflix is growing at a pretty good pace. The amount of money that Netflix is throwing around is starting to be questioned if it can be sustainable, but for the time being they seem to have people buying in and it's making the other streaming service (and other traditional media formats) really have to pull up their socks in an attempt to stay viable. The Streaming Observer has more on this story.

Now that Apple has seemingly lost its spark, Netflix has become the most talked-about company in the world – and for good reason.

The streaming innovator is in the middle of disrupting several industries, having completely revolutionized television and now poised to do the same with the film industry. The company’s commitment to innovation has put Netflix head and shoulders above its closest streaming competitors in terms of both subscriber totals and critical acclaim; Netflix dominated other streaming services in this year’s Emmy Award nominations, picking up a total of 91 different nominations, proving that their original series and films are true forces to be reckoned with.

Intel Shows Off 9th-gen Ice-Lake Core Processors

Intel has had to do a fair bit of scrambling since AMD announced and subsequently launched their "Threadripper" CPUs. AMD is doing very well and the pressure that Intel is under to answer the call is pretty interesting. Right off the bat, Intel bumped up voltages and speed on their current CPUs to make them sound better, but they didn't do anything else. The Ice-Lake CPUs will be manufactured at 10nm+ (10nm or larger - a very grey/broad statement) and offer better performance and efficiency - something that AMD is rocking right now.

The company has been trying its hand at a die shrink to 10nm for a while now and despite numerous delays, it will be interesting to see what Intel will come up with, especially as AMD is quickly catching up in the performance department with the recent releases of its Ryzen and Threadripper series.

Source: Neowin

Smart Lock Vendor Bricks Own Product with Bad Firmware

If you were on the fence about a Smart Lock but had a few reservations, this might just be the thing to help persuade you in the opposite direction. Recently, a company updated the firmware for their products and while it appeared to work, it actually bricked more than a few of their products and users were consequently locked out of their homes. Not good stuff. The company owned the mistake, contacted affecteed people and remedied the situation quite quickly, but keep in mind that if you buy a non-brand smart lock, you are perhaps risking more than you think.

So really, the problem isn't totally solved unless users actually ship their lock back to Lockstate for repairs. Granted, the company will pay for shipping and a year's worth of a premium subscription service, but this is probably the worst-case scenario for smart locks, especially considering Airbnb recommends the 6i.

Source: TheVerge

Razer Atheris is Ultimate Notebook / Gaming Mouse

According to the marketing people over at Razer, the new Atheris is the ultimate mouse for both productivity and performance. It is designed for notebook users as it is wireless and has incredible battery life. You can expect 350 hours of use on a single set of batteries. Also, it is quick enough for gaming and is almost lag-free. If you want one mouse to do it all, this can work on the road and it sits comfortably at your workstation or your gaming rig.

 

MoviePass Lets You Go to a Movie a Day for $10 / Month

The Co-Founder of Netflix also started a service called MoviePass. Originally, this service was $30 a month and it allowed you to get one movie pass a day to see the latest movies in theaters. While that was a great deal if you lived close to a supported theatre, things just got a whole lot sweeter. They've dropped the price to a mere $9.95 a month and this will get you the same number of passes - one per day - every day - all month long. Check it out and this may be one subscription service that is worth your money.

Lowe, an early Netflix Inc. executive who now runs a startup called MoviePass, plans to drop the price of the company’s movie ticket subscriptions on Tuesday to $9.95. The fee will let customers get in to one showing every day at any theater in the U.S. that accepts debit cards. MoviePass will pay theaters the full price of each ticket used by subscribers, excluding 3D or Imax screens.

Source: Bloomberg

ZTE Latest Big-Screen Phone Packs Dual-Cameras for $129

ZTE has made a few premium devices and a whole host of other entry-level devices - and most of them have been really good. Their latest device is an entry-level device with some great features - including dual-cameras. The ZTE Blade ZMax has a huge battery as well. It packs in a whopping 4,080mAh battery that feeds a pretty solid device. It won't blow you away in terms of performance or image quality, but it offers amazing performance and features for the dollar is a great value.

What stands out about this year's model is that it has dual cameras -- an unusual feature at this price. A slew of $200 phones unveiled at CES all featured the same iPhone 7 Plus–like setup, but the Blade ZMax is the first to offer it for less than $150. With the pair of sensors on the back, you can take pictures with artificially blurred backgrounds to highlight your subject. The Blade ZMax's 16-megapixel RGB sensor captures color information, while its 2-megapixel monochrome counterpart takes care of details.

Source: Engadget

ZTE Latest Big-Screen Phone Packs Dual-Cameras for $129

ZTE has made a few premium devices and a whole host of other entry-level devices - and most of them have been really good. Their latest device is an entry-level device with some great features - including dual-cameras. The ZTE Blade ZMax has a huge battery as well. It packs in a whopping 4,080mAh battery that feeds a pretty solid device. It won't blow you away in terms of performance or image quality, but it offers amazing performance and features for the dollar is a great value.

What stands out about this year's model is that it has dual cameras -- an unusual feature at this price. A slew of $200 phones unveiled at CES all featured the same iPhone 7 Plus–like setup, but the Blade ZMax is the first to offer it for less than $150. With the pair of sensors on the back, you can take pictures with artificially blurred backgrounds to highlight your subject. The Blade ZMax's 16-megapixel RGB sensor captures color information, while its 2-megapixel monochrome counterpart takes care of details.

Source: Engadget

Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer Trailer

One of the best Call of Duty titles was their "World at War" game that was set in WWII and with the last few CoD titles all taking place in the future with crazy weapons, player skins, crappy physics and more, it is a nice change to see them go back to WWII. As much as I want to like this preview, there are a lot of things wrong with it from a physics standpoint as well and they've dumbed it down for console gamers. Either way, if you like the WWII genre, you'll probably really enjoy this.

 

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