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Fitbits were found to detect 'flu at least as well as the CDC in a recent study. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitbit use may be used to help predict flu outbreaks, study finds

A study published in The Lancet has concluded that Fitbit use was associated with significant improvements in a technique used to detect influenza and similar conditions. This is due to the heart rate- and activity-monitoring feat...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 19 Jan 2020 20:58:00 +0100
The A14 Bionic is powerful, but it is no 45 W x86 processor. (Image source: Apple)

Comparing the A14 Bionic to a 15-inch MacBook Pro's 6 core CPU is meaningless, and here's why

The move to 5 nm for the A14 Bionic could offer the next iPhones a huge step up in performance compared to their predecessors and their Android competitors. However, there is little comparability between it and a 15-inch MacBook P...
Alex Alderson, Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:29:00 +0100
The EU may ultimately prove the death of the Lightning connector. (Source: Wikipedia)

The EU might force Apple to drop the Lightning port within its jurisdiction

The European Parliament has announced that it will hold a vote on a motion to write its 2014 Radio Equipment Directive into law. This would probably result in an obligation for mobile device OEMs to fit all products to be sold in ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:51:00 +0100
Apple introduced Face ID in 2017 with the iPhone X. (Image source: Apple)

Apple iPhone 12: 2020 iPhones to feature overhauled Face ID, ToF cameras and 6 GB of RAM

Rumours are currently floating about that Apple plans to upgrade several areas of this year's iPhones. Apparently, the iPhone 12 series will feature revamped a TrueDepth system for improved Face ID, a ToF camera and 6 GB of RAM. A...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:53:00 +0100
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019: Multimedia Laptop with Core i9 and Vega 16 in review

89% Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019: Multimedia Laptop with Core i9 and Vega 16 in review

Is the old MBP 15 a good deal on sale? Apple has replaced the MacBook Pro 15 with the larger MBP 16, but many shops still offer the old models, and usually with a big discount. We review the MacBook Pro 15 2019 with the smaller Core i9 processor and the AMD Vega 16 GPU.
Intel Core i9-9880H | AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Andreas Osthoff, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:20:00 +0100
Apple's Mac Pro can now be purchased in a rack-friendly form factor. (Image via Apple)

Rack-mount Mac Pro now available, starts at US $6500

Apple has started selling the Mac Pro in a server-friendly rack-mountable form factor. While the internals of the new model are the same as the tower Mac Pro, the rack-mount design runs an extra US $500.
Sam Medley, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 22:21:00 +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
The Mac Pro failed to make inroads into the cheese grater market (Image source: Apple)

PC makers continue to eat into Mac's dwindling market share

Market research estimates by Gartner and IDC indicate that Apple's share of the PC market continues to decline. With a 7.5 percent share as of Q4 2019, Apple remains the world's 4th largest PC seller. However, it is outsold signif...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Tue, 14 Jan 2020 14:42:00 +0100
Both Mac Pro form-factors may be available soon. (Source: Pro Tools Expert)

The non-tower Mac Pro 2019 and MacBook Pro 13 2020 may be close to launch

Apple has reportedly certified 2 new PCs with the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). They both run Catalina (the latest version of macOS). One may be the next 13-inch MacBook Pro, whereas the other could be the Mac Pro rackable S...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 22:25:00 +0100
mmWave and standard 5G iPhones could arrive at the same time (Image source: PhoneArena)

Ming Chi-Kuo predicts mmWave and standard 5G iPhones will arrive simultaneously

Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo recently predicted that Apple will bring mmWave and standard 5G iPhone 12 models to the market at the same time, allaying fears of a drawn-out iPhone 12 release timeframe.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 19:17:00 +0100
The iPod had an unthinkably fast development cycle by 2020 standards (Image source: Wikipedia)

The original iPod had an incredibly short 10-month development cycle

The CEO of payment platform Stripe claims that Apple's former Senior Vice President Tony Fadell told him that the original iPod was developed in under 10 months.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:42:00 +0100
Apple owners may be the most likely to replace their own batteries. (Source: Pixabay)

Apple products stand out in a study of 2019 mobile device repair

A study of device repair in Germany for the year 2019 found that 30.7% of those conducted by users were carried out on Apple phones. Samsung was second in these terms at 29.7%, followed by Huawei at 21.6%. Owners were most likely ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 11 Jan 2020 20:23:00 +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
Image via Apple (w/ edits)

