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The latest update for macOS Catalina is now available. (Image via Apple)

macOS Catalina 10.15.2 released, may unofficially fix speaker pops and crackles in MacBook Pro

The latest version of macOS Catalina (10.15.2) brings a slew of minor updates and bug fixes. Interestingly, the update may have fixed the speaker snap, crackle, and pop issues reported by some Macbook and Macbook Pro users, though...
Sam Medley, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:12:00 +0100
Fortnite now allows for couch co-op. (Image: stock photo)

Local split-screen co-op comes to Fortnite on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Fortnite received an update today that introduces local split-screen multiplayer for Duos and Squads. The feature is currently only available on the PS4 and Xbox One. A few other features have been added as well, including a chang...
Sam Medley, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:13:00 +0100
Fitbit may owe its market share to uptake by older users. (Source: iMore)

Fitbit's success in the wearables market is due to its popularity among older consumers, new study finds

At least 60% or more of US consumers aged 55 years or more favor Fitbit when buying a wearable. This is due to the demand for smartwatches and fitness trackers in the relevant age ranges. However, Apple is more popular among those...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:22:00 +0100
The Mi Max 3 originally received Android 9.0 Pie builds of MIUI 11. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 picks up an encouraging MIUI 11 update

Have you received Android 9.0 builds of MIUI 11 on your Mi Max 3? Fear not, as Android 10 versions are incoming. You can already download an Android 10 build of MIUI 11 for the device too, although there are some caveats.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:30:00 +0100
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 driver offers a host of new features. (Source: AMD)

Experiencing performance loss after installing the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 driver? Here's a possible workaround

Several users have reported performance loss and/or loss of fan curve settings after installing the AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 drivers for AMD GPUs such as the Vega 64 and the RX 5700 XT. While the issue does not seem to b...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:05:00 +0100
The new Mac Pro: all the jokes have already been made. (Source: B&H)

The new Apple Mac Pro is now on sale

Get ready for what could be the most expensive cheesegrater in your life: the new Mac Pro is here. It is now available to pre-order from Apple.com and retailers such as B&H. This new PC has configurations that go from 4- to 6-figu...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:28:00 +0100
Arnold 6 and Maya 2020 now have an NVIDIA Studio Driver. (Source: Autodesk/Lee Griggs)

Autodesk releases an NVIDIA Studio Driver for Maya, making it RTX-compatible

Autodesk's Maya is one of the best-known applications in 3D animation. Its latest driver includes features that can be used by NVIDIA RTX graphics cards. This also extends to the latest version of Arnold, Maya's renderer.
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Dec 2019 21:57:00 +0100
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition now available (Source: AMD)

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition now available with a 12 percent speed boost over its predecessor

In addition to the significant performance boost over its predecessor of up to 12 percent, the latest driver package for AMD Radeon video cards also comes with brand new features such as Radeon Boost, Integer Scaling, and a brand-...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:46:00 +0100
The Honor 10 was released in 2018. (Source: GSMArena)

Huawei kicks off the Android 10 beta program for the Honor 10, Honor View 10, and Honor 9X duo

After sending out the stable Android10-based EMUI 10 update to its Kirin 980-powered flagship phones and the diminutive P Smart (2019), Huawei is now setting its sights towards providing the update to last-gen Honor flagships and ...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 20:59:00 +0100
The new Gimdow smart lock. (Source: Gimdow)

The new Gimdow smart lock does not require a door teardown to install it

Gimdow claims that its new smart lock is one that doesn't require the user to replace the existing one (or even parts of it). This may be ideal for those who want this kind of Bluetooth-enabled security, but can't risk damage to f...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 18:51:00 +0100
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is getting a PS4 remake this April. (Image via Capcom)

Sony announces Resident Evil 3 remake, Kingdom Heart III DLC, and more at State of Play

Sony announced a few new titles coming to the PlayStation 4 during its State of Play broadcast earlier today. A remake of Resident Evil 3 is coming to the console in April of 2020, a few existing titles are getting PS4 ports, and ...
Sam Medley, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 17:01:00 +0100
The Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2. (Source: Magewell)

The Magewell Eco Capture SDI 4K Plus M.2 can bring high-res video to the PCIe-less boards of the future

Magewell is a company that makes the components that connect video and audio output with the applicable software. Its latest M.2 video capture card is of its 'Eco' line-up, and is capable of single-channel operation at up to 4096x...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:54:00 +0100
Fortnite may come to the Play Store, but only if Epic gets special treatment. (Image via Epic)

