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You can finally customize your Mac in India – but it’s cumbersome

Until now, Apple has been selling preconfigured Macs — MacBooks and iMacs — in India. Now, the company will let you choose specs such as processor, RAM, and storage according to your need — but it’s not straightforward. Apple sells all of its devices through authorized resellers. So, you’ll need to contact a reseller to order a MacBook or iMac according to your configuration, and they’ll ship it to you in four to five weeks after you place an order. You can visit Apple’s website to compare diffe...
Tags: Apple, Startups, India, Plugged


Spotify’s removed its 10K library limit — but it won’t replace my MP3 collection

You’re gonna have to pry my digital music library out of my cold, sweaty hands. Yeah, I have a subscription to a music streaming service (who do you think I am? your grandad? come on) — but this is in addition to my MP3s, not as a replacement. But — and here comes the part you’re interested in — Spotify has gotten substantially better at being your central music hub. And I’m gonna tell you why: because it has removed its 10K library limit. Considering this ticket was first raised in 2014, it’s s...
Tags: Startups, Spotify, Plugged


Pablo Escobar’s brother is suing Apple for $2.6B

Let’s get this out the way immediately: Pablo Escobar’s brother is suing Apple for publicity. That’s it. His company — Escobar Inc. — has used lawsuits in the past to gain public attention. It then uses this increased visibility to “launch” phones (which are literally just relabelled models by other manufacturers) and then scam the public into giving them money. Really, covering this is probably giving Escobar Inc. the publicity it wants, but the story is simply too delicious to pass on. Don’t s...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Pablo Escobar, Pablo, Escobar Inc, Roberto Escobar, Plugged


Fujifilm’s new app makes it easy to turn your camera into a webcam

Fujifilm is making it easier to turn your camera into a webcam — if you use Windows that is. The Japanese camera-maker has released a new piece of software, called Fujifilm X Webcam, which converts X Series and GFX cameras into webcams. It’s an excellent solution for anyone looking to flex on their colleagues’ fuzzy, cheap-ass webcams during their next Zoom call. All you need is the right camera — pretty much GFX100, GFX 50S, GFX 50R, X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3, or X-T4 — and a USB cable; ...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Fujifilm, GFX, Plugged


Future AirPods might jam light sensors into your ears because… health

That’s right, Apple might be putting ambient light sensors into future pairs of its earbuds. The reason? So they can be used as part of a health monitoring system. This comes from a (paywalled) Digitimes report that states Apple is expected to “incorporate ambient light sensors (ALS) in next-generation ‌AirPods‌ devices in the coming [ont to two] years.” Now, the report in question doesn’t specify exactly why Apple would put ambient light sensors in future AirPods, but the common consensus (and ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, DigiTimes, Plugged


This GTA V mod lets you ride your own bike around Los Santos

With lockdown measures enforced around the globe, exercising indoors has had a bit of a boom — particularly indoor cycling. Online video game-like training platforms like Zwift have brought new realms of realism to the activity, but this ingenious GTA V mod has taken it to a whole other level. In short, the GTBikeV mod lets you ride your real bike around GTA V’s massive virtual world, Los Santos, almost as if you were actually there. The mod allows you to connect your bike and smart trainer to t...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Apps, Santos, Shift, Los Santos, Zwift, Plugged, Riding Nerdy


Xiaomi’s wireless Redmi Earbuds S are dirt-cheap at just $23 — and that’s about it

Xiaomi’s Redmi sub-brand is synonymous with affordable hardware — primarily smartphones. Today, Redmi launched its first audio product, the Redmi Earbuds S, at ₹1,799 ($23). While these truly wireless buds aren’t a carbon copy of the Airpods,they do have a few drawbacks (which should be expected at this price point). I’ve been using the Earbuds S buds for a few days, and if you aren’t hell-bent on saving a few bucks on truly wireless buds, you should look for alternatives. Let me tell you why. F...
Tags: Startups, Xiaomi, Redmi, Plugged


Samsung’s new mobile security chip protects booting process and crypto transactions

