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It's Tuesday, and we're approaching the holiday season with verdicts on the Pixel 4 and the Surface Pro 7, both of which get a mixed reception. There's also a new Star Wars trailer, so make sure to watch through that before you bump into colleagues over coffee.
The Pixel 4 series, on the whole, packs enough new tricks and advances to excite even wary Pixel fans. It's fast, thoughtful and benefits from additions like a big 90Hz screen and the ambitious MotionSense system -- when it works correctly, that is. Beyond all that, though, the Pixel 4 XL's real draw is its bigger battery. Conversely, the standard Pixel 4's battery life is a major concern. If you're enthusiastic about Google's new additions and don't mind a bigger phone, the Pixel 4 XL is clearly the model to invest in.
Microsoft's new Surface Pro 7 is pretty much the same as the Surface Pro 6, with one important difference: USB-C. You'll also get improved performance and microphones, but at the expense of battery life -- and that could be a deal breaker for a lot of you. Reviews Editor Cherlynn Low says the Pro 7 is a good hybrid PC, especially for those who've been waiting for the new port, but it's otherwise not worth spending $750 to upgrade.
Skincare maker Sunday Riley has settled with the FTC over reports that it ordered employees to post fake reviews on Sephora's website in a bid to boost sales. Managers and Sunday Riley herself reportedly created fake accounts to post reviews for the pricey products between 2015 and 2017, and urged employees to do the same. They also asked staff to dislike negative reviews to get them pulled, according to the FTC, and even resorted to using VPNs to mask their identities after Sephora spotted earlier fake reviews.
The Fire 7 was cheap to begin with, and with $10 off (now $40), it's a bargain. If you're looking for a larger screen and a longer-lasting battery, there's also $20 off the bigger Fire 8 (now $60). The most recent Kindle model comes with a built-in front light for reading in the dark and is $25 off (now $65), while the Kindle Paperwhite, with a glare-free display and super-sharp text, is down by $40 (now $90).
Stars die all the time, but the untimely passing of SN 1572, also known as Tycho's Supernova, is possibly the most famous. That's because it's relatively close to us in the Milky Way's Cassiopeia constellation, so when it exploded in 1572, it became the second-brightest object in the night sky for a time. Recently, NASA took another look at SN 1572 using the 20-year-old, still-functioning Chandra X-ray Observatory. Scientists were keen to figure out what caused the lumpy knots and threads that make it look like a giant dust bunny.
But wait, there's more...
- NordVPN admits to 'isolated' server breach in Finland
- Microsoft pushes 'Secured-core' PC tech to keep your firmware from being hacked
- What's on TV this week: 'The Outer Worlds,' 'Dolemite is My Name' and 'Call of Duty'
- More signs point to Apple's AR headset arriving in 2020
- Blizzard may reveal 'Diablo IV' at Blizzcon
- Google and Amazon approved home speaker apps that spied on users
- What we're buying: BenQ's HT3550 projector delivers 4K HDR on the cheap
- Netflix's 'The Crown' season 3 trailer shows off the new cast
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