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Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Wireless charging on the iPhone 8 is just as slow as the included charger, but that could change with an upcoming iOS 11 update

iPhone 8 plus wireless chargingHollis Johnson/Business Insider
Android phones have had wireless charging for years, but Apple only now introduced the feature for its new iPhone 8 and iPhone X models.
Better late than never, I suppose.
Wireless charging is a nice, if not essential, feature to have. It's slightly more convenient than reaching for your charging cable; just place your iPhone on a wireless charging pad as if it were resting on a table. No plugging or unplugging necessary.
But that's the only benefit to going wireless, at least for now. 
In theory, wireless charging with Belkin and Mophie's 7.5W wireless chargers sold from the Apple store should also mean faster charging, so that you can replenish you phone's battery in less time. But as we can see from this chart from Apple Insider, the difference between charging your iPhone 8 with the standard 5 watt power cable that's included and using a 7.5 watt wireless charging pad is negligible. 
Both methods take about two and a half hours to reach 98% fully charged. During a quick 15 minute charging session, you'll get an extra 2 percentage points of power.
It turns out that even though the wireless chargers are designed to transfer 7.5 watts, the iPhone 8 currently only accepts 5 watts of power from wireless charging sources.AppleBefore Apple rolls out an update that'll supposedly increase wireless charging speeds, the 7.5W wireless chargers charge the iPhone 8 just as slowly as the included charger.Apple Insider
With that in mind, buying one of the $60 Belkin or Mophie 7.5W wireless chargers from Apple doesn't make much sense, unless the convenience of wireless charging appeals to you. 
Speed bump coming soon?
However, the iPhone 8's wireless charging speed it set to change in the near future, as Apple plans to roll out an iOS 11 software update later this year that will allow its new iPhones to accept up to 7.5W of wireless charge.
When the update rolls out, the iPhone 8 will make full use of Belkin's and Mophie's $60 7.5W wireless chargers sold on Apple's site, and buying a wireless charger that charges up to 7.5W could make sense if the included 5W charger is too slow for your liking. 
In the meantime, if you need to inject the most juice into your iPhone in the shortest amount of time, your best bet is to do one of the following options:
  • Plug the iPhone 8 directly into a USB-C Mac computer (you'd also need to buy Apple's USB-C-to-Lightning cable)
  • Use or buy the 12W charger that comes with Retina iPads (you can use the regular Lightning cable that came with your iPhone)
  • Use the USB-C charger that comes with USB-C Mac laptops (you'd also need to buy Apple's USB-C-to-Lightning cable)
  • Buy Apple's 29W charger with Apple's USB-C-to-Lightning cable
  • Buy a third-party USB-C charger with Power Delivery (you'd also need to buy Apple's USB-C-to-Lightning cable)
  • SEE ALSO: These chargers will fast-charge all the new iPhones – and they're cheaper than Apple's chargers NOW WATCH: I won't trade in my iPhone 6s for an iPhone 8 or iPhone X — here's why 

    iPhone 8 Plus vs Galaxy Note 8: New camera tests say it's too close to call

    Video: Dissecting Apple's iPhone 8
    Oft-cited camera-testing outfit DxOMark recently rated the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus as the "new standard" for smartphone cameras, snatching the top spot from the Google Pixel and HTC U11.
    But the new iPhones have now been joined at the top of the rankings by Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, the company's first dual-camera phone.
    DxOMark's newly published test of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has awarded it the same score of 94 that the Apple's iPhone 8 Plus achieved -- just ahead of the iPhone 8's score of 92. However, the two top devices attained the scores due to high performance in differing areas.
    The iPhone 8 Plus outdoor photography quality was a standout, with improved capture of HDR scenes, and exposure calculation. It also had a great zoom and closed in on a true optical blur for the 'bokeh' effect, thanks to a blurred foreground and background. It also scored highly on video performance.
    The Note 8 meanwhile offered the best zoom capabilities of any mobile device it's tested, according to DxOMark's Paul Carroll.
    "A phenomenal photo sub-score that breaks new ground as the first smartphone to hit 100 points makes the Note 8 the current class-leader for stills, thanks to excellent zoom quality, good noise reduction and detail preservation, as well as fast and accurate autofocus," Carroll notes.
    According to DxOMark, the Note 8's zoom achieved excellent results with its x2 optical zoom lens, and "impressive resolution" using digital zoom at x4 and x8. The optical zoom also performed well in low light, but the digital zoom only performed excellently in bright light.
    However, the Note 8 didn't perform as well as on video, lagging behind the Google Pixel, iPhone 8 Plus, and HTC U11.
    Despite this, the Galaxy Note 8's video did perform solidly on exposure, autofocus, noise reduction, white balance and color rendering.
    The Note 8's bokeh effect did a great job of blurring the background most of the time, but the review found that the effect sometimes isn't visible even when enabled. The camera also featured extremely fast and accurate autofocus and has a solid flash unit.
    Apple's iPhone 8 Plus now has to share the top spot with the Galaxy Note 8 in DxOMark's smartphone camera rankings.
    Image: Sarah Tew/CNET Previous and related coverage
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    DxOMark report: Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus set new standard for smartphone cameras
    The HTC U11 and Google Pixel reigned at the top of the DxOMark ratings for several months, but the new Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus just beat them out and set the new bar for smartphone cameras.
    Read more about the iPhone 8 

