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Zhiyun Smooth-X and Smooth-XS review: The new standard for travel gimbals

Zhiyun Smooth-X and Smooth-XS review: The new standard for travel gimbals

Smartphone gimbals (a.k.a. stabilizers) aren't a new product category, but they've changed and improved quite a bit over the years. While there are always new features being added, that can make them cumbersome and get in the way of usability. Zhiyun is trying out a more simplified and compact design with the Smooth-X and Smooth-XS that's targeted at travelers and casual users. These aren't as flexible as most gimbals, but they're easier to use, cost less, and take less space.

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Google claims Pixel 5 body gap issue is a 'normal part of the design'

Google claims Pixel 5 body gap issue is a 'normal part of the design'

As the Pixel 5 starts to make its way into customers' hands, we've received several reports of a gap between the screen's plastic bumper and the bioresin-coated aluminum frame of the phone. Reports vary, but the area around the front-facing camera appears to be a hotspot for the problem. Although customers were concerned this gap could affect the phone's IP-rated water resistance, a representative on Google's support forums claims its 'a normal part of the design' and has no impact on water and dust resistance or functionality.

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Pixel 4a 5G review: Buy this instead of the Pixel 5

Pixel 4a 5G review: Buy this instead of the Pixel 5

Google's Pixel 5 is here, but it didn't exactly blow our minds. Released alongside it is another phone that's more worthy of your consideration: The Pixel 4a 5G. Ignore the name, it's basically a Pixel 5 but $200 cheaper. You give up on a few benefits like an IP rating, 90Hz display, and metal build, but you get a bigger screen and a headphone jack, all with the same camera and internals.

Frankly, we don't see a reason for most folks to buy the Pixel 5 over this.

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Niantic announces Catan: World Explorers, the fourth augmented reality game from the studio

Niantic announces Catan: World Explorers, the fourth augmented reality game from the studio

The Pokémon GO developer Niantic has just announced its fourth game, and yes, it's another augmented reality title. Shocking, I know. Since Niantic has already reskinned its original AR game Ingress with a Pokémon theme and a Harry Potter theme, the studio has now set its sights on the popular board game Catan, in cooperation with Asmodee. This upcoming title is called Catan: World Explorers, and it's billed as a massively-multiplayer augmented reality game that will "transform the entire Earth into one giant game of Catan," which at least sounds somewhat interesting.

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Pokémon will soon be able to hide behind real-world objects in Pokémon GO

Pokémon will soon be able to hide behind real-world objects in Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO might not be as popular as it used to be, especially amid a pandemic that has many of us staying home as much as we can, but the company behind it is nevertheless working on improving the game. As such, Niantic has announced that it will start testing reality blending next month, which will allow Pokémon to hide behind real-world objects that block your view, just as though they were real.

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The OnePlus 8 is a big upgrade over the OnePlus 6 and 6T, but is it worth the cost?

The OnePlus 8 is a big upgrade over the OnePlus 6 and 6T, but is it worth the cost?

With the OnePlus 8, the company has put together a compelling phone that has a very calculated mix of features and compromises to keep its price tag relatively reasonable. The emerging Chinese brand that once started off in the mid-tier segment is now sailing in premium waters — a perfect recipe for leaving one’s existing customers in dilemma. The OnePlus 6 and 6T, released in 2018, are nearing their two-year cycles, and many of their owners were eyeing the 8 as a fitting replacement. But the substantially higher starting price of the non-Pro 2020 model has somewhat diluted the value-for-money element, posing a tough question for those due for an upgrade: Is the OnePlus 8 even worth upgrading to?

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The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are official, but you may not like the prices

The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are official, but you may not like the prices

After months of hype and more than a few leaks, OnePlus finally unveiled its latest smartphones at a live-streamed online-only event today. The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are the company’s most advanced ever phones, with the Pro model introducing a couple of long-awaited features in wireless charging and an IP rating.

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Pokémon GO will expand online PvP battles with a new ranked league in 2020 (Update: First season March 13)

Pokémon GO will expand online PvP battles with a new ranked league in 2020 (Update: First season March 13)

Pokémon GO got a little closer to its established universe when Pokémon trading was added to the game, which was soon followed by player versus player (PvP) Trainer Battles. Players are required to be within close physical proximity — or have a certain friendship level for battle — to use either feature. Niantic plans to get rid of this limit, at least for trainer fights, with the upcoming GO Battle League that will pair you with an opponent, regardless of their location

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The Galaxy Z Flip feels like a regular smartphone—and that's exactly why it's amazing

The Galaxy Z Flip feels like a regular smartphone—and that's exactly why it's amazing

Foldable phones have their detractors, but as they continue to evolve, it's quickly becoming clear they're maturing in both concept and execution. Enter the Galaxy Z Flip, the first phone I feel confident in saying feels like a regular smartphone. There's no amazing use case it will enable, no killer software feature, and the specifications aren't even cutting-edge in 2020. I contend that none of this actually matters, and that it doesn't matter if you actually buy this phone.

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The Galaxy Z Flip is official: The world's first foldable glass smartphone

The Galaxy Z Flip is official: The world's first foldable glass smartphone

Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip is now official as the first formal announcement at Samsung's Unpacked event, before even the Galaxy S20 series. The company is "changing the shape of the future" with the Galaxy Z Flip. The new folding phone, featuring a folding glass display, will be available starting this Friday the 14th, beginning at $1380.

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