Apple’s latest M1 13-inch MacBook Pro, Razer Blade 15 and more laptops are on sale today

We keep on getting new deals, and this time we will focus on laptops, as there are several options where to choose from. If you’re an Apple fan, you may want to take a look at the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro, which is currently $299 off, meaning you can get one with 16GB RAM and 1TB of storage space for $2,549. This powerful laptop comes with a 2.3GHz Intel Core i9 processor, ready to give life to your upcoming projects. Of course, you can also grab the previous 13-inch model, as it’s now selling for $1,249 with $250 savings. Just remember that this version comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 512GB storage space. Still, you can grab the most recent version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Apple’s M1 processor, and you will also get 8GB RAM, but only 256GB storage space for $1,239 with $50 savings.

    16-inch Apple MacBook Pro
      Apple’s largest MacBook Pro comes with a ninth-generation 8-Core Intel Core i9 processor, a stunning 16-inch Retina Display with True Tone technology, as well as a convenient Touch Bar and Touch ID.
      13-inch Apple MacBook Pro
        Apple’s previous-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro is still one of the most powerful laptops in the market with its Intel Core i5 processor under the hood. It also features a brilliant Retina display with True Tone technology.
        M1 13-inch MacBook Pro
          The latest M1 powered 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with a faster CPU and GPU than its predecessor, and it also offers up to 20 hours of battery life.

        We now shift our attention to Windows laptops, where we find some interesting gaming laptops, such as the Razer Blade 15 Base Gaming laptop in its 2020 version. It comes powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and 512GB storage space. You also get the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 and a 15.6-inch FHD 1080p display with 144Hz refresh rates for just $1,500 with $300 savings. Suppose you want a gaming laptop for less, the ASUS TUF gaming laptop that’s currently available for $770 after a $130 discount. Upon purchase, you will get a laptop with a 15.6-inch FHD IPS-Type display with 144Hz refresh rates, an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB storage space, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card.

          Razer Blade 15 Base Gaming Laptop 2020
            The Razer Blade 15 comes with a thin and compact design made with a CNC aluminum unibody frame that houses incredible performance in the most compact footprint possible.

            ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop
              It features an RGB backlit keyboard rated for 20-million keystroke durability, dual fans with anti-dust technology, and more than enough power to run your favorite games.

            There are other non-gaming alternatives, where we find the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go for $649 with almost $51 savings in its Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, and 128GB storage configuration, with two color options to choose from, and the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is also on sale, as you can currently get one for $380 after $120 savings, and you get 4GB RAM and 32GB storage space.

              Microsoft Surface Laptop Go
                Sleek design and standout value. At just 2.44 pounds, it’s light, portable, and easy to keep by your side throughout the day.
                Samsung Chromebook Plus V2
                  It features a lightweight 2-in1 design, weighing just under 3 pounds, and it also comes equipped with q built-in pen that makes it ready to write, sketch, and more.

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                Windows 10 taskbar is getting a collapsible news and interests feed that won’t distract you

                Microsoft is about to make the Windows 10 taskbar a lot more useful and in a neat, non-distracting way. Ever found yourself opening a new browser tab to check the latest news or match score, or launching an app to see the weather info while working? I do it, a lot. Thankfully, Microsoft is adding a collapsible news and interests feed to the Windows 10 taskbar that is just a click away and won’t push your ongoing workflow to the background

                Currently available for Windows Insiders only

                “With news and interests on the Windows taskbar, you get quick access to an integrated feed of dynamic content such as news and weather that updates throughout the day,” explains Microsoft. The news and interests feed has arrived with the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21286 that is being rolled out for Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. 

                Showing news and interests on the taskbar with the flyout of content just for you.
                The collapsible news and interests feed in action (Image: Microsoft)

                The news and interests feed can be fully personalized to show you news headlines, sports updates, weather information, and a lot more. Microsoft says the feed can be populated with content from over 4,500 international publications that include the likes of The New York Times and BBC to name a few. 

                The news and interests feed is customizable

                And the best part is that when you click on an article, it opens in a ‘streamlined reading view’ with minimal distractions so that your workflow remains intact. And in case you don’t find it interesting, just right click on the taskbar to turn off the news and interests feed.

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                Users can register their preference for the kind of stories they like in their news and interests feed on the Windows 10 taskbar with dedicated “More stories like this” or “Fewer stories like this” buttons. Additionally, the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard offers controls that will allow users to see and limit ad-tracking. 

                Users will need to have Edge browser on their system though

                As mentioned above, the new news and interests feed on the Windows 10 taskbar is only rolling out with the Build 21286 for Windows Insiders. And to make it work, users are required to install the latest build of Microsoft’s Edge browser that is based on the Chromium engine. It must also be noted that the new feature is currently limited to testers in Australia, Canada, India, UK, and the US. 

