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  1. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/08/samsung-makes-the-1300-galaxy-note-20-ultra-official/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/08/the-bean-shaped-galaxy-buds-live-are-samsungs-counter-to-the-airpods-pro/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/08/samsungs-galaxy-watch-3-is-a-stylish-redesign-without-much-new-to-say/ https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/08/samsungs-galaxy-z-fold-2-is-official-comes-with-a-ton-of-improvements/ https://www.xda-developers.com/samsung-3-years-android-os-updates-galaxy-note-20/ The extra year of OS updates
  2. We finally have a price and date for the Surface Duo, and it's sooner than I thought, for a very high price. On September 10th for $1400 you'll be able to have your very own dual screen android phone, and in my opinion, it looks great. The hardware is sleek as hell, and from the (overly brief) initial hands-on accounts, it seems the software is pretty good. The dual screen setup means that all android apps will work without modification, thereby side-stepping issues around folding phone apps. Still, for a super premium phone, this is clearly a case of paying extra to ha
  3. It's been speculated for years, but according to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, on June 22 at WWDC Apple will finally announce it is moving Mac OS from Intel to ARM CPUs. The early takes are coming fast and furiously. Jon Gruber is pretty optimistic, and seems to think that Apple will try to move all Macs over to ARM. Dieter Bohn looks at what Apple can learn from Windows recent ARM iteration. Steven Sinofsky wrote an interesting twitter thread on the technical aspects and speculates that an ARM Mac shouldn't be a simple port, but should force a huge shift towards a new API model. If th
  4. https://www.cultofmac.com/713978/apple-expands-0-apple-card-financing-to-mac-ipad-airpods-and-more/ For anyone who has an Apple Card, this is fantastic. If only I had waited one more week before upgrading my iPad Pro to the 12.9” version. I’m definitely going to use this once the AirPods Studios go on sale (next week).
  5. Last week the WSJ reported that (Lenovo owned) Motorola is planning on launching a $1500 RAZR phone with a foldable screen. Now we might have our first look with this IP drawing: So far the foldable phones we've seen have been less than impressive. Samsung has teased their folding phone, but the concept leaves a lot to be desired. Essentially you end up with a very thick phone with an oddly small screen, that opens to a small tablet with an awkward, almost square, aspect ratio. The RAZR, as pictured, might actually be kind of cool. It would end up being rather
  6. https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/04/iphone-se-a-powerful-new-smartphone-in-a-popular-design/ The 4.7" screen seems like kind of a weird spot to land on. People coming from the previous SE will probably think 4.7" is too big, and I'd bet everyone else will think 4.7" is too small.
  7. So I bought a new TV recently and I am in the process of diagnosing what I think is a problem with how it displays HDR content. I'd rather not hassle with returning it for a different unit, because SDR and Dolby Vision content look phenomenal on this set. It's a TCL brand, and I've heard they can have quality control issues. The problem I'm seeing is HDR10 videos have a dark tint to them, compared to standard non-HDR versions of the same movie. On the flip side, if a movie is played with Dolby Vision, it looks great and obviously better than the non-HDR counterpart. But the o
  8. WiFi 6 is only now rolling out, and along with it a new theoretical top speed of 9.6Gbps, but WiFi's biggest upgrade ever is now set to hit at the end of this year. It's not a speed boost though, as the newly named WiFi 6E will have the same max speed. Instead, we'll this change is to the spectrum that WiFi relies on. For 20 years, WiFi has been operating with about 400MHz of spectrum available, but now the FCC has opened up 1200MHz of spectrum in the 6GHz band. That doesn't sound exciting, but it's a huge deal. The proliferation of WiFi enabled devices has meant that the limited s
  9. https://www.apple.com/apple-events/livestream/ it seems like it will be a boring event (unless apple has managed to keep the lid on leaks) Apple might announce their own Tile tracker, which would be nice
  10. Apple also announced that the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR are coming in December. Ive goes out, design improvements come in. Can't explain that!
