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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
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
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
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 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 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
The MAGFAST Extreme. (Source: MAGFAST)

The 500 amp MAGFAST power bank has 3 separate wireless charging coils

MAGFAST is a company set up to offer power accessories with an innovative magnetic interface. Its largest product is the Extreme, a charging station with 3 Qi-wireless charging coils on its top. It can also support USB type C, typ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 07 Dec 2019 20:33:00 +0100
The Lepow portable monitor. (Source: Lepow)

Deal | The Lepow FHD USB type C portable monitor is going on a 30% off sale

Lepow has announced a 30% discount on its portable monitor as of tomorrow (November 30, 2019). This product is a 15.6-inch display with a built-in stand-cover and dual speakers. It has USB type C and mini HDMI ports so as to be co...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 29 Nov 2019 20:17:00 +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
The Huawei MatePad Pro. (Source: GSMArena)

Huawei's MatePad Pro may prove a headache for the iPad Pro 2018 in China

Huawei has unveiled the MatePad Pro today (November 25, 2019). It is a 10.8 tablet with a resolution of 2560x1600 and a punch-hole selfie camera. This new slate comes in 6GB or 8GB RAM SKUs and has LTE or Wi-Fi only options. It ca...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 25 Nov 2019 20:12:00 +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
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
Image via Apple

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
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
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
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
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
Image via Apple.

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
image via Activision

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
Image via Apple

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
The Surface Pen may be totally wireless this generation. (Source: Engadget)

Microsoft may have a new wireless charger in the works

A new registration of Microsoft's with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hints at a new accessory that could be launched tomorrow in conjunction with the Surface 7 line. It is a wireless charger with a 300 milliwatt capa...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 01 Oct 2019 20:02:00 +0200
Image via Nintendo

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
Apple Music is getting new features. (Source: Apple)

Apple Music upgrades to a dark theme and Chromecast support

Music is a rather unique Apple app in that it is cross-platform (or, in other words, has an Android version). Its latest updates also make it compatible with Google's Chromecast. It has also acquired a dark mode, presumably to ali...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 25 Sep 2019 20:14:00 +0200
The iPhone 11 smartphones feature two or three camera sensors inside square-shaped housings. (Image source: Apple)

If you hate the square camera design for the Apple iPhone 11 then you're going to loathe the next-gen iPad Pro

An image of an apparent final design mockup of the next-generation Apple iPad Pro has found its way online, and if you are not a fan of Apple’s choice for the main camera design on the iPhone 11 series then there’s a good chance y...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 23:33:00 +0200
Image via Apple

Xcode finding quashes iPhone RAM rumors, confirms all 2019 models have 4 GB

New findings in Apple's Xcode confirm earlier AnTuTu posts showing that the new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max have 4 GB of RAM. While the iPhone XR from last year had only 3 GB of RAM, both the iPhone XS and XS M...
Sam Medley, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 22:56:00 +0200
The seventh-generation 2019 iPad costs from US$329. (Image source: Apple)

Apple's 2019 iPad: The seventh-generation tablet goes large

Apple has now unveiled the latest addition to its iPad lineup in the shape of the seventh-generation iPad. The new tablet has increased in size from its 2018 predecessor, growing from 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches. The device is curre...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:48:00 +0200
Apple Arcade goes live on November 1, 2019. (Source: Apple)

Apple's TV+ and Arcade titles, formats and pricing structures are outlined in full

The latest Apple keynote introduced the new iPhones and iPad, yet did not stop there. It also outlined the company's new gaming- and TV-streaming services in detail. They will both go live in November 2019, cost US$4.99 per month ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 21:13:00 +0200
Fastest mobile SoC? We'll find out in a few days. (Source: The Verge)

A closer look at the A13 Bionic SoC powering Apple's new iPhone 11 models

The new A13 Bionic is still a hexa-core CPU chip, but, thanks to TSMC's latest 7 nm EUV manufacturing process, this SoC now integrates 8.5 billion transistors. It also features a new quad-core GPU plus an octa-core NPU, and all of...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:30:00 +0200
Apple claims its new products are 'all-new' -- they aren't. (Source: Apple)

