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A Nation Divided by Turmoil: Biden's Victory is America's Failure

Another long-winded, incoherent speech fraught with inaccuracies and false accusations.  As the polls have closed and ballots are meticulously being counted across key states, many deign to criminalize Trump for his boisterous proclamations and unorthodox leadership. However, the truth of the matter may be far more sinister than you care to imagine...Biden asserts that he and his party maintain the moral high ground in this tumultuous race for presidency. But do they really? In fact, the vast majority of Southern Democrats vehemently opposed a ban on slavery while the Republican party sought to win their freedom. Indeed, it may appear that times have changed... unless you bother to read the many defamatory statements made throughout Biden's long and storied political career -- statements targeting both women and African Americans. Although to be safe, let's assume his bigotry extended far beyond that which we've covered. So as it now seems more certain than ever that we'

Apple Announces an Updated iPhone SE for $399

Upon viewing the updated version of the iPhone SE, it's unlikely that you'll marvel at its aesthetic appeal as something fresh and exciting. In fact, it happens to sport the same iconic bezels and archaic design language that have graced their phones multiple generations...

An iPhone being used during a long daily commute. It's that iconic Apple logo which is so difficult to ignore, as it appears in every Starbucks and product placement on Earth....

But I still feel you'd be wrong to dismiss it without digging a bit deeper. First off, it sports an A13 Bionic chip -- the same 64-bit ARM-based SoC that's found in the current iPhone 11 family.


And although it won't appeal to everyone with its 4.7" screen, it does certainly fill a niche for users who are sick of dealing with phablets. Not only should it fit nicely into average-sized pants pockets, it's also much easier to operate one-handed. Oh, did I mention it's retained the fingerprint sensor? Because that's  one thing I've sorely missed in light of the mandatory face-mask adoption.

Of course, if you know anything about Apple, it should go without saying that the $399 price tag is for the base model only, a price which will score you a whopping 64GB of internal storage. Really, Apple?

Those interested in obtaining a bit more media, the 128GB and 256GB models cost $449 and $549 respectively. And as a minor bonus, all three versions will include the same one-year trial of Apple TV+ that they've recently been offering with their devices.

So, who is this phone for? Well, it certainly offers a better value proposition than the iPhone 8, considering its updated CPU and superior camera performance. But beyond that, it's one of the cheapest ways to get your hands on a modern iOS handset. And if you've already bought into the Apple ecosystem, but lack a shiny new mobile to complement your smartwatch and PC, this might be a good choice: especially if cost is a factor.

Would I recommend it? Ironically, if you had asked me the same question just a few weeks ago, I'd have laughed you out of the room. It was only recently that I came to purchase my first iPhone after being a lifelong Android devotee.

The catalyst? I was being refused service (at any cost) on a maxed-out 2019 Huawei Matebook X Pro simply because it was purchased from the States. As an American living in Taiwan, I had wanted a US keyboard layout on my $1500 ultrabook... and since Huawei only offers one keyboard option for my region, I was forced to order my device through eBay.

Not long after dealing with that headache, I'd heard about Apple's decision to finally re-adopt scissor switch mechanisms in their revamped MacBook Air's keyboard. So, just a few weeks later, I sold my Huawei, purchased an iPhone 11, and am now impatiently awaiting the Taiwanese launch of the updated Macbook Air.

But this isn't about Huawei or Macbooks, is it? So let's return to the topic of their phones from the vantage point of an Android lover:

Is it the best smartphone I've ever used? Not by a longshot. If I had to choose two major gripes, they'd be the lack of a fingerprint scanner and the fact that Siri makes Google Assistant look like a MENSA candidate.

Still, for the overall stability and form factor, I consider it a strong candidate for everyday use. I also expect its battery to outlast my previous Android handsets, which both required several replacements within less than two years of use. Finally, I eagerly look forward to its integration with my Macbook.

That's it for today! It was more of a one-sided rant than a full spec list, but let's face it: if you were merely looking for technical details, I'm sure you'd have turned elsewhere, right? In fact, here's a direct link in case that's what you were looking for. Happy phone shopping!

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