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In the tech space, it's easy to fall victim to the bigger is better mantra. Larger screens. More storage. Stronger internals. We like browsers that give you endless settings lists so you can customize to your heart's content and guides to buying insane automobiles that depreciate by like $150,000 per year.

But sometimes such thinking does tend to lead things astray; you heard about smart fridges, right? Small—whether referring to physical scope or philosophy—can be a strength. Some of the best restaurants in America keep the menu small in order to perfect what's on offer. Microscopes annually produce imagery that will blow your mind.

So for this week's Orbital Transmission, we're keeping it simple. Less can really be more whether we're talking about the biggest tech companies in the world or things to put on your fall pop culture radar. Let's all embrace our inner VW Beetle every once and awhile.

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Orbital Transmission 10.24.2018
A scene from The Guilty

Expert craftsmen eschew big and flashy in The Guilty

Fall film season gets busy fast (you've seen First Man, right?). But before big blockbusters bank at the boxoffice, allow us to stan for a smaller film. The Guilty opened in select cities this weekend and will get a wider release throughout November, and no upcoming film will be technically better made. Writer/director Gustav Möller came up with an ingenious premise that takes advantage of our preferred storytelling experience in 2018, and he and his team made a cinema experience so good even the sound design qualifies so-outstanding-a-n00b-can't-notice.


Annual or bi-annual updates? That's not the MSFT question

Past hardware incompatibilities felt bad enough, but the latest Windows 10 update fiasco ratcheted things up a notch by causing user data loss (ugh). Given its bi-annual update cycle outpaces competitors like Apple and Google, would Microsoft be better off opting for a less is more philosophy? It's more complicated, argues Ars resident Redmondologist Peter Bright. The problem isn't sheer number of updates—it's how Microsoft develops 'em.

Nearly 10-inch smartphone screens got you down?

Has humanity finally grown tired of phablets (#SorryiPhoneX)? A few companies seem to finally be banking on it. Zombie Palm returns to the tech marketplace this November with a phone that literally fits in the palm of your hand (running Android 8.1). If that still feels too big, Japanese phone maker Kyocera just announced a phone with a screen that's barely 2.5 inches. Queue up your ol' Will Ferrell GIFs accordingly. 

The Google Home Hub

Google again launches with less as we hope for more

Google's new Home Hub doesn't do a whole lot right now, but that may be the point. It feels like it has the absolute minimum feature set to launch with, which is the same approach the company took with Google Home.  When that launched, it was a Google voice command product that didn't support many of the established Google voice commands, like creating reminders or calendar events.  Then over the course of about two years, Google Home received continual updates that made it better and better. So if you buy a Home Hub now, you're doing it hoping for the same thing.

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