Beats True Wireless Earbuds Leaked
So yesterday there was a report on how Apple had actually hired the former designer at HTC to come and help them develop new Beats headphones. This is based on a report from 2020 that suggested that Apple could be killing off its Beats brand, but this hire suggests that Apple could have something in the works.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Will Run Wear OS
While many smartwatch makers have ultimately decided to adopt Google’s Wear OS platform, Samsung has stubbornly held out and continued to use Tizen as its platform of choice, but that is expected to change soon. According to reports out of Korea, the next Samsung smartwatch, tentatively known as the Galaxy Watch 4, will be powered by Wear OS.

This Underwater Drone Uses Light, Not Cables, To Communicate
Radio waves don’t travel well through water, which means that in order to send a robot down underwater and to communicate with it, in the past this would have involved using a tether in the form of a cable. However, the downsides are obvious, like not being able to go deep enough because the cable would have a fixed length.

Waymo’s Self-Driving Taxi Was Defeated By Traffic Cones
If there ever was a good example of how much work self-driving technology still needs before it becomes mainstream, it would be a recent story of how one of Waymo’s self-driving taxis got confused by traffic cones. Thankfully in this case, there were no injuries and it was actually kind of funny.

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Foxconn Warns Chip Shortages Could Extend Into Q2 2022
As many of you might have heard by now, the world is facing a chips shortage. This has huge implications across the board because chips are used in all kinds of gadgets and computers and devices. If you were hoping that things would ease up soon, that doesn’t seem to be the case, at least according to Foxconn.

iPhone 13’s Face ID Sensor Could be 50% Smaller Than Previous Generation
While we might have to wait until 2023 for Apple to eventually ditch the notch on the iPhone, there have been rumors and leaked photos that claim that for the iPhone 13, Apple will at the very least be making the notch smaller. This is apparently due to the sensors used for Face ID which Apple is said to have shrunk by as much as 50%.

This Experiment Found That The AirTag Could Make A Good Anti-Bike Theft Device
Apple’s AirTag has been designed to help you keep track of things like keys. However, could it also be used as a way to prevent the theft of things like maybe your bike? A bike shop recently decided to put it to the test by strapping an AirTag to the underside of the saddle of a bike parked outside of the shop.

Twitch Lowers Subscription Prices In Most Countries
One of the ways Twitch streamers can make money is through subscriptions, where people can subscribe to their channel for a monthly fee. Twitch then takes a cut and the rest goes to the streamer. For the most part, the cost of these subscriptions aren’t prohibitively expensive, but due to things like inflation, it can feel a bit expensive for some.

MacBooks With Mini LED Displays Might Be Delayed To 2022
With the launch of the new iPad Pro, Apple introduced mini LED display technology to the tablet. It is also the first time we’re seeing the use of mini LEDs in any of Apple’s products, and we expect that Apple will eventually bring it to other devices. In fact, it has been rumored that the 2021 MacBook Pro refresh could actually see the use of mini LED displays.

Sharp’s New Smartphone Comes With A 1-inch Camera Sensor
Over in Japan, there are various smartphone brands that we rarely, if ever, see outside of the country. One of those brands includes Sharp, who has recently debuted their brand new smartphone – the Sharp Aquos R6. What makes this phone so special is the fact that it comes with a 1-inch sensor for the camera.

Apple’s AirPods Won’t Support Apple Music’s New Lossless Option
As you might have heard, Apple Music just announced its new lossless streaming option. If you were looking forward to taking advantage of the higher quality audio, note that none of Apple’s AirPods lineup, which includes the AirPods, AirPods Pro, and the AirPods Max, will actually support it.

Apple Music Will Be Getting New Lossless Audio At No Extra Cost
Apple recently teased that they were about to change music forever. It was speculated that this had to do with the rumors of Apple potentially launching a new lossless streaming option, and sure enough it looks like the rumors were true because Apple has since officially announced not only lossless audio, but also support for spatial audio for Apple Music.

Samsung Just Showed Off A Bunch Of New Display Technology
Apart from making phones and home appliances, Samsung also creates components like displays that are used in other products as well. In fact, for the upcoming Display Week 2021 event, Samsung has officially taken the wraps off several new display technologies that they have been working on.

Apple’s In-House 5G Modem Will Probably Arrive 2023 At The Earliest
A few years ago, Apple spent an eye-watering $1 billion acquiring Intel’s modem business. Presumably the idea was that Apple would leverage the tech and work that Intel has done and eventually start making their own 5G modems for future iPhones, iPads, and maybe even MacBook laptops.

Instagram Could Soon Allow Users To Upload Photos From Desktop
For the longest time, the only way you could upload photos to Instagram is through the mobile app. While there might be third-party solutions and workarounds to upload from your desktop to Instagram, none of this is official, but that could be changing soon, at least according to a recent discovery by developer Alessandro Paluzzi.

FDA Says iPhone’s MagSafe Poses ‘Low Risk’ To Implanted Medical Devices
When the iPhone 12 was launched, Apple introduced a new charging feature called MagSafe (different from the one used in Apple’s older MacBooks). This is a magnetic charging system that magnetically attaches a charging puck to the back of the iPhone. It sounds pretty cool and useful, but some have raised concerns that the magnets could affect implanted medical devices like pacemakers.

Apple’s Latest Hire Could Help Rejuvenate Their Beats Brand
Last year, there was an interesting rumor that suggested that Apple might kill off the Beats brand in favor of their own Apple-branded audio products. However, it was later suggested that maybe that would not be happening and that Apple and Beats audio products would exist side-by-side.

Apple Just Hinted That ‘Music Is About To Change Forever’
Earlier, it was reported that within the Apple Music Android app, there were references spotted to a potential lossless streaming option. This comes on the heels of an earlier report that suggested that Apple was working on a “HiFi” lossless streaming option for Apple Music, and now it looks like those rumors could be coming true.

WhatsApp Working To Expand Its Disappearing Mode Feature
Last year, WhatsApp introduced a new feature called Disappearing Messages. Basically what this feature does is that whenever you enable a chat with the feature, messages sent in that chat will automatically be deleted after 7 days, thus ensuring your privacy (to a certain degree). However, the downside is that you had to enable this feature manually for all chats.

Amazon Launches A New Free Video Streaming Service
In case you didn’t know, in addition to Prime TV, Amazon also owns IMDb TV, a free video streaming service. However, it seems that the company isn’t content with just owning two streaming services and has since announced its latest initiative in the form of MiniTV, a new service that has launched in India.

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