iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, available today

Apple;

Apple today released iMac Pro, an entirely new product line designed for pro users who love the all-in-one design of iMac and require workstation-class performance. With Xeon processors up to 18 cores, up to 22 Teraflops of graphics performance, and a brilliant 27-inch Retina 5K display, iMac Pro is the fastest, most powerful Mac ever made. iMac Pro delivers incredible compute power for real-time 3D rendering, immersive VR, intensive developer workflows, high megapixel photography, complex simulations, massive audio projects and real-time 4K and 8K video editing.

The iMac Pro is now available for order, starting at $4,999.

Samsung 13.3″ and 15″ Notebook 9 (2018) and Notebook 9 Pen announced

This is less than a month before the 2018 CES, Samsung announces 3 new laptop for their Notebook 9 Line, which will initially be available this December 2017 in Korea, and in the first quarter of 2018 in the U.S.

13.3” Samsung Notebook 9 (2018)

  • 13.3” RealViewDisplay | Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
  • Up to 16GB (DDR4)
  • Up to 1TB SSD (NVMePCIe)
  • Intel® HD Graphics
  • USB-C x 1, USB 3.0 X 2, HDMI X1, uSD, HP/Mic, DC-in
  • Metal12™(Mg)
  • 720p
  • 1.5w X 2
  • N/A
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Backlit KBD, Precision Touchpad
  • 75Wh
  • 995g
  • Titan Silver/Crush White
  • 309.4 x 208 x 14.9mm

15” Samsung Notebook 9 (2018)

  • 15.0” RealViewDisplay | Full HD (1920 x 1080)
  • 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
  • Up to 16GB (DDR4)
  • Up to 1TB SSD (NVMe PCIe)
  • Intel® HD Graphics / NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 (GDDR5 2GB)
  • Thunderbolt 3 x 1 (or USB type C), USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1, HDMI x 1, uSD x 1, HP/Mic x 1, DC-in
  • Metal12™(Mg)
  • 720p
  • 1.5w X 2
  • N/A
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Backlit KBD, Precision Touchpad
  • 75Wh
  • 1,250g – 1,290g
  • Titan Silver/Crush White
  • 347.9 x 229.4 x 15.4mm

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen 13” (930QAA)

  • 13.3” Samsung RealViewTouch, FHD (1920 x 1080)
  • 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
  • Up to 16GB (DDR4)
  • Up to 512GB (NVMe PCIe)
  • Intel® HD Graphics
  • USB-C x 1, USB 3.0 X 1, HDMI X1, uSD, HP/Mic, DC-in
  • Metal12™(Mg)
  • IR camera, 720p
  • 1.5w X 2
  • Integrated S Pen (Bundle)
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Backlit KBD, Precision Touchpad
  • 39Wh
  • 995g
  • Light Titan
  • 310.5 x 206.6 x 14.6-16.5mm

iMac Pro will be available on 12.14.2017

If you are shopping for an pro-grade desktop or want to upgrade your 4 year old 2nd-gen Mac pro, then you may want to take a look at the new iMac Pro. This may not be the Mac Pro that Apple mentioned a while back but the specs and price is interesting enough to be considered as a replacement. One caveat though is that components are not upgradable.

Here’s the first impression of Marques Brownlee;

You can check the full specs here, the starting price of the iMac Pro is $4,999, which makes it a device for prosumer and probably for professional content developers and creators.

Qualcomm officially announce Snapdragon 845, will be in devices this 2018

You can read Qualcomm’s full announcement here.

I embedded Qualcomm’s keynote below;

These are the first 2-in-1 Windows Laptops that will be powered by Qualcomm Processor

After launching the ARM-powered Windows 10 PC, OEM manufacturers immediately announce their respective laptops that’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835. Lenovo is also expected to announce their own ARM-powered laptop.

HP Envy X2

Notable features;

  • 12.3-inch 1920 x 1280 pixel display
  • up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage
  • Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • Windows 10 S, upgradable to Windows 10 Pro before Sept. 30, 2018
  • Always Connected PCs
  • 13Mp rear camera and 5Mp front camera
  • Weight: 1.54 pounds
  • USB Type-C
  • X16 LTE modem for connectivity
  • Audio by Bang & Olufsen
  • 20 hours of battery life

The HP Envy X2 will be available in Spring of 2018 and no pricing have been announced.