Apple scores win in China due to iPhone sales jump in December

iPhone sales in China leapt to 3.18 million units in December, a year-over-year increase of 18.7%. While many analysts are excited about what this could mean for Apple's sales in China, it should be noted that October and November...
Sam Medley, Thu, 09 Jan 2020 17:10:00 +0100
The Harman Kardon Fly TWS earphones are set to tackle Apple's AirPods. (Source: Harman)

CES 2020 | Harman Kardon rolls out new 'Fly' range of headphones, including AirPods competitor

Samsung subsidiary Harman Kardon has taken the wraps off what it hopes will be able to take on Apple’s AirPods and headphones like the Apple-owned Beats Solo Pro among others. Each of the three new models, in total, also feature G...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 09 Jan 2020 12:20:00 +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 SE 2, or is it the iPhone 9? (Image source: iGeeksBlog & OnLeaks)

Apple iPhone SE 2: Renders of Apple's upcoming US$399 "budget" smartphone confirm iPhone 8 design

Have you been waiting for Apple to release another compact iPhone? Well, the dreams and rumours of an iPhone SE 2 have taken a step closer to reality with the publication of OnLeaks renders, an occasion that is typically a sign of...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 19:32:00 +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
A look at the back of what may be the OnePlus 8 Lite. (Image source: Bilibili via Slashleaks)

OnePlus shamelessly teases the OnePlus 8 Lite

OnePlus has seemingly teased the OnePlus 8 Lite, its rumoured next budget handset. Spotted during a talk show hosted in China, the design of a dummy version of the device matches the renders that OnLeaks and 91Mobiles published la...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 15:09:00 +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
Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 500 Euros

January 2020 update. Upper class. Up until a few years ago, high-end smartphones were usually in the price range of between 500 and 600 USD/Euros, but this segment is now occupied by upper class models and older high-end smartphones. The latter might not be new anymore, but are still good alternatives.
Daniel Schmidt, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 23:10:00 +0100
Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

January 2020 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 USD/Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 23:06:00 +0100
Top 10 Camera Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Camera Smartphones

January 2020 Update. Smile please! Here you will find the best smartphones for digital photography including a big picture comparison. Our list of the best camera smartphones is regularly updated, maintained, and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 22:57:00 +0100
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>90cm²)

January 2020 Update. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen surface areas above 90 cm² - we have reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Daniel Schmidt, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 22:46:00 +0100
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

January 2020 Update. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
Daniel Schmidt, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 22:38:00 +0100
The Zendure MIX GO. (Source: Zendure)

Zendure launches the MIX GO, a hybrid 45W wall charger/power bank, on Indiegogo

Zendure has put its latest product, the MIX GO, up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo. It is a 5000mAh power bank that can also plug into the wall to power devices compatible with 45 watt (W) charging. Not a brand new concept, admitted...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 18:20:00 +0100
The iPad Pro 2020 series may have already entered into mass-production. (Image source: @iGeeksBlog & @OnLeaks)

iPad Pro 2020: Renders give a glimpse of two Q1 2020-bound tablets

It has been a while since Apple released a new iPad Pro series, with the Cupertino-based company unveiling its third-generation models in October 2018. It seems that Apple is sticking with its 15-month refresh cycle though, and @O...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 06 Jan 2020 17:26:00 +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
The 8BitDo Zero 2 is now available through Amazon. (All images via 8BitDo)

8BitDo's tiny Zero 2 Bluetooth gamepad now available

The 8BitDo Zero 2 is a tiny Bluetooth gamepad that's small enough to fit in a pocket or keychain to a bag. The controller is compatible with Windows, macOS, Android, the Raspberry Pi, and the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite. Despi...
Sam Medley, Sat, 04 Jan 2020 05:23:00 +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
The Klipsch Over-Ear Active Noise Cancelling headphones will debut at CES 2020. (Source: Klipsch)

Klipsch takes on Sony, Bose with new Over-Ear Active Noise Cancelling headphones

Klipsch has taken the wraps off its first pair of wireless over-ear noise-cancelling headphones. The segment is a popular one that is currently dominated by Sony with its WH-1000XM3 and Bose with its Quiet Comfort 35 II model.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 02 Jan 2020 09:55:00 +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
Images via Apple App Store

"Smoke" Apple Watch app puts Steam on your wrist

Smoke for Steam is a new app for the Apple Watch that lets users access some of the features of Steam on their wrists. Smoke allows users to look at their library, view achievements, check the status of their friends, and read new...
Sam Medley, Wed, 01 Jan 2020 17:18:00 +0100
Apple could be developing a MacBook Pro for gaming. (Image via Apple)

