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Apple Increases iPhone 15's Advertised Battery Lifespan

In a support document updated today, Apple says the batteries in the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max are designed to retain 80% of their original capacity at 1,000 complete charge cycles under ideal conditions, which is double the 500 charge cycles it advertises for all earlier iPhone models. Apple told 9to5Mac that iPhone 15 models have a higher advertised battery lifespan as a result of the company making continued updates to battery components and power management systems over the years. The report says Apple tested the batteries under specific circumstances representing common use cases. This revelation means that it could take longer for the maximum battery capacity of iPhone 15 models to decline to 80% compared to previous iPhone models. However, Apple told 9to5Mac that it is investigating the battery lifespan of older iPhone models, so a comparison based on the latest testing parameters remains to be seen. In its support document, Apple says the battery lifespan of any iPhone model ultimately depends on how the device is regularly used and charged. To view an iPhone's battery capacity, open the Settings app and tap Battery Battery Health & Charging. On iPhone 15 models updated to the latest iOS 17.4 beta, the menu is now simply called Battery Health and shows more info at a glance . Related Roundups: iPhone 15 , iPhone 15 Pro Buyer's Guide: iPhone 15 (Neutral) , iPhone 15 Pro (Neutral) Related Forum: iPhone This article, Apple Increases iPhone 15's Advertised Battery Lifespan first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 21 Feb 2024 3:01 am

Save over $100 on HYPERs 96W 11-port Thunderbolt 4 Dock down at $245 today

The official HYPER Amazon store is now offering its HyperDrive Thunderbolt 4 Dock down at $244.99 shipped . Be sure to clip the on-page coupon . Regularly $350 and still fetching as much via HYPERs official site , youre looking at a solid 30% price drop and the lowest price we can find. Todays $105 discount undercuts the previous offer at $310 and marks one of the best prices we have tracked on Amazon it dropped to $210 and $228 during Black Friday last year. Designed for enterprise businesses, PC gamers, and video editors, it expands your setups connectivity options significantly with a pair of Thunderbolt 4 downstream ports capable of 40Gb/s data transfers alongside a Thunderbolt 4 upstream port that provides up to 96W Power Delivery charging for your MacBook (or other host device). Head below for more details. more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 2:46 am

iOS 17.4 beta includes new CarPlay and Apple Maps instrument cluster experience

Macworld Apple on Tuesday released beta 4 of the iOS 17.4 update and it has a new feature to try out if you have the proper car. According to the developer release notes , CarPlay with Apple Maps support has been updated: In iOS 17.4, with supported CarPlay vehicles, Apple Maps will present a new instrument cluster experience with information about upcoming maneuvers. Users will be able to swap the desired display typebetween the main and instrument cluster screenby tapping the map configuration button on the upper right of the Maps main screen. Since this feature works between the main and instrument cluster screen, it appears that its for CarPlay implementations that use two screens. Most cars use only the main screen located in the center of the car console for CarPlay. Apple added the ability for CarPlay to work on the instrument cluster screen and display maneuver cards in iOS 13. At WWDC in 2022, Apple previewed the next generation of CarPlay, a yet-to-be-released version of CarPlay that completely takes over the dashboard. Porsche has previewed next-gen CarPlay , and the first cars with the software are supposed to ship this year, but no formal announcements have been made. The new CarPlay feature in the iOS 17.4 beta 4 is separate from next-gen CarPlay. You can learn more about the in-auto experience in our CarPlay FAQ . And learn more about the iOS 17.4 beta , which also includes new options for distributing iOS apps from alternative app marketplaces in the EU. Cars, iOS

Macworld 21 Feb 2024 2:25 am

Musk claims Neuralink patient doing OK with implant, can move mouse with brain

Medical ethicists alarmed by Musk being sole source of information on patient.

Ars Technica 21 Feb 2024 2:25 am

Walmart buying TV-brand Vizio for its ad-fueling customer data

Deal expected to close as soon as this summer.

Ars Technica 21 Feb 2024 2:14 am

KeySmarts Find My SmartCard tracker with wireless charging drops to $34 (Today only)

Today only, as part of its Lightning deals, the official KeySmart Amazon storefront is now offering its SmartCard Apple Find My tracker down at $33.99 shipped . This is a limited time offer that will be live for this afternoon/evening only or until discounted stock runs out. Regularly $40, this is 15% off the going rate and among the lowest we have tracked. Todays deal is matching our limited offer from last month and a great chance to land the smart card tracker at a discount. It launched for the first time back in late September as one of the only devices quite like it. There are other wallet card trackers out there, but this is one of the only options youll find with wireless charging. In fact, KeySmart says its the only one of its kind you can recharge without plugging in. Head below for more details. more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 2:14 am

Apple releases fourth macOS 14.4 beta

Macworld Apple on Tuesday released the fourth macOS Sonoma 14.4 beta to developers. This release follows the iOS 17.4 beta release on January 25, and the official Sonoma 14.3 release on January 22 . This beta release is for developers only, with a public beta coming in the next few days. macOS Sonoma 14.4: New features While iOS 17.4 brought major changes to the iPhone and iOS App Store, it is not clear yet as to the contents of macOS 14.4. The release notes do not list the contents, and Apple has yet to post the developer release notes as of this writing. It contains a handful of new emoji like the iOS 17.4 update, but its unclear if any other features are coming to macOS 14.4. macOS Sonoma 14.4 beta: Release notes Below are the developer release notes. This is different from the release notes that accompany the official release to the general public. These notes contain details that developers need to be aware of. Overview The macOS 14.4 SDK provides support to develop apps for Mac computers running Sonoma 14.4 beta. The SDK comes bundled with Xcode 15.3, available from the Mac App Store. For information on the compatibility requirements for Xcode 15.3, see Xcode 15.3 Release Notes . CreateML Resolved Issues Fixed: When using the transfer learning algorithm option, the CreateML app and framework object detection template might fail to converge and cause poor model quality and produce more than expected false positives. (114480994) Finder Resolved Issues Fixed: Resolves an issue where tiling a window causes the desktop picture to turn black. (118044617) Messages Known Issues Memoji and 3rd party Stickers do not display in the tray. (120994483) Software Updates Known Issues Updates to macOS 14.4 starting from macOS 11.012.3.1 will not work. (120548971) Workaround: Update to macOS 12.4 or later, and then update to macOS 14.4. StoreKit New Features You can use the product Description Hidden(_:) API to configure the visibility of product descriptions in Product View , Store View and Subscription Store View instances within a view hierarchy. When building with Xcode 15.3, you can use this view modifier even if your app is running on iOS 17.0, iPadOS 17.0, macOS 14.0, tvOS 17.0, watchOS 10.0, visionOS 1.0, or later.If you implement your own product view style, you can support this new view modifier by checking the description Visibility property on the configuration value. (110414819) (FB12261973) You can use Subscription Store View to present promotional offers by adding the subscription Promotional Offer(offer: signature:) modifier.If youre already using in App Purchase Options(_:) modifier to support promotional offers for StoreKit views, you should adopt the new API instead when your app is running on iOS 17.4, iPadOS 17.4, macOS 14.4, tvOS 17.4, watchOS 10.4, visionOS 1.1 or later. Do not use both APIs to apply a promotional offer for the same view. (115358806) Resolved Issues Fixed: The is Eligible For Intro Offer property and is Eligible For Intro Offer(for:) method now reflect ineligibility in cases where a customer would otherwise be eligible for the offer if they werent actively subscribed. This means a customer which is not currently eligible for an introductory offer may become eligible in the future.Customers who redeem an introductory offer for a given subscription group will continue to never be eligible for another introductory offer in that subscription group. You can detect this case this by checking if any one transaction with a matching subscription Group ID has the type property on offer set to introductory . (103604770) (FB11889732) SwiftUI New Features Table now supports dynamic numbers of columns with the new Table Column For Each . (79492167) (FB9189673) Resolved Issues Fixed: DatePicker in macOS reset focus to the first date component when its bound date changes and time Zone is overriden in the environment. (97376561) Weather Known Issues Weather might crash on launch on Intel macOS hardware. (121294923) macOS Sonoma 14.4: How to install Developer betas are available to anyone who has enrolled in Apples Developer Program. Apple usually issues a public beta a day or two after the developer beta has been released. We have a complete guide to downloading and installing the Sonoma betas if you are interested. To access the public beta, go toSystem Settings> General > Software Update , then in the Beta Updates section, click the Info button (the I icon), click the pop-up menu for Beta Updates , and select macOS Sonoma Public Beta . You may need to restart the Mac. While betas give early access to fixes and features to the operating system, they are issued with the idea that users will test the software and check for bugs. This means that the betas have some instability to them and may cause issues with your Mac. If you cant afford to take the risk of a possible crash or a disruption of usability, you should not run the beta and wait for the release to the general public. MacOS

Macworld 21 Feb 2024 1:58 am

Frozen embryos are children, according to Alabamas Supreme Court

IVF often produces more embryos than are needed or used.

