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The latest Google shutdowns: Daydream VR, Google Clips

The Daydream View. It’s cloth! Inside the headset. The cloth is stiff enough for headset duty, but it’s flexible. This makes loading the phone a snap. Just slam it in wherever and close the flap. Moving the phone back and forth across the nubs moves the image. Different nub contact point, different image center point. …

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Google Pixel 4: 90Hz screen, next-gen Google Assistant, shipping Oct 24

Enlarge / Google’s first official picture of the Pixel 4. Google NEW YORK— There really aren’t many surprises left, but Google went through the motions today and unveiled the Pixel 4. The P4 is possibly the most-leaked smartphone of our lifetimes, with the previous record holder being the Pixel 3. Anyway, everything you’ve heard is true. …

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iPadOS review: The iPad is dead, long live the iPad

Enlarge / iPadOS. When we reviewed the 2018 iPad Pro, we were impressed by the power and potential of the hardware, but iOS 12 wasn’t up to the task of making the iPad a true content creation machine or a daily workhorse. We said it was time for Apple to branch out from iOS 13 …

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Essential’s new smartphone has the aspect ratio of a TV remote

Essential’s Project Gem. It has the form factor of a TV remote. Essential The back has a single-lens camera and a divot, presumably for a fingerprint reader. Essential The “Gem” name clearly comes from the color-shifting paint on the back. Andy Rubin What is going on with this operating system? Where is the time and …

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Dealmaster: Google’s Pixel 3a phone is a better value at $350 today

Enlarge Ars Technica Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by a deal on Google’s Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL phones, unlocked models of which are both $50 off. That brings them to $349.99 and $429.99, respectively. While some retailers bundled the phones with …

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 review: Lots to flex, few weaknesses

Enlarge Valentina Palladino If the changes brought to the Dell XPS 13 earlier this year intrigued you, you may be even more excited for the XPS 13 2-in-1. Dell updated its flagship convertible even more than it updated its laptop. The company changed up the 2-in-1’s screen, hinge, keyboard, and internals—including new Ice Lake processors. …

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Hulu finally catches up with Netflix and Amazon, offers video downloads

Enlarge / The downloadable content page in the iOS Hulu app. Hulu For the first time, Hulu will allow users to download episodes for offline viewing. The feature is available today for iOS users who have subscribed to Hulu’s ad-free on-demand tier. Users will be able to download as many as 25 videos on up …

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Some iPhone 6S units aren’t turning on, so Apple launched a repair program

Enlarge / The iPhone 6S is the new baseline for iOS 13. Andrew Cunningham Apple has posted notice of a new repair program to address an issue that prevents some iPhone 6S and 6S Plus phones from turning on. “Apple has determined that certain iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices may not power on …

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Intel’s Cascade-X HEDT squares off with AMD’s Threadripper

Enlarge / Intel’s clearly aiming squarely at AMD’s Threadripper with the new Cascade Lake-X price cuts—and the shot lands hard, against TR2—but we still don’t know what will happen when TR3 lands in November. Intel Corporation Intel’s new Cascade Lake-X high-end desktop lineup came out this week, and in this case, the performance news comes …

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Hands-on with Microsoft’s barrage of new Surface devices

Enlarge / That charging case uses USB-C. Jeff Dunn Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled a slew of laptops and tablets for its Surface line of Windows computers and related accessories. The announcements include the Surface Pro 7, the latest iteration of the company’s popular line of 2-in-1 tablets; the Surface Laptop 3, a refresh of its …

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