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Welcome to your weekend! I'm probably the only one with any holiday shopping left to do, so there's no way this gift guide is still useful for anyone else, right? Either way, it's right there if you need it. Sure the plan was to have everything in-hand before today, but things don't always go according to plan -- just ask Motorola, Boeing and SpaceX. The newsletter will be an abbreviated schedule next week, but until then, you can check out some of last week's highlights plus a few new stories from Friday.
After months of thinking, curating, photographing and more thinking, we've come up with a holiday gift guide that covers all the bases (and budgets), from laptops and mobile devices, to toys, to the smart home, to book and media recommendations (only on nerdy subjects, of course). All told, there are more than 150 items in our guide, spanning 13 categories, with advice from 25 of our writers and editors. You know, the people testing and reviewing this stuff all year long.
This week, Devindra and Cherlynn tackle the best and worst tech of 2019. Among the winners: Wireless earbuds and premium ultraportables. As for the losers well.... There's a lot to cover. If anything, it seems like this year is a stepping stone towards some real innovation in 2020.
Boeing launched the Starliner capsule for its first uncrewed test flight on Friday morning. Unfortunately, things did go as planned. While the Starliner made it into orbit, it did not achieve the correct orbit. Still, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, had astronauts been onboard, they would have likely been able to correct the issue.
The Lucid Air will be an electric sedan with a proposed range of 400 miles, but CEO Peter Rawlinson tells Engadget that his company is chasing "Mercedes, Audi and BMW." Of course, he should know -- Rawlinson was the chief engineer for Tesla's Model S.
On Friday Motorola announced that it's slightly delaying the phone's pre-order and launch timing due to "significant consumer demand." Apparently, the company underestimated how many people would be interested in a $1,500 phone that combines midrange specs with that sweet foldable OLED screen. The pre-orders were due to start on December 26th, and when Motorola announces a new date, we'll let you know what it is.
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