Ars Technica 21 Feb 2024 1:45 am

Just $150 scores you a 43-inch 4K smart TV with AirPlay and HDMI 2.1 (Save $120)

Today only, as part of its Deals of the Day , Best Buy is offering the Pioneer 43-inch Class LED 4K UHD Smart TV for just $149.99 shipped . Regularly $270, this is a solid $120 price drop and the lowest we can find. It also a particularly low price to land a modestly-sized 43-inch TV with 4K resolutions. For comparison, this entry-level TCL 43-inch smart TV has never dropped below $199 at Amazon and this comparable Roku 43-inch model has never sold for less than $229. Even Amazons 40-inch 2-Seriesmodel has never seen prices under $180, and thats a 1080p model. Head below for more details om the Pioneer featured above. more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 1:41 am

Winter isnt over yet, and Marmots Ares Down Jacket ends the season with a 68% discount to $65

We still have another month of winter left, and now is a great time to get a winter coat for the remainder of the season. The Marmot Mens Ares Down Jacket currently available for $65 , marked down from $200 is a coat that will keep you warm and protected against all the weather that winter throws your way. Featuring a 700-fill-power, you can wear this coat while shoveling snow in your backyard or while camping in the woods. Standard shipping rates apply. Head below to learn more about the Marmot Mens Ares Down Jacket . more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 1:27 am

Android game and app deals: Game of Life 1 and 2, KNIGHTS, Boxing Gym Story, more

The Tuesday afternoon collection of todays best Android game and app deals is now ready to go. Just be sure to scope out the deals we are tracking on Samsungs latest Galaxy Chromebook 2 , the official Galaxy Z Flip 5 official cases , and Samsungs Galaxy Z Flip 5 folding smartphone itself. As for the apps, highlights include titles like The Game of Life 1 and 2, The Black Dungeon, KNIGHTS, Boxing Gym Story, and more. Head below for a complete look at todays best Android game and app deals. more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 1:22 am

Apple Acoustics VP Leaves Role, AirPods and HomePod Audio Team Gets New Leadership

The team responsible for audio at Apple will soon undergo leadership changes due to the departure of longtime acoustics vice president Gary Geaves, reports Bloomberg . Geaves is stepping down from his role, though he will be replaced with op deputy Ruchir Dav. Apple's acoustics group has approximately 300 members that have developed audio technology for the AirPods, HomePods, and other Apple devices. The team was responsible for creating spatial audio, the 3D sound feature that has been built into AirPods, the Vision Pro, and other devices. AirPods product designer Tang Tan was overseeing the acoustic team under John Ternus, but he started preparing to leave Apple back in December. Since then, the acoustics team has been reporting to Matt Costello, who oversees the HomePod and Beats headphones. Geaves joined Apple in 2011 from Bowers & Wilkins, and Bloomberg says he will be staying on at Apple as an advisor to Costello as he prepares to retire. Over the course of the last two years, Geaves has been working on an overhaul to the AirPods lineup, and the first updates are expected this year. Rumors suggest we will see AirPods 4 and new AirPods Max this year, with revamped AirPods Pro to follow in 2025 . This article, Apple Acoustics VP Leaves Role, AirPods and HomePod Audio Team Gets New Leadership first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 21 Feb 2024 1:22 am

Get Windows 11 Pro and Microsoft Office Pro for $80 (Reg. $420), this week only

If youre a PC user, you want to make sure youre running the most up-to-date programs. That includes your operating system. If youve been resisting making the upgrade to Windows 11 Pro because you felt it was too expensive, then take a look at The All-in-One Microsoft Office Pro 2021 for Windows: Lifetime License + Windows 11 Pro Bundle . This week only, you can get lifetime licenses to both Windows 11 Pro and Microsoft Office Pro 2021 for an extra $20 off our already discounted price at just $79.97 . more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 1:20 am

Save 50% on Samsungs latest Galaxy Chromebook 2 at new all-time low of $349

Best Buy now offers the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 for $349 shipped . This is 50% off the usual $699 price tag and marking a new all-time low. Its $50 under what youd pay with Amazons competing sale price on the 128GB/8GB model and is the first discount since back on Black Friday when it hit $449. You can get a closer look in our launch coverage . more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 1:13 am

Florida man buys Cakes remaining US inventory of electric motorbikes

The future of bankrupt electric motorbike startup Cake is still uncertain, but the majority of its U.S. inventory is going to a guy in Florida. Michael Joyce, who runs a retail shop in St. Petersburg called Emoto, tells TechCrunch that he bought all of the Cake Makka and sa motorbikes that had been shipped stateside [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 21 Feb 2024 12:51 am

Google plans Gemini Business AI for Workspace users

Google's first swing at this idea, Duet AI, was an extra $30 per user per month.

Ars Technica 21 Feb 2024 12:41 am

Signal now lets you keep your phone number private with the launch of usernames

End-to-end encrypted messaging app Signal is launching usernames, the company announced today. Up until now, you have had to give someone your phone number to chat with them on Signal. Now, you can create a unique username that you can use instead. Usernames are currently launching in beta, and will be rolling out to all [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 21 Feb 2024 12:38 am

Newly spotted black hole has mass of 17 billion Suns, adding another daily

An accretion disk 7 light-years across powers an exceptionally bright galaxy.

Ars Technica 21 Feb 2024 12:29 am

MariaDBs potential take-private deal is an indictment of 2021s SPAC mania

The potential sale of MariaDB to K1 Investment Management for $37 million is a capstone on the failed era of SPAC mergers. 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 21 Feb 2024 12:26 am

iOS 17.4 Beta Adds CarPlay Option to Show Upcoming Maneuvers in Instrument Cluster

The fourth beta of iOS 17.4 that Apple released today adds a new CarPlay feature, according to the notes that Apple provided to developers . In supported CarPlay vehicles, there's now an Apple Maps option to show information about upcoming maneuvers in the instrument cluster. CarPlay users will be able to swap the display type between the main and instrument cluster by tapping on the map configuration button located in the upper right of the main Maps screen. Apple this year introduced a new next-generation CarPlay experience that will show up in high-end vehicles starting in 2024, but this feature addition is separate from that. It appears this new experience will be available in vehicles that support a dual-screen Apple Maps CarPlay experience , with a supplementary Apple Maps view that's located in the driver display or head-up display. CarPlay began supporting this functionality several years ago, but manufacturers have been slow to adopt it with BMW, Volvo, and Polestar being among the first on select vehicles. While those vehicles have supported an Apple Maps view in the driver display, they have not shown text prompts such as upcoming turns or lane guidance, so it appears today's addition will give users some control about what information appears where. With the iOS 17.4 update, the driver display will optionally display turn-by-turn directions so that CarPlay users can navigate without having to look away from the display directly in front of them. iOS 17.4 is limited to developers and public beta testers at this time, but it will see a public release in March. Related Roundups: CarPlay , iOS 17 , iPadOS 17 Related Forums: HomePod, HomeKit, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology , iOS 17 , iPadOS 17 This article, iOS 17.4 Beta Adds CarPlay Option to Show Upcoming Maneuvers in Instrument Cluster first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 21 Feb 2024 12:17 am

Baseus 140W 6-port 48,000mAh portable laptop power bank station now $96 off at new $74 low

Update: The official Baseus Amazon storefront has dropped the price down to $79.99 $73.99 shipped, after clipping the on-page $30 off coupon and using the promo code L77LSJCJ at checkout for an additional 20% off. The official Baseus Amazon storefront is offering its 140W 6-port Portable Laptop Power Bank Station for $89.99 shipped , after clipping the on-page $60 off coupon . Down from its $170 price tag, this device started off at a $220 MSRP upon its release in August, with three discounts in 2023 that ultimately brought its list price down to the current $150. Todays deal comes in as a 40% markdown off this new rate, giving you $130 off its original MSRP and marking a new all-time low. more

9To5Toys 21 Feb 2024 12:15 am

Electric Bike Co.s Model J e-bike offers 60-mile range with $268 in free gear for $1,299 low

Electric Bike Co. is offering its Model J e-bike for $1,299 shipped in four colorways ( Army Green , Ocean Breeze , Living Coral or Black ) or you can fully customize your own. Down from $1,499, this deal is a $200 markdown off the going rate, which is the usual discounted rate that this particular model often drops to, returning costs to the all-time lowest we have tracked. There are also two other options for this e-bike with the Niagara colorway for $1,399 and the accessory-loaded Desert Rover for $1,799 . There is also an exclusive offer on all e-bike models that gives you a complimentary Boost 5A Super Charger worth $229, as well as a free upgraded tool kit worth $39 that includes self-sealing puncture gel, a mini hand pump, and a CO2 canister just mention Spring in the notes during checkout. You can learn more about this e-bike by heading below or reading through our hands-on review at Electrek . more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 11:59 pm

Apple Releases Third Beta of visionOS 1.1

Apple today released the third beta of an upcoming visionOS 1.1 update for developers, allowing them to test new features ahead of the software seeing a public launch. The third beta comes a week after the release of the second beta . The visionOS beta can be downloaded by going to the Settings app on the device and toggling on developer betas. A registered developer account is required, and Apple recommends making a backup before installing new software. visionOS 1.1 brings support for iMessage Contact Key Verification and it adds Apple device management to the Vision Pro. With this functionality, IT departments at companies and educational institutions can manage Vision Pro headsets in the same way they manage iPhones, iPads, and Macs. According to Apple's beta notes, users can now reposition volumetric scenes closer than before, enabling easier direct interaction with the volumetric scene content. That means objects can be placed closer to you. Apple has also improved Personas in visionOS 1.1, making them look more natural and lifelike than before. Related Roundup: visionOS Related Forum: Apple Vision Pro This article, Apple Releases Third Beta of visionOS 1.1 first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 Feb 2024 11:44 pm

