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Apple will release iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 on September 16th

Apple will release iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 on September 16th

Filed under:watchOS 7 and tvOS tooApple’s next major software upgrades for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV are almost ready. At today’s “Time Flies” event, the company announced that iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, along with the latest watchOS and tvOS updates, will start rolling out on Wednesday, September 16th. As of today’s event, app developers hadn’t yet received the completed golden master (GM) builds of these updates, so Apple’s software release schedule seems oddly rushed. But hey, new features are coming.iOS 14 brings widgets to the iPhone home screen for the first time, gathers...

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Feds proudly announce seizure of "counterfeit Apple AirPods" that are actually OnePlus Buds

Feds proudly announce seizure of "counterfeit Apple AirPods" that are actually OnePlus Buds

Filed under:Well this is awkward for everyone involvedIt can be hard to tell a difference between AirPods and the many earbuds that resemble them, but checking the box is always a good start. US Customs and Border Protection that its officers had “recently seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods from Hong Kong, valued at $398K had they been genuine.” on the situation, which praises CBP officers for “protecting the American public from various dangers on a daily basis” and says that “the interception of these counterfeit earbuds is a direct reflection of the vigilance and commitment to...

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Microsoft to permanently close all of its retail stores

Microsoft to permanently close all of its retail stores

Filed under:Microsoft locations in NYC, London, Sydney, and Redmond will be turned into experience centersMicrosoft is giving up on physical retail. Today in the United States and around the world, except for four locations that will be “reimagined” as experience centers that no longer sell products.Those locations are New York City (Fifth Ave), London (Oxford Circus), Sydney (Westfield Sydney), and the Redmond campus location. about a year ago. All other Microsoft Store locations across the United States and globally will be closing, and the company will concentrate on digital retail...

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The T-Mobile and Sprint merger is already resulting in hundreds of layoffs

The T-Mobile and Sprint merger is already resulting in hundreds of layoffs

Filed under:A network outage wasn’t Monday’s only bad news at T-MobileOnly a couple months after the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint was completed, the enormous combined telecom company has now announced layoffs affecting hundreds of Sprint employees. of a conference call that took place yesterday between T-Mobile VP James Kirby and the people who are losing their jobs. It was just one of “several calls held by T-Mobile leadership throughout the day to lay off staff across the organization.” The layoffs are said to have largely impacted Sprint workers rather than those on the T-Mobile...

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Jun 16
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Samsung announces an outdoor 4K TV called the Terrace

Samsung announces an outdoor 4K TV called the Terrace

Filed under:It’s IP55 water and dust resistant and gets bright enough to be visible in direct sunlightIf you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our .Samsung is a dominant force when it comes to TV market share in living rooms, and now, the company wants to extend that success to the outdoors. Today, Samsung is announcing , the latest TV in its “lifestyle” family that includes the Serif, Frame, and Sero. The Terrace is designed for outside viewing: it’s IP55 water and dust resistant, and the screen can crank up to a brightness of 2000 nits to help you see...

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May 21
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The FBI successfully broke into a gunman’s iPhone, but it’s still very angry at Apple

The FBI successfully broke into a gunman’s iPhone, but it’s still very angry at Apple

Filed under:Attorney General Barr says voters and Congress should make encryption decisions — not AppleAfter months of trying, the FBI successfully broke into iPhones belonging to the gunman responsible for a deadly shooting at Pensacola Naval Air Station in December 2019, and it . Investigators managed to do so without Apple’s help, but Attorney General William Barr and FBI director Christopher Wray both voiced strong frustration with the iPhone maker at a press conference on Monday morning.Both officials say that encryption on the gunman’s devices severely hampered the investigation....

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May 18
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Canon now lets you use its cameras as a webcam with amazing video quality

Canon now lets you use its cameras as a webcam with amazing video quality

Filed under:The quality of your Zoom will blow everyone else’s awayInterested in improving the video quality of your own Zoom frame tenfold? If you’ve got a recent Canon mirrorless, DSLR, or PowerShot camera, you can now use it as a webcam and put everyone else on your video call to shame. As noted by , the company has for Windows 10 that lets you plug in any of the below supported cameras over USB and have it serve as your PC’s webcam. And this should work fine for most of the big video conferencing options, whether you’re using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, BlueJeans, or another service.“Built...

