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Sep

Deals: Best Buy Flash Sale Offers $300 Off Ceramic and Stainless Steel Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular Models


Best Buy’s latest flash sale is for the Apple Watch Series 3 today only, particularly those models with GPS and Cellular capabilities. In the sale, you can save $300 on the Ceramic/Sports Band and Stainless Steel/Milanese Loop collections.

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This brings the 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop down to $449.00, from $749.00, and the 38mm White Ceramic Case with Soft White/Pebble Sport Band down to $999.00, from $1,299.00. These represent the best prices available online for the Apple Watch GPS + Cellular models, and some of the best-ever discounts on the wearables since Series 3 launched last fall.

Head to Best Buy’s Daily Deals page to check out the models on sale and place your order before they expire later tonight. It’s still worth noting that the Apple Watch Series 4 is just under one week away at this point.

B&H Photo is also continuing to offer nice discounts on the latest 2018 MacBook Pro in a few configurations, including the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2.3 GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for $1,599.00, down from $1,799.00.


If you’re looking for a larger display, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2.2 GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD) is on sale for $2,099.00, down from $2,399.00. B&H Photo originally said this sale would end on August 31, but it has been extended to September 8 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Adorama is also still matching the discounts.

On Amazon, Anker has shared its newest collection of discounts, which are live through mid September and don’t require any promo codes:

  • PowerCore 15600 Power Bank – $32.29, down from $39.99 (exp. 9/16)

  • Ultra-Slim Wireless Charger – $15.99, down from $19.99 (exp. 9/16)

  • ZOLO Liberty+ Total-Wireless Earphones – $99.99, down from $149.99 (exp. 9/16)

  • eufy App Control Smart Plug – $18.39, down from $22.99 (exp. 9/16)

  • eufy App Control Smart Plug Mini 2 pack – $31.99, down from $39.99 (exp. 9/16)

  • eufy Smart Bulb 2 pack – $25.99, down from $32.99 (exp. 9/16)

  • Powerline II Lightning Cable 6ft (White) – $10.19, down from $12.99 (exp. 9/16)

Additionally, MacRumors and Magix have again partnered to offer our readers an exclusive discount on one of the multimedia software maker’s bundles, called Sound Forge Pro Mac 3. The offer includes savings of up to 60 percent off, with Sound Forge Pro Mac 3 priced at $229.00, down from $557.00.


For those interested, Sound Forge Pro Mac 3 is an advanced audio editing suite with multi-channel recording and editing, mastering for music and dialogue clips, and support for high-resolution audio recording at 24 bits with sampling rates as high as 192kHz. The new sale will run through October 31, 2018. For more information on the software, visit Magix’s website.

There are plenty of other deals going on as we enter the weekend, including App Store and iTunes gift card savings at Sam’s Club, back to school savings on Mac apps like Pixelmator Pro and Fantastical 2, and ongoing $50 discounts on the HomePod at Best Buy and Costco. Be sure to check out our full Deals Roundup for information on these sales and more.

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7
Sep

Epic Games Addresses Recent Fortnite Performance Issues on iOS, Confirms Fix Coming Soon


Fortnite players across platforms have taken to Reddit and Twitter over the past day to point out a few performance bugs plaguing the game in the wake of the new “High Stakes” event, with a glut of users calling the iOS game unplayable over the last 12 hours.

Following the complaints, Epic Games this morning responded to players, stating that it is aware of the iOS performance issues and that it has begun working on a fix, which will be shared in an update “as soon as possible.” The update is being tested internally, but no word was given on when it’ll be out.

Hey everyone,

We know that iOS performance is in a rough state, but we want to let you know that we’ve fixed the issues and are working on getting a patch out as soon as possible. We know you’re eager to get started on those High Stakes Challenges and try out the Getaway LTM. We’ll let you know as soon as we have an update for when the patch will go live.

Fortnite on iOS has been a popular mobile alternative to the PC and console game, offering users the chance to play the well-known “Battle Royale” mode while on the go. Fortnite initially launched as a beta on iOS in March and then expanded wide in April. The smartphone apps are focused entirely on Fortnite’s PvP Battle Royale mode, but the console and desktop versions of the game also include a PvE mode called Save the World.

