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Sean Hollister

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Recent articles by Sean:

Fast & Furious can’t resist that joke about turning it up to 11, so you get one last movie

The Fast & Furious saga will finally end after its 11th installment, Deadline and Variety report — which, if you’re counting, is one more movie than we were expecting until now. → Read More

After outcry, Microsoft presses pause on unsolicited Windows 10 web app installs

Microsoft says the appearance of Office PWA web apps in Windows 10 was a mistake, and will be pausing the "migration" that brought web apps to your Start Menu this way. → Read More

Peak Design has made the stylish magnetic modular bike-mountable phone case I didn’t know I needed

Peak Design has a new magnetic modular mounting system for your phone. The company intends to ship an entire range of accessories starting next May, including bike mounts, car mounts, wall mounts, motorcycle mounts, wireless chargers, even a sleek mobile tripod. → Read More

Microsoft just force restarted my Windows PC again to install more unwanted apps

Windows 10 restarted my computer without permission yet again — to install unsolicited web app versions of Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook on my computer. → Read More

OnePlus brand builder Carl Pei has left the smartphone company

OnePlus might have ties to Oppo, Vivo, and electronics giant BBK that make his "co-founder" role a little suspect, but Carl Pei will certainly be missed as OnePlus’ public face. → Read More

This is Sony’s Spatial Reality Display, and you can buy one for $5,000 in November

Sony’s new Spatial Reality Display is the industry’s latest attempt to build a so-called "holographic display" for the content creators of the world who’d like to see their digital objects and designs appear in their physical space. It will cost $5,000. → Read More

Forget 5G: MagSafe could be the biggest reason to buy an iPhone 12

MagSafe opens the door to far more iPhone accessories, and ones that would be easier to use, thanks to how its magnetic design allows manufacturers and users to divide a case, charging capability and attachment points into separate modular components instead of a package deal. → Read More

Google Glass is adding Meet so remote supervisors can see through field workers’ eyes

Google Workspace customers will soon be able to use Google Meet with their Glass Enterprise Edition 2 to let remote supervisors see through the eyes of their workers. → Read More

The iPhone 12’s mysterious groove is a 5G mmWave antenna window — and it’s exclusive to the US

The iPhone 12 doesn’t support mmWave 5G outside of the United States. Here, it has a special window for mmWave signals, and it appears to be designed so users can visibly see it and perhaps avoid holding it there for maximum signal strength. → Read More

Apple’s iPhone 12 event live blog

We are expecting four different versions of the iPhone 12 to be announced during Apple’s live stream event. They should all support 5G and hopefully have some significant camera improvements — and perhaps some special AR features utilizing LIDAR on the Pro models. → Read More

After two whiffs, Razer’s latest Tomahawk PC cases look practical enough to actually exist

As far as we can tell, no product called the "Razer Tomahawk" has actually ever shipped. But that isn’t keeping Razer from trying again today with a pair of practical-looking PC cases for rolling your own system. → Read More

Razer’s first gaming chair is a curvier Secretlab Omega / Titan with fancy lumbar support

It’s not clear whether Razer commissioned Secretlab to build an exclusive new gaming chair, or simply decided to copy one of today’s oft-cited favorites, but the new $499 Razer Iskur is a dead ringer for the similarly-priced Secretlab Omega and Titan. → Read More

Alienware has its own RTX 3080 GPU, and its new monitors are bringing the hertz

The Alienware Aurora R11 and R10 Ryzen Edition have become a way to get Nvidia’s extremely hard to find RTX 3080 and 3090 GPUs — and they’re like no RTX 3080 or 3090 you’ve seen. → Read More

Apple made ProtonMail add in-app purchases, even though it had been free for years

ProtonMail CEO Andy Yen had some fiery words for Apple in an interview with The Verge, after being forced to add in-app purchases to his largely free app years ago. His company testified to Congress about Apple’s practices. → Read More

Feast your eyes on the first DDR5 memory modules

Three years after the computer industry promised to double the speed of the world’s computer memory with the DDR5 spec, it’s finally nearly almost here. SK Hynix has officially announced the world’s first DDR5 memory modules, offering up to 5,600Mbps of bandwidth. → Read More

The FAA is opening the door a crack for self-flying drones like Skydio to reach their potential

This week, the FAA granted the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) a first-of-its-kind blanket waiver to fly Skydio drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) to inspect any bridge, anywhere across the state, for four whole years. It’s a big milestone for drones. → Read More

As movies slip and Regal shuts doors again, many theaters may not survive the maelstrom

On Thursday, Regal Cinemas, the second-largest theater chain in the US, will officially shut all its doors in the United States for the second time during the global pandemic. It may not be the last. Can theaters survive as their movies disappear? → Read More

Apple quietly stops selling Bose, Sonos and some Logitech gear — only Apple audio remains

Apple just made its rivals disappear — in its own retail store, anyhow. As Bloomberg reports, the company has abruptly stopped selling Bose, Logitech, and Sonos audio products. Apple is expected to announce its own rival items this year. → Read More

My biggest Google Pixel 4A annoyance — auto-brightness — is apparently about to go away

Google has just issued an October security patch for Android 11 on the Pixel 4A, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 3A and 3A XL, Pixel 3 and 3XL, and even a penultimate update for the 2 and 2 XL. One of the fixes appears to be the auto-brightness update we’ve been waiting for. → Read More

Twitter’s ‘Birdwatch’ looks like a new attempt to root out propaganda and misinformation

Twitter has confirmed it’s working on a new feature, currently dubbed “Birdwatch,” that could let the Twitter community warn one another about misleading tweets that could cause harm. There’s an awful lot we don’t know about the idea, including whether Twitter will actually release it to the public or how it might work in its final form, but enough has leaked out that we do have a pretty fair… → Read More