Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live! | Football

9.10am EST09:10

81 min: Tottenham win a corner, which Christian Eriksen plays short to Harry Winks. His cross from the right is only half-cleared and Cech is forced to save smartly from an Eric Dier cross-come-shot off his head. Arsenal break down the field, with Sanchez chasing a long ball from the back. Hugo Lloris charges off his line and out of his penalty area to clear the ball with a diving header.

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9.08am EST09:08

79 min: Arsenal break on the counter, with Sanchez and Ozil combining well once again in midfield to get the ball forward as quickly as possible. Spurs scramble back in time to clear their lines.


9.06am EST09:06

77 min: It’s Lloris to the rescue as Alexis Sanchez jinks and shimmies his way into the Tottenham penalty area and forces the goalkeeper off his line to save before he can unleash a particularly venomous shot.

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9.04am EST09:04

76 min: I say promise – Alli is an established international, but it’s easy to forget he’s still young and has had a poor season thus far.


9.03am EST09:03

75 min: Tottenham double-substitution: Harry Kane and Dele ALli off, Fernando Llorente and Son Heung-min on. Harry Kane has looked off the pace all day, possibly still hampered by his tight hamstring. For all his promise, Dele Alli has had a game to forget.

Kane, off. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

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9.01am EST09:01

73 min: Dele Alli is still on the pitch but has contributed little or nothing. We’re reminded of his existence when Nacho Monreal upends him to concede a free-kick and earn himself a yellow card.


9.00am EST09:00

70 min: Spurs clear the corner, but Arsenal retain the ball. On the left, Sanchez cuts inside Trippier and unleashes a curling shot that zips over the bar. Moments later, Sanchez fails to test Lloris properly after being picked out on the edge of the Spurs penalty area by Mesut Ozil. Arsenal are in complete control.


8.58am EST08:58

69 min: Kieran Trippier is penalised for a foul on Alexis Sanchez wide on the left and seems lucky to avoid a yellow card. With Spurs playing a very high defensive line, the ball’s sent into the penalty area, where Mustafi’s shot is put out for a corner. Mesut Ozil is in no great rush to take it.


8.56am EST08:56

67 min: Arsenal get forward in numbers on the counter-attack and the ball finds its way to Alexis Sanchez on the inside left. He flicks it into the penalty area, where it’s cleared.


8.54am EST08:54

65 min: Sky pundits Gary Neville and Thierry Henry are slavering over Mesut Ozil’s performance, but making the point that he should work this hard in every match, not just big ones against Spurs. He has been very impressive today – looking great creatively, while putting in his fair share of the grunt work when it comes to tracking back and putting various Spurs players under pressure.


8.52am EST08:52

63 min: Christian Eriksen tries his luck from the edge of the Arsenal penalty area but fires high over the bar. It’s a shame he wasn’t that wasteful against Ireland during the week. Then we’d have only lost 2-1. Grrrr …


8.50am EST08:50

62 min: Tottenham substitution: Mousa Dembele off, Harry Winks on.


8.49am EST08:49

60 min: Arsenal win a corner after good work down the inside right from Mesut Ozil. The ball’s swung into the mixer and one unconvincing flap by Hugo Lloris later, ends up going out for a throw-in near the corner flag on the other side of the pitch. Spurs clear their lines.


8.47am EST08:47

58 min: Harry Kane looks to be limping and slightly off the pace, but is still dangerous. At first he has a penalty shout turned down after being challenged by Xhaka, then has a good shot blocked down by Mustafi on the edge of the Arsenal six-yard box.


8.44am EST08:44

55 min: An Arsenal counter-attack ends with Alexis Sanchez threading a through-ball into the Tottenham penalty area for Mesut Ozil to chase. There’s a mite too much pace on the ball and Hugo Lloris is quick off his line to beat the German international to the ball.


8.42am EST08:42

53 min: Lacazette beats the grass in frustration after having an appeal for a penalty turned down. I’d need to see it again to know for sure whether he has grounds for his frustration.


8.41am EST08:41

52 min: Arsenal win a corner. The ball’s cleared as far as Bellerin a few yards outside the penalty area, where Bellerin floats it towards the far post. There’s a mix-up between Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny and a good chance goes a begging.


8.39am EST08:39

50 min: Now Kane is booked for diving in on Granit Xhaka as the Arsenal midfielder attempted to shepherd the ball out of play for a goal kick. He was never going to get to it and has his name taken. I think Mike Dean was going to let that one slide, so to speak, but produced the yellow card after a chat with his linesman.


8.37am EST08:37

49 min: Mousa Dembele sends in a cross for Harry Kane, but it’s a mite too high and the Spurs striker can only head the ball straight up in the air. Moments previously, Shkodran Mustafi was booked for clattering through the back of Harry Kane.

Mustafi takes down Kane. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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8.36am EST08:36

An email from Nick: “Poor Spurs performance, two offside goals, the first one created by a free kick that wasn’t – so why are the Sky commentators slurping all over Arsenal?” he asks. Because they’ve been really good and are well worth their lead?


8.34am EST08:34

Second half: Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal get the ball rolling for the second half, with a two goal lead to protect.


8.33am EST08:33

Jesus Perez unhappy …

Mauricio Pochettino’s assistant Jesus Perez, who is a genuinely lovely fellow, was not at his friendliest as the teams went off for half-time. He waited at the mouth of the tunnel to give refewree Mike Dean both barrels as the ref walked off for half-time. As we wait for the resumption of the second half, Pochettino is deep in conversation with fourth official Kevin Friend. The pair do have every right to be upset with the free-kick that led to Arsenal’s first – there was no foul by Tottenham’s Sanchez on his Arsenal namesake.


8.29am EST08:29

Marginal offside for both Arsenal goals: Replays show that both Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez were a fraction offside for their goals, but we’re talking millimetres here. Any Tottenham Hotspur fans looking to blame the match officials for the current pickle in which they find themselves are clutching at straws. They’ve been woeful today and can probably consider themselves lucky to be to be no more than two goals down.
In other news, a replay of Arsenal’s second shows that Hugo Lloris was caught flat-footed as the ball was crossed to Sanchez and therefore couldn’t dash off his line when the ball clunked off Sanchez’s thigh. This afforded the Chilean a second bite of the cherry and he smashed the ball into the roof of the net from a very tight angle as the Spurs goalkeeper was caught off balance while trying to adjust his feet. Lloris may be one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now, but that’s one he won’t want to see again: he looked like he’d put his boots on the wrong feet.

