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Computational vs. traditional photography -- Complementary, not contradictory - DIY Photography

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There are now two ways of creating digital images with a camera. You can either follow a software-centric computational photography approach. The other way is to stick to traditional hardware-centric optical photography. The former is used with AI to help enhance the final image, the latter relies on the quality of the camera's components (e.g. The two techniques may differ, but they are not at all on a collision course.


AI and the Cloud -- The Factory Times

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Though it's possible our readers haven't heard much about artificial intelligence, you'd have to be living under a rock if you've never heard of'the cloud,' let alone how rare it would be if you had never interacted with one. Both of these concepts can be so far removed from the average user's daily life. Yet some of the more modern telephones carry technology inside them that enables some of the most basic artificial intelligence. Almost all Android and Apple powered phones, by comparison, keep our settings, backups, photos, and all sorts of information synchronized to one or multiple cloud services. When I write about artificial intelligence, I have to acknowledge the major players at the moment are Intel, IBM, and Google.


The Pixel 3's dual cameras are a tacit admission that AI can't do everything -- yet

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Google's latest flagship smartphones -- the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL -- are finally shipping to customers, and the reviews are unanimous: The rear camera and dual selfie cams are best in class. But as good as those cameras might be, they're a bit puzzling -- and sort of paradoxical. The original Pixel and Pixel XL have two cameras: one front and one rear. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have two cameras: one front and one rear. And the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have three cameras: two front and one rear.


Pixel 3 Review: A Phone Made Better with AI

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Google debuted the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL with dual front-facing cameras and glass body last week, and while there are notable hardware improvements, it's things like being able to screen calls with your own conversational AI or make reservations with Duplex that make the latest Pixel stand out. Many of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL's best features, whether it's a predictive battery or a camera with Portrait Mode that scans business cards and helps you choose your best pictures, are made better with AI. Pixel 3 phones start shipping Thursday. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the first in Google's Pixel series to ditch aluminum for glass, which enables support for wireless charging -- also a first. It's a bit deceptive; the bottom portion of the rear cover has a matte coating, giving them the two-tone aesthetic characteristic of their predecessors.


The best Pixel 3 updates are coming to Pixel 2. When will we see the real next big thing?

Mashable

A year after Google convinced me to ditch my iPhone 6S for a Pixel 2, it had the chance to win me over again with the Pixel 3. It didn't close the deal. The Pixel 2 is so good, and the upgrades the Pixel 3 provides that I most want are coming soon to Pixel 2 -- everything else seems incremental. After watching Google's Tuesday event, I know there's no need for me to get a new phone. My next phone's features have to make a meaningful difference, and once I'm ready for the jump, I'm not swayed by brand loyalty. I may be an outlier when it comes to comfortably hopping from brand to brand or operating system to operating system, but I'm one of the pack when it comes to keeping my phone for longer.


Google launches Pixel 3 smartphones and Pixel Slate tablet

The Guardian

Google's new Pixel 3 smartphones attempt to push the computational photography envelope, challenging Apple's new iPhone XS and Samsung's Galaxy S9. As with last year's Pixel 2, Google is further flexing its artificial-intelligence muscle, with more and more local AI-driven features across every facet of the device, from the camera and smart Gmail replies to battery life and device control. "We've been very thoughtful about how we design phones, thinking about their purpose for consumers," said Mario Queiroz, head of Google's Pixel. "We want to make sure we have a the right balance between being really helpful but not intrusive, being delightful but not controlling, simple but not cumbersome." The Pixel devices look familiar on the outside, with a two-tone back that is now all glass with two finishes – polished at the top and etched at the bottom.


How Google Pixel 3's Camera Works Wonders With Just One Rear Lens

WIRED

When Samsung revealed the Galaxy Note 9 back in August, it showed off new AI-powered camera features, like flaw detection and a scene optimizer to tune the exposure and color of a shot before you've captured it. When Apple launched the iPhone XS and XS Max last month, it talked a lot about how the new phone's AI-specific neural processor enabled better photos, especially Portrait pics. Now, it's Google's turn to boast about its AI-enhanced smartphone camera--and show how its software smarts and access to vast networks of data give it a leg up on the competition. Earlier today Google announced its new Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. The new phones were expected (and had been leaked weeks beforehand), but since Google makes the vast majority of its revenue from digital advertising, any new hardware launch from the company piques a particular kind of interest.


Google Pixel 3: Specs, Price, Release Date

WIRED

Google just announced the third generation of its Pixel-branded smartphone, the Google Pixel 3. Keeping consistent with previous Pixel phone releases, there are two versions of the new phone: the regular-size Pixel 3 and the larger Pixel 3 XL. Both phones have new glass backs. They have bigger displays, better cameras, and updated processors. And they're shipping with a new mobile security chip--the same kind of chip that Google uses to protect the information flowing through its data centers. But Google's hardware products are never as much about hardware as they are about software.


Google announces the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Engadget

Google's press conference is well underway in NYC, and the most important order of business is formally announcing the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. To say we're already acquainted with the devices would be an understatement. Between our own early hands-on with the XL, the left-in-a-Lyft incident and many other leaks, we knew what we were in for: A pair of handsets that, on the hardware front, are not really designed to break to new ground, but to update the Pixel brand for 2018. One thing that certainly hasn't changed a great deal between generations is the overall design. From the back, the Pixel 3 and XL look almost indistinguishable from last year's models.


What to expect from Google's hardware event: A new Pixel phone, tablet, smart speaker and headphones

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google is tipped to launch a slew of new products. The search giant is hosting its big, annual hardware event in New York City on Tuesday and it's believed to be releasing more than just phones. Rumors suggest Google could have new Pixel phones, a tablet, a screen-equipped smart speaker and a pair of headphones up its sleeve. Google has revealed few details about the updated smartphones, however, a number of recent high-profile leaks suggest it will launch two handsets that feature dual front-facing cameras, wireless charging, and a'notch' display like the iPhone X. The firm's '#MadeByGoogle' event kicks off at 11a.m. (ET) on Tuesday and is hosting a livestream of all the announcements.