Google Stops Selling the Pixel 2 – Thurrott.com

This is no April Fools: Google has removed the Pixel 2 listing from its online store, effectively ending sales of the reliability-challenged handset. There was no announcement about the change; I found out about this from Android Police. And sure enough, if you navigate to the Google Store and browse its Phones section, you’ll see only one handset listing now, for the Pixel 3 family. (Plus separate sections for accessories). Previously, there was a Pixel 2 listing as well. Furthermore, if you navigate to the URL for that now-dead Pixel 2 listing, you’ll be redirected to the Pixel 3. Some retailers are still offering the Pixel 2 family, of course. In fact, as Android Police notes, you can get a Verizon-locked Pixel 2 XL for as little as $400 from Best Buy right now. This and other similar sales are likely a last-ditch effort to get through the remaining stock. Given the reliability issues with this handset, I’m not sure I can recommend it even at that price. I’m on my third Pixel 2 XL, as a matter of fact, thanks to unrelated issues with the USB-C port. But the Pixel 2 XL has endemic hardware problems, with users reporting all kinds of issues. That said, I’m still using my third Pixel 2 XL thanks to the many reliability issues with its successor, the Pixel 3 XL. So both of these are kind of problematic. Anyway. The Pixel 2 era is finally over. Good riddance. Tagged with Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL
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Nintendo Direct 4.1.2019 – Everything Coming To Switch – IGN

11M Want to watch this again later? Sign in to add this video to a playlist. Sign in Like this video? Sign in to make your opinion count. Sign in Don’t like this video? Sign in to make your opinion count. Sign in Published on Apr 1, 2019Watch exclusive Nintendo news-broadcast directly to you, the player!Got a favorite from the Direct? Click to it!0:12 – Haru Itazura Intro0:55 – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time1:43 – The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker2:25 – Every Zelda is Coming to Switch2:53 – Everything is Coming to Switch3:02 – Really, EVERYTHING is Coming to Switch#NintendoSwitch #NintendoDirect
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Google Camera 6.2 adds dark mode and animated transitions [APK Download] – Android Police

Google’s Camera application for the Pixels received an update a couple of days ago from version 6.1 to 6.2. A quick look at the app left us wondering whether anything was new at all, but upon closer inspection we noticed a few changes, some minor and one most of you will love: a dark mode. Dark mode in settings The Camera app’s interface has always been focused on black, but when you switched to settings, you were always hit by a jarring white screen. Now, the settings’ look follow your device’s. My Pixel 2 XL is on Android Q with the light theme enabled; when I turn on Battery Saving, everything goes dark, including the Camera app’s settings. It also works on Android P, though the behavior may be less consistent. Left: Camera 6.1’s light theme. Middle & Right: Camera 6.2’s new dark mode. New animated transitions Switching between camera, video, portrait, and panorama in version 6.1 of the Camera app showed a black transition screen with the mode’s icon in the middle. With v6.2, the screen doesn’t flash black anymore, but instead there’s a cool transition and zoom in/out effect that take place. If you’re swiping between modes, the result is smoother than before, and feels faster. Left: Camera 6.1’s black transition screen. Right: Camera 6.2’s animated zoom transition effect. Flash icon for the selfie flash This one is quite superfluous. In v6.2, when the flash is activated for the front-facing camera, you’ll see an actual flash icon on the display. Perhaps people were wondering why their screen was switching to that sepia tone and this addition helps explain it’s acting as a flash. Left: Camera 6.1. Right: Camera 6.2′. Download Google Camera 6.2 is already rolling out on the Play Store, but if it’s not available to you yet, you can grab it from
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5 Galaxy S10 features you’re going to love most – CNET

The Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus are three of a kind in the best possible way. They’re all fast, powerful phones with great cameras and long battery life. They’re water resistant, have jacks for your wired headphones and can charge wirelessly. There’s a lot to love with all three. No phone’s perfect, of course, and this trio has a few rough spots here and there. But for now, let’s appreciate where the Galaxy S10 phones soar.Screen qualityThe Galaxy S10 screens range from 5.8 inches to 6.4, with slim bezels all around. The S10 and S10 Plus have rounded edges, while the S10E has a flat screen. The curved edges create a more immersive feel, but I can tap to place my cursor more accurately on the S10E’s flat screen.Either way, the brightness, crispness and outdoor readability of the three phones makes them all a pleasure to use. While the S10 Plus has a total possible resolution of 3,040×1,440 pixels, it’s set to 2,280×1,080 pixels by default for battery savings. That’ll be just fine for most people, but you can always boost the resolution with a quick trip to the display settings.Storage optionsStorage is one of those things you probably don’t think about much until you’re running low. But compared to phones such as the iPhone XS and Pixel 3, Samsung’s S10 starting options are generous. The S10E starts at 128GB, and has a microSD card slot to give you potentially up to 512GB more. For people with truckloads of files to store, the S10 Plus can get you all the way to 1TB of storage space (with 12GB of RAM), or 1.5TB with that added microSD card. Is Samsung just showing off? Maybe. But do you really mind?Galaxy S10 storage options Galaxy S10E Galaxy S10 Galaxy S10 Plus Storage 128GB,
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Valve teases its virtual reality headset, the Valve Index – Rock Paper Shotgun

Home • PC Game News • A website has appeared for the Valve Index, a new virtual reality headset from (obviously) Valve. This is where I’m supposed to tell you more about it, but alas, I cannot, because the webpage simply reads “Upgrade your experience. May 2019.” What will happen when May rolls around? I do not know. What exactly is this experience upgrade they’re talking about? Your guess is as good as mine! Can I put a third thing here, as article rhythm dictates I should? No, because that’s literally all the website says. Valve have been involved in the VR industry for a while, including their partnership with HTC on the Vive, and their apparent work on three full VR games. No news on those, of course, just the cryptic May 2019 date, which could be when we’ll get more info about the whole affair or could be when it’ll launch proper. Who knows! More burning questions abound, like, will it support Cybershoes, the heelies of the VR world that let you whoosh around virtual space by frantically pawing at the floor with your feet? And, isn’t the Index is a bit of a non-name though? Not sure that long lists of book subjects or price values are exactly what you want to evoke when you’re selling is essentially a magic box that sticks to your face to trick your brain into thinking you’re in just about any fantasy world imaginable. Still. Valve. VR. Something happening in May. Hopefully it’ll all go a bit better than Artifact seems to have.
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Samsung Galaxy S10+ beaten by iPhone XS Max in PhoneBuff’s drop test; barely scrapes into top 10 rankings – Notebookcheck.net

A new video posted by YouTube channel PhoneBuff has pitted the Samsung Galaxy S10+ against the iPhone XS Max in a series of brutal drop tests. Although the flagship from the South Korean manufacturer is wrapped in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6, it loses to the su…
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Twitter shares some love with AMOLED users with true-black dark mode – Android Police

Twitter was amongst the early ones to release a night mode for its app. However, even though it’s been around since 2016, the interface uses shades of midnight blue rather than black, which might be easier on the eye but doesn’t help save as much battery as turning the pixels off on AMOLED screens. The social media giant is now addressing this by rolling out a new “Lights out” option that lets you switch to true-black tones that not only look darker but also reduce power consumption on AMOLED panels. It was dark. You asked for darker! Swipe right to check out our new dark mode. Rolling out today. pic.twitter.com/6MEACKRK9K — Twitter (@Twitter) March 28, 2019 You can choose between using the old “dimmed” scheme or the new darker one, depending on your preference. There’s also an option to activate night mode only after sunset to make it less aggressive for your eyes while you’re reading in the evening. To try out the new feature, you’ll need to activate it manually by tapping your profile picture, heading into Settings -> Night Mode and toggling “Lights out.” It’s officially rolling out today, but we haven’t seen it in the latest stable and alpha versions (7.90 alpha 68), so you may want to be patient before you can enjoy this new interface. Source: Twitter
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HDHomeRun’s TV service for cord-cutters is shutting down – Engadget

