Night Sight for Pixel Phones is Going to Blow Your Mind, Coming This Week

Taking pictures in low-light situations has long been a challenge, especially on smartphone cameras. Google is changing that with Night Sight, a Pixel-exclusive feature that will absolutely blow your mind.

To avoid going into too much detail on how photography works and why it’s hard to take pictures when it’s dark, we’ll put it simply: good photographs require light. Period. When it’s dark, well, there isn’t a good amount of light available for the camera sensor.

The end result? A crappy, dark, and generally grainy photo. But with Night Sight, the Pixel camera is able to intelligently make those dark, grainy, and crappy photos less dark, grainy, and crappy. To be honest, it’s pretty damn incredible.

I tested out Night Sight with a modified version of the Pixel camera on my Pixel 2 XL a few weeks ago, here are a couple of comparison shots:

Top: Without Night Sight; Bottom: With Night Sight enabled

It does this by measuring certain aspects of the scene—like the amount of available light, the movement in your hand, and how much motion in the shot. And it does all of that before you take the picture. It uses this information to process how to capture the photo, adjusting exposure and burst photography on the fly.

It also uses machine learning to balance the colors of the photograph, leading to a more naturally lit picture—not a dark photo that looks like it’s had its brightness enhanced.

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Samsung Shows Off Its Folding Phone: Here’s Everything We Know

There’s been talk of foldable displays for years at this point, with Samsung always at the forefront of those rumors. And today, at its own developer conference, the company showed off its first folding phone.

While the details of the device in particular are incredibly scant, what we do know is that it features two displays: one large one on the inside (this is the one that folds), and one smaller one on the outside. The inside panel—the larger, folding one—was said to be 7.3-inch. The size of the smaller screen wasn’t announced.

For a better idea of how this works, have a looksee at this gif:

The overall design of the device was hidden inside of sort of bulky external shell as to keep its overall look more of a secret, making this look more like an early functional prototype than anything that resembles a ready-for-market handset. And that’s literally all we know about the hardware right now, but that’s still more than we knew before the SDC keynote, so at least it’s something.

 

They also provided some insights into the software. Google announced this morning that Android will natively support folding displays—or “foldables,” as they’re calling them—and Samsung had a Google engineer at SDC to talk that partnership up. Future versions of Android will have foldable features built in by default, though the exact implications and how wide-reaching these features will be isn’t readily available.

One thing Samsung did show off, however, is a new multi-window mode that supports three apps on-screen at the same time in tablet mode. Samsung was one of the first companies to bring any sort of multi-window to Android phones (long before Google’s official support) so it makes sense that the company is looking to take this to the next level.

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Google Killed Chrome Apps, But You Can Easily Make Your Own

If you live in Chrome the way live in Chrome (which is basically all the time) but also appreciate running webapps in dedicated windows for better multitasking, Applicationize is a killer tool to have in your toolbox.

It can turn any website into a full Chrome extension, allowing you do to things like open in its own window or pin it to the taskbar. It effectively re-adds the webapp functionality that was removed from Chrome for Windows and Mac some time ago, but it’s also super useful on Chrome OS too!

Using the tool is about as simple as it gets. Head over to Applicationize to get started.

First, drop the URL of the site you want to run as an app into the first step, then click the “Generate & download Chrome extension” button.

Note: You can also set a custom image as the app icon, change the title, override the user agent, change the window frame color, and grant specific permissions under the “Advanced” button.

You should get a warning that Chrome can’t install the extension (apps/extensions that aren’t in the Chrome Web Store are blocked from auto-installing now), but the extension will still download to your system’s default download location. Just click OK to dismiss this.

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How I Work From Home: Cam’s Pain Cave of Productivity

Telecommuting is becoming more and more common these days, with many tech writers (myself included) working from home on a full-time basis. I get asked about how I work fairly often, so here’s the skinny.

I often think that when people ask “how I do it,” they’re asking a couple of different things. For one, they want to know how to get into a career where you work from home. I can understand the appeal, but I can also tell you that working from home is no joke—it’s not as fun as you think, because you have no separation between work and home, and you have to stay focused.

That leads into the second thing I believe people want to know—they’re asking how I stay productive. It takes a certain amount of self-discipline to work from home, and keeping productivity up can be a challenge.

I’ve been working from home for nearly a decade now, and throughout that time I’ve continually tried to adjust my workflow for maximum productivity. Here’s a look at what I do, the products I use to get things done, and a few other things I do to stay productive.

I’m Cameron Summerson, the News Editor for How-To Geek and Review Geek. This is how I work.

My Home Office: The Mullet of Workspaces

My productivity “journey” starts in my home office. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about working from home, it’s that a dedicated workspace is an absolute must—sharing your workspace with the living room or bedroom is just not fun (and I say that from experience).

Technically, my workspace is still a shared space, but I share it with my hobbies instead of other people. One half is for working and the other half for fun—hence the “mullet of workspaces” subhead. Heh. The “front” half of my office holds the desk, along with all the other stuff I use for work—the TV, device charging station, and all that good stay together.

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How to See Which Facebook Advertisers Have Your Private Info

It’s widely known that Facebook allows advertisers to specifically target groups of people, but did you know that you can see which advertisers are actively targeting you? You can—and it may blow your mind.

As part of Facebook’s attempt to be more transparent, you can easily find out which advertisers are showing ads using a contact list that contains your info. This info is gathered by the advertiser, then uploaded to Facebook as a way to control who the ads are shown to.

Here’s how to find that info on both the web and in the Facebook app.

On the Web

To find your ad settings on Facebook dot com, you can click on this link to go directly to it. But for future reference, here’s where to find that info in Facebook’s menus.

First, jump into the Settings menu. You’ll find it by clicking the little down arrow near your name and picture in the upper bar.

From there, click the Ads option.

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