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County Sheriff Blames iPhone For Over 700 Accidental 911 Calls This Year

The other day we reported that due to people wearing the Apple Watch in their sleep, it seems to have triggered a situation where people are accidentally calling 911 in their sleep . It turns out that the Apple Watch isnt alone in this either because according to the Langlade County Sheriffs Office, iPhones are also to blame. According to the countys dispatch supervisor, they believe that this could have been triggered by people riding ATVs or while out on their boats. For those unfamiliar, the

24 Jun 2021 2:53 pm
Apple Exec Says Users Who Want To Sideload Apps Might Want To Consider Other Platforms

One of the criticisms Apple has been facing over the years, more so in recent times, is the tight control they have over the iPhone and the App Store, where its almost impossible to get apps outside of the App Store. This is versus other platforms like Android where users can easily sideload apps. However, it seems that despite the request from some users to allow sideloading, Apple is putting its foot down on the matter. Speaking to Fast Company in a review, Apples head of user privacy Erik Neu

24 Jun 2021 2:52 pm
Lenovos New Webcams Will Fit Perfectly On Their New Monitors

A potential problem that some of you might have when it comes to third-party webcams is how well it fits and sits on your computer monitor. For the most part, there arent many issues and we havent really seen much complaints, but if you have been eyeing Lenovos recently announced monitors, then you might want to consider the companys webcams as well. In addition to the monitors, Lenovo also announced a couple of new webcams in the form of the Lenovo LC50 and the MC50, both of which seem to have

24 Jun 2021 2:51 pm
This Is What Samsungs New Wear OS Smartwatch Could Look Like

Many are undoubtedly excited to see what Samsung has to unveil at MWC 2021 next week . This is because if you recall, at Google I/O 2021 last month, Google announced that they would be collaborating with Samsung to revamp its Wear OS platform, combining the best of both Wear OS and Tizen together for some super wearables platform. That being said, if you were curious about the fruits of that partnership, the folks at GizNext have teamed up with leakster OnLeaks to create renders of what the alle

24 Jun 2021 6:59 am
Google Authenticator For iOS Now Supports Face ID/Touch ID

Apps like Google Authenticator help you generate 2FA codes that act as another layer of protection for your online accounts. This means that in addition to your password, you will get a one-time generated code that verifies who you say you are, so in the event that your password is stolen, hackers still cant get into your account. However, what if the hackers got their hands on your phone? If you use Google Authenticator, you might be pleased to learn that the latest update to the iOS app now in

24 Jun 2021 6:58 am
In-Display Touch ID Might Only Arrive In 2022s iPhone

There is no denying the effectiveness of Apples Face ID system, but there is a certain convenience with Touch ID that makes it better to use in some situations. We have been hearing that Apple could be working on a solution , but if analyst Ming-Chi Kuos latest report is accurate, we might have to wait until next year. This is because according to Kuo, the in-display Touch ID system will only arrive in 2022s models, and even then, not all the models in the lineup might have it. According to Kuo,

24 Jun 2021 6:57 am
Third-Gen AirPods Gearing Up For A Launch Later This Year

To date, Apple has released two generations of AirPods and one generation of the AirPods Pro. If youre looking forward to seeing what kind of changes and improvements we can expect from the AirPods series, then you might be interested to learn that a new model should be launching later this year. According to a report from DigiTimes (paywall), it seems that Apples suppliers have reportedly kicked off shipments for various components related to the AirPods. Based on this schedule, there is a good

24 Jun 2021 5:16 am
YouTube App Will Soon Allow Users To Play Videos From The Home Page

YouTube on mobile is obviously different from YouTube on the desktop. On the desktop, you have the option of opening videos in multiple tabs so you dont have to navigate away from the home page, but on mobile, once you tap the video a different window appears, but that will change soon. It seems that YouTube has started testing out a way for users to actually play videos directly from the home page itself. Prior to this, YouTubes home page would automatically play previews of videos, but these p

