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The iPad Air vs. the competition: Does this new 10.9-inch tablet measure up?

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The iPad Air vs. the competition: Does this new 10.9-inch tablet measure up?

With so many adults and kids working at home, new iPads really couldn’t have come soon enough. And Apple more than delivered today with the announcement of the 8th-generation iPad and the latest iPad Air. There are plenty of great visual improvements to the latter, like more colors and a new, larger all-screen design. But the introduction of an A14 chip and other tech upgrades are also worth noting, so we’ve lined up the new iPad Air’s specs against its similarly-sized competition. However, for a full accounting of the new slate’s strengths, you’ll need to keep a look out for our full review later this fall.

iPad Air

Galaxy Tab S7

Amazon Fire HD 10

Microsoft Surface Go 2

Price

$599 and up

$200 / $280 / $380

$150 / $190

$400 and up

Dimensions

9.74 x 7 x 0.24 inches (247.6 x 178.5 x 6.1 mm)

9.99 x 6.51 x 0.25 inches (254 x 165 x 6.4 mm)

10.3 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches (262 mm x 159 mm x 9.8 mm)

9.65 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches (245 mm x 175 mm x 8.3 mm)

Weight

WiFi: 1 pound (458g)

LTE: 1.01 pound (460g)

1.1 pound (499g)

1.11 pound (504g)

WiFi: 1.2 pounds (544g)

LTE: 1.22 pounds (553g)

Display

10.9-inch Liquid Retina (276.9 mm)

11-inch (278.1 mm) Super AMOLED

10.1-inch (256.5 mm) LCD

10.5-inch (266.7 mm) PixelSense Display

Resolution

2360 x 1640 (264 ppi)

2560 x 1600 (234 ppi)

1920 x 1200 (224 ppi)

1920 x 1280 (220 ppi)

Processor

A14 Bionic

Qualcomm
Snapdragon 865 Plus
(3.09 GHz octa-core)

Mediatek 
MT8183 
(2 GHz octa-core)

Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y
(dual-core 1.7 GHz)

8th-gen Intel Core m3
(dual-core 3.4 GHz)

Memory

Not available

8 GB

2 GB

4 GB / 8 GB

Internal storage

64 / 256 GB

512 GB

32 / 64 GB

eMMC: 64 GB, SSD: 128 GB

External storage

None

microSD

microSD

microSD

Rear camera

12 MP

13 MP, 5 MP

2 MP

8 MP

Front camera

7 MP

8 MP

2 MP

5 MP

WiFi

802.11ax

802.11ax

802.11ac

802.11ax

Bluetooth

v5.0

v5.0

v5.0

v5.0

Battery

28.6 WHr (10 hours)

7,040 mAh (15 hours)

6,300 mAh (12 hours)

26.8 WHr (10 hours)

OS

iPadOS 14

Android 10

Fire OS 7.3 (Android 9)

Windows 10 Home

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Microsoft outlines recent Edge browser improvements

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The Edge team is also continuing to work on reducing the amount of memory and CPU power the browser needs. The Windows 10 May 2020 Update, for instance, reduces the browser’s memory usage by up to 27 percent based on the tech giant’s internal tests. Finally, Microsoft shrunk Edge’s size by half over the past year so that it doesn’t take up too much storage on your device.

Microsoft’s Edge browser recently overtook Firefox as the most popular Chrome alternative, according to NetMarketshare stats. Chrome still has the lion’s share of the market with over a 70 percent share, and Firefox isn’t that far behind, but Microsoft’s contender has been slowly gaining popularity.

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Justice Department opposes TikTok’s request for injunction in new filing

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TikTok CEO asks Instagram, Facebook to help fight TikTok ban

The Justice Department filed its opposition Friday to TikTok’s request for an injunction against the Trump administration’s looming ban of the app, and the agency pulled no punches. The DOJ says blocking the the ban would “infringe on the President’s authority to block business-to-business economic transactions with a foreign entity in the midst of a declared national-security emergency.”

The DOJ also alleges that the CEO of TikTok’s parent company ByteDance, Zhang Yiming, is a “mouthpiece” for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and is “committed to promoting the CCP’s agenda and messaging.”

Large chunks of the DOJ filing are redacted, including a section detailing where the DOJ claims TikTok stores US users’ data. The part that’s visible claims “US user data being stored outside of the United States presents significant risks in this case.”

TikTok requested the injunction against the ban on its app in the US, which is due to take effect Sunday. The company claims a Trump administration order violates its right to due process and freedom of speech, and asked a District of Columbia judge to block a rule that would require Apple and Google to remove the app from their stores as of midnight Sunday.

President Trump originally gave ByteDance a September 15th deadline to sell the video-sharing app, then ordered app stores to ban it effective September 20th. TikTok got a last-minute reprieve after the president approved a tentative deal with Oracle last Sunday.

TikTok sued the administration last month, saying that the decision to ban it exceeded the limits of the president’s power to ban an app on national emergency grounds. The company says it has “made extraordinary efforts to try to satisfy the government’s ever-shifting demands and purported national security concerns,” including changing the company’s ownership and structure.

TikTok did not reply to a request for comment late Friday.

A hearing on the motion for a preliminary injunction is scheduled for Sunday at 9:30AM ET.

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If you have to see the Ring Always Home Cam in action to believe that Amazon made a flying security drone for your house, then check out the video of its hardware event. The live stream wasn’t available publicly yesterday, but now you can click through the highlights on a YouTube stream (or just check out a 30-second ad for the Ring drone that’s also embedded below).

If you prefer text, we have a full rundown right here that covers all of the Echo, eero, Fire TV and Ring hardware unveiled.

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