Day: August 12, 2020

Microsoft’s Surface Duo is not the foldable phone you’re looking for

A high price, lackluster hardware specs, and TBD productivity gains make the Microsoft Surface Duo a hard pass for even the most ardent believer in foldable phones.

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Starting today, you can preorder a Microsoft Surface Duo, the dual-screen, Android phone unveiled at the company’s Surface hardware event in October last year. The Duo is available for preorder at MicrosoftStore.com, AT&T, and BestBuy. You’ll be able to buy it in store and online beginning September 10th.

However, I recommend you press the pause button on that purchase and put that credit card back in your digital wallet. The more we learn about the Duo, the more it seems like an overpriced, proof-of-concept device. This makes it a great gadget for tech journalists and industry analysts, but not so much the general public, business buyer or even early tech adopters looking for their first foldable phone.

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Google Rolls Out New Features to Assist Students With Homework

Google is rolling out a number of new education features to make virtual learning easier, including an Education Mode in Google Lens that lets students click a picture of the problem and offer solutions to it. For STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) homework, students can turn to Google Search that will connect them to potential explanations, providing a step-by-step breakdown for complex math equations and detailed information about underlying concepts.

This is a part of the company’s larger Google for Education project called The Anywhere School, under which it has brought over 50 new features across Meet, Classroom, G Suite, and other products. Students (and parents) can use Google-owned app Socratic and soon, Google Lens too, to take a picture of a problem or equation. Socratic and Lens will provide quick access to helpful results such as step-by-step guides and detailed explainers that will assist in solving the problem

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Top 5 Smartphones for Business Professionals

Here are five smartphones to consider the next time you’re shopping for a new mobile device for work.

Busy professionals need devices that keep up with their workday pace, and for many people their most essential device is a smartphone. There are many reasons why it may be more convenient to use a smartphone instead of a laptop, such as being away from your desk, working in the field, or not wanting to sit down in front of a larger screen when a smaller, more portable one will do. 

If you use your smartphone for work, you need one that’s reliable, which is where these five devices come in. Each smartphone on this list has unique features designed for business users who may have different use cases.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20

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Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note device is practically tailor-made for professionals, with its in-device stored S Pen designed

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