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And when we woke up, we had these bodies. They’re like, except I’m having them! Oh, I think we should just stay friends. You’ll have all the Slurm you can drink when you’re partying with Slurms McKenzie Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry?

Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. Quite possible.

It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.

You guys go on without me! I’m going to go look for more stuff to steal! You guys realize you live in a sewer, right? Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? If rubbin’ frozen dirt in your crotch is wrong, hey I don’t wanna be right.

Fetal stemcells, aren’t those controversial? You don’t know how to do any of those. What’s with you kids? Every other day it’s food, food, food. Alright, I’ll get you some stupid food. You won’t have time for sleeping.

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Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.

Oh yeah, good luck with that. Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing.

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I love you, buddy! Yep, I remember. They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

  • I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars.
  • For the last time, I don’t like lilacs! Your first wife was the one.
  • But the flesh is spongy and spanac bruised?

Oh, all right, I am. But if anything happens to me, tell them I died robbing some old man. When will that be? Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? I don’t know what you’re talking about.

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Progress is a nice word.

Daylight and everything. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle. I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars. Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Who am I making this out to?

It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you. Who am I making this out to? Shut up and get to the point!

And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, you mean while for the love of God, don’t not do it!

Doomsday device? Ah, now the ball’s in Farnsworth’s court! You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Shut up and get to the point!

I’ve got to find a way to escape the horrible ravages of youth. Suddenly, Going to the bathroom like clockwork, every three hours. And those jerks at Social Security stopped sending me checks. Who am I making this out to?

They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle.

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You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like.

Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. Just once I’d like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn’t bound and gagged. I guess if you want children beaten, you have to do it yourself. Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious.

I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. Quite possible. We live long and are celebrated science. And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to.

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Everyone in this world is somehow connected.

Ah, computer dating. It’s like pimping, but you rarely have to use the phrase “upside your head.” Who am I making this out to?

You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Throw her in the brig. Michelle, I don’t regret this, but I both rue.

Daylight and everything. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. So I really am important? How I feel when I’m drunk is correct?

Good man. Nixon’s pro-war and pro-family. And then the battle’s not so bad? And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, for the love of God, don’t not do it! Shut up and get to the point! Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? I’m sure those windmills will keep them cool.

Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I love you, buddy! Please, Don-Bot look into your hard drive, and open your mercy file! You guys aren’t Santa! You’re not even robots. How dare you lie in front of Jesus? Hey, whatcha watching? That’s right, baby. I ain’t your loverboy Flexo, the guy you love so much. You even love anyone pretending to be him!

Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.

Kids have names? That could be beautiful soul sitting naked on a couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing. No! I want to live! There are still too many things I don’t own! Yeah, I do that with my stupidness. You can see how I lived before I met you. Do a flip!

Hello Morbo, how’s the family? I’ve been there. My folks were always on me to groom myself and wear underpants. What am I, the pope? I love this planet! I’ve got wealth, fame, and access to the depths of sleaze that those things bring. We’ll need to have a look inside you with this camera.

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Alienware 17 R4 review

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OUR VERDICT

Sporting a more powerful processor, cool looks and a strong range of prices, the Alienware 17 R4 may be your best bet if on the prowl for a 17-inch gaming laptop.

FOR

  • Wildly powerful
  • Swanky looks
  • Lots of configuration options

AGAINST

  • Obnoxiously loud fans
  • So-so battery life

Last year, Dell refreshed the 17.3-inch Alienware 17, complete with a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia 10-series graphics and – perhaps most interestingly – Tobii infrared eye recognition technology.

Now that Intel has finally released gaming-grade versions of its  latest “Kaby Lake” processors for gaming laptops, you can finally purchase an Alienware 17 R4 and enjoy it at its full potential.

In traditional Alienware fashion, this magnificent monster is decked out in LEDs and ranks top-notch in performance. If it weren’t for the mediocre battery life and noisy fans, the Alienware 17 R4 wouldn’t be far off from perfection. Still, price for performance, Dell’s biggest Alienware laptop remains competitive with the wildly more expensive Razer Blade Pro.

