Apple Explains Why HomePod Was Released Again, Wi-Fi 4 Limitation, and More

Apple’s VP of hardware engineering Matthew Costello and product marketing employee Alice Chan recently spoke with Men’s Journal and TechCrunch about the new second-generation HomePod in wide-ranging interviews about the smart speaker. Apple discontinued the original full-size HomePod in March 2021 after multiple reports indicated that sales of the speaker were lackluster, but Chan told […]

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Phil Spencer is “more confident” in the Activision Blizzard deal now than he was a year ago

What you need to know In an interview, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer discussed what to expect for the console in 2023. As part of the interview, he stated that he’s more confident in the Activision/Blizzard deal now than he was a year ago.  He says the company is “actively working with regulatory boards around the […]

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Gene Wolfe Was Sci-Fi’s Most Enigmatic Writer

Gene Wolfe was one of the science fiction field’s most respected literary craftsmen. On their podcast ReReading Wolfe, hosts James Wynn and Craig Brewer provide in-depth analysis of Wolfe’s masterpiece The Book of the New Sun. “You have to talk about a Gene Wolfe story after you’ve read it,” Wynn says in Episode 535 of […]

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2022 was the worst year for smartphone shipments globally

The smartphone market suffered its largest-ever shipment decline in 2022, with all the major OEMs posting negative growth year-on-year compared to 2021. Thankfully for Samsung, the company maintained the lead in the declining smartphone market and kept the largest share. According to market research firm IDC, Samsung shipped 260.9 million smartphones in 2022 and held […]

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Apple Preparing to Re-Release Revamped HomeKit Architecture That Was Removed From iOS 16.2

Apple with the iOS 16.2 update introduced an updated underlying architecture for HomeKit and the Home app, but it was pulled a week after launch because of bugs and installation issues. At the time, Apple said the removal was temporary and that the upgrade option would “return soon.” It appears that Apple is nearly ready […]

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Samsung was world’s biggest smartphone brand in 2022 as Chinese brands suffered

2022 has been an unpleasant year for smartphone brands. Rising component prices, geopolitical tensions, and supply chain issues troubled all smartphone brands. The overall market dropped 17% in Q4 2022. However, two smartphone brands managed to increase their market share: Apple and Samsung. According to a report from market research firm Canalys, Samsung was the […]

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Flashback: the Lightning connector was ahead of its time but is now obsolete

The iPod was revolutionary not because it could play MP3s, but because of how easy it made it to organize and load a whole music library into a pocketable device. There were MP3 players before it, including ones with more storage – as that infamous Slashdot comment mentions, the Creative Nomad could fit more songs. […]

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Why the Apple Watch Ultra was our smartwatch of the year

Every year we award our top wearables in the Wareable Tech Awards – and this year the Apple Watch Ultra was our ‘Smartwatch of the Year’. Apple caught everyone off guard when it released its super-sporty, toughened, outdoor version of its smartwatch back in September 2022, and the Ultra is certainly a niche product. With […]

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Samsung, where’s Bluetooth LE Audio that was promised for Galaxy Buds 2 Pro?

Samsung launched its latest flagship wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, a few months ago. During the launch, the company said that the wireless earbuds have two new audio features, Samsung Seamless Codec HiFi and Bluetooth LE Audio. While the first feature shipped out of the box, Bluetooth LE Audio was promised to come […]

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Kojima’s Xbox game: ‘It was ultimately Microsoft that showed they understood’

What you need to know Microsoft and Kojima Productions announced a partnership earlier this year to create a new Xbox game. The title will use Microsoft’s cloud technology to deliver a “never-before-seen-concept.” Hideo Kojima, the founder of Kojima Productions, recently discussed the partnership in an interview. Microsoft announced a partnership with Kojima Productions back in […]

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Microsoft was AWOL for end-of-year Xbox stats for 2022, so this cool tool stepped up

What you need to know #MyYearOnXbox is a popular hashtag right now on gaming Twitter with everyone sharing their year’s gameplay stats on the Xbox. The graphic closely mimics the Playstation wrap-up and is made by TrueAchievements by logging in or registering for an account. The infographic tool has proved so popular that it had […]

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2022’s best Samsung ‘product’ was its software update policy

2023 is almost here. In a couple of months, Samsung will unveil its brand new Galaxy S23 series of flagships, no doubt followed by its usual barrage of mid-range and budget smartphones until it’s time for the launch of its next foldable flagships in the second half of 2023. As you would expect, Samsung launched […]

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‘iPhone 14’ Was the 8th Most Searched-For Term on Google in 2022

Wednesday December 7, 2022 7:15 am PST by Sami Fathi “iPhone 14” was the eighth most searched term around the world on Google in 2022, beaten by other terms such as Wordle, the World Cup, Ukraine, and the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. The revelation was made in Google’s annual release of its “Year in […]

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Samsung was very close to becoming India’s largest smart TV brand in Q3 2022

Samsung has been the number-one television brand in terms of sales across the globe for over sixteen years now. However, it hasn’t been having the same level of success in India lately. A few years ago, the brand lost its crown for selling the highest number of TVs in the country to Xiaomi. Since then, […]

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The failure of Amazon’s Alexa shows Microsoft was right to kill Cortana

Microsoft Cortana, we barely knew ye.  2023 is looking to be a rough year in tech, with layoffs already hitting various major companies as forecasts predict recession almost across the entire world. A combination of inflationary effects of money printing through the pandemic, Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, and even China’s COVID-Zero lockdown policies […]

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In 5 minutes, I knew this ergonomic keyboard was my best tech purchase of 2022

From just before Black Friday through the end of Cyber Monday, I was at my desk for hours, hunting for deals. Ironically, one of the worst deals I found turned out to be my best tech purchase of 2022. The Logitech K860 is one of the best ergonomic keyboards around, and I had to get […]

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Exclusive: A new Xbox achievement system with PS4-like ‘medals’ was pitched at a Microsoft hackathon

November saw Microsoft’s annual Hackathon event, where groups of developers, designers, and innovators come together from across Microsoft to compete and invent new potential products and services within and adjacent to the Microsoft ecosystem. The winner of this year’s Hackathon was an app that helps you provide tech support to a loved one remotely, in […]

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This Razer Raptor 27 Cyber Monday monitor deal is so good we thought it was a mistake

The Razer Raptor 27 goes toe-to-toe with the best gaming monitors on the market. Right now, it’s also one of the best Cyber Monday deals.  Usually, the latest and greatest version of an item costs more than its predecessor. That’s not the case with the Razer Raptor 27, however, thanks to its Cyber Monday sale. […]

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Samsung was one of the most commonly-used passwords in 2021

A recent study conducted by password management solution company Nordpass has determined that Samsung, or rather “samsung” with a lowercase S, counts among one of the most commonly used passwords in at least in 30 countries. This puts at risk the security of millions of users worldwide. Using the name of your favorite smartphone/TV/home appliance brand, […]

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