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May

Apple Watch Dominates Cellular-Enabled Smartwatch Market


Apple Watch Series 3 models with LTE have dominated the cellular-enabled smartwatch market since they were released last September.

Specifically, the Apple Watch accounted for an estimated 59 percent of the worldwide cellular-enabled smartwatch market in the first quarter of 2018, according to data shared by research firm Canalys today.

Canalys senior analyst Jason Low says the cellular capabilities have been key to the success of the Apple Watch Series 3 lineup:

Key to Apple’s success with its latest Apple Watch Series 3 is the number of LTE-enabled watches it has been able to push into the hands of consumers. Operators welcome the additional revenue from device sales and the added subscription revenue for data on the Apple Watch, and the list of operators that sell the LTE Apple Watch worldwide is increasing each month.

Low added that Apple has taken advantage of a lack of high-end competition in the cellular-enabled smartwatch market:

While the Apple ecosystem has a strong LTE watch offering, the lack of a similar product in the Android ecosystem is glaring. If Google decides to pursue the opportunity with a rumored Pixel Watch, it would jump-start much needed competition in this space.

There are a handful of Wear OS smartwatches with LTE available, such as the LG Watch Sport, LG Watch Urbane, and Huawei Watch 2, but third-party app support and software updates are lackluster compared to the Apple Watch.

Canalys estimates that Apple Watch shipments totaled 3.8 million units in the quarter, including non-cellular models, making it the world’s most popular wearable, even though several other competitors in the top five sell a wide range of comparatively inexpensive fitness trackers and activity bands.


Chinese company Xiaomi, for example, shipped an estimated 3.7 million wearables in the quarter, but Canalys notes that more than 90 percent of those shipments were Mi Bands, priced as low as $20 to $25 in the United States.

Apple Watch pricing starts at $249 for Series 1 models, while Series 3 models with LTE retail for $399 and up, in the United States.

Apple doesn’t break out Apple Watch sales as it does with iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Instead, it groups the watch under its “Other Products” category, alongside the Apple TV, AirPods, Beats, iPod, HomePod, and accessories. Canalys and other research firms look for clues in Apple’s earnings reports to estimate shipments.

Apple CEO Tim Cook did vaguely reveal that Apple Watch revenue reached a new record in the first quarter of 2018:

Apple Watch had another great quarter with revenue growing by strong double-digits year-over-year to a new March quarter record. Millions of customers are using Apple Watch to help them stay active, healthy, and connected, and they have made it a top-selling watch in the world.

Apple Watches have grown so popular that, in the final three months of 2017, worldwide shipments outpaced all Swiss watch brands combined for the first time, according to IDC senior research director Francisco Jeronimo.‏

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 4Tag: CanalysBuyer’s Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral)
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23
May

Pandora Rolling Out Personalized Playlists to All Premium Subscribers on Mobile App


After a slow rollout began in March, Pandora today announced that all Premium tier subscribers can now access their own personalized music playlists. Similar to Apple Music and Spotify, Pandora’s selection of playlists personally curate a specific collection of tracks, but Pandora focuses on moods, activities, and genres (via TechCrunch).

For example, Pandora can create “Your Energy Soundtrack,” “Your Happy Soundtrack,” “Your Rainy Day Soundtrack,” “Your R&B Soundtrack,” and more, with about 25 songs each. As a comparison, Apple Music’s personal curation focuses on New Music Mix, Chill Mix, and Favorites Mix, offering songs aimed at introducing you to new artists, serving up relaxing tunes, and generating a collection of what the service decides are your favorite tracks.

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Pandora Premium users can send links to their friends (even if they’re on the free tier) as a way to share their personalized playlists. The free tier users will have to watch a video ad to listen to the playlist and test out other paid features as well — an ability Pandora debuted last December.

In regards to how the app curates the playlists, Pandora says it uses its “Music Genome” and machine learning algorithms to continously determine what music you listen to most often. Combined with human curators, Pandora then gathers songs into the new “Soundtrack” playlists to “perfect the lists and update them, as needed.”

