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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.


Experiments in sustainable mobility

#artificialintelligence

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you will be well aware of the trend towards more conscious consumption. In part recently, this is because of the Greta Thunberg effect, the rise Elon Musk's Tesla electric vehicles and more sustainable forms of transportation such as Bird and Uber JUMP. The future of our planet is very much front of mind for Gen-Z, and our cities (especially our large ones) are some of the most polluted places on earth. Just a few days ago, the UK government announced that the petrol and diesel ban will be brought forward 5 years to 2035 rather than 2040. To add to this, the UK government announced that to accelerate the shift to zero emission cars, all company cars will pay no company car tax in 2020–2021.


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

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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.


CES Editors' Choice Awards: The best and coolest tech to expect in 2020

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

CES Editors' Choice Awards: The best tech to expect in 2020 (Photo: Reviewed.com) Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. CES is the birthplace of thousands of new tech products every year, and the scope of innovation is getting larger. No longer limited to TVs and laptops, technology has made inroads into parenting, health products, fitness, beauty, and nearly everything you own. But that doesn't mean you should buy everything that debuts here. That's why we created the Reviewed CES Editors' Choice awards: to single out the very best products that we think you'll actually want to buy in 2020. If you're looking to upgrade this year, consider this your shortlist. For the last few years, Samsung has been introducing new, innovative TV designs meant to capture a certain vibe or lifestyle. The new "Sero" (Korean for "vertical") is a TV that pivots between traditional 16:9 widescreen and a vertical mode, making it all the more suitable for smartphone-oriented content. Once your phone is linked to it, shifting from landscape to portrait orientation on your phone will prompt the screen to rotate, making it an easy way to share images, videos, and social media in a world where almost 50% of videos are shot in a vertical orientation.


Classification of human activity recognition using smartphones

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Detecting individual activity on smartphones still seems to be a challenge given the limitations of resources such as battery life and computational workload capacity. Considering user activity and managing them, we can conceive low power consumption for mobile phones and other mobile devices, which requires a complete and rigorous program to recognize a ctivities and adjust device power consumption regarding their application at different times and places. However, with the rapid development of new and innovative applications for mobile devices such as smartphones, advances in battery technology do not ke ep up, especially in energy conservation. On the other hand, the use of activity recognition is increasing in active and preventive healthcare applications at home, learning environments of security systems, and a variety of human - computer interactions. Th is paper proposes and implements a system for activity recognition in the home environment with a set of switch sensors and a practical text - based sampling tool.


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

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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.