2021-09-24 17:55:40| Mondaq.Com
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2021-09-24 17:45:20| Engadget
This week brought iPhone reviews, new Surface devices and a bunch of tech deals across the web. Apple's MacBook Air M1 returns to the best price we've seen it while the iPad Air remains discounted by $100. Some of our favorite Sennheiser wireless earbuds are $100 off, too, and you can still grab a great deal from Oculus that knocks $100 off a second headset when you buy a Quest 2 VR system. Here are the best tech deals we found this week that you can still get today.MacBook Air M1EngadgetApple's MacBook Air M1 is back down to an all-time low of $850, which is $150 off its normal price. It earned a score of 94 from us for its stellar performance, attractive, fanless design and its comfortable keyboard and trackpad.Buy MacBook Air M1 at Amazon - $850iPad mini (2021)Valentina Palladino / EngadgetAmazon has the new, space gray iPad mini for $459, or $40 off its normal price. Apple announced the upgraded tiny tablet last week and it's officially available today. We gave it a score of 89 for its much improved design, speedy performance with the A15 Bionic chip, long battery life and USB-C charging.Buy iPad mini (2021) at Amazon - $459iPad AirApple's iPad Air is $100 off right now, bringing it down to $500. All five colors are on sale at Amazon. thanks to automatically applied coupons, although with various shipping times. We gave the Air a score of 90 for its speedy performance and WiFi, healthy battery life and support for the second-gen Apple Pencil.Buy iPad Air at Amazon - $500Mac Mini M1Apple's Mac Mini M1 returned to its all-time-low price of $600 thanks to a sale and an automatically applied coupon. You're getting all of the performance boosts provided by the M1 chipset in a compact desktop package. This is a good machine to get if you have an older desktop that needs replacing, but you don't want to spend a ton of money.Buy Mac Mini M1 at Amazon - $600Oculus Quest 2Devindra Hardawar/EngadgetThrough September 27, you can get $100 off a second headset when you buy an Oculus Quest 2. That means you'll get two VR machines for as little as $500. We gave the Quest 2 a score of 89 for its powerful hardware, higher resolution screens and excellent performance as a standalone and a desktop VR set.Buy Quest 2 bundle at Oculus - $500Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2Amazon and Sennheiser have the excellent Momentum True Wireless 2 earbuds for $200, or $100 off their normal price. We gave these buds a score of 85 for their stellar audio quality, good ANC, smaller size and handy companion app.Buy Momentum True Wireless 2 at Amazon - $200Buy Momentum True Wireless 2 at Sennheiser - $200Echo Show 5 (1st gen)Nicole Lee / EngadgetThe original Echo Show 5 is down to $45 again, a return to its all-time low. It's not much different from the second-generation device, which came out earlier this year, so you can safely save some money if you're willing to grab the older device. We gave the Echo Show 5 a score of 85 for its compact size, decent audio quality and its sunrise alarm feature.Buy Echo Show 5 (1st gen) at Amazon - $45Kindle Paperwhite (previous gen)EngadgetWith the announcement of an updated Kindle Paperwhite coming this October, Amazon knocked $50 off the previous Kindle Paperwhite, bringing it down to $80. We gave this e-reader a score of 95 for its improved, waterproof design, Audible support and higher-contrast display.Buy Kindle Paperwhite (previous gen) at Amazon - $80Google Pixel 4Google's Pixel 4 smartphone is down to a new low of $379 at B&H Photo. We believe the launch of the Pixel 6 to be right around the corner, so you may want to wait if you want the latest phone from Google. However, the Pixel 4 remains a solid handset we liked its speedy performance, lovely display and stellar camera experience.Buy Pixel 4 at B&H - $379Comic-Con 2022 sweepstakesThrough December 8, you can enter to win four-day passes to San Diego Comic-Con 2022. Along with the passes, you'll get access to a special preview night, reserved seating in Hall H, a personal concierge, a private tour of the Comic-Con Museum, dinner in Balboa Park and tickets to the "Night at the Comic-Con Museum" event. It's free to enter, but funds from this sweepstakes will go to the San Diego Comic Convention.Enter to win at OmazeNew tech dealsLogitech G915 TKLAmazon has the Logitech G915 TKL keyboard for $50 off, bringing it down to $180. This one has low profile mechanical switches and an attractive aluminum alloy body. It's also a wireless keyboard that can last up to 40 hours before it needs a recharge.Buy Logitech G915 TKL at Amazon - $180HBO Max (6 months)WarnerMedia pulled HBO Max from Amazon Prime Video Channels this week, but it's hoping to entice fans to subscribe directly with a new offer. Through September 26, new and returning HBO Max subscribers can get six months of the service for 50 percent off, which comes out to $7.49 per month. That's one of the best deals we've seen, but just remember the price will automatically go up after the six-month period.Buy HBO Max (6 months) - $7.49/monthNordVPNNordVPN, one of our favorite VPNs, is running a sale on a two-year subscription. You can sign up and pay $99 for two years, plus you'll get an extra three months free. We like NordVPN for its speed, its no-logs policy, the thousands of servers it has to choose from and that one account supports up to six connected devices.Buy NordVPN (2 years) - $99Follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for the latest tech deals and buying advice.