Apple Music updates its Mixes on specific days every week, but Pandora’s offering appears to be a bit more nebulous. During the rollout phase of the feature, the app was creating “up to four new playlists” for each user every week, and it would continue until it “maxed out” the user’s playlist categories. TechCrunch explains further: “This “max” is not a flat number, but varies by user. For example, someone who listens to a lot of different types of music may continue getting new playlists for weeks.”

Pandora is offering the stable of personalized playlists as a way to entice its free users to upgrade to Pandora Premium, which runs for $9.99/month. Originally a live radio streaming service only, Pandora launched Premium in 2017 to compete with Apple Music and Spotify, combining its existing radio features into an on-demand music streaming service.

Moving forward, Pandora is planning to release more playlist categories and themes in the coming months. Pandora chief performance officer Chris Phillips says, “This is the beginning of a whole suite of themed playlists that we will automatically build and tailor to each Premium user. In the coming months, we’ll be rolling out more even more themes for you to unlock.”

Pandora Music is available to download on iOS [Direct Link] and Android for free.

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23
May

Apple Offering $50 Credit to Customers Who Paid for iPhone 6 and Later Battery Replacements From January to December 2017


Apple is providing a $50 credit to all customers who paid for an out-of warranty battery replacement for an iPhone 6 or later between the dates of January 1, 2017 and December 28, 2017, the company announced today.

The $50 credit is an extension of Apple’s $29 battery replacement program, which went into effect in December of 2017 to provide lower-cost battery replacement options to customers potentially affected by performance throttling due to battery degradation.

All customers who had a battery replacement from an Apple Store, Apple Repair Center, or an Apple Authorized Service Provider are eligible for the $50 credit, which will be provided as an electronic funds transfer or a credit on the credit card used to pay for the battery replacement.

Apple is only issuing refunds for replacements completed at an Apple authorized service location, so those who may have received repairs from a third-party repair outlet will not be eligible for a refund.

The program is available to customers who paid the full $79 price for an out-of-warranty battery replacement on an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, SE, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, or 7 Plus. The $50 credit will bring the price paid for the replacement down to $29, the same price Apple is charging for replacement batteries through the end of 2018. While Apple is offering $50 in the United States, battery replacement credits in other countries will vary based on the original price of the out-of-warranty replacement.

Those who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement will be contacted by Apple via email between May 23 and July 27 with instructions on how to receive the credit. Customers who believe they are eligible for a credit but have not received an email by August 1 should contact Apple support for assistance.

Apple has been offering lower-cost batteries following controversy over power management features quietly introduced in older iPhones with the iOS 10.2.1 update in early 2017.

The power management options were introduced to prevent unexpected shutdowns during times of peak power draw on devices with degraded batteries, but Apple faced heavy criticism for not disclosing the fact that the power management features throttled the processor on older iPhones with less than optimal batteries, resulting in slower performance.

The throttling was discovered in late 2017 and many customers were left feeling deceived by Apple. To make up for the disclosure oversight, Apple apologized, introduced a $29 battery replacement program, disabled throttling by default in iOS 11.3, and added new features to iOS to introduce more detailed information about battery health so customers will know when a degraded battery is impacting performance.

Related Roundup: iPhone 7Tag: iPhone SlowdownBuyer’s Guide: iPhone 8 (Caution)
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23
May

Apple Hit With Second Class Action Lawsuit Over ‘Defective’ Keyboards in Recent MacBook, MacBook Pro Models


A second class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple over problematic keyboards in recent MacBook and MacBook Pro models.

Like the first lawsuit filed last week, this complaint alleges that small amounts of dust or debris accumulating around recent MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards can render the butterfly switch mechanism underneath individual keys nonfunctional, according to court documents obtained by MacRumors.

In some cases, the butterfly switches can also break entirely, resulting in the affected key becoming detached from the keyboard.

MacRumors first highlighted customer complaints about the 2016 MacBook Pro keyboard over a year ago, including non-functional keys, strange high-pitched sounds on some keys, and keys with a non-uniform feel.

