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Doom is not on Apple’s audacious agenda

With smartphone sales plateauing, the iPhone can no longer propel Apple to the sort of stratospheric success the company (and its shareholders) enjoyed over the past decade. Is Apple CEO Tim Cook clueless? Will Apple be caught flat-footed, unable to pivot and move to the next big thing? The latest prediction of Apple’s impending doom […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Hands On with the Moto e5 Play

The Moto e5 Play is the latest truly entry-level phone from Motorola / Lenovo. There's nothing fancy about it, but it does manage to fit in a fingerprint reader and an HD display. We checked it out in person. Here are our first impressions. Source: phonescoop

FitBit to Update Versa with Quick Replies and Female Health Tracking

FitBit this week released its Versa smartwatch and said new features for the wearable will arrive as soon as next month. A software update to be made available in May will bring quick replies to people who pair their Versa with an Android device. People will be able to create up to five custom quick replies of 60 characters or less and use them in response to text messages, as…

Apple's New Robot Prevents Your Dead iPhone from Pushing Daisies

Apple today made several commitments to environmental conservation efforts based on recycling old iPhones. To start, the company will make a donation to Conservation International for every device recycled at Apple stores and Apple.com between now and April 30. Eligible devices will receive credit that customers can use toward an in-store purchase or put on an Apple Store Gift Card. The value will vary by device. Conservation International protects natural…

AT&T Preps More Than 100 Markets for 5G, Expands LTE-LAA

AT&T today said it has launched what it calls 5G Evolution in 117 new markets, bringing the total of pre-5G markets to 141. The company says its 5G Evolution technology can deliver theoretical speeds up to 400 Mbps to properly equipped phones. AT&T expects to launch 5G service in in a dozen markets, including Dallas and Waco, Texas, and Atlanta, Ga., by the end of the year. Further, AT&T has…

Verizon Smart Family app gives parents new tools

Verizon’s new service lets parents limit their children’s’ screen time, monitor who they’re texting (and how often), and track their location.  The Smart Family program also includes content filters, and can even tell a parent how much battery life their child’s phone has left. “We created Verizon Smart Family to give parents the tools they […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Hands On with the Moto e5 Plus and g6 Play

Sitting in the middle of Motorola's new lineup of affordable Android phones are the Moto e5 Plus and g6 Play. In spite of their odd naming, they share the same design and features. The main difference is that the e5 Plus is larger, and a bit higher-end in specs. Both have a very large battery, a modern all-screen design, a fingerprint reader, and a low price. We took them for…

Apple’s new recycling robot Daisy will rip apart iPhones

Apple’s loveable robot Liam has been fired. As part of Apple’s Earth Day 2018 initiative, the company unveiled Liam’s replacement today named Daisy. The new robot borrows some of the technology from Liam to make an even more efficient iPhone disassembly machine. Take a look: In a blog post about its new Earth Day recycling […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Inside Oddmar, the Viking follow-up to the lovable Leo’s Fortune

Creating a spiritual successor to 2014’s lovable platformer Leo’s Fortune was a labor of love for its developers. Now, four years later the Norse-themed platformer Oddmar finally debuts on iOS. (Check out our review here.) “The story is set in a Viking universe and is our take on Norse mythology,” designer and director Ozgur Taskin […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac