Leo says that phone manufacturers like Apple and Google are taking advantage of the hyper-competitive nature of the tech blogging world by only giving out limited quantities of smartphones, and at the very last minute for only 24 hours. This strategy was pretty interesting because it gave bloggers limited hands-on time with their latest phones before they had to publish a review. As such, Leo says they didn't really have time to focus on bread and butter features like battery life or issues like screen burn-in. Instead, they're focusing on the newest features.
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There's a botnet called "Reaper" that has been growing at an alarming rate. It's a network of compromised devices, mostly routers, that is likely in the millions. We don't know who is doing this, or who's controlling it, and we can't stop them from doing it. It's sophisticated enough that it could be a nation and not just an individual. We still have no idea what it could be used for, either.
As the first president and CEO of Facebook, Sean Parker had the experience to make the social media network a success. Now, in an interview, Parker is essentially apologizing for letting the genie out of the bottle. Parker says that Facebook has literally changed our relationship with society, our families, and our children. He also says it's a tremendous time suck that impacts productivity.
In the wake of the Texas church shooting, the FBI and the DOJ have discovered that the shooter's iPhone was encrypted. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says that "iPhone encryption costs lives."
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One week with the iPhone X and Leo says he's still digging' it. But he's still smarting over the price because he thinks the iPhone X is the phone that everyone should have moving forward. But that cost is staggering. Things he really likes is the Clips app that allows you to put yourself into different scenes, which maps the world around you and sticks you into augmented reality with amazing speed.
Leo's bottom line impression of the iPhone X: "Wow. I didn't expect to like it!" While Apple got their OLED screens from Samsung, it was made to their exact specifications, including no burn in. And he says it's gorgeous. Leo also says the notch doesn't bother him at all. Most of the time it's invisible. Facial recognition works as advertised, but not always. Then again, it does have a backup six digit code to open it. It has an edge to edge screen that's actually smaller than the previous model, but has larger screen space since there isn't much of a bezel.
Leo got his iPhone X yesterday and he says that the display is stunning. It has a beautiful edge to edge OLED screen. The first thing you do is train it for facial recognition, but Leo says it doesn't recognize him yet because he's not always wearing his glasses. But when he does wear them, it reads him and is surprisingly good. It even reads in the dark and in strange lighting. You also have to look at it for it to recognize you. But occasionally, you'll have to use your passcode to get in, which Leo doesn't mind.
Customers have been reporting a serious burn-in issue on the Google Pixel 2 XL, many had issues straight out of the box. Google has acknowledged the issue, along with a clicking noise, and hopes to fix it with a firmware update. But this could be a huge problem for Google. It's too bad, because Leo really likes the Pixel 2 XL. It has a beautiful design and a great camera.
Leo says that the iPhone X pre-order was a total mess, as it usually is. The iPhone 8 pre-order, on the other hand, was easy and Leo says that's because most people didn't want it. They waited for the iPhone X. It was also very difficult to get one on November 3rd because they are in limited supplies. Leo is getting his the week after. Leo says he's rather tired of the whole upgrade rat race, too, and he's embarrassed by the whole process. If he didn't have to review these things, he'd likely just get off the train altogether.
The Google Pixel 2 XL came out this week and users are complaining of a "blotchy" screen when you turn the brightness down. Leo also says that there's been burn in complaints on the screen's OLED display. Leo went in to look at it in the store and turned it down and said that the difference in the display didn't bother him. But he does like the LG V30, which has the same display.