Next morning: Our verdict on the Pixel 6a

The Pixel 6a from Google has finally arrived. It’s a phone under $500, and this year it includes Google’s own Tensor chip which should provide more power for its cheapest Pixel option. It also matches the Pixel 6 family with a dual-tone color scheme and camera strip.


According to commentary editor Cherlynn Low, the $449 Pixel 6a is like a budget option and more like a smaller (if the 6.1-inch screen is small..) version of Google’s best phones. You get high-end software tricks from Google, great cameras, and decent battery life. In short, it brings out the essentials.

Check out the full review, but as Cherlynn said: There’s no better Android phone than the under $500 Pixel 6a.

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Surprise: You don’t get much for $60.

The latest Fire 7 from Amazon has arrived, with a few upgrades including a faster processor, double the RAM, USB-C charging, and a longer battery life. Unfortunately, the device is still slow, has a poor display, and you’ll be largely limited to Amazon-approved apps and services. The $60 price point makes these flaws easier to swallow, but we’d recommend upgrading to the $90 Fire 8 HD, because at least it offers a better display.

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You’ll see them in places like Chicago, Dallas, and San Diego.

Amazon has revealed that Rivian’s custom-made EVs are now offering bundles across the US. You’ll find them in many cities including Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis. The company expects the pickup trucks to serve more than 100 cities by the end of 2022. This deployment is significant for both companies. Amazon owned a 20% stake in Rivian as of late 2021. Meanwhile, Rivian cut costs. Amazon will benefit when its partner in cars does.

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“FIFA 23” launches on September 30th on PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Stadia.

After revealing Chelsea star Sam Kerr on its cover earlier this week, EA has unveiled the game’s first trailerp FIFA 23 Show that women’s football will finally be an essential part of the game. It will include women’s club teams from the major leagues in England and France, as well as the women’s and men’s competitions in the Qatar 2022 World Cup and the Australia and New Zealand 2023 World Cups. Reminder: FIFA 23 It will be the final version of the game to bear the name FIFA from EA, as it failed to come to terms with FIFA over financial and exclusivity issues.

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E2EE protection is coming to branch conference rooms, too.

Zoom is strengthening privacy and security protections by extending end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to more of its services. The first is Zoom Phone, its cloud phone system. Users of this service will be able to operate E2EE during one-to-one calls. When turned on, E2EE will ensure that calls are secured using encryption keys that can only be accessed by calling and receiving devices. Security feature will soon be available in sub-rooms – smaller discussions that separate from group meetings.

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