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#22: All These Spies

September 21st, 2017 · 49 minutes

Hands on with the iPhone 8 (and an iPhone X imposter), Google absorbs part of HTC, and Wirecutter editors discuss the art of the modern product review.

Guest Starring: Jacqui Cheng and Dan Frakes

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Links and Show Notes

Michael Tsai - Blog - iPhone 8 Reviews

A roundup of iPhone 8 reviews.

iOS 11 review - Macworld

iOS 11 is Apple’s most ambitious iOS update in some time.

iPhone - Compare Models - Apple

Apple is selling many different iPhones these days.

Google signs agreement with HTC, continuing our big bet on hardware - Official Google Blog

Google: "We’ve signed an agreement with HTC, a leader in consumer electronics, that will fuel even more product innovation in the years ahead. With this agreement, a team of HTC talent will join Google as part of the hardware organization."

Google is buying part of HTC’s smartphone team for $1.1 billion - The Verge

Peter Shen, HTC’s chief financial officer, said that HTC would still employ more than 2,000 research and design staffers after the deal is done, down from around 4,000.

Bain Seeks $7 Billion From Apple for Toshiba Chips Bid - Bloomberg

Bain Capital is seeking more financial support from Apple Inc. as it tries to seal its acquisition of Toshiba Corp.’s memory chips business, according to a person familiar with the matter.

This AR app solves Sudoku puzzles using your iPhone’s camera - The Verge

If brain games are more your thing, there’s one app that solves (or ruins) Sudoku problems when you’re stuck. Through Apple’s ARKit, the app figures out the answer to a puzzle. All a user has to do is point the camera at a printed Sudoku grid and the phone can automatically fill out the blank squares.

Wirecutter, But for Everything - The Wirecutter

The Wirecutter and The Sweethome and launching a unified website in their place to be the definitive review source for our readers, with a new name: Wirecutter.

The Best Air Fryer (But We Don’t Recommend It) - The Sweethome

We’re sad to say that after more than 35 hours researching and testing air fryers, we don’t recommend them for most people.

Jacqui Cheng (@ejacqui) - Twitter
Dan Frakes (@DanFrakes) - Twitter