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Kick-ass gadgets from Western Digital, Adonit, iOttie, myCharge, and more

We’re back with another roundup of cool gadgets worth checking out. While we tend to focus our reviews on mobile phones and accessories, sometimes we get the chance to try things that fall just a bit outside of that space. Nevertheless, we think they’re the sort of things that our readers might enjoy learning about.

For this edition we take a look at a solid state drive for a laptop, portable charger, dashboard mount, phone stand, and sound machine. Cool,  [Read More…]

From the Editor’s Desk: Unplugging in the ‘slow’ season

Perhaps you’ve heard: we’re bringing back our weekly “from the editor’s desk” column! It was convenient timing for Daniel to write his first (in a long time) column and then promptly leave on vacation, but I’m certain he’s having a wonderful time and I’m here to pick up right where he left off. Truth be told, we’re likely to rotate this slot around from week to week so everyone has a chance to hear from more of the  [Read More…]

Apple’s WWDC 2019 recap from an Android perspective

A quick breakdown of what’s new with iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

On Monday, June 3, Apple held the opening keynote for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. This is essentially Apple’s version of Google I/O where Apple talks about all of the new features coming to its various platforms, including the likes of iOS, watchOS, and the new iPadOS.

Android is obviously our main jam here at AC, but it’s always fun to take a look at  [Read More…]

Keeping your Oculus safe from the sun

With all VR headsets, but especially headsets designed to be mobile like the Quest, it is vitally important to keep them safe from the sun’s rays. It only takes a few seconds to focus the sun’s rays onto your screen and permanently burning marks into it. While you may get lucky and your headset might avoid any permanent damage, it’s probably best to follow our tips, and the advice of Oculus themselves, and avoid the sun.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Big things are happening!

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, Hayato Huseman and Michael Fisher attend MWC 2019.

Hey! If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you clicked on some link, somewhere — perhaps on our homepage, or through Twitter or Facebook, or even possibly by searching for something on Google and coming across this article with a title that says ‘Big things are happening!’ and got curious. Whatever way you got here, I appreciate it.

I haven’t done one of these in  [Read More…]

Amazon reportedly wants to buy Boost Mobile from T-Mobile and Sprint

It looks like Amazon is interested in becoming a full-fledged wireless carrier.

What you need to know Amazon is said to be interested in buying Boost Mobile from Sprint. T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to sell Boost as part of their merger conditions. Amazon could also pick up spectrum from T-Mobile and Sprint.

T-Mobile and Sprint have announced their intent to sell Boost Mobile should their $ 26.5 billion merger go through, and it looks like there’s  [Read More…]

Rogers board member says Huawei should be banned from Canada’s 5G network

This would be a big blow for 5G in the Great White North.

What you need to know Philip Lind from Rogers doesn’t like Huawei’s close relationship to the Chinese government. Mike Pence and Justin Trudeau are meeting on May 30 to discuss the Huawei ban. The ban is scheduled to go into effect on August 19.

Huawei’s impending ban from the U.S. government, which goes into effect on August 19, has been creating a lot of  [Read More…]

Huawei employees get banned from science publisher IEEE

The effects of the U.S. ban continue.

What you need to know Huawei employees can no longer edit/review papers from IEEE. A professor from Peking University resigned from the editorial board following this news. IEEE stands for “Electrical and Electronics Engineers” and is a major science publisher.

The ramifications for Huawei following news of its U.S. ban have been massive. Most recently, the Electrical and Electronics Engineers (or IEEE for short) publishing group decided to ban Huawei  [Read More…]

Google used YouTube videos from the Mannequin Challenge to train its AI

In the future, the results could be used in AR or for adding effects to videos.

What you need to know Google is training its AI to create depth maps isolating human subjects in the scene using only one camera. As a starting point, Google used 2000 YouTube videos from the Mannequin Challenge to train the AI. The results will lead to the ability to add effects to videos, such as portrait mode, and be used for  [Read More…]

Huawei gets banned from using microSD cards in future smartphones

The company was also “temporarily restricted” from the Wi-Fi Alliance.

What you need to know Huawei has been banned from being a member of the SD Association. This means future Huawei phones likely won’t be able to use microSD cards. The Wi-Fi Alliance also “temporarily restricted” Huawei.

This past week’s been a tough one for Huawei. The Trump Administration banned the company from working with U.S. suppliers, meaning that Huawei’s relationship with Google will effectively end after  [Read More…]