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Recent articles by Chris:

Apple’s new iPad Pro has an M1 chip, Thunderbolt and 5G support

Apple just revealed new versions of its 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro today, and as expected, they’re shaping up to be the most powerful pair of tablets out there right now. → Read More

Union says Amazon interfered with Alabama warehouse vote

Amazon beat back a push to unionize in its Bessemer, Alabama fulfillment center thanks to a surprisingly one-sided vote — nearly two-thirds of the facility’s workers chose not to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on April 9th. According to a list of objections filed with the National Labor Relations Board late Friday, however, the union argues Amazon won the vote because it… → Read More

TCL reveals three new affordable ‘20’ series smartphones

The cheap phone announcements have been coming hard and fast this month: first, there was Samsung’s slew of Galaxy A devices, then HMD’s revamped line of Nokia phones, and now TCL is expanding its line of 20-series smartphones with a few new models. → Read More

TCL’s latest concept phone combines a folding screen with a rollable one

TCL revealed more than just a handful of budget phones today — it also pulled back the curtain on yet another wild concept device that we’ll probably never get to buy. It’s called the Fold n’ Roll, and really, the name says it all. → Read More

Sony’s new Xperia 1 III smartphone is a love letter to photography nerds

Last year’s Xperia 1 II might have been a mobile photographer’s dream come true, but it was far from perfect — it didn’t have 5G in the US, its design could feel awkward, and it focused on the camera experience over just about everything else. But in designing the new Xperia 1 III, Sony seems to have addressed, well, just about everything we didn’t like about the last one. → Read More

Apple confirms April 20th launch event, new iPads and Macs expected

Mark your calendars, friends: Apple has just sent out invitations for a launch event on April 20th at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern, where the company is expected to pull back the curtain on a slate of refreshed tablets and PCs. → Read More

HMD revamps its Nokia smartphone lineup with six new affordable models

HMD first made a name for itself by remaking a classic feature phone — and triggering an avalanche of hype in the process. The Finnish company has been dutifully churning out Nokia-branded smartphones ever since, but during an online launch event today, HMD was eager to prove that it's been up to more than business as usual. For one, those numbers-only model names are gone, replaced by three new… → Read More

Samsung’s new Galaxy A phone lineup includes its cheapest 5G model yet

Between the Galaxy S21 series and the foldables it plans to release later this year, Samsung is pretty much set with premium smartphones. For anyone who doesn’t want to drop flagship levels of cash, though, Samsung just pulled back the curtain on a bevy of new affordable models for the US, including the company’s cheapest 5G smartphone yet. → Read More

Remembering LG's finest (and strangest) phones

LG has never been the biggest, most important smartphone maker, but consumers always benefit from more competition — it drives smartphone makers to innovate faster, and to make those innovations more affordable. But nothing lasts forever. Rather than sit around all glum, though, I think our time is better spent remembering some of the truly great — and truly wild — phones LG has made over the… → Read More

Microsoft’s online-only Build conference starts on May 25th

Microsoft confirmed today that its online-only Build developer conference will run between May 25th and May 27th, though there’s still no word on when registration will open. (If last year is any indication, our money is on “the end of April.”) “Microsoft Build is where developers, architects, start-ups, and students learn, connect, and code together, sharing knowledge and expanding their… → Read More

Judge equates encrypted chats with private thoughts in would-be kidnapping case

Three men who plotted to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer will face charges of gang membership, felony firearm possession and providing material support for terrorist acts, but not making terrorist threats. According to a report from the Detroit News, the reason 12th District Court Judge Michael Klaeren dismissed that last charge stems from the way the group interacted with each other.… → Read More

Apple is keeping WWDC free and online-only for 2021

For the second year in a row, Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference will be completely virtual. The company announced today that the online show will take place between June 7th and 11th — just like last year — and that it will once again be free to all registered developers. “We are working to make WWDC21 our biggest and best yet, and are excited to offer Apple developers new tools to support… → Read More

OnePlus 9 Pro review: A case against duopolies

Conventional wisdom — and quite a bit of market data — tells us that when people start shopping for high-end smartphones, they’ll usually wind up with an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy. With the new OnePlus 9 Pro, though, OnePlus makes a convincing argument for skipping the duopoly and trying something different. That’s because the company managed to build its best smartphone yet, one truly… → Read More

The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro will feature Hasselblad cameras

The time for open secrets is over — OnePlus has just announced its new OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro smartphones during a streamed launch event this morning. → Read More

Watch the OnePlus 9 launch event with us live at 9:40AM ET

OnePlus isn’t exactly known for keeping secrets — the company has spent the last few weeks teasing the launch of its new OnePlus 9 series smartphones, and a bevy of related leaks mean there’s little left to the imagination at this point. (Hello, OnePlus Watch!) I can think of one way to have some fun with the company’s latest streaming launch event, though: by watching it unfold with me and… → Read More

Legal questions linger as governments and companies keep pushing into space

The Perseverance rover’s landing on Mars is still fresh in people’s memories, privately-owned companies are ferrying people and supplies into orbit, and NASA continues to work on “the most powerful rocket” it has ever built. But as world governments and private enterprises continue to eye the skies for opportunities, a SXSW panel called “Who on Earth should govern Space” makes clear that the… → Read More

Specialized partners with a Tesla co-founder to recycle e-bike batteries

By all accounts, e-bikes are having a bit of a moment: at one point during the pandemic, sales of powered bicycles outpaced all others by a considerable margin. The appealing of easy, socially distanced rides can be hard to ignore, but the resulting boom in sales has led to a pivotal moment for e-bike makers: What do they do with the batteries once they can’t power rides anymore? → Read More

Samsung packed smoother screens into its newest A-series phones

Samsung’s latest Unpacked event has just kicked off, and just as a bevy of leaks predict, there’s nary a flagship phone in sight. Instead, Samsung its second major live stream of the year — or third, if you count its CES keynote — to show off a refreshed line of mid-range smartphones, including the Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, and Galaxy A72. → Read More

Watch Samsung's Galaxy Awesome Unpacked with us live at 9:40AM ET

Samsung usually saves its Unpacked events for its flashiest, highest-profile product launches, but today — well, things might be a little different. When the company kicks off its third major online event in as many months at 10:00 AM Eastern/7:00 AM Pacific this morning, it plans to explain how it will “bring Awesome to everyone,” a process that’s pretty much guaranteed to involve revealing a… → Read More

Plans for an in-person MWC continue as Sony, Nokia and Ericsson bow out

After scuttling one massive international trade show last year, the GSMA is sticking to plans for an in-person Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this June — just without a few marquee names. A handful of companies, including Oracle, smartphone maker Sony, and networking firms Nokia and Ericsson, have all confirmed that they will not be attending the show in the flesh. → Read More