Eric Chiu

Eric Chiu


With iPhone X, $1,000 The New Normal For Smartphones

But is the iPhone X overpriced? When it comes to the phone’s actual features, it’s trickier to say.
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Apple's Augmented Reality ARKit Was The Most Important WWDC Announcement

At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference last week, the company went through the expected level of releases for an off-cycle Apple event: new MacBooks, iPad updates and the upcoming HomePod speaker led headlines coming out of the conference. But in all of the post-WWDC coverage, there’s been a common thread that’s both representative and a problem for Apple right now: It’s of a company playing catch-up.
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5 Reasons Why Nintendo Canceled The NES Classic

When Nintendo last year released the NES Classic — the $60 reissue of its original Nintendo Entertainment System console — the retro reboot immediately became a must-have holiday item. Stores were regularly out of stock, and consoles that got purchased often made it to the third-party seller market at substantial markups.
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Virtual Reality Park The Void Offers Unique Take On VR Experience

As popular as virtual reality headsets are right now, it doesn’t take long to hit the technology’s limits. Features like 360-degree video and games are a decent gateway to VR for most people, but much of the time, they’re often closer to extended tech demos. But what if a VR experience could get expanded into an actual VR world?
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Apple iPad Pro Review

In person, the iPad Pro is big. This tablet computer is much bigger than you'd expect, and it feels even bigger when it's in your hand. On the inside and outside, Apple's latest entry to its tablet lineup is an impressive model that takes advantage of this extra size, though it's not a convenient starter tablet for beginners.
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Alienware Area 51 Review

Dell offers several customizable configurations for the Area 51. Our review unit was built close to our selected configuration but relied on three NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards versus a dual GTX 970 setup.
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Amazon Kindle Oasis Review

The Oasis’ display carries over much of what's worked on past Kindles. The reading interface is cleanly laid out, and it is easy to browse through Amazon's menu screens and your eBook library. As with most eBook readers, the Oasis doesn’t have the processing speed and responsiveness of a full tablet, but functions like page scrolling and dictionary searching work reasonably quickly.
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Intern Deluxe: The Rise of New Media Fellowships

My first unpaid media internship was in the summer of 2010. Like most college students, previous semesters spent whiffing on applications made landing one feel like a reward, regardless of pay—I’d move to New York and even have the chance to write (mostly) professionally. The “unpaid” part always loomed, but my friends and I made it work through varying levels of cost-cutting and couch-crashing.
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Les Miles 'will continue to be our football coach,' says LSU AD after hot seat week

LSU will retain head coach Les Miles, athletic director Joe Alleva announced Saturday after a win over Texas A&M, which included Tigers carrying Miles on their shoulders and a standing ovation from fans. "I want to make it very clear and positive that Les Miles is our football coach and will continue to be our football coach," Alleva said.
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Swartz Creek native leads Honor Guard in inaugural parade

More than 900,000 people are expected to be in Washington, D.C. for President Barack Obama’s inauguration today. Among them is expected to be former Swartz Creek resident and Air Force Major Ryan VanVeelen, 33, who will lead an 88-member procession of Air Force members in the inaugural parade. Link to Story

According to Jim

Coming into Michigan as the top-rated dual-threat quarterback in 2010, Gardner rode the bench and spent time as a wide receiver before becoming the starter after a mid-season injury to Denard Robinson in 2012. In five games, Gardner put up a solid stat line (1,219 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns, an additional seven rushing) and, going into the next season, there was something unfamiliar to Michigan fans: if not full-blown optimism, then something close to it.
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Mock plane crash at Flint's Bishop International Airport gives emergency personnel valuable practice

Flames spilled off of the tail and wings of a mockup airplane in the parking lot of Bishop International Airport on Thursday, May 16, as medical officials practiced treating simulated plane crash victims. Unlike a real accident scene, grilled hot dogs were ready for emergency staff once their practice was done. Link to Story


Eric Chiu

My reporting and writing have appeared at outlets including The Awl, Flint Journal, The Classical, The A.V. Club Local, Laptop Magazine and the Center for Responsive Politics. They've also been linked at sites including the New York Times, Romenesko, Business Insider,, FishbowlNY/Mediabistro and the Wall Street Journal.