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Windows 10 testers can now try beta apps without updating the entire OS

Windows 10 testers can now try beta apps without updating the entire OS

Microsoft is introducing a new option for Windows 10 testers this week, allowing them to access beta versions of built-in apps without having to install early operating system code. The software maker has been updating its built-in apps like mail and photos throughout its Windows 10 test periods, but you’d typically need to be onRead more about Windows 10 testers can now try beta apps without updating the entire OS[…]

Panasonic’s Let’s Note laptops are pure Japanese business distilled into a brick

Panasonic’s Let’s Note laptops are pure Japanese business distilled into a brick

If you ever find yourself on a bullet train between, say, Tokyo and Osaka at 5:37PM on a Thursday afternoon, you’ll see a lot of dudes in suits with three things on the little fold-out table: a meticulously arranged bento box, a can of Suntory Premium Malt’s beer, and a Panasonic Let’s Note laptop. Let’sRead more about Panasonic’s Let’s Note laptops are pure Japanese business distilled into a brick[…]

HTC phone chief quits as company prepares for what may be its last flagship

HTC phone chief quits as company prepares for what may be its last flagship

News out of Taiwan today is that HTC’s president of smartphone and connected devices business is resigning, effectively immediately. Chialin Chang, who’d previously served as HTC’s CFO and, between 2013 and 2017, its head of global sales, was one of the last remaining high-level executives not to have departed the company. But the position he wasRead more about HTC phone chief quits as company prepares for what may be its last flagship[…]

Qualcomm’s new 2Gbps LTE modem is an important step toward 5G

Qualcomm’s new 2Gbps LTE modem is an important step toward 5G

Qualcomm has announced its newest LTE modem for smartphones ahead of Mobile World Congress, the Snapdragon X24, which promises to reach top download speeds of up to 2Gbps. The company claims that the X24 is the first Category 20 LTE modem that can support those kinds of speeds, as well as the first 7nm processRead more about Qualcomm’s new 2Gbps LTE modem is an important step toward 5G[…]

YouTube TV is adding more channels, but it’s also getting more expensive

YouTube TV is adding more channels, but it’s also getting more expensive

YouTube TV, the company’s internet TV streaming service, is expanding its programming with the addition of several Turner networks including TBS, TNT, CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies. Those channels are all being added to the core monthly package, giving customers access to hits like Rick and Morty, TNT’s new dramaRead more about YouTube TV is adding more channels, but it’s also getting more expensive[…]

Samsung filing hints that smart glasses might still be coming

Samsung filing hints that smart glasses might still be coming

For years, there have been rumors that Samsung might be making smart glasses. Now, as reported by SamMobile, the company has filed in South Korea to trademark a new logo related to “computerized vision-assisting eyewear,” suggesting that the idea of Samsung building a Google Glass-like headset is still on the table. The first hint of Samsung developing someRead more about Samsung filing hints that smart glasses might still be coming[…]

HomePods are staining wooden tables with a white ring

HomePods are staining wooden tables with a white ring

Apple’s HomePod is a great sounding but ideologically flawed speaker, and it turns out there’s another major problem with the smart speaker aside from its lack of support for Spotify. Apparently the silicone base of the HomePod can damage wooden furniture, with multiple outlets (including Wirecutter and Pocket Lint) reporting that leaving the speaker on top of wooden surfacesRead more about HomePods are staining wooden tables with a white ring[…]

The SurfacePad is a sleek leather folio for the iPhone X

The SurfacePad is a sleek leather folio for the iPhone X

Accessory manufacturer TwelveSouth has released a version of its SurfacePad case for the iPhone X. The SurfacePad is a folio style leather case that provides both front and back protection for the iPhone X, along with two card slots on the cover flap. Unlike other folio cases, the SurfacePad is thin and lightweight, though itRead more about The SurfacePad is a sleek leather folio for the iPhone X[…]

Tinder says it’ll eventually let women prevent men from messaging them first

Tinder says it’ll eventually let women prevent men from messaging them first

Tinder says it has a new feature in the works that’ll create a better experience for women on the dating platform. Similar to Bumble, Tinder will soon let women decide whether they want to prevent men from sending the first message, MarketWatch reports. “Often, women don’t really want the pressure of kicking off the conversation, but ifRead more about Tinder says it’ll eventually let women prevent men from messaging them first[…]

AI is helping seismologists detect earthquakes they’d otherwise miss

AI is helping seismologists detect earthquakes they’d otherwise miss

Oklahoma never used to be known for its earthquakes. Before 2009, the state had roughly two quakes of magnitude three and above each year. (Magnitude three is when things shake on the shelf, but before houses start getting damaged.) In 2015, this tally rocketed to more than 900, though it’s calmed since, falling to 304 last year.Read more about AI is helping seismologists detect earthquakes they’d otherwise miss[…]