                READ MORE: Microsoft Edge starts enabling cross-device history and tab syncing
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<p><strong>This feature is rolling out to a subset of Insiders in the Dev Channel at first, to help us quickly identify issues that may impact performance and reliability. Rest assured they will be gradually rolled out to everyone in the Dev Channel.</strong></p>
<h2><strong>Introducing New File System Command Line Tool DiskUsage</strong></h2>
<p>As some Insiders have noticed, we’re working on an enhancement to the file system utilities family – called <code>DiskUsage</code>, enabling users to view and query disk space usage via the command line. With DiskUsage, you can now track files and directories which are consuming excessive amount of space on the drive. It scans the specified directory recursively or the entire drive with detailed information on how much each subfolder is using. It also supports extensive filtering and output customization options.</p>
<p>For example: <code>>> diskusage /d:1</code></p>
<p>This will display the used space under each folder of the current directory.</p>
<p>Get started today by typing <code>diskusage /?</code> in a command line window for more options and usage information.</p>
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                The latest Windows 10 update also makes it extremely easy to create a storage pool or manage a disk, which means you no longer have to struggle with the whole partition fuss. All this can be done from the Storage Spaces inside the Settings app, as you can see in the GIF above.

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                Microsoft Edge starts enabling cross-device history and tab syncing

                Microsoft has finally started rolling out a highly demanded feature – the ability to sync tabs and history – across devices long after announcing it. The feature started appearing for beta testers back in November last year, and is now finally being rolled out via the stable channel for Edge users. However, it appears that the tab and history syncing feature is being rolled out in a phased manner, with UK being one of the first markets to get it, as per The Verge.

                The feature is being rolled out in a phased manner

                As the name suggests, enabling the new feature will allow users to access the same tabs across multiple devices and also see the webpages they’ve visited in the history section. And just in case you’re wondering, the sync feature works across all versions of Edge, so syncing tabs and history between your Windows 10, macOS, Android and iOS devices will be a smooth experience. However, it must be manually enabled on all your devices.

                Image: The Verge

                Tab and history sync must be manually enabled across all devices

                If you’re one of the lucky Edge users for whom the feature has arrived, all you have to do in order to enable this neat trick is switch on the respective toggles in the Settings menu. To do so, just go to the Settings menu in Edge, tap on profiles, then select Sync. Scroll down and you will find two separate toggles for History and Open tabs that you have to switch on for using the feature. At the moment of writing this, the two aforementioned toggles are still not accessible for me here in India or a couple of my friends in the US.

                Edge is also getting more new tricks

                Lately, Microsoft has been adding a host of useful new features to its Chromium-based Edge browser, and a lot more is yet to make its way out via the stable channel. Back in November, Microsoft also announced a new slate of features coming to Edge that include an in-built tool that makes it easier to find coupons when users open a shopping website, a native price comparison tool, and discount alerts. Additionally, the native screenshot tool was also upgraded with the ability to directly add text or annotations to screenshot as well as PDF files, alongside a URL shortener trick called friendly URLs.

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                Microsoft reveals SolarWinds hackers gained access to its source code

                Microsoft recently revealed that it found found “malicious binaries” on its systems in the wake of the massive SolarWinds hack which targeted products such as Azure, but the company assured that no user data was compromised. However, it appears that the hackers went deeper into Microsoft’s systems than previously disclosed by the company. In an official blog post, the software giant has today divulged that the group behind the massive cybersecurity incident also got access to Microsoft source code.

                Viewing source code isn’t tied to elevation of risk: Microsoft.

                “We detected unusual activity with a small number of internal accounts and upon review, we discovered one account had been used to view source code in a number of source code repositories,”  the company said. Microsoft, however, assured that these accounts did not have the required privilege to be able to make changes to the source code, something that would have been catastrophic had it actually happened. “These accounts were investigated and remediated,” Microsoft adds. 

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                The company also noted that viewing its source code doesn’t pose any risk elevation threat, as the company is not dependent on how well the source code is protected for product security and that it already assumes that “attackers have knowledge of source code.” While Microsoft’s assurance might come as a sigh of relief, it also serves as a clear sign of how far-reaching the SolarWinds attack was which affected companies such as Intel, Nvidia, and VMWare to name a few. 

                Microsoft assures no user data was compromised

                Even though Microsoft has downplayed the risks, accessing the source code is no small thing in the world of cybersecurity. After all, it is the building block and a fundamental component of a program (or software), and having access to it makes it much easier to launch attacks.

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                Microsoft President Brad Smith recently called the attack ‘a moment of reckoning’ and noted that it should serve as a catalyst for more effective collaboration between tech companies and the government to launch a stronger and more coordinated global cybersecurity response. 

