Teardown shows inner workings of the Vivo Nex’s pop-up selfie camera

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Chinese smartphone makers have gone down a clever new path to get rid of the display notch and create a truly edge-to-edge screen: they’re now building pop-up cameras into their phones. We’ve seen both Oppo and Vivo do it in the span of a few weeks, and the latter’s Nex smartphone has already been put through the teardown process at MyFixGuide.

In the shots, you can see all the mechanics and components that make the slide-up motion possible on the selfie camera. There’s a spring in there, but it’s actually the silver spiral stepper to the right that pushes the camera up. It all seems fairly well put together, but moving parts are moving parts and thus more prone to failure.

The teardown also shows the vibration motor…

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How Jurassic Park led to the modernization of dinosaur paleontology

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Paleontologist Steve Brusatte loves Jurassic Park. Without it, he jokes, he wouldn’t even have a job. So he’s not going to criticize all the inaccuracies in the Hollywood franchise. But he’s also studied dinosaurs his whole life (real ones, with feathers), so he loves talking about giant creatures that ruled over the Earth millions of years ago.

In his new book The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World, Brusatte, a professor at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, charts the origins of dinosaurs from the beginning of the Triassic period all the way to their abrupt disappearance about 66 million years ago. He also takes a close look at the evolution of the field of paleontology, and how it has diversified and…

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7 new trailers you should watch this week

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I know watching movies on plane screens is supposed to be a cinematic sin, but there’s also something great about using a flight to catch movies you might have otherwise skipped over when given a wider library to pick from on land. The tough part is picking out something that’ll play well on the smaller screen.

Earlier this year, I saw Battle of the Sexes and Murder on the Orient Express while on flights for work. Even my desperate need for entertainment couldn’t save Orient Express, which, I don’t know, I guess I shouldn’t have expected more of. But Battle of the Sexes was so relentlessly fun and big that it locked me in, fuzzy screen and all.

So what makes a movie right for planes? I’m not sure; it’s probably a little different for…

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Weekend deals on Razer laptops, an LG soundbar, and more

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The best time to buy gadgets during the summer is usually around July 4th or Amazon Prime Day, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few sales worth checking out in the meantime.

Razer is offering special weekend sale on a few of its Razer Blade gaming-focused laptops. While every model is receiving some kind of discount, the best deals are for the Razer Blade Stealth 13 and the Razer Blade Pro 17. They might look similar, but keep in mind that these are two very different models. The Blade Stealth 13 is a capable laptop with tremendous battery life and a high-resolution display, and it’s been marked down $200 this weekend. The Razer Blade Pro 17 is $500 off this weekend. It’s bigger and comes with a couple of other freebies like a Razer…

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Logan and Jake Paul’s fight with KSI is shaping up to be deeply embarrassing

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Logan Paul, the YouTuber whose career somehow recovered after a suicide forest stunt, opens his latest YouTube vlog with a telling statement. “A lot of people think this fight is a joke who are not in the YouTube community,” he says. “All jokes aside, this will be the biggest event in the history of the internet.” “Biggest internet event in history,” his younger brother Jake Paul echoes later on.

The two YouTube stars are talking about their upcoming boxing match against their UK counterparts KSI and Deji, a much-hyped event for which ticket sales opened up this morning. For the chance to see two pairs of YouTubers noodle around in a ring, some fans are evidently willing to pay up to $600 a pop. The event will likely be well-attended…

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Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited service opens up to iOS devices

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After years of being an exclusive for Amazon hardware, the company’s FreeTime Unlimited service is now available on iOS devices. The service houses thousands of children’s TV shows, books, and movies.

FreeTime first became available to other Android devices last year — four years after the app’s initial launch. The app offers content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, and Disney, but the experience is slightly different on an Apple device than on an Amazon one. On a Kindle, for example, parents are able to adjust the settings in a way that would keep kids from exiting the app. Apple doesn’t allow third-party apps to control an entire device in that way, so parents may have to be a little more cautious if they share their iPad or other personal…

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Pad & Quill sale makes its bags and phone cases slightly less costly

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Pad & Quill is celebrating its eighth anniversary by offering a rare discount on some of its product lineup. The discount is good for 20 percent off of any item listed on the company’s sale page. You may also be able to knock 10 percent off of your entire purchase with offer code PQ16, according to 9To5Toys, though we’ve had limited success with it registering at checkout.

