How Google’s new Pixel 2 stacks up against latest iPhones

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Can Pixel 2 convince iPhone fans to switch?
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Google’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL might be a little disappointing to some Android fans, but they’re still stellar smartphones. Both sport attractive designs that pack the best hardware available, including excellent cameras, and the speedy Snapdragon 835 chipset.

But can they convince iPhone fans to jump ship? Here’s how the new Pixel lineup compares to iPhone 8 and the upcoming iPhone X.

Google’s new Clips camera is an AI-powered lifelogger

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Google's now in the camera business.
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Are you the type of person who wants to log every single moment of life, but hate taking your camera out every few minutes just to take photos and videos? Well, Google has got the perfect new product for you.

It’s called Clips. The tiny little device is a camera. Only instead of packing a display and forcing you to click the shutter button, Clips does all the work of capturing moments for you thanks to the power of AI.

Apple shows off its amazing Portrait Lighting in new iPhone ad

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Apple is proud of its latest iPhone camera tech.
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Apple debuted a new ad on its YouTube page over the weekend, showcasing the new Portrait Lighting feature for the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus.

The ad depicts a woman walking down the street, perfectly illuminated with studio-like lighting despite moving between different locations. The ad shows off all of the different Portrait Lighting settings including Studio Light, Natural Light, Contour Light, Stage Light, and Stage Light Mono.

While the Portrait Lighting is for stills rather than video, the ad still gives you a sense of what the new feature can do for your photos. Check it out below.

Upgrades for your email, mobile photography, and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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This week's best deals include a powerful email platform, a waterproof all-purpose camera, and lots more.
This week's best deals include a powerful email platform, a waterproof all-purpose camera, and lots more.
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Every week here at the Cult of Mac Store, we’re busy finding great deals on tech tools, gadgets, and courses. This round, we’ve got an email app contender for Outlook and Gmail, and an all-purpose, waterproof HD camera. Also check out the comprehensive course in the Microsoft Office suite, and a video editor packed with 60 video assets. So there’s something here for everybody, read on for more details:

The action cam that raised over $1 million on Indiegogo does it all [Deals]

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YoCam is a versatile, waterproof camera that takes great shots almost anywhere.
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Having a powerful camera in your pocket is really handy when a great photo moment happens. A beautiful skyline, a precious family moment, a funny looking cat. But one place where you can’t reach for the phone to take a snap is when you’re underwater.

How to scan QR codes with iOS 11’s Camera app

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Are QR codes finally going mainstream?
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QR codes are set to take off in a big way, thanks to a new feature included in iOS 11 that makes scanning the quirky-looking blocks easier than ever before.

Apple didn’t announce the feature during its WWDC 2017 keynote, but the new QR-scanning capability is among the many minor iOS 11 features that may prove to be a big deal. Even though QR codes have been around for nearly two decades, they haven’t been super-useful to regular consumers.

That’s about to change.

Tiny drone brings thrill-inducing racing to the masses

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Mambo can be flown indoors or outside.
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FPV drone racing has been an arena reserved for uber-nerds that build their own racers the past few years, but that could soon change thanks to Parrot’s newest mini-drone.

The company unveiled its tiny creation, the Mambo FPV, this week which makes flying a breeze whether you’re a total beginner or have been slicing through the skies for years.

iOS 11 lands on iPhone and iPad on September 19 — here’s what’s new

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iOS 11 changes everything.
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In today’s Apple keynote, we got another look at the the new iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad. There are a lot of great new features for both devices — person-to-person Apple Pay, an all-new App Store, improved Siri, and a new kind of social network built around Apple Music. But the iPad is the real winner. iOS 11 brings multitasking features that unchain Apple’s “big iPhone,” and turn it into a computer to rival any Mac or PC.

These are the RAM and camera specs for the new iPhone X

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More iPhone details have leaked ahead of this week's media event,
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Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has shared more information about the upcoming iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as well as the high-end iPhone X. Troughton Smith’s new information relates to both the RAM and camera specs of the new devices, which are scheduled to be unveiled tomorrow — following one of the biggest leaks in Apple history.

Streamline your Mac workflow, master iOS 11 and more [Week’s Best Deals]

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Master iOS 11, streamline your Mac workflow, and more with this week's best deals.
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Fall has finally arrived, but the Cult of Mac Store is staying warm with a fresh shipment of hot new deals. This week, we’ve got a comprehensive bundle of iOS 11 courses that’s yours for whatever you want to pay. Plus, we’ve got a 1080p snaking camera, a tool for streamlined file sharing, and an app for clearing gigs of space on your Mac. Everything is top shelf and hugely discounted. Read on for more details: