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What do you think of Apple’s new iPhone 12 series?

Today, Apple announced four new iPhones as part of 2020 iPhone 12 series phone lineup: the iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The new iPhones mark a big push towards 5G for Apple, and for better or for worse, the rest of the smartphone ecosystem...

Today’s Top Tech Deals: $190 AirPods Pro, Roku Premiere for $27, and More!

Today's top tech deals include the Apple AirPods Pro for $190, a Roku Premiere for just $27, and more! Big Save Event: Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset for $66 I've talked about the Logitech G533 headset before--I even bought a pair for myself to replace my failing PC headset. They were a great price at $74 on Amazon,...

US Antitrust Subcommittee concludes that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google abuse their monopolies and dominance

Our lives are massively influenced by a handful of technology companies, and their monopoly is no secret. The likes of these tech companies also have a market acronym to them: FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) and GAFAM (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft), referring to them in the context of consistent stock performance. But how...

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is great but the Apple Watch Series 6 is still the best smartwatch

The Apple Watch is better than any smartwatches available for Android. It pains me to say this – my primary SIM card is in an Android phone far more often than it's in an iPhone – but it's true. The good news for us is, Android smartwatches have improved significantly over the past year. The Oppo...

Spotify, Epic Games, and others join “Coalition for App Fairness” non-profit to oppose Apple and Google

The mobile software ecosystem is dominated by two big names: Apple and Google, both of whom control their respective app stores. This control has come under scrutiny, largely thanks to the recent attempt by Epic Games to bypass the app store fees with a direct payment option on its popular game, Fortnite. This was promptly...

Apple Music 3.4 beta brings iOS 14 changes to Android and hints at Apple One subscription bundle

With iOS 14 expected to launch at the end of this month, that of course means that Apple will be updating its suite of first-party iOS applications. The company also maintains some of its apps on Google's Android, too, including Apple Music. In the newest Apple Music v3.4 beta for Android, Apple has introduced new...

Google, Apple introduce Exposure Notifications Express to boost participation in COVID-19 contact tracing

Exposure Notifications System is a framework developed jointly by Google and Apple that consists of an iOS and Android API and a Bluetooth Low Energy spec with the goal being to empower public health agencies to develop power-efficient and secure COVID-19 contact tracing apps. Introduced a few months back, ENS is designed to allow you...

[Update: Apple restrained] Epic alleges Apple is threatening to cut off iOS support from Unreal Engine, while Microsoft endorses Epic’s motion

Epic recently decided to challenge the distribution monopolies of both Apple and Google when it recently incorporated its own direct payment system into the popular game Fortnite. This brazen challenge was bound to have repercussions, and Epic was all prepared for it. Both Apple and Google promptly removed Fortnite from the App Store and Play...

Apple, Garmin, and Huawei continue to top the smartwatch market in 2020

Despite a global economic downtown due to COVID-19, smartwatch sales have seen a healthy rise in revenue over the last few months. According to market research firm Counterpoint Research, Apple, Garmin, and Huawei wearables comprised nearly 70% of the total smartwatch market revenue in the first six months of 2020. The Apple Watch continues to...

[Update 4: Epic Sues Google] Fortnite bypasses Google Play, Apple App Store fees with direct payments

Epic Games on Thursday announced the Fortnite Mega Drop, a permanent discount on V-bucks and other purchases of up to 20% off. The developer said these changes are permanent and available on every platform where you can download Fortnite. The bigger news, however, is the fact that Epic Games has introduced direct payments on mobile. The...

Apple blocks Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia from the App Store, leaving Android as the only mobile OS for cloud gaming

Microsoft is scheduled to launch its xCloud game streaming service on September 15th and the company has already released a partial list of titles that will be supported at launch. Much like NVIDIA's GeForce NOW cloud gaming service, xCloud will let users enjoy a wide variety of Xbox and PC games on their smartphones and...

[Update: Now Down] Apple acquires Dark Sky and will shut down the weather app for Android and Wear OS

Apple has always been about improving its own ecosystem and growing and improving its "walled garden," but one app from this ecosystem that has not seen a major overhaul in quite some time is its own Weather app. It has not received one since iOS 7 was first released, in fact --- and that was...