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iPhone 8 colors: what shades will the next Apple phone come in?
The iPhone 8 is just around the corner, with rumors of that flagship, the iPhone 7S or even both launching by the end of 2017.New iPhone models often bring with them a range of new colors or the dropping...
Making a bee-line for new camera technology
The way humans perceive colour varies with the time of day, or rather the amount of sunlight falling on an object. And, unfortunately, current technology is as limited in color perception as the human...
Toshiba makes big television return with its first-ever OLED TV
The world of TVs is dominated by a small number of big players. Particularly in the high-end, the likes of LG, Sony, Samsung and Panasonic are constantly vying for control with a selection of sleek and...
HTC U11 colors: what shade do you want for your next phone?
The color of your new phone is one of the biggest decisions you need to make when you're looking to upgrade. You're likely to be stuck with it for upwards of two years and looking at it multiple times...
Nintendo Switch's new Joy-Cons are an explosion of fluorescent color
Hot on the heels of Nintendo’s neon yellow Joy-Cons, the company has just announced another neon pair of Nintendo Switch controllers, this time in fluorescent green and pink. The accessories are timed...
Samsung says it’s fixing the one flaw users found in the Galaxy S8
Samsung said on Monday that it will soon issue a software update to fix complaints of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones with displays that have a red tint. The company did not admit any sort of wrong-doing...
Dell’s new 4K monitor is a bold and bright HDR beast
Dell has taken the wraps off a new 27-inch monitor that supports 4K along with HDR, and it’s an impressively bright panel that places a premium on color depth and accuracy.The UltraSharp UP2718Q offers...
Richard Bolles, ‘What Color Is Your Parachute?’ author, dies
Richard N. Bolles, a former Harvard physics major, Episcopal priest and career counselor whose own twisting vocational path led to his writing “What Color Is Your Parachute?,” the most popular job-hunter’s...
Dinner by connected candlelight? Philips Hue now comes in candle bulbs
It may have missed Valentine's day, but Philips still wants to be a part of your romantic nights in. It's just added a new candle bulb fitting to its range of connected, color-changing Philips Hue light...
Safer to ride in yellow taxis
A new study has found an explicit link between a taxi’s color and its accident rate, with yellow taxis being safer than blue ones. These findings suggest that color visibility plays a major role in choosing...
The photos in this review are supplied by Huawei, as we have handled the Huawei P10 but Huawei was worried about leaks so didn't allow us to take photos until now. We'll be updating this review with our...
Samsung Galaxy S8 colors: what shades is it rumored to come in?
The color is one of the biggest decisions you need to make when choosing your new phone. Will you go for a more vibrant color, or is it a good time to make a more neutral choice? Rumors surrounding the...
Samsung's QLED TV's have world-first 100 percent color volume
Thanks to Samsung’s latest Quantum-dot display technology, it’s latest QLED TV’s have just been verified as having a world-first 100 percent color volume — that’s according to German testing association...
LG G6 may come in an iPhone 7-like jet black color
Following on from leaked press shots and prototypes, we may have just seen a near-final version of the LG G6 out in the wild, and it’s sporting a shiny, iPhone 7-inspired color scheme.The image, which...
OKI Data Introduces Two New Color Printers for SMBs
The company launches new color printers that support today's mobile- and cloud-based print workflows for small and medium size businesses. OKI Data Americas today launched two new printer models aimed...
HDR, 8K and beyond: 5 monitors that lit up CES 2017
Although you could argue that gaming laptops stole the show at CES 2017, it’s the monitor category that made us really sit up and take notice.Whatever innovation you can think of from a few years back...
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in Black Pearl color gets a release date
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in Black Pearl brings the official color count to a very appropriate seven today, and this shade is meaningful.It's meant to be an answer to that Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone...
High Dynamic Range, explained: There’s a reason to finally get a new TV
We're dealing with better tech these days—embrace it.Tony Young reader comments 28 Share this story Ever since the HDTV standard emerged in the mid-'00s, screen producers have struggled to come up with...
Sony admits to plotting PlayStation’s HDR launch for three years
Enlarge / Gran Turismo Sport in VR, presented in a custom virtual racing cockpit.Sam Machkovech reader comments 2 Share this story This screen, and the others in this gallery, are rendered in SDR. That...
HDR gaming is amazing, but still limited to a select few console games
Enlarge / The kinds of colors on display here in Final Fantasy XV really pop on an HDR-compatible console and screen. reader comments 8 Share this story In our recent coverage of the PS4 Pro and Xbox...
The UN55KS9000’s headline attraction is that it has all the specifications necessary to deliver - on paper, anyway - a genuinely premium high dynamic range experience for a mid-range price.These specifications...
iPhone SE colors - which shade should you buy?
