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These are the 2 most-popular phones in the US These are the 2 most-popular phones in the US
- August 14, 2020

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of the U.S. economy has apparently contributed to American consumers looking for more-affordable smartphone solutions. The majority of these units, however, weren't flagships. However, Samsung found itself leaning heavily on its low-end Galaxy A10e and A20 devices to prop up shipments, the report added. (more...)
Google Maps updated for CarPlay, revived on Apple Watch
- August 13, 2020

Today, however, Google announced that it's not only bringing back the Apple Watch app in the next few weeks, but it will also finally integrate properly with the CarPlay Dashboard feature that Apple introduced past year in iOS 13 , making it an even more viable alternative to Apple Maps for those who want a more integrated iOS experience. (more...)
Fortnite circumvents Google Play fees with direct payment option Fortnite circumvents Google Play fees with direct payment option
- August 13, 2020

Basically, Epic is offering permanent discounts in Fortnite if you purchase in-game items or currency through its new payment portal, and I doubt it's a coincidence that this discount is similar to Google and Apple's respective cuts. When checking out through Fortnite's in-game store on Android , you'll see a new option where you can select to pay through the Google Play Store or through the new Epic direct payment option, which leads to Epic's site, where you'll pay through Epic's ... (more...)
Foxconn: Apple supplier Foxconn's profit beats view, sees smartphone demand off lows Foxconn: Apple supplier Foxconn's profit beats view, sees smartphone demand off lows
- August 13, 2020

Trump has imposed expansive tariffs on goods imported from China as part of his years-long trade war against the country, but most evidence points to a net negative impact for USA companies, individuals, and the overall economy. The move, the scale of which has not previously been reported, is part of a quiet and gradual production shift by Apple away from China as it navigates disruptions from a trade war between Beijing and Washington and the coronavirus crisis. (more...)
Apple Launching Subscription Service Bundles 08/13/2020 Apple Launching Subscription Service Bundles 08/13/2020
- August 13, 2020

The strategy makes a lot of sense, especially in terms of helping Apple boost adoption of its services which aren't necessarily as popular as some of the others. Together, Apple would be wise to charge $20/month for all four entertainment packages plus 1TB of iCloud storage for a savings of $15 per month. That would be extremely enticing. (more...)
Project xCloud beta now available to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers Project xCloud beta now available to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers
- August 13, 2020

Android phones are the only ones that can be used since Apple has made a decision to block the app on iPhones. To get in on the action, you need to download and install the latest beta version of the Game Pass app for Android . Starting this Tuesday, August 11, about 30 Xbox Game Pass games are available in Project xCloud, but as we anticipated before, it will not be until next September 15 when the starting gun is fired with more than 100 titles now available on Xbox Game Pass. (more...)
MacOS Big Sur, Like iOS 14, Redirects to Apple News+. Good. MacOS Big Sur, Like iOS 14, Redirects to Apple News+. Good.
- August 13, 2020

Listen Now works similarly to For You, as it features picks based on a listener's usages, their recently played songs, and automatic playlists like Favorites Mix and Chill Mix. Apple's history with iterating its web apps isn't great (iCloud.com, anyone?), but to better compete against Spotify, which has a first-class web player , a more intentional approach for Apple Music is needed. (more...)
New leak sets out Apple Watch, iPad, and iPhone 12 launch dates New leak sets out Apple Watch, iPad, and iPhone 12 launch dates
- August 13, 2020

The next Apple Watch and iPad are said to still arrive in September though. It's likely that the company will also start taking pre-orders for both of these devices on the exact same day. Last week, Digitimes reported that Apple could announce two 6.1-inch handsets in the first phase and 6.7- and 5.4-inch models in the second phase. The display of the iPhone 12 Pro will be exactly the same as that of the iPhone 12 Max in terms of screen size, screen resolutions, and pixel density. (more...)
Apple fixes iPhone green tint screen issue with iOS 13.6.1
- August 13, 2020

Apple today rolled out its iOS 13 .6.1 and iPadOS 13.6.1 update for all the eligible iPhone and iPad devices. It also fixes an issue which disabled Exposure Notifications for some users. On the recent iOS update, Apple noted that a "thermal management issue" will be fixed by the update, which seemed to be the "green tint" issue. iOS 13.6.1, iPadOS 13.6.1, and macOS 10.15.6 Supplemental Update should now be available for all users to download from Settings or the Mac App Store. (more...)
Samsung's 120Hz mobile displays use variable refresh rates to save power Samsung's 120Hz mobile displays use variable refresh rates to save power
- August 13, 2020