    Google Pixel 2 vs. iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6

    Google's new Pixel 2 phone in "just black."
    James Martin/CNET
    After months of speculation and an accidental leak last month, Google formally announced its latest phones at an event in the San Francisco Jazz Center: the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
    The phones are nearly identical in every way aside from size, battery and price. The Pixel 2, the smaller of the two, comes with a revamped camera, Daydream VR support and no headphone jack. On the outside the Pixel 2 looks similar to last year's Pixel phone. On the inside, the phone has a faster processor and is running the latest version of Android: Oreo 8.0.
    But how does it stack up against the competition? Read the spec chart below to see exactly how the Pixel 2 compares against the iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6.
    Google Pixel 2 specs compared with iPhone 8, Galaxy S8 and LG G6 Google Pixel 2 Apple iPhone 8 Samsung Galaxy S8 LG G6 Display size, resolution 5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 4.7-inch, 1,334 x 750 pixels 5.8-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels 5.7-inch, 2,880x1,440 pixels Pixel density 441 ppi 326ppi 570ppi 565ppi Dimensions (Inches) 5.7x2.7x0.3 in 5.45x2.65x0.29 in 5.86x2.68x0.32 in 5.86x2.83x0.31 in Dimensions (Millimeters) 145.7x69.7x7.8 mm 138.43x67.31x7.37 mm 148.9x68.1x8 mm 148.9x71.97.x7.9 mm Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.04 oz; 143g 5.22 oz; 148g 5.5 oz; 155g 5.7 oz, 162g Mobile software Android 8 Oreo iOS 11 Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat Camera 12-megapixel 12-megapixel 12-megapixel Dual 13-megapixel Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 7-megapixel 8-megapixel 5-megapixel Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K Processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 A11 Bionic chip, M11 motion coprocessor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 with Adreno 530 GPU Storage 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 256GB 64GB 32GB RAM 4GB TBD 4GB 4GB Expandable storage None None Up to 2TB Up to 2TB Battery 2,700mAh 14 hours of talk time on wireless; 12 hours of internet use; 13 hours of video playback on wireless; 40 hours of audio playback on wireless 3,000mAh 3,300mAh Fingerprint sensor Back cover Home button Back cover Back cover Connector USB-C Lightning USB-C USB-C Special features Google Assistant; unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR-ready Wireless charging; splash, water and dust resistance Water-resistant (IP68), wireless charging, Gigabit LTE-ready 18:9 sceen ratio, wireless charging, IP68 Price off-contract (USD) $649 (64GB), $749 (128GB) $699 (64 GB), $849 (256 GB) AT&T: $750; Verizon: $720; T-Mobile: $750; Sprint: $750; U.S. Cellular: $675 AT&T: $720, Sprint: $708, T-Mobile: $650, Verizon: $672, U.S. Cellular: $597.60 Price (GBP) £629 (64GB), £729 (128GB) £699 (64 GB), £849 (256 GB) £689 £649 Price (AUD) AU$1,079 (64GB), AU$1,229 (128GB) AU$1,079 (64 GB), AU$1,329 (256 GB) AU$1,199 AU$1,008
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    Huawei Mate 10 Pro vs Mate 9 Image Shows Design Changes

    The Huawei Mate 10 series are slated to get unveiled in the third week of this month. Speculations have revealed that the Mate 10 series will include four smartphones such as Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, Mate 10 Lite and Mate 10 Porsche Design. A new image of the Mate 10 Pro that compares it with Mate 9 from last year has surfaced. The image shows the design changes that the Chinese manufacturer has introduced on Mate 10 Pro.
    Even though the dimensions of the Mate 10 Pro are not available, the above image does reveal that the handset is slightly slimmer and shorter than the predecessor model. This could be because the Mate 10 Pro is speculated to feature a 6-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The Mate 9 features a 5.9-inch display with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
    The Huawei Mate 9 has a metallic unibody chassis. However, the Mate 10 Pro is speculated to come with a glass back. The design of the dual rear cameras has been modified on the Mate 10 Pro. The Mate 9 has a single housing for both the Leica branded camera sensors, but the two sensors can be seen sitting separately on the Mate 10 Pro. Rumors have it that the Mate 10 and 10 Pro would be equipped with a pair of f/1.6 aperture lenses. The dual camera system is equipped with features like dual-LED flash and laser autofocus.
    Read More: Huawei Mate 10 May Arrive with a Dock for Accessing Desktop UI on a Large Screen
    Also, the dual camera system is placed on a patterned texture on the Mate 10 Pro. There seems to be no change in position of the fingerprint scanner and Huawei branding.
    The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is expected to come preinstalled with Android 8.0 Oreo that will be skinned with EMUI skin. It is rumored to feature a 4,000mAh battery. The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are going to feature the in-house Kirin 970 SoC that includes a dedicated a neural processing unit (NPU) for handling AI features.
    Recent reports have revealed that the Mate 10 Pro will be coming in four models such as 6GB RAM/64GB storage, 6GB RAM/128GB storage, 6GB RAM/256GB storage, and 8GB RAM/256GB storage. These models are speculated to be respectively priced at 5,499 Yuan (~$827), 6,199 Yuan (~$933), 6,899 Yuan (~$1,038), and 7,499 Yuan (~1,129).
    What do you think of the new design of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro? Share us your thoughts by adding your comments below.

    Leak: Huawei Mate 10 Pro Poses Next To The Huawei Mate 9

    The Huawei Mate 10 has been leaking like crazy over the last couple of weeks, and one of its variants, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, just surfaced yet again. If you take a look at the provided image above, you will be able to see the alleged Huawei Mate 10 Pro next to the company’s current-gen flagship, the Huawei Mate 9. As you can see, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro seems to be narrower than the Huawei Mate 9, and it’s also a hair shorter.
    This handset actually surfaced yesterday, and that leak made it possible for us to see all three color variants of the device, along with its front side. Well, this back side leak of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro definitely goes hand-in-hand with yesterday’s leak, and it seems like this is the final design of the phone. This handset will, as you can see, sport a dual camera setup ( the main camera will sport an f/1.6 aperture) on its back, and on the sides of those two cameras, you’ll get a laser autofocus and a dual-LED, dual-tone flash. A fingerprint scanner will also be included on the back of the device, and those two cameras will sport Leica’s lenses on top of them. The back side of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be curved, and it seems like the phone will be made out of metal. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will, as yesterday’s leak reported, have extremely thin side bezels, and the same can be said for the bezels that will be located above and below its display.
    Huawei is actually expected to introduce four Mate 10-branded smartphones on October 16, when the company’s event will occur, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro will probably be joined by the Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Lite and Mate 10 Porsche Edition. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be fueled by the Kirin 970 64-bit octa-core processor, which is Huawei’s very own chip that the company announced at this year’s IFA in Berlin. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will ship with a 5.99-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) display, if rumors are to be believed, while a 4,000mAh non-removable battery will also be a part of the package. Android 8.0 Oreo will come pre-installed on this phone, and on top of it, you’ll get Huawei’s Emotion UI (EMUI) skin.
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    Huawei stealthily unveils the Nova 2i with four cameras and a FullView display

    Huawei has unceremoniously unveiled the latest in its mid-range line, the Nova 2i. Complete with the company's 18:9 FullView display and four cameras, this phone appeared on Vmall, Huawei's official store. Astute readers may notice a similarity here.
    Yes, this does look exactly like the leaked Mate 10 Lite from a few weeks back. The Nova 2i comes with a Kirin 659 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 5.9" FHD+ FullView display, a fingerprint sensor on the back, and a 3,340mAh battery. Like most Huawei phones in recent memory, this one pushes the envelope on smartphone photography.
    On the front, you get 13MP+2MP cameras, with a selfie flash, which are supposed to give you "clear, beautiful selfies with breathtaking bokeh." Around the back are the 16MP+3MP shooters — Huawei claims that they provide images with "extraordinary depth-of-field and professional bokeh effect." How well this works in practice remains to be seen.
    Nougat comes standard with EMUI 5.1 on board, so hopefully Huawei is hard at work on the Oreo upgrade. Pricing and availability are not specified on the website, but you at least get three colors to choose from. Coming as no surprise to anyone, I'd go for that blue one. You can sign up to be notified when the Nova 2i is available.


