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  • Daily Crunch: Uber will require masks for drivers and passengers
    by Anthony Ha on May 14, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Uber announces some COVID-19 related changes, Google’s Chrome browser is giving users a way to organize their tabs and the Senate rejects an amendment that would have raised the bar for law enforcement access to browsing data. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 14, 2020. 1. Here’s how your Uber ride will change, starting May

  • Top members of Google’s Pixel team have left the company
    by Brian Heater on May 13, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    Key Pixel team members Marc Levoy and Mario Queiroz are out at Google. The departures, first reported by The Information, have been confirmed on the pages of the former Distinguished Engineer and Pixel General Manager, respectively. Both members were key players on Google’s smartphone hardware team before exiting earlier this year. Levoy was a key

  • Slice, an online ordering and marketing platform for pizzerias, raises $43M
    by Anthony Ha on May 12, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Global investment firm KKR is betting on the pizza business — it just led a $43 million Series C investment in Slice. Formerly known as MyPizza, Slice has created a mobile app and website where diners can order a custom pizza delivery from their local, independent pizzeria. And for those pizzerias, CEO Ilir Sela said

  • Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg blames coronavirus for the streaming app’s challenges
    by Anthony Ha on May 12, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is admitting that the short-form video service’s launch hasn’t gone the way he’d hoped — and he knows what to blame for its issues. “I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus,” Katzenberg said in an interview with The New York Times. “Everything. But we own it.” Back in April,

  • China’s smartphone shipments are reportedly up for April, following COVID-19-fueled decline
    by Brian Heater on May 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Smartphone shipments are reportedly beginning to see signs of life in China, after a sizable dip from the COVID-19 pandemic. New numbers from China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (a government-connected agency) point to a 17% rise in shipments for April, pointing to some recovery for the market. The figure, from the China state-supported

  • Facebook Messenger Rooms now live with free video calls for up to 50 people
    on May 15, 2020 at 3:44 am

    Throughout all the social distancing (and isolation) we've seen because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Zoom has emerged as a household name, whereas before it was probably best known by some people for being the video conferencing tool at work. As more and more people have been using it for everything but work related purposes, it got to hundreds of millions of active users each day, and Facebook took notice. The social network thus announced Messenger Rooms a few weeks back, which is basically its response to Zoom's popularity, although aimed squarely at consumer use cases (because there's no...

  • Honor X10's night mode abilities revealed through samples
    on May 15, 2020 at 1:55 am

    Just yesterday, Honor confirmed that the X10 is going to arrive with a 90Hz display and a 180Hz touch-sensing digitizer. In the same news day, the X10's camera details leaked along with information about a periscope camera. Today, a couple of photo samples were teased by Honor, some that were shot with the Honor X10. The photos were posted to Honor's Weibo handle and shows the phone's low-light capabilities. The post also details the conditions of the shooting location, which was just across from Mount Everest. The temperature was minus 20 C and at 5,200 meters above sea level. The scene...

  • Oppo launches Enco W31 and Enco M31 wireless Bluetooth headphones in India
    on May 14, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    Oppo has launched two new audio products in India, the Enco W31 true wireless and Enco M31 neckband earphones. Oppo Enco W31 The Enco W31 feature an in-ear design with low latency transmission. The design sits securely inside your ears with silicone ear tips and the earphones are dust and water-resistant. The W31 feature two sound mode, a natural sound profile and a bass-boost mode. Both speakers have two microphones to achieve noise-cancellation during voice calls. The Oppo Enco W31 is priced at INR 1999 and will be available in black or white starting May...

  • Two key Google Pixel team members quit over Pixel 4 failure
    on May 14, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    According to a report, two key staff members have quit the Google Pixel division after apparent disappointment with how the Google Pixel 4 lineup turned out to be. Even during the development phase, the two key employees were not happy with most of the Pixel 4 and 4 XL specs. The two members are Mario Queiroz and Marc Levoy. The former has worked at Google since 2005 and has been part of every phone launch since the first Nexus One in 2010. He also led the Pixel division from the start. As for Mar Levoy, he's one of the main reasons the highly-regarded Pixel cameras came to be. He's...

