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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
The Dripp Dropp truly wireless earbuds. (Source: Indiegogo)

The Dripp Dropps are the "most affordable" truly wireless earphones with Qualcomm tech on Indiegogo

Dripp Audio is a new company that has put its interestingly-named true-wireless earbuds on Indiegogo. The "Dropps" are described as the cheapest products in their category to have Qualcomm aptX and cVc noise-cancelling tech. They ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 19 Nov 2019 21:48:00 +0100
Sony's robo-puppy aibo. (Source: Sony)

Sony releases an API for its robot dog, aibo

Sony started selling its first consumer-grade robot puppy, aibo, quite some time ago. Therefore, you'd think the OEM would have also released advanced development tools so that the more tech-savvy of this product's owners could ha...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 22:45:00 +0100
NUVIA Inc founders John Bruno, Gerard Williams III, and Manu Gulati. (Image via NUVIA, distributed by Reuters)

Former Apple executives found NUVIA Inc with hopes to take on Intel and AMD

NUVIA, a new company founded by three former executives with experience in designing and manufacturing Apple CPUs and SoCs, has officially been announced. NUVIA will manufacture hardware for use in data centers with a focus on del...
Sam Medley, Sun, 17 Nov 2019 00:32:00 +0100
Whose drone is that? DJI's Remote ID may help you find out soon. (Source: CNET)

DJI announces Remote ID: an app to find out about any drone overhead

DJI has introduced its Remote ID, which allows a drone to "beam" its identity and other prevalent information to any smartphone on the ground via Wi-Fi. The company has developed this modality, which can be used through an app, in...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 14 Nov 2019 20:47:00 +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
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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
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. (Source: Twitter)

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G adds 3D face-unlocking to its security options

Samsung has sneaked a 3D form of Face Unlock into the 5G version of the Galaxy S10 with its latest update. It works on this variant only as it has a time-of-flight (TOF) sensor in its front-facing punch-hole. Therefore, this phone...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 10 Nov 2019 17:03:00 +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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Six more titles come to Apple Arcade

Six more games are now available for mobile devices through the Apple Arcade service. The monthly subscription service is fast approaching its goal of offering over 100 high-quality games for $5/month.
Sam Medley, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 21:28:00 +0100
These icons are few and far between for some Pokémon GO players. (Source: Bulbapedia)

Niantic is addressing its current Pokéstop deficiency in Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO remains one of the world's most popular augmented-reality (AR) mobile games. However, it has a persistent discrepancy as a title in this ecosystem, which is a lack of Pokéstops, particularly in more isolated regions. Th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:35:00 +0100
Google sold over 15 million Cardboard viewers, but has called time on official support. (Source: Google)

Google Cardboard open-sourced as a lifeline for mobile VR

VR on smartphones is all but dead following the end of Samsung’s Galaxy VR ambitions and Google’s recent announcement that it has ceased development for its Daydream VR platform. However, in an inkling of hope for those who were s...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:42:00 +0100
The Apple iPhone 12 could be released in September 2020. (Image source: PhoneArena)

Fetching iPhone 12 concept renders highlight Apple's design strengths and weaknesses

Artistic concept renders for the Apple iPhone 12 have offered fans an idea of what the Cupertino company could be planning for the next generation of its popular smartphone range. The notch is still present but slightly more modes...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 07 Nov 2019 05:19:00 +0100
Pokemon GO to get live AR multiplayer feature, called Buddy Adventure

Pokemon GO to get live AR multiplayer feature, called Buddy Adventure

Pokémon GO will be getting a live AR multiplayer feature sometime soon. Currently called "Buddy Adventure," the feature will allow two players to interact with each other's Buddy Pokémon in real-time through their smartphone camer...
Sam Medley, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 18:47:00 +0100
Apple seeds first developer beta of iOS 13.3

Apple seeds first developer beta of iOS 13.3

Apple released the first developer beta for iOS 13.3 yesterday. While the update seems to fix the RAM management issues discovered in iOS 13.2, it offers little else. In fact, a new bug in the iOS 13.3 beta disallows the use of Be...
Sam Medley, Wed, 06 Nov 2019 17:12:00 +0100
The new House of Marley Exodus headphones. (Source: House of Marley)

House of Marley updates its Exodus headphones with ANC

House of Marley's Exodus is a pair of premium over-ear headphones with 50-millimeter (mm) drivers and a sustainable provenance. Their latest refresh has active noise cancellation (ANC). They are also rated for a 28-hour battery li...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 05 Nov 2019 23:09:00 +0100
The Nokia 2.2. (Source: The Verge)