    Review: 5 Features That Convinced Me To Get The Samsung Galaxy Note8

    Alas, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 is finally here.
    As a gadget lover and Samsung electronics liker (see the newly purchased television screen sitting in my comfy living room), I was pretty excited to get my hands on the new cellular phone from the Korean brand’s mobile device family. I must admit, like many stylus lovers, I was pretty bummed about having to send back the Note7 during last year’s massive and unfortunate recall.
    Although I only experienced the Note7’s dopeness for a short span of 19 days,  I missed using one of my many useful tools of productivity. I wanted to go back to the time when I could whip out my faux pen and doodle endlessly on my phone. But when I heard Samsung had plans to come back with a new Note device, I was ecstatic. My short-lived happy moment that was shipped back to the manufacturer over a year ago finally returned in the form of the black and metallic blue-inscribed box.
    READ: Samsung Steps Things Up With Galaxy Note8 Debut
    While watching the Samsung Unpacked unveiling event back in August 2017 and seeing what the new device had to offer, I felt as though I ran into a long-lost acquaintance. Although our first interaction was brief, I knew I still had a lot to learn about this former friend.
    As I opened the rectangular package and moved closer to the device, I couldn’t help but feel a little hesitant and nervous. What if it’s not what it holds up to be? What if I don’t like the new and improved Note? What if it gets recalled again? I pushed all of my doubt aside, ditched my Galaxy S6 (yes, I’ve been ballin’ on a budget for the last 2 years) and slipped my nano SIM card into a new Midnight Black Galaxy Note8. I went on to test and tinker with the phablet for two weeks.
    From its ability to handle my everyday use to the S-Pen’s new and improved performance, below are 5 features that may help you decide if the Galaxy Note8 is for you.
    1. ‎Design
    At 6.3-inches tall, the slim Samsung Note8, made with front & back glass and a metal frame, feels sleek and smooth as its Super AMOLED Infinity Display comes to life when activated with the right power button.
    With its 83.2% screen-to-body and 18.5:9 aspect ratio, the screen’s 521ppi and 2960 x 1440 resolution makes for a crisp display for gaming and 4K HDR streaming on Netflix. The screen, which supports 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, offers more space to read, write, scroll and draw to my heart’s content which is an added plus.
    Unlike my previous Galaxy model, which has rounded corners, this phablet stays true to its square “notebook” shape making it less comfortable when storing all 195 grams (6.87 ounces) of its glory in my back pocket or right jacket pocket. Initially, the angular and square feel took a moment to get adjusted to. Though more prone to slipping out of your grip, the curved frames and tapered off screens (like that of the Samsung S8+) feel more intuitive to me. Maybe it’s my long fingers. Who knows.
    Nonetheless, the Note8 offers water resistance perfect for those with “butterfingers” in wet conditions. Granted it is resistant in 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, my heart drops at the thought of the device getting caught in the rain and falling into a pool of water(Sidebar: I toughed it out and ran my phone under a water faucet. I still can’t believe I can do so without experiencing emotional distress and financial consequences).
    As for it connectivity options, ports, and speakers, they can all be found at the bottom of the device. I was very happy to see the 3.5mm headphone jack still intact a much-needed option for my music listening needs. To the right of that, lies the USB -C charging port, which was introduced with the Galaxy 8 and 8+, the Note’s microphone, and, of course, the S-Pen stylus’ home dock.
    Who Should Take These Aspects Into Consideration: Lovers of sleek, smooth and durable devices, the video gamer who needs screen space to play, the movie/TV show watcher who won’t watch anything with less than a sharp, HD motion picture.
    What I Like Most: The resolution and the screen space for handling all of what ends up being fifty opened tabs and productivity apps. The Multi-Window view allows me to work on 2 apps at once.
    2. Performance
    Let’s face it. We live in a day of Dropbox uploading, Google Keep note updating, photo capturing and syncing, email inbox opening, file downloading and high-quality video streaming. Thanks to its 6 gigabytes of RAM and 2.3 GHz processor, I was able to re-install 115 apps, stay logged into 8 Gmail accounts, keep my Facebook Messenger and Instagram apps open while toggling in between streaming apps like Spotify and Netflix without the Note8 freezing on me.
    Unlike my previous Galaxy S6 phone which came with a disappointing 32 GB and 2.1 GHz processor, I can now expand my device’s storage and space up to 256 GB with a micro SD card. I doubt I’ll need that much space unless I plan on saving apps, large, HD quality photo and video files on my device, but it’s nice to know that I have that option just in case the included 64 gigabytes of storage becomes insufficient.
    As for keeping my phone in tip-top, functioning shape, the Device Maintenance feature comes in very handy and is quite frankly much appreciated. It can keep track of the apps that are slowing down or making my phablet work hard to keep up with my super active, app-addicted fingers. From here, I’m able to close any and all unnecessary apps, delete some far from vital files and optimize the Note8 the best way possible.
    CREDIT: Christine Imarenezor
    Who Should Take These Features Into Consideration: The multi-tasking professional who relies on their phone at all times of the day, the businessman or businesswoman who can work from anywhere.
    What I Like Most: I appreciate the fact that I can expand the intern space on my Note8. At the moment, 256 GB sounds insane, but with the lure of downloading apps and device backups, 256 GB may soon become the internal storage norm.
    3. S-Pen
    Ah, yes. Samsung’s famous stylus, the S-Pen. There’s no denying that it’s the main attraction to the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and honestly, I completely understand why. To keep the stylus lovers happy, Samsung added to the device’s premium experience by introducing a more precise tool for jotting down “Off-Screen” notes while on the go or sketching an artistic drawing to relieve day-to-day stress.
    With increased pressure sensitivity (4,096 pressure points to be exact), the S-Pen fits comfortably between my thumb and middle fingers, allowing for more concise doodling. With the tip measured at 0.7 mm, the stylus delivers precision, much like the ink pens or sharpened pencils I use in the office and in my younger days.
