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Surface Pro $200 price cut celebrates 2-in-1’s 5th birthday

Surface Pro $200 price cut celebrates 2-in-1’s 5th birthday

It's the fifth anniversary of the Surface Pro, and Microsoft is marking the occasion with a $200 price cut, though only if you act fast. The President's Day Surface Pro deal will run from February 17th through to February 19th, bringing the cost of the 2-in-1 down to as little as $799.

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Portability versus Productivity: finding the perfect size

Portability versus Productivity: finding the perfect size

There is a wide range of mobile computing devices available in the market today, from smartphones to laptops, and there is as much variety in the sizes they come in. In fact, there might be too much choice that trying to decide which ones to buy can be pretty paralyzing. With most of the specs being equal, it sometimes comes down to finding the right size to match your need. So how do you know if the size right? It really boils down to two choices, and sadly, with our current technologies, we can only choose one.

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Future Apple Pencil might work without an iPad Pro

Future Apple Pencil might work without an iPad Pro

It’s a bit amusing to see Apple embracing something it scorned in the past. Although it hasn’t completely adopted the stylus the Microsoft has with Windows Ink, Apple does seem to be playing around with the idea of expanding the Apple Pencil beyond the confines of iPad Pros. And, no, that doesn’t mean an iPhone Apple Pencil. In fact, based on this recently spotted patent, it won’t even need any iOS device at all.

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Android Nougat is now the most used Android version

Android Nougat is now the most used Android version

Android’s distribution charts have never been pretty. Unless you love seeing Ten Shades of Green every month. While there is indeed beauty in diversity, from a technical and consumer standpoint, it’s an ugly mess. So when the whole distribution takes a step closer to defragmentation, there’s definitely reason to be happy in Android land. Android Nougat, both 7.0 and 7.1 releases, have now surpassed Marshmallow as the most used version in the market, complemented by Oreo’s slow but sure rise to 1%.

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Tablets are struggling, and only 2 strategies are working

Tablets are struggling, and only 2 strategies are working

Aggressive pricing pushed Amazon's tablets ahead of Samsung last quarter, but even with Apple's iPad holding strong in pole position it may take a form-factor change to keep the segment moving. Sales of tablets slowed dramatically in 2017, according to the new Q4 2017 numbers from IDC, though some subcategories managed a little growth. Still, there are clear signs that consumers aren't going to settle for just a big display in order to open their wallet.

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Surface Pro 4 flickering screen problem remains unsolved

Surface Pro 4 flickering screen problem remains unsolved

Apple and Samsung may be undergoing scrutiny for alleged planned obsolescence of their phones, but Microsoft may also have such a thing in place. Of course, that might just be a conspiracy theory, but the Surface Pro 4 has suddenly started behaving erratically after its warranty has expired, which happened to the Surface Pro 3 as well but for a different problem. Whatever the case may be, Surface Pro 4 owners are up in arms over Microsoft’s lack of response on the screen flickering and shaking issues that have made the 2-in-1 tablet practically unusable.

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Samsung 2018 roadmap leak: Note 9, Galaxy X codenames, more

Samsung 2018 roadmap leak: Note 9, Galaxy X codenames, more

All eyes may be on the Galaxy S9 right now, and its imminent debut, but Samsung's 2018 smartphone strategy doesn't hinge on just one flagship. The newest model in the top-end Galaxy line-up may be just weeks away from its Mobile World Congress 2018 reveal, but there are more than twenty new products across phones and tablets that Samsung is believed to have waiting in the wings.

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Universal Stylus Initiative: it’s about time for a pen comeback

Universal Stylus Initiative: it’s about time for a pen comeback

Steve Jobs was wrong. The stylus is far from a being a ridiculous and unnecessary accessory. OK, he wasn’t completely wrong. In the context of the tiny screen of the first iPhone and the Android phones that followed, the stylus may have indeed been more of a liability. We also owe that stylus witch hunt for pushing the user interface into more touch-friendly territory. But times have changed, screens are larger, and phones and especially tablets have become more than just content consumption devices. Even post-Jobs Apple has embraced the digital pen. It’s about time the industry rally behind the stylus, and the young Universal Stylus Initiative might just be the place to do it.

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Chuwi Hi9 Android Tablet Review

Chuwi Hi9 Android Tablet Review

Android tablets are an endangered species. On one end you have smartphones that are continually growing in screen size but shrinking in bezels, addressing users’ need for more pixels. On the other end you have Chromebooks that can run Android, delivering the productivity that more serious users demand. That said, there are some that believe Android tablets still have a role to play in our digital lives. One of those believers is Chinese manufacturer Chuwi and it is positioning the Chuwi Hi9 tablet as the gaming and multimedia device that no smartphone or Chromebook can beat. We take it for a spin to see how the promises match up to reality.

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2018 iPad to borrow iPhone X’s smartest features

2018 iPad to borrow iPhone X’s smartest features

Apple's new 2018 iPad will likely adopt the company's first Artificial Intelligence chip, part of the Cupertino firm's attempt to better distinguish its tablet in the face of rivals. The so-called Neural Engine is Apple's first dedicated AI chipset, and made its debut last year in the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. Next, it's expected to colonize the iPad.

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Acer Chrome OS tablet tips Google’s next big move

Acer Chrome OS tablet tips Google’s next big move

Recently, rumors of tablets running Chrome OS have popped up here and there, but thus far, no one company has been the first to pull the trigger on the idea. Acer might be trying to beat its competitors to the punch, as it apparently has a Chrome OS tablet on hand with it at BETT 2018 in London. Though this tablet hasn't received an official reveal, we're seeing the first image of it today.

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New Face ID iPad gets “Modern” namecheck in iOS 11.3

New Face ID iPad gets “Modern” namecheck in iOS 11.3

A new iPad Pro with Face ID might well be coming to the public this year if code in the newest iOS is any clue. Before the iPhone X was released with Face ID, its code-name was Modern iPhone in iOS. Now in the last two releases of iOS, the name "Modern iPad" appeared, meaning it's not just a mistake - it's the real deal.

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