Opinion: Sorry Apple, your 'new' products are not 'all-new'

Apple and its market machine is in full spin mode following the launch of the iPhone 11 range along with the Watch Series 5 and 10.2-inch iPad. Yes, it is true these devices are new. However, I take exception to Apple labeling the...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:58:00 +0200
Apple's next big launch event will take place on September 10. (Source: Apple)

Apple issues invites for a September 10 iPhone event

Apple has issued invites to the press for its 2019 iPhone event. Dubbed “By innovation only” the new generation of iPhones will be officially unveiled on September 10 that the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus in Cuperti...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 30 Aug 2019 09:12:00 +0200
Image via Twitter user @yosy1692

Apple accidentally rolls back security patch in iOS 12.4 update, making jailbreaking possible

An oversight by Apple caused an old security bug to be reintroduced with iOS 12.4. While the bug had been patched in iOS 12.3, the exploit is present in the latest operating system from Apple and can be used for jailbreaking on co...
Sam Medley, Tue, 20 Aug 2019 22:46:00 +0200
Live View superimposes AR directions on your phone screen. (Source: Google)

Google Maps AR navigation to hit non-Pixel phones soon

AR-assisted navigation is one of the most interesting - and possibly useful - aspects of the Google Maps app to be unveiled in recent years. Unfortunately, it was also introduced as a Pixel exclusive. Now, however, it may be avail...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 10 Aug 2019 21:07:00 +0200
Fanmade renders of a foldable iPhone. (Source: InsanerTech)

Analysts say foldable iPhones are in the works, but would not launch before 2021

Previously rumored to release some time in 2020, the foldable iPhones may not even be the first foldable devices to be released by Apple. According to a new UBS market analysis, Apple may first release folding iPads in 2021, and i...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 08 Aug 2019 15:18:00 +0200
The in-app ad market is thought to keep growing in strenght until 2025. (Source: MarTech Today)

The in-app ad market may be worth well over US$200 billion by 2025

The market for in-app advertisements worldwide is now projected to be worth approximately US$226 billion in 6 years, according to the latest research. Of these, ads on Android are thought to be capable of the highest growth. In ad...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 05 Aug 2019 19:26:00 +0200
The HomePod captured more inadvertant Siri recordings than other devices like the iPhone. (Source: Apple)

Apple suspends Siri eavesdropping program in wake of privacy scandal

Apple has suspended a controversial Siri grading program that allowed contractors to listen to recordings of customers using the voice recognition software. The purportedly privacy focused company was caught out by a whistleblower...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 02 Aug 2019 13:30:00 +0200
Apple revenue remains strong although iPhone sales continue to decline. (Source: Apple)

iPhone sales fall below half of Apple revenue for the first time since 2012

Apple’s iPhone business continues to weaken with sales down 12 percent over the same time last year. At the same time its Services business enjoyed a record quarter which combined with the decline in iPhone sales meant that for th...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 31 Jul 2019 12:11:00 +0200
This screenshot from Apple's website is starting to have a different ring about it. (Source: Apple)

Apple caught in Siri privacy scandal, issues a statement trying to downplay its severity

Apple has been caught in a fresh privacy scandal as first reported by The Guardian. According to an Apple contractor, Apple just like Google and Amazon have been busted doing, uses contractors to analyze and assess the accuracy of...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 27 Jul 2019 10:28:00 +0200
Netflix has a new deal for its Indian customers. (Source: Netflix)

Netflix launches mobile-only plan in India for equivalent of US$2.90 per month

Netflix has announced a new price-tier for its subscription plans in the Indian market. It goes for just INR 199 (about US$2.88) per month. For this, the user can only use the app on 1 device, which could be either a smartphone or...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 25 Jul 2019 14:06:00 +0200
Opensignal's latest carrier rankings in important dimensions of 4G service. (Source: Opensignal)

T-Mobile has the fastest 4G in the US, although Verizon has the best coverage: latest research

