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Why phone makers are obsessed with cameras

Every recent high-end phone launch has focused, sorry about that, on the camera. Likewise, every phone promotion or marketing campaign pushes cameras to the fore. Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 in Auckland last month. The company invited journalists to an open plan restaurant. There, Samsung invited journalists to photograph the chef preparing food. The menu […]

Fixing MacBook Pro: Apple’s to-do list

Marco Arment has a number of suggestions for Apple in Fixing the MacBook Pro. Arment’s post runs down a list of the things that are wrong with the 2016 MacBook Pros and offers suggestions for putting them right. It covers four areas, but the main one and the problem that bothers me personally is the new […]

Phone prices rise as users move upmarket

People are paying more for phones. After years of falling prices, market research firm GfK reports the average price of a phone climbed seven percent in the last year. The number of phones sold worldwide climbed three percent during the year. Sales fell in North America and Western Europe. GfK works with actual sales data […]

Protecting the 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Covers, sleeves

Apple made the large screen 12.9-inch iPad Pro to travel. It may not be as portable as the 9.7 or 10.5-inch iPads, but the bigger display makes up for that. It is fast becoming my first choice travelling computer1. The 12.9-inch screen on the second generation iPad Pro is tough. Even so, there is no […]

PC sales could be worse

~650,000 machines still ship every day, but that’s the lowest total since 2007 Source: PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared • The Register Simon Sharwood writes: Both analyst firms suggest that rising component prices have led to rising PC prices which has led to falling enthusiasm from buyers, especially consumers. DRAM, LCD […]