Matthew Hughes, KnowTechie

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Past articles by Matthew:

It’s the end of the flagship smartphone as we know it (and I feel fine)

Covid-19 has impacted industries of all shapes and sizes. Smartphone manufacturers are no exception, with sales forecast to drop more than 13%. → Read More

Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered – more like Modern Borefare

Call of Duty is not really known for its story, so it is a bit surprising to see Modern Warfare 2 Remastered release without multiplayer. → Read More

Review: The VNYL Cam – a solid instant camera, if not for the whole lockdown thing going on right now

The VNYL Cam boasts an eye-popping neon design, but is held back by its price. Read our full review of the instant camera here. → Read More

Is It Really Worth Tracking Your Sleep?

According to analyst house Gartner, consumers are expected to buy 86 million smartwatches in 2020. It’s a market worth $23 billion globally. Beyond fitness and sports, a major factor prompting people to buy these stylish wrist-worn computers is the ability to monitor sleep. → Read More

Will the EU Make Apple Get Rid of Lightning on the iPhone?

Earlier this year, after an almost decade-long period of anguish, the European Parliament approved binding plans for a Europe-wide charging standard. But what does this actually mean? Well, it’s complicated—but it could have effects far beyond Europe. → Read More

How developers will work in 2020

Software development is perpetually in a state of flux. Coders are constantly fighting a battle to keep their skills relevant. Each year brings new methodologies, frameworks, and languages to learn. Within the context of a highly-complex and rapidly changing industry, it’s important to find out which skills, tools, and trends are worthy of your time. […] → Read More

What is the Brave Browser, and How Does It Compare to Chrome?

There are more competing web browsers than ever, with many serving different niches. One example is Brave, which has an unapologetic focus on user privacy and comes with a radical reimagining of how online advertising ought to work. → Read More

How Safe Are Public Charging Stations?

These days, airports, fast-food restaurants, and even buses have USB charging stations. But are these public ports safe? If you use one, could your phone or tablet be hacked? We checked it out! → Read More

Opera 64 now protects users against tracking scripts

For those concerned with protecting their privacy, the Opera browser is an excellent choice, and comes with tools that protect against those who would hope to surveil you. With the ... → Read More

Taboola and Outbrain, the two worst companies in the world, are merging

In conclusion, congrats on the merger Taboola and Outbrain, but I still think you’re scum, and I can’t wait for the day you fold. → Read More

How this stock trading app changed how I save money How Freetrade changed how I save money

Long ago, anyone who wanted to invest in the stock market had to use a broker, or pay steep charges every time they made a trade. Then, a few years ago, Robinhood burst on the scene. ... → Read More

Review: Anker’s Soundcore Life Q20 headphones are perfect entry-level ANC cans

If you're on a budget, you should buy the Soundcore Life Q20. → Read More

CHEAP: Get $200 off a shiny new Apple MacBook Air

Released in July of this year, the MacBook Air is the newest laptop in Apple’s computing lineup. It’s designed to be an affordable (at least by the standards of Cupertino) entry-level introduction to the Mac world, incorporating some of the features of its more expensive brethren, like TouchID and a slim Retina display. The MacBook […] → Read More

CHEAP: Get 30% off this souped-up Samsung Chromebook Plus V2

The Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 is a Chromebook, but grown-up. → Read More

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro will ship without Google Play. That might not be a bad thing

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro will ship without the Google Play store. This, of course, is no surprise. The Chinese tech giant is currently on a US entity list, which prohibits US-based companies from doing business with it. Fortunately for Huawei, the company had its own app distribution ecosystem to lean upon. Because Google’s operations […] → Read More

With EMUI 10, Huawei courts developers

EMUI is Huawei’s bespoke Android environment, available across its entire handset lineup. The latest version, EMUI 10, is a dramatic step forward for the company, and introduces a new “dark mode,” as well as a design language that’s unambiguously inspired by print magazines. In short, EMUI 10 will look markedly different from its predecessor. Huawei’s […] → Read More

CHEAP: Save big on ASUS’ powerful new ROG Phone 2 gaming handset with $180 off

What’s better than one CHEAP deal? Two CHEAP deals, plus a freebie. I’ll start off with the first deal: Looking for a new phone? Like games? Then you’ll love the ASUS ROG Phone 2, which boasts Qualcomm’s gaming-focused Snapdragon 855 Plus platform. This promises 15 percent faster graphics performance compared to the standard Snapdragon 855, […] → Read More

Facebook identifies secret campaign to influence voters in Iraq and Ukraine

Earlier today, Facebook announced it had terminated multiple accounts, pages, and groups belonging to two campaigns targeting voters in Iraq and Ukraine. The move is part of the social ... → Read More

Now that MoviePass is dead, can we please start funding sensible businesses?

Ding dong, the completely unsustainable witch is dead. As we reported earlier today, MoviePass is shutting down. It leaves behind a few now-useless cards, and several major VC funds ... → Read More

Free software icon Richard Stallman has some moronic thoughts about pedophilia

Is there still room for people like Richard Stallman? → Read More