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The MacBook Air is once again the benchmark by which other laptops will be measured

The MacBook Air is once again the benchmark by which other laptops will be measured

Filed under:Many will be found wantingLast week I wrote that Apple seemed “astonishingly confident” in its new M1-based Macs. This week we know why: they are astonishingly good. I reviewed the , Nilay Patel reviewed the , and Chris Welch reviewed the .All three are equally impressive, but it’s the Air in particular that stands out as offering incredible power at its price point. I’m also impressed with battery life. And the fact that Apple’s Rosetta 2 translation layer doesn’t cause slowdown or bugs for legacy apps.Wins all around, then. Not very often that happens in consumer tech! The...

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Nov 20
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Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta

Filed under:The global rollout is also complete, any Android user can get RCS via Google’s appAfter , every Android user (outside China and Russia) now has access to the next-gen texting standard that is replacing SMS. Google is directly offering RCS chat services through its Android Messages app to anybody who installs it and uses it as their default texting app, which partly bypasses a carrier rollout that, at times, has ranged from sluggish to incoherent to broken.Just as importantly, Google has announced that it’s finally beginning to enable a key privacy feature: end-to-end encryption....

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Nov 19
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Good hardware features don’t require advanced technology, just clever designers

Good hardware features don’t require advanced technology, just clever designers

Filed under:In praise of subtle touchesHello again, friends. The is back after a not-so-brief hiatus caused by the absolutely frenetic pace of hardware reviews this fall and a I’m really proud of those podcasts and if you haven’t caught them, I think it’s worth going back to give them a listen.The big consumer tech news this week is Apple’s . The going assumption — which I share — is that Apple will unveil the promised first Arm-based Apple silicon-powered Mac, mostly likely a laptop. In this very newsletter I’ve opined a few times on and how . Since the newsletter’s back, I’ll have more to...

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5G alone won’t be enough to justify buying an iPhone this year

5G alone won’t be enough to justify buying an iPhone this year

Filed under:The 5G Hype Industrial Complex comes for the iPhoneThis week, Apple will announce this year’s new iPhones. We’re : the iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12, and a smaller one that might be called the iPhone 12 mini. Apple’s invitation for its Tuesday event “Hi, Speed.” Weird capitalization decisions aside, the “speed” hint embedded in the tagline lines up with the rumors: these will be the first 5G-enabled iPhones.If you’re looking to buy a new iPhone this year, even before I see these phones I can provide this simple piece of advice: don’t buy one just because it has...

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Oct 12
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The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE brings some flagship specs at a $699 price

The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE brings some flagship specs at a $699 price

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic, and understand where our audiences come from. To learn more or opt-out, read our . Please also read our and , which became effective December 20, 2019.By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.I Accept☰×The ‘Fan Edition’ will be available October 2ndSamsung already makes three different kinds of Galaxy S20 phones: a regular, a Plus, and an Ultra. Now you can add a fourth to that mix,...

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Sep 23
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Fortnite vs Apple vs Google: a brief and very incomplete timeline

Fortnite vs Apple vs Google: a brief and very incomplete timeline

Filed under:‘Our enemies shall talk themselves to death and we will bury them with their own confusion.’If you weren’t watching tech news yesterday, you missed an entire afternoon’s worth of cramming handfuls of popcorn in your mouth as you stared wide-eyed at the screen wondering what madness was coming next. It was A Day. Epic baited both Apple and Google into banning Fortnite from their respective app stores and did so with a full game plan in mind — including an in-game anti-Apple video event and two very public lawsuits.Beyond Epic, I have many tech topics to weigh in on from this week...

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Aug 14
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Android is becoming a worldwide earthquake detection network

Android is becoming a worldwide earthquake detection network

Google is creating a worldwide, Android phone-powered earthquake alert system. The first part of that system is rolling out today. If you opt in, the accelerometer in your Android phone will become one data point for an algorithm designed to detect earthquakes. Eventually, that system will automatically send warnings to people who could be impacted.It’s a feature made possible through Google’s strengths: the staggering numbers of Android phones around the world and clever use of algorithms on big data. As with its and other Android features like car crash detection and emergency location...

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Aug 11
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Google is sending a complicated privacy email to everyone — here’s what it means

Google is sending a complicated privacy email to everyone — here’s what it means

Filed under:The company has turned off storing audio recordings for all users until they opt in againGoogle is returning to having humans analyze and rate anonymized audio snippets from its users. However, it’s also taken the major step of automatically opting every single user out of the setting that allows Google to store their audio. That’s why you might be getting an email today: Google would like you to opt back in to the program, and it’s trying to provide clearer information detailing what it’s all about.Those are very big moves that affect a huge number of people — though Google...

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Aug 5
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Apple updates the iMac with new Intel processors and a better webcam

Apple updates the iMac with new Intel processors and a better webcam

Filed under:But the design remains the sameApple is announcing updates for both the 27-inch and 21.5-inch iMacs. It’s updating the processors inside the 27-inch iMac to Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake processors and also switching out the webcam to a higher-resolution 1080p HD sensor instead of the low-res 720p found in other Macs. SSDs are now standard across the line, and there will be a bunch of new configuration options — including a “nano-texture” version with less reflective matte glass.The 27-inch iMac starts at $1,799, is available to order today, and will ship this week. The 21.5-inch...