  • TCL 10 Pro and 10L go on sale in North America starting May 19
    on May 14, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Initially unveiled back in January and properly announced in April, TCL's 10 Pro and 10L will officially go on sale in North America starting May 19. The TCL 10 Pro will retail for $450 while the 10L will be priced at $250. Both phones will be offered through Amazon initially, with BestBuy, Walmart and several carriers in Canada later this summer. The 10 Pro brings a curved 6.47-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with support for SDR to HDR remapping through TCL's NXTVISION chip. The panel has a teardrop notch for the 24MP selfie camera and a built-in fingerprint reader. Around the...

  • Here's everything we know so far about the Google Pixel 4a
    by Joe Maring on May 14, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Let's talk about one of 2020's most anticipated smartphones. Starting in 2016 with the release of the original Pixel, Google's lineup of Android phones has been marketed towards people looking to buy premium, high-end flagships. That notion has continued to hold true, but in May 2019, Google decided to try something a bit different with the release of the Pixel 3a. The Pixel 3a was the first mid-range Pixel phone to be released by the company, and it was an instant hit. Critics and consumers alike were immediately drawn to the 3a, thanks to its offering of great specs, solid build quality, and outstanding camera performance — all for less than $400. We were absolutely smitten with the Pixel 3a here at AC, and now, the rumor mill is buzzing with information regarding its successor. From specs, design, features, and more, here's everything we know about the Google Pixel 4a. There may only be one model The design is pretty interesting Mid-range specs are expected There looks ...

  • Google’s Pixel 4a could undercut the iPhone SE by at least $50
    by Jeramy Johnson on May 14, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    This could hit the iPhone SE where it hurts, and put Google's Pixel right back in the mix. What you need to know Initial reports suggested a 64GB model would cost $399. New rumors say that a 128GB model might cost $349 Either way, Pixel 4a would be priced competitively with iPhone SE The entire Android world has been eagerly anticipating the imminent launch of Google's new budget flagship, the Pixel 4a. After the success of last year's Pixel 3a and the recent departure of several high-profile Pixel team members, the stakes for success have never been higher. Perhaps the most interesting bit of speculation lately about the Pixel 4a is just how it might be priced, especially regarding recent price and performance pressures from Apple's 2020 iPhone SE. The iPhone SE starts at $399 for 64GB of storage, and reporting by The Information recently suggested that the Pixel 4a would come at the same price and storage configuration as the iPhone SE, as well as last year's Pixel 3a. Howev...

  • Everything you need to know about the PS5: Release date, price, and more
    by Jennifer Locke on May 14, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Sony is gearing up to release the PS5, its most ambitious console to date. While development on the PlayStation 5 has likely been going on for years, Sony has officially confirmed that it's in the works and is on its way for the holidays. Here's everything we know about the PS5 so far. PS5 design PS5 specs PS5 backward compatibility PS5 next-gen DualShock controller PS5 user interface PS5 virtual reality support Officially named the PlayStation 5 PS5 Unreal Engine 5 PS5 launch games PS5 games PS5 cost The PS5 may be revealed soon The PS5 releases Holiday 2020 PlayStation 5 What form will it take? According to a report from the Financial Times, sources familiar with Sony's plans have stated that the PlayStation 5 "might not represent a major departure from the PS4, and that the fundamental architecture would be similar." Mark Cerny, lead system architect of the console, went on to confirm as much in his interview with Wired. This indicates that Sony is not working on a stream...

  • Google's upped the cost for Nest Aware. But is it worth the price?
    by Nick Greene on May 14, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Best answer: Yes, but it's not without its drawbacks. The new plan covers all Nest devices in your home and includes advanced audio sensing along with all the features of the old Nest Aware. The only trade-off is fewer days of continuous recording, and the potential loss of some third-party integrations if you switch over. A powerful new Wifi mesh router: Nest Wifi Router ($169 at Amazon) Nest Aware 2.0 is a serious upgrade Google made some pretty exciting announcements at its October 15, 2019 Pixel launch event in New York City. From a smart home perspective, the unveiling of its new Nest Wifi hardware was the high point. Yet, that announcement came hand-in-hand with a revelation that some users — new and existing alike — might find a bit confusing. Namely, Google changed the subscription model for Nest Aware, the cloud-based service attached to its Nest devices — and the new subscription service is a definite step up from the old. While the new Nest Aware subscription m...

