Category: Hardware

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September 18, 2019

DxOMark’s night and wide-angle camera tests push today’s smartphones to their limits

Sure, you could take Apple’s word for it that the new iPhone’s cameras are amazing — or you could let some obsessive pixel-peepers perform some (mostly) objective tests and really get into the nitty-gritty. Pixel peepers in extraordinary DxOMark are here to help, with new...


by Devin Coldewey in Artificial Intelligence
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September 11, 2019

Daily Crunch: Apple unveils new iPhones

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Here’s everything Apple announced today at the iPhone 11 event The...


by Anthony Ha in Apple
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September 11, 2019

iFixit gives Fairphone 3 a perfect 10 for repairability

Here’s something the hermetically sealed iPhone can’t do: Score a perfect 10 for repairability. Smartphone startup and social enterprise Fairphone’s latest repairable-by-design smartphone has done just that, getting 10/10 in an iFixit Teardown vs scores of just 6/10 for recent iPhone models. The Fairphone 3,...


by Natasha Lomas in Apple
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September 10, 2019

What the iPhone 11 says about Apple’s present — and future

No matter how much polish and Apple magic the company put on today’s big event, there was one unshakable truth that colored the event: phones just aren’t selling like they used to. And unlike other industry-wide trends, Apple isn’t immune. The large scale slowdown of...


by Brian Heater in Apple
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September 5, 2019

After announcing Galaxy Fold release date, Samsung cancels older preorders

The good news: Samsung says it has addressed the early problems with the Galaxy Fold and finally has a release date (in Korea at least). The bad news: the company is canceling the first round of U.S. preorders. The gooder news: if you were among...


by Brian Heater in Hardware
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September 5, 2019

What to expect from Apple’s September 10 iPhone event

Here’s what we know for sure: Apple’s holding a big event on its campus at 10AM PT on September 10. Here’s what we almost certainly know for sure: The iPhone 11 will launch with a new camera configuration. There will be probably be three different...


by Brian Heater in Apple
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September 5, 2019

TCL adopts Tempow’s multi-device bluetooth streaming tech

Here’s an interesting bit of news out of IFA today. TCL this morning announced a deal with Tempow that will bring the French company’s clever bluetooth streaming protocol to its forthcoming Plex flagship device. TCL follows Motorola in adopting the Tempow Audio Profile (TAP) technology....


by Brian Heater in Hardware
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September 5, 2019

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold arrives in Korea September 6, US in ‘coming weeks’

Five months after its planned launch, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally here. Well, almost. After offering a broad September time frame a few months back, the electronics giant just announced that the foldable foldable phone will be arriving in its native South Korea on September...


by Brian Heater in galaxy fold
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September 4, 2019

Light Phone’s founders discuss life beyond the smartphone

For a seemingly tough pitch, Light has had little trouble getting noticed. The company has run two successful crowdfunding campaigns for a pair of minimalist phones designed to augment or replace the smartphone. Today the startup announced that it will be shipping the second version...


by Brian Heater in brian heater
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September 4, 2019

Light’s new minimalist phone is available now for $350

There’s that pesky catch-22 you’ve got to get out of the way when discussing the Light Phone and its successor. There’s an inherent irony to a piece of technology created with the express purpose of weaning us off technology. But it’s 2019, and inherent irony...


by Brian Heater in Foxconn