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It's the last day of the workweek, and we've gathered a few deals for you on some hot tech products, including the just-announced Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. In addition, if you're more of an Apple fanboy (or fangirl), there are significant discounts to be had on the Apple Watch Series 6. Finally, we round things out with a PC-centric deal on the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 And Galaxy Watch 4 Classic Samsung announced the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic earlier this week, which are powered by the brand new 5nm Exynos W920 SoC. The Galaxy Watch 4 is available in 40mmm and 44mm cases sizes (aluminum), while the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic comes in 42mm... Read more...
Apple is deep into damage control mode to clarify its messaging on its plan to protect children from online predators. Earlier this month, the company announced several features to stop the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). While well-intentioned, this move sparked a lot of backlash from the online community over customer privacy. One such feature involves communications involving children through iMessage. Apple said it uses on-device machine learning to determine whether images sent or received on a child's device contain sexually explicit photographs. When enabled, parents would receive a notification if such images trigger the Apple filter. For children under the age of 17, CSAM... Read more...
We’ve got another round of hot deals for you today, and they cover a rather eclectic range of tech products. You can find discounts on the latest M1 Mac Mini, Google’s venerable Pixel 3 XL, and Western Digital/SanDisk storage products. Apple M1 Mac Mini Up To $150 Off At Amazon The Mac mini was last refreshed in late October, and it received the highly acclaimed M1 (Apple Silicon) SoC at that time. This brain transplant gave the entry-level Mac a significant boost in performance over its Intel-based predecessor. Today, Amazon is discounting the base Mac mini (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) to $649 instead of the $699 MSRP. However, an additional $49.01 discount at checkout takes it down to just... Read more...
We're roughly a month away from Apple's yearly iPhone keynote, and some last-minute rumors are starting to hit the internet. Thankfully, this latest information is coming from a reputable member of the leak community, Mark Gurman, and his reporting hints at some significant updates for users who shoot videos. The first new feature heading to the iPhone 13 family, according to Gurman, is the inclusion of the Portrait Mode video. Of course, Apple already includes Portrait Mode for photos with its iPhones, which use computational models to add bokeh effects in the background of an image. So, bringing that feature to videos is the next logical step for Apple, and we're surprised that it took this... Read more...
Amazon is cranking out some excellent discounts on its Echo family of hardware and an insanely good deal on Apple's entry-level AirPods. We've rounded the deals up for you here, so let's dig in, shall we? The Echo Show 5 is currently discounted by $30, which takes its price from $84.99 down to $54.99. The Echo Show has a 5.5-inch display with a 960x480 resolution. This is the second-generation model that launched this year, which means that the onboard camera has been upgraded to 2MP (from 1MP), and it includes a physical privacy shutter. Amazon Echo Show 5 Alternatively, you can grab the Echo Show 5 Kids for $64.99, which is discounted by $30. As its name implies, the Kids edition includes parental... Read more...
If you thought Amazon wanting drivers to submit to biometric surveillance was bad, these recent revelations take the cake. Colombia-based call center workers, who perform outsourced customer services for some of the largest companies in the US, are now reportedly being pressured into signing a contract allowing their employer to install cameras in their homes to monitor work performance. Teleperformance is one of the world’s largest call center companies with nearly 400,000 employees and clientele, including Apple, Amazon, and Uber, among others. Now, in a new ground-breaking report from NBC, six workers for the Colombian company, even working on contracts for these companies, have come... Read more...
Late last week, we covered Apple’s new plan to screen text messages for explicit images and files uploaded to iCloud for child sexual abuse material. The announcement, however, garnered quite a bit of attention and concern rather quickly, contrary to what Apple likely wanted. Now, the Cupertino-based company has published a frequently asked questions document to hopefully quell concerns. On August 5th, Apple announced that it would be scanning images for sexually explicit material sent to children. These photos would then be blurred, and a warning about the image’s content would be shown to the child. If the child decided to view the content, their parent would be alerted if they... Read more...
Apple first introduced the 12-inch MacBook in 2015, and the device was marketed as a thin and light notebook for the consumer market. However, the machine was highly compromised due to its pokey entry-level Intel processors (which often throttled due to the fanless design), just one USB-C port, and the poorly received butterfly keyboard. After updates in 2016 and 2017 (along with some price cuts along the way, which chipped away at its original $1,299 starting price), Apple eventually discontinued the device in 2019. However, Apple is allegedly testing the waters for reintroducing the 12-inch MacBook. According to MacRumors, the survey asked prospective customers to weigh on the size of the laptop... Read more...
