The Morning After: Our verdict on the Pixel 6a

Google’s Pixel 6a is finally here. It’s a sub-$500 phone that this year packs Google’s own Tensor chip, which should add even more power to the cheapest Pixel option. It also matches the Pixel 6 family with a two-tone color scheme and camera bar.

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According to review editor Cherlynn Low, the $449 Pixel 6a feels less like the budget option and more like a smaller version (if a 6.1-inch screen is small…) of Google’s best phone. You get cutting-edge software tricks from Google, great cameras, and decent battery life. In short, it gets to the heart of the matter.

Check out the full review, but as Cherlynn puts it, there’s no better Android phone under $500 than the Pixel 6a.

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The Biggest Stories You May Have Missed

The cost and lack of support make importing a challenge.

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Many readers are intrigued by the Nothing Phone 1 with its combination of eye-catching design, well-rounded performance, and affordable price. The main battle might be buying one in North America. Is it worth the effort? Even if the device does reach your hands, there are some challenges that you must overcome.

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Surprise: you don’t get much for $60.

Amazon’s latest Fire 7 has landed, with a few upgrades including a faster processor, twice the RAM, USB-C charging, and longer battery life. Unfortunately, it’s still sluggish, has a poor display, and you’re mostly limited to Amazon-approved apps and services. The $60 price tag makes those shortcomings easier to swallow, but we’d recommend upgrading to the $90 Fire 8 HD as it at least offers a better display.

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You’ll see them in places like Chicago, Dallas, and San Diego.

Amazon has announced that Rivian’s custom electric vehicles are now delivering packages across the United States. You can find them in numerous cities including Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Nashville, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle and St. Louis. The company expects the vans to serve over 100 cities by the end of 2022. This commitment is important for both companies. Amazon held a 20 percent stake in Rivian at the end of 2021. At the same time, Rivian has reduced costs. Amazon benefits when its automotive partner benefits.

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FIFA 23 launches September 30th on PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Stadia.

After revealing Chelsea star Sam Kerr on its cover earlier this week, EA has released the first trailer foror FIFA 23 show that women’s football will finally be an important part of the game. It will feature women’s club teams from the top divisions in England and France, as well as both women’s and men’s competitions at both the World Cup in Qatar 2022 and the World Cup in Australia/New Zealand 2023. A memory: FIFA 23 will be EA’s last version of the game to be named FIFA as it failed to reach an agreement with FIFA over financial and exclusivity issues.

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E2EE protection also comes in meeting breakout rooms.

Zoom is strengthening its privacy and security protections by extending end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to more of its services. First up is Zoom Phone, its cloud phone system. Users of this service can turn on E2EE during one-on-one calls. When turned on, E2EE ensures calls are secure using cryptographic keys that only the calling and receiving devices can access. The security feature will soon also be available in breakout rooms – smaller discussions that break away from group meetings.

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