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USB-C iPhone hack made real

USB-C iPhone hack made real

So you're disappointed with the fact that Apple continues to use their own Lightning port on the iPhone here in 2021. You're looking for a way to continue using your iPhone, but also have the... luxury(?) of using USB-C cords whenever you like. A man by the name of Ken Pillonel wanted to use USB-C with his iPhone too - so he went wild with the hacking and the modding.

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iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2 released: Time to update your iPhone

iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2 released: Time to update your iPhone

Apple has released iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2, updating the iPhone and iPad with the latest version of its software. The new releases bring a number of bug fixes, including addressing one potentially frustrating CarPlay error where music could fail to load or cut out mid-song.

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Google Apps on iOS are about to use Apple’s UIKit – will you notice?

Google Apps on iOS are about to use Apple’s UIKit – will you notice?

At the tail end of the year 2021, Google is moving their iOS apps away from Material Design and toward UIKit. This means that Apple's basic building blocks for iOS will be used for Google apps on the platform rather than Google's own. This could mean some elements in Google apps on iOS will change - but some of the most important and distinctive elements will remain the same.

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Google TV profiles could end your messed-up recommendations

Google TV profiles could end your messed-up recommendations

Google TV is adding user profiles and easier control via a new virtual remote, in an attempt to better streamline the living room. The profiles feature will allow multiple people to set up their own accounts on a Google TV-powered set top box, streamer, or TV, complete with their own Google Account.

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X-Rings is a 360-degree shape display for VR

X-Rings is a 360-degree shape display for VR

A lot of researchers and manufacturers are working on innovations for virtual reality. Virtual reality has been around for a long time but so far has seen limited adoption. A new device has turned up that will be shown off at the UIST 2021 ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology. The device is called X-Rings.

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Sony and TSMC mull a chipmaking partnership in Japan

Sony and TSMC mull a chipmaking partnership in Japan

Chip manufacturers all around the world are struggling to increase production to meet demand. Chip shortages are impacting all sorts of industries, including automotive and electronics manufacturers. TSMC, the largest chipmaker in the world, and Sony are considering building a jointly operated chip factory in Japan. Reports indicate that the Japanese government is also considering investing a massive amount of money into the joint venture.

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FaceTime calls are now working in the UAE

FaceTime calls are now working in the UAE

In most of the world, Apple FaceTime calls have been part of normal iPhone usage for a long time. However, FaceTime calling has been banned within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a long time. According to reports, FaceTime calls started working without any official announcement on Sunday.

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Nintendo says Switch OLED users should leave the screen protector on

Nintendo says Switch OLED users should leave the screen protector on

The new Nintendo Switch OLED has been on the market for only a handful of days. The new OLED Switch console is essentially the same as the pre-existing model but has a significantly updated screen. Anyone who has purchased the Switch OLED or is considering purchasing one should know that Nintendo has attached an adhesive film to the screen from the factory.

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Realme GT Neo2 Review

Realme GT Neo2 Review

It has become harder and harder to define what constitutes a flagship phone these days. Technically speaking, any phone that becomes the brand's foremost product is considered its flagship. On a practical level, however, those are often the phones boasting high-end features that usually come with a matching price tag. It's in that latter context that Realme is bringing out its own flagship killer with a slightly different formula than those flagships. But does the Realme GT Neo 2 really have what it takes to take on those high-end smartphones, or is it just marketing-speak? We give it a good shake to find out.

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Nokia G50 5G arrives in the US with another choice for your wallet

Nokia G50 5G arrives in the US with another choice for your wallet

The industry push to make 5G takeover most of the world's networks only makes sense if the majority of people in the world can access it. In addition to actually making 5G accessible and affordable, it also requires that 5G phones be likewise. There is an almost overwhelming number of 5G phones in the market today, most of them leaning over on the expensive side. HMD Global is now trying to even things out with the Nokia G50 that's finally landing in the US market.

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Galaxy A13 5G could become Samsung’s next budget phone killer

Galaxy A13 5G could become Samsung’s next budget phone killer

There is no shortage of 5G-capable smartphones these days, at least if you're looking at the top tiers of the smartphone market. While there are more accessible 5G phones as well, few phone makers have managed to break through the entry-level or budget phone market with affordable choices for 5G handsets. That's where Samsung's Galaxy A series has been trying to dominate, and the latest Galaxy A13 5G will try to cement its lead on that tier.

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Instagram will soon nudge teens to take a break

Instagram will soon nudge teens to take a break

Facebook is no stranger to scandals, including ones that land it in court or grilled by Congress, but there are a few notable ones that really rouse people's ire. While its meddling in a past US election still haunts it to this day, Facebook's latest debacle doesn't even involve its main social network but one of its biggest properties. Then again, the social tech giant has been blamed for how things are run at Instagram, and it is now promising to take stronger measures to protect its young users' mental health.

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