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    New 4K and 5K iMacs

    Arriving this week... there are already reviews for them, in fact. To me, this feels like the first big, comprehensive iMac update in a long while. The initial 5K iMac was really more of a stopgap, something to add on top of the existing line while Intel got Broadwell and Skylake sorted out...
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    Tech support rankings

    Interesting study on tech support quality over at Consumer Reports: Where to go for computer tech support The long and short of it: if you want good tech support, get a Mac. You'll get much better help overall, and you have access to largely free support from a wide retail network versus...
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    Samsung ATIV Book 9 (2015)

    So, Samsung just took the wraps off the 2015 edition ATIV Book 9 (not the Lite or Plus) a bit ahead of CES. I like the design and battery life, but a $1,200 starting price for a system with a Core M? That's asking quite a bit. The Yoga 3 Pro is $1,300, but it has a larger screen and that...
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    The smartwatch thread: Android Wear / Apple Watch / Samsung and beyond

    Just realizing that we don't really have a general place to talk smartwatches! It usually ends up being about specific devices in relative isolation. I think (or at least hope) it'd be nice to have a thread on the subject. To me, what's interesting is how the major contenders so far are all...
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    New Moto X is official

    http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/05/moto-x-returns/ Looks better in real life than the renders suggest. The highlights to me are that ring flash and the customizable voice keyword. Also, it's faster than some rumours suggested: a Snapdragon 801 and other good specs for $100 on contract, $500...
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    New iPhone(s) on September 9th

    Well, it's official: Apple is holding a special event on September 9th. http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/28/apples-event-september-9th/ I won't go in-depth on the earlier rumours, but the common ones suggest both 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones with slimmer designs, faster A8 processors, improved...
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    Are regular smartphones on the cusp of getting too big?

    With rumors of the LG G3 coming with a 5.5-inch screen, I'm starting to wonder if everyday smartphones (not the phablet class, like the Note 3 / Xperia Z Ultra) are getting too big. Do you share that concern? I know, I know. We've seen those arguments about phones getting too big that seem...
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    13-inch Retina MacBook Pro (Haswell) quick impressions

    I picked up one of the new Haswell-based, 13-inch MacBook Pros with Retina display this past week; it's the mid-spec model with a 2.4GHz Core i5, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. I thought it'd be fair to give my early take on the laptop for those who are on the fence right now. In short, this is...
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    Cue sad trombone: HP Slate is official for... $799

    So the HP Slate 500 will cost $799... Oops. And that, my friends, is why Windows tablets are currently doomed to flounder. If you can't even price what amounts to a netbook without a keyboard at a price even vaguely close to an iPad or a Galaxy Tab, you're not even in the modern tablet...
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    Windows notebooks need better battery life

    I was doing some comparison shopping online, and I've noticed something: a lot of Windows notebooks have terrible battery life. Look at Sony's lineup, for example. Most systems have 3.5 hours of juice. Tops. Even the CULV notebook gets 6, and the VAIO Z gets 7 but also costs about $2,000...
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    Any opinions on the Powershot A75?

    In the past few weeks I just noticed the A75. I've heard good things about the A70, but I'd like to know if anyone has picked up the A75 in particular.
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