Charlottesville really happened. Don't look away.


The eyes of the nation — and the world — turned to Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday after a “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally descended into chaos.

The rally brought together the members of various white nationalist hate groups, including neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and their smaller sub-factions. They were greeted by an army of protesters who were there to demonstrate that hateful ideologies aren’t welcome in public spaces.

The gathering quickly turned violent as hate groups and protesters clashed, an outcome that was foreshadowed on Friday night when a mob of torch-bearing racists converged on the University of Virginia campus. Read more…

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The Galaxy S8 is getting upgraded to Android 7.1 soon, but don't get too excited

Ever since the Galaxy S8’s release, Samsung’s been getting a lot of flak for not shipping it with the then-latest version of Android, 7.1.1 Nougat. How dare Samsung deprive users of valuable features, such as… new emoji? Or launcher actions for the Pixel Launcher? And maybe even Gboard GIF support? On second thought, these are both not such big improvements, and also don’t really apply to the S8, as Samsung uses its own emoji, keyboard, and launcher on the device.

In any case, the Galaxy S8 and S8 + will be getting the bump to Android 7.1 fairly soon, …

Stop telling people not to worry about mosquito bites if you don't get mosquito bites


If you’ve ever been a victim of mosquitoes — and I don’t mean one or two bites, I mean chronic, consistent biting and suffering — one of the hardest parts of the experience is simply getting someone to believe your story.

They look at you like you’re a bratty kid when you ask to eat dinner inside, rather than on their mosquito-infested shitty urban “terrace.” They DEET-shame you every time bust out the Deep Woods bug spray and then force their homemade Eucalyptus essential oil on you. 

They don’t get why you’re afraid of lakes at dusk or beaches near the equator or the entire state of Maine.  Read more…

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Don't blame us if you're drooling after watching this official new product video for the LG Q6

LG released a new product video today for its latest new smartphone, the mid-range LG Q6. The phone, originally thought of as a mini version of the LG G6 flagship, does feature a 5.5-inch FullVision display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Depending on the version you select, the phone could feature 4GB RAM and 64GB of native storage (LG Q6+), 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage (LG Q6), or 2GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage (LG Q6α).

The video details some of the features available for the phone, including the sturdy frame made from series 7000 aluminum. This is the same material …

Don't Starve: Pocket Edition for iOS is on sale for just $0.99 on the App Store

One of the most popular PC survival games, Don’t Starve made its debut on smaller screens about two years ago. The so-called Pocket Edition version of the game is now up for grabs on both Android and iOS platforms, but it will not come for free.

Developer Klei Entertainment has put a $4.99 price tag on Don’t Starve: Pocket Edition since the game’s release in the App Store and Google Play. However, for a limited time, iOS users can get the game for just $0.99. The promotional offer is available for iOS users only, as the Android version of the game still sells for …

How to survive 'Game of Thrones' season if you don't watch 'Game of Thrones'


How many times a day do you hear the phrase, “You know what show you should check out? Game of Thrones?”

I GET IT. It’s a “phenomenal show.” Fine, whatever. But I don’t want to watch it. Don’t ask me why. I just don’t want to.

But with Season 7 of Game of Thrones premiering July 16, it’s time for all of us non-watchers to prepare for an onslaught of conversation regarding the series that will seem absolutely never-ending. So, I have come up with a few fool-proof ways for you to be a part of the conversation without ever watching a single episode. I promise they’ll work. 

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PSA: Don't buy the OnePlus 5 via Amazon (US)

If you didn’t manage to pre-order a OnePlus 5 on the day of its announcement, and you can’t make it to one of OnePlus’ pop-up events, perhaps you’re tempted to buy the phone via Amazon, seeing as it’s available (in the US) via several third-party sellers. However, we certainly don’t advise you to purchase the handset through Amazon, as this is not the official channel to get it from.

Right now, the US version of the OnePlus 5 – warranty included – can be found on Amazon for the insane prices of $779 (64 GB model), or $899 (128 GB model). The phone’s international …

5 Essential phone ideas we'd like to see in the next iPhone… and 5 we don't

Whatever the new Essential phone lacks, it certainly isn’t innovative spirit. A showcase of intriguing, forward-looking, and slightly bone-headed decisions, the device is exciting and thought-provoking to an extent only commanded by top of the line smartphones by the likes of Samsung, Apple, and Google. 
And that’s a device made by a virtually unknown company whose sole highlight is Andy Rubin, the man who sold an early operating system named Android to Google in 2005. Then again, that’s quite the highlight!
At least five characteristics …

Don't be frightened! Xiaomi Jason is merely the 'more affordable' mid-range Mi 6c?

Ever since the Xiaomi Mi 4c made its appearance in 2015, Xiaomi has followed the introduction of its flagship phones with a more affordable mid-range “c” model. Last year it was the Xiaomi Mi 5c and this year, it will be the Xiaomi Mi 6c. Speaking of the latter, a phone has been benchmarked on GFXBench which sources believe to be the Mi 6c.

With the code name Xiaomi Jason, you might expect the phone to come to market on Friday the 13th, wearing a hockey mask and holding a machete. According to GFXBench, it will be carrying a 5.1-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. The recently introduced …