Google brings emoji mashup stickers to Gboard on Android

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Want to convey that you’re feeling like both a cowboy and a ghost? The Emoji Kitchen is for you. | Image: Google

There are already hundreds of emoji available to cover every emotion from yawning to being a straight-up drunk weirdo. Now, Google is offering a few more options, with a selection of stickers that combine two existing emoji to create one with a much more specific vibe. Google is calling the feature its “Emoji Kitchen.” You know those times when you want to convey that you’re feeling like both a cowboy and a ghost? Yeah, it’s for that sort of thing.

The concept of emoji mashups has been around for a little while, thanks to the excellent Emoji Mashup Bot Twitter account, which released a free iMessage sticker pack last year with downloads that were also available on Android for WhatsApp, Telegram, and Gboard. The difference here is that…

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Samsung learned some tough lessons from the Galaxy Fold debacle

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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip. | Photo by Nick Statt / The Verge

Samsung didn’t waste any time unveiling its latest foldable Galaxy Z Flip phone during the company’s Unpacked event on February 11th. It was the opening act, a stark contrast to last year’s Galaxy Note 10 launch when the Galaxy Fold was barely mentioned. Samsung was in the midst of a foldable disaster at its last Unpacked event, preparing to relaunch the Galaxy Fold after review units fell apart. It was a disaster that’s generated a lot of doubt over folding phones, so this second folding phone from Samsung has a lot to prove.

Samsung’s latest attempt at a foldable phone goes in a totally different direction to the Galaxy Fold. Instead of turning a phone into a tablet, the Galaxy Z Flip converts into a miniature pocketable device. It can…

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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip beats the Motorola Razr in nearly every way

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At Samsung’s Unpacked event on February 11th, where it announced the new Galaxy S20 phones and the Z Flip, I wasn’t struck by how good the Galaxy S20 Ultra looks — of course it looks good. Samsung has been making good Galaxy S phones for over a decade now. It’s figured that game out. Samsung’s last foldable phone, though, was a bit of a disaster.

My biggest surprise yesterday was the quality of the Galaxy Z Flip. Samsung seems to have done many of the things I said it needed to do to redeem the folding phone category. The screen is glass, the build quality seems solid, and the specs aren’t underpowered. It’s a good thing Samsung got so much right because if Motorola had to carry the banner for folding phones, we’d be in a much darker…

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Shooting 8K videos on the Galaxy S20 requires 600MB per minute

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8K footage recorded on the Samsung Galaxy S20 will take up around 600MB per minute, according to Samsung, meaning that storage could quickly become an issue if you want to record video at the highest-possible resolution.

The amount of storage space you’ll need isn’t the only limitation that applies to recording 8K video on the phone. The maximum recording time is also capped at five minutes, according to SamMobile, and you can also only shoot video at 24fps, with no ability to record at higher frame rates like 60fps or even 30fps.

Storage will be less of a concern if you opt for the highest-capacity Galaxy S20 Ultra. The handset is available with up to 512GB of internal memory and supports up to 1TB…

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The Galaxy Z Flip is neat, but the Galaxy S20 is important

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Well! Yesterday was a day. I live-blogged the Samsung Unpacked keynote, where the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra were announced alongside the Galaxy Z Flip folding phone. If there’s one big takeaway from Samsung’s presentation, it’s that DJ Koh has very much handed the reins of the mobile division to the newly-promoted TM Roh.

On to the phones. Samsung skipped the usual corporate preamble and jumped immediately into the Z Flip unveiling. It was a flex (pun intended) and it worked to energize the crowd. Of course, we still got the corporate overview from Roh and a pile of partnership deal (Samsung loves them so much). Instead of a corporate preamble we got a corporate amble.

Anyway, all of these phones had leaked but the big…

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This Sony remote control for TVs is also a portable speaker

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The SRS-LSR200 runs for 13-hours on battery. | Image: Sony

Sony’s new SRS-LSR200 remote control isn’t just elegantly named, it’s also a portable speaker with a 13-hour battery. That way you can take your television audio to the kitchen, toilet, or wherever you’d like it without having to blast the TV’s volume from across the house.

The LSR200 features a pair of 2W stereo speakers and a center “clear voice” unit tuned for human voice frequencies. The speaker rests in a charging base that’s attached to the TV — any TV, not just those sold by Sony. The base can charge the speaker from zero to full in about three hours. The speaker communicates to the base (and thus, the TV) over 2.4GHz wireless and can be used to play audio simultaneously with the TV’s speakers. Sony says that its “drip-proof”…

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Olympus’ OM-D E-M1 Mark III wants to make it easier to aim for the stars

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Olympus today announced the OM-D E-M1 Mark III, following up its predecessor from 2016. The weather-sealed design is almost untouched from last generation, though it’s more capable in the image quality department. In some cases, it even outclasses the 2019 E-M1X, Olympus’ pro-grade mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera, while being more compact and affordable. This new entry costs $1,799.99 (body only), which is $200 less than Olympus charged for the E-M1 Mark II body.

