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Daily Crunch: Trying on Apple’s watchOS 7

The public beta of watchOS 7 is here, Amazon may be looking to turn malls into distribution centers and Skillshare raises $66 million. This is your Daily Crunch for August 10, 2020. The big story: Trying on Apple’s watchOS 7 Brian Heater walks us through all the changes coming in watchOS 7. It sounds like the operating system isn’t getting a dramatic upgrade — particularly in comparison to MacOS — but there are still some important changes that should help Apple stay at the top of the smartwa...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hardware, News, Tech, Wall Street Journal, watchOS, Jeff Clavier, Apple News, Trump, Skillshare, Abramson, Ethan Smith, United Stages, Brian Heater, Clavier


Trump administration announces major midband spectrum auction for 5G

5G is increasingly coming into focus as a set of technologies that has the potential to dramatically expand the quality, bandwidth, and range of wireless connectivity. One of the major blocks to actually rolling out these technologies though is simply spectrum: there just isn’t enough of it available for private use. 5G needs spectrum at very low frequencies to penetrate buildings and increase range, and it also needs high frequencies to support the huge bandwidth that future applications will r...
Tags: Mobile, Hardware, Fcc, Congress, Government, White House, China, Defense, America, Tech, Policy, United States, Iowa, Wireless, Aws, Nebraska


Apple watchOS 7 preview

Of the big three Apple operating systems, watchOS arguably gets the least love. That goes double in a year that sees macOS getting its biggest overhaul in recent memory. On the whole, the Apple Watch’s software is often overlooked, as smartwatch users tend to focus attention on the addition of new hardware sensors and the like. Still, watchOS 7, out today in public beta, brings a number of key additions, as Apple looks to keep from getting too complacent in its spot high atop the list of smar...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Wearables, Asia, Hardware, Samsung, Siri, Tech, Apple Watch, Huawei, watchOS, Siri Shortcuts, Brian Heater That, Brian Heater Hand


Why Are There Roaches Inside My Computer?

There are some things that belong in a computer. Wires, chips, whirring mechanical doodads—what most of us would think of, sensibly, as “hard drive stuff.” Absent from this list—absent from most lists, except those dealing with repugnant, six-legged disease vectors—are cockroaches. A cockroach in a hard drive? That is…Read more...
Tags: Science, Hardware, Animals, It, Computers, Infestations, Roaches, Inesects


IFA cancels Global Markets event, but organizers say rest of show planning is in ‘full swing’

Late last-month, CES’s organizers called an audible, canceling the in-person tech show for 2020. The news seemingly cause the forces behind Berlin-based IFA to double down on the messaging for their upcoming event. Ahead of the September show, IFA has been particularly aggressive in attempting to get the word out. Take the August 4 press release, “IFA 2020 Special Edition: News Announcements non-stop at the IFA Global Press Conference – Global Brands unveil their latest Products, News and Ser...
Tags: Hardware, Berlin, Events, Tech, Ifa, Jens Heithecker, Coronavirus, COVID-19, IFA Global Press Conference Global Brands, IFA Global Markets


Moft is back with a clever laptop sleeve that converts into a stand

Moft is a clever company that makes clever products. For a while there, I was sporting their laptop stand. It was a head-turner when I used to unfold it during meetings — back when we used to do those in-person. The truth is, I ended up having to tear it off the bottom. It lasted fine for a while, but the heat from the bottom of my MacBook ultimately melted it into a gooey mess. It was fun while it lasted. Ultimately, I do think that was a design flaw. But even so, Moft its one of those companie...
Tags: Hardware, Tech, Macbook, MOFT, Brian Heater After, Mobile Office for Travelers Clearly


Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ hands-on

During an Unpacked event that featured the announcement of five key new devices, the Galaxy Tab S7 didn’t get a ton of love. Understandable, perhaps. It doesn’t quite have the star power of the Note line, nor does it have the novelty of a new foldable or Bluetooth earbuds. Tablets in general just aren’t exciting the way they once were. But Samsung’s continued to plug away. The company makes a lot of tablets. That’s just kind of its thing. Why make one when you can make a dozen, each with differe...
Tags: Reviews, Android, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Galaxy Tab S7, Brian Heater Points


Apple 27-inch iMac review

At its first virtual World Wide Developers Conference back in June, Apple unveiled a huge piece of news about the future of the Mac. After years of rumors, the company finally confirmed plans to wean itself off of Intel processors in favor of its own in-house ARM-based chips. Apple noted that the process would be a gradual one, taking around two years to transition the entire line. It was a rare peek behind the curtain for the company, owing to the fact that it needed to prep developers ahead...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Hardware, Tech, Intel, Amd, Bell, Magic Keyboard, Mac Pro, Brian Heater, Core Intel Core, 10th gen Comet Lake, Brian Heater Apple


