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Insta360 Nano S adds 360-degree video chat to any iPhone

Insta360 Nano S adds 360-degree video chat to any iPhone

Insta360 started off as a small company with an almost odd product: a 360-degree camera that you attach to the bottom of an iPhone, forcing you to use the iPhone upside down. In a little over a year’s time, the brand has exploded into the 360-degree camera scene, embraced Android phones, and even put out an even stranger Insta360 ONE “orbiting” camera. Today, it is going back to its roots with the Insta360 Nano S, successor to the Nano that kicked off the company’s business. And it is adding more than just a letter to its name, bringing a set of interesting features to an accessory you can easily stow in your pocket.

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iPhone SE 2 glass back and wireless charging tipped, plus early 2018 launch

iPhone SE 2 glass back and wireless charging tipped, plus early 2018 launch

The iPhone SE 2, the rumored successor to the iPhone SE, will feature a glass back, according to a new report. This glass back may be more than a random design choice, instead hinting at a specific, welcomed feature: wireless charging. It's a big change over past rumors regarding the device, which was expected to bring an increase in speed but little else. The addition of a glass back would itself be a big change, and wireless charging would bring it to a whole new level.

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Apple: App Store set new holiday record

Apple: App Store set new holiday record

Apple probably enjoyed the holidays more than you did, announcing a whopping $300m in App Store purchases on New Years Day 2018. The company revealed its blockbuster Christmas and New Year sales today, with $890m spent on apps in the seven days starting from December 24th, Christmas Eve.

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Pokemon GO failed us all

Pokemon GO failed us all

Today I'm going to tell you why Pokemon GO is a game of diminishing returns. At the beginning, Pokemon GO was a great idea. Google creatives made a video showing how augmented reality might make the perfect ecosystem for a worldwide Pokemon game in which monsters could be found wandering a real world. Real battles could be fought, real encounters would happen, and capturing new Pokemon would be super fun. That only sort of happened.

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iPhone X OLED burn-in test puts Galaxy Note 8 to shame

iPhone X OLED burn-in test puts Galaxy Note 8 to shame

Korean website Cetizen recently performed an extreme burn-in test with the iPhone X, comparing Apple's latest and greatest iPhone model to the performance of both the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. The test involved subjecting all three smartphone models (which feature OLED displays, which are notably vulnerable to burn-in) to 510 hours of showing a static image at full brightness. Apple's handset blew both of Samsung's models away.

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2018 iPhone X 6.5-inch with LG Display OLED tipped

2018 iPhone X 6.5-inch with LG Display OLED tipped

Apple's 2018 iPhone range will include a 6.5-inch iPhone with a different screen supplier than that of the current iPhone X, according to reports out of South Korea this week. Apple currently has one OLED iPhone in its line-up, the iPhone X, while the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus remain with the LCD technology that the Cupertino firm has used some variation of since the original iPhone.

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Apple Stores reportedly waiving health checks for $29 iPhone battery

Apple Stores reportedly waiving health checks for $29 iPhone battery

Apple cut the price of its iPhone battery replacement to $29, and now is reportedly instructing Genius staff that phones needn't fail the battery health check in order to qualify for the discount. Controversy began in December, over iOS being programmed to artificially limit the processing capabilities of older iPhones when their batteries were deemed insufficiently powerful to keep up with maximum performance. Apple conceded it hadn't communicated the issue sufficiently well, and promised a more affordable way to replace the battery inside handsets dating back to the iPhone 6.

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Apple makes $29 iPhone battery replacements available immediately

Apple makes $29 iPhone battery replacements available immediately

The last week has been dominated by the news that Apple has been intentionally slowing the speeds of older iPhone models with aging batteries, followed by an apology from the company to be more transparent about its software updates with regard to power management. After this disclosure, Apple announced it would be lowering the price of iPhone battery replacements to $29 starting next month, however they've now stated that the price change is effective immediately.

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Androids don’t slow like iPhone, but maybe they should

Androids don’t slow like iPhone, but maybe they should

Approximately one year ago, Apple made a bad decision in not properly announcing their iPhone slowdown measure with old devices with bad batteries. This week, Apple's bad-battery-iPhone-slowdown became public. Now several Android smartphone manufacturers are taking advantage of the negative feedback Apple's received as a result of said revelation. Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and LG have each announced that they do not slow down older smartphones. But they certainly could - and maybe they should?

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iFixit matches iPhone’s battery discount in Right to Repair fight

iFixit matches iPhone’s battery discount in Right to Repair fight

Though Apple has created a fair amount of controversy by admitting that it does indeed slow down older phones to compensate for worn down batteries, there is one good thing to come out of this whole debacle. Yesterday, Apple announced that it will offer $29 battery replacements for out-of-warranty iPhones dating back to the iPhone SE. That's in comparison to the normal price of $79 for a battery replacement, and this deal is going to last through December 2018.

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Samsung and LG take a swing at Apple’s slowdown woes

Samsung and LG take a swing at Apple’s slowdown woes

For the moment, one of the biggest stories in the tech world concerns Apple and the realization that it's slowing down some older phones to better support aging lithium ion batteries. The thinking behind this is that implementing some form of power profile management in phones with older batteries will help prevent sudden shut downs, but regardless of Apple's justification, it has users upset.

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7 signs of Apple’s iPhone power management in action

7 signs of Apple’s iPhone power management in action

Apple found itself in hot water with slowing iPhones, and today's apology for how it communicated the iOS power management system is its attempt to patch things up with frustrated users. Battery chemistry may be inescapable - it's a fact of scientific life that lithium-ion batteries will age and get less effective - but iPhone owners weren't impressed at hearing some of the slowdown symptoms they've observed were intentionally added. So, just what does Apple's power management system look like in action?

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