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Welcome to your weekend! T-Mobile and Sprint have cleared a major hurdle on the way to completing their merger, but first, we'll examine just what is so special about Google's Pixel 3a and go over some other highlight stories from last week. Also, Hideo Kojima dropped a new Death Stranding trailer overnight, and the IRS wants its piece of your cryptocurrency profits.
The companies will have to sell the prepaid parts of Sprint's business -- Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Sprint prepaid -- to Dish, while that company will gain a chunk of Sprint's spectrum. T-Mobile and Sprint will have to open up more than 20,000 cell sites and dozens of retail locations to Dish. In addition, T-Mobile has to offer Dish "robust access" to its mobile network for seven years while the latter creates a 5G network of its own.
Methods that other "affordable premium" phone makers have tried include marketing directly to consumers instead of splurging on expensive advertising campaigns. Google's focus on closing potential performance gaps with advanced software makes the Pixel 3a a powerful signal of the company's unique ability to rise above the limits of hardware.
Regal Unlimited offers three tiers of membership, ranging from $18 to $23.50 per month (plus tax), and you'll have to download the free Regal App to participate. The "gotcha" is that there is a $0.50 convenience fee for every movie you book through the app, and surcharges apply for special features like 4DX, IMAX, 3D and double features.
Kojima's upcoming "cinematic adventure" game for PlayStation 4 is still quite a mystery, but you can learn more from this Death Stranding trailer that debuted at Comic-Con last week. In it, the character "Heartman" -- based on filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn -- explains his connection to the world. His heart stops every 21 minutes, allowing him to spend three minutes exploring "the world of the dead" before he's shocked back to life... for another 21 minutes.
As editor-in-chief Dana Wollman explains: "In addition to top picks in 11 categories -- everything from laptops to smartphones to gaming and dorm gear -- we went big on tips and buying advice this year. We didn't just want to tell you what to buy, but we wanted to help you choose wisely, and then make the most out of whatever you chose."
Meet Joyride, a responsive cushioning system designed to adapt to individual foot strikes and offer high levels of impact absorption as your feet hit whatever surface you're running on. Nike says the idea is to "make running easy" and give you more personalized comfort, made possible by thousands of tiny, energy-packed beads that form the shoe's midsole. Nike's Joyride Run Flyknit will launch globally on August 15th for $180.
The Guardian has learned from a source that Siri quality control contractors regularly hear sensitive info, including medical info, criminal activities and even "sexual encounters" -- much like their counterparts at Amazon and Google. They're only listening to less than one percent of daily Siri activations, and frequently only for a few seconds each, but some of them include request-linked data like app info, contacts and locations.
In a statement, Apple said they're studied in "secure facilities" by people who are bound to "strict confidentiality requirements."
But wait, there's more...
- Watch an electric Ford F-150 tow over a million pounds
- Samsung opens up Galaxy Note 10 reservations before official reveal
- The best GPS running watches for 2019
- Back to School 2019: All the gear you need to build a game-streaming empire
- BMW adds an $80 yearly subscription for Apple's CarPlay
- LightSail 2 is now surfing on sunlight
- ASUS' ROG Phone II combines high-spec power with accessory spectacle
- IRS letters go out to remind more than 10,000 people that cryptocurrency is subject to taxes
- 'WannaCry hero' Marcus Hutchins sentenced to supervised release
- Origin crammed an Xbox, PlayStation, Switch and gaming PC into one case
- Original 'Doom' games hit PS4, Xbox One, Switch and mobile
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