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8.19am EST08:19

Half-time: Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal go in for the interval with a two-goal lead that is no more than they deserve. Spurs have been uncharacteristically awful: off the pace, poor in possession, woeful in defence and showing little up front either. Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have offered little or nothing, while Harry Kane is attempting to feed off scraps.


8.17am EST08:17

45+2 min: “They have been bullied here,” says Sky Sports co-comms man Gary Neville of Tottenham as the first half enters its knockings.


8.16am EST08:16

43 min: Well, this is turn-up for the books … or is it? Arsenal are battering Tottenham here and Mauricio Pochettino looks furious with his team’s performance. Lacazette got in behind down the right and played the low ball into the Tottenham penalty area, where Sanchez was waiting in acres of space. He made a mess of his first touch, but Lloris remained anchored to his line and allowed the Chilean to recover and rifle the ball between goalkeeper and near post from a ridiculously tight angle.


8.12am EST08:12

GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Sanchez 42)

Alexis Sanchez bundles the ball home with his second bite of the cherry after getting on the end of a low cross from Alexandre Lacazette.

Sanchez scores the second for The Gunners. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

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8.11am EST08:11

40 min: Alexis Sanchez and Davinson Sanchez get involved in another skirmish that results in the Arsenal man going in the book.


8.10am EST08:10

37 min: Tottenham have every right to feel aggrieved about that free-kick, but their making at the subsequent set piece was atrocious. The ball was floated into the penalty area by Mesut Ozil, where the unmarked Mustafi leapt highest (from what looked a suspiciously offside position) at the far post and steered a fine header across the face of goal and inside the upright. Arsenal lead, Tottenham will complain but it’s no more than the home side deserve on the balance of play.


8.08am EST08:08

Goal! Arsenal 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Mustafi 36)

And they only go and score from it! Shkodran Mustafi guides a wonderful header just inside the upright.

Mustafi connects with the free-kick to score the opener. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

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8.06am EST08:06

36 min: Davinson Sanchez is penalised – somewhat unfairly in my opinion – for a foul on Alexis Sanchez and Tottenham have a free-kick in a good position.


8.05am EST08:05

34 min: Tottenham attempt to find their way back into the game with two chances in quick succession. Eriksen clips an upright with a curled effort, then Cech is forced to save a header from Harry Kane.


8.04am EST08:04

33 min: Granit Xhaka picks up the first booking of the game for a needless late challenge on Dele Alli.


8.03am EST08:03

31 min: Alexis Sanchez adds fuel to the fire surrounding his complete non-relationship with Aaron Ramsey by going berserk after the Welshman refused to play the ball long to him from a free-kick after the Chilean had made a darting run into a promising position. Instead, Ramsey plays it short to another team-mate, prompting a mini-tantrum from Sanchez.


8.01am EST08:01

29 min: Arsenal win a corner after more poor defending from Spurs. Ozil is played in behind the defence and plays a pull-back into the area. Eric Dier concedes the corner, from which nothing comes.


7.59am EST07:59

28 min: Hmmm … in what looks a second example of possible cowardice from Alexandre Lacazette this afternoon, the Arsenal striker looks to bottle a challenge with Hugo Lloris after being played through on the Spurs goal.


7.57am EST07:57

27 min: Ben Davies sends in a splendid cross from the left and in the Arsenal penalty area, Harry Kane leaps. He’s beaten in the air by Nacho Monreal, who averts the danger for Arsenal.


7.56am EST07:56

25 min: The camera cuts to Mauricio Pochettino in his technical area and he does not look at all happy. His team are second best here and have been giving away possession with alarming frequency.


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Eagles vs. Cowboys 2017 odds: Streaking Philadelphia a road favorite for Sunday night

The Philadelphia Eagles will try to improve on their NFL-best record with a road win at Dallas against the Cowboys as increasing betting favorites at the sportsbooks.
The Philadelphia Eagles have the best record in the NFL this season at 8-1 straight up and 7-2 against the spread. The Eagles hope to stay on a roll this Sunday night when they visit the Dallas Cowboys.
Philadelphia is a 4.5-point road favorite in Dallas at sportsbooks monitored by The visiting team is 6-2 SU in the last eight meetings between these two teams and 8-3 ATS in the last 11.

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
When: Sunday, November 19, 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Betting Line / Total: Philadelphia -4.5 / 48 Points
Eagles at Cowboys OddsShark Matchup Report

Philadelphia Eagles
Since picking up their only loss of the season all the way back in Week 2, the Eagles have won each of their last seven games and are 6-0 ATS over their last six games.
Philadelphia’s 51-23 win over Denver before the team’s bye week was its second straight win by over 20 points and its fourth double-digit win in its last five games. The Eagles have the second best scoring offense in the league averaging 31.4 points per game while allowing only 19.9 points per game on defense.
In their last 18 games coming off a bye week, the Eagles are 15-3 SU and 11-6-1 ATS per the OddsShark NFL Database. This stretch includes a 2-0 SU and ATS record against Dallas.

Dallas Cowboys
If last Sunday’s performance against the Atlanta Falcons was a sign of things to come without Ezekiel Elliott in the lineup, the Cowboys could be in trouble.
Dallas’ running backs rushed for just 65 yards in the Cowboys 27-7 loss to the Falcons. The Cowboys had racked up 32.4 points per game over its previous five games, but without the threat of Elliott in the backfield, Atlanta had no trouble honing in on the pass. Dallas is 3-10 ATS in its last 13 November home games.
Sunday night’s total is set at 48 points. The UNDER is 9-2 in Dallas’ last 11 games as an underdog.
Since opening at Philadelphia -3.5, this line has already moved a full point in the Eagles’ favor and may continue to do so before game time. With the way that the Eagles are playing and a bye week to prepare for a Dallas offense missing its best player, Philadelphia, second on the odds to win Super Bowl 52, is understandably a popular pick.
For more info, picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the new OddsShark podcast with Jon Campbell and Andrew Avery. Subscribe on iTunes, or check it out at
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Google Assistant Can Troubleshoot The Pixel 2 & Pixel XL 2

Paul Briden

17/11/2017 – 5:03pm

Google has baked-in troubleshooting and diagnostics for Google Assistant

What’s the best kind of product on the market? The kind which fixes itself, of course!
You’ve perhaps heard by now that although the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are doing quite well in reviews, a fair few consumers who’ve actually bought them have been having issues with their devices. Google’s solution, well…one solution (they can’t guarantee it’ll solve ALL problems), is to build troubelshooting support for both devices directly in Google Assistant; the AI software both phones are pre-loaded with.
A post on Android Police reveals that a user stumbled across this feature by asking Google Assistant “why is my phone not charging to 100%?”
Interestingly, the response was “I can help you with your phone’s battery. Is it okay if I check a few things?”
It then went off and ran some analysis, concuding that battery health was ok and there weren’t any apps draining the charge. Some follow up questions eventually lead to Google Assistant not being able to fix the issue, but it then put the user in touch with Google’s support team.
Of course the concept of a device fixing itself isn’t entirely new, as this has been present on Windows PCs for some time and, just as here, a lot of the time after a quick analysis the diagnostics can’t really do much to fix more serious problems. But with that said, it’s still a good feature to have, if only for solving minor problems that might still be out of the scope of some less tech-savvy users.
At present it’s thought this feature is exclusive to the Pixel 2 series.

