byEngadget RSS Feedon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on You can make your own rotary cellphone) Comments
As convenient as modern cellphones are, there's a certain charm to spinning an old-fashioned rotary dial to make a call -- and now, there's a cellphone that caters to that nostalgia. Brookhaven National Lab engineer Justine Haupt has developed a rot...
byEngadget RSS Feedon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on Microsoft releases its unified Office app for Android) Comments
Microsoft has followed through on its promise of a unified Office mobile app -- for some people, anyway. Following months of beta testing, the company has released the all-in-one productivity app for Android phone users. Like before, this lets you...
byEngadget RSS Feedon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on Apple warns of iPhone 'supply shortages' due to coronavirus outbreak) Comments
The consequences of the coronavirus outbreak will be worse than expected for Apple. The tech firm has warned that global iPhone supply will be "temporarily constrained" while it resumes production. Although its factory partners have reopened, those f...
byEric Slivkaon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on Apple Says March Quarter Revenue Will Fall Short Due to Coronavirus Impact) Comments
Apple today issued an update on its financial guidance for the March quarter, announcing that the company will not meet its revenue goals due to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic in China.
Our quarterly guidance issued on January 28, 2020 reflected the best information available at the time as well as our best estimates about the pace of return to work following the end of the extended Chinese New Year holiday on February 10. Work is starting to resume around the country, but we are experiencing a slower return to normal conditions than we had anticipated. As a result, we do not expect to meet the revenue guidance we provided for the March quarter due to two main factors.
Apple cites both constrained iPhone supplies worldwide and lower customer demand for Apple products in China as the main impacts on performance for the quarter.
On the iPhone supply side, Apple says all of its manufacturing partner facilities are located outside of the Hubei province epicenter for the epidemic and have reopened, the ramp-up to full production has been slower than expected.
As for customer demand in China, Apple says store closings and limited hours have significantly reduced customer traffic, although corporate offices and contact centers have reopened and online stores have remained open.
Apple says it is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide additional information on its quarterly earnings call in April. Apple also says it is more than doubling its previously announced donation to help in the public health fight against the Wuhan coronavirus.
Apple had predicted in its earnings release at the end of January that it would see revenue of $63–$67 billion for the March quarter, a somewhat wider guidance range than usual as Apple acknowledged the coronavirus situation was leading to some uncertainty, but it appears the impact will be even larger than Apple had accounted for.
byEngadget RSS Feedon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on Watch the first trailer for Spielberg's Apple TV+ series 'Amazing Stories') Comments
Apple has shared the first trailer for Steven Spielberg's upcoming Amazing Stories revival. The series will hit the tech giant's TV+ streaming service on March 6th, with five different stories to watch.
byEngadget RSS Feedon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on EU won't let Facebook tell it how to regulate tech giants) Comments
The European Union won't let Facebook tell it how to regulate Big Tech. Today, EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton said Facebook will have to adapt to the EU's standards, not the other way around, Reuters reports.
byEric Slivkaon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on Apple Media Event Rumored for End of March, 'iPhone SE 2' Launch on April 3) Comments
March is the most common month for Apple's spring media events, and the relatively long list of products with rumored imminent updates has pointed toward one of those spring events being held again this year.
A new report [Google Translate] from German site iPhone-ticker.de claims that Apple is planning to hold a media event at the very end of March, with Tuesday, March 31 being the most likely date. A launch of the new low-cost iPhone, variously dubbed the "iPhone SE 2" or "iPhone 9" in rumors, is said to follow on Friday, April 3.
byEngadget RSS Feedon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on Jeff Bezos pledges $10 billion to combat climate change) Comments
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced today he plans to contribute $10 billion toward fighting climate change through the creation of a new philanthropic project called the Bezos Earth Fund. "Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet," Bezos wrote...
byEngadget RSS Feedon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on RCS messaging comes to Windows 10's Your Phone app) Comments
When Samsung's new Galaxy S20 phones make their way to stores early next month, they'll be able to relay RCS messages to Windows 10 PCs. It's all thanks to Microsoft's Your Phone app, which the company is updating to enable it to send and receive RCS...
byEngadget RSS Feedon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on The synth tones of 'Blade Runner' now fit on your desk) Comments
Yamaha's CS-80 is one of the biggest synths ever -- whether in size, tone or resale price. Most notably remembered for being Vangelis' go-to instrument when composing the score for Blade Runner, the 220-pound behemoth sells for over $20,000 on the se...
byEngadget RSS Feedon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on SpaceX lost another Falcon booster to the sea) Comments
This morning, at 10:05AM ET, SpaceX successfully launched its fifth batch of Starlink internet satellites via a Falcon 9 rocket. Unfortunately, it did not manage to land the rocket's booster as planned.
byJuli Cloveron Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on Apple Shares Trailer for Upcoming Apple TV+ Show 'Amazing Stories' Coming March 6) Comments
Apple this morning shared a trailer for upcoming Apple TV+ science fiction series "Amazing Stories," which is a reimagining of the original 1980s series of the same name.
"Amazing Stories" was one of the first TV shows that Apple picked up for Apple TV+, and each episode will focus on a new topic, much like "Black Mirror" and "Twilight Zone." The original was created by Steven Spielberg, who serves as executive producer on the reboot.
Earlier this year, Apple said that each episode of the series will "transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today's most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers."
Stars in "Amazing Stories" include Dylan O'Brien ("Maze Runner," "Teen Wolf"), Victoria Pedretti ("You"), Josh Holloway ("Lost," "Yellowstone"), Sasha Alexander ("Rizzoli & Isles," "Shameless") and Robert Forster ("Twin Peaks").
