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Galaxy Z Fold 2, Z Flip 5G get a 100-day trial offer

Galaxy Z Fold 2, Z Flip 5G get a 100-day trial offer

Most people are probably intrigued by foldable phones, even if they're not really sure they'll have any practical use for them. Even those that do think they can justify the expensive purchase might still be unsure whether reality will match expectations. To help people get used to the idea of foldable phones, Samsung is making a rather bold and brave proposition, giving buyers the option to return the Galaxy Z Fold 2 or Galaxy Z Flip 5G within three months if they change their minds.

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M1 Mac SSD lifespan concerns might not be a clear-cut case

M1 Mac SSD lifespan concerns might not be a clear-cut case

The new Macs based on the Apple M1 Silicon have brought a lot of new and exciting things to Apple's computing platform. As with any new thing, there are also questions and concerns about the changes that these bring. It's no surprise, then, that users, developers, and tech pundits are a bit worried about reports surrounding the longevity of the new M1 Macs' SSDs but the numbers might not actually be giving the whole picture.

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Android 12 leak tips lockscreen clock system like wallpapers

Android 12 leak tips lockscreen clock system like wallpapers

There's a new sort of clock coming to Google Pixel devices, if what today's leak suggested is entirely accurate. Data arrived in the latest developer version of Android 12, or Android S, ready for Google Pixel devices right out the gate. It's possible this clock system won't be delivered to devices beyond the Google Pixel, but we shall see!

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Anker iPhone MagSafe battery pack released for simple power

Anker iPhone MagSafe battery pack released for simple power

The Anker iPhone MagSafe battery pack was released at last - just as the company suggested it would. They've had this particular battery pack in the works for a couple of months, having digitally previewed the device first at CES 2021. This device has the name Anker PowerCore Magnetic 5K Wireless Power Bank, and it's available for the masses right this minute.

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Android gets scheduled Messages, new in-car UI & games, plus password safety checks

Android gets scheduled Messages, new in-car UI & games, plus password safety checks

Android users are getting new messaging, Android Auto, and password management features, along with a new TalkBack screen reader version for the visually-impaired. Beginning to roll out from today, the new updates won't just be limited to Android 12 - which opened up for the developer preview last week - but will work with multiple generations of the OS from the past few years.

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Foldable Google Pixel rumored with a Samsung tap tip

Foldable Google Pixel rumored with a Samsung tap tip

Google's fabled foldable might well be close at hand! Today's tip (or rumor) suggests Google tapped Samsung for a new foldable panel, quite possibly for a future foldable Pixel smartphone. This is not the first time we've heard word that Google would eventually make a Google Pixel smart device with a foldable display. It only makes sense, given the amount of work the company's put into developing Android with a set of features specifically aimed at foldable display functionality.

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Rode Wireless GO II adds second mic, onboard recording & range boost

Rode Wireless GO II adds second mic, onboard recording & range boost

Rode has announced a new version of its popular wireless microphone, with the Rode Wireless GO II keeping the super-simple clip design but now supporting two mics simultaneously. The surreptitious square dongles found favor among videographers and vloggers for their ease of use, with the second-generation models promising a boost in range and stability along with onboard recording too.

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Sony FX3 released with Alpha features and cinema line power

Sony FX3 released with Alpha features and cinema line power

The Sony FX3 (ILME-FX3) camera was revealed today as the "latest addition to Sony's Cinema Line." This device is what Sony suggests as a combination of the best features in the cinema line combined with the advanced imaging features from their Alpha brand mirrorless camera line.

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Qualcomm’s new XR1 AR Smart Viewer design can tether to smartphones and PCs

Qualcomm’s new XR1 AR Smart Viewer design can tether to smartphones and PCs

With the introduction of its XR1 platform, Qualcomm indicated that AR would be something of a big focus for it, and now it has announced a new AR Smart Viewer reference design. We've already seen Smart Viewer reference designs from Qualcomm in the past, but those focused more on a combined AR and VR experience. This new reference design seems to be focused wholly on AR, and as a result, it has more versatility than so-called “Simple” AR Smart Viewers that connect to a smartphone and are aimed primarily at streaming media.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 2021: Big X, T, P and L Series updates plus 40″ curved display

Lenovo ThinkPad 2021: Big X, T, P and L Series updates plus 40″ curved display

Lenovo is readying a bevy of new ThinkPads, including the ThinkPad X13 Gen 2 i with baked-in 5G, and the X13 Yoga Gen 2 with a much-requested switch to a 16:10 display. The new line-up also includes new ThinkPad T15, T14, P15, P15s, L15, and L14 models, plus a big new curved display.

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MacBook Pro models featuring HDMI output and SD card reader rumored

MacBook Pro models featuring HDMI output and SD card reader rumored

A new rumor is going around that suggests Apple is gearing up to launch new MacBook Pro models that feature additional outputs later this year. One of the complaints that many MacBook fans have about Apple's high-end notebooks are the lack of connectivity options. Ports standard on any other computer brand require Apple users to buy expensive Apple accessories like docking stations or dongles.

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Microsoft Word will gain text predictions next month

Microsoft Word will gain text predictions next month

In 2020, Microsoft announced it would be bringing text predictions to Word with the feature using Machine Learning to make suggestions based on the text being typed by the user. Shortly after that initial announcement, the feature was rolled out to about half of the Beta Channel users. Microsoft is now set to make the feature available to everyone according to the Microsoft 365 roadmap.

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