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Google Pixel 2 XL goes up against an iPhone 8 Plus in new drop test video

Pixel 2 XL Vs iPhone 8 Plus

With the iPhone X release still about two weeks away, it may be a while before we get to see how Apple's true flagship iPhone stacks up against the competition. In the meantime, we'll have to make do with the iPhone 8 Plus, a compelling device in its own right. Though not as dramatic an upgrade as the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 Plus does offer some intriguing improvements relative to last year's iPhone 7 Plus, and even better, it's available in stores today. In stark contrast, initial supply of the iPhone X, as you've likely heard by now, will be extremely limited at launch.

All that said, the folks over at PhoneBuff recently decided to see how Apple's iPhone 8 Plus matched up against the Google Pixel 2 XL in a series of drop tests. What makes the match-up particularly intriguing is that while Apple is traditionally heralded for its build quality, Apple's iPhone 8 models allegedly take things to the next level. As Apple boasts on its website, the iPhone 8 Plus features the "most durable glass" to ever be included on a smartphone. And as we noted previously, Apple's iPhone 8 webpage reads: "The front and back feature custom glass with a 50 percent deeper strengthening layer. A new steel substructure and a stronger, aerospace‑grade 7000 Series aluminum band provide additional reinforcement."

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How Netflix’s attention to detail turned ‘Stranger Things’ into a worldwide hit

Stranger Things

The second season of Stranger Things, Netflix's critically acclaimed and universally beloved series is just a few short days away. Set to air on October 27, just in time for Halloween, the upcoming season promises to double down on all the factors that made the first season so popular, which is to say we can expect a steady dose of 80s nostalgia masterfully blended with compelling characters and a mysterious sci-fi themed story line. As one of the more on-point reviews of the show mentioned a few months back, Stranger Things doesn't just reference 80s movies. It captures how it feels to watch them."

One of the more interesting things about Stranger Things is that its popularity managed to span the globe, an impressive feat that not every hit show manages to achieve. What makes Stranger Things' global popularity even more intriguing is that the show, at least on the surface, isn't something that one might imagine would translate so easily into other languages.

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Apple activated a hidden iPhone LTE band to help cell networks in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico iPhone

Having been hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last month, Puerto Rico is yet to make a full recovery. Various areas of the island are still without power and drinking water, with the former issue affecting plenty of day-to-day activities, including communications.

Tech companies have stepped up to bring cellular service to areas of Puerto Rico where cell towers are still offline, with Google launching a Loon Balloon program. Apple and AT&T, meanwhile, have activated an LTE band that’s not available anywhere else in the US, to extend LTE coverage on the island.

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Everything leaving Netflix in November

Netflix November 2017

October 2017 was one of the worst months in Netflix history in terms of the quality of content that left the streaming service. Tons of great TV shows and movies were removed throughout the month (with a few more still left to go), but November isn't going to be nearly as tragic for fans of Netflix's licensed content.

Next month, the only big loss is the Matrix trilogy, and only one of those movies is really worth watching more than once anyway. Beyond that, Hugo, V for Vendetta and Twilight are the other notable removals, along with all nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother. Don't forget to add these to your queue before they vanish.

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This insane underwater restaurant is being built in Norway

underwater restaurant

Shoreline seafood restaurants are typically great places to enjoy an evening, but if you want to get truly up-close-and-personal with the watery depths while you devour the creatures that reside their, your options are pretty limited. Now, a new high-end restaurant is being built in Norway that will let you do just that, and its dining area is completely under water.

It's called, fittingly, "Under," and it's being built on the coast of Norway — or, to be more specific, it will become part of the coastline itself. Designed by architecture firm Snøhetta, the structure will be built on a rocky shore and dip down into the sea, where customers will be able to watch fish swim as they eat their brethren.

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