2021-09-24 17:01:11| digg
Being an ultramarathoner comes with a lot of uncomfortable choices, including how to go to the bathroom.
2021-09-24 16:55:18| digg
The Isaac Asimov classic sci-fi series is notoriously hard to adapt, but did Apple's "Foundation" succeed or fail in making a notable new entry in the sci-fi TV landscape? Here's what critics are saying.
2021-09-24 16:30:41| Engadget
A phone can be endowed with the fastest processor in the world, but if its saddled with a slow screen, it could still feel sluggish especially when compared to a similarly equipped device with a faster panel. Thats why the iPhone 13 Pros most important new feature is its ProMotion display.But ProMotion is only included on the Pro and Pro Max models this year, making it one of the features that differentiate them from the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, not to mention last years 12 Pro. For an extra $200 to $300, the Pro series also offers an additional telephoto camera, a new macro photography mode, as well as more power and endurance. But are the iPhone 13 Pros new cameras and screens worth the extra money?DesignBefore we get into those features, though, theres one thing you should consider: weight. At 204 grams (7.19 ounces), the 6.1-inch 13 Pro is heavier than both the 12 Pro and the iPhone 13. The 13 Pro Max, which has a 6.7-inch screen, outweighs last years Pro Max and Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra. While I didnt mind the regular Pro, it was uncomfortable to use Apples biggest flagship one-handed for more than a few minutes at a time.David Imel for EngadgetIn addition to being heavier than last year's models, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max are a bit thicker, too. They also have larger rear camera modules and slightly smaller display notches. Otherwise, Apple hasnt strayed far from the 12 Pros design. These phones have similar stainless steel enclosures with glass coverings, and are rated IP68 for water and dust resistance.Even the colors available are familiar: The typical trio of graphite, gold and silver are now accompanied by Sierra Blue. Personally, I prefer this paler shade to the Pacific Blue offered on the last generation.Display and audioI realized something when I started testing the iPhone 13 series last week: Basically everything I do on a phone requires scrolling. That includes browsing social feeds, looking for the right component on a spec sheet, reading through old conversations, creeping on my Instagram viewers and reading articles, to give you a non-exhaustive list.This is why Apples new ProMotion screen on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max is a big deal, and also why its kind of annoying that it took the company so long to adopt this technology in the first place. Google was already a little behind when it added 90Hz panels to the Pixel 4, after companies like ASUS and OnePlus had already introduced higher refresh rates. Nowadays, this tech isn't just for premium, top-tier Android devices either.David Imel for EngadgetThis is hardly the first time Apple is late to adopt a new technology. But it is worth emphasizing that the faster screens on the iPhones make a real difference. Like many Android phones, the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max adjust their refresh rates depending on what youre doing. They can go as low as 10Hz when youre looking at a static image, or up to 120Hz for scrolling and compatible games.The benefits might not be obvious at first, but when you go back to a slower screen, youll quickly notice the jagged artifacts they produce.Aside from ProMotion, the iPhone 13 Pros OLED displays are also 25 percent brighter than their predecessors, which is nice for outdoor reading. But without a side-by-side comparison, the difference is subtle at best.Regardless, I enjoyed watching the visual perfection that is Doja Cats Kiss Me More music video on the iPhone 13 Pros True Tone display. The rosy, cotton-candy hues looked vibrant and her individual lashes were clear. The stereo speakers also did a respectable job of delivering crisp audio with adequate bass. Other things like voices and instrumental background music in videos and games all came through clearly as well.CamerasApple says the iPhone 13 Pros rear cameras have received the biggest upgrade ever, touting next-level hardware that captures so much more detail. The triple 12-megapixel setup includes a primary sensor with a large f/1.5 aperture, a 77mm telephoto lens and an ultra-wide option with a 120-degree field of view. Night mode is now supported on all three of the cameras, so you dont have to compromise on wide-angle or close up shots in low light. Theres also a new macro photography feature thanks to the updated ultra-wide lens, along with software like Photographic Styles and Cinematic Mode.Those two modes are also offered on the iPhone 13 and 13 mini, and you can read my review of those phones for more details. In short, Photographic Styles lets you easily customize and set a sort of default for the contrast levels and color temperature of your images. Meanwhile, Cinematic Mode is good at identifying faces and people in a scene and blurring out everything surrounding a subject, but it struggled when I tried to change the focal point. The system is also a little wonky at outlining individuals, and stray body parts like thumbs and ears can get eaten up in the artificial blur. I found that adjusting the intensity via the f-stop setting helped keep this problem at bay, but the trade-off was less of a DSLR-like look in the final video.David Imel for EngadgetOne feature the Pros have over the regular 13 is macro photography. With this generation, you can get as close as two centimeters away from your subject and not lose focus. Unfortunately, Apple doesnt offer a way to manually enable a macro mode; the system automatically switches to the close-up camera when you get all up in somethings face.The iPhone 13 Pro was generally accurate at detecting when I was trying to get a tight shot, but it kept changing back and forth between macro and regular views. Sometimes it would continually focus and refocus on the flowers behind the buds I was trying to shoot. The latter is a more understandabl