CES 2020 trends: AirPower alternatives, rise of 5G, tasty TVs

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It's shaping up to be an exciting year for tech.
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CES 2020The post-holiday tech fest that is CES shutters its doors today for another year. This week’s event has been as weird and as wonderful as any other, giving us a glimpse of all kinds of innovative gadgets on the way in 2020.

Better AirPods alternatives. Wireless chargers that achieve what Apple couldn’t. iPhone cases you can throw on the compost heap when they’re no longer needed. Here are the biggest trends from CES 2020.

Samsung secures latest pocket-sized SSD with built-in fingerprint scanner

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The Samsung T7 Touch comes in black or silver, and holds up to 2TB. Biometric security sets it apart from the pack.
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CES 2020The Samsung T7 Touch goes the extra mile in security. This portable Solid State Drive (SSD) is available in sizes up to 2TB, but its signature feature is an integrated fingerprint scanner, so it can be unlocked with the press of a finger.

It was unveiled this morning at CES 2020.

Apple TV+ coming to more smart televisions later this year

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What Apple TV+ needs to be a big player in 2020
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Buried in a press release with nothing from the manufacturers themselves, Apple revealed Wednesday its Apple TV+ app is coming to Sony and Vizio smart televisions “later this year.”

The additions join Samsung, which added the app to some of its TVs in December 2019. LG also announced this week it would be adding the app to its units later this year.

TikTok’s wild memes put hilarious spin on ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign

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Apple's famous tagline has become a punchline.
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Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone‘ campaign is taking over TikTok, only probably not in the way Apple would like.

‘Shot on iPhone’ ads have been used by Apple for years to highlight the amazing quality of videos and photos that can be captured by normal people. Now TikTok users are reappropriating the term to show the type of dumb videos most people actually shoot on their iPhones and the results are absolutely hilarious.

Check out this compilation of funny ‘Shot on iPhone’ TikToks:

Samsung’s new spinning Sero TV coming to U.S. with AirPlay 2

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Launched last May in South Korea, the Samsung spinning Sero TV is coming to America with AirPlay 2 support.
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CES-2020-bug-2With the advent of more verticle videos on social media platforms, Samsung is introducing its Sero pivoting TV in the U.S. with Apple AirPlay 2 support.

Samsung showed off its new Sero TV at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Sunday with plans for its release in the second half of this year. No specific price was revealed, but Samsung launched the 4K display in South Korea for roughly $1,640 last May.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S11 will bring fight to iPhone in February

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Even better cameras on the way?
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Samsung has issued invitations for an “Unpacked” event on February 11 when it will reveal its new Galaxy S11 lineup.

Recent rumors have suggested even better cameras will be the handset’s main selling point. iPhone 11 Pro overtook Samsung devices in DxOMark camera rankings last fall, but its time in the top four may be short-lived.

New iPhone display maker will loosen Samsung’s grip on Apple

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Apple could be adding a new OLED maker to its supply chain.
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Samsung’s hold on Apple’s OLED business for the iPhone could be further eroded as a new display maker enters the supply chain.

According to a new rumor, Chinese manufacturer BOE Technology Group is gearing up to make OLED panels for the iPhone, starting in 2021.

Apple joins rivals to create open standard for smart home devices

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Building your smart home is about to get a whole lot easier.
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Apple is teaming up with Amazon, Google, and the Zigbee Alliance to create a new open and royalty-free standard for smart home devices.

Project “Connected Home over IP” aims to increase compatibility among smart home gadgets and make development easier for device manufacturers. It should also simplify smart technology for consumers.

iPhone 11 Pro eliminated in first round of blind camera test

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Yes, it got just 30% of the votes.
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iPhone 11 packs Apple’s most impressive cameras to date. They’re some of the best available in any phone today. So you might be surprised to find they were just eliminated in round one of a blind camera test.

A photo taken on iPhone 11 Pro secured just 30% of the votes when up against a snap from the OnePlus 7T Pro — a handset that costs $400 less.

iPhone launch schedule may get big shakeup in 2021

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iPhone 11 has been good for business.
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Big changes could be coming to the way Apple launches iPhone, starting in 2021.

Analysts at JP Morgan Chase published a new research note today claiming Apple is readying its supply chain to be able to launch new iPhones twice a year. The move would supposedly give Apple more flexibility to add new features over a six month period and better compete with companies like Samsung and Huawei.