Epic seeks special treatment from Google on Play Store revenue, Google says no

Epic, the developer of the smash hit arena shooter Fortnite, has reignited an argument with Google over the revenue share practices of the Play Store. Epic is reportedly hoping to bring Fortnite to the Play Store but has requested...
Sam Medley, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:30:00 +0100
The OPPO smartwatch trailer. (Source: GSMArena)

OPPO drops glimpses of its 2020 smartwatch and truly wireless earbuds

OPPO's Inno Day 2019 event was mostly dominated by upcoming products such as its AR headset. However, it also teased new wearables that may launch soon as well. They are a new pair of truly wireless (TWS) earbuds, as well as a squ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:16:00 +0100
The Mi 8 Lite scored 85% in our review at the start of this year. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite picks up a miraculous MIUI 11 update

The Mi 8 Lite is a beacon among a sea of Xiaomi handsets being upgraded to Android 9.0 Pie builds of MIUI 11. The Chinese company released the Snapdragon 660 powered handset in September 2018 running Android 8.1 Oreo and has since...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 14:14:00 +0100
World of Tanks 1.7 Anonymizer feature setting (Source: Own)

World of Tanks 1.7 comes with nickname anonymization, but no double-barreled tanks or better matchmaking

The update that was supposed to add a few high-tier dual-barreled tanks to the Russian tech tree sadly fails to do so, leaving the Anonymizer feature as the only big change for World of Tanks 1.7. However, Crew Directives — previo...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 12:15:00 +0100
Huawei has its Taiwanese Mate 30 launch cancelled

Huawei has its Taiwanese Mate 30 launch cancelled

Huawei had planned to release its Mate 30 Pro and Watch GT 2 to the Taiwanese market soon. However, this jurisdiction's NCC regulator has withdrawn its approval to sell these devices. The abrupt decision is related to an old dispu...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 09 Dec 2019 22:53:00 +0100
The new OnePlus TV remote control. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus announces a new, Netflix-buttoned remote for its smart TV

OnePlus released its first smart TV series (the Q1 and Q1 Pro) this year. Now, it has unveiled a new accessory for it: an alternate remote control with a Netflix-branded button. However, existing customers can get it for free.
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 09 Dec 2019 19:45:00 +0100
OPPO seems to be making a new phone with the A9's specs. (Source: GSMArena)

OPPO's upcoming mid-ranger may be MediaTek Helio P70-powered (again)

Two new devices, apparently made by OPPO, have shown up on the Geekbench 4 website. Given the similarities in their specs and model numbers, they may be 2 variants of the same phone. Oddly, however, they are listed with the MediaT...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 09 Dec 2019 18:56:00 +0100
All PlayStation 5 launch titles to be Sony exclusives? Yeah right! (Image source: Sony)

All PlayStation 5 launch titles to be Sony exclusives? Yeah right!

We unpack the rumour that the PlayStation 5's launch titles will be exclusive to Sony's next-generation console. We were sceptical, and you should be too.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 09 Dec 2019 14:43:00 +0100
A Vizio smart TV. (Source: Vizio)

Vizio sold 80% more 4K smart TVs over the 2019 Black Friday event compared to 2018

The panel-maker Vizio has reported that it "exceeded expectations" over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday period just gone, having sold 500,000 or more units of its smart TVs between these days in 2019. For example, it sold 87% more p...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 08 Dec 2019 19:09:00 +0100
Some promo material for the Nokia 2.3. (Source: Nokia)

Nokia 2.3 launched: Android One into 2021 for US$121

Nokia has launched a 2nd generation of its ultra-cheap 2.2 smartphone. This iteration has a novel "Nano-Textured" polymer rear panel, AI for battery conservation and the certainty of Android updates for 2 years. The new 2.3 has be...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 08 Dec 2019 18:11:00 +0100
The Android 10 rollout has been swifter than usual. (Source: CNET)

Opinion | It looks like Android OEMs are getting better with OS updates

Many may have casually wondered how the speed of the Android 10 rollout compares to those of older versions of the OS. It almost feels like OEMs are sending out the OS update faster this time around. Does hard data agree with that...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 08 Dec 2019 09:36:00 +0100
The new option in Facebook Messenger. (Source: Twitter)

Facebook's Messenger adds screen-sharing to its beta on Android

Facebook appears to be preparing a screen-sharing feature for its Messenger app. The latest beta version of this app on Android is reportedly flashing up a new option to "Share your Screen Together" in its video-calling section. T...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 07 Dec 2019 21:03:00 +0100
Project xCloud is coming to Windows on ARM. (Source: Microsoft)

