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Amazon is buying mesh router company eero to dominate your smart home

By | February 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Amazon announced today that it's buying eero, a popular mesh router start-up that has made easy-to-setup whole home Wi-Fi without dead zones.

It's a move that "helps customers better connect to smart home devices," according to Amazon's press release, but really, it's another way to counter Google's smart home initiatives, one of the only ones Amazon didn't have an answer for in 2019.

Eero became one of the first companies to sell simple mesh routers in 2016, with identical routers hubs and beacons that could blanket Wi-Fi throughout a home.… Read the full article

iOS 13 release date, news and rumors

By | February 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The forthcoming iOS 13 release date promises big changes for your iPhone and iPad, and it may be enough to scare up some good news for Apple's sluggish iPhone sales.

What new iOS 13 feature can you expect? Basically everything that didn't make it into iOS 12 and iOS 12.2, which has mostly focused on stability. The time has come for major UI and app redesigns.

iOS 13 rumors are still in their early stages. Most of the features we've heard about are ones left on the cutting room floor from a year ago.… Read the full article

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iPhone 11 may get a triple-lens camera, but not iPhone 12’s laser 3D camera

By | February 4th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple's iPhone 11 may have a triple-lens rear camera, but it's the iPhone 12 that will include space-sensing laser-powered 3D snappers, according to a new report today.

A scoop by Bloomberg focuses on the rear cameras for the 2019 iPhones, which we're calling the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max today.

The triple-lens camera is said to add the ability to take wide-angle photos and videos, something that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and LG V40 can do, but not an iPhone.… Read the full article

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy S10E photo has it looking ready to rival the iPhone XR

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

A new Samsung Galaxy S10E photo has leaked, showing exactly what you'll get if you opt for the likely-cheaper Samsung phone instead of the flagship Galaxy S10.

What are the big differences? It'll have two, not three, cameras on back – presumedly regular and telephoto lenses –  and a single front-facing camera, not two like we've seen on the more premium Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.

It still appears to have Samsung's new extra-expansive Infinity-O display, with space for a punch-hole camera in the top right corner of the screen.… Read the full article

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This Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus ‘official’ photo may be the real deal

By | January 31st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Forget all of the Samsung Galaxy S10 leaks based on concepts and schematics, and take a look at what appears to be the first 'official' Galaxy S10 Plus photo.

It's said to be Samsung's Galaxy S10 Plus press render, one that backs up all of the major rumors we've heard previously, according to the leakers at 91mobiles.

The front and back of the new phone represent a radical change from last year's S9 and S9 Plus. There's less bezel, more screen, new cameras, and a punch "don't call it a notch" hole.… Read the full article

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Apple Music will stream on American Airlines flights – no paid Wi-Fi required

By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple Music subscribers embarking on American Airlines flights will soon be able to stream songs without having to pay for costly in-flight Wi-Fi access.

Starting Friday, the entire American Airlines domestic US fleet will be equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi, allowing Apple Music subscribers to access songs, playlists and music videos with reckless abandon.

You won't have to pay for the Viasat Flight Pass, which in the past has cost us $16 (about £12, AU$22), though you'll still need to be a paid Apple Music subscriber.… Read the full article

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Apple defends iPhone XS pricing, says it’s absorbing some cost overseas

By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Surprise, Apple doesn't feel as if the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are too expensive, defending its pricing structure worldwide in today's earnings call.

"We priced the iPhone XS in the US the same as the iPhone X a year ago," said Apple CEO Tim Cook, responding to a question about the iPhone being too expensive. "The iPhone XS Max, which was new, was $100 more than the XS."

This, of course, says nothing about the $1,000 iPhone X price that some consumers found to be hard to sallow in late 2017.… Read the full article

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Huawei leveled with 23 criminal charges by the US government, including theft

By | January 29th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The chance you'll see Huawei phones and routers in the US grew bleaker today, as the Chinese telecom firm has officially been criminally charged by the US government.

Huawei, now the No. 2 smartphone manufacturer in the world ahead of Apple, faces 23 criminal charges spanning two separate indictments by the US Department of Justice. It breaks down to 13 counts of financial fraud, Iran sanctions violations and money laundering, and 10 counts of theft and charges stemming from that action.… Read the full article

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Apple Pay at more US stores, including Target and Taco Bell

By | January 22nd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Apple Pay is coming to more US retailers in the coming weeks and months, as Apple announced today that Target, Taco Bell, and other stores will soon support its digital payment service. 

In fact, waving your iPhone or Apple Watch over credit card terminals will initiate Apple Pay at 74 of the top 100 US retailers, according to Apple's press release this morning.

The wider adoption of Apple Pay nationwide makes it easier – and safer – to pay for goods, with authenticating done via Touch ID or, on newer iPhones, Face ID.… Read the full article

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New iPhone 11 rumor hints at a 10MP selfie camera, but no USB-C port

By | January 17th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The iPhone 11 may introduce a significantly better front-facing camera, as a new leak indicates that Apple is upping its TrueDepth camera to 10MP.

This is sizable jump from the 7MP camera in the iPhone XS and iPhone XR to a 10MP camera, as reported by CompareRaja. It could improve selfie photos, Face ID, and Animoji in the next-generation iPhone.

There's also news about the previously leaked iPhone 11 triple-lens camera, with the new report suggesting there will be 14MP and 10MP sensors in two of the three cameras. 

The third camera sensor resolution remains to be unknown.… Read the full article

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