An excerpt from the complaint, filed on Tuesday by law firm Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe in Northern California district court:

Butterfly switch keyboards, which Apple began to use in 2015 on MacBooks and in 2016 on MacBook Pros, are even lower profile than scissor switch keyboards. They still prop up the keys with two intersecting pieces of plastic, but their profile is so low that the key barely “travels” at all when it is depressed. True to the name, butterfly switches are also extremely delicate, held in place by four tiny threads of brittle plastic.

Because of their very low profile, butterfly switch keyboards are resistant to the accumulation of debris underneath the keys. However, when dust or other tiny particles do get beneath the keys, they are capable of rendering the butterfly switches nonfunctional. Further, the keys cannot be removed without risk of damage to the keyboard, which may void Apple’s warranty.

Much of this second lawsuit echoes the first, including the proposed class:

This action is brought on behalf of all persons in the United States who purchased, other than for resale, a model year 2015 or later Apple MacBook or a model year 2016 or later MacBook Pro laptop, which are equipped with “butterfly switch” keyboards.

The complaint alleges that “thousands of consumers” have suffered from these issues, with customer complaints prevalent across blog posts, tweets, comments on forums like MacRumors, an ongoing Change.org petition that has received over 27,000 signatures, and even a satirical song and video.

That video is “I Am Pressing The Spacebar and Nothing Is Happening,” uploaded to YouTube by song-a-day musician Jonathan Mann.


The complaint adds that Apple is “aware of” or “should have known” about the defect through either pre-release product testing, customer complaints, or a combination of the two, but has “at all times failed to disclose that the keyboard is defective” because repairs and replacements prove to be costly.

Apple knew or should have known of the butterfly keyboard defects before the Laptops were ever sold to the public, as a result of standard pre-release product testing. Further… Apple knew or should have known that that the Laptops were defective shortly after the 12-inch MacBooks were initially launched in 2015, and shortly after the MacBook Pros were launched in 2016, because, shortly after each launch, the keyboard was the subject of numerous consumer complaints published on the Company’s website and a variety of internet message boards, such as MacRumors, social and traditional media, and retailer websites. Apple continuously monitors its own website as well as other web pages, including MacRumors…

This complaint, like the first, acknowledges that Apple provides a support document with instructions to clean the keyboard of a MacBook or MacBook Pro with “an unresponsive key or “a key that feels different than the other keys,” but notes that the steps “will not permanently repair the defect.”


Instead, many customers have to resort to the Genius Bar. In the United States, Apple charges an out-of-warranty fee of $700 to replace the keyboard on affected MacBook Pro models, as the process requires replacing the entire top case assembly, the aluminum enclosure housing the keyboard, trackpad, and speaker grilles.

The complaint shares an experience had by Joey Baruch, one of three named plaintiffs alongside Remy Turner and Christopher Martin:

On July 21, 2017, plaintiff Joey Baruch purchased a MacBook Pro 13 inch from an Apple Store in Sherman Oaks, California, and paid $1,974.91. Following his purchase, Mr. Baruch set up his Laptop for use pursuant to the instructions provided. Shortly after his purchase, Mr. Baruch noticed the sporadic failure of certain keys, including the space bar, and the “R”, “T” and “Enter” keys. This problem impaired Mr. Baruch’s ability to use the Laptop.

Once the problem began, Mr. Baruch tried to clean the keyboard using compressed air or a cloth to improve its performance, but the problem progressively got worse. By early 2018, the keyboard performance became so bad that Mr. Baruch needed to take his Laptop in for repair. He brought it to the Apple Store in Sherman Oaks, California. Mr. Baruch is informed and believes his keyboard was replaced. The repair occurred at or about the end of March 2018, and took approximately 5 days.

Shortly thereafter, however, the issue resumed on the new keyboard, including the space bar sticking. The Laptop’s poor performance has become a substantial distraction for Mr. Baruch. Mr. Baruch continues to experience repeated failures with the functionality of the keyboard on his MacBook Pro.

Apple is accused of, among other things, violating California’s Unfair Competition Law and Consumer Legal Remedies Act, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, and breach of express warranty.