    After releasing the clickable “pen” from its dock, a wheel of shortcuts is activated featuring various apps like “Screen Write,” “Smart Select” or any app I wish to have quick access to. Another cool thing kicked off by the ejection of the stylus is the “Off-Screen” notes feature, which saves up to 100 pages of hand-written notes on the pitch-black screen without unlocking the device.
    Another fun feature on the Note8 comes in the form of “Live Messages,” which allows me to write responses and send them in the form of a flashy GIF. To call this aspect addicting would be an understatement. I definitely find myself sending penned animations to my family, friends, and colleagues in group texts and social media messaging apps. I’m probably annoying, but it’s okay. They’ll live.
    CREDIT: Christine Imarenezor
    I noticed that when I hovered my stylus over the text response section of a message, I was able to write out the words of my text message which was converted into actual text. (Sidebar: Outside of I really wanted to be able to draw another glitter-accented GIF and share the Live Message without leaving my app. Hopefully, this gets added to the next Note model.)
    But my all-time favorite part about having a stylus is my ability to color pictures on my device. I do admit that at one point I joined the adult coloring book movement, but, sadly, never found myself actually…coloring. But with Samsung Note8’s inclusion and integration of the PenUp app’s “Coloring” tab, I often find myself utilizing my daily 50-minute commute from work to wind down and de-stress with a favorite, childhood past time.
    The Note8 also makes sure to notify me when my stylus is a little too far from the device for comfort. I noticed that whenever I left it in one part of my apartment for an extended period, my phone would vibrate before a pop-up notification appears, saying, “Your S Pen’s a little too far away. Don’t forget to reinsert it when you’re done using it.” Pretty clutch.
    Who Should Take This Feature Into Consideration: Executives with a meeting heavy schedule, the professional doodler.
    What I Like Most: I appreciate being able to hover over and translate foreign text (The Note8 has 71 languages in its library). This came in handy when helping a co-worker translate an article written in Spanish. I also enjoyed being able to highlight text on a file or e-book without doing so over unintended text.
    4. ‎Battery
    When it comes to multi-tasking, battery life is very important. When I have to toggle between social media apps, news apps, emails, and documents, it’s important that I don’t have to charge up every hour at the top of the hour.
    To combat this, the Note8 comes equipped with a non-removable, 3,300 mAh, fast-charging battery. Although it comes in a larger size and with more power than my previous Galaxy S6 model, it takes a little more time to charge fully, especially when I compared it to my co-worker’s Galaxy S8+ built with a 3500 mAh battery. On the positive side, I am able to make it through the day with just one full charge and 17 hours of music playback. It’s clear Samsung is playing it safe when it comes to the Note8’s juice factor.
    Honestly, I’m glad Samsung decided to run the Note8 through “a rigorous series of device and battery safety compatibility test protocols.” Like anyone looking to get the most of their investment, I would rather not worry or fear that my device will overheat and jeopardize my safety. In fact, while charging the Note8 for 30 minutes, my device remained cool, cooler than my Galaxy S6 has ever been.
    To keep battery charging in check, Samsung also makes sure to send a notification that asking me to “Use the charger that came with device” when using an off-brand charger, even when done through the Micro USB Connector included with the phablet.
    CREDIT: Christine Imarenezor
    What I Liked Most: I like being able to keep track and add more hours of use through the “Mid” and “Max” level Power Saving Modes available. Performance Mode lets me keep the balance between the Note8’s battery life and screen resolution via 3 other options: “Game,” (for gamers looking to play smoothly) “Entertainment” (for high-quality music and video lovers) and “High Performance” (for those who want all high-quality everything.)
    Who Should Take This Feature Into Consideration: The heavy multi-tasker, the user who needs to stay connected at all times
    5. Camera
    If I had one pride and joy from my Samsung S6, it was definitely my camera. I always enjoyed the envy of my iPhone-using friends whenever I utilized my camera to capture, crisp moments. To add more insult to injury, Samsung stepped up its photo and video shooting capabilities with two cameras: one 12-megapixel wide-angle and 12-megapixel telephoto.
    With Optical Image Stabilization, images and video footage are sharply captured and played back in high quality. To take full advantage of the camera pair, the Note8 offers “Live Focus” to add depth to the object out of the main focus. To utilize both cameras and this feature, I had to stand more than four feet away from the object. Otherwise, I get a notification telling me just that. To capture a close-up shot without missing the surrounding objects outside of the frame, the “Wide Angle” comes in handy. When looking to capture the perfect portrait for my next Instagram Story or Snapchat post, the “Full View” and 2x optical zoom helped me get this done.
    CREDIT: Christine Imarenezor
    Much like my expensive DSLR camera, I am able to take photographs like a professional, altering the aperture, autofocus (AF) and ISO by simply swiping to the left and selecting the “Pro” mode. When I want to get a full horizontal shot or wide landscape, the “Panorama” feature is clutch. When recording video, I can either have it playback at a snail pace with the “Slow Motion” mode or super fast with the “Hyperlapse” mode.
    To make the Note8 even more useful, I can customize the quality of each shot or high-quality video whether shot with the rear cameras or the front camera when taking the perfect selfie.
    CREDIT: Christine Imarenezor
    Who Should Take This Feature Into Consideration: The low-key, self-claimed photographer, the journalist or social media addict who strives for clear photos and video footage.
    What I Liked Most: Thanks to the 8-megapixel front camera, I am happy to say my selfie and video conferencing game has been stepped up. The 5-megapixel camera on my Galaxy S6 was definitely a Glory hallelujah.
    The Verdict
    One year after touching a Note device, Samsung has done well with satisfying diehard, stylus-wielding phablet fans. Multi-tasking on a screen that gives me room to work is definitely a plus for me as someone who values productivity. With the camera, memory, storage and more, the Note8’s functionality is appreciated. As a creative, who has to stay connected through messaging, emails and more, the S-Pen and camera serve as the strongest selling points for me.
    Despite the retail price of $929.99, I don’t mind investing in the Note8 for the next 2 years or more. But that is just me. Maybe all of the highlighted features will make you feel the same.
    For more information on the Galaxy Note 8, visit

