Pixel Promo, New MacBooks, Microsoft Hardware, and Washing Machines go Kaboom!

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There has been a lot of things going on the last couple weeks in terms of tech news. First on the list is some news on the Google Pixels. Last week T-Mobile said that they would give up to 50 percent back off the retail price, which adds up to be $325 for the 32GB Pixel. Unsurprisingly T-Mobile isn’t going to give it all to you at once. T-Mobile says you’ll see $13.55 credit to your bill each month for 24 months for the 32GB Pixel. Keep in mind that T-Mobile isn’t actually selling the Pixels, that honor still belongs to Verizon. Also keep in mind that this promo is only available to customers on the T-Mobile One and Simple Choice Plans. You can redeem the offer here

Next on the list is that Apple released new Macbooks! If you’ve followed the rumor mill then you’d be happy to hear that most of the rumors are true including the OLED touch bar. There are a few different configurations at which you can purchase the new MacBooks in. I won’t go into all the details, but the lowest end model costs about $1,500 and you get a 13 inch screen with an Intel Core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. What you don’t get however is the OLED touch bar. The next two models up from that still has a 13 inch screen, but they get the privilege of having the touch bar, more storage, and the i5 is clocked at 2.9GHz rather than 2 GHz. The last two models have a 15 inch display size, 16 GB of RAM, 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, and the touch bar. The lower end 15 inch model will set you back about $2,400, and it has an Intel i7 clocked at 2.6GHz with a 256 GB SSD, while the higher end 15 inch model will cost about $2,800, and has an Intel i7 clocked at 2.7GHZ with a 512 GB SSD. Also all five variants can either be purchased in Space Gray or Silver. 

Apple wasn’t the only company that announced something truly outstanding this week though. Microsoft announced a few things as well. The first is a brand new Surface Book dubbed Surface Book with Performance Base. All three of the new models have the 6th generation Intel i7 processor, and Microsoft claims that the new Surface Book can get up to 16 hours of battery life. The Surface Book starts at about $2,400. Microsoft also announced the long rumored Surface all in one, dubbed the Surface Studio. The Surface Studio has a 28 inch PixelSense display, and you can buy the Surface Studio with a 1 TB hard drive, Intel Core i5, 8 GB of RAM, and 2 GB for the GPU, or 1 TB hard drive, Intel Core i7, 16 GB of RAM, and 2 GB for the GPU, and 2TB hard drive, Intel Core i7, 32 GB of RAM, and 4 GB for the GPU. One really cool aspect of the Studio is that you can actually adjust the display and move it up or down, and the internals are housed inside the base that the display is hinged too. Unsurprisingly you’ll be paying a pretty penny for the Surface Studio as the base model comes in at a whopping $3,000!

The last thing on the list (and the most ridiculous) is that Samsung has recalled several washing machines that are putting costumers in danger. It’s not the usual flooding or random malfunction,  but it is serious and could potentially land you in the hospital.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said,  “Samsung has received 733 reports of washing machines experiencing excessive vibration or the top detaching from the washing machine chassis. There are nine related reports of injuries, including a broken jaw, injured shoulder, and other impact-or fall-related injuries.”

You can check to see if you have a model of the washing machine that is being recalled here. If you do and you bought it from Best Buy, Loews, Home Depot, or Sears you can get an in-home repair, rebate towards a different washing machine, or a full refund, however you can only get a full refund if you bought the washing machine in the last 30 days.



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