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4 ways 2020 changed the tech I use, and 1 way it hasn’t at all

Life throughout 2020 has been very different from 2019, and this has been reflected in the way I use and appreciate the tech I use each day. Here's how.

Save $200 on the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G at Amazon for Black Friday

Grab the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G today for just $800 as part of Amazon's Black Friday deals.

Amazon discounts Samsung Galaxy A51 for Black Friday — now just $325

Amazon has dropped the feature-packed Samsung Galaxy A51 from $400 down to just $325 for Black Friday.

Amazon slashes price of Samsung Galaxy Note 20 by $200 for Black Friday

This means that weeks before Black Friday you can get one of the latest and best Android phones for only $800.

3 smartphones under $400 you can (and really should) buy today

There are some fantastic phones out there that are accessible for under $400, including some for under $200.

Why aren’t smartphones designed for a woman’s hand size?

As smartphone sizes exploded, more than half of the population was left wondering how they were going to use the new super-sized devices.

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL heavily discounted for Prime Day

Want an affordable Google smartphone? Score huge discounts on the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL this Prime Day.

Forget iPhone 12: Samsung Galaxy S20 is just $750 today

The stunning Samsung Galaxy S20 is to $250 off this Amazon Prime Day, so it's the perfect time to get your hands on this top-of-the-range phone.

Early Prime Day Deal: Save $200 on the latest Apple iPhone XR

Can't wait for Prime Day? The Apple iPhone XR is $200 off right now on Amazon and we've got all the details of how to nab this amazing discount.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is $200 off in this early Prime Day deal

"The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the biggest, most feature-packed Android phone ever made," our reviewer said, and it can be yours for $200 off at Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is $200 off in this early Prime Day deal

"The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the biggest, most feature-packed Android phone ever made," our reviewer said, and it can be yours for $200 off at Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is $200 off in this early Prime Day deal

"The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the biggest, most feature-packed Android phone ever made," our reviewer said, and it can be yours for $200 off at Amazon

Save $200 on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip at B&H — today only

Save a massive $500 on the stylish and distinctive Samsung Galaxy Z Flip today only at B&H Photo.

Save $100 on the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro this Labor Day

There aren’t many better Android phones out there, so this is a Labor Day deal you should consider right away.

The best Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra screen protectors

This smartphone is a hefty investment, and you should do all you can to protect the quality AMOLED screen.

5 Everyday Gadgets That Will Improve Your Workout

There are many reasons why people decide to start working out. Some of them want to improve their fitness, others want to...

How to trade in your smartphone

Trade-ins offer great value and convenience if you're looking to upgrade your phone. Here's how to do it.

How to secure your phone before a protest

Are you headed to a local protest or demonstration? Here’s how to keep both your smartphone and privacy safe.

Huawei P40 Pro Plus review-in-progress: Zooming ahead

The Huawei P40 Pro Plus has a 10x optical zoom for outstanding close-up shots, but it comes at a steep price.

Motorola Moto G Power review: Heavyweight battery life

The Moto G Power offers multiple-day battery life, but its heft may test your endurance in everyday use.

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EU approves Google’s Fitbit acquisition with some restrictions

Nearly a year ago, Google announced it was acquiring the popular fitness band maker Fitbit for $2.1 billion dollars. However, as per usual, big acquisitions such as this aren’t a simple transaction. They require the approval of government bodies and wading through a lot of red tape before being finalized.The EU has given Google a reason to be jolly for the holidays though by approving the acquisition of Fitbit, although it comes with some conditions.For starters, Google must agree to keep Fitbit user’s health data separate from its ad business. This was the number one concern of many Fitbit uses upon hearing the news of the Google buyout. Users in the EU will also have the option to prevent Google apps such as Assistant and Maps from viewing their data from Fitbit.Next, Google is required to maintain Fitbit’s previous web API that gives third-party software access to the data that is collected. For example, apps that allowed syncing of your Fitbit data such as calorie counting apps.Lastly, Google cannot give itself an unfair advantage by giving its products exclusive access to features or degrade the experience for third-party wearables. All improvements and changes must be made freely available as part of the Android Open Source Project giving access to its competitors.All of this sounds perfectly reasonable, and Google must abide by these restrictions for a term of 10 years, at which time the ad restrictions may be renewed if deemed necessary.The EU approval is an important hurdle for Google to clear, however, it is still waiting on approval from the U.S. government. Unfortunately for Google, the Justice Department and several states are currently suing the search giant over antitrust violations. It may be more difficult to get the rubber stamp on the Fitbit acquisition considering all of the heat Google has on it from regulators in America.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus already has a video review and leaked renders show off new colors

