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Google Pixel 3 Night Shot compared to iPhone XS, and it’s not really close

Google has posted a low-light comparison between the iPhone XS and Pixel 3.
The Pixel 3 used Night Sight to deliver a brighter result than the iPhone shot.
The iPhone XS lacks a proper night mode, as seen on rival Android handsets.

Night modes are all the rage in the smartphone industry, with Huawei, Google, OnePlus, and Xiaomi offering the option on their devices. Now, Google has compared the Pixel 3’s Night Sight mode to the iPhone XS in a low-light situation (seen above), and there’s a stark difference between the two.
Google marketing executive Marvin Chow posted the comparison on Twitter, showing “Phone X” on the left, and the Google Pixel 3 with Night Sight on the right. The tiny text on the left tells us that “Phone X” is actually the iPhone XS.

Night Sight on Google Pixel3 — pretty much speaks for itself #teampixel
— marvin chow (@theREALmarvin) January 27, 2019

The scene, which shows a model standing in front of a neon-lit scene at night, seems ideal for the Night Sight mode. The Pixel 3 managed to deliver a brighter overall scene, clearly showing the woman’s face, clothing, and other elements. But the buildings in the background were also brighter and more detailed in Google’s photo, save for some blown-out lighting. Heck, you can even see a brighter (but not too noisy) sky in the Pixel 3 snap.
How did the iPhone fare?
Meanwhile, Apple’s phone was much darker overall, as the model seems silhouetted against the neon environment. The woman’s face is almost completely dark, and her clothing doesn’t retain the same rich color as Google’s effort.  The iPhone XS photo managed to tame the lighting in the background though, while Google prioritized the model instead. But based on the fact that we have an obvious subject in the viewfinder, I’d say Google’s phone certainly made the right decision.
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Smartphone cameras have improved dramatically in the last few years, owing to better sensors and smarter image processing. Heck, the multi-camera revolution has also yielded better zoom and depth-of-field effects hitherto unknown to smartphone photography.

Nevertheless, …
Still, I wonder whether the iPhone XS truly is that bad, almost as if the photographer adjusted exposure on the background instead (or simply didn’t tap on the subject’s face). But if there’s no foul play here, then it’s clearly a big win for Google.
Night mode is becoming one of the most important weapons in a smartphone camera’s arsenal these days, combining multiple exposures with smart algorithms. Apple’s iPhones lack this feature right now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a future version of iOS offers this functionality. This could be a boon for older iPhones too, giving Apple’s legacy devices a welcome boost in low-light situations. But until then, the Pixel 3 seems to reign supreme when the sun goes down.
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ISL: Mumbai end Bengaluru’s unbeaten run to top the table

Category : Football , News

Mumbai, Jan 28: A Bengaluru FC’s undefeated season suffered its first blemish after a Paulo Machado goal (29′) was all Mumbai City FC needed to get past the Blues in an Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Mumbai Football Arena on Sunday evening.
The win also meant that Jorge Costa’s men, who have played a game more than Bengaluru but have the same number of points as the Blues (27) and similar goal difference (+9), go atop the table owing to goals scored.
With striker Miku and defender Nishu Kumar still on the road to recovery, Cuadrat rolled out a 4-3-3 with Spaniard Xisco Hernandez playing the role of the false 9, while Kean Lewis started on the left in midfield.
Putting behind what looked like an uncomfortable start, Bengaluru switched the momentum in attack when Xisco’s acrobatic volley had to be tipped over by Amrinder Singh on the bounce just past the quarter hour mark. Minutes later, Rahul Bheke saw an equally athletic effort fly wide.
The Blues forced a flurry of corners out of Mumbai, but it was the hosts who capitalised on a Bengaluru corner when Rafael Bastos sparked an attack on the counter before picking Paulo Machado whose finish rolled beyond Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s outstretched leg to make it 1-0 in the 29th minute.A
Bengaluru, playing a high line at the back, looked like conceding a second on the hour mark when Machado slipped the ball through to pick Modou Sougou’s run.A The Senegalese, with only Gurpreet to beat, saw his shot kept out by the Bengaluru ‘keeper.
Needing to chase the game, Cuadrat introduced Chencho Gyeltshen for Xisco twenty minutes into the second half.A The Blues moved the ball around and found themselves in the final third on more than just a few occasions, but seemed bereft of ideas on the finishing front.
Sunil Chhetri had a big chance to get Bengaluru on level terms when a cross from Lewis fell to the captain in the box in the 83rd minute. But an awkward bounce denied the striker control as Mumbai were let off the hook. Bengaluru made two more changes in the form of winger Boithang Haokip who replaced Udanta Singh, and striker Edmund Lalrindika who came on for Harmanjot Khabra, but their frequent forays into the opposition area were held by the Mumbai defence, who protected the lead until the final whistle.
The Blues head back to Bengaluru, where they face NorthEast United in their first home fixture of the second phase of the League on Wednesday.

