Carl Pei deletes “learn to love the notch” tweet after outcry from fans

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Yesterday, Carl Pei talked up the decision to add a notch to the OnePlus 6. He even tweeted “Learn to love the notch” with a link to his interview with The Verge. Now that tweet is gone, deleted. Pei’s timeline doesn’t mention even a peep about a notch. Here’s a copy of the deleted tweet: Learn to love the notch 😉 https://t.co/Rd9lkcksJV — Carl Pei (@getpeid) March 28, 2018 Understandably, there was an outcry from fans – they didn’t like the new design direction. Admittedly, that’s not uncommon, every new design has its detractors. Still, there must have been quite the…

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Watch ‘Harry Potter’ Actors, Fans Get Hype About ‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’

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We’re still not 100 percent sure when Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is going to be gracing our phones and tablets, though it’s already made it’s first cautious inroads toward release. In the meantime, Jam City has been doing an excellent job keeping the hype train to the Wizarding World fully fueled so we can all hop on at Platform 9 3/4 when the time arrives.

The company’s latest effort, which you can see below, is a video of fans getting their hands on Hogwarts Mystery (before you, but hey) at the A Celebration of Harry Potter event in Orlando back at the end of January. Now granted, there’s a certain home field advantage element to the reactions of people playing the game given the nature of the event, but it’s pretty clear that the attendees are pretty psyched about being able to create their own wizard or witch and sending them to Hogwarts.

Oh, and if you’re even the least bit observant, you’ll notice the familiar faces of actors from the Harry Potter movies getting to experience an early build of the game as well.

The video doesn’t show off too much in the way of gameplay, though previous videos have given more of a peek behind the curtain in that regard, and there are gameplay videos out there from people who have been playing the game in soft launch too. One thing that comes across in this latest clip is how much players enjoy interacting with the characters they know and love from the books and movies, and that might ultimately be what sets Hogwarts Mystery apart from other Harry Potter games, including the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

In any case, we’ll send out an owl the next time there’s a video or more word on a release date, and if one of the Weasleys wants to help us get some hands-on time in the interim, we wouldn’t say no.

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iPhone X users don’t even notice the notch that Android fans seem to hate so much

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As we learned this week, Android fanboys really hate the “notch” that’s cut out of the iPhone X’s display. This could end up being a problem for them, of course, since many Android smartphone makers insist on copying Apple so shamelessly. In fact, Android vendors are so eager to rip off Apple’s design that even some of the biggest smartphone brands out there can’t even be bothered to do it properly. They just want to hop on the bandwagon, embarrassing though it may be, and sell smartphones that feature Apple’s latest designs. Even Google itself knows that Android vendors are going all-in on Apple’s iPhone X notch, so it’s building notch support into the new version of Android that will be released later this year.

The notch on the iPhone X and the ever-growing flock of Android copycats will continue to be a hot topic for the foreseeable future — at least until next year, when Apple is rumored to be planning a new generation of iPhones that ditch the notch. If that is indeed the case, it’ll be hilarious to see all these Android phone makers coincidentally begin to ditch the notch on their own phones. In the meantime, Android fans may have to make do with notched smartphone screens, unless they don’t mind choosing a new phone from an increasingly small number of notchless options. The irony here is that people who actually own the iPhone X don’t even notice the notch anymore.

Like many other iPhone users, I thought the notch on the iPhone X was an abomination when I saw it in leaked photos ahead of the phone’s debut. And like many other users, I ate crow and started to sing a completely different tune once I finally got my hands on the phone. I’m a big fan of the design now. On the rare occasions when the notch does catch my eye while I use my iPhone X, I like the look of it. But most of the time I don’t think about it at all.

As it turns out, I’m not alone.

A prospective iPhone X buyer took to Reddit to see what people who have been using the iPhone X for a while think about the notch. The answer turned out to be pretty simple: They don’t think about it at all anymore.

“iPhone X users, do you get used to the notch?” the user asked. “Deciding between buying the 8 or the X, mainly for the camera.” With more than 100 comments having been posted in the Reddit thread at the time of this writing, the vast majority of responses were from people who said they don’t think about the iPhone X’s display notch at all anymore. In fact, many people said that it only took a day or to for them to get used to the notch.

Much ado about nothing? It sure looks like that’s the case.

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Golf fans can now use Apple’s ARKit to visualize featured parts of the PGA Tour

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The PGA Tour is now bringing the golf course to your home through Apple’s augmented reality platform. Using Apple’s ARKit in iOS 11, the PGA Tour has made a new app called PGA Tour AR that lets you compare professional golfers against each other and check out featured golf holes. You’ll be able to better visualize players’ strokes and the angles from which they sank the balls.

To use the app, first let your camera sense a surface, and then tap the screen to select a hole. The terrain will materialize and you can select players and rounds to compare shot trails. The app also lets you enter the pro player’s name and compare them to up to three other pros. You can move your phone closer to see the golf balls and terrain up close, but as…

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Today in Apple history: iPad 2 is the svelte sequel fans hoped for

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March 11, 2011: How do you follow up your biggest debut of a new product? That’s the question Cupertino needs to answer as it releases the iPad 2. Apple’s second-generation tablet boasts a faster dual-core A5 processor inside a lighter build. It’s also the first iPad to feature VGA front-facing and 720p rear-facing cameras. Although […]

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Phasma’s deleted scene from Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the version fans deserved

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Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

One of the biggest complaints about J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens was how it hyped up the presence of a chrome-plated stormtrooper, Captain Phasma (played by Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie), whose actual appearance in the film turned out to be underwhelming. Fans hoped for a bit of redemption for the character in December’s The Last Jedi, but she only turned up for a brief appearance and a quick death at the hands of her former soldier, Finn. The latest episode of The Star Wars Show premiered a deleted scene in the run-up to the upcoming home release for the film, one that shows a different ending for the character, which fits far better with the novels and comics that built up…

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Dyson’s latest fans can purify air without blowing at you

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In addition to its Cyclone V10 cordless vacuum, today Dyson also unveiled its updated air-purifying fans. The new Pure Cool tower fan (TP04) and desktop fan (DP04) models may look familiar from afar, but in fact, they are slightly taller and wider th…
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Google iOS app adds features Apple fans will love

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The Google iOS app just added an iMessage extension that lets users conduct searches without leaving Apple’s chat app. Google also added a couple other features that should make life easier for Apple fans: a Safari plugin that serves up related content, and iPad drag-and-drop support. Apple and Google once collaborated closely on iPhone software, […]

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Apple tutorial video invites iPhone photography fans to discover color levels in the Photos app

Did you know that you can easily make your photos pop just by spending some time experimenting with the various color sliders in the stock Photos app on your iPhone or iPad?… Read the rest of this post here


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