Black & White (panda) Google Pixel 2 XL is now back in stock


In early October, when Google started taking pre-orders for
its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, the Kinda Blue and Black & White variants of the handsets went out of stock fast. Now, while the Kinda Blue
Pixel 2 remains out of stock, the Black & White (aka panda) Pixel 2 XL can
finally be ordered again from Google Store, at least in the US.

 

The not so great news is that Google can only ship the panda
Black & White 2 XL in 3-4 weeks (64 GB model), or 2-3 weeks (128 GB model).
Thus, if you’re placing an order today, you may not receive your panda phone before
December …


A producer reportedly wanted 'Crazy Rich Asians' to star a white woman

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Today in bad but unsurprising revelations: Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan was reportedly pressured by a film producer to make the book’s Chinese-American protagonist, Rachel Chu, a white woman instead.

Kwan detailed the experience, which happened before the book was even published, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

“They wanted to change the heroine into a white girl,” he explained. “I was like, ‘Well, you’ve missed the point completely.’ I said, ‘No, thank you.’”

Hollywood whitewashing, of course, is egregious and nothing new. (Remember Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell? Emma Stone in Aloha?) In this particular case, making Rachel a white woman would effectively ruin the plot of the book, which in large part focuses on a Chinese-American woman’s experience of spending time in Asia. Read more…

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Essential Phone in white now available for purchase in the U.S.

If you’ve been holding out on buying the Essential Phone because it wasn’t available in white, then it’s time to reconsider your decision. The device that was supposed to revolutionize the smartphone industry is finally available in white flavor.

In case you already reserved the white Essential Phone, then you should receive an email from the company telling you that you can now purchase it via Essential Store, Amazon, and Best Buy. Just like the black version, it costs $699, but this one comes with white accessories (USB cable, headphone jack adapter and fast charger).

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'No updates': hackers may have 'compromised' White House staff chief's iPhone camera and mic

In the midst of the constant barrage of news from the White House in the last year or so, one might have missed the nugget that the personal handset of the new White House chief of staff John Kelly may have been “compromised”. That’s an euphemism for “someone is reading my emails and messages and I’m just noticing because my iPhone never applies software updates.”

After becoming chief of staff, Mr Kelly reportedly took his iPhone to the IT security staffers of the West Wing, and they found out that the handset may have been hacked for months (while John Kelly was …

Black or white bars with your iPhone X? Landscape mode is a pain, but devs are getting crafty

There is no doubt that the new iPhone X screen aspect ratio, and the notch that houses the Face ID set, present challenges for app developers, so Apple has updated its iOS 11 development guidelines to reflect the X’s screen canvas realities. 
Needless to say, devs are hard at work coding examples in the iOS emulator, and have come up with really ingenious ways to shun or incorporate the status bar in their apps. 
Actually, in the guidelines Apple advises against blending it in, leaving them only one option to choose from:
Don’t …

White supremacist rally ends early in Boston as counter-protesters show up in huge numbers

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A few dozen attendees showed up for Saturday’s planned “free speech” rally in Boston. But counter-protesters showed up in the thousands.

Per local news reports, over 10,000 people gathered at Boston Commons to protest the right-wing gathering, which quickly fell apart after it became clear the planned speaking schedule would not come to fruition. 

In fact, police were seen taking down rally flags and decor before 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. (The rally was scheduled for 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Whoops!

At around the same time, Twitter was flooded with images from the counter-protest. In one clip, crowds can be heard chanting “Not in Boston” — a reference to last week’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Read more…

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Trump's White House feuds are even better reimagined as a pro-wrestling special

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We’re just weeks away from the WWE’s annual late-summer smörgåsbord of professional sports entertainment, SummerSlam. But for all the hype of the second-biggest pro wrestling show of the year (behind spring’s WrestleMania), the real feuds are simmering in Washington, D.C.

While stories about a White House at war with itself have been circulating for months, the situation hit a new level of surreal this week as new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci went nuclear on then-Chief-of-Staff Reince Priebus.

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Xiaomi launches the white Mi 6 today

Over the past couple of years, Xiaomi has been gathering a lot of momentum in its main target markets, India and China, and is expected to officially enter US grounds in around two years time. The company announced its new Mi 6 smartphone this April, offering Android fans quite an affordable, elegant and powerful handset to consider in the year ahead. The March-June period subsequently turned into Xiaomi’s most successful quarter ever, with 23.16 million shipped smartphones and brave forecasts for the whole year.

Upon unveil, the Chinese tech company announced that the latest Mi 6 will …

Man comes across massive injured great white in shallow waters

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When coming upon a 14-foot great white shark in shallow waters, the universal response is to turn to a friend and say, as calmly as possible, “That’s a f*cking white shark, dude. Holy shit.”

Dale Pearson and a friend saw a figure struggling in the shallow waters near their homes in Baja California, Mexico. Thinking it would be a whale or a hammerhead shark, the two men trudged out to help the animal. That’s when they realized that it wasn’t a whale, but a large great white that had been injured by a boat propellor.

The two men got within a few yards of the shark as it bled, working to free itself from the shallows. Read more…

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