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iPad Pro headlines Apple’s New York event: Weekend Rewind

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. iPad Pro headlines Apple’s New York event

Apple launched a trio of devices at their event in Brooklyn, New York and all three appear to be noteworthy upgrades from their predecessors.

iPad Pro

The new iteration of the iPad Pro was built with the creative in mind. Whether it’s making music or dealing with graphic design, this iPad Pro has you covered. It even has support for a full version of Adobe Photoshop. It’ll come in two sizes: 11 inches and 12.9 inches.

You can also say goodbye to this awkward way of charging the Apple Pencil.

The 2nd-gen Apple Pencil that pairs with the iPad Pro is now magnetic and will charge while attached to Apple’s slate. There’s also a keyboard folio that will work well with the iPad Pro.

MacBook Air

This is the much-needed MacBook Air refresh we’ve all been waiting for. It’s slimmer, lighter and powerful enough to handle most of the tasks you throw its way. It also has a 13-inch Retina display — something that’s never come to the MacBook Air line until now.

Apple is calling it the notebook you’ll want to take everywhere you go. We’re convinced it is exactly that.

Mac mini

The smallest device to be announced is a new version of the Mac mini. Don’t let its size fool you, this thing has added more cores for five times better performance.

2. Honor Magic 2 takes inspiration from the P20 Pro and the Mi Mix 3

Capping off TechTober was Honor’s announcement of the Honor Magic 2. The most standout things about the Magic 2 are the camera layout and design on its back that’s reminiscent of the Huawei P20 Pro.

The other is its sliding camera which we saw implemented this year by both the OPPO Find X and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, but the Magic 2’s implementation is closer to the Mi Mix 3’s since it’s more mechanical and not motorized.

The Magic also sports internals that rival 2018 flagships.

3. ZTE Nubia X ditches the selfie camera

Just when you think you’ve seen all manner of attempts for an all-screen display, the ZTE Nubia X comes out of nowhere to give us this:

The Nubia X ditches the front-facing camera altogether and instead gives us a second screen on the phone’s back so you can still take those lovely selfies. We first saw something like this on the Meizu 7 and Meizu 7 Pro and Isa fondly calls it the cutie screen.

The phone also has flagship-level specs so it’s more than just this nifty dual-screen implementation.

4. Xiaomi trolls OnePlus

Yes, the OnePlus 6T was also announced this week and it’s impressive and all but Pocophone, a company under Xiaomi, stole its thunder in India with a massive troll job.

At OnePlus’s launch event in New Delhi, Xiaomi launched their own campaign called “Do the Match,” comparing the specs of the Pocophone F1 and the OnePlus 6T showing the Pocophone’s obvious advantages.

They even had this truly savage tweet:

5. Foldable phones are coming

Samsung had previously teased a foldable smartphone but it seems three other manufacturers are planning to showcase this tech in CES and MWC 2019.

This bit of news was backed by notable tech news scooper Evan Blass.

Although many say the tech is far from perfect, it’ll be interesting to see where manufacturers take this development.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

Computers

Reports suggest many new PCs are infected with viruses

A good bargain doesn’t necessarily mean a good product

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It always feels good to save up for and earn a new computer or console for yourself. Until, you discover that the console or PC you bought is loaded with all sorts of problems — particularly, viruses.

Now, imagine that but instead of just one PC, an entire company finds it in 83 percent of its new computers in several Asian countries. Microsoft’s Asia PC Test Purchase Sweep, the company’s initiative towards educating consumers and enterprises, provides information against piracy and its risks. They found that these new PCs were sold in retailers that offered computers at a much lower price than intended to.

The report suggests that these retailers turn off Windows security features for them to install pirated software on these PCs. It also found that they contained software infected with viruses and trojans. Microsoft generally explains the risks that come from turning off these features, such as leaving your PC vulnerable to cyber threats and malware.

“Cyber criminals are constantly evolving their techniques to evade security measures, and embedding their malware is one of their tactics,” said Mary Jo Schrade, Assistant General Counsel from Microsoft Asia.

These findings are concerning for people who purchase new PCs through special deals, especially those that come with free software. Schrade suggests that consumers who want to purchase PCs should look for retailers that provide genuine software when bundled with the PC.