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Aug 4
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Apple might not include a charger with the iPhone 12. Good

Apple might not include a charger with the iPhone 12. Good

Filed under:A million tons of power adapters are made each yearOver the weekend, that Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo is claiming that the iPhones due to be released later this year won’t have chargers or EarPods in the box. If you want to know what most tech bloggers thought of the rumor, you can , almost all of which amount to “that sounds like a bad, user-hostile thing to do.”I say good: drop the in-box charger (but I have a couple requests).The . He points out that there are four reasons that Apple might have for doing this: increased margins, shipping costs, the transition to a future...

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Jun 30
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What Windows can teach the Mac about the switch to ARM processors

What Windows can teach the Mac about the switch to ARM processors

Filed under:It could be a rough rideWe knew ARM-based Mac processors were coming, but that Apple will at its online-only WWDC later this month. and to provide as much detail as possible to both developers and users.The main thrust of that piece was taking a brief look at the potential pitfalls of the transition. The biggest one is how Apple will handle apps coded for Intel’s x86 processors. The going assumption is that there will be some sort of emulation, but as Apple went with a more technically complicated fix for its last processor transition.You’re reading Processor, a newsletter about...

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Jun 10
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Google unifies all of its messaging and communication apps into a single team

Google unifies all of its messaging and communication apps into a single team

Filed under:Integration isn’t on the roadmap, but coherency may beIn October of last year, Google hired Javier Soltero to be the VP and GM of G Suite, its set of office apps and — importantly for today’s news — Google Meet and Google Chat. Now, the company is putting him in charge of yet another set of products: Messages, Duo, and the phone app on Android.The move puts all of Google’s major communication products under one umbrella: Soltero’s team. Soltero tells me that there are no immediate plans to change or integrate any of Google’s apps, so don’t get your hopes up for that (yet). “We...

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May 7
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Google Meet video conferencing is now free for anybody

Google Meet video conferencing is now free for anybody

Filed under:Can it stem Zoom’s meteoric growth?Google is opening up its Google Meet videoconferencing service to anybody who wants to use it, instead of just offering it to enterprise and education customers via G Suite. The company says anybody with a Google account will now be able to create free meetings of up to 100 people that can last any amount of time — though after September 30th it may restrict meeting length to 60 minutes.That Google account requirement is a hard one, however. People won’t be able to just click a link and join a meeting — they’ll need to be logged in. That is so...

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Apr 29
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Apple is tweaking how MacBooks charge to extend battery lifespan

Apple is tweaking how MacBooks charge to extend battery lifespan

Filed under:Battery health management is coming in Catalina 10.15.5Apple is introducing a new feature in most modern MacBooks called “Battery health management.” It’s going to be available today for developers and will roll into the future macOS Catalina 10.15.5 update.On by default, the new feature is intended to extend the overall lifespan of your laptop battery by reducing the rate of chemical aging. It does so by not charging the battery all the way up to the maximum in certain cases. Fully charging a battery puts a strain on it that can more rapidly reduce its longevity over time. Some...

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Apr 16
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Android phones will get the COVID-19 tracking updates via Google Play

Android phones will get the COVID-19 tracking updates via Google Play

Filed under:The updates will come to Android 6.0 Marshmallow phones and aboveGoogle has confirmed that it will use the Google Play Services infrastructure to update Android phones with the . It should ensure that more Android phones will actually get the updates, and also ensure that they become available on phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or above.Until today, it was an open question, but one that was vital for Google to answer. That’s because Google Play is the only reliable system that exists for getting software updates pushed out to Android phones in a timely manner. The other...

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Apr 14
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All new Tesla cars now have hardware for ‘full self-driving capabilities’

All new Tesla cars now have hardware for ‘full self-driving capabilities’

Tesla is giving all its new cars the hardware for “full self-driving capabilities,” the company announced today, including 8 cameras with 360-degree viewing at up to 820 feet of distance, as well as 12 ultrasonic sensors that can detect both hard and soft objects. A new forward-facing radar helps see through rain, fog, and dust. “The full autonomy update will be standard on all Tesla vehicles from here on out,” Musk says. The updates are included in all new Tesla vehicles built from today forward — however, don’t expect your new Model X to be fully autonomous when you pick it up. Tesla...

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Oct 20
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Google is delaying the launch of its coronavirus information website to later this week

Google is delaying the launch of its coronavirus information website to later this week

Filed under:It will include “screening and testing.”Google has made the call to slightly delay the launch of its informational coronavirus website to “later this week.” The site, which the search giant had not planned on making until last week, has been at the center of a swirl of contention between President Donald Trump, Google, and the press since the was coming from Google, but was actually referring to a much more limited site from Google sister company Verily.Now, a Google spokesperson tells The Verge the company wants to take a little more time to fill out the features of this new...

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Mar 17
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Contrary to Trump’s claim, Google is not building a nationwide coronavirus screening website

Contrary to Trump’s claim, Google is not building a nationwide coronavirus screening website

Filed under:Instead, Verily is building a triage website just for the Bay AreaGoogle is not working with the US government in building a nationwide website to help people determine whether and how to get a novel coronavirus test, despite what President Donald Trump said in the course of issuing an emergency declaration for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, a much smaller trial website made by another division of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is going up. It will only be able to direct people to testing facilities in the Bay Area.More than an hour after Trump’s press conference, a...

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Mar 13
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