iPhone 11 review: More ‘pro’ than it looks

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The iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max dominated the spotlight this year, but the iPhone 11 is the better value.

Starting at $699 — $300 less than the iPhone 11 Pro, which starts at $999 — you might think Apple cut a lot of corners with the iPhone 11. That’s simply not true.

Like the iPhone XR was to the iPhone XS, the iPhone 11 has nearly every meaningful feature the iPhone 11 Pros have: the most powerful performance in any smartphone, a new ultra wide camera, night mode for better low-light photography, longer battery life than the previous generation, and all of the new features in iOS 13 such as dark mode and a redesigned Photos app. Read more…

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Facebook bans more than 200 white supremacist groups, updates terrorism definition

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Facebook has expanded its definition of terror organizations as it’s being pressured to respond to the growing threat of white supremacist “lone wolf” shooters, like the one who carried out the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“While our previous definition focused on acts of violence intended to achieve a political or ideological aim, our new definition more clearly delineates that attempts at violence, particularly when directed toward civilians with the intent to coerce and intimidate, also qualify,” Facebook stated in a blog post Tuesday. 

The Christchurch shooting, which was livestreamed on the platform, “strongly influenced” Facebook’s policy update, the company says, calling it a “terrorist attack.”  Read more…

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Southwest is selling a lunchbox of its discontinued peanuts for $29

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Southwest Airlines joined most of its competitors when it stopped handing out peanuts on its flights in 2018, citing allergy concerns. But people really miss the nuts, we guess, so the airline is releasing a line of peanut-related products.

The merch is available on Southwest’s online shop, the Southwest Store, which should be familiar to all the die-hard Southwest fans out there. (If anyone is a Southwest fan, please DM me.) It includes an 18 inch by 18 inch throw pillow shaped like a peanut packet ($29), a peanut pouch to store “makeup and accessories ($9),” a peanut burp cloth for your baby who can’t eat peanuts yet ($9), and a peanut power bank to charge your phone ($19). Read more…

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Facebook reportedly working on fashionable smart glasses to replace cellphones

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A super secret Facebook project is reportedly in the works.

CNBC reported Tuesday that Facebook has been working on smart glasses, meant to eventually replace smartphones. 

Apparently, it has also just entered into a partnership with Ray-Ban parent company Luxottica, presumably to make them “cool” “frames” people might actually want to wear (sorry, Google Glass). 

Google Glass actually also worked with Luxottica to up their fashion game, so, no guarantees on aesthetics there.

SEE ALSO: Snap goes 3D with Spectacles 3, coming this fall

According to CNBC, the AR glasses are codenamed Orion. They would feature a graphic display users could see out of the corners of their eyes, and wearers could make calls, livestream their positions, and more with Facebook-powered AI.  Read more…

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Get the Dell Vostro 14 3000 laptop for $299 — over 60% off — with this code

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TL;DR: The no-frills Dell Vostro 14 3000 laptop (1TB) is already an affordable choice, but you can get it for $299 with code BIZLT299 — a 62% savings.


Now that the big iPhone announcement has passed, the tech community is looking forward to Apple’s next big reveal. If it’s anything like last year’s schedule, the predicted October 2019 Apple Event could bring new a MacBook Pro.

But going for the best-of-the-best specs just doesn’t make sense for every situation, especially when Apple charges $1,000 a pop. For more casual use, especially for those looking to arm their employees with some great tech, you can get the bare-bones Dell Vostro 14 3000 laptop for $299 with code BIZLT299. The deal has been on and off since early September, but it ends for good on Sept. 21. Read more…

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Sega Genesis Mini promo bundle — get your choice of controller at Walmart and save $10

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TL;DR: The Sega Genesis Mini launches on Sept. 19, but you can get a special bundle (which comes with your choice of controller) at Walmart for only $89.99 — saving you $10 total. 


Retro gamers, rejoice — the Sega Genesis Mini is almost upon us (it launches Sept. 19), and Walmart is offering a super cool promotional bundle for the beloved classic console. 

Just when you thought you couldn’t be any more excited to get your hands on the Sega Genesis Mini, Walmart is generously giving a special deal that’ll get you not only the Genesis Mini itself, but also a great USB game controller for half of its usual priceFor just $89.99, you’ll get the whole shebang.  Read more…

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15 tweets for people who really love the ‘Succession’ theme song

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Anyone who watches Succession knows that not only is the HBO drama a genuinely good show, but it also has the single best theme song on television right now.

The opening credits last around one minute and 30 seconds, and during that time viewers are treated to visual a montage of filtered flashbacks and present-day cityscapes, cut to a hauntingly catchy, adrenaline-pumping composition comprised of piano riffs, strings, and an unexpected but wildly complimentary background beat.

Depending on your mood, the intro song — which was composed by Nicholas Britell— will either make you want to dramatically gaze out a train window on a rainy day or get up and bust a move. It delights fans of the show every Sunday night, and is so damn good that it even won an Emmy for Original Main Title Theme Music. Read more…

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Uber’s self-driving cars ride into Texas

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Uber’s autonomous cars are coming to Texas. 

On Tuesday, Uber’s Advantaged Technologies Group announced it would test its vehicles in Dallas. Don’t expect to see cars without drivers on the streets just yet, though. At first, they’ll only be allowed in manual mode, in which Uber collects data from vehicles with human drivers. 

After a self-driving car was involved in a crash that killed a woman in Tempe last year, Uber pulled its vehicles off the road in Arizona. (Meanwhile, Waymo’s self-driving car service is operating in the Phoenix area.) Uber is also testing autonomous cars in Pittsburgh and collecting data in its cars in San Francisco and Toronto.  Read more…

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