I-League: East Bengal beat Mohun Bagan 2-0, back in title race

Category : Football , News

Kolkata, Jan 27: East Bengal put themselves back in title contention after defeating arch-rivals Mohun Bagan 2-0 in the second I-League derby at the packed Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Sunday.
Promising striker Jobby Justin starred for the red and gold brigade with a goal (75th minute) and an assist after Spanish forward Jaime Colado (35th) had opened the scoring for the ‘visitors’.
The defeat all but ended Mohun Bagan’s slim title aspirations as they succumbed to their first defeat under new coach Khalid Jamil. In the first leg, East Bengal had edged past Sankarlal Chakraborty’s Mohun Bagan 3-2.
This is the first time East Bengal have beaten Mohun Bagan twice in the same season in the last 15 years.
Courtesy the result, East Bengal (25 points) trimmed the gap to five points on league leaders Chennai City FC (30 points) while Mohun Bagan remained on 21 points from 14 matches.
East Bengal, placed fourth, and Chennai have played 13 matches each so far with the latter taking on third-placed Real Kashmir FC in a crunch tie on Monday.
Despite the presence of skipper Sony Norde in attack, Mohun Bagan looked lacklustre especially at the back from the start.
East Bengal could have taken the lead as early as in the 8th minute but Jobby Justin failed to connect after Laldanmawia Ralte set him up with a low cross inside the box.
Mohun Bagan took time to get going and could have conceded a penalty when goalkeeper Shilton Paul went for a two-footed challenge on Justin. East Bengal players appealed for a penalty but referee CR Srikrisna waved play on.
The ‘hosts’ first real chance came at the half hour mark when Haitian star Sony Norde’s close range effort was blocked by Lalram Chullova.
Five minutes later, East Bengal took the lead as Justin beat Kingsley Eze on the right flank to keep a low ball inside the box for Jaime. The Spaniard dribbled past Gurjinder to slot the ball home.
Mohun Bagan went into the break with a lot to work on as East Bengal were the far better side.
Mohun Bagan started as a rejuvenated unit after the break and East Bengal’s Colado was lucky to be on the pitch after he dragged down Dipanda Dicka on the floor following the striker’s tussle with Johnny Acosta inside the box.
There was more drama later when Norde floated a corner for Eze, who hit the crossbar with the ball then taking a touch off Darren Caldeira, who was in an off-side position.
The Khalid Jamil-coached side vehemently protested the decision as their premature celebrations were cut short.
East Bengal then doubled their tally through brilliant Justin, who nodded in a Lalrindika Ralte corner at the far post to send the crowd into ruptures.

Atletico Madrid confirm Martins loan to Monaco

Category : Football , News

London, Jan 27: Atletico Madrid on Sunday confirmed they have loaned Portuguese forward Gelson Martins to Ligue 1 strugglers AS Monaco for the rest of the season.
The forward arrived in controversial fashion on a free transfer from Sporting Club de Portugal, over the summer, but has struggled to win a place in the side which is currently second in Spain’s professional football league — La Liga.
Martins has made just eight league appearances, seven of which were as a substitute, and played four more games in other competitions, scoring one goal in the Copa del Rey, reports Xinhua news agency.
The Spanish club confirmed the news on its official website, saying that Martins “faces a new challenge in his professional career and from Atletico Madrid we wish him a lot of luck.”
Atletico are closing in on a deal to sign Chelsea’s former Real Madrid striker, Alvaro Morata on loan with the move expected to be confirmed on Monday or Tuesday.

