Apple reportedly unveiling a cheaper iPad next week

From The Verge: Apple is holding an education-focused event on Tuesday that teases “creative new ideas for teachers and students.” While rumors previously suggested a cheaper MacBook will arrive soon, it appears Apple will be focusing on the iPad next week. Bloomberg reports that a “low-cost iPad” will be announced alongside new education software next week.

Google Assistant's new voice command sends money to your contacts

From PC World: Google made a splash earlier this week with a new Assistant-powered shopping initiative seemingly aimed at chipping away at Amazon’s dominance, and now it has a new target in its sights: Venmo.

Galaxy S9 screen not responding? Here's how to let Samsung know

From CNET: The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus have scarcely been on sale for a week and already some Galaxy S9 owners are reporting dead zones.

Numerous complaints on the official Samsung forums and all over Reddit (here, here and here) describe how portions of the screen won't respond to touch input. Samsung has said it's responding to the issue.

Vivo's new V9 flagship has a notch and a 24-megapixel selfie camera

From The Verge: Vivo has announced its latest flagship phone, the V9, and no surprises — there’s a notch. The V9 has a 6.3-inch 2280 x 1080 LCD with a 19:9 aspect ratio; Vivo says the notch helps achieve a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent.

The V9’s spec sheet is pretty standard, for the most part: there’s a Snapdragon 626 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 3260mAh battery, 64GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a Micro USB port, and a headphone jack. The phone runs Vivo’s Funtouch OS 4.0 skin atop Android 8.1 Oreo.

Huawei dealt a blow, loses Best Buy as smartphone retailer

From CNET: It's going to get harder for Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to sell its smartphones in the US.

Best Buy, the nation's largest electronics retailer, has ceased ordering new smartphones from Huawei and will stop selling its products over the next few weeks, according to a person familiar with the situation. Best Buy made the decision to end the relationship, the person said.

The retailer didn't provide any additional details.

Nvidia Highlights and Ansel appear in more games to make sharing your epic wins easier

From PC World: Nvidia’s Highlights and Ansel technologies make GeForce graphics cards more fun. At GDC 2018, they’re debuting in games like Tekken 7, Star Wars Battlefront II, and Call of Duty to help you spread your most glorious gaming moments to the world.

The OnePlus 6 might cost $749 and feature 8GB of RAM

From The Verge: OnePlus 6 speculation is slowly revving up. Someone on Weibo today leaked what could be the phone’s actual specs and pricing details, and they indicate OnePlus’ next phone could have some very high-end specs — with a relatively high-end price to match.

AMD confirms Ryzenfall vulnerabilities, but says they'll be fixed soon via routine BIOS updates

From PC World: AMD has acknowledged the Ryzenfall vulnerabilities discovered by CTS-Labs, though the chip company believes the flaws can be patched via BIOS updates issued over the next few weeks.

Facebook sued by investor over Cambridge Analytica data scandal

From CNET: A Facebook investor is suing the social networking giant for allegedly misleading investors over the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm accused of misusing the personal data of millions of Facebook users.

Samsung’s new rugged tablet arrives in the US for $420

From The Verge: Samsung is bringing its latest rugged tablet to the US, with an eye toward selling it to companies that send workers outdoors, to industrial locations, or to areas with bad weather. The Galaxy Tab Active 2 (Samsung styles with as “Active2” — I don’t know why) was announced last year and went on sale in select markets at first, but it’s now available in both Wi-Fi and LTE configurations in the US, selling for $420 and $520.


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