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Firefox Quantum ditches Yahoo as its default search engine two years early in favour of Google

Mozilla’s next-generation browser, Quantum, has ditched Yahoo as its default search engine, opting to use Google instead.
Firefox had used Yahoo as the default search engine since 2014, after striking a five-year deal with the company. However, in an attempt to bring users a better experience, Mozilla has ended the agreement early.
Mozilla Chief Business and Legal Officer Denelle Dixon told TechCrunch, “We exercised our contractual right to terminate our agreement with Yahoo! based on a number of factors including doing what’s best for our brand, our effort to provide quality web search, and the broader content experience for our users. We believe there are opportunities to work with Oath and Verizon outside of search.” 
Quantum was released on 14 November and is available to download here. If you already use Firefox, the update should be installed automatically. Alternatively, you can update manually by opening the main menu, selecting Help and then About Firefox
The company claims the new browser is twice as fast as the standard Firefox browser and uses 30 per cent less RAM than Google Chrome and early reports appear to confirm this:
A Speedometer 2.0 test that simulates web applications found Quantum was two times faster than Firefox was a year ago. The increase in speed was achieved by using the multiple CPU cores found in desktop and mobile computers. 
Mozilla says Quantum will scale across your CPUs, if you have a modern CPU that extends over a few cores. This will remove stress on the system that can slow it down. 

Quantum also comes with extensions that let users screenshot from within the browser, store pages for later and sync tabs between desktop and mobile versions.
To take a screenshot without leaving the browser, simply click the three-dot button in the address bar and select ‘Take a screenshot’. After this, you can select the area you want to capture or use the buttons for ‘Save full page’ or ‘Save visible’. Finally, click the down arrow to download the image or Save to upload a copy to the cloud. 
The option to save pages for reading later is supported by Pocket. Click the Pocket icon in your address bar to log in – you can do this by connecting it to your Firefox account, or using existing credentials. After this, you can save any web page by simply clicking the appropriate icon in your address bar.
In line with the overhaul to the desktop browser, users of Firefox for Android can also expect a major update soon. The mobile app introduces a brand new interface and a feature that automatically opens your keyboard’s incognito mode (if it has one) during private browsing.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Review

Sony has failed to keep up with the smartphone crowd over the last few years, but it’s one of few still making small phones that can pack a punch. The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact has the same cutting-edge processor, camera, and battery in as the flagship XZ1 . It’s fast, slick, and can be comfortably used one-handed. It stands out in a sea of large-screen phones, but it’s not an unqualified success. At $600, we wish Sony could have found a way to shrink the price tag as well as it did the hardware. There are things we like very much, but there are also some serious issues here.
Dull as ditchwater design
Sony still shows no interest in jumping on the bezel-less bandwagon, but it’s not just the large borders above and below the 4.6-inch display that bother us here. The XZ1 Compact is seriously chunky at 9.3mm thick.
The glass fiber plastic body feels and looks a bit cheap. We don’t like the seam where it meets the Gorilla Glass 5 on the front. Flat, angular, metal panels on the top and bottom accentuate the bulky look. It reminds us of a portable battery charger, which is not a pleasing aesthetic for a phone.

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You’ll find a standard 3.5mm headphone jack at the top and a USB Type-C charging port on the bottom. On the left spine there’s a fiddly flap that houses incredibly thin plastic trays for the MicroSD card and the SIM card. Our SIM card tray proved a little tricky to open. The only advantage of these silly flaps is that you don’t need a SIM tray tool to open them.
The right edge has a lozenge-shaped power button in the middle with a volume rocker above and a camera shutter button at the bottom, perfectly placed for capturing shots when you hold your XZ1 Compact in landscape orientation.
We’re reviewing the U.S. version of the XZ1 Compact here, so the power button is just a power button. It’s worth noting that if you buy it anywhere else in the world the power button will also work as a fingerprint sensor. Sony has never adequately explained why it does this in the U.S., citing “business reasons,” but it is extremely annoying to have to use a PIN or pattern again.

The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is a fast, slick device that can be comfortably used one-handed.

On the back there’s the camera lens at the top left, ringed with a shiny metal highlight, and a flash module in the middle. Flipping back over to the front, Sony has made some use of the big edges flanking the screen to include dual front-facing speakers, alongside the front-facing camera and other sensors.
Switching to the XZ1 Compact from the iPhone 8 was jarring in terms of design. These are similarly sized phones, but Apple’s all-glass sandwich is much more stylish and a full 2mm thinner than the XZ1 Compact.
We don’t even have to compare Sony’s latest with Apple’s to find fault. Casting our minds back to the Xperia Z1 Compact, which we loved, it’s hard to escape the feeling that Sony is going backwards on design. We should note, Sony said its phones will get a redesign, and expect to see this next year.
The Xperia XZ1 Compact comes in White Silver, Black, Twilight Pink, or Horizon Blue. Our review unit was blue, and the plastic body has a kind of metallic sheen to it.
You’ll find a dinky 4.6-inch display in the Xperia XZ1 Compact with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, which is adequate for a screen this size. The iPhone 8 is a hair sharper. The Compact’s colors are vibrant and it’s gets bright enough to see the screen outdoors.
We did not find ourselves missing the higher resolutions of other phones, but we did miss the size. It’s a lot easier to read on a phone like the HTC U11 or the Samsung Galaxy S8, but they obviously pack much larger screens.
The Xperia XZ1 Compact looks like quite a tough device and indeed it has an IP65/68 rating, but you must be very careful to shut the flap tightly before exposing it to water. Rain is nothing to worry about and it should survive a dunk in the bath.
Small, but speedy
If we had to highlight one good thing about the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact beyond its small stature, then we’d pick performance. With a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM inside, this phone is fast.