24 Jun 2021 5:15 am
Microsoft Edge Gets New Tab Sharing Feature

Ever since Microsoft rebuilt its Edge browser using Chromium, weve started to see more similarities between it and Google Chrome. Of course it wasnt a 100% copy of Chrome, but it had most of the features and support for extensions that made it useful enough. Now it looks like Edge users have one more tool to look forward to. It appears that in a recent update to Edge, the browser has gained the ability to share tabs. What does this mean? This means that when youre browsing Edge on your computer,

24 Jun 2021 5:14 am
Lenovo ThinkPad Extreme X1 Gen4: An Awesome Upgrade

Ahead of MWC 2021, Lenovo is updating its ThinkPad X1 Extreme with a 4 th -generation (Gen4) model, and the changes are rather spectacular. From a distance, it may look like the X1 Extreme Gen3 we previously reviewed , but dont get fooled: Lenovo went all-out on this one. First, the display now has a 16:10 aspect ratio that has an immediate impact on productivity because users now have more vertical space to work on documents or code. 16:9 might be superb to watch a video, but 16:10 is better fo

24 Jun 2021 1:44 am
WhatsApp Multi-Device Support Will Be Limited To One Phone At A Time

We have been hearing that WhatsApp is working to bring multi-device support to the app . Right now, the app only supports one device (not counting the web version) simply because it is linked to your phone number, but multi-device support means that you can use the app on more devices at once, like the iPad . However, more details about multi-device support have been discovered by WABetaInfo, where based on what they found, multi-device support is limited to one phone at a time. What does this m

23 Jun 2021 9:50 am
Future iPhones Could Use UWB To Double Up As A Universal Remote

Right now, the iPhone can double up as a remote control for the Apple TV. This is useful if the remote on your Apple TV died or you cant find it. However, Apple could have grander plans, at least according to a patent discovered by AppleInsider that reveals that Apple could leverage UWB technology to make a next-level universal remote. For those unfamiliar, UWB is the tech that powers the AirTag. Unlike regular Bluetooth, UWB is said to be more precise/accurate which is useful when trying to pin

23 Jun 2021 9:49 am
People Swallowing Their AirPods Is Becoming A Scarily Common Occurrence

Apples AirPods, like most true wireless earbuds, have been designed to be small so that they can be worn comfortably and be transported easily. However, the fact that they are so small means that they can be easily swallowed, as told by Brad Gauthier in a story that was posted on The Guardian. According to Gauthier, he put on his AirPods to watch movies in bed before he slept, something that he describes as a habit of his. However, he later woke up to discover one of the earbuds had gone missing

23 Jun 2021 8:02 am
We Might Have To Wait Until 2022 For A 1TB iPhone

At the moment, there arent many (if any) phones with 1TB of internal storage. For the most part it has been capped at 512GB of storage, but some phones do come with memory card slots that can be expanded, but as far as internal storage is concerned, 512GB seems to be the max at the moment. There have been rumors suggesting that the iPhone 13 might actually introduce a 1TB model , but if a recent TrendForce report is to be believed, that might not be the case anymore. The report claims that the i

23 Jun 2021 8:00 am
The Flexound Pulse Could Be The New Standard For Cinema Seats

If there is one reason to watch movies in the theater instead of your own home, it would be the sound. This is because cinemas are usually equipped with high quality audio equipment and have also been acoustically treated to provide you with the best sound possible, although sometimes this is also largely dependent on where youre sitting. This means that if youre unlucky and youre seated too far in the front or to the side, it might not be the best experience. However, a company called Flexound

23 Jun 2021 7:59 am
Overwatchs Cross-Play Feature Is Now Live

Overwatch is Blizzards latest IP and is playable on multiple platforms like PCs and consoles, but yet these players were never able to play together. However, as you might recall, a few weeks ago Blizzard announced that support for cross-play would be coming soon and sure enough it has in the latest patch. According to the patch notes, Cross-Play is now here, allowing players on different platforms to group up and play Overwatch together! All console players are required to make a acc

23 Jun 2021 6:54 am
Peloton Could Be Expanding Into Wearables With A Heart Rate Armband

When you think of home treadmill or stationary bike machines, there is a good chance that Peloton is the brand that comes to mind. The company has made a name and reputation for themselves in that field, but it seems that they might be expanding into other markets such as wearables. According to a report from Bloomberg, it seems that Peloton could be looking to expand into wearables by creating their own heart rate monitor. However, it will not come in the form of a watch like weve seen from oth

