Motorola Edge Plus: The best cameras of any Moto phone — but I wanted more

The Motorola Edge Plus has pretty much everything you’d hope for in a premium 5G phone: A Snapdragon 865 chipset, a giant battery, an OLED screen with a high refresh rate and multiple rear cameras with heavy-duty specs. Motorola took features found on other top-of-the-line Android phones, put its own Moto spin on them and built them all into one of the most wonderful Android phones I’ve tried in a long time.

Like

  • Long-lasting battery so far.
  • Edge display.
  • Best cameras on any Moto phone.

Don’t Like

  • Verizon exclusive.
  • No IP rating for water resistance.
  • Night Vision isn’t great.

But there are two things about the phone that can impede its success. One is its chunky build and lack of IP rating for water or dust resistance. The other is that it’s sold as a Verizon exclusive in the US, which could shut out interested buyers. Considering the Edge Plus is competing in a sea of other 5G, Snapdragon 865-powered phones, it needs all the advantages it can get. Anyone in the market for such a device can afford to be picky. 

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Fitbit Charge 4 review: Built-in GPS and better sleep tracking, plus it’s pretty

The Fitbit Charge 4 ($150 at Best Buy) has everything you need in a fitness tracker for under $200. It finally includes built-in GPS to track outdoor workouts independently, it has better training tools for athletes, and it fits most of the same smartwatch features into a slimmer package than the more expensive Fitbit Versa ($145 at Amazon). It’s my favorite Fitbit yet. If you’re looking for a fitness tracker than behaves a lot like a smartwatch without the extra bulk, the Fitbit Charge 4 might be the perfect fit. 

Like

  • Sleek, minimalistic design
  • Heart rate zone notifications
  • Compatibility with iOS and Android
  • Sleep tracking and analysis

Don’t Like

  • Low visibility in direct sunlight
  • No quick reply for messages on iPhone
  • Shorter battery life than the Fitbit Charge 3

Added features without the added bulk 

There are plenty of great wearables for athletes, like the Garmin Forerunner 945 and Suunto 3, that have way more fitness chops than the Charge 4, but they’re not the most fashionable. The $150 Charge 4 (£130, AU$230) is a tracker I will happily wear 24/7 thanks to its sleek, understated design. If you’re familiar with the Charge 3 (

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If you haven’t tracked your stimulus check with this online tool, do it now. Here’s how

An online tool can help tell you when your stimulus money is coming.


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If you’re still looking for the status of your payment, a free self-service tracking tool built by the IRS can help. Get My Payment is designed to show you if the IRS is still processing your money or has scheduled your stimulus check to go out. It will also tell you if your stimulus payment will arrive in the mail as a paper check, as a prepaid debit card or through direct deposit to your bank account if you had set that up before the cutoff. And it can alert you to any problems that may be holding up your payment.

It isn’t hard to navigate, but it helps to understand what to expect and the type of information you should have on hand before you start using the portal. Note that Get My Payment isn’t perfect, so you may still need to do some digging to find out what’s happening in your exact scenario. It’s also possible you may hit a snag or two. For example, it

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Safari refinements justify setting the browser as default in macOS Big Sur

If Safari isn’t your default Mac web browser, it should be when Apple releases macOS Big Sur. Here’s how Apple developers have readied the browser for adulthood and the demands of the workplace.

Although it’s just 17 years old, Apple’s Safari web browser sure is looking like a full-grown adult. With macOS Big Sur improvements on the way, there’s no doubt that Safari can handle responsibility. Safari should be your default browser if you’re using a Mac. Here’s why.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, confirmed Apple’s commitment to its web browser at 2020’s digital-due-to-the-pandemic WWDC. “This year we’re building on Safari’s amazing performance, elegant design, and pioneering privacy protections to deliver the biggest update to Safari since it was first introduced.”

Safari is a performance beast, as Federighi noted. Apple reported performance running JavaScript is better than ever, and the browser boasts 50% faster page loading than Google Chrome. In the real world, that means you’ll spend more time reading content you seek instead of waiting for pages to load.

Not only is Apple’s browser fast, it also uses less energy. Thus, your Mac’s battery will last longer, which means you can work longer from

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COVID-19 fuels a drop in new smartphone sales, an upswing for recycled phones

Coronavirus-led shutdown of key manufacturing plants in China and consumer financial concerns fuel interest in pre-owned phone sales, according to a Gartner report.

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Among its many results, the coronavirus has put a damper on first-adopters, some of whom, pre-pandemic, would be the first in line to buy the new iPhone SE in September. But new smartphone sales dropped 20.2% for the first quarter of 2020 (Q1 2020), according to a new report from Gartner. 

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While edicts to shelter-at-home and the cloud of economic uncertainty affected the sales of new smartphones, recycled phones are on the upswing (by 24%). A recycled or refurbished phone is generally one that has been traded or sold so the owner can upgrade to the new version or a “better” phone.

Gartner’s report, “Market Share: PCs, Ultramobiles and Mobile Phones, All Countries, 1Q20 Update,” also noted that the demand for smartphone sales faltering coincided directly with consumers bucking non-essential products.

Top vendors feel the burn

With the exception of Xiaomi, all of the top five smartphone vendors recorded a decline in Q1 2020. Samsung, Huawei, and OPPO suffered the worst performance among the most

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