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Apple Watch Series 7 (Credit: Lance Ulanoff)

I’ve considered making this a one sentence review: Apple Watch Series 7 has a new, larger display and it’s exquisite. …


Over the last few years, Apple has whittled away the compelling reasons to use Google’s platform one at a time

The iPhone 13 Pro. Courtesy Apple.

For years, I’ve been a loyal buyer of Google’s Pixel smartphones; I switched from an iPhone 8 when the Pixel 2 debuted with its fun colors and impressive camera, and owned the Pixel 3, 4, and 5–all of which were awesome, boundary-pushing phones.

But, when Apple unveiled the iPhone 13…


It’s a great investment if you WFH over cellular

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As Covid-19 struck last year, many workers found themselves rapidly transitioning to remote work. A large number also found themselves fleeing crowded urban centers for more remote, less populated places where they could ride out lockdowns and socially distance while still Zooming into the office for meetings or calls. …


Does Amazon know the secret to home robotic success and is it Astro?

Amazon Astro (Credit: Amazon)

Nerds, tech geeks, and sci-fi aficionados generally love robots. Most other people do not.

I fall into the former camp, but as I talk and tweet about the new personal consumer robot Amazon introduced on Tuesday, Amazon Astro, I’ve encountered many in the latter camp. …


Microsoft’s proper Edge browser for Xbox opens the door for a number of use cases beyond gaming — does it work?

What kind of PC can anyone get for $300 these days? If one can make do with a Cloud PC, then $300 buys a powerful system indeed. One that even plays modern games! (Image: Microsoft)

It was just one bullet point included in a larger announcement — in the stealthy fashion sometimes important things are — so let us bestow upon it the attention it deserves: what Sony refuses to do for more than 15 years now, and Microsoft refused to do for just as…


24-month deadline set for manufacturers, Apple’s iPhones most seriously affected short-term

The European Commission certainly took its time, but it’s now forcing all manufacturers to use a common standard for portable device charging. That standard is, of course, USB-C. (Image: Marcus Urbenz, Unsplash)

It’s been a long time coming — probably way too long — but it’s now official: the European Union intends to force tech product manufacturers into using a common USB-C charging port for all of their devices. This was announced today as one of the measures the European Commission is…


It’s like they were made for each other

Apple iPad mini and the Apple Pencil (Credit: Lance Ulanoff)

Apple’s new iPad mini is less a redesign of the classic iPad mini than a full-scale reboot.

The 8.3-inch device discards virtually everything (including the 3.5mm …


Apple keeps resetting the bar on performance and camera capabilities

Are these the iPhones you’ve been looking for? (Credit: Lance Ulanoff)

No one expected something vastly different than what we got last year and yet there was an almost imperceptible, collective sigh of disappointment that the Apple iPhone 13 lineup didn’t feature more extensive changes.

This being a tock year in the tick-tock design cadence, though, we should not have anticipated…


You’ll need to be able to install Android apps on your device

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The desktop on a Chromebook is as barren as the Sahara Desert. Save for a wallpaper you’ll rarely see, it has no function whatsoever. I still cannot understand why Google have kept things this way rather than allow shortcuts and widgets to be displayed on the Desktop, but hey ho…


Apple effectively answers the question: Why do I need a new iPhone?

Apple iPhone 13 (Credit: Apple)

Apple didn’t reinvent the wheel or the iPhone. From a distance, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between an iPhone 12 lineup and the iPhone 13 devices Apple unveiled on Tuesday.

They share the same sharp-edged design as the 12. The camera arrays are still surrounded by that box…

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