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                Apple’s latest 13-inch MacBook pro, gaming accessories and more on sale today

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                We start today’s deals with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 processor, which is selling for $1,219.92 with $79 savings with you go for the 256GB version with 8GB RAM. However, you can get up to $100 savings when you get the 512GB storage version, which is up for grabs for $1,399. If you want the larger 16-inch MacBook Pro, you can get it for $2,099, and you will get 512GB storage and 16GB RAM with a $300 discount, but you get an Intel Core i7 processor under the hood.

                Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Black Friday Deals Pocketnow

                We continue with some of the best deals available for the holiday season. Samsung is giving up to $1,000 off on its flagships when you trade-in an eligible device. You can find the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series starting at $450, the Samsung Galaxy S20 series at $415 if you go for the Galaxy S20 FE. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip starts at $500 in its LTE-only version, while the 5G variant sells for $650. Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is up for grabs for $1,000.

                We then head over to Microsoft, where we find the Surface Laptop 3 starting at $800 with up to $300, depending on the configuration you choose. The Surface laptop Go is also on sale, and you can get up to $150 savings. You can get one starting from $550.

                Now we have a nice selection of gaming accessories from Razer. For example, the Razer Turret wireless mechanical gaming keyboard and mouse combo for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X & S is currently selling for $200 with $50 savings. If you’re only looking for a keyboard, the Razer Ornata is selling for $70 with $30 savings, the Razer BlackWidow Elite is getting a 50 percent discount, which leaves it at $85. The Razer Viper Ultralight gaming mouse is also 50 percent off, meaning you can get one for $40, and you may want to get an extended gaming mouse pad, as the Razer Goliathus with customizable Chroma RGB lighting is selling for $50.

                Moving on to other interesting deals, we find the Apple Watch SE selling for just $250 in its 44mm, GPS-only version, which means $59 savings for you. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live are getting a $30.99 discount, leaving them at $139.

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                Pocketnow Daily: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Design & NEW Prices LEAKED! (video)

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                Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, iPads and more are on sale today

                The official news today, in yet another short week cause we are going to celebrate the holidays, as always begin with deals. Let’s begin today with Samsung deals, though today we have a twist. Some of them you don’t have to trade in a device, some you do. You can get the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for $282 off, leaving the Mystic Bronze entry level model for $1018. The Galaxy S20+ is also $387 off, leaving that at $812 shipped. Now, if you do have a device to trade-in, the Black Friday deals are still going, leaving the Z Fold 2 for just $1000 but again, you need to trade-in an eligible device. The latest 12.9in iPad Pro is $150 off, leaving the 256GB of storage model for $949. Now, moving on, the regular iPad is $34 off, leaving the 128GB model for $395. Finally, let’s move on to Jabra earbuds, the Elite 85T are currently $30 off, leaving them at $200. The 85h which I do recommend for this weather are a cool $16 off, leaving them at $234 or you can get the 65t for $44 off, at $76. We have more deals on Amazon smart speakers, other iPads and other Samsung products available.

                Microsoft reportedly working on self-designed chips for Surface PCs and servers

                It’s been about a month since we’ve been using Apple Silicon Macs and we can confirm that they are all that so, it looks like other companies want to follow up on this formula. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Microsoft is relying on chip designs from ARM to come up with a custom chip that will power the server computers as a part of their Azure cloud computing system. The report also adds that they are exploring the use of another chip that could power some of their Surface PCs. And of course, Microsoft isn’t new to this as, they have worked with Qualcomm in the past to design the SQ1 and SQ2 processors for the Surface Pro X as well as with AMD in other cases. But, Bloomberg claims that this project would be something entirely different to Microsoft, making it sound like they’re following on Apple’s footsteps for an in-house chip like we got with the M1s. Now, this is all interesting and of course, we’re looking forward to competition.. I just wonder how Intel is feeling right now?

                OnePlus 8T Concept has a color-changing rear panel and cool tech that you don’t need

                Let’s move on to OnePlus as, they’ve been having a very interesting year and now, they’re showing us their second Concept Phone for 2020. If you remember back at CES, yeah when tradeshows were a thing, OnePlus showed us the Concept One which had that disappearing camera that worked kind of like an ND filter. Well, the company just went on YouTube and showed us a phone with a color-shifting back panel. OnePlus is describing this as a quasi-wavy, quasi-flowery pattern that changes color by using an “Electric Color Material and Finish” making the panel go from dark blue to light silver and, it’s supposed to breathe with you. Apparently the material contains metal oxide in the glass which varies color at different voltages actually using mmWave, to achieve this effect. So yeah, OnePlus claims that they do not plan to release it or sell it commercially but, it’s nice to see that they’re still innovating. We just hope that if they actually launch one, the whole panel changes color, or that it jumps in to fix the camera results.

