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The new SE might look somewhat like this. (Source: SvetApple)

New renders show what the so-called iPhone SE2 may look like

Numerous leaks point to what amounts to a second-generation iPhone SE - although it could be called the iPhone 9 on launch. A Slovakian blog has developed new images showing this phone's possible appearance. They combine elements ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:56:00 +0100
Will the rumored iPad Pro keyboard redesign look more like a Brydge keyboard? (Source: Brydge)

Next iPad Pro keyboard could feature scissor-switches and backlighting

Taiwanese publication Digitimes is reporting that Apple is developing a new keyboard for its iPad Pro line that will use a traditional scissor switch mechanism like the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. For the first time, Apple’s first-pa...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 11:00:00 +0100
Apple touts iPhone privacy as a key selling point on its website. (Source: Apple)

FBI pressure leaves iCloud, iPhone users vulnerable to unencrypted back door

Apple has found itself in another privacy related controversy, this time over a decision apparently made two years ago, but only coming to light now. According to Reuters, Apple abandoned plans to fully encrypt iPhone (and iPad) b...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:20:00 +0100
WhatsApp will not display ads any time soon. (Source: WhatsApp)

Facebook abandons its "Ads for WhatsApp" plan

Facebook has encountered serious opposition to its intentions to use WhatsApp for ad revenue-building purposes. Now, a new report has indicated that the social media giant has ultimately dropped its efforts to achieve this aim, wh...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:09:00 +0100
Image via Square Enix

Mobius Final Fantasy will terminate service on June 30

Mobius Final Fantasy, a popular mobile spin-off of the Final Fantasy franchise, will end services in the United States on June 30. The game garnered fairly positive reviews over its 4-year tenure on iOS, Android, and Steam.
Sam Medley, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:56:00 +0100
The new Microsoft Edge is now available for download. (Image via Microsoft)

Life on the Edge: Microsoft's new Chromium-based version of the Edge browser is here

The new, Chromium-based version of Microsoft's Edge browser is now available for download. While the browser is similar to other Chromium browsers, there are a few sync features that are missing. Microsoft plans to update Windows ...
Sam Medley, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:16:00 +0100
The Fitbit Versa 2. (Source: Notebookcheck)

A new Fitbit software update unlocks blood oxygen tracking on several devices

A number of newer Fibit wearables were shipped with SpO2 (or estimated blood oxygen) sensors, which may not have been activated within their systems. However, the OEM has addressed this in a new update. Therefore, compatible devic...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:32:00 +0100
Disney+ was far and away the most downloaded app this quarter. (Image via Disney)

TikTok and Disney+ top download charts in Q4 2019

The Disney+ mobile app has been downloaded more than 31 million times since its release in mid-November, giving a hint as to the early success of Disney's streaming service. The controversial video-sharing app TikTok came in secon...
Sam Medley, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:26:00 +0100
Might & Magic: Chess Royale will be available on Android and iOS starting January 30th

Might & Magic: Chess Royale coming to Android and iOS on January 30th

Might & Magic: Chess Royale is Ubisoft's upcoming mobile game. It is an Auto Chess game based in the Might and Magic universe. The game will release on January 30th on Android and iOS, and is available for pre-registration now.
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:28:00 +0100
The TicPods 2 series. (Source: Mobvoi)

Mobvoi releases its updated, AI-powered TicPods

The TicPods 2 and 2 Pro are Mobvoi's new TWS earbuds. They look much like their predecessor: however, this series is the first to feature the OEM's new, proprietary assistant Tico. They also respond to gestures for call answering ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 23:03:00 +0100
The LG Tone Free TWS buds. (Source: LG)

LG releases its TWS earbuds to the US market

LG has announced that its latest truly wireless (or TWS) earbuds are now available to buy in the United States. These Tone Free devices are tuned by Meridian Audio and have a unique UVnano charging case. It also adds up to 21 hour...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 11 Jan 2020 18:46:00 +0100
Smart assistant activation can result in embarrassing situations. (Source: The Manifest)

Up to 64% of users have activated a smart assistant by accident

A new study of those who use voice-activated searches have found that 64% of this group set the assistant in question off by mistake during December 2019. An accidental press of a hardware button was found to be the culprit in 49%...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 21:46:00 +0100
A $15 discount makes this the lowest-ever AirPods Pro price (Image source: Apple)

Deal | AirPods Pro selling on Amazon for record-low price

Amazon is selling Apple's AirPods Pro at their lowest-ever price of $234.98. While $15 isn't much of a discount, wait times for the out-of-stock AirPods Pro are expected to be much lower than when buying direct from Apple.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 20:06:00 +0100
The iPhone 11 series has strong night photography capabilities (Image source: Apple)