    13 Cool Samsung Galaxy Note8 Camera Tricks That You Know

    With its dual lens and dual optical image-stabilized cameras, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 camera can be easily termed as one of the top flagship cameras. With its wide array of features, you have an almost perfect camera in the Samsung Galaxy Note8.
    In order to get the most out of the Galaxy Note8 camera, we have gone through every nook and corner of the camera app and came up with a list of the coolest Samsung Galaxy Note8 camera tips and tricks.
    Let’s get started.
    1. Tweak the Live Focus Mode for Two Pictures Sans the Blur
    Dual Capture is one of the most highlighted features of the Samsung GalaxyNote8. As you might already know, it lets you capture two frames — close-up and wide-angle shot– at one go. However, this mode is only available in the Live Focus mode.
    While the Live Focus mode doesn’t work in all situations or you surely don’t want blur in every picture, you can still use this mode to capture two pictures minus the blur.
    All you need to do is tap on Live Focus, minimize the blur to zero and capture the shots. This way, you can have the dual shots minus the blur effect.
    Just head to the Gallery and save whichever mode looks best to you.
    2. Say Cheese for Selfies
    Given the large display of the Note8, it’s a tad tough to reach the shutter button when it comes to capturing selfies. In such cases, you can opt for the Voice control options.
    Using this method, you can take pictures just by uttering a few pre-set words. This setting has been inherited from the Galaxy S8 and can be found in most of the mid-tier phones too. Just head over to the Settings menu and toggle the Voice control switch to On.
    Cool Tip: You can also enable the floating camera button on your Note8. This nifty mode places a movable shutter button on the viewfinder so that you can capture selfies seamlessly and smoothly.
    3. Make a GIF Using the Selfie Shooter
    Because celebrity GIFs are too mainstream.
    You can create impressive GIFs using the Note8 camera. The Galaxy Note8 packs in a handful of cool camera modes and the Animated GIF mode is one of them.
    All you need to do is swipe left to access the camera modes, tap on the download button and select Animated GIFs.
    From now on, whenever you want to record an impressive Meh moment, hoist up your camera, record and send. Who needs to search for celebrity GIFs now, you tell me!
    4. Create a Slow Motion Video
    Slow-mo shots were immortalized by none other than the hugely popular NBC show, Baywatch. The good thing is that you can create such awesome slow-mo videos with your Note8.
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    Similar to the above, this one can also be accessed by swiping left. Once you record the video, just adjust the part where you’d like to add the slow-mo effect and save it.
    The best part of these features is that the built-in camera modes easily replace quite a number of third-party camera apps. 5. Zoom In Seamlessly
    Thanks to the dual camera lenses, the Note8 packs in a neat 2x optical zoom. While this may come handy in taking macro shots or capturing faraway images. Apart from the above, it also packs in a 10x digital zoom.
    Samsung-Galaxy-Note8-Camera-TricksA shot captured with the 2x optical zoom of the Samsung Galaxy Note8
    The good news is that instead of pinching out in the viewfinder, you can easily zoom into the image using the shutter button. Just place your finger over the shutter button and drag it up/down to zoom in and out.
    What’s more, you can also see the level of the zoom that you want just by the side.
    6. Capture a Selfie With the Rear Camera
    Undoubtedly, the selfie shooter of the Galaxy Note8 is incredible. If you’d like to utilize the rear camera for your selfies, trust the Note8 to take care of it without breaking a sweat.
    Swipe left to enable the Rear Cam selfie mode. Having done that, the camera will search for your face in the pre-selected area and once it recognizes the shot will be captured in a moment’s time.
    7. Bring on the Bokeh to Your Selfies
    Speaking of selfies, the selfie shooters also packs in a cool Selective Focus mode, which brings in the Bokeh effect to selfies as well.
    All you have to do is choose the focus object, tap on the shutter button and wait a couple of seconds for the camera to do the background processing. The end result is a neat picture with the background softly blurring away.
    You can even remove the blur later through the Adjust Background Blur button. 8. Utilize the Pro Mode for Low Exposure Shots
    It’s no secret that most of us tend to use the Auto mode when it comes to capturing our memorable moments. But at the end of the day, the Auto mode can seldom accurately capture nature’s immensely beautiful scenes and sceneries.
    Despite the typical notion, dabbling with the pro mode isn’t that tough
    Samsung-Galaxy-Note8-Camera-TricksA shot of bamboo lanterns captured using the pro mode of the Samsung Galaxy Note8
    Despite the typical notion, dabbling with the pro mode isn’t that tough, provided you know the basics of photography. Especially for low light shots or frames with higher light output, all you need is a proper exposure setting with a balanced ISO setting and the rest will be taken care by the camera.
    Samsung-Galaxy-Note8-Camera-TricksA shot of lanterns captured using the pro mode of the Samsung Galaxy Note8
    Cool Tip: You can set focus to multi-points or a fixed point and set the viewfinder to full.
    9. Fidgety Toddler? Use the Tracking Autofocus
    If you have ever tried to take a picture of your always-on-the-move pet, you might be able to recollect the endless numbers of defocused pictures. Well, with the Note8, you can bid farewell to this exasperation for it packs in a cool Tracking Autofocus mode.
    The feature is hidden in the settings menu. When enabled it continually focusses on any moving object until you hit the shutter button.
    10. Tap the Heart Rate Sensor for Selfies
    Another cool feature inherited from the Galaxy S8/S8+ is the heart rate sensor doubling up as a shutter button. So the next time when you are posing for a selfie, tap the heart rate sensor and your picture will be taken.
    If you ask me, I find it more helpful than the on-screen shutter button. Not only does it makes capturing pictures easy but also result in blur-free pictures – a possible outcome if selfies are captured using the volume rockers.
    11. Capture the Moments Before a Shot with Motion Photos
    In an era where everyone is too pressed for time, it’s imperative that you capture the moments spent together as much as possible. A great example of such moments are the times immediately preceding a shot.
    The best example of capturing such scenes is through the Motion Photos feature. This feature records a clip a few seconds before the picture is shot.
    12. Add More Stickers
    With the introduction of stickers in the Galaxy S8, Samsung forayed into the area of live stickers and stamps. However, if you have already used up all the sticker options and looking for more, let me tell you that the Note8 won’t disappoint you.
    All you need to do is tap on stickers, select the plus icon at the lower right corner and choose from the diverse range of stickers. Click on More to see the entire range of products.
    13. One Finger Camera Operation
    The Samsung Galaxy Note8 is a rather tall device, hence the need for one-handed mode is even more. When it comes to the camera interface, it’s easy to navigate through the filters and camera modes.
    All you need to do is swipe up and down on the screen to alternate between the front and rear camera while a right/left swipe will land you in the filters and modes page.
    Click Away!
    The Samsung Galaxy Note8’s camera is one of the best cameras in the Android world. On a more personal note, I would have liked the Live Focus mode to be a bit more user-friendly. I found the updated Portrait mode of the OnePlus 5 better in handling the Bokeh effect.
    We hope that your Note8 camera experience becomes better with the above tips and tricks. Enjoy clicking!
    See Next: 13 Cool Samsung Galaxy Note8 Tips and Tricks You Mustn’t Miss

