Lucas Perez Baranzelli

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Galaxy S9 Plus vs. Pixel 2 XL: a new low-light photo champion?

Samsung’s 2018 flagship phone, the Galaxy S9, is the first in the world with an f/1.5 lens aperture. But set aside all the hype about it being part of a dual-aperture system. What I really wanted to know about this change is how it might improve Samsung’s low-light imaging. Having the widest …

Phones

In an Unexpected Move, Amazon Just Made Its Biggest Announcement Since Acquiring Whole Foods | Inc.com

There are no cashiers. There aren't even checkout lanes. And there definitely aren't any lines.<p>At Amazon's new grocery store, you just grab stuff off the shelves, bag it yourself and walk out. Everything gets automatically charged to your Amazon account.<p>It's called Amazon Go, and the store uses …

Amazon Go

Millennials, This Is How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Your Job For Better And Worse

Many of the jobs that Millennials work in today didn’t exist when their parents entered the job market. And chances are the young professionals of the future will work in fields that don’t exist today.<p>Such is the nature of an economy continuously influenced by new technology, and Artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

Gaming laptops are cheap and portable at CES 2018

Buying a laptop has traditionally meant juggling price, graphics performance, weight and battery life. You want a powerful gaming laptop with good battery life? Sorry about that six-pound weight, bro. Looking for a lightweight, inexpensive laptop to take to events? Forget about playing games or …

Bitcoin price plummets as South Korea's plan to ban cryptocurrency trading sends market into turmoil

The South Korean government on Thursday said it plans to ban cryptocurrency trading, sending bitcoin prices plummeting and throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation's police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion.<p>The clampdown in South Korea, a crucial …

Samsung Galaxy A8 Vs Galaxy A8 Plus: What's The Difference?

Samsung’s new Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8 Plus are arguably its most exciting smartphones this year. Both models promise the headline features of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus at midrange prices. But what are the differences between them and can they really be that good? Maybe, except for one major …

Phones

Hands-on: The first under-glass fingerprint sensor is here!

After years of waiting, it’s finally here, an in-screen fingerprint reader. In spite of persisting rumors of Apple and Samsung working on the tech, Chinese manufacturer Vivo is the first to reveal a device with an under-glass fingerprint scanner, courtesy of a year-long partnership with …

These were the weirdest products at CES

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Samsung will launch the Galaxy S9 in February

You won't see Samsung's upcoming flagship phone before CES 2018 ends, but you won't have to wait that long to get a peek, either. DJ Koh, the Korean conglomerate's mobile chief, has announced at a press conference in Las Vegas that the company will launch the Galaxy S9 and S9+ at the Mobile World …

The Basics of Blockchain Technology, Explained in Plain English

Anything and everything you need to know about what makes blockchain technology tick.<p>Historically, no asset has been a greater source of wealth …

Blockchain

Google AI can rate photos based on aesthetic appeal

Photo apps can help you find objects in your pictures, but they don't tell you whether or not those images are worth sharing. For now, that's still up to you. If Google has its way, though, AI may serve as an art critic. It just detailed work on a Neural Image Assessment (NIMA) system that uses a …

Tested: the best smartphone cameras compared

I've been lugging around a DSLR ever since I conned my parents into buying me a Minolta Maxxum 5D in 2006, and let me tell you, that didn't win me any popularity points back in high school -- even if all my friends ended up with amazing MySpace profile pics.<p>Things are different now. In the strange …

Mobile Photography

Apple says slower performance of older iPhones is intentional

You're not alone if you've noticed a slowdown in the performance of your older iPhone. The thing is, it may be more related to your battery than the phone itself. After a post on Reddit and a followup by benchmarking software Geekbench's founder, Apple told <i>TechCrunch</i> that it released a fix for …

Is this the app store revolution we have been waiting for?

