Qualcomm President: Working with Apple to Launch a 5G iPhone ‘as Fast as We Can’

Qualcomm’s President Cristiano Amon says that the company is working with Apple to launch a 5G iPhone “as fast as we can.” The statement was made by the Qualcomm president at the ongoing Snapdragon Tech Summit where the company announced its new X55 5G modem and flagship chipset for 2020 Android smartphones, the Snapdragon 865. He also shed more light on the multi-year licensing agreement between Qualcomm and Apple. The president added that the “priority number one of this relationship with Apple is how to launch their phone as fast…

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New Chat Feature Makes it Easier to Share Pictures on Google Photos

Google keeps on adding new and useful features to its Photos App. Recently, the Photos app gained a new feature that allows users to manually tag a person. Now the company has announced a chat app that is baked into Google Photos. The chat feature is aimed at helping users exchange photos by chatting with other users. The chat feature seems like a faster and much easier way to share Google Photos. And most importantly it will not require you to build a shared album. The chat feature can be…

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BMW Stops Charging its Customers for Using Apple CarPlay in Some Cars

BMW is perhaps one of the very few manufacturers that charged annual fees for Apple CarPlay subscription. The German auto manufacturer used to charge $300 or $80 subscription every year. Apparently this has not gone well with the consumers and BMW has now backtracked and started offering free CarPlay in some cars. BMW spokesperson has confirmed that the fees will not be charged for cars running the latest version of the ConnectedDrive infotainment system. That being said, customers who have already paid for the CarPlay subscription will not receive a…

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Apple’s Supplier, Murata Is Working on a Smaller Capacitor That Offers 10X Electrical Storage

Apple’s supplier, Murata is working on technology that will allow them to shrink an electronic component in size. Murata Manufacturing has developed a smaller version of an electronic component used in iPhones and this is likely to help Apple. Murata Manufacturing is all set to mass manufacture small multilayer ceramic capacitors. The new capacitors are one-fifth of the space of the current capacitors and offer up to 10 times more electrical storage capacity. Each capacitor is 0.25mm by 0.125mm which is very small. Moreover, the ultra-small capacitors will be able…

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Amazon Launches a Battery Backed Portable Echo Exclusively for India

One of the qualms I personally had with Amazon Echo is that it always required a power source. Amazon has launched a new portable Echo smart speaker that comes with a built-in rechargeable battery. The portable Echo is rated to offer up to 10 hours of music playback and a standby time of up to 11 hours. Amazon calls the new smart speaker “Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition” and it is backed by a 4,800mAh battery. The battery-backed smart speaker is ideal for those who want to take their…

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Save Time and Sharpen Your Reading Skills With This Mac App [Deals Hub]

Reading faster helps you pretty much every area of life! From reading documents for school or work to curling up with a good book in your free time, we could all benefit from reading quicker. ZapReader Speed-Reading aims to help you power through reading material in a fraction of the time. And right now a lifetime subscription is available in the iPhone Hacks Deals Hub for just $39.99, 91% off the usual price of $499. Not ready for that sort of commitment? 3-Yr subscription goes for $19.99, 91% off the…

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Plex Starts Streaming Free, Ad-Supported Movies and TV Shows in over 200 Countries

Plex has launched its own movie and TV streaming service. And the best thing about the service is that it is free and available worldwide. Well, it shows you ads, but at least you get to watch movies and shows legally without having to pay anything. The launch of the streaming service was announced earlier today through a blog post on Plex’s official website. The on-demand video service will be available right in the Plex app. The company has apps on various platforms, including Android and iOS mobile platforms, Windows…

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Activation Lock on Macs Is Going to Make Them Difficult to Refurbish or Recycle

With macOS Catalina, Apple has brought the Activation Lock feature from iPhones to Macs featuring a T2 chip. Activation Lock is primarily an anti-theft feature that requires one to sign in to the device with their Apple ID after formatting it. If not, the device will keep asking for your Apple ID and would be rendered unusable. This only happens if one does not end up formatting or resetting their device properly. On iPhones, it is recommended that one disables the Find My feature before resetting it. This ensures that…

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Apple Confirms iPhone 11 Pro Collects Location Data Even with Location Services Disabled

A security researcher has discovered that the iPhone 11 Pro intermittently collects location data even when location services are disabled on the device. Apple has confirmed to the researcher that this is expected behavior which is a bit puzzling. Apple explains in its privacy policy that your iPhone will periodically send geo-tagged locations of nearby Wi-Fi hotspots in an encrypted and anonymous manner to it. This data is used by Apple for creating a crowd-sourced database of Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular towers. However, if a user wishes to, they can…

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Apple Confirms Random Shutdown Issues with Base Model 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro

Apple today acknowledged unexpected shutdown issues with the base model 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro. Launched earlier this year, the machine will randomly shut down for no reason whatsoever. In a support document, Apple details some of the steps that users can try to fix the problem for good. This includes using the MacBook until its battery drops to below 90%, plugging it into a power adapter, quitting all open applications, and then putting it to sleep by closing the lid. The company then recommends charging the Mac for at least…

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