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Apple early-adopted itself into a dongle nightmare

Apple early-adopted itself into a dongle nightmare

Apple has a dongle problem, and it only has itself to blame. The company's new MacBook Pro line-up, with as many as four Thunderbolt 3 ports, finds itself on the cutting-edge of notebook connectivity, but it's a rare owner indeed who will be quite so modern in their digital lifestyle. Just as an ethernet adapter was par for the course with the old MacBook Pro, so even more dongles and connectors are likely to feature in the laptop bag of the typical new MacBook Pro user.

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New MacBook Pro hands-on

New MacBook Pro hands-on

Somehow both familiar and fresh, the new MacBook Pro is more than the sum of its parts: there's some witchcraft in here, too. I've spent some hands-on time with Apple's new flagship notebook, just announced at the company's Cupertino HQ in California today, and it's the upgrade many Mac users have been waiting with middling degrees of patience. More importantly, it feels like the final piece of Apple's argument against touchscreen notebooks and 2-in-1s.

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Apple MacBook Pro event wrap-up: Touch Bar, Apple TV, Touch ID

Apple MacBook Pro event wrap-up: Touch Bar, Apple TV, Touch ID

Now that Apple's MacBook event has concluded, it's time to look back on what all was announced during the presentation. As it turns out, Apple covered a surprising amount of ground during this event, announcing a handful of new products and taking time to demonstrate the new features of these next MacBooks in-depth. In case you missed, here's a run down of everything Apple announced.

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Apple Touch Bar detailed

Apple Touch Bar detailed

Apple has just unveiled the new MacBook Pros this morning, and as has been predicted, the laptop's row of function keys has been replaced with a touchscreen running above the remaining keyboard. It's official name is the "Touch Bar," and it offers context-sensitive buttons on a Retina display that supports gestures as well as taps. Plus, Touch ID has been integrated into the power button, on the far right.

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This is the new MacBook Pro

This is the new MacBook Pro

Apple has unveiled the new MacBook Pro, its eagerly anticipated update. As expected, there are new features and a slimmer, lighter design. That rumored touch strip has been made official, replacing the function keys, and Apple is calling it the "Touch Bar." There are two new MacBook Pro models, a 15-inch model and a 13-inch model. As expected, each one brings its own features, as well as some welcomed changes like a larger trackpad and more.

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UMi Plus Review – Mid-range deja vu

UMi Plus Review – Mid-range deja vu

In the first half of this year, a new challenger in the smartphone arrived with guns blazing. Ignoring the almost cutthroat competition in the high-end, the UMi Super aimed for the mid-range, easily rivaling other, older brands in both features and bang for buck. But UMi was hardly done. Just two months later, it unveiled the UMi Max. And then just a month or so after, the UMi Plus. But with three smartphones in less than six months, things are bound to get confusing. Does the UMi Plus have enough for it to stand out from its own siblings, let alone the rest of the market? We take a deeper look to bring you that answer.

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How Surface Studio takes on iMac in 5 steps

How Surface Studio takes on iMac in 5 steps

The Microsoft Surface Studio was revealed this morning in a presentation that may be making Apple apprehensive. You see, Apple has an event taking place tomorrow, and they'll be revealing their own machines. It's likely Apple will have a set of new MacBook Pro units ready for the public then. But for now, Microsoft is attempting to get in while the getting is good.

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Pokemon GO Halloween event update demands preparedness

Pokemon GO Halloween event update demands preparedness

Pokemon GO's first event is set for Halloween so today we've begun to prepare in earnest. Starting at 12:01 in the morning, before the sun comes up on the 26th of October, Pokemon GO Halloween begins. At that time we'll be able to get more rewards for some actions and more incentive to do others.

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Razer Blade Stealth (late 2016) Review : Still the anti-MacBook Boss

Razer Blade Stealth (late 2016) Review : Still the anti-MacBook Boss

When I reviewed the original Razer Blade Stealth earlier this year, I suggested it was the "true MacBook alternative". I stand by that claim, and go one further: Razer has out-done Apple in one key area. At a time when Apple is taking upwards 2-3 years to bring a refresh to their MacBooks, Razer just released 2 in 1. Less than a year after release, the Razer has another Razer Blade Stealth with upgraded specs.

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Google Pixel XL VS LG V20 blind camera battle: Test the Best

Google Pixel XL VS LG V20 blind camera battle: Test the Best

Over the weekend we ran a blind photo battle with Facebook between two smartphone cameras: the Google Pixel XL and the LG V20. These battles took place in two ways, one of which showed close shots and asked the viewer to vote on which was "better." Pulled back full-frame photos were also shown with viewers voting in a similar manner, this time with photos separated in a gallery, voted on with "Likes."

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2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid First Drive – Eco-credibility for brand’s best-selling SUV

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid First Drive – Eco-credibility for brand’s best-selling SUV

Sometimes auto sales are like a street fight, with each opponent shadowboxing the other's every move in a bid to stay competitive. So it is with the 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid compact SUV, a left hook aimed at connecting with Toyota's RAV4 Hybrid introduced the year before.

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Let’s get real on iPhone 8 rumors

Let’s get real on iPhone 8 rumors

Even before the iPhone 7 came out, people were speculating on what’s next for Apple’s 2017 iPhone. Some even believe Apple will skip it’s tried-and-true tick-tock release cycle and skip ahead to the iPhone 10 to coincide with the iPhone’s 10th anniversary (2007-2017; time flies). And there’s speculation the iPhone as we know it will turn into something completely different — something less like a phone and more like a pocket projector. And it’s all nonsense.

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