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Moto Z3 Play Review: Unlocked and Loaded

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One night recently I dreamed I was thumbing the little microcontroller for my smart glasses. It’s not the first time technology had seeped from my everyday life into my subconscious mind. There was that time I dreamed up a giant Motorola smartwatch with a kickstand, and the time Justin Bieber pitched me on a new …

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Facebook is onto us. It’s onto me, anyway. I am merely one anecdata point among billions, but I’m sure I’m not the only Facebook user who has found herself shying away from the very public, often performative, and even tiring habit of posting regular updates to Facebook and Instagram. Over the past year I’ve found …

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In the past few years, wirefree earbuds have sprung up in lush profusion, like baby frogs after a spring rain. I have to admit, though, it took me awhile to come around to them. Wirefree earbuds don’t always fit securely and they’re usually more expensive than many of the best earbuds. I’m constantly knocking earbuds …

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Has life become a little meh lately? Are you looking for something to make waking up a little more zesty? Does it take way too long to open apps these days? This week, we have a modest proposition: Maybe it’s time to buy a new phone. Senior writer Lauren Goode muses that all of our …

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Kids are particularly terrible for robots. At least, that’s what researchers in Japan discovered when they let a robot roam around a shopping center in Osaka in 2015. A group of kids antagonized the robot, forcing the researchers to program an algorithm that would give the bot the agency to evade abuse. That’s just one …

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If you’re a new parent, you’ve probably spent an inordinate amount of time Googling baby monitors. It’s tempting to invest in a high-tech smart monitor that will track each breath and heartbeat and teach them to sleep through the night. But I must warn you, new parents: You’ll need a monitor for much longer than …

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No matter who you ask, the near-future of delivery seems to involve fleets of robots shuffling packages from stores, down sidewalks, and onto doorsteps. Robots will lug grocery bags from market to kitchen; they’ll begin to replace humans delivering take-out and dropping off parcels. And soon, your Amazon Prime packages may show up courtesy of …

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You’ve KonMaried your closet. You’ve made strides toward Inbox Zero. You’ve unburdened yourself of your old tweets, and now you feel free as a bird. The one thing left to do: find harmony in your digital work-life by tidying up your Slack. If you’re one of the 8 million people who uses Slack as an …

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Few guitars carry more historical weight than the Fender Telecaster. With its compact body and brash, incisive twang, the Telecaster—first introduced by Fender in the 1950s—played a pivotal role in the evolution of country music, electric blues, and, most of all, rock and roll. Bruce Springsteen, Keith Richards, and Joe Strummer are all Tele guys. …

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The temperature in the room is not personal. It’s a compromise. Air conditioners blow the same on everybody, though not everybody is comfortable at the same temperature. Soon enough you’ve waged a thermostat war against your coworkers, sobbing and shivering into your sweater as you wonder how humanity sunk so low. What if you had …

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