SPEC SHEET

Here is the Alienware 17 R4 configuration sent to PremiumHerald for review:

CPU: 2.9GHz Intel Core i7-7820HK (quad-core, 8MB cache, overclocking up to 4.4GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM); Intel HD Graphics 630
RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2,400MHz)
Screen: 17.3-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440), 120Hz, TN anti-glare at 400 nits; Nvidia G-Sync; Tobii eye-tracking
Storage: 512GB SSD (M.2 SATA III), 1TB HDD (7,200 RPM)
Ports: 1 x USB 3.0 port, 1 x USB-C port, 1 x USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI 2.0, Mini-DisplayPort, Ethernet, Graphics Amplifier Port, headphone jack, microphone jack, Noble Lock
Connectivity: Killer 1435 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1
Camera: Alienware FHD camera with Tobii IR eye-tracking
Weight: 9.74 pounds (4.42kg)
Size: 16.7 x 13.1 x 1.18 inches (42.4 x 33.3 x 3cm; W x D x H)

Price and availability

The Alienware 17 R4 is available in the US as well as the UK and Australia, though its starting specs and prices vary drastically.

In the US, you can score the cheapest model for $1,299, equipped with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ, a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card (GPU), 8GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD. Considering the GPU can’t be replaced over time, this configuration is tough to recommend at such a steep cost.

In the UK, however, you can expect to pay at least £1,549 for the Alienware 17 R4 for roughly the same specs with the exception of the GPU. Instead of a 1050 Ti, the default build contains an AMD Radeon Radeon R9 470 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Unless you customize it yourself, both the US and UK Alienware 17’s max out with an Intel Core i7-7820HK, an 8GB GDDR5X GTX 1080, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive (HDD) for $2,299 and £2,149, respectively.

If you live in Australia, this laptop will set you back a minimum of $2,798 for a middling 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, an Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 8 gigs of system memory (RAM), 1TB of hard drive storage and a 128GB solid-state (SSD) boot drive. The most expensive pre-configured model is $4,998 and packs an Intel Core i7-7820HK, a GTX 1080, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD paired with a 1TB HDD.

At Premium herald, we were sent a built-to-order model that would theoretically cost $2,699 (£3,017, AU$5,369) for the absolute highest-end components available.

Design

If you’ve seen a recently-made Alienware laptop, such as the 15-inch Alienware 15 R3 or the 13-inch Alienware 13 R3, the Alienware 17 R4’s appearances shouldn’t come as too much of a shock.

While Max-Q laptops, like the Asus ROG Zephyrus, might lead you to believe otherwise, the Alienware 17 R4 does boast a thinner chassis due to what Dell calls its ‘Hinge Forward’ design. This design pushes the heatsinks from underneath the keyboard to the rear of the device.

Despite allowing for better thermal design power (TDP) and a slimmer profile, this choice also makes the Alienware 17 R4, for lack of a better description, loud as all hell. While playing more demanding triple-A titles, like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Nier: Automata, the fan volume can be a bit distracting, especially without the aid of noise-cancelling headphones.

Otherwise, all the ingredients you’ve come to expect from an Alienware laptop remain intact. With 12 LED-backlit zones in total, everything from the Alienware 17 R4’s svelte edges to its trackpad can be customized to one of 20 different shades and colors.

These look especially attractive surrounding the tri-sectional engraving on the lid of the machine, where the Alienware 17 R4 reminds us most of Dell’s monolithic Alienware Area 51. The only disappointment there is that – aside from the ominous extraterrestrial on the back – much of the glitz doesn’t carry over from the front.

There’s plenty to love about the inputs on the Alienware 17 R4. Although there are no mechanical switches on the table, the upgraded Alienware TactX keyboard makes the best of what it has to offer.

N-key rollover, for instance, will appeal to those looking to pull off tricky combos and shortcuts without any concern that their keypresses won’t be recognized. What’s more, Dell claims that this is the only laptop keyboard there is bearing 2.2mm of key travel. In short, you shouldn’t have to worry about accidental keypresses or your commands not being recognized.

Both the keyboard and the trackpad feel uncharacteristically comfortable for a gaming laptop. If a lack of portability due to its sizable weight and dimensions isn’t a concern, then you can rest easy knowing the Alienware 17 R4 is just as suited for work as it is for play.

Trackpad trials and tribulations

It should be noted that, while forums online will suggest otherwise, there’s an annoying default trackpad setting that can be disabled. It’s called palm rejection, and it limits your ability to use the trackpad while any key is pressed. You can find it and turn it off in your computer’s additional touchpad settings under sensitivity, if you plan on gaming without a mouse.

That said, gaming with a trackpad is almost always advised against. So, if you’re spending over a grand on a new gaming laptop already, definitely consider shelling out just a fraction of your funds on a new gaming mouse as well.

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Product Review: Sony Xperia XZ review

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OUR VERDICT

The Sony Xperia XZ is a great premium handset offering everything you’d expect from a flagship phone. If you own a recent Sony phone though it might not be enough of an improvement to rush out and buy it on day one in Nigeria.

FOR

  • New refined design
  • Impressive camera improvements
  • Return of waterproofing

AGAINST

  • Only full HD screen
  • No fingerprint scanner in the US
  • Not running Android 7 software

Update: Sony has announced the new Xperia XZs, which will replace the Xperia XZ and should be officially released by Sony soon. Plus the price of the Xperia XZ has dropped in the UK to only £379.99.

The Sony Xperia XZ may be the brand’s fourth flagship in the last two years, but it’s been a whole year since it released the Xperia Z5 to critical acclaim at IFA 2015.

In the meantime Sony has released the Xperia X, which we believed to be its latest flagship handset at the time – but it wasn’t. The Xperia XZ is that phone.

The Xperia Z line is now dead. Every Sony phone will now be part of the Xperia X line, whether it’s a budget, mid-range or high-end device, and will sit under the top-dog Xperia XZ – at least until we see the Xperia XZ 2.

It’s the best of the best of Sony’s mobile tech in one full package. It features all the highlights of Sony phones we’ve seen the past, put into a melting pot and blended to create something familiar, yet different.

If this was an iPhone, it would be an S iteration. There are small improvements to the design, camera and battery tech – but there’s no big, headline feature or major difference when you compare it to the Xperia Z5.

On the iPhone 7, for example, the headline feature was the introduction of a water-resistant build – but Sony has been there and done that, waterproofing its flagships since the Xperia Z back in 2012.

Instead it’s a reworking of the highlights from the last few years – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Sony Xperia XZ price and release date

  • Now out in the US and UK – Australia looks unlikely
  • Wasn’t cheap at launch at $699.99 (£549, about AU$939)
  • Now down to just £379.99 or $429.99 less than a year after release

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Sony’s Xperia XZ is out in both the US and UK but there’s no sign of a launch for Australia.

When the flagship launched it cost $699.99 (£549, about AU$939) which is similar to what the Xperia Z5 cost when that first phone came out. Now Sony has announced the newer Xperia XZs so the price of the Xperia XZ has dropped too.

In the UK you can now buy the Xperia XZ for around £379.99, while those in the US can get the phone for only $429.99 from certain retailers.

Key features

  • Return of the useful water-resistant design
  • Great fingerprint scanner, but not for every market
  • Play PS4 games on your Xperia XZ screen

Like Samsung’s, and now Apple’s, flagship handsets, the Xperia XZ is water-resistant. That means you’ll be able to take your phone into the shower without having to worry about the internals getting frazzled from water seeping in, or get away with dropping it in the sink.

Sony Xperia XZ

This is a feature Sony has had on its flagship line for quite some time now. The Xperia XZ is IP68 water- and dust-resistant, so you can safely immerse it up to depths of one meter, although Sony advises against keeping it submerged for long periods of time.

Dust-resistance, meanwhile, ensures that if you take your phone to the beach sand isn’t going to get jammed in the sockets and ports.

This is impressive, considering that both the 3.5mm headphone jack and the USB-C slot at the bottom of the phone are open; despite it being a feature of Sony flagship phones for quite some time, the waterproof design is still something worth shouting about.

For most markets, Sony has included a fingerprint scanner on the side of the phone to make easy to unlock, yet secure. However, buyers in the US don’t get the scanner.

When TechRadar asked Sony’s Senior Director of Marketing why this was, he told us: “It was a business decision we needed to make in order to transition [in the US] from the carrier market to the unlocked market.”

