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Apple and Qualcomm surprisingly settle their legal differences, and it’s pretty clear who won

Just when their legal battle was just beginning the trial phase, Apple and Qualcomm have ironed out their differences in a surprise settlement. The terms of the agreement include the dismissal of all litigation between the two companies as well as any pending cases brought by Apple’s global contract manufacturers, and basically returns the … [Read more...]

Fitbit Versa Lite review: Lower cost with little sacrifice

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If not for the new blueberry and mulberry colors, it’s nearly impossible to tell the $160 Fitbit Versa Lite apart from the $200 Fitbit Versa. They both have the same square aluminum frame. They both sport a 1.34-inch color display. And any of the original Vera bands work just fine with the Versa Lite. Christopher Hebert/IDG It’s hard to see the … [Read more...]

Four ways Apple could return the MacBook to glory

The invitation-only “show time” event might not be for a few days, but that’s not stopping Apple from rolling out a slew of products. Following Monday’s iPad Air and iPad mini announcements, Apple updated the entire iMac line Tuesday morning with faster chips, better graphics, and more memory.That makes the $1,799 iMac one of the best buys in the … [Read more...]

This French company strips and repaints iPhones to sell them for less than Apple

The last thing I expected to see at MWC was an iPhone booth. After all, I was in the heart of Android country, with giant Samsung, Huawei, and Qualcomm banners looming over the bystanders like national flags. But as I weaved my way through the countries of Google, Xiaomi, and LG, I suddenly found myself smack dab in “enemy” territory in the Remade … [Read more...]

Apple needs to get into the folding game and save us from years of bad phones

When I first heard that Samsung was making a folding phone, I was excited. The idea that a phone could turn into a tablet intrigued me, and I closely followed the development of Samsung’s display technology leading up to the launch of the Galaxy Fold.Then I saw the Fold, and, well, my excitement waned. After dreams of giant screens opening to … [Read more...]

HomeKit was a surprise winner of CES 2019. Now Siri needs to get a whole lot better

For a company that’s mired in its biggest stock slump in a decade, Apple sure isn’t wallowing in its poor sales. Without stepping foot in Las Vegas or making a single announcement of its own, Apple is having one of its best CES conferences in years, as companies turned to HomeKit en masse to boost their smart offerings.While Google Assistant and … [Read more...]

5 reasons why you shouldn’t get too excited about Samsung’s 5G phone announcement

Samsung has teamed up with Verizon and AT&T to deliver the company's first 5G phone in the first half of 2019. Here are five reasons you won't want to not rush out to buy it. … [Read more...]

5 reasons iPad Pro won’t be your next computer

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Just in time for its 4-day holiday sales event, Apple is running a new ad that serves up five reasons why the iPad Pro can be your next computer. In true Apple fashion, it’s a fun, hip, flashy ad that will no doubt sway a few people to plunk down upwards of a thousand bucks on a new iPad.But for most of them, they’re going to need a Mac too. Never … [Read more...]

Withings takes aim at Fitbit with the Pulse HR, a simple fitness band with 20-day battery life

Now that Withings is back in the hands of its founder, it’s returning to its roots. Fans of the French health company will remember the original Pulse as a fun and funky pedometer that doubled as a fitness band, and now Withings is bringing it back—with a new design and an eye on Fitbit’s fitness band dominance with the Alta and Charge 3.To read … [Read more...]

MacBook Air Hands-on: All-new but still very familiar

Apple didn’t waste any time introducing the new MacBook Air at its Brooklyn event Tuesday, and as such, it was the first thing that greeted me when I walked into the hands-on area.But for a brand new product that’s been rumored and hyped for years, the MacBook Air is very familiar. It still has the classic wedge design and a dearth of ports. It’s … [Read more...]

iPad Pro Hands-on: The first Apple tablet that actually feels new

Apple on Tuesday revealed the new iPad Pro, and after the presentation, I got to see the new device up close. Without the Apple logo on the back, the new iPad Pro might be mistaken for a really good iPad competitor. Maybe a Chrome tablet or a Galaxy Tab S. But definitely not an iPad and possibly not even an Apple product.Even when I picked it up, … [Read more...]

Fitbit Charge 3 review: Smarter then the average fitness tracker

In an age of smartwatches with cellular chips and near edge-to-edge screens, the Fitbit Charge 3 is something of a throwback. It doesn’t have a color screen. You can’t install third-party apps. It doesn’t even store music.But even without many of the things that make a smartwatch, well, smart, the Charge 3 may as well be Fitbit’s flagship device. … [Read more...]

iPhone XR review roundup: Worth the wait

Apple’s iPhone XR ($749+ preorder at Apple.com) officially releases on Friday, but the first wave of reviews landed today. Those lucky enough to get an early look at the new handset all agree on one thing: It was worth the wait. While plenty of people have spent a thousand dollars and up on the iPhone XS and XS Max, those who held out might very … [Read more...]

Google Home Hub hands on: Is there an Echo in here?

The Google Home Hub isn't just a competitor to the Amazon Echo, it's also one of best smart speakers I've ever seen. … [Read more...]

4 reasons why USB-C would be awesome on the iPad Pro (and 4 reasons why it won’t)

With just hours to go until Apple’s Gather Round event, notable Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo dropped a juicy rumor on Monday that threw us for a loop. According to the analyst, Apple will changing the port on the new iPad Pro from Lightning to USB-C.That’s major. We already expect the new iPads to get a significant redesign with super-slim bezels, no … [Read more...]

Google Privacy Checkup FAQ: How to limit tracking and still use the apps you love

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Google may have been caught being less than clear about how, when, and where it tracks your location, but the company isn’t actually doing anything about it. Aside from a clearer explanation on its privacy page about what Location History means and doesn’t mean, it’s business as usual with your Google account.But if Google’s tracking treachery … [Read more...]

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