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Images of broken iPhone X units surface and are heartbreaking

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It’s been a day since the famed iPhone X has hit shelves. Fans have gone as far as camping outside Apple stores to get their hands on the special 10th anniversary iPhone but as early as now, we’re seeing photos of the very first shattered phones.

Of course, with new iPhones come… well, new broken iPhones.

The iPhone X, which retails starting at US$ 999, is made of glass. It’s pretty, shiny, and very breakable, as some people have already found out.

Even watching this drop test makes me cringe. ???

Repair does not come cheap for the Apple flagship. Their website lists iPhone X screen repair prices and it’s a little under how much a midrange smartphone would cost you.

iPhone X screen repairs

So, the moral of the story is: Don’t get an iPhone X.

Kidding! This is a reminder that if you do get the handset, you better be careful with it, butterfingers.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone X Hands-on Review

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Humanizing the YouTube star: Reactions on Shane Dawson’s Jake Paul documentary

My eyes are burning but why am I still watching?

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On a Friday afternoon, I paused my work as I watched the highly anticipated last installment of what you can probably call a YouTube documentary.

The cast of characters? OG YouTuber Shane Dawson who has a penchant for creating in-depth videos on the internet’s most hated and, well, one of internet’s most hated, Jake Paul (second only to none other than his older brother Logan who earlier this year posted a vlog shot in Japan’s suicide forest which showed a dead body).

What is going on here? 

Now let me make it clear that I’ve never watched a Jake Paul video in my life (what any self-respecting adult would say), but I also had no idea who Shane Dawson was until the first Jake video dropped. And yet, I find myself glued to the screen excited for the one hour and 45-minute finale after having watched each minute of every preceding video Shane has churned out on the topic. And, I’m not the only one.

The very first video in this series posted three weeks ago now has 21 million views. And the last part which was posted 24 hours ago? 13 million and rising.

“Is Jake Paul a sociopath?” That is the question Shane sought to answer as he jumped into the rabbit hole of the YouTuber’s downward spiral from fame. Shane hypothesizes that it takes a special type of person to be a YouTuber. He goes on to research on the 21-year old’s YouTube history, family background, and even surrounding controversies.

It seems like an uncanny tandem: Shane, seemingly wiser in YouTube years, and Jake, young, reckless and crass. The question on everybody’s mind, will the young Paul redeem himself in this series?

YouTube killed the Vine star…

This whole thing plays out on YouTube which is fitting. It’s the next big controversy and it’s trending but there’s something peculiar about a seven-part-long series cut up into videos that run 40 minutes to almost two hours long each.

See, this is what YouTube has done. It’s created spectacles out of people and the next explosive thing to watch is what the audience jumps to. This is precisely how former Vine star Jake Paul has grown his YouTube empire. But, at a time when audience attention spans rival those of a goldfish and people have been trained to watch short, excitable, attention-grabbing bursts of nonsense in video form, this longer documentary format is refreshing. And surprisingly, it’s a success.

Spoiler alert

Those who hated Jake hated Shane for doing the series, knowing fully well that the series will humanize Jake no matter how shitty of a person he really is. Spoiler alert: We find midway through the series that Jake is unlikely to be a sociopath. Instead, at the end of the series, what we find is a confused kid who can’t process emotions or controversy.

Those who love Jake, well, I judge them — and that’s the thing. We want the bad guys to get called out. We don’t want redemption for them, for people like Jake who’s been accused of racism and abuse, recklessly burning down a pool, climbing atop a news van, and the list goes on. 

More spoilers: Any villain will seem less evil when we get to know them. That is what has happened here. Shane Paul has effectively humanized the YouTube superstar. And, some will argue, he’s humanized the worst of them.

So is there redemption after all? If the view count is to be believed, probably. As to if that’s a good thing, I leave that to the audience to decide.

One thing’s for sure: YouTube is an ongoing show and this is just one of the chapters.

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Mighty music player: Is this what replaces the iPod in 2018?

Why this music player is still relevant

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Today’s time sees the extinction of all other devices as the smartphone becomes the one machine that can do everything. But, what if we don’t want to do it all? What if what you need is something that’s so simple it only does (gasp!) one thing?

Music and only music

This is the premise of the Mighty music player. At a time when iPods have all but died, there’s a demand for a simple machine that’ll allow us to listen to our music without the hassle of having to bring our phones. This tiny device can do that and in updated 2018 terms — yep, it plays streaming music from your Spotify account no matter where you are.

The Mighty music player is a tiny device, no bigger than what iPod Nanos used to be. This small thing will definitely fit in whatever purse you bring.

Its face is all buttons and a tiny LED light. On the back is a simple clip.

There’s only one port on this thing, an audio port that’s used for both charging and earphones on the top side.

Play sounds

Mighty works by accessing your Spotify account. Unlike iPods that stored music data, this thing just streams playlists from the app. You’d need to download the Might app, connect your player, and pick playlists to be copied before you can get down to actual fuss-free listening.

Once that’s done, you can take your Mighty anywhere and play your music anywhere — or at least, the playlists you’ve downloaded on to Mighty. Take note that as of now, you can only copy playlists and not artists, albums, or anything else.

Imagine all the possibilities. You can now go to the gym without any alerts or distractions; take that jog outside without having to worry about carrying your smartphone! Heck, you can even zone out on your commute without having to fiddle around your bag to find your phone and play that song you’re in the mood for.

In today’s technology-tangled time, things are just getting more complicated and we’re just given more and more tasks and distractions. The Mighty player brings you back to simpler times. Well, simpler times where music streaming and Spotify exist!

Think about it: Uninterrupted sounds without having to worry about carrying your phone, message alerts that come in, or phone battery time. Isn’t that the dream?

Mighty says it’s the reality.

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OnePlus introduces Explorer Backpack — and I want it!

Launching along with the OnePlus 6T

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All eyes will be on the OnePlus 6T launch at the end of this month, but my money will likely be spent on the accompanying backpack instead.

OnePlus revealed through its official forum that the new Explorer Backpack is set to be revealed on October 30, as well.

As you may or may not know, the tech startup is no stranger to creating sleek accessories to match whatever phone they have in stock; I myself had their first-generation backpack.

While it wasn’t the best backpack in the world — it wore out easily and got replaced by the more rugged Xiaomi backpack I use now — Project Manager Donna L. touts that this model will last for “years to come.”

There are no pictures of the interior, but it supposedly has multiple compartments, including a secret pocket on the back — which is important for a techie such as myself who has multiple gadgets at once.

Other features include a compartment with breathable vents, premium magnetic Fidlock, and two colors to choose from: Slate Black or Morandi Green.

Price and availability will hopefully be announced on stage in New York. I can already smell it.

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