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13 Hours Ago   Few places summon the trolls like movie reviews. After suffering through multiple cases of review-bombing – when trolls flood in with disproportionate negative reviews – Rotten Tomatoes wants to weed out the people who haven’t actually, you know seen the movie.

15 Hours Ago   Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. One of the advantages Android has over iOS is the control Google gives you over its operating system.

Yesterday   Trump’s Huawei ban was bad news for China, as it effectively crippled the world’s second-largest smartphone maker from its largest source of income. But China is also very much in a position to retaliate, and Apple – the world’s third-largest smartphone maker – could be among the ones to suffer.

Yesterday   Two-factor authentication is annoying. Getting flustered because you have to find your phone and tap on a prompt every time you log into your accounts from a new device is peak first-world problems.

2 Days Ago   Google today announced it’s making a visual change to Search on mobile devices. Behold: Can you spot the difference? The “visual refresh,” as Google calls it, is a small one.

3 Days Ago   Keeping to its promise of semiannual updates, Microsoft today announced it’s made the next big version of Windows 10 available. The simply-named Windows 10 May 2019 update isn’t as packed with features as its predecessors, but there are still a few things to note.

4 Days Ago   In the early days of my audio obsession, electrostatic headphones were legendary. Products like Stax’s SR-009 and Sennheiser’s Orpheus HE90 promised higher resolution than was possible with the typical dynamic drivers of the day.

5 Days Ago   In a surprise bit of weekend news that could have major implications on the smartphone market, Reuters reports that “Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software, and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing.” Translation: Huawei can no longer implement a full-fledged version of Android on future devices, losing access to Google services and more.

8 Days Ago   Game of Thrones Season 8 has been… controversial. The final season for one of the most popular shows on the planet is its worst rated season on IMDb by a considerable margin.

8 Days Ago   We’ve known for a while Motorola is planning on reviving its Razr brand, jumping on the folding phone bandwagon with its own take on the concept that far removed from Huawei or Samsung’s.

9 Days Ago   When it comes to consumer gear for filming sports and action, two products immediately come to mind: GoPro’s action cameras and DJI’s drones. GoPro tried to cross over into drones without much success, and now it’s DJI’s turn to try its hand at a small action camera with the new Osmo Action.

10 Days Ago   The OnePlus 7 is here. It starts at $669 in the US, goes on sale May 17, and it might just be the phone that brings OnePlus to the mainstream.

10 Days Ago   I’ve been trying to avoid the word “finally” in my headlines, but I think this one gets a pass: Over a year and a half after it was originally promised, Sonos has brought the Google Assistant to its voice-powered speakers – namely the Sonos One and Beam. Finally.

11 Days Ago   When French speaker manufacturer Focal offered to let me review its flagship product, the $230,000, 700-pound Utopias, I despaired a little. Despite my curiosity to audition speakers that cost more than an Ivy League’s four-year tuition, I didn’t know where I’d begin to review something that expensive.

14 Days Ago   When I reviewed Dyson’s V10 last year, I finally understood why people were willing to pay such a premium for the company’s vacuums. But testing Tineco’s Pure One S12 the past couple of weeks has been a reminder that there are versatile alternatives that give you more for your money.

15 Days Ago   Wacom just shrunk its most advanced drawing tablet. The company today revealed the Intuos Pro small, bringing the most popular professional drawing tablet to a much more portable package.

16 Days Ago   High-end audio is catching up to the times. Where once audiophiles might scoff at wireless speakers, now industry stalwarts like Bowers and Wilkins, KEF, and others are exploring the convenience of streaming music and all-in-one systems.

16 Days Ago   Logitech’s G502 is one of the best-selling mice of all time, and the most popular gaming mouse on the market, according to the company. But since it’s release in 2014, the G502 has been technologically overshadowed by its brethren with gaming-ready wireless connectivity and.

17 Days Ago   Google Assistant is pretty fast, but it’s hardly as conversational as a real person. That’s in large part because using the Assistant requires a constant connection to the cloud, where a server sorts through 100GB worth of AI models, and beams the relevant information back down to you.

21 Days Ago   I can handle just about anything that happens in the most gruesome of movies, but pets or babies murdered for lazy emotional manipulation will leave me in a rotten mood for the rest of the day.

23 Days Ago   British audio firm Q Acoustics might make $4,500 speakers nowadays, but it’s best known for the performance of its affordable speakers. Now that the company has made its entry to the US market, I’ve had the chance to test the 3020i – its midrange speakers – for a few months.

24 Days Ago   As big as modern TVs are, there’s nothing quite like watching a movie on a giant projected image. Unfortunately getting a decent home theater experience usually requires a great deal of work and commitment, forcing you to carefully position an overhead projector and run wires over long stretches.

25 Days Ago   Look, I know the internet is dark and full of terrors if you’re not up to date on your favorite bits of pop culture. I should know better than to think I can completely avoid the zeitgeist around Avengers: Endgame and the latest season of Game of Thrones. But for years, I’ve done just fine staying out of trouble on most social media.

25 Days Ago   Motorola’s Razr devices were probably the most iconic phones on the market until the iPhone landed in 2007. The phones that really kicked off the thin phone craze, the Razr line defied our expectations of how compact and sleek a smartphone could be.

29 Days Ago   It goes without saying that Apple has dominated the tablet market, despite efforts from Google and Microsoft to have their say. But iPads lie in a sort of limbo for traditional productivity – better than a phone, but not quite as good as a laptop.

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