Tag: category-/Internet & Telecom/Mobile & Wireless

Google gets Android phonemakers’ backing in fight against EU antitrust ruling

(Reuters) — Alphabet unit Google’s fight against a record EU antitrust fine related to its Android mobile software received a boost after Europe’s second-highest court allowed Android phone maker Gigaset and HMD Global Oy to intervene in the lawsuit. Google is challenging the European Commission’s 4.34 billion euro ($4.8 billion) fine and an order to […]

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Hands-on: OnePlus 7 Pro 5G burns 4G iPhone 11 Pro in highway speed test

Over the past two years, it’s become clear to every smartphone maker that 5G networks are about to dramatically improve the cellular speeds people see every day: roughly 10 times faster downloads than 4G at first, with the promise of upload and further download speed improvements in the very near future. When I reviewed Apple’s […]

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Apple releases macOS Catalina with Catalyst and Sidecar, replaces iTunes

Following a longer than expected testing period that spanned 11 separate developer betas and ran past the releases of new iOS and iPadOS updates, Apple today officially released macOS Catalina to the general public. Version 10.15 brings a handful of significant changes to the Mac operating system, though developers have expressed serious concerns about the […]

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Spotify and Twitch finally debut Apple TV apps

Three years ago, Spotify told GitHub followers that an app for the Apple TV wasn’t coming “any time soon,” as development had been “down prioritized” — most likely a result of ongoing strife between the music streaming giant and Apple, which was actively promoting its competitive Apple Music service. Today, Apple TV users are finally […]

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Microsoft’s AI-powered eye gaze tech is exclusive to the Surface Pro X

During the Surface Pro X unveiling yesterday, Microsoft showed off new eye gaze technology. The feature taps AI to adjust the appearance of your eyes so you appear to be looking straight at the camera when you’re on a conference call. We talked to Microsoft to get a little more detail on the AI-powered functionality, […]

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Apple releases iOS 13.2 developer beta with Deep Fusion camera feature

Following the rapid public releases of iOS 13.0 and 13.1 in late September, Apple today released a developer beta of iOS 13.2, most notably adding support for a new computational photography feature. The company also released new developer betas of iPadOS 13.2, tvOS 13.2, and watchOS 6.1 with unspecified “bug fixes and improvements.” The key addition to […]

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Microsoft’s Surface Duo is a foldable Android phone

Microsoft today announced something of a surprise during an event this morning in New York City: A new foldable Surface Neo counterpart with phone functionality. It’s called the Surface Duo, and it runs Android instead of Windows. The outer shell of the Surface Duo is rounded, much like that of the Surface Neo. Inside is […]

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Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 13.1.1, fixing keyboard data leak issue

Shortly after Tuesday’s release of iOS and iPadOS 13.1, Apple confirmed that a bug in the new operating systems enabled some third-party keyboards to access iPhone and iPad data without the user’s permission. Though there was no specific timeline for a fix, the company today released versions 13.1.1 of both operating systems, addressing the problem […]

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Pearl Abyss’ Black Desert Mobile is ready for pre-order on iOS and Android

South Korean game publisher Pearl Abyss said that its highly anticipated Black Desert Mobile is available for preorder on iOS and pre-registration on the Google Play Store. The open-world action massively multiplayer online role-playing game is a free-to-play fantasy title launching in Southeast Asia, North America and Europe in December. What’s unique about this mobile […]

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Apple releases iOS 13.1, iPadOS 13.1, and tvOS 13

After setting an unusually rapid schedule for the first major update to this year’s major iOS release — version 13.1 was set to launch only 10 days after version 13, on September 30 — Apple said last week that it was pushing up the release to today, September 24. Now iOS 13.1 is officially available […]

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Apple’s iOS 13.1 beta reveals AR headsets with 58- to 68-degree FOVs

After finding code within Apple’s iOS 13 betas for a stereo augmented reality solution called “StarBoard,” developers have continued to dig for clues as to what the company’s AR hardware will be able to do. Today, developer xSnow (via 9to5Mac) has revealed two significant discoveries in an iOS 13.1 beta: field of view specifications for […]

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Google Fi gets $70 unlimited mobile plan plus free Google One membership

Google has announced a new unlimited Google Fi plan that gives subscribers near-unfettered access to SMS, calls, and data for a set monthly fee. Google Fi Unlimited, as the plan is called, offers completely unlimited calls and texts, while data is effectively unlimited, though with one notable caveat — speeds will be throttled after 22GB […]

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HTC partners with Bitcoin.com to support cryptocurrency smartphone Exodus 1

HTC and Bitcoin.com have teamed up to help HTC’s flagship Exodus 1 smartphone drive cryptocurrency trading and usage. The relationship is mutually beneficial. HTC hopes to differentiate its smartphone by making it simple for people to use the phone for cryptocurrency trading. And HTC could drive more traffic to Bitcoin.com, adding to the more than […]

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At Qualcomm, 5G is headed everywhere and into virtually everything

It was easy to call 5G inevitable. Whatever it was, some next-generation cellular technology was certain to follow 2G, 3G, and 4G into the mainstream of global life. It was harder to predict that 5G will be omnipresent. Up until two years ago, the very idea that cellular technology would soon make its way into […]

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Google One now backs up texts, ‘original quality’ photos, and videos on Android

Irreparably damaged your phone in a freak accident? Not to worry — Google’s got your back. The search giant today announced that subscribers to Google One, a subscription service that offers expanded cloud storage, can now take advantage of a whole-phone backup solution for Android that automatically copies videos, multimedia messages (MMS), and uncompressed photos […]

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Apple will release iOS 13 and watchOS 6 on September 19, macOS Catalina in October

Three months after giving developers access to beta versions of its new Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPad, and iPhone operating systems, Apple has officially set a release date for the final releases of iOS 13 and watchOS 6 for certain devices: September 19, 2019. Other final releases have been pushed back into October and the […]

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TCL DragonHinge foldable smartphone concept: A blast from the clamshell past

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, TCL unveiled a slew of foldable phone and tablet concepts to test the waters for a production device debuting as early as 2020. One of those half dozen prototypes was a clamshell-style handset that folded more or less over itself, leaving a small gap between the […]

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Huawei’s PocketVision app lets visually impaired users read text with their phone’s camera

Huawei’s Honor subsidiary today launched a new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered app called PocketVision, which is designed to help those with visual impairments read documents, menus, and text using their smartphone camera. The PocketVision app, which was unveiled today at the annual IFA conference in Berlin, was developed in conjunction with Eyecoming, a Chinese social technology […]

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Apple wants Siri to discuss health problems and translate speech in 2021

After Apple’s digital assistant Siri was revealed to be sharing extended recordings of users’ private audio with contractors hired to grade response accuracy, Apple responded by firing the contractors and promising to bring grading in-house. Now one of the former contractors has leaked internal Siri documents to The Guardian, including details of several surprising upgrades […]

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Qualcomm promises more affordable 5G chips and longer-range mmWave in 2020

On the running list of issues with early 5G devices, high prices and inconsistent millimeter wave performance have emerged as non-trivial concerns for both consumers and carriers — problems that chip and device makers will need to solve. Today, Qualcomm announced that it’s tackling these issues with several new 5G components, all of which will […]

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