Apple Seeds Fourth Betas of iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth betas of upcoming iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 to developers for testing purposes, with the updates coming one week after Apple seeded the third betas . Registered developers are able to opt into the betas by opening up the Settings app, going to the Software Update section, tapping on the Beta Updates option, and toggling on the iOS 17 or iPadOS 17 Developer Beta. A free or paid Apple ID associated with a developer account is required to download and install the beta. iOS 17.4 introduces sweeping changes to the way the App Store and apps operate in the European Union, paving the way for alternative app marketplaces, alternative payment systems, third-party browser engine support, and NFC access for banks and third-party payment providers. These features are limited to the EU, and won't be available in other countries. There are, however, changes to gaming apps, and with the launch of iOS 17.4, Apple will be allowing cloud gaming apps like Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce NOW. Mini games, chatbots, and plug-ins are also now able to use the in-app purchase system. Along with these updates, iOS 17.4 adds new emoji characters, transcripts for podcasts in the Podcasts app, support for using SharePlay with the HomePod , Stopwatch Live Activities, and more. Full details on everything new in iOS 17.4 can be found in our iOS 17.4 features guide . Related Roundups: iOS 17 , iPadOS 17 Related Forums: iOS 17 , iPadOS 17 This article, Apple Seeds Fourth Betas of iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 to Developers first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 Feb 2024 11:38 pm

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS Sonoma 14.4 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming macOS Sonoma 14.4 update to developers for testing purposes, with the software coming a week after the release of the third beta . Registered developers can opt-in to the beta through the Software Update section of the System Settings app. Note that an Apple ID associated with an Apple Developer account is required to get the beta. macOS Sonoma 14.4 introduces some of the features in the iOS 17.4 beta, such as new emoji characters. We don't know what Mac-specific features are included, and little else was found in the first three betas. Related Roundup: macOS Sonoma Related Forum: macOS Sonoma This article, Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of macOS Sonoma 14.4 to Developers first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 Feb 2024 11:37 pm

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of watchOS 10.4 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 10.4 update to developers for testing purposes, with the beta coming a week after the release of the third watchOS 10.4 beta . To install the watchOS 10.4 update, developers need to open the Apple Watch app, go to the Software Update section under General in Settings, and toggle on the watchOS 10 Developer Beta. An Apple ID linked to a developer account is required. Once beta updates have been activated, watchOS 10.4 can be downloaded under the same Software Update section. To install software, an Apple Watch needs to have 50 percent battery life and it must be placed on an Apple Watch charger. watchOS 10.4 includes new emoji characters such as a lime, an edible brown mushroom, a phoenix, a broken chain, shaking head vertically (as in a yes nod), and shaking head horizontally (a o head shake). There is also a Setting to disable the Double Tap feature on Apple Watch when using Vision Pro, as the Double Tap gestures might be accidentally activated when controlling Vision Pro. Related Roundup: Apple Watch Series 9 Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Neutral) This article, Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of watchOS 10.4 to Developers first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 Feb 2024 11:36 pm

Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of tvOS 17.4 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 17.4 update to developers for testing purposes, with the beta coming one week after the release of the third tvOS 17.4 beta . Registered developers are able to download the tvOS 17.4 update by opting in to the beta through the Settings app on the Apple TV . A registered developer account is required. tvOS software releases are usually minor in scale compared to other operating system updates, focusing primarily on smaller improvements rather than outward-facing changes. The tvOS 17.4 update adds support for Apple Music SharePlay on the Apple TV. The Apple TV user can pull up an Apple Music QR code that can be scanned by anyone, which then allows multiple people to contribute to what's playing via Apple Music. An Apple Music subscription is not required. We've also seen references to homeOS in tvOS 17.4, but it's not yet clear what homeOS is. tvOS 17.4 is expected to see a release in March alongside iOS 17.4. Related Roundup: Apple TV Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Caution) Related Forum: Apple TV and Home Theater This article, Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of tvOS 17.4 to Developers first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 Feb 2024 11:35 pm

Signal Finally Rolls Out Usernames, So You Can Keep Your Phone Number Private

We tested the end-to-end encrypted messengers new feature aimed at addressing critics most persistent complaint. Heres how it works.

Wired 20 Feb 2024 11:30 pm

Ford cuts prices on electric Mustang as demand softens for premium EVs

Ford is cutting prices of its all-electric 2023 Mustang Mach-E by has much as $8,100 as the automaker attempts to rid itself of inventory and compete with Tesla and its increasingly cheaper EVs. Total market share of new EV sales has grown, reaching nearly 8% in U.S. in 2023. But as market share has expanded, [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 11:28 pm

WORX Nitro 40V 20-inch cordless electric snow blower with two 4.0Ah batteries hits $320

WORX is offering its Nitro 40V 20-inch Cordless Electric Snow Blower with two 4.0Ah batteries for $319.99 shipped . Down from its usual $400 price tag, this snow blower saw some massive discounts over 2023. While previous years saw prices only drop to $331 at the lowest, in 2023 we saw three major discounts that dropped costs to ridiculous lows of $269, $246, and $155 in the middle of June on Amazon. After summers end we saw prices quickly rise back up to their usual ranges, keeping above $300. Todays deal comes in as a 20% markdown off the going rate and lands among the lowest prices weve seen in eight months. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 11:17 pm

iPhone 16 Models Again Rumored to Feature Upgraded Microphones for iOS 18's Revamped Siri

iPhone 16 models will feature upgraded microphones with a higher signal-to-noise ratio compared to previous models, allowing for the devices to hear your voice more clearly, according to Haitong analyst Jeff Pu. This upgrade should improve the accuracy of Siri, which is expected to be revamped with generative AI features on iOS 18 later this year. In a research note earlier this month, Pu said some of iOS 18's generative AI features will likely be limited to iPhone 16 models, as a result of the upgraded microphones and a larger Neural Engine in the A18 and A18 Pro chips for the devices. Both of these hardware changes have been rumored by other sources , increasing their likelihood. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said the upgraded microphones on iPhone 16 models could improve the Siri experience significantly. In addition to a higher signal-to-noise ratio, he said the new microphones will offer improved water resistance. On an earnings call earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company was working on generative AI and will share details later this year. In addition to Siri, iOS 18 is rumored to add new generative AI capabilities to Spotlight, Shortcuts, Messages, Apple Music, Numbers, Pages, Keynote, Health, and more. Apple is expected to announce iOS 18 at WWDC in June, and the update should be released to all users in September alongside the iPhone 16 series. Related Roundups: iOS 18 , iPhone 16 , iPhone 16 Pro This article, iPhone 16 Models Again Rumored to Feature Upgraded Microphones for iOS 18's Revamped Siri first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 Feb 2024 11:08 pm

SANDMARC unveils new Telephoto 6x iPhone zoom lens with adjustable focus wheel [Deal]

After unveiling of its new minimalist genuine leather iPhone 14 and 15 cases , SANDMARC is back today with its latest iPhone zoom lens. The brand has an arsenal of lens attachments for iPhoneographers, and today it is expanding the collection with its new Telephoto 6x and included case to properly affix it to your handset. You can get a complete breakdown of the new iPhone zoom lens below alongside our exclusive discount code to knock down the price. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 11:00 pm

AirPods Max 2 Could Miss Out on Adaptive Audio Features

The second-generation AirPods Max could miss out on Adaptive Audio, according to a rumor coming out of Asia. The rumor comes from Weibo user Instant Digital , who claims that while new AirPods Max will definitely come out this year, the only change will be a USB-C port. The headphones will apparently continue to forgo Adaptive Audio due to the presence of an older processor. Adaptive Audio encompasses three features: Adaptive Noise Control, Personalized Volume, and Conversation Awareness. Adaptive Noise Control blends Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode to adjust the level of noise control based on the changing noise conditions in your environment, Personalized Volume adjusts the media volume based on environmental conditions and volume preferences, and Conversation Awareness lowers media volume and enhances voices in front of you. The features are exclusive to the second-generation AirPods Pro because they require the H2 chip's processing power. The first-generation AirPods Max feature the H1 chip and did not gain Adaptive Audio via a software update as a result. Multiple rumors suggest that the only notable improvement offered by the second-generation AirPods Max will be a USB-C port instead of Lightning for charging and wired audio playback, potentially alongside some new color options, meaning that the H2 chip will continue to be absent. Despite the AirPods Max's $549 price point, the second-generation AirPods Pro might still offer superior hardware and software than their over-ear sibling, touting features such as the H2 chip, Bluetooth 5.3, Adaptive Audio, improved Active Noise Cancellation, skin-detect sensors, sweat and water resistance, the U1 chip, Precision Finding, and support for MagSafe and Qi wireless charging. Apple's refreshed over-ear headphones are expected to launch in late 2024 alongside two fourth-generation AirPods models. Related Roundup: AirPods Max Tag: Setsuna Digital Buyer's Guide: AirPods Max (Caution) Related Forum: AirPods This article, AirPods Max 2 Could Miss Out on Adaptive Audio Features first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 Feb 2024 10:51 pm

