Apple 

The Apple reviews are in, but tech season is just getting started

This week on The Vergecast, Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn get into their Apple reviews for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the Apple Watch Series 5. It’s a review redux, and there’s plenty more to say about the new iPhones, their cameras, and whether the nickname “sweater mode” is going to stick for what Apple calls “Deep Fusion.” We hope it does; “sweater mode” sounds much cozier. Today’s the day when preorders for the new iPhones should start arriving on people’s doorsteps, and the lines at Apple Stores are…

Read More
Mobile 

Mobile cyber threats on the rise, but awareness still low: Experts

Smartphones are gaining currency in the Indian market, but their owners still show apathy towards protecting themselves from cyber threats, say cyber-security experts. Lack of awareness of device vulnerability is seen as one main reason why information and data security of smartphones is not a priority, they said. According to data (mostly India-specific) from cyber security firm Quick Heal, over 3,000 Android malware are reported per day. And yet, this doesn’t show a complete picture as many attacks go unreported. Data from cyber security firm Symantec states that after the…

Read More
samsung 

Samsung Galaxy A30 review: Sleek design, great display but Galaxy M30 offers better value

Samsung has come into 2019 with a mission to aggressively expand its portfolio of affordable phones to offer consumers enough options to lead them away from competition like Redmi, Honor and Nokia. In a span of three months, the company has launched three Galaxy M-series phone and three Galaxy A-series phones in India. All of theses devices slot between Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000, and you can expect some of them to overlap with each other. The Galaxy A30, for example, is a phone that is priced really close to…

Read More
Apple 

Apple’s holiday quarter hit market share hard, but still second-largest smartphone producer

The iPhone XR and the iPhone XS Max, launched just before the fourth quarter. Apple’s holiday quarter results revealed iPhone revenue was down 15 percent compared to last year, but unit figures were not provided by the company under its new reporting policy. According to data produced by Gartner, the number of units did go down but at a lower percentage of 11.8 percent, which is believed to be the worst quarterly decline for the company since the first quarter of 2016.  Gartner claims iPhone unit sales reached 64.5 million in the quarter, down from…

Read More
Mobile phone recycling 

Cellphones are endangering gorillas, but recycling old ones can help

In the Congo basin, minerals used in cellphones and other electronics are often mined by illegal, small-scale miners who end up hurting wildlife for food and driving them away from their habitat. You can do something to change this. A mother gorilla holds her child in a jungle in Congo. Gorillas are driven away from their habitats by small-scale miners who dig for coltan, a mineral used in cellphones and other electronics. Image: FredR, CC BY-NC 2.0 You probably use it every day and don’t think once about gorillas. In today’s world, it’s…

Read More