The iPhone SE may look similar to the iPhone 5S, but it’s a much better phone, with a solid build quality, great internal power and a much improved rear camera.We loved the iPhone SE - we gave it four...
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge gets a Blue Coral makeover
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 itself wasn’t the only casualty of its overheating issues, with a new ‘Blue Coral’ color also dying with the phone. But fans of the shiny shade are in luck, as it’s being resurrected...
From the moment Sony first unveiled the XBR-65Z9D I’ve been desperate to get my hands on one. After all, on paper, at least, it sounded like it might just be the holy grail of television for 2016: a TV...
Scientists Create Realistic Model of a Dinosaur, Including its Color
Scientists have created what they think is the most accurate 3D model of a dinosaur so far. They not only built a model of a small dinosaur—about the size of a large dog—but came up with what they believe...
Scientists Decipher Color of 'Super Cute' Bristly Dinosaur
Scientists guided by small structures preserved in fossilized skin have deciphered the color and camouflage pattern of a little dinosaur with a parrot-like beak and bristles on its tail that roamed thick...
Next Windows 10 looks like it’ll get a night mode that cuts down the blue
reader comments 13 Share this story With suggestions that bluish lights disrupt our sleep, software that shifts screen white balance towards the red end of the spectrum in the evening—cutting back that...
Exclusive: This speaker may have just confirmed the blue iPhone 7
The iPhone 7 launches next week and word of a blue version potentially showing its face has been hinted at before, but now we have our biggest clue yet thanks to... wait for it... a speaker.JBL launched...
Lens flair: 7 cameras that have had an extreme color makeover
Nikon Coolpix W100Until recently, one decision you didn't have to make when deciding on what camera to get was what color you'd get it in. Cameras were pretty much all black, with the odd chrome/silver...
Seeing the Xbox Design Lab work from Web interface to couch reality
Enlarge / Hello, Xbox Design Lab box! reader comments 5 Share this story Back in the day, if you wanted a specially colored game controller, too bad. Gamers were stuck with the system default (unless...
Google Maps cleans up map design, adds “areas of interest” highlight
The new Google maps before (left) and after (right). Popular places are highlighted in orange. Map features are color coded by type. reader comments 13 Share this story Google Maps has announced a new...
Review: LG OLED55C6P
Introduction and featuresWhile there's always been a lot of excitement around OLED technology, it seems to have reached fever pitch this year, and it's easy to see why. Having already greatly improved...
Review: Sony XBR-75X940D
Introduction and featuresMuch as I love high dynamic range (HDR) technology in principle, it isn't half catching TVs out this year. The extreme amounts of brightness HDR demands are really bringing home...
Color vision helps birds find good food and the right partner
New research shows that in almost any lighting conditions, color vision is crucial for chickens -- and probably other birds as well -- in order to find good food that is ripe to eat and identify high quality...
Aorus' beefiest laptop gets a customisable backlit keyboard
Over at Computex, Aorus has been showing off an addition to its 17.3-inch gaming laptop, the X7 DT, which now boasts an RGB keyboard.The RGB Fusion keyboard is a per-key backlit affair, meaning you can...
Color Kindles could be on the way
One of the few ways in which Kindles can't match up to actual paper is their inability to display color, which is fine when reading most books but leaves them feeling lacking when displaying covers, illustrations,...
An Introduction to the Basics of Modern CSS Buttons
Buttons are one of the most important components of any web page, and they have many different states and functions that all need to correctly match previous design decisions. In this article, we are going...
How do some birds get such bright red feathers?
In the bird world, the color red has special significance. Many species use red signals to attract mates or deter rivals, adding the color to their beaks, feathers, or bare skin. As far as many birds are...
To the next POTUS: For communities of color, encryption is a civil right
Communities of color don’t have the luxury of such complacency. For too long, unwarranted and unconstitutional surveillance has targeted the most vulnerable Americans — people of color,...
NEC MultiSync P212
The NEC MultiSync P212 ($899) is a 21-inch professional-grade UXGA (1,600-by-1,200) monitor featuring a high-performance In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel engineered for continuous use, making it ideal for...
Nextbit Robin first impressions: Cool Electric color, pure Android UI, unique storage scheme
My new Electic color Nextbit Robin I backed on Kickstarter arrived yesterday and so far I'm enjoying the experience. Enjoy product photos of this unique color scheme as I continue testing out this new...
A Practical Introduction to Material Design Lite by Google
In 2014 Google published the Material Design specification, a visual language aiming to bring together solid design principles, a consistent user experience across different platforms and devices, and...
Video: This stretchy octopus-like skin will help us befriend robots
That strange-looking piece of material above? It's a piece of stretchy artificial skin which is capable of emitting light and sensing pressure, and could one day be used on robots and other electronics.A...