Yesterday, Apple previewed new child safety features to protect children from predators and limit the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). While these features, which were developed in conjunction with child safety experts, sound great, they also open the door to future privacy issues. The first major part of the child safety updates regards communication in Messages, Apple's popular messaging app. For example, when there is receipt of sexually explicit photos, "the photo will be blurred and the child will be warned, presented with helpful resources, and reassured it is okay if they do not want to view this photo." If the child decides to view the content, their parents will then be... Read more...
As we watch the Epic Games versus Apple fight continue from the sidelines, a new contender has entered the ring, it seems. Yesterday, billionaire and space mogul Elon Musk surprisingly sided with Epic Games on App Store fees on Twitter. Nearly a year ago, Apple kicked Fortnite off the App Store after Epic Games moved to circumvent Apple’s fees through a new storefront within the battle royale game. Google quickly followed suit after Epic Games tried to pull the same stunt on the Play Store with little success. Since then, there has been a back-and-forth legal battle both in and out of court between Epic Games, Apple, and Google, who all have quite a bit of funding to throw at the fight.... Read more...
When Apple first introduced its custom Arm-based M1 processor late last year, the MacBook Air was one of the first devices to take the plunge. Emboldened with excellent performance and stellar battery life in a lightweight/fanless chassis, the refreshed MacBook Air remains a hot seller for Apple. With a starting price of $999, the MacBook Air isn't exactly cheap, but it's Apple's most affordable laptop. However, a new deal from Best Buy is slashing that price by a whopping $250. First, you'll want to make sure that you sign up for a free My Best Buy account. Then, today's offer is available by signing in to the Best Buy Student Hub, which is also free for anyone to join. The MacBook Air is currently... Read more...
Apple is eager to leave Intel behind as the supplier of CPUs for its Mac lineup, but bear in mind that this transition to using Arm-based silicon based on custom home brewed designs in place of Intel's x86 CPUs is not an overnight thing—Apple last year said it would take a couple of years to complete the transition. As such, rumors of a next-gen Mac Pro powered by another Xeon processor are at least plausible. Let's take a step back for a moment. Apple's pending wholesale switch to custom Arm designs is a seismic shift of sorts. The partnership between Apple and Intel dates back to 2006, when the former moved away from PowerPC hardware to the latter's x86 Core processors. But going forward,... Read more...
Apple first brought biometric authentication to its smartphone family with the iPhone 5s in 2013, courtesy of Touch ID. Over the next several years, Apple would refine Touch ID to make it faster and more secure until it launched its successor, Face ID, with the iPhone X in 2017. Today, Apple tablets and smartphones either use Face ID or Touch ID, but not both. However, a new patent shows how Apple could incorporate both biometric authentication technologies into future iPhones, perhaps as early as the iPhone 14 in 2022. Touch ID in the display is probably the least surprising development for the iPhone, as Android phones have long included the ability to scan your fingerprint using this method.... Read more...
We're always on the lookout for hot deals on Apple's AirPods Pro, as they are among the best wireless earbuds on the market with active noise cancellation. The main problem with the AirPods Pro is that they launched at a relatively hefty $249. The wireless headsets regularly go on sale for $199, but Staples is taking things even further today with a price tag of just $179, although there's a catch which we'll get to later. At $179, this is the lowest price that we've seen yet for the AirPods Pro. As we mentioned, this price gets you active noise cancellation in addition to 3D spatial audio with supported streaming services. Apple also recently added spatial audio support for its Apple Music service... Read more...
Apple has already embraced mini LED technology on its 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which touts what the company calls a Liquid Retina XDR display. Portions of the screen can get as bright as 1,600 nits (full-screen brightness checks in at 1,000 nits). Looking ahead, Apple has plans of expanding mini LED displays to more products, including the MacBook Air and iPad mini. Mini LED technology is exactly what it sounds like—it uses much smaller LEDs than a conventional LED display. This in turn allows for many more dimming zones as part of the full array backlight configuration, to ultimately provide brighter images with less of a halo effect (where light spills out from an object or subject), and deeper... Read more...
