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Galaxy Note 9 gets its first explosive case

Galaxy Note 9 gets its first explosive case

It may have thought that its past is well behind it but it may never be free of the ghost of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. Lawsuits, settlements, and media coverage have made any Galaxy Note flagship, or any Samsung flagship for that matter, a prime target for claims of negligence or even outright wrongdoing. That seems to be the case yet again with the first report of a Galaxy Note 9 catching fire in New York, which could set of a chain of reports and claims, each of which can be true or not.

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Kuo: Apple Watch 4 pre-orders look good, iPhone XS not so much

Kuo: Apple Watch 4 pre-orders look good, iPhone XS not so much

Apple’s new devices are out and analysts did get many thing right. Now that shipping dates are close, it’s time for them to once again sharpen their knives and forecast which will be hot and which will be not. Famed analyst Ming-chi Kuo has already given his early analysis of what’s going to happen in the next few weeks. Unsurprisingly, the Apple Watch 4 pre-order have exceeded expectations but the iPhone Xs, like its predecessor, might not do so well.

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OnePlus TV is the company’s next big thing, coming next year

OnePlus TV is the company’s next big thing, coming next year

OnePlus’ success was nothing short of a miracle. In an overly saturated smartphone market dominated by Samsung and Apple, a no-name startup dared to challenge the status quo with a premium smartphone at half the price. The company has grown a lot since then but, aside from a short drone stint and wireless earbuds, it hasn’t grown out of its mobile roots. Founder Pete Lau, however, thinks now is the right time to brings its magic to another saturated, and some may say dying, market: TVs.

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Google Maps beta for iOS 12 plays nice with CarPlay

Google Maps beta for iOS 12 plays nice with CarPlay

For a time, iOS locked its doors to other web browsers like Firefox unless those used its WebKit web engine. While that is in the past, there are still other parts of Apple’s ecosystem that remain closed off to other players unless they’re to concede some ground to Apple. One of those is CarPlay, which can only use Apple Maps for its navigation. That’s changing in iOS 12 and now Google Maps has a beta that reveals just what it had to do to get in.

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Galaxy Note 9 in Silver will launch in these markets

Galaxy Note 9 in Silver will launch in these markets

The Galaxy Note 9 is well on its way and seems to be holding well despite the Galaxy S9 before it and the arrival of the Apple iPhone Xs and its siblings. However, it seems that Samsung wasn’t showing its full hand yet. Not that it has more tricks up its sleeves, just more colors. Or one color at least. There is apparently a Silver variant of the Galaxy Note 9 that’s coming to some market and, unfortunately, not in all markets.

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Disappearing iTunes movies is more convoluted than you think

Disappearing iTunes movies is more convoluted than you think

A recent case that went viral over the Interwebs reminded consumers that they may not really own the digital content they purchase, even if it says “Buy”. The case of Anders da Silva’s disappearing iTunes Movies, however, isn’t as clear-cut as it seemed. Because while this specific case doesn’t exactly change the policies, a lot more factors are apparently in play, particularly the case of switching regions/country where the content you have bought may not or no longer be available in your new place of residence.

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Surface Laptop 2 to come in black, almost no changes

Surface Laptop 2 to come in black, almost no changes

We’re just two weeks away before Microsoft’s own big event and people are curious what the company has in store as far as its Surface brand goes. Obviously, no Surface Phone this year (or ever) but many are hoping ol’ Redmond will use the hype of the Surface Go to showcase innovation and change. Fans, however, may be disappointed with at least one Surface product. If the leaks are true, the Surface Laptop 2 won’t have much to offer other than a newer gen CPU and a new color option to replace one that’s going out.

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Pocophone F1 defies durability expectations

Pocophone F1 defies durability expectations

This year has seen a lot of interesting smartphones come to market, some of which seem straight out of science fiction. Almost all of these interesting phones, however, were made for those with deep pockets. All save for one. The Pocophone F1, a.k.a. POCO F1 in India, is interesting because of how it undercuts even OnePlus in terms of flagship features at half the price. But is it the stereotypical “you get what you pay for” cheap phone? YouTube channel JerryRigEverything puts the phone through the wringer to bring us that answer.

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iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max eSIM supported in 10 countries only

iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max eSIM supported in 10 countries only

The rumors were all correct: Apple has finally given in and gave this year’s iPhones dual SIM support. But unless you’re living in China, you aren’t going to get a SIM tray with slots for two physical SIM cards. Instead, you’ll be getting one SIM card and an eSIM. However, Apple isn’t completely yielding ground. Because unless you live in one of ten countries, and is subscribed to one of 14 carriers, that eSIM function is going to be wasted space.

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Samsung teases a new Galaxy device with “4x fun”

Samsung teases a new Galaxy device with “4x fun”

If you thought Samsung is already done for the year, then you obviously don’t know Samsung. It still has a lot on its smartphone plate, including the still elusive foldable phone. But closer to reality, Samsung might still have a few mid-range phones to announce presumably. All it has, however, is a very mysterious teaser for “A Galaxy Event” next month that promises 4x fun, leaving the Interwebs to argue what that fun really means.

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Kano Computer Kit Touch lets kids build their own tablets

Kano Computer Kit Touch lets kids build their own tablets

Some will argue that tablets are dead but the likes of the iPads, Surface Gos, and convertibles prove otherwise. In addition, touch has become the first interaction model that most kids have these days courtesy of smartphones and, yes, tablets. So if you're going to teach them how to build their own computer, you might as well teach them to build a tablet. And that's exactly what this new DIY kit from Kano proposes to introduce the next generation to the wonderful world of technology.

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SpaceX finally has its first tourist to fly around the moon

SpaceX finally has its first tourist to fly around the moon

The likes of Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin have undoubtedly advanced space and rocket technology in the past few years but, make no mistake, their goals aren’t philanthropic. Sooner rather than later, they will need to recoup their investments in the form of commercial space travel, especially space tourism. SpaceX might have just taken the lead in that race yet again by announcing that it already has the first private passenger with the courage to make a round trip tour around the moon.

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