Edoardo Maggio

@northead

Italian. Tech geek, video games, photography and music lover, comics-based movies enthusiast, and a sucker for good design. Amateur photographer (VSCO, 500px), writer and reporter for 9to5Google.

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Yesterday

GOOG: 872.30

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If there’s one thing we are sure of, it’s that Samsung knows how to pitch (and sell) a device. Its latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, seems to be no different, and its undoubtedly stellar qualities have made it so that, according to the company (via VentureBeat), US preorders even managed to beat those of last year’s S7

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April 12

GOOG: 824.32

0.97
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One thing about Samsung is for certain, it goes all-in when it comes to marketing. Remember last year’s building-sized, Galaxy S7 edge-shaped billboard in Russia? Yeah, me too. So of course the Korean giant is doubling down on its efforts this year, this time targeting the UK…

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

April 11

GOOG: 823.35

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Thanks to an announcement page on its website, Chinese OEM Xiaomi has announced that its next top-of-the-line device, likely to be called “Mi 6“, will be officially unveiled next week, and, more precisely, on April 19…

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9to5mac 

A little over a month ago, Google‘s parent company Alphabet — or, more specifically, its Waymo subsidiary — filed a lawsuit against Uber, which allegedly stole key information with regard to its self-driving technology.

Given that, beyond the lawsuit itself, Uber’s reputation is at stake, the ride-hailing company has tried to deny the accusations and kept things as quiet as possible ever since, but the Mountain View giant doesn’t seem to be exactly on the same page…

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9to5toys 

Following complaints from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) regarding its alleged unfairness with regard to compensation between men and women, Google issued a blog post to clarify its position and tell us a little more about how things actually work…

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March 29

GOOG: 831.41

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Just like Harman (and, more specifically, AKG) are helping Samsung to step up its audio game, Oculus is the firm’s partner of choice when it comes to VR.

Together, they are today announcing a “renewed” version of the Gear VR headset, which comes with a cool new controller…

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electrek 

March 22

GOOG: 829.59

-0.87
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Just a couple of days ago, OnePlus launched a very (very) limited edition of its 3T flagship smartphone, which was only available for 250 lucky individuals who happened to be in Paris and willing to go to the Colette retail store.

Now, the firm is making it a little easier to get your hands on it…

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March 21

GOOG: 830.46

-17.94
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Little more than a week separates us from the long-anticipated launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, but due to some sort of incontrovertible law, the closer we inch to a device’s release the bigger the leak downpour becomes.

So here’s our latest — and, arguably best — look at the phone yet…

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March 15

GOOG: 847.20

1.58
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Yesterday we had “confirmation” of the codenames under which the sequels to the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones are being developed over at Google (“walleye” and “muskie”, respectively). However, it looks like the Mountain View firm may have a third device up its sleeve…

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9to5mac 

There have been rumors for quite some time now about Samsung‘s intention to join the AI race and launch a competitor to the likes of Google‘s Assistant, Siri, Alexa, and Cortana along the launch of its upcoming Galaxy S8.

We’d heard its name could be “Bixby,” and thanks to a little snippet, it looks like that will indeed be the case. However, there could be something more regarding what Bixby actually is…

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March 13

GOOG: 845.54

2.29
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Android is a versatile operating system, everyone knows that. In its various forms, it runs on all kinds of devices, from phones and tablets to smartwatches and even fridges. But have you ever thought about a phone case that uses Google‘s OS? Let alone an iPhone case? Well, it looks like someone has, and that someone is willing to kickstart mass production of the so-called “Eye”

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March 3

GOOG: 829.08

-1.55
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Earlier this week, I spent a few days walking about Barcelona and Mobile World Congress‘ venue, the Fira Gran Via. I headed back to the hotel after the first day of the actual show with strongly mixed feelings. For one, this being my first international fair meant that I could just not let go of the excitement, and the energy and passion so many people bring among those booths is tangible.

On the other, I had to do my job and check out all the new smartphones announced in these past few days, and this is where things got a little uglier. The P10 I first previewed proved to be a big red warning sign of things to come, and although I am not entirely dissatisfied, I definitely can’t say that the products matched the enthusiasm and vibe of the place itself…

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9to5toys 

March 2

GOOG: 830.63

-4.61
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Following its press conference at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, Huawei was kind enough to hand out some units of the just-announced P10 smartphone, one of which I got ahold of. I have been using it ever since, and coming from a Pixel (and a tradition of vanilla or near-stock Android devices before that) I thought I couldn’t help but feel strongly about the EMUI. That, however, didn’t’ turn out to be the case.

So here are a few things I liked about it, and some that, instead, didn’t really click…

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March 1

GOOG: 835.72

12.51
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I want to put a disclaimer at the very top of this post: I have used the Xperia XZ Premium for about twenty minutes in one of Sony‘s booths at Mobile World Congress, and everything that follows is just a brief recap of my experience combined with my quick chat with the company’s reps. It therefore isn’t meant to give a final judgement by any means — but we know that the product may be of interest for more than a few, so I’m here to tell you what my very first impressions were…

The thing that immediately struck me about the Xperia XZ Premium is… Sony’s philosophy behind it. There were other OEMs are trying to push design boundaries (like LG and most likely Samsung) or deliver overall compelling packages with a few standout features (like Huawei‘s P10 or even BlackBerry‘s KeyOne). Sony, reluctantly, is simply keeping its own path, seemingly looking at the competition uninterested, from afar.

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We know that Android, as it is right now, is a formidable smartphone OS. However, when stretched up to tablet sizes that go beyond 7 inches, things don’t really scale up gracefully. With its just-announced Tab S3, Samsung is trying to break that infamous spell, but I am honestly not sure whether it’ll be able to succeed…  expand full story

electrek 

February 27

GOOG: 829.28

0.64
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While Lenovo’s strategy for high-end devices hasn’t convinced me, their idea of what a midrange or budget phone should do and be (and, most importantly, cost) is still more than valid. After all, it’s not too distant from the original Moto G’s philosophy, which was good and hasn’t changed much since.

So here’s what I learned by playing a little bit with the just-announced Moto G5 and G5 Plus in Barcelona…

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So here’s the thing with the P10: it is a good phone. Maybe even a great one by some standards. But I know that after having played just a few hours with it, which — to me — immediately signaled something. Remember when I talked about the OnePlus 4, how the “smartphone 1.0” era was over and that manufacturers really had to step up their game to bring something genuinely exciting to the table?

Well that, my friends, is not the case here. The P10 is definitely a 1.0 era smartphone. But whether that’s good or bad, of course, will depend on you…

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