                New iPads with OLED displays may arrive until 2022

                Now let’s switch gears to Apple as over the past couple of weeks, there’s been a ton of rumors on the upcoming iPads as well as the new display technology they’ll be using. Just to jog your memory, Apple is planning to move on to miniLED displays in early 2021 for Macs and iPads, but some reports claim that they’ll be moving on to OLEDs shortly after, at least on iPads. Well, according to a Barclay’s analyst, those OLED iPads might not come in 2021 after all. This research note claims that we’ll probably see an iPad with an OLED display by 2022 the earliest and I mean, this timing actually makes more sense as, the other predictions hinted to them only announcing a couple of iPads with miniLED displays and launching the OLED ones in the same year. Apple has been using OLED panels on iPhones for a while now and it would be interesting to see iPads move on but, we’re also curious to see what these miniLED displays could do as they bring some of the OLED benefits to LCDs.

                New iPhone 13 could finally arrive with a smaller notch

                Since we started with Apple, now let’s talk iPhone 13 as it looks like we could possibly be getting a change that’s long overdue. According to a new DigiTimes report, the iPhone 13 will finally bring a smaller notch than usual. They claim that this will happen because the 3D sensor for Face ID is getting a reduction in size, meaning that the iPhone 13 will still bring a notch but it will be significantly smaller than what we currently have. Along with this, the 13 line is also expected to bring revised camera sensors, and apparently all models will now feature the LiDAR or ToF sensor, with the pro models getting an extra Telephoto which we’ve covered in previous leaks. This will help the more affordable models in lowlight scenarios as well as portraits. Now, we’re still pretty early in the leak cycle so we should take this with a grain of salt but, multiple leaks have already hinted to these phones bringing a smaller notch. The reason why this is not the hottest news is because we’ve heard this before repeatedly.

                Story of the day:

                New Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra leak includes new images and specs

                New pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S21 series has been revealed

                And finally the hottest news today have to do with Samsung and the much expected and leaked Galaxy S21 Series so, and yes, the leaks are probably at their peak right now. We’ve already seen the devices in multiple renders and videos but, these new leaked images seem to be the real deal. We have some new renders of the Galaxy S21 Ultra from both WinFuture and Evan Blass, all showing off the new design and the new wallpapers. We get to see the new camera module with the 4 lenses and again, it seems like it’s much more flushed to the rest of the phone when compared to previous Ultras, but somehow using the design language of the trim for the hump. This camera array will reportedly consist of a 108MP main sensor, two 10MP telephotos and a 12MP ultra wide. The display is your typical Samsung display with slightly narrower bezels and reportedly a smaller punch hole. The specs for this phone include either the Exynos 2100 or the Snapdragon 888, 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of onboard storage. Now, something we hadn’t discussed on the show is leaked price tags and it looks like it’s getting cheaper. A Galaxy Club leak claims that the S21 would start at around $850, the S21+ at around $1050 and the Ultra at around $1250, all $100 to $200 bucks cheaper than the S20 Line.

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                Microsoft reportedly working on self-designed chips for Surface PCs and servers

                In what can be called the precursor for a major industrial shift, Microsoft is reportedly designing its own custom chips that will be used for its upcoming Surface family of PCs as well as cloud servers. As per a Bloomberg report, Microsoft is relying on chip designs from ARM to come up with a custom chip that will power the server computers which are a part of the company’s Azure cloud computing system. The report also adds that Microsoft is ‘also exploring using another chip that would power some of its Surface line of personal computers.’

                Is Microsoft walking in Apple's footsteps?

                Now, Microsoft is not entirely new to this game. The company has already worked with Qualcomm in the past to design the SQ1 and SQ2 processors that power the first-gen and second-gen Surface Pro X respectively. Additionally, the company also joined hands with AMD to equip the Surface Laptop 3 with a processor it calls the AMD Ryzen 5 / Ryzen 7 Microsoft Surface Edition. However, the Bloomberg report signals something entirely different for Microsoft, but a move that sounds similar to what Apple did with its in-house M1 chip for Macs.

                At this point, details are slim regarding Microsoft’s self-designed ARM-based processors for its server computers and future Surface hardware. However, it won’t be surprising at all. With Apple already catalyzing the trend of having more control over hardware and software to maximize the performance of its computing machines, it seems only natural that Microsoft would want to replicate the same formula with a reasonable amount of success.

                A tough road ahead for Microsoft

                While Apple’s switch from Intel to in-house silicon has reaped handsome benefits in terms of massive performance gain, the main victory was an almost seamless transition from x86-based software ecosystem to ARM-based apps, thanks to the robust Rosetta 2 emulation layer. However, Microsoft has failed to replicate the same success with the Windows on ARM platform, something that kept an excellent machine like the Surface Pro X from truly shining, primarily due to sub-par performance of apps running in emulation and total lack of 64-bit apps. It was only last week that Microsoft finally launched x64 emulation – that too in preview for now – to fill that app gap.