    Samsung Galaxy Note8 ties up with iPhone 8 Plus for the top spot on DxOMark

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    DxOMark is a standard for cameras of smartphones, not so long ago, they have rated the Apple iPhone 8 Plus 94 points which made Apple reclaim the number one spot. While the 8 Plus still stays on top of DxOMark’s list, it has to now share the spot with the Galaxy Note8 now with the same 94 points. The Galaxy Note8 is the first ever Samsung phone to feature the dual camera setup, and with its first attempt, Samsung making up to the top spot is really impressive.
    DxOMark has updated their testing system taking the Bokeh, and Zoom features into account and these two are the critical areas where the Note8 and the iPhone 8 Plus shine. According to the newly updated DxOMark system, Samsung scores 100 with the Note8 in still photography, and the phone does justify the score with its impressive camera performance both in bright light and lowlight. The images shot on Note8 have a lot of details preserved; however, it loses in certain conditions due to overexposed output despite HDR enabled.
    Though the Note8 is the first attempt from Samsung at the very hyped Bokeh and Zoom features, it leaves no stone unturned. When in good lighting conditions, the X8 zoom produces acceptable details and usable images, but in low-light it’s best to stay away from it and restrict it to X4 Zoom to get the best results. Also, the Note8 does an excellent job in bringing out beautiful Bokeh effect by blurring the background and Samsung boats this as one of the selling points.
    One area where the Note8 loses to the iPhone 8 Plus is the video department. While it does a good job, but not excellent when we pit it against an Apple phone. With the Pixel 2 due later today, it has be seen if the latest Google phone can outperform the Note8 or not.
    Sai Krishna contributed to this post
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    Why Did Facebook Promote Fake News About the Las Vegas Massacre?

    Tech giants aren’t doing enough to police their platforms.
    Is Facebook having a Frankenstein moment when it comes to news aggregation—has it created something it can’t fully control? The company’s executives might tell you that it has, but this is absolutely not the case.
    The reality is that Facebook needs to hire humans to edit and review the content it promotes as news—and it needs to hire a lot of them.
    Facebook argues that it has just too much content to moderate and that new algorithms and artificial intelligence are what we need to stop the spread of false stories. Clearly, they are not. Shortly after the massacre in Las Vegas, a story from 4chan, a popular alt-right message board, blaming an innocent man for the shooting was being displayed on Google’s top stories module and the Facebook trends box and safety check page.
    The companies defended themselves by blaming their algorithms and said that the fake news was only featured for a short time. We have to stop accepting these insufficient excuses. One man’s reputation and safety were put in jeopardy because Facebook and Google neglected to adequately monitor the content being promoted on their news platforms. And while these tech giants are deflecting blame, they continue to generate massive advertising revenue from their news services.
    Facebook and Google could signal their seriousness in tackling fake news by creating an executive position responsible for preventing it. Facebook ads were recently used to target people using hateful words such as “Jew haters.” In response, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said she could not imagine that Facebook would ever have been “used this way.” But imagining possible harm is the exact job responsibility of a chief risk officer, a common position in the highly regulated finance industry. It’s time for Facebook, Google, and other major tech firms to start employing chief risk officers, given the impact that these companies have on society.
    Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he is sorry for how Facebook has been used for nefarious purposes and that he will try harder to make sure that his platform doesn’t continue to hurt people. But there are no legal checks to ensure he makes good on promises. Earlier in the year, after a man uploaded a video to Facebook of himself murdering another person, Zuckerberg said that the company would do “all we can” to prevent such instances from reoccurring. These apologies humanize the company, but it’s important to remember that Facebook is a corporation, and corporations do not just get to apologize and say they will do better. The public, and our elected officials, need to hold them accountable.
    As Facebook and Google lead us into a new world of digital communication and information, we need to make sure that we as a people participate in this process. Our elected officials must step up and force social media companies to effectively govern and manage their potentially dangerous platforms.
    Jennifer Grygiel is an assistant professor of communications (social media) at the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Follow them on Twitter.

    What does Las Vegas want Trump to do in wake of shooting?