Google discontinues the Pixel 4, nine months after release

Days after announcing the Pixel 4a, Google has quietly discontinued sales of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. The move, noted early by the Verge, represents an extremely truncated lifecycle for a Google flagship — around half of the 18 months the company continued to sell its two predecessors. Google already announced the imminent arrival of the Pixel 5, when it noted the forthcoming handset would be one of two Pixels devices to sport 5G, along with the Pixel 4a 5G. The company confirmed the move in ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Hardware, US, Pixel, Google Store, Google Pixel, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a Google


Sony’s excellent over-ear headphones get smarter

Sony knows how to make a great pair of headphones. The WH-1000XM3 are one of the best received pairs of over-ear models in recent years. Two years later, the company is ready to unveil their successors, which sport a number of smart connected features. In fact, the WH-1000XM4 bring all sorts of nice upgrades to the line. Unsurprisingly, a number of them are smart features that more fall into the category of nice to have, rather than essential, but there are a few core updates, as well. For st...
Tags: Google, Hardware, Tech, Headphones, Sony, Alexa, Sony Music Studios Tokyo


Here are all the things Samsung announced at today’s Unpacked event

Samsung’s first virtual Unpacked ranked somewhere between Microsoft and Apple’s recent events in terms of overall presentation and general awkwardness. The show kicked off seven minutes late, and a number of on-screen presenters certainly tended toward the more…awkward side of things, but overall, it was a decent first virtual event as the company embraces what it’s branded as “The Next Normal.” Toward the end of the show, mobile head TM Roh noted, “Going forward, 5G and foldable will be the maj...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Wearables, Hardware, Microsoft, Samsung, Tech, United States, Fda, 5g, ASSA ABLOY, Phil Spencer, Roh, UWB, Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Fold


The Galaxy Tab S7 will bring 5G to Samsung’s tablet line

Samsung’s going all in on 5G. The company was an early adopter for the next-gen wireless technology and has just offered it across the newly announce Galaxy Note 20. Turns out its new tablets will be getting the connectivity as an upgrade option. The Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ were among the five devices launched at today’s unpacked event, arriving as “the first tablets that support 5G available in the United States,” according to the associated press material. And certainly they’re ahead of the curv...
Tags: Travel, Hardware, Samsung, United States, 5g, S7, Dolby Atmos, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Tab


Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds Live bring active noise cancelation for $170

Samsung’s made quality earbuds for a number of years now. They’re never particularly exciting or innovative, but they’re always a solid choice in an overcrowded market. Today’s big Unpacked event adds yet another model to the growing list of options. Already sporting the Galaxy Bean nickname based on early leaks, and for reasons that should be painfully obvious, the most notable thing here is the addition of Active Noise Canceling. That’s a feature that has most often been reserved for higher-pr...
Tags: Travel, TC, Wearables, Hardware, Samsung, Sony, Wireless Earbuds


Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 ships August 21, starting at $1,000

Samsung promised a lot of gadgets for today’s big Unpacked event — five in all, as a matter of fact. As expected, the big headliners — both figuratively and literally — are the latest additions to the popular Note line. Also unsurprising is the company’s positioning the Note 20 — along with the rest of today’s new hardware — as   “devices […] that seamlessly integrate to empower consumers navigating a rapidly changing world.” It’s mostly a bit of hyperbole as the company looks to position a pai...
Tags: Travel, Google, Mobile, Hardware, Microsoft, Samsung, Smartphones, Bluetooth Low Energy, Samsung Galaxy Note, Ultra, Samsung Samsung, Bixby, UWB, Space Zoom, Samsung Handsets


The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 features a reinforced screen, upgraded hinge and larger front screen

Samsung promised five “power devices” for its virtually-only Unpacked event. We already know about the Note 20, Galaxy Watch 3, Tab S7 and Buds Live — so what’s left? We speculated based on an earlier news that the company would debuting a new foldable — the biggest question, however, is whether it would be a rehash of the recently announced Galaxy Z Flip 5G or something else entirely. Turns out the company is releasing the sequel to its first foldable, the…troubled Galaxy Fold. After a false st...
Tags: Mobile, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Ifa, Foldable, Galaxy Fold, Fold For the Galaxy Z Fold, Mystic Black and Mystic Bronze


