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iFixit pulls apart the 16-inch MacBook Pro and sees little has changed

After Apple unveiled the 16-inch MacBook Pro last week, iFixit quickly pried off a few keys to give us a look at the return of the scissor switch mechanism, but what about the rest of the laptop? Now they've completed a full teardown of the latest ma...

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 3:16 am

Apple's latest iOS 13 update fixes Mail, background download glitches

Less than two weeks after the last iOS 13 update, Apple is back with another minor tweak, this time raising the version number to iOS 13.2.3. iOS 13.2 was the most recent major update, when it added support for Deep Fusion photography and the AirPods...

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 1:20 am

FCC chairman wants public auction to repurpose satellite bands for 5G

The FCC's ongoing 5G push might set up a conflict with the satellite industry. Chairman Ajit Pai is pressing for a public auction of wireless frequencies in the C-band spectrum (the 4GHz to 8GHz range often used by satellite companies) for the sake...

Posted on 19 November 2019 | 12:27 am

Valve will unveil its 'Half-Life: Alyx' VR game on Thursday

No, your eyes aren't deceiving you: after 12 years, Valve has announced a new Half-Life game. The company has confirmed swirling rumors with word that it will reveal Half-Life: Alyx, its "flagship VR game," on November 21st at 1PM Eastern. It didn't...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 11:32 pm

Apple's next 'event' honors the best apps and games on December 2nd

We've only just gotten used to the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, so what might Apple have up its sleeve for one more event in 2019? An invite has gone out requesting that the press "Join us for an Apple special event honoring our favorite apps and games o...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 10:33 pm

Amazon expands free music streaming to Android, iOS and Fire TV

Amazon's free, ad-supported music tier is no longer confined to Alexa devices. The service is now available through the Amazon Music app on Android, iOS and Fire TV for listeners in the US, UK and Germany. You're still limited to listening to playl...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 10:01 pm

Senate bill would block US companies from storing data in China

US Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) wants to make it illegal for US companies to store user data or encryption keys in China. He also wants to prevent Chinese companies from collecting any more info from American users than is necessary to provide th...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 9:05 pm

Sony patent may show a familiar-looking controller for the PS5

While Sony is still about a year away from releasing its next-generation console, we may have just gotten an early look at the device's new controller. Newly published images by Japan's patent office that were first spotted by VGC may provide some cl...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 8:47 pm

California is suing Juul for allegedly targeting minors

California is suing e-cigarette maker Juul. The lawsuit alleges that Juul targeted underage Californians with its marketing and sales practices, failed to warn consumers of their exposure to chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects, failed to pro...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 8:14 pm

MIT researchers teach autonomous cars how to deal with selfish drivers

Self-driving cars are already making their way onto the roads, but there are challenges in having computers share space with human drivers. AIs tend to assume that all humans act the same and behave in predictable and rational ways -- but anyone who'...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 8:00 pm

Commerce Department extends Huawei license for another 90 days

In May, the Trump administration essentially banned the purchase and sale of Huawei products on a temporary basis. The emergency measure was meant to stem concerns that the company provides intelligence or backdoor access to the Chinese government wh...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:45 pm

Nintendo is adding subscriptions to 'Animal Crossing' on mobile this week

Mario Kart Tour was just the start of Nintendo's plans for mobile game subscriptions, it appears. The developer has notified gamers that it's bringing two subscription plans to Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on November 21st, both of which aim to ligh...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:24 pm

BMW's i4 electric sedan will boast a 373-mile range

Ahead of its official debut of the vehicle sometime in 2021, BMW has shared new details and images of its upcoming all-electric i4 sedan. According to the German automaker, the i4 will feature a new 80kWh capacity battery with a maximum range of 600k...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 7:02 pm

Snapchat fact-checks political ads where Facebook won't

Snapchat may have another way to compete against rival apps like Instagram: truth in advertising. Snap chief Evan Spiegel told CNBC in an interview that his company has a team that fact-checks all political advertising -- a sharp contrast to Faceboo...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:46 pm

Tech companies won’t become banks, but they’ll pretend to

Silicon Valley has already eaten plenty of industries, from camera and newspaper businesses to watches and even flashlights. Now, Big Tech appears to be turning its attention to banking. But don't expect Facebook or Google to launch their own banks....

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:30 pm

‘The Crown’ gets a companion podcast featuring creator Peter Morgan

Just one day after season three of The Crown premiered on Netflix, the streaming company announced a companion podcast that will let fans take a deeper dive into the show's production and background. Having insight straight from the brains behind the...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:14 pm

Sony's baffling wearable speaker heads to the US

Want the convenience of portable tunes but hate headphones and earbuds? Sony has a solution for you in its "Immersive Wearable Speaker" (SRS-WS1), which is perhaps the company's most aptly named piece of audio kit. You wear it around your neck, it em...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 6:00 pm

Google is putting the Pixel 4 and Stadia on sale for Black Friday

Black Friday is just around the corner, and Google is sharing a sneak peek of the sales it will offer. We've rounded up the tech deals to look out for. Most start on November 28th, but a few sales will go live on November 24th.

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:46 pm

Samsung made a 'Star Wars' Galaxy Note 10+ for Kylo Ren fans

How big a Star Wars fan are you? Big enough that you'd replace your smartphone just to flaunt it? Samsung thinks you might be. It's releasing a Galaxy Note 10+ Star Wars Special Edition to mark the release of The Rise of Skywalker. The phone itse...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:18 pm

Google Stadia hands-on: Shockingly playable

I barely expected Stadia to work. Stadia is Google's attempt to make cloud gaming happen, and the company has promised a lot: the ability to play basically any game at up to 4K on your TV, phone, tablet or laptop, with no lag and on existing in...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:00 pm

Oculus' new Link software brings Rift content to Quest headsets

We've described the Oculus Quest as the best standalone wireless VR headset yet, but there was one feature missing from the system: the ability to plug the headset into a PC. That feature is coming, with the Oculus Link software which is launching to...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 5:00 pm

Nintendo's snap-on Switch Lite case arrives in the US on December 8th

There are already a number of good Switch Lite cases available, but Nintendo might just have one more. The gaming giant has revealed that its previously Japan-only Flip Cover & Screen Protector will be available in the US on December 8th for $40...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 4:03 pm

Deezer's lossless audio finally comes to Android, iOS and the web

Deezer's lossless audio rollout has been slow, to put it mildly -- it first reached connected speakers in 2014, didn't come to desktop apps until 2017, and has been a no-show elsewhere. It's widely available now, though. The service has launched its...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 3:08 pm

Weber embraces modern grilling with a WiFi-enabled pellet model

WiFi-enabled pellet grills are having a moment, and rightfully so. They allow you to control and monitor your grill from afar, which is very convenient, especially you're smoking a piece of meat for eight hours or more. Several companies have already...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 3:00 pm

How to find Apple deals this Black Friday

By Elissa Sanci Black Friday 2019 is coming, and we're getting ready to bring you all the best deals on Wirecutter picks and recommendations from our expert staff. Bookmark our Deals page, follow @WirecutterDeals on Twitter, and sign up for our dail...

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 3:00 pm