New video – Everyday Backpack

Peak Design is a name well known in photography circles…but what you might not know is that their Everday Backpack is a bag just about anyone can use.  Expensive, but packed full of features, this just might be the last bag you every buy.  Check out our review and see if this bag is right for you.  And subcribe to our channel to make sure you don’t miss any of our video content as soon as it becomes available!

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New video – Apple Airpods

Did you buy or receive as a gift a new iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8 or 8 Plus and discover you have no headphone jack?  Just interested in looking for some wireless headphones?  Curious if an Apple product will work with an Android device?  Check out our latest video and find the answers to all of you questions!  Make sure you like and subscribe as well!

Pixel Visual Core will soon help photos taken in some 3rd party apps look better

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Google announced today that they will be turning on the Pixel Visual Core co-processor for multiple 3rd party photo apps, including Snapchat and Instagram.  This will allow these apps and their cameras to take advantage of the powerful  HDR+ algorithm developed by Google to increase clarity, contrast, and sharpness.  The Pixel 2 and 2 XL cameras are amongst the highest ever rated by somewhat controversial camera rater DxOMark, but even critics of that site agree – the Pixel 2 has arguably the best mobile camera in a smartphone.

Allowing other apps to take advantage of this software enhancement will certainly be a boon for those apps, and we hope that more 3rd party developers will be able to use the Pixel Visual Core in the future.  Click through here to read the full Google blog post on this, and you can also check out my brief primer on what the Pixel Visual Core is below.  Pixel 2 and 2 XL users – get excited!

More Galaxy S9 leaks – specs and photo

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Alleged photo of the S9 and S9+

More information is starting to leak out about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ devices, not the least of which is that the devices will feature a new camera, and different internal specs for their respective sizes.  While this isn’t new for those in the Apple world (the iPhone 8 and 8+ have different camera modules and features) it would be a first for the Android phone maker Samsung, and probably isn’t a great trend in general.

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New Samsung Galaxy phone set to be announced on Feb 25 during MWC

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So here we go – Samsung looks to be ready to unveil the latest in their Galaxy line of smartphones during the Mobile World Congress event taking place near the end of next month.  As previous leaks have indicated, Samsung will be making some interesting iterative changes with their new Galaxy S9, not the least of which is some camera stuff (as noted in their launch announcement image above) – while there won’t be a ton of cosmetic changes (other than moving the fingerprint sensor), this will still be Samsung’s “newest/latest/best” and will likely sell in large numbers.

Who else is looking forward to seeing the new Galaxy phone?  Let us know below in the comments – and stay tuned here for more details.

Google I/O 2018 date and ticket lottery set

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Google’s annual developer conference (dubbed Google I/O) will be held on May 8-10 in Mountain View, CA.  The tickets grew to be so popular, that general admission tickets are now drawn via a lottery system, and are (typically) quite expensive.  But the ability to throw your hat into the ring for a ticket will apparently be coming in less than a month – Feb 22nd to be precise.

We are excited for the news that is likely to come from this event – are you?  Let us know in the comments section below!

We need your help

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As of yesterday, YouTube announced that they are changing the terms and eligibility requirements for their monetization program (the part of videos that show an ad in the video and generate revenue for the content creators) – these changes will impact us directly.  We are a small 2 man shop that relies heavily on the kindness of strangers to get our message out there.  These changes YouTube has made will make it even more difficult than it already is to subsidize what is basically a labor of love project that consumes a great deal of not only my time, but Sean P’s as well.

In order to help us reach our goal of educating, entertaining, and informing everyone, you (our audience) plays a vital role.  Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel (as the new model is based not only on watch time but also suscribers with a 1,000 minimum for enrollment) – the more subscribers we have and the more people we can reach, the longer we will be able to deliver our content and the better content we will be able to provide.  On behalf of both Sean P and myself, we appreciate your support of Silicon Theory over the years, and we hope to continue for many more years to come.

Cheers…and thank you!

 

Another new video – Tile Style & Sport combo pack overview

I talk about the latest offering from Tile.  The Tile Style and Sport are GPS tracking devices that are designed to help you locate your keys, bags, and other objects if they become lost.  The 2 devices I cover are the Style (a fashion oriented version) and the Sport (a more rugged and outdoor friendly version) – I’ve owned the Tile Mate (the original version) for over a year and really like its functionality and ease of use.  Check out the video to see if you might need a Tile in your life!

 

New video – Best of CES 2018

Sean P and I talk about what caught our eye at CES 2018.  The Consumer Electronic Show always has the best, wildest, and most outlandish tech – some of which actually even makes it to the marketplace.  We cover some of the most interesting hardware as well as important news that came out during last weeks event.  We talk fingerprint sensors, what the heck happened with ATT&T and Huawei, and much much more!

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