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iPhone 8 teardown has more bad news about repairability

The iPhone 8 is hitting stores today, and like clockwork, iFixit has delivered its teardown of Apple‘s latest flagship. With these iFixit teardowns, Apple products seem to be something of a mixed bag - while the iPad line can be notoriously hard to repair through DIY methods, the iPhone teardowns usually net middling-to-good review scores. In that regard, the iPhone Continue reading

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Columbia Engineering researchers make soft robotics breakthrough with new artificial muscle

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have made a breakthrough in soft robotics that is said to have solved a long standing issue in creating untethered soft robots. The goal of these soft robots is to mimic the action and movements of natural biological systems. The research team was led by Hod Lipson, a professor of mechanical engineering. The team developed a Continue reading

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Purism Librem 5: the promise of a truly free, truly open phone

Part of the appeal of Android is its openness, at least compared to iOS. But, let‘s face it. Google isn‘t running a charity and Android‘s direction will always be aligned with Google‘s business. There will always be a large hole to be filled as far as a truly open, truly free, truly secure, and truly private phone goes. And Purism, Continue reading

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Tesla Model S 75 rear wheel drive EV gets the axe this Sunday

If you have been on the fence about buying a Tesla Model S and have been considering the cheapest Model S option, it is about to go away. Tesla has confirmed that as of September 24 the cheapest Model S of them all will be no more. The budget Model S is the Model S 75 in rear-wheel drive. After Continue reading

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Pokemon Playhouse: Gotta start ‘em young

Although initially intended for young gamers, Pokemon quickly became a grownup‘s playground. Especially with ‘spinoffs‘ like Pokemon GO. In trying to bring the game back to its roots, Pokemon Company might have gotten carried away. The latest addition to its line of mobile games, Pokemon Playhouse is meant for those too young to play the actual video games but would Continue reading

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Land Rover Discovery hauls 110-ton Aussie road train across the Outback

Land Rover wants people interested in the new Discovery to know it can tow a lot of weight. While most Discovery buyers will never tow anything, much less take the capable SUV off-road, Land Rover hooked the Discovery to a 100-meter long road train that weighs in at 110 tons. A road train is a big rig that hauls multiple Continue reading

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Ani OVERDRIVE: Fast & Furious finally rolls out this weekend

What‘s better than having tricked out cars racing and trying to ‘nearly‘ destroy each other, Fast Furious style? Why having said cars be controlled by AIs, of course! While that might sound like a script for a sci-fi flick, that is basically the premise behind Anki‘s latest OVERDRIVE set. The Anki OVERDRIVE: Fast Furious Edition shrinks down two Continue reading

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Unlocked Moto X4, sans Android One, still coming to the US

Google just proudly announced that it‘s bringing its Android One program to the US, with the recently launched Moto X4 as its first champion. Not everyone, however, might see the point in an Android One phone or, more practically speaking, be willing to sign up for Google‘s Project Fi MVNO service just to get their hands on Motorola‘s latest mid-range Continue reading

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GO Keyboard reportedly violates Google Play privacy policies

Privacy has unfortunately become almost a commodity these days. It is something that users mostly take for granted, especially in exchange for convenience, and something companies use to barter with each other. Despite that somewhat lax attitude, however, there are times when too much is really too much. As seems to be the case with GO Keyboard, a popular third-party Continue reading

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The iPhone 8 is tougher than it looks

One of the perceived problems of smartphone OEMs switching to glass both back and front is their durability. Glass is, after all, perceived to be more fragile than metal or even plastic. The keyword here is ‘perceived‘. Not all glass are made equal, especially not the glass used in smartphones. And, as JerryRigEverything‘s triple stress test of the iPhone 8 Continue reading

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Chuwi LapBook Air pre-orders start, shipping in a few weeks

If could get a handsome laptop with the best specs you could get on a tight budget, would you mind that it looks like an already existing product? That is the question you‘ll have to ask yourself when facing the Chuwi LapBook Air, whose price and availability hast just been revealed. There is no beating around the bush, it‘s going Continue reading

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OnePlus splits apps from OxygenOS for faster updates

With very few exceptions, like Nexus or Pixel or Essential, almost all Android smartphones come with some pre-loaded apps made by the OEM itself. It‘s bad enough that these are baked into the firmware, making them impossible to uninstall and can only be disabled. What‘s worse is that they can also slow down the development and rollout of updates. Joining Continue reading