Its leather-bound iPhone and iPad cases are popular among the tech-savvy crowd, but this sale also extends to Pad & Quill’s broader lifestyle products, like messenger bags, satchels, duffels, and wallets.

Pad & Quill’s products are pretty expensive, so it’s admittedly easy to find cheaper alternatives. But after almost a decade of existence, the quality of its…

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Valve is shipping new ‘Knuckles’ VR controllers to developers with a Portal-themed demo

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Valve has announced that it’s shipping a new version of its experimental SteamVR “Knuckles” controllers to developers, and it’s posted a lot of detail about the controllers online, including video of a Portal-themed playground for testing them. The Knuckles EV2 substantially updates Valve’s earlier design, and although it’s not a consumer product, it’s looking more polished — and even less like the earlier Vive controller.

The Knuckles controllers, originally shown off in 2016, give users a fuller hand motion range than most VR controllers. Instead of holding them, you strap them around your hand, so you can open and close your fingers normally without dropping the controller. Capacitive sensors detect when individual fingers are…

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Life is Strange 2’s first episode arrives on September 27th

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The first episode of Life is Strange 2, the follow-up to Dontnod Entertainment’s breakout success in 2015, will launch on September 27th. The developer announced the news today with a threadbare teaser that still tells us absolutely nothing about the game.

Although the sequel has been a work in progress for some time, Dontnod has been quiet about the new game. It’s teased a brand-new cast for years, casting the series as a sort of anthology. The original Life is Strange told the story of Max, a teenager with the power to rewind time, and her rebellious friend Chloe. The game was applauded for covering serious topics like online harassment and teenage suicide over the course of its five-episode run. Last year, Square Enix and developer…

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Google Doodle honors legendary science fiction author Octavia Butler

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Today’s Google Doodle honors Octavia Butler, the visionary science fiction author whose work, including novels like Kindred and Parable of the Sower, deeply influenced both current Afrofuturist thought and genre fiction as a whole.

Born on this day in 1947, Butler was incredibly shy and was diagnosed with mild dyslexia as a child, but she nevertheless discovered a passion for reading. Her mother would bring home books that had been discarded at houses where she was cleaning, and she made frequent trips to her local library. Butler eventually found science fiction, with the novels of Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, and others. As a teenager, after watching a TV show and realizing that she could write a better story than…

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Google Chrome on Android can now cache news articles on Wi-Fi for offline reading

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For emerging markets that often have to purchase data through prepaid SIM cards or others with limited data plans, viewing news articles can be a slow process full of constant interruptions. Google Chrome on Android is getting a new feature that will automatically download relevant news articles when connected to Wi-Fi, which should help cache articles for offline reading, the company announced yesterday.

You could already download articles through third-party apps or by saving a page offline, but those methods often require users to manually pick which articles to save. Today’s update automatically downloads articles that are recommended to you based on interests and location.

Since the cache articles are ones that Google personalizes…

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Caught up on Westworld? Here’s why you should watch Humans

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There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services, and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend.

What to watch

“Episode 1,” from the science fiction series Humans. A co-production of the UK’s Channel 4 and the US cable channel AMC, Humans is set in a near future where strikingly realistic-looking androids called synths are increasingly being called on to perform menial or degrading work, from home care to housekeeping to prostitution. The series’s…

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QuickLook for Windows 10 brings a useful Mac feature to PCs

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If you’re a Mac user you’re probably used to just hitting the space bar to see a quick preview of a file. It’s a useful feature that Microsoft hasn’t brought to Windows 10 yet, but a new app in the Microsoft Store now offers the best way to get this macOS feature on a PC. QuickLook does exactly what its name suggests, allowing you to preview most file types from within File Explorer.

It works just like the macOS Quick Look feature, and you can hit enter to open in the default app, or choose a different app to open the file in. Unfortunately there’s not many options to customize the app, but it does also support ctrl+ mouse wheel to zoom in on documents and PDFs and you can always quickly close the preview by hitting escape or move to the…

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Google’s augmented reality Measure app now works with the Pixel 2, Galaxy S9, and more

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Google has updated its augmented reality Measure app to support the company’s ARCore standard. The update opens up the app to more devices, including the Pixel 2, Galaxy S9, and the G7 ThinQ, as noted by 9to5Google. (Check Google’s full list here.)

Unlike the original version of Measure, which was limited to only work with the few Project Tango phones out there, version 2.0 of the app is far more open. The updated app also comes with improved visuals and controls to make it easier to measure whatever you point your phone at.

