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Get away from it all in this weekend’s comments thread

No shirt, no shoes, no problem. But no arguing over displays! Google’s big week is over. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are in the wild, and everyone has an opinion about them. Of course they (we) do because that’s what we always do. Samsung may sell the most phones but it seems like Google’s are the ones that generate the most talk. Something about arguing over a phone you have no intentions of buying is fun until it stops being fun. It’s pretty much stopped being fun. The…

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On the Pixel 2 XL, OLED displays, and Samsung

There are a lot of reasons to choose one phone over the other, and the only right choice is the one you make. The internet is like that big platter your grandmother breaks out during the holidays. The one with little compartments for all the different things, from olives to cheese to onion dip. In our compartment, where everything mobile and all the things that connect to all the other things live, everywhere you look you see that the Pixel 2 XL has a horrible display. Like, the worst ever….

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Verizon’s Total Mobile Protection brings screen repairs down to $29

Complete protection against loss, theft, and damage starts at $9 per month. Verizon’s Total Mobile Protection offers coverage for loss, theft, or damage to your phone as well as an extra layer of customer care using their Tech Coach experts. It’s available for both single lines and multiple lines and starts at $9 per month. It’s a pretty good deal as far as insurance goes, with perks like next day replacement and three claims per year. One awesome feature is being able to get your cracked screen fixed while you…

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Metal vs. plastic vs. glass: Which is the best phone material?

One day phones will be made from stardust and unicorns. For now, though, we have three choices. Phones all look the same once you scrape away a few details. They’re rectangles designed to fit (mostly) into one’s hand and a display where we can tap and poke the things we see to find other things poke and tap. You can even make phone calls with them! It’s those details, though, that makes the difference. Speakers, bevels, buttons and the physical size are the things that make a Galaxy Note different…

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Best adult apps for Android

In an ocean of adult apps done poorly, these rise to the top. If you’re reading this, chances are you have an awesome pocket computer running Android at your disposal. Today’s Android phones and tablets can pretty much do anything, and that includes things of an adult nature. We want to help you find and see that content the best way possible. We’re not here to condone or condemn anyone or anything — and by all means let’s keep things legal — but we feel that adults using their Androids…

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Acer Chromebook Spin 11 review: Built like a tank and great for both kids and adults

The best Chromebook for a youngster might be the best Chromebook for you, too. We knew we would be seeing Chromebooks with Intel’s new Apollo Lake processors, and seeing one of the first to ship be an education-focused model was a great surprise. Chromebooks designed for the classroom have a few special needs because let’s face it — kids can be rough on the equipment! The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 fits the bill with MIL-STD 810G compliance, a unique spill-proof keyboard, and a tough 360-degree dual-torque hinge. What’s special about…

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The Pixel 2 camera’s secret weapon: A Google-designed SoC, the ‘Pixel Visual Core’

A custom built eight-core processing unit that can run three trillion operations each second powers Google’s camera — and it has even more planned. We’ve been using the Pixel 2 and it’s bigger sibling the Pixel 2 XL for a bit. While getting things ready for a review and testing all the things there was one consistent discussion, and it centered around the photos the Pixel 2’s cameras were churning out. What we were seeing from both the 12.2MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing was just so much better than…

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Amazon says a patch for WPA2 exploit KRACK is in the works

Amazon is evaluating their products to determine how to go forward and patch KRACK. Phones and computers aren’t the only devices affected by the KRACK WPA2 exploit. In a connected world, everything from your toothbrush to your doorbell to your stereo uses Wi-Fi, and every one of them also needs a patch. Good luck with that. One manufacturer with untold millions of things in homes around the world is Amazon, and we hit them up for any news on what they’re doing about KRACK. An Amazon spokesperson tells us “We…

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Why don’t phone makers use last year’s high-end chips in budget phones?

There’s more to making a phone than Megahertz. Everybody loves budget-friendly phones that are still pretty high-end devices. Motorola, ZTE, and other companies have delivered some great products at great prices, and for many, it’s crazy to spend almost $1,000 to buy the best from Google or Samsung. These “budget” phones can do everything they want them to do at considerable savings. But there’s one question a lot of folks have about the parts that make these phones go: why use “lesser” chipsets instead of just using last generation’s flagship…

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What you need to know about KRACK, the WPA2 vulnerability

Exploit in WPA2 means it’s open season on your Wi-Fi network, no matter what router you use. For years we’ve all depended on the WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) protocol to secure our Wi-Fi networks. That all comes to an end today. Security researcher KU Leuven has revealed what he has labeled KRACK; an exploit that attacks a vulnerability in the handshake of the WPA2 protocol that you most likely use to protect your Wi-Fi at home and millions of small businesses around the world use, too. Speaking at the ACM…

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