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Xbox Series X preview: focus on basics that matter like being quiet and cool, high frame rates, faster load times, accessory support, and backward compatibility

It’s a weird sort of day today. A whole bunch of hardware devices were unveiled roughly a month ago at around the same time, and now all the reviews are dropping at the same time. So, it’s hardware review Thursday, I guess. Let’s run through these. Tom Warren at The Verge has had three weeks with the new Xbox Series X and says that the next gen console has a focus on things that really matter to gamers, like being quiet can cool, boasting high frame rates, faster load times, accessory support and backward compatibility.

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Google Pixel 4a 5G review: a strong mid-range handset with great battery, screen, and camera, but no wireless charging and mmWave 5G makes it too expensive

Also over at The Verge, Dieter’s review of the Pixel 4a 5G says it’s a strong mid-range handset with great battery, screen, and camera, but the lack of wireless charging and mmWave 5G in the end makes it too expensive for what you get.

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Google Pixel 5 review: Android 11 is clean and clever, long battery life, but the Pixel line's camera performance has stagnated and rivals offer better value

But what about that Pixel 5? Over at Engadget, Chris Velazco says Android 11 is clean and clever, the 5 has a long battery life, but the Pixel line’s camera performance has stagnated, so lacking that key leadership differentiator, rival phones can now offer better value.

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Xcode 12.1 files show that iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max have 6GB RAM while iPhone 12 and 12 mini have 4GB RAM; all iPhone 11 models have 4GB RAM

But of course, this was the iPhone’s week, and more details about the 12 lineup continue to dribble out. Xcode 12.1 files have revealed that the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max both have 6GB of RAM while the iPhone 12 and 12 mini have 4GB of RAM.

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Room-temperature superconductivity achieved for the first time

Not exactly the revolution that would happen if we achieved cold fusion, but notable that room-temperature superconductivity has been achieved for the first time.

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WeWork's Adam Neumann makes $30M real estate startup investment

Uh, WeWork’s Adam Neumann is back. He apparently can’t quit the Real Estate Game either, investing $30 million in Alfred Club, Inc.

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Landscape wants to be the Glassdoor of VCs

Let’s end today with an interesting raise. Landscape is a site that wants to become the Glassdoor for VC. You know how Glassdoor allows employees to rate their companies anonymously, letting you know if a given employer is somewhere you want to work or not. So when you know that, then you immediately think, why is this something that hasn’t happened before? Like, knowing if a VC is good fit for your vision is basically an existential thing to consider for your young startup. History is riddled with founders who got into dysfunctional relationships with their VCs.

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