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This week in Android: Honor View 20 and MWC 2019 preview

Category : News , Podcast

Our Honor View 20 review is in, and boy does this phone check a lot of boxes. It’s not the first phone we have seen with a punch hole screen and 48 megapixel camera, but it is by far the most gorgeous. The Honor 8 started the 15 layer-glass design, but the Honor View 20 is by far the most beautiful implementation. And the phone itself is no slouch either — check out the full review to learn why.
Plus, we detail a couple of OEMs that will bring 5G phones to MWC. Huawei unveiled its new 5G modem recently, and now it plans to debut the world’s first folding 5G phone at MWC. Plus, LG says it will have a 5G phone with a vapor cooling chamber and possibly some kind of gesture control on board. Add to that a couple of phones with no buttons or ports, and MWC is going to be a busy week.
Finally, as if that wasn’t enough, we have thought pieces about the Google Play Store, dumb smart things, and going all-in on Chromebooks for work.
Here are your top stories for the week

02:00 – Honor View 20 review: A hole-in-one!
The Honor View 20 is hands-down one of the most gorgeous devices we have seen. But is it just a pretty picture?

05:30 – Xiaomi reveals foldable phone prototype: Is this the cheap one we’ve been waiting for?

Prepare yourself for the world’s first double folding phone. That’s not a typo, and has been thoroughly fact checked.

20:40 – Google Play still has a clone problem in 2019 with no end in sight
Google Play has clones and copies aplenty, and there actually isn’t all that much that Google can do about it.

34:15 – Is it dumb that everything is “smart?”
Everything at CES was smart this and smart that, but do we really need everything to be smart?

49:00 – One-month test: Can a Chromebook replace my main computer?
Edgar Cervantes took it upon himself to pack up the Windows and Mac PCs for a month to try exclusively using the Google Pixel Slate. It went better than he expected.

Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast
Huawei reveals multi-mode 5G modem, confirms 5G phones and foldable phones (or both at the same time) at MWC

5G and foldables will be all over MWC this year, and Huawei is joining the party!

LG to launch 5G phone with vapor chamber cooling, big battery, at MWC
LG is launching a 5G phone of its own, with vapor chamber cooling, which is not as righteous as we originally suspected.

Are Android updates getting faster? Let’s look at the data
Have you noticed that your phone is getting updates faster? You’re not alone.

Ugh, Android Q could give carriers more powerful ways to SIM lock phones

Carriers may be able to control your phone in new and exciting ways with these new code commits to Android Q.

LG teases touchless interface for upcoming smartphone
Ugh, touching your phone is soooooo 2018, at least if LG has anything to say about it.

Vivo Apex 2019 has a full-screen fingerprint reader, no ports or buttons
Finally, we have a pair of phones (including this one from Meizu) that think buttons and ports are also a bit 2018 for their taste. Not sure we agree.

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The star of the show is the V40’s triple rear-camera setup, featuring one standard lens, one ultra wide-angle lens, and one telephoto lens. You can choose to take a photo with one of these lenses, or use all three at the same time if you want to choose the best one after the fact. The cameras may not be Galaxy Note 9 level, but they are good.
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To learn more about the LG V40 ThinQ, head to our related coverage below:

LG V40 review: Undeveloped innovation
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LG V40 vs Pixel 3 vs Mate 20 Pro: AI camera shootout
Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs LG V40 ThinQ: Which wide-angle camera is best?

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Racing club widen lead in Superliga Argentina title race

Category : Football , News

Buenos Aires, Jan 27: Racing Club extended their lead at the top of the Superliga Argentina football standings with a 3-1 away victory over Aldosivi.
Augusto Solari on Saturday opened the scoring at the Jose Maria Minella Stadium with a fourth-minute strike but Cristian Chavez equalized just before the half-hour mark, reports Xinhua news agency.
The visitors regained the lead when Lisandro Lopez converted from the penalty spot in the 54th minute and Dario Cvitanich put the result beyond doubt with a stoppage time goal.
The result left Racing with 39 points from 16 matches, three points clear of second-placed Defensa a Justicia.
In other matches on Saturday, Huracan secured a 2-1 home win over Rosario Central, hosts Atletico Tucuman routed Gimnasia 4-1 and San Martin drew 2-2 at Tigre.