Windows on ARM will pick up Project xCloud support soon

Windows on ARM is the popular Microsoft OS running on Snapdragon processors. As a relatively new platform, it does not have every feature of its "full" normal PC equivalent yet. However, this may be addressed when it gains the abi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 07 Dec 2019 19:07:00 +0100
Xiaomi released the Redmi 8 in October. (Image source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 11 lands on the Xiaomi Redmi 8, but remains on Android 9.0 Pie

MIUI 11 has landed on the Xiaomi Redmi 8, but perhaps not the version for which some people had hoped. The 681 MB update is rolling out globally now, but its file size should hint at what version of Android on which this version o...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 18:18:00 +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
The Nokia 9 PureView. (Source: GearBest)

The Nokia 9 PureView officially updates to Android 10

Android 10 for Nokia's most premium phone has been on the cards since the leak of an internal test build for this OS was detected back in November 2019. Now, the OEM is pushing a major upgrade of the same out to users worldwide. I...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:26:00 +0100
One of the probable Galaxy A51's real-life images. (Source: FCC via DroidShout)

Samsung gets the Galaxy A51 FCC-certified, revealing punch-hole display and 3.5mm jack

Samsung has successfully registered a phone called the SM-A515F with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This phone is most likely the Galaxy A51, which may also be officially unveiled soon. Its regulatory filings include...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:01:00 +0100
One UI 2.0 will be the last OS upgrade for the Galaxy S9 series. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

Samsung Galaxy S9: Second Android 10 beta available next week

While some newer Samsung flagships have already started receiving Android 10, Galaxy S9 series owners must wait a while longer to try One UI 2.0 on their devices. If you fancy a taste of Android 10 sooner than next year, then Sams...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 14:53:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi Watch has received its first major update. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi's Apple Watch clone now works with iOS

Xiaomi obviously took plenty of inspiration from Apple when designing its Mi Watch. While the Apple Watch clone initially only supported Android, the Chinese company has now updated it to make it compatible with iOS. In short, iPh...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:16:00 +0100
An up-to-date Galaxy Ax1 render. (Source: Price Baba/OnLeaks)

A 2020 Samsung Galaxy A phone may have shown up on Geekbench

The Galaxy A11 is currently believed to be one of Samsung's phones up for release in the new year. A device with what may be its model number has appeared on Geekbench 4. This new leak points to 2GB of RAM, a rather elderly Snapdr...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 22:46:00 +0100
The Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 are the first of Sony's smartphones to receive stable Android 10 builds. (Image source: Engadget)

Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 pick up Android 10 updates

As Sony promised last month, the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 are now receiving stable Android 10 updates. The Japanese company is distributing the 725 MB updates globally via its over the air (OTA) servers. Sony may be releasing the upd...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 22:37:00 +0100
Meet the new Huawei Nova 6. (Source: Weibo)

Huawei launches the Nova 6 series, 5G variant included

The Huawei Nova 6 is a device that has been anticipated for a long time. Now, it has finally been launched, alongside a 5G and SE variant. The first 2 of these are powered by the Kirin 990, whereas the last has the Kirin 810 inste...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 22:13:00 +0100
The OnePlus 6 and 6T should see Android 11 next year too. (Image source: OnePlus)

OnePlus 6 and 6T start receiving stable Android 10 Oxygen OS 10.0.1 update

Oxygen OS 10.0.1 is live, and it is here to upgrade your OnePlus 6 or 6T to Android 10. Following the arrival of a stable Hydrogen OS Android 10 build last week, OnePlus has now started quietly rolling out Oxygen OS 10.0.1 globall...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:21:00 +0100
Google Photos may get more like messaging apps in the future. (Source: Google)

Google introduces a new setting for more private, direct-to-contact photo sharing

Google Photos is probably one of the biggest platforms for personal image management. However, sharing via the same app has always been of a public nature. Now, the app is to gain a new update in which this content can apparently ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 23:52:00 +0100
T-Mobile now lists the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G on its network. (Source: T-Mobile)

The T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G ships with the Snapdragon X55 modem and Android 10

T-Mobile has unveiled its branded version of the highest-end Galaxy Note 10+. This device has Qualcomm's 2nd-gen 5G modem, which makes it compatible with the US carrier's new sub-6GHz network. It is also Samsung's first phone to s...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 19:25:00 +0100
The "One Hyper" may look like this. (Source: WinFuture)

The Motorola One Hyper is now touted to be the OEM's first 64MP and pop-up camera phone