It’s only been a few months since HDHomeRun launched its $35 per month Premium TV service, but now the company has emailed customers to announce it’s shutting down. Cord Cutters News posted the email, which informed subscribers that it would work until the end of their plan date, but could not be renewed. The email doesn’t get into why the offering is so suddenly going away, but the fact is that major Hollywood studios have sued its provider, Omniverse TV, claiming the company doesn’t have the rights to distribute their programming. Still, HDHomeRun owners can expect to see their devices continue to work as they always have, just without the streaming subscription TV package. Users can record TV and stream it to TVs, set-top boxes and mobile devices, just like always. The question now is what other innovations it can make to attract cord-cutters when even the cable companies have taken notice of this market.
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The Morning After: Apple’s keyboard apology and Samsung folding – Engadget

Weird flex, but OK.Watch Samsung bend the Galaxy Fold hundreds of timesSamsung is attempting to put to rest doubts over the Samsung Galaxy Fold’s durability by revealing how each device is tested. The company released a video on Wednesday that shows its devices undergoing a factory stress-test, where a line-up of brand new Samsung Galaxy Folds fold, and then unfold, and then fold again. The only thing we can’t judge from here is whether the gap that remains when it’s folded, or a seam that may form down the center, are potential flaws buyers will be able to live with.Sega CD add-ons work, but the 32X doesn’t.The Analogue Mega SG wins the retro gaming console warOn paper, the Mega SG is almost a copy-and-paste of Analogue’s last console, doing for the Genesis what the Super NT did for the SNES. But while Nintendo fans have dozens of options to play the company’s classics, Sega diehards don’t. The Mega SG brings the stuff we expect from Analogue — near-perfect emulation, HDMI and wireless controller support.Some claim the thin design is weak and prone to getting jammed by debris.Apple acknowledges keyboard problems with recent MacBooksIn response to a Wall Street Journal piece highlighting ongoing reports of problems, an Apple spokesman said the company was aware of a “small number of users” whose butterfly keyboards were having issues, and that it was “sorry” for the problems. It still maintains that the “vast majority” of users are fine and said anyone having issues should contact customer support. No recall, no repair program, no indication that a redesigned keyboard is on the way in future models.The FAA will have to approve it.Boeing explains its 737 Max software updateAfter an update is applied, the anti-stall Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) will now compare the data from
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Spotify is going after couples with affordable Premium Duo plan – Phone Arena

Spotify and Apple are engaged in a fierce battle over the domination of the thriving global music streaming market, with many other companies, including Google, Amazon, Pandora, Tidal, and Deezer fighting for scraps and trying to find ways to differentiate themselves in order to rise through the ranks. But at the end of the day, all of these services offer essentially the same features and capabilities with extremely similar pricing structures.One great way to stand out is to join forces with other tech giants on sweet bundle deals, either temporarily or indefinitely, thus providing more value than the competition for the user’s money. Or you can simply expand your plans to include something rivals haven’t thought of just yet. Enter Spotify Premium Duo, a new service tier currently available only in Colombia, Chile, Denmark, Ireland, and Poland, according to The Verge, which is likely to spread the love around the world soon if these regional “tests” are deemed successful.As the name suggests, Premium Duo mainly targets couples that want to save a few bucks compared to both the prices of two individual subscriptions and a family plan. A single Spotify Premium user can get an account at $9.99 a month in the US right now, while Premium for Family costs $14.99, allowing up to six people to stream music without limits, ads, or interruptions. Naturally, Spotify Premium Duo sits between the two globally available options, at a €12.49 monthly fee in Ireland that’s likely to equate to $12.49 stateside if this ever becomes a worldwide thing. Like family plans, Duo licenses will allow users on a shared account to keep their playlists separate, as well as get recommendations tailored to their individual tastes.Then again, if you’re one of those couples that likes to do everything together, a new Duo Mix playlist
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