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9/25/2020

It looks like we’ve finally got the date we’ve all been waiting for – the iPhone 12 range will be announced on October 13, if the latest leaks from mobile networks are anything to go by.

That will put the release date around October 23, so if you’ve been holding on with your current phone out of contract, you’re nearly there. That said, if this delay has been making you wonder whether you really still want an iPhone, there are plenty of exceptional Android-powered handsets out there – and you’ll be amazed at the battery life on some of them.

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9/25/2020

I've never heard Sherri L. Smith, the editor of Laptop Mag, so enraged – on this week's podcast, we discussed the chaos around trying to pre-order a new, next-gen console.

It's incredible that in 2020 we're still seeing huge retailers like Amazon and Best Buy struggle to even display a web page because the demand was so great. Sure, it might be some clever marketing ploy to whip us into a 'must get one, they're selling out!' frenzy, but something was up – and if these consoles aren't delivered on launch day, I fear for what Sherri might do...

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9/25/2020

I've been reviewing the new Apple Watch 6, next to the also-new, and more affordable, Apple Watch SE for a week now, and I'm struggling to see the benefit of the flagship sixth iteration.

While some will want and need the new blood oxygen sensor or the electrocardiogram monitor, many won't – and the always-on display, while nice, is still a battery sucker. The Watch SE, however, is a cheaper device that offers a very similar feature set – and this could be the underground hit, especially as, like the Watch 6, it'll afford you full access to Apple's smart new exercise service, Fitness Plus, when it launches.

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9/25/2020

We've been talking about the future quite a bit, but now cast your mind back just 15 years, and try to remember your TV. Tiny and cumbersome in comparison to what's in your living room now, right?

In the future, as our televisions get ever bigger in order to cope with our demands for increasingly theatrical home entertainment experiences, building your TV like a jigsaw could be the way forward – that's what Sony thinks, anyway.

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9/25/2020

Samsung has launched the new Galaxy S20 Fan Edition – reportedly in response to the changed world we now find ourselves in – as a cut-price version of the flagship Galaxy S20. Mid-range phones with some higher-level specs? That's the new hotness right now.

However, the FE feels more like one of Samsung's popular-but-budget A series of phones – some of the good specs of the headline product, but cut down to lower the price. So why name it that?

I forgot to say: this phone is also known as the Galaxy S20 FE, for brevity of course – I'm sure it's just a coincidence that FE sounds a lot like SE.

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9/25/2020

I honestly wasn't going to use this to sign off – it's about poop, for crying out loud, and that's hardly the high-brow content we aspire to*. But then I started watching the video above, and I found it deeply interesting to know what the ancient Romans, Greeks and other civilizations used to do when they needed to clean up after a number two.

So the next time you pat that double-quilted, luxurious roll – or even a scratchy piece in a public restroom – just be glad you're not reaching for a piece of stone, and remember that living in the present has a fair few benefits.

*But fail at, I know

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9/25/2020

Software developers have become more productive during the pandemic, finds a survey of 347 IT managers, with the majority of respondents saying that working across time zones has become easier. Recent months have seen an increase in DevOps initiatives and cloud-migration work, said 52% of those surveyed.

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9/25/2020

Pre-orders for both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X did not go as planned. Tom's Guide breaks down what went wrong with both pre-order processes — and dispense some advice for those who didn’t manage to score a new system.

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9/25/2020

Sony's hotly anticipated next-gen console has sold out almost immediately at most major stores including Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart. However, stock should be coming back soon, so be sure to bookmark our PS5 pre-order guide for the latest on how to get the new console.

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9/25/2020

The hottest sector of legaltech in terms of fundraising is contract review management, where four companies snagged $70 million in venture capital during the second quarter. Mike Bryant of Knox Capital Holdings, a private equity firm, says the coast is clear for "more than one or two or three companies to be successful."