Sep 24, 2018

Apple's iPhone XS survives beer better than falls

The iPhone XS survived a half an hour soaked in Pabst Blue Ribbon unscathed. Screenshot: SquareTrade via YouTube.

The iPhone XS lives up to Apple's claims that it can withstand a soaking in beer, but still breaks easily when dropped, according to one third-party test.

Why it matters: Repairs to the iPhone XS are especially expensive, with a replacement of the glass case costing more than most Android smartphones ($399 for the front glass and $599 for the back glass).

The phone did fine after a soak in Pabst Blue Ribbon, but broke on the first drop, according to testing by gadget insurer SquareTrade. SquareTrade says the XS, while prone to breakage, is at least more durable than the iPhone X, which was the most breakable iPhone ever, according to its testing.

Want to see the testing in action? You are in luck. Here's the video.

Yes, but: Apple says the iPhone XS has its strongest glass ever and CNET said the iPhone XS did better than other smartphones in its drop testing.

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OPEC+ and G20 energy meetings mark zero hour for oil diplomacy

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The next two days will be pivotal for determining whether large oil-producing countries can partially stabilize an industry reeling from very low prices and the historic, coronavirus-fueled collapse in demand.

Driving the news: The OPEC+ group led by Saudi Arabia and Russia begin meeting remotely later Thursday morning to discuss production cuts, to be followed by a virtual Friday meeting among G20 energy ministers that includes the U.S.

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Fed will lend up to $2.3 trillion amid coronavirus crisis

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell at a press conference in March. Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

The Federal Reserve announced Thursday that it will support the coronavirus-hit economy with up to $2.3 trillion in loans to businesses, state and city governments — made possible in part by Treasury funds set aside in the government stimulus package.

Why it matters: The Fed has taken more action amid the coronavirus outbreak than it has in any other financial crisis in U.S. history in an effort to blunt the effects of the resultant economic shutdown.

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