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We had no issues playing games. From Asphalt 8 to Star Wars: Commander, everything loaded and ran smoothly. We also streamed some Netflix and tried out some music to test the front-facing speakers and they performed admirably.
General navigation is silky smooth, and the pleasing performance was confirmed when we ran the usual batch of benchmarks. Here’s how the Xperia XZ1 Compact scored:

AnTuTu: 155, 583
Geekbench 4 CPU: 1,834 single-core, 6,508 multi-core
3DMark Sling Shot Extreme: 3,501

Those are great scores that put the XZ1 Compact in the same performance category as Android flagships like the LG V30, the HTC U11 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they’re almost identical to the scores its bigger sibling, the Sony Xperia XZ1 got. Only Apple’s iPhones can best that – the iPhone 8 scored a massive 214,492 on AnTuTu.
Camera is a mixed bag
Sony makes excellent camera hardware, as evidenced by the fact that you’ll find Sony image sensors inside everything from Google’s Pixel 2 to the latest trio of iPhones. What it seems to struggle with is the software side and image processing, so hardware that sounds great on paper often under delivers in the real world.

With a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM inside, this phone is fast.

The XZ1 Compact boasts a 19-megapixel main camera with an f/2.0 aperture. That’s the same camera you’ll find in the XZ1 and the XZ Premium. Shooting with the default Superior Auto mode, most photos turned out very detailed with accurate colors, but we ran into two issues that bothered us.
Firstly, the autofocus jumped around a lot and we often struggled to get it to focus where we wanted. This resulted in several shots with blurry subjects. Secondly, and more problematically, we found that low light photos were filled with noise and distinctly fuzzy around the edges of objects like buildings or tree branches. We’re not talking about dark conditions here, just your average overcast day in Scotland.
Comparing the Xperia XZ1 Compact’s camera with a few phones we’ve used recently – the HTC U11 and iPhone 8 – we can unequivocally say it’s a disappointment. Too many of our photos looked smeared. There’s no optical image stabilization (OIS) — instead the Xperia XZ1 Compact relies on electronic image stabilization (EIS) and we wonder if that’s a part of the problem.
We do like the inclusion of the dedicated camera button, and while we though there’s a chance it could be introducing some movement that’s causing the blurring, switching to the onscreen shutter button didn’t make much difference. It’s a good camera overall, but it doesn’t match the latest flagships from competitors.

At $600, Sony is asking too much for the Xperia XZ1 Compact.

Most people won’t use it, but there is also an in-depth manual mode if you want to tweak your settings and explore the camera’s capabilities.
The front-facing camera is rated at 8 megapixels with an f/2.4 aperture and a wide 120-degree field of view that’s perfect for group selfies.
When it comes to video, the Xperia XZ1 Compact has a nifty trick up its sleeve – slow motion 960 frames per second at 720p. It can also record 4K at 30fps, and 1080p at up to 60fps. The slow motion feature is fun, but you really need good lighting or the resulting footage will be extremely noisy.
Android 8.0 Oreo with a Sony touch
We’re pleased to find that the Xperia XZ1 Compact runs the latest Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, because too many manufacturers lag on Google’s latest Android releases. But Sony has applied its own user interface over the top. It’s not as elegant as stock Android, but it looks and works just fine.
Sony does, unfortunately, feel the need to preload lots of useless apps, which is disappointing because this phone only comes with 32GB of storage and only around 20GB free out of the box. Thankfully, there is a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion.
The Xperia Lounge and Sony’s What’s New app are the worst offenders, but we quite liked the 3D Creator, which allows you to scan people or objects and create 3D models of them.
Serious stamina
Sony has packed the same 2,700mAh battery into the Xperia XZ1 Compact as you’ll find in the XZ1. The Compact has a much smaller, lower resolution display to power, so we’re not surprised to find the battery lasts much longer.
With medium use we always had plenty of battery life remaining at bedtime. The Xperia XZ1 Compact can even go two days before needing to be plugged in, if you’re careful.

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It’s also quick to charge, with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 via the USB-C charging port. When we tried it out, it went from 19 percent up to 79 percent in just under an hour. You can expect it to take about 2 hours to fully charge from near zero.
Price, availability, and warranty information
The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact has a standard one-year warranty that covers defects in design, materials, or workmanship. You’re not covered for accidental or water damage, so be careful.
You can buy the Xperia XZ1 Compact from online retailers like Amazon and it will cost you $600. It’s not available from carriers, but it supports GSM networks, so it will work just fine on networks like AT&T and T-Mobile. If you’re on Verizon or Sprint and don’t want to switch, then the Xperia XZ1 Compact is not for you.
Our Take
The Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact is a decent phone with good battery life, great performance, and the latest version of Android. It’s a shame it’s too expensive, looks dull, the lack of a fingerprint sensor is irritating, and the camera simply isn’t as good as it should be.
Is there a better alternative?
At $600, Sony is asking too much for the Xperia XZ1 Compact. Just $50 more nets you the far superior HTC U11 or you could snag the OnePlus 5 for just $480. Both are much bigger, though.
If you prefer something smaller, check out the Essential Phone ($500) or the Google Pixel 2 ($650). They have their flaws, but they’re both better prospects than the Xperia XZ1 Compact and feel a little more contemporary.
If you don’t care about sticking with Android, then Apple’s iPhone 8 is worth a look. It’s a very similar size and it’s a better phone, but it does cost an extra $100.
How long will it last?
If you do buy a Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, then you can expect to get a couple of years out of it. There’s enough power there to future-proof it for the foreseeable. Our Xperia Z1 Compact lasted three years before the power button began to fail. We think you’ll get sick of the XZ1 Compact and want to switch it long before it actually gives out.
Should you buy it?
No. We think there are too many better options for most people. If you’re a die-hard Sony fan, or you have your heart set on a small form factor, and you live outside the States so the fingerprint sensor works, then the Xperia XZ1 Compact is worth considering. Everyone else can do better.

