Mobile 

Apple drops HomePod price a year after launch

Apple has slashed the price of the HomePod across all regions where it is available. In the US, the HomePod is now priced at $299 instead of the previous $349. In the UK, it’s now available for £279 instead of £319. Other regions, too, have seen a price drop. The HomePod price drop is somewhat unconventional for Apple. Usually, Apple products keep their price far too long into the product cycle. This is usually seen on Macs, that don’t get updated as often as the iOS devices. One could surmise…

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Apple 

Twitter Charges With Memes After Apple Cancels AirPower Wireless Mat

Apple has bid goodbye to its “AirPower” product that was supposed to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPod simultaneously. Originally announced in September 2017, Apple cited difficulty meeting its own standards, thereby chopping off the project.  “After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project,” Dan Riccio, Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering at Apple, toldTechCrunch on Friday. “We apologise to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to…

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Mobile phone recycling 

After single use plastics, smartphone hoarding is the new habit we need to break

The plastic ban is here Let’s be honest, saying goodbye can be hard. And judging from our behaviour, that sentiment even rings true when it comes to parting ways with our old smartphones. Australians are holding on to their old phones for longer, rather than refurbishing or recycling them — and it’s having real environmental consequences. Nearly half (45 per cent) of Australians intend to recycle their old device but this motivation drops off with only one in 10 actually following through, according to new research by MobileMuster, Australia’s government-accredited…

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