Happy October event day, Apple fans! There’s already plenty of Apple news in the air on Thursday, but let’s add to it with a fresh-baked batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps that are all on sale for free for a limited time. More →
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Apple just wrapped up its last big press conference of 2016, and it was a doozy. It might now have had the flash of the iPhone 7 event and it might not have been as hotly anticipated as WWDC 2016 either. Apple enthusiasts around the world were still plenty excited to see Apple’s next-generation MacBook Pro though, and Apple appears to have delivered on the hype. Of course, a redesigned MacBook Pro wasn’t the only big announcement Apple made during its big October event on Thursday. In this post, you’ll find everything you need to know about all of Apple’s big announcements from the “Hello Again” event. More →
It didn’t seem that this would be the case during the first half of the event, but Microsoft really managed to impress people with its announcements on Wednesday. The new Surface Book laptop is a beast, and the Surface Studio offers a fresh new take on the all-in-one PC. In light of that, Apple had some work to do if it hoped to steal back the spotlight and turn everyone’s attention back to its refreshed Mac lineup.
There were several big announcements made during Apple’s October 2016 event, but the updated MacBook Pro and its hot new OLED touch bar were obviously the stars of the show. Is the new Touch Bar a gimmick? Exactly what new features does it provide? And is there anything else about Apple’s next-generation MacBook Pro work getting excited about? You’ll find everything you need to know about Apple’s new MacBook Pro 2016 right here in this post. More →
Microsoft started slow on Wednesday, but things picked up when Panos Panay took stage and showed off a brand new all-in-one desktop PC called the Surface Studio. Now, just one day later, it’s Apple’s turn to try to wow tech enthusiasts with its own look at the future of computing. Apple’s big iPhone 7 event this past September was obviously the highlight of the year for Apple fans, and the company’s iOS 10 unveiling to kick off WWDC 2016 in June was a close second. The company’s October event might not have generated quite as much buzz as either of those two earlier press conferences, but Apple’s Mac lineup is about to get its biggest refresh in years and fans can’t wait to see what’s in store. More →
Google’s new Pixel smartphone has plenty going for it right now. Heading into the holiday season, the Pixel and Pixel XL are the hottest new flagship Android phones in the world. They have some competition at the top, but not much thanks to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 fiasco; after a hot launch that saw Samsung ship approximately 2.5 million smartphones to markets around the world, Samsung was forced to cancel every single Note 7 it sold and discontinue the phone due to a problem with spontaneous explosions. When you’re dealing with smartphones that are held in people’s hands, in their pockets and against their faces, “spontaneous explosions” is not a good problem to have.
Both new Pixel phones offer solid specs and a sleek (albeit familiar) design to smartphone shoppers this holiday season, but Android fans looking to crown a new performance king were unable to do so with Google’s Pixel lineup. Now, yet another performance test has found that Apple’s iPhone 7 doesn’t just outperform Google’s Pixel, the new iPhone absolutely pummels it. More →
Apple’s brand new MacBook Pro for 2016 will feature a gorgeous slimmed-down aluminum case and a sleek design that rivals will continue to chase. It will feature next-generation processors and cutting-edge specs that make it the fastest and most powerful MacBook Pro Apple has ever produced. The new high-end notebook computer will include an upgraded display panel and better battery life than any of its predecessors. But despite all of those hot new improvements, there’s one new feature that people will be buzzing about more than anything else: a long thin OLED touchscreen display that will replace the top row of keys on the keyboard. Supposedly dubbed the “Magic Toolbar,” this new screen will offer users a new way to control their apps, and it may also give us a preview of next-generation Touch ID tech that will help define Apple’s iPhone 8 lineup in 2017.
Well guess what — thanks to a big leak, you don’t need to wait until Apple’s event this afternoon to seen the new Magic Toolbar-equipped MacBook Pro. More →
Samsung’s mobile division profit and global market share both went up in smoke in the third quarter as the damage from the company’s dual recalls and cancellation of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 began to take shape. The company on Thursday morning announced final figures for the third quarter of 2016, noting revenue that slid 7% on year to 47.8 trillion won ($42 billion) and operating income that tumbled 30% to 5.2 trillion won ($4.6 billion). Those were the bright points in Samsung’s report, believe it or not — the South Korean consumer tech giant reported operating income for its mobile division of just 100 billion won ($87.9 million), down a staggering 96% from 2.4 trillion won in the same quarter last year. More →
Following yesterday’s killer post, we’re back with yet another list of the best paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. We’ve got a terrific list for you today but like always, these sales could be over at any minute so be sure to hurry and grab anything that looks appealing right away. More →
Microsoft just wrapped up one of its biggest event of 2016, and it was packed full of new product announcements and more. There actually wasn’t much buzz leading up to the event, all things considered, but that didn’t stop Microsoft from over-delivering and showing off a number of new products that Windows users are all-too eager to check out ahead of the holiday season this year. Beyond new Surface hardware, we also saw some cool new accessories and even some software-related announcements on Wednesday.
Did you miss the show? Don’t worry, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about every single big announcement from Microsoft’s October event right here in this post. More →
Xiaomi cut its teeth in the smartphone market by ripping off every single Apple product it could. In fact, the company went beyond copying Apple products and even copied Apple’s marketing strategies. One time, the company hilariously had an executive in jeans and a black mock turtleneck unveil a smartphone at a virtual press conference. Seriously, that’s how ridiculous Xiaomi was.
The company still copies Apple products all the time, and it has now widened its reach to copy Samsung devices as well. But every so often the company gets out ahead of the curve, and such is the case with the gorgeous new Xiaomi Mi Mix, a practically edgeless smartphone with a display that occupies an insane 91.3% of the phone’s face. More →
Apple’s big Mac press conference on Thursday has been the talk of the town for the past week, but another major tech company is stealing the spotlight on Wednesday. Just one day ahead of Apple’s new product announcements, which are expected to include a redesigned MacBook Pro with a revolutionary new secondary OLED touchscreen, Microsoft will take the stage in New York City to show off its latest and greatest Surface hardware. We’re expecting plenty of action during today’s big event, and the show is about to kick off. More →
The discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 means that Samsung is effectively out of the running this holiday season, since its most recent flagship smartphone is now about seven months old. That means if shoppers in the United States want a fresh new top-of-the-line smartphone this holiday season, they basically have four phones to choose from. In the Android camp, Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL are the cream of the crop, offering the latest and greatest version of Android powered by cutting-edge components that are stuffed into a sleek, though familiar housing. On the other side of the fence we have Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which also pack powerful new components fitted into an all-too familiar case.
Any one of these four flagship phones is a fantastic option, but there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned showdown to see which premium smartphone is this year’s speed champ. More →
Dozens or even hundreds of paid iPhone and iPad apps go on sale for free every day, and we always try to select the best of the bunch to share with our readers. Today’s list might be the best one we’ve had in quite some time though. It’s packed full of well-made and well-reviewed iOS apps that are on sale for free for a limited time, so be sure to check them all out before these sales are over. Of note, one of the apps we listed is a killer Instagram tool that normally sells for $28! More →