iPhone 12 and Pro models reviewed, no Mini or Max yet…

About a week after Apple’s iPhone 12 announcement, devices have now started shipping, which also signals reviews dropping out. What’s missing here is the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, both models not available until November. Both are potentially more interesting, but likely the base iPhone 12 will be the top seller outContinue reading “iPhone 12 and Pro models reviewed, no Mini or Max yet…”

Google’s New Hardware Is Out

Google launched its Pixel 5, Pixel 4a 5G, new Chromecast with Google TV, and new Nest Audio at its short and sharp event yesterday.  We didn’t get many surprises but that’s not a knock against Google, given the times we’re living in. And Google’s mercifully fast 30-minute presentation did show some unexpectedly good details from the new Google TV andContinue reading “Google’s New Hardware Is Out”

and… Mario Kart Live is here!

Nintendo pulled off a surprise last week, announcing a flurry of new Mario games to celebrate the 35th birthday of the world’s most well-known “Italian” plumber with a moustache. The biggest announcement is Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. The new Nintendo Switch game enables you to race real-life RC cars through custom tracks in your home.Continue reading “and… Mario Kart Live is here!”

Dubai Lifts Veil on Debt, Showing It Owes Less Than Thought

Dubai made a rare foray into public bond markets, revealing along the way that its debt burden is now a lot smaller than estimated by analysts only months ago. A prospectus that accompanied Dubai’s planned offering of bonds and Islamic securities on Monday showed the government’s outstanding direct debt stood at 123.5 billion dirhams ($33.6Continue reading “Dubai Lifts Veil on Debt, Showing It Owes Less Than Thought”

Finally, the first under-display camera smartphone comes from ZTE

Here’s something: ZTE’s Axon 20 5G smartphone will be the first in the world with an under-display camera, launching Sept 1. Finally, we get one in a consumer device! And yet again it’s China: China-made devices tend to be first to bring new tech features and innovations to market.  It’s not necessarily because they’re farContinue reading “Finally, the first under-display camera smartphone comes from ZTE”

Instagram tweets about Reels and TikTok slaps them “harder than a father would”

Yep, in brief; Instagram tweeted this Hellooooo, Reels 🙌 Introducing a new way to create and discover short, entertaining videos on Instagram. Reels is rolling out today to more than 50 countries around the world. 🤳🤩🎥✨😂👀💯https://t.co/RfXDhYawSF pic.twitter.com/FjSGSpSGpn — Instagram (@instagram) August 5, 2020 So, TikTok – replied with this: brilliant. show stopping. totally unique. completelyContinue reading “Instagram tweets about Reels and TikTok slaps them “harder than a father would””

Samsung’s #GalaxyUnpacked: The Verdict

The biggest announcements from yesterday’s Samsung Unpacked 2020 event were not exactly under wraps if you’ve been following the leaks, news and my previous post. But Samsung came to the party with the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Tab S7 tablet series, Galaxy Watch 3, and the Galaxy Buds Live, alsoContinue reading “Samsung’s #GalaxyUnpacked: The Verdict”

Expectations, promises and assumptions ahead of the next Samsung Galaxy Unpacked: August 5

It’s official: Samsung has announced its next Galaxy Unpacked event for August 5, at 6pm UAE time, a fully virtual and streamed event, of course, which will see a different approach to Samsung’s usual stadium-like events held in Brooklyn, New York City, and Berlin before that. What to expect: The big one will be the SamsungContinue reading “Expectations, promises and assumptions ahead of the next Samsung Galaxy Unpacked: August 5”