UGREENs 10,000mAh MagSafe Power Bank for iPhone 15 has never sold for less at $45.50

UGREENs official Amazon storefront now offers its 10,000mAh MagSafe Power Bank for $45.50 shipped after youve clipped the on-page coupon . Youd normally pay $70, with todays offer clocking in at 35% off. Its a new all-time low at an extra $4 below our previous mention from over a month ago, too. We further explore what you get in the box in our launch coverage , or just below the fold. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 10:50 pm

Regal Apple Pay Promo Offers Free Popcorn With Movie Ticket Purchase

To celebrate the award nominations given to Killers of the Flower Moon, Apple today sent out emails about a new Apple Pay promotion that offers users a free popcorn when purchasing a ticket to a movie at a Regal theater. For each ticket purchased to Killers of the Flower Moon or another film that is part of Regal's Best Picture Film Festival, Apple Pay users can get a free small popcorn. The promotion is available starting today and will last until March 9. To get the deal, tickets will need to be purchased with Apple Pay from the Regal website or the Regal app. After purchase, a voucher for a free small popcorn will be emailed out, and it can be redeemed from March 1 through March 10. Killers of the Flower Moon, from director Martin Scorsese, earned 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture of the Year. It is still in theaters, and can also be watched on Apple TV+ . Tag: Apple Pay Promo This article, Regal Apple Pay Promo Offers Free Popcorn With Movie Ticket Purchase first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 Feb 2024 10:45 pm

YouTube rolls out new channel pages for creators on its TV app

YouTube is changing the design for creators channels on the big screen, the comapny announced today. The changes include more accessible action buttons, like Subscribe, a more modern design, and other tweaks that were first introduced for artists pages last fall. At the time, YouTube said that artist pages were part of a larger YouTube [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 10:41 pm

Z Grills 450B PID wood pellet grill and smoker offers 8-in-1 functionality at new $429 low

The official Z GRILLS Amazon storefront is offering its PIONEER 450B Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker for $429 shipped. Down from its $519 price tag, it only saw five discounts over 2023, with the biggest among them dropping costs down to a $430 low. Todays deal comes in as a $90 markdown off the going rate, landing it by $1 at a new all-time low. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 10:40 pm

YouTube dominates TV streaming in U.S., per Nielsens latest report

Nielsen today released its January report on viewing usage across linear TV and streaming, which revealed that YouTube is once again the overall top streaming service in the U.S., with 8.6% of viewing on television screens. Netflix, meanwhile, saw 7.9% of TV usage. The new data points to YouTubes dominance in the TV streaming arena [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 10:40 pm

OnePlus rejoins the smartwatch scene with the promise of a 100-hour battery life

After months of rumors, OnePlus has announced its second smartwatch . It will formally debut the OnePlus Watch 2 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. The company is notorious for drip feeding details about its products and while it has yet to reveal some key information about the wearable, OnePlus has offered up a few juicy morsels. For one thing, the company has made the lofty claim that the OnePlus Watch 2 will run for up to 100 hours on a single charge. Thats with full Smart Mode enabled rather than a battery saver mode, according to OnePlus. Obviously, well need to see how well the OnePlus Watch 2 actually fares in the wild, but that purported battery life far exceeds that of most mainstream smartwatches, such as the Apple Watch Series 9 (18 hours) and Pixel Watch 2 (24 hours with always-on display enabled). OnePlus president Kinder Liu says the company's goal for the device is to win the title of the Best Flagship Smartwatch of the year with its market-beating battery life. Radiant Steel Black Steel Introducing our flagship #OnePlusWatch2 , built with stainless steel and sapphire crystal for rugged elegance OnePlus (@oneplus) February 20, 2024 The wearable apes the design language of the OnePlus 12 series, according to the company. It has a stainless steel chassis and a sapphire crystal watch face. The OnePlus Watch 2 will be available in two colorways, Black Steel and Radiant Steel. OnePlus promises unparalleled reliability for everyday use and meticulous health monitoring too, but it's keeping other key details under wraps for now, including pricing and the release date. One other factor the company hasn't confirmed is what operating system the OnePlus Watch 2 will use. Reports have suggested that it will run on Wear OS, which will hopefully help the smartwatch fare much better than its poorly received predecessor . Liu indicated the company was aware of the tepid response to the OnePlus Watch, noting that it took a three-year hiatus and a reflective pause between wearables. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/oneplus-rejoins-the-smartwatch-scene-with-the-promise-of-a-100-hour-battery-life-165620187.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 10:26 pm

Apple Music may allow you to import libraries and playlists from Spotify and other services

Macworld Apple is testing a new feature with the Apple Music Android app that allows users to transfer a library and playlists from other music services to Apple Music. The initial report of this feature was made on Reddit by _22cm_ and has been confirmed by MacRumors . Screenshots provided by_22cm_show the overall user interface in Italian, but the transfer feature appears in English in the apps Library and Settings sections. However, the feature doesnt work yet; _22cm_ said it hangs when attempting to select a service. Reddit/_22cm_ Other users responded to the Reddit post, stating that they dont see the transfer feature in the betas they are using. This could indicate that Apple is performing A/B testing to gauge performance and usability, where some beta users see the feature and others dont. Apple could be testing on the Android app to help limit the number of users in the beta test. Apple has not commented on the feature, and there is no word on whether this feature will become available in the iOS Apple Music app. The feature seems to be done in partnership with SongShift . The SongShift app is available for iOS to transfer playlists to and from Apple Music to other services, including Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, and YouTube. SongShift is free and it seems likely that the Apple Music implementation will be the basic playlist transfer support thats in the free app. A Pro version of SongShift is available as a paid subscription service with features such as playlist sharing between services, improved performance, custom themes, and more. Android, iOS, Streaming Media

Macworld 20 Feb 2024 10:24 pm

Bioptimus raises $35 million seed round to develop AI foundational model focused on biology

Theres a new generative AI startup based in Paris. But what makes Bioptimus interesting is that it plans to apply everything weve collectively learned about AI models over the past few years with a narrow, exclusive focus on biology. The reason why it makes to sense to create a startup focused exclusively on biology is [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 10:23 pm

Pelotons Presidents Day Sale takes up to $600 off at-home workout gear, guides, more

The Peloton Presidents Day Sale is live through February 29 and has a variety of savings across the board, from Peloton Bike and Bike+ equipment packages to individual bikes and Peloton Guides. The Peloton Bike+ Ultimate Package is now available for $2,390 , marked down from $2,990. The Peloton Bike+ Ultimate Package has everything you need for an elite exercise experience, including the Peloton Bike+, cycling shoes, light weights, a water bottle, a Bike mat, a reversible workout mat, and three sets of dumbbells. Shipping is free, and Bike+ setup is included. Head below to learn more about Pelotons Presidents Day Sale . more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 10:21 pm

Tinder is bringing its advanced ID verification system to the US and UK

Tinder has announced its bringing an advanced ID verification system to the US, UK, Brazil and Mexico. This is part of an ongoing effort to reduce the number of catfish swimming around the old dating pool. The new system requires that users take a video selfie and upload a valid drivers license or passport. Tinder has long required users to take photos or video selfies as part of its verification process, which would provide a blue checkmark to illustrate authenticity. So the passport and drivers license stuff is new. Once you upload the ID, Tinder will check to see if it lines up with your video selfie and the photos on your profile. Itll also look at the date of birth on the license or passport to confirm your age. If the idea of uploading your ID to a dating app gives you an icky feeling, you can still get verified with just a video selfie. However, your profile will get a blue camera icon badge, and not a blue checkmark. Tinder started testing this system last year in New Zealand and Australia, and it must have worked out just fine, given the broader roll-out. The updated verification tool is coming to the UK and Brazil by spring and the US and Mexico by summer. In other words, catfish only have a few more months left to do their thing. That includes you, AI catfish. This shouldnt be confused with Tinders recently-abandoned background check feature, which was powered by the non-profit Garbo. Tinder and Garbo paired up to provide a robust background check tool on the app in 2019, to check users for histories of violence. Garbo ended up breaking it off with Tinders parent company, Match Group, after disagreements over payments and how to best use the tool. Garbos CEO said shed rather leave the partnership instead of allowing the vision of Garbo to be compromised and relegated to a piece of big corporations marketing goals. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/tinder-is-bringing-its-advanced-id-verification-system-to-the-us-and-uk-164353306.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 10:13 pm

Levis Think Spring Sale takes 30% off sitewide + an extra 40% off clearance: Jeans, more

The Levis Think Spring Sale takes 30% off sitewide including best-selling denim, t-shirts, accessories, and more. Prices are as marked. Plus, save an extra 40% off clearance items as well. Red Tab Members ( free to sign-up ) receive complimentary delivery on all orders. A standout from this sale is the 541 Athletic Taper Jeans that are currently marked down to $49 and originally sold for $70. These jeans are available in twenty color options and feature a stretch-infused fabric to promote all day comfort. Theyre also designed with more room in the thighs for athletic builds and have a tapered hem that gives a flattering fit. Score additional deals by heading below, or you can shop the entire sale here . more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 10:13 pm