Recently, rumors suggested that Epic Games was working on Fortnite for the Apple TV, but the company confirmed that it “isn’t planning to bring Fortnite to Apple TV.”

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7
Sep

These haunting anatomical images turn vertebrates inside out


Courtesy of the University of Kansas and W. Leo Smith

A thin line separates science from art. It’s often blurred. When scientists employ an artist’s creativity, imaginatively theorize the unimaginable — as Newton, Einstein, and Hawking were able to do — they’ve been known to make discoveries worth hanging on gallery walls. When artists apply methodological rigor to their work, they have a chance to illuminate the seemingly inaccessible aspects of science. Da Vinci, Dalí, Stelarc — each was an artist with a scientific frame of mind.

Two new imaging techniques developed by researchers at the University of Kansas (KU) blend science and art in a hauntingly captivating way. The techniques allow for photos to be taken of 50-plus-year-old vertebrate specimens, depicting the intricacies of their anatomy. Among the specimens imaged were a shrew, python, and viperfish.

The first process entails using “cleared and stained” specimens that have been stripped of their muscles. With their muscles removed, specimens go flaccid and don’t hold their natural shape. The KU researchers’ breakthrough was to place them in a translucent glycerine-gelatin mixture, such that they could pose the specimens and wash the mixture safely away after the photos were taken.

  • 1.
    Head-on image of a cleared-and-stained Orangebanded Stingfish (Choridactylus multibarbus) with its lachrymal sabers projecting out.
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    Cleared-and-stained Timor Python (Python timoriensis) in a coiled position.
  • 3.
    Cleared-and-stained head of a frightening deep-sea predator, Sloaned Viperfish (Chauliodus sloani).

The second technique involves fluorescent imaging, in which the researchers stain the specimen with the compound alizarin, which, years ago, W. Leo Smith, a professor of biology at KU, discovered fluoresces red when exposed to a specific light wavelength.

“The most exciting part of this effort is that you can use these techniques to create beautiful images,” Smith, who lead the study, told Digital Trends. “But perhaps more importantly, these techniques allow vertebrate biologists and paleontologists to more clearly demonstrate anatomical variation or discoveries that they make in publications and presentations. These techniques isolate the skeleton from other parts of the cleared-and-stained specimens and allow for the temporary posing of the … specimens in ways like museums pose dinosaurs or other large fossils on exhibit.”

Cleared-and-stained juvenile Roosterfish (Nematistius pectoralis), which is a popular game fish in Mexico. Courtesy of the University of Kansas and M. Girard

Scientists have been snapping photos of specimens for science and posterity’s sake for hundreds of years. These allow them to share and disseminate these anatomical models, while keeping the original specimen in a safe location.

Today’s scientists — including biologists, paleontologists, and taxidermists — have already begun to use the technique developed by Smith and his team. He first began presenting the method a few years ago and recently detailed the technique in a paper in the journal Copeia.

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7
Sep

Samsung Galaxy A6 and Tab A 10.5 offer great midrange value for money


Looking to spend some money on your next smart device, but aren’t looking to splash flagship-levels of cash? Samsung’s got your back with the release of the new Samsung Galaxy A6 phone, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5. Both devices are firmly in the midrange section of the market, and are designed to complement the high-end Galaxy S9 and Note 9 range, and the Galaxy Tab S4, offering lower-cost options that still bring Samsung’s fine polish.

Samsung Galaxy A6

Samsung has launched a full-scale assault on the midrange market, with a change in strategy to take on companies like Huawei, Honor, and Xiaomi. Those Chinese manufacturers currently rule the market with a selection of high-spec, low-cost devices. However, don’t expect the Galaxy A6 to be the first soldier in that new midrange war, as the phone has still clearly been made with Samsung’s old strategy in mind.

