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Everything we know about Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro so far

Google‘s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will officially be launched on October 19, and in typical fashion, we know a ton of details about the phones well before their release. That’s in part due to unintentional leaks, but also because Google itself has already told us a ton of information about the device’s hardware. There’s a lot to be excited about with the Pixel 6, as it seems Google is taking hardware for the first time since… well, ever. Pixel phones have always been vehicles to show off Google’s...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pixel, Plugged, Next Featured


Vvolt Sirius review: This low-maintenance ebike is like riding on a cloud

New ebike companies enter the crowded market seemingly every other week. They tend to fall into one of two categories: copycats sourcing generic designs, or companies promising a myriad of gimmicky features that do little to add to the actual ride experience. Many seem more interesting in cashing in on the trend than actually building bikes meant to last, crowdfunding bikes with little support afterward. Vvolt‘s launch this year was a refreshing change of pace. While it goes without saying that ...
Tags: Startups, Shift, Plugged, Next Featured, Vvolt Sirius


HTC’s lightweight Vive Flow is a VR headset you can take anywhere

HTC today announced the Vive Flow, its smallest and lightest VR headset yet. While the reflective lenses on the outside make it seem like this may be an AR headset — one that lets you see the outside world — this is strictly a VR affair. The $499 device tethers to an external power source and is more focused on lightweight immersive experiences than the high-end gaming VR headsets are normally used for. HTC says the Vive flow is “taking technology in a new direction, focusing not on what we do, ...
Tags: Startups, Htc, Insider, Plugged


WhatsApp now offers encrypted backups. Here’s how to opt in

WhatsApp is finally letting users encrypt the backups of their messages. Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that the feature is now being rolled out to iOS and Android users globally. The feature secures backups stored on Google Drive or Apple’s iCloud with end-to-end encryption. This encryption will provide more privacy and security, but it’s not enabled by default. Here’s how to turn the feature on: Make sure you’ve got the latest version of WhatsApp. Open Settings. Tap Chats...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Basics, Insider, Plugged


Instagram’s new practice mode will help you avoid live video goof ups

If you’ve attended an Instagram live video session, you know that the first couple of minutes are dedicated to the host and guests syncing up. Sometimes it all goes smoothly, but other times it’s just messy. To avoid live video startup mistakes, Instagram is adding a new feature called ‘practice mode.’ It’ll let you and your guests join the live video before it’s broadcasted to your followers. This will help you set up the video and check the sound, light, and stability of connections so it look...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Plugged


Review: The Surface Laptop Studio is the most versatile PC ever made

Let’s get this out of the way: The Surface Laptop Studio isn’t the laptop you buy if you want the best specs for the money. If that’s what you’re looking for, you can stop reading. Microsoft says it’s the most powerful Surface ever, but the device simply isn’t going to provide you with the performance per dollar you’d get from some traditional laptop Windows competitors, let alone Apple’s MacBooks and their overpowered ARM chips or gaming PC’s with mega-powerful GPUs. There’s not much sense in c...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Microsoft, Insider, Plugged, Next Featured


Apple slashes iPhone production by 10 million units, damn chip shortage

Hardware production’s most notorious enemy, chip shortage, has struck again. This time Apple has suffered from it, and as a result, it’s set to cut this year’s production targets for the iPhone. According to a report from Bloomberg, the company is set to slash the target by a whopping 10 million — readjusting the initial target from 90 million units down to 80 million. Apple’s chip suppliers like Texas Instruments and Broadcomm haven’t been able to produce and supply enough units. So that has af...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Bloomberg, Texas Instruments, Broadcomm, Plugged


Samsung to host ‘Unpacked Part 2’ after Apple and Google’s big events

Fall is a busy season for the tech world, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. On Monday, October 18, Apple is expected to reveal its new M1X MacBook Pros. On Tuesday, October 19, Google confirmed it is hosting its Pixel 6 event. Today, Samsung announced that on Wednesday, October 20, it’s holding a second ‘Unpacked’ event, where it will announce… something? It’s admittedly quite unusual for Samsung to have an ‘Unpacked Part 2,’ as the company is calling it. The company already announced i...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Samsung, Plugged, Next Featured


Impatient robotics engineer creates his own USB-C port iPhone — your move Tim Apple

All of us have been praying and wanting to see Apple adopt USB-C for iPhones, instead of the current lightning port. While we don’t know when we’ll see such an official model, a robotics engineer has modded an iPhone X with a USB-C port. Ken Pillone’s YouTube Shorts video, first spotted by Apple Insider, shows a working iPhone X model with the new charging port. The video shows the phone charging with a USB-C-based Mac charging brick.  His blog post written in May describes how he aimed to use a...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Apple Insider, Plugged, Tim Apple, Ken Pillone


Instagram is testing an outage notification, so you don’t whine on Twitter

A few days ago, residents of the internet flocked to Twitter to complain about Facebook‘s services, including Instagram and WhatsApp, being down. Looking at a ton of stories and people complaining about the outage, the company itself wants to inform you about outages in the future. For that, it’s testing a feature on Instagram that’ll show you information about a technical glitch or service problems in your Activity Feed. What’s more, the company will also notify you when the issue is resolved a...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Plugged