That answer isn’t entirely clear, and it’s a big shame that customers in the US won’t get this security tech included on their Xperia XZ.

The scanner is built into the power button on the right-hand side of the phone, and is in a great position for your thumb when unlocking your device.

Sony Xperia XZ

The fingerprint scanner works quickly as soon as you hit the button. The position can be a little irritating if your phone is sat on a desk and you just want to turn it on though.

For those situations you can just use the on screen unlock pattern or pin, so it’s not a major issue.

Those who are left handed may also find it a little more difficult and will need to register a different finger to get the benefit of unlocking it in the hand.

There’s a 5.2-inch screen on the Xperia XZ, which may feel a little large for those with smaller hands. This is an average size screen for flagship smartphones right now, but you should note you’ll likely need to use both hands to reach all the edges.

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In terms of resolution, unlike competition from Samsung and HTC, the Xperia XZ is still only Full HD.

The screen is bright and looks good though – it’s not 2K, but that’s likely not a deal breaker or a reason to not buy the Xperia XZ. If you want to experience VR with your phone, it may not be the best choice as it only offers 424 pixels-per-inch compared to 534ppi on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

Sony Xperia XZ

PS4 Remote Play is a big bonus if you’re into your gaming too. If you have Sony’s home gaming console you’ll be able to play games on your Xperia XZ over the same Wi-Fi network your console is on – handy if someone else is watching the TV.

The only issue here is that the screen on the Xperia XZ is a little too small for playing games on a regular basis – for that we’d recommend picking up an Xperia Z4 Tablet with its 2K 10-inch screen.

You’ll also need to make sure your Wi-Fi connection is up to handling PS4 Remote Play.

Design

  • New high-end material on the back
  • Fits comfortably in the hand
  • No durable corners as on the Xperia Z5 range

If you’ve used a Sony phone before, you’ll recognize much of the design language that you’ll find on the Xperia XZ.

There’s a new kind of metal material on the back of the phone, which Sony calls ALKALEIDO, although you won’t notice anything radically different about it – to the touch it feels much the same as the metal on previous Sony handsets.

It does feel premium, though, and it looks better than the glass on early Xperia Z-line handsets. But be warned: it may be a new kind of material, but the Xperia XZ will still pick up your greasy fingerprints.

Sony Xperia XZ

The boxy design is still here, but it comes with slightly rounded-off edges, which enable the phone to sit in your hand comfortably. Out of all the Sony phones we’ve reviewed that feature a 5-inch-plus screen, this one feels the easiest to hold.

Sony Xperia XZ

The top and bottom edges of the phone are flattened off, giving the Xperia XZ a look you won’t find on other flagships. It reminds us of the Obi Worldphone MV1, but it’s done with a high-end, premium feel which the Obi didn’t have. Apart from enabling you to stand your phone up, though, this doesn’t really offer much.

On the top is a 3.5mm headphone jack (take note if you’re a disgruntled iPhone fan) – it’s in a good place for plugging in headphones when your phone’s in your pocket.

Xperia XZ

There’s a USB-C slot on the bottom of the phone, while on the left-hand side is the slot for the microSD and SIM cards.

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The volume rocker is in a strange position, two-thirds of the way down the right-hand spine – it’s not a natural placement for your fingers to reach it quickly if music is blaring out of the phone and you need to turn it down.

Below this is a camera button, which enables you to snap shots without touching the screen. This will come in useful if you use the camera a lot, and it’s something you don’t get on many other flagship phones.

Sony Xperia XZ

A feature we do miss here is the reinforced corners from the Xperia Z5, designed to absorb the impact if the phone is dropped – their omission leaves us a little concerned that this phone won’t be able to take as much of a beating.

In short, the Xperia XZ is the best-looking phone the company has created, and the most comfortable to hold – but the differences are all quite minimal.

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Focal Listen Wireless review

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OUR VERDICT

The Focal Listen Wireless offer phenomenal sound but little else. Without multipoint Bluetooth, active noise cancellation or auto play/pause these headphones feel antiquated when compared to the competition.