The complaint demands that Apple pays punitive damages in an amount to be proven at trial, publicly discloses the defect, and reimburses customers for all costs attributable to the defective MacBook or MacBook Pro keyboards. A jury trial has been demanded in Northern California district court.

Given the overlapping claims, it is likely that the complaints regarding the keyboards will eventually be consolidated into one class action lawsuit.

Related Roundup: MacBook ProTag: lawsuitBuyer’s Guide: MacBook Pro (Don’t Buy)
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23
May

HTC U12 Plus vs. HTC U11: Is it time to upgrade?


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Things have been tough for HTC over the last couple of years, but that hasn’t stopped the Taiwanese manufacturer from releasing some great Android smartphones. We were blown away by the camera quality in last year’s HTC U11 and we loved the budget HTC U11 Life. The latest release is the impressive HTC U12 Plus with dual camera front and back, a 6-inch display, and the usual host of innovative features we’ve come to expect from HTC.

We’re excited to test the HTC U12 Plus out, but today we’re going to compare it with last year’s flagship — the U11 — to see what has changed and improved. If you’re considering buying one of these phones, or upgrading from the U11 to the U12 Plus, then this spec comparison should help you decide.

Specs

HTC U12 Plus
HTC U11

Size
156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7-9.7 mm (6.16 x 2.9 x 0.34 – 0.38 inches)
153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm (6.06 x 2.99 x 0.31 inches)

Weight
 188 grams (6.63 ounces)
169 grams (5.96 ounces)

Screen size
6-inch Super LCD display
5.5-inch Super LCD display

Screen resolution
2,880 x 1,440 pixels (537 pixels per inch)
2,560 x 1,440 pixels (534 pixels per inch)

Operating system
Android 8.0 Oreo
Android 7.1 Nougat

Storage space
64GB, 128GB

64GB, 128GB

MicroSD card slot
Yes, up to 2TB
Yes, up to 400GB

Tap-to-pay services
Google Pay
Google Pay

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

RAM
6GB
4GB, 6GB

Camera
Dual 12MP and 16MP rear with OIS, dual 8MP and 8MP front
12MP rear, 16MP front

Video
2,160p at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 240 fps
2,160p at 30 frames per second, 1,080p at 120 fps

Bluetooth version
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth 4.2

Ports
USB-C
USB-C

Fingerprint sensor
Yes (back)
Yes (front)

Water resistance
IP68
IP67

Battery
3,500mAh

Quick Charge 3.0 (QC 4.0 supported but requires separate charger)

3,000mAh

Quick Charge 3.0

App marketplace
Google Play Store
Google Play Store

Network support
T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon
T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint

Colors
Translucent Blue, Ceramic Black, Flame Red
Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, Solar Red

Price
Starting at $800
$650

Buy from
HTC
HTC

Review score
Hands-on review
4 out of 5 stars

Performance, battery life, and charging

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The HTC U11 was a fine performer with plenty of stamina and speed, but the HTC U12 Plus brings some important improvements. For a start, there’s the latest Snapdragon 845 processor, which is faster and more power efficient than last year’s 835. While the U11 came with a choice of 4GB or 6GB of RAM, paired with 64GB or 128GB of storage respectively, both storage models of the U12 Plus boast 6GB of RAM.

There’s also an extra 500mAh of capacity in the U12 Plus battery, though it is tasked with powering a bigger display. We found the U11 easily lasted a day and half between charges, so we’re hoping the U12 Plus will match it. Both phones support Quick Charge 3.0, but only the U12 Plus supports Quick Charge 4.0 — though you will need to buy a compatible charger separately as you don’t get one in the box. Sadly, neither phone has support for wireless charging.

Winner: HTC U12 Plus

Design and durability

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One of the few things that disappointed us about the U11 was the chunky design and large bezels around the display. HTC has clearly worked on this, shaving down the bezels in the U12 Plus and moving the fingerprint sensor around to the back of the phone. As a result it has managed to pack in a much larger display without making the body too much bigger. There are still bezels above and below the screen, but mercifully there’s no notch. The stunning, color-changing, liquid glass finish on the back is still present, but the U12 Plus comes in new colors, including a translucent blue that shows some of the inner workings of the device.

