Google Pixel 4a review: A second opinion

Patrick
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I don’t think I’ve been as excited for a phone as I was for the Pixel 4a. For years, I’ve been waiting for a small Google phone that had decent battery life and didn’t cut any major corners. After paying too much for a Pixel 4 XL and living with horrible battery life for the past few months, I decided I would switch to the 4a. So, I ordered one on launch day.

Most of the Pixel 4a’s strengths really made me appreciate Google’s cheap phone; the battery life, the size, the headphone jack are all fantastic. But

Don’t risk your health to see Tenet, which is uber-fun but still just a movie

Patrick

John David Washington stars in Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming film Tenet.

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas—The biggest irony in this summer’s cinematic saga over Tenet—director Christopher Nolan’s latest heady time travel detective movie that he and his studio insist must play in The Theater™ despite a worldwide pandemic—is that the film itself will inevitably get lost. Whatever performances, ideas, and dazzling set pieces Nolan manages to imbue into this film have and will become secondary to the bigger industry struggles. What does reopening theaters safely look like? Is it too soon to do so? Does limiting the release of such a

Microsoft snubs Apple’s olive branch to cloud gaming: ‘a bad experience for customers’

Patrick

Apple issued new App Store rules earlier today, permitting game streaming services like xCloud or Stadia to exist on iOS or iPadOS with a big catch. Apple wants companies like Microsoft to individually submit their games as separate apps using its streaming tech. Microsoft and Google are free to create a “catalog”-style app that collects and links out to all of these individual apps as well.

Microsoft isn’t impressed.

“This remains a bad experience for customers,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “Gamers want to jump directly into a game from their curated catalog within

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