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Essential Phone review: Our first impressions

When it comes to joining the smartphone market, the path isn’t simply defined. It’s pretty rare nowadays to see a brand new smartphone company launch from scratch, and it’s rarer still that it chooses to launch right into the ultra-competitive high-end smartphone space. The final piece forming this triumvirate of rarity is actually shipping a product — something that Essential has actually done. Sure hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital helps, as does the leadership of one of the founders of Android, but this is still no small…

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Moto Z2 Play India review: A tough balancing act

Motorola improves on the first-generation Z Play in several key areas while sacrificing battery capacity. While the budget segment in India is overflowing with excellent options, the same cannot be said of the mid-range segment. The ₹20,000 – ₹30,000 ($310 – $460) tier is underserved, and there is opportunity for brands to make a dent in this category. With the likes of the OnePlus 5 starting at ₹32,999 ($515), there are just a handful of devices that are worthy of consideration: Samsung’s Galaxy C7 Pro, the Honor 8 Pro, and…

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Eufy Genie review: It’s like an Echo Dot, only less expensive and not as good

Find the extra $15 somewhere, because what you save on the Eufy Genie isn’t worth the Echo Dot features you lose in the process. The Eufy Genie was announced with a decent amount of internet fanfare because (a) we love to get excited about EVERYTHING and (b) the prospect of an even cheaper Amazon Echo Dot actually is something to pique our interest. What’s better than a $50 Dot? How about something that’s a close relative for a mere $35. That, folks, is the Eufy Genie. It’s made by Anker…

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Honor 6A review: A good, cheap phone with a couple of flaws

This cheap, metal clad phone is very good. But it’s not the best at its price point. The quick take There’s nothing really wrong with the Honor 6A, at least not with what you get. It’s a good looking, well-made and decently-performing phone that only costs £150. The issue is what you don’t get, namely NFC and that fingerprint sensor the phone was announced with in China. That means no Android Pay and no taking advantage of the biometric security many of the top apps and services have built in…

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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] 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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[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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