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New iPad Pro Almost As Fast As $1,800 MacBook Pro. Time to Ditch Laptops?

If you ever wanted to ditch your desktop PC and switch to a tablet, it might soon be the best time to do it. At least, that’s the idea we can get from the specs of Apple’s latest iPad Pro. According to tech website Bare Feats, the upcoming 10.5 and 12.9-inch tablets are pretty close to the newest 13-inch MacBook Pro in terms of sheer power. And we are not talking about the basic MacBook version with a Core i5 chipset, no, sir! Read also: New Leaks Show Google Drops Pixel XL 2, Confirm iPhone 8 Design Turns out, the iPads might really compete with the fastest MacBook Pro, which comes with Intel’s most powerful CPU, Core i7. Take a look at the benchmark below and see for yourself. Bare Feats/GeekBench/Circles by Business Insider Is it really the only ‘computer’ you need? Of course, on paper, the new iPads look incredible,…

New Leaks Show Google Drops Pixel XL 2, Confirm iPhone 8 Design

We will probably not see the direct sequel to the popular Pixel XL phone from Google, according to fresh leaks from Android Police and a few other sources. Android Police says Google ‘has shelved’ plans to release one of the Pixel phones, codenamed ‘Muskie’. People expected it to succeed the Pixel XL, released last year. AP says the leak is very likely to be correct, and ‘rates it 9 out of 10 on their rumor scale’. The website is actually known to be a reliable source of information, so there is very little doubt here. Read also: 6 Fascinating Pieces of Hardware Made By Google Both reviewers and fans say the Pixel XL is one of the best phones Google has ever released. While the supposed cancellation does sound terrible, there might be some good news too. We should still expect a bigger Google phone Multiple sources have repeatedly said Google…

Full Review Of Surface Laptop: The Most Obvious Computer For Your Daily Needs

It might sound funny, but the Surface laptop is one of the most conventional devices Microsoft has created. It’s not a tablet with a kickstand, or a laptop with a detachable screen – not something weird and ‘game-changing’. It is just trying to fit to be the thing you want. The Surface laptop has enough power for you to use, but is also light enough to be carried around. It comes with a great screen, good keyboard and without an insane price tag. In other words, it’s the obvious laptop people need, with an obvious name. Read also: Microsoft Is Betting Large on the Surface Family (Video) It does have a fairly limited OS, people will say, and they will be right. However, Microsoft leaves a way to rectify this issue. But let’s put that aside for now and begin our review of the laptop that doesn’t need any gimmicks to…

Amazon Fire: Is It Worth $50?

What can $50 buy? An inexpensive pair of sneakers, maybe dinner for two in San Francisco or a couple of tickets to the ballgame. But few ever imagined that it could also buy a tablet computer capable of running apps and streaming Netflix. Yet that is what Amazon has delivered with its Fire tablets, with starting prices of $50 for the seven-inch model and $80 for the eight-incher. The newest versions of these tablets, which are set to be released this week, are unabashedly slow and unflashy — but just capable enough to be worth this meager sum. This low-cost-for-no-frills strategy appears to be working well for the retail giant. Sales of Amazon’s touch-screen tablets jumped by double digits last year from a year earlier, the company has said. IDC, the research firm, said low-cost Fires had propelled Amazon to No. 3 in the tablet market, after Apple and Samsung.…

Coding on a Macbook: How Limited Is The Experience?

We all know the Macbook is a capable machine, thanks to its many features and functions. Apple’s approach to the build quality, display, battery efficiency, and software makes it one of the best devices out there. However, we can safely say that the Macbook is traditionally most popular among video and photo editors. It’s great for content creation, there is no doubt about that. Programmers, in turn, mostly stick with Linux or Windows, or both at once. Let’s be honest, Mac also has a number of serious issues, including a small(er) user base, limited applications, and a higher price tag. These factors prevent Apple’s laptop from being as widely accepted, as the Windows machines. While there are people who like to code on their Macbooks, they are rather a ‘vocal minority’. Microsoft is obviously the most preferred option, thanks to the sheer number of programmers on the platform alone. Read…

