SmartPhones

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite Hands-On Review

Xiaomi, just like many other Chinese companies, is well-known for providing flagship specs at affordable prices along with well-performing budget specs. So let’s put this to the test… I have used Xiaomi’s Mi A2 Lite as my daily driver for about 3 weeks, and here is my review of what it has to offer!

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Galaxy Note 9 – specs and features

Since the Note 7 debacle, we have seen Samsung take the safe road with their Note line-up, but here they are again pushing boundaries again like we’ve known them to do. The company is slightly behind competitors, but they should continue on this track with next year’s Galaxy S10 if they expect to remain ahead in the global smartphone market.

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Galaxy Note 9 launch and Apple’s mid-range phone delayed

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A month ago it seemed like Samsung was going to launch the Note 9, codenamed the Crown, ahead of time this year, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Samsung’s Vice Chairman, Lee Jae-Yong, has recently demanded the reduction of the display’s thickness by 0.5mm. That does raise one concern, will a thinner display be easier to crack? The reason this change was requested was that Lee Jae-Yong was touring the distribution centers of Oppo and Vivo, and preferred the feel of holding and using their thinner displays. This delay means that the Note 9 launch date will be pushed back to August.

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We’re changing our privacy… never mind!

Following the whole Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, the EU has signed and set a legal framework known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). GDPR sets guidelines for the collection and processing or individuals’ personal information within the EU. This is mainly the reason your email accounts have been “spammed” by privacy policy changes emails. But the benefits for users go beyond personal privacy, as revealed by Marcel Freinbichler, Austrian web developer, on Twitter.

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Tablets, Tech

No more Android Tablets?

If you own an Android tablet then you probably know how neglected it is, receiving very few software updates throughout the year, while many apps not being optimized to run correctly on the tablet. Well, we can now with all confidence, officially say goodbye to Android tablets. Google has recently updated the Android website and removed the tablet tab entirely. The website can now be used to learn about Android on various devices, but not tablets.

Source: Android Police

Google’s focus has long ago shifted towards Chromebooks, but it’s unclear if we’ll be seeing any Chrome OS tablets anytime soon.

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Apple lied… who would’ve guessed?

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One lawsuit after the other, it seems like Apple can’t have a break! Recently Apple was sued over butterfly defective keyboards used in 2015 MacBooks and their 2016-2017 MacBook Pro while knowing that the keyboard was defective before launch. The main defect with the new butterfly mechanism is that keys stop working once enough dust builds up under the keys. As a result, customers were made to pay between 400 to 500 dollars in repairs in cases where the laptop was no longer under Apple warranty. A second lawsuit has been recently filed, with this one claiming that Apple has breached several new laws some of which is due to the company not honoring the warranty.

Apple’s nightmare doesn’t end here, court documents revealed that the company new that the iPhone 6 would bend (remember bendgate?) before releasing the phone. Honestly, of course, they knew… smartphones undergo many durability tests before launching, but here it is a new PR nightmare. Apple, get your shit together. Oh, and my MacBook Pro’s keyboard better not stop working.

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OnePlus 6: specifications and features

Unlike last year, this time OnePlus made sure to adopt the new trending design of the year right from the start. Unfortunately, this trending design is none other than the notorious Notch design. On the other hand, the phone’s specifications and pricing are nothing short than troubling for all competing brands.

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Galaxy S9: Slow-Mo approved!

The S9 and S9 Plus have been in the market for a couple of months now and they have been receiving very good reviews. Two features that are continuously highlighted when discussing the two phones are the Super-Slow-Mo and the mechanical variable aperture. My initial impression when looking at the two new phones was that Samsung should have provided more to win the market this year, but it seems that the phones excelled at what was provided that it still manages to grab attention among fierce competition.

Samsung has been teaming up with Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy, the two guys behind the famous YouTube Channel also known as “The Slow Mo Guys”, since the release of the two devices to provide users with a better understanding of the Super Slow-mo feature.

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