ASUS NovaGo


ASUS NovaGo will be first available in first in the US, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Mainland China and Taiwan with a starting price of for $599 and $799 for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage model.

Notable features;

  • 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel panel
  • Always Connected PCs
  • Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage
  • UFS 2.0
  • Windows 10 S, upgradable to Windows 10 Pro before Sept. 30, 2018
  • full HDMI socket
  • microSD slot
  • X16 LTE modem for connectivity

Source: The Verge, Engadget

Microsoft launches ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs with ‘all-day’ battery life

Tom Warren, writing for the Verge;

Microsoft and Qualcomm are officially unveiling the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops today. As expected, HP, Lenovo, and Asus are the manufacturers creating these new laptops that include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The first devices are similar to 2-in-1 tablet / laptops we’ve seen with Intel-based processors in them, but they differ primarily because of the version of Windows 10 and Qualcomm processor that’s powering them.

There are both pros and cons for a ARM-powered Windows PC but the most obvious benefit is that a device can get more battery life, since Qualcomm processors consumes less power compare to Intel processors. At the sametime, the caveat for a device powered by Qualcomm processors, apps and the system may be slower than those with Intel inside. It’ll be interesting how these ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs performed in the real time.

Apple Pay Cash is rolling out for iOS 11.2 users

Chaim Gartenberg, writing for the Verge;

Apple was forced to release iOS 11.2 on Saturday, which was a little earlier than planned, due to a software bug. Now, Apple Pay Cash — one of the marquee features of the update — is being activated for users.

Apple Pay Cash lets users send and receive money directly though iMessages, similar to Venmo or Square Cash. Money that people send you will live on a digital Apple Pay Cash card in the Wallet app, which users can spend anywhere that Apple Pay is accepted, or send to other people. (The new feature is only available in the US for now, though.)

If you updated to iOS 11.2, that means Apple Pay Cash is already on your phone it’s just disabled.

iOS 11.2 now available

Apple has release the iOS 11.2 update that has been in beta for the past week. The update will introduce Apple Pay Cash to send, request and receive money with Apple Pay. iOS 11.2 also includes some bug fixes and improvements. You can check the complete release notes below for more details.

To update to iOS 11.2, just go to SETTINGS > GENERAL > SOFTWARE UPDATE. Device owner with iPhone 5s and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later, and the 6th-generation iPod touch are eligible to download and install the update.

Full iOS 11.2 Release Notes;

iOS 11.2 introduces Apple Pay Cash to send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

Apple Pay Cash (US Only)
Send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay in Messages or by asking Siri

Other improvements and fixes

  • Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
  • Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
  • Improves video camera stabilization
  • Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
  • Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
  • Improves stability in Calendar
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
  • Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

Flipkart just launched its first phone

Steven Millward, writing for Tech in Asia;

Following in the footsteps of Amazon’s Fire phone flop, India’s Flipkart today unveiled its first ever phone.

Starting at US$170, the dual camera Billion Capture+ shows India’s biggest homegrown ecommerce store is going after the cheap-and-cheerful sector that’s currently dominated by Chinese brands Xiaomi and Oppo. It goes on sale November 15.

Here’s the full specs of the Billion Capture+ smartphone;

  • 5.5 inch FHD Display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, @401 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 64-bit Octa Core 2GHz Processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • Android Nougat 7.1.2, will upgrade to Android Oreo
  • 3GB / 4GB RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB storage expandable up to 128 GB via microSD
  • Dual Rear Camera: 13MP with RGB sensor + 13MP Monochrome with f2.0 aperture, Dual tone 1A true Flash
  • 8MP Front Camera
  • Networks: GSM, WCDMA, 4G LTE, FDD
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot,
  • 3G, GPRS, Bluetooth,
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Sensors: G-sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor, Fingerprint
  • FM Radio
  • Dimension: 76.5mm x 153mm x 8.5mm
  • Weight: 176 G
  • 3500 mAh Li-Polymer Battery
  • Colors: Desert Golder, Mystic Black

Price:

  • 64GB with 4 GB RAM – INR 13,999 or around $214*
  • 32GB with 3 GB RAM – INR 11,999 or around $183*

*$1 = INR 65.39

Smart and Globe to launch the iPhone X on November 17, 2017

No official price and plan for the iPhone X yet? It’ll be interesting how much will Smart and Globe be selling these phone.