There have also been improvements in the durability stakes with the U12 Plus scoring an IP68 rating compared to the IP67 rating that the U11 managed. That means it can be dunked in slightly deeper water without damage. A part of that improvement comes with the introduction of digital buttons — the power and volume buttons are not mechanical buttons, but they’re touch-sensitive.

Because of the glass finish, you’ll still need cases to protect these phones.

Winner: HTC U12 Plus

Display

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You’ll find the Super LCD screens in HTC’s phones are sharp and pleasant to read on, though they lack the vibrancy of Samsung’s AMOLED screens. The U12 Plus boasts a 6-inch display with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 pixels, which works out to 537 pixels per inch. That’s very similar to the U11, which had a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, which amounted to 534 pixels per inch. It’s essentially a jump from the old 16:9 aspect ratio to the modern 18:9 and it gives you a slightly taller display.

Winner: HTC U12 Plus

Camera

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On paper, the HTC U11’s 12-megapixel, single-lens camera didn’t generate too much excitement, but in practice we found it capable of capturing some truly excellent photographs. In fact it’s one of our favorite phone cameras of recent months. The U11 also had a capable 16-megapixel front-facing camera.

With the U12 Plus, HTC has gone dual camera crazy, pairing a 12-megapixel lens with an f/1.75 aperture and a 16-megapixel telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture on the rear, both with optical image stabilization (OIS). There are also dual 8-megapixel lenses on the front, for superior portrait mode selfies. We can’t wait to put the U12 Plus camera through its paces and find out what it can do. We’re expecting something special that should surpass last year’s flagship, after all, it scored a DxOMark rating of 103 — just below the top Huawei P20 Pro.

Winner: HTC U12 Plus

Software and updates

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The HTC U11 launched with Android 7.1 Nougat and has since been updated to Android 8.0 Oreo. The U12 Plus is launching with Android 8.0 Oreo and will definitely be getting Android P. Both phones have HTC’s Sense user interface on top, which doesn’t deviate too far from stock Android. There are a few extras like AI Companion and Alexa support, but they complement, rather than replace, Google’s superior suite of apps and services.

Realistically, as the newer and more powerful device, the U12 Plus will continue to get software updates for longer than the U11.

Winner: HTC U12 Plus

Special features

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The innovative Edge Sense feature made its debut in the U11, allowing you to squeeze your phone to snap a photo or launch Google Assistant. In the U12 Plus, it has been expanded to allow you to double tap either side of the phone to trigger an action.

The BoomSound speakers, which provide stereo sound via the bottom-firing speaker and the top earpiece also sound better. Speaking of audio, HTC has also developed Sonic Zoom further in the U12 Plus, allowing you to focus in on the sound of a subject you are recording when you zoom in on them.

One new trick that the U12 Plus has up its sleeve is the ability to understand when to rotate from portrait to landscape based on how you’re holding and looking at the phone, which means it won’t rotate to landscape when you’re holding it in portrait and you lie down to read.

Winner: HTC U12 Plus

Price

The HTC U12 Plus costs $800 for the 64GB model or $850 for the 128GB model. You can buy the HTC U11 for $650, but you’ll probably find deeper discounts if you shop around, especially now that the U12 Plus has arrived. Both phones will work on all major carriers.

Overall winner: HTC U12 Plus

You would expect a new flagship to best its predecessor, and the U12 Plus certainly doesn’t disappoint. With improvements across the board, some minor, some major, there’s little doubt that this year’s HTC is the one to go for. Smart design tweaks, a slightly bigger display, software evolution, and a faster processor are all steps in the right direction, but the camera overhaul is probably the biggest change. Whether it’s enough to persuade U11 owners to upgrade is harder to say right now, so stay tuned for our full U12 Plus review.