Samsung introduced its second-gen security chip (S3FV9RR) for smartphones today. The chip, akin to Apple‘s T2 and Google’s Titan M chips, is designed to secure the booting process, parts of storage, and mobile-based payments. The Korean tech-giant launched its first Secure Enclave chip in February; it was used in the Galaxy S20 series later. The new chip is certified with Common Criteria (CC) EAL 6+ security standard, which makes it one of the most secure mobile solutions around. This level of s...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Startups, Samsung, Plugged


Honor’s making a serious move into the smart home

I’ve always loved the idea of the smart home, but the reality is very different to the Jetsons-style world we were promised. Instead of a technological home overhaul, we’ve received a slow drip of products from disparate companies. It all feels far from futuristic. On some level, it’s this feeling that Honor sees some potential in. And why the company has just announced a whole gamut of products with its ‘Smart Life’ and ‘Honor Choice’ range. What does that mean? Well, you could soon fill your h...
Tags: Startups, Plugged


Lumen, the fitness tracker that claims to ‘hack’ your metabolism, is now available

It was nearly two years ago that we first covered Lumen, a gadget and app combo that claims to track your metabolic flexibility — how good your body is at switching between energy sources. It does so by measuring how much carbon dioxide you’re exhaling, which indicates whether your body is currently burning carbs, fats, or a mix of both. The more flexible your metabolism, the easier it is to lose weight (and keep it down), gain muscle,  and optimize workout performance. So claims Lumen, citing s...
Tags: Startups, Lumen, Merav, Plugged, Michal Mor


Razer made a surprisingly classy pair of $200 noise-cancelling headphones

I’m always a little skeptical when there’s a new challenger to the noise-cancelling headphone market because the current popular options — Sony and Bose, primarily — are so good. But Razer may have just figured out the formula for a good noise cancelling headphone at a decent price. For $200, the new Razer Opus is a whole lot of headphone. Granted, I’ve only had the headphones for a few days, so this isn’t a full review yet. But the Razer Opus have impressed me with their sound quality, design, ...
Tags: Startups, Sony, Razer, Insider, Plugged, Razer Opus


Apple’s AR goggles might be called ‘Apple Glass,’ according to new leaks

There have been countless rumors about Apple’s AR goggles, but we might have just got a whole load more information about them — including a name. So, say hello to Apple Glass. Yes, in a video just posted on YouTube, John Prosser — a leaker currently making waves in the Apple community — revealed a whole load about the AR glasses. You’re gonna want to read this. Before we go ahead though, remember that these are just rumors and could be proven incorrect. Still, Prosser has been spot on with his ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Prosser, Plugged, John Prosser


Google plans to axe Motion Sense with the Pixel 5

The Pixel 4 was a good phone — but it wasn’t a great one. Apart from the photography, it never captured the public’s imagination. And arguably the biggest failure? Motion Sense. Yep, according to reports, the upcoming Pixel 5 will no longer have the Soli radar chip, effectively cosigning Motion Sense to the long list of Dead Google Shit. As a quick refresh, Motion Sense is a way of controlling the Pixel 4 using gestures. For example, you use it to skip to the next song by swiping your hand in vi...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pixel, Plugged


Google’s Pixel 4a is reportedly abandoning squeeze-based Assistant activation

Pixel 4a leaks have been coming non-stop as the phone approaches launch date. Though the phone looks set to offer much of the more expensive Pixel‘s features at a lower price, we now know one thing you won’t be able to do with the 4a: squeeze to activate the Google Assistant. Multiple sources have confirmed the 3a won’t have the feature, including 9to50Google’s Stephan Hall, XDA’s Mishaal Rahman, and YouTube channel TechnoLikePlus. Called ‘Active Edge,’ the feature has been a staple of Google’s ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Youtube, Insider, Mishaal Rahman, Plugged, Stephan Hall XDA


Review: The Revelo Thinstem helps bikes take up way less space in your home

Bicycles are probably the best way to get around New York City, especially during these days of empty roads and social distancing. There’s just one problem every aspiring city cyclist faces: bikes take up a lot of space in a shoebox apartment. Well, that and bike theft — which you know, is easier to prevent if you can keep your bike inside said shoebox apartment. The thing is, bikes shouldn’t have to take so much space. They are fundamentally thin machines — only a few inches wide, if it weren’t...
Tags: Startups, New York City, Shift, Insider, Plugged


