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Google isn’t giving up on Android TV

Google isn’t giving up on Android TV

Google may not have won the living room yet, but it isn't ready to call time on Android TV. As the Google Assistant continues its spread through smart speakers and, more recently, smart displays, it's the biggest screen that the search giant has set its sights on. Now, fresh research shows just how important the TV is - and where connected TVs could leverage Google's strengths in the smart home.

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macOS Catalina is less buggy than iOS 13 but has a different problem

macOS Catalina is less buggy than iOS 13 but has a different problem

This year might end up being unkind to Apple's software if the past few days continue their trend. iOS 13, one of Apple's most monumental releases for its mobile platform, has had three emergency releases in just a week to quickly patch up critical security bugs. macOS Catalina, an equally big release, was pushed back later than initially promised. The latest macOS update has finally rolled out and, fortunately, it isn't as bug-ridden as iOS 13. Unfortunately, it has its own share of controversy that is leaving some users and developers out in the cold.

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Smart glasses are back: What’s new this time?

Smart glasses are back: What’s new this time?

Smart glasses have been on adverts, movies and the news for decades now. From Google Glass way back in 2012, to Peter Parker’s EDITH spectacles, we’ve seen why there’s certainly a place for tech like this in our world. These technologically enhanced spectacles come with all sorts of tricks up its sleeve, from inbuilt sensors and cameras. Most also have Augmented Reality or Heads-Up Displays (HUD), like what you’ll find in Iron Man’s helmet - Despite this awareness, smart glasses have never really kicked off, even after being in mass production for many years now.

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Explainer: Uber, Lyft, WeWork – Why are these tech companies losing money?

Explainer: Uber, Lyft, WeWork – Why are these tech companies losing money?

Rising tech companies like Uber and WeWork have been on the news lately, but not for reasons they would have anticipated at the start of the year. What was meant to be a record-setting year for tech companies listed on the stock market has led to major disappointment, with many of these big names losing up to half of their stock value in a matter of months.

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Microsoft needs Windows to succeed on ARM

Microsoft needs Windows to succeed on ARM

Microsoft's big 2019 event is just a few hours away and, thanks to some leaks, there are a lot of expectations coming into the Surface press conference. Even if it doesn't announce the fabled dual-screen Surface, a.k.a. codename "Centaurus", Microsoft will still make headlines if it does announce an ARM-powered Surface 2-in-1 tablet. This will hardly be Microsoft's first dance with ARM, even on its own Surface brand, and it will hardly be the last. But unlike the company's previous attempts, Microsoft has to make this one stick and has to make Windows work on the ARM platform. Not because Intel and AMD and the x86 CPU architecture are going anywhere but exactly because it isn't going anywhere at all.

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iOS 13 should not be Apple’s Windows 10

iOS 13 should not be Apple’s Windows 10

On September 19, 2019, Apple released iOS 13, perhaps one of the biggest releases of its mobile platform. Since then in the span of ten days, iOS has gone from iOS 13 to iOS 13.1 to iOS 13.1 to, now, iOS 13.1.2. The rapid rate of releases isn't exactly good news as only one (13.1) actually brought new features. In fact, having two maintenance releases within just three days may be cause for concern for iOS and perhaps even macOS users.

iOS 13 has started out on the wrong foot but Apple has hopefully watched Microsoft long enough to know what steps to take to prevent it from becoming its version of Windows 10.

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Spider-Man is back: What was all the fuss about?

Spider-Man is back: What was all the fuss about?

Our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man has swung back to Marvel, keeping Tom Holland’s incarnation of the hero alive. A new deal between movie studios Sony and Disney agreed to keep Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and even confirming the release date of a third Spidey film on July 16, 2021.

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Google Play Pass, Apple Arcade: Should you subscribe to mobile gaming service?

Google Play Pass, Apple Arcade: Should you subscribe to mobile gaming service?

Not one, but two mobile gaming subscription packages have launched this month. Google Play Pass for Android and Apple Arcade for iOS have joined the subscription model, in the same vein of Netflix and PlayStation Plus. Each of these services grant you access to hundreds of titles and perks for a monthly fee – both at $4.99.

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Windows 10 20H1 could be another disaster unless Microsoft takes this step

Windows 10 20H1 could be another disaster unless Microsoft takes this step

Taking a breather from Samsung, Apple, and Huawei, the tech world will be focusing its eyes on Microsoft when it launches new Surfaces devices. The company has proven that it can make great hardware to go along with Windows 10. Unfortunately, the tech giant most popular for its software now has an ironic problem of being unable to maintain the quality of its software. That's especially true for Windows 10 updates that seem to break twice a year or sometimes even every month. The Windows 10 20H1, a.k.a. the May 2020 update, could prove to be another hair-pulling experience unless Microsoft makes this important change.

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Android apps and games ecosystem needs fixing: here’s how

Android apps and games ecosystem needs fixing: here’s how

While Android still exists on tablets and Android tablets do still exist, the launch of iPadOS and the new iPads only served to highlight what has been the platform's problem for years. Apple then launched its Apple Arcade with exclusive titles that made Google Play Pass' selection seem almost outdated and paltry in comparison.

The Android platform boasts of thousands if not millions of apps, from both Google Play Store and other sources, and yet few can perhaps be considered as the most noteworthy on the platform. More than 10 years later, Android still has a problem with apps and games but there's still some ways Google and its allies can turn the platform into a haven for apps.

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Nintendo Switch Lite vs Switch – Which is the right one for you

Nintendo Switch Lite vs Switch – Which is the right one for you

This generation’s PlayStation Portable is finally upon us and it’s the Nintendo Switch Lite. It welds together the removable parts of the OG Nintendo Switch – which by principle makes it not a “Switch” anymore – delivering a compact experience you can fit into your pocket.

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How Apple has reacted to the trade war

How Apple has reacted to the trade war

Apple may be the pride of America, but there’s no avoiding the ironic fact that a “Assembled in China” stamp sits at the bottom of most Apple products. As much as the Trump Administration would like to eject American corporations from manufacturing in China, U.S. companies have their knees deep in Chinese partnerships. The iPhone has many parts sourced from China. Its screen, processor, glass and cameras all have sources in China.

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