Key Specs


CPU: Exynos 7884 (Octa-core 1.6GHz)


Memory: 3GB


Storage: 32GB


MicroSD storage: Up to 400GB


Screen size: 5.6-inch Super AMOLED


Resolution: 1480 x 720


Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, NFC


Battery: 3,300mAh


Size: 149.9 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm


Weight: 162g (5.7oz)


Operating system: Android 8.0 Oreo

The Galaxy A6 looks set to have some decent power with an octa-core 1.6Ghz Exynos 7884 processor and 3GB of RAM. There’s plenty of room for media and apps with 32GB of onboard storage — and there’s room for even more with support for MicroSD cards up to 400GB in size. There’s a 3,000mAh battery that should easily see out the day — but you’ll find a MicroUSB port at the bottom of the phone, which might be a disappointment for anyone hoping to see the more future-proof USB-C make an appearance.

At this price point, you’re not going to get Galaxy S-levels of style, but the Galaxy A6 still looks pretty good. There’s no curved glass on the front, and there’s a slight around the edges of the display and a sizeable forehead and chin. Flip the phone over and you’ll find a single camera lens with an underslung fingerprint sensor in the style of the Galaxy S9. The display only goes up to 720p HD, but it makes up for it by being a long Super AMOLED Infinity Display. Samsung’s displays have been some of the best in the business recently, and we expect the Galaxy A6 will show off some inky blacks and vibrant colors.

The aforementioned rear-facing camera is a 16-megapixel lens with an f/1.7 aperture and an LED flash. That large aperture should mean that the Galaxy A6 has good low-light performance, even if it’s unlikely to be the match of the best camera phones. The front-facing selfie cam is a monster though — it’s also a 16-megapixel lens, but with a slightly smaller f/1.9 aperture. It should take good selfies though, and it also comes with support for face unlocking.

The Galaxy A6 runs Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung’s Samsung Experience UI laid over the top. There’s been no word on an Android 9.0 Pie update, but we expect it will arrive shortly after it does on the Samsung flagships. Bixby is also included, making this one of the cheapest ways to experience Samsung’s personal assistant, and set up for the Galaxy Home smart speaker.

The Samsung Galaxy A6 will be available in the U.S. on Samsung’s website beginning September 14, with carrier options arriving in the coming weeks. The phone will start at $360.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5

If you love the Galaxy Tab S4, but can’t justify dropping $650 on a tablet, then the Galaxy Tab A 10.5 might be more up your alley. However, this is very much a media-focused tablet, and doesn’t appear to have any of the productivity tools of the Tab S4, so it’s not worth checking out if you’re after a business or productivity device. If you need a larger-screened tablet for entertainment, though, it could be a good bet.

Key Specs


CPU: Snapdragon 450


Memory: 3GB


Storage: 32GB


MicroSD storage: Up to 400GB


Screen size: 10.5-inches


Resolution: 1920 x 1200


Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2


Battery: 7,300mAh


Size: 259.8 x 160.7 x 7.87 mm


Weight: WiFi: 531g (18.7oz) | LTE: 535g (18.9oz)


Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo

The key draw of the Tab A 10.5 is clearly the large 10.5-inch LCD display. It runs a 1900 x 1200 resolution in a 16:10 aspect ration, giving a cinema experience. That media-viewing clout is backed up by the same speaker system we saw on the Tab S4, with a speaker placed at each corner of the device, and enhanced by Dolby Atmos.

It’s powered by the Snapdragon 450, 3GB of RAM, and comes with 32GB of onboard storage that can be boosted by up to 400GB with a MicroSD card. There’s a 7,300mAh battery and a USB-C port. You’ll find an 8-megapixel camera on the back of the device, with a 5-megapixel lens at the front.

The Tab A 10.5 is powered by Android 8.1 Oreo, with Samsung’s usual custom UI on top. Samsung is pushing the tablet as a home for your Samsung SmartThings, and you’ll be able to use your Tab A 10.5 to control your SmartThings-enabled devices. If it’s a family tablet, there’s also the Samsung Kids service, which offers curated, high-quality, and fun books, games, and apps to help your child learn. It also comes with tools to limit your child’s screen time, and by purchasing the Tab A 10.5, you’ll get 30 days of free access.

The Galaxy Tab A 10.5 comes in both a Wi-Fi and LTE model. You’ll be able to find the Wi-Fi model at Amazon, Samsung, and Walmart from September 14, starting at $330. There’s no solid release date or price for the LTE model yet, but Samsung promises it will arrive this year, and will be available from Verizon and Sprint.

