The Moto G5 and G5 Plus have metal designs and very affordable prices

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Lenovo has officially announced the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, two new Android 7.0 Nougat smartphones that will begin shipping in March. The G series is the best-selling phone under Moto’s brand. Traditionally, they’ve proven to be decent phones for very attractive prices. This year the company has completely overhauled the design to focus on a premium metal finish. They look less like their predecessors, with an appearance that’s much closer to the recent Moto Z family.

The aluminum backplate definitely results in a positive first impression for the G5 and its larger variant an impressive — as do the displays. The G5 has a 5-inch LCD display, while the G5 Plus has a bigger (but not too big) 5.2-inch screen, which feels just about…

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DJI looks to enterprise applications with the Matrice 200

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img_0599 The enterprise category is a no-brainer for the world’s largest drone manufacturer. Sure, it’s not as sexy as the consumer and cinematography categories with which the company is most closely associated, but it’s a growing industry, and will likely to continue to be as \as corporations discover more uses for units like the Matrice 200. DJI’s newest drone, unveiled… Read More

Goodbye Withings, hello Nokia

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withings hr steel Say goodbye to Withings. It’s been less than a year since Nokia completed its acquisition of the French smart devices maker and now it the Withings brand is about to be sunset. Withings’ devices and software will be rebranded under the Nokia banner later this summer. Withings’ existing line of smart watches, blood pressure monitors, thermometers and cameras will all come… Read More

3D-Printed Vise Is a Mechanical Marvel

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We often wonder how many people have 3D printers and wind up just printing trinkets off Thingiverse. To get the most out of a printer, you really need to be able to use a CAD package and make your own design. However, just like a schematic editor doesn’t make your electronic designs work, a CAD program won’t ensure you have a successful mechanical part.

[TheGoofy] has a 100% 3D printed vise that looks like it is useful. What’s really interesting, though, is the video (see below) where he explains how printing affects material strength and other design considerations that went …read more

The LG G6 has a built-in Frontback feature

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img_1199 Oh boy, I miss Frontback. The mobile app created an interesting photo format with two square-ish pictures to share what you have in front of you and a selfie. While you can still download the app, it’s been stagnant for a few years. But LG implemented a Frontback feature into the new G6 called “Match Shot.”
The big new feature of LG’s phone is the taller display. The… Read More

Huawei’s shiny P10 flagships come in (almost) all the colors of the rainbow

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huawei-p10-group-shot If you’re bored of the same old monotone/metallic smartphone color choices, Chinese mobile maker Huawei has been thinking a little differently for its just announced P10 and P10 Plus flagship handsets — and is offering a spectrum of shades, including a striking deep blue option and a pale green. Read More

Enter, win, choose which DJI drone to harass your neighbors with – it’s that easy

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DJI is the world’s leading designer and producer of easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography systems. If you’re a drone enthusiast, you want a DJI. If you know absolutely nothing about drones and think they’re weird, if you win a DJI you’re going to become a drone enthusiast.

Enter this giveaway (for free, yes) and you’ll get a shot at winning either a DJI Phantom 4 Pro, or a DJI Mavic, two of the best drones on Earth. Or, well, hovering one hundred feet above it. You get the point.

The Phantom 4 Pro is equipped with a 1″, 20MP sensor capable of shooting 4K/60fps video and Burst Mode stills at 14fps, which is drone and cinematography talk for such dang good picture that you’d be foolish not to submit to National Geographic. The Mavic, meanwhile, boasts a similar 4K stabilized camera, but is considerably more portable than the Phantom. If you’re a climber or often find yourself in remote places, this one’s your buddy.

Regardless, you’re getting a top of the market drone for free. All you have to do is enter by March 6, and cross your fingers you win.

Huawei’s new Android Wear watches are big, chunky, and fitness focused

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Now that Google has officially launched Android Wear 2.0 and released its own smartwatches made by LG, it’s time for the rest of the Android Wear partners to launch new models. And the first one out of the gate is Huawei, which is refreshing its Huawei Watch from 2015 with two new, sportier models.

The Huawei Watch 2 and the Huawei Watch 2 Classic are loaded with connectivity and new features, including LTE (in the case of the Watch 2), GPS, heart rate sensors, and NFC for Android Pay. They have much chunkier designs compared to the first Huawei Watch, and are significantly thicker and bulkier, despite having a smaller 1.2-inch circular display than the prior model’s 1.4-inch screen. They measure about 12.6mm thick, which is nearly two…

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Huawei’s new P10 is the P9 with a little bit of iPhone and 2017 thrown in

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The Huawei P9 was one of my favorite phones of 2016, combining rock-solid build quality with a minimalist design and a very attractive price. It was, in many ways, the definition of the flagship phone for those who couldn’t afford or simply didn’t care for all the bells and whistles of a full-on premium device like an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S.

For its reprise in 2017, Huawei returns with the P10, a phone that’s very much faithful to the P9, though this time it has an extra couple of tricks borrowed from Apple’s iPhone playbook plus an updated spec sheet to make it ready for another tough year of mobile competition. I spent some time with the P10 ahead of its launch today, and I found it to be a competent update to a phone that was…

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Oscars 2017: how to watch the Academy Awards online

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It’s Oscars time, everyone. Football teams have gone back into hibernation and the fools gold that is the Golden Globes has become a little more than faded memory. Tonight, it’s time for the big leagues: the 89th Academy Awards, as Hollywood rolls out the red carpet to take over TV (and Twitter) with incredible outfits, heartbreaking snubs, and Cinderella story upsets in pursuit of those all-important golden statutes.