Spam attack on Twitter/X rival Mastodon highlights Fediverse vulnerabilities

A spam attack that impacted the open source X rival Mastodon, Misskey, and other apps highlights how the decentralized social web, also known as the Fediverse, is open to abuse. Over the past several days, attackers have targeted smaller Mastodon servers, taking advantage of open registrations to automate the creation of spam accounts. Mastodon founder [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 10:09 pm

9to5Toys Daily: February 20, 2024 iPhone and Apple Watch sale, Z Flip 5 $150 off, more

Listen to a recap of the best deals and news from 9to5Toys each day at noon. 9to5Toys Daily is available on iTunes and Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed. New episodes of 9to5Toys Daily are recorded every weekday. Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes/Apple Podcast or your favorite podcast player to guarantee new episodes are delivered as soon as they are available. Woot discounts iPhone 13 Pro to $490 and Apple Watch Series 7 to $200 in refurb sale, more Samsungs Galaxy Z Flip 5 folding smartphone comes with a $150 Amazon credit at $1,003 Save $400 on Dells XPS 13 Plus Laptop at $1,099 before new models begin shipping more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 10:00 pm

The best vlogging cameras for 2024

If youre a content creator or YouTuber, camera companies increasingly want your business. Last year was no exception, with several new vlogging-specific models released by Canon, Sony, DJI and others. That means there are now over a dozen on sale, alongside regular mirrorless cameras that also do the job well. Models specifically designed for vlogging include Sonys new ZV-E1 full-frame mirrorless that launched last year, DJIs Osmo Pocket 3 or Canons compact PowerShot V10. Others, like the new Panasonic G9 II and last years Canon EOS R6 II are hybrid mirrorless cameras that offer vlogging as part of a larger toolset. All of them have certain things in common, like flip-around screens, face- and/or eye-detect autofocus and stabilization. Prices, features and quality can vary widely, though. To that end, weve updated our guide with all the latest vlogging cameras designed for novice to professional creators, in all price ranges. Engadget has tested all of these to give you the best possible recommendations. Factors to consider before buying a vlogging camera Vlogging cameras are designed for filmmakers who often work alone and either use a tripod, gimbal, vehicle mount or just their hands to hold a camera. It must be good for filming yourself as well as other B-roll footage that helps tell your story. The biggest requirement is a flip-around screen so you can see yourself while filming. Those can rotate up, down or to the side, but flipping out to the side is preferable so a tripod or microphone wont block it. Continuous autofocus (AF) for video with face and eye detection is also a must. It becomes your camera assistant, keeping things in focus while you concentrate on your content. Most cameras can do that nowadays, but some (notably Canon and Sony) do it better than others. If you move around or walk a lot, you should look for a camera with built-in optical stabilization. Electronic stabilization is another option as long as youre aware of its limitations. Youll also need a camera with a fast sensor that limits rolling shutter, which can create a distracting jello wobble with quick camera movements. Steve Dent/Engadget 4K recording is another key feature. All cameras nowadays can shoot 4K up to at least 24 fps, but if possible, its better to have 4K at 60 or even 120 fps. If you shoot sports or other things involving fast movement, look for a model with at least 1080p at 120 fps for slow-motion recording. Video quality is another important consideration, especially for skin tones. Good light sensitivity helps for night shooting, concerts and so on, and a log profile helps improve dynamic range in very bright or dark shooting conditions. If you want the best possible image quality and can afford it, get a camera that can record 4K with 10-bits (billions) of colors. That will give you more options when its time to edit the footage. Dont neglect audio either if the quality is bad, your audience will disengage. Look for a camera with a microphone port so you can plug in a shotgun or lapel mic for interviews, or at least one with a good-quality built-in microphone. Its also nice to have a headphone port to monitor sound so you can avoid nasty surprises after youve finished shooting. Youll also want good battery life and, if possible, dual memory card slots for a backup. Finally, dont forget about your cameras size and weight. If youre constantly carrying one while shooting, especially at the end of a gimbal or gorillapod, it might actually be the most important factor. Thats why tiny GoPro cameras are so popular for sports, despite offering lower image quality and fewer pro features. The best action and portable cameras If youre just starting out in vlogging or need a small, rugged camera, an action cam might be your best bet. In general, theyre easy to use as you dont have to worry about things like exposure or focus. Recent models also offer good electronic stabilization and sharp, colorful video at up to 4K and 60 fps. The downsides are a lack of control; image quality thats not on par with larger cameras; and no zooming or option to change lenses. The best compact vlogging cameras Compact cameras are a step up from smartphones or action cameras, with larger sensors and much better image quality. At the same time, theyre not quite as versatile as mirrorless or DSLR cameras (and not necessarily cheaper) and they lack advanced options like 10-bit video. For folks who want the best possible quality without needing to think too much about their camera, however, theyre the best option. The best mirrorless/DSLR vlogging cameras This is the class that has changed the most over the past couple of years, particularly in the more affordable price categories. Interchangeable lens cameras give you the most options for vlogging, offering larger sensors than compact cameras with better low-light sensitivity and shallower depth of field to isolate you or your subject. They also offer better control of your image with manual controls, log recording, 10-bit video and more. The drawbacks are extra weight compared to action or compact cameras, more complexity and higher prices. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/best-vlogging-camera-151603452.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 9:31 pm

Dr. Garmin will see you now

Theres a reason smartwatches havent replaced clinically-validated gear when you visit the hospital accuracy and reliability are paramount when the data informs medical procedures. Even so, researchers are looking for ways in which these devices can be meaningfully used in a clinical setting. One project in the UK has explored if a Garmin Venu 2 and dedicated companion app could be used to free up doctors and nurses, six minutes at a time. The Six Minute Walk Test (6MWT) is used to diagnose and monitor a number of cardiovascular maladies. This includes conditions like Pulmonary Hypertension that, if left untreated, are eventually fatal. [The test has been] a cornerstone of hospital practice and clinical trials for decades all around the world as [...] a marker of how well the heart and lungs are working, explained project leader Dr. Joseph Newman. While a change in a blood test marker might be clinically relevant, Newman said its probably more important to someone that they can walk to the shop and back. The test requires a patient walk on a flat, hard surface for six minutes straight, which stresses the heart enough to measure its capacity. A professional tests the patients heart rate and blood oxygen levels at the start and end, and while its simple and reliable, its not perfect, according to Newman. This is why weve looked to change it in two important ways, he said, can we make it shorter [...] and digitize it for remote use? After all, six minutes is a lifetime in a clinical setting, and patients dislike having to schlep all the way to their hospital just to walk up and down a corridor. Its why Newman and Lucy Robertson both researchers at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge began looking for ways to revolutionize the test. They wanted to see if the test could be shortened to a single minute, and also if it could be carried out by a patient at home using a Venu 2. The watch was connected to a secure and dedicated clinical trial platform built by Aparito a Wrexham-based developer for testing. This was then sent out to patients who were instructed to wear the watch and walk outdoors to complete their own tests. Theyre asked to walk on flat, even, dry, relatively straight roads rather than in laps or circuits, said Dr. Newman, with patients walking at their own natural pace. We carried out a product appraisal early on in the research process and were open-minded as to the brand or model, said Newman. Garmin came out on top for a few reasons; we can access raw data as well as Garmins algorithmically-derived variables, he said. Because the research was being funded by a charity, the British Heart Foundation, the watch had to offer good value for money. It helped that Garmin, because of its existing health research division, gave the team confidence in the accuracy of the sensors, not to mention the fact that Aparito feels that the Garmin SDK is relatively easy to work with, he said. But while Garmin is in use right now, theres no reason this setup couldnt eventually work with a number of other brands. As long as the technology works, its accurate, reliable and patients accept it, then were not tied to any brand. There are several benefits in giving patients the ability to run the tests at home: its more representative of the demands of their actual life, and patients can retake the test at regular intervals, making it easier to track that persons health over time. We can see real value in providing patients with pulmonary hypertension with an app and smartwatch to monitor their progress,said Dr. Newman. Its unlikely to ever fully replace the need for in-person hospital reviews, but it will likely reduce their frequency. The results of the study right now suggest cutting the test to one minute has no detrimental effect on its outcome or accuracy,and that patients are far more likely to run the test regularly if theyre able to do so at home. Its likely that the upfront costs of wearables [to a hospital] may be offset by the longer term reduction in hospital visits, said Newman. If that turns out to be right, then it means clinicians can better focus their time and efforts where their expertise is more valuable. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/dr-garmin-will-see-you-now-160013340.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 9:30 pm

Disrupt is back! 2-for-1 passes now on sale

As winter continues to grip much of the world, heres some hot news for entrepreneurs to thaw the chill: TechCrunch Disrupt will be back in San Francisco from October 2830. Even better, tickets are now available at a special 2-for-1 rate, offering a ray of financial sunshine in these cold months! Plan ahead for Disrupt [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 9:30 pm