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7
Sep

How to watch Apple’s September 12 ‘Gather Round’ event


Apple’s big “Gather Round” iPhone event is almost here, and is set to be the launchpad for a total of three new iPhones, including two successors to the iPhone X, and one so-called “low-cost” iPhone. We will also get a new Apple Watch, which is set to boast a new edge-to-edge display and upgraded specs under the hood, and we may be treated to new Macs, an AirPower charging pad, and more. We’ll also likely learn the release dates for Apple’s new software — including iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and watchOS 5.

The event itself is scheduled for September 12 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, or 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Apple events normally start within a few minutes of the time that they’re supposed to — though there will be a little padding and discussion of Apple’s recent successes before any big announcements take place.

So how can you watch all this new tech get unveiled? Thankfully, Apple livestreams its events, so it’s pretty easy to check it out for yourself. Here are a few ways to watch Apple’s big September 12 event for yourself.

How to watch the Apple event on a PC or Mac

Unlike previous years, Apple may not be limiting the livestream of the event to Safari. Apple has already created a landing page for the event, and has detailed the requirements for watching it. There are a few devices and operating systems that can stream the event.

  • Safari on Mac running MacOS 10.12 Sierra or later
  • Microsoft Edge on a PC running Windows 10

Apple also notes that the stream may work in newer versions of Google Chrome or Firefox, though your results may vary a little.  According to Apple, the browser needs to support MSE, H.264, and AAC.

How to watch the Apple event on an iPhone or iPad

Thankfully, you won’t be limited to only watching the event on a computer — if you’re on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll also be able to check it out for yourself.

According to Apple, the requirements to watch the Apple event on an iPhone are that you’re using Safari, and it’s on an iPhone running iOS 10 or later. Some outlets suggest the stream will also work on iOS 9, but considering that Apple says you need iOS 10, your results on iOS 9 may vary.

How to watch the Apple event on an Apple TV

Maybe you’d prefer to catch the event in your living room. If that’s you, then there are ways to stream it to your Apple TV — though the process is a little different from using an iPhone or computer.

To watch the Apple event on an Apple TV, you’ll need to head to the App Store and download the “Apple Events” app, which will be available shortly before the event. From there, you will have the option of livestreaming the event.

Stay tuned

Whether you choose watch the event live as it unfolds or not, we’ll be covering all the major announcements and new releases. Head here to check out all of our September 12 event related coverage.

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7
Sep

How to watch Apple’s September 12 ‘Gather Round’ event


Apple’s big “Gather Round” iPhone event is almost here, and is set to be the launchpad for a total of three new iPhones, including two successors to the iPhone X, and one so-called “low-cost” iPhone. We will also get a new Apple Watch, which is set to boast a new edge-to-edge display and upgraded specs under the hood, and we may be treated to new Macs, an AirPower charging pad, and more. We’ll also likely learn the release dates for Apple’s new software — including iOS 12, macOS Mojave, and watchOS 5.

The event itself is scheduled for September 12 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, or 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Apple events normally start within a few minutes of the time that they’re supposed to — though there will be a little padding and discussion of Apple’s recent successes before any big announcements take place.

So how can you watch all this new tech get unveiled? Thankfully, Apple livestreams its events, so it’s pretty easy to check it out for yourself. Here are a few ways to watch Apple’s big September 12 event for yourself.

How to watch the Apple event on a PC or Mac

Unlike previous years, Apple may not be limiting the livestream of the event to Safari. Apple has already created a landing page for the event, and has detailed the requirements for watching it. There are a few devices and operating systems that can stream the event.

  • Safari on Mac running MacOS 10.12 Sierra or later
  • Microsoft Edge on a PC running Windows 10

Apple also notes that the stream may work in newer versions of Google Chrome or Firefox, though your results may vary a little.  According to Apple, the browser needs to support MSE, H.264, and AAC.

How to watch the Apple event on an iPhone or iPad

Thankfully, you won’t be limited to only watching the event on a computer — if you’re on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll also be able to check it out for yourself.

