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Reviews of Meizu Pro 6 Plus

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Of all the products I’ve used from Chinese OEMs, those from Meizu always struck me as the most polished. While Meizu largely focuses on their home market, their smartphones are typically quite usable in Western territories, with near-perfect English localization. Better yet, Meizu employs a Xiaomi-like pricing structure such that most of their phones are aggressively priced for the hardware you get.
The Pro 6 Plus is the highest-end smartphone currently sold by Meizu. It’s a true flagship, featuring the same Exynos SoC as seen in the Samsung Galaxy S7, a large 5.7-inch 1440p AMOLED display, and a beautiful aluminium unibody chassis. Even the camera, a 12-megapixel sensor with OIS and laser autofocus, is similar to what we see in high-end devices from Samsung, Google and Huawei.

Despite packing top-end specifications, the Meizu Pro 6 Plus is an affordable handset in China, retailing for just CNY 2,999 (approximately US$430). It may cost a bit more than this to import th…

Upcoming Windows 10 update reduces spying, but Microsoft is still mum on which data it specifically collects

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Upcoming Windows 10 update reduces spying, but Microsoft is still mum on which data it specifically collectsFacebook There’s some good news for privacy-minded individuals who haven’t been fond of Microsoft’s data collection policy with Windows 10. When the upcoming Creators Update drops this spring, it will overhaul Microsoft’s data collection policies. Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, has published a blog post with a list of the changes Microsoft will be making.
First, Microsoft has launched a new web-based privacy dashboard with the goal of giving people an easy, one-stop location for controlling how much data Microsoft collects. Your privacy dashboard has sections for Browse, Search, Location, and Cortana’s Notebook, each covering a different category of data MS might have received from your hardware. Personally, I keep the Digital Assistant side of Cortana permanently deactivated and already set telemetry to minimal, but…

Uber fined $20 million for lying about driver earnings, predatory financin

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Facebook Uber, the San Francisco ride-sharing company, has been in the news of late over its game of chicken with the city of San Francisco over a $150 license fee for self-driving vehicles (which it lost) and for losing an estimated $3 billion dollars in 2016. Now the company has been fined $20 million by the FTC for its predatory lending practices and its exaggerated claims about driver pay.
“Many consumers sign up to drive for Uber, but they shouldn’t be taken for a ride about their earnings potential or the cost of financing a car through Uber,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “This settlement will put millions of dollars back in Uber drivers’ pockets.”
The FTC fined the company for several specific practices related to its business. First, Uber greatly exaggerated the income its drivers were likely to earn. From at least May 2014 until August 2015, Uber’s site featured a letter from the CEO, which claimed that the median incom…

This week in space: a wave on Venus and a mysterious object in Cygnus A

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Facebook Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died on Monday, January 16. He was 82. NASA didn’t state the cause of Cernan’s death, but they did note that he had been ill for some time, and was surrounded by family at the end. In tribute, NASA wrote of Cernan, “A captain in the U.S. Navy, [he] left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon.” Let’s not let the story of human lunar exploration end with Capt. Cernan. I take leave to speculate that he wouldn’t want to be the last man ever to walk on the moon.
We are saddened by the loss of retired NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon. https://t.co/Q9OSdRewI5pic.twitter.com/gPdFTnXF2C — NASA (@NASA) January 16, 2017 Elsewhere in the solar system, the latest data from Pluto shows us evidence of jagged, spiky, needle-like surface features called “penitentes.” If their presence is confirmed, this would be the first time these icy formations have been f…

ET deals: Save big on the USB Type-C Dell Dock

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Facebook Twitter Google PlusRedditHacker News Want to be able to connect all of your peripherals to your shiny new laptop with a single cable? Today, Dell is selling a USB Type-C laptop dock for 35% off the list price. And when you buy now, you’ll get a $50 gift card to boot.
USB Type-C Dell Dock for $129.99 with a $50 eGift card (Coupon code: DEAL35 — List price: $199.99)
In terms of connectivity, this box features a USB Type-C port, two USB 2.0 ports, three USB 3.0 ports, a speaker output, a combo audio port, gigabit ethernet, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, and a VGA port. Connect your laptop to this dock, and you can easily connect to two 1080p displays or a single 4K display (limited to 30Hz).
With the Dell Dock, you largely get the best of both worlds. You get to keep your thin, lightweight laptop for travel, but you’ll have full access to your entire setup when you’re at your desk. And since it all funnels through a single cable, conne…