Samsung Thinks Galaxy S9 Is at Least Better than iPhone 6

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Check it out. Samsung is positioning its two-month old flagship Galaxy S9 against an iPhone. And when I say “iPhone,” I mean iPhone 6 [via MacRumors]. The ad appears to be a pitch to owners of old iPhones, but it feels more like a Freudian slip to me. “This,” Samsung appears to believe, “is all we can do.” Even if the psychology behind the ad isn’t as twisted and warped as my Samsung-loathing mind wants it to be, comparing a brand new flagship device to a three-and-a-half year old competitor is terrible, awful, absurd positioning. Perhaps that’s part of why iPhone 7 is still selling as well as the Galaxy S9, let alone the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, all of which handily outsell the Samsung device. Anyhoo, you can watch it and judge for yourself.

So...Which iPhone Should I Get? (Part I)

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Dr. Mac can’t recall Apple ever offering more iPhone models than today, with eight different iPhone models, sporting screens in four sizes, and having 32, 64, 128, or 256GB of storage. Which is right for you?

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PSA: Olloclip Certifies iPhone 7/Plus Lens Kits for iPhone 8/Plus

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Olloclip announced Thursday that its popular lens kits (and cases) for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus work out of the box with iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus. “This includes compatibility with the Core Lens, Active Lens, Macro Pro Lens and special edition Filmer’s Kit,” the company said. Olloclip makes some of our favorite iPhone lenses, with the Core Lens Kit priced at $99.99. All of the kits are available now.

PSA: Olloclip Certifies iPhone 7/Plus Lens Kits for iPhone 8/Plus

Get a Second Screen for Your iPhone with InkCase

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The Oaxis InkCase i7 Plus is a lot of things. It’s a case for your iPhone 7 Plus, but it’s also an eBook reader. It offers shock absorption, while allowing you check your calendar and reminders without unlocking your iPhone. This is a second screen for your iPhone, as well as a protective case to keep you from breaking it. The InkCase even integrates with Pocket, so you can save your articles to read later and not have to open up your smartphone to peruse those headlines. The real beauty, though, is the eInk display — no more worries about glare from harsh sunlight when you’re trying to read. Oaxis already has the InkCase line available for the iPhone 7, but the new, larger product for the 7 Plus is gaining traction on Kickstarter. With 30 days left in the campaign, Oaxis has already come close to meeting the funding goal to make the case a reality. I received an early review unit of the case recently, and I’m loving it so far. It’s definitely worthy of the moniker “Cool Stuff Found.”

Apple Has a New Tear Jerker Commercial Called 'The Archives'

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Oh my. Check out Apple’s new commercial called The Archives, and it’s another emotionally-compelling piece. The spot is for the Memories tab in Photos in iOS 10, which can “automatically creates beautiful movies out of the photos and videos in your camera roll in a matter of seconds.” To personify that, Apple shows an elderly craftsman—an old-world archivist—painstakingly putting together a series of images. The action cuts to what appears to be real videos and photos of an expecting family shot on iPhone. Those get made into a movie that the mother is watching years later. The tagline is, “Memories – movies made for you on iPhone 7. Practically magic.” I like the imagery and the analogy.

Five Apple Videos for Shooting with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

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How to shoot action on iPhone 7

Apple released five videos to YouTube Thursday evening, all of them designed to teach you how to shoot on iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. Topics include shooting action, shooting “great portraits,” shooting close-ups, shooting vertical panoramics (panos), and shooting without Flash. We’ve got all five of them.

Here's How to get a Black Display (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7

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Apple’s brand new (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 sports a cool looking red body with a white display bezel—no black bezel option is available, which we think is a crying shame. To drive that point home, JerryRigEverything tore apart a red iPhone 7 and gave it a black display. It looks great and it’s a DIY project JRE details in a video. In this case, DIY assumes you have a black iPhone 7 sitting around, all the right tools, and aren’t afraid to accidentally destroy two iPhones. Still, seeing a working black bezel red iPhone is pretty awesome.