First and foremost, Samsung says that the panel can adjust its refresh rate in more than just 3 steps. It is, however, the first time this tech has been deployed on smartphones. The company specializes in high-quality displays for consumer, mobile, IT and industrial usage, including those featuring OLED (organic light emitting diode) and LCD technologies. (more...)
Facebook sued over 'illegally collecting biometric data' of Instagram users Facebook sued over 'illegally collecting biometric data' of Instagram users
- August 13, 2020

The state's Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2008 is often invoked by users of technology platforms for apparent violations related to personal information. Under the IL law, Facebook could be forced to pay $1,000 to $5,000 per violation, meaning the full damages could reach $500 billion if Facebook is found responsible. (more...)
Google rolls out a global natural disaster detection network powered by Android phones Google rolls out a global natural disaster detection network powered by Android phones
- August 13, 2020

Google is trying to provide some life-saving support here with the Android Earthquake Alerts System , an earthquake detection system that relies on signals received from a network of Android phones to speed up the process of sending alerts. (more...)
Facebook's AI for identifying hate speech seems to be working Facebook's AI for identifying hate speech seems to be working
- August 13, 2020

More than 1,000 companies participated in the boycott, which was meant to protest Facebook's lack of action against hate speech . Something similar happened on Instagram. The increase seen by Instagram, which Facebook owns, was similarly "driven by expanding. proactive detection technologies in English and Spanish". "We've made progress in combating hate on our apps, but we know we have more to do to ensure everyone feels comfortable using our services", the report stated. (more...)
Apple Launches Public Beta WatchOS 7 For New Apple Watch Apple Launches Public Beta WatchOS 7 For New Apple Watch
- August 13, 2020

The watchOS 7 beta requires utilizing a telephone with the most recent beta programming, and you'll have to execute the means beneath from that iPhone . How you'll use it: Fellow Apple Watch owners will be able to post their favorite arrangements online or send them directly to you through iMessage. (more...)
Nreal Light mixed reality headset consumer kit debuts in South Korea
- August 13, 2020

Nreal is partnering with South Korean giants LG and Samsung for its launch. You can also buy the Nreal Light separately for 699,000 won (about $600). With respect to all of us outside Korea, Nreal disclosed to Engadget that it'll be bringing its lightweight blended reality glasses to different markets before the finish of this current year, so there's a decent possibility that we'll have the option to get one in the United States or Europe by at that point. (more...)
The Microsoft Surface Duo Isn’t Coming to Australia Yet
- August 13, 2020

The U.S. -only release will disappoint worldwide fans of the Courier concept device that Microsoft teased a decade ago - it's the original "digital notebook" inspiration underpinning the Surface Duo and something that enthusiasts have been asking to see as a real product for a long time. (more...)
Photo used to criticize Kamala Harris does not show her parents Photo used to criticize Kamala Harris does not show her parents
- August 13, 2020

Video: U.S. presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, his choice of Democratic vice presidential candidate, appear together on August 12, 2020, at a campaign event in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, the United States. (more...)
Microsoft's Xbox Series X arrives in November Microsoft's Xbox Series X arrives in November
- August 13, 2020

Adding: "it is not sustainable for the well-being of our team or the overall success of the game to ship it this holiday". Halo Infinite was slated to release later this year in tandem with the company's newest console , the Xbox Series X, which is scheduled to release in November. (more...)
California's Public Health Director Abruptly Leaves Her Position California's Public Health Director Abruptly Leaves Her Position
- August 13, 2020

Former Alameda County Public Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan was named the state's interim health officer following Angell's resignation . She did not give a reason for her resignation in the email. There have been more than 10,200 deaths statewide, with the great majority in Los Angeles County. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. (more...)
WeChat ban could impact Apple’s global iPhone shipments: Analyst predicts WeChat ban could impact Apple’s global iPhone shipments: Analyst predicts
- August 12, 2020

For example, the US' most valuable company, Apple, may be forced to remove WeChat from the App Store . Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo explains in a note for investors that banning the WeChat app in the App Store for the global market would have a devastating effect for Apple, as he expects iPhone sales to drop by as much as 30 percent just for this reason. (more...)

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