Some images of a new Motorola phone with the legend "64MP Quad Pixel" embossed on its main camera module have emerged. Rumored to be called the One Hyper, this device also has a single pop-up selfie shooter that leaves its front p...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 18:35:00 +0100
Android may be able to leave Bluetooth out of Airplane Mode's reach soon. (Source: TheJournal)

Android 11 may support leaving Bluetooth on in Airplane Mode

Airplane mode is an ever-present setting on mobile devices that is effectively an instant kill switch for all radios, those for wireless connectivity included. However, this setting can be considerably less convenient for those wh...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 17:19:00 +0100
Star Citizen reaches a $250 million milestone (Image Source: ROBERTS SPACE INDUSTRIES)

Star Citizen raises over $250 million in crowdfunding money

Star Citizen has now crossed the $250 million mark on its Kickstarter campaign. CitizenCon—the game's annual player convention—was host to a plethora of new in-game content such as a new planet, star system, game mode and more. ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 14:38:00 +0100
The Huawei P Smart (2019) was released almost a year ago. (Source: Android Authority)

EMUI 10 update begins rolling out to the Huawei P Smart (2019)

Huawei has sent out the EMUI 10 update to its Kirin 980-powered premium phones, and is now setting its sights on the mid-range. Owners of the Huawei P Smart (2019) are now receiving the Android 10-based EMUI 10 update, and we expe...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:34:00 +0100
The new Runn treadmill tracker. (Source: North Pole Engineering)

The Runn is a new sensor that beams treadmill performance to a smartphone

Those who use treadmills might want to keep track of their speed, incline and other metrics as they work out. The Runn is a new gadget that captures this data and sends it right to a compatible fitness app. It is up for pre-order ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 21:16:00 +0100
ZTE's next major Android upgrade is called MiFavor 10. (Source: Weibo)

ZTE's Android 10 skin will be called MiFavor 10

The Chinese OEM ZTE has revealed that it has a version of Android 10 ready to go. This MiFavor 10 OS is slated to confer numerous UI and system improvements on the devices that will update to it. They include a dark mode, an AI en...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 20:36:00 +0100
The OnePlus 6 and 6T originally received Android 10 at the start of last month. (Image source: OnePlus)

OnePlus 6 and 6T pick up Android 10 update

Still waiting for Android 10 on your OnePlus 6 or 6T? Well, OnePlus has started releasing the OS upgrade again, but only to handsets in China. You could install the build on any OnePlus 6 or 6T, though.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 02 Dec 2019 23:22:00 +0100
Sony Crackle is an example of an ad-based video streaming service. (Source: Sony)

More and more people are using ad-based streaming services

Some subscription-based streaming platforms have become huge for a number of reasons, the total lack of ads being one of them. However, there are emerging alternatives that reinstate this potential disadvantage back in return for ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 02 Dec 2019 23:13:00 +0100
The Realme U1. (Source: GSMArena)

Realme cuts some 2018 phones out of its Android 10 plans

The Realme 1, 2, C1 and U1 were all released at various points in 2018. Despite this, their maker has just announced that they will not receive an update to ColorOS 7. This is an upcoming software skin based on Android 10 that the...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 02 Dec 2019 19:41:00 +0100
The Huawei Watch GT 2 will get a new market soon. (Source: Twitter)

The Huawei Watch GT 2 will see an Indian launch in December 2019

Huawei has announced that it will introduce its Watch GT 2 to Indian customers on December 5, 2019. This will be the first device with the new Kirin A1 processor for wearables released to this market. This smartwatch also boasts a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 01 Dec 2019 20:33:00 +0100
No Android 10 love for the Galaxy Note 8 or S8. (Image source: Android Authority)

Samsung snubs the Galaxy Fold, while dropping the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8

The Galaxy S10 series may have already started receiving Android 10 in some regions, but Galaxy Fold owners are not so fortunate. One UI 2.0 roadmaps state that the device still has another four months to wait before it sees an OS...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 01 Dec 2019 15:20:00 +0100
A new Google Messages update has a new setting. (Source: Google)

Google's Messages app gains a new ability to protect against phishing

Google is pushing a new update in which its SMS app will gain the ability to tell between 'real' and 'fake' corporate messages. This will be done in line with the search giant's new "Verified" initative, by which businesses regist...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 30 Nov 2019 22:09:00 +0100
The Ticwatch Pro. (Source: Mobvoi)

Deal | The TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE gets a 25% discount

Mobvoi's Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale has started. It includes a 25% discount on its Ticwatch Pro and Pro 4G/LTE models, which are normally US$249.99 and $299 respectively. The OEM is also offering other smartwatches at up to $5...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 30 Nov 2019 18:51:00 +0100

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