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Samsung launches the Galaxy Tab S6 for ‘creativity and productivity’

Tablets are not dead

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Tablets aren’t dead. While a certain company named after a fruit is clearly ahead of the pack, Samsung is showing  they are also making strides in the slate department with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.

Creativity and Productivity

The primary problem for tablets has always been — what purpose do they serve? Are they just simply oversized smartphones made for media consumption? The answer has been moving more and more towards creativity and productivity.

The Galaxy Tab S6 comes with an S Pen that now attaches magnetically to the device for easy storage and charging. They’re also adding a feature called Air Action that lets you take selfies, videos, or scroll through content even when the tablet is not within your arms’ reach. Could this be a feature that we’ll see on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10? We’ll find out soon.

The tablet also has a new version of Samsung DeX. It instantly transforms the tablet into a PC desktop experience. The Galaxy Tab S6 can be paired with a dedicated Book Cover Keyboard that instantly launches the DeX feature so you can seamlessly move from tablet to desktop.

Power and Performance

The Galaxy Tab S6 is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chip — a staple on today’s mobile flagship devices. Coupled with a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED display and quad speakers tuned by AKG, this tablet is also a promising media device.

Mobile gamers will be pleased to know that it has a new Game Booster feature with AI capabilities for lag-free gaming. There’s also a Game Launcher that lets players chat live with other gamers thanks to Samsung’s exclusive partnership with Discord.

While we don’t recommend taking this out in public for photos, it does come with a new dual camera with one being an Ultra Wide lens. There’s also an on-screen fingerprint scanner — another staple feature on today’s flagships.

Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy Tab S6 will be available on September 6, in Mountain Gray, Cloud Blue and Rose Blush. The Wi-Fi edition will be available to pre-order at Samsung.com on August 23 and available in stores on September 6 starting at US$ 649.00.

If you pre-order or buy the tablet before September 22, the Book Cover Keyboard will be available at a 50 percent discount. There will also be an LTE edition of the Galaxy Tab S6 and it will be available later in 2019.

Update as of September 6: In the Philippines, the Galaxy Tab S6 is now available at any Samsung Experience Store around the country. It will retail for PhP 47,990. The tablet comes in Mountain Gray and Rose Blush colors with a matching S Pen, and a free book keyboard.

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Razer is reviving its left-handed gaming mouse

Boasting 20,000dpi

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For such a thriving industry, the gaming peripherals industry still has no easily manufacturable solution for left-handed gaming. Years ago, Razer spent resources to develop an ergonomic solution for the problem. However, because of a lack in demand, the company pulled the product out. Now, Razer is reviving its left-handed gaming mouse.

Initially launched in 2014, the Razer Naga Left-handed Edition combines a thumb-optimized 12-button gaming grid with left-handed ergonomics. All in all, the mouse has 19+1 programmable buttons. Inside, the mouse’s new sensor sports 20,000dpi with 99.6 percent resolution accuracy. As a result, the Left-handed Edition is optimized for MMO gaming.

Further, the mouse boasts a durability of up to 50,000 clicks. It boasts slick movement across any surface with PTFE coating. It also a super flexible cable for minimal drag. The mouse’s memory can also store up to five profiles.

Razer now claims that it is the only company that sells true left-handed gaming mice. True enough, most left-handed gaming mice today are just symmetrically designed. Basically, the mice’s developers did not design ergonomically for another market. Instead, they made a mouse applicable for both markets. Razer says that it expended a lot of resources by developing a truly left-handed mouse, often causing a loss more than a profit.

According to Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, the newly designed mouse will likely still cause a loss. However, “the more [they] sell, the less of a loss [they] will take on it and the more likely [Razer] can continue to produce it,” he said.

Besides the new Naga, Razer also sells the DeathAdder Left-handed Edition, a more minimal gaming mouse for any use. The Naga Left-handed Edition is still an upgrade over the DeathAdder. The new mouse is now available for US$ 99.99.

SEE ALSO: Razer launched a heat-resistant, antibacterial Note 20 case

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Even Samsung calls them Beans, according to teardown

They also have an easily replaceable battery

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Marketing will always clash with engineering. Whereas the latter will use quirky names for a product, the former will always prefer a more marketing-friendly name. Take the Android 11 versus Android Red Velvet Cake debate, for example. Now, another weirdly named product is falling into the same marketing versus engineering clash: the Galaxy Buds Live. If you’ve seen the product, you already know what it should be called. Apparently, Samsung does, too. According to a tear-down video, even Samsung calls them Beans.

In iFixit’s latest teardown video, the infamous dissector of tech revealed the inner workings of the small Galaxy Buds Live. Composed of many minuscule components, each earbud contains a flexible strip that holds the entire thing together. Each cable has a perfectly readable label called “bean left” or “bean right.” Without a doubt, Samsung — at least, their engineering department — calls them beans as well.

In other news, iFixit also comments on the relative ease of taking the earbuds apart, making them much easier to fix. They even found it easy to replace the battery (provided you even have a spare battery in the first place). Overall, the YouTuber gave it a repairability score of 8.

Regardless of what you call the Galaxy Buds Live or Galaxy Beans, the new wireless earbuds are a marvel of product design. The bean-shaped design makes for a more comfortable fit than more elongated earbuds out there. It fits snugly rather than protrudes invasively. Right now, the Galaxy Buds Live are available for US$ 169.99.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series: Staying the course

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Facebook blames Apple for harming small businesses

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Today, Facebook launched a new service wherein small businesses can now effectively host paid livestreaming events right on the platform. Of course, while individual users might not find much use for the service, small businesses will benefit from centralizing their operations in fewer platforms. However, in the same launch, Facebook blames Apple for harming small businesses.

You might ask why Facebook took the time to attack Apple during their own launch event. Well, for two reasons.

The first reason concerns the new service’s payment structure. The new service includes a host of possible events like fitness classes, meet-and-greets, and pay-per-view events. Naturally, paid online events will help recoup losses from a still-ailing live events industry. To help these small business, Facebook chose to forego any revenue from hosting any events on their page. Small businesses will essentially earn 100 percent of their ticket sales from the event.

Now, Apple currently has a 30 percent cut on all transactions made through their devices. Hence, small businesses will earn only 70 percent of the revenue made from Apple users. Facebook asked Apple to either reduce the revenue cut or allow Facebook to shoulder the burden. Apple declined.

The second reason is, strangely, because of Fortnite. Lately, the still-popular battle royale game launched a crusade against the App Store’s monopolistic 30 percent cut. Epic Games migrated Fortnite’s transaction system away from Apple or Google and into Epic Games directly, earning them 100 percent of the revenue. As a result, Apple and Google kicked Fortnite from their respective stores. Now, Epic Games is suing Apple for the monopolistic practice.

Facebook’s dig against Apple is timely. In exposing Apple’s decision, Facebook can hope to change the practice in the future.

SEE ALSO: Facebook wants to acquire Dubsmash to fight TikTok

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