GoTrax Z4 Pro foldable e-bike carries you 50 miles and saves space after arrival for $1,000

Best Buy is offering the GoTrax Z4 Pro Foldable e-bike for $999.99 shipped . Only down from its $1,100 price tag by $100, we have seen this particular model go as low as $860, with todays deal coming in as the best price in the last few months and landing at the second-lowest price we have tracked. You wont be able to find this model on GoTraxs website either Best Buy seems to be the main outside retailer who primarily sells it (but dont worry, it still seems to be a popular model so replacement parts arent hard to come by). more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 9:22 pm

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 official cases now start from just $21 at Amazon (Reg. $40+)

Amazon is following up this mornings Z Flip 5 promotion with a collection of official case discounts. Falling to new all-time lows across the board, youll be able to save on four different designs to protect your new foldable. A favorite has theSamsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 Flap Eco Leatherat $53.02 shipped after clipping the on-page coupon . This is down from $90 and marking a new all-time low at $5 under our previous mention. This in-house case from Samsung covers your Z Flip 5 in a premium eco leather material that on top of just looking far more stylish, also protects your handset. Theres a soft lining on the inside, too, as well as a flap that helps safeguard the hinge. Head below for more official case discounts from $21 . more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 9:19 pm

Fujifilms new X100VI refreshes its viral fixed-lens camera with a 40MP sensor

If youve spent any time on the photography side of TikTok, youll likely know about the famous Fujifilm X100V. The camera became so popular over the past few years that it sold out and practically remained out of stock since. Now, Fujifilm is meeting all of that demand and fanfare with the new X100VI camera. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 9:16 pm

US sanctions LockBit members after ransomware takedown

The U.S. government has sanctioned two key members of LockBit, the Russian-speaking hacking and extortion gang accused of launching ransomware attacks against victims across the U.S. and internationally. In a post on Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury confirmed it is sanctioning two Russian nationals, Artur Sungatov and Ivan Gennadievich Kondratiev. Sungatov and Kondratiev were separately indicted [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 9:15 pm

Logitechs Pebble 2 keyboard and mouse for Windows/Mac back at $50 low, more from $22

Amazon has now launched a new Logitech productivity sale featuring deals on mice, keyboards, webcams, and more. One standout has the new Logitech Pebble 2 keyboard and mouse combo on sale for $49.99 shipped . Youll find both the Windows and Mac versions of this combo in various at the same price right now. Regularly $60, this is nearly 20% off and matching the lowest price we have tracked at Amazon. While you can purchase the Pebble 2 keyboard and mouse separately, they carry a regular price of $40 and $30 respectively. The Logitech Pebble 2 launched last September with more sustainable builds made of at least 49% recycled plastic on the keyboard and closer to 60% on the mouse. Head below for more details. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 9:12 pm

Before snagging a chunk of space junk, Astroscale must first catch up to one

ADRAS-J is a precursor to future missions servicing satellites and clearing space junk.

Ars Technica 20 Feb 2024 9:01 pm

The regulatory clock is ticking for TikTok

Crypto prices are up, Planity has raised a hefty Series C, TikTok is in trouble again, and there's a slew of M&A in Startup Land. 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 9:00 pm

Google engineers modded a PlayStation Portal to emulate PSP games

The PlayStation Portal has turned out to be a bit of a surprise hit for Sony. The portable peripheral is often out of stock and hard to come by, even though it does just one thing: stream games from your own PlayStation 5 . The device does not run games locally unless you find a way to modify it to do so. Two Google engineers claim to have done just that by getting PPSSPP, a PlayStation Portable emulator, to work natively on the Portal. A photo shows Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories running on the system . Andy Nguyen, one of the engineers, says that no hardware modifications were required to make the emulator run and that the project took more than a month of hard work to see through. After more than a month of hard work, PPSSPP is running natively on PlayStation Portal. Yes, we hacked it. With help from xyz and @ZetaTwo pic.twitter.com/AXuRROo6Ip Andy Nguyen (@theflow0) February 19, 2024 Nguyen has discovered PS4 and PS5 exploits in the past, as The Verge notes. Its not yet clear whether Nguyen will detail how to get PPSSPP working or release a jailbreak so that other folks can install the emulator on the Portal with relative ease. Theres no release planned in the near future, and theres much more work to be done, Nguyen wrote on X . However, Nguyen hinted at posting some videos this weekend to show the emulator in action. The Portal is clearly popular and its evident that players yearn to be able to do more with the system. As things stand, they can't even stream games from Sony's cloud gaming service. Perhaps these factors might be enough to convince Sony to give many fans what they truly want: a proper handheld successor to the PSP and the Vita . This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/google-engineers-modded-a-playstation-portal-to-emulate-psp-games-152256608.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 8:52 pm

Apple Music introduces a monthly version of Replay

Apple Music just debuted a monthly version of its Replay experience, Apples yearly recap that shows users their top songs, artists, albums and more. Starting today, users can now see their monthly music habits, giving them additional access to their listening insights. The full experience is available through the website replay.music.apple.com and requires [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 8:51 pm

Women In AI: Rashida Richardson, senior counsel at Mastercard focusing on AI and privacy

To give AI-focused women academics and others their well-deserved and overdue time in the spotlight, TechCrunch is launching a series of interviews focusing on remarkable women whove contributed to the AI revolution. Well publish several pieces throughout the year as the AI boom continues, highlighting key work that often goes unrecognized. Read more [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 8:46 pm

Anker Introduces Big Discounts on Popular Portable Batteries, USB-C Chargers, and More

Anker today has a large collection of accessories on sale at Amazon, including the return of a discount on the popular 60,000 mAh Power Station with Retractable Light and Smart Display, available for $109.99 with an on-page coupon, down from $149.95. You'll find chargers, USB-C accessories, portable batteries, and more on sale this time around. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. If you're looking for a smaller portable battery, there's the 10,000 mAh Nano Power Bank with built-in USB-C cable for $37.99 with on-page coupon, down from $49.99. There are also two portable batteries with foldable dongles for Lightning ( $20.24 ) and USB-C ( $23.99 ) charging. Note: You won't see the deal price until checkout. $40 OFF Anker Power Station for $109.99 Shoppers should note that some Amazon deals, including all of the ones mentioned above, require you to clip an on-page coupon in order to see the discounts. To get these discounts, click on the box next to the on-page coupon on each product page, then head to the checkout screen in order to see the final sale price. Portable Batteries Nano Portable Charger with Built-In USB-C Connector - $23.99, down from $29.99 Nano Portable Charger with Built-In Lightning Connector - $20.24, down from $29.99 Nano Power Bank with Built-In USB-C Cable - $37.99, down from $49.99 Prime Power Bank 20,000 mAh with 100W Charging Base - $157.24 with on-page coupon, down from $184.99 Power Stations Portable Power Station with Smart Display + Retractable Light - $109.99 with on-page coupon, down from $149.99 SOLIX C1000 Portable Power Station - $649.00 with on-page coupon, down from $999.00 SOLIX F1200 Portable Power Station - $749.00, down from $1,098.00 SOLIX C1000 Portable Power Station + 200W Solar Panel - $899.99, down from $1,548.00 SOLIX F2000 Portable Power Station - $1,399.00, down from $1,999.00 Wall Chargers 20W USB-C Charger - $13.99, down from $16.99 65W 3-Port USB-C Charger - $39.99, down from $55.99 100W 3-Port USB-C Charger - $44.99, down from $74.99 6-in-1 Nano Charging Station - $45.99, down from $65.99 Prime 67W 3-Port Charger - $49.99, down from $65.99 Hubs 4-Port USB-C Hub - $9.99, down from $19.99 10-in-1 USB-C Hub - $79.99, down from $149.99 Keep up with all of this week's best discounts on Apple products and related accessories in our dedicated Apple Deals roundup . Related Roundup: Apple Deals This article, Anker Introduces Big Discounts on Popular Portable Batteries, USB-C Chargers, and More first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 Feb 2024 8:41 pm

Todays best iOS app deals: Boxville, Rotaeno, Fait The Machine, and more

Tuesdays collection of the best iOS game and app deals is now ready and waiting down below. Alongside the App Store offers, we are also tracking deals on Apples 20W USB-C charger as well as these refurbished offers on iPhone 13 and Apple Watch Series 7 , but for now its on to the apps. Highlights include Boxville, Rotaeno, Fait The Machine, FILCA SLR Film Camera, and more. Hit the jump for a closer look at all of todays best iOS game and app deals. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 8:35 pm

Sproxxy is making it easier to measure conference spending ROI

Whenever you go to a conference, whether as a sales and marketing exercise, or an executive is speaking, there is a cost associated with that. For the former, it involves the cost of space and a booth plus hotels, travel and meals for employees staffing the booth. For executives, it is time away from the [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 8:30 pm

I played through five levels of Princess Peach: Showtime, and here are my first impressions

Princess Peach: Showtime isnt slated to land on Nintendo Switch until next month, but ahead of time, I got to play it. Last week, I spent an afternoon exploring the companys latest first-party title and Peachs big break as she finally stares in your own game. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 8:30 pm

Greenworks 80V 21-inch electric lawn mower with 5Ah battery hits $429 (New low, Save $121)

