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Sean Hollister

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Recent articles by Sean:

Alexa can now arm your home security system — including Amazon’s Ring Alarm

Amazon will now let you arm, disarm, and check the status of some Ring, ADT, Honeywell, Abode, and Scout security systems just by asking Alexa to do so. → Read More

IMAX is shutting down its virtual reality arcade business for good

Large-format cinema company IMAX had a promising set of virtual reality arcades, but the company is about to write off the entire business and shut down the last three locations. → Read More

Firefox running on a Qualcomm 8cx-powered PC feels surprisingly decent

We threw a bunch of Firefox browser tabs at Qualcomm’s first purpose-built laptop chip, and the new 8-core Snapdragon 8cx handled them admirably in Qualcomm’s reference design laptop. → Read More

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 8cx, an ‘extreme’ processor for Windows laptops

At the Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Qualcomm is taking the wraps off the Snapdragon 8cx, a brand new processor designed specifically for Windows on ARM laptops and tablets. After years of trying to break into PCs, it’s now vaguely possible that Qualcomm could beat Intel at its own game. → Read More

5G phones could cost $200 to $300 more, says OnePlus CEO

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau tells The Verge that his company is working on both a new 5G phone and existing 4G phones in parallel, and that he expects his 5G phone will likely cost $200 to $300 more. → Read More

Motorola’s 5G Moto Mod speed test was massively misleading

If you did the math, it seemed like Motorola’s 5G Moto Mod was downloading files at over 500 gigabits per second, but that’s not true. The real speeds at the Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii weren’t even close. → Read More

The first ‘real world’ 5G test was a dud

This week’s Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit was supposed to be the coming-out party for blazing-fast 5G cellular networks — but the speeds are missing in Maui. → Read More

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 855 processor for 5G phones

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 is official, meaning we're about to get a sneak preview of the mobile processor that'll power practically every flagship Android phone next year. The company just announced it at its annual Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii, where AT&T and Verizon will demo live 5G networks with real devices for the first time. → Read More

Epic Games takes on Steam with its own fairer game store

Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite and the widely used game-making software Unreal Engine, is about to start selling other companies’ games, too. Epic is launching a new online store like Valve’s Steam that will similarly feature third-party games. → Read More

5G is weeks away — and Tuesday marks its first real test

AT&T and Verizon tell The Verge they’ll have live 5G networks in Maui at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit next week, and we’ll be able to try real 5G for the first time. Plus, there’ll be new Snapdragon chips for phones and always-on laptops. → Read More

Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals include Apple Watch, Samsung phones and lots of free Echos

Cyber Monday is here at Amazon. You can get the ginormous digital retailer’s Ring, Echo, Fire, and Kindle gadgets for the same deep discounts... plus Apple Watch, Bose headphones and a whole lot of free Echos. → Read More

The best PC gaming deals on Black Friday 2018

If it’s time to upgrade your gaming PC, there’s no better time of the year than Black Friday. These are the best deals on components, peripherals, and pre-built gaming rigs we’ve seen. → Read More

Best Buy’s Pixel 3 sale might be unbeatable: $400 off for Black Friday

On Thanksgiving and Black Friday, you might be able to get an impressive $400 off the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL— without chaining yourself to Verizon or trading in your current phone. → Read More

Farewell to the Steam Link, the best wireless HDMI gadget ever made

Valve says the Steam Link wireless in-home PC game streaming gadget is already selling out around the world, and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Here’s why we loved it. And still love it. → Read More

Pre-Black Friday deal alert: Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Echo Dot for $140

Amazon’s Ring Video Doorbell 2, one of the best video doorbells around, just got arguably its best discount ever — $140 with a free third-generation Echo Dot smart speaker thrown in. And you don’t need to wait for Black Friday at Best Buy, as long as you log in or sign up for a free account. → Read More

This might be Google’s budget Pixel, complete with headphone jack

Russian tech blog Rozetked claims that these are the first images of the "Pixel 3 Lite," aka Sargo. And unless our eyes deceive us, this phone comes with a bona fide 3.5mm headphone jack. → Read More

Windows 10’s email app may soon have ads — unless you speak up now

Microsoft is testing an idea you might not be particularly fond of — selling ads that could appear right above your email in the default Mail app for Windows 10. It’s already in testing in several countries around the world, and the company plans to personalize the ads to you. → Read More

Headset legend Astro just made a $200 gamepad that’s as elite as they come

Astro has never sold its own gamepads before, but that hasn’t stopped the brand from going all-out today: the new, officially Sony-licensed Astro C40 TR controller for PS4 and PC is arguably even more elite than Microsoft’s Xbox One Elite. → Read More

TP-Link’s new smart outlet is actually an outlet — and that’s why it’s smart

The TP-Link Kasa KP200 Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet just passed FCC certification. The user manual shows that it’s a genuine two-socket, three-prong power outlet you can control with a smartphone or voice controls. → Read More

LG’s featherweight Gram may stretch to a MacBook-beating 17 inches

An FCC filing may have just clued us in on LG’s laptop strategy this CES — a ultra-thin, featherweight 17-inch LG Gram laptop with a bigger screen than any in Apple’s MacBook line. → Read More