    Vegas skylineImage copyright Getty Images Image caption Trump comes to Las Vegas as pressure grows to discuss gun laws
    In the aftermath of the country's deadliest gun attack in modern times, many in the US are looking to the president for answers. But as he visits Las Vegas, will he provide them?
    On Sunday night, as the horror unfolded at the Route 91 country music festival, Bob and Heidi were serving pizzas.
    They'd travelled from their home state of Arkansas to work at the concert, when they heard the sound of bullets.
    As they took shelter in the food stand, with the heat of the pizza oven behind them, they helped people leave the venue to safety.
    Image caption Bob and Heidi from Arkansas
    Still shaken by what happened, they, like so many people here in Las Vegas, are trying to work out what, if anything, could have been done to prevent the atrocity.
    "It's not the guns, it's more the people who own the guns," says Bob, who thinks there should be better checks on the mental health of buyers.
    His calls for tougher restrictions on those with mental illness is at odds with what President Trump has done in the White House so far.
    Earlier this year, and to little fanfare, the president rolled back an Obama-era regulation which had restricted people with serious mental illnesses from owning a gun.
    It's a move his supporters I've met here are at odds with.
    "It's not the gun doing it, it's the mind of the individual," says Crystal, a Trump voter from Branson, Missouri.
    Image caption Crystal and Terry from Missouri
    "Everybody should have the right to carry a weapon, but that doesn't justify somebody going crazy," she says, pointing out that she carries a firearm when she's back home.
    "I carry a gun, and I haven't shot anybody," she adds.
    Crystal does believes the constitutional right to bear arms should come with some conditions.
    Before she received a permit for her weapon she was required to take a "conceal and carry course", which taught her how to use the gun safely.
    But the law in her home state changed at the start of this year - in Missouri you no longer require a permit to own a gun.
    She believes this should be reversed, and also that if someone wants a gun they must be trained in how to use it responsibly.
    Her husband Terry, who also voted for Donald Trump, suggests another area where there should be tighter restrictions.
    Police say they found what are known as "bump-stock" modifications on 12 rifles in Stephen Paddock's room. These legal devices allow people to modify a semi-automatic gun, turning into an automatic weapon, which can fire multiple rounds at a time.
    Semi-automatic weapons, such as the AK-47 and Colt AR-15, are also legal. It was these kinds of weapons that were used in the massacres at Sandy Hook, Newtown and Orlando, and it appears these kinds of weapons were modified for Sunday's shooting.
    Terry argues these, and any sort of automatic weapon, which allows the firing of multiple rounds at once, should be banned.
    "I believe in gun rights, but does a person really need an assault rifle?" he asks, incredulously.
    Image caption Diane Quast
    The same question is also on the mind of Diane Quast, from Tennessee, who is outside the Mandalay Bay hotel where the attack took place.
    As she stared out past the yellow police tape which has closed the surrounding roads, she could see the two broken windows on the 32nd floor, from where Paddock carried out his murderous rampage.
    "I definitely support gun control," she said. "I am truly hoping that in the wake of this tragedy, something will come of it."
    In the wake of every recent mass shooting, she has hoped politicians would heed the calls of millions like her and restrict access to firearms.
    But just as there are many people like Diane, there are many who feel the real issue has nothing to do with legislating gun ownership.
    "I don't think President Trump needs to say anything about gun control," says Bob, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
    Image caption Bob and Anne from central Pennsylvania
    "I don't believe gun control is going to stop these kinds of attacks. They need to have better security screening when you enter hotels."
    More than 20 firearms were found in Stephen Paddock's hotel suite. Reports say he carried them up to his room in at least 10 suitcases.
    Bob argues that metal detectors at the entrance of the hotel would have prevented this from ever happening.
    It's a view a few people I've met here have echoed. In cities like Mumbai and Jerusalem you have to go through airport style security checks to enter many hotels and public buildings. In India the changes came in after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks which left 174 people dead.
    Now as every vehicle enters a large hotel in a major Indian city, it is scanned for bombs underneath, and the back of the car is checked for weapons.
    As I leave the Vegas strip, Denise Murphy and Quanetta Suggs from Indiana remind me how conflicted this nation is when it comes to guns.
    "The president just needs to make it harder for people to purchase guns. Full stop," says Denise. "Everyone should not be able to get their hands on one."
    Image caption Denise Murphy and Quanetta Suggs, both from Indiana
    Everyone I've met in Vegas agrees Paddock should never have been allowed to access so many weapons or indeed modify them. But a solution is harder to pin down.
    President Trump's words in the wake of the shooting will provide some comfort to many who are hurting in the wake of this tragedy.
    But the greater challenge for his presidency is to heal the deep divisions over firearms, which have plagued this nation for generations.
    This isn't the first time the country has grappled with this issue in the wake of a mass shooting, and it's probably not the last.

    FBI searches for motive in Las Vegas massacre, looks to gunman's girlfriend for answers

    Authorities investigating the Las Vegas massacre turned Wednesday to the shooter’s girlfriend, hoping for more answers about the gunman and what may have sparked the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
    Investigators have spent the days since Sunday’s attack — which killed 58 people and injured hundreds more — struggling to explain why 64-year-old Stephen Paddock holed up in a high-rise hotel overlooking the Las Vegas Strip and opened fire on concertgoers at a country music festival far below.
    What they have found so far has been chilling evidence of extensive preparations, as Paddock turned his two-room suite in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into an armed fortress. He brought in 23 guns along with “bump” stocks that can allow them to more quickly fire bullets, police said. The gunman also placed cameras so that he could monitor the arrival of police officers, who eventually breached his room and found that he killed himself before they arrived.
    But a motive has remained elusive. Police hoped they could learn more from Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, who was in the Philippines when the shooting occurred.
    Danley arrived late Tuesday night at Los Angeles International Airport and was met by FBI agents, according to a person familiar with the investigation. She is considered a critical witness in trying to decipher Paddock’s motive.
    While investigators have described her as a “person of interest,” they have not suggested that she is considered an accomplice or involved in any way.
    The FBI had planned to speak with Danley on Wednesday at the bureau’s Los Angeles field office, according to authorities. Agents have essentially two critical questions for Danley: Did she have any idea what motivated him, and did she have any knowledge of what was about to take place and not alert authorities? That was deemed to be the case with Noor Salman, the wife of the Orlando gunman who killed 49 people last year. Salman was later arrested and charged with aiding and abetting terrorism and obstructing justice.
    There were no immediate, obvious indications that Danley would fit the same bill, a person familiar with the case said, though they stressed that the investigation was still early. Investigators still have to run down any potential leads Danley may provide.
    Given how little has emerged in Paddock’s past that could foreshadow the attack, the “best lead is through this girlfriend,” said Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.).
    “They don’t know a lot about who the girlfriend is and why she left the country a week prior to the shooting,” said Heller, who has been briefed by authorities. “She is someone they need to have this discussion with to better under­stand the shooting and what his thought process was.”
    FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said Wednesday morning that he is surprised they have not found evidence pointing to the gunman’s motive yet.
    “There’s all kinds of things that surprise us in each one of these events,” McCabe told CNBC. “This individual and this attack didn’t leave the sort of immediately accessible thumbprints that you find on some mass casualty attacks….We look for actual indicators of affiliation, of motive, of intent, and so far we’re not there. We don’t have those sort of indicators.”
    McCabe said agents have been reconstructing “the life, the behavior, the pattern of activity of this individual and anyone and everyone who may have crossed his path in the days and the weeks leading up to this horrific event.”
    He said so far investigators have not had any problems accessing the gunman’s computer electronic devices.
    Amid a backdrop of anguish and questions, President Trump on Wednesday headed to Las Vegas to address law enforcement officials in Las Vegas as well as survivors of Sunday’s massacre.
    “We’re going to pay our respects and see the police who really have done a fantastic job,” Trump said to reporters before he left Washington for Nevada. “It’s a very, very sad day for me, personally.”
    During his visit in Las Vegas, Trump declined to speak about gun violence in America. He also said that authorities have not identified a motive yet.
    “Not yet,” Trump said during remarks to reporters. “We’re looking. I can tell you, it’s a very sick man. He was a very demented person. We haven’t seen that yet, but you will know very soon if we find something. We’re looking very, very hard.”
    Piece by piece, investigators have put together a profile of Paddock — a retired accountant — making meticulous preparations for the moment when he smashed a plate-glass window in the 32nd floor of his hotel room and opened fire with a weapon, apparently modified to spew bullets with the split-second speed of an automatic rifle.
    As he fired round after round during an 11-minute stretch from a suite at the Mandalay Bay, Paddock used multiple video cameras to keep an eye out for police storming his hotel room, according to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
    “It was preplanned, extensively, and I’m pretty sure that he evaluated everything that he did in his actions, which is troublesome,” Lombardo said Tuesday.
    Paddock hid one camera in the peephole of his suite and two more in the hall, at least one of them disguised on a service cart, authorities said. At one point, he shot numerous rounds through the door, wounding a security guard.
    Paddock eventually put a gun in his own mouth and pulled the trigger as SWAT officers closed in. They found him with blood pooling behind his head and around the empty shell casings that littered the carpet, a handgun near his body.
    Once police entered the suite, they found that Paddock had brought 23 guns inside since he checked into the hotel on Thursday. Police also found another 26 guns at two other properties in Nevada and a large collection of ammunition and a chemical that can be used to make bombs.
    Many of Paddock’s guns were purchased in recent years. Between October 2016 and Sept. 28, the day Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay, Paddock bought 33 guns, the “majority of them rifles,” Jill A. Snyder, the special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in San Francisco, said Wednesday in an interview with “CBS This Morning.”
    Paddock also had substantial ammunition in the room, with clips containing between 60 and 100 rounds, Snyder said. During a news briefing a day earlier, Snyder said Paddock had purchased shotguns, handguns and rifles in Nevada, Utah, California and Texas. She also said that inside Paddock’s suite, authorities found a dozen “bump” stocks that can enable guns to fire bullets at a more rapid clip.
    Included in the cache of guns found in his room: An AR-15-type rifle with a high-capacity magazine, another AR-15-type rifle with a magnification scope commonly used for hunting and a bipod stand to help steady it, according to law enforcement officials and experts who reviewed images of the weapons posted online.

