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iPhone 8 Plus bests the Google Pixel 2 in new camera shootout

iPhone 8 Plus Vs Google Pixel 2

While iPhone camera quality has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years, Apple's Android rivals haven't exactly been sitting idly by. On the contrary, a number of Android handset manufacturers in recent memory have devoted more and more engineering resources towards improving camera quality on their own devices. These days, nearly any high-end smartphone you buy will perform exceedingly well, but there are still some distinct differences between rival devices worth paying attention to, especially if camera quality is the most important feature you're looking for in a smartphone.

With that in mind, Tom's Guide recently put together an all-encompassing camera shootout that pits Apple's recently released iPhone 8 Plus against the Google Pixel 2. This shootout battle was particularly intriguing given that the iPhone 8 Plus builds upon the incredible photo quality delivered by last year's iPhone 7 Plus, adding improved low light performance, faster autofocus, advanced pixel processing, and more. The camera on the Google Pixel 2, meanwhile, was widely praised from all angles.

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Apple Music and Spotify will finally matter for Billboard charts

Top 100 Songs Billboard

The music industry has undergone two tectonic shifts over the last 15 years or so. The first shift occurred when the iPod, along with the iTunes Music Store, completely changed the way we listen to and purchase music. Whereas music lovers back in the day would often compile sweeping collections comprised of hundreds, if not thousands, of CDs, the iPod instantly showed us a much more efficient way.

The second shift was the transition from buying music to subscription-based music. Over the past few years, the growth of streaming based music services like Spotify and Apple Music has been meteoric. These days, Spotify boasts more than 60 million paying subscribers and more than 140 overall users. Not to be outdone, Apple Music continues to grow as well, with Apple's own take on streaming music now boasting 30 million subscribers. And that, of course, is to say nothing of other streaming services from the likes of Google, Tidal, and others.

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Wallpaper Weekends: Black Cat at Halloween for iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch

Wallpaper Weekends is a series that works to bring you stunning, high-quality wallpapers for your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, and Apple Watch.

“A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.” – Groucho Marx

This week’s wallpaper selections comes from Unsplash – They have a HUGE collection of free, (do whatever you want), high-resolution photos. For 10 free new photos every 10 days, subscribe at Unsplash. The photos this week are from the collection of photographer Sašo Tušar.

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Wallpaper Weekends: Black Cat at Halloween for iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch

iPhone (Parallax)

Wallpaper Weekends: Black Cat at Halloween for iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Download Directions for iPhone and iPad

From your device, link to the full resolution image by tapping the individual images. When the new window opens, tap the Safari Extensions icon in the bottom area of your browser, (it looks like a box with an up arrow sticking out of it), and tap “Save image” to save the image to your Photo Library.

From your desktop computer, link to the full resolution image by clicking the image. Right-click and save the image to your iTunes photo sync folder.

Download Directions for Apple Watch

From your iPhone, link to the full resolution image by tapping the individual images. When the new window opens, tap the Safari Extensions icon in the bottom area of your browser, (it looks like a box with an up arrow sticking out of it). Tap “Save image” to save the image to your Photo Library.

After you’ve saved all of the wallpapers you’d like to use, open the Photos app on your iPhone and move the new images to the album you use to share images with you Apple Watch. Now you can go to your Apple Watch, select the new wallpaper as a watch face, and customize it to your heart’s content. If you do download several of the wallpapers and move them to your Watch, you can even set them to rotate between them each time you view your watch face!

You’ll never see a more touching film about a 72-year-old alien experiencer

Ars talks with Love & Saucers creators Matt Ralston and Brad Abrahams at Fantastic Fest 2017. (video link)

AUSTIN, Texas—Perhaps no film has ever set its tone so clearly within its first line as the new documentary Love & Saucers:

“When I was 17, I lost my virginity to a female extraterrestrial,” begins 72-year-old David Huggins. “That’s all I can say about it.”

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Match just about any color for $59

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With the Nix app, you can save and organize your favorite color palettes, and you can share colors with customers, colleagues, and friend via social media or email. With your purchase of the Nix Mini Color Sensor, you get free lifetime access to the Nix Paints and Nix Digital apps. Check it out at iMore Digital Offers and grab it for only $58.65 when you use code SAVE15 at checkout.

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