Saturday, April 21, 2018
As first spotted by MacRumors, Apple said on Friday that certain 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops without the Touch Bar, made between October 2016 and 2017, have a component that could cause the computer's built-in battery to swell.
Apple said it's not a safety issue, but anyone with an affected laptop can have the battery replacement for free by entering their computer's serial number into Apple's battery replacement program website.
Apple will also refund anyone who's already paid to have a battery replaced.
The battery program covers affected MacBook Pro laptops for a period of five years from their retail purchase date..."
Apple replacing batteries for MacBook Pro laptops without the Touch Bar - CNET
"A top Apple analyst said in a note to clients this week that the cheapest new iPhone X might cost just $550, which is an impressive price point. Apple selling a brand new device for a price that’s $100 cheaper than its typical entry-level price for iPhones would be a big deal. It would also be a nightmare for Android device makers, especially the kind of companies that charged about the same for their #NeverSettle smartphones.
But this rumor made me realize that there’s no way Apple can convince me to pay $1,000 for a new iPhone X successor this year, one year after I purchased the first one...."
There’s no way Apple can convince me to pay $1,000 for a new iPhone X this year – BGR
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
"After ZTE was caught shipping goods to Iran, the US Commerce Department on Monday banned US companies from selling hardware and software to the Chinese electronics company for seven years. Now, a source tells Reuters this could preclude Google for licensing its Android operating system to ZTE.
Alphabet and ZTE were discussing the ban, the publication reports, but no decision has been made as of yet. "
ZTE may lose Android licensing from Google, report says - CNET
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
"he new $170 Jabra Elite 65t earbuds are my go-to recommendation for anyone who wants truly wireless earbuds that aren’t Apple’s AirPods. As good as the AirPods are, there are several things that might rule them out for some people. If you’re like me, it’s the one-size-fits-most design; my ears just aren’t a good match, and buying aftermarket ear hooks for a snug, secure fit is a hassle. And then there’s the outside noise; the open design of AirPods, though great for awareness and safety, means you’ll occasionally find yourself cranking the volume to extremes when you want to drown out the cacophony of city life. But those pitfalls aside, the AirPods have remained on their own pedestal above the competition for well over a year because of their ease of use, rock-solid connection stability, and battery life.
Jabra Elite 65t review: AirPod alternative - The Verge
Monday, April 16, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Bathroom hand dryers may leave your hands dirtier than before, gross new study says - The Washington Post
"Hand dryers may leave your hands significantly more dirty than before, according to a new study.
The study, the results of which were published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, found that plates exposed to 30 seconds of a bathroom hand dryer gained at least 18 to 60 colonies of bacteria, while plates exposed to bathroom air for two minutes had fewer than one.
The authors concluded that the ‘results indicate that many kinds of bacteria, including potential pathogens and spores, can be deposited on hands exposed to bathroom hand dryers, and that spores could be dispersed throughout buildings and deposited on hands by hand dryers.’"