Review: The Revolo Thinstem helps bikes use way less space in your home

Bicycles are probably the best way to get around New York City, especially during these days of empty roads and social distancing. There’s just one problem every aspiring city cyclist faces: bikes take up a lot of space in a shoebox apartment. Well, that and bike theft — which you know, is easier to prevent if you can keep your bike inside said shoebox apartment. The thing is, bikes shouldn’t have to take so much space. They are fundamentally thin machines — only a few inches wide, if it weren’t...
Tags: Startups, New York City, Shift, Insider, Plugged


Ding dong, the butterfly keyboard’s dead

This is from Plugged In, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter on gear and gadgets. Subscribe to it (and our other great newsletters) here. Today, I’m gonna talk about Apple’s butterfly keyboard. More specifically, its demise — something worthy of both mourning and celebration. “Hold on,” I hear you screech, “what the fuck is the butterfly keyboard?” First off, language. You can find a long-form answer to your question here, but the TL;DR is it’s basically an Apple-designed keyboard mechanism that was mean...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Newsletter, TNW, Ding, Plugged


The Pixel 4a might be cheaper than anyone expected

The Pixel 3a was arguably the best Pixel of its generation, providing so much of what makes Pixel phones great — the camera and software, mainly — at a far cheaper price of $399. And though almost every rumor so far has pointed to a $399 price point for Google’s budget phone, one rumor making the rounds today suggests the phone might just be significantly cheaper than anyone expected. $349 for 128 GB. So says Stephen Hall from 9to5Google, suggesting that Google will forgo a 64GB option this time...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider, Evan, Stephen Hall, Plugged


Trump extends the Huawei ban to 2021

In case you were hoping the Donald Trump‘s government would ease its restrictions on Huawei anytime soon, I’ve got some bad news for you. The president today extended the May 2019 executive order barring US complaining from using Huawei telecommunication equipment, according to Reuters. The extension will last until May 2021. Though the renewed order doesn’t explicitly name Huawei, it’s clearly aimed at the company, as well as others lawmakers have cited as potential security risks, like ZTE. Th...
Tags: Startups, US, Donald Trump, Huawei, Insider, Trump, Reuters, Plugged


The brain behind the Google Pixel’s amazing camera has left the company

Unlike Huawei, Samsung, and Apple, Google’s Pixel phones have historically had some of the best cameras on the market despite their hardware, not because of it. Google’s image processing is, to this photographer’s eye, second to none, compelling me and others choose it over competitors with more and better sensors. I have some bad news, then: Marc Levoy, a pioneer in computational photography and the most prominent researcher behind the Pixel‘s camera, left Google in March, according to The Info...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apple Google, Google Pixel, Levoy, Marc Levoy, Huawei Samsung, Plugged


A eulogy for my ‘vintage’ MacBook Pro

“No, don’t listen to Apple. You’re not a ‘vintage’ MacBook Pro. You’re as beautiful as the day I met you. More so, even. Shhh.” At this point, I gently close my laptop‘s lid, turn off the lights, and exit the room with my head hung low. My heart hurts as I’m typing this — unfortunately not actually on the laptop I’m talking about. Why? Because I’m officially the owner of a ‘vintage’ MacBook Pro. Yes, Apple has just updated its vintage and obsolete products list and my model (a mid-2014 MacBook P...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Macbook, Macbook Pro, Plugged, MacBook Pro Yes Apple


Huawei re-releases the P30 Pro so it can keep Google apps

When a Trump administration decree prevented American companies from working with Huawei, the company was forced to abandon Google apps on new phones. But the company has managed to exploit one loophole: Huawei today announced the P30 Pro ‘New Edition,’ providing a minor spec bump to its last flagship phone before the ban went into effect. This is in fact the second time the company has re-released the P30, having done so last fall. So what’s new this time? Well, not much really. The company bas...
Tags: Google, Startups, Huawei, Insider, Trump, Plugged


Moog’s Subharmonicon is the perfect instrument for people who think math is beautiful

Moog today introduced its new Subharmonicon, a semi-modular analog synthesizer featuring six-tone subharmonic chords and organic polyrhythms. That’s a fancy way of saying it’s a musical instrument that lets you create incredible soundscapes using nothing but math and electricity. Basically, the Subharmonicon is like a kaleidoscope for your ears. On its own, it’s a synthesizer featuring the classic Moog sounds. We’re talking the thrumming, throbbing bass and sweeping warbles that defined decades ...
Tags: Startups, Music, Tech, Creativity, Moog, Plugged, Subharmonicon