23 Jun 2021 6:53 am
You Can Now Share Tweets Directly To Instagram Stories

In the past, if you wanted to share a tweet on Instagram, you would usually need to take a screenshot of that tweet and post it either on your feed or in your Instagram Stories. This is a bit of a long-winded method and you might end up with a bunch of screenshots taking up space on your phone. However, the good news is that if you tend to share tweets on your Stories quite often, Twitter has announced that screenshots are no longer necessary. The company has revealed that users will now be able

23 Jun 2021 6:52 am
Brave Takes On Google With Privacy Focused Search

Browsers like Googles Chrome are widely used but one of the problems with Chrome is that because it is owned by Google, it isnt exactly the most private browser. Sure, there are a ton of conveniences associated with Chrome, especially if you have a Google account, but at the same time, are these conveniences worth your privacy? For those who might want a more privacy focused alternative, you might be interested to learn that Brave has announced its Brave Search engine is now available in beta an

23 Jun 2021 6:27 am
Microsoft Will End Cyberpunk 2077s Expanded Refund Policy Next Month

Unfortunately due to the buggy launch of Cyberpunk 2077, many gamers found themselves unable to play the game the way it should have been played. This was extremely disappointing which led companies like Sony to pull the game from their store, and also for Microsoft to extend the refund window for the game. However, it seems that Microsoft will be ending that policy next month. According to a statement on Microsofts refund support page , The team at CD PROJEKT RED continues to work hard to impro

23 Jun 2021 6:27 am
Apple Has Reportedly Killed Off The iPhone 12 Mini Production

When the iPhone 12 series was first announced, many early hands-on reviews focused on the iPhone 12 mini which had a size that was a throwback to the good old days of the iPhone. Many of the reviews seemed to praise the iPhone 12 mini due to the size where you could comfortably hold it with one hand. However, maybe it was a pricing issue, but ultimately the phone failed to take which is why there were rumors that production could be killed off earlier than expected . It turns out that the rumors

23 Jun 2021 6:26 am
Facebooks Answer To Clubhouse Has Finally Arrived

With Clubhouse proving to be a sleeper hit new social network, it didnt really come as a surprise to learn that Facebook wanted to do something similar of their own . In fact, not too long ago, Facebook owned Instagram actually launched their own version of Clubhouse , and now it looks like Facebooks answer is finally here. The feature, dubbed Live Audio Rooms, is pretty much as its name implies. According to Facebook, Live Audio Rooms on Facebook enable you to discover, listen in on and join li

22 Jun 2021 4:35 pm
TSMC Will Reportedly Be Prioritizing Apples Orders

Right now, there is a global chip shortage which will no doubt affect the launch of certain products. For example, Samsung has opted to skip the Galaxy Note series this year because of that. However, it seems that for Apples iPhone 13, they might not be in as much trouble as the rest. This is because according to a report from Digitimes (paywall), it seems that TSMC will be giving priority to Apple. The report claims that TSMC will be prioritizing orders from Apple and also from car manufacturer

22 Jun 2021 4:34 pm
Apples iPhone 13 Could Retain The Same Price As The iPhone 12

Over the years, Apple and other handset manufacturers have steadily increased the price of their smartphones. These days, if you want one of Apples flagship iPhones, prepare to pay $1,000 or even more for it. This is why we cant blame people for feeling apprehensive when it comes to future models as it could potentially cost even more. That being said, there is some good news on that front. Based on a recent TrendForce report , they believe that Apple is expected to maintain the same prices as 2

22 Jun 2021 4:34 pm
Five Years Later And iCloud Calendar Spam Is Still Affecting Users

You can easily add events to your iCloud Calendar through Safari. This is useful if you want to keep track of events that you want to attend or be reminded about, but this ease of use is what is leading to some people abusing the system, resulting in users finding their iCloud Calendars filled with spam events. This is a problem that was affecting users way back in 2016, but fast forward to today, it seems that it is still a thing. This can easily affect users because one of the ways that these

22 Jun 2021 6:04 am
YouTube Picture-In-Picture Will Be Available To All iOS Users

With iOS 14, Apple officially introduced support for picture-in-picture mode . This is a feature that Android has been enjoying for a while now, so Apple was kind of late to the party. YouTube then started to test the feature but later removed it where it was speculated that this is because the feature was only meant for its Premium users. The good news is that if this is something you were actually looking forward to, YouTube has since announced that they will soon be making the feature availab

22 Jun 2021 6:02 am
Your Instagram Reels Are About To Get Invaded By Ads

Instagram is free which means that in order to make money, the company has to sell ads. The company has already inserted ads into its feed and also Stories, and now it looks like if youve been enjoying Instagrams Reels, those are about to be invaded by ads as well, so dont be surprised if you start seeing them. The company had previously started to test out ads in Reels earlier in the year, but now it looks like it has started to roll out to everyone else. The format of the ads in Reels will be

22 Jun 2021 6:01 am
People Are Accidentally Calling 911 With Their Apple Watches In Their Sleep

With Apple introducing sleep tracking with the Apple Watch, we imagine that this might have spurred more people to wear their watches to sleep. However, it seems that this in turn might have created a problem for local law enforcement because according to reports, people have been calling 911 in their sleep through the Apple Watch. This is because of one of the features in the Apple Watch that was designed to make calling 911 easier. This involves a long-press on the side button which would allo

21 Jun 2021 6:24 am
Weird iOS Bug Could Permanently Disable The iPhones WiFi

When you scan the area for WiFi networks to join, many names popup. These names are usually chosen by the owners of the network so sometimes you might come across some that are weird or funny. However, if you do come across a WiFi network that has the name %p%s%s%s%s%n, do not join it. This is because according to security researcher Carl Schou, there seems to be a weird bug with iOS that just cant seem to handle this particular WiFi name. What happens when you do join it is that it leads to you

21 Jun 2021 6:22 am
Texas Power Companies Have Been Remotely Raising Temperatures In Peoples Homes

The joy of owning a smart home device is that you get to control it remotely, which is pretty cool. However, over in Texas, it seems that owning a smart thermostat also means that there is a good chance your power company could remotely control it and adjust the temperature without your knowledge. It sounds kind of strange, but thats what seems to be the case. According to various reports, people are claiming that they have their thermostats adjusted to be lower, only to realize later that it ha

21 Jun 2021 6:21 am
Apple Wants To Put Air Conditioning Technology In Its VR Headset

The problem with wearables like headphones or headsets is that they arent always designed to be worn for extended periods of time and can get uncomfortable. However, Apple is looking into ways to make them more comfortable, at least based on a patent discovered by AppleInsider pertaining to the companys rumored VR headset . According to the patent, one of the ways Apple envisions keeping the user comfortable is to borrow air conditioning technology. Apple wont actually be building an air conditi

18 Jun 2021 5:47 am
Satechi Launches New Aluminum Keyboard For Mac

Are you not a fan of Apples Magic Keyboard for its Mac computers? Maybe yours is getting a bit long in the tooth and you need a replacement and you dont want to pay Apple prices. If that is the case, you might be interested to learn that Satechi has recently announced its new X2 wireless keyboard for the Mac. Satechi has been making accessories for Apples products for quite a while now so this new X2 keyboard isnt that surprising. It features a full-sized design meaning that it will come with th

18 Jun 2021 5:26 am
You Can Now Customize Your Xbox Controllers Once Again

Back in 2016, Microsoft launched the Xbox Design Lab . This is a service that basically lets users order customized Xbox gaming controllers, but the company later put it on hold. The good news is that if you managed to get your hands on the Xbox Series X/S and want a customized controller, the Xbox Design Lab is back. According to Microsoft, Last October, we paused Xbox Design Lab as we prepared for the launch of Xbox Series X|S and our new Xbox Wireless Controller. Today, we are thrilled to ann