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Sonos launches its own streaming radio service

Sonos launches its own streaming radio service

Filed under:Sonos Radio will now be the default service available for the company’s speakersSonos has always been the neutral manager of streaming services on its multiroom audio platform, but the company is about to take a big step into creating some of that content itself. Sonos Radio is a new, free-to-use streaming service that’s being introduced as part of a software update rolling out today worldwide.Moving forward, it’ll come preloaded in the Sonos app, so I think it’s fair to think of Sonos Radio as a starting point that customers can sample before adding other services like Spotify,...

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Apr 21
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Webcams have become impossible to find, and prices are skyrocketing

Webcams have become impossible to find, and prices are skyrocketing

Filed under:Logitech is reporting resellers who are tacking hundreds onto webcam pricesMost laptops come with a built-in webcam, but if you’re working at home from a desktop or maybe just looking to touch up the mediocre quality of whatever camera you’re stuck with, external webcams are still a crucial accessory. But with so many people now firmly settled into work-from-home life, they’ve become nearly impossible to find. NPD Group in sales for webcams over the first three weeks of March as consumers settled into quarantine.As a result, popular webcams from Logitech and other companies are...

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Apr 9
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Apple to close US retail stores and all others outside China until March 27th

Apple to close US retail stores and all others outside China until March 27th

Filed under:The company’s online store will remain operationalApple is temporary closing all of its retail stores “outside of Greater China” until March 27th, CEO Tim Cook announced in a letter . “The most effective way to minimize risk of the virus’s transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance,” Cook wrote. “We are committed to providing exceptional service to our customers.”The nationwide closure is among the first from a major retailer in the United States. But this extends far beyond the US, with every Apple location globally shutting down effective immediately —...

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Galaxy Z Flip durability test calls Samsung’s Ultra Thin "Glass" into question

Galaxy Z Flip durability test calls Samsung’s Ultra Thin "Glass" into question

Filed under:The Z Flip’s display scratches as easily as plasticSamsung’s claim that the new Galaxy Z Flip uses “Ultra Thin Glass” sounded like a true breakthrough . Until now, foldable screens have used plastic displays, which can be easily scratched with even a fingernail. The Z Flip making the switch to glass, however thin it might be, had us hopeful that it would hold up better to long-term use.But it seems that might not be the case.Zack Nelson has gotten his hands on Samsung’s second attempt at a foldable phone, and the results of test do not inspire confidence.The Z Flip’s display...

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Feb 17
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Google Chrome will block insecure downloads in coming months

Google Chrome will block insecure downloads in coming months

Filed under:The warnings start in AprilGoogle has revealed plans to initially warn Chrome users about “insecure” downloads and eventually block them outright. “Today we’re announcing that Chrome will gradually ensure that secure (HTTPS) pages only download secure files,” Joe DeBlasio of the Chrome security team . “Insecurely-downloaded files are a risk to users’ security and privacy. For instance, insecurely-downloaded programs can be swapped out for malware by attackers, and eavesdroppers can read users’ insecurely-downloaded bank statements.”Beginning with Chrome 82, due for release in...

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Google Fiber is leaving Louisville in humiliating setback

Google Fiber is leaving Louisville in humiliating setback

ByShareGoogle Fiber’s attempt to roll out its gigabit internet across the city of Louisville, Kentucky has apparently failed so spectacularly that the company has decided to completely shut down the service and leave town altogether. , which Alphabet’s Access division . “We’ll work with our customers and partners to minimize disruption, and we’re committed to doing right by the community, which welcomed us as we tested methods of delivering high-speed internet in new and different ways,” the Fiber team said. Google Fiber signups in Louisville .It is yet another severe blow to Alphabet’s...

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