The compact Sony Xperia 5 battles big phone fatigue

From CNET: Phones just keep getting bigger and not everyone is happy about it. For example, just look at how large the iPhone 11 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus are. For those with smaller hands, the pain of using big-screened devices is often very real. Sony is the one phone maker that's historically been sympathetic to the plight of those who don't like big phones. Its Compact range has long incorporated the best of the company's flagship phones into a smaller body without compromising on key specs and features.

ASUS Exhibits Upcoming Lineup of Content-Creation Hardware Solutions at Adobe MAX 2019

From ASUS Press Release: ASUS today opened its booth at Adobe® MAX, an annual conference by Adobe that brings together the world’s best creative minds, industry luminaries and celebrities. The booth highlights the comprehensive lineup of ASUS laptops, monitors, mini PCs and workstations, including the ProArt Series and Zen Series, all designed to enable world-class content-creation experiences for professionals.

Microsoft’s new Office app for iOS and Android combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

From The Verge: Microsoft is unveiling a new Office app for iOS and Android today. While the software giant has had separate versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint available on both iOS and Android for years, this new Office app is designed to combine them into a single download. You’ll be able to access recent documents in the app or even create new ones using the ability to scan text or tables from your phone.

Adobe Premiere Automatically Reformats Videos

From PC Mag: Adobe today unveiled several powerful new features for its pro video software suite; the standout is Premiere Pro's Auto Reformat tool, which uses Sensei AI to detect what's important in a clip frame and crop and track based on that to create output for different sites.

Other highlights announced at the Adobe Max conference include Character Animator 3.0 scene cameras, performance improvements in After Effects and Audition, and direct sharing to TikTok from Adobe Rush.

Sprint posts another quarterly loss as T-Mobile merger remains on hold

From CNET: Sprint's pending merger with T-Mobile has kept the company in a bit of a limbo state. While the deal has received approval from the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission, litigation from 16 attorneys general over whether the deal would be anti-consumer, along with a pending review from the California Public Utilities Commission, has kept the $26.5 billion deal on pause.

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Review (Page 1 of 4)

When I went to San Francisco two years ago, I stayed at an Airbnb on Nob Hill. There were highlights about our accommodation, such as the good location and proximity to public transit. The living situation in our area was a bit cramped, especially with us sharing washrooms with other residents, but it was expected. However, if there was one thing to nitpick, it was actually the owners of the complex. Everything seemed fine, but on the last day, they invited us into their own quarters to watch a basketball game on the television. The owner's brother was also over that evening and so they started chatting about their family business. Unfortunately, they stopped watching their Golden State Warriors and the real match started in the living room. What started as playful jabbing devolved into fierce verbal sparring. At this point, my friend and I left the room, because we had enough of the battles both on and off the court. Their bantering continued through the night until we went to sleep. Despite its conveniences and benefits, the one thing that stuck in my memory was the one incident to leave me with a sour impression. Obviously, this does not speak for all Airbnb hosts, but this can often be true of impressions in general. While products and items we review may have real benefits, they sometimes can be overshadowed by one or two negatives, especially if they are functional detriments. Today in our hands, we have the third-generation of the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless. What sort of impressions will this pair of wireless headphones leave with us, and will the positives outweigh the downsides? Let us read on to find out!

Philips Upbeat True Wireless SHB2505 Review (Page 1 of 4)

At the end of September, I had the chance to attend the IEEE 90th Vehicular Technology Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. I was quite excited to go not just because I managed to have two research papers accepted, but also for the fact I am in Hawaii. I have never been there before, and what better thing is there than to be in a world-renowned vacation spot for sunshine and beaches than to be there for work and have everything paid for by someone else? Now, for those who have trouble believing I got any work done there, I can assure you I did. In my free time, however, I had a chance to tour the island of Oahu in my rental car. One of the things people kept talking about were the shrimp trucks; particularly, Giovanni's Shrimp Truck. At first, I was kind of confused and even somewhat reluctant to go. For one, while I do not hate shrimp, it is certainly not something I crave. Secondly, why would I buy food out of a truck on the side of the highway that only accepts cash? But since everyone was giving them rave reviews, I decided to cough up a whole $14 worth of greenbacks to the totally unenthusiastic person in the truck. When I got my food, I still was not convinced. All I got was a paper plate full of greasy shrimps, two scoops of rice, and a whole stack of napkins. What is going on? Then I took my first bite, and I literally said out loud, "Holy crap!" I did not even care how other people looked at me; I finished the entire plate of food in less than ten minutes. It was simply amazing. What I learned is sometimes, you really have to experience something to understand it. Recently, my colleague Aaron reviewed the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, a set of high end true wireless earphones. But if you do not have $300 and still not convinced about why true wireless earphones are the way to go, Philips has a solution for you. The Upbeat True Wireless SHB2505 is a pair of true wireless earphones for the masses. But are they any good? Read on to see how it fared in the infamous APH Networks audio tests!

Hulu’s offline downloads have arrived on Android

From The Verge: Hulu subscribers can now download content to watch offline on their Android devices or Fire TV tablets, the streaming service announced on Twitter yesterday. The feature has arrived on Android just under a month after it came to iOS and iPadOS. In order to use the feature you’ll have to be a subscriber to Hulu’s $11.99-per-month No Ads plan rather than its cheaper $5.99 subscription.

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