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TicHome Mini review: A portable, durable Google Home Mini

Google Assistant is finally breaking free. When the Google Home was announced, my only problem with it was that it was stuck in one room of my house. While I move about the house doing chores or getting ready for the day, the Google Home has to pick a plug and stick to it. Yes, Google Assistant is on our phones and our TVs now, but it’s an inferior version. It can’t do as much as the version on the Google Home, especially in regards to media control. What I…

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Court to review ruling allowing abortion for immigrant teen

HOUSTON (AP) — An appeals court on Thursday temporarily stayed a judge’s ruling that would have allowed a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children to obtain an abortion. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a short ruling that still allowed the teenager to be taken to a counseling meeting with the doctor who would perform the abortion. Texas state law requires women to receive counseling 24 hours before an abortion. If the appeals court … Read the referenced story here:…

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Moto X4 review: A mid-range phone done right

Not everyone wants to spend top dollar on a phone — if that’s the case, the Moto X4 is a fantastic choice a couple steps below that top level. The quick take Project Fi was in dire need of a new, solid, mid-range phone — and now it has one in the Moto X4. Motorola’s $399 phone offers build quality that will make you feel like you paid far more, with hardware features like waterproofing that are great to see. And Google has managed to make a Motorola software experience…

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Sonos One review: Adding Alexa is just the start

The best way to stream music wirelessly in your home is getting smarter, but still has plenty of room to learn. Sonos is one of those products that’s simultaneously extremely complex yet blissfully simple. Or let’s put it another way: It’s a complex product for the folks who made it. That’s a good thing, because sometimes the more work that goes into making something, the easier it is for those of us actually using it. And that’s the case with Sonos. At its simplest, Sonos is this: A family of…

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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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Daydream View 2017 review: Mostly successful refinement

Daydream View is sleeker, lighter, cooler headset thanks to a dozen little changes. Alongside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google refreshed its VR headset to line up with the rest of the new products. At first glance, you could be forgiven for not noticing the many small changes which make this headset stand out. By design, it looks and feels nearly identical to the original Daydream View headset. It works in the same basic way as well, which is good news for people who aren’t ready to upgrade…

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Sony MDR-1000X review: No noise is good noise

Good headphones should be like a big wall between you and the rest of the world. Great headphones should let you get through that wall easily and comfortably. Enter the Sony MDR-1000X Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones, which have a feature I truly appreciate: the ability to hear outside your headphones with a quick tap. I’m Michael Fisher, but you probably know me best as MrMobile. I’ve reviewed more than a few ANC headphones in the past year, and this is unquestionably the best. Watch this video, and keep your ears…

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[Book Review] Troubled waters

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is unusual for a new book, having already netted a "work-in-progress" award from the Columbia Journalism School and Harvard’s Nieman Foundation for Journalism in 2015. Living up to this early acclaim, the book, which documents the ecological demise of the Great Lakes, is easy to read, offering well-paced, intellectually stimulating arguments, bolstered by well-researched and captivating narratives. Author: Lekelia Danielle Jenkins

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[Book Review] Deep exposures

Crystalline, a new exhibition showcasing the work of Irish artist Siobhán McDonald at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, France, brings together works created from relics of past scientific ventures to the frozen north and materials developed for an upcoming exploration of the Sun. The items are recomposed into artistic pieces that convey a melancholic contemplation of human striving and its consequences and the haunting histories that science both creates and records. Author: Deborah Dixon

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