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  • iOS 15 Available Now

    Mon 2:14pm By Rich Brome
    Apple just released the first non-beta version of iOS 15 as a free update for iPhone models 6s and newer. First announced in June, the update includes revamped notifications, Focus Mode, Live Text, and support for stats ID cards in Wallet.
  • Google Bringing Permissions Auto-Reset to Older Android Phones

    Mon 11:20am By Rich Brome
    Older versions of Android will soon gain the Permissions Auto-Reset feature that Google introduced in Android 11. The feature will automatically revoke permissions from apps that haven't been used in "a few months". If the app is launched again, it will need…
  • TCL Brings It Newest Flip Phone to Four US Carriers

    Thu 12:00pm By Rich Brome
    Verizon today launched the TCL Flip Pro for prepaid customers. The same phone launched recently on US Cellular as the TCL Flip, and earlier this week as the Alcatel Go Flip 4 on T-Mobile. (Alcatel is a brand of TCL.) TCL says the Go Flip 4 is also coming to…
  • CAT Puts Android With Play Store in a Compact Flip Design

    Thu 10:28am By Rich Brome
    T-Mobile has started selling the CAT S22 Flip, a unique phone that blurs the line between smartphone and flip phone. The S22 Flip has the size and design of a typical rugged flip phone, but its 2.8-inch main display is a touch screen that provides access to…
  • New Emoji Finalized

    Wed 12:44pm By Rich Brome
    The Unicode Consortium has finalized and released version 14.0 of Unicode Standard for multi-lingual text, including 37 new emoji characters. New versions of Unicode are usually incorporated into updated versions of iOS and Android. The new emoji include: face…
  • T-Mobile Rolling Out New Icon to Differentiate Fast 5G from Regular 5G

    Sep 15, 2021, 11:32 am By Rich Brome
    T-Mobile phones will soon display a new icon in the status bar to indicate when they are connected to 5G in a higher frequency band that offers faster data speeds. The icon will appear first on the newest iPhones, and the company is working with phone makers…
  • iPhone 13 Upgrades Cameras, Displays

    Sep 14, 2021, 3:18 pm By Rich Brome
    Apple today announced the iPhone 13 series. All models feature improved battery life, display, cameras, and processor. Although the model options and designs are similar to the iPhone 12 series, the notch for the TrueDepth camera system that powers Face ID is…
  • Apple Watch Series 7 has 20% Larger Display

    Sep 14, 2021, 2:18 pm By Rich Brome
    Apple today announced the Apple Watch Series 7, which features a display with 20% more screen area, in roughly the same size case as previous models. The bezels are now just 1.7mm wide. Apple has tweaked watchOS to take advantage of the larger display,…
  • iOS 14.8 Patches Nasty Security Flaw

    Sep 13, 2021, 4:54 pm By Rich Brome
    Apple today released a set of urgent security updates for iOS, watchOS, macOS, and Safari for Mac. The updates fix a previously-unknown zero-day security flaw that enabled "arbitrary code execution" when viewing a maliciously crafted PDF file, which could be…
  • Sonim Revamps its Rugged Flip Phone

    Sep 13, 2021, 1:17 pm By Rich Brome
    Sonim's newest rugged flip phone is the XP3plus, launching today with T-Mobile. This new model is a significant upgrade over the original XP3 from 2019, featuring larger displays and a battery that's over 50% larger (2,300 vs. 1,500 mAh). It introduces a new…
  • Vimeo Fully Supports Dolby Vision on iPhone

    Sep 13, 2021, 11:46 am By Rich Brome
    Vimeo now lets iPhone users both upload and view videos recorded with Dolby Vision. The iPhone 12 Pro introduced the ability to capture video in the HDR format, but there have been few ways to share the content in its full glory until now.
  • AT&T's Newest 5G Phone is Just $90

    Sep 10, 2021, 12:56 pm By Rich Brome
    AT&T Prepaid and Cricket are offering a new, white-label 5G phone for as low as $90, a new milestone for affordability of 5G phones. AT&T Prepaid is offering the phone as the AT&T Radiant Max 5G. AT&T's web site shows a list price of $180, but is currently…
  • Apple Must Allow Apps To Steer Customers to Alternative Payment Methods, Rules Federal Judge

    Sep 10, 2021, 12:44 pm By Rich Brome
    A US Federal Judge has ruled that Apple must allow app developers to "steer" customers away from Apple's App Store payment service, which collects a fee of up to 30%. The ruling was part of Fortnite maker Epic Games' lawsuit against Apple for anti-competitive…
  • Ray-Ban Stories are Glasses With Cameras and Bluetooth Audio

    Sep 9, 2021, 1:06 pm By Rich Brome
    Facebook and Ray-Ban have collaborated to create Ray-Ban Stories, "smart" glasses similar to the Spectacles 3 from Snap. Ray-Ban Stories feature dual 5-megapixel cameras that capture photos with depth as well as videos up to 30 seconds. They also include…
  • LG Develops Better Material for Foldable Displays

    Sep 8, 2021, 11:32 am By Rich Brome
    LG Chem has developed a new top layer for flexible displays that it claims is both "hard as glass" and "flexible as plastic", while offering several key advantages over materials currently used in folding displays. LG calls the new material Real Folding…
  • Apple Delays CSAM Photo-Scanning Feature

    Sep 3, 2021, 11:55 am By Rich Brome
    Apple will "take additional time to make improvements" before launching its technology to detect and report known child sexual abuse material (CSAM) in users's iCloud photos. The tools, first revealed a month ago, are designed to preserve user privacy by using…
  • Samsung Intros 200 Megapixel Camera Sensor for Phones

    Sep 2, 2021, 1:57 pm By Rich Brome
    Samsung's new Isocell HP1 camera sensor features 200 megapixel resolution. That unprecedented number of pixels enables several specific new capabilities. The most important is variable pixel binning, which Samsung calls "ChameleonCell". While existing high-res…
  • Apple Makes Major App Store Concession on Media Subscriptions

    Sep 1, 2021, 10:16 pm By Rich Brome
    Starting early next year, Apple will allow media player apps like Spotify and Netflix to direct new users to subscribe via their own web sites and third-party payment systems. Previously, Apple required such apps to use Apple's payment system, where Apples…
  • Qualcomm Brings Lossless Audio to Bluetooth

    Sep 1, 2021, 12:48 pm By Rich Brome
    Qualcomm today announced aptX Lossless, a technology designed to deliver CD-quality 16-bit 44.1kHz lossless audio quality over Bluetooth. As part of Snapdragon Sound, aptX Lossless automatically kicks in when a phone detects the user listening to a lossless…
  • Eight US States to Support Digital Driver’s Licenses in Apple Wallet

    Sep 1, 2021, 12:23 pm By Rich Brome
    Residents of Arizona and Georgia will soon be able to add a secure digital version of their driver's license or state ID to the Wallet app on their iPhone and/or Apple Watch. Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah have also announced plans…