Apple's Night Mode Challenge showcases iPhone 11 series' photography chops

Apple announced a new Shot on iPhone campaign for iPhone 11 series users. Under the Night Mode Challenge, iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max users will submit low-light night mode photos taken on Apple's latest phones.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 19:22:00 +0100
The FBI was unable to crack a mass shooter's iPhones

FBI asks Apple to help unlock two iPhones that belonged to a mass shooter

The FBI has asked Apple for help unlocking a pair of iPhones that belong to a mass shooter. Even though the agency has both devices in its possession, it is unable to get past the lock screen. Apple says that it will help the FBI ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 03:56:00 +0100
The new Acer B250i LED projector. (Source: Acer)

CES 2020 | Acer unveils its compact, "Studio Sound"-enabled B250i LED projector

The B250i is Acer's latest projector. It uses LEDs to throw a FHD image at a brightness of 1000 ANSI lumens. The OEM has also outfitted it with 5W speakers, passive radiators and in-house TrueHarmony and Waves Maxx Audio technolog...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 20:48:00 +0100
Apple now offers custom engraving for its AirPods and AirPods Pro earphones. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Apple introduces new custom engraving options for AirPods, AirPods Pro

Apple has launched a new free engraving service for its AirPods and AirPods Pro wireless earphones. Customers can choose from a limited range of emojis or use the alphabet to create their own name, for example.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 04 Jan 2020 11:08:00 +0100
Brydge will be releasing a new keyboard for the Surface Go in 2020. (Source: Brydge)

Brydge announces new keyboards, accessories for Surface Pro X, Go and iPad

Brydge has announced a new line up of its popular tablet keyboards coming in 2020. New keyboards are in bound for the Surface Go and the Surface Pro X along with new wireless keyboards for Windows, a new iPad OS Trackpad and other...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 03 Jan 2020 12:14:00 +0100
The iPhone 11 was the top selling smartphone in the US last year. (Source: Apple)

Survey puts Apple and Samsung with 9 out 10 smartphone sales in the US

Chinese smartphone makers have had huge success globally, but one market they are yet to crack is the US. According to a new survey by Wave7Research, the US market is dominated by just two brands with Apple and Samsung swallowing ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 03 Jan 2020 11:15:00 +0100
Dell Mobile Connect will go wireless with iOS devices. (Image source: Dell)

CES 2020 | Planned Dell Mobile Connect update will give iOS-based devices a wireless boost

Dell is promising further integration with its Mobile Connect application for those who have devices running on iOS. Currently, the iOS version of the service lags behind what is offered for Android users, but a free update schedu...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 02 Jan 2020 15:00:00 +0100
The Apple A12 Bionic features a custom-designed GPU. (Source: Apple)

Apple and Imagination strike GPU deal after briefly parting ways

Apple has entered into a new licensing agreement with Imagination Technologies to use a wider range of the company’s extensive mobile GPU and AI patent portfolios. The two companies had previously been close partners before Apple ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 02 Jan 2020 09:04:00 +0100
The Watch's optical sensor allegedly violates a patent (Image source: Apple)

Apple Watch: Doctor sues Apple for violating atrial fibrillation patent

A lawsuit was recently filed against Apple, claiming that the company engaged in willful patent violation. The issue at hand is that the Apple Watch Series 3 allegedly violates a patent filed by Dr. Joseph Wiesel with regards to a...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sat, 28 Dec 2019 16:16:00 +0100
Ookla's Speedtest VPN is the latest free virtual private network. (Image via Ookla)

Ookla launches Speedtest VPN, a free virtual private network

Ookla, the organization behind speedtest.net, has launched a free VPN. Speedtest VPN is a free virtual private network service, currently only for users of the Speedtest Android and iOS apps. The VPN is currently in beta and caps ...
Sam Medley, Fri, 27 Dec 2019 04:25:00 +0100
The revamped bounty is open to all, with bigger rewards (Image source: Panda Security)

Apple Security Bounty revamped: now invitation-free, with bigger rewards

Apple recently revamped its Apple Security Bounty program. The new Bounty program is open to all researchers and substantially ups the reward ceiling. Is this enough to help Apple find critical iOS and macOS vulnerabilities in tim...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sat, 21 Dec 2019 20:40:00 +0100
Apple allegedly plans to beam data straight to iPhones (Image source: NASA)

Apple's rumored 2025 plan: beam data to iPhones from satellites

Reports indicate that Apple is keen on investing in satellite technology. If the company’s under-wraps satellite project succeeds, data transfer to iDevices could be possible without the internet. In an era of increased digital su...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sat, 21 Dec 2019 08:19:00 +0100
The new multi-column layout makes optimal use of the iPad's screen (Image source: Applesfera)

Twitter testing out new layout for its iPad app

Twitter is testing some much-needed changes to the interface of its iPad app. Multiple columns make full use of the iPad’s larger display, among other quality of life improvements.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 19 Dec 2019 09:40:00 +0100
Apple's investigate alleged fraud at Foxconn (Image source: Nikkei)

Foxconn allegedly sold iPhones made from rejected parts: Apple investigates

An alleged fraud ring at Foxconn used defective parts to assemble and sell iPhones, raking in over US$40 million over three years. Apple's Business Assurance and Audit team launched an investigation to assess the situation.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 19 Dec 2019 08:05:00 +0100
Pokémon Go 0.163.0 (1.129 on iOS) introduces a host of updates and changes. (Image source: u/lewymd)

Niantic overhauls buddy system in Pokémon Go, adds multiplayer AR too

Pokémon Go is heading into its fourth year with an overhaul of its buddy system. New updates for Android and iOS versions of the game introduce multiplayer AR too, among other changes and fixes.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 18 Dec 2019 16:18:00 +0100
Image via Microsoft

Microsoft extends support for Windows 10 Mobile to January 14, 2020

Windows 10 Mobile has been granted a small bit of life support. While the mobile OS was slated to enter end-of-life on December 10, Microsoft will support the operating system until January 14, 2020. This is the same day Windows 7...
Sam Medley, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 16:02:00 +0100
Image via Oatmeal Dome

DolphiniOS is a promising GameCube and Wii emulator for iOS

A new GameCube and Wii emulator has appeared for iOS. DolphiniOS, a project from developer Oatmeal Dome, can play some games at full speed, including Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy 2. The project is still in the early...
Sam Medley, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 06:12:00 +0100
The Communication Limits feature in iOS 13.3 can easily be bypassed. (Image via Apple)

New bug in iOS 13.3 allows kids to circumvent Communication Limits parental controls

A bug in iOS 13.3 allows users to easily circumvent the Communication Limits feature. While Communication Limits is supposed to block users (specifically children) from communicating with or adding unknown or unapproved numbers, s...
Sam Medley, Sat, 14 Dec 2019 20:30:00 +0100
Future iPhone photos could get much better thanks to AI. (Image via Apple)

Apple acquires Spectral Edge Ltd., may integrate AI photo enhancement tech in iPhone cameras

Apple recently acquired control of U.K. startup Spectral Edge Ltd., a company that developer AI-based photo processing software. The software merges an infrared picture with a traditional photograph to sharpen the image and improv...
Sam Medley, Sat, 14 Dec 2019 19:39:00 +0100
Image via Square Enix

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition delayed to Summer 2020

On Twitter, Square Enix has announced that they are delaying the release of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicle Remastered Edition for a second time. The title, which will be available on Android, iOS, the PS4, and the Nintendo Switch...
Sam Medley, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 18:27:00 +0100
What the iPhone 12 might look like (Image source: PhoneArena)

Analyst predicts as many as 6 iPhone 12 models will launch in 2020

Rosenblatt securities predicts that as many as 12 new iPhone models may be announced by Apple next year. While the claims are unverified, multiple predictions now indicate that 2020 will see a record number of iPhone launches
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:01:00 +0100
The Garmin Venu. (Source: Garmin)

The Garmin Venu smartwatch launches in India

Garmin has launched its Venu wearable in the Indian market. It has a smartwatch form factor, with a round 1.2-inch AMOLED display, but also has modes to track over 20 fitness-related activities and an inbuilt coaching interface fo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 18:14:00 +0100
Even with location services turned off, your iPhone 11 still tracks where you are. (Image: own)

Apple openly admits to iPhone 11 location tracking, offers reason

Apple has finally admitted to secretly tracking the location data of iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max users. The company stated that the tracking was necessary for the Ultra Wideband (UWB) hardware in the 2019 iPhon...
Sam Medley, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:56:00 +0100
A 5G iPhone is in the works, but may not hit the market until 2021. (Image source: stock images w/ edits)

Qualcomm: 5G iPhone is "priority number one"

Apple and Qualcomm are pushing hard into the launch of a 5G iPhone. According to Qualcomm's president Cristiano Amon, the release of a 5G-capable iPhone is the chip manufacturer's "priority number one" in their relationship with A...
Sam Medley, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 18:37:00 +0100
The iPhone 11 Pro has hidden services that access location data even when all apps and services have location permissions disabled. (Source: Apple)

The iPhone 11 Pro requests user location even when app and service permissions are disabled

Due to copious amounts of data collected by Google from smartphones running Android, iPhones are often seen as a more privacy-conscious option. One of the key comparisons is the relative ease of disabling all location requests on ...
Craig Ward, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 05:08:00 +0100
Twitter may not delete inactive accounts after all. (Source: Twitter)

Twitter walks back its plan to cull inactive accounts

Recently, reports of Twitter's intentions to delete inactive accounts, starting December 2019, came to light. However, the company has come up against resistance to this idea from more vocal users. Their main objection appears to ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 28 Nov 2019 21:33:00 +0100
iOS 13 had more software patches in its first two months than any other version of iOS released under Craig Federighi

Apple to change in-house testing process for iOS 14 development

Prompted by the botched and buggy release of iOS 13, Apple has changed its internal development and testing processes for future operating system releases. The new changes will disable new or in-development features by default in ...
Sam Medley, Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:33:00 +0100
Image via Apple

New battery cases for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro feature a dedicated camera button

Apple launched battery cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max today. The new cases feature a dedicated camera button that can snap a photo or start recording video without the need for launching the Camera a...
Sam Medley, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:25:00 +0100
Image via Catan: World Explorers

Settlers of Catan to get AR treatment, courtesy of Niantic

Settlers of Catan is coming to mobile with an AR adjustment. Dubbed Catan: World Explorers, the new augmented reality game will be built using Niantic's extensive suite of AR tools. The game is still in the early stages of develop...
Sam Medley, Wed, 20 Nov 2019 04:49:00 +0100
Google search pronunciation assistant

Google search on mobile will now help you pronounce words

Google search will now help you pronounce difficult words in English. The feature even lets you practice your pronunciation by speaking into the mic and tells you how you did almost instantaneously.
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 15 Nov 2019 21:54:00 +0100
Image via Google

Google begins rollout of RCS (rich communication services) text messaging for all Android users

Google will begin rolling out RCS support to all Android devices today. The rollout will happen in stages. Additionally, RCS will only be available through Google's Messages app. However, the rollout will eventually come to all An...
Sam Medley, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:44:00 +0100
Image via Minecraft.net

Minecraft Earth now available in the US on iOS and Android

Minecraft Earth, the latest augmented reality title from Mojang, is now available in the United States and a few other countries. The title is currently in Early Access. In true Minecraft style, Minecraft Earth focuses on collecti...
Sam Medley, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:44:00 +0100
Brave Browser finally exits beta; version 1.0 now available

Brave Browser finally exits beta; version 1.0 now available

Brave, a Chromium-based browser designed around user privacy and anonymity, has finally released version 1.0 after four years in development. The browser has a unique method for upending the traditional ad-revenue basis of website...
Sam Medley, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 21:19:00 +0100
Google Pay will reportedly gain a new checking arm soon. (Source: Economic Times)

Google is reportedly coming for the Apple Card with new financial-institution partnerships

Google has reportedly set up partnerships, or at least talks for partnerships, with various US banks and credit unions to offer a new kind of checking account linked to the Pay service. This may help it battle Apple, not to mentio...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 22:15:00 +0100
Image via Apple App Store

Google Stadia app comes to iOS, but it is not for playing games

Google's Stadia app is now available for iOS. However, this version of the app will not be able to play games when the service launches next week; rather, it is designed to manage a user's Stadia library. Surprisingly, the app alr...
Sam Medley, Wed, 13 Nov 2019 14:51:00 +0100
The Amazfit Stratos3. (Source: Amazfit)

The Amazfit Stratos3 is a new sports smartwatch coming to Europe soon

The Amazfit Sports Watch 3 was released in China recently. However, its series is also marketed internationally as the Stratos line of sports-focused wearables. Its 3rd generation is now set for launch across multiple European cou...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 11 Nov 2019 19:39:00 +0100
Apple releases iOS 13.2.2 to fix various bugs

Apple releases iOS 13.2.2 to fix various bugs

Apple release iOS 13.2.2 this week, bringing a fix to the RAM management bug introduced in iOS 13.2. There are a few other bug fixes and patches. Considering Apple's terrible track record with iOS 13, it may be prudent to wait a f...
Sam Medley, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 23:39:00 +0100

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