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The Pixel Phone is the best phone for Android purists. The upcoming Google Pixel 2, could give Samsung, Apple and LG a run for their flagship money.

The design of the Google Pixel 2 is obviously critical, particularly as Samsung has completely redefined the smartphone niche with the wraparound Galaxy S8.

Based on a June report from XDA Developers, the larger of the two new Pixel 2 phones (Taimen) will have a 5.9 -inch OLED display with 1440p resolution. The smaller (Walleye) device will reportedly feature a 4.97-inch screen, essentially the same size as the 5-inch Pixel that’s currently available.

 XDA Developers say that the back of the google Pixel 2 will be very similar to last year’s model with a two-tone glass and metal finish. We were not a fan of that look. However, apparently the glass window is located near the top of the device and will no longer include the fingerprint scanner.

Google is once again taking a colorful approach to its Pixel 2 design. Google is again planning to use unconventional colors for the phone.

 

In its report on the leaked Pixel XL2 image, Android Police said the new phone will have squeezable sides for controlling the Google Assistant. That’s similar to a feature HTC introduced in the HTC U11this year.

A report from Slashgear notes that the next wave of Google Pixel phones will sport Qualcomm’s MSM8995 chipset, which is the Snapdragon 835 platform. We’ve already seen how fast the Galaxy S8 can be, and it’s no surprise that Google’s flagships will feature the same processor.

The XDA Developers report seems to confirm that the Snapdragon 835 CPU will be on board along with 4GB of RAM.

The camera on the Pixel is already one of the best we’ve ever used, but with Samsung and LG stepping up their game this year, there’s definitely room for improvement. Like other big players in the smartphone industry, Google works most of its magic behind the scenes, and we fully expect the Google Pixel 2 to take its awesome image processing to the next level. Google has already teased incredible results of night time photography techniques.

Pixel 2 will have a single lens instead of two. That means you shouldn’t expect features like a true optical zoom or Portrait mode that blurs out the background, which the iPhone 7 Plus offers. The OnePlus 5 also features a dual camera setup on the back.

 

When it comes to storage,the larger Pixel 2 model could offer 128GB of ROM while the smaller may have 64GB.

 

3,000 and 3,500 mAh battery options will be available with Fast Charging, while IP68 dust and water resistance up to 5 feet will be included. USB Type-C, dual-speakers and the dissolution of the 3.5mm headphone jack are all also predicted which is backed up by XDA Developers and 9to5Google reports.

The replacement for the Pixel XL could have a higher premium than today’s model, which currently starts at $769. The entry-level Pixel costs $649.

 

The Pixel 2 series will launch with Android 8.1, a version that may remain exclusive to the phones for a couple of months. The final release of Android 8.0 is expected in August, so it’d make sense for the first maintenance release, version 8.1, to ship with the new Pixels.

That strategy allowed Google to roll out some great new features for all phones running Android 7.0 Nougat while keeping some exclusive features for the Pixels, which ran Android 7.1 when they launched a few months later. At the same time, Google’s Pixel Launcher remains unique to the lineup, as does Project Fi support, which should fall over to the phones, too.

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL were released in October, so it’s expected that the sequels will arrive around the same time.

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How does Apple Face ID works

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How does Apple face id works

Ever wondered how does Apple Face ID works. Apple first introduced the technology of Face ID for authentication purposes. Since then many smartphone manufacturers started giving Face ID for their devices in the budget range. Hail that notch which took the industry to cut the portion of the screen and play as bezelless display. In this article we will take a closer look of that notch particularly the Face ID and unravel the working of that technology. Will also be looking at some of the downsides of having a Face ID, cause ofcourse noting is safe in this world.

Most of our digital information are stored on Phones and it’s important to protect that information. Face ID is the next big step in that direction. Face ID provides intuitive and secure authentication enabled by the state-of-the-art TrueDepth camera system with advanced technologies to accurately map the geometry of your face.

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With a simple glance, Face ID securely unlocks your iPhone X. You can use it to authorize purchases on the Apple Store.

The dot projector embedded in the notch produces over 30,000 invisible rays to create a depth map of your face and also stores an infrared image of your face. Apple’s A11 bionic chip also plays a significant role, it transforms the depth mapping and the infrared image into a mathematical representation and compares that representation to the enrolled facial data.

So what happens if my face changes like if i trim by beard or apply makeup or some crazy stuff, or even if I show half of the face, how does it recognise me?

The answer lies in the fact that it maps your face but does not open until you open it manually using your pin, it then knows you are the authorised personnel and it updates the mathematical representation, so it remebers how your face look under different conditions. It actually keeps learning over time or we can say updating that mathematical representation over time. So it becomes highly accurate.

The mapping of face is a very high dimensional data and needs a lot of computing power to work fairly fast. A part of the A11 Bionic chip’s neural engine — protected within the Secure Enclave, performs this task with an ease. Face ID is designed to work with hats, scarves, glasses, contact lenses, and many sunglasses. Furthermore, it’s designed to work indoors, outdoors, and even in total darkness.

To start using Face ID, you first need to enroll your face. You may do this during the initial set up process, or at a later time by going to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. Face id works best at arms length and very well even when the phone is inclined to certain extent.

Security safeguards

Security is important to protect information on our devices. Face ID uses the TrueDepth camera and deep learning for a secure authentication solution. Face ID data – including mathematical representations of your face – is fully encrypted and protected with a key available only to the Secure Enclave.

The probability that a random person in the population could unlock your device is approximately 1 in 1,000,000 which 1 in 50,000 for Touch ID. Face id only takes five unsuccessful attempts to prompt you to enter your passcode.

Face id also looks at your eyes when unlocking the device, so if you’re asleep then for sure nobody will be able to unlock it, unless they wake you up. Face id cannot be fooled by photographs as it does not have any depth, it’s designed to protect against spoofing by masks or other techniques.

Furthermore, you must enter your passcode for additional security validation when:

  • The device has just been turned on for first time or restarted.
  • The device has been idle for more than 48 hours.
  • The device has received a remote lock command.
  • After five unsuccessful attempts to match a face.
  • After initiating power off/Emergency SOS by pressing and holding either volume button and the side button simultaneously for 2 seconds.

Privacy

Some less known fact about Face ID is that the data doesn’t leave your device and is never backed up to iCloud or anywhere else. Only in the case that you wish to provide Face ID diagnostic data to AppleCare for support only then information will be transferred from your device. And even in that case data isn’t automatically sent to Apple; you have to first review and approve the diagnostic data before it’s sent.

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If your iphone gets lost, then you can choose to delete the data on the device from another Apple device or Apple care cneted, the face id data also gets deleted.

Even if you don’t use Face ID the true depth camera is active all the time, it looks for your face, it dime the light when you are not looking at it, or pause the video when you are not looking at it.

Other third party app developers can also use the face id for authentication purpose, but the face id data is not shared with the developers.

Safety

The true depth camera is safe to use under normal conditions, it has gone through international safety standards, the infrared rays will not cause any harm to eyes or skin, due to its very low output power.

Some cameras may be able to detect the infrared light though we may not see it directly and it is normal.

Accessibility

Users with physical limitations can also use the Face ID, the enrollment doesn’t require the full head range of motion it mostly depends on the way you look at your device at the time of registering your face.

Drawbacks of Face ID

The Face ID can be easily tricked by twins or children under 13 having the same statiscal features. May also be tricked with spoofing neural networks which approximates your face fretty accurately. Face ID cannot be used for authorisation of family purchases. And it definitely does not work in landscape mode as they have shown in the commercial.

Verdict

Apple’s face id is the next big step in security and authentication. The whole Face ID concept is new, as of now a lot of manufacturers started using the face id as a new security measure to unlock your device, the future of Face ID seems bright.

 

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How to play Mages – Mobile Legends 2018 Mage Guide

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The role of a Mage in a MOBA game is one of the most important roles as mages have the highest crowd control and burst magic damage. Being a mage requires patience and good positioning as mages are extremely squishy at any given time (early/mid/late) in game. Mage not only has the job of dealing heavy burst damage but to also support Fighters and Tanks early game as they lack damage at start.

There are 3 things you will need to follow to survive in the game while playing mage :

Positioning
Map awareness
Enemy items

Further explaining the points mentioned above,

Positioning

POSITION – behind tank

Mages deal heavy burst damage throughout the game but are extremely squishy so the best way is to hide behind a Tank/Fighter. Always let the tank take the damage instead of you and position yourself in a way that you can easily cast skills and damage the enemy and dominate the lane.