Here’s the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Samsung promised five “power devices” for its virtually-only Unpacked event. We already know about the Note 20, Galaxy Watch 3, Tab S7 and Buds Live — so what’s left? We speculated based on an earlier news that the company would debuting a new foldable — the biggest question, however, is whether it would be a rehash of the recently announced Galaxy Z Flip 5G or something else entirely. Turns out the company is releasing the sequel to its first foldable, the…troubled Galaxy Fold. After a false st...
Tags: Travel, Mobile, Hardware, Samsung, Ifa, Foldable, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold, Fold For the Galaxy Z Fold


The bezel is back for Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 3

The rotating bezel has always felt like Samsung’s secret weapon in the smartwatch battle. It is, without question, the best input device. No one, not even Apple’s crown, comes close. For that reason, it was a bit baffling when the company opted to drop it for its Active line of watches. Samsung attempted to convince us all that the “digital bezel” was just as good. It definitely, definitely wasn’t. Thankfully, the newly announced Watch 3 brings back the bezel. The company is quick to note that i...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Wearables, Hardware, Samsung, Korea, Fda, National Sleep Foundation, Galaxy Watch


Genki’s Covert Dock is the perfect dock for the Nintendo Switch – and other gadgets, too

The Nintendo Switch’s ability to quickly transition from portable to home console is definitely one of its major selling points, but Nintendo’s official dock never really made much sense with the portable nature of the Switch itself. Luckily, third-party accessory maker Genki created the Covert Dock, a device no larger than a smartphone USB charger that easily connects your Switch to any TV. Plus, it actually is a USB charger for all your devices, too. The basics The Covert Dock includes...
Tags: Reviews, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Gaming, Accessories, Hardware, Nintendo, MacBook Air, Switch, Genki, Nintendo Switch, Covert Dock, Display Dock, Genki Genki, Genki Covert Dock


Apple’s 27-inch iMac gets a processing and graphics boost

Apple sold a lot of Macs last quarter — a record, in fact, for Q3, jumping a full 21%, year over year. Given the state of the world, with most office workers moving to a remote setup, there’s little surprise the company’s desktop and laptops moved at such an impressive clip. For that reason alone, there’s probably no better time to offer a substantial refresh to the company’s perennial favorite all-in-one. This morning, Apple took the wraps off the latest version of its 27-inch iMac. The cha...
Tags: Apple, Google, Hardware, Tech, Intel, Amd, iMac, Intel Macs, 10th gen Comet Lake


An update on Fitbit

Last year, we announced that Google entered into an agreement to acquire Fitbit to help spur innovation in wearable devices and build products that help people lead healthier lives. As we continue to work with regulators to answer their questions, we wanted to share more about how we believe this deal will increase choice, and create engaging products and helpful experiences for consumers.There's vibrant competition when it comes to smartwatches and fitness trackers, with Apple, Samsung, Garmin,...
Tags: Google, Hardware, European Commission, Fitbit, Rick Osterloh, Google in Europe, Huawei Xiaomi, Company announcements, Apple Samsung Garmin Fossil


Treat Yourself to a Tech Upgrade

Times are tough. The unemployment rate is off the charts; schools can’t decide how to open safely, or whether they should open at all; we did such a bad job preventing a second wave of COVID-19 that we’re still riding the first one. And many of us lucky enough to still be employed are going stir-crazy from working at…Read more...
Tags: Hardware, Shopping, Upgrade, Software, Gear, Lifehacks, COVID


Google’s budget Pixel 4a addresses its premium predecessor’s biggest problem

The Pixel line has always felt like more of an underdog product than one should reasonably expect from a corporation as massive as Google. After years of partnerships and Nexus devices, when Google finally did enter the smartphone market in earnest, it found itself attempting to chip away at an already mature category — an even more difficult feat when most of that competition is already running your operating system. In an important sense, the Pixel line’s differentiator may actually be its...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Mobile, Hardware, Samsung, Tech, Smartphones, Huawei, Pixel, MÁRIO QUEIROZ, PTA, Samsung Apple, Marc Levoy, Google Pixel 3a, Google Pixel 4a


The 4a and 5 will be Google’s first 5G-enabled Pixels

Surprise. The latest version of Google’s budget Pixel device will be one of the first two to get its next-gen technology. It’s an odd strategy, to be sure, but sometimes roadmaps work out like that, I guess. You can read basically everything you need to know about the Pixel 4a in my review here. It’s a pretty basic addition to the line, albeit one that bumps up battery life from its predecessors and maintains the brand’s focus on excellent imaging with limited hardware. Google’s budget Pixel...
Tags: Google, Mobile, Hardware, Australia, Tech, Pixel, Google Pixel, U S Canada U K Ireland France Germany Japan Taiwan