Amazon is offering the Greenworks 80V 21-inch Cordless Electric Lawn Mower with 5.0Ah battery for $428.99 shipped. Down from a $550 price tag, this mower only received two previous discounts this year to $465 and a $430 low. Todays deal falls further, amounting to a 22% markdown off the going rate, beating our previous mention by $1 and landing as a new all-time low for this particular model. It even beats Greenworks website where it is listed at a higher discounted rate of $479. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 8:25 pm

Members of ransomware gang Lockbit arrested by law enforcement

International law enforcement, led by the UKs National Crime Agency, disrupted ransomware gang Lockbit's operation. The group behind notable hacks against aircraft manufacturer Boeing , chip giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company , sandwich chain Subway and thousands more had its site taken offline on Monday while authorities arrested major players behind the gang. This site if now under the control of law enforcement, the website reads. According to malware repository Vx-underground , law enforcement took down at least 22 Lockbit-affiliated Tor sites. Through our close collaboration, we have hacked the hackers; taken control of their infrastructure, seized their source code, and obtained keys that will help victims decrypt their systems, National Crime Agency Director General, Graeme Biggar, said in a statement . As of today, LockBit are locked out. We have damaged the capability and most notably, the credibility of a group that depended on secrecy and anonymity. Lockbit admitted defeat, too. In a statement to Vx-underground , the group said FBI pwned me. Operation Cronos, the name law enforcement used for their efforts, also resulted in the seizure of source code and other useful data related to Lockbit's operations. At the same time, authorities in Poland, Ukraine and the US arrested key members of the ransomware operation. There are sanctions out for two more Lockbit affiliates in Russia. There's more good news for Lockbit victims, too: the operation obtained keys from Lockbit to create a decryption tool for victims to get their data back, according to US Attorney General Merrick Garland. The free decryptors can be found via the No More Ransom project . Since 2019 when Lockbit first entered the scene, it's squeezed victims for more than $120 million in ransomware payments, according to acting assistant AG Nicole Argentieri . This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/members-of-ransomware-gang-lockbit-arrested-by-law-enforcement-144245076.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 8:12 pm

Sperrys Sale Event updates your spring shoes with deals starting at $35: Boat shoes, more

Sperry is having a clearance sale thats offering spring shoes with deals starting at $35 . Prices are as marked. Customers receive free delivery on orders of $50 or more. Easily update your shoes for spring with the Leeward Boat Shoes for men that are currently marked down to $65 and originally sold for $110. These boat shoes feature a shock absorbing heel cup for added comfort and 360-degree lacing system for support. Theyre lightweight and are a classic style you can wear for years to come. Plus, they pair nicely with shorts or chino pants alike. With over 240 positive reviews, this style is rated 4.4/5 stars from Sperry customers. Score additional deals by heading below, and be sure to swing by our fashion guide for even more sales today. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 8:11 pm

Sharges new 170W power bank with triangular transparent design hits $149 (New low, $50 off)

Sharge just launched its newest transparent charger last week, and now its on sale. Direct from the companys own storefront, the Sharge 170 Power Bank sells for $149 shipped . This is down from its usual $199 price tag and marks a $50 discount. Its an extra $11 under the launch sale we saw at Amazon and is a new all-time low. Todays sale is only the second chance to save on this all-new release, too. You can get the full scoop in our launch coverage , too. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 8:09 pm

Tinder is expanding ID verification to the US, UK, Brazil and Mexico

Tinder is expanding its identify verification program to users in the U.S., U.K., Brazil and Mexico, the company announced on Tuesday. The program serves as an additional step for users to confirm the authenticity of their profiles on the dating app and receive a blue verified checkmark. Tinder plans to make this feature available in [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 8:07 pm

Todays best game deals: Metal Gear Solid Collection all platforms $35, Metroid Dread $40, more

As part of its latest game sale , Woot is now offering the Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol.1 on Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5 down at $34.99 . Shipping is free for Prime members with a $6 delivery charge otherwise. Regularly $60, this is 42% off and the lowest price we can find. Currently starting at $38 and up from there at Amazon, todays deal is a couple bucks under the previous Amazon all-time low. While Kojima has moved on to Death Stranding 2 and a mysterious new action espionage IP , this collection brings his classic MGS series to current-generation consoles in one package. It contains Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 3, Metal Gear (NES/FC version), and Snakes Revenge alongside digital books, bonus graphic novels, and a digital soundtracks.The rest of todays console game deals are waiting down below. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 8:05 pm

Meati Foods puts CFO Phil Graves at the helm as it cuts 13% of its workforce

Meati is another example of a tech company making layoffs that didnt appear to be in trouble. 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 8:00 pm

Apple Music Launches Monthly Replay Experience

Apple today rolled out a monthly version of Apple Music Replay, allowing subscribers to see statistics about their listening habits on a more regular basis (via Engadget ). The new Apple Music Replay variant offers a more granular version of the full, annual Apple Music Replay experience offered toward the end of the year, which takes a retrospective look back at a user's entire year of music consumption. The monthly version of the feature shows the total number of listening minutes for the previous month and top artists, songs, and albums, as well as monthly milestones. This data is archived and continues to be available for revisiting at a later date, allowing users to see go back and see Replays for previous months. The feature is viewable at replay.music.apple.com and remains a browser-only experience. Unlike the annual version, the monthly version of Apple Music Replay does not come with an accompanying playlist that can be added to a user's library or a highlight reel. Tag: Apple Music This article, Apple Music Launches Monthly Replay Experience first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 Feb 2024 7:43 pm

Big Tech AI infrastructure tie-ups set for deeper scrutiny, says EU antitrust chief

The impact of AI must be front of mind for enforcers of merger control policy, the European Unions antitrust chief and digital EVP, Margrethe Vestager, said yesterday, warning that wide-reaching digital markets can lead to unexpected economic effects. Speaking during a seminar discussing how to prevent tech giants like Microsoft, Google and Meta from monopolizing [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 7:41 pm

Boses originally $899 AirPlay 2 Smart Soundbar 900 is now down at $650

Best Buy is now offering the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 at $649.99 shipped . This model originally carried a regular price at $899 and currently fetches a going rate at $750. Todays $100 price drop undercuts our mention from last summer by $50 and comes in at $20 under the refurbished price youll find directly from Bose right now for the best we can find. This model is currently out of stock at Amazon. While, in some ways, Bose has replaced the Smart Soundbar 900 with the new Ultramodel that fetches $899, the 900 still delivers on a flagship worthy experience with a very similar design outside of the new AI dialogue enhancement features on the Ultra. Head below for more details. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 7:39 pm

White House to weaken climate-fighting fuel efficiency targets for 2030

The plan faced opposition from OEMs, car dealers, and the United Auto Workers.

Ars Technica 20 Feb 2024 7:37 pm

Why The New York Times might win its copyright lawsuit against OpenAI

The AI community needs to take copyright lawsuits seriously.

Ars Technica 20 Feb 2024 7:35 pm

Apple COO Jeff Williams Visits Taiwan to Celebrate 50 Years of Foxconn

Apple's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams is making a rare visit to Taiwan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Foxconn, one of the company's key suppliers, Bloomberg reports. Apple's COO is joined by senior vice president of operations Sabih Khan, as well as representatives from SoftBank and Arm. Foxconn assembles Apple devices including the iPhone , iPad , and MacBook. The supplier is currently helping Apple shift some iPhone assembly to India as the company looks to diversify its global supply chain. Williams last visited Taiwan in 2017 for TSMC's 30th anniversary celebrations. Apple CEO Tim Cook has not visited Taiwan since 2008. Williams spearheaded development of the Apple Watch and Apple's various health initiatives. He now oversees many vital areas of the company, including hardware and software design. Williams is reportedly the frontrunner to succeed Cook as Apple's CEO. He is apparently seen as the heir apparent within the company, having run Apple's global operations under Cook's leadership, a role that Cook previously undertook for Steve Jobs prior to becoming CEO himself. Tags: Jeff Williams , Foxconn , Bloomberg This article, Apple COO Jeff Williams Visits Taiwan to Celebrate 50 Years of Foxconn first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 Feb 2024 7:32 pm

1Password expands its endpoint security offerings with Kolide acquisition

1Password, the AgileBits-owned password management software developer, today announced that it has acquired Kolide, an endpoint security platform, for an undisclosed amount. According to 1Password CEO Jeff Shiner, Kolide founder and CEO Jason Meller and all of Kolides 30 employees will join 1Password as an intact team. Meller has taken on the role of VP [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 7:30 pm

Apple Music debuts a monthly version of its annual Replay feature

Apple Music is building on its annual Replay feature by offering a monthly version. The annual Replay playlist will still be available, but the monthly option should offer a more granular look at your listening history. Simply visit replay.music.apple.com and sign in with the same Apple ID you use for Apple Music. You'll be able to view your top songs, albums and artists, as well as your personal milestones for each month. Apple will archive these stats as well, so you can revisit them later. I don't exactly need Apple to tell me that I spent much of the last few weeks listening to Deacon Blue , Charlotte Cardin and Gang of Youths' blistering cover of LCD Soundsystem's All My Friends on repeat. Still, being able to revisit my February 2024 replay years from now should provide a nice little reminder as to what I was absorbing in this period of my life. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/apple-music-debuts-a-monthly-version-of-its-annual-replay-feature-140042667.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 7:30 pm

Forget rockets Space Perspective wants to take you to ultra-high-altitudes using balloons

Before Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum were entrepreneurs, they were researchers. Occasionally, they were even the subjects of their research: the pair first made headlines in the early 90s when they joined the crew of Biosphere 2, an experiment designed to better understand how closed ecological systems might eventually support life in outer space. They [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 7:30 pm

Astrosat aids unravelling mysteries of transient black hole x-ray binary

An international team of scientists, led by researchers from Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCCA), used Astrosat to study the black hole X-ray binary system MAXI J1820+070. The study provides insights into the system's behavior, accretion states, black hole's spin, and its connection with emissions from inner and outer accretion flow components.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 7:30 pm

Help, My Friend Got Me a Dumb AI-Generated Present

WIREDs advice columnist on the true purpose of gift giving.

