Galaxy Note 10 rumors, iPad Pro 12.9, LG Pay, Unihertz Titan (MobileTechRoundup show #474)

It was good to get back online and talk with Kevin in MobileTechRoundup show #474 after dealing with some family issues. Summer is a bit slow in mobile tech, but since we missed a couple of weeks there was plenty to catch up on in this latest podcast. Image: ZDNet Amazon Prime Day: Good deals – who bought? Samsung Galaxy Note 10 expected Aug 7: What do we know? The…

July 21, 2019
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Google bought my friend’s face for $5

In search of Face ID perfection? My engineer friend George is taking a break to work on himself. Personally, I’ve always liked him the way he is, but he insists that he could and should be better. More on privacy Did I mention he’s an engineer? So he spends his time taking esoteric self-help classes and sitting around New York, watching his fellow humans help themselves to the joys of…

July 21, 2019
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InvisibleShield Glass+ Privacy screen protector: Keep your iPhone XS safe from drops and prying eyes

Since I carry my phones in my pants pocket and often with just a very slim case, I’ve been using tempered glass screen protectors for years. Given the density of people on my commute and lack of elbow room on flights, along with some sensitive data I carry around on my phone, I’ve moved to using screen protectors with a privacy filter. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been…

July 20, 2019
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Apple users are dumping iPhones and buying Samsung

Have iPhone owners had enough? Really? They’re throwing them on bonfires. They’re tossing them out of windows and, who knows, moving cars. They’re desperately going online to see whether they can get anything for them. Or, at the very least, whether they can swap them for a Samsung. Or, who knows, a Nokia. You hadn’t heard about the Great iPhone Exodus? Neither had I until CNET offered details of a…

July 18, 2019
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Majority of smartphone sales in 2023 expected to be 5G: Gartner

The majority of new smartphone sales are predicted to be 5G-enabled by 2023, according to Gartner.  On Wednesday, the research agency said that 5G smartphones will represent 51 percent of total sales by 2023, building upon the gradual rollout of 5G services and infrastructure by telcos across next year and beyond.  More Prime Day Some vendors have already released 5G-ready smartphones to the market but this segment is only expected…

July 17, 2019
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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 Plus is built for 5G, gaming and AI

Qualcomm on Monday unveiled the Snapdragon 855 Plus, its most advanced mobile platform to date. It builds on the Snapdragon 855, which debuted in December and is now found in phones like Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G. The new mobile platform delivers a CPU and GPU performance boost that will be especially appreciated by gamers. Within the Snapdragon 855 Plus, the Qualcomm Kryo 485 CPU Prime now runs at up to…

July 15, 2019
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Moment takes to the sky with an anamorphic lens, filters, and cases for drones

Image: Moment Moment is known making advanced external lenses that take your smartphone photography to the next level. Last year I tested out the Moment anamorphic lens and continue to buy Moment photo cases when I pick up new phones. Today, Moment launched its latest Kickstarter campaign to bring the anamorphic experience to the air. Drones have dropped in price over the past couple of years while also improving in…

July 9, 2019
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Reinventing the wheel with modular electric vehicle development

Electric vehicles are the future. But developing them is a massively expensive undertaking. A new vehicle platform costs as much as $20 billion to design, validate, and build.  That means most early stage technology firms — at least those not helmed by Elon Musk — don’t have requisite resources and have been elbowed out of the electric vehicle development race as major auto manufacturers roll ahead. But what if there…

July 9, 2019
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On the road with the Garmin Dash Cam Mini and 66W: Clear video, driver assist, and smartphone control

Given the highly litigious society we live in and the increasing number of distractions drawing driver’s eyes from the road, having a capable dashboard camera is becoming a key tool to protecting yourself and your loved ones. In May of 2019 Garmin announced four new Dash Cam models and for the past couple of weeks I’ve taken the Dash Cam Mini and Dash Cam 66W on the road to test…

July 8, 2019
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InvisibleShield Glass+ 360 for Apple Watch: Protects the display and edges of your smartwatch

I applied the first protector and despite making sure the display was free and clear of any dust or other material, I kept getting loads of bubbles under the glass protector. I gave up after a few attempts to reposition it and tried with the second review package. With the second review package, I was able to get the Glass+ 360 installed with just a couple of minor bubbles up…

July 6, 2019
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