Category: Gadgets

image
December 23, 2020

TechCrunch’s top stories of 2020

As the year comes to a close, some of our editors share their top stories from 2020. Read more: For Seattle’s cop-free protest zone, tech is both a revolutionary asset and disastrous liability Uber in talks to sell ATG self-driving unit to Aurora Uber sells...


by Veanne Cao in Apps
image
December 23, 2020

Video: TechCrunch editors choose their top stories of 2020

As the year draws to a close, a few members of our edit staff shared stories that defined the last 12 months for their beat.   Devin Coldewey: Technology played a pivotal role in the coverage of protests against police violence over the summer. Disinformation...


by Veanne Cao in Apps
image
December 23, 2020

Video: TechCrunch editors share their top stories of 2020

As the year draws to a close, a few members of our edit staff shared stories that defined the last 12 months for their beat.   Devin Coldewey: Technology played a pivotal role in the coverage of protests against police violence over the summer. Disinformation...


by Veanne Cao in Apps
image
November 30, 2020

A tween tries Apple’s new ‘Family Setup’ system for Apple Watch

With the release of watchOS 7, Apple at last turned the Apple Watch into the GPS-based kid tracker parents have wanted, albeit at a price point that requires careful consideration. As someone in the target demographic for such a device — a parent of a...


by Sarah Perez in Apple
image
November 18, 2020

Charge, please: Apple will pay $113M to settle 34-state ‘batterygate’ lawsuit

Apple has agreed to pay $113 million to 34 states and the District of Columbia to settle allegations that it broke consumer protection laws when it systematically downplayed widespread iPhone battery problems in 2016. This is in addition to the half billion the company already...


by Devin Coldewey in Apple
image
November 10, 2020

Apple will release macOS Big Sur on November 12

Apple’s upcoming desktop and laptop operating system, macOS Big Sur, will be released on November 12, the company announced today. macOS Big Sur — which stays with the company’s California-themed naming scheme — will arrive with a new and refreshed user interface, new features, and...


by Zack Whittaker in Apple
image
November 5, 2020

Apple releases iOS 14.2 with new emojis and an accessibility feature that locates people with LiDAR

Apple has released iOS 14.2 today. It includes multiple new features as well as some important bug fixes and security updates. Among other things, this release introduces over 100 new emojis. You’ll find a transgender flag, a smiling face with tear, pinched fingers, two people...


by Romain Dillet in accessibility
image
October 30, 2020

iPhones can now tell blind users where and how far away people are

Apple has packed an interesting new accessibility feature into the latest beta of iOS: a system that detects the presence of and distance to people in the view of the iPhone’s camera, so blind users can social distance effectively, among many other things. The feature...


by Devin Coldewey in accessibility
image
October 27, 2020

Mophie introduces a modular wireless charging module

Here’s a clever addition for Mophie, one of the longstanding battery case makers, which is now a part of the same smartphone accessory conglomerate as Zagg, Braven, iFrogz and InvisibleShield. The Juice Pack Connect is a modular take on the category, with a battery pack...


by Brian Heater in battery