Weekly Rewind: Huawei’s Mate 9, offline viewing for Netflix, personalized wine

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Huawei’s Mate 9 is what high-end smartphone dreams are made of

It’s that time of year again. Huawei is known for its wide range of phones that run from the very big and powerful to the elegant and small. Now, Huawei is taking on the phablet market with the Mate 9. It is the follow-up to last year’s Mate 8, which packed a super-fast fingerprint sensor, gorgeous all-metal build, and great battery life. It’s a tough act to follow, needless to say, but the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro make impressive strides in those areas and others.

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This tiny device can produce clean drinking water for 200 people a day

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According to DoSomething.org, more than 884 million people around the world currently lack access to safe drinking water, with over 840,000 of them dying of waterborne diseases each year. Worse yet, it is estimated that by 2025, 1.8 billion of us will live in places where water sources are scarce. In other words, clean drinking water is a serious concern both now and for the future, which is why the latest product from Mountain Safety Research — better known as MSR — is so intriguing.

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Offline viewing could be coming to Netflix soon, but not for everyone

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Streaming has certainly made a boatload of content viewable in our homes, but if you frequently find yourself on the road or in areas with less-than-perfect internet service (e.g., airplanes), it can’t always be counted on. While some companies like Amazon offer temporary downloads for offline viewing, Netflix has not made the jump — so far. According to a recent interview with Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, that could be set to change.

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2017 Audi S3 first drive

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American automotive enthusiasts (whose company I keep) go to the well pretty often with our new vehicle complaints. If we aren’t bemoaning the absence of a manual transmission option, we’re crying aloud for a wagon or hatchback variant. Meanwhile, Europe and its proliferation of models with both specifications, mocks us from afar. Then, finally, a gift from heaven: one brand yields, ignoring years of admonishing sales data, to give us what we demand. Through tears of joy, we praise our hero manufacturer and jibe its holdout competitors.

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Want to capture 360 video wherever you go? Wear these sunglasses

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A new start-up is rethinking hands-free video — with a pair of sunglasses. While the industry is dotted with camera glasses with mixed reception from Google Glass to Blincam, the Orbi Prime takes more design hints from action cameras than previous options as the first pair of glasses capable of recording in 360. The Orbi Prime, now on Indiegogo, is more GoPro than Google Glass in terms of usability — the camera glasses uses two physical buttons and an app for controlling the camera without the awkwardness of the blink-to-shoot controls.

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