A new leak points to an impending successor for the low-cost Nokia 2.2

Some new leaks may be evidence that Nokia is preparing a smartphone called the 2.3 for release soon. It may have up to 3 variants, at least 1 of which could be single- and dual-SIM respectively. Not much else is known about this p...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 03 Nov 2019 17:00:00 +0100
The new Aukey Omni-Power range. (Source: Aukey)

Aukey gets up to date with the GaN- and graphene-enhanced Omni-Power fast-charger range

Aukey has unveiled its new Omni-Power series of accessories. The company claims that it integrates various state-of-the-art charging technologies, including a graphene skin, GaN and USB Power Delivery. This line includes new adapt...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 01 Nov 2019 23:46:00 +0100
Orbita believes AI assistants can do a lot for healthcare. (Source: Orbita)

New research asserts many adults want smart assistants to help look after their health

Orbita, a company that makes a personal assistant-like AI platform focused on healthcare, has published the results of a study that shows this is what the US adults recruited to it want from their voice-controlled searches. It app...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 18:53:00 +0100
SiriusXM content will become playable on Google Nest products soon. (Source: SiriusXM)

The Google Assistant will start integrating SiriusXM soon

Google and SiriusXM have partnered in order to enable streaming of the latter on smart speakers from the former. In addition, the content provider's subscribers will be able to activate and control their channels by asking the Ass...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 31 Oct 2019 15:33:00 +0100
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Mario Kart Tour finishes first month with 123.9 million downloads

Super Mario Kart is off to a phenomenal start. The mobile racing game hit 123.9 million downloads in its first month on the market, making it the most downloaded Nintendo smartphone game in its first month. However, total revenue ...
Sam Medley, Wed, 30 Oct 2019 16:08:00 +0100
The CCMI may finally get RCS on phones in the US. (Source: Pixabay)

The US' "big 4" carriers announce a joint initiative to finally get RCS on more phones

The Rich Communications Service (RCS) standard has been touted as the ultimate messaging platform for some time. Unfortunately, its implementation and adoption worldwide could be described as sluggish at best. Therefore, Verizon, ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 17:24:00 +0100
The Apple iPhone SE utilized the A9 SoC. (Image source: NDTV Gadgets)

iPhone SE 2 could be launched by Apple in March 2020 and will sell in the millions

A report from noted market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has detailed when Apple could set the long-awaited iPhone SE 2 into production. Apparently, the diminutive smartphone will start being mass manufactured in January 2020, with March s...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 06:40:00 +0100
iOS 13.2 released, bringing Deep Fusion, new emoji, and more

UPDATE: DO NOT INSTALL | iOS 13.2 released, bringing Deep Fusion, new emoji, and more

Apple launched iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 today. The update brings 60 new emoji, the ability to opt-out of sharing Siri interactions with Apple, and Apple's Deep Fusion image processing technology for the iPhone 11 family of smartph...
Sam Medley, Tue, 29 Oct 2019 05:20:00 +0100
An AirPods Pro render based on their leaks. (Source: EverythingApplePro)

AirPods Pro: The latest rumors point to new colors and water resistance

Apple's AirPods are currently projected to gain a Pro version soon, thanks to a recent slew of leaks and rumors. The latest of these may indicate that they will finally launch in colors besides white for a change. Furthermore, it ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 28 Oct 2019 00:09:00 +0100
The new Apollo Max power bank. (Source: ELECJET)

ELECJET claims that its new graphene-enhanced power bank can charge to full capacity in just 19 minutes

The Apollo Max is a new 10000mAh power bank that, according to its maker ELECJET, integrates the emerging graphene standard as a battery material. This, it is claimed, gives it an "unbeatable charging efficiency of 96%". This new ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 27 Oct 2019 20:46:00 +0100
Novelty cases are the least of a phone's worries at Halloween. (Source: Indie Crafts)

Halloween is one of the scariest times for your phone, new research finds

A recent study by the analyst group Asurion has concluded that being brought along to celebrate Halloween is one of the biggest potential nightmares a smartphone can go through. The risks of damage and other adversity these device...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 26 Oct 2019 22:24:00 +0200
If any of these app icons are on your iPhone or iPad, uninstall them immediately. (Image via Wandera)