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HTC U11 Plus flagship leaked to have 18:9 borderless screen

HTC phones aren‘t dead yet. At least for now. Even after its smartphone workforce has been almost cut in half by the Google ‘agreement‘, HTC assures its loyal followers and investors that it will still be making smartphones. And as if on cue, details of a certain HTC U11 Plus have surfaced, claiming to be the company‘s late 2017 flagship. Continue reading

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Wacom Bamboo Ink stylus for Windows 10 tablets now up for grabs

There is no shortage of Windows 10 tablets and 2-in-1s that support one kind of stylus or another. There is just one problem: they each have their own, using sometimes incompatible technologies. Wacom, ever the champion of styluses, has a solution. Announced last may, the Wacom Bamboo Ink pen offers a pressure-sensitive stylus to a wide plethora of Windows 10 Continue reading

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Neanderthal remains of 8-year-old boy reveal secrets of the large brain

The remains of a young Neanderthal boy are helping shed light on how Neanderthals developed such large brains (larger than that of modern humans, in fact). According to the study, these larger brains were likely due to longer growth periods. Such a conclusion was made by analyzing the largely complete and well-preserved skeletal remains of a Neanderthal child estimated to Continue reading

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LIFX WiFi smart bulbs get support for Apple HomeKit

LIFX has announced that its current Lifx and Lifx+ lineup of WiFi smart bulbs now work with Apple HomeKit. Thanks to this new support, current and future Lifx smart bulb owners are able to control their home or office‘s lighting using their iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or other Apple product. The new support is available now. LIFX‘s smart bulbs are Continue reading

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Instagram is testing a ‘follows you‘ feature on Android

It appears Instagram will finally add a follows you‘ feature that makes it possible to see whether another user is following you on the social network. This feature has popped up in testing for users in the Android app, though it doesn‘t seem to be widespread at this time. The new follows you‘ tag appears on the the Instagram user‘s Continue reading

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Netflix HDR support arrives for iPhone 8, iPad Pro, and iPhone X

Netflix has just expanded its HDR and Dolby Vision support, announcing that these videos are now available on the iPad Pro, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X. It was a quiet announcement, as with the other devices that get Netflix HDR support, but represents a big expansion to its still-small list of supported mobile devices. Netflix has Continue reading

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Take it from an HTC fan: this Google deal won‘t help

I‘m an HTC fan, but I can‘t say I‘m impressed by the company‘s billion dollar deal with Google. The phone-maker has been instrumental in many of the most pivotal moments in modern smartphone history, producing some of my favorite devices in the process. I‘ve also found myself at times being one of the company‘s more vocal critics, though, and for Continue reading

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Facebook will give Congress the ads bought by Russian agency

Facebook has revealed that it will provide Congress with the advertisements that were purchase by the Russian entity Internet Research Agency throughout 2015 to 2017. The advertisements came to light a couple weeks ago when Facebook revealed that the Russian agency had bought in excess of 3,000 ads targeting both political and social issues in the United States. The issue Continue reading

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iOS 11 just destroyed Uber‘s most annoying privacy flaw

Uber‘s oft-criticized location tracking has been reined in with the arrival iOS 11, with Apple forcing app-makers to give more granular controls over privacy to users. The ride-sharing app always made use of location services on the iPhone to allow drivers to navigate to their pickup, of course, but that proved insufficient for Uber‘s appetites. In an update in 2016, Continue reading

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Experian criticized for sending credit freeze PINs through email

Experian is being criticized for allowing consumers to get their credit freeze PINs through email after answering questions that mostly involve information already leaked by Equifax and others. The PINs are used to unfreeze one‘s credit, making it possible to seek loans and other similar things. Many consumers have put a freeze on their credit in light of the massive Continue reading

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Xbox One‘s Duke controller is a massive blast from the past

In an attempt to stand out from the competition, console manufacturers can sometimes be guilty of doing ridiculous things. There are many examples of wacky design decisions throughout gaming history, but one of the most legendary is the Duke controller for the original Xbox. Massive in every sense of the word, the Duke seemed equally lambasted and praised for its Continue reading

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Mewtwo and Pokemon GO‘s newest secret weapon

As we wait for Halloween to roll up in Pokemon GO, Niantic‘s sprung a Solstice Event on us - and a new item. This item allows the user to attain the contents of Pokemon Eggs far faster than normal - and multiple times per item. At the same time, it‘s nearly time for everyone to have access to the master Continue reading

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