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Tech Fix: Samsung’s Galaxy Note9: Too Much Phone for Most of Us

AdvertisementTech fixThe new $1,000 device is aimed at power users who work, play, consume and create on their phone. For others, there are plenty of cheaper options.Aug. 22, 2018ImageThe Samsung Galaxy Note9 has new features like the ability to convert the phone into a personal computer. It also has a bold new starting price: $999.99.CreditSamsungApple’s iPhone X broke the pricing barrier for smartphones with a $1,000 price tag. Now Samsung’s new Galaxy Note device, which will be released this week, is joining the $1,000 Phone Club.That raises the inevitable question: Is this new phone worth spending that much money?After a week of testing, my conclusion is you…

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Tech We’re Using: How the 52 Places Traveler Stays Charged While Chronicling the World

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Jada Yuan, who is crisscrossing the globe as The Times’s 52 Places Traveler, discussed the tech she’s using.You are endlessly traveling, and you must have to pack light. What are the most crucial tech tools that you pack?Funny thing is, I’d be traveling much lighter if I weren’t dragging around so much tech!Because I’m carting all my own stuff and moving every four or five days, I have to think a lot about size and weight. My MacBook Pro and iPhone X are essentials, as are a Bluetooth keyboard (which I…

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Tesla to Build China Plant With Goal of Producing 500,000 Cars a Year

Tesla has reached an agreement with the Chinese authorities to build a battery and automobile factory in Shanghai, its first plant outside of the United States, the company said on Tuesday.Tesla said it expected that the plant would eventually produce 500,000 electric vehicles a year, and that the effort would also include a research-and-development center and a sales operation.The carmaker did not disclose how much it planned to invest in the venture, but it said it would be the sole owner. Other foreign automakers, including General Motors, Volkswagen and Toyota, have been required to form joint ventures with local partners to produce cars in China. But the…

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Tech We’re Using: An Investigative Arsenal: Power Chargers, Document Analysis Tools and More

I have traditionally used Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, as it has good optical character recognition tools, which index the words on each page, allowing you to do word searches. More recently, I have been trying out a service called Logikcull, created for law firms to do document discovery work but useful when trying to analyze and annotate piles of documents that I get via Freedom of Information Act requests, which in some cases can run to 18,000 pages. Document Cloud is also a tremendous tool.I have a simple but low-tech trick for keeping track of documents. As I extract individual emails, other documents or audio files, I…

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Tech Fix: How to Pack and Prepare Your Smartphone for Traveling This Summer

Prepare your smartphone for traveling abroadIf you want to use your smartphone abroad, the easiest way to do so is to pay your carrier an international roaming fee. ( T-Mobile or Google’s Project Fi customers get international roaming for free in many countries.)By paying an international roaming fee, you will be able to use your phone number, and you won’t have to deal with the hassle of installing a foreign SIM card. The problem is that it is expensive: AT&T, for example, charges $60 in 200 countries for one gigabyte of data, which is not enough data for a two-week trip.Using a foreign SIM card is a…

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