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Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware
The Pixel 3 has been one of the wildest product launches in recent memory. The leaks arrived early and continuously, starting with the screen protector leak all the way back in May. This not only gave us the basic outline of the phone, but it provided some extremely accurate renders, too, giving the Internet a look nearly five months before…

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Palm rises from the dead as a zombie brand, launches tiny smartphone
Legendary PDA pioneer Palm is back as a zombie brand, and it's launching a tiny smartphone. If you recall, Palm, creator of the Palm Pilot and WebOS, bombed out of the smartphone market and was purchased by HP. Palm died at HP after a short run of tablets and smartphones, and eventually Chinese smartphone company TCL snatched up the rights…

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Verizon fiber suffered “unprecedented” damage from Hurricane Michael
Nearly 300,000 households were still without home Internet, phone, or TV service yesterday in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, as telcos scramble to repair networks damaged by Hurricane Michael. More than 200,000 of the households without cable or wireline service are in Florida, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Mobile service has also taken a big hit, with outages affecting about…

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Barley shortages from climate change could mean less beer worldwide
There's nothing quite like putting your feet up after a long, hot summer day and enjoying a refreshing cold brew if you're a beer lover. But a warming climate could give rise to global barley shortages, with a resulting shortage of beer. That's the conclusion of a new study just published in .

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A roadmap to agriculture that’s sustainable and climate-neutral
The climate crises humanity is producing due to our profligate burning of fossil fuels is happening in the face of mounting evidence that said burning was very, very bad for the Earth. Some of the problems are now officially going to come even sooner than anticipated. If we want to have a hope of even mitigating these problems, we must…

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Players are exploiting Black Ops 4 emotes to peek around corners
The first-person perspective in shooters usually brings an inherent kind of balance to the constant battle for cover—if you peek your head out to see an opponent, they'll be able to see you as well. Over the weekend, though, players found the game's new gesture system had the unintended side effect of breaking this balance, letting players easily and safely…

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Dell’s newest monitor is a 49-inch, dual QHD, curved behemoth
Ultra-wide monitors are overwhelming yet impressive to behold, and Dell thinks it has made one that will appeal to all types of professionals. The new U4919DW UltraSharp 49-inch curved monitor nods to the massive gaming monitors made by Samsung, MSI, and others, but it adds a workplace spin while upping the resolution to QHD.

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All the dumb things? Blink 182 front man’s UFO project $37 million in debt
A couple of years ago, I received a review copy of a book titled , which was billed as an "investigation of the UFO phenomenon." The lead author was Tom DeLonge, a founder of the rock band Blink 182, and its former, long-time lead singer. I'd been a fan of the irreverent band in my younger days, and my now-wife…

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New Jersey wants to know why Florida is exempt from Trump’s offshore drilling plans
This week, New Jersey's attorney general sued the US Department of the Interior (DOI) for failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking more information about why the DOI exempted Florida from offshore oil drilling lease auctions but not any other state.