KSA: Extra official launched iPhone X in Saudi Arabia

Extra held the launch event in Granada Mall last Friday, 3rd of November.

I was there but I didn’t realize that the stage was for the iPhone X launch, because we where at the back of the stage and never bothered to check what the event was all about.

Extra’s pricelist for the iPhone X are as follows; SAR 4,399 for the 64 GB model and SAR 4,999 for the 256 GB model. That’s around Php 60k and Php68k in Philippine pesos, respectively.

Razer announced their first “gaming” smartphone

Razer announced their first “gaming” smartphone, dub as the first gaming smartphone, though the specs is similar to the different flagship smartphone in the market today.

Here’s the full specs of the Razer Gaming Smartphone;

  • 5.7-inch IGZO LCD, 1440 x 2560 resolution, 120 Hz, Wide Color Gamut (WCG)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform
  • Android Nougat, upgradable to Android Oreo
  • 8GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage expandable up to 2 TB via microSD
  • Dual-rear Cameras; 12MP AF f1.75 Wide/ 13MP AF f2.6 Zoom with dual PDAF, dual tone and dual LED flash
  • Front camera: 8MP fixed focus f2.0
  • Stereo Front-facing speakers
  • Dual Amplifiers
  • Audio Adapter with THX certified DAC
  • Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
  • GSM, LTE, TDD LTE
  • Dimension: 158.5mm x 77.7mm x 8 mm
  • Weight: 197 g
  • 4000 mAh lithium-ion battery with Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 4+

The Razer phone is now available for reservations and will be officially launched in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark and Sweden on November 17, will retail at around $700 (USD).

Hardware-wise, looks like a great phone, the problem will be with the OS and on how deep they’ve (Razer) have integrated the OS.

Nokia 2 with 4,100 mAh battery

Nokia 2 is a €99 smartphone with a humongous 4,100 mAh battery. Checkout the full specs below;

  • 5.0” HD 1280 x 720 LTPS LCD, In-Cell Touch, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Mobile Platform
  • OS: Android Nougat, upgradable to Android Oreo
  • 8GB strage expandable up to 128GB with MicroSD card
  • 1GB RAM
  • Rear camera: 8MP auto focus with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: 5MP fixed focus
  • GSM, WCDMA, LTE, LTE Cat. 4
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.1, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/Beidou, FM/(RDS)
  • Sensor: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer (G-sensor), E-compass
  • 4100 mAh Battery
  • 2 Nano-SIM + 1 uSD slot (Dual SIM) / Nano-SIM + 1 uSD slot (Single SIM)
  • Micro USB (USB 2.0), 3.5mm audio jack
  • Dimensions: 143.5mm x 71.3mm x 9.30 mm
  • IP52: Drip protection
  • Color: Pewter / Black, Pewter / White, Copper / Black

The Nokia 2 will be available mid-November in colors; Pewter/Black, Pewter/White and Copper/Black for a global average retail price of €99 or around *Php 5,945.

Source: Extra

Apple Watch Series 3 now available in the Philippines

Both the Apple Watch Series 3 and the Nike+ version is now available in the Philippines. Both model has an SRP of Php19,990 for the 38mm and Php 21,9990 for the 42mm.

Currently, the GPS model of the Apple Watch Series 3 and Nike+ is the model that’s being in the Philippines, Apple may be working out the kinks of the LTE version with the telcos in the Philippines, since it requires cellular connectivity.

iPhone X available for pre-order on Friday, October 27

Apple;

iPhone X, the future of the smartphone, featuring a revolutionary new design with a stunning all-screen display, wireless charging and an incredible rear camera with dual optical image stabilization, will be available to customers for pre-order on Friday, October 27 at 12:01 a.m. PDT on apple.com and the Apple Store app.

iPhone X will be available in more than 55 countries and territories, and in Apple Stores beginning Friday, November 3 at 8:00 a.m. local time. Stores will have iPhone X available for walk-in customers, who are encouraged to arrive early.

There’s a reason why they announce the availability of iPhone X two days early; limited stocks and high-demand.

If we don’t see an “i-line” forming in front of an Apple store starting tomorrow, we’ll start seeing “Apple is doom” articles.

Apple acquires wireless-charging manufacturer PowerbyProxi

Zen Estacio, writing for Yugatech;

Apple recently announced that they’ve purchased, for an undisclosed amount, New Zealand based company PowerbyProxi. The tech giant confirmed the acquisition to New Zealand website Stuff.

