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Emirates new Boeing 777 cabins raise the inflight experience bar higher

Emirates new Boeing 777 cabins raise the inflight experience bar higher

While the fastest way to traverse countries and the world, traveling by air is hardly the most comfortable. Offering the best experiences in both comfort and entertainment in such a cramped space has always been both an engineering and design challenge for airlines. Emirates , the largest operator of Boeing 777 planes, just unveiled in Dubai its new cabins for the aircraft line, redefining quality experience across all classes. Curiously enough, Emirates’ new designs take inspiration from land vehicles. Specifically Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars.

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Bose puts Noise-Masking Sleep buds to the Indiegogo test

Bose puts Noise-Masking Sleep buds to the Indiegogo test

Most earphones are designed to keep unwanted noise out and your music in while you go about your busy day. Bose’s new experimental earbuds, on the other hand, are designed to work better when you’re asleep at night (or during the day). Its new Bose Sleepbuds work pretty much the same way to keep nighttime noise from waking you up prematurely. The idea and the technology, however, is so new and unproven that Bose is taking an unprecedented route to “sell” the product, via Indiegogo’s crowdfunding platform.

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Do not download Windows Movie Maker from any source

Do not download Windows Movie Maker from any source

The start of 2017 was a bittersweet one for many fans of Microsoft’s built-in Windows software like Live Mail and Movie Maker. The company has permanently retired the Windows Essential 2012 bundle from both download and support. But while many of the apps in that pack had counterparts in Windows 10, Windows Movie Maker didn’t, forcing users to look for alternative download sources. Naturally, those illegitimate sources are the perfect breeding ground for scammers looking for a way to make a quick buck out of people’s desperation.

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Some iPhone X reported to have crackling, buzzing from earpiece

Some iPhone X reported to have crackling, buzzing from earpiece

The recent slew of issues, be it hardware or software, coming from brand new smartphone models might have some wondering if quality control is going downhill or if users have just become too meticulous about their devices. And since some of these involve really expensive smartphones, the expectations of perfection are even higher. The latest to join the list of complaints is, unsurprisingly, the iPhone X, which is now reported by some owners to exhibit either crackling or buzzing audio coming from the phone’s earpiece speaker at high volumes.

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Google Pixel Buds have started shipping

Google Pixel Buds have started shipping

When Google revealed that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL had no headphone jack, there was no small amount of consternation among Google and Pixel fans. After all, Google made it a point to ridicule Apple’s removal of the venerable port. Google tried to do a sleight of hand and distract disappointed users with the seemingly magical Pixel Buds, Google’s answer to the Apple AirPods. Those earbuds have started shipping to early buyers, and one, in particular, was kind enough to make it known on Reddit.

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Samsung Linux on Galaxy might run full, graphical Linux desktops

Samsung Linux on Galaxy might run full, graphical Linux desktops

Samsung sometimes tries to be too much like Google and engages in moonshot projects that are often abandoned quickly. So when it launched its new DeX “phone as a desktop” platform, it was natural for some people to wonder how long it would last. At least, for now, it seems that Samsung is investing a sizeable amount of resources to expand its coverage, like its upcoming Linux on Galaxy feature. Samsung just posted a concept video hinting that it could be more than what others have been able to do.

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OnePlus 5T unboxing leaked, removed, reuploaded for posterity

OnePlus 5T unboxing leaked, removed, reuploaded for posterity

The OnePlus 5T is probably the company’s worst kept secret. Not that there’s much to be kept secret anyway. For all intents and purposes, it is the OnePlus 5 with a different screen and a relocated fingerprint sensor. That still didn’t stop the flood of leaks surrounding OnePlus’s first 18:9 phone. Hot on the heels of a set of photos is a nearly five-minute-long unboxing video of the OnePlus 5T that pretty much leaves nothing left to the imagination. Or for OnePlus to announce later this week.

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Nexus, Pixel phones won’t get their KRACK fix until December

Nexus, Pixel phones won’t get their KRACK fix until December

Google devices, like the Nexus before and now the Pixel phones, have always been prided on getting patches and updates a lot earlier than even the fastest OEMs, of which there are only very few. But in this particular instance, Google will be rolling out one specific fix a lot later than some of those OEMs or even third-party Android ROM makers. Unfortunately, it’s an instance where time might even be more critical, as Nexus and Pixel devices remain vulnerable to the KRACK exploit until Google finally rolls out the fix next month.

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Surface Book 2 pre-order has begun

Surface Book 2 pre-order has begun

It has mostly been all about smartphones these past months, but Microsoft, unsurprisingly, still doesn’t have one. Instead, it has chosen to focus on its Surface line of portable computers instead, despite how analysts and observers are claiming they are on the way out. Just last month, it unveiled the Surface Book 2, which was thought would actually never come to pass. Now it is doing one better, by making the souped-up 2-in-1 laptop available for pre-order, promising that it isn’t an empty promise at all.

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Twitter now doubling display name length as well

Twitter now doubling display name length as well

Some people’s solution to problems, especially business problems, is to throw more money at the problem. Twitter’s solution to its declining numbers? Throw more letters. It has just recently doubled the amount of characters you can type into a tweet, which isn’t exactly doing it any favors. Now it is doubling the number of characters you can use in your display name, which will potentially open things up to further abuse and, therefore, more criticism.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium now available in stunning Red for the US

Sony Xperia XZ Premium now available in stunning Red for the US

With the arrival of new late 2017 flagships, it seems almost too easy to forget those that came a bit earlier. Especially when those early 2017 flagships aren’t as flashy as the new ones. As if to remind US buyers of just months old phones, Sony has somewhat silently made available a new Xperia XZ Premium variant in the US that is at least eye-catching in its color. Trying to somewhat buck the new trend of shiny glass backs and all-screen phones, Sony has added Red to its roster.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro might be coming to AT&T

Huawei Mate 10 Pro might be coming to AT&T

Huawei might not be a small company like OnePlus, but its rise in the smartphone market is nothing short of a miracle. While its global numbers are enough to rival Apple and Samsung, it has been able to accomplish that without a strong presence in the US. It has, of course, tried to sell its smartphones in the country via retailers like Amazon, but missing out on carrier partnerships is a recipe for failure. And so it is no small news that the Chinese OEM is now reported to be on the verge of launching its Huawei Mate 10 Pro flagship in the US, this time via AT&T.

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