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Apple iPhone 13 Review: The Most Incremental Upgrade Ever

Apple iPhone 13 Review: The Most Incremental Upgrade Ever

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The truth is that smartphones peaked a few years ago.After so many advances, the miniature computers have reached incredible speeds, their screens have become bigger and brighter, and their cameras produce images that make amateur photographers look like wizards.The problem with so much great innovation is that upgrades are now so iterative that it has become difficult to know what to write about them each year. That’s especially the case with Apple’s iPhone 13, which may be the most incremental update ever to the iPhone.The newest iPhone is just 10 percent faster than last year’s models. (For context, in 2015, the iPhone 6S was more than 70 percent faster than its predecessor, the iPhone 6.) Its flashiest new feature, a higher screen “refresh rate” on the $1,000-plus models, makes motion ...
4 Fast Mobile Camera Tips That Help You Get the Shot

4 Fast Mobile Camera Tips That Help You Get the Shot

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Have you ever missed capturing the perfect photo or video opportunity because you got hung up getting to your smartphone’s camera app in time? Your phone likely has a number of shortcuts built into its software and settings, although some may be less obvious than others. Here’s a quick guide to getting the speed you need so you don’t miss your moment.Instant CameraNeed the camera now? With most recent iPhones running iOS 14, just swipe left from the lock screen to go directly to the camera app. Pressing the camera icon in the bottom-right corner of the lock screen also opens the app.From left: Swipe to the left to quickly bypass the iPhone’s lock screen and go right to the camera app. Instead, press the camera icon in the bottom-right corner to pop open the camera app.Credit...AppleOn many...
Phone Upgrade Guide: Should You Buy Now or Wait?

Phone Upgrade Guide: Should You Buy Now or Wait?

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It’s almost phone season again — the time of year when tech companies like Apple, Google and Samsung bombard us with glitzy marketing campaigns to persuade us to upgrade.Their new phones vary somewhat, but the pitch is always roughly the same: The phone you have is no longer good enough because this new one has a fancier camera and brighter screen, plus it’s faster. So give the “old” one to a less tech-inclined member of the family or trade it in for credit toward a shiny new gadget.This hype cycle creates an annual dilemma: Is it time to upgrade? We all know that after a few years, our phones no longer work as well as they used to. It might not be able to run the latest apps. It can feel sluggish. Some components, like touch-screens, may begin to fail.At some point, it does become practic...
Work at Home or the Office? Either Way, There’s a Start-Up for That.

Work at Home or the Office? Either Way, There’s a Start-Up for That.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Before the pandemic, Envoy, a start-up in San Francisco, sold visitor registration software for the office. Its system signed in guests and tracked who was coming into the building.When Covid-19 hit and forced people to work from home, Envoy adapted. It began tracking employees instead of just visitors, with a screening system that asked workers about potential Covid symptoms and exposures.Now as companies begin reopening offices and promoting more flexibility for employees, Envoy is changing its strategy again. Its newest product, Envoy Desks, lets employees book desks for when they go into their company’s workplace, in a bet that assigned cubicles and five days a week in the office are a thing of the past.Envoy is part of a wave of start-ups trying to capitalize on Americ...
Peering Under Vermeers Without Peeling Off the Paint

Peering Under Vermeers Without Peeling Off the Paint

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WASHINGTON — Here is a question that art experts at the National Gallery of Art are trying to tackle: Are a couple of paintings in the museum’s collection that are credited to Johannes Vermeer actually the work of Vermeer, the 17th-century Dutch artist noted for his detailed, realistic portrayals of middle-class life?The two paintings are not obvious fakes. Indeed, one is considered a masterpiece, but they are unusual in the oeuvre of Vermeer: smaller than his other works, and painted on wooden panels instead of canvas.“And so they seem to be somewhat different from the rest of his work,” said Melanie Gifford, a research conservator at the National Gallery.“Girl With the Red Hat” is among the 34 artworks that are almost universally regarded as genuine Vermeers. The other, “Girl With a Flut...
Buyers of Amazon Devices Are Guinea Pigs. That’s a Problem.

Buyers of Amazon Devices Are Guinea Pigs. That’s a Problem.

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After a few years of testing prototypes and forming partnerships to procure artwork, the collaboration resulted in the 2017 introduction of the Frame TV, a Samsung television that resembled a picture frame. It used motion sensors to show art when people were present and shut off when nobody was around. The TV has become a best seller.Mr. Béhar, who founded Fuseproject, an industrial design firm, said he understood Amazon’s approach as a retail company to rapidly test ideas — like when it measures how customers respond to different prices in its stores. But “with hardware, people end up being left with stuff that’s useless or doesn’t work anymore,” he said. “In the world that we live in today, with global warming and plastics and waste, I do think it’s something to be very careful about.”Do...
What to Know About the Newest iPhone and Android Software

What to Know About the Newest iPhone and Android Software

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As the pandemic recedes across the country, a lot has changed about how we work and live. Some of us are now planning on returning to the office, while others will continue working from home. Many of us will do both.The software on our phones, which have been our most essential tools in the pandemic, is also evolving for this new reality. The changes are courtesy of Apple and Google, which recently unveiled their latest phone software designed for this Covid-accelerated era of hybrid remote work.This week, Apple showed iOS 15, its next operating system for iPhones. The software gives device owners new tools to draw boundaries for hybrid work, like a status message that lets others know you are busy before they message you. FaceTime, Apple’s videoconferencing software, will also get its big...