"Amazing Stories" will launch on Friday, March 6, and there will be 10 episodes in the first season of the show.
byEngadget RSS Feedon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on Apple Music's Replay 2020 playlist tracks your favorites week-by-week) Comments
You don't have to sit tight until December to start your 2020 retrospective. As promised, Apple Music has made its automatic Replay 2020 playlist available to subscribers through its beta web player. You'll have to visit the site through a mobile bro...
byEngadget RSS Feedon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on Google is ending its Station free public WiFi program) Comments
After almost four years of providing free internet access to people in developing countries, Google plans to shut down its Station program. The initiative saw the search giant offer free public WiFi at 400 railway stations in India and more than 5,00...
byEric Slivkaon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on Kuo: iPhone SE 2 Launch Still Planned for First Half of 2020 Despite Coronavirus Outbreak) Comments
We've been hearing for some time that Apple is planning to launch a new low-cost iPhone based on the iPhone 8, but with upgraded internals. This device has been referred to in rumors as the "iPhone SE 2" or "iPhone 9," although concerns over the impact of the Wuhan coronavirus on production have raised some questions about timing for the launch.
In a new research note seen by MacRumors, noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo briefly mentions that the iPhone SE 2 is still expected to launch in the first half of this year. The mention comes in a larger report about smartphone camera lens suppliers, with Kuo noting that the iPhone SE 2 will not include a 7-element plastic (7P) lens, and so will not contribute toward shipments of those advanced lenses.
Because Apple expects that the new iPhone SE2 released in 1H20 will not use a 7P lens, it will not help the 7P lens shipment momentum.
It's unsurprising that the iPhone SE 2 won't include a 7P lens, as the iPhone 8 includes a 6P rear camera lens. With Apple looking to keep pricing on the new phone as low as possible, it will almost certainly be reusing components wherever possible, with the exception of key performance-related components like the A-series chip, which is rumored to move from the A11 chip in the iPhone 8 to Apple's latest A13 chip.
A separate report today claims that an update to Apple's iPad Pro lineup is expected "around March," so it's possible we could see a media event next month for Apple to introduce several new products.
byMitchel Broussardon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on Apple Music 'Replay 2020' Playlist Now Available, Will Update With Your Most Streamed Music Every Week) Comments
Last November, Apple launched new "Replay" playlists within Apple Music, letting its subscribers discover which songs they listened the most to every year they've been using Apple Music. At the time of the announcement, the company said that users would be able to track their listening habits throughout 2020, and now it has made the "Replay 2020" playlist available to add to your Apple Music library (via Federico Viticci on Twitter).
To do so, head to Apple Music on the web to get your Replays, then scroll all the way down on the page to find the yearly Replay playlists. "2020 Replay" should be the first one you see, and you can add it to your library by clicking "Add." Afterwards, the playlist will appear on Apple Music across your Apple devices, and as you listen to music throughout the year, new songs will rise up to the top of the playlists, and songs you don't listen to as much will descend. Up to 100 songs will eventually occupy "2020 Replay" by the year's end.
These Replay playlists are Apple's response to Spotify Wrapped, which provides Spotify users with interesting stats on who their most listened to artists, songs, genres, and more were throughout the year. Apple Music Replay is a bit more straightforward, listing your top 100 favorite songs of each year, but you can find more about your favorite albums and artists on Apple Music on the web. Apple Music's ability to showcase your top music from each specific year is also an advantage over Spotify Wrapped.
Apple Music subscribers can access Apple Music Replay on the web and add the playlists to iOS or Mac devices. At one point, Replay was available directly from the Apple Music app on iOS (on the Browse tab), but this was only a temporary feature highlighting the end of 2019.
byEric Slivkaon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on iPad Pro Update Expected 'Around March,' but Production Slow to Ramp Up) Comments
Rumors have been pointing toward a significant iPad Pro update in the first half of this year, including a new triple-lens rear camera system supporting 3D sensing for immersive augmented reality experiences.
MacRumors concept of iPad Pro with triple-lens rear camera system
In a new paywalled blurb published today, DigiTimes claims that production on the device has already begun with a launch expected "around March," which is Apple's usual timeframe for a spring media event in years that it chooses to hold one. The blurb also says that production has been slow to ramp up following the Lunar New Year holiday, with impacts from the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic presumably also playing a role.
Apple is scheduled to launch its new iPad Pro series around March, with related suppliers already kicking off production for the model ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. However, their output has started growing slowly after the extended Lunar New Year break in China with shipments unlikely to peak until after April, according to industry sources.
byEngadget RSS Feedon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on Amazon's Fire tablets for kids are back to their lowest-ever pricing) Comments
Now might be a good time to go shopping if you're looking for a tablet to keep your kids entertained and educated. Amazon has dropped the prices on its Kids Edition tablets to Black Friday levels, making them tempting options if you're looking for a...
byEric Slivkaon Feb 17, 2020 (Comments Off on 'AirPods Pro Lite' Production Reportedly Pushed Back From Planned Q2 Start) Comments
Last week, Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes made a passing reference to upcoming "AirPod Pro Lite" earphones without offering any details on the product, leading to confusion about whether this would be a third-generation version of the regular AirPods or a new member of the AirPods Pro family.
While we still don't have a full picture of what to expect with these upcoming earphones, DigiTimes today published another short paywalled blurb specifically describing AirPods Pro Lite as an "entry-level version of Apple's AirPods Pro series" and saying that production will not kick off in the second quarter of this year as originally planned.
Production of the AirPods Pro Lite, an entry-level version of Apple's AirPods Pro series, is unlikely to kick off in the second quarter as originally planned, according to industry sources.
We haven't heard any specific rumors about these AirPods Pro Lite earphones, or updates to the AirPods and AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro were just released in October, so we're not expecting an update for some time yet, while the second-generation AirPods are coming up on a year old in March.
We'll update this article with any additional details once DigiTimes expands its blurb into a full story.