The design is identical to that of the E-M1 Mark II — you can even use the same vertical grip on the Mark III) — but there are a few changes to note. Olympus added an extra custom mode option on the dial for a total of four user-customizable options. And like the E-M1X, this…

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Nikon’s D6 pro camera is coming in April for $6,500

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Last September, Nikon announced its new D6 pro camera but declined to provide any details on it. Today, the details are here: unsurprisingly, it’s a speed-focused DSLR that’ll likely be picked up by a lot of sports photographers headed to Tokyo for this summer’s Olympic games.

The D6 still uses a 20.8-megapixel full-frame sensor, but it has a new Expeed 6 processor that allows for 14 fps full-resolution burst shooting or up to 10.5 fps in live view. The camera can also take 8-megapixel shots at 30 fps or 2-megapixel at 60 fps for times when resolution is not a priority. Native ISO goes from 100 to 102,400.

Nikon has revamped the autofocus system for the D6, reducing the number of points from 153 to 105 but making all of them cross-type…

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Nintendo’s latest SNES games for Switch include two US debuts

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Nintendo isn’t just playing the hits when it comes to adding NES and SNES games to its Switch Online service. The latest additions are some pretty deep cuts, including two SNES titles that were never before released in the US.

The SNES titles are Pop’n Twinbee, the sixth entry in Konami’s colorful Twinbee “cute-em-up” series, and Namco’s Smash Tennis. Both of these games were translated into English and saw release in Europe as well as Japan, but neither series ever really took off stateside.

Also coming this month are Natsume’s hardcore side-scrolling NES action game Shadow of the Ninja and something called Eliminator Boat Duel, which I confess I have never heard of, but it looks pretty wild for a NES game about powerboats. All four…

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The Galaxy Z Flip’s split-screen mode isn’t just for Samsung foldables, says Google

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Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Flip clamshell foldable has a cool new feature that can split the phone’s enormous vertical real estate into a top half and a bottom half, and Google tells The Verge that other phone makers will soon be able to build that feature into their phones, too.

The feature, which Samsung calls “Flex mode,” can split the phone’s display into two four-inch screens that can each show different types of content while you’re using an app. Samsung gives the example of watching a YouTube video on the top half of the screen while searching for other videos or reading comments on the bottom screen. My colleague Dieter Bohn also got to test the mode with a Google Duo video call, which showed a video chat on the top half of the…

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At $1,600, the highest-end Galaxy S20 costs as much as a foldable phone

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Remember when Apple unveiled the $1,000 iPhone and everyone was shocked? Less than three years later, a $1,000 phone is at the low end of Samsung’s Galaxy S20 lineup. It’s possible we’re seeing a new high for what a “normal” phone should cost, leaving plenty of room for the highest-end prices to keep climbing.

The Galaxy S20 prices will range from $999.99 for the basic model, with the Ultra starting at $1,399 and going up to $1,599 for the version with 512GB of storage. That puts the Galaxy S20 Ultra, which measures 6.9 inches, in the same price range as the newest foldable phones, which have drawn criticism for their price tags. Samsung’s new Galaxy Z Flip, which arrives February 14th, is priced at $1,380, while Motorola’s Razr is…

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Samsung confirms its AirDrop-like ‘Quick Share’ is launching on the Galaxy S20

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AirDrop has long been a handy convenience that comes with using Apple gadgets, but Samsung has finally come up with its own version. And it’s debuting on the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra. It’s called Quick Share, and Samsung says it lets you “share everything with your friends instantly.” Quick Share is detailed toward the bottom of this page that’s about the S20’s camera.

Similar to AirDrop, Quick Share can show “which of your contacts is nearby” so you can easily send files to them. But an interesting advantage over AirDrop is that Quick Share allows you to share with “up to 5 friends” simultaneously. AirDrop limits you to one recipient at a time.

Screenshots of the Quick Share interface were published by XDA Developers last…

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Nvidia’s GeForce Now is losing all Activision Blizzard games, a bad sign for cloud gaming

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Nvidia’s GeForce Now feels like one of the very best ways to get a free taste of cloud gaming, but it’s got a gigantic catch — it lets you play PC games you already own only if the game publisher allows it. Today, Nvidia is revealing that Activision Blizzard is no longer playing ball, pulling down its catalog of games including Overwatch, WoW, and the Call of Duty series.