It’s not surprising that Apple acquires a wireless-charging manufacturer, since they’ve been preaching about a “wireless” future for a couple of years now. Now that they have the capability to manufacture wireless-charger, we may soon see this (wireless-charging) feature trickle down to their other device like Macbooks.

Huawei Nova 2i now in the Philippines

Huawei has officially announce the 5.9-inch Nova 2i. It features Fullview screen, which is another way of saying “bezel-less” and probably the first smartphone that has 4 camera system.

Nova 2i 4-camera system compose of dual 13 MP+2MP camera in the front and dual 16 MP+2 MP camera at the back. Unlike the Mate 10, Nova 2i will be powered by Octa-core Kirin 659 processor, running Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.1 and 3340mAh battery.

Huawei Nova 2i Specs;

  • 5.9-inches IPS LCD display, 1080×2160 resolution @407ppi
  • Processor: Octa-Core Kirin 659 2.36GHz + 4xCortex-A53 1.7GHz
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat) + EMUI 5.1
  • 64GB storage expandable up to 128 GB via microSD
  • 4GB RAM
  • 4G LTE FDD, 3G WCDMA, 2G GSM
  • GPS with aGPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • 2.4GHz WiFi 802.11 b/g/n,
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 4.2 with support BLE
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, Digital compass, Ambient light, Proximity light, Accelerometer, Status indicator, SAR sensor
  • Front camera: 13MP+2MP
  • Rear camera: 16MP+2MP
  • Dimension: 75.2 mm x 156.2 mm x 7.5 mm
  • Weight: 164g
  • Battery 3340mAh
  • Color: Aurora Blue, Graphite Black and Prestige Gold

The Huawei Nova 2i will be in Aurora Blue, Graphite Black and Prestige Gold, is now available for Php 14,990 for the unlock verion but if you prefer the subsidize phone from Smart, Smart Communications will be offering the device on its Postpaid plans, you just need to Php 500 on any of their post paid plan.

Source: Newsbytes Ph

Huawei Mate 10 now available for Pre-order in Saudi Arabia

For expats and residents, Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone, the Mate 10 is now available for pre-order in Saudi Arabia. You can preorder it from Axiom, Souq, Extra, Jarir Bookstore and Lulu for SAR 2,299.

Huawei Mate 10 Specs;

  • 5.9″ FullView LCD Display, 16:9 AR, 2560 x 1440 resolution @ 499 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass (Front and Back)
  • HUAWEI Kirin 970 Octa-Core CPU (4*Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4*Cortex A53 1.8GHz) with Neural Network Processing Unit
  • i7 co-processor
  • Mali G72MP12 GPU
  • Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.0
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM2)
  • Dual Leica Camera: 20MP Monochrome + 12MP RGB, f/1.6, OIS (Optical Image Stablisation), BSI CMOS, Dual-LED Flash, PDAF, CAF, Laser, Depth Auto Focus, 4K Video Recording
  • Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
  • FDD-LTE, TD-LTE, UMTS(WCDMA)/HSPA + /DC-HSDPA, TD-SCDMA, GSM/EDGE
  • Dual SIM Support
  • GPS/Glonass/BDS
  • Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support
  • NFC, BT4.2, support BLE
  • Support aptX/aptX HD and LDAC HD Audio
  • USB Type C
  • DisplayPort 1.2
  • Sensors: Fingerprint Sensor, G-Sensor, Gyroscope Sensor, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Hall Sensor, Barometer, Infrared Remote Control
  • IP53 Splash resistance
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Dimension: 150.5 mm x 77.8mm x 8.2mm
  • Weight: 186 grams
  • Colors:Mocha Brown, Black, Champagne Gold

Google ‘actively investigating’ reports of Pixel 2 XL screen burn-in

Dieter Bohn, writing for The Verge;

Over the weekend, people with review units of the Pixel 2 XL began noticing a problem. No, not the already-known issues of muddy color and grainy textures when viewed in low-light, but one that’s potentially more worrisome: screen burn-in. First reported on Twitter by Android Central’s Alex Dobie, multiple people have noticed that when you look at the screen with a gray background, you can see faint outlines of the phone’s navigation buttons on the bottom.

Not a good sign for Google, specially after “acqui-hiring” more than 2000 HTC Engineers for $1.1 billion.