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Non-NIOSH imported N95 style masks and counterfeits flow from China

Non-NIOSH imported N95 style masks and counterfeits flow from China

This week the folks at the independent testing organization ECRI published Medical Device Hazard Report on certain N95-style masks. A wide variety of imported (into USA) N95-style respirators (face-filtering respirators [FFRs]) that lack NIOSH certification were shown in testing to be less than acceptable for filtration of airborn materials, here more specifically COVID-19 and related materials. To be clear, here, this does not mean that ALL MASKS are bad, but that some masks aren't as good as they should be for healthcare workers and patients at risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Apple’s next huge project may be satellites

Apple’s next huge project may be satellites

For a while now, we've seen Apple attempt to expand beyond mobile devices and hardware to find extra sources of revenue. This year, those efforts materialized into a bunch of different subscription services, but over the new few years, we may see the company go in a completely different direction. According to a new report, Apple may take a page out of the SpaceX handbook and launch some satellites of its own.

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Mini-LED may soon be the star of Apple’s product lineup

Mini-LED may soon be the star of Apple’s product lineup

It may not be long before we see Mini-LED displays make their way to Apple products. While we may not see the tech featured on iPhones anytime soon, one analyst thinks that Apple will look to outfit iPads and MacBooks with Mini-LED displays as early as next year. When that happens, it could be the start of a trend for Apple, which could begin using Mini-LED in as many as 4-6 products over the next two or three years.

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Apple retools iOS 14 testing process to avoid another iOS 13 debacle

Apple retools iOS 14 testing process to avoid another iOS 13 debacle

It isn't exactly a secret that iOS 13 was a buggy mess on release. Apple has spent the last couple of months trying to fix those bugs, and those efforts persist to this day, with the latest iOS 13 update addressing a number of remaining glitches. You'd think that Apple having to devote so much time to fixing bugs would make it re-evaluate its testing process, and according to a new report, you'd be right to think that.

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iPad Pro, iPhone SE 2, new MacBook on tap for 2020 says Kuo

iPad Pro, iPhone SE 2, new MacBook on tap for 2020 says Kuo

It sounds like Apple is going to have a big 2020 ahead of it, if analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's predictions are anything to go on. The analyst today predicted three new devices from Apple in the new year, including an iPad Pro with a souped up camera and, at long last, a new entry in the iPhone SE line. Those two devices could be joined by a MacBook refresh, so if Kuo is right, Apple will be covering a lot of different product lines with new releases in 2020.

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iPhone on-display Touch ID might be 2021’s unexpected headline feature

iPhone on-display Touch ID might be 2021’s unexpected headline feature

We've heard plenty of rumors about 2019's iPhones in recent months, along with a few about the iPhones coming up in 2020. Today, however, we're hearing a new report about iPhones that are a little further off. This report deals with the Apple flagships that will be out in 2021 and their potentially impressive Touch ID capabilities.

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Obesity fix bacteria revealed in 2 breakthrough studies

Obesity fix bacteria revealed in 2 breakthrough studies

A report released this week showed newly discovered gut-colonizing bacteria that "protect against obesity." These bacteria were connected directly to metabolic disease and the "diverse communities of intestinal bacteria." These communities of intestinal bacteria, also known as microbiota, "can influence whether obesity develops or not" in the human body.

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Apple Card release date might be right around the corner

Apple Card release date might be right around the corner

Back in March, Apple surprised us all when it announced that it would be getting into the personal finance game. The company has teamed up with Goldman Sachs to create the Apple Card, a credit card that features deep integration with iPhone and Apple Wallet as one of its big selling points. At the time, Apple only said that the card would be available at some point this summer, but today, a new report is claiming that launch might be just around the corner.

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Three Galaxy Watch Active 2 models rumored for reveal alongside Note 10

Three Galaxy Watch Active 2 models rumored for reveal alongside Note 10

When Samsung pulls the veil back on the Galaxy Note 10 next month, it's expected to announce the Galaxy Watch Active 2 alongside it. Make no mistake, the Galaxy Note 10 will be the star of Samsung's Unpacked event on August 7th, but that isn't stopping the rumor mill from churning out fresh reports on that incoming smartwatch. Today, a new report is claiming that Samsung is gearing up to launch three different models for the Galaxy Watch Active 2 in all.

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Two new Nintendo Switch models reportedly enter production

Two new Nintendo Switch models reportedly enter production

Given Nintendo's preference for releasing multiple variants of handhelds like the 3DS, there are some who expect it to do the same thing with the Switch. Ever since the consoles launched, we've seen reports that claim Nintendo is planning to launch new Switch models, and today, another report is saying that they're already in production. Assuming this report is correct, it may not be much longer before the current Switch is joined by a pair of new models.

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Amazon’s secret wearable might have an emotion-detecting Alexa

Amazon’s secret wearable might have an emotion-detecting Alexa

Amazon is already neck-deep in the world of smart assistants with Alexa, but today we're learning that it may be working on new technology that will make these AI assistants quite a bit more capable. Amazon is said to working on a new wearable device that can discern human emotions, and while it would indeed be pretty cool if it was able to pick up on human emotions accurately, it's sure to spark an entirely new privacy debate.

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League of Legends may finally make the jump to mobile

League of Legends may finally make the jump to mobile

Despite the ups and downs the MOBA genre has experienced in recent years, League of Legends is still going relatively strong. These days, however, it isn't merely competing with other PC-based games like DotA 2, but also mobile MOBAs that are particularly popular in Asia. Perhaps, then, it's not a surprise to hear a new report that claims Riot is working on a mobile version of League of Legends with parent company Tencent.

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