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Apple iPad Air (2020) Review – Marvel in the Middle

Apple iPad Air (2020) Review – Marvel in the Middle

I've been using the new iPad Air (2020) for the past few weeks, throwing everything from writing and emailing to media editing at Apple's midrange tablet, and I'm struggling to figure out why most people should step up to the iPad Pro. The middle ground between the entry-level iPad and Apple's Pro series has always been a tricky one, but this latest Air nudges so close to what 90-percent of users are likely to need, it makes an instant case as the go-to Apple tablet right now.

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Sleevenote is a retro-futuristic music player for album art

Sleevenote is a retro-futuristic music player for album art

There's a music-playing device in the making called Sleevenote. This device has a focus on albums, with a display that's a square. The square panel displays the cover of the album that's playing via Bluetooth or through the device's headphone jack.

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Tablets are back, apparently

Tablets are back, apparently

In the third quarter of the year 2020, worldwide tablet shipments grew by nearly 25%. That's absolutely bonkers, considering the way the world is today. Or is it? According to ICD, it was our current global pandemic that pushed "demand for affordable access to basic computing and larger screens to facilitate remote work, learning, and leisure." IDC also noted that throughout the year "consumer spending on technology has also been on the rise."

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Surface Pro 8 prototype with 11th-gen Intel Core i7 sold on eBay

Surface Pro 8 prototype with 11th-gen Intel Core i7 sold on eBay

It's not unusual to find prototypes of older or existing devices being sold online but finding one for a soon to be released product is slightly rarer. That is what makes this particular listing of an alleged Surface Pro 8, a device due to debut next year, a bit intriguing, especially with the hardware it packs. Unfortunately, the listing also brings a bit of bad news if the design is also what the next Surface 2-in-1 will be sporting next year.

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Samsung SmartThings Find locates devices offline with UWB, Bluetooth

Samsung SmartThings Find locates devices offline with UWB, Bluetooth

Given how we've become dependent on our smart devices these days, losing them can be a nerve-wracking experience, even when you're sure you only misplaced them at home. That's true not just for smartphones and tablets but also for accessories like smartwatches or even earbuds. If those happen to be made by Samsung, you can have some peace of mind thanks to the new SmartThings Find that will help you locate your device even if it's "offline" or somewhere out there in the world.

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Amazon Fire tablets are getting a smart home control panel

Amazon Fire tablets are getting a smart home control panel

Amazon is making it easier to control smart home devices from its Fire tablets, with the new Device Dashboard pulling together all of your connected lights, cameras, and appliances in a more seamless interface. The new update condenses all Alexa-linked smart home devices into a single page, rather than sending you hunting through individual apps (or, for that matter, controlling everything by voice).

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Microsoft Office apps for iPad get enhanced UI and full trackpad support

Microsoft Office apps for iPad get enhanced UI and full trackpad support

The arrival of trackpad support on iPads ushered in a flurry of updates for apps that now leverage this feature, giving users a laptop-like experience with the portability of a tablet. In an announcement today, Microsoft said that it has updated several of its Office apps for iPadOS to take full advantage of this feature. Likewise, the company has also enhanced the apps' interface.

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Photoshop, Illustrator on iPad gets live streaming feature

Photoshop, Illustrator on iPad gets live streaming feature

For years, it seemed that Adobe was mostly ignoring the rising popularity of Apple's iPads as creativity tools even when the first iPad Pros came out. Its apps for the large slates paled in comparison to its popular desktop software and has allowed competitors like Procreate to become household names in that market. It is slowly but surely trying to make up for lost time by adding what has become a rather popular feature among digital artists, the ability to stream their work to an online audience.

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iPad Air orders open – Apple’s $599 tablet promises a sweet-spot

iPad Air orders open – Apple’s $599 tablet promises a sweet-spot

Apple's iPad Air has gone up for sale, joining the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 in the company's big Friday launch. Announced back in mid-September, the newest version of Apple's tablet slots in-between the regular iPad and the iPad Pro, borrowing the style of the latter but more akin to the price of the former.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 gets special Fortnite game boost

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 gets special Fortnite game boost

If you've been playing Fortnite on a Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 or Galaxy Tab S7+, you're in luck. Today Epic Games and Samsung revealed that they'd soon unlock the ability to ramp up gameplay for the latest Samsung tablets in the game Fortnite with the latest update for said game. This latest update for the game Fortnite unlocked 90fps (frames per second, image refresh rate) for the display of the tablet, allowing users to experience more smooth and eye-friendly gameplay than ever available on this hardware before.

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Surface Neo might not even arrive next year

Surface Neo might not even arrive next year

Microsoft almost seemed to be on the verge of redefining its Surface brand yet again when it revealed the Surface Neo and the Surface Duo dual-screen devices last year. 2020, however, caught everyone unawares and plans had to change drastically. The Android-based Surface Duo launched a bit earlier than the initial late 2020 schedule but the Surface Neo was delayed instead. Now it appears the Windows 10X dual-screen computer could be delayed even further than most presumed, increasing the chances it could be scrapped entirely.

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Surface Pro X upgrade: Microsoft SQ 2 chip and longer battery life

Surface Pro X upgrade: Microsoft SQ 2 chip and longer battery life

The Surface Pro X is getting an upgrade, with Microsoft's ultra-portable 2-in-1 promising more power, more battery life, and more color options. Joining the existing Microsoft SQ 1 chipset built in collaboration with Qualcomm comes a new, SQ 2 version, bringing more grunt to the top-end Surface Pro X configurations.

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