Monday, 22 October, 2018

Google attempts to undercut Apple’s iPhone XS with cheaper Pixel 3

Google poised to unveil new Pixel phones, other services Pixel 3 launch: Google to unveil iPhone challenger and smart home hub
Roberta Sherman | 11 October, 2018, 12:46

However, there were a few details, especially software ones, that we weren't aware of.

Google showed off one especially impressive feature that its Assistant app can perform: Call screening, which can screen a phone call for you if you don't recognize a number. That's impossible to gauge at this stage, though. Yes, after countless leaks, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are official. If you don't want to be disturbed, you can put the Pixel 3 face down on a surface to disable all its notifications.

The only changes are that it now supports 1080p resolution at 60fps versus the previous 720p at 60fps or 1080p at 30fps, and it now lets users play music in sync with other speakers Google's smart devices, like a Chromecast Audio dongle. And there's also Flip to Shhh, which will mute notifications if you set the phone screen down. There is a 12MP rear-facer on both handsets, while facing forward are two 8MP cameras. It means the phone can have more screen real estate, without having to allow for a thicker bezel at the top of a phone.

Three years after the last Chromecast refresh, Google has quietly taken the wraps off a new update to its hugely popular media streamer. The primary aim of the Hub is to control your smart home with a single device.

Limited adoption has reflected Google's hesitancy to go as wide and big in distributing and marketing the Pixel as Apple, which launched its last two iPhone line-ups in about 50 countries.

U.S. stocks plunge further, Dow drops 830 points
All 30 of the Dow's stocks were in the red and it fell below 26,000 total points for the first time in a month, CNN reported . The 10-year Treasury note yield traded around 3.23 percent, while the two-year yield reached its highest mark since 2008.

Google has chosen the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor for its new flagships and the RAM has been kept at 4GB with the internal storage being released in 2 variants, 64GB and 128GB on both the models and no scope for a microSD card.

We'll have to wait and see if it all works as advertised. Speaking of the rear, the Pixel Slate is a solid piece of metal with the G logo in the corner. However, both the phones are rated now at IP68 versus the IP67 of the Pixel 2. The battery has a larger 3.450mAh capacity. Google's custom wireless charging stand for the phones is another $80.

The Pixel line-up is known for its AI-enabled camera performance and Pixel 3 and 3 XL take it a bit further.

Other new camera features include a Photobooth mode (AI that snaps photos when it detects facial expressions), selective color mode, a Playground mode for playful photos (with stickers and captions), and super smooth video (with Motion Auto Focus and front-facing video stabilization).

Another concern is that Google made no reference at all to improvements to its HDR+ algorithm.

Euro Plummets Near Seven Week Low On Italy Budget Distress
Local stocks fell for a third day, with the FTSE-MIB Index of shares sliding as much as 2.5% to the lowest level since April 2017. Addressing a parliamentary commission, Tria said fears over next year's budget plan were unjustified.

A new feature, called "Top Shot" shoots a bunch of pictures in burst mode and then uses an algorithm to select the best one. You see a transcript of the response on the screen and you can choose to pick up or ignore the call.

When it comes to software, once again, there's nothing surprising here.

The Pixel 3 is priced from 95,000 yen and the Pixel 3 XL from 119,000 yen. They demonstrated this at Google I/O back in May and now Google is warning restaurants in New York, Atlanta, Phoenix and the San Francisco Bay Area about this.

The third major new Chrome OS feature is a streamlined split-screen view.

Stardew Valley is coming to mobile this month
What is unexpected, however, is that Barone specifies that PC gamers can import their save files to the iOS version of the game. Stardew Valley is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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