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What to expect from Amazon’s September 2020 event

Amazon's fall hardware is shrouded in mystery.

We need right-to-repair laws now more than ever

The economic slump is leading many to repair — not replace — aging electronics

We need right-to-repair laws now more than ever

The economic slump is leading many to repair — not replace — aging electronics

We need right-to-repair laws now more than ever

The economic slump is leading many to repair — not replace — aging electronics

The best car-sharing apps for 2020

Depending on what you need, using a car-sharing app can be cheaper and more convenient than renting a car.

Waze design makeover seeks to spark the joy of driving

The Waze driver app aims to spark joy for commuting in a brand refresh for simplicity, consistency, and color.

Apple Maps’ new EV feature aims to eliminate range anxiety

iPhone-owning cyclists can also look forward to some new features

The best CarPlay apps

Your driving commute doesn't have to be a drag. We've compiled a list of the best CarPlay apps for the iPhone.

This is what professional drivers are using to race remotely during lockdown

We talked to an NHRA drag racer to get a peek at a pro-level virtual racing rig

Digital Trends Live: Workers may strike, HQ Trivia is back, SpaceX delivers

On this Digital Trends Live, we talk the top tech stories, including HQ Trivia and SpaceX’s lunar deliveries.

Drivers needed. Sort of: Einride wants remote pilots for its driverless pods

Drivers for driverless pods? It sounds crazy, but this autonomous freight company says it's the future.

Tesla’s Autopilot is in the hot seat again over driver misuse

National Transportation Safety Board says electric car maker needs to do more

This robot will change your tires in a fraction of the time a mechanic can

Coming soon to an auto repair shop near you. At least, if RoboTire has anything to say about it

Uber and Lyft face a cheaper ridesharing rival in New York City

Myle will attempt to take on its established rivals with cheaper fares, no surge pricing, and no hidden costs.

Uber’s new dial-a-cab feature is basically just an old-school taxi service

Uber introduced a new feature that basically turns the rideshare process into a taxi service for older adults.

Researchers create ears for cars to improve road safety

Researchers in Germany have developed tech that enables vehicles to understand and respond to nearby noises.

LAFD to go electric with first battery-powered fire truck in U.S.

LAFD chief Ralph Terrazas has already tested it out by "doing donuts in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium."

How Google Maps put turn-by-turn navigation in your pocket

Google Maps celebrates its 15th birthday. Here's how it changed history by putting navigation in your pocket.

iPhone, Apple Watch may function as car keys after iOS 13.4 update

An API found in the first iOS 13.4 beta suggests the new feature is coming

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Honor Watch GS Pro review: Built to last but can’t go the distance

The Honor Watch GS Pro brings a rugged aesthetic to a familiar smartwatch but can't deliver on its 25-day battery

VIP SALE! Final day to get extra savings on products and services

We’re in the final day of our VIP Sale which sees us discounting products, services, and other items at a much bigger rate than usual. Indeed, you can visit the AG Deals Store any day of the week and find great prices on all sorts of great things.You’ve got until midnight tonight (September 21) to take advantage of an extra 20% off physical items. Moreover, we’re dropping the prices of online courses by an additional 60%.VIP SALESave an extra 60% on these online training coursesSave an extra 40% on apps and softwareUse this promo code to save an extra 20% in our storeCheck our coverage from the last few days to see highlights of the most popular options from each category. Below, we’ll also outline some of the best sellers from the AG Deals Store.Dragon X5 Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Phone Gaming Controller – $32By simply pairing this gamepad to your phone, tablet, smart TV, consoles, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices, you can now enjoy up to 10 hours of immersive, wireless game control. This gamepad features analog, turbo acceleration, and multimedia functions for total playing experience.Gotek Wireless Charging Music Station – $37.60Gotek Music Station is capable of both streaming music and charging your Qi-enabled smartphone wirelessly. Carefully designed with creative elements such as a big glossy LED display with 3 levels of lightness, the built-in FM radio and alarm will let you enjoy the versatile functions beside your bed, on your desk, or working place. You can easily charge the speaker via Type-C port, or use its own battery which could support 8 hours of working time when you play music.Zone 47″ Wide PC Gamer Computer Desk – $200The Zone 47″ Wide PC Gamer Computer Desk by Offex features a large 47″W x 23.75″ deep gaming surface with a simulated carbon fiber finish and a beveled front cut out that keeps you closer to the monitor without sacrificing room for your accessories. It also provides gamer specific features: a cup holder and headphone hook that saves desktop space, a power console with 3 grounded outlet receptors and 2 USB charging ports, and a cord management hole with cover for organizing your electrical cords.The Ultimate Data & Project Management Certification Bundle – $16Make project delivery and data analysis more efficient with 49 hours of guided content on Java, SAS, SQL, Power BI, Jira, Agile, and more. Spread over ten courses, you’ll have more than 650 lessons at your fingertips.The Complete Python eBook & Video Course Bundle – $12Start your programming career and sharpen your skills with 17 hours of video content and five eBooks on Python, AI, Deep Learning, and more.The Complete Microsoft Azure eBook & Video Course Bundle – $12Lead your business towards success with 15+ hours of video content and six eBooks on Azure Cloud Solutions, Integration, Networks, and more.

