covid 19
Researchers Built an App That Aims to Detect Covid-19 by Listening to Your Coughs

One of the major problems right now with tackling the novel coronavirus is that tests aren’t widely available for everyone. To help fix that, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US have developed a free, experimental app that uses artificial intelligence to detect whether a person may or may not have covid-19. Read More >>

Apple Buys Dark Sky, Kills Android App and API

Android users have many reasons to hate on Apple, but the company just gave them one more: It’s taking away the popular weather app Dark Sky. Dark Sky announced in a blog today that it was joining Apple, and as a result, it’s ending API access in 2022 and killing off the Android app. Read More >>

Who’s Ready to Get Mad Over an iPad Notch?

Patents aren’t written in stone, but they’re definitely a glimpse into what a company is mulling for future products. On that front, a newly released Apple patent hints the company is finally recognising that most people use their iPads in landscape mode by shifting the front-facing camera and FaceID sensors onto the horizontal side. The catch is that one diagram shows a notch for those components. Read More >>

Surprise! Fitbit’s First New Product Under Google is a Fitness Tracker

As we entered a new decade, Fitbit’s fortunes looked uncertain. Last year, the company was acquired by Google for a neat $2.1 billion – a move that left some longtime Fitbit users wary about their data privacy. The acquisition followed reports about disappointing Versa Lite sales, which was a blow to Fitbit considering the popularity of its Versa smartwatch. Now with its first new device under Google, Fitbit is going all-out with the Charge 4. Its most popular fitness tracker has been refreshed with built-in GPS, NFC payments, Spotify compatibility, and a new focus on active minutes in addition to steps. Read More >>

The Never-Ending Death of Smart Home Gadgets

I got my smart TV in early November 2016. It was a 50-inch Samsung – the largest size I could convince my then skeptical roommate to shell out for. We scored a modest deal. At roughly £500 split between two poor millennials, it wasn’t too bad. (Though, in retrospect, I should have waited until Black Friday.) It was, and I mean this in the most generous of terms, okay. The picture quality was fine. The apps all worked. Screencasting was sometimes choppy but altogether fine. And then last year, I moved. Read More >>

This Ankle Exoskeleton Was Designed to Make Running Easier

Running is one of the most affordable forms of exercise, but it’s also one that people love to groan about – and for good reason. It’s a high-impact sport that can be hard on the body, and that’s without factoring in however you might feel about your individual athleticism. But Stanford engineers have found a wearable exoskeleton that you can strap onto your ankle to help you run more easily, according to a study published in Science Robotics. Read More >>

The ARM is Nigh

As far as Apple rumours go, the one that says ARM-powered Macs are coming isn’t particularly new. That said, whenever analyst Ming-Chi Kuo weighs in, rumours start to take on new shape given his track record of accurately calling trends. Kuo is now saying that Apple plans to launch several laptops and desktops with custom ARM chips in 2021, according to MacRumors. Read More >>

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Marshall’s New Itty Bitty Smart Speaker Packs Big Sound

Marshall’s latest smart speaker is an unusually small boy. How small? The new Uxbridge Voice, which is integrated with Amazon Alexa, measures a mere 5 by 6.6 by 4.8 inches. Read More >>

Researchers Find Android Apps for Kids Riddled With Malware

It’s a familiar story: Security researchers find apps in Google’s Play Store that are infected with some sort of malware, which eventually get pulled. Well, it’s happened again. This time, a new type of malware dubbed Tekya was discovered farming ad clicks to earn money in 56 apps, of which 24 were aimed at kids. Read More >>

Rumours Claim Apple’s AirPower is Still Alive and the iPhone 9 is in Production

We all said RIP to the AirPower wireless charging mat when Apple officially killed the product last year. At the time, Apple said whatever prototypes it had been working on simply hadn’t met the company’s high standards. That said, it would appear that Apple has revived the project from the dead. Read More >>

Dyson’s New Flat Iron Is Impressive, But It’s Not Magic

Let me tell you: Straightening hair is a pain in the arse. For those born without pin-straight tresses, taming frizz, waves, and curls is an Entire Process that involves a mystical combination of heat, expensive hair-styling products, and praying that the weather cooperates with you because, as we all know, water and humidity are The Enemies of straight hair. After I tested out the Dyson Corrale, a £400 cordless flat iron that promises 50 per cent less heat damage, my DMs were flooded with friends asking if this thing is worth it. After playing around with it for a few days, my very unsatisfying answer is: It depends. Read More >>

How to Stay Fit While Social Distancing

The gyms are closed. The snacks are now always within reach. Venturing outdoors is recommended, so long as you maintain six feet of distance between you and other humans. But if you’ve tried running at a park recently, there are a whole lot of people who clearly have no concept of what six feet looks like. Experts say that exercise is crucial to reduce stress and anxiety and may boost your immune system. So in the year of covid-19, how does a person keep from atrophying into a giant slug or going stir-crazy with cabin fever? Especially if you live in a flat that’s more or less a glorified closet? Read More >>

Fitness Apps Need to Stop Shaming Us While We Social Distance

App notifications can be helpful reminders to keep moving and maintain your fitness routine – in normal times. These are not normal times. Read More >>

We Risked Our Hair to Try Out Dyson’s £400 Cordless Flat Iron

Bad hair days suck – so is it any wonder why lots of us don’t hesitate to plunk down hundreds of pounds a year in pursuit of a luscious, sleek mane? Even so, Dyson’s hairstyling gadgets are a special kind of expensive, from £300 supersonic hair dryers to its £450 Airwrap curling iron. The Corrale is Dyson’s latest hair gadget – a cordless £400 flat iron that the company says can smooth and curl any hair type. Read More >>

Here’s What Apple Would Have Announced at Its Cancelled March Event

A few weeks ago, there were heavy rumours that Apple was planning a March 31 event to unveil a new slate of products. Now, for reasons that are obvious, Apple decided to err on the side of caution and cancel – a wise move considering Santa Clara County, where Cupertino is located, has banned gatherings of 1,000 people or more to curb the spread of covid-19. But while the event was cancelled, that doesn’t mean the products are. Read More >>