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Recent articles by Stephen:

Inside Google's Pixel 4 photography: Overhauled portrait mode, dual cameras and more

Other new camera features include better zoom, astrophotography and photo exposure controls. CNET has an exclusive look. → Read More

Why Pixel 4 and iPhone 11 cameras are so damn good

What’s the secret behind the best phone cameras? Something called ‘computational photography.’ → Read More

iPhone 11 and Pixel 4 cameras' secret sauce: Why computational photography matters

Advanced processing can make your smartphone photos shine, even if you're a crappy photographer. → Read More

Meet the robot racing drone that could beat human pilots by 2023

Nine programming teams start competing Tuesday in the Drone Racing League's new autonomous drone race. Here's an exclusive first look at the AI-powered drone. → Read More

Here's why Microsoft wanted a custom chip for the Surface Pro X's brains

Microsoft bets its SQ1 tweak to Qualcomm's 8cx processor will speed up Windows on Arm and attract crucial software developers. → Read More

Skydio's second-gen drone, a $1,000 self-flying action cam, sells out for 2019

The Skydio 2 is smart enough to avoid trees and buildings as it follow you around. Two new controllers also help action-cam shooters direct the drone. This year's batch has sold out. → Read More

Microsoft's custom SQ1 Arm chip taps Qualcomm for Surface Pro X

Arm chips like Microsoft's new SQ1 chips are designed to consume less power than those from Microsoft's traditional chipmaking partner, Intel. → Read More

Intel dramatically cuts prices of top-end i9 gaming chips

Expect a speed boost, too, as Intel revs its old Skylake chip family a little faster. That'll be handy for gamers, video editors and others who need top performance. → Read More

Intel promises bigger, cheaper SSDs for your computer

The chipmaker plans to squeeze more storage into of each cell of flash memory. → Read More

Nuclear weapons lab buys D-Wave's next-gen quantum computer

Los Alamos National Laboratory will install D-Wave's 5,000-qubit Advantage system in 2020. → Read More

iPadOS upgrades Safari, and now I love my iPad

Commentary: Heavy-duty web apps can be way better than overgrown phone apps... as long as you have a keyboard. → Read More

You'll get a new Firefox each month in 2020 as Mozilla speeds up releases

Monthly updates to the open-source web browser are scheduled to begin next year. → Read More

Iron Man's alternate ending would have introduced X-men into the MCU

A never-before-seen alternate ending to the original Iron Man has been released. → Read More

Discord drops Nitro Games catalog, citing lack of gamer interest

The Nitro Games catalog is going away next month. → Read More

Now there's a super high-end 151-megapixel camera for landscape photographers

Phase One's $57,000 XT Camera System combines high image quality with a more compact design -- at the cost of a luxury car. → Read More

XKCD cartoonist's book How To will make you laugh as you learn

Review: Randall Munroe's third book gives hilariously edifying answers to questions like how to take a selfie, catch a drone, play the piano and win an election. → Read More

Speed-doubling USB4 is ready. Now we just have to wait for devices

If you've seen the newer USB-C ports on laptops and peripherals, you know what to expect in 2020. → Read More

Firefox 69 ratchets up tracking protection, switching it on by default

Also, battery help on Macs and a speed boost on Windows. → Read More

Wi-Fi 6 is barely here, but Wi-Fi 7 is already on the way

With improvements to Wi-Fi 6 and then its successor, Qualcomm engineers are working to boost speeds and overcome congestion challenges for wireless networks. → Read More

Flickr lets you print giant poster-size photos again

Flickr's last owners ditched the wall art option, but new SmugMug management thinks the serious photographers it's courting will like it. → Read More