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2019 iPhones Might Sport Ultra-Wide Lens, Says Ming-Chi Kuo

When Ming-Chi Kuo predicts something, it’s usually correct. If his latest statements are true, then expect an ultra-wide lens on two of this year’s iPhones.

Apple

Using BlackBerry Messenger? It’s Shutting Down On May 31 Unless You Pay Up

The BlackBerry Messenger app shuts down for good at the end of May. Users who want to stay will get a free year of BBM Enterprise but have to pay $2.50 per six months afterward.

Apps/Software

Google Home Users Can Now Access YouTube Music For Free, If They Can Stand Ads

There’s no way to pick songs individually, but at least the free tier of YouTube Music is finally available on any smart speaker powered by Google Assistant. Expect ads, of course.

Google

Instagram Might Soon Hide The Number Of Likes On Posts

Instagram confirms that an internal prototype version of the app hides a posts’ like counts. This design change isn’t being tested at the moment, but it could significantly impact user engagement if implemented.

Apps/Software

Galaxy Buds Get Bixby Voice Controls With New Update

New touchpad controls, Bixby voice commands, and more are included in a new Galaxy Buds software update. No fix for the subpar audio yet, though.

Wearable Tech

Confirmed: Facebook Is Making A Voice Assistant, But It Might Not Compete With Alexa, Google Assistant

Facebook is developing an artificial intelligence assistant to put in its Portal, Oculus, and potentially future hardware. It’s not clear how it’s going to perform, but don’t count on it being an Alexa or Google Assistant replacement.

Apps/Software April 18, 2019

The New ‘iPhone SE’ Will Be An iPhone 8 With A13 Chip

Apple is apparently going to redress the iPhone SE and turn it into the current-gen iPhone SE. Expect an Apple A13 processor at least, and 128 GB of storage, according to rumors.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 18, 2019

Nintendo Switch Pro Model Reportedly Delayed, But Cheaper And Smaller Version Will Arrive This Fall

Nikkei reports that a next-generation Nintendo Switch model is further off than initially rumored. A smaller version that’s cheaper than the current console will reportedly arrive this fall, though.

Video Games April 18, 2019

Update On Broken Samsung Galaxy Fold Units: Samsung Finally Speaks Up

Some Samsung Galaxy Fold units are breaking, some because of a potential design flaw, and others for no apparent reason. Here’s what Samsung has to say.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 18, 2019

PlayStation 5 Will Be Sold At An ‘Appealing’ Price

Sony says the PlayStation 5 will have killer specs. Now, it’s also saying the console will be sold at an appealing price, so what’s the deal?

Video Games April 18, 2019

Google System Updates Could Soon Be Downloadable From The Play Store

Instead of hiding the update tool deep within the Settings menu, Google might put it somewhere people always visit: the Play Store. Google System Updates could soon be as easy as downloading apps.

Google April 17, 2019

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Adds Joker From ‘Persona 5’ Via DLC, Stage Builder, And Video Editor

Version 3.0 of ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ adds a new Stage Builder and video editor. If you can afford the optional DLC, you also get Joker from 'Persona 5.'

Video Games April 17, 2019

Intel Quits 5G Business After Apple And Qualcomm End Their Legal War With Surprise Settlement

Intel will not be making 5G modems for mobile phones going forward. If Apple is planning to release 5G iPhones next year, where will those components come from?

Apple April 17, 2019

GameStop Will Let You Return New Games For Full Credit Within Two Days Of Purchase

GameStop’s new Guaranteed to Love It seems perfect for speedrunners: buy the game, return it within two days, and get full store credit. There are caveats, of course.

Video Games April 17, 2019

Netflix To Launch Weekly Top 10 Rankings For Movies, TV Shows

Netflix will test top 10 rankings for each category and genre. It’ll launch in the UK later this quarter but it’s not clear if other countries would get it, as well.

Apps/Software April 17, 2019

Microsoft Reportedly Developing AirPods Rival: Wireless Surface Buds Coming Soon?

Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s AirPods might come out by the end of the year. Its design, features, and price are largely nebulous at the moment, though.

Microsoft April 16, 2019

Citi Bikes In New York City Coming To Lyft

Starting early next month, New York City users will see Citi Bike as an option in Lyft. After that, the ride-hailing company plans to expand to other cities in the coming months.

Apps/Software April 16, 2019

Your Facebook News Feed Might Go Through A Radical Interface Change

Facebook’s latest experiment merges the News Feed and the Stories section. This new interface isn’t being publicly tested yet, so don’t get your hopes up.

Apps/Software April 16, 2019

Nintendo Switch Update 8.0.0 Out Now: Zoom, Save Transfers, New Icons, Everything Else

Firmware version 8.0.0 is now out for all Nintendo Switch owners, adding a way to transfer save data, new profile icons, and more. Read the full patch notes here.

Video Games April 16, 2019

iOS 13 To Bring System-Wide Dark Mode, Undo Gesture, And More Interface Changes

iOS 13 will bring a number of aesthetic changes both to iPhone and iPad. Apple’s next WWDC starts June 3, and there might be more information by then.

Apple April 16, 2019

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