                Intel stands to lose the most

                Microsoft’s success with a custom-designed chip for Surface PCs will only materialize in the presence of truly robust apps that doesn’t lack in performance if they are running in emulation, of if they have been compiled (or recompiled) natively based on ARM instructions. However, Intel appears to be the party that will lose the most, with the companies behind two of the world’s most dominant operating systems moving away from Intel processors to their own ARM-based silicon. Plus, the meteoric rise of AMD and the emergence of always-on PCs powered by Qualcomm silicon are not making things for Intel either.

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                OnePlus 8T, Samsung Galaxy S20 and more devices are on sale today

                We start today’s deals with the OnePlus 8T 5G, which is getting a $100 discount, leaving the US unlocked version with 256GB storage, 12GB RAM, a Fluid Display with 120Hz refresh rates, and a quad-camera setup for just $649. The best part is that you can choose between the Lunar Silver and the Aquamarine Green color options, as they are both getting the same discount. If you’re looking for another 5G enabled device, you can get the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G with 128GB for $800 with a $200 discount. The Galaxy Note 10 with 256GB is also on sale, and you can get yours for just $778 with $172 savings.

                However, you can also get a new Samsung 5G device for less if you have a device to trade-in. You can currently get the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 for $450. The Samsung Galaxy S20 series starts at $420, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip can be yours for $500, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is up for grabs at $1,000 with a $1,000 discount, but like I said, if you have an eligible device to trade-in.

                We also have the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go for $600 with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB storage space with $100 savings. However, you can get the Microsoft Surface Go 2 for $533, and you would get the same 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, but an Intel Pentium processor powers it.

                Finally, if you’re looking for a new pair of headphones, you can get the Sennheiser Momentum 3 for $300 with $99.97 savings, the HD 450BT doe $146, and the PXC 550-II for $188, with $53.95 and $162 discounts, respectively.

                However, if you’re not a fan of over-ear headphones, you may also want to consider the Sennheiser CX 400BT, which are getting a $70 discount, leaving them at $130. The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 for $250 with a $49.97 discount and the Google Pixel Buds gen-2 are currently getting a $20 discount, which leaves them at $159.

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                Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 13 Leaks: A More NORMAL & Feature-Packed Launch!? (video)

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                Apple’s MacBook Pro, iPad and more are on sale today

                The official news today begin with deals, and Let’s star today with Apple deals because, why not, starting with Intel MacBook Pros, in case you still don’t wanna join the M1 dark side. If you’re looking for a 16in, you can get the Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage model for $300 off, leaving it at $2100. If you’re looking for the 13in variant, you can get the i5, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage one for $175 after a $249 discount. Moving on to iPads as, the 2018 11in iPad Pros are $35 off at checkout, meaning you can get the Wi-Fi only, 128GB of storage model for $769 in both colors. Now, something crazy is that Samsung’s Black Friday trade-in deals are still going and we’re mid-way through December. So yeah, you can still get the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G for a crazy $1000, the Note 20 Series starts at $450 and the S20 Series starts at $390. But again, you need to have an eligible device for trade-in. We have more deals on other iPads, the Galaxy S10+ and more in the links in the description.

                Microsoft finally brings x64 emulation to Windows on ARM, but only for test channel

                Let’s move on to Windows ARM computers, oh yeah as it looks like Microsoft has some pressure on their back after the M1 Macs came out. One of the biggest problems with ARM PCs and is that machines like the Surface Pro X can only run native 32-bit and 64-bit apps compiled Natively for ARM, or 32-bit X86 apps through emulation, which left a lot of the modern Windows ecosystem out in the cold. Well, Microsoft just released a preview of 64-bit app emulation, which they’re calling x64 as a preview for Windows Insiders in their Developer Channel. So, if you have this build and a machine running Windows on ARM, you can download x64 apps from the Microsoft Store after updating it. This means that now you can emulate 64-bit apps, and you can play games and run productivity software which was lacking all these years on ARM PCs. So of course, x64 emulation is still a work in progress and there’s really no word on when consumers will get a wide release but it looks like they are finally prioritizing. Here’s the thing Microsoft, the M1s are making X86 computers look so bad, that 64 bit emulation is really just a third of what you should be doing.

                10.5-inch iPad leak suggests old design, $299 starting price

                But since we already started talking about ARM computers, let’s move on to iPads as, last week we talked about the possibility of a new 10.5-inch iPad and now we have even more rumors. According to a tipster on Twitter, we’ll be getting this 10.5in Retina Display iPad that still brings a home button and Touch ID in 2021. Like the previous report mentioned, we will most likely be getting the iPad Air’s older design, meaning it’ll get thinner and lighter. The tipster also mentions that this iPad will be powered by the A13 Bionic SoC which powered last year’s iPhone, and it’ll get some extra RAM at 4GBs. Other reports also claim that we’ll finally get some more on-board storage, now starting at 64GBs. Finally, we’re expecting the price tag to go down, at $299 which is a pretty sweet deal, and it makes all the sense in the world now that Cupertino has more control over their production thanks to Apple Silicon. The biggest question is when we’re gonna get it, and so far it seems it might be around March.

