Photo compares pack of cigarettes to how many groceries you can buy for the same price

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A pack of 20 cigarettes in the U.S. sells for about $8. In Australia, the same pack sells for $20. (Here’s an interesting article and chart comparing the price of a pack of cigarettes around the world.) — Read the rest

Apple’s revived MagSafe charging standard opens the door for a portless iPhone

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Apple revived one of its more beloved technologies, MagSafe, at its annual iPhone reveal on Tuesday, showing off a new line of smartphones with magnets built into the back for fast and sturdy connections to wireless chargers, snap-on cases, and other accessories.

While the old MagSafe was a safety feature for charging laptops without worrying about damaging your machine when the cord was ripped out, the new MagSafe is a savvy, smartphone-centric accessory play for Apple. It lets the company build a new gadget ecosystem for the iPhone that it controls entirely, just like Lightning and Apple’s other proprietary ports and cables, while also offering tangible benefits like faster 15W charging.

But while MagSafe now seems like a nice…

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7 Cool Crowdfunding Projects, From AI Cameras To Laser Etching 3D Printers

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We receive so many pitches for crowdfunding projects. They pour into our inbox daily. Since crowdfunding is a bit of a gamble, it is always kind of hard to determine just how to write about these projects, considering that many of them may not ever deliver. Cool Crowdfunding is our […]

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NASA’S Latest Rover Prototype Transforms To Rappel Down Steep Cliff Faces

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Exploring distant planets such as Mars is an incredibly daunting task. We’ve seen, through experience, that even something as simple as traversing the landscape to collect data can present insurmountable challenges to our rovers. To that end, NASA and others are constantly innovating ways to be able to explore more […]

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Sony’s best noise-canceling headphones are on sale at an all-time low price for Prime Day

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A photo of Sony’s WH-1000XM4, the best noise-canceling headphones for most people, resting on a table.

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The second and final day of Prime Day 2020 is here, but there are still a ton of deals to take advantage of for the next several hours, including this fantastic deal on Sony’s new WH-1000XM4 wireless over-ear headphones. Normally, these headphones cost $350, but if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can buy a pair for just $298. Even better? Amazon will also give you a $25 gift card to its website when you purchase these headphones. Best Buy and B&H Photo are also price matching Amazon, but unfortunately, neither retailer is including the gift card sweetener like Amazon. The price is available for both color options (black and silver).

Sony originally released these headphones in August. When stacked up against its predecessor, the…

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OnePlus 8T announced with 65W fast charging and a 120Hz display for $749

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The OnePlus 8T is available in green or silver. | Image; OnePlus

OnePlus has officially announced the OnePlus 8T. As previously revealed, the new phone features new 65W fast-charging tech and a 120Hz display. Alongside the new phone, OnePlus also announced a new $45.99 (£55) pair of true wireless earbuds called the OnePlus Buds Z.

There are two main models of the OnePlus 8T: one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and a second with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. In the US, you only get the higher spec model for $749, while both will be available in Europe for €599 / £549 and €699 / £649 respectively. In the US, the phones will be available from October 23rd, while in Europe they go on sale on October 20th.

The OnePlus 8T comes with the company’s new Warp Charge 65 technology. As OnePlus announced…

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OnePlus announces even cheaper OnePlus Buds Z — with ear tips this time

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Alongside the new OnePlus 8T smartphone, the company has just announced its second pair of true wireless earbuds. At just $45.99, the OnePlus Buds Z are priced even more aggressively and are more affordable than the OnePlus Buds. And they also feature a different design — now with silicone ear tips instead of the AirPods-like hard plastic, one-size-fits-most style. Hopefully that’ll be enough to prevent any problems at the border. The OnePlus Buds Z will be available directly from OnePlus starting on November 2nd, and Amazon will also be selling them.

Despite the budget price, OnePlus says it has packed a lot into the Buds Z, including “bass boost technology for heart-pounding audio” and virtualized 3D audio, thanks to Dolby Atmos…

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Getting Started With React

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In this blog we are going to explore how we can get started with React. React is a JavaScript library for building user interfaces. We will explain how you can have a flying start with React and share our experiences.

1. Introduction

The first question we need to ask ourselves is why we should invest in learning React anyway. Well, React is gaining popularity and is one of the most popular JavaScript frameworks at the moment according to several surveys and reports. Besides that, it is always a good investment of your time to regularly learn new languages, frameworks. The more you get acquainted with different technologies, different programming languages, different frameworks, etc., the easier it will be to learn new things. You will get better and faster in learning and this is probably one of the most valuable skills you will need when you are working in sofware development. Maybe you consider yourself as a backend developer only, but even then it is wise to take a look at technologies which may seem to be out of your scope initially. It will broaden your overall view of software development and you will become a more T-shaped professional. Enough introduction for now, let’s get started with React!

How to choose between all the new iPhone 12 models

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From left to right: the iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12, and iPhone 12 mini

There are a lot more iPhones than there used to be these days. Picking a phone used to be simple: Apple would offer just a single new iPhone model, where all you had to do was choose a color and storage size. This year, Apple has launched four new phones: the iPhone 12, 12 mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max, which join the already available iPhone SE that was released earlier this year for a total of five new phones in 2020.

It’s the most iPhone models that Apple has ever released in a single year, bringing new additions like the A14 Bionic processor (Apple’s fastest yet), a more durable “Ceramic Shield” glass coating, improved cameras, a new design, and the resurrected MagSafe branding for a new wireless charger and accessory system. That’s…

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Prime Day 2020 ends later today, but these deals are still happening

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Day two of Amazon Prime Day 2020 is underway, and you have until later tonight at 12:00AM PT / 3:00AM ET to get in on all of the deals. If you were shopping the Prime Day deals yesterday, you likely saw hefty price cuts on must-have products, like Sony’s WH-1000XM4 wireless noise-canceling headphones, AirPods wireless earbuds, tablets, and more. You still have a chance to get in on those Prime-exclusive deals, plus some news ones that pop up today.

We’ve highlighted new deals so you can tell them apart from older ones. Looking for non-Amazon retailers? Check out our anti-Prime Day deals.

To make sure that you see the biggest deals, we’ll be putting limited time Lightning Deals up near the top so you can easily find (and, if you want,…

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