Ford Secretly Created the New Pickup Emoji Because Nothing Is Sacred

Yesterday, 17 July, was World Emoji Day, a fake but harmless holiday created by the founder of Emojipedia. To celebrate this year, Ford slyly revealed that it has succeeded in surreptitiously creating the pickup emoji. The company hired a marketing firm and a technology company to pitch the Unicode Consortium of the pickup truck emoji concept. Unicode apparently did not know that Ford was behind the campaign. And next year, the pickup emoji (sponsored by Ford) should be coming to smartphones and computers around the world. Read More >>

Bose Is Back

Bose just released an important update to its popular line of wireless noise-cancelling headphones. They are different. They’re weirdly stylish. Most importantly, they’re good. Also expensive. Read More >>

Google Very Angry After Contractor Leaks Over a Thousand Assistant Recordings

Just in case you were holding out any hope that Google didn’t let humans listen to voice recordings from Google Home and Google Assistant, stop doing that. One of the humans that Google hired to review voice recordings recently leaked over a thousand Assistant recordings to a Belgian news organisation, which published a story and video about the recordings this week. Google, of course, is very pissed about this. Read More >>

Life Without iTunes Is Sweet Indeed

It feels like I’ve been waiting years for iTunes to die. (A quick search of the Gizmodo archives reveals that I have, in fact, been waiting four years.) The bloated software was confusing to navigate, annoying to use, and increasingly obsolete, so you might imagine what a treat it was when I finally fired up macOS Catalina to discover how it feels to use Apple software in the post-iTunes world. It’s blissful. Read More >>

Apple Just Gutted Its Laptop Line Up

A new round of laptops appeared in the Apple Store this morning, which is bad news if you ask me. Yesterday, there were four distinct models of MacBooks. Now, there are two. Neither of them is particularly impressive. Read More >>

Sony’s New Truly Wireless Noise-Cancelling Earbuds Feel Like a Fancy Step Forward

Sony showed up early to the truly wireless noise-cancelling party in 2017, and now the company has an exciting new update: the WF-1000XM3 truly wireless earbuds. They cost $230 (~£180, UK price TBA) and look like some silly mini version of the company’s popular WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones. That’s kind of the point, too. Apple’s AirPods have no noise-cancelling and the excellent Jabra Elite 65t only have noise reduction. Excellent noise-cancelling earbuds could be a big deal. Read More >>

Wonderboom 2 Is the Perfect Portable Bluetooth Speaker for Your Summer

The Wonderboom is one of my favourite gadgets. It’s a round little Bluetooth speaker that’s easy to use and sounds terrific. The Wonderboom is even durable enough that you can bounce it on the ground or throw it in the toilet, which I do not recommend. Ultimate Ears, the creators of this affordable gadget, just made a handful of improvements to Wonderboom. Meet the Wonderboom 2. Read More >>

Maybe Apple Will Be Better Off Without Jony Ive

Gossipy new accounts about Jony Ive’s final months at Apple have been rolling in since news of his departure broke last week, and boy does it seem like he was sick of working at Apple. As the company struggles to invent new products and slow-motion train wrecks its way towards a new services business, you might wonder if this may, actually, be a good thing. After all, Apple needs a new star. Read More >>

Sony’s Cheaper Noise-Cancelling Headphones Are an Instant Classic

Sony just released a more affordable set of noise-cancelling headphones called the WH-XB900N. The new wireless headphones sell for £230 and are an update to the company’s popular MDR-XB950BT Extra Bass headphones. At the same time, they also represent a cheaper version of Sony’s excellent £330 WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones. From afar, Sony’s more affordable new noise-cancelling headphones look almost identical to the price model. Up close, it’s evident that they’re not as good as Sony’s flagship, and that doesn’t matter to me at this price. Read More >>

Apple’s Newest Luxury Product Is Privacy

Apple wants to sell you all kinds of new services: music, magazines, a TV show about the Russians landing on the Moon first. But with the announcement of iOS 13, it looks like the company is turning one of its classic features into a service all its own. Next-level privacy is about to be the best thing you get by paying the Apple tax. Read More >>

Everything Apple Announced Yesterday

It’s not uncommon for Apple’s annual developer conference to start a little sleepily. That was not the case yesterday, as Tim Cook and friends made significant announcements including the death of a legendary app and the birth of a brand new computer. It actually felt a little bit exhilarating. Read More >>

These Are the Very Best Truly Wireless Earbuds

Deciding which of the many sets of truly wireless earbuds to buy can feel like a daunting task. Unless you’re one of those people who believes the AirPods hype, in which case the decision might seem very easy. Don’t be that person. Read More >>

Amazon Attempts to Improve Alexa Privacy, Hilariously Fails

There’s a new Echo in town. The Echo Show 5 is a smart display with a 5.5-inch screen scheduled for a 26 June release, and it’s the first Echo device with a physical shutter to cover the onboard camera. With this release, Amazon is making some changes to how all Echos treat Alexa privacy settings. Users will now have the ability to tell Alexa to delete the current day’s recordings. Which sounds good at face value, but the proposition is more complicated than that. Read More >>