  • Ghost of Tsushima brings beautiful samurai sword-fighting to the PS4
    by Quentyn Kennemer on May 14, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Samurai sword-fighting has never been prettier. Ghost of Tsushima is the first non-Infamous game from Sucker Punch Productions since 2005. While there's a lot of questions still about just what kind of game it is, here's everything we know about Ghost of Tsushima. What is Ghost of Tsushima? Ghost of Tsushima gameplay, story and features Will Ghost of Tsushima be on PS5? Ghost of Tsushima release date War-torn land Ghost of Tsushima Launch Edition $60 at Amazon The way of the Ghost In Ghost of Tsushima, Jin must decide what honor and principles are worth sacrificing in order to defeat the unstoppable Mongol invaders. What is Ghost of Tsushima? We didn't know much about Ghost of Tsushima when Sucker Punch Productions (makers of Infamous) originally announced it at 2017's Paris Games Week. That changed as of E3 2018, with the company giving us more details and even a first look at gameplay for the upcoming game. What's certain is that it's an open world samurai gam...

  • Alleged Redmi 5G phone with Dimensity 800 bags TENAA certification
    by Anvinraj Valiyathara on May 15, 2020 at 3:18 am

    Recent reports have revealed that Redmi is working on a budget-friendly 5G phone. The handset is rumored to be powered by Dimensity 800 or Dimensity 800+ chipset and is expected to break cover as the most affordable 5G smartphone in China. Today, the phone was found listed at the database of China’s TENAA telecom authority. The post Alleged Redmi 5G phone with Dimensity 800 bags TENAA certification appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • HTC U Ear wireless earbuds hits the FCC, images surface
    by Habeeb Onawole on May 14, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    There are only a handful of phone manufacturers that are yet to announce TWS earbuds. Two members of this small group are HTC and OnePlus, but a new leak points at HTC exiting the group soon. In the coming weeks, HTC may announce its very first TWS earbuds. The earbuds which are named HTC U The post HTC U Ear wireless earbuds hits the FCC, images surface appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • AnTuTu Top 10 Best Android processors based on AI performance for April 2020
    by Jed John Ikoba on May 14, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    In recent times, artificial intelligence (AI) has taken a front role in the manufacture of semiconductors for smartphones and other gadgets. AnTuTu has released the top 10 AI processor ranking for the month of April 2020. The ranking is based on data collected on its database when a smartphone is benchmarked. Thus, the performance ranking The post AnTuTu Top 10 Best Android processors based on AI performance for April 2020 appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • Huawei Watch GT 2e launched in India; costs less than in China
    by Habeeb Onawole on May 14, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    The Huawei Watch GT 2e is a sporty version of the Watch GT 2. It was announced back in March during the launch of the Huawei P40 series and is already on sale in Europe. Huawei has now announced the smartwatch in India. The Huawei Watch GT 2e is priced at INR 11,990 (~$159/€147) in The post Huawei Watch GT 2e launched in India; costs less than in China appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • Xiaomi backed Jisu Life launches cheap handheld fans that are perfect for summers
    by Sudarshan on May 14, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    Jisu Life, a Xiaomi backed company has launched two cheap handheld fans to help people remain cool during summers. These fans are already up for sale on Xiaomi Youpin eCommerce website in China. The new Jisu handheld fans come in the same series but they are different from each other in terms of both size The post Xiaomi backed Jisu Life launches cheap handheld fans that are perfect for summers appeared first on Gizmochina.

  • YouTube Music gets a transfer update as Google Play Music shuts down
    by Ian Furlong on May 14, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Ahead of plans to shut down Google Play Music later this year (so unlike Google to just shut down services isn’t it?), starting now, Google Play Music users will be able to move their libraries, personal taste preferences and playlists to the newer YouTube Music service. To do that, you’ll need to use the new “transfer” option which has popped up on the app. Google has been steadily working to make YouTube Music its default music service, eventually replacing Google Play Music. Last year, Google began pre-installing YouTube Music on Android smartphones. I have been a user of Google Play Music for years The post YouTube Music gets a transfer update as Google Play Music shuts down is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • Just how hot is your meat? Your smartphone can help you become a BBQ King!
    by Leigh Geary on May 14, 2020 at 11:40 am

    With summer holidays written off, we’ll probably be spending more time and money in our own gardens this year. If you’ve got yourself (or you’re planning on getting) a barbeque, there’s always that worrying “is it or isn’t it” cooked question. So this, my friends, is the ultimate wireless meat thermometer. It’ll ensure that, whether you’re using a rustic fire pit or a modern BBQ, your meat is succulent and safe to eat. Via a wireless connection and a smartphone app, it’ll provide a smart guided cooking system to make you a garden masterchef. It doesn’t matter what you’re cooking The post Just how hot is your meat? Your smartphone can help you become a BBQ King! is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • Free movies on Saturday
    by Leigh Geary on May 14, 2020 at 11:26 am

