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Samsung’s New iPad Pro Is Just Fantastic

Coming a year after the launch of Apple’s first 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the new iteration from Samsung feels daring. While it has the same sleek lines, is just as light, and possesses the magnetic connection on one side for easy keyboard cover attachment, Samsung’s iPad Pro for 2017 is, inexplicably called the Galaxy Tab S3, and unlike previous iPads this one runs on Android.

Technically, if you want to be “accurate” this is not an iPad Pro, but Samsung’s first premium Android tablet in over a year. In 2015 Android sort of lost the tablet war it had waged against iOS. While Google’s mobile OS rules the budget roost thanks to the cheap Kindle Fire, no one has really expressed a desire for a $600 media consumption machine running little green droid brains. Heck, at this point people don’t even buy iPads any more. The people who want tablets have them already.

Samsung’s hoping it can change people’s minds with a shiny new device that just happens to bear a remarkable resemblance to the current bestselling premium tablet, the iPad. It’s only a hundredth of a pound lighter than the comparable iPad, less than a tenth of an inch shorter, and both devices are just .24 inches thick. They’re both also $600 for a 32GB version, and they handle everything from drawing to quickly written screeds on Facebook with zero lag. Maybe Samsung considers the remarkable similarities between its new product and last year’s iPad Pro to be a compliment to Apple, rather than a naked bid for a share of a dwindling market. Though Apple, and courts, tend to disagree.

Some things are different about the two tablets. Besides running Android Nougat instead of iOS 10, the Tab S3 has a Qualcomm 820 processor (which is theoretically slower than the 835 reportedly planned for the Galaxy S8 phone), comes in only a 32GB version, and includes a nice little pen for drawing on its admittedly vibrant AMOLED display. As an Apple Pencil costs an additional $100, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 feels like a bargain.

Neither device includes the keyboard cover. Apple charges $150 for a cover and keyboard that…

Remains of the Day: Apple Quietly Updates the iPad

Apple added a couple of new products to their lineup this morning to little fanfare. The new red iPhone, in partnership with the (RED) charity, may be the only head-turner but they also upgraded the most popular size of lower-end iPad.

  • The new 9.7 inch iPad is a slight upgrade over the iPad Air 2, with a starting price of $329. That simplifies things a little bit; now the whole lineup includes the iPad Mini, the normal iPad, the iPad Pro, and a jumbo iPad Pro. Apple also announced a weird video app that they’re developing called Clips, which lets you create videos to be shared on other services. It’s sort of like Apple’s version of Snapchat minus the actual chat. You can add emojis and filters and all that jazz and do simple video editing. Clips will be available in April. [Apple]
  • In other news, following the U.S. ban…

Why Mac Apps Occasionally Ask for Access to Accessibility Features

If you use a Mac and any software that controls your keyboard, including text expanders, you’ve probably come across a dialogue box asking you to grant the app access to “accessibility features.” How-To Geek explains what that means.

Accessibility settings are gated off by Apple for security purposes because apps that help with accessibility, like text-to-speech applications or key logging applications, work by controlling certain system level services or other applications entirely. Traditionally, a Mac app is a single container that cannot access system level controls. Accessibility apps get a little more control over system access and can control other apps entirely. How-To Geek explains it like so:

In part, it uses this name because multiple accessibility applications need access to these…

Chrome for iPhone Gets a Reading List for Saving Articles and Offline Reading

iPhone: One of the nicer features in Apple’s Safari is the Reading List, which gives you an in-browser place to save articles to read later. Today, Chrome gets that too.

Chrome’s feature is called Read Later and it works basically the exact same as the one in Safari. In Chrome, open up an article you want to read later, tap the three dot icon, then the share…

Apple Roses Are as Easy to Make as They Are Beautiful

Though there is something rewarding and cathartic about baking a finicky, labor-intensive dessert, I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy an easy, though still fancy-looking sweet thing. Apple roses are not only deliciously warm and comforting, but they’re just plain pretty, and a cinch to make.

My boy Justin Chapple can walk you through the whole process in the video above, but all you’ll need is a few apples, some puff pastry, cinnamon sugar, and…

Should I Keep My Tech’s Serial Numbers Private?

Every electronic device you own—your phone, laptop, mouse, keyboard, and every other piece of tech—has a unique serial number. But are those numbers best kept private, like passwords, or is it alright if someone else sees them?

What Is a Serial Number?

A serial number is a unique identifier assigned to a device during the manufacturing process. It’s not necessarily a number—serial numbers can contain letters and symbols as well as numbers. One device’s serial number may look like “123456”, while another device’s may look like “ABC123!@#”. This number may also be identified as a “S/N” on the device..

This unique identifier allows the manufacturer to differentiate between devices that are otherwise completely identical. So, when you need warranty service, a manufacturer can identify that you have a unique device that isn’t a counterfeit and verify it hasn’t already received warranty service.

Manufacturers can use serial numbers to see where a device came from and when it was manufactured, so serial numbers can help identify if there’s a problem somewhere in the manufacturing process. Manufacturers wouldn’t be able to track individual devices without some sort of unique identifier.

Where You’ll Find the Serial Number

This number is often placed in a sticker somewhere on a device. Turn a device over—whether it’s a laptop, mouse, or keyboard—and there’s a good chance you’ll see a serial number. On a desktop PC, you may see the serial number on the back of the PC, or on a sticker inside the case. Even if you don’t see a sticker, you’ll often find a serial number printed on the device itself. For example, on Apple’s MacBooks, you’ll see the serial number printed on the bottom next to the “Designed by Apple in California” text.

The serial number is often not printed on smartphones. Instead, it’s available through the software. For example, you’ll find an iPhone’s serial number at Settings > General > About.

You’ll also likely find the serial number on a sticker on the box your device came in.

What Serial Numbers Are Used For

Serial numbers are generally used for warranty service and repairs, but not for much else. For example, if you have an Apple product, you can use a serial number to check whether a device is still within its warranty period and whether you can purchase AppleCare coverage. If you give Apple the serial number, they can trace when you purchased the device. But this isn’t exactly very private information.

Apple also allows you…