A big week for computers! Both Microsoft and Apple announced refreshed hardware for more powerful portables, and we got a first look at the Surface Studio. Plus both the Pixel and Pixel XL have finally arrived in the Pocketnow offices, so we can start sharing our thoughts on Google’s flagship phones. These stories, plus we’ll tackle your tech questions, so make sure you’re charged and ready for the Pocketnow Weekly!

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October 28, 2016


Juan Bagnell


Jules Wang

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Pocketnow does a Mac vs PC Segment?



The MacBook Pro 2016 has a clever touch bar.
Microsoft’s Surface Studio has a clever hinge.
The Surface Dial is a clever dial.
Surface Book gets more graphics power and more battery, clever.
Microsoft Paint gets a clever 3D makeover.


T-Mobile Pixel

36:58 | Apple’s tale of iMessage for Android

43:15 | Twitter’s shutting down Vine

49:30 | AT&T’s buying Time Warner for beaucoup bucks

54:22 | Qualcomm buys NXP for $47 billion

1:01:09 | LG loses big on weak G5 salesSamsung loses even more following the Note 7 recall

1:08:05 | Still no word on Apple AirPod delivery

1:10:36 | T-Mobile wants your Pixel on its network

Juan wants to call it a Google Pickle…



Pixel un-boxing.
Pixel XL first impressions.
Google caught by unexpected demand.
How the Pixel bill of materials compares to the competition.
The Pixel camera and the halo lens ring flare defect.
Some folks test the water resistance of the Pixel,
But Google didn’t have enough time to increase water resistance.

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