Instagram will warn kids if they consume too much ‘sensitive’ content

After accusations of ignoring mental health impact on teens using Instagram, Facebook will roll out new measures to make amends. These measures include warnings for consuming too much harmful content, parental control on content, and a “take a break” prompt. Speaking on CNN’s State of Union show last night, Nick Clegg, Facebook’s VP of global affairs, said the nudge feature will warn teens looking at harmful content repeatedly: We’re going to introduce something which I think will make a conside...
Tags: Startups, Cnn, Instagram Facebook, State of Union, Plugged, Nick Clegg Facebook


How Google wants to be your primary choice to track breaking news

When I think of breaking news, I think about scrolling my timeline on Twitter to catch up on the latest developments in the story. Google wants to change that by adding a feature called Big Moments on its Google News. It is a good platform to catch up on some news that you might have missed or read articles on different topics. However, it’s not the best place to track breaking news. According to a report by The Information, a team within the company has been trying to develop features to draw y...
Tags: Google, Startups, Plugged


What to do when one of your AirPods isn’t working

Apple AirPods are incredibly reliable and give users as much quality sound as they need. Unfortunately, many users will run into issues with them at some point. One of the most common issues is finding that only one of your AirPods is working. Whether it’s the left or the right earbud, it’s always going to be frustrating if only one is functioning. The good news is that you don’t need to throw out the AirPods you own and replace them. Instead, try these quick and easy fixes. More often than not,...
Tags: Startups, Plugged


You can now tune your guitar right on Google Search

You can now tune your guitar — or any other instrument — on Google Search. How, you ask? Simply type “google tuner” into the search box, as noted by Android Police. You’re then presented with a chromatic tuner that tells you how close you are to the right pitch. It works on both desktop and mobile devices. There aren’t any fancy bells and whistles like telling you the exact frequency you’re hitting or the ability to tune to specific notes, but for most people, it’ll get the job done. Now if you ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider, Plugged


How can you safely store your vaccine status on your phone?

If you’re vaccinated against COVID-19 and back out in the world, chances are you’re encountering requests for your vaccination card. An increasing number of places require visitors to prove their vaccination status before being allowed in. New York City and San Francisco mandate proof of vaccination for public indoor dining, exercising, and entertainment, while New Orleans requires vaccination or a negative test. Other cities, such as Los Angeles, are considering similar measures. At least one i...
Tags: Startups, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, Plugged, COVID, Next Featured


Facebook’s ‘mental health tools’ reek of half-assing

Facebook announced a bunch of tools and resources to spread awareness about mental health last night. This move comes ahead of Mental Health Day on October 10. But it also comes along with the recent allegations against the company about ignoring the mental health impact of Instagram’s algorithms on teens. The firm said that it has worked with experts on mental health all around the world to build these tools. Here’s what the company has launched: A new emotional health hub with resources relate...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Plugged


Android exec wants to help Apple bring RCS on iPhones

Google has been trying to push carriers all around the world to adopt Rich Communication Services (RCS) since 2017. For the uninitiated, RCS is like SMS 2.0 with the ability to send pictures, videos, voice notes, and QR codes across. While more than 88 mobile network operators support this communication standard, you can’t use it on iPhones. So if you’re texting a friend who uses Apple devices, they’ll still see those green bubbles reserved for people not using iMessage. Today, Android SVP Hiros...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, RCS, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Rich Communication Services RCS, Plugged


YouTube Rewind is canceled forever because nobody liked it

YouTube Rewind is no more. After canceling last year’s Rewind because nobody wanted to look back at 2020, the company has decided to cancel rewind for good (perhaps because 2020 never really ended, did it?). The yearly round-up of popular creators and trends has been increasingly maligned through the years, peaking (or should I say, umm, valley-ing?) in 2018 with what is literally the most disliked video ever posted to YouTube, at over 19 million dislikes. You’ve got to screw up pretty big when ...
Tags: Startups, Insider, YouTube Rewind, Plugged


Valve’s Steam Deck teardown is a breath of fresh air for the right to repair

It is an unfortunate truth that most modern gadgets — and the companies that make them — are hostile to consumer repairs. Not only are gadgets designed in a way that practically forces people to buy a replacement for even simple repairs, but companies often actively make changes to inhibit repair by consumers and third-party repair services. Valve has taken a refreshingly different approach with its upcoming Steam Deck — before the Nintendo Switch-like console has even launched. The company rele...
Tags: Startups, Nintendo, Insider, Plugged


Snapchat is offering prizes to complete challenges — let the games begin

One of the reasons for TikTok’s meteoric rise was people performing challenges on various themes. Now, Snapchat wants to replicate that success, and reward creators in the process as well. The company announced a program called Spotlight Challenges for creators to participate and win money up to $25,000: Snapchatters can win a share of the total prize amount available for each Spotlight Challenge, which will typically range from $1k to $25k, although occasionally we may make available a larger s...
Tags: Startups, Snapchat, Plugged


