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I finally got the chance to build my WhiteFox keyboard after many months of waiting for it to arrive. Early impression is very positive. The design is fantastic and the build process wasn't too painful. It has tactile Zealio switches, which I'm quite happy with as well. 
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Get your reading glasses ready. It'll be a long one. 
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If Verizon buys Yahoo for less than $5 billion, that really says something about how Yahoo has been managed in recent years. In 2008, Microsoft was ready to drop $44.6 billion on Yahoo, but Yahoo rejected that as undervaluing the company. Yahoo hired Marissa Mayer as CEO in 2012 to try and turn it around, but it seems like things have only gotten worse. It's really only valuable now because of the residual traffic it has. 
It’s the end of the line for Yahoo as an independent company, once valued at $125 billion.
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Microsoft escaped and saved $44.6 billion
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So I got the ZeroLemon 8500mAh case for the Nexus 6P. http://amzn.to/2avPFXn

This thing is GIGANTIC. Like... you don't even understand how gargantuan it is until you see the photos and attempt to hold a pound of phone in your hand.

There's basically no reason for this case to exist because it's entirely too big for anyone sane to use, compared to attaching your 6P to a portable charger to charge up.


The positives

- Uhhh, I guess your phone won't die for a few days.

- You could now defend yourself more adequately during a robbery.


The negatives

- This case is so huge that it transforms everything about the 6P - how you hold it, how it starts to feel like something from 20 years ago, how you can no longer use it with one hand due to size and weight, and the list goes on.

- The fingerprint pocket is so deep, I can barely reach inside to touch it. I mean, look at the 2nd shot. LOOK AT IT.

- Similarly, but somehow even worse, the area around the camera is so deep that it physically blocks some of the light, and you end up with shadows on your photos (see sample at the end of the album).

- 15.1oz (almost a pound) with the case on. 7.54oz with my Spigen. And 6.31oz without a case. You will not be prepared for this weight. Yes, an external charger of similar capacity would weigh about the same, but you could easily disconnect and put it away, plus it doesn't actually affect how you hold and interact with the phone.

- Putting the case on and taking it off is an absolute pain. It's the most frustrating experience I've gone through this month, and I thought I'd snap the Nexus in half several times.

- No Nexus rapid charging (5V, 3A) via the included USB Type C connector.

- This case costs $60. You could get 3 large rechargeable batteries for the same price if you already have a case, or 2 nice batteries plus a normal case.


My previous Note 3 ZeroLemon review reached about the same conclusion, though it wasn't even as bad in comparison https://plus.google.com/+ArtemRussakovskii/posts/K6MqmYQFFVc.

So yeah, there's no universe in which I can recommend getting a gigantic ZeroLemon battery, especially with the abundance of portable chargers that can charge the 6P faster and without adding all the bulk.
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Damn! Did you find Baby Jessica in that fingerprint reader well?
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I'm cringing so hard this causes me physical pain.
Even the presumptive Democratic nominee is in on the craze.
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I like weak jokes more than the "who to hate" campaigning
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I'm coming for you, Mun. Gonna get all your science.

(I'm playing Kerbal Space Program again)
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This lands on PS4 in a couple of days. I'll have to check it out
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This might be the best thing ever posted to YouTube.
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Landing on Eve (the Venus analog) in Kerbal Space Program is much harder than it used to be. It was touch and go for a while, but I managed to get to the surface in one piece. 
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The Moto Z is bumming me out right now. I've been carrying it without the style shell. I just attached that again, and it makes the phone feel so much nicer. It's neat that it's thin, but I wouldn't say it's a comfortable phone to hold.

I can't stop wondering, what if the phone was just this thick to begin with? It might actually have a reasonably sized battery and no ridiculous camera hump. As it is, the style shell is simply taking up space.

Unrelated: photo taken with Moto G4 Plus. 
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It's made to be used with the mods/shells. I am stunned how many people talk about using it naked, as if we walk around without the battery cover on. And considering the hot swappable nature of this phone, I'd bet money that most users own at least one battery mod to wear on a regular basis (at least three for anyone who plays Pokémon Go or goes on other long outdoor trips). 
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I have a blind dog that sometimes gets confused about where in the room he is upon waking up. He afforded me an opportunity to test a thing I'm reviewing recently. I wondered why the floor in my office was wet, so I took a thermal image of the floor with the thing I'm not technically supposed to tell you about yet (you can probably guess what it is).

So, from this image we can surmise that he bumped into the water bowl and spilled it, then tracked the water with him as he walked into the nearby wall, then back to the puddle, then across the rug. He's fine, though. Found his way back to the bed. He's the bright spot on the left.
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You can control this guy's robots. 
Live control homemade robots. Test drive educational robots.
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I totally "battled" someone last night on this. Thanks for the share.
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  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
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  • Stack
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Freelance tech/science writer and lover of all things electronic. Android expert of sorts. Skeptic. Lover of the em dash and defender of the Oxford comma. I currently write for ExtremeTech, Android Police, Geek.com, Tested.com, and Greenbot.
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