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An Apple store employee told me I was charging my iPhone wrong

Video: Uh-oh: Your iPhone’s battery doesn’t get a break with wireless charging It haunts me every day. I’ve not been able to talk about it with friends, though my wife noticed and began to ask if I had, you know, problems. I can only speak publicly about it now because of two convergent snippets of rumor. The first says that Apple’s AirPower charger might arrive in September. (Or, you know, some time soonish.) Read also: Counting down Apple’s Lightning connector…

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Leaks reveal more details of the Snapdragon 1000 for laptops

With Qualcomm working with Microsoft to get its Snapdragon chips into Windows 10 laptops, there have been rumors that a supercharged processor called the Snapdragon 1000 is on the way to give these devices a serious performance boost. Thanks to some digging done by WinFuture, we now know (or think we know) a bit more about it: it’s going to use a relatively large 20mm x 15mm design (offering room for more cores), and draw a hefty 12W of power.…

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Microsoft unexpectedly drops Windows 7 support for some ancient CPUs

In August 2000, nearly 18 years ago, Intel proudly showed off its newest CPU family, the Pentium 4. ZDNet was there to cover the announcement and highlighted one of the signature features of the new chip: The Pentium 4 does have other advantages over the Pentium III, analysts said. It packs an improved floating point unit and a new set of multimedia instructions, called SSE2, that allow the chip to process multimedia in parallel, thereby speeding performance. [emphasis added] I’m…

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Fitbit Versa 2: what we want to see

With the Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa, Fitbit has moved beyond mere activity trackers and into the realm of smartwatches – albeit ones that still put exercise and health front and center – but while those first models were more than competent, there’s lots of room for improvement with the next generation. With that in mind we’ve created a list of the main things we want to see from the Fitbit Versa 2 if and when it launches. And ‘if’…

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PayPal touts global reach as mobile wallets pop up in APAC

Amid the rise of e-wallets and mobile payment platforms in Asia-Pacific, PayPal is betting on its global reach and security infrastructure to keep its digital payments service relevant. The region’s online payments and e-commerce markets had seen significant progress in the last couple of years, fuelled largely by an active consumer ecosystem and various government efforts to digitise the payments industry, said PayPal CTO Sri Shivananda, in an interview with ZDNet. There also had been much innovation in the industry,…

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Facebook wants to tell you how much time you’re wasting on Facebook

Tech companies are apparently a lot more interested in our digital well-being these days, with both Android P and iOS 12 showing off features that tell you how much time you’re spending glued to your smartphone’s screen. Now it would appear that Facebook is getting in on the act too. TechCrunch discovered a page hidden away in the Facebook app for Android called “Your Time on Facebook” – as the name suggests, it tells you how much time you’re spending…

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Laptop makers question the keyboard in an all-glass world

Video: What is a 2-in-1 hybrid device? As smartphones transitioned to becoming all-touchscreen faces, these newer keyboard-free designs were still considered smartphones. But remove the keyboard from a Windows laptop and you strip its identity, leaving you with a whole other class of device: The tablet. Indeed, the term “2-in-1” for a laptop with a detachable screen is a construct to accommodate iPad-inspired notions of what a laptop should be from a company that argued there really wasn’t a standalone…

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How to watch Garcia vs Murray: live stream the boxing from anywhere

When is the Garcia vs Murray fight? Martin Murray vs Roberto Garcia takes place today, with the fighters expected to enter the ring at around 10pm BST, which is 5pm ET and 2pm PT. The venue for the fight is the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena (formerly the Millennium Dome) in London. Martin Murray doesn’t believe in giving up. Despite four unsuccessful attempts at grabbing an elusive world title, the 35-year-old is back for more and will now fight Roberto Garcia to…

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Need to keep tabs on employees’ phone activites? Save 20 percent on FoneMonitor

ZDNet’s Business Bargain Hunter scours the web for great deals on computers, phones, services and much more. Prices and availability are accurate at the time deals are shared. Some products and services may not be available outside the U.S. Follow BBH on Facebook and Twitter, where he’s known as The Cheapskate. Plus: You’ll find more Cheapskate deals on CNET. FoneMonitor Quick housekeeping note: I’m on vacation for the next two weeks, but rest assured I’ll have plenty of new deals…

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How to watch Germany vs Sweden: live stream World Cup football from anywhere

Live stream Germany vs Sweden – when and where This Group F game sees Germany vs Sweden at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. It’s the late 9m kick-off in Russia. So the game will start at 7pm BST, 2pm ET, 11am PT, 4am AEST. That’s 8pm in Berlin and Stockholm. Well I don’t think we expected this at the start of Russia 2018. Germany vs Sweden was supposed to be the game to see who would top group F,…

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4G provision in Brazil sees mixed results

4G provision in Brazil has seen mixed results over the last six months, according to a new report. The second Mobile Networks Update for Brazil by UK research firm OpenSignal considered metrics such as availability, average download and upload speeds as well as latency. 4G availability in the country has seen a “notable increase” over the period on three of Brazil’s four national LTE providers. The biggest availability gains were delivered by América Móvil’s Claro and Telecom Italia’s TIM, the…

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How to find and delete duplicate files on Mac

Over time, our hard drives can accumulate a large collection of duplicate files that take up space and can even slow down the performance of a Mac. Finding and deleting them can be time-consuming if you try to do it one by one, so in this article we show you quicker ways to cleanse your system of these delinquent doppelgängers. For more ways to spruce up your computer, try reading our How to speed up a slow Mac feature.  Why…

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A hacker figured out how to brute force iPhone passcodes

(Image: file photo) A security researcher has figured out how to brute force a passcode on any up-to-date iPhone or iPad, bypassing the software’s security mechanisms. Since iOS 8 rolled out in 2014, all iPhones and iPads have come with device encryption. Often protected by a four- or six-digit passcode, a hardware and software combination has made it nearly impossible to break into an iPhone or iPad without cooperation from the device owner. And if the wrong passcode is entered…

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Best PS4 games 2018: 25 essential PlayStation 4 releases

Lara’s origin story finally makes its way to the PS4 Has it really been 20 years since we first saw Lara in action? How the time flies when you’re upgrading from a 32-bit resolution to upwards of 4K. But no matter how many years go by, Lara still manages to find a handhold in our hearts. Despite being the sequel to a prequel about the young life of the Lara Croft, Rise of the Tomb Raider feels like the pinnacle…

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Apple to replace some MacBook, MacBook Pro keyboards due to problems

Apple said it will replace the keyboards of a “small percentage” of MacBook and MacBook Pro models due to issues such as repeat letters, characters that do not appear and keys that don’t respond consistently. In a support post, Apple said it will service the keyboards free of charge. The models eligible are: MacBook (Retina, 12-­inch, Early 2015) MacBook (Retina, 12­-inch, Early 2016) MacBook (Retina, 12-­inch, 2017) MacBook Pro (13­-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports) MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2017, Two…

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Best soundbars for TV, movies and music in 2018

Best Soundbar Buying Guide: Welcome to TechRadar’s round-up of the best soundbars (also spelled sound bars) you can buy in 2018.  In all our years testing TVs, we’ve found very few that sound as good as they look.  Unfortunately, as panel technology has improved over the years, less and less space has been made available for powerful audio speakers, leading to poor performance that often sounds weak and tinny. This can make it hard to hear dialog, and makes cinematic moments…

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