Apart from who would win in a battle between Elon Musk and the ghost of Steve Jobs, the question I get asked the most is how to find the best budget smartphone.



As an insufferable early adopter/power user, I’m used to spending upwards of $1,000 on my daily addiction, but you don’t have to get a great phone in 2024. This time around, our best deals cost between $100 and $300, so we really have mean cheap. (In fact, our picks undercut my recommendation for the Pixel 7A, which hovers over $400.)

Check out our guide, which includes devices from OnePlus, Samsung and Moto.

— Matt Smith

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The parent company blocks access to all its other adult entertainment websites.

You’ll have to have fun elsewhere, Texas. Pornhub is now unavailable in the state after the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that Texas can enforce its age-verification regulations for porn websites. If you try, you’ll be greeted with a message: “Dear User, as you may know, your elected officials in Texas require us to verify your age before we allow you access to our website.” As you may have guessed, Texas already leads the list of states for VPN searches as its residents look for a workaround to access their favorite adult content.

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What’s next for the company’s Android and AI products.



Google revealed the date for this year’s I/O conference in a really annoying way. He asked people to complete a tedious logic puzzle. After enough people completed all 15 levels and delivered a marble to its destination multiple times, they received the date.

The keynote will give us a look at upcoming Pixel and Android features — and maybe some hardware. Please?

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Next, the company plans to test relighting its Raptor engine in space.



Third time’s the charm as SpaceX attempted another test of its Starship rocket. Starship launches at 9:25 a.m. ET Thursday morning. Shortly after launch, it completed hot phase separation from its Super Heavy Booster and the Starship successfully ignited the Raptor second stage engines. Although SpaceX said that both the booster and Starship would return to Earth at “marginal velocity,” thereby making it impossible to recover them, it appears that Starship failed to land, disintegrating upon re-entry (according to the original data).

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