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OnePlus 5T hands-on: Edge-to-edge screen, face unlock, low-light camera, same price

For anyone who’s been following the topic, there’s probably nothing about the OnePlus 5T launch today that comes as a surprise. Just like every smartphone manufacturer under the sun, OnePlus is adding an ultra-wide low-bezel screen to its one smartphone model.
If this isn’t exactly out of the blue, it is somewhat surprising to discover that OnePlus is also keeping the price of its flagship at the same level as before. OnePlus’ phones have always been keenly priced, but in the face of Apple’s move to a £1,000 price point with the iPhone X and Samsung’s £870 Samsung Galaxy Note 8, it’s a move that smartphone buyers will appreciate.
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OnePlus 5T review: Key specifications and release date

6in, 1,080 x 1,920 AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5
75 x 156 x 7.3mm, 162g
2.45GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with Adreno 540 graphics
6/8GB RAM; 64/128GB UFS 2.1 storage
3,300mAh battery
Dual rear cameras: 16MP, f/1.7; 20MP, f/1.7
Front camera: 16MP, f/2
Price: 6GB/64GB, £449; 8GB/128GB, £499

Key features and first impressions
The screen is the new feature, and it’s a big one. The OnePlus 5T’s display uses AMOLED technology, measures 6in across the diagonal and has a resolution of 1,080 x 2,160 with a pixel density of 401ppi. On first inspection, it’s sharp and clear, and OnePlus’ background gives it a candy-coloured glow that grabs your attention straight away.
Like other manufacturers, OnePlus has chosen to slightly round off the corners of its display, although not quite to the extent of the ill-fated Google Pixel 2 XL. It stretches almost, but not quite, to the edges on the left and right, leaving just over half a centimetre of bezel above and below the screen.
It’s quite a dramatic change over the OnePlus 5, but OnePlus has kept the changes to a minimum elsewhere, physically at least. Spin the phone around in your hand with the display off and, initially, you might struggle to tell the difference between old and new. The profile of the rounded corners and rear-panel curves is near-identical to the old phone, and OnePlus has even shaped and placed the plastic antenna bands in exactly the same way.
The OnePlus 5T is a little larger than the 5 by a millimetre or so in width and height, but you need to stack the two phones side by side to perceive any difference. Practically speaking, the OnePlus 5T might as well be the same phone, with all the buttons and switches in the same place. Even the new dual camera (more on which later) is positioned identically, although the surrounding housing for it is now flared slightly and sticks out a fraction more.
Look hard at the rear of the OnePlus 5T and you’ll see the phone’s other main visual change: due to that edge-to-edge screen on the front, there’s no room left for the fingerprint reader below the screen. It’s now circular and has shifted to the rear, just above the OnePlus logo.
The knock-on effect of this move is that the phone no longer has capacitive buttons for home and recent apps on the front of the phone below the screen. The good news is that, although you now have to use soft keys instead, you can hide them at the tap of a button, so you don’t waste even a fraction of the OnePlus 5T’s glorious 6in display.
The two disappointments on the hardware front continue to be the lack of microSD expansion and of dust and water resistance, the latter of which is particularly baffling considering most rivals have at least IP67 protection.
OnePlus 5T review: Performance and camera
Inside, the OnePlus 5T is identical to its forebear and I would expect it to produce near-identical benchmark results. Its core power plant is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, it has 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage and first impressions are that it’s at least as speedy as the OnePlus 5 and every other 2017 flagship phone I’ve seen.
The battery is the same size as before, too, at 3,300mAh, and Dash Charge is still in place, with OnePlus promising “enough power for the day” with half an hour of charging. That’s great news and, if the new phone delivers in the same way as the old one, it’ll be right up with the best of 2017.
But it’s all change when you turn your attention to the camera. Instead of offering a telephoto option for the second camera like last time, OnePlus is focusing this time on low-light photography. There’s a 16-megapixel main camera with an aperture of f/1.7 as before, but the secondary camera is now a 20-megapixel unit with the same aperture and focal length. This should make for even more effective portrait shots than on the previous model.
In lighting below 10 lux, the OnePlus 5T will switch to the secondary camera, which can also combine four pixels into one to produce cleaner images in low light. A nice idea, but a bit of an odd one, especially considering the secondary sensor – at least from a hardware standpoint – should actually be worse in low light than the main one. We’ll report back in our full review, but this is an area to keep an eye on.
OnePlus 5T review: Software improvements and face unlock
As mentioned earlier, OnePlus runs the latest version of its own Android launcher on top of Android 7 and there are a number of key improvements here as well. I’ve already mentioned the ability to hide the soft key shortcut bar with the tap of an extra icon, but the OS abounds with lots of extra little touches like this.
One such is the reversal of the answer-call gesture from standard Android install from a swipe up to a swipe down. Another is the ability to search for pictures in the OnePlus Gallery app based on where they were shot. OxygenOS also has a brand-new feature that OnePlus is calling Parallel Apps, which allows it to generate two instances of popular apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Skype so you can run them with two accounts at the same time.
And then there’s face unlocking, which OnePlus didn’t quite make the song and dance over that Apple did. Like Apple’s system, face unlocking on the OnePlus 5T can be used to unlock the phone and it works in 0.4 seconds according to OnePlus, so it’s slower than the 0.2 seconds the fingerprint reader takes. But, unlike Apple’s Face ID, the system can’t be used directly for payments via the Play Store. I’d imagine paying for goods via contactless should be fine, though, since as long as you have PIN protection, and your phone is unlocked, you can use Android Pay in shops.
The only strange thing this is that the OnePlus 5T is launching on Android 7 Nougat and not Google’s latest software, Oreo. It’s strange because almost every other new phone being currently launched does have Oreo on board. Still, with the OnePlus 5 yet to get its Oreo update it’s not that surprising and, if OnePlus follows the same update pattern as with the 3 and the 3T I’d expect both the OnePlus 5 and 5T to get the software at the same time at some point in the near future.  
OnePlus 5T review: Early verdict
OnePlus hasn’t been doing mid-term upgrades for long, but it’s a strategy that seems to be doing well and the 5T certainly looks like a cracking upgrade – at least on first impressions.
The phone’s design is just as appealing as the OnePlus 5, but with a bigger, frame-filling screen and, potentially, better photography in low light. If that turns out to be the case, and battery life is as good as the previous version, OnePlus is sure to have another winner on its hands.

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Our best tips and tricks for the Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

Both smartphones are equipped with stock Android 8.0 Oreo, and have set aside bloatware and elaborate features, as is Google’s tradition. With the Pixel and Pixel 2, the Mountain View company has evolved and hidden a little surprise inside its smartphones.
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Song information always at your fingertips
The Google Pixel 2 has an interesting feature that can replace Shazam and other music recognition apps. Thanks to exclusive Google technology, your new Pixel can now recognize up to 10,000 songs, displaying the artist’s name and song title directly on the Always On screen.

