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Ultra big-ass phones need to die in a fire

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I thought big phones were stupid when Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note in 2011 and created this whole phablet (shudder) trend.

I still think big phones are ridiculous. But where phablets with 5.5- to 5.8-inch phones are now commonplace, phone makers have now run out of interesting ways to make phones exciting again.

So what are they doing? Oh, just releasing even BIGGER phones. 

Oh, for f*cks sake.

Big everywhere

We’ve reached the point where we can’t turn our backs on phablets anymore. We’re already too far along in assimilating phablets into our lives to ever think small phones are sufficient. 

I know returning to small-sized anything is an impossibility. This is America, land of the HUGE. Big cars. Big homes. Big burgers. Big Bird. Big f*cking everything. 

After years of resisting them, even Apple caved and released a plus-sized iPhone, starting with the iPhone 6. It’s enormous.

Failed the back pocket test.

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As terrible as big phones are — they’re heavy, impossible to use with one hand unless you’re Shaq, don’t fit in your pockets or work with skinny jeans and oh, they’re BIG — there are some good things about them that people really like.

Let’s go down the list, shall we?

  • They’ve got large and (usually) high-resolution screens

  • All that size means more room for a bigger battery that lasts…

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Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand

Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.

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By Karen Lee

Following the February 1 coup, Myanmar’s netizens became the latest to join the #MilkTeaAlliance, an online collective of pro-democracy youth across Asia.

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability

A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.

The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.

Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.

In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.

While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.

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