According to Apple, the requirements to watch the Apple event on an iPhone are that you’re using Safari, and it’s on an iPhone running iOS 10 or later. Some outlets suggest the stream will also work on iOS 9, but considering that Apple says you need iOS 10, your results on iOS 9 may vary.

How to watch the Apple event on an Apple TV

Maybe you’d prefer to catch the event in your living room. If that’s you, then there are ways to stream it to your Apple TV — though the process is a little different from using an iPhone or computer.

To watch the Apple event on an Apple TV, you’ll need to head to the App Store and download the “Apple Events” app, which will be available shortly before the event. From there, you will have the option of livestreaming the event.

Stay tuned

Whether you choose watch the event live as it unfolds or not, we’ll be covering all the major announcements and new releases. Head here to check out all of our September 12 event related coverage.

Editors’ Recommendations

  • What to expect from Apple’s September 12 ‘Gather Round’ event
  • Here’s everything we know about Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat
  • How to watch Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked August 2018 event
  • iOS 12’s best new features
  • Samsung’s Wireless Charger Duo can charge two devices at the same time



7
Sep

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro vs. Fitbit Charge 3: Which should you buy?


We’re a virtual company made up of tech experts from across the globe. Android is our jam, but at the same time, we love checking out the latest in wearable tech. If you’re in the market for a new fitness tracker, we’ve got the shopping advice you need.

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

Great for runners

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$194 at Amazon

Pros

  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Local music storage with Spotify
  • Built-in GPS
  • Larger app selection

Cons

  • No Samsung Pay
  • Expensive

Samsung’s Gear Fit2 Pro has built-in GPS, allows you to locally save music with the Spotify app, and tracks all sorts of activities. We wish there was support for Samsung Pay, and at $194, the Fit2 Pro isn’t cheap.

Fitbit Charge 3

Fitbit’s best tracker

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$149 – $169 at Fitbit

Pros

  • Connect’s to the Fitbit ecosystem
  • Fitbit Pay (for Special Edition)
  • Up to 7 days of battery life

Cons

  • No built-in GPS
  • Can’t download music

The Charge 3 is Fitbit’s smartest fitness tracker to-date. Along with the regular fitness suite, you’ll also find female health tracking, a growing selection of apps, and even Fitbit Pay!

If you’re already invested in the Fitbit ecosystem, the Charge 3 is the best fitness-tracker you can buy. However, if you need GPS and want to listen to music without carrying your phone, the Fit2 Pro is the better purchase.

Which fitness band should I buy?

When it comes to basic fitness-tracking, the Gear Fit2 Pro and Fitbit Charge 3 do a lot of things right. Both wearables track your steps, distance, calories-burned, your sleep throughout the night, and a variety of different exercises. You can view a lot of these stats right on your wrist or get a more detailed look with their companion apps (the Samsung Health app for the Gear Fit2 Pro and Fitbit app for the Charge 3).

If you’re a big runner/jogger, the Fit2 Pro gets a big edge thanks to its built-in GPS chip and ability to locally store music via Spotify. In other words, this means you can map your runs and listen to music without having to carry your phone with you.

The Fit2 Pro also gets a big edge with its display. While both trackers use OLED panels, the one on the Fit2 Pro is colored and looks downright fantastic. The grayscale screen on the Charge 3 is fine, but the Fit2 Pro is definitely more pleasing to look at.

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Where the Charge 3 shines is with its deeper fitness focus. In addition to your basic tracking suite, the Charge 3 also has:

  • Female health tracking
  • 15+ goal-based exercise modes
  • A personalized cardio fitness level
  • More detailed sleep tracking info

Both the Gear Fit2 Pro and Charge 3 also support notifications from your phone, a growing selection of apps, and changable clock faces. You can send off short, pre-made responses to texts and emails, but this only works on the Charge 3 if you’re paired to an Android phone.

Lastly, if battery is your main concern, the Charge 3 knocks it out of the park. The up to 3 days of use on the Fit2 Pro is good, but it’s nothing compared to the Charge 3’s ability to go for 7 days without needing to refuel.

