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iPhone X vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7


September 2017

Displays - The Past Vs The Future


There’s only one place to start when comparing the iPhone X and iPhone 8: their displays…


iPhone X - 5.8-inch 18.5:9 True Tone OLED, 2436 x 1125 pixels (458 ppi), 82.9% screen-to-body ratio

iPhone 8 - 4.7-inch 16:9 True Tone LCD, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi), 65.6% screen-to-body ratio


The difference couldn’t be more stark. The iPhone X display is dramatically larger (though an 18.5:9 aspect ratio also means it is more elongated), while the shift to OLED delivers a much greater contrast ratio (1,000,000:1 vs 1,400:1) and power savings. Meanwhile the increased resolution and pixel density of the iPhone X are the highest ever seen on an iPhone.


Design - Bulky Vs Compact


Comparing iPhone X and iPhone 8 screen sizes suggests the former should be huge, but another highlight of Apple’s flagship phone is how compact it is:

iPhone X - 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm (5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 in) and 174g (6.14 oz)

iPhone 8 - 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in) and 148g (5.22 oz)


Yes the iPhone X may be slightly taller than the iPhone 8, but it is barely any wider or thicker and only 17% heavier. Contrast this also with the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus - 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm (6.28 x 3.07 x 0.32 in) and 202g (6.63 oz) - and it emphasises why the removal of the top and bottom bezels on the iPhone X is such a big deal.



How does the iPhone X work without a home button?

To get to the Control Center you swipe down from the top of the screen on the left side; swiping down from the right side opens your notifications. They're small changes, so they shouldn't be too difficult to learn. TouchID, which was built into the home button, has been replaced by FaceID on the iPhone X but TouchID remains on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.


Cameras - Dual Vs Single

Like the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X has a 12 megapixel telephoto lens which enables 2x optical zoom. This is great for zooming in on photos in good light and should be better than the dual camera on the iPhone 8 Plus as it has a faster aperture (f/2.4 vs f/2.8) and optical image stabilisation (OIS). It is also what enables Portrait Mode.

Elsewhere, however, the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 are identical with a primary wide-angle rear 12 megapixel, f/1.8 aperture camera with OIS and a 7 megapixel, f/2.2 aperture front facing camera (no OIS).


Battery Life And Charging

Apple admits there has been no tangible improvement between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.


But the iPhone X is different. It’s not a major improvement but Apple claims the iPhone X will last “up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7”.


Storage And Price

The bad news is there are now just two storage options and while the iPhone 8 has increased $50 against the iPhone 7, the iPhone X takes Apple’s pricing into a whole new stratosphere.


iPhone X - 64GB ($999), 256GB ($1,149)

iPhone 8 - 64GB ($699), 256GB ($849)

Yes, the iPhone X is a massive $300 more expensive than the iPhone 8 and $200 more than the iPhone 8 Plus at the same storage capacities and all these prices are before tax.



The iPhone X fundamentally changes iPhone design for the first time since the original phone launched in 2007 and it may revolutionise how we log into our smartphones. That said, the iPhone 8 may prove a smarter buy.


For $300 less users will get a phone which has virtually identical performance, photography and charging as well as similar battery life. You won’t get the larger display, you won’t get Face ID but you will get Touch ID which the iPhone X lacks.



Where To Watch And

Get Glasses For The Eclipse


August 21, 2017


NASA will be providing live video from several cities in the path of the total eclipse, but for those who want to watch it in person (Long Island will experience an approximately 70 percent eclipse,) many locations across the island are holding viewing events.


Many events will provide viewers proper eyewear to protect their eyes from the sun. (Seriously, don't look into the sun without proper eyewear. It can permanently damage your eyes.) But make sure to call ahead that events have glasses available.


The partial phases will start in our area at 1:24 p.m., according to Stony Brook University. It will then reach a maximum effacement of the sun's disk at 2:46 p.m. and end around at 4:01 p.m.


The best places to see the sun will be toward the southwestern edges of the city, said Dave Dombek, a senior meteorologist for Accuweather.


Regular sunglasses won’t work in protecting your eyes from the potentially retina-burning sun. Solar radiation could kill cells, resulting in temporary or permanent blindness.



Hayden Planetarium, 81st Street and Central Park West, Upper West Side


Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, 46th Street and 12th Avenue, Hell's Kitchen

($33 for adults or $24 for kids.)


Hotel Americano, 518 W. 27th St., Chelsea


Haven Rooftop at Sanctuary Hotel, 132 W. 47th St., Midtown


Central Park, Bethesda Terrace just north of 72nd Street, Upper East Side



LIC Landing, Hunters Point South Park, 52-10 Center Blvd., Long Island City


Court Square Library, 25-01 Jackson Ave., Long Island City


Queens Library, various locations




Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St., Red Hook


Clinton Hill Library, 380 Washington Ave., Clinton Hill



Find A Location Near You


Libraries That Have Glasses

NASA's 'Risky' Plan

To Prevent A Supervolcano Eruption


August 21, 2017


Brian Wilcox, a former member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense, shared a report on the natural hazard that hadn't been seen outside of the agency until now.


He spoke of the true devastation that could come from an eruption, and the 'risky' methods that the agency is considering for preventing one - including approaches that could potentially go array and set off a supervolcano accidentally.


Major eruptions occur every 100,000 years, with the last major known one being in New Zealand 26,500 years ago.


Such an eruption today could cause a prolonged nuclear winter and global starvation - the United Nations estimated that food reserves worldwide would only enable humans to survive for 74 days.

World’s First Holographic

Media Player And Mobile Phone


July 2017


Red says it’s HYDROGEN is a holographic multi-view, 2D, 3D, AR/VR/MR, and image capture device. Woof! I think we need some time to understand what this all means and how it will work. Here is what RED states what the HYDROGEN ONE is all about.




The HYDROGEN ONE is a standalone, full-featured, unlocked multi-band smartphone operating on Android OS that just happens to add a few additional features that shatter the mold of conventional thinking.


The HYDROGEN ONE will not only be the control center for the HYDROGEN system, it will also integrate into the professional RED camera program, working together with Scarlet, EPIC and Weapon as a user interface and monitor.




It is no longer necessary to carry (or charge) another device to enjoy multi-dimen­sional content. Experience “look around depth” in the palm of your hand, no glasses or headsets in sight.


This incredible retina-riveting display advancement features nanotechnology that seamlessly switches between traditional 2D content, holographic multi-view,1 content, 3D content, and interactive games … both landscape and portrait modes supported.


The HYDROGEN ONE is targeted to ship On 01/01/2018.


 CANAL REDOne channel to find all 4-View holographic content. Create .h4v (or convert 3D to .h4v) content and upload. Download or stream to view. Movies, documentaries, games, shopping and other apps all found with one click. WHAT DO YOU GET?The HYDROGEN ONE Media Machine with a USB-C cable and charger, an expandable Micro SD card slot plus a “special small token” for ordering early. All other accessories available at launch will be available at an additional price. Aluminum Price$1195 Titanium Price$1595 Taxes and shipping not included in the price.

Google Home Outage Hits Users


June 06, 2017

It’s only been a few weeks since Google took to the stage and bragged at length about the capabilities, features, and reliability of its Google Assistant virtual helper, but now one of the the company’s premiere Assistant-equipped devices is suffering some serious issues. As Android Police reports, some Google Home devices are essentially completely broken today, with “a nearly 100% failure rate.”


Oddly, the Home speaker seems to be the only device where Assistant is having issues, as the Assistant app on smart devices is working just fine across the board.

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