Apple’s partners and Samsung apply for India’s $6.6 billion local smartphone production program

South Korean giant Samsung, Apple’s contract manufacturing partners Foxconn, Wistron and Pegatron, and Indian smartphone vendors Micromax and Lava among others have applied for India’s $6.6 billion incentive program aimed at boosting the local smartphone manufacturing, New Delhi said on Saturday. The scheme, called Production-Linked Incentive Scheme, will offer a range of incentives to companies including a 6% financial incentive on additional sales of goods produced locally over five years, ...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Asia, Hardware, India, Narendra Modi, Samsung, Tech, Taiwan, Xiaomi, New Delhi, Foxconn, Vivo, Oppo, Foxconn Wistron, Pli


It’s not an Apple Watch, it’s an Oppo Watch

Behold, the Opple Watch. Many have borrowed heavily from Apple’s wearable, but few, if any, have done so as brazenly as Oppo. Sure Fitbit received some guff for the squircle hardware design of its Versa line, but it’s not useful to get too hung up on those vague similarities — there are, notably, relatively few geometrical options for hardware makers looking to move outside the traditional circle watch face. But based on the press material, the Oppo Watch is — to put it gently — a dead ringe...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Wearables, Hardware, Smartwatch, Tech, Oppo, Wear OS


Amazon says police demands for customer data have gone up

Amazon has said the number of demands for user data made by U.S. federal and local law enforcement have increased during the first half of 2020 than during the same period a year earlier. The disclosure came in the company’s latest transparency report, published Thursday. The figures show that Amazon received 23% more subpoenas and search warrants, and a 29% increase in court orders compared to the first half of 2019. That includes data collected from its Amazon.com retail storefront, Amazon Ech...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Business, Publishing, Hardware, Kindle, Articles, Tech, Law Enforcement, United States, Web Services, Silicon Valley, Department Of Justice, Cloud Services, Amazon Echo, Justice Department


The road to recurring revenue for hardware startups

Nils Mattisson Contributor Share on Twitter Formerly at Apple, Nils Mattisson is now CEO and co-founder of smart home tech company Minut. If you look at the most successful startups today, you’ll find plenty of proof that the hardware-enabled service (Haas) model works: Peloton, Particle, Latch and Igloohome all rely on subscriptions along with product sales. Even tech giants like Apple are rapidly reinventing themselves as se...
Tags: Apple, Health, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Ecommerce, Column, Hardware, Tech, B2C, Strava, Haas, D2C, Market Analysis, Extra Crunch, Hardware-as-a-service


Huawei overtook Samsung in global smartphone shipments for Q2

Things haven’t exactly been smooth sailing for Huawei in recent years. The company’s rapid trajectory has been disrupted by on-going battles with the U.S. government that have, among other things, blocked its access to Google apps and services. But a new report from Canalys paints a reasonably rosy picture as the hardware giant overtook Samsung to snag the top spot in global smartphone shipments for the second quarter of 2020. The news is a milestone for a number of reasons, not the least of...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Europe, Hardware, China, Samsung, Tech, Huawei, Canalys, Samsung Huawei, China Samsung, Mo Jia


Connected audio was a bad choice

The past week, I’ve spent ample time looking to revamp my home audio setup. I think my only qualification is that my next setup is as dumb as possible. In the past five years, my setup has gone from a fairly middling wired 2.1 speaker setup to a confusing menagerie of connected smart speakers. I’ve likely gone through at least five Google Assistant-laden speakers including the Google Home Max, a couple connected Sonos speakers, three HomePods, a Facebook Portal+, non-smart speakers connect...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Technology, Hardware, Tech, AV, Chromecast, Telecommunications, Computing, Speaker, Sonos, Operating System, Operating Systems, Alexa, Apple Inc


Where is voice tech going?

Richard Dal Porto Contributor 2020 has been all but normal. For businesses and brands. For innovation. For people. The trajectory of business growth strategies, travel plans and lives have been drastically altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a global economic downturn with supply chain and market issues, and a fight for equality in the Black Lives Matter movement — amongst all that complicated lives and businesses already. One of the biggest stories in emerging techno...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Mobile, Wearables, Column, Hardware, Media, Podcasts, Siri, Tech, Bbc, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital