BMW Will No Longer Charge A Subscription For CarPlay
Back in July, BMW announced that for its newer cars with the CarPlay option, customers who wanted to include the feature would have to pay an annual subscription to use it. This is unlike how other carmakers approach additional features in their cars, where it is usually a one-off fee to add extras.

iPhone 11 Continues Using Your Location Even After You Tell It Not To
For a company that seems to pride itself on protecting the privacy of its users, it seems that Apple’s iPhone 11 might have a serious privacy problem. This is according to a report from Krebs On Security in which it was discovered that despite disabling location tracking, the iPhone 11 continues accessing it anyway.

Man Buys Apple Watch, Gets Sent A Toilet Plunger Instead
So Black Friday was last week which meant that there were a lot of great deals to be had. One man by the name of John Browne thought so when he came across an Amazon deal for the Apple Watch Series 4 where it was enjoying a £100 discount off its original price, where he only ended up paying £299 for it.

Motorola One Hyper Has 64MP Main Shooter, 32MP Pop-Up Selfie Camera for $400
Motorola launched another phone in its One series, the Motorola One Hyper. At $399.99, the Hyper sounds more like a mid-range, however, on the cameras side, it boasts super high-resolution sensors that enable “night vision”.

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Google’s Focus Mode Is Finally Out Of Beta For Android Phones
 Google is working on a bunch of tools to enhance the digital wellbeing feature on Android phones.Focus mode was one of them. To start with, it was only available as a beta feature for testers.Now, with the recent announcement, Google has decided to bring the feature out of the beta phase while making it available to smartphones running on Android 10 and Android 9 Pie – with digital wellbeing in […]

Latest Firefox Update Brings Picture-In-Picture Mode To Windows
We all multitask on our computers, and sometimes this involves watching a video while doing some work. This is pretty easy to do if you have a larger monitor or dual (or triple) monitors, where you can simply put the video on one side and everything else on the other side. But what if you don’t?

Doctors Have Figured Out A Way To Bring A Dead Heart Back To Life
When it comes to transplanting organs, the timeframe in which an organ remains viable for transplant is pretty small. This window becomes even smaller when it comes to heart transplants as hearts can only be transplanted from a still-living person (usually from donors who have been declared brain dead).

Amazon Just Launched A Portable Version Of Its Echo Speaker
Amazon’s smallest Echo speaker is the Echo Dot. While it is tiny, the downside to the speaker is that it still requires users plug it into a wall outlet in order to keep it powered. This does reduce its portability a bit, but it seems that Amazon has decided to address that by launching a portable version of the Echo speaker powered by batteries.

Google Testing Autocomplete Suggestions For Google Assistant
Google Assistant is Google’s digital assistant, but unlike other digital assistants like Siri, Google Assistant has the added advantage of allowing the user to type to it. This means that if you’d rather not speak to it using your voice, maybe it’s not particularly convenient, you won’t have to as you can type in your query.

Netflix Testing A New Shuffle Feature That Will Make Binging A Lot Easier
If you’re a Netflix user, there is a good chance that you binge-watch quite a bit of shows. This is easy when it comes to series, but what if you finished the series that you were watching? Then what? Sometimes it can be hard to get into a new show, but that’s something that Netflix is apparently looking to fix.

Google Photos Now Has An In-App Messaging Feature
One of the features of Google Photos is the ability to share photos by creating albums and adding them to it. For the most part, it works, but what if you only wanted to share a couple of photos? Thankfully, Google seems to have found a solution to that conundrum in the form of an in-app messaging feature.

Some Entry-Level 2019 13-inch MacBook Pros Are Unexpectedly Shutting Down
If you own a 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro and you’re experiencing unexpected shut downs, know that you’re not alone. Apple has recently shared a support document in which they are acknowledging that there are some entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro models that are experiencing this problem.

Someone Used Sony’s PlayStation Network To Sell Drugs
Thanks to online communities and online store fronts that anyone can create without much oversight, it seems that some of these services are being abused. In a report from Motherboard, it appears that Sony’s PlayStation Network was recently abused, where it was discovered that someone had used the online gaming service to sell drugs.

Valve Underestimates Demand For Steam Controllers, Ends Up Cancelling Them
Last week, Valve decided that they would be discontinuing its Steam Controller and to get rid of existing inventory, the company put them up for sale where they were being sold for a mere $5. It seems that maybe Valve had underestimated the demand for $5 gaming controllers because too many units were ordered, resulting in Valve cancelling some of them.

Snapdragon 865 and 765 Announced Along With New Xiaomi and Oppo Phones
It’s that time of the year, and Qualcomm is once again hosting a large group of media and influencers, including Ubergizmo, at the Snapdragon Summit, held in Maui.On the first conference day, Qualcomm has announced two new Snapdragon SoC platforms that will serve the 2020 5G markets globally. At the same time, OEM partners Xiaomi and Oppo came on stage to announce new handsets.

Congressman Pleads Guilty To Spending Campaign Funds On Video Games
When someone gives you money to spend on something, but you use it to spend on something else, that’s probably not right, especially if you’re a government official. Such is the case with US congressman Duncan D. Hunter who had recently pleaded guilty to spending funds that were meant for campaigning on other things, such as video game purchases on Steam.

Sony Essentially Confirms That They’re Done With The PS Vita
Back in the day before smartphones and tablets existed, companies like Nintendo and Sony thrived with handheld consoles like the Nintendo DS and the PS Vita. While Nintendo is continuing to churn out mobile gaming devices like the Switch and Switch Lite, Sony seems to be done with the PS Vita.

Apple Patent Hints At A ‘Pro’ Version Of The Magic Mouse
Apple’s Magic Mouse has kept its design for many years already, and for the most part it works, but could there be a redesign in its future? That’s what a recently discovered patent seems to be hinting at, where it has been suggested that Apple could be working on a “pro” version of the Magic Mouse.

New Russian Law Requires Russian Software To Be Preinstalled On Smartphones
In the past when you would buy a smartphone from a carrier, they would typically install their own apps and services on the phone in a bid to try and get you to use them. This is also known as bloatware and it is something that the majority of customers do not like or appreciate. However, over in Russia, that will soon become mandatory.

Thieves Busted By Cops After Stolen Apple Watch Was Pinged By Its Owner
Due to the fact that more of our devices come with GPS built into them, tracking them down has become easier than ever. This means that should thieves ever decide to steal a smartphone or smartwatch, they better keep it turned off because leaving it on means that the GPS has been turned on as well.

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