Who’s up for awards?

The musical La Land Land looks to continue its run as this season’s critical darling, and leads the pack with a record-tying 14 nominations. Those include Ryan Gosling for Best Actor, Emma Stone for Best Actress, Damien Chazelle for Best Director, and an overall Best Picture nomination, among others.

A…

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ZTE’s ‘gigabit’ phone is little more than a concept

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ZTE announced this past week that it would debut a gigabit phone at Mobile World Congress. The device is supposed to make 360-degree VR, 4K video, and instant cloud storage possible on the move. While it’s possible ZTE will bring a physical phone along for the show, the company has clarified that it will not be releasing this device for the time being. It’s a proof of concept that demonstrates how the company might eventually create a gigabit phone.

ZTE explains that it would rely on carrier aggregation, which bundles various 4G bands together to leverage their strength and eventually reach a gigabit download speed. This wouldn’t require carriers to upgrade their network to 5G, which is thought to be capable of speeds up to 1 Gbps (in…

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Huawei gives smartwatches another shot

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watch-2-active-rightfront Smartwatches are hard. Recent numbers certainly reflect that fact. Motorola bowed out and Pebble simply evaporated. This week at Mobile World Congress, Huawei continues the good fight with the simply titled Watch 2. So, at least you know what you’re getting. On a whole, it’s a pretty straight forward proposition. The new wearable looks a lot like its predecessor, which Huawei… Read More

A Look at my Favorite Node.js Templating Engines

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In this blog, we will look at a comparison of different Node.js templating engines and go through the basics of Node.js. Then we will create a signup application in Node.js with MongoDB as the backend.

If you are starting with Node.js from this blog post, you are at the right place. When I started working with Node.js, I got confused will all of the templating in Node.js. So when you start trying Node.js our for yourself, you’ll be in the position of choosing the best templating engine. And there is a huge list of templating engines, so don’t feel bad if you get confused. So let’s start with some names of templating engines, but please have a look at the basics of why we need them because I am not going to cover them here, so as not to turn this post into a book.

Mobile World Congress 2017: the biggest news from MWC

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Mobile World Congress has begun in Barcelona, with some of the biggest names in tech descending on the city to show off their latest products. We’re going to be seeing new phones from the likes of LG, Huawei, and Sony. And although the usual news of Samsung’s latest flagship is a no-show this year, we’re expecting some new tablets from the South Korean tech company. Oh, and BlackBerry and Nokia will also be making appearances, for those of you who like their tech served with a side order of nostalgia. Stay tuned below to keep up with the biggest updates from this year’s show:

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The Google Assistant is coming to Marshmallow and Nougat Android phones starting this week

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Google has announced that it’s bringing the Google Assistant to more Android phones starting this week. All phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and 7.0 Nougat will be getting an OTA update via Google Play Services in the coming weeks. Here’s how Google describes the staged rollout:

The Google Assistant will begin rolling out this week to English users in the U.S., followed by English in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany. We’ll continue to add more languages over the coming year.

Until now, the Google Assistant was only available on Google’s own phone, the Pixel, and has been rumored to be on LG’s upcoming G6. But LG’s claim to have the first non-Pixel phone with the assistant is apparently…

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The LG G6 is sleek, solid, and surprisingly sensible

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With the G6, announced today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, LG is changing its own definition of “flagship” phone. Don’t expect self-healing materials, modular add-ons, or a focus on high-end specs; in their place is a straightforward device that might not wow on paper, but may well be the company’s best phone in recent memory.

The guiding principle behind the G6’s design, LG says, was to make a phone with a big screen that’s easy to use in one hand. The obvious way to do that is to reduce the bezels surrounding the screen, which LG has done to a greater extent than ever before, but the company has also changed the shape of the screen itself. The 5.7-inch LCD has a resolution of 2880 x 1440, giving it a taller 18:9 aspect ratio…

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Google Assistant, its AI-based personal helper, rolls out to Nougat and Marshmallow handsets

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screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-07-25-05 Google continues its march to expand its place in the mobile ecosystem, anchored by the fact that its Android OS is by far the most ubiquitous smartphone platform in the world. Today, the company announced that it would be rolling out Google Assistant, its conversational search and AI-based personal helper (and answer to Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa), to smartphones… Read More

LG unveils the G6, swapping modularity for new screen dimensions and waterproofing

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LG G6 The modular G5 was a novel device, but novelty alone doesn’t sell phones. So LG went back to the drawing board for its followup, and the result is, on a whole, a fairly straightforward flagship smartphone. The LG G6 is a good looking handset, but not an especially remarkable one, with design language that brings to mind fellow flagships like the Galaxy S7. The company’s big… Read More

LG’s new phone to launch eventually, cost money

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Cuddly Asian Red Panda or Lesser panda (Ailurus fulgens) chewing on leaves. LG just announced a new phone. It’s like the last one but slightly better looking, a bit faster, and it will be available sometime and cost money to buy it.
The company took the wraps off the phone during a press conference at a trade show. There was pop music, teleprompters and a long PowerPoint presentation.
At one point during the presentation, a company executive described the screen. Read More

LG proves that taller screens are the future of smartphones

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lg-g6-1 Bigger screens don’t cut it anymore. Now, we need taller screens. I’ve been playing with the LG G6 for the past 24 hours. In many ways, it is just another phone. But the company is trying something new with a 2:1 aspect ratio display — essentially a normal 16:9 display that can fit a few extra lines of text at the top and bottom. And it makes a big difference. I’ve… Read More

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