We’re only weeks away from Samsung’s upcoming jam-packed Unpacked event on January 14, 2021. At the event, we expect to see the launch of the Korean brand’s latest Galaxy S21 lineup of smartphones, along with the new Galaxy Buds Pro.As is tradition with these big launches, pretty much everything has leaked out ahead of time. We’ve already seen renders of the S21, official teaser videos, and even a hands-on video. Now, we’re getting a fresh set of renders that show off the S21 in four different colors.The renders come from us via notable leaker Ishan Agarwal’s Twitter account and reveal the S21 in Phantom Violet, Phantom Pink, Phantom Grey, and Phantom White. Is that enough Phantom for you? Perhaps we should throw in a Phantom of the Opera as well.Besides the colors, the renders don’t really show off anything we haven’t seen before. Samsung is going for another center hole-punch camera on the front, and making use of a unique metal frame around the camera housing on the back. What is sure to be the Galaxy S21’s defining design characteristic.Those aren’t the only renders to have leaked out though. Alongside the Galaxy S21 images, we also saw WinFuture publish press renders of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in Phantom Silver. The device really stands out with its massive camera bump which takes center stage, featuring five cameras in total. It’s speculated one of those cameras will feature a 108MP sensor.If photos don’t get you excited then maybe a hands-on review of the Galaxy S21 Plus will. Following up from his previous videos, YouTube user Random Stuff 2 has uploaded an unofficial review of the device weeks before the official announcement.In the video, he confirms the Galaxy S21 Plus comes with a Snapdragon 888, 8GB of RAM, a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage, and runs Android 11 out of the box. On the camera side, we see that the S21 Plus will use a 64MP, 12MP, 12MP triple rear camera setup featuring 3X optical zoom.The video also gives us a look at some preliminary sample images with a comparison to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Just remember the Galaxy S21 Plus isn’t running final software so the image quality may change.It seems just about everything has leaked out about Samsung’s latest flagship, but we’re still waiting on confirmation that the S Pen will make its way to the S21 Ultra. Earlier reports suggested Samsung would kill off the Note series of phones this year after adding support for the S Pen to the S-series. However, it looks like the death of the Note may be delayed for a later date.

Pete Lau discusses the future of OnePlus, smartwatch confirmed

OnePlus has been said to be working on a smartwatch as early as 2016, but now it seems like a soon-to-be-realized reality.On December 14, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau held a meeting over video call with various journalists discussing the future of OnePlus and some of the events in the past year or so of their history. He discussed Carl Pei’s departure from the company, the controversy over the Facebook partnership, how their TV is a step towards building an ecosystem of devices, and how the upcoming smartwatch ties into that ecosystem.Lau discussed how a smartwatch was scrapped in 2015 because the company wanted to stay focused on phones at the time, having just made the OnePlus 2 with its own issues and the production of the budget X phone.More things are coming to the OnePlus ecosystem. It’s just a matter of timepic.twitter.com/r6RIILU8AQ— OnePlus (@oneplus) October 14, 2020Now, though, OnePlus has been well-established in the smartphone market and they’re looking to build an ecosystem. According to Lau, they are working with Google to improve Wear OS and the interconnection between Wear OS, Android TV, and Android smartphones.In addition, Lau discussed the company’s goals to improve their phone cameras as well as a desire to stay out of the foldables market.

Qualcomm announces QCC305x chipset for budget wireless earbuds

The other day, Qualcomm announced their QCC305x Bluetooth chipsets meant to power mid-tier and entry-level true wireless earbuds, bringing some premium features to the lower end.The new chipset supports Qualcomm aptX Voice and cVc Echo Cancellation and Noise Suppression for better voice callsIn addition, the Qualcomm QCC305x supports:Always-on wake wordsQualcomm Adaptive Active Noise CancellationQualcomm aptX Adaptive with up to 96Khz audio resolutionBluetooth Low Energy & Bluetooth 5.2This is assisted by the new support on Snapdragon 888 which supports Bluetooth 5.2, LE Audio, aptX, and other featuresYou can read the entire press release here.