The iPad Aspires To Become EVERYONE’s Computer

The iPad has never been a full-fledged computer. At its launch back in 2010, it was mocked for having a large screen without a typical large-screen operating system like macOS or Windows, and it was dismissed as just a bigger iPhone. But, as it turned out, people found a whole bunch of really cool and enjoyable uses for that enlarged iPhone, and even as iPad sales have slowed over recent years, Apple’s tablet has proven enduringly popular among those who’ve acquired one. At WWDC 2017, Apple underlined its commitment to pushing the iPad as its next computing platform, and for the first time ever, it even has me interested. In all the time it’s been around, I haven’t been able to answer the question of who the iPad is for. It’s often been the wrong question, mind you, as the iPad shows its strengths best when it’s serving narrowly defined…

How a Motherboard is Made: Inside the Gigabyte factory in Taiwan

Gigabyte is one of the biggest motherboard makers in the world, and we visited the company’s factory in Taiwan to find out how they’re manufactured. About a quarter of Gigabyte’s motherboard output comes from its Nan Ping factory about an hour west of Taipei. About 400,000 motherboards come off the assembly line every month. Robots remove a lot of the most complex work from humans. However, a surprising amount of construction is still done by hand: the insertion of many larger components, for instance, and visual checks of the motherboards. Humans and machines often work together. Machines that attach teeny transistors have humans managing their supply. Small, wheeled robots deliver components to people on the assembly line. Human hands may pack the motherboards and accessories into boxes, but they scan each component against an electronic checklist to ensure the package has everything required.

Is The New iMac Good Enough For Pro Video Editors?

Apple’s WWDC usually focuses on different OS updates and new applications. The latest conference, though, shifted people’s attention to the hardware part. We saw lots of new, upgraded devices, like the MacBook and iPad, as well as the HomePod speaker. Apple also brought something exciting for desktop users. Professionals, rejoice, the new iMac and iMac Pro are almost here. The updated iMac is already available, and let’s take a look at how well it handles video editing, 4K video editing in particular. It’s getting more and more popular nowadays and always needs a real powerhouse to satisfy the hunger for resources. But let’s take a minute to talk about the new performance boost the iMac received and the specs overall. iMac’s specifications The cheapest 21.5-inch iMac starts at $1,099, but bigger diagonal and faster hardware goes as high as $5,299. We are testing a 27-inch unit, which costs $2,899 and…

This Drone Spots the Fish and Drops the Bait

The Humanity is very tired. Tired of all the hassle of living, tired of enjoying life with all her quirks and peskiness, tired of its frequent lows and seldom highs. Tired of all the bullshit. It used to be that fishing was one of the steady and reliable remedies for that exhaustion but now, turns out, we’re even tired of fishing. Indeed, throwing in a line and waiting a bit for a reward had become a bit too cumbersome for our age of complete certainty. Not to worry, says the Beijing visionary Wally Zheng. There’s an app for that now. Form and function The PowerRay, a submersible drone attached to a fishing line, can take a lot of the guesswork out of fishing. The fish finder spots fish relays their position to the user and attracts them with a built-in light and a bait drop. Innovator: Wally Zheng Age: 39 Chief executive…

Crowd-Funded Eve V Is A legitimate Surface Pro Killer

A crowd-funded tablet/laptop hybrid might not usually catch the eye, but clearly Microsoft feels there’s something special about the Eve V. It highlighted the relatively unknown product during its Computex keynote. This is especially significant considering it is broadly in the same market as Microsoft’s own Surface Pro. We caught up with the developer to learn a little more about the unusual design process and a little about its ethos. And perhaps the most unusual aspect is the small company’s determination to remain independent of any investors. The Eve project started off as an experiment in 2015 to see if an unknown PC/tablet brand could be successful, launching and selling its products online. It originally made an 8-inch Windows tablet, the Eve T1. And after that sold reasonably well, a WhatsApp group formed with users giving feedback directly to its developers. This grew into a forum and the development team…