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Mid-2018 MacBook Pro starts shipping

Mid-2018 MacBook Pro starts shipping

With few exceptions, like the HomePod or, worse, the AirPower wireless charger, you can almost always expect Apple device announcements to be quickly followed by their retail availability. Especially when Apple didn’t really say when. That seems to be the case with the new range of MacBook Pros it just announced just yesterday. If you’re in a rush to get your hands on one, then you’d be happy to know that Apple is shipping them out early, at least if you’re lucky.

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2018 iPhones could hurt US carrier ties

2018 iPhones could hurt US carrier ties

The iPhone X, iPhone X Plus, and LCD iPhone have almost all been leaked to death, but one new speculation could stir up the hornets’ nest. This year’s iPhones might be the first of their kind to sport eSIMs, rewritable components that don’t need a SIM tray or an actual SIM card for that matter. But while the feature may open the door to many benefits for consumers, it could also sour Apple’s relationships with carriers. And that might actually be what Apple is aiming for.

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Pixel 2 panorama bug still unfixed, workaround available

Pixel 2 panorama bug still unfixed, workaround available

While many still swear by Google’s second-gen Pixels as the smartphones to beat, even their fiercest fans won’t deny how problematic they were at launch. And while the Pixel 2 XL has the lion’s share of complaints, even the smaller Pixel 2 was not without problems. One of those has remained unaddressed in the 8 months the phone has been in the market. Unsurprisingly, a frustrated developer has stepped to offer a workaround, but it’s not as simple as it sounds.

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Microsoft Whiteboard app now available, coming to iOS, web

Microsoft Whiteboard app now available, coming to iOS, web

With its Surface line, Microsoft has stumbled upon an almost niche market of creatives and office workers who love to blend analog input with digital media. Some of those devices, like the Surface Studio, seem squarely aimed at artists and creators while the likes of the Surface Hub cater to work collaborators. Connecting those devices together is the Whiteboard app, now available for all Windows 10 PCs and, soon, on iOS and web browsers.

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Galaxy Note 9 price and color leak: it’s mixed

Galaxy Note 9 price and color leak: it’s mixed

The Galaxy Note 9 reveal is less than a month away but, truth be told, there is almost nothing we don’t know about it at this point. Well, except for one thing: the price. Thanks to some perhaps too helpful sources in Poland, we might have an estimate on that as well. But more than just the price, we’re also being teased with a color combination that leaves us scratching our head as well.

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Apple, suppliers invest in China Clean Energy Fund

Apple, suppliers invest in China Clean Energy Fund

China is home to majority of the world’s manufacturing and assembling plants. It is also the most populated country in the world. These two factors together mean that China’s energy requirements and pollution output is higher than any other country and it’s not a sustainable situation, especially for those invested in China’s products. That’s why Apple and some of its suppliers are creating a fund that will help those suppliers switch over to renewable energy in the long run.

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Why the Surface Go needed to be x86 and not ARM

Why the Surface Go needed to be x86 and not ARM

Microsoft just revealed the Surface Go, its lightest, slimmest, and cheapest Surface tablet yet. Cheapest is relative only to other Surface 2-in-1s and it’s hardly iPad thin or slim. And that 9 hours of battery life doesn’t even hold a candle. With LTE support still coming later, it’s far from being the “always connected” experience Microsoft was singing about last year. It could have tried with a Windows 10 on ARM device but, if the Surface Go is to even make a dent in the market, there was really no other choice than to go with an Intel x86 processor.

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Windows 10 Preview: what’s coming later this year

Windows 10 Preview: what’s coming later this year

Adopting the slogan and strategy of “Windows as a Service” is admittedly one of the best things Microsoft has ever done for the operating system. Now in its third year, Windows 10 has already received five major updates, almost twice a year. Microsoft may have run out of names to call the updates but it isn’t losing steam. It has just released Insider Preview Build 17713 which, among other things, marks the final months before the release of “Redstone 5” in a few months.

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HP Chromebook x2 variant sounds like the Surface Go

HP Chromebook x2 variant sounds like the Surface Go

Microsoft launched the Surface Go clearly as a response to Apple’s and Google’s stronger push into the education market. Specifically, it’s meant to battle the 2018 iPad and Acer Chromebook Tab 10 head-on. There might, however, be something brewing in the Chrome OS camp that could undo the Surface Go’s advantage. According to a leaked HP technical document, there will be variants of the Chromebook x2, the first detachable Chromebook, on the way, and one of them runs on the same processor as the Surface Go.

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Android P name accidentally revealed and it’s nuts

Android P name accidentally revealed and it’s nuts

Google always gives a new Android release a dessert name and a matching mascot statue to go with it. Once upon a time, there was much buzz and guessing on what that name would be, with Google itself sometimes jumping in to mislead and confuse and troll. The fervor has seemingly died down a bit in the past years and some just wait to be surprised. And surprise they might be with Android P if it comes with an perhaps the oddest sweet of all.

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Galaxy Note 9 launch date: when the re-imagined S Pen arrives

Galaxy Note 9 launch date: when the re-imagined S Pen arrives

It’s no longer a secret when Samsung plans to “Unbox” the Galaxy Note 9. Its invitation for an August 9 event leaves nothing left to the imagination. Announcement, however, doesn’t always mean retail availability and that might be still up for debate. According to Korean media, the launch will follow very closely and almost a month earlier than it did with the Galaxy Note 8 last year.

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US to lift ZTE ban after it pays $400 million escrow

US to lift ZTE ban after it pays $400 million escrow

ZTE’s nightmares may finally be coming to an end. Of course, it will still have to recoup its losses from both paying the US’ penalties and months of stopping operations but at least it will have a chance to. That is, if it gets off the ground at all. The US government just announced that ZTE has signed an agreement to pay an escrow and install a monitor. Once that’s done, the company will finally be free, sort of.

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