Chrome OS may be the 2-in-1 solution we’ve been waiting for

Tech’s biggest companies are all about the 2-in-1. Google’s latest effort is the Pixel Slate — a tablet that becomes a sort-of laptop when you snap on its keyboard folio. This is a formula we’ve seen rise in popularity since the first Surface tablet. Think: the iPad Pro, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S4, HP’s Envy x2 detachables and more. These devices are doing so well they’re apparently all people want to buy anymore. According to IDC data, 2-in-1 shipments will grow by almost 10 percent this year, while traditional PCs are expected to decline.

Pixel Slate hands-on: Google’s 2-in-1 takes on the Surface

Google is cooking up a new formula for detachables, and it has an intriguing recipe with the new Pixel Slate. Though Microsoft has a solid desktop environment in Windows that makes its Surfaces excellent productivity tablets, it doesn’t have the same library of touch-friendly apps that Android and iOS offer. The iPad Pro, on the other hand, is swimming in apps but just doesn’t have the multitasking chops of a full desktop OS. Chrome OS seems like a potential opportunity to marry the best of Android, with its plethora of apps, with an established, functional desktop interface.

Engadget giveaway: Win an iPhone XS courtesy of Speck!

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Apple just launched its new iPhone XS line. It’s their best iPhone yet, and costs a pretty penny, so Speck has jumped in to save the day for one lucky reader this week. The mobile case and accessory company has given us a 64GB iPhone XS, along with a trio of its protective, IMPACTIUM-laden Presidio exteriors. Drop-tested from 8-10 feet up, these will help keep your handset safe and sound when gravity pulls off the inevitable. Speck’s Presidio V-Grip helps you keep the phone in your hands, while the Presidio Pro’s anti-microbial coating and soft-touch exterior keep your iPhone snug. If you want your case to keep a low-profile, the Presidio Stay Clear shows off the phone’s style in a sleeker form factor. All you need to do is head to the Rafflecopter widget below for up to five chances at Continue reading “Engadget giveaway: Win an iPhone XS courtesy of Speck!”

Watch the iPhone XS survive drop tests on concrete

We’ve all had that brief moment of panic when our (probably expensive) smartphones plunge onto solid ground, so Apple’s claim that the glass on Apple’s latest iPhones is the toughest on any smartphone might be welcome news for the clumsiest among us. To see if Apple’s proclamation held weight, Tom’s Guide put the iPhone XS and XS Max through their paces with a drop test onto concrete from varying heights on the edge, face and rear of the devices.

Source: Tom’s Guide

17 people charged in a string of Apple store robberies

A number of individuals have been arrested in conjunction with a series of Apple store robberies that resulted in the theft of over $1 million worth of devices. The California Attorney General’s office said in a statement on Thursday that seven were arrested earlier in the week, another suspect was in custody and nine others had been charged with the crime. Since then, at least two additional individuals have been arrested. In a string of robberies, groups rushed retail stores, grabbed products on display and left in just a few seconds.

Via: The Verge

Source: California Attorney General

Smartwatches promised to make us healthier, and they finally might

It’s been a big week for smartwatches. Big month, really. On Wednesday, Apple unveiled the latest version of its Watch, which — in addition to cosmetic updates — got new features like an FDA-cleared ECG app, irregular heart rate notification and fall detection. Meanwhile, Qualcomm launched a new made-for-wearables chip that promises much better battery life. Google also just released the latest iteration of Wear OS, which places your health data front and center. The company also worked with the American Heart Association (AHA) to come up with the new Fit app’s health-tracking system to encourage users to engage in more cardio activity.

Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat is still MIA

Apple unveiled its AirPower wireless charging mat at its iPhone event last year, promising a way for those with multiple Apple devices to be able to wirelessly charge them all at the same time. The company showed how an iPhone, an Apple Watch and a set of AirPods could all be tossed onto the mat to charge simultaneously, noting that AirPower would be available sometime in 2018. But a year later we still don’t have it and today as Apple showed off its latest round of iPhones and the Apple Watch Series 4, there was not a single mention of AirPower. And the device has largely disappeared from the company’s website.

Apple’s latest pitch: This gadget will save your life

The most interesting device Apple announced today wasn’t an iPhone, it was the Apple Watch Series 4. On top of some significant design upgrades — like that drool-worthy edge to edge screen — it’s also breaking new ground with its built-in electrocardiogram (ECG). It’s the first over-the-counter, consumer-grade device to include that feature, which allows the Apple Watch to detect potentially deadly heart issues like atrial fibrillation. Now the Apple Watch isn’t just something that can make your life better, it’s a device that can literally save your life. How can you say no to that?

Apple iPhone Xs will come with dual SIM capability

At Apple’s fall event today, the iPhone Xs is certainly stealing the show, and not just for sharper screens and cameras. As rumors anticipated, the new devices will finally get eSIM technology, which had been available in iPads and Apple Watches but not the company’s smartphones. That’s not all: The Xs will also get the ability to juggle dual SIMs.

Apple’s HomePod speaker will make and receive phone calls

We haven’t heard much about Apple’s HomePod speaker since it added multi-room support in May, three months after it launched in the US. Up until then, the device hadn’t received much flair due to the lack of features that other smart speakers have out of the box. But for those of you who already have one, there are some good news. Apple has announced that the HomePod will soon be able to make and receive phone calls, as well as search music by lyrics — something rival speakers, like the Google Home, have been able to do for some time.

iOS 12 will fix your notifications September 17th

iOS 12 will be released September 17th. After spending nearly half of June’s WWDC keynote espousing the virtues of Memojis, Photo search and sharing, a half-hearted digital wellness initiative, and so much more, at the tail end of today’s keynote Tim Cook announced that it won’t be long before you can install the shiny new operating system on your cadre of Cupertino-designed devices. It’s said that the software will improve the performance of your older Apple gadgets too (fingers crossed for my iPad Mini 3), with apps getting up to a 200 percent speed boost in launch speed.

Apple’s iPhone Xr is an affordable iPhone X

We more or less knew that Apple was going to unveil the iPhone Xs and Xs Max today, but few of us were expecting the iPhone Xr. Apple wants to reach as many people as it can, so it has to make an iPhone people can (or want to) afford. Instead of sticking to previous nomenclature and calling it the “iPhone XC”, the company has finally updated its less-expensive (let’s be real, it’s not cheap) series. The iPhone Xr is the budget-friendlier alternative to the Xs flagships that will no doubt cost about $1,000. For the lower price, you’ll have to make do with some compromises, like no dual-cameras, but at least you’ll get some new features.

Apple’s A12 Bionic is the first 7-nanometer smartphone chip

Apple’s new iPhones come with a brand new chip called the A12 Bionic. The company says it’s the industry’s first 7-nanometer chip and contains 6.9 billion transistors. That statement is true, to an extent — it’s the first chip that will be commercially available to the public. Last month, Huawei also announced a 7-nanometer chip called the Kirin 980. It will debut in the company’s Mate 20 flagship, and sub-brand Honor’s Magic 2 sometime in the future. Both Apple and Huawei partnered with the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Company (TSMC) to develop the high-powered silicon, which is why they’re debuting so close to one another.

Apple is about to ship its 2 billionth iOS device

Apple kicked off its fall event for iPhone and Apple Watch with a big statistic: The total number of iOS devices the company has shipped is about to reach 2 billion. The device giant had previously announced that it had topped a billion active devices, including Mac and Apple TVs, back in January 2016. Today’s number simply includes all iPhones and iPads that have ever shipped, which is a different, but still impressive, stat. It still trails Android, which Google CEO Sundar Pichai claimed powered 2 billion active devices in July 2017.