                New OnePlus 9 5G leak bares it all

                Now let’s talk about OnePlus as, it looks like 2021 will be the year of early releases. We’re expecting the OnePlus 9 5G to launch earlier, some time around March, so leaks are starting to intensify. Now, we have some IRL pre-production images which were posted by PhoneArena from anonymous sources. These units show the silver variant of the phone, showing off the new camera module which we’ve only seen in CAD renders. Now, this is the regular OnePlus 9 so, it brings two large sensors which reportedly consist of 48MP cameras and a small third camera which will most likely be a Macro or something. At the front, we’re expecting to get a 6.55in display that looks like the one on the OnePlus 8T, which will support Full HD+ resolution at 120Hz and HDR. Other details include the fact that the sides on this phone will be made of aluminum and the different logo which confirms that this is a pre-production unit. This phone will most likely be powered by the brand new Snapdragon 888 5G SoC as well as 8GB of RAM and at least 128GB of storage. Now if you’re thinking it looks a lot like this weird Frankenstein between an iPhone 12 and a Galaxy, you wouldn’t be mistaken.

                Samsung Galaxy S21 storage, colors, and stylus support confirmed

                Samsung Galaxy S21 appears online in a hands-on video, and it looks fantastic

                Speaking on early releases, let’s talk Samsung and the Galaxy S21 as, the leaks and official announcements just keep flowing. According to the guys over at WinFuture, several German retailers are already revealing the storage capacity color variants for the Galaxy S21 Series. Apparently the two storage options will be 128GB and 256GB for the maxed out variant, with the color options being grey, white, pink and purple. This leak also mentions an S Pen but, it won’t have a slot on the phone like the Note does, and instead you’ll have to place it in a “Clear View Silicone case” but, the phone will support the stylus. Samsung’s Opera Store in India also confirmed that the sales for the S21 will begin on the 29th, pretty much like Prosser leaked earlier in the season. Now, moving on to some more interesting news the phone was just showed on an IRL hands on video which was posted to YouTube but was then made private. Sadly, we weren’t able to recover it in time or maybe Diego got it before the edit, but in the video we get to see all of the design details we’ve seen in the renders. The regular S21 appears to bring a frosted back which almost looks matte, and the cameras is slightly raised meaning that the hump doesn’t protrude as much this year. We also get to see the front of the phone, with the smaller bezels and the punch hole display, pretty much looking like last year’s variants. So yeah, let’s see what other leaks we get as this is getting interesting.

                Story of the day:

                iPhone 13 Pro could arrive with LTPO tech and 120Hz displays

                And finally the hottest news today have to do with Apple, and what to expect for 2021. We know that the company found success in the staggered launch they did this year but, it looks like things are going back to normal next year. According to a new Ming Chi Kuo report, mass production for the iPhone 13 and the A15 chip will go back to Cupertino’s usual time frame. So, with mass production starting in the summer again, we will most likely get an Apple Event in September again like we usually do. However, I wonder what Apple plans when it comes to releasing the phones as, they had some pretty good sales this year with the spaced out releases so they might follow back on that strategy. Moving on from the release and on to the actual phones, it looks like we will be getting one of the features we were expecting on this year’s iPhones. According to a new report from The Elec, Samsung and LG will remain Apple’s suppliers for OLED panels and two of these iPhones will bring LTPO technology. Now, LTPO is the technology which allows for 120Hz displays to exist without consuming too much of your battery which makes sense because iPhones don’t bring amazing batteries. This tech is already present on the current Apple Watch, meaning we could possibly also get an always-on display for the iPhone 13. We’re also expecting other features like Touch ID on the next iPhones along with a notch that’s actually smaller, finally. We’ll see what we get in September.

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                Microsoft finally brings x64 emulation to Windows on ARM, but only for test channel

                Microsoft made the jump to an ARM software ecosystem years before Apple, but the Windows-maker still lags far behind. Take for example machines such as Surface Pro X that run Windows on ARM, but have been severely limited by the app gap, while the Rosetta 2 emulation layer allowed Apple to sort that issue with its very first generation of M1 MacBooks. That is because the Surface Pro X can only run native 32-bit and 64-bit apps compiled natively for ARM, while emulation is limited only to 32-bit apps based on the x86 instructions used by Intel-powered computers. That left a huge chunk of 64-bit x86 apps non-functional for machines that offer the Windows on ARM experience. Microsoft is finally solving that piece of the puzzle.