Twitter’s ‘heated discussion’ prompt sounds complex to execute

Twitter has been experimenting a lot with features related to conversations on the platform over the last few months. Its latest test involves a warning for when you’re about to enter a ‘heated discussion.’ The social network said that it’ll display a prompt on Android and iOS for conversations it thinks can get intense. The prompt seems to remind you of basic moral values like “Remember the human (in the conversation) and “diverse perspective have values.” Ever want to know the vibe of a conver...
Tags: Startups, Plugged


We reviewed the Nintendo Switch OLED like it was a Pokémon card

The Nintendo Switch OLED has arrived! In case you missed the announcement, this is an updated version of the Japanese game giant’s record-breaking console. There is one issue though (and it’s something we explored in this comparison piece): on paper, the OLED model isn’t that different from the regular Switch. This is disappointing — especially for people excited about the potential of a Pro Switch. Don’t worry! All is not lost yet — because we’re gonna find out the truth in this Nintendo Switch...
Tags: Startups, Nintendo, Plugged


How to bring Safari’s address bar back to the top on iOS 15

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. When Apple rolled out the iOS 15 developer beta for iPhones back in June, I thoroughly enjoyed Safari‘s redesigned layout with a tab bar on the bottom. However, many folks thought that the choice was hideous. Now that iOS 15 has been rollout to all eligible iPhones, you can switch to the old-styled layout with an address bar on the top. Here’s how you can do i...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Basics, Plugged


Google is automatically turning on 2FA — how to check your settings

If you think passwords provide enough security for your accounts, you’d be wrong. It’s important to protect your accounts with additional security measures like two-factor authentication (2FA), which allows you to use an app or a device for verification. Google already provides you an option to use hardware security keys, authenticator apps, prompts on your other devices with Google apps, and SMS-based verification codes as valid 2FA alternatives. While this security setting has been optional, t...
Tags: Google, Security, Startups, Plugged


It’s official: Google’s Pixel 6 event happens October 19

At long last, we now know when Google will reveal the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro: October 19. The company today sent invites to the press for its upcoming virtual event, which will be streamed to all at 10 AM Pacific Time. Well, “reveal” is a bit of a stretch. Google itself has already given us a solid look at the phone’s exterior design and announced its most notable specification: the new in-house Google Tensor processor. The company has also given us a few details about the camera and other feat...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider, Plugged, Google Tensor, AM Pacific Time Well


EARBUD BATTLE ROYALE: OnePlus Buds Pro vs. Nothing Ear 1 vs. Google Pixel Buds A

I’m a fan of neck buds because I don’t need to put them in a case when I’m not using them, and that’s no secret. But wireless buds are getting more and more popular, and they have their perks, such as increased mobility and active noise cancellation. I got to use three popular buds in the sub-$150 range: the OnePlus Buds Pro, the Nothing Ear 1, and the Google Buds A. All of these buds launched in India within the last few months, so it was fun to use them in tandem to see if they’re worth the hy...
Tags: Startups, India, Plugged, Google Pixel Buds A


Tinder will give you in-app currency to keep your profile active

We’ve all been there. Open Tinder, get bored, don’t look at the app for months. So to keep our profiles up to date and active, the app will offer in-app currencies as a reward. According to a report by Bloomberg, the Match Group-owned app is rolling this virtual currency initially in Australia, and later in other countries, including the US. The in-app “coins” could be earned by keeping your profile active. Plus, you could buy them with real money, and use them to redeem premium features, such a...
Tags: Startups, Australia, US, Plugged, Bloomberg the Match Group


Windows 11 is now available — here’s how to skip the line

Windows 11 is finally here — and a little bit ahead of schedule., depending on where you are in the world. The official release date is October 5, and though it’s October 4th where I’m sitting, it’s already the future in other parts of the world. There are actually a few different ways to install the OS, from a straightforward update to some more circuitous methods. Let’s cut to the chase, then. Via Windows Update Although the OS won’t be available to all Windows 10 users, if you have a relative...
Tags: Startups, Insider, Plugged


We interviewed Siri about what it’s like to turn 10

Ten is a weird birthday. It feels important — you’ve been alive a whole decade, after all — but it doesn’t actually mean anything. Puberty is still away in the spotty distance. Driving is nowhere close. And you can’t even buy a lottery ticket, let alone put a grand on a weirdly named animal (MOTHER’S MILK! GENGHIS FROWN!) down at the dog track. Yes, ten years might be arbitrary, but it is still a milestone. And specifically, it’s one that Siri has just joined. On October 4 2021,Apple‘s voice ass...
Tags: Startups, Siri, Genghis, Plugged


How to report scam apps in the App Store

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. In the Apple v Epic case, there were a lot of arguments related to the number of scams and duplicate apps on the App Store. The iPhone maker argued that its current set of mechanisms handle counterfeit apps well, while Epic said scam apps run rampant. Until now, if you knew about a counterfeit app, you can’t do anything about it. However, with iOS 15, Apple ha...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Epic, Plugged