To avoid any more complications, it is also recommended to keep their software updated and follow safe internet practices. Such practices include avoiding potentially dangerous websites, legally downloading software or purchasing licenses to use them, and use recognized cloud-based file sharing systems.

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Dyson Airwrap hair tutorial and real-life hold test

Is it hard to use? Does it really work?

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The Dyson Airwrap, ever since its announcement, has been the stuff of hairstyle dreams and legends. The high-tech curling iron revolutionizes the way we do our hair!

But, does it really work? Can a normal girl like myself actually get her hair to look as fab with this new-fangled hair gadget? I put it to the test.

In the video above, you see me doing my hair and the final looks. I try a total of two styles — curly and straight — and take my ‘do out and about to see if my hair would hold. And yes folks, this was only the second time I used the Airwrap on myself, ever.

The results impressed!

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Stay tuned for the full review of the Dyson Airwrap on Her GadgetMatch. For similar topics and features, visit the website here.

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Plan for Black Friday early with these amazing deals

It’s time to ready your shopping list and wallet

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We’re midway through November already, inching towards Thanksgiving and one of the most awaited dates for shopping — Black Friday. To help you get yourself and your wallet ready, we scoured through the internet to find some of the best tech deals that’ll be popping up next week. Here are some offers that you might want to take advantage of on November 23rd.

17.3-inch ASUS TUF gaming laptop (US$ 999)

This ASUS Gaming Laptop will be going down by US$ 400, so if you’ve been wanting a gaming laptop, this might be the time to cop one. And if you have a more limited budget, you could also check out the HP Pavilion CX0056WM Gaming Laptop for  under US$ 600 with over US$ 100 worth of extra gaming software at Walmart.

HyperDrive USB Type-C Hub for MacBooks (US$ 69.99)

This would make a perfect gift for that person you know who lives the #donglelife. Check out the deal at Best Buy.

Sony PS4 1TB Slim Spider‑Man Bundle (US$ 199) and Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle (US$ 299)

The best console deals come out this time of year, and next week, both the Spider-Man PlayStation 4 bundle and the Minecraft Creators Xbox One S bundle will be up for grabs!

Nintendo Switch Super Mario Kart Deluxe Bundle (US$ 299)

Another console being featured this Black Friday is the Nintendo Switch. Why not get the Switch with an amazing party game for your holiday gatherings? You can check the deal out at Best Buy or Walmart.

Pac-Man or Galaga Retro Arcade Machine (US$ 249)

For retro gamers or those who want to reminisce about the arcade days, this would definitely be a great item to pick up. Check it out at Target.

Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 3) (US$ 25) and Google Home Mini (US$ 25)

Get in the smart home/speaker game with the Amazon Echo Dot at half the price! You can also go with the Google Home Mini, if Alexa’s not your jam.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (128GB) with keyboard (US$ 599)

Why not get a powerful and portable device? The Surface Pro 6 will be US$ 360 cheaper on Friday, and it might be a good time to pick it up. The deal will be available at Best Buy.

65-inch 4K Smart Roku TV (US$ 398) and 40-inch Hisense 1080p TV (US$ 99)

This Walmart deal is probably one of the best TV deals we’ve ever seen. But if 65 inches is too big or you have a more limited budget, there’s also a 40-inch option that’s an incredible deal, as well.

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones (US$ 99)

It might be a great chance to pick up a pair of wireless buds from one of the best audio companies out there for under US$ 100. If that’s still a bit too steep though, the Skullcandy Method Wireless Earbuds will also be available at Best Buy for US$ 25, and they’re good quality too.

Anki’s Cozmo (US$ 139.99) and Vector (US$ 199.99) Robots

Anki has been making their rounds on the internet with these two adorable little robots. They would make for a great gift for children and adults alike, and will be marked down at Best Buy this Thanksgiving weekend.

There you have it! Just a few sneaky bits we found ahead of all the ads. We’re sure there’ll be loads more amazing stuff to check out, but this is a good place to start. We hope you enjoy your holidays, and be careful if you’re planning to face the Black Friday mobs. Happy Thanksgiving!

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