                Microsoft has released a preview of 64-bit app emulation – something it calls x64 – as a preview for Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. Arriving with the build no. 21277, users who run a machine with Windows on ARM can now download x64 apps from the Microsoft Store or other repositories after installing the latest version. Thanks to the arrival of x64 emulation, users can now play games and run productivity software such as Autodesk Sketchbook. Additionally, the emulation will finally allow Windows on ARM machines to run a 64-bit build of Chrome, which means you can expect better performance now.

                Microsoft still wants developers to recompile their apps for ARM64.

                “Over time, the ecosystem has moved more toward 64-bit-only x64 apps and we’ve heard the feedback that customers would like to see those x64 apps running on ARM64. That’s why we are working on expanding the capability of our emulation to include x64 applications and sharing this first preview to gather feedback,” the company said in a blog post.

                However, x64 emulation for Windows on ARM is still very much a work in progress and there is no word when it will be released widely for all users. Microsoft also adds that some apps might not work initially with x64 emulation, but over time, both compatibility and performance will improve over time. Microsoft also recommends installing a preview version of the Qualcomm Adreno graphics driver for machines such as Surface Pro X, Lenovo Flex 5G and the Samsung Galaxy Book S for best performance.

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                Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service arrives on iOS and PC in spring 2021

                A few months ago, Apple and Microsoft were engaged in a war of words over App Store policies that required each game offered by a game streaming service to be submitted individually for review. While Apple tried to extend an olive branch, a functional xCloud app couldn’t become a reality for the iOS platform, which pushed Microsoft to look at a web-based solution for streaming games via cloud on iPhones and iPads. Microsoft has today officially announced that it is bringing the xCloud game streaming service to iOS via mobile web browser in spring season next year. Additionally, the service is going live for PC as well at the same time. 

                xCloud is coming to iOS via the web, and not as an app

                “In Spring 2021, we will take the next step in our journey to reach more players around the world by making cloud gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate available on Windows PCs through the Xbox app and browser, and iOS devices through mobile web browser,” the company said in an official blog post. Microsoft is also expanding the service to new markets that include Australia, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico. 

                Talking about xCloud, Microsoft’s cloud-based game streaming service is free for all users with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. So, even if you don’t own an Xbox console, you will still be able to enjoy the all titles listed in the Xbox Game Pass library on an Android phone or tablet – and soon on PC and iOS devices too. An Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription currently costs $14.99 per month in the US.

                xCloud is free with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription

                The arrival of xCloud on Windows 10 is great news, since you no longer need a powerful PC with pricey internals to play a demanding game as all the processing work has been offloaded to Microsoft’s own server blades. Likewise, users will also be able to play console games on their iPhones and iPads with ease. All you need is a fast internet connection and you’re good to go. Just like Microsoft’s game streaming service, NVIDIA’s GeForce Now and Google’s Stadia are also making their way to iOS via the web.

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                Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad, OnePlus 8T and more on sale right now

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                Yes, we have more deals for you today; Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad is currently getting a $30 discount on its 32GB storage option with WiFi connectivity. Now, if you want more storage space, the 128GB storage version is selling for $396 after receiving a $34 discount.
                If you still feel like you need more power without having to go Pro, the iPad Air is getting a $50 discount in its WiFi-only version with 256GB storage, which leaves it at $699. Let’s not forget that if you get any of these powerful iPads, you will most likely need to use an Apple Pencil every now and then, so why not get one, as they are also on sale. The regular Apple Pencil can be yours for just $85 after a $9.89 discount, while the second-gen Apple Pencil is getting a $9.99 discount, leaving it at just $115.

                We already mentioned Samsung smartphones in a previous deal post earlier today, but if you’re looking for more phones to choose from, OnePlus has some great discounts. We find the OnePlus 8T is selling for $739, which means you get to save $10 when you buy your new phone with 5G connectivity, 12GB RAM, 256GB storage, a 120Hz Fluid Display, and a quad-camera setup.

                The OnePlus 8 Pro with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage is getting a $200 discount, leaving it at just $799, and you also get 5G connectivity, a 120Hz Fluid Display, and a quad-camera setup. The OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition is now selling for just $590 and the regular OnePlus 7T with 128GB storage is selling for $370 when you apply a $30 coupon to your purchase.

                Now, you may also be on the lookout for a new laptop, and if that’s the case, you should consider the Microsoft Surface Pro 7. It is currently selling for just $899 at Amazon or $900 at B&H and Best Buy. Upon purchase, you will get a laptop with a 12.3-inch touch-screen, a tenth generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and a $300 discount.

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                Surface Pro 7 with type cover is $430 off! Buy it here

                Microsoft Surface Pro is one of those products that I include in one-of-a-kind things. It is a compact 2-in-1 PC, which is perfect for someone with my kind of use case. This comes from a Surface Pro user. I love working on it so much that I wrote an article about it. If you are in the market for a 2-in-1, this is your chance. The Surface Pro 7 is selling for a discount of $430. The i5 variant with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD with kickstand usually sells for $1329. However, it’s Black Friday, and the product is down to $899!