18 Jun 2021 5:25 am
AppleCare+ Just Got Cheaper For The M1 MacBook Air And MacBook Pro

If you need extended warranty for your Apple device , AppleCare+ is the answer. However, it isnt always the cheapest and its kind of like buying insurance youll be glad you bought it when you need it, but it can sometimes be a bit of a tough pill to swallow given its pricing, but there is some good news on that front. It appears that Apple has decided to lower the price of AppleCare+ for its MacBooks. This will include the M1 and Intel MacBook Airs in which the price of AppleCare+ has been lowe

18 Jun 2021 5:24 am
New Report Suggests That Apple Is Leading The Market For 5G Smartphones

When Android handset makers were busy churning out 5G handsets a year ahead of Apple, many were wondering if Apples decision to come to the party late would have a negative impact. It turns out that it didnt matter because according to a new report from Strategy Analytics , Apple is currently not just leading, but dominating the 5G smartphone market. According to the report, in Q4 2020 which was when the first 5G iPhones were launched, Apple was estimated to have shipped out over 50 million 5G i

18 Jun 2021 4:39 am
The Tamagotchi Is Making A Comeback, But This Time As A Smartwatch

When the Tamagotchi toy first launched back in the late 1990s, it was a hit amongst kits and adults around the world, but like most toys, it eventually faded into obscurity. However, over the years, weve seen the folks at Bandai try to revive it by launching it in smartphone format or by relaunching the actual toy . However, it looks like in 2021, Bandai is trying their hand once again at trying to revive the toys popularity by announcing its later iteration the Tamagotchi smartwatch. Simply du

18 Jun 2021 4:38 am
Criminals Have Found A More Lucrative Reason To Steal iPhones

In the past when iPhones first came out, it wasnt uncommon to hear about people stealing them. This is because of the value iPhones hold where the thieves could usually resell them for a decent amount of money. However, with all the safety and security features Apple has since put into iOS, it is no longer quite as lucrative. However, thieves in Brazil might have found another reason to steal iPhones, and that is to access your bank accounts. According to Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo , u

18 Jun 2021 4:37 am
Googles Statement On Its Wear Platform Eligibility Has Us Worried

When Google and Samsung announced at Google I/O 2021 that they would be collaborating on a revamped Wear OS platform that would combine the best of Wear OS and Tizen, it sounded like a good thing. The new Wear platform would bring about improvements to battery life, performance, health capabilities, and more. However, the bad news is that there is a chance your current smartwatch might not support it. This is according to a statement released to XDA in which a Google spokesperson was quoted as s

18 Jun 2021 4:03 am
GTA Online Will Shut Down For PS3, Xbox 360 At The End Of 2021

GTA 5 is an old game, but the folks at Rockstar have managed to keep milking the series with GTA Online. This allows GTA gamers to continue enjoying the game with their friends online, kind of like an MMO of sorts. Unfortunately for those who are still playing on the PS3 or Xbox 360, the fun is coming to an end. In an announcement by Rockstar, it seems that they have decided to shut down GTA Online for PS3 and Xbox 360 gamers by the end of the year, the 16th of December, 2021 to be exact. Accord

18 Jun 2021 4:02 am
Facebook Will Let Group Admins Slow Down Comments

There are certain topics that just seem to ignite a lot of passion and debate. While a healthy debate with facts and logic is fine, its not always the case online where things can quickly spiral out of control. These types of situations can make a Facebook group admins life quite difficult, which is why Facebook is introducing new tools to help. In an announcement by the company, they will be introducing new tools to help group admins moderate conversations. One of those tools gives admins the a

18 Jun 2021 4:01 am
How To Take A Scrolling Screenshot On Android

Scrolling screenshots are a useful way of sharing websites with others. This is because some websites might not be accessible to others, whether it be because of government regulations, region locking, and so on. This means that if you can access that website, you can capture the page in its entirety and share it with others who cant. It is also useful for piecing together long pieces of conversation without having to manually try and stitch them all together, so if this sounds like something yo