FOR

  • Balanced, audiophile sound
  • Good noise isolation
  • 20-hour battery life

AGAINST

  • No multipoint Bluetooth or ANC
  • Disappointing value
  • Fingerprint and dust magnet

Focal blew everyone away last year with its stellar line of headphones. We were impressed with the stellar sound quality of the Focal Listen, the most affordable over-ear headphone the company released coming in at $250 (£150, AU$329).

But one of the biggest drawbacks of the Listen was the fact that it was a wired headphone in an increasingly wireless world. To bring the Listen up to speed with the wireless trend, Focal released the Listen Wireless this year.

For fans of Focal’s sound quality, the Listen Wireless will impress but the headphones compromise on features when compared to competition in the same price range. There’s no active noise cancellation, multipoint Bluetooth or auto play/pause, which can be found in headphones that cost less.

Design

The design of the Focal Listen Wireless doesn’t change much over its wired sibling, and holds to its predecessor’s all plastic construction. This isn’t a bad thing as the headphones still manage to feel robust and premium.

The biggest visual difference is that the Wireless have a piano-black finish where the Focal Listen featured a matte silver finish. While certainly stylish, this new color choice makes the Focal Listen Wireless are a fingerprint and dust magnet.

If you’re someone who cares about cleanliness, you’ll want to keep a microfiber cloth with you to wipe off your fingerprints every so often – which admittedly might be a bit more work than you’d like for a pair of cans.

The headphone controls are all located on the right earcup and are coated in a rubber membrane. This means the buttons feel a little squishy and are hard to distinguish from one another at first, though spending more time with the headphones will train you to learn where the buttons are. Like the arms, the rubber buttons are also a dust magnet and a nightmare to keep clean.

Here’s some good news: the Focal Listen Wireless feature soft leather pads that wrap around your ears creating a good seal for bass response and noise isolation. While the headphones can’t block out as much noise as active noise cancelling (ANC) headphones, it does a good job blocking a majority of the outside world passively.

The soft leather ear pads and rubber headband mean the headphones remain reasonably comfortable over long periods of time though our ears became a bit steamy during longer listening sessions.

For portability, the Focal Listen Wireless fold up and come with a neoprene soft case. The headphones don’t fold flat, which is a bit annoying for minimizing space in a backpack but it’s certainly not a deal breaker.

Performance

Focal is a company that prides itself on sound quality and the Listen Wireless definitely reflect the company’s sound-first approach.

Overall, we found that tThe Listen Wireless offer balanced sound with a surprisingly wide soundstage for a closed-back headphone. Bass is tight and extended but doesn’t overwhelm the mids or highs.

Speaking of high frequencies, the Focal Listen Wireless have a slightly bright presentation that may irritate users who are sensitive to sharp highs. However, the sharp highs means you get a lot of resolution and an exciting sound.

Mids are warm and lush with a slight mid-bass bump to make mainstream music sound engaging. Sound quality is identical to the wired Focal Listen, which is remarkable since some wired headphones turned wireless sound noticeably different. The consistent sound speaks to Focal’s audio engineering prowess.

Putting sound quality aside, the Focal Listen Wireless  are lacking a ton of features, making them tough to recommend. The biggest culprit is the lack of multipoint Bluetooth, which allows you to pair two devices simultaneously like a phone and a tablet. The Listen Wireless force you to pair to one device at a time.

The Focal Listen Wireless also lack active noise cancellation, which the cheaper Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 have. The Plantronics also have a nifty auto play/pause when you take off your headphones. For a little bit more money, you can get the highly recommended Bose QuietComfort 35 or Sony MDR-1000X.

All that said, battery life is excellent with a 20 hour rating. Our testing found Focal’s rating to be spot on, which means users can go a full week without charging if used for about 4 hours a day.

Final verdict

The Focal Listen Wireless are an excellent sounding pair of wireless headphones but its lack of features and high price point make it difficult to recommend.

For $299 (£220, about AU$374), there are better values out there and you’ll have to be in love with Focal’s sound signature in order to really love them.

Better options include the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 ($200, £230, AU$250) which offer good sound quality, active noise cancellation, multipoint Bluetooth auto play/pause. The Plantronics don’t sound as good as the Focal but the difference is minimal with the Plantronics being more bass-heavy.

But for now, the Focal Listen Wireless are a tough sell.

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