Huawei Considering Licensing All of Its 5G Patents in Effort to Avoid Ban in the West

With a ban that will effectively prevent Huawei from doing business with U.S. companies set to go into effect in November, it seems Huawei has come up with an idea that could potentially allow it to maintain a foothold in western markets: a one-time licensing deal that would give a buyer unlimited access to Huawei’s current 5G patents and tech. Read More >>

Galaxy Note 10 Review: A Smaller Note Makes For Better Handling

When Samsung announced the arrival of two versions of its latest Galaxy Note – the 6.3-inch Note 10 and the 6.8-inch Note 10+ – it signalled a small departure from previous years. In spirit, the Galaxy Note 10+ is the true successor to Samsung’s iconic big-screen phone line, while the standard Note 10 seems like something Samsung’s bean counters dreamed up as a way of broadening the market for the company’s latest high-end phone. Read More >>

The Most Important iPhone 11 Upgrades Are the Ones We Didn’t Get

Another year, another new iPhone. I know someone says this every year, but I can’t shake the feeling that the iPhone 11 doesn’t seem quite as exciting as previous models. Now some of that could simply be due to update fatigue, as the iPhone’s legacy extends back more than ten years to 2007. But I’d argue the more significant factor that’s making me feel less enthused about the Phone 11's launch is that its tech doesn’t live up to expectations. Read More >>

Apple ‘Improves’ App Store Search By ‘Handicapping’ Its Own Apps

After a number of first-party apps were found to have unusually high rankings, Apple has finally updated the App Store’s search algorithm to “handicap” itself and help make apps from other developers easier to find. Read More >>

Leaks and Code Clues Suggest Google Has More Nifty Camera Features Planned for Pixel 4

While Google still hasn’t set an official date for its annual autumn product showcase, thanks to inside sources and a recent APK teardown, we may have just got a preview of some new camera features set to debut on the Pixel 4. Read More >>

IFA 2019: The Moto One Zoom Goes Bold on Style and Big on Cameras

When I first saw the back of the new Moto One Zoom, I had to pause for a second and ask myself, “Did Motorola put the Bat-Signal on the back of its latest phone?” Read More >>

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IFA 2019: Philips Gave Into the Hipsters and Made Hue Filament Smart Lights

Philips Hue has one of the widest and most popular ranges of smart lights on the market, but its portfolio does have a few holes. Or at least it did, because this fall, Hue is releasing a new lineup of connected LED bulbs including new candle bulbs, refreshed spotlights, an updated portable smart light, some lighting accessories, and some hipster-friendly vintage-style Edison bulbs. Read More >>

IFA 2019: The Light Phone 2 Wants to Save You From the Internet

With the Light Phone 2, the team behind the minimally-minded Light Phone that blew up on Kickstarter in 2015 continues to explore the balance between being connected and preserving your mental health. It’s a spare, standalone handset that rethinks how smart a smartphone actually needs to be. Read More >>

IFA 2019: This New Logitech Mouse Has a Magnetic Wheel That Feels Like Magic

Thanks to PC gaming, fancy mice with high with DPI sensors and tactile mechanical keyboards have become a lot more popular. Yet when it comes to productivity, Logitech’s MX-series mice are pretty much unmatched, and with the new MX Master 3, Logitech has propelled its flagship mouse into a class of its own. Read More >>

IFA 2019: SteelSeries Finally Made the Wireless Headset Switch Fans Have Been Waiting For

Even though Nintendo recently refreshed the standard Switch with new guts and made a smaller version of its portable console in the upcoming Switch Lite, both suffer from a major omission: the lack of support for wireless audio. What makes this even more frustrating is that the Switch has Bluetooth, but Nintendo only uses it for connecting the Switch’s Joy-Con, not audio. So to address this issue, SteelSeries made the Arctics 1 Wireless headset, which the company claims is the world’s first USB-C wireless gaming headset that not only works with the Switch, but with the PC, PS4, and tonnes of mobile devices. Read More >>

IFA 2019: HyperX’s Cloud Orbit S Headset Delivers Next Level Gaming Audio

For years, I’ve used a stand mic and a pair of regular headphones as my setup for gaming audio. That’s because while a headset is easier to use, keeping my microphone and headphones separated made things easier to upgrade and connect to various devices Read More >>

Samsung’s First Bixby Speaker Still Isn’t Out, But Now There’s a Mini Version

More than a year ago, alongside the reveal of the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung announced that it was working on a smart speaker powered by its Bixby digital assistant called the Galaxy Home. And even though the original Galaxy Home still hasn’t gone on sale, it seems Samsung already has a Galaxy Home Mini in the works. Read More >>

A Shark Fin and Ceramic Nipple Make the Oppo Reno 2 Wacky, Yet Sophisticated

One thing I really appreciate about Chinese smartphone makers is their willingness to take risks in order to innovate. Sometimes things flop or are completely unusable, but Chinese phone makers are responsible for the return of slider phones and fun, pop-up selfie cams. Read More >>

Sony Brings Big Tech to More Affordable APS-C Cameras With the a6600 and a6100

Despite recent competition from rivals like Canon and Nikon, Sony remains the leader in full-frame mirrorless cameras. Just last month, Sony looked to extend its lead with the introduction of the full-frame A7R IV, and now, Sony has come back to flesh out its APS-C camera lineup with the new a6600 and a6100. Read More >>

The Switch Lite is Sneaky Good

As someone who bought a Nintendo Switch at launch, I’ve been quite curious about the upcoming Switch Lite. After all, the standard $300 Switch can do everything the Switch Lite can (and more). The £200 Switch Lite loses the ability to output video to a TV or detach the controllers in exchange for a price tag that’s £80 less. Read More >>