18 Jun 2021 1:15 am
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 4 : RTX A5000 + Next-Gen Webcam

Lenovo has updated its ThinkPad P-Series with a brand new ThinkPad P1 Gen 4 , ThinkPad P15, and ThinkPad P17. Since we have reviewed the Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 3 , this new version is of particular interest as it brings significant improvements to a user experience Im familiar with. Many things are even better, including Display, Graphics, CPU, Webcam, and Storage (now maxing out at 4TB !) but since the display is the most visible change, lets start with it. This years ThinkPad P1 has a 16-inch

17 Jun 2021 9:49 pm
Amazon To Lower Its Appstore Fees For Smaller Developers

Right now, Apple is in a bit of a spot where they are battling Epic in a lawsuit over the App Stores fees. However, thats not the end of it as US lawmakers are also looking into laws that could force Apple to sell off their App Store . For the most part, Amazon has remained largely unscathed as far as this issue is concerned, so its not surprising that they might want to pre-empt it. The company has announced that later this year, they will be reducing the fees they take from their Appstore. Rig

17 Jun 2021 4:03 pm
Facebook Will Be Launching Podcasts Feature Next Week

Podcasts have been around for a while now, although we guess during the pandemic, people have started to get more into it as a way of entertaining themselves and others online. This is why it doesnt really come as a surprise to learn that Facebook could be looking to get in on the action as well. According to a report from The Verge, it seems that Facebook has started to send out emails to users where they are notifying them that come 22nd of June, users will be able to add podcasts to their Pag

17 Jun 2021 4:02 pm
Apple Might Soon Start Selling iPhones At LGs Stores In Korea

While Apple and LG are partners for certain aspects of the business, they are also rivals. Both companies do create competing products ranging from devices like laptops to smartphones. However, as you might recall, LG announced earlier this year that they would be exiting the smartphone market , and Apple might be looking to swoop in on some prime real estate. According to a report from Business Korea, they claim that both Apple and LG are currently in talks where Apple could be looking to use s

17 Jun 2021 4:02 pm
Apple Exec Sees Potential In AirPods With Health Tracking Features

Apples AirPods at the moment are essentially just wireless earphones. The Pro version comes with active noise cancelling features, but other than that, theyre not particularly unique. However, we have heard that maybe in 2022, Apple could launch a new model that could come with fitness and health tracking capabilities . This is something that was brought up during an interview that Apples VP of Technology Kevin Lynch did with TechCrunch. The interview basically covered the health aspects and tec

17 Jun 2021 7:28 am
iOS 15 Will Introduce A New Walking Steadiness Feature

One of the features Apple introduced to the Apple Watch a few years ago was fall detection. This is a feature that can detect when the wearer has fallen down and will attempt to call for help on their behalf, but what if Apple could predict when you might be going to fall? That way you might be better prepared and might suffer from fewer injuries as a result. Thats something that iOS 15 will be exploring in a new Health feature called Walking Steadiness. According to Apple, Walking Steadiness on

17 Jun 2021 7:26 am
Facebooks AI Can Tell Where Deepfakes Come From

AI is an amazing piece of technology, but it seems that as useful as it is, it can also be harmful. A good example would be using it to create deepfakes, where AI is abused to create fake photos or videos of people that are highly convincing to the untrained eye. This is why companies like Adobe have developed tools that can detect these sorts of fakes. However, detecting a manipulated photo or video is one thing and only scratches the surface. This is because media files are so easily shared th

17 Jun 2021 7:26 am
Slack Launches New Feature That Lets You Schedule Message

Do you need to send a message at a particular time but dont want to forget about it? There are ways to send scheduled emails , but in case youre on Slack and need to schedule a message, youre in luck because the company has recently announced a new feature that lets users send scheduled messages. This means that you could set a message to be scheduled at a specific time in the day and save it, and when that time comes around, that message will be sent. According to Slack, When you have an impor

17 Jun 2021 6:44 am
Instagram Launches New Group Fundraising Feature

Want to help raise funds for someone or people that are in need? In the past, you might have to turn to platforms like Gofundme for group funding, but for those who prefer using Instagram, it seems that the platform has rolled out a new group fundraising feature that will help you raise money on a larger scale. According to Instagram, offline fundraising is usually done as a group, listing examples like charity bake sales, concerts, and more, so the idea of this feature is to channel that spirit

17 Jun 2021 6:44 am