Trojan malware found in 17 apps on Apple App Store

Wandera, a security research firm, has found malware in 17 apps on the Apple App Store. The apps use a clicker trojan module to generate fraudulent web traffic in the background, likely to pump up ad revenue for specific websites....
Sam Medley, Fri, 25 Oct 2019 20:24:00 +0200
If Apple wants to make the jump to 5 nm with the upcoming A14 SoC, iPhone production costs would potentially increase, leading to higher prices.  (Source: TechIncidents)

TSMC already sampling Apple's 5 nm A14 Bionic SoCs for 2020 iPhones

TSMC started sampling the A14 Bionic SoCs earlier than usual, as a recent Chinese report claims Apple already received the first engineering samples in late September. Apparently, there is also a downside to making the jump from 7...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 22 Oct 2019 17:31:00 +0200
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iOS 13.1.3 update damaging some iPhone 11 handsets

Multiple users are reporting a failure of the Ultra WideBand U1 chip in their iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max after updating to iOS 13.1.3. While restoring an affected iPhone's firmware has solved the problem for so...
Sam Medley, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:05:00 +0200
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Apple of my eye: Apple to release AR headset in 2020

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is planning on releasing its rumored AR glasses sometime in 2020. The glasses, while still in development, may eventually become a replacement product of the iPhone. However, a lot of work re...
Sam Medley, Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:21:00 +0200
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Half of all iPhones upgraded to iOS 13 in first 26 days

Just 26 days after its release, Apple has reported that 50% of all iPhones are running iOS 13. Compared to the abysmal history of Android OEMs' software updates, the high adoption rates for the newer versions iOS continue to be a ...
Sam Medley, Fri, 18 Oct 2019 05:39:00 +0200
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Apple Arcade adds 5 more games to iOS, now boasts 80 titles

Apple's Arcade game subscription service welcomed 5 new titles to iOS and tvOS and 2 new titles to macOS this week. The new games bring the total number of games available in Apple Arcade to 80 for iOS and tvOS and 61 for macOS, s...
Sam Medley, Sat, 12 Oct 2019 00:45:00 +0200
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Apple may be rushing to develop its own 5G modem by 2022

A source familiar with the matter claims that Apple is developing an in-house 5G modem for release in 2022, according to a report from Fast Company earlier today. The source says that a 2022 release date is "really pushing it," bu...
Sam Medley, Sat, 12 Oct 2019 00:22:00 +0200
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

87% Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Smartphone Review: A leap forwards or more of the same?

Max reloaded - Apple returns with three new iPhones, just as it did last year. The biggest and heaviest among them is the iPhone 11 Pro Max, which aims to convince those who like big screens and even photographers with its high-quality triple rear-facing cameras. We put Apple's latest most expensive iPhone under the microscope in this live review.
Update: Live Review finished.
Apple A13 Bionic | Apple A13 Bionic GPU | 6.5" | 226 g
Florian Schmitt, Thu, 10 Oct 2019 23:47:31 +0200
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Call of Duty Mobile hits 100 million downloads in its first week, shattering record

Call of Duty Mobile recently claimed the award for most downloads in the first week after launch for any mobile game in history, surpassing 100 million unique installs after its first week. Sensor Tower estimates peg total downloa...
Sam Medley, Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:59:00 +0200
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Apple is now selling Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Controller

Apple now sells the Microsoft Xbox Wireless Controller through its online store. The move is likely due to Apple's recent push into the gaming market. Considering the latest OS updates for all Apple devices (e.g., iOS 13, iPadOS, ...
Sam Medley, Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:31:00 +0200
Computational photography: we take it for granted now. (Source: Engadget)

The computational photography market may be worth nearly US$30 billion by 2024

Computational photography - or imaging that depends at least as much on software as on hardware - was worth US$7.9 billion as a market in 2018. However, the latest analysis indicates that this valuation will grow to $29 billion ov...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 06 Oct 2019 21:01:00 +0200
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. (Source: Apple)

Some iPhone 6s or 6s Plus units may fail to power on, but Apple is fixing it

Apple has initiated a recall for certain iPhones of the 6S series, saying that it has found that the relevant units may become unable to start under certain circumstances. The Cupertino-based OEM will not disclose which aspects of...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 06 Oct 2019 19:25:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi Band 4. (Source: PhoneArena)

