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.

This Qi Charger Was Designed to Look Good, Uses Cork Bed

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We’ve seen a flurry of Qi chargers aimed at the Mac market since Apple launched iPhone 8/Plus and iPhone X. There are a ton of options if you just want a functional Qi charger, but I had one from Grovemade cross my desk last night that looks good, too. It has a 1/4″ brushed metal base to give it some heft, but what stood out for me was the natural cork bed. I think it looks way better than the plastic Qi chargers I’ve seen, plus it should grip my iPhone better. The company said it works with all of its own cases, and should work with other cases up to 3mm thick. Not surprisingly, it’s pricier than a small plastic puck, at US$79. I’m linking  to the natural cork color model, but it’s also available with charcoal gray cork.

This Qi Charger Was Designed to Look Good, Uses Cork Bed

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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Apple Video Shows You How to Edit Portrait Lighting in 44 Seconds

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Apple has a new video tutorial that shows you how to edit Portrait Lighting photos taken with an iPhone 8 Plus in 44 seconds. I think Apple has something with this mode, and I hope the company brings it to more devices in the future. In the meanwhile, if you have an iPhone 8 Plus and want to make the most of Portrait Lighting, check out this video.

Apple Spotlights Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus with 'Portraits of Her' [Video]

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Apple has a new spot called Portraits of Her to promote Portrait Lighting on iPhone 8 Plus. Portrait Lighting is a new software effect on iPhone 8 Plus that allows you to drastically change lighting on photos shot using Portrait Mode. In Portraits for Her, Apple uses a haunting (and beautiful) song called “This Strange Effect” by The Shacks for a soundtrack. The company also had the unnamed actress in the piece lip-syncing the lyrics as she walked through the city, something I don’t recall in another Apple spot. I like this commercial. The music, the camera shots, and the pacing are all lovely, and it’s another good example of Apple showing us a concept (Portrait Lighting) without doing an explainy spot. I’d love to know your thoughts.

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