We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more . Home / Opinions / Wearables This'll take a while Need to charge a dead Galaxy Watch 4? Throw it on a charger and then put on a two-hour movie. Ara Wagoner 27 Sep 2021 1 Source: Ara Wagoner / Android Central When I upgraded from the Galaxy Watch Active to the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 , I expected an upgrade in just about every way. Wear OS 3 brought us Google Play apps and services while the One UI Watch skin gave us the software fit and polish Samsung is known, and there are more health tracking features than ever, even if the most advanced ones are limited to Galaxy phones . Unfortunately, the battery has only lasted about 24-36 hours on a charge, and recharges are slower than the Watch Active, too. Meanwhile, Apple's upcoming Apple Watch Series 7 is packing a new USB-C-plugged wireless charger that works with Power Delivery for faster speeds. … [Read more...] about The Apple Watch Series 7 beats the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 in this important way
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On Thursday this week, the Wall Street Journal published information claiming that Apple is working on a Pandora-like music service to allow iOS users to create custom radio stations to stream wherever they go. The New York Times soon followed up with its own report on the story—citing its own sources—claiming the service would likely come as a preinstalled app on iOS devices that could determine a user's tastes based on what was purchased from their iTunes accounts. The WSJ indicated the service would also be available on Macs and PCs, but probably not on Android devices. For those who have followed Apple news and rumors for years, this one sounds familiar. That's because rumblings about Apple's alleged plans to launch a streaming/subscription music service date back to (at least) 2007 , when Apple apparently indicated to INTENT MediaWorks CEO Les Ottolenghi that a subscription music service—as opposed to iTunes' current download model—was imminent. The rumor popped up … [Read more...] about Op-ed: Why it makes sense for Apple to plan a Pandora rival
The popularity of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference has seen a steep upward slope since the introduction of the App Store in 2008. While the number of attendees previous to 2008 varied between roughly 2,000 and 4,000, Apple ended up putting a cap of 5,000 on its ticket sales starting in 2008 in order to control the flood of developers who were suddenly interested in learning more about Apple's ecosystem. That year was the first year Apple sold out of WWDC tickets in the history of the conference. Since then, the WWDC ticket situation has only intensified. In 2009, those 5,000 tickets sold out within a month of going on sale. In 2010, the conference sold out in less than two weeks (roughly 10 days, to be exact), despite the huge ticket price bump to $1,599 for everyone. In 2011, WWDC sold out in 12 hours —again at $1,599 per ticket. And in 2012—Wednesday morning— those tickets sold out in two hours . They went on sale at 8:30am Eastern Time and were gone by 10:30am. … [Read more...] about Can Apple revamp the WWDC ticket system? Does it want to?
Apple's iCloud is marketed to us end users as a convenient and centralized way to manage data on all of our Macs and iOS devices: sync contacts and bookmarks, re-download music and apps, back up iOS devices, and sync documents and data for third-party apps as MobileMe did. The last item, syncing of documents and data, is one of the least glossy features of iCloud, but it is one of the most important, and it should be among the most straightforward. Right? Perhaps not. Almost a year after Apple shut down MobileMe for good in favor of iCloud , third-party developers have begun to speak out about the difficulty involved in working with Apple's cloud service. A piece published at The Verge this week highlights many of those complaints, with quotes coming from well-known developers and anonymous sources alike about the challenges faced by the developer community. From data loss and corruption to unexpected Apple ID use cases, developers have seen it all—but are stymied by the … [Read more...] about Frustrated with iCloud, Apple’s developer community speaks up en masse
