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With “Fear” and Trump, Bob Woodward Has a Bookend to the Nixon Story | The New Yorker
Almost half a century later, the ghost of the scandal that launched Woodward’s career haunts the Trump White House
newyorker  books  review  usa  politics 
yesterday by robward
Honor Play review: Flagship specs on a budget (video added!) - Android Authority
The dual camera on the back is a mixed bag. It’s got a 16MP f/2.2 primary lens and a 2MP f/2.4 second sensor for capturing depth information. There’s also a single LED flash and phase-detection auto-focus.
gaming  smartphone  Huawei  Honor  review 
yesterday by dominomaster
Huawei announces Honor Play gaming phone with GPU turbo boost
These specs are fine for a regular phone, but what sets the Honor Play apart is its gaming capabilities. 

The phone has a special "GPU Turbo" mode that boosts the graphics performance by up 60 percent while reducing power consumption by up to 30 percent. 

With GPU Turbo, Huawei says game framerates should be higher compared to other phones. The company specifically says PUBG Mobile players will see a noticeable performance boost.

Besides this special graphics enhancement, the Honor Play also has an "AI 4D Smart Shock" feature which is supposed to enhance vibrations during gameplay so that you literally feel the action.
gaming  smartphone  Honor  Huawei  review 
yesterday by dominomaster
Xiaomi Black Shark Gaming Phone Revealed: Here are the details
As for the display, you get a 2160×1080 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen at an assumed 60Hz, unlike the Razer Phone’s 120Hz display. Neither Xiaomi nor Black Shark has specified the refresh rate of the display. The lower resolution is likely so that you can squeeze as much performance as possible out of your phone, but it’s a shame for anyone buying the device for virtual reality, especially when some competitors’ game management tools or core software allow for resolution scaling. You also get a 4,000mAh non-removable battery which can be charged via QuickCharge 3.0, meaning that it should charge relatively quickly as well.

The Black Shark features a dual-camera arrangement comprised of 12-megapixel (1.25um pixel size, PDAF) and 20-megapixel (1.0um pixel size, PDAF) sensors, with both cameras having a f/1.75 aperture. The singular front facing camera is 20MP (1.0um pixel size) with a f/2.2 aperture. There is also a “professional microphone” onboard, but it’s unknown what exactly the company means by professional. Other features include dual SIM card slots, a “liquid cooling system” which the company says will drop CPU temperatures by roughly 8°C and a “SHARK” button which enables a special high-performance mode. The included liquid cooling system is likely why the device is thicker than most, coming in at 9.35mm and weighing 190 grams.
gaming  smartphone  Xiaomi  review 
yesterday by dominomaster
The Social Metrics Commission - WPI Economics
The Social Metrics Commission The Social Metrics Commission is an independent charity dedicated to contributing to policy development and action to reduce…
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yesterday by asaltydog

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