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Become a MCSA Server wizard for the cost of a take-out

MCSA SQL Server Certification Training Bundle

We’re all about tech here at AAPicks, and the MCSA SQL Server Certification Training Bundle is for the real tech-heads among you. It’s specifically designed to train you as a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) in the field of Microsoft SQL Server 2016.

If this deal caught your eye then you may well already be an IT professional looking to expand your repertoire. However, this accessible learning kit is aimed at all levels, so even if SQL Server databases or Azure Virtual Machines mean nothing to you, this is the place to start.

Certifications that are really going to glow on your resume.

It may sound niche, but earning these certifications lines you up for a position as a network systems administrator or as a computer network specialist. It’s also the first step on your path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).

Consider how many organisations worldwide require Windows network administrators or specialists; it’s probably quicker to think of all the ones that don’t. If you’re going for one of those roles, these certifications are really going to glow on your resume.

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Top Korean carrier: Over half of Note 9 orders were for most-expensive version

Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

  • According to a Korean telecom, over half of Note 9 pre-orders are for the 512GB version.
  • The incredibly expensive maxed-out Note 9 costs over $1,200.
  • Another Korean telecom says that Note 9 pre-orders exceed those for the Galaxy S9.

Even though the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 isn’t due to ship to customers until August 24, that hasn’t stopped Korea’s top mobile carrier SK Telecom. The carrier reports — via The Investor — it is already shipping the devices today, a full three days early.

The carrier also dished some statistics on the pre-orders it received. According to the telecom, over half of Galaxy Note 9 orders were for the incredibly expensive 512GB version, which here in the States costs $1,250. In South Korea, the handset goes for 1.35 million won (~$1,208).

SK Telecom also says that the Ocean Blue variant – with the yellow S Pen stylus, pictured above – is the most popular color choice in Korea.

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The carrier did not divulge any numerical statistics for the device pre-orders, so we don’t know how much “more than half” of the pre-orders really is.

However, a previously-reported statement from another local Korean carrier, via SamMobile, said that Note 9 pre-orders exceeded pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S9 by “roughly 30 to 50 percent.” This would seem like good news for Samsung – except the carrier also reported that those numbers are still less than the pre-orders it received for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 last year.

It should also be noted that pre-orders and sales are two different things: many people could potentially pre-order a device and then not follow through with the purchase.

Until we get some more hard data on sales and shipment numbers, we won’t know for certain how well the Galaxy Note 9 is doing with its hefty price tag. But considering Samsung’s sales performance over the past year, let’s hope it’s doing as well as these Korean telecoms say it’s doing.

NEXT: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: In praise of incrementalism

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Realme 2 leaks: Do we need a successor already? (Update: It now has a launch date)

A purported render of the Realme 2. GSMArena

Update, August 21, 2018 (06:53 AM): Oppo’s Realme sub-brand is gearing up to launch the Realme 2 after all. The brand has sent invites out to journalists (including us) for an August 28 event, and it reveals a few pertinent details.

The invite specifically lists the Realme 2 name along with the tagline of “a notch above.” So if you had your doubts about it being a Realme 1 successor, well, the name says it all, doesn’t it? Additionally, the invite shows a phone with a notched display, marking a departure from the notch-less Realme 1.

The Realme 2 invite.

News of the successor comes a few days after the sub-brand prematurely published an image of a new Realme phone on its website. The image, supposedly showing the Realme 2, also revealed a fingerprint scanner and dual-camera setup on the back.

The Realme 1 lacked any sort of fingerprint scanner and had a single rear camera. So the new phone will be an immediate upgrade, at least in terms of biometric authentication.


Original article, August 16, 2018: The Realme 1 made waves upon its launch in May, coming as the first phone from Oppo’s budget-focused sub-brand. Now, just four months later, it looks like the brand could be ready to reveal the Realme 2.

According to GSMArena and MySmartPrice, an image of the new phone (seen at the top of this article) briefly popped up on the official Realme website, before being taken down and it seems to feature the same diamond pattern rear cover as the original device.

Lending credence to this being the Realme 2 is an older tweet (embedded below) from the Realme account, confirming that the new phone is coming. The tweet was in response to queries about a fingerprint scanner.

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The lack of a fingerprint scanner was a glaring omission on the Realme 1, but the leaked image shows that the new phone indeed has a rear fingerprint scanner. This would be a welcome improvement because, unlike the Realme 1’s bog-standard facial recognition, fingerprint authentication actually works for payments, banking apps, and other cases.

The Realme 1.

The Realme 1.

Another noteworthy feature spotted on the new phone is a dual-camera setup, marking an upgrade on paper from the Realme 1’s single-camera shooter. It’s unclear what form this secondary camera will take, but many budget phones opt for a lower-resolution secondary shooter to enable depth-of-field effects.

The new phone has a notch too but, unlike Oppo’s newest phones, it doesn’t seem to have a waterdrop notch design.

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We don’t know much else about the Realme 2, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it retains the capable yet mid-range Helio P60 chipset or adopts a newer Snapdragon chipset. Either way, we’re expecting the new phone to have a budget price tag like its predecessor.

What do you make of this quick turnaround time for the new Realme phone? Is four months too soon for a product refresh like this? Let us know in the comments!

Up next: Lenovo Smart Display review — More than a Google Home with a screen

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