9 great reads from CNET this week

We look at a tribe in the Amazon rainforest that may just save the whole world; an iPhone that we actually think is a (relative) bargain; and why parts of rural America can't get basic internet access.

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Whew, what a week! More foreign-based social media accounts were taken down for trying to sow political discord in the lead-up to the US midterm elections. We learned China has reportedly been tapping President Donald Trump's unsecured iPhone. And then US authorities arrested an alleged mail bomber, which led to scrutiny of his apparent Twitter account.

Oh yeah, and Apple started selling the iPhone XR, but the usual fans decided to stay home for its debut.

Here are a few more stories you don't want to miss:

In the Amazon rainforest, this tribe may just save the whole world

The Surui in Brazil are fending off illegal ranchers, gold miners and loggers. Their weapons: boots on the ground, satellite images and smartphones.

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Online voting is happening in the midterm elections -- kinda

West Virginia's the first state to offer voting by smartphone app. Experts say there are plenty of reasons to go slow.

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In Amazon Go, no one thinks I'm stealing

CNET's Ashlee Clark Thompson grew up thinking she'd be targeted when she shopped because of implicit bias. But what if you took away store employees?

Tyler Lizenby/CNET

These bot shoppers are every sneakerhead's nightmare

Security researchers have to contend with millions of bot attacks every day. The most persistent irritant? Shoe bots.

For Sneaker Fans Limited Production Shoes Are Worth A Five-Day Wait
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A look at 5G's most promising applications -- for now

There's a lot of hype around 5G. CNET's Marguerite Reardon offers a glimpse into some of the cool things it'll enable and why you should care.

Alex Williamson

iPhone XR review: If you're buying a new iPhone, this should be your starting point

Apple's created an iPhone that delivers 95 percent of the high-end iPhone XS experience at 75 percent of the cost.

Ian Knighton/CNET

In farm country, forget broadband. You might not have internet at all

5G is around the corner, yet pockets of America still can't get basic internet access.

Shara Tibken/CNET

Think Amazon's Alexa is the voice assistant to beat? Think again

There's good reason for Amazon to fear Google, and it isn't just because the Home Mini looks cute.

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Bohemian Rhapsody is part concert and part killer Queen biopic

This review doesn't use the O-word, but the award looms large for Rami Malek's portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

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Best Netflix series: There's no shortage of original Netflix series to binge.

5G is your next big upgrade: Everything you need to know about the 5G revolution.