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Charge faster with Anker's PowerLine II USB-C cable discounted to just $7

Anker's Powerline II USB-C to USB-C Cable is one of the more durable models you can get as it has the strength to last 12 times longer than standard cables with the ability to withstand over 12,000 bends during testing. While it normally sells for up to $12, today you can pick up the black version for only $6.99 when you buy via Anker's official eBay store . You'll see the discount in your cart and you get $5 off per cable you buy so you can add a bunch to your cart to save more. This USB-C to USB-C 2.0 cable supports Power Delivery charging and is suitable for powering everything from smartphones like the latest Samsung Galaxy S10 devices to electronics like the Nintendo Switch and MacBook computers. It measures six feet long so you can use it comfortably without needing to be right beside wherever it's plugged into. The Powerline II is USB-IF certified and Anker even includes a lifetime warranty with its purchase, which is why they've dubbed it "the cabl

Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI's camera allows for accurate cleaning and monitoring

The on-board camera allows the unit to identify and avoid objects in its path for more accurate cleaning. It also allows you to check in on your home or pets while you're away. Robot vacuum companies are constantly trying to find ways to distinguish their products from others while also making them more effective cleaners. As such, new technologies and abilities are frequently getting developed for these devices. One of the newest features to hit the robot vacuum industry is an on-board camera, which theoretically allows the unit to better identify and avoid objects in its path. The Ecovacs Robotics Deebot OZMO T8 AIVI is one such vacuum that has been designed with a camera. I've spent several weeks evaluating this unit to see just how well it maneuvers around objects and cleans my home. It's definitely a powerful device that I can trust to effectively pick up dirt and debris from my floors, but it does have a few downsides. Here's my review of the Ecovacs Robotic

Alleged OnePlus Z hands-on image shows off a flat hole-punch display

The mid-range smartphone will have a slightly different design compared to the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. What you need to know An alleged image showing the rumored OnePlus Z in the flesh has leaked online. The image shows a flat display with a centered hole-punch cutout. OnePlus Z is rumored to be announced in July. Reliable tipster @OnLeaks had claimed earlier this month that the mid-range OnePlus Z smartphone will make its global debut sometime this summer. An alleged image showing the rumored mid-ranger has now surfaced, courtesy of the folks at True-Tech . While the authenticity of the image isn't certain, it reveals a design that is in line with the leaked renders of the phone that had surfaced late last year. The leaked image shows a flat screen with a centered hole-punch cutout, instead of the curved screens on the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro phones with the hole-punch cutout in the top-left corner. Additionally, the image also suggests the phone will feature an in-displa

TrendForce: Global Smartphone Production May Suffer Record Decline in Q2 2020

Global smartphone production could see a record fall of up to 16.5 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to the latest research by TrendForce . Global production for 2Q20 is now estimated to register another YoY drop of 16.5% to 287 million units, the largest decline on record for a given quarter. TrendForce forecasts total yearly production volume of 1.24 billion units, an 11.3% decrease YoY. Worldwide smartphone production for the first quarter reportedly fell by 10 percent year on year to around 280 million units, the lowest in five years, due to disruptions across the supply chain caused by the global health crisis. Prior to the crisis, TrendForce had expected Apple to once again reach yearly production of 200 million units, owing to the release of the new iPhone SE , four new models in the fall, and the phasing out of the popular iPhone 6s series by the seasonal smartphone replacement cycle. However, ‌iPhone‌ production fell by 8.7 percent year on year in

With fresh support from its billionaire backers Pivot Bio is ushering in a farming revolution

In the first decade of the twentieth century two German chemists, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch, invented fertilizer — the nitrogen compound which ushered in modern agriculture and saved the world from potential starvation. Now, over a century later, a new group of scientists backed by government-owned international investment funds and some of the world’s wealthiest men and women is trying to save the world from their invention. In the hundred years since companies began manufacturing fertilizer at an industrial scale, the chemical has become one of the main sources of the pollution that’s choking the planet and putting millions of the lives its use has helped to feed at risk from severe droughts, fires, floods, and storms caused by climate change. That’s why investors including Breakthrough Energy Ventures (the investment fund backed by Mukesh Ambani, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Masayoshi Son) and the Singapore-owned investment fund Temasek along with DCVC ; Prelude Ventures ;

