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Xiaomi’s massive Mi Max 2 is too much of a good thing

Whoever first said size doesn’t matter clearly didn’t try replacing their normal-sized phone with a phablet. I tried, folks, I really did. For the past couple of weeks, I tried to live with Xiaomi’s oversized Mi Max 2 phablet. I don’t care if you think that word is no longer in use; that’s simply the most accurate way to describe a 6.44-inch handset. It’d be easy to just bash the device in this piece if it weren’t half-decent. And that’s where things get complicated. At Rs. 17,000 ($265), the Max 2 offers tremendous bang for your buck with powerful hardware…

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Ford outlines plan to build self-driving cars at scale to deploy with partners

Ford Fusion autonomous test vehicle Ford’s autonomous driving vision includes fleet manufacturing, and then deploying vehicles at scale with partners working in commercial service areas like taxi and delivery. The core of this plan starts with building cars tailor-made to “improve the movement of people and goods,” according to Ford VP of Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification Sherif Markaby. Marakby,… Read More
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The eclipse caused people to look away from their screens

Turns out all it takes for people to put down their phones is a once-in-a-lifetime event. In case you missed it, the eclipse took over the sun (and our lives) yesterday. Flocks of people headed to the towns and cities within the path of totality to catch it in full. As a a result, smartphones, laptops, and even streaming services went unnoticed -- for a little while. People bonded, Trump somehow didn't go blind, and (for a brief moment) the horrid events of the past weeks were drowned out as we took in the awe-inspiring sight.

The exodus was picked up by a number of web giants. Netflix, for example, claims it witnessed a 10 percent drop in plays during the eclipse. Maybe, it was just a case of everyone binging The Defenders and moving on. More likely, however, people got off their asses and went out. Or switched over to livestreams of the event on Twitter and Facebook.

Speaking of President Trump's fave platform, it seems the eclipse wasn't anywhere near as popular as other events on Twitter. The six million tweets it generated were completely overshadowed (ahem) by the likes of the 2015 Super Bowl (28.4 million tweets) and the 2014 World Cup final (32.1 million tweets). Facebook fared better with 240 million interactions, but it has 2 billion members.

Instead of sharing status updates, it seems people were actually more interested in the news. While social media saw a minimal uptick in visitors, media outlets witnessed a 113 percent traffic spike, according to data from Fastly.

Ultimately, it seems we used our phones (and other screens) to read more than post. And, to blare out Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart.

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After ‘The Defenders,’ expect more crossovers between the Marvel-Netflix superhero shows


This interview contains spoilers for Season 1 of Marvel's The Defenders.

After four years of build-up, The Defenders is finally out in the world, bringing together Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Danny Rand) to face the puppet-masters of Netflix's corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Hand. 

While Sigourney Weaver's scene-stealing villain, Alexandra, met an untimely demise at the hands of Elektra (Elodie Yung) — as did Daredevil's mentor, Stick (Scott Glenn) — the rest of our heroes and their allies made it safely through the team-up, ready to Defend another day.  Read more...

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