There’s something almost magical about music recognition. / © AndroidPIT

The recognition technology operates from an offline folder stored on the smartphone, so you don’t need an internet connection to recognize a song. This folder is automatically updated when the user connects to Wi-Fi, and varies according to the country. The most useful feature allows you to touch the name of the song displayed on the Always On screen and immediately open Google Assistant, which provides information about the song and allows you to play it on Google Play Music.
Here’s how to enable (or disable) the function:

Open the Settings
Enter the Sound section
Tap on Advanced to display hidden menus
Tap on Now Playing at the bottom of the list
You can enable (or disable) the feature here

This function has no impact on the battery, and it only listens to the ambient noise every 60 seconds (not permanently). I was quite impressed by this musical recognition, particularly in environments where background noise was very present.
Squeeze the side of your smartphone to launch your favorite app
As with the HTC U11, the new smartphones from Google are equipped with squeezable sides. But unlike the HTC smartphone, the Google Pixel limits this function to the activation of Google Assistant, just as Samsung did for Bixby. Although it’s not as bad as Bixby, this feature is rather useless for the time being.
If you want to use this feature to launch another app, it’s possible! That’s what the developer flar2 thought, and he added the compatibility to his Button Mapper app with Active Edge on XDA Developers.

However, the feature that enables the launch of Google Assistant is deeply linked to the phone system, making it difficult to make any changes. The developer therefore uses a trick to know when the voice assistant is active, in order to stop it from being executed, and replaces it with the app or the feature of your choice. It’s not the most elegant solution, but it’s better than nothing if you’re without root. Obviously, this feature will disable Google Assistant. Take your time to think about it before you decide to follow the developer’s dedicated tutorial on the site.
Prevent photos from automatically disappearing from your smartphone
Google smartphones are designed to deliver high quality photos, with their incredible specs and unlimited storage space for photos and videos on Google Photos.
Pixels also have a feature called Smart Storage, which deletes photos from your smartphone’s internal memory after 90 days if they are stored on Google’s cloud. It’s not to every user’s taste, as some would like to keep their photos to view them offline. Here is a guide on how to disable this feature:

Go to Settings
Select the Storage menu
Disable the Smart Storage function

It’s highly important to have the choice of enabling and disabling this feature, in order to avoid pictures from disappearing after 90 days without asking for them to be deleted! / © AndroidPIT

There you have it. You can still set up the feature manually from Google Photos, and manage your free space from the app’s side menu.
Save battery life in dark mode
The two new Google Pixel 2 smartphones are equipped with an OLED display, which means that each black pixel on the screen is a pixel that’s turned off. This saves energy, especially when there are many black pixels (although the difference isn’t that impressive either).

Will you be attracted to the dark side of the force? / © AndroidPIT

By activating the dark theme, you’ll be able to enjoy the Quick Toggles in black, a selection of apps in dark and translucent hues, and a dark background screen. Unfortunately, the theme is not active in other apps, not even by going into the settings. To activate dark mode, you just need to set a background with many shades of black. It also works with Live Wallpaper.
Activate night mode (blue light filter)
The blue light filter helps protect our eyes when we’re using smartphones in the dark. This is why it’s interesting to automate the feature so that it activates from sunset to dawn, allowing our eyes to relax and facilitate sleep (obviously, at the cost of a losing a little color accuracy).

As usual, go to Settings
Tap on Display
The option for Night Light is located here
In the Schedule menu, you can choose to activate the option from sunset to sunrise, or at a custom time.

Although the display looks very yellow on the picture, the effect is actually lighter and your eyes will thank you for it.  / © AndroidPIT

Automatically connect and disconnect from Wi-Fi
With your new smartphone, you don’t have to worry about disconnecting from Wi-Fi when you leave home, or reactivating it when you arrive at work or at your university library. The Google Pixel 2 is able to recognize the proximity of a known and used Wi-Fi network (like at home or at work) in order to connect or disconnect from it automatically.
You’ll no longer have to remember switch your Wi-Fi on or off each time: the Pixel does it all by itself. It’s not revolutionary, but it’s definitely helpful. To activate the feature, follow these steps:

Go to Settings
Tap Network & Internet
Tap on Wi-Fi
Find the Wi-Fi Preferences menu at the bottom
The first option is the one we need to Turn on Wi-Fi automatically

The option is enabled by default, but if you want to make sure, you can follow the steps described above.
Automatic Do not Disturb mode during driving
I’ve already mentioned how smartphones are becoming an increasing distraction during travel, so I won’t lecture our poor readers again. However, there are times when being disturbed by a smartphone can be particularly dangerous, like when driving. That’s why Google offers the possibility of configuring the smartphone so that it automatically enters “do not disturb” mode when driving a vehicle. To activate this feature, follow this process:

Go to Settings
Enter the Sound menu
Select Do Not Disturb preferences
You will find a list of presets for the feature, but the one we are interested in is Driving (the last one)
After tapping on this option, you can activate it using the usual switch

It’s possible to set the Do Not Disturb mode for other occasions. / © AndroidPIT

Now, every time you’re behind the wheel, you won’t be tempted by constant notifications from your work, email apps and incoming calls. But remember that not using your phone while driving is mostly dependent on your will to do so.
Activate the camera in one step (and more gesture tricks)
Not everyone knows that Google Pixel 2 offers practical gestures for the camera. The first, and most well-known among them is the one that allows you to press the phone’s on/off button twice in order to quickly launch the camera app, and potentially not miss the best shot of your career.

These features are enabled by default. / © AndroidPIT

What if you wanted to take a little selfie? Once the camera app is opened, simply twist your wrist twice quickly to switch between the rear and front camera. You look a little silly, but once you get used to it, it’s hard to stop!
Disable HDR+ mode
Google’s HDR+ mode allows Pixel 2 to achieve unparalleled results in terms of brightness dynamics, taking multiple shots and choosing the best out of each of your photos, without you even knowing it. The pictures taken in this mode are remarkable, but you don’t always want to see everything in a picture. Sometimes you just want to take a picture with backlighting, showing black silhouettes… In these cases, the HDR+ may well spoil the desired effect, which is why it’s possible to disable this function.

Go to the Camera app
Open the menu on the top left (with the three lines icon)
Tap on Settings
In the Photo category, tap on Advanced
Here you can activate HDR+ control, which will place a button on the main screen of your camera app.

Take full control over what’s happening in your camera. / © AndroidPIT

With the switch, you can force HDR+ on, turn it off or leave it on auto, which is the default.
Do you know any other tips and tricks for the new Google smartphones? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments!