  11. Basically all the reviews of this as a phone are right. It’s bulky, the screen is subpar, the 3D effect is scketchy, and the audio from the phone itself is atrocious. But it’s kinda fun? The 3D for photos is pretty lame IMO, but it works decent for video. They have some test clips of Ready Player One and Fantastic Beasts that look pretty good. The big issue is still ghosting and a relatively dim screen compared to 2D. I dunno, I ordered it mere minutes after it went up for pre-order and then stopped paying attention the last year and a half. I got an email a couple of w
  12. Microsoft is holding a Surface event tomorrow to show off all their new hardware, but most of it was leaked yesterday. The new Surface Pro 7 seems to finally have a USB-C port, there's a 15" varient of the Surface Laptop, and most interestingly, there's a all new ARM based Surface. Almost certainly powered by Qualcomm's 8cx chips, I'm personally very interested in how MS handles this second attempt at building an ARM based Surface. I believe in MS's ability to get Windows, web browsing, and Office working well on such a device, but I'm pretty dubious as to their ab
  13. On Tuesday December 5th, at 12:37am after 18 hours of labour over 3 days, my new home theatre was born. It is healthy and quite lively and weighed in at 239.8lbs. At the heart of this new sound system is an Onkyo TX-NR787 Receiver powering the Atmos and DTS-X capable 5.1.4 setup. Centre Channel is a Polk S35, with twin Polk S60 tower speakers for the Left and Right Channels. Surrounds are handled by Polk S20 Bookshelf speakers and Subwoofer is a beefy Polk HTS 12. Since they all fall within the same “Signature” line, they are nicely timber matched. For the height channels, I repurposed t
  14. I have to get rid of some old stuff, an old smart TV that no longer powers on and an old laptop... same problem. What's the best way to dispose of this stuff so that I have some piece of mind lol?
  15. So it seems that my Gen 4 iPad I bought in November of 2012 has given out on me. It's been dropping charges rapidly, despite not being used a ton. I've waffled on upgrading for a while, because I don't use it just a ton these days, but the time is finally here. I need some recommendations. I mostly use my iPad when traveling or watching videos during cooking and at the dinner table. Its biggest use is for streaming video. When I upgrade, I'll probably use it a bit more heavily at first, since it'll be something new. Question is, do I go for another iPad or make a switc
  16. My receiver is old and doesn't have HDMI, but I'm not really inclined to drop the money on replacing it because I can't set up surround in the apartment I'm in. I'm looking at Monoprice and they have some open box deals on HDMI switches with 5x inputs but looking at the pages for them I'm not really clear on how to choose which one to get...? https://www.monoprice.com/category/adapters,-switches,-&-splitters/audio-video-distribution/audio-video-switches?&menuDisStr=audio video switches&sort=sellingPrice asc&TotalProducts=48 I pass back an optical connec
  17. https://www.apple.com/apple-events/ https://www.macrumors.com/guide/wwdc-2019-what-to-expect/ https://www.macrumors.com/2019/06/01/apple-wipes-itunes-facebook-instagram-pages/ June 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. PDT cross platform apps revamped mail and reminders apps iOS dark mode iPad as Mac external display new Mac Pro 6k 31.6" monitor
  18. https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/05/report-samsung-will-strip-the-galaxy-note-of-its-headphone-jack-and-buttons/
  19. I finally caved in and switched back to Android, to the OnePlus 7 Pro. Getting everything set up now, but damn is this screen nice, and it might be the snappiest phone I've ever used.
  20. A bunch of tech journalists have been given early copies of the new Samsung Galaxy Fold just as pre-orders open to the public. Early impressions were surprisingly positive, suggesting that perhaps the concept phone was closer to a real product than many had thought. After only a day or two of use though, it seems some of those journalists are having issues. And then there's MKBHD, who just accidentally broke it: Maybe folding screens are still just a bit too futuristic for the present.
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