The latest study from the cellular-data research body Opensignal reports that Verizon has the most widespread 4G services in the US (at 94.8% coverage). However, T-Mobile was associated with the best upload and download experience...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:14:00 +0200
The standard iPad could get a look similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Air. (Source: Apple)

New iPads inbound suggests latest filings

Two new Eurasia Economic Commission filings by Apple show that the Cupertino giant is prepping five new iPads. Among these is thought to be the rumored 10.2-inch replacement for the ageing entry-level 9.7-inch iPad design.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 12 Jul 2019 09:28:00 +0200
The facial recognition market is set to roughly double in the next 5 years

The facial recognition market is set to roughly double in the next 5 years

Facial recognition is projected to continue to grow as an industry into the next decade. Its market is estimated at being worth US$3.2 billion now. However, this value is projected to grow to $7 billion by 2024.
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 07 Jul 2019 23:13:00 +0200
RIP, Pixel C. (Source: AndroidPit)

Google officially announces the death of the Pixel C

The Pixel C was released back in 2015 and received two major updates and about four years of software support in total. Starting this month, July 2019, though, Google will stop sending out security updates to the tablet. This come...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 07 Jul 2019 12:40:00 +0200
App expenditures in the 1st half of 2019 showed healthy growth. (Source: SensorTower)

Nearly US$40 billion was spent on apps in the 1st half of 2019

The latest report from SensorTower shows that app purchases generated a revenue of US$39.7 billion in the 1st 6 months of 2019. This impressive figure also represents a 15% year-on-year increase in the same kind of spending. The A...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 05 Jul 2019 18:44:00 +0200
The YI Nightscape dash cam has Sony night vision. (Source: YI)

A new dash-cam from YI has the latest Sony night-vision sensor

YI (or Xiaoyi) is a company known for camera-related product and accessories, including dash-cams. Its newest version of these is the Nightscape, a 1080p, Wi-Fi enabled device with a 140-degree field of view. It also integrates So...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 04 Jul 2019 18:35:00 +0200
According to the WSJ, this might in fact be the first time Cook saw the iPhone Xr -- on launch day. (Source: Apple)

In rare rebuke, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly refutes WSJ article on Ive's reasons for departure

Apple CEO Tim Cook has lashed out at a Wall Street Journal article that reported Jony Ive decided to leave the company because Cook wasn't interested in design. In an email to sent to NBC's Dylan Byers, Cook refutes the story's cl...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Tue, 02 Jul 2019 12:48:00 +0200
Apple tablets, tablet market to hit US$600 billion in 2026

The tablet market is expected to hit US$600 billion by 2026

Although tablets were expected to go extinct, a new study by Future Market Insights predicts that the demand for such pieces of hardware "will surge extensively in the upcoming years" thanks to multiple reasons. This report claims...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 02 Jul 2019 10:14:00 +0200
Mobile payments are rapidly headed for a trillion-dollar industry. (Source: CMO)

The mobile payments market is now estimated to jump to over US$1 trillion in value by 2022

Mobile payments are now thought of as a market capable of vast growth over the next 3 years. The latest figures put its worth at US$348 billion now; however, this is thought to grow to $1.3 trillion in 2022. It is projected to gro...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 29 Jun 2019 16:55:00 +0200
We probably won't be seeing photos of Cook and Ive together like this in future. (Source: Apple)

Opinion: Jony Ive leaves Apple, but it's not on a design high

Apple fans were shocked by news that legendary design guru Jony Ive is leaving the company. While Ive has undoubtedly contributed significantly to numerous iconic Apple designs in the past, he is not, however, leaving Apple on a d...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 29 Jun 2019 11:56:00 +0200
Apple Chief Design Officer has announced he is leaving Apple to form his own design studio. (Source: Getty)

Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive leaving the company, news wipes US$9B off Apple share value

In a major blow to the Apple its fabled Chief Design Officer Jony Ive has announced he is leaving the company. As the hand behind Apple’s most iconic designs, the news immediately triggered a negative reaction on Wall Street ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 28 Jun 2019 02:35:00 +0200

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