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OnePlus 5T vs iPhone X

CHINESE PHONE MAKER OnePlus officially unveiled the 5T this week, it’s latest mid-range smartphone that takes on the likes of the iPhone X with its flagship-challenging specs.
We’ve pitted the OnePlus 5T against the iPhone X to see if the smartphone has what it takes to challenge its big-name rivals.
DesignOnePlus 5: 156x75x7.3 mm, 162giPhone X: 143.6×70.9×7.7mm, 179g
Despite their difference in price, both the OnePlus 5T and iPhone X are premium-looking devices. Like the OnePlus 5 before it, the 5T boasts a unibody aluminium shell, similar to that seen on the iPhone 8. Unlike its predecessor, the 5T boasts an all-screen design around the front, which has seen the fingerprint scanner shifted to the rear of the device.
The iPhone X also removes Apple’s long-used Touch ID sensor in favour of a bezel-less (well, almost) design, but rather than placing it on the rear, Apple has removed the scanner altogether in favour of its newfangled Face ID tech which the firm claims is the most accurate and secure face authentication tech available.
The OnePlus 5 debuts ‘Face Unlock’, which uses more than 100 unique identifiers to unlock the OnePlus 5T and it reads them using the phone’s standard front-facing camera. While OnePlus’ solution is perhaps not as accurate as Face ID, which beams 30,000 infrared dots onto a user’s face, some early reviews claim it’s faster than Apple’s offering. 

Elsewhere, design-wise, the iPhone X features a premium all-glass design surrounded by a metal frame. It also offers a ‘microscopic level’ of waterproof protection, according to Apple, whereas the OnePlus offers no protection against the elements. 
In terms of colours on offer, the iPhone X will be made available in Space Grey and Silver, while the OnePlus 5T is available in Midnight Black only.
DisplayOnePlus 5T: 6in 1080×2160 optic AMOLED display (401ppi)iPhone X: 5.8in Super Retina (2436×1125, 458ppi) OLED edge-to-edge display
The 6in screen on the 5T is the biggest display on a OnePlus handset yet. The resolution improved slightly on the OnePlus 5’s, giving it the same 401ppi pixel density, but this fails to match the iPhone X which offers a 458ppi Super Retina resolution.
Still, the OnePlus 5T’s 18:9 screen doesn’t feature Apple’s now-signature ‘notch’, which can only be a good thing. 
Both displays utilise OLED tech, which means both should offer up a similar level of clarity and brightness. They also both pack similar software features, with the iPhone X arriving as the first iPhone to feature Apple’s TrueTone, which adjusts the white balance to suit your environment, and the OnePlus 5 offering a new mode called ‘Sunlight Display’ that “adapts to harsh light to facilitate a great viewing experience.”
Hardware and storageOnePlus 5T: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU, 8GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB storageiPhone X: A11 Bionic CPU, 3GB RAM, 64GB or 256GB storage 
The OnePlus 5T, like most of this year’s Android flagships, packs Qualcomm’s 10nm Snapdragon 835 CPU, which OnePlus has paired with a hefty 8GB RAM. While we’re yet to benchmark the smartphone, it’s unlikely many will have complaints when it comes to performance.
The iPhone X, on the other hand, features Apple’s new A11 CPU, which comes with paired with an Apple-built GPU. This six-core CPU is divided into two low-performance cores and four high-performance cores, with the regular cores being 25 per cent faster than the previous A10 chip, and the high-performance cores being up to 75 per cent faster than the A10 SoC. According to Apple, and subsequent benchmark scores, it’s the fastest mobile SoC on the market today.

Storage-wise, the OnePlus 5T comes with either 64GB or 128GB built-in, while the iPhone X offers a choice of 64GB or 256GB. Neither phone offers a built-in microSD port.
SoftwareOnePlus 5T: Android 7.1.1 NougatiPhone X: iOS 11
It’s always difficult pitting iOS against Android, because almost everyone knows which operating system they’d rather use. 
The iPhone X, naturally, will ship running iOS 11. This brings with it some features that will only be available on the pricey flagship, including Face ID, animated emoji (or ‘Animoji’), new gestures for navigating home and multitasking, and portrait lighting and selfie modes. 
The OnePlus 5T runs Android Nougat, but the firm is promising a speedy upgrade to Google’s newer Oreo software. The firm is also claiming that OxygenOS will also see some improvements on the 5T, promising a “refined” software experience that’s “faster, cleaner and more customizable” than those offered by rival manufacturers.
This is thanks to OxygenOS’ new platform, that enables a more streamlined software development process, resulting in faster, more consistent updates.
CamerasOnePlus 5: Dual 20MP + 16MP (f/1.7), 16MP front-cameraiPhone X: Dual 12MP (f/1.8 and f/2.4) with OIS, 7MP front-facing 
Both the OnePlus 5T and iPhone X offer dual camera setups, and on paper at least, the cheaper 5T comes out on top with its dual 20MP and 16MP cameras, compared to Apple’s two 12MP sensors.
While this is a near identical setup to that seen on the OnePlus 5, the 5T’s secondary camera comes equipped with a larger f/1.7 aperture which should make for improved low-light photography.  The firm also claims that its Intelligent Pixel Technology will see the secondary camera merges four pixels into one, reducing noise in low-light environments and enhancing clarity, while a new Portrait Mode will make your selfies less fuzzy, or something. 
OnePlus trumps Apple when it comes to the front-facing camera too, packing a 16MP sensor compared to a 7MP lens.
BatteryOnePlus 5T: 3,300mAh battery, Dash Charge supportiPhone X: 21 hours quoted talk-time, fast charging, wireless charging
The OnePlus 5T packs the same 3,330mAh battery as the OnePlus 5, which we found easily made it through an entire day. There’s also Dash Charge support included, which OnePlus claims equip you with enough juice for the day after just 30 minutes.
The iPhone X also offers fast charging support, but is also the first iPhone to support wireless charging, a feature not offered by the OnePlus 5T, While Apple hasn’t coughed on the size of the battery inside the iPhone X, it has said that it’ll last two hours longer than the iPhone 7 and will get you 21 hours of talk time.
PriceOnePlus 5T: From £449iPhone X: From £999
With pricing starting at £449 for the 64GB model, you could get two OnePlus 5T handsets for the price of one iPhone X with change to spare.
VerdictDespite the glaring price difference, the OnePlus 5T and iPhone X are fairly evenly matched on paper. Both sport full-screen designs, both offer dual camera setups and, although Apple claims its offering is the most accurate, both feature face-scanning technology.
While it’s unlikely the OnePlus 5T will convince any users to cancel their iPhone X order, it – on first impressions, at least – unprecedented value for money. µ

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Artland is a social art market that connects galleries and buyers

