Weekly poll results: Apple iPad Pro gets lukewarm reception

November 29, 2015 Leave a comment

The Apple iPad Pro didn’t have it easy all week, taking hits from the majority of our readers. It’s been a while since a “Hot or not” poll of ours turned out not in favor.

The iPad Pro gathered a total of 37% of upvotes – less than 2 out of 5 people hit the thumbs up. Apparently, the productivity benefits of the large screen failed to entice most of you. There’s also the matter of the Pencil that needs to be recharged every now and then, and the Smart Keyboard that can only stay in this one position.

And that’s before getting to the less than affordable price tag, which certainly helped steer you to the downvote side. The additional $270 that the accessories will set you back aren’t particularly hot either, even if their currently limited availability might lead you to believe otherwise.

In all fairness the 12.9-inch Apple tablet is not exactly a mainstream device, so a widespread appeal was never part of its game plan. And certainly 37% of people aren’t designers and on-the-go video editors, so the iPad Pro still manages to speak outside of its target…

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Week 48 in review: Huawei Mate 8 and Nokia devices

November 29, 2015 Leave a comment

Last week was quite busy in the mobile realm with at least a few exciting new offers on the horizon. While major-league player Samsung is working on the revamped Galaxy A line with a new A5 (2016), A7 (2016) and A9, perhaps also an A8 (2016), Chinese OEMs are wasting no time putting out offers of their own.

This week Xiaomi brought us the Redmi Note 3. It more than lives up to the legacy of its predecessors and offers a 5.5-inch 1080p display, MediaTek Helio X10 SoC and 3GB of RAM for the almost unbelievable price of RMB 1099 ($172). And if you are willing to settle for 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage, the deal is even better at RMB 899 ($140). These are local prices, but still quite impressive. The OEM also refreshed its tablet family with a new addition – the Mi Pad 2, which is just as interesting with its full-metal body and Intel Atom CPU, capable of running Android and Windows.

But it wasn’t only budget-friendly Chinese offers that made headlines. On the opposite side of the spectrum, we finally met the Huawei Mate 8. It promises a huge leap forward in performance, thanks to the company’s next-get Kirin 950 chip.

Nokia also made headlines this the week. The C1 has everybody excited for the alleged possibility of dual-booting Windows 10 and Android from the original Finnish company. And then, there is the Nokia 230 featurephone by the mobile division acquired by Microsoft.

There has been no shortage of rumors either. The Samsung Galaxy S7 flagship already has everybody excited and industry sources claim that it might bring back the microSD card slot, which has definitely been missed. Speaking of Samsung, its Exynos 7420 SoC was spotted powering a BlackBerry device, so that is something else to look forward to.

Feel free to hit the following links for more details on the hot topics of the week.

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New render claims to depict upcoming Nokia C1 running Android and Windows 10 Mobile
The much-rumored device is supposed to be Nokia’s first after having sold its smartphone business to Microsoft.

2.8-inch aluminum Nokia 230 is official
Front and rear 2MP cameras, both with an LED flash, in this latest Series 30+ feature phone.

Samsung Galaxy S7 to bring back microSD card slot
The rumor also says that the Galaxy S7 will sport a 5.2-inch flat screen, while the S7 edge will feature a larger 5.7-inch curved display.

Huawei Mate 8 goes official with 6-inch display, Kirin 950 SoC
The device comes with 16MP/8MP camera combo and a large 4000mAh battery.

Gionee Marathon M5 with 6020mAh battery and 3GB RAM launched in India
Carrying a price tag of INR 17,999 ($270), the device will be exclusively available via Flipkart starting today.

Xiaomi announces Mi Pad 2 all-metal tablet with Intel chipset
Thinner and lighter than before with a new aluminum body.

Nvidia Shield Tablet X1 has Tegra X1 SoC, gets benchmarked running Android 6.0
This tablet is going to be the much-delayed successor to the original Shield Tablet with a Tegra K1 chipset.

Samsung Galaxy A9 spotted on GeekBench with Snapdragon 620
Unlike the old entry from 2 and a half months ago, this time the chip is tuned for single-core performance.

2018 iPhone might have a Samsung-made OLED panel
A Samsung Display executive has hinted at the possible Cupertino partnership with first results expected in 2018.

The alleged Nubia Z11 is looking fine with a curved glass and possibly a Snapdragon 820 SoC
The handset was spotted in…

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M 4.6 – 162km W of Hihifo, Tonga

November 29, 2015 Leave a comment


2015-11-29 07:34:17 UTC
2015-11-28 19:34:17 -12:00 at epicenter
15.797°S 175.257°W
304.31 km (189.09 mi)

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5 Lessons From NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

November 29, 2015 Leave a comment

Although NASA?s ongoing Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission continues to hone global maps that will be used by lunar explorers for decades to come, the science generated by the mission?s more than four billion measurements continues to beguile lunar scientists in ways not seen since the Apollo era.

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Photos From The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

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New ‘Disaster Report’ Game Is Coming To PS4

November 28, 2015 Leave a comment

One of the more interesting survival game series released over the years was that of Zettai Zetsumei Toshi, or Disaster Report as it was known in the West. While Irem has moved onto other things, their spiritual successor Granzella has taken up the mantle and will be bringing a new game in this series to the PS4.

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Sony To Bring PS4 Remote Play To PC And Mac

November 28, 2015 Leave a comment

In a recent Tweet, Sony?s Shuhei Yoshida revealed that remote play for PS4 would be opened up to both PC and Mac in the near future.

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