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New Apple iPad Pro review roundup: not quite ready to replace laptops

The early reviews of the Apple iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) are out, but they are a little reluctant to render a final verdict. The tablets (the big one especially with 1TB of storage) can cost a ton of money and they feature several fundamental changes, so more time is needed for definitive conclusions. Here are some of the early impressions that agree on some points, though not all. The new Pencil and keyboard, the USB-C port and the new chipset are almost universally praised, but Apple's new tablet still falls short of perfection in some cases. Engadget points out that USB-C...



Weekly poll results: the 3.5mm headphone jack is the eternal fan favorite

"Users never asked for phones without a microSD slot" is a disappointing realization. Will manufacturers listen to consumers who feel strongly about the 3.5mm headphone jack? Several makers have already bailed but the result of our poll show that their products will not be terribly popular. Of course, Apple seems exempt from this - it locks down its devices tighter than any other maker, but its trendy (and admittedly high-quality) ecosystem of accessories keeps users happy. Can Google and HTC say the same? Actually, it was exactly HTC that sold Beats to Apple so the days of the bundled...



Galaxy S8’s latest firmware update enables Super Slow Motion capture

Samsung's latest security update for September 2018 includes a new camera feature for Samsung Galaxy S8 devices. Super Slow Motion is mentioned in the OTA's changelog as well as Google's monthly security patches. Source: Reddit In addition to Super Slow Motion, the S8 and S8+ will also get the AR Emoji enabled in the camera app, as per the changelog. While the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note9 can all do 960 fps at 720p resolution for up to 0.4 seconds, the updated Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note8 will get half the frames at 480fps at 720p resolution at either 0.2s or 0.4s. We saw the...



Honor Magic 2 software update switches to Magic UI 2.0 from EMUI

The Honor Magic 2 got official at the end of last month with a mechanical slider design that lets it reach an 84.8% screen-to-body ratio. It's a system that's similar to that employed by Xiaomi's Mi Mix 3 and it enables an almost entirely bezel-less look on the front. The Honor Magic 2 is now receiving an intriguing software update. If you're lucky enough to own one you'll get a notification soon (if you haven't already), which will prompt you to install software version 9.0.0.128 (C00E129R1P18). Magic UI 2.0 update This brings with it an unexpected switch from Huawei's EMUI to...



Nokia launches a heartwarming holiday video

With Christmas and New Year knocking on the door, Nokia launched its holiday-themed TV ad. The video shows a mother that keeps contact with her son only on the Copper White Nokia 3, while he sends messages and pictures from university on his Nokia 8. The ad urges you to switch off during Christmas and spend more time with the beloved people, or as Nokia puts it - "give the gift of you". Nokia also depicts that there are phones for all ages and lifestyles, including your mom that fills her time with recreational yoga and dog walks. Nokia says "technology unites us all in amazing...