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  • Essential confirms $300M funding, Amazon and Best Buy retail availability

    Essential confirms $300M funding, Amazon and Best Buy retail availability

    Smartphone company Essential, which is founded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin, has finally made official a $300 million funding round first reported in June. The funding round comes from investors including Tencent, as well as Amazon’s Alexa Fund, among others. Essential also revealed new information about its retail launch, including retail partners Amazon and Best Buy who will be… Read More

  • EFF files court brief urging warrants for digital device searches at borders

    EFF files court brief urging warrants for digital device searches at borders

    The EFF has filed a court filing pressing for warrants be required for searches of mobile phones, laptops and other digital devices by federal agents at international airports and U.S. land borders — describing these as “highly intrusive forays into travelers’ private information”. Read More

  • BlackPods brings your AirPods to the dark side

    BlackPods brings your AirPods to the dark side

    This is the story of a guy who found a niche and stuck with it. The guy is a programmer named Nick who was worried about Apple’s wireless AirPods. He thought they looked stupid. “I didn’t have particularly high hopes when Apple first announced AirPods. I figured they would sound like their wired EarPods, which are fine but not particularly impressive. I was blown away when… Read More

  • Tile’s new lost item trackers have double the range, better looks

    Tile’s new lost item trackers have double the range, better looks

    On the heels of a $25 million funding round, connected device maker Tile is today rolling out a more premium line of lost item trackers, with the launch of its Tile Pro series. The line today includes two new devices, a dark slate-and-graphite Tile Sport and a white-and-gold Tile Style. Beyond their more fashionable look, these Pro trackers include upgraded internals, allowing the devices to… Read More

  • HomePod firmware hints at upcoming Apple TV with 4K support

    HomePod firmware hints at upcoming Apple TV with 4K support

    Last week, Apple accidentally released a firmware for the HomePod. This file is filled with references to unreleased Apple devices. According to strings in a library file spotted by Guilherme Rambo, the next Apple TV is going to support 4K videos as well as Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma. Read More

  • Apple just released iOS 11 developer beta 5

    Apple just released iOS 11 developer beta 5

    Apple just dropped a brand new beta for your favorite iOS update of the year. While iOS 11 isn’t coming out until September, the company has been testing the new version for a couple of months already. I still don’t recommend installing the beta on a device you use every day, unless you’re willing to live with bugs, crashes and poor performance. The fifth beta is only… Read More

  • Apple has an official Instagram account showcasing photos shot on iPhone

    Apple has an official Instagram account showcasing photos shot on iPhone

    Gizmo maker Apple just launched its official Instagram account, @apple. But this isn’t your average corporate account as the company doesn’t want to showcase its own product ad nauseam. Instead, Apple is going to share photos shot with an iPhone. In many ways, this Instagram account feels like the natural extension of the “Shot on iPhone” billboard ad campaign. Read More

  • iPhone 8 could scan your face even if your phone is on a table

    iPhone 8 could scan your face even if your phone is on a table

    Apple’s HomePod firmware is the gift that keeps on giving. When the company shared an early build of the speaker firmware, many developers started digging around the strings in a library file to find hints about the next iPhone. And iHelp BR spotted an interesting reference to the facial recognition feature. A previous leak from the HomePod firmware revealed that the iPhone 8 (or… Read More

  • Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Active ditches the Infinity Display for ruggedness

    Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Active ditches the Infinity Display for ruggedness

    After weeks and months of leaks, the Galaxy S8 Active hasn’t left much to the imagination. We’ve already seen the phone from virtually every angle and got a sneak peek of a prematurely launched carrier page last week, to boot. The only thing left was for Samsung to officially make the thing official. The company’s doing just that this morning, a day before the rugged… Read More