UK Regulators Are Investigating Apple And Google’s ‘Effective Duopoly’
Apple and Google are some of the most dominant tech companies in existence right now. Both companies are also responsible for pretty much the entire smartphone industry where iOS and Android reign supreme. It has been that way for many years, but it seems that UK regulators have decided that maybe both Apple and Google are a bit too dominant.
Apple Could Be Looking To Take On Amazon, Google, Microsoft In The Cloud
Apple’s cloud services right now are pretty straightforward with iCloud. It’s a service that lets you backup your data from your Apple devices to the cloud and syncs them across your other Apple devices, but that’s pretty much it. However, the company could have even grander ambitions that could see them attempt to challenge the likes of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.
Apple Reportedly Planned On Setting Up Primary Care Clinics Of Their Own
The Apple Watch collects a lot of health information on us, like the steps we take, calories burnt, and also critical information like heart rate, ECG data, and more recently blood oxygen levels. This data is important because it can give doctors clues into our lives and our health that might not be available otherwise.
IKEA’s Symfonisk Picture Frame Speakers Are Launching July 15
Do you feel that some of your tech gadgets stand out a bit too much in your home? Are you finding that you have to compromise on the design or space you want to make room for certain gadgets? If you are, then maybe you might be interested in IKEA’s new Symfonisk speakers which double up as a picture frame.
Level Home Introduces Their Smallest Ever Smart Lock
The thing with some smart lock designs is that they’re obvious that they’re a smart lock. This is because the design of some of these locks have huge front-facing panels that house technology like fingerprint sensors and number pads to enter your passcode on. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but for some, it might be too obvious for their liking.
The OnePlus Nord N200 5G Is Launching June 25 For $250
While OnePlus has been criticized for raising the prices of its phones over the years, especially given how they started out as a budget phone company, it seems that they are making up for it. The company has recently confirmed that they will be launching a new handset, the OnePlus Nord N200 5G, that will be launching June 25.
Latest WhatsApp Beta Lets Users Search For Stickers
One of the features of WhatsApp is the ability to send stickers, which are essentially larger emojis with more design options. However, WhatsApp’s implementation of stickers isn’t as good as other apps, such as LINE, which has the ability to suggest stickers based on what you’re typing.
Google Is Bringing End-To-End Encryption To Messages
A lot of messenger services use end-to-end encryption these days to help increase the security and privacy of messages being sent and received. Apple’s iMessage already supports it, and now it looks like Android Messages will be getting it as well and the feature is expected to begin rolling out this week.
No Plans For Ad-Supported Disney Plus For Now
Services like Spotify offer its customers a free tier, where some features are limited and users will have to put up with ads. Obviously the goal is to drive customers to start paying, but it’s an alternative for those who can’t afford to or don’t want to. In a way, we can see the merits of such an option.
Cyberpunk 2077 Will Be Making Its Return To The PlayStation Store
Cyberpunk 2077 was one of 2020’s most anticipated games. Given the pandemic and lockdowns taking place around the world, many were looking forward to a game that they would sink their teeth into. Unfortunately, the buggy launch and various issues put many gamers off, especially those on consoles who found the game near unplayable.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel Will Arrive In 2022
Back in 2019, Nintendo confirmed that they were working on a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. However, apart from confirming the game’s existence, not much else is known about it and when we can expect to see it released, at least until now where during a Nintendo Direct stream, the company confirmed it will be coming in 2022.
Windows 11 Screenshots Have Been Leaked
The other day, Microsoft teased that they would be showing off their next version of Windows on the 24th of June. Given that Windows 10 is expected to come to an end in 2025, many speculate that this could mean that Microsoft will be showing off their next-gen Windows update, which many think could be Windows 11.
Razer’s Raptor Gaming Monitor Gets A Refresh
Back in 2019, Razer announced their first gaming monitor in the form of the Razer Raptor. It was a 27-inch monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate, something that you might expect from a gaming monitor. However, we are in 2021 and demands and expectations have changed, so a refresh to the monitor did not come as a surprise.
Researchers Have Converted Recycled Plastic Bottles Into Vanilla Flavoring
The idea of recycling plastic bottles and plastic bags sounds good on paper, but the reality is that it isn’t quite as easy. This is because it can sometimes cost more energy to recycle than it takes to produce, and as it stands, it has been estimated that plastics tend to lose 95% of their value as a material after a single use.
Google’s Revamped Wear OS Could Be Shown Off Later This Month
At Google I/O 2021, Google made a surprising announcement when they revealed that they would be teaming up with Samsung to revamp its smartwatch platform. Originally known as Wear OS, the new platform will be known as Wear, but unfortunately apart from the announcement of the collaboration, no one really knows what to expect.
Apple Podcasts Subscriptions Is Now Live
Back in April, Apple announced their plans to launch a podcasts subscriptions service. It was initially pegged for a launch in May, but Apple later announced that they would be launching it in June. For those who might have been looking forward to the new feature, you’ll be pleased to hear that it has officially launched.
Razer’s Project Hazel Mask Will Be Launching In The Fourth Quarter This Year
While vaccines for the coronavirus are being rolled out across the world and suggests that life could return to normal soon enough, if there is one thing the pandemic has taught us is to be more vigilant about our hygiene and also the possibility of airborne viruses. For some, this could mean wearing masks even when the pandemic eventually passes.
Google Could Have A New Pixel Stand For The Pixel 6
Some of you might recall that back when Google launched the Pixel 3, the company also launched an accessory for the handset in the form of the Pixel Stand. This was basically an upright wireless charger that also came with some additional features exclusive to the Pixel phones.
Twitter Working On A Feature That Lets You Unmention Yourself
Twitter lets users mention each other in tweets as a way for users to include other users in their conversations or to get their attention. However, this can be annoying and in some cases, could be used for harassment. Oddly enough short of blocking the person who mentioned you, there’s no way to unmention yourself.
Nomad Launches Accessory That Puts The AirTag In Your Wallet
Apple’s newly launched AirTag accessory is great for tracking objects like your keys or your bag, but tracking your wallet? Unfortunately that’s going to be almost impossible, or at least that was the case until Nomad decided to create a new accessory called Card that basically fits the AirTag inside of your wallet.