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Apple is replacing some 13-inch MacBook Pro batteries

posted onApril 22, 2018
by l33tdawg

Apple is replacing a number of 13-inch MacBook Pro batteries after reports of a defect causing the built-in battery to expand.

Apple says affected units were non-touch bar MacBrook Pros made between October 2016 and October 2017. Device owners can determine eligibility by entering their product's serial number on Apple's support page.

The battery replacement program does not affect 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar or older 13-inch MacBook Pro models, Apple said.

Apple says the redesigned Mac Pro is coming in 2019

posted onApril 6, 2018
by l33tdawg

If you've been hoping for a new Mac Pro in the near future, you're going to be disappointed. Apple has said that a new model is not due to go on sale until 2019.

There is good news, however. The Mac Pro is undergoing a complete redesign, but it will remain a modular, customizable machine. The release date of 2019 also means that you'll have more time to save up -- and you'll probably need it.

Fitbit Versa review: Slowly but surely pushing Fitbit past the “fit” bit

posted onMarch 27, 2018
by l33tdawg

Every company hopes to make a device that appeals to the masses. But when you're a company like Fitbit, known for its fitness expertise, it can be harder to clear the mental hurdle in consumers' heads that separates what you're known for and what you want to be. People who prioritize wearable features that aren't fitness-related may not even look to Fitbit when considering a new device, because fitness is so deeply ingrained into the company's identity.

Galaxy S9+ review—Faster specs, better biometrics in a familiar package

posted onMarch 16, 2018
by l33tdawg

Believe it or not, the high-end Android smartphone market isn't super competitive. LG's mobile unit is regularly the company's worst-performing division, so much so that the company is backing away from a yearly release cycle and delaying its flagship smartphone. HTC's January 2018 was the company's worst month in more than a decade—until even worse numbers were reported in February. Google makes the all-around best Android phone, but it is either uninterested in creating or unable to create a competitive distribution and marketing chain, leaving many people unable to buy the phone.

XPS 13 2018 review: Dell’s improvements propel this laptop forward

posted onFebruary 26, 2018
by l33tdawg

The XPS 13 laptop needed an overhaul and Dell needed to make a statement. The XPS family has produced some of the best and most-loved consumer ultrabooks, but this particular laptop has been stifled in recent years. Since 2016, it has seen incremental improvements that helped it keep up with the competition in terms of performance, but not in design, hardware perks, and general innovation.

Samsung's Galaxy S9 Is Photo-Focused and Purple as Heck

posted onFebruary 26, 2018
by l33tdawg

Eager to put the Galaxy Note 7 disaster in the rearview, Samsung used 2017 to double down on impressive, feature-packed smartphones. Last year's Note 8 and S8 handsets both impressed in a big way, bringing edge-to-edge, AMOLED-powered displays into the mainstream long before Apple was able to get the iPhone X to market. Naturally, as the smartphone expo of Mobile World Congress gets going today in Barcelona, Spain, it's time to welcome the Samsung Galaxy S9.

Nokia’s latest nostalgia-bait feature phone is the 8110 “Banana Phone”

posted onFebruary 26, 2018
by l33tdawg

The year is 1999. Computer programmer Thomas Anderson sits at his cubicle, contemplating the latest dressing down from his boss. His thoughts are interrupted when a delivery arrives. He rips open the FedEx package to reveal a loose, unboxed phone. The phone rings the second it is out of the package, and Anderson, shocked, stares at it a moment. He presses a button and the phone springs opens with a satisfying "click" noise. Anderson raises the phone to his ear: "Hello?"

"Hello Neo, do you know who this is?"