Editors’ Recommendations

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23
May

Words lead to actions in the latest version of Slack packing Asana, Jira support


Slack introduced a new feature on Tuesday, May 22 that turns your conversations into “actions.” It’s compatible with Asana, Bitbucket, HubSpot, Jira, Zendesk and more, but as of the time of this publication, Actions weren’t available in the Windows 10 app. Instead, we spotted the new Actions feature within the web-based client by clicking on the “More actions” three-dot icon in any current conversation. 

Initially the “More actions” menu presents a new option labeled as, “Add a message action.” After clicking on the new entry, you’re presented with a page for adding compatible services if they’re not already installed. The app list also includes Guru, Pocket, Teamline (formerly Busybot), and To-do. 

“Using Asana and Slack together keeps projects organized and on track. With the new Asana app for Slack, you can turn any message into an Asana task to keep work moving forward,” the team states. Thus, when you click on the “More actions” icon within a message, you’ll see the “Create a task choice” option for Asana on the list. 

If you have an open issue on Jira Cloud, you can add Slack conversations to that issue for context. In return, the @jirabot will send customizable notifications to any Slack channel you choose. Meanwhile, the new support for HubSpot allows you to create a new task, such as planning a campaign for a big client, and associate that task with a contact or company listed in HubSpot. 

If your team is working on code, support for the Bitbucket repository could be handy. Developed for professional teams, Bitbucket enables code collaboration in the cloud, but Slack makes communication easier by keeping everyone on the same chat channel. The Bitbucket bot keeps an eye on your team’s “usage and patterns” and provides update notifications accordingly. 

“Addressing and responding to pull requests is easy, as they’re automatically updated with the team’s background conversations and decisions discussed in Slack channels,” the Slack team explains. “That means that any important information you need is always available, no matter which tool you’re using.” 

If you’re not familiar with Slack, it’s a cloud-based team collaboration chat client launched in 2013. Short for “Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge,” it started out as an internal IRC-based communication tool for a developer of an online game. And while the current product sheds its ties to the IRC, it’s still IRC-like in that a company can create and manage multiple chat rooms for online collaboration. 

Slack provides three pricing tiers: Free, Standard, and Plus. The free model supports up to 10 apps, one-to-one video calls, and a search tool supporting up to 10,000 messages. For $6.67 per month per active user, teams get group calls with screen sharing, unlimited apps, shared channels, guest accounts, and more. The Plus plan costs $12.50 per active user per month for added user provisioning and deprovisioning, message exports, and more. Slack provides a platform for the enterprise as well. 

Microsoft offers a similar product with Microsoft Teams that’s integrated into the Office 365 subscription. By contrast, Slack is a stand-alone client and service. 


23
May

Dell rings the starting bell on its wide-ranging Memorial Day sale


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Dell has unveiled a whole host of discounts across its various hardware ranges in celebration of Memorial Day. While you can pick up a number of older Inspiron laptops and desktops at cut rates, some of the best deals available are for some of our favorite XPS notebooks, which not only have discounts off their standard price, but have additional coupon codes you can use to bring the cost down even further.

The Memorial Day sales kick off today, May 23, and will run through the actual Memorial Day next Monday, May 28. The sales feature just about everything in Dell’s hardware lineup in some fashion or another. There are desktops, laptops, all-in-ones, and 2-in-1s on sale, all with reasonable discounts of a few hundred dollars apiece. Some though are more discounted than others and represent attractive options for prospective buyers.

You can pick up past-generation XPS 15 laptops for between $50 and $150 off depending on your hardware preferences and each is compatible with the 10 percent off “XPSMEM10” coupon code which improves savings even further. The Biggest discount with that range though is a brand-new XPS 15 2-in-1 with eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 4K display. You can knock off up to $355 from its usual $2,200 price with Memorial Day deals and codes.

If you’re more of a gamer, Dell is also offering some of its Alienware branded laptops and desktops at sizeable discounts. The Alienware 17 with eighth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU and a GTX 1070 has been discounted by $250 to $1,900, while the Alienware 15 with a monstrously powerful Intel Core i9-8950K CPU paired up with a GTX 1080 has had its price cut by $450 to $2,800.

