T-Mobile and Verizon battle over 5G

At the end of last month, Verizon said that it would start bringing 5G into the home with its residential 5G broadband coming to five markets in the second half of next year. Big Red will be using millimeter-wave technology, which has a number of issues. The signals require a clear line-of-sight, and do not penetrate buildings that well. Verizon VP of network support Mike Haberman says that Verizon is using beam-forming technology to workaround those limitations, and the carrier was able to achieve a gigabit link even at distance of 2,000 feet.

T-Mobile, on the other hand, has been focusing …

Qualcomm turns down Broadcom's takeover bid; this could be the start of an epic Wall Street battle

As expected, Qualcomm this morning said no to the largest tech takeover bid in history. Fellow chipmaker Broadcom had offered $60 in cash and $10 in stock for each Qualcomm share, a transaction valued at $105 billion. Qualcomm told stockholders to reject the tender offer, stating that it amounts to Broadcom trying to buy it on the cheap. Despite the rejection, there are still ways that Broadcom can execute an end around past its target’s board.

Broadcom is said to be considering a proxy contest, asking Qualcomm stockholders to vote on replacing the latter’s current board with a slate of …

George Clooney with an elderly fan sparks hilarious Photoshop battle


There is no other love like the love between this fan and George Clooney—a love so strong that it elicited a Photoshop battle on Reddit. 

The original image was uploaded to Reddit by sipping_mai_tais, and immediately sparked some impressive Photoshop skills. In the image, a woman is caressing Clooney’s face, as one naturally does when presented the opportunity. Clooney on the other hand seems to be staring at her soul. Despite the throng of people, it’s just two of them and pretty damn pure connection by the looks of it. 

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Battle of the budget champions: Moto G5 or Nokia 3?

Despite being nowhere near the top-tier class of phones, a few handsets still stirred emotion and drama this year, as they were flying towards the store shelves and the anxious hands of reviewers. Those are Motorola’s budget G and E series phones, and Nokia’s new offerings.

Why drama? Well, Moto is in the hands of a new owner — Lenovo — and the Nokia brand is now controlled by a new entity, known as HMD Global. Everyone was curious to see what the new owners of both brands would do with their budget phones. And, we would say, they didn’t do half bad! In fact, it doesn’t seem like a lot has …

Everyone lost their minds during that last battle in 'Game of Thrones'


Spoilers follow for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode four. So don’t act like you haven’t been warned, dummy. 

HOOOOooooooooo boy. That last scene. 

Well, well, well. Instead of sending her dragons to burn King’s Landing to the ground and ruling a pile of ash, Dany decided to bring one dragon to burn down all of King’s Landing’s food. Makes sense. 

Victorious Lannister troops, fresh off their win at Highgarden, were truckin’ along back home with all the food to feed their massive army and the city at large. And wouldn’t you know it? A Dothraki horde just so happens to be heading that way, too. Oh and Khaleesi riding a dragon was there as well. You know. Death.  Read more…

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'Game of Thrones' episode 4 finally gave us the battle we've been waiting six seasons to see


This recap is dark and full of spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 4, titled “The Spoils of War.”

Are you still shaking? I’m still shaking. 

Episode 4 finally brought Daenerys Targaryen to mainland Westeros — a monumental power play that’s been six seasons in the making. 

Dany’s grand entrance is huge for a number of reasons, not least of which is that our many-titled Khaleesi desperately needed a decisive victory over the Lannisters after losing Dorne, the Iron Islands and The Reach in the last two episodes.

The way Dany arrived was a showstopper, to be sure, but the fact that she arrived at all is pretty incredible — as Robert Baratheon predicted way back in Season 1, Dany’s invasion marks the first time that the Dothraki have ever crossed the Narrow Sea, and even without her scaly children, that’s a big effing deal for Westeros, since its inhabitants have spent centuries resting safe in the knowledge that the Dothraki are no threat to them. We were only five episodes into Season 1 when Cersei outright dismissed Robert’s concerns about Dany with the arrogant assertion that “The Dothraki don’t sail… Read more…

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Battle of the Snapdragons: Moto Z2 Force Edition vs Galaxy S8+ vs OnePlus 5 vs LG G6 specs comparison

The Moto Z2 Force is official, and of course, this commands a specs comparison with the rest of the flagships out there, namely the profound troopers the Galaxy S8, the OnePlus 5, and the HTC U11 all are.
We called this one “Battle of the Snapdragons”, and it’s pretty fitting, given that they all have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 on deck. 
That’s the common denominator here, but how do the rest of the specs compare? There’s literally nothing stopping us from finding out, so let’s just jump right into it!
SpecsMoto …

OnePlus 5 vs iPhone 7 Plus selfie comparison: Battle of the doppelgängers

Now that the OnePlus 5 has been out for some time, and many of the big questions have been answered, it’s time for those of you out here debating whether to buy one to get a bit more into the specific and the personal. And what could be more personal than the selfie — possibly the best way to expose oneself to the world in nitty-gritty detail, for better or worse.

But to answer the question “Will I look good when taking a selfie with the OnePlus 5?” (barring the obvious answer that yes, you will, provided you take said selfie from a good angle and …

OnePlus 5 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Battle of the telephoto lenses

The OnePlus 5 is one of the hottest phones of the season. High spec’d and aggressively priced to give the current top flagships a run for their money, the OnePlys 5 manages to impress with great all-around performance and sleek, albeit familiar, design. But the phone’s main selling point—or at least one of its biggest selling points—is the new, iPhone-insiperd dual-camera system on its back.

We’ve already taken a look at how the primary 16MP camera of the OnePlus 5 compares to some of the best shooters currently on the market, but what about the larger, 20MP camera …

Watch Chris Pine's sexy lip sync battle on 'Saturday Night Live'


Saturday Night Live taught the world tonight that hunky superhero tough guy Chris Pine can sing

But apparently he can lip sync, too.

Pine, Bobby Moynihan, and a few other SNL regulars play grease monkeys coming to terms with their love of RuPaul’s Drag Race. 

The hammer comes down, though, when the conversation shifts to Lip Sync Battle. Pine challenges Moynihan, and, well, IT’S ON.

​Fortunately for the viewing public, the battle, featuring a lip sync to an Erika Jayne song (she’s apparently a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills!), ended with some delightful booty shaking by Pine. And, I mean, Moynihan too, but Pine. Read more…

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