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6 common tech myths and misbeliefs debunked

FOX News

We once believed that Macs would never get a virus, closing apps would save battery life, and private mode was really private. For the record, switching to incognito in your browser probably doesn't do what you think. Tap or click for six practical reasons to use it, from keeping your search autofill clean to shopping without spoiling the surprise. And I'm sorry to break it to you, but like a Windows PC, your Mac is certainly at risk. Tap or click for five free downloads that will keep your Mac or PC secure.


Google Pixel Buds (2020) Review: Better Than AirPods

WIRED

It's taken Google a surprisingly long time to make good earbuds. The original Pixel Buds from 2018 were a bulky, mushroom-shaped mess that made you look like Frankenstein's monster. The charging case was huge, the sound was middling, and when you finally worked up the courage to go outside with them, it felt like everyone wearing AirPods was laughing at you. My expectations were muted last fall when Google announced a revamped pair with the same name--this time with no wire connecting the buds, just like offerings from Apple, Samsung, and Amazon. They've got five hours of battery life, which is short, especially compared to the 11 hours you get with Samsung's buds.


Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 review: top-quality sound with ANC

The Guardian

Sennheiser's second-generation high-end true wireless earbuds gain noise cancelling and longer battery life to do battle with Sony and Apple. The German firm's first earbuds were some of the best-sounding available. Now Sennheiser hopes its £280 Momentum True Wireless 2 can steal the show once again. The first thing you notice is just how big the earbuds are. Despite being slightly smaller than the previous versions they are still large, shaped like a fez with the eartip projecting out of one corner.


Why 2020 is the year you should finally buy true wireless earbuds

#artificialintelligence

Since the first true wireless earbuds were unveiled in 2015 by Japanese electronics company Onkyo, the fledgling form factor has improved in both audio quality and performance – and CES 2020 showed that true wireless technology might finally be ready for the bigtime. In the past, true wireless earbuds were riddled with connectivity issues, poor audio quality, and bulky designs – however, based on what we saw at CES this year, the best true wireless earbuds of 2020 will be able to compete with wired headphones on a much more level playing field. We finally saw the kind of specs we can expect from true wireless earbuds in 2020; from noise cancellation to long-lasting battery life, so here are three reasons why, if you've been holding off, you should consider a pair of untethered earbuds to enjoy your tunes every day. For a while now, true wireless earbuds have typically cost more than their wired counterparts – but CES 2020 showed us this form factor doesn't have to come at a premium. The new JLab Go Air True Wireless Earbuds are a great example of the growing accessibility of cord-free listening; at just $29 / £29 (about AU$40), they're nearly eight times cheaper than the current class-leading model, the Sony WF-1000XM3.


Nobel Prize for a battery breakthrough was decades in the making

The Japan Times

Looking back on the past year in science, the coolest advances seem to be coming in areas such as gene editing and quantum computing. This is sexy research pointing with confidence to the future. Yet we should remember that some of the most important scientific discoveries take place almost without notice, in seemingly boring fields like materials science or chemistry. Indeed, nearly all of the roughly 5 billion mobile phones now in use run on compact lithium-ion batteries, which didn't exist before 1991. Without this technology -- based on subtle advances in chemistry -- a lightweight smartphone would feel more like a brick, and the mobile communications revolution would never have happened.


10 mobility predictions for 2020: AI, 5G, foldable phones, and more

#artificialintelligence

Are you ready to say goodbye to 2019? Tucked within that long list is the excitement of what 2020 will bring to the mobile world. Although 2019 wasn't exactly a banner year, it certainly set the stage for a lot of new technology trends to come. And thus, I pull out my 10 Ball of Prognostication and gaze deep into its shadowy realm to see what the upcoming 366 days--2020 is a leap year--have in store. If the Google Pixel 4 proved one thing, it's that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not only here to stay, it's going to continue to lead the mobility charge.


Google Pixel 4 review: a good phone ruined by poor battery life

The Guardian

Google is one of only a handful of smartphone manufacturers still making flagship phones that aren't ginormous beasts, with the new Pixel 4 the cheapest in a while that significantly undercuts the competition. Priced at £669, the Pixel 4 is £70 cheaper than last year's Pixel 3 and £60 cheaper than Apple's iPhone 11. The concern is: which corners have been cut and do they matter? The 5.7in FHD OLED display has the same 90Hz refresh rate as the larger 6.3in version on the Pixel 4 XL. It looks very similar too, with good viewing angles, inky blacks and bold colours and smooth experience thanks to that high refresh rate.


Activating Dark Mode on iPhone could increase battery life up to 30%, a new experiment has found

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Activating Apple's Dark Mode is found to increase your iPhone's battery life, according to a new test. In an experiment shared on YouTube, robotic arms interacted with two fully charged iPhones running iOS 13 – one in Dark Mode and the other in Light mode – until the smartphones died. It was found that when the Light Mode-enabled handset died, the Dark Mode iPhone still had 30 percent battery life remaining. The experiment was conducted by YouTube channel, PhoneBuff, which used iPhone XS Max handsets. The team used two robotic arms for the tests, which interacted with the smartphones – they went online, sent emails, searched locations on Google Maps and more.


First Alert Onelink Smart Smoke Carbon Monoxide Alarm review: This alarm doesn't work entirely as advertised

PCWorld

When I reviewed First Alert's Onelink Safe & Sound smoke alarm in mid-2018, I found it to be a powerful entry in the smart smoke detector market. Its inclusion of Bluetooth and an Amazon Echo-compatible smart speaker set it apart from every smoke and carbon-monoxide detector on the market. But its $199 price tag also made it far and away the most expensive device of its type on the market--and that price hasn't budged since its release. Enter the Onelink Smoke Carbon Monoxide Alarm, which lowers the cost of the original product by stripping out its most compelling features: The smart speaker and Bluetooth. Like other products in this category, the Onelink Smoke Carbon Monoxide Alarm is designed to extend the capabilities of a smoke detector by linking it with your smartphone.


The best Black Friday deals 2018: The afternoon edition

Engadget

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commissions. Read Wirecutter's continuously updated list of Black Friday deals here. Use the code BF20 to drop this extremely handy USB battery down to previous lows, which are usually only available a couple times a year. The TravelCard Charger is the top pick for a a truly pocket-sized battery in our guide to the best USB power banks and battery packs.