Desktop gamers can upgrade their display on the cheap, too. The Dell Alienware 34 gaming ultrawide monitor with a 3800R curvature, G-Sync support, and a resolution of 2,560 x 1,080 has had its price cut by a third to $800. The super-fast Dell 24 gaming monitor with a 165Hz refresh rate and a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, has seen a drop of nearly $200 to just $380.

But that’s far from all that’s on offer. There are more displays from Dell and a number of other manufacturers, monitor mounts, accessories, desktops, laptops, and peripherals like headsets and gaming mice. If you’re in the market for some new hardware, whether it’s a full system or just some accessories to augment your PC experience, check out Dell’s Memorial Day sale page for a full list of discounted hardware.

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  • Dell XPS 13 vs. Microsoft Surface Book 2 13


23
May

Did you pre-order the OnePlus 6?


Sales officially began May 22.

Yesterday, May 22, pre-orders for the OnePlus 6 officially went live. The OnePlus 6 is one heck of a phone, offering great cameras, a stunning design, and beyond-fast horsepower at a price that’s considerably lower than most other competing flagships.

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$529 is a pretty reasonable price considering everything the OnePlus 6 brings to the table, but it’s still the most expensive phone OnePlus has released to-date.

Some might have thought that the increased price tag would keep buyers at bay, but at least according to the AC forums, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

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05-22-2018 03:39 AM

I ordered OnePlus 6 yesterday and received it by today. That’s superfast delivery by amazon!!! And who else got the device and what are your first impression about the device?
My impression
It’s glass and glass. Very hard to hold the device. I felt like missing the sturdy body from OnePlus..

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05-22-2018 09:11 AM

Being as I was only able to order about 10 minutes ago, it has NOT arrived yet. They are saying Friday!

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05-22-2018 05:17 PM

Order status on one plus says shipped, shipping via FedEx for Thursday delivery

Shipping from City of industry, CA

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05-22-2018 05:56 PM

Same here, O got my tracking number from FedEx. Delivery is on the 24th. This will be my first Oneplus phone. I can wait to try it.

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23
May

Grab a refurbished 2nd-gen Echo for $70, Echo Plus for $110, and more


These could pass as new.

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As part of its Gold Box deals of the day, Amazon has some of its refurbished Echo hardware on sale for some great prices. All of Amazon’s certified refurbished items have been tested to ensure that they work and look like new. Each one comes with a full one-year warranty, so the only thing you’re really missing out on by grabbing one of these is paying full price for it.

First up is the 2nd-gen Echo, which is on sale for $69.99. New, it sells for $100, and the refurbs normally sell for $84.99. Only the charcoal fabric option is available at this price, though there are a few other color options available for just $10 more. If you want more smart home features built-in, the Echo Plus is the device for you, and today it’s just $109.99. Brand new it’s selling for $150 right now, and the refurb usually lists for around $130. Refurb Echo Dots are $39.99 and the Echo Show is $189.99 as well.

These discounted prices make it a perfect time to finally give in and see what Amazon’s Alexa is all about or a good excuse to add more Echo hardware throughout your home.

23
May

Best Buy’s new Total Tech Support gives you 24/7 help for $200 per year


The program even covers products that weren’t purchased at Best Buy.

Getting a helping hand with new technologies is often essential, and leveraging the resources behind its Geek Squad program, Best Buy’s launching a new initiative called Total Tech Support.

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Best Buy Total Tech Support costs $199.99 per year and gives subscribers access to 24/7 tech support no matter when or where they bought the product they’re having trouble with. In other words, you can use Total Tech Support even if you purchased an item somewhere other than Best Buy.

The service has been in testing over the last few months by 230,000 people to “set up, troubleshoot or fix” various tech products over 400,000 times.

You can use your Total Tech Support subscription to get support from Geek Squad agents in-store, by phone, online, and through the Best Buy Home mobile app. In addition to the 24/7 help, Total Tech Support members also get a few extra perks, including —

  • $49.99 in-home service appointments (e.g. TV mounting and appliance installation)
  • 20% off repairs and advanced services
  • 20% off Geek Squad Protection and AppleCare plans

Best Buy Total Tech Support is available right now and can be purchased via the link below.

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