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Yesterday   I’ve spent the past week with the Apple Watch Series 5 on my wrist, and while it’s still a little too early for a full review, I’ve definitely come to appreciate some of the headline features.

2 Days Ago   I’ll admit it, I was a little bit obsessed with the Midnight Green iPhone 11 Pro when Apple announced it last week. It still feels like an atypical color for Apple to pick, not quite as serious as Space Gray or Silver, but neither as colorful as some of the iPhone 11’s finishes.

2 Days Ago   Faraday Future has big plans, and it needs big money to pay for them. The car startup was meant to weave together the electrification of Tesla, the user-experience of Apple, the data wrangling of Google, and the shared mobility flexibility of Uber.

3 Days Ago   Amazon has ordered 100,000 electric delivery vans from startup Rivian, arguably the biggest sign of support so far for the EV startup. The automaker broke cover in 2017 with its first two products, an SUV and a pickup truck, both based on the same all-electric “skateboard” platform that Rivian plans to use as its secret weapon.

4 Days Ago   Expectations were high for Sonos Move, the multi-room audio company’s first portable, Bluetooth-compatible speaker. Dangerously high, you could argue: Sonos says its users have been asking for a completely wire-free speaker pretty much from day one, and that’s plenty of time for an outlandish wish-list to develop.

4 Days Ago   North’s Focals smart glasses are about to get much easier to buy, with a new measuring app using the iPhone TrueDepth camera to correctly size the connected eyewear, rather than demanding an in-person fitting.

5 Days Ago   Does your wallet, heart, and soul have space for another streaming service? NBCUniversal is counting on it, announcing its own Netflix, Hulu, and Apple TV+ rival will be called Peacock when it launches in April 2020.

5 Days Ago   Apple has splashed a further $250 million in investment into Corning, more than doubling the amount it has pumped into the toughened glass-maker from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund.

5 Days Ago   The color-changing Hue bulbs in your living room are about to get a lot more useful, with the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box enabling just about any media source to get its own “surround light” show.

5 Days Ago   Apple Arcade, the company’s subscription gaming service, has gone live unexpectedly early for some, days ahead of its promised launch on September 19. Announced earlier this year, Apple Arcade includes more than 100 titles for devices like iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, for a fixed monthly fee.

8 Days Ago   Facebook isn’t giving up on Portal, with the social network reportedly readying a Portal TV device for the holidays that would expand its controversial hardware into greater content consumption, potentially in the hope of bypassing skepticism around how trustworthy the company is.

9 Days Ago   IFA 2019 has come and gone, but the best products of the big European tech show stuck in our memory. As always, we’ve been rounding up the greatest tech from IFA, ignoring the hype and instead focusing on which products and technologies will actually improve your life in a meaningful way.

9 Days Ago   The 2020 Cadillac CT4 did not have a normal launch. Usually, we’d see the regular version of a new car, only to have the feistier model sprung upon us later on.

10 Days Ago   Sonos has quietly added a US product page for its SYMFONISK remote, a handy – and inexpensive – controller for its Sonos-powered speakers, ahead of its expected launch next month.

10 Days Ago   Amazon will hold its next big hardware event on September 25, the company has confirmed today, with Alexa likely to feature heavily on the menu. The launch comes a year after Amazon’s 2018 devices event, which saw products as varied as an Alexa-enabled microwave and a smart wall clock.

10 Days Ago   Two of Sonos’ newest whole-home audio products are arriving on shelves, with the Sonos One SL and Sonos Port both available from today. Announced last week alongside the new Sonos Move – the company’s first battery-powered and Bluetooth-compatible speaker – the two new models eschew integrated assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

10 Days Ago   Nobody can say BMW’s latest cars have been forgettable in their styling. The German automaker brought along the gleaming BMW Concept 4 to the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 this week, and instantly divided opinion about whether its oversized snout was a stroke of design genius or a nasal abomination.

11 Days Ago   The new Land Rover Defender isn’t short on ways to make the long-anticipated truck your own, as the freshly-launched build configurator demonstrates, but there’s more to it than just creating your own Baja monster.

11 Days Ago   You may not be able to buy a 2020 Land Rover Defender quite yet, but you could build your own – in LEGO form, at least.

11 Days Ago   Of all Apple’s surprises at its big 2019 iPhone event yesterday, the one I was least expecting was that I’d fall for a dark green phone.

11 Days Ago   The cheapest iPad may not seem at first glance like it could be the stand-out product of Apple’s big 2019 iPhone event, but it’s more important than you might think.

11 Days Ago   There’s probably a long German word for the act of refining something which is already at the top of its segment, and if I knew what it was I’d be using it for the Apple Watch Series 5.

11 Days Ago   Colorful, more battery life, better cameras… what’s not to like about the iPhone 11? It’s fair to say its predecessor, the iPhone XR, had a turbulent time at launch: chronically misunderstood, but then going on to be the strongest-selling model in Apple’s phone line-up.

11 Days Ago   Familiar, and yet different. You notice the changes in the iPhone 11 Pro in your hand first, I found, and those who come to Apple’s new flagship from an iPhone X or iPhone XS may discover it’s their fingertips that observe the greatest changes in 2019.

12 Days Ago   Some cars are just plain iconic, and so expectations for the 2020 Land Rover Defender are understandably high. Making its long-anticipated debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2019 today, the all-new SUV will come in 2020 Defender 90 three-door and 2020 Defender 110 five-door versions, with an optional mild-hybrid gas engine and plenty of off-roading ability.

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