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Chris Velazco

Senior Mobile Editor — Engadget
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Senior mobile editor @Engadget. I've got war in my bones.

Here's what your next Roku streaming boxes will look like — First up are the Roku Express and Express Plus, two replacements for the company's existing Roku 1 streaming box that we really don't know much about. The design is pretty distinctive, though: while the 1 was a glossy squircle with a flattish top, the Express twins look like a traditional matte black streamer that's been bisected with a butter knife.

The CoWatch brings Amazon's Alexa to your wrist starting today — In fact, that becomes clear almost right off the bat. The CoWatch team managed to squeeze a lot into this stainless steel body: there's an Ingenic dual-core chipset, 1GB of RAM, a screen running at 400x400 and 8GB of storage, the most I've ever seen in a wearable.

HTC's Desire 10 phones make mid-range power feel more premium — As you've easily deduced, the Pro is the more powerful of the Desire 10 twins. That's mostly thanks to the octa-core MediaTek Helio P10, assisted by either 3GB or 4GB of RAM; the former model comes with 32GB of storage, down from the latter's 64GB.

Japanese tax investigation ends with Apple paying $118 million — First, here's a little background. If you live in Japan and you buy an iPhone from Apple, that money goes to (who else?) Apple Japan. If you buy apps, movies or music from iTunes in Japan, however, that money goes to a different subsidiary: iTunes K.K.

Apple's AirPods aren't a must-buy - yet — Powering all that is a tiny chip called the W1 that manages the connection between the AirPods and the device they're connected to. Apple has said this silicon will wind up in Beats wireless headphones soon too, though I'll bite my tongue and not make jokes about Beats' audio quality until I actually get a chance to try them.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus review: Apple (mostly) plays it safe — It's a toss-up. The inclusion of optical image stabilization across both versions of the iPhone 7 helps, as does the main camera's f/1.8 aperture. Props to Samsung: Photos taken with the S7 Edge did indeed look brighter, but the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus offered more natural colors.

Apple's AirPods toe the line between usefulness and gimmickry — More importantly, Apple says these things will last up to 5 hours on a single charge, a claim we have no way of verifying right now. For those of you keeping track, though, Samsung claims its similar Gear IconX earbuds only last for 3 hours on a single go-around.

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are all about subtle, powerful changes — Man, that new Home button is weird. iPhone newcomers won't have any trouble adapting to the change, but it feels almost jarring to someone who has used iPhones pretty regularly since the 4's launch in 2010.

LG's new V20 wants to be the all-in-one flagship the G5 wasn't — So, what else is new here? Well, the second, smaller display picked up a few new features along the way, the like the ability to display longer signatures. The screen itself is also brighter than the V10's, and you can enlarge notifications that roll in, but there's a good chance you won't love it now if you didn't before.

Samsung reportedly gearing up to announce a Galaxy Note 7 recall — Yonhap spoke to an anonymous Samsung official, who claimed the cause of the explosions stemmed from the Galaxy Note 7's battery. While the exact cause of these battery explosions has yet to be disclosed, Yonhap's source went on to say "less than 0.1 percent" of devices sold are affected.
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Sep 26, 2016

RT @chrismaddern: 📂 Presidential Debate └📁 Trump Argument └📁 */ └📁 Good Arguments └⚠️ This folder is empty

Sep 26, 2016

RT @kairyssdal: Well, Madam Secretary, if you're looking for precision of language, you're in the wrong campaign.

Sep 22, 2016

Verizon says it only found out about the breach two days ago. So how long did Yahoo know? 

Sep 21, 2016

@Gartenberg it does! making that more explicit in the story

Sep 18, 2016

RT @dubvercetti: 2002 was weird kelly rowland texted her boyfriend via microsoft excel and got mad because he didn’t text back.

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