That means one of the service’s biggest publishers, as well as its Battle.net catalog of games, will no longer be available just a week after the service’s formal launch — a launch that was already missing many games from Capcom, EA, Konami, Remedy, Rockstar and Square Enix, all of which seemed to have pulled out after Nvidia’s beta period ended.

Nvidia wouldn’t tell…

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A first look at Microsoft’s new Windows 10X operating system for dual screens

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Microsoft released its first emulator for Windows 10X today, allowing developers to get a first look at the new operating system variant for dual-screen devices. Microsoft wants to give developers a head start on optimizing apps before devices launch later this year, so this basic emulator provides an early look at Windows 10X before it’s finalized.

My first thoughts? Windows 10X feels like a slightly more modern version of Windows 10 that has been cleaned up for future devices.

Windows 10X is designed exclusively for foldable and dual-screen hardware, and Microsoft has customized it as a result. One of the biggest noticeable changes is the new Windows 10X Start menu. It no longer includes the animated Live Tiles found on Windows 10,…

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The latest Marvel card game was designed specifically to blow up on Kickstarter

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Board games that hit Kickstarter are often small-scale passion projects, but the latest is something much bigger — and much less in need of crowdfunding. It’s a tabletop game called Marvel United, featuring dozens of classic Marvel heroes. While its developers may not need the funds to get Marvel United off the ground, the platform they’re launching it on is still an important part of the game. In fact, it was designed from the start to go big on Kickstarter.

Marvel United is a cooperative card game that has players controlling heroes while battling classic Marvel villains, and it marks the first time any officially licensed Marvel product has shown up on Kickstarter. The game starts at $60 and is supposed to ship this fall. Backers will…

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How Samsung’s Galaxy S20 compares with the iPhone 11

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Samsung has just announced the Samsung Galaxy S20 lineup, and they look to be good upgrades over last year’s Galaxy S10. This year, there are three new models: the Galaxy S20, the bigger Galaxy S20 Plus, and the spec-stuffed Galaxy S20 Ultra.

One of the headline features of the S20 is a screen that you can toggle between a 60Hz and a super-smooth 120Hz refresh rate. The phones also have a lot of camera tech on board: the S20 has three cameras, the S20 Plus adds a time-of-flight sensor, and the S20 Ultra has a monster 108-megapixel lens with 100x zoom. All three phones support 5G, though only the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra support ultra-fast millimeter wave networks at launch. Samsung says it will launch a Galaxy S20 that supports Verizon’s…

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Here’s how Samsung’s Galaxy S20 stacks up against the Pixel 4, OnePlus 7T, and more

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Samsung has debuted its new Galaxy S20 lineup of phones, and since it’s one of the first big releases of 2020, it gets to set the bar for what kind of power and features you should expect from a new phone. Given the strong suits of the smallest Galaxy S20 — including specs like a quad-lens rear camera array, the Snapdragon 865 processor, a high 12GB RAM count, and a display with a variable refresh rate — it will give other companies a high bar to match.

And until companies like LG, OnePlus, and Google release new phones in 2020, all we have to compare Samsung’s latest phone to is older phones. The comparison below isn’t definitive; we haven’t reviewed the S20 yet, and comparing phones spec by spec doesn’t always provide the full story…

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Here’s where you can preorder the Samsung Galaxy S20

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Samsung has announced the new Galaxy S20 lineup of phones, consisting of the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra. Unlike previous years, preorders don’t start today. They’ll begin on Friday, February 21st at 12:01AM ET / 9:01PM PT. Launch day is Friday, March 6th.

This means that you have more time to reserve a spot in line for a preorder. If you reserve an unlocked or carrier-locked S20 series device from Samsung before preorders begin, then follow through by purchasing a phone, you’ll get a $35 credit that you can use on accessories and devices. That’s not a bad deal. Here are a few other reasons why you should consider preordering.

Why should I preorder?

In general, preordering is a good idea because it means you’ll get your phone on…

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How to preorder the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

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Samsung announced the new foldable Galaxy Z Flip during the company’s Unpacked 2020 event, and you won’t have to wait very long to get your chance at buying one. It will be available for purchase starting this Friday, February 14th — a week before preorders for the Galaxy S20 phones even start. In case you were really striking out on Valentine’s Day gift ideas, here’s one on the house.

So far, only AT&T and Sprint have confirmed availability of the Galaxy Z Flip through its respective sites and physical retail locations. As for pricing, AT&T shared that it will cost $46 per month for 30 months and it costs $57.50 for its 18-month loan, and while we don’t have a price for the unlocked version of the foldable phone through Samsung, that…

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