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Sean Hollister

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Recent articles by Sean:

The company behind the dual-screen YotaPhone is bankrupt

We’ve moved on to foldables, but it was pretty novel at the time → Read More

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is now banned in Nepal

Battle royale shooters Fortnite and Apex Legends may have surpassed PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in some ways, but PUBG is back in the headlines for a controversial new reason: some governments are outright banning the game. → Read More

Google Docs will let you natively edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files soon

Google just announced that it’s adding native support for Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formats — like .docx, .xls, and .ppt — which will let you do real-time collaboration in the commercial versions of Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. → Read More

Google confirms its Pixelbook group has new laptops and tablets inbound

Last month, Business Insider reported that Google might be shifting employees out of the laptop and tablet division that brought us the premium, pricey Pixelbook and Pixel Slate, citing "roadmap cutbacks." But though Google originally declined to comment, the company now tells The Verge that its hardware division actually does have new laptops and tablets on the way. → Read More

Blackpink is having a moment — and it will be livestreamed on Times Square’s largest screen

If you haven’t heard Blackpink’s “Kill This Love,” you might want to stay away — it’s an earworm that’s been lodged in my brain all weekend. But you’re not going to be able to dodge some basic knowledge of the latest musical sensation, because the four female members of this K-pop group are catapulting themselves into the history books over the span of a single week. As Vox reports, they’re the… → Read More

Microsoft confirms you really, really don’t need to ‘safely remove’ USB flash drives anymore

Microsoft is confirming once and for all that — in Windows 10 — safely ejecting a drive is no longer a thing you need to worry about. Windows 10 has a feature called “quick removal” that lets you yank a drive at any moment you like, and it’s now the default setting for each new drive you plug in as of Windows 10 version 1809, according to Microsoft’s own support guidance. → Read More

RED’s titanium Hydrogen One phone is finally shipping for $1,595

If, by some chance, you’re still in the market for a RED Hydrogen One phone — despite the scathing reviews, the fact that one of its coolest features is now very much in question, the promise that a better version is on the way, and the opportunity to be an early adopter is long gone — then you can now buy the titanium body version of the original phone for $1,595 directly from RED’s website. → Read More

These Chinese sanitation workers have to wear location-tracking bracelets now

China has quite the reputation for monitoring its citizens, and it’s constantly figuring out new ways to use gadgets to that end — RFID chips in cars, facial recognition sunglasses, and location-tracking uniforms for students each made headlines in the past year. Now, you can add sanitation workers with GPS-equipped tracking bracelets to the list. → Read More

Our second-favorite universal remote just hit its lowest price ever, plus smart bulb sales

The Logitech Harmony 650 has been our runner-up pick for the best universal remote control; at its typical $40-50 street price, we considered it the budget alternative to the far pricier Harmony Elite. But today, it’s not $40 or $50. The 8-device infrared remote is $25 at Best Buy, the lowest price we’ve ever seen. (We’ve seen it hit $30, but rarely.) If you’re in the market for some smart light… → Read More

Here’s the US Army version of HoloLens that Microsoft employees are protesting

A journalist got to try the military version of the headset → Read More

Netflix confirms it yanked AirPlay support, won’t let you beam shows to Apple TVs anymore

With no warning and little explanation, Netflix has removed the easiest way to sling its shows from one Apple device to another: AirPlay. Netflix confirmed to The Verge that it pulled the wireless casting feature this past week, due to what it’s calling a “technical limitation.” But it’s not the kind of technical limitation you’d think. You see, Apple recently partnered with most of the major TV… → Read More

Google’s own website just confirmed the Pixel 3a

For the second time in two weeks, Google’s website has seemingly confirmed the name of a new product — in this case, the long-rumored upcoming "lite" version of the company’s Pixel 3. It looks like the new phone will officially be called the "Pixel 3a," according to screenshots we just captured of a Google Store page. → Read More

Turns out Amazon buying Eero wasn’t the startup success story we thought

When Amazon bought mesh Wi-Fi router company Eero, our first reactions were of exhaustion, consternation and concern: why couldn’t a tiny company with an excellent privacy-minded product be left to its own devices, instead of getting snapped up by the big data giant from Seattle? Now, we know why. Mashable reports that Amazon paid just $97 million for Eero, far less money than the $148 million… → Read More

Your Tesla can now change lanes without asking permission

Autopilot is feeling more and more like the future → Read More

New Apple ad romanticizes the beginnings of Apple’s circular pizza box

Apple made a pizza box? Yes indeed, and it makes a cameo appearance in a new 3-minute Apple commercial that the company uploaded to YouTube today. One that — completely unrelated to the pizza box — is one of the funnier Apple ads we’ve seen in a while. → Read More

Bragi confirms it’s pivoting out of the wireless earbuds business

The Bragi Dash were among the first truly wireless earbuds, the first to actually cut the cord. But they were also incredibly ambitious, and that ambition has apparently taken a toll: the company is now exiting the consumer hardware business, as reported earlier by Wareable. → Read More

Valve just surprise revealed its own VR headset called the Valve Index

Valve’s first virtual reality headset is called the Valve Index. According to the teaser site, surprise launched late Friday evening, the unreleased VR headset is coming in May 2019. Additionally details on any peripherals or specs for the headset are unknown. → Read More

Once again, Apple isn’t following its own advertising rules

The Apple News Plus subscription screen is the latest example of a double standard → Read More

Asus just patched the ShadowHammer malware that was masquerading as a security update

That “critical” software update for your Asus computer may have actually been malware, planted by hackers in a targeted attack now known as “ShadowHammer,” we learned yesterday. Now, Asus says it has a fix in the form of an actual security update — one that you can download using its Live Update software tool. → Read More

Apple surely must be trolling us with this new AirPower silhouette

The retail box for the AirPods wireless charging case has a pretty familiar image on the back... → Read More