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Wednesday
May222019

Samsung Galaxy S10 might come in a new red colour option

How does a red Samsung Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus sound to you? If it’s an enticing colour option for you, then you might want to cross your fingers for this rumour. Roland Quandt over at WinFuture.de leaked a new Cardinal Red colour option for both devices (no word about the Galaxy S10E). And he said it’ll be “coming soon.” What we also don’t know is where this option will be made available. Samsung launched additional red and gold models for the Galaxy S9, but last year’s red option remained exclusive to South Korea and China. Here’s to hoping this makes its way here… if the rumours are true, that is.

Source: The Verge

Wednesday
May222019

Bose launches its smallest smart speaker, announces Google Assistant support

Bose is bringing its most compact smart speaker yet with the Home Speaker 300. It’s a two-pound speaker that is just a little over six inches tall and promises “powerful bass and true 360-degree sound.” In the US it retails for US$259.95. Its looks mirror that of the Home Speaker 500, but shrinking it down means it loses the LCD screen that shows album artwork. It does, however, retain the same playback controls on top as well as several preset buttons to let you do things like pull up your favourite internet radio station or playlist. You can use voice commands to request music to be played or a device that supports AirPlay 2 or Bluetooth. A thin LED strip in the front will let you know if the mic is activated. This speaker can link up with other Bose smart speakers and soundbars to create a multi-room music system. There is no wireless listening here, though, as it doesn’t come with a built-in battery. In the US, the Home Speaker 300 will be available for pre-order starting June 4th and it’ll hit stores then starting June 20th.

Aside from launching this new speaker, Bose also announced that its Home Speaker 500, Soundbar 700, and Soundbar 500 now support Google Assistant. If you have the latest Bose Music app, you will be able to pick Google Assistant as your preferred voice assistant instead of Alexa.

Source: The Verge

Wednesday
May222019

Huawei gets temporary reprieve from US import ban 

Huawei can take a bit of a breather with the US Department of Commerce granting the company a 90-day reprieve to an import ban against them. The company gets a Temporary General License that allows them to engage with U.S. vendors on a limited basis. This means, Google can continue to provide software updates to Huawei for its Android phones and Huawei’s component suppliers can deliver on their previously-made orders. It also helps out telcos needing to find alternative solutions to Huawei products.  

Last Thursday, the agency put Huawei on its Entity List as a response to alleged sanction breaches the company has done with business conducted in Iran. This meant vendors in the US couldn’t work with the company. Suppliers like Google, Intel, and Qualcomm have announced that they would comply with the order. But with the reprieve, Huawei will be able to work with its partners temporarily and it’ll give the company time to find alternative sources to its US-made components. The company is already reportedly working on shipping its alternative mobile OS soonThe Department of Commerce can opt to extend the license beyond August 19th. 

Source: Android Police 

Wednesday
May222019

Apple refreshes MacBook Pro, brings 8-core configuration to the laptop for the first time 

Apple just pushed out a refresh for its MacBook Pro line with faster 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, marking the first time this line gets the 8-core configuration. These MacBook Pro models also get a revised keyboard design to address the issues users were facing. You can expect the 8-core configuration on the 15-inch version of the MacBook Pro. It promises to deliver two times the performance of the quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 percent more performance than the six-core MacBook Pro. The revised keyboard design, on the other hand, is coming to the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar. Apple won’t say if this new design will make its way to other Butterfly keyboard-carrying models, like the MacBook Air. 

The 13-inch Touch Bar model starts at $2,399 with a new 2.4GHz 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor that can be boosted up to 4.1GHz. Meanwhile, the 15-inch Touch Bar model with the 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-generation Intel Core i9 processor comes in at $3,699. You can check out the new models over at this link. 

Source: 9to5Mac