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The Morning After: Our verdict on the Pixel 6a | Engadget

Google’s Pixel 6a is finally here. It’s a sub-$500 phone that this year features Google’s own Tensor chip that should bring even more power to the cheaper Pixel option. It also matches the Pixel 6 family with a two-tone color scheme and camera bar.

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According to editor Cherlynn Low, the $449 Pixel 6a looks less like the budget option and more like a smaller (if a 6.1-inch screen is small…) version of Google’s best phone. You get cutting-edge software tricks from Google, great cameras, and decent battery life. In short, it nails the essentials.

Check out the full review, but as Cherlynn says: there’s no better Android phone under $500 than the Pixel 6a.

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Surprise: you don’t get much for $60.

Amazon’s latest Fire 7 has arrived, with a few upgrades including a faster processor, double the RAM, USB-C charging, and longer battery life. Unfortunately, it’s still slow, its display is poor, and you’ll be largely confined to Amazon-approved apps and services. The $60 price tag makes those flaws easier to swallow, but we’d recommend upgrading to the $90 Fire 8 HD, as it at least offers a better display.

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You’ll see them in places like Chicago, Dallas, and San Diego.

Amazon has revealed that Rivian’s bespoke electric vehicles are now delivering packages across the United States. You’ll find them in many cities including Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis. The company expects the vans to serve more than 100 cities by the end of 2022. This rollout is significant for both companies. Amazon had a 20% stake in Rivian at the end of 2021. At the same time, Rivian has cut costs. Amazon stands to gain when its automotive partner does.

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‘FIFA 23’ will launch on September 30 on PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Stadia.

After revealing Chelsea star Sam Kerr on its cover earlier this week, EA has unveiled the first trailer forr FIFA 23 showing that women’s football will finally be a key part of the game. It will include women’s club teams from the top leagues of England and France, as well as the women’s and men’s competitions of the Qatar 2022 World Cup and the FIFA World Cup. world Australia/New Zealand 2023. A reminder: FIFA 23 will be EA’s last release of the game with the FIFA name, as it failed to reach agreement with FIFA over financial and exclusivity issues.

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E2EE protection is also coming to meeting rooms.

Zoom is bolstering its privacy and security protections by extending end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to more of its services. The first is Zoom Phone, its cloud phone system. Users of this service will be able to activate E2EE during individual calls. When enabled, E2EE ensures that calls are secured with cryptographic keys that only calling and receiving devices can access. The security feature will soon be available in breakout rooms – smaller discussions that break away from group meetings.

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