    We’re now getting more and more emails from music and movie PR teams. Not sure why, but today Lionsgate got in touch to let you guys know that, over the next four Saturdays, they will be making four of their movies available for absolutely nothing on YouTube. Whilst we’re still half-in and half-out of this lockdown, you can enjoy a bag of popcorn and a Saturday sit-down in front of the TV to watch “La La Land”, “Eddie The Eagle”, “Bend It Like Beckham” and “The Hunger Games” on YouTube from 6PM (UK / BST) each Saturday night. The films The post Free movies on Saturday is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • The all-new Xiaomi handheld you won’t see anywhere else
    by Leigh Geary on May 13, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    After getting my 8 thousandth email from today I thought I’d spotted a new Xiaomi phone. Sadly no, it’s a nail clipper. Not just any nail clipper though, oh no. This is an “anti-splash defence spatter nauil knife 420”. Yowser. For just £5.75 you can this anti-rust and anti-splash clipper which comes with a storage shell. It’s proof, if you ever needed it, that Xiaomi make a huge variety of things. From POCO phones, Mi and Redmi phones, smart bands and scooters all the way through to vacuum cleaners, insoles, towels, facemasks, boxing gloves, trimmers, helmets, bin bags and The post The all-new Xiaomi handheld you won’t see anywhere else is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • Moto G8 Power Review – Part 1
    by Leigh Geary on May 13, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Yes, you can go out there and get yourself a phone with a blazing fast processor. Yes, you can get one that costs nearly £1,000 and has a stack of cameras and a whole bucket-full of tricks. But what if you want one that doesn’t cost the Earth and has a really decent battery life? Step forward, the Moto G8 Power. It’s £219.99 (as I type) from the likes of Carphone Warehouse, Currys, Amazon and so on. She’s got a really good screen – 1080 x 2300 pixels at nearly 400 ppi. At this price-bracket that’s solid. Powered by a The post Moto G8 Power Review – Part 1 is original content from Coolsmartphone. If you see it on another news website, please let us know.

  • TCL 10 Pro
    by Steven Winkelman on May 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    The $450 TCL 10 Pro offers solid performance and battery life, along with an attractive design and a beautiful display that can easily hold their own against much more expensive Android flagships. When you hear TCL, you probably think of TVs, but the company is no stranger to making smartphones. TCL is behind some of the latest BlackBerry releases, as well as hundreds of other white-label phones for carriers across the globe. If the $449.99 TCL 10 Pro ($449.99) is …

  • TCL 10L
    by Steven Winkelman on May 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    The TCL 10L offers plenty for the price, but not quite enough to stand out from the crowd of budget-friendly Android phones. TCL makes plenty of budget-friendly phones for wireless carriers (typically bearing the carrier's name rather than TCL's), so the eponymous TCL 10L isn't far outside of its wheelhouse. At $249.99, it offers solid value for the price, with good processing power, above-average battery life, and a big, sharp …

  • Microsoft Stops Releasing 32-Bit Windows 10 Builds for New PCs
    by Matthew Humphries on May 14, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Existing 32-bit versions of Windows 10 are still supported and retail copies offered, but 32-bit is set to slowly disappear now. Windows 10 version 2004 is being made available to developers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) this week, and it signals the beginning of the end for 32-bit versions of Microsoft's operating system. As Neowin reports, in the Minimum Hardware requirements for …

  • Samsung Galaxy A51
    by Steven Winkelman on May 12, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    At $400, Samsung's Galaxy A51 has a gorgeous display, good cameras, and a battery that will easily get you through the day, but it can use a boost in the processor department. 2020 might just go down in history as the year of the midrange smartphone. Apple's new $399 iPhone SE is our highest-rated non-flagship model in some time, and we're expecting about a dozen or so more similarly priced offerings to hit US carriers this year. First up …

  • Microsoft Family Safety App Now in Preview
    by Stephanie Mlot on May 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Join the app preview for early access to features like activity reporting, screen time limits, content controls, and location sharing. For better or worse, families are spending more time than ever together—working, learning, and playing from home. But how do you find the right balance between high-tech gadgets and connecting with the natural world? Enter Microsoft Family Safety. Introduced in March and rolling out now as …

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