Today, the entire app store market is dominated by two players: Google Play and Apple Store. In the first three months of 2017 alone, consumers worldwide spent over $15 billion in iOS and Android stores.<p>In 2018, the mobile app economy will turn 10 at a valuation of nearly $77 billion, which is said …

Cryptocurrencies Are Starting to Affect the Real Economy

Be afraid.<p>Until now, the surge in cryptocurrency markets has been a sideshow to the financial markets or the real economy. Prices have gone up a lot for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and it's fun to joke about things with names like Cardano and Monero going up a lot in value, but if it were …

Cryptocurrency

First US bitcoin futures start trading at 6PM Eastern

Bitcoin is one step closer to becoming a part of the mainstream financial world. Cboe is launching the first US bitcoin futures exchange at 6PM Eastern, giving speculators a chance to bet on the value of the cryptocurrency through a listed (XBT), regulated entity. You don't use a digital wallet or …

Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence

Today, a teaspoon of spit and a hundred bucks is all you need to get a snapshot of your DNA. But getting the full picture—all 3 billion base pairs of …

New Galaxy S9 Leak Reveals Major Disappointment

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is going to be the first major handset revealed in 2018, and its launch will set the path for discussions about mobile technology for the next twelve months. The latest leaked images suggest that the South Korean company is going for an iterative approach, rather than any …

Phones

My Favorite Smartphones Of 2017, Ranked

If we must narrow down the “2017 year in review” of the smartphone industry to one distinct trend, it’d have to be the bezel-shaving, edge-to-edge display movement. It was a hill on which I was ready to die even last year, when I listed the Xiaomi Mi Mix as my favorite phone of the 2016 while …

Mobile Technology

Retailers are missing opportunities to win against Amazon

Physical stores offer experiences and services that online-only retailers can’t, such as personal shopping and events.<p>So it’s odd that a lot of brick-and-mortar retailers fail to do the one thing Amazon can’t: advertise the benefit of shopping in a physical store to their online customers and …

eCommerce

Coca-Cola is killing Coke Zero and replacing it with a new drink

If you like your Coke Zero exactly the way it is now, it might be time to start stockpiling it.<p>On Wednesday, Coca-Cola announced plans to stop selling Coke Zero in the US in August, replacing it with a beverage with a different recipe, design, and name: Coke Zero Sugar.<p>"It is a reinvention of Coke …

Bitcoin is worth more than ever, but it's losing clout

To say that Bitcoin has had a roller coaster ride would be an understatement. Between regulatory hurdles, heists and its all-too-common use in online crime, it's sometimes a surprise the cryptocurrency has survived. However, it's faring well -- so well, in fact, that the value of a coin just topped …

HP debuts a tablet for artists at Cannes for some reason

HP chose the Cannes festival as a way to draw attention to its latest creativity-oriented high-end laptops and hybrid tablets. The most interesting device is the Spectre x2, a Surface Pro-like tablet with a detachable keyboard and stainless steel kickstand. HP is targeting Windows Ink users and …

Tesla makes Autopilot 'smooth as silk' for current models

Just because your Tesla can periodically drive itself doesn't mean you'll always like it. Elon Musk himself acknowledges that the sometimes rough Autopilot driving can be "unpleasant." You won't be jolted quite so frequently in the near future, though. Musk has teased that a June update will give …

Sponsored content drives one-third of millennials to purchase

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Digital Media Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>A new survey conducted by Collective Bias finds that one-third of millennials have purchased from a brand after seeing a sponsored post.<p>The data is encouraging for …

Digital Advertising

Samsung's extra-stretchable display can survive dents

Flexible displays are nothing new. However, most of them don't live up to the dreams of flexible tech -- they may only bend in a limited way. Samsung thinks it can do better. It just unveiled a 9.1-inch prototype OLED display that's stretchable in seemingly every way imaginable: you can bend, roll …

Google's Fuchsia OS interface hints at a bright post-Android future

Android and Chrome OS apparently aren’t enough for Google, because the company has been working on a third operating system codenamed Fuchsia for over a year. Now that we’re getting our first good look at the OS’ UI, it’s clear Google has big goals for Fuchsia – perhaps even replacing Android some …

Google is building a job platform for recruiters

Ever eager to dip its finger into more pies, Google is now testing a new project called Hire to tackle the task of managing job applications for recruiters, reports Axios.<p>It’s currently being used by companies like Medisas, DramaFever and Poynt to accept applications for open positions. Google Hire …

Sony gives Android O a sound quality boost

If you pick up some future Android O phone and notice that your wireless headphones sound much better afterward, you'll have Sony to thank for it. Google has revealed that Sony is contributing a whole slew of upgrades and fixes to the upcoming mobile operating system, most notably support for its …

Spotify: You can listen to all the music for free—but you’re the real product

Spotify is increasingly owning up to its power.<p>At the Advertising Week Europe conference yesterday, the company’s VP of “global partner solutions,” Danielle Lee, spoke to a number of brands about the emerging marketing opportunities coming out of audio data. “On social, you curate your social-media …

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