Friday , April 20 2018

Amazon Fire TV (2017) review: everything but the content

Amazon made a big splash when it announced the new $70 Fire TV. It’s a tiny powerhouse of a media streamer, with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, support for 4K HDR streaming, and Dolby Atmos support. (There’s no Dolby Vision HDR, however.) It felt like a direct shot at the new …

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Samsung Notebook 9 Pen review: too light for its own good

hat if you had a fancy new metal material that could be used to make a laptop exceptionally light and portable? What if that same material didn’t feel or look like metal at all, but instead looked and felt like a cheap, painted plastic? Could you get away with charging …

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Dell’s latest XPS 13 is fast, nimble, and kind of stale

When Dell first introduced its redesigned XPS 13 laptop nearly three years ago, it kicked off a renaissance in laptop design. Dell proved that you could have a full-size, 13-inch display in a computer that’s as compact and portable as an 11-inch model. Nearly every other laptop maker has followed …

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Blame air currents for the East Coast’s warm spell, and also climate change

The US East Coast has been unusually hot this week, breaking temperature records from Boston to Washington, DC. But what’s causing this sudden warm spell? The answer has to do with the air currents in the atmosphere, according to Mark Chenard, a meteorologist at the Weather Prediction Center in College …

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Anker Zolo Liberty+ wireless earbuds review: right and wrong

The arrival of Bluetooth 5, the newest version of the popular wireless protocol, has been hotly anticipated in the truly wireless earbud space. The faster data transfer and extra range that is supposed to come with the new spec could go a long way toward helping to solve some of …

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HTC U11 Plus review: when more is less

Like the Huawei Mate 10 Pro that we reviewed earlier this week, the HTC U11 Plus is a high-spec, high-price flagship phone that’s going to be next to irrelevant in the US because of its lack of availability. But does that make it uninteresting? Not in the slightest. The U11 …

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Ancient cave paintings turn out to be by Neanderthals, not humans

A new discovery that Neanderthals were painting cave walls more than 64,000 years ago has anthropologists rethinking the history of art. Found deep in Spanish caves, the rock art was once thought to be the work of humans, but the new dates mean that Neanderthals must have figured out fingerpainting, …

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How volcanic ash can bring down an airplane

When Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupted on Monday morning, the volcano spewed a roiling cloud of ash and gases more than 23,000 feet into the air. The eruption prompted a “red notice” for the aviation industry, alerting pilots to the ash cloud so they could steer clear of it. But could …

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