Made in China: Smart lighting shines on Xiaomi's Yeelight bed lamp
To launch our "Made in China" series I wanted to start small. China is primarily known for manufacturing some of the more sophisticated consumer electronics products such as Apple's iPhone and the iPad,...
Life in Technicolor—One month wearing EnChroma’s color blindness-fixing glasses
"Roses are red, the water is... purplish?"Nathan MattiseLike all of the scattered recollections I can access from the earliest years of my life, the memory is fuzzy. It’s more a cluster of blurry snapshots...
Color Switch Falls To The No. 2 Games Slot (But Is Still As Addictive As Ever)
Did you hear about that crazy-popular game that sat in the No. 1 Games spot on iTunes for more than a month and a half? I’ll give you a hint, it has color in the title. Color Switch is a tap-based...
Mix 7UP with lithium and here's what happens - CNET
Sometimes it's fun to mix everyday items with elements from the periodic table just to see what happens. In this case, the gang at Periodic Videos on YouTube decided to combine 7UP with lithium. Ironically,...
Microsoft patents stylus for sensing color and textures on real objects
A stylus with unique properties has been patented by Microsoft that we hope gets produced at some point. The stylus can determine the color of a physical object by holding the tip to it. This could be...
Name that color, baby! Kids recognize colors before they can speak
According to some linguists, language fundamentally affects the way we see and interpret the world around us. This phenomenon is known as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, and it was discussed by WNYC’s RadioLab...
For professional photographers, color accuracy is a major factor when selecting a monitor for photo manipulation. Equally important is having a panel that will display a wide range of colors and the right...
Best TVs of 2016 (so far)
The picture is better than any LCD or plasma TV. The TV looks striking in person, with organic curves and an insane 0.25-inch depth on most of its body. Unlike most high-end TVs it doesn’t support HDR...
MiPow Playbulb Sphere
The MiPow Playbulb Sphere fits in the same portable smart lamp category as the Elgato Avea Flare Portable Mood Lamp and the Philips Hue Go. It has an attractive, orb-like shape, and it's wireless and water-resistant,...
This robot chameleon means we won't even see the uprising coming
Reptiles and robotics converge as scientists in China's Wuhan University have developed a chameleon capable of blending into the background using an armor of color-changing screens.Demonstrated in a video...
How to get iOS 9.3's Night Shift mode on Android - CNET
After growing accustomed to iOS 9.3's upcoming Night Shift feature, I sought out a solution for my Android device. Using Night Shift on iOS, the device's screen changes color saturation from a blue to...
HP Color LaserJet Pro M452dw
The HP Color LaserJet Pro M452dw ($499.99) should be at the top of your list if you're looking for a color laser printer for your micro or small office. It's a little too big to share a desk with comfortably...
NASA image: Pluto's haze in bands of blue
This processed image is the highest-resolution color look yet at the haze layers in Pluto's atmosphere. Shown in approximate true color, the picture is constructed from a mosaic of four panchromatic images...
NASA image: Pluto's Wright Mons in color
Scientists with NASA's New Horizons mission have assembled this highest-resolution color view of one of two potential cryovolcanoes spotted on the surface of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft in July...
How to enable Night Shift in iOS 9.3 - CNET
Enlarge ImageAn iPhone 6S with iOS 9.3's Night Shift feature enabled. Jason Cipriani/CNET Apple on Monday announced iOS 9.3. The upcoming operating system is currently available in both developer and public...
Purple limes and blood oranges could be next for Florida citrus
Purple limes developed by UF/IFAS researchers. Credit: UF/IFAS University of Florida horticulture scientist Manjul Dutt is hoping to turn your next margarita on its head by making it a lovely lavender...
Aluminum nanoparticles could improve electronic displays
Whether showing off family photos on smartphones or watching TV shows on laptops, many people look at liquid crystal displays (LCDs) every day. LCDs are continually being improved, but almost all currently...
Amazon has launched 'Hub' - storage lockers for deliveries in your home
Amazon has launched a new service called Hub, which is a locker system that allows delivery people to drop off parcels for you even when you aren’t home. The units currently start at six feet wide, and...
Amazon is on a huge hiring spree for AWS and ad salespeople
Amazon's stock price dropped more than 3 percent in after-hours trading on Thursday after the e-commerce giant recorded a smaller second-quarter profit as expense growth outstripped revenue growth. One...
People are 'mystified' by Amazon's Whole Foods acquisition, says investor
It's still unclear exactly why Amazon decided to buy Whole Foods, a company with thin margins and slowing growth. But one investor believes there's a very clear reason for doling out $14 billion on the...
Amazon falls roughly 3% after earnings miss
The company indicated the investment cycle is likely to continue, as it gave third quarter operating income guidance in the range of a $400 million loss to $300 million profit. Revenue guidance came in...
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