Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) review: The rise of the mid-range – Android Authority
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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) review: The rise of the mid-range – Android Authority

To a lot of people, Samsung just makes flagship devices like the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9. However, it also makes a range of mid-tier devices with its “J” and “A” series. The “J” phones are the more competitively priced and the “A” range is designed to be more premium. I recently got…

In Battle Over Johnson’s Baby Powder, Asbestos Opens a New Legal Front – The New York Times
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In Battle Over Johnson’s Baby Powder, Asbestos Opens a New Legal Front – The New York Times

The memos were concise and direct.An executive at Johnson & Johnson said the main ingredient in its best-selling baby powder could potentially be contaminated by asbestos, the dangerous mineral that can cause cancer. He recommended to senior staff in 1971 that the company “upgrade” its quality control of talc.Two years later, another executive raised a…

Google Play Games v5.14 enables Dark Theme for all, prepares Minesweeper, and… ( ͡° ͜ʖ a pointless side project? [APK Teardown] – Android Police
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Google Play Games v5.14 enables Dark Theme for all, prepares Minesweeper, and… ( ͡° ͜ʖ a pointless side project? [APK Teardown] – Android Police

Google Play Games is officially going dark. Well, the latest update is making its dark theme accessible to everyone. But that’s not the only thing this update brings, there are now app shortcuts and a new sorting feature for achievements coming soon. A teardown also shows the team is preparing to add Minesweeper to the…

Apple says it’s adding hundreds of jobs in Boston – Boston.com
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Apple says it’s adding hundreds of jobs in Boston – Boston.com

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions — and offer huge sums of public money — in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The other swept in quietly before making its big move.…

BMW tries to revive lagging 3 Series sales with new 2019 design that’s more, well, BMW-like – CNBC
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BMW tries to revive lagging 3 Series sales with new 2019 design that’s more, well, BMW-like – CNBC

Source: BMW 2019 BMW 330i  BMW likes to boast that it builds “the ultimate driving machine,” and if any individual model has deserved that reputation, it’s the 3 Series sedan. While BMW produces a broad range of vehicles — traditional sedans, sports cars, wagons and a growing list of sport utility vehicles — no vehicle…

Asian shares wobbly, euro steady after ECB ends QE – Reuters
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Asian shares wobbly, euro steady after ECB ends QE – Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares tumbled on Friday after China reported a set of weak data, fanning fresh worries of a sharp slowdown in the world’s second-biggest economy and leaving investors fretting over the wider impact of a yet unresolved Sino-U.S. trade dispute. FILE PHOTO: Men look at stock quotation boards outside a brokerage in…

‘Red Dead’ Gold Turns Massive Western Video Game Romp Into Dull Online Grindfest – Variety
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‘Red Dead’ Gold Turns Massive Western Video Game Romp Into Dull Online Grindfest – Variety

December 13, 2018 3:22PM PT “Red Dead Online,” the online multiplayer game developed in parallel with “Red Dead Redemption 2,” is being criticized for its digital economy, which is paying out gold at such a slow rate that it would take over 4,000 hours for a player to earn enough to purchase all items in-game.…

Amazon’s plans for a New York office are under new scrutiny – The Verge
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Amazon’s plans for a New York office are under new scrutiny – The Verge

A month ago, when Amazon announced that it would build regional offices in New York and Virginia at great expense to the taxpayers there, I wrote that it had misunderstood the moment: Perhaps the furor over Amazon’s regional offices will blow over. But it’s hard not to feel today as if the company misread the…

Ford Ranger vs F-150: Which Truck is Right for You? – AutoGuide.com
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Ford Ranger vs F-150: Which Truck is Right for You? – AutoGuide.com

It’s good to be king. The Ford F-Series truck is perennially the most popular vehicle in America. Despite competition that is better than ever, the Blue Oval pickup is on track to break a sales record it set back in 2004. While the F-150 and its myriad of trims take care of customers that are…

How Congress missed another chance to hold big tech accountable – The Verge
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How Congress missed another chance to hold big tech accountable – The Verge

From time to time the entire technology press corps gets together on Twitter, spends several hours live-tweeting the same event, and then writes a series of blog posts about how nothing important happened. This event is known as a Congressional hearing, and today we witnessed our final one of the year. After months of polite…