Danish startup Artland is building a social marketplace for the art world and its key players: Galleries and professional collectors, while also hoping an app-based approach helps onboard a new generation of art buyers.
The team’s overarching mission is to make art buying more accessible and thus widen the sales pipe. The core problem being that galleries aren’t typically short of artworks to hang on their walls. What they really need is more buyers’ eyes in front of exhibited works.
On a more abstract level, galleries do probably also need to up their sales game to compete in an era of selfie culture and trivial digital generation providing plenty of low cost, taste-customized printable fodder for consumers to fill up their walls. (Not that you’d call it art, but, well, wall space is finite.)
“The art market is a complex and regulated market meaning there’s a lot of players in there, and it’s difficult to understand what it’s all about,” says co-founder Mattis Curth, who along with his brother and co-founder Jeppe only stepped foot in a gallery for the first time in early 2016. That experience led them to the idea for Artland as they felt the art market lacked transparency and could be more welcoming to newcomers.
“The vision of Artland is to make art more accessible to a broader audience. And lower the barrier to enter the market,” he adds. “What we do is to build on the principles of social media. Because that is how we can target the new generation of art buyers.
“Right now we position ourselves as the only social art market… That means we are the place for collectors to connect with each other and the first place for collectors to share their collections online.”
There are some pretty sizable players in the online art market space these days. New York based Artsy, founded back in 2009, pulled in a $50M funding round this summer, for example, for an auction-focused art marketplace that’s valued at $275M.
Plenty of other art e-tail businesses are also well established selling artworks online — such as the curated, contemporary selection offered by a site like Rise Art.
There are even some more recent no-barrier-to-entry startup approaches, like ‘Tinder for art’ startup Wydr — which lets anyone upload artworks for sale, and directly connects those artist/artwork owners with potential buyers who get to swipe through photos of the works in its app (effectively playing the gallery role itself, just without any curation).
Artland’s positioning is definitely not another ‘Tinder for art’. All the artworks for sale on its platform are by artists who have gained gallery representation already so are likely more established (and thus probably also of more interest to professional art buyers/collectors).
Though users of the app can view a wider selection of artworks via the app too, not just those available to buy, as collectors can publicly share uploaded images of the works they own with the community.
Curth says the difference in positioning between Artland and Artsy is a focus on collectors — with Artland offering free tools for art collectors to register and manage their collections.

Artland User Profile

Buy from partner galleries

Artland art calendar

The 2016-founded startup launched its iOS and Android apps this September — and has around 10,000 registered users at this early stage, plus 60 galleries onboarded.
The team is seed funded, though it’s not publicly disclosing how much money it’s taken in yet. It will say it counts prominent art collectors from the Nordic region among its investors, as well as business angels.
The aim, say the co-founders, is to serve rather than disrupt existing players in the art space. Artland’s business model is thus firmly attached to galleries — selling a subscription service for which they also get to showcase the works they have for sale in their galleries on its platform (to sweeten the deal, it says it only starts charging the monthly fee after a gallery sells their first work).
Galleries also get to be listed and visible to the app’s community of art enthusiasts and buyers, and can add details of their upcoming exhibitions and events.
Artland’s other focus is on serving art collectors’ needs — via free tools to create a digital register of their collections — as this is the group it most needs to join the community to drive art sales and encourage galleries to pay its monthly fee. There could also potentially be additional future revenue streams attached to this group by cross-selling insurance services.
The app is free for collectors to upload content, or for anyone to browse. Collectors uploading works also get visibility controls which let them maintain a private register within the app, should they prefer, or share access to their collection — including selectively.
They can also make their collections public for all other users of the app to browse and comment on if they choose.
“The main pain point [for art collectors] is the registration of collection,” says Curth. “What many of them try to do is to do it in a spreadsheet… but it’s so difficult for them to keep doing that. Because it’s complex or it’s irritating to do. And what has been built into the product from the beginning has been this privacy that needed for them to do that.
“That means you can be totally private, which means the other [user] has to request and be accepted to get inside and see what you have. You can be public of course, or you can be an alias or choose between those things — and that’s where one of the sweet spots are, is that we can help them with insurances. And insurance companies can manage the portfolio through that.”
After a collector uploads a picture of a work and adds the artist’s name, the platform foregrounds any other collectors with works by the same the artist, as well as highlighting all galleries, exhibitions and works on the platform by the same artist.
“This gives you an overview of all data that is available in combination with your own data. You will no longer be searching for information they come to you,” adds Curth.
So again the focus is on serving a community of art enthusiasts by helping them connect with each other and discover relevant content.
Plus, of course, if a collector already knows an artist’s work they may well feel more comfortable buying another of their works remotely via the app — i.e. without having to see it in person, via a physical gallery visit. Familiarity and quality are important sales factors here too given artworks can be expensive.
Many art buyers may well already be trawling mainstream social networks like Instagram seeking new art to feed their passion. Artland’s conviction is that this group can be persuaded to take to a dedicated social network to aid the art discovery process via familiar social media mechanisms (likes, comments, follows and so on). As well as because of the free tools it’s giving them to manage their collections.
For artists, the platform offers at least another place for showcasing their work by letting them upload a viewable (though not directly sellable) portfolio — potentially helping them build relationships with galleries and art collectors which could lead to sales down the line (but again, the only artworks that can be bought via the app are those galleries are exhibiting).
“There are many leads but not enough relations,” says Curth of the general dynamic of the art market — an imbalance Artland is hoping its platform can address.
“If you look at the art market as such it’s a €54M euro market. The online market has just started to grow — 20 per cent last year… and the galleries know they have to be a part of it. The buyers know there has to be solutions. So there are very, very huge opportunities right now,” he adds.
Another quirk of the art market is that many artists are also art collectors themselves — as a consequence of swapping their own works for works by other artist friends. So Artland reckons they too might value the app’s free collection management tools, giving them further incentive to join its community.
While for newcomers to art buying and collecting the app can also function as a bit of an art history database — offering info on artists and art movements, as well as the ability to browse others’ collections for inspiration and view core market info (so those upcoming exhibitions and art fairs).
Here Artland is also serving its core customer again by featuring interviews with listed gallery owners, as another relationship building strategy to help buyers and artists get to know them.

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Sony Apologizes for A7R III Delay

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Sony Japan has issued a statement apologizing for delays on the shipment of A7R III camera pre-orders, due to unexpected demand. All pre-orders made before the release date will be delivered by early December. The A7R III has now started shipping to pre-order customers throughout Europe, with first deliveries in North America expected by the end of November.

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