The news comes on the heels of Apple announcing its own Measure app earlier this month at WWDC, which is set to launch with iOS 12. It will similarly grant users the ability to measure objects simply by pointing…

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To save money, my insurance company forced me to try drugs that didn’t work

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I’ve had migraines since I was 12, but in 2015 my attacks got much worse. Without migraine-specific painkillers, my migraines make me queasy and tired, forcing me to go to bed with a freezing wet towel on my head. For the last two years, I’ve tried different medications, switched birth control pills, made lifestyle changes (less stress, more swimming, no alcohol) — to little avail. My migraines would improve for a while, but then they came back, worse than ever. Then this year, I finally discovered a treatment that works — Botox.

Botox is best known for smoothing out wrinkles, but since 2010 it’s also been used to prevent migraines. (Scientists aren’t 100 percent sure why Botox works, though it may interfere with the transmission of pain…

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Microsoft matches Google Lens with AI-powered visual search for Bing

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Microsoft has launched a new “visual search” function for Bing which lets users snap a picture of something with their phone to search for it online. The feature looks very similar to Google Lens and offerings we’ve seen from third-parties, leveraging the power of AI to perform quick and accurate object recognition on photos.

The new visual search is available in a range of apps, including the standalone Bing app on iOS and Android; Microsoft Launcher on Android; Microsoft Edge on Android, and coming soon to Edge on iOS. You can use it to search for things like breeds of dogs, famous landmarks, and even items of clothing. The app will try to identify what it sees and, in the case of consumer goods, find places to buy them online.

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How YouTube creators are using the platform’s new Patreon-like subscriptions

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YouTube has announced new features at its VidCon conference today that give creators additional ways to earn money on the platform. Most notably, YouTube is expanding a program over the next few weeks that lets creators and channel owners start their own fan clubs, where membership costs $4.99 to join and fans can pay for additional perks and exclusive content, similar to how Patreon and Twitch function. The feature was previously restricted only to YouTube Gaming channels.

There are also additional integrations for YouTube videos going forward. For instance, a blogger making a Nike branded video can now display Nike products on a “shelf” below their video. YouTubers will also be able to design their own merchandise through Teespring…

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GarageBand’s new update includes 1,000 new loops and makes Artist Lessons free

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Apple has announced a new update to music-making app GarageBand that adds loads of new sounds, loops, and instruments. As part of the update, Artist Lessons, which were previously $4.99 each, will now be free and included as part of Basic Lessons within the app.

As part of GarageBand 10.3, the app is introducing two new drummers that play roots and jazz-influenced brush styles, 1,000 new electronic and urban loops in genres like future bass and chill rap, and 400 animal, machine, and voice sound effects. There are also three new traditional Chinese and Japanese instruments: the Guzheng, Koto, and Taiko drums. (Sounds from these instruments were introduced as loops as early as 2016, and were included as options within GarageBand’s Sound…

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Amazon adds two new Motorola phones to its Prime Exclusive lineup

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Amazon is adding two more phones to its Prime Exclusive collection today, with the announcement of the Moto G6 Play and Moto Z3 Play. Both devices will come with Alexa as the default voice assistant.

The G6 Play and Z3 Play will both be available unlocked so you can use them on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint. As part of the Prime Exclusive collection, Prime members will get a discount on the devices along with preloaded apps like Prime Photos, Video, and Music. They can also access Alexa by tapping the Alexa app icon or double-pressing the power button.

The Moto G6 Play is a less expensive and less powerful version of the Moto G6 that was announced April. The device features a 5.7-inch LCD HD+ display and supports up to 32GB of…

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Here’s why Fortnite shopping carts are giving Epic Games such a big headache

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One of Fortnite’s biggest draws is that it’s constantly updated with new things, like limited-time events or fancy weapons. While the steady drip of tweaks and additions help keep Fortnite fresh, it’s hard to predict how all these different elements will interact with one another. Lately, players have been exploiting a Fortnite vehicle in a way that keeps forcing Epic Games to take it out.

Shopping carts were introduced into Fortnite on May 30th, and they were an immediate hit. Players could drive carts, or could push them around while other people enjoyed the ride. Better yet, fans could build elaborate ramps and traps that turned matches into amusement park rides. It was messy and ridiculous, yet very Fortnite.

But two weeks later,…

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