Display 1.5-inch color OLED Grayscale OLED
Battery Up to 3 days Up to 7 days
GPS ✔️
Heart-rate sensor ✔️ ✔️
Female health tracking ✔️
Water resistance ✔️ ✔️
Music storage ✔️ (with Spotify)
Mobile payments ✔️ (only on Special Edition)
Compatibility Android iOS Android iOS Windows Phone

The Fit2 Pro is a perfect companion for runners/joggers

Samsung’s Gear Fit2 Pro is an all-around great fitness tracker, and compared to the Charge 3, it shines as the best choice for people that like to workout without having to always carry their phone with them.

In addition to the built-in GPS and music storage, the Fit2 Pro also gets points for its stunning OLED display, great fitness tracking with Samsung Health, and a user interface that feels a bit more polished and smooth.

Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro

Great for runners

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$194 at Amazon

GPS and local music storage shine on the Fit2 Pro.

If you like to run without carrying your phone, the Fit2 Pro’s built-in GPS and local music stroage are killer features. We also prefer Samsung’s color OLED display, but battery life pales in comparsion to the Charge 3.

The Charge 3 shines with its more detailed health tracking

The Fitbit Charge 3 may not have the fancy colorful display and user interface of the Fit2 Pro, but it makes up for this with its seriously great suite of health tools.

On top of the basic tracking essentials, the Charge 3 goes the extra mile by allowing female users to keep tabs on the menstrual cycle, get more nitty gritty details about your sleep, and connect with the rest of the Fitbit ecosystem’s other products are large community of users.

Fitbit Charge 3

Fitbit’s best tracker

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An excellent choice for anyone in Fitbit’s ecosystem.

$149 – $169 at Fitbit

If you’ve used Fitbit products before, you’ll be right at home with the Charge 3. It tracks just about everything you could ask for, lasts a full week on a single charge, and offers basic smartwatch features.

7
Sep

Samsung Galaxy A6 and Galaxy Tab A 10.5 coming to the U.S. Sept. 14


Both gadgets are being sold on their own and at carriers.

Now that the Galaxy Note 9’s been out in the wild for a couple weeks, Samsung’s launching two new devices in the U.S. to make sure its portfolio is stocked for the 2018 holiday shopping season. Starting September 14, both the Galaxy A6 and Galaxy Tab A 10.5 are coming to the States.

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The Galaxy A6 is a mid-range phone that was first announced back in May. The phone features a 5.6-inch 1480 x 720 Super AMOLED display. Above that is a 16MP front-facing camera with an f/1.9 aperture and around back is a 16MP f/1.7 shooter.

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Inside the Galaxy A6 is the Exynos 7884 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB of expandable storage (up to 400GB), and a 3,000 mAh battery. You’ll also find Android 8.0 Oreo, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Moving over to the Galaxy Tab A 10.5, this is Samsung’s budget tablet that’s designed to be a lesser companion to the Galaxy Tab S4. As the name suggests, there’s a 10.5-inch 1200 x 1920 LCD display. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450 processor and 3GB RAM power the gadget, and along with this, you’ll also find 32GB of expandable storage, a 7,300 mAh battery, and Android 8.1 Oreo.

The Galaxy A6 carries a retail price of $359.99 and will be available at “carrier partners” in the next few weeks after first launching on Samsung’s website. As for the Tab A 10.5, it costs $329.99 and will be available at Amazon, Samsung, and Walmart. Later this year, an LTE model will launch at Sprint and Verizon.

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7
Sep

Do any Android users plan on switching to the iPhone XS?


Apple’s new hardware will be announced on September 12.

This coming Wednesday, Apple is holding its annual fall event where we’ll likely be introduced to the next generation of iPhones. This year, we’re expecting three different models that all adopt the iPhone X’s bezel-less design.

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The iPhone X is already one heck of a device, so even though Android is our passion, we’re still interested to see what Apple has up its sleeves next week.

One of the AC forum members asked if anyone was planning on switching to Camp iOS with the new hardware, and these are a few of the responses they got.

avatar1448120_1.gifbassplayrguy
09-06-2018 12:15 PM

Not even if they paid me.

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avatar2693620_2.gifamyf27
09-06-2018 06:32 PM

No. I have zero desire to do so. I’m well invested and far far prefer android and Samsung in particular.

