Posts From Chris Merriman

Chris Merriman
Chris Merriman

I am the UK News Editor at XDA Developers. I’ve been writing about technology for over a decade for the likes of The Inquirer, where I was Associate Editor, Computer Shopper UK, and IT Pro. I’ve also appeared on Sky News, BBC, Al Jazeera and recently left a long-running weekly tech news spot on TalkRadio UK. My love of technology comes from my family who hail from the pioneering days of Silicon Valley - in fact my Grandfather worked on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. I’ve been using smartphones (and reading XDA) since the HTC Canary in 2003. I’m also a smart home obsessive. You can find me tweeting as @ChrisTheDJ or email me at [email protected]s.com

Google Chrome to default to HTTPS when typing in URLs

Google Chrome is testing a change which would see the Omnibox automatically default to the encrypted (HTTPS) version of a page, without going to the unencrypted version first. The move could shave valuable fractions of a second from page loading times and reflects the company's policy of prioritising encrypted websites in search results, brought in...

Arlo and Alarm.com made touchless video doorbells

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and it seems that's true of the global pandemic, which has seen not one, but two contactless doorbells being announced at CES, from Alarm.com and ex-Netgear subsidiary Arlo. The Alarm.com Touchless Video Doorbell works using a doormat sensor which rings when the caller steps on it....

DJI among new additions to US ‘entity list’ of Chinese tech firms

DJI, the Chinese drone-making behemoth, has been added to the US Commerce Department's 'Entity List' which lists companies the US considers a threat to national security. Firms on the list are effectively banned from trading with the US, meaning that, in effect, US firms can no longer export components or software to SZ DJI Technology...

Baby Yoda can live in AR at your place, with Google Search

Google is no stranger to a bandwagon or two, and today it's hooking up with Disney+ to celebrate the Season 2 finale of its hit Star Wars spin-off 'The Mandalorian'. Google recently celebrated the one billionth device running its ARCore framework. Put the two together, and what do you get? Your very own Grogu (alright,...

Samsung Exynos 2100 chip release date teased, two days before Galaxy S21 reveal

Samsung has posted a teaser video on social media today, confirming the launch of its much anticipated new Exynos chipset. Although not specified, this will be the Exynos 2100, the firm's biggest silicon release in several years, and the beating heart of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 series in most regions outside the US. https://twitter.com/SamsungExynos/status/1339903289916321796 The chip...

Amazon adds one-command group calls to let ‘Alexa, call the family’ this holiday

Amazon has announced it is bringing a new feature to Alexa, just in time for this strangest of Christmases. The company has confirmed that its Group Calling feature, first trailed in September, is rolling out. It allows you to create a group (for example) ‘the family’ and start a group call in either audio or...

Google’s Fitbit acquisition is cleared by EU with some conditions applied

Google and Fitbit are one step closer to final completion of their merger after the European Commission gave final approval following a four-month probe. Google bought the wearables pioneer back in November 2019 for a not-unsubstantial $2.1bn but has been awaiting clearance from global regulators including in the European Union, with questions raised over whether...

Facebook limits Messenger and Instagram functionality in Europe

Facebook has temporarily removed some functionality from its Messenger and Instagram offerings, at least for European users. The move is to give the company time to make changes in order to comply with changes to EU privacy regulations, which are currently being enforced by member nations. Users firing up their apps in the region are being...

Google One’s most expensive storage plans get a 50% price cut

Google has reduced the price of its higher capacity Google One cloud storage tiers, a few months after announcing changes to the free storage component of Google accounts, which saw it remove the free unlimited photo backups from Google Photos, instead, applying them to your remaining Google Drive capacity, along with Google Workspace documents, which...

Facebook to shift UK to US user agreement after Brexit, with more countries to follow

Facebook has announced that its United Kingdom customers will be migrated to a US user agreement in 2021. The move is a response to the end of the Brexit transition period on 31st December, after which time the country will no longer be covered by EU laws. Until recently, customers in Blighty were covered by...

Google acquires company that turns old PCs into speedy Chromebooks

Google has announced the purchase of Neverware, a software company which allows users to turn old PCs and Macs into Chromebooks. The company, which had already received significant Series B funding from Google, will join the Chrome OS team to make the company’s CloudReady OS an official Google product. News broke on Monday with an announcement...

[Update: Confirmed] Twitter code teardown hints that it may shut down Periscope in 2021

Twitter video-sharing app Periscope hasn’t been on the tip of anyone’s tongue recently - apart from in the context of phone cameras. With TikTok being the flavor of 2020, and Twitter’s focus on its disappearing Tweet service Fleets, it’s clear that time has moved on. Indeed, when Twitter decided to buy the site before it...