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Review: FujiFilm X-Pro2

It’s been barely five years since FujiFilm plunged into the consumer camera market with the fixed-lens X100, and a mere four years since the company’s flagship X-Pro1 hit the market. Both of those cameras are excellent and earned top marks, but FujiFilm’s achievement is even more notable when you look …

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Apple Needs a New Reason for You to Buy an iPad

If the rumors are true, which they always are, Apple is about to announce a new 9.7-inch iPad. Woo boy, you’re saying—Another iPad, just like the ones that come out every year, whose sales are sinking like a horse in quicksand? Well, yes and no. Mostly yes. But a little …

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WeWork’s Radical Plan to Remake Real Estate With Code

You can always tell when you’re in a WeWork office. The one I’m visiting is a new one in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg. Like many offices of today, it’s spacious and open. There’s a check-in desk staffed by people who appear to be in their early 20s, a wood-paneled, subway-tiled …

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Google and the Feds Team Up to Build the City of the Future

Google’s going to wield its mastery of big data to power the city of the future—just as soon as the federal government chooses one. The Department of Transportation announced it is working with Sidewalk Labs, Google’s smart-cities research unit, under its Smart City Challenge. The contest invites medium-sized cities to …

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Apple Needs a New Reason for You to Buy an iPad

If the rumors are true, which they always are, Apple is about to announce a new 9.7-inch iPad. Woo boy, you’re saying—Another iPad, just like the ones that come out every year, whose sales are sinking like a horse in quicksand? Well, yes and no. Mostly yes. But a little …

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We’ll Take One Microwave-Powered Starship, Please

Author Allen Steele is best known for his Coyote series, which describes mankind’s first interstellar voyage. He returns to that theme in his new novel Arkwright, about a famous science fiction writer who establishes a generation-spanning project to build the world’s first starship. The story was inspired by the Starship …

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Space Photos of the Week: Monster Stars Show the Sun Who’s Boss

Slide: 6 / of 6 . Caption: NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this view of Saturn’s moon Enceladus that shows wrinkled plains that are remarkably youthful in appearance, being generally free of large impact craters. When viewed with north pointing up, as in this image, the day-night boundary line (or terminator) …

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A Smaller iPhone? We Dig It (And You Might Too)

It is exceedingly likely that on Monday, Apple will announce a new, smaller iPhone. There are rumors about specs, style, and pricing, but who cares! We’ll know those details for sure soon enough. The relate only question that really matters is: After years of upsizing, what happens when smartphones try …

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