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avatar2804607_1.gifswagglepuff
09-06-2018 06:40 PM

I came over from the iPhone X. Which was a great phone. I chose the note 9 for DeX and the secure folder. My phone is used for both personal and work. I like that everything work related is now seperate from the rest of my phone.

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avatar2078153_5.gifchyeo1979
09-06-2018 06:58 PM

My first smartphone was iPhone 3gs. After that I was with Android all along. If I didn’t return to iPhone while Android phones were still laggy and buggy as hell, dun see why I would now when there are so many good Android phones around. :p

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What about you? Will you be checking out this year’s iPhones?

Join the conversation in the forums!

7
Sep

Some tips for swinging into action in Spider-Man for PS4


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We’ll teach you a thing or two about making the most of the tools and abilities at your disposal.

Spider-Man is chock-full of content, so instead of playing the first few hours blind, here are a few tips on how to make your experience great. It’s not always about saving the city from crime, but when it is, we’ve got you covered in that regard, too.

  • Aerial acrobatics
  • Back to school
  • Spectacular heights
  • Crowd control

See at Amazon

Aerial acrobatics

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Peter Parkour Parker has all sorts of tricks up his sleeve to traverse New York City in style. You don’t need to just swing from one building to another in a simple arc. Put some flair into it! Spider-Man encourages you to take his acrobatic talents and apply them to your movement whenever possible, rewarding you with XP for doing so.

spider-man-wheee.gif?itok=AvTJpYJ1Because when you’re free falling ten stories, why not make it fun with some front flips thrown in? Just look at how awesome it is in action. Insomniac did good.

You can unlock even more skills to spice up your movement through Spider-Man’s skill trees, particularly the Webslinger tree. One such skill called Quick Zip allows Peter to “web zip a second time without losing any altitude.” The more you unlock, the more variety you’ll have in your swinging.

Back to school

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Peter’s been Spider-Man for several years now, meaning he’s well past spending his high school days skipping class to take out a few bad guys. When he was in such a rush, he’d end up leaving behind his backpacks all around the city attached to rooftops and alleyway walls with his trusty web-slinger. Luckily for you, they’re still there.

These serve as fun collectibles to go and find, but they also grant you more XP and items that give you a deeper look into Peter’s early days as our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. If you’re getting tired of beating up thugs, go out and search the city for these.

Spectacular heights

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You’ll want to take down bases and research posts early to earn tokens. Don’t save these for your endgame excursions as you clean up loose ends on the map. In order to find these, you can activate any of the many towers you’ll come across that shine beacons at nearby activities and important locations. Climbing to the tops of buildings certainly rewards you with beautiful vistas of the city that never sleeps, but it also serves a functional purpose within the game as well.

Tokens are essential for unlocking new suits and upgrading Peter’s gadgets. Even if you happen to love the look of his standard suit that you begin the game with, don’t settle for it. Though each suit has a particular enhancement that unlocks with it, these abilities aren’t actually locked to specific suits. This means that the Spider-Bro ability that comes with Stark’s Spidey-suit can be used when you don any of the other suits as well. Insomniac gives players the best of both worlds: form and function. No more choosing one over the other.

Which brings us to my next tip:

Crowd control

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Even with all of Spider-Man’s abilities, you may still find yourself overwhelmed in a fight. To avoid this problem before you even encounter it, unlock the Spider-Bro’s suit for some aid in controlling the mob. The Spider-Bro lives up to its name. It’s a drone that swoops in during combat to help take the pressure off you. You shouldn’t rely on it too much, however. It can stun enemies with what are akin to taser webs of some sort, but it won’t do all of the heavy-lifting for you. It’s up to you to finish the fight after it’s stunned a group of enemies. If you’re having trouble growing accustomed to Spider-Man’s combat system, this could be your saving grace in the early hours.

Aside from your Spidey-suits, you won’t want to ignore your gadgets either. These are crucial in your adventure. If your Spider-Bro isn’t doing enough, you can utilize other gadgets like web bombs.

We’ll have a couple of guides up shortly to help you unlock every suit and figure out which suit powers are the best. Until then, check out our Spider-Man: Beginner’s Guide and our Spider-Man review where we gush about Insomniac’s achievement.

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