Why Would Anyone Buy an iPad Mini in 2019 – Gizmodo

The iPad Mini is not the best tablet Apple makes (that’s the 11-inch iPad Pro). It’s not the good enough tablet either (that’s the iPad Air). It’s the awkward one. A little too small, but a little too big, and demanding a fairly radical change to how you operate a tablet if you’ve been using any other iPad before. But boy, after a week of using the newly refreshed Mini, I’m still finding it awfully damn appealing. The iPad Mini is the true content consumption queen.What is it?A refresh to Apple’s tiniest tablet.LikeA mini tablet is great for books, and even movies.No LikeIt feels a little cramped to use the pencil with.What do I mean by that? Maybe it doesn’t make sense at first. After all the iPhone XS Plus has a much prettier 6.5-inch OLED display, the iPad Pro has that big and gorgeous display with a faster refresh rate. They shaved and shaved those bezels until they’re a razor’s edge and the Mini’s bezels look old fashioned and far too chunky by comparison.But have you ever tried to read a book on an iPhone or the average-sized iPad? It feels either too small or too large. The Mini with its 7.9-inch 2,048 by 1,536 resolution display, is like Baby Bear’s bed. It’s just right. The bezel is big enough I can hold the iPad one-handed and not accidentally flick to the next page as I do with a larger iPad. I found myself reaching for it all week even though it lasts well under twelve hours of marathon reading while my Kindle Oasis lasts for days. In part, this is because I could hop over to a Game of Thrones wiki to refresh myself on characters I’m reading about instead of reaching for my phone as I do
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The Elder Scrolls: Blades hands on: A shallow skinner box that you can pay to not play – Android Police

Bethesda recently opened up early access for its latest mobile game The Elder Scrolls: Blades, and since we learned yesterday that this access has expanded to anyone with a Bethesda account, I figured why not go hands-on with the title so that our readers can see exactly what it has to offer. So strap in folks, because I’m predicting a bumpy ride. Story Compared to any mainline TES release, the story in Blades is exceptionally lackluster. You play the part of a Blade who was forced into exile but recently returned home to find their village destroyed. So, of course, it will be your duty to take on a never-ending series of quests so that you can earn the funds and items necessary to rebuild your hometown one structure at a time.     Rebuilding your destroyed hometown is your goal The story honestly offers nothing special, and it’s clear that its primary purpose is to explain why in the world you’re spending so much of your time playing the part of a city planner in a freaking TES game. Story design doesn’t get lazier than this, bask in its glory. Graphics The graphics look alright, especially for a smartphone title, though indoor environments appear to be a lot more detailed than the game’s outdoor areas. I get a distinct feeling that much of the game’s particle effects, fog, and lighting are not effects at all, but pre-rendered images. This gives the game a cheap feel, much like the first 3D games in the late ’90s that relied on a lot of pre-rendered backgrounds. The game’s environments rarely change all that much in appearance, so once you’ve delved into a few dungeons, you’ve seen just about everything there is to see.    The pleasant graphics could use more variety Currently, there
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How Two College Students Allegedly Scammed Apple out of Thousands of iPhones – Slate

Apple says the scheme cost it nearly $900,000. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images It’s Time for the Heroic Male Paleontologist Trope to Go Extinct Does SAT Prep Actually Work? Get Ready. Presidential Campaigns Are About to Start Texting You All the Time. Another 540 Million Facebook Users’ Data Has Been Exposed Two college students in Oregon are accused of scamming their way into thousands of free iPhones, according to court documents reported by the Oregonian. Yangyang Zhou and Quan Jiang, Chinese engineering students in the U.S. on student visas, are accused of operating a scheme that cost Apple hundreds of thousands of dollars. Here, according to federal prosecutors, is how they did it: An associate in China shipped packages of 20 to 30 counterfeit iPhones to the men or to Jiang’s friends and relatives, whom he paid to be able to use their addresses around Oregon. None of the phones could power on. Jiang and Zhou, his alleged accomplice, would collect the phones and either take the phones in person to Apple for repair or replacement or submit warranty claims using Apple’s online service support and ship the phones to Apple. Apple technicians inspect phones when they are sent to them for repair to determine if the phones are real Apple products, according to the Oregonian. But because the phones Jiang sent to Apple would not turn on, Apple could often not examine them. They would go ahead and send a replacement phone. Jiang would then allegedly ship the real iPhones back to China, where his associates would sell them for a few hundred dollars apiece. They would wire Jiang’s portion of the profits to his mother, who could then transfer the money to a bank account Jiang could access in the U.S. According to the court documents, Apple connected Jiang to
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Login – April 5, 2019 – Axios

This site uses cookies to enhance your reading experience. By using this site, you consent to our use of cookies.OkayCongrats, you’ve made it to Friday. Let’s dive in…1 big thing: Snap sees a future in servicesSnapchat CEO Evan Spiegel speaking at Snaphcat Partner Summit on April 4th in Santa Monica. Screenshot: AxiosA slew of new updates, features and services unveiled by Snap Inc. Thursday capture the Santa Monica-based “camera company” in mid-evolution — from a chat platform to a broker of value-added services modeled on China’s tech giants. Why it matters: Snap has faced investor skepticism that its media model of youth-oriented ephemeral photo and video sharing can support an ad business on the scale of Google’s or Facebook’s, Sara Fischer reports. The announcements at the first-ever Snapchat Partner Summit show that Snap intends to keep growing its ad revenue while building revenue-generating services that users can access across apps to increase engagement with Snap’s products. The details: Snap announced it will launch the Snap Audience Network, which will allow other companies to run “Snap ads” inside their own apps. Snap will allow advertisers to sell ads through its technology, while keeping a cut of the ad revenue. This is a big deal because it would enable Snap to dramatically expand its ad revenue to compete with the likes of Google and Facebook, which have their own ad networks. Yes, but: It’s not set to launch for several months, and details of the ad targeting’s workings were scant, as Recode’s Kurt Wagner notes. Snap also announced major updates for developers and its camera, and rolled out a new gaming platform as well as a slate of original shows. A brand new gaming platform called “Snap Games” will allow users to play real-time, multiplayer games with their friends. Be smart: Tencent,
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Epic have Teased a Possible Event for Fortnite – Fortnite Insider

Epic have just teased a possible event coming to Fortnite.Epic are continuously making changes to Fortnite, especially the Fortnite map and one of the ways they do this is by having events. They have just posted an image on all of their social media accounts the following:Fortnite Teaser for possible eventThe description reads, “Ruin is coming…” It has not been confirmed what this means, but it could be teasing a possible event coming to Fortnite soon. In the past, Epic have issued teasers similar to this leading up to the new season, so it is likely there will be more teasers yet to come.This could be a teaser for the ‘true’ Fire King, which could be the week 7 Discovery skin, but again nothing has been confirmed as yet.There have been some excavation sites that have been seen around the island in Fortnite and the site that was seen at Dusty Divot has been filled with lava, which could possibly be linked to this.Fortnite Dusty Divot Dig Site LavaWhat do you think Epic are teasing? Let us know in the comments below. We will keep you updated with the latest. For all the latest Fortnite news, follow us on Twitter, @Fortnite_BR and turn website notifications on.
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Alienware Area-51m review: portable desktop – The Verge

The Area-51m has plenty of brawn, but it comes with a high price If you’ve been looking at the field of gaming laptops for the past couple of years, you’ve probably noticed that they are getting thinner, lighter, and less conspicuous. Today’s gaming laptops are not only capable of playing the latest games at high frame rates, but they can also pull double duty for productivity work just as easily. Alienware’s new Area-51m, which starts at around $1,950 and can be configured well north of $5,000, is not one of those gaming laptops. It is a behemoth that calls back to the time when all gaming laptops were thick, heavy computers that never left the comfort of a sturdy desk. But while the Area-51m is twice as heavy and almost twice as thick as the latest Razer Blade or thin MSI gaming laptops, it does things that those computers just can’t. It’s more powerful, thanks to a desktop-class processor and full-power mobile GPU, instead of the lower-power Max Q graphics cards and mobile processors found in those other machines. Unlike most, it has a 17-inch display and a full-size keyboard, with both a number pad and macro keys. But it also has the ability to let you upgrade its primary components when better, faster chips become available. That’s just not something you can do with the vast majority of gaming laptops on the market right now — whether they’re thin or not. The Area-51m is technically not the first laptop to offer this kind of upgradability. There have been big clunkers of laptops in the past that let you upgrade the CPU, and there’s still an upgradeable GPU standard called MXM. But there’s not much movement or competition in the MXM market — an RTX 2080 module alone could cost
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WhatsApp groups getting a fix for their most annoying feature – 9to5Mac