Wired 20 Feb 2024 7:30 pm

Apple Likely Adopting RCS Messaging Standard to Comply With Chinese Law

Apple's surprise decision to bring RCS support to its Messages app for iPhone later this year was not a result of impending EU legislation, but an about-face caused by Chinese political pressure, claimed a report over the weekend. In November 2023, Apple announced that it planned to bring RCS (Rich Communication Services) support to Messages alongside iMessage, a move that seemingly came out of the blue, given Apple's staunch resistance to pressure from Google and Samsung to adopt the communication protocol. In the weeks that followed, one popular theory for Apple's reversal was that its hand had been forced by the EU's Digital Markets Act, which would have required Apple to make changes to iMessage to make it interoperable with other platforms. That theory has since been debunked for two reasons. First, the DMA does not specifically mention RCA as a requirement of interoperability between messaging platforms. And second, the EU earlier this month concluded that iMessage does not hold a dominant enough position to be brought under the DMA's strict rules for services provided by big tech's so-called digital gatekeepers. A more plausible theory has since been offered by John Gruber, who says little birdies (Gruber's code for sources at Apple) tell him that iOS support for RCS is all about China. Writing on his blog Daring Fireball , Gruber points to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which in July 2023 solicited feedback for upcoming rules that would require new 5G devices to support RCS (an English translation of the law can be found on Reddit ). I can't say for certain, admits Gruber, ut after spending the last few months periodically poking around the trees inhabited by little birdies, I do have good news for fans of coercive government regulation. Apple's hand was effectively forced. But by China, not the EU. As Gruber notes, reports that Apple's decision was influenced by inbound EU regulations subsequently make zero sense. Apple would prefer, says Gruber, simply to continue ignoring RCS, on the grounds that they want to support neither any new non-E2EE protocols, nor any new carrier-controlled protocols (whether encrypted or not). But when the [Chinese Communist Party] says device makers must jump to sell their products in China, Apple asks 'How high?' Gruber's full piece is worth a read over on Daring Fireball . As for RCS coming to the Messages app, support for the protocol should result in several improvements to the default messaging experience between iPhones and Android devices, such as higher-resolution photos, audio messages, read receipts, improved group chats, and typing indicators. Apple said RCS support in Messages would arrive later in 2024, which corresponds with the timeframe we expect iOS 18 to be released, suggesting it could be a feature of Apple's next major software update. Tags: Daring Fireball , RCS This article, Apple Likely Adopting RCS Messaging Standard to Comply With Chinese Law first appeared on MacRumors.com Discuss this article in our forums

MacRumors 20 Feb 2024 7:26 pm

Baseus 100W 7-port AC charging station with surge protection now 30% off at $50, more from $14

The official Baseus Amazon storefront is now offering some notable deals on a range of its now even more affordable charging gear. First up, we have the Baseus 100W 7-Port Charging Station in black or white down at $49.99 shipped. Be sure to clip the on-page coupon . Regularly $70, this is a solid $20 or 30% off the going rate for the lowest we can find. Todays deal lands at $6 under the previous deal price and among the lowest we have tracked since it hit Amazon back in August. This model sports a maximum output of 100W spread across three AC outlets, a pair of USB-C ports, and two USB-A options. alongside the 5-foot extension cable to power the unit, it also packs in 1200J surge protection to safeguard your gear in case of electrical spikes during storms or otherwise. Head below for more details and additional deals. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 7:21 pm

Flipkart has weighed acquiring Google-backed instant delivery startup Dunzo

Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart has held discussions in recent weeks about potentially acquiring Dunzo, the hyperlocal delivery startup backed by Reliance Retail, three sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. However, complexities surrounding Dunzos ownership structure have made it difficult for the two parties to reach an acquisition deal, according to two sources familiar with [] 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 7:10 pm

Apples 20W USB-C charger is perfect for iPhone 15, on sale at Amazon for $14 (Reg. $19)

Amazon is now offering the official Apple 20W USB-C Charger for $13.99 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $25. Todays offer is down from the usual $19 price tag and comes within $1 of the best discount we have ever tracked. Its the lowest Amazon has ever offered it and is the lowest price since October. All of that makes it the second-best price yet and a well-timed discount for pairing with your recent iPhone 15. If nothing but one of Apples in-house solutions will do the trick, this wall charger sports a 20W output with a single USB-C port for topping off your new smartphone, USB-C AirPods Pro 2, and other gadgets. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 7:07 pm

Samsung is upgrading a bunch of audio capabilities on its phones, tablets and earbuds

Samsung has announced a variety of updates designed to give its devices' audio capabilities a boost, starting with a Galaxy Buds' capability that could make it easier to communicate in another language. The company launched a new feature called Live Translate with its Galaxy S24 series, which people can use as an interpreter for phone calls to, say, a restaurant in a foreign country they're visiting. Soon, Galaxy S24 owners will be able use their phones as a real-time translation tool for in-person conversations if they pair their devices with their updated Galaxy Buds. When users listen to the other person through their earbuds, they'll hear the words translated into their own language. Meanwhile, the other person can hear them in their language through the phone speaker. The user can also swap the order of speech during the conversation by tapping on their Galaxy Buds. Samsung says this eliminates the need to pass a phone back and forth when trying to converse in two different languages. When we tested out Live Translate on the Galaxy S24 with a phone call, though, we experienced a noticeable lag before Samsung's computerized system interpreted our words. Still, this could be a valuable tool for travelers visiting foreign countries. The company has also revealed that it's expanding Auracast support to its phones and tables, including the Galaxy S24 series. Auracast is a Bluetooth technology that allows users to broadcast audio from devices, such as phones and TVs, to an unlimited number of nearby headphones, speakers and earbuds. Samsung initially made the technology available for its smart TVs only. With this Galaxy Buds update, owners will be able to use Auracast to transmit audio from their mobile devices to multiple earbuds. In addition, Galaxy Buds2 Pro and Buds2 users will be able to enjoy 360 Audio if they pair their earbuds with certain Samsung Neo QLED, QLED and OLED TV models. By doing so, their earbuds will be able to track their head movements for an immersive watching or listening experience. Finally, Galaxy Buds2 Pro users will be able to use Samsung's Auto Switch feature to automatically switch their connection between the company's tablets, Galaxy Books and TVs and its phones if they need to take a phone call. These features are making their way to Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Buds2 and Buds FE users starting in late February. This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/samsung-is-upgrading-a-bunch-of-audio-capabilities-on-its-phones-tablets-and-earbuds-133533584.html?src=rss

Engadget 20 Feb 2024 7:05 pm

Bluestein Ventures raises $45M for third food tech fund

Bluestein Ventures targets consumer-facing technology across the food supply chain like health and wellness, proprietary foodtech, commerce and digital technology. 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 7:00 pm

OpenBorders e-commerce software helps merchants access consumers around the world

OpenBorder provides e-commerce merchants with instant access to the $2 trillion cross-border market through automation of certain logistical needs. 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

TechCrunch 20 Feb 2024 7:00 pm

Keep an eye on things with Rings smart Spotlight Cam Plus down at $120 (30% off)

Joining a series of doorbell and complete security system deals from the brand, Amazon is now offering Ring Spotlight Cam Plus in both the wired or battery-powered configuration at $119.99 shipped one of the requires an outlet to function and the other has a quick-release battery pack you recharge. Regularly $170, this is nearly 30% in savings and the lowest we can find. Todays $50 deal is on par with last years Black Friday price as well. While you can leverage the ongoing subscription for bonus features (more details on this below), these cams work without it to deliver live 1080p video feeds to your smartphone of choice alongside wide-angle color night vision. They also sport a pair of motion-activated LED spotlights that turn on when they detect motion and can even sound the built-in security siren with just a few taps. Users can set customizable motion zones to focus on certain areas of their property as well as leverage two-way talk to speak with visitors and the like. More deals and details below. more

9To5Toys 20 Feb 2024 6:58 pm

Draft AI regulation framework to be released by July: Rajeev Chandrasekhar

We will fully exploit the potential of AI but set up the guardrails as well to prevent misuse, says Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar

The Hindu 20 Feb 2024 6:51 pm