Map Awareness

Keep an eye on the Map

As being extremely squishy mages are free/easy kills for enemy assassins as mages lack mobility so if you learn positioning well combine it with map awareness to avoid getting ganked by enemy assassins and fighters.

Enemy Items

Check enemy items to counter

Weird point? No believe me, while playing mages always keep eye on enemy items especially fighters, supports and tanks as items provide a way to counter enemies. For example, you can reduce enemy’s life steal or healing from supports or increase penetration to melt beefy tanks.

Mages are fun to play as you can deal tons of damage without going to the front lines. MLBB provides a wide variety of mages with mechanism which are absolutely fun to play. As of September 2018 there are 18 mages namely: Lunox, Selena, Chang’e, Valir, Pharsa, Zhask, Odette, Vexena, Aurora, Cyclops, Kagura, Gord, Eudora, Nana, Alice, Harley, Karina, and Gusion.

Top picks

  • Vexana
    Vexena is a mage whose specialty is Poke and Crowd Control (CC).
    Her abilities are high damaging and cause CC effects on multiple enemy heroes
    making her one of the top picked heroes in Epic rank and above.
  • Harley
    Harley specializes in dealing heavy damage and is best for Poking.
    He is a mage who has a blink ability allowing him to play aggressively.
    He is not the best pick for ganking but is more effective when soloing or partnering with an aggressive fighter or assassin.
  • Kagura
    Ever thought of perfect mage who can CC enemies has crazy burst damage and is gank proof then kagura is the one who has all the required skills. Kagura is one of the mages with highest difficulty and complicated mechanics. Kagura is one of the top picked heroes in legend and above ranks.
  • Alice
    Alice is a mage who has the most AoE skills with decent Burst, CC and Blink.
    Having complicated mechanics and difficult play style Alice is mostly seen in Mythic rank.
  • Cyclops
    Cyclops is a mage with high amount of Damage and Poke. He does stupidly crazy burst damage mid game but is highly vulnerable. He lacks long range except for his ultimate which is a nightmare in 1 v 1 situations.

Best for Beginners

As for starting games with mages, in early ranks I’ll suggest playing these mages as they have good damage and decent mechanics which are easy to learn.

  • Eudora
    Eudora is perfect for beginners as she has easy mechanics and top notch damage which can easily kill assassins, marksman.
    Recommended Emblem: Magic Emblem with Magic Power Surge talent or Mage emblem with Magic Worship
    Recommended item set: Arcane Boots, Enchanted Talisman, Lightning Truncheon, Divine Glaive, Winter Truncheon, and Blood Wings
  • Aurora
    Aurora is a mage who can deal heavy burst damage and is skill shot based but being AoE they usually hit so not to worry if you are completely new to MOBA.
    Recommended Emblem: Magic Emblem with Magic Power Surge talent or Mage emblem with Impure Rage
    Recommended Items: Demon Shoes, Holy Crystal, Ice Queen Wand, Divine Glaive, Fleeting Time, Blood Wings
  • Cyclops
    Yes Cyclops is also good for newbies as he has easy mechanics and decent damage and requires no skill shots.
    Recommended Emblem: Mage emblem with Golden Touch
    Recommended Items: Rapid Boots, Enchanted Talisman, Concentrated Energy, Glowing Wand, Divine Glaive, Lightning Truncheon

Top Banned

  • Selena
    Selena is by far the most feared and banned Mage/Assassin in MLBB because of her Broken abilities and an out of the world stun which has straight 3 second duration. Getting hit by Selena’s abilities mark heroes with Abyssal Marks which deal crazy damage making it the main reason for her ban.
  • Vexana
    Vexana is mostly banned because of her CC and Her ultimate ability (Cursed Oath) which gives her a 12 seconds puppet of the enemy she marked which deals 70% of the hero’s damage and is Tanky.
  • Gusion
    Gusion is not a pure mage, but is both Mage and Assassin giving him high mobility and high magic damage which melts squishy as well as beefy enemies. Though gusion is not banned much in Mythic ranks as he is countered but is banned in Low tiers.

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