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While some of you wait for macOS Catalina to finish installing so you can play Apple Arcade games, we're pondering the question of who makes the best PCs. Also, we've reviewed Sony's A7R IV mirrorless camera and taken a look back at some real innovators of computer-generated animation.
The reason we're waiting to publish our review: A couple of key features weren't available to try out until the finished OS shipped. That includes Catalyst apps that were designed for the iPad first and later ported over to the Mac, as well as Apple Arcade. If you're thinking about diving right in, don't forget to make a backup first -- just in case.
This week on the Engadget podcast, Reviews Editor Cherlynn Low and Senior Editor Devindra Hardawar dive into one big question: Is Microsoft making better PCs than Apple?
The 61-megapixel resolution is more than any rival model, by far, and image quality is detailed and color accurate. Sony's AI-powered autofocus system is stunningly fast and accurate, and the Eye AF system is easily the best on the market. The menu system and rolling shutter in video are drawbacks, but this might be the best mirrorless camera ever made.
iFixit pulled its first Galaxy Fold teardown after Samsung scrapped the phone's April launch to improve its durability. Now that the foldable has finally reached stores, though, it's ready for take two. The bad news? This device still seems "alarmingly fragile," but you can take a look at its updated metal plating and judge for yourself.
Amazon has revealed the Kindle Kids Edition, its first-ever e-reader aimed at children. For an additional $20 over the cost of a normal Kindle, the Kids Edition comes with one of four colorful cases, a two-year worry-free guarantee and one-year of complimentary access to the company's FreeTime Unlimited service, which is filled with kid-friendly books and apps. The Kindle Kids Edition is available to pre-order starting today, and it will ship on October 30th for $109.99.
Google's budget Pixel 3a series was already a bargain, but with the Pixel 4 right around the corner, several retailers, including Amazon, have discounted both phones for the first time, cutting $50 off the price to sell the 64GB Pixel 3a for $349 and its larger 3a XL sibling for $429. You'll get the killer camera, but there's no wireless charging, a less accomplished display and a weaker processor.
But wait, there's more...
- Walmart intros low-cost 'Onn' versions of Roku's smart soundbar and subwoofer
- The forgotten pioneers of computer animation
- Hulu subscribers can download shows to watch offline -- if they have the ad-free plan
- Amazon's latest Fire HD 10 tablet finally has a USB-C port
- PlayStation 4 update delivers 16-player parties and Android Remote Play for all
- Intel's workstation X-series chips are a bit faster and much cheaper
- What's on TV this week: 'El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie' and 'Succession'
- Engadget's guide to Home Entertainment: The best games for Xbox One
- Elon Musk and NASA's administrator will talk Crew Dragon on Thursday
- Now Siri can play tracks from Spotify
- LG puts its transparent OLED TVs in Harrods windows
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