Mobvoi TicWatch C2+ Review

Mobvoi has garnered attention from the wearables market in the past with its innovative use of a secondary LCD display on the TicWatch Pro line. However, the TicWatch pro also has a more stylish cousin in the form of the TicWatch C2.Recently, Mobvoi released an incremental upgrade that doubled the RAM. Dubbed the TicWatch C2+ and was kind enough to send us one out for review.DesignThe TicWatch C2+ is quite the looker featuring a stainless steel frame, leather strap, and a plastic underbody. It comes in three different colors–including the Onyx version I have here–as well as Platinum and Rose Gold models, if that’s your thing.Compared to some of Fossil’s latest offerings, the TicWatch C2+ is slightly thicker at 12.7mm. However, that’s actually good news, because it houses a larger 400mAh battery. What that means is, longer battery life–and I’m sure every smartwatch owner can agree–the longer the battery life the better.One of my biggest complaints about smartwatches made by Fossil and all of its sub-brands is the massive useless bezel around the display. The TicWatch C2+ does a much better job in this regard by using the metal frame to hide the majority of the bezel, leaving only a small black ring around the display. It looks much better and this is something I wish their major competitor would learn from.On the flip side, I think Mobvoi could take a page out of Fossil’s book by adding a rotating crown to its smartwatches. That would have been a huge upgrade over the original C2, by not only adding an additional button, but also providing a way to scroll on the watch without your finger blocking the screen.The display itself is a 1.3 inch AMOLED screen with a 360 x 360 resolution. It is sharp with good color and plenty bright enough to see outdoors in sunlight at max brightness.The TicWatch C2+ comes with two straps, one is made of leather, while the other is soft-touch silicone. Out of the box, the watch will have the leather band on it.The leather strap is not near as premium or comfortable as the one on my first-gen Moto 360– it actually feels rather stiff and cheap– but it gets the job done. The silicone strap, on the other hand, is softer and more comfortable to wear. It is a much better option for those looking to wear the watch while working out.User ExperienceOne of my favorite features of the TicWatch Pro 4G is the sleep tracking. Unfortunately, Mobvoi has not seen fit to add this to the C2 series, and that is a pity. It’s a valuable feature that adds a lot of value to the watch.An ambient light sensor is another popular feature the C2+ is missing. Without this handy sensor, you are forced to change the brightness of the display manually. This process can be very tedious if you spend a lot of your time going between the indoors and outdoors.Finally, the TicWatch C2+ doesn’t have a speaker, which means taking phone calls on your watch will not be possible. Personally, I’ve never enjoyed taking phone calls on my watch and don’t even use that feature on smartwatches that support it. Regardless, it’s something you should be aware of if you’re in the market for a new watch.Even without all the bells and whistles, you’d expect from a smartwatch in 2020, the TicWatch C2+ still manages to cover the basics for most smartwatch wearers. It tracks several exercises with the Mobvoi app, shows your notifications, allows you to control music playback, handles mobile payments, and with access to apps on the Play Store–it can do much more. Plus, it has one of the most accurate pedometers I’ve ever used.PerformanceThe TicWatch C2+ is rocking the same Snapdragon 2100 processor as its predecessor, which is a big disappointment, especially considering the Snapdragon 3100 was announced back in 2018. However, Mobvoi did upgrade the RAM with an additional 512MB, for a total of 1GB of memory overall.Despite using the now ancient SD 2100 processor, I found the performance on the C2+ to be rather snappy for a Wear OS device. That’s all thanks to the 1GB of RAM, which makes a huge difference. After using some watches with an SD 3100 and 512MB of RAM, I believe the additional memory makes a bigger difference than using a faster processor.AppMobvoi’s app is where it really sets itself apart from the competition. The interface isn’t the best, but what it lacks in style, it more than makes up for in function. The app acts as the hub for all of your health data the watch collects. This includes steps, active hours, exercise minutes, 24-hour heart rate monitoring, and exercise tracking.In particular, I’m a huge fan of the way it displays your 24-hour heart rate data along with your steps on a graph. It also has a fantastic way of displaying your results after tracking exercise, plus it can even track swimming.Battery LifeMobvoi rates the TicWatch C2+ for up to two-day’s worth of use from a single charge. In my experience, the watch was able to make it a little over a day and a half with medium usage. If you were to use it lightly, it might be able to last two full days. Heavy users will have no issue making it a full day, and that’s about the best you can usually expect from a Wear OS watch.Despite having exceptionally good battery life for a Wear OS smartwatch, you’re going to want to top it off daily. Rest assured though, with such a large battery, you can expect to get a full day’s use years into the future as the battery ages. And that’s more than I can say for some other smartwatches I’ve tried.Final ThoughtsIn the end, the TicWatch C2+ is barely an upgrade, it lacks the most recent Snapdragon 3100, a speaker, a rotating crown, ambient light sensor, and sleep tracking. The only real change is the additional 512MB of RAM, and that’s barely a reason to release an upgrade.Fortunately, it starts at $209, which positions it as a decent stylish smartwatch with great battery life. It’s a pity though, with a couple more improvements, the TicWatch C2+ could have been one of the best Wear OS watches of 2020.Buy from Amazon Buy from Mobvoi

Boost Mobile adds $100 Coolpad Legacy Brisa to roster

Boost Mobile on Monday announced its latest smartphone, the Coolpad Legacy Brisa. The entry-level handset offers up a 6.53-inch FHD+ display and a dual-camera array on the back.With an expected retail value of $99.99, Boost will offer its newest phone for $79.99 at launch. Moreover, it will make it available at no cost for consumers who switch from another wireless provider.Other specifications in the Coolpad Legacy Brisa include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 octa-core processor with 3GB memory. Storage capacity is pegged at 32GB. A 4,000mAh battery should be strong enough to get most users through a day or two.As far as cameras go, the Coolpad Legacy Brisa has 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors on the rear with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera.The Legacy Brisa is available as part of Boost Mobile’s “$hrink-It!” plan, which offers 15GB data for $45 per month. The monthly rate shrinks by $5 after three on-time payments and an additional $5 after six total on-time payments.Boost Mobile, who is now owned by DISH, also recently introduced a “5 under $50” program which is comprised of five rate plans that cost less than $50 per month.