Xiaomi may add NFC to the international-variant Mi Band 5

The Mi Band is a popular fitness wearable series worldwide, albeit with one potential drawback: many units sold outside China come without NFC. Its maker, Xiaomi, will reportedly address this deficiency in its next generation. Thi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 06 Oct 2019 16:17:00 +0200
The iPhones 11 may be the most popular of their series so far. (Source: Apple)

The iPhone 11 may prove more popular than its Pro or Pro Max siblings already

A new report from Taiwan indicates that Apple needs new stocks of its iPhone 11, but not of the Pro or Pro Max variants. Sources who claim to be close to the suppliers in question have noted that this is a surprising uptick in ord...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 04 Oct 2019 18:08:00 +0200
Is this how the iPhone SE line will evolve? (Source: MacRumors)

The cut-price iPhone SE2 will arrive in 2020: Ming-Chi Kuo

The latest leaked research note allegedly sent to TF International Securities by the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicates that Apple does have a second-gen SE in the works. It will apparently be released in the first quarter of 2020 and...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 03 Oct 2019 18:39:00 +0200
Apple iPhone 11 Smartphone Review: More than just an affordable Apple smartphone

87% Apple iPhone 11 Smartphone Review: More than just an affordable Apple smartphone

Colourful - New colours, dual rear-facing cameras, Wi-Fi 6 and a bigger battery; those are the improvements that the iPhone 11 has over the iPhone XR in a nutshell. Read in our detailed live review to see whether the cheapest of this year's iPhones can live up to expectations.
Update: Live Review completed.
Apple A13 Bionic | Apple A13 Bionic GPU | 6.1" | 194 g
Daniel Schmidt, Wed, 02 Oct 2019 00:19:08 +0200
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Smartphone Review: Triple rear-facing cameras and more power than you could shake a stick at

88% Apple iPhone 11 Pro Smartphone Review: Triple rear-facing cameras and more power than you could shake a stick at

A compact luxury - The smaller of the two iPhone Pros is also probably the most compact flagship smartphone on the market. Apple equips the 5.8-inch device with triple rear-facing cameras, a larger battery and W-iFi 6 among other changes from last year's model. The iPhone 11 Pro does not include a 5G modem, nor is there a 5G SKU either. Read on in our live review to find out whether this latest iPhone will be crowned the best smartphone of 2019.
Update: Live Review finished.
Apple A13 Bionic | Apple A13 Bionic GPU | 5.8" | 188 g
Daniel Schmidt, Tue, 01 Oct 2019 20:19:02 +0200
Call of Duty: Mobile brings something new to the mobile battle royale scene.

PUBG Mobile faces stiff competition as Activision's Call of Duty: Mobile launches in full

After months of beta testing, Activision and Tencent Games' latest offering, Call of Duty: Mobile is now live and available worldwide. While not quite as feature-packed as its biggest competitor, PUBG Mobile, it does seem to be a ...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 01 Oct 2019 11:21:00 +0200
A new vulnerability may open a way for a jailbreak for almost every iPhone ever made. (Image via Hindustan Times)

New exploit, dubbed checkm8, might lead to permanent jailbreak for multiple iPhone models

A new vulnerability found in the bootrom of iPhones ranging from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X may pave a new path for a permanent jailbreak method. While no jailbreak method that exploits the vulnerability yet exis...
Sam Medley, Sat, 28 Sep 2019 23:47:00 +0200
Could the 2020 iPhone finally eliminate the dreaded notch? (Source: @BenGeskin)

First plausible 2020 iPhone render based on rumored protoype hits the mark

The first plausible iPhone rumor for 2020 has emerged and it looks like it could solve one of the biggest design issues with the current iPhone design. Based on a rumored prototype design doing the rounds at Cupertino, the 2020 iP...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 27 Sep 2019 13:30:00 +0200
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Mario Kart Tour launches, hits top spot in iOS App Store

Nintendo's latest title to hit the smartphone market exploded out of the gates yesterday. Mario Kart Tour launched on iOS yesterday and quickly hit the top spot in the App Store for 58 countries. However, the game's freemium prici...
Sam Medley, Thu, 26 Sep 2019 17:02:00 +0200
The new Canon EOS M200. (Source: Canon)

Canon tackles smartphones that encroach on photography with the new EOS M200

Canon has released a new mirrorless camera that can record 4K vertical videos and then share them directly to social media. The EOS M200 has a 24.1MP APS-C sensor and CMOS auto-focus. It can also record in 60fps FHD and has a ligh...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Sep 2019 23:12:00 +0200

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