Sony today announced a new promotion that gives PlayStation 5 owners six months free of the Apple TV+ streaming service. Apple is really pushing its service and expanding its availability to more platforms as it seeks to compete with popular entrenched players like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+. If you currently own a PlayStation 5, you have from now until July 22nd, 2022 to redeem the Sony offer. The trial lasts for six months, after which the plan renews at the cost of $4.99 per month (until you decide to cancel it). Unlike typical offers, this "extended trial" is also available for those currently taking part in a free trial for Apple TV+. In that case, this new offer will tack... Read more...
There are some hot deals brewing for Apple's popular family of tablets. Retailers like Amazon and Best Buy have discounted the iPad Air by $100, and Apple is throwing in an even more compelling offer for students. The 4th generation iPad Air is priced at just $499.99 compared to its $599.99 retail price. Both Amazon and Best Buy offer the iPad Air at this new low price in its whole rainbow of colors: Green, Rose Gold, Space Gray, Silver, and Sky Blue. It should be noted that the new price is $20 lower than the previous deal one month ago. Apple iPad Air 4th Generation 64GB Wi-Fi (2020) $499 @ Amazon Apple iPad Air 4th Generation 64GB Wi-Fi (2020) $499 @ Best Buy Depending on how you feel about... Read more...
Google is making waves when it comes to privacy at a rapid pace. Just last week, the company introduces a new way to quickly delete the last 15 minutes of search history with the push of a button. This week, the company is opening up a new option that will allow you to lock Incognito tabs in Chrome with biometric authentication. For those not familiar with Incognito mode, it allows you to browse the web privately and won't save your site history, cookies, site data, or form data. However, if you don't close out your Incognito tab when switching to your "normal" tabs, the last site that you visited would still be visible when switching back. For example, let's say you use Incognito mode to search... Read more...
Apple's iPhone SE family of devices has long been an attractive way to enter the iOS ecosystem without forking over a lot of money (relatively speaking). The first-generation iPhone SE launched with the body of an iPhone 5s and the A9-based guts of the newer iPhone 6s. Likewise, the second-generation iPhone SE launched last year with the body of the iPhone 8 paired with a newer A13 Bionic SoC. With this in mind, there's no question that Apple is working on a third-generation iPhone SE, and the latest rumors allege that the device could arrive as early as the first half of 2022, according to DigiTimes. The so-called iPhone SE 3 will reportedly launch with an A14 Bionic -- the SoC used in the flagship... Read more...
This quarter, smartphone shipments have been up as we hope to enter the downhill slide of the pandemic. At the head of the pack was Samsung with 19% of shipped smartphones, but sneaking up behind is Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi with a 17% share, knocking Apple down to third place with a 14% share. Xiaomi's impressive overtake in the mobile device market is due in part to a preliminary estimate of the company's annual growth rate at 83%. This is quite impressive when compared to Apple's measly 1% growth and Samsung's 15%. Canalys Research Manager Ben Stanton explained that "Xiaomi is growing its overseas business rapidly," as "its shipments increased more than 300% in Latin America, 150% Africa... Read more...
Earlier this year, a vulnerability within Apple’s WebKit for Safari was discovered by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) and then tracked as CVE-2021-1879. Now, it is reported that this vulnerability was likely exploited by a familiar Russian government-backed threat actor: Nobelium. Yesterday, Google TAG researchers Maddie Stone and Clement Lecigne reported that Nobelium, also known as Cozy Bear or APT29, used “LinkedIn Messaging to target government officials from western European countries by sending them malicious links.” If the victim clicked this link on an iOS device, they would be redirected to an attacker-controlled domain that served next-stage payloads. After... Read more...
Apple is widely expected to launch its next-generation MacBook Pros later this year, and recent rumors have suggested that the laptops will feature mini LED displays. Earlier this year, Apple first brought mini LED technology to the forefront with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and has struggled to keep up with demand due to component shortages. Now, a new report from DigiTimes alleges that Apple is already making plans to ensure that it has enough mini LED display panels on hand to keep up with demand for its all-new MacBook Pros. According to the publication, Apple currently uses Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology (TSMT) for 12.9-inch iPad Pro panels and allegedly contracted with the company to produce... Read more...
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