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What you need to know before importing that exotic Chinese Android phone

Enlarge / The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Palace Museum Edition. Xiaomi In the last few years, we’ve witnessed a big change to the way the smartphone market works. China has become both the biggest smartphone market on Earth and home to some of the most interesting smartphone companies. Lately, all the cool and crazy smartphones […]

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Windows 10 users finding their legit installs are being deactivated

What’s the fucking shit with you, MS, pic.twitter.com/Bw9n7MbJ7v — FaiKee (@FaiKeeF) November 8, 2018 For reasons that are currently unclear, Windows 10 Professional users are finding that their properly licensed installations are being deactivated. On systems affected by the issue, Windows is complaining that a Windows 10 Home license key is being used with a […]

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Acer Swift 7 review: Thinness above all else demands many compromises

Enlarge Valentina Palladino The tech industry is obsessed with making things thin, and Acer is no exception. The company bills the new Swift 7 as the world’s thinnest laptop, measuring 8.98mm thick at its widest point. Designed for professionals and frequent travelers, this year’s Swift 7 tries to beat its competition by being ultra-thin and […]

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Samsung’s foldable phone is real, and it launches next year

Samsung’s flexible phone. It starts in phone mode… And opens into a tablet mode. There are two displays on Samsung’s phone. One static phone-style display on the outside, and athe folding display on the inside. Putting the folding display on the inside of the device means putting a serious bend in the display. As you […]

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Apple walks Ars through the iPad Pro’s A12X system on a chip

Enlarge / The 2018, 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Samuel Axon BROOKLYN—Apple’s new iPad Pro sports several new features of note, including the most dramatic aesthetic redesign in years, Face ID, new Pencil features, and the very welcome move to USB-C. But the star of the show is the new A12X system on a chip (SoC). Apple […]

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Chrome 71 will block any and all ads on sites with “abusive experiences”

Enlarge Isaac Bowen / Flickr Google is promising to punish sites that offer what the company calls “abusive experiences.” Chrome 71, due for release in December, will blacklist sites that are repeat offenders and suppress all advertising on those sites. The behaviors deemed abusive cover a range of user-hostile things, such as ads that masquerade […]

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AMD outlines its future: 7nm GPUs with PCIe 4, Zen 2, Zen 3, Zen 4

Enlarge / AMD Radeon Instinct MI60 AMD AMD today charted out its plans for the next few years of product development, with an array of new CPUs and GPUs in the development pipeline. On the GPU front are two new datacenter-oriented GPUs: the Radeon Instinct MI60 and MI50. Based on the Vega architecture and built […]

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Spanish scientists: EnChroma glasses won’t fix your color blindness

Enlarge / EnChroma glasses have always had both skeptics and true believers. Who’s right? It’s complicated. EnChroma The much-touted EnChroma glasses don’t help colorblind users see new colors; they merely let the colorblind see the same colors in a different way, according to a new study published in Optics Express by scientists at Spain’s University of […]

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Samsung teases mythical smartphone with foldable display

Samsung After years of rumors, it looks like Samsung is finally going to show the world its first smartphone with a foldable display. Over the weekend, Samsung Mobile changed its Facebook profile picture to the above picture, which shows the Samsung logo folded over itself. Despite a folding phone from Samsung being rumored every year […]

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Intel announces Cascade Lake Xeons: 48 cores and 12-channel memory per socket

Enlarge / Intel Ivy Bridge Xeon E7 v2 die shot. Fritzchens Fritz Intel has announced the next family of Xeon processors that it plans to ship in the first half of next year. The new parts represent a substantial upgrade over current Xeon chips, with up to 48 cores and 12 DDR4 memory channels per […]

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Lenovo Yoga Book 2018 review: The keyless keyboard returns, now in E Ink

Enlarge Valentina Palladino Lenovo’s quirky Yoga Book is back with some significant updates for 2018. The original Yoga Book was a unique hybrid of a tablet sporting a “halo” keyboard panel with no actual keys and a real paper drawing pad. Part netbook and part convertible, this year’s edition remains quirky but seems more practical and […]

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While iPhone sales remain stagnant, Apple services hit $10 billion in revenue

Enlarge / One of several styled Apple logos associated with the October 30 event. Apple Apple announced on its earnings call today that it had surpassed its revenue estimates for Q4 2018. The iPhone maker boasted $ 62.9 billion in revenue, slightly more than the $ 60-62 billion it previously estimated, as well as $ […]