Month: June 2020

Sideloading Huawei’s P40 Pro Plus turns it into a world-beating phone

If a smartphone’s worth is dictated by its camera, then the Huawei P40 Pro Plus is the best phone you can buy right now – except you probably won’t. What gives?

Since partnering with Leica in 2016, Huawei’s smartphone cameras have been amongst the best available. Scour the web for P40 Pro Plus reviews though, and the scores are generally around 3.5/5 or 7/10. The P40 Pro Plus is an exemplary smartphone, though its scores were likely docked by half a point or so for its bold price tag of £1,299. That said, it introduces world-first camera tech to the

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Apple and BMW’s digital car key hints at the future of the iPhone

At WWDC this week, Apple unveiled one of the first uses of its U1 chips These chips, which utilise a wireless technology called ultra-wideband (UWB), are referred to by Apple as “GPS at the scale of your living room”. Or you could call it Bluetooth on steroids.

Apple’s U1-chipped iPhones will now be able to serve as digital car keys to wirelessly unlock and start your car. NFC digital car keys are not new, Samsung has its own version, but they require you to get your phone out and physically tap the door to unlock. This new UWB method (that

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The 10 iOS 14 features that will transform your iPhone in 2020

We didn’t get any fresh hardware at Apple’s virtual WWDC 2020 keynote, but iPhone owners are in for a very promising selection of new features when iOS 14 lands this autumn. There’s nothing as all-consuming as dark mode this time, but with some long-overdue visual shake-ups, genuinely new features and refined privacy controls, it all looks rather neat to us.

Change your default email and browser

One of the most popular upcoming features, according to WIRED’s scientific method of checking Twitter post-keynote, is Apple finally relenting and allowing us to switch default email and browser apps to third parties. You’ve

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IKEA’s AR experiments show the potential of Apple Glass

If augmented reality is the future, this is a glimpse of what’s coming.

IKEA and its external research lab SPACE10 have curated 18 different digital experiences from design and technology studios as part of a new web-based platform called Everyday Experiments. Each uses technologies including augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning and spatial intelligence to help people think about the space in their homes in a different way.

Bas Van De Poel, creative director of SPACE10, says that technology has been influencing and shaping our life at home now more than ever before. “For us, it’s important

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