I’m generally a fan of WhatsApp groups, offering many of the benefits of group iMessage chats, but across both iPhone and Android devices – but they do have one annoying feature … NordVPN Anyone who has your cell number can add you to a WhatsApp group without asking you. There’s no request mechanism, you just get dropped into the chat. That’s true of iMessages too, of course, but my experience is that people tend to be rather more gung-ho where WhatsApp groups are concerned. WhatsApp told VentureBeat that it is now rolling out a fix for this, giving you control over who can auto-add you to a group, and who has to ask. Users can choose between Nobody, My Contacts (people whose phone numbers they have saved in their phone), and Everyone — assuming they don’t have any reservations about random people adding them to different groups. To add someone who has restricted access, users will be required to send a private message to the person with an invite link. That individual can then decide whether they wish to join the group through the invite link, which will be active for 72 hours. The new feature is available in Settings > Account > Privacy > Groups. Facebook, which owns the messaging app, says that the rollout begins today, though it is expected to take several weeks to reach everyone. The move was partly made to avoid political spam, where campaign groups in some countries have been adding large number of people to groups to promote their cause. WhatsApp came into its own for us over the weekend. Our apartment block has a group to enable us to pass on news and discuss issues related to the building. A major burst pipe took out the water supply for the building and, because it
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21 of the Best Gmail Features You Might Not Have Found Yet – Gizmodo

Image: GoogleAlmost everyone is using Gmail these days, but how many of those users know all the tricks and features Google has dropped into its email platform over the last 15 years? How many neat options on the web and mobile remain undiscovered by the Gmail masses? Let us bring you right up to speed with the best Gmail features you might not have found yet.1) Schedule emailsLet’s start up top with the newest addition: You can now schedule emails to be sent tomorrow morning, tomorrow afternoon, or whenever you like, something Google says is intended to “be considerate of everyone’s downtime”—it’s not available in to every user yet, but if you’ve got the update, you’ll see a drop-down menu next to the Send button.2) Do more with a right-clickAn update that rolled out in February lets you do more with a right-click on a conversation thread (or Ctrl+click on a Mac)… as in, a lot more. Move emails across tabs, snooze emails, mute conversations, open emails in a new window, find messages from a specific sender, and do just about everything you could want to do from the main Gmail view on the web.3) Drag emails between tabsIf you’ve got Gmail on the web set up with separate tabs or categories on screen (like Primary, Social and Updates), did you know you can drag conversation threads between them to recategorize your messages? Even better, Gmail will then ask you if you want to treat all emails from the same sender in the same way in the future, saving you time.Screenshot: Gizmodo4) Get Google’s AI to compose your emailsGmail rolled out Smart Compose back in 2018 and just recently upgraded it to appear on more devices and adapt itself more to the way you write. If you want to switch
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Version 2.0.2 to be released tonight – GoNintendo

[Pop-up News]Software update available: Ver. 2.0.2Click here for more information: https://t.co/sJSeRU763q pic.twitter.com/Otr3duYg91 — SSBUBot (@SSBUBot) April 2, 2019 A new update will soon be available for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It is currently unclear as to what the update will contain, but many seem to speculate that the update will contain simple changes such as bug fixes and UI modifications. 
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Get a 22-bit screwdriver set with the best design we’ve ever seen for just $15 – BGR

At just under $30, the Nanch Small Precision Screwdriver Set with 22 Alloy S2 Steel Bits is the best small to medium-sized screwdriver set money can buy. It features an excellent design with a telescoping extender rod that helps you reach into tough spots, and 22 different steel bits will fit any screw you might need. While this set is definitely worth every penny of its full retail price, it’s on sale right now at an all-time low of just $14.99. You would have to be crazy to pass it up at this price. Here are the bullet points from the product page: Ergonomic Design Handle:Well made handle with anti-slip area and free spinning cap for precise turning and control with finger,telescopic driver for longer slender reach. High Hardness Performance Bits:22 magnetic bits made from alloy S2 steel – HRC60±2, hardness heated treatment finished. Multi-use Tool Set:small repair kit for small electronics,laptops,phones,computer,eyeglasses,smartphones,toys,iPhone,PC,watches,game consoles,Macbook air and most handheld devices. Long and Slim Bits:with 45mm-length,the bits are much longer than you get with most other pocket screwdrivers. Portable and Handy Case:Collected by a durable box with perfect weight & compact design for easy carry,bits and handle selected firmly in the box,not fall out even stand upside down. Follow @BGRDeals on Twitter to keep up with the latest and greatest deals we find around the web. To learn more about our sponsored deals and sponsored posts opportunities, please email sponsored@bgr.com BGR Deals content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and BGR may receive a commission on purchases made through our posts.
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