    Community leaders light 59 candles during a vigil at Mountain Crest Park on Tuesday in Las Vegas, NV. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)
    Until carrying out the massacre Sunday night, Paddock had no criminal history himself. Despite repeated claims by the Islamic State to the contrary, he also had no ties to international terrorism groups, authorities said. He had done some government work, spent three years working for a defense contractor and had twice been divorced. Paddock was known to gamble routinely and extensively.
    Some public officials seemed to suggest Paddock’s mind was troubled, though there were no immediate indications that he had been diagnosed with a mental illness or was anything other than fully aware of what he was doing.
    “A normal person would not cause this type of harm to innocent people,” said Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.). “Clearly, there was something wrong with this man.”
    Neighbors in several states where Paddock owned homes in retirement communities described him as surly, unfriendly and standoffish. Paddock was the son of a bank robber who was once on the FBI’s most-wanted list and whom authorities described at the time as a “psychopath,” but Paddock’s brother said their father was not involved in their lives when they were children.
    Relatives say the roots of Paddock’s loner lifestyle might have been planted on July 28, 1960. On that day, when Paddock was 7, a neighbor from across the street took him swimming. The neighbor told a local newspaper at the time that she knew authorities were coming for his father, and she wanted to spare the young boy from the trauma of seeing his father taken away. From that point on, Paddock’s family was never the same.
    People close to the investigation also said that in the weeks before the attack, Paddock transferred a large amount of money — close to $100,000 — to someone in the Philippines, possibly his girlfriend. The significance of that development was not immediately clear, though investigators said they were interested in probing Paddock’s finances and his avid interest in high-stakes gambling.
    Danley’s sister, interviewed by Australia’s Channel 7, suggested that Paddock had arranged Danley’s trip to visit her homeland to keep her from undermining the attack plans.
    “I know she doesn’t know anything as well like us,” said the sister, whose identity was shielded by the channel. “She was sent away. She was away so that she would not be there to interfere with what he’s planning.”
    According to court records, Danley appears to have been living with Paddock as early as August 2013, while she was still married to another man, named Geary Danley. Geary and Marilou Danley were married in Las Vegas in 1990. According to court records, they jointly filed for divorce on Feb. 25, 2015, and the divorce was finalized the next day.
    At his home in Orlando, Eric Paddock, Stephen Paddock’s brother, said he also doubts Danley had any prior knowledge of the incident and speculated that Stephen might have been trying to quietly ensure her financial security. Stephen Paddock loved and doted on his girlfriend, whom he had met when she was a hostess at a casino, Eric Paddock said. The couple often gambled side by side.
    “He manipulated her to be as far away from here and safe when he committed this,” Eric Paddock said. “The people he loved he took care of, and as he was descending into hell he took care of her.”
    Coroner John Fudenberg on Tuesday evening clarified that Paddock was among the 59 counted as slain; previously, authorities had said he wasn’t. More than 500 people were wounded in the attack or injured in the rush to flee.

    Janet Marchal hugs her children during a vigil at Mountain Crest Park on Tuesday. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)
    Undersheriff Kevin C. Mc­Mahill, speaking after Fudenberg at a news briefing, warned that the number of dead and injured could fluctuate as the investigation progresses.
    Hospitals across the region continued to treat patients from the scene, many of them seriously injured. Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center said that as of Tuesday, it had 59 patients from the rampage, 31 of them still in critical condition. University Medical Center said it had 64 patients from the attack, 12 of them critical.
    Lynh Bui and Tim Craig in Las Vegas; Barbara Liston in Orlando; Ally Gravina in Reno, Nev.; William Dauber in Los Angeles; and Brian Murphy, Devlin Barrett, Alex Horton, Wesley Lowery, Julie Tate, Jessica Contrera, Sandhya Somashekhar, Aaron C. Davis, William Wan and Sari Horwitz in Washington contributed to this report, which will be updated throughout the day.

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