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Corbin Davenport
Corbin Davenport

Corbin is a tech journalist and software developer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. He's also the host of the Tech Tales podcast, which explores the history of the technology industry. Follow him on Twitter at @corbindavenport.

Linux kernel will soon have initial support for Apple’s M1 chipset

Apple revealed its first desktop-class System-on-a-Chip design last year, the Apple M1, based on the same ARM architecture as most smartphones and tablets. While Linux has worked well on ARM devices (like the Raspberry Pi) for years, Apple's hardware is heavily customized and requires specific software support. Thankfully, we're now one step closer to running...

Mobvoi working on TicWatch E3 with Wear OS, TicWatch GTH coming to more countries

Mobvoi is one of the few remaining companies producing smartwatches with Google's Wear OS. The company just released another iteration of its TicWatch Pro (with embarrassingly old hardware), and now it looks like two more watches could get a global release in the near future. Mobvoi just released a new update for its wearable companion app...

Google and Sony team up to add 360 Reality Audio support in Android

Sony has been developing its 360 Reality Audio technology for a while now, based on the MPEG-H 3D audio codec. The tech is mostly limited to some of Sony's own smartphones, and only works with compatible apps, but now it looks like broader 360 Reality Audio support could be coming to Android. A series of code...

Google Search will prioritize in-depth content when ranking product reviews

Google Search is one of the main ways people find reviews for a product or service, but it can sometimes be difficult to figure out which reviews are actually helpful. That's why Google has announced an update to its search algorithm, which promises to filter out less-helpful reviews. Google is rolling out its "product reviews update,"...

Signal finally updates public server code after months of silence

Signal Private Messenger has been a popular messaging platform for years, thanks to its focus on privacy and end-to-end encryption. The project has released the source code for every component of Signal, including the back-end server and client applications, but the public code for the server software was left outdated for months until just today. Signal...

Galaxy SmartTag+ adds UWB for AR locating, goes on sale next week

Samsung released the Galaxy SmartTag alongside the Galaxy S21 series earlier this year. Much like other smart tags from Tile and other companies, it's designed to be attached to personal items for locating using a smartphone or tablet. Samsung previously teased an upgraded model with more connectivity options, and it seems we won't have to...

What colors does the OnePlus 9 series come in?

The OnePlus 9 series has finally arrived, with more models and color options than ever to choose from. There are three distinct models: the OnePlus 9 Pro, the OnePlus 9, and the India-exclusive OnePlus 9R. Both the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro have three color choices each, though not every color is available in...

Samsung PENUP drawing application gets a major upgrade

Samsung's PENUP application has been pre-installed on many of the company's Galaxy phones and tablets equipped with S Pen styluses, but the app has never had the expansive features of more mainstream drawing/art apps like SketchBook by AutoDesk or Krita. That's finally changing, as Samsung PENUP has received a significant update. Samsung PENUP version 3.6.00.15 includes...

Qualcomm hires former HMD Global executive Juho Sarvikas for key position

HMD Global's Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, left the company last month after helping create HMD in 2016. Sarvikas didn't reveal at the time where he would head next, but now it has been revealed that he's joining chip maker Qualcomm. Jim Cathey, SVP and President of Qualcomm's global operations, announced on Twitter that Juho Sarvikas...

WhatsApp might allow chat history migration between iOS and Android

WhatsApp stores more data locally on your phone (as opposed to the cloud) than most other messaging services, which has some disadvantages. Chat histories are kept on your phone, and while the data can be easily backed up, there's no official method for moving chats between Android and iOS devices. Thankfully, that might be changing...

Sony may soon release the WH-1000XM4 headphones in a new white color

Sony has produced some of the best noise-canceling headphones in the industry. The company released the WH-1000XM4 headphones last year as a new premium ANC option, and now there could be a new color and more audio features on the way. The Sony WH-1000XM4 is currently available in three colors: Black, Blue, and Silver. The Silver...

Google quietly acquired Dysonics, a startup focused on 3D audio tech

Much like its rival companies Amazon and Microsoft, Google is constantly buying up smaller companies to acquire new talent or intellectual property. One of Google's latest acquires has been revealed to be Dysonics, a startup that focused on 3D audio technology. The acquisition happened in December, according to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark...