The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition – why pay more for less?

While the shift from physical media has changed the world of music, movies and PC gaming in recent years, console gaming has been a bit more stubborn. After much speculation though, Microsoft is finally trying to give us a not too subtle push towards a digital-only marketplace for our games with the imminent release of …

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Notes from the Samsung Galaxy Fold: day six

I’m starting to get that thing where my iPhone XS screen feels super tiny when I switch back from the Fold to send a text message from my number. Someone recently asked me if I’m going to have trouble giving the device back to Samsung in a few days, and while the answer is a decided “not really,” the march toward even larger screens does feel inevitable — and I do believe folding phones will be an important part of that push.

Of course, I also believe that we’re as close as a generation or two out from this first shot on that foldable feeling pretty big and bulky (some folks who’ve seen the phone have already said as much about it). I’m back at the airport today, and both airline representatives and TSA agents (who see a LOT of phones as people are checking in) seem pretty impressed with it.

I had the phone standing up at a 45 degree angle on the bathroom sink this morning to watch the news as I brushed my teeth. That’s pretty neat. And If I’d had the forethought, I [...]  read more

These Google Pixel 3 XL deals beat everything else on the market

For the past couple of months we’ve seen Google Pixel 3 deals drop in price to quickly become the budget flagship of choice. But while the camera phone extraordinaire has been enjoying cheap bills, its older brother, the Google Pixel 3 XL has refused to budge in price – until now.

Popular mobile phone retailer Mobiles.co.uk has taken the Pixel 3 XL and cut the hefty price tags. Offering two 5GB data Vodafone offers, costing £24 a month or £26 a month with differing upfront costs. Upgrading to the bigger model Pixel 3 doesn’t have to suck the life from your bank balance right now. 

You can see both of these offers below with their exact costs. Or if a Google device doesn’t quite fulfil what you need from a phone, check out our guide to the best mobile phone deals.

These unbeatable Google Pixel 3 XL deals in full:

Google Pixel 3 XL on Vodafone [...]  read more

What you missed in cybersecurity this week

It’s been a busy week — it’s tough to keep up with all the cybersecurity news. We’ve collected some of the biggest cybersecurity stories from the week — from TechCrunch and afar — to keep you up to date with the latest hacks, privacy breaches and security stories you need to know.

Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users

TechCrunch: As all eyes were on attorney general William Barr giving his highly anticipated summary of the Mueller report out this week, Facebook was quietly updating a blog post it had published a month earlier, revising up the number of Instagram accounts affected by a years-long bug that stored passwords in plaintext. Facebook admitted that “millions” of accounts were affected and not “hundreds of thousands” as it had first estimated. It wasn’t a coincidence; it was a perfect opportunity for Facebook to bury bad news. CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan called [...]  read more

A Blazing Hot Coal Seam Shows How Microbes Can Spring to Life

Just past the intersection of Centre and Locust in Centralia, Pennsylvania, the microbiologist Tammy Tobin turned the wheel of her aging Prius sharply to the right. As the windshield wipers whipped furiously back and forth to fend off the driving sleet—a reminder that winter had yet to bid farewell—Tobin announced, “We’re here.” We were at the base of a grassy slope nestled behind the SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery. It looked like any of the other countless knolls tucked in the anthracite hills of eastern Pennsylvania. But almost 50 meters beneath our feet lurked a hidden menace. Centralia was burning.

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Or rather, the coal seam under what used to be the town of Centralia was burning. The coal has burned for more than 50 years and will likely burn for centuries to come. As we climbed a low rise that hugged the back of the Catholic cemetery, no flames were visible, only puffs of steam where the dirt exhaled excess heat and the grass stubbornly refused to don its icy [...]  read more

Can I use a tablet as a replacement for my smartphone?

There are two pieces of tech that are arguably vital for a connected existence in the modern world; smartphones are part of our daily routine, as a tool to communicate with the wider world (as well as serving as a portable entertainment device), while for many, a laptop or computer is crucial for work.

Tablets are meant to fit both these tasks – they’re portable like smartphones and share the same operating systems, but they’re large enough to comfortably run word processors and spreadsheets like a computer.

But can you actually use a tablet as a replacement for a smartphone? To find out I locked my smartphone away, and spent a few days using my iPad (2017) as my only form of portable tech. 

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...for an older iPad (2017)

…for an older iPad (2017)

When I’m commuting, I always use my phone to stream music or podcasts on Spotify, but since my tablet had to go in my bag rather than my pocket, my headphone cable couldn’t reach it. So, I walked to work in silence, sans tunes, and sans casts.

I say silent, but my music [...]  read more

Bitcoin's Long Road to Privacy

Bitcoin is a terrible money for criminals. The asset's loose pseudonymity makes it relatively easy to identify someone's address and transactions.
social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit