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Apple unveils the new MacBook Air with Retina display

The long-awaited update finally brings Retina and Touch ID.

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Apple today announced the new MacBook Air during its Special Event in New York. The hardware upgrade brings a variety of changes that existing MacBook Air users have been asking for.

Oh boy! That does come with a new base price of $1,199 for Air.

Sporting a gorgeous Retina display with over 4 million pixels, the new MacBook Air is the first Retina device in the Air family. The 13.3-inch device has 50 percent narrower bezels around the screen in a more compact body design than its predecessor. What works as a cherry on top is that the bezels are now black as well.

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Apple’s latest Air is also equipped with Touch ID (just like on the MacBook Pro but sans the Touch Bar). It can be used to authenticate payments, purchase items from the App Store, and unlock the device, of course!

The Force Touch trackpad on the 2018 MacBook Air is 20 percent larger than on the previous generation MacBook Air.

Speaking of what Apple’s most proud of for this MacBook Air is the aluminium housing. The aluminium used in making the laptop is 100 percent recycled. And it weighs just 2.75 pounds.

Apple has bumped the specs on the new MacBook Air to align with the year 2018, as it must. The laptop from Apple sports an 8th-generation dual-core i5 CPU with up to 16GB of RAM and 1.5TB SSD storage. That said, it should be up to 60 percent faster than the previous generation. There are stereo speakers and three mics inside the new MacBook Air, and just two Thunderbolt 3 ports (for the sake of futuristic I/O).

The 2018 MacBook Air line-up includes space gray, silver, and gold finishes. Apple is accepting pre-orders starting today, with sales commencing on November 7.

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OnePlus 6T to launch in Nepal on November 11

OnePlus’ fastest device is coming faster than ever in Nepal this time.

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OnePlus recently announced that it will be launching the OnePlus 6T in Nepal on November 11. The company launched the handset just last month in New York.

Yes, OnePlus is sticking to its ridiculous six-month update cycle that outdates the only flagship every six months.

The OnePlus 6T features a 6.41-inch AMOLED display with a teardrop notch, and a chin, of course, on the front. It packs a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, depending upon your preference.

OnePlus has added an in-display fingerprint scanner to the handset, and removed the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The battery included in slightly larger in capacity than what we’ve seen on the OnePlus 6. Rest follows what’s on the OnePlus 6.

You can pre-order the OnePlus 6T in Nepal beginning November 11, and get the handset delivered in the next few days if not weeks. OnePlus Nepal is offering the handset at a discounted price of 69,999 NPR for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, in partnership with Alibaba’s Daraz to celebrate its Double 11 sales day.

That said, the regular OnePlus 6T pricing will likely be a little over what Daraz is offering.

We’ve reached out to OnePlus for more information, and will update this article as the story progresses.

Update: OnePlus will be selling the OnePlus 6T for 75,999 NPR in Nepal after the Daraz Double 11 sale is over. Grab the discounted price while you can.

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OnePlus 6T gets new Thunder Purple finish in China

OnePlus fans in China are in for a treat that’s not black but purple.

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OnePlus has announced a new OnePlus 6T variant that it’ll trade exclusively in China for the time being. The new OnePlus flagship doesn’t take another tech specs bump in this news, rather a new finish. Thunder Purple.

While the US and rest of the world has to settle for OnePlus 6T Mirror Black and Midnight Black, customers in China will be able to avail a new Thunder Purple finish of the OnePlus 6T. It’s similar to Samsung’s Lavender Purple, with more light purple at the bottom and darker as it reaches to the top.

For 3,399 Yuan ($490), you can grab the Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in China. Rest of the world, waiting could be the only option for now.

/ 9to5Google

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Apple Pay is set to launch in Germany

This could happen anytime soon.

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Apple is about to launch Apple Pay in Germany. Local banks have started emailing customers about Apple Pay’s launch in the country, but none have mentioned an exact launch date yet. Plus, Apple’s Germany website also states “coming soon” for the mobile payments service, leaving us without an exact date.

Apple earlier this year promised that it will launch Apple Pay in Germany before the end of this year; we can now see where it’s headed. Apple Pay made its debut in Europe when it launched in the United Kingdom in 2015, and now covers most parts of the continent. The contactless payments service could go live in Germany anytime soon.

At launch, Apple Pay will support American Express, Maestro, MasterCard, Visa, Boon, Bunq, ComDirect, Square, Edenred, Fidor Bank, Hanseatic Bank, HypoVereinsbank, N26, O2 Banking, and Vim Pay customers in Germany.

Stay tuned for more information as the story progresses.

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