From Digital Trends: The HQ trivia app is an addictive and interactive iPhone game show

Think you’re good at trivia? Compete against thousands of other players every day on your iPhone, and maybe even score some cash in a live game show. The HQ trivia app is a free download and you can start playing today.
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From Engadget RSS Feed: Essential cuts the price of its phone to $499

It’s no secret that the Essential Phone isn’t a hot seller. Whether or not you believe the sales estimates, it’s difficult to move large volumes of a $699 phone with limited carrier deals (in the US, only Sprint) and no brand recognition outside of s…

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From TechCrunch: Essential Phone gets a $200 price drop, existing customers get credit

 Essential has an offer that’s honestly very hard to refuse: The price of the Essential Phone (PH-1, going by technical model number), is now $200 cheaper, so $499 off-contract and unlocked. That’s an amazing price for their debut smar…

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From The Next Web: PSA: Bigger smartphone apertures don’t count if the sensors get smaller

In the past few years, smartphone manufacturers have started paying more attention to the optics they use on their smartphone, using wider apertures for better low light performance. That’s awesome, but as a photographer, I have an ongoing gripe abou…

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From BGR: New video of a silver iPhone X in the wild surfaces online

We’re finally getting close, folks. Pre-orders for Apple’s highly anticipated iPhone X will finally open up this coming Friday, with deliveries slated to begin just one week later on November 3. With the iPhone X release now less than two weeks away, we’re starting to see more photos and videos of Apple’s flagship device out in the wild. Most recently, a 10-second video uploaded to Reddit over the weekend shows off a silver iPhone X in all its glory.

The edge to edge display looks jaw-dropping, but the video is also notable because it shows us what the Instagram looks like with the controversial notch design of the iPhone X. To be fair, the iPhone X’s notch looks like an eyesore in the video here, but we’ve heard a few reports that it’s far less jarring when using the device as opposed to staring at photos or videos of it.

The video can be seen below.

Another iPhone X in the wild (Loud Audio) from apple

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The Instagram layout looks a bit inelegant, to say the least, but it stands to reason that it will be far less of an issue once developers update their apps accordingly. That notwithstanding, folks lucky enough to get the iPhone X on launch day will likely experience more than a few notch-related headaches.

As one Redditor commented:

I have been making iPhone apps for 8 years now. Testing my app on iPhone X produces a handful of problems in Portrait and about a million problems in Landscape.

Even if you do everything exactly as Apple wants, there’s going to be issues. The API to handle the notch “correctly” (safe area) is new in iOS 11. There’s no way to have preemptively written to support it. Readable layout guides get you some of the way there, but only in landscape and not really.

Day 1 iPhone X users are in for problems in most apps.

That said, seeing as how the iPhone X marks the first radical redesign to the iPhone form factor since 2014, it’s a safe bet that early adopters will gladly experience a few growing pains for the iPhone X’s edgeless OLED display.

And while we’re on the topic, below are a few iPhone X photos that have surfaced online over the past few weeks.

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From Digital Trends: You’re doing it wrong! How to wield Samsung’s Note 8 S Pen like a magic wand

There are a few things you should know if you truly want to make the most of your S Pen. Here are some of our favorite uses for Samsung’s latest stylus, whether you’re looking for a better way to take notes or navigate a website.
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From Digital Trends: Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL problems, and what to do about them

Google’s Pixel 2 smartphones have plenty to recommend them, but they’re not perfect. We round up the most common Pixel 2 issues and Pixel 2 XL problems here and identify workarounds or fixes to help you cope with them.
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From Digital Trends: Mindful Powers helps children develop a healthy relationship with stress

Mindful Powers for iOS takes a holistic approach in helping kids become more mindful of their feelings. The app provides a series of voice-guided sessions and animations for developing a healthy relationship with stress.
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From Digital Trends: Best new songs to stream: Big K.R.I.T., MGMT, Curls, and more

Not sure what new music to listen to? We’ll let you know what artists have the best new songs to stream. Up this week: Big K.R.I.T., MGMT, Curls (Christopher Owens), Hundred Waters, and Kan Wakan.
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From Engadget RSS Feed: Fitbit Ionic review: Good fitness tracker, passable smartwatch

Fitbit’s first real smartwatch was the worst kept secret in tech. After months of rumors, leaks and the acquisition of smartwatch pioneer Pebble that all but revealed the company’s intentions, Fitbit presented the Ionic to the world. It was a promisi…

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