The Poco F2 Pro is the Xiaomi K30 Pro with a new name

Poco, a Xiaomi spin-off brand, launched its second flagship — called the Poco F2 Pro — today. This is the company’s third device after it first launched the $300 Pocophone F1 in 2018. Earlier this year, Xiaomi spun off Poco into an independent sub-brand. It also launched a $180 phone called the Poco X2 with a 120Hz display. The F2 Pro starts at €499 ($541), and features a full HD screen with no notch and a pop-up selfie camera. The phone borrows a lot of specifications from its cousin the Xiaomi...
Tags: Startups, Xiaomi, Poço, Plugged


Uh oh, Apple’s new headphones will bankrupt me, won’t they?

Apple’s headphone division is doing big business these days, leading to a lot of talk about their upcoming products. And who are we to buck that trend? Yes, more details have emerged about Apple’s AirPods Studio — the company’s new and upcoming over-ear cans. So strap in. Reported by 9to5Mac, one of the biggest pieces of information from this leak revolves around how the sensors on Apple’s AirPods Studio will work. The over-ear headphones will have a feature similar to the normal AirPods (where ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Plugged, AirPods Studio


How to stream local files to your Chromecast or Android TV

Welcome to Plugged Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Chromecasting is amazing. Now the majority of modern TVs and lots of smart devices have the functionality, you can get videos from your phone to the big screen seamlessly. But, as convenient as Chromecast technology is, there’s one major flaw: streaming your own videos. Yes, casting Netflix or YouTube is as easy as pressing a button, but what if th...
Tags: Startups, Android TV, Netflix, Basics, Plugged


Report: The iPhone 12 Pros will come with 120Hz screens and bigger batteries

We won’t be seeing new iPhones until the fall – and that’s if coronavirus doesn’t delay things further – but that isn’t stopping the leaks from coming. According to Max Weinbach and EverythingApplePro, some of the key upgrades in the new upcoming iPhones may include a 120Hz screen and a massive(for an iPhone) 4,4000 mAh battery on the top-end model. Apple already uses 120Hz displays in its iPad Pro, a feature it calls ProMotion, and can dynamically adjust the refresh rate depending on the conten...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Insider, Plugged, Max Weinbach


Xiaomi, Samsung, and other phone makers poised to resume manufacturing in India

In March, when India announced its first lockdown to curb the coronavirus spread, major smartphone makers such as Xiaomi, Samsung, Oppo, and Vivo had to shut down factories. Now, as the country’s government is slowly lifting restrictions, these companies are set to resume their production. In a statement, Samsung, which has the world’s biggest smartphone plant in India, said that it has restarted production in a limited capacity: We have received requisite permissions to restart production at ou...
Tags: Startups, India, Samsung, Vivo, Noida, Xiaomi Samsung, Plugged, Xiaomi Samsung Oppo


Xiaomi’s $46 streaming box might give the Amazon Fire Stick a run for its money in India

Xiaomi already has a ton of affordable smart gadgets available in India to build out its ecosystem, including the Mi 4K TV and Mi Band fitness tracker . Today, the company has launched a 4K-enabled Android-TV streaming box in the country called Mi Box 4K for just ₹3,499 ($46). The box was originally launched in the US — under the name Mix Box S — in 2018 with a $60 price tag. Now, it has arrived in India at a significantly discounted price. The device has Chromecast functionality built-in, so yo...
Tags: Startups, India, US, Xiaomi, Amazon Fire Stick, Plugged


Smartwatch shipments are up 20% — and Apple is the big daddy… again

Well, there’s one tech sector doing well during coronavirus pandemic: smartwatches. Yep, according to a report from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments have grown 20% over the past year. In terms of actual units, those from 11.4 million in Q1 2019, to 13.7 in Q1 2020. Let’s be honest, a 20% rise sounds far better than shifting an extra 2.7 million units, but hey, what can you do? To put this in perspective, IDC found that worldwide smartphone shipments went down by 11.7% in Q1 of thi...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Idc, Strategy Analytics, Hard Fork, Plugged