Apple may be planning to launch a gaming computer in 2020

According to rumors out of Taiwan, Apple is eyeing the gaming PC market and plans to release a gaming-focused computer next year. The rumor claims the device will cost up to US $5000 but doesn't offer much information. The rumor d...
Sam Medley, Mon, 30 Dec 2019 05:35:00 +0100
Qualcomm's X55 5G modem, now separated from the Snapdragon 865. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 has an external 5G modem, and that's a good thing

Qualcomm is separating their 5G modem from their flagship SoC, which many are calling a mistake. However, this change almost exclusively benefits everyone, despite what other reports might say.
Loki Rautio, Sun, 29 Dec 2019 23:08:00 +0100
MacBook Pros are selling for as much as US$1850 off (Image source: B&H)

Deal | MacBook Pro discounted by $1850 in B&H sale

B&H is discounting MacBook Pros by as much as US$1850 as part of their Mega Deal Zone promotion. The entry level 13-in MacBook Pro (2018) is available for just $1299, while the top-tier Core i9 15-in model is selling for $2699. Th...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sun, 29 Dec 2019 20:16:00 +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
Taiyo Yuden expects 2020 iPhones to increase capacitor demand (Image source: Apple)

2020's power-hungry 5G iPhones may cause a surge in capacitor demand

Taiyo Yuden, one of Apple’s capacitor suppliers, indicated that capacitor demand may increase next year due to the introduction of 5G iPhones. The capacitor maker has seen profits rise this year on the back of increased capacitor ...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 27 Dec 2019 20:43:00 +0100
The tree that inspired a trillion-dollar brand (Image source: Harvest to Table)

Apple "Tree Angel" Jony Ive contributes US$129,000 to UK tree-planting campaign

Jony Ive, Apple’s former design head, made a $129,000 contribution to the Daily Mail’s “Be a Tree Angel Campaign.” The campaign, running over the course of National Tree Week, seeks to spread awareness and enhance the UK’s green c...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 27 Dec 2019 19:28:00 +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, 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
ToTok is no longer available on the Play Store (Image source: Gulfnews)

ToTok, alleged UAE government spyware posing as a chat app, pulled from Play Store

Following a damning New York Times report, popular chat app ToTok was pulled from the Google Play Store. The report indicated that the app was UAE government spyware masquerading as a chat app to monitor the personal information o...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 20:51:00 +0100
Airpods Pro may soon be manufactured in Vietnam (Image source: Apple)

AirPods Pro suppliers reportedly expanding production in Vietnam

Apple suppliers Goertek and Luxshare are reportedly seeking financing to invest in Vietnamese AirPods Pro manufacturing. In the context of the ongoing US-China trade war and rising wages in China, this marks another instance of pr...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 20:19:00 +0100
Is this what the iPhone 12 will look like? (Image source: Macotakara)

Supposed iPhone 12 case design mockup spotted on Alibaba

Japanese publication Macotakara got their hands on what is allegedly an iPhone 12 case mockup. The design appears to conform closely to predictions that analyst Ming Chi-Kuo made earlier, including an iPhone 4-like edge design.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 20:18:00 +0100
Sony's tiny image sensors are one of the company's biggest assets. (Image via Sony)

Sony's imaging business is booming, cannot keep up with demand

Sony's image sensor business is in high demand. Even running its factories 24/7 cannot keep up with demand. Sony's semiconductor business expects to generate over US $9 billion in revenue this year, about $8.15 billion of which co...
Sam Medley, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 18:21:00 +0100
Image via Counterpoint

Apple's iPhone XR outsold every other smartphone each quarter since launch

The iPhone XR topped global sales charts in the third quarter of 2016, marking its fourth consecutive quarter at the top, according to Counterpoint Research. Other entrants in the top 10 global sales charts for 2019Q3 include Sams...
Sam Medley, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 16:48:00 +0100
iFixit's Mac Pro teardown: (Image source: iFixit)

"A masterclass in repairability": iFixit tears down the 2019 Mac Pro

iFixit recently took on the new Mac Pro and rated it 9 out of 10 for repairability. A “Fixmas miracle,” the 2019 model is far easier to repair than older “trashcan” Macs. Together with the new public repair manuals, servicing is ...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 23 Dec 2019 10:42:00 +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
A new Mac Pro with an OWC RAM upgrade kit. (Source: OWC)

OWC releases its max-outable Mac Pro 2019 RAM upgrade kits

OWC has unveiled its 64 or 128GB RAM stick kits for the new Mac Pro. They come in 768GB to 1.5TB SKUs, meaning a user can match Apple's factory maximum with this third-party memory. However, this option may also enable some saving...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 21 Dec 2019 16:54:00 +0100

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