                The Surface Pro 7 features a 12.3-inch PixelSense Display (2736 x 1824 pixels). The model we are recommending is powered by the 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor. It comes equipped with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of SSD.. Personally, I’ve used it, and this variant is enough to let you run 20 Chrome tabs simultaneously. It sports an 8MP rear camera with support for 1080p FULL HD video recording and a 5MP front camera with support for 1080p FULL HD video recording as well.

                There are 1.6W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium and dual far-field Studio Mics. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0 LE. As for the physical ports, it comes with USB Type-A, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, Mini display port, Surface Connect, Surface Type Cover Port, and a MicroSDXC card reader. Sensors onboard include Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer. All of this is contained in a housing that weighs just 790 grams (apart from the type cover).

                You can purchase the Surface Pro 7 with type cover by clicking the button below.

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                Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Pro 8 images leaked ahead of early 2021 launch

                Microsoft has had a busy year in 2020, launching the Surface Book 3 convertible, the affordable Surface Laptop Go, the Surface Go 2 and a refreshed Surface Pro X. However, it appears that the company will start things a bit early next year by launching the Surface Pro 8 and the Surface Laptop 4. And surprisingly, we might already know what they look like.

                Twitter user cozyplane had shared alleged images of the Surface Laptop 4 and the Surface Pro 8 from a Korean certification authority’s database. The leaked images suggest that Microsoft is not making any major design changes when it comes to the Surface Laptop 4 and the Surface Pro 8.

                Surface Pro 8
                Alleged image of the Surface Pro 8 (Image: Twitter / @cozyplanes)

                Microsoft is apparently retaining the signature metallic chassis with sharp lines and rounded corners. The alleged Surface Laptop 4 appears to be sporting a black paintjob, while the Surface Pro 8 rocks a familiar silver finish. However, it is unclear if the company has tweaked the port selection and or made any other hardware changes to its upcoming Surface portfolio.

                January launch, both Intel and AMD chips for Surface Laptop 4

                Adding more meat to the leak, Windows Central reports that the new Surface Laptop and Surface Pro series devices will be launched in January. Moreover, the two machines will come equipped with Intel’s 11th gen Tiger Lake processors with the new Intel Xe integrated graphics. Additionally, Microsoft will also sell an option powered by AMD processors, but details about the specific chip family are still unclear.

                Microsoft will reportedly launch a new color option for the Surface Go 2 in the same month as well. The report claims that the company might unveil a black trim of the affordable convertible in January. Lastly, the company will finally start the market expansion of its first smartphone in a while – the Surface Duo. So far, the Surface Duo has been limited to the US market, and it appears that Microsoft is finally ready to take it global starting next year.

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                Microsoft Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3 go on sale in India

                After introducing the Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3 back in May, Microsoft has launched the two devices in India. The pricing starts at INR 42,999 and INR 156,299 respectively. The Surface Go 2 features the same lightweight and compact design as that of its predecessor but packs a larger display. It comes with a 10.5-inch display and is powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core M processor, which translates to improved battery life and a performance upgrade.

                On the other hand, the Surface Book 3‘s design hasn’t changed much either. However, it packs some massive internal upgrades as well. It is powered by the 10th Gen Intel processors, all of which are the quad-core variants. It comes with up to 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD that Microsoft claims are its “fastest ever SSDs.” As for the graphic prowess, you get to choose between the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, GTX 1660Ti, or the Quadro RTX 3000 GPU depending on the variant you pick. The device comes in two screen sizes 13.5-inch (it starts with an Intel Iris Plus graphics) and a 15-inch model. The company is touting a 50% boost in performance and up to 17.5 hours of battery life.

                The Surface Go 2 price in India starts at INR 42,999 and goes up to INR 63,499. In contrast, the Surface Book 3 will cost Indian consumers INR 156,299 for the base variant and INR 340,499 for the highest-end model. The detailed price chart is mentioned below:

                ModelMRP
                Surface Go 2
                P/4/64 GB
                M/4/64 GB
                P/8/128 GB
                M/8/128 GB

                INR 42,999
                INR 47,599
                INR 57,999
                INR 63,499
                Surface Book 3
                13in i5/8/256
                13in i7/16/256
                13in i7/32/512
                13in i7/32/1TB
                15in i7/16/256
                15in i7/32/512
                15in i7/32/1TB
                15in i7/32/512 Qdr
                15in i7/32/1TB QdrCOMM
                 
                INR 156,299
                INR 195,899
                INR 237,199
                INR 259,299
                INR 220,399
                INR 266,499
                INR 286,199
                INR 321,899
                INR 340,399

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