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Eyewear mega deal could hurt U.S. consumers, but still be approved

#ndn-video-player-1.ndn_embedded .ndn_floatContainer { margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 20px; }#ndn-video-player-2.ndn_embedded .ndn_floatContainer { margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 20px; }WASHINGTON • The world's biggest eyeglass frame maker is planning to merge with the largest lens maker in a tie-up U.S. antitrust experts fear will be bad news for consumers, but could still be approved.France's Essilor, the prescription lens maker, has asked U.S. regulators to bless its merger with...

Opinion: Frame Rate Should Trump Fidelity on Xbox One X and PS4 Pro

Now that we live in a world with both PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, Sony and Microsoft respectively have been spent much of the year making a case for why you need their shiny, new(ish) machines, and a lot of the arguments have revolved around visual fidelity – aka eye candy.Why buy a new console? 4K resolution! Supersampling! HDR, of course! Haven’t you seen how mind-boggling great our games look with all that stuff? It makes sense, but I feel we’re paying attention to all of this at the expense...

Vision Quest: Designer Billy Reid on His Eyewear Line and His Relief Efforts

Fashion designers tend to gravitate to certain cities—New York, Milan, Paris. Less likely is Florence, Ala. (or anywhere in Alabama, for that matter). But that’s why it appealed to Billy Reid, the iconoclastic designer known for serving his whiskey straight and his menswear with a dash of Southern swagger.Reid is devoted to this small town, where he set up headquarters for his namesake luxury brand and from which he oversees the running of his 13 (and counting) shops across the country. It’s...