Table of Contents What to Look For in a Linux Laptop in 2021 Best Linux Laptop Overall: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Best Budget Linux Laptop: Acer Chromebook Spin 713 Best Premium Linux Laptop: ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 With Linux Best Open Source Linux Laptop: Purism Librem 14 Best Linux Laptop for Gaming: System76 Oryx Pro What to Look For in a Linux Laptop in 2021 You can buy nearly any laptop and install Linux on it . However, there’s no guarantee that the laptop’s hardware will work properly with Linux. If the right hardware drivers aren’t available for the Linux OS you pick, some of the laptop’s features won’t work, or the laptop may just get worse battery life due to poor optimization. You don’t have to settle for this kind of experience. Some manufacturers release laptops that come with Linux pre-installed. These manufacturers officially support Linux on their hardware, so you know that everything will work properly and that the laptop will keep … [Read more...] about The Best Linux Laptops of 2021 for Developers and Enthusiasts
Eftpos has become the first accredited non-government operator of a digital identity exchange under the federal government's Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF). By becoming an accredited operator, Eftpos connectID can now facilitate online transactions requiring a digital identity from Australians. Eftpos sent connectID live in June as a fully-owned subsidiary of the organisation and as a standalone fintech company. It's been set up to act as "broker" between identity service providers and merchants or government agencies that require identity verification, such as proof of age, address details, or bank account information. It has been designed to work within the federal government's Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF) and the banking industry's TrustID framework. Although the Australian government has its own digital identity solution with myGovID , Eftpos has previously said its solution could provide a "smoother, faster, and more secure onboarding … [Read more...] about Eftpos granted government accreditation as first private ID exchange operator
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp said on Monday it is engaging a third-party expert to assess claims from Lithuania 's government that its phones carry a censoring feature. "While we dispute the characterisation of certain findings, we are engaging an independent third-party expert to assess the points raised in the report," a Xiaomi spokesperson said in a statement. The announcement comes after Lithuania's defence ministry urged consumers to throw away Chinese phones last week, following a report published by Lithuania's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) alleging that Xiaomi phones have built-in censorship capabilities. Xiaomi said at the time that its device "does not censor communications to or from its users". Xiaomi did not specify which third-party organisation it was engaging to conduct the assessment. A spokesperson told Reuters it was an organisation based in Europe. In response to the allegations of censorship, the company said it … [Read more...] about xiaomi: Xiaomi engaging expert to assess Lithuania censorship claims
Like many Mac-based creative professionals, I followed this year's WWDC keynote anxiously, awaiting the "one more thing" that never came: an E5 Xeon refresh of the Mac Pro line. Its absence was brutally disappointing; thankfully, Tim Cook broke his vow of secrecy to reassure us that a new Mac Pro will arrive in 2013. But for filmmakers compressing hours of 4K footage or school labs in need of new Maya machines, that’s a long time to wait—perhaps too long. Since I was also in the market for a machine to help out with my V-Ray renders, I decided that the time had come to evaluate my alternatives. The current Westmere-based Mac Pro line is definitely out of sync with what’s available elsewhere, and it is no longer competitive from a price-to-power standpoint. I have heard it said that Dell, HP, and Apple split the workstation market pretty much three ways; whether or not this is true, it did seem worth taking a look at how the other big boys’ hot-rods rolled. The HP Z820 and Dell … [Read more...] about As Mac Pro stagnates, PC workstations muscle ahead
It’s often posited that a major factor in the tablet market’s recent decline is a lack of reason to upgrade; most people use these devices for little more than content consumption, and the one they bought years ago will often do that job for years to come. I don’t quite embody this myself, as I work on my iPad Pro almost every day, but it’s not surprising to me either — I also still use my Amazon Fire HDX from 2013 all the time. The weird thing with Amazon tablets in particular, though, is that if I did decide to buy a new one today it’d actually be a downgrade. Amazon’s Fire tablets aren’t for everyone. If you care about app selection or productivity, there are far better options out there. But if all you want from your tablet is a simple device that’s bigger than your phone, easier to hold than your laptop, and better for watching videos and reading books than both — and I think that applies to a lot of people — it’s hard to beat the 2013 Fire HDX. My 7-inch model has a great … [Read more...] about How is Amazon’s 2013 tablet still the best one it ever released?