Twitter Q1: sales up 3% to $808M as it swigs to a loss on COVID-19, mDAUS hit record 166M

Despite traffic for many online properties being at an all-time high, advertising has fallen off a cliff because of the downturn in consumer activity outside the home and the wider economic pressures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. And today,  Twitter reported quarterly earnings that bore this trend out. The ad-based social networking and media company said that in Q1 it made  $808 million in revenues, actually up 3% on a year ago, with  monetizable daily active users (Twitter’s own metric for measuring its audience) grew 24% to 166 million, an all-time high, adding 14 million average mDAUs since Q4 (152 million) and 32 million since Q1 of last year (134 million). However, o perating income for the quarter swung to a loss of $7 million, working out to a net margin of -1% and diluted EPS of -$0.01. Analysts had expected , on average, to see $775.96 million in revenues on earnings per share of $0.10, so Twitter beat on sales, and missed on earnings. (Note: Twitter’s analyst c

How to watch Upload: Stream Amazon Prime's latest show from anywhere

If you were given the choice between death or living out the rest of your days in a virtual afterlife, which would you choose? This is the premise of Upload, the latest TV series from the creator of The Office and Parks and Recreation , Greg Daniels. Upload is set in the year 2033 where people who are near death can be "uploaded" into virtual reality hotels run by six of the world's biggest tech firms. The show stars Robbie Amell who plays a young app developer named Nathan who ends up in the hospital after a self-driving car accident. At the hospital, his shallow girlfriend Ingrid (played by Allegra Edwards) convinces him to be uploaded to her family's luxurious virtual afterlife at the Horizen company's "Lakeview". After being uploaded to Lakeview, Nathan meets his customer service "Angel" Nora Anthony (played by Andy Allow) who serves as his concierge and guide to the virtual afterlife. However, the two quickly become friends and Nora,

Here are some tips on how to use your smartphone along with an Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is one of the most popular small kitchen appliances out there these days thanks to its versatility, ease of use, and time-saving capabilities. You can make everything from meat to poultry, steam vegetables, bake cakes, hard boil eggs, cook rice, and even make homemade yogurt with some models. While the device itself is pretty rad on its own with pre-programmed one-button cook options and a timer that lets you do other things while it cooks, you can actually enhance the experiece by using your phone. How? Here are some tips and tricks, including ones that I use when cooking with my Instant Pot and phone. Use the official Instant Pot app Instant Pot has an official app that features more than 1,000 recipes along with tips and tricks on how to use the device, answers to common questions and ideas about new ways to cook. You can get inspired with scrumptious dishes you never knew you could make as well as discover how that pulled pork recipe that usually takes you ei

Google's New True Wireless Pixel Buds Mimic Two Key AirPods Features

Google launched its second-generation Pixel Buds this week to generally favorable reviews, thanks in part to a couple of new features that AirPods owners have appreciated for some time. The new Pixel Buds use a pairing process on Android 6.0+ phones called Fast Pair: Hold the case near your phone, flip the lid, and a screen pops up on the screen to indicate automatic pairing, which links them to the user's Google account. Apart from the obvious UI differences, that's pretty much identical to the way you connect a pair of AirPods to iPhone . But the similarities don't stop there. Google is also making it easier to find misplaced Pixel Buds. From Google's blog : It can be frustrating when you put your Bluetooth headphones down and immediately forget where you placed them. If they’re connected to your phone, you can locate your headphones by ringing them… And, when you misplace your headphones, in the coming months, you can check their last known location in the Fi

Score the best price yet on the Google Pixel 3a XL with $130 off

We've raved about the Google Pixel 3a XL ever since its release. From the already-affordable price tag to the insanely good camera that it comes equipped with, it quickly became one of our favorite devices. Right now, the value for money is even better with $130 off the Google Pixel 3a XL at B&H. The discount applies to the Clearly White version of the phone, dropping it down to just $349. That's the best price we've seen for the 64GB XL model. It's worth noting this is the unlocked international variant of the phone, though it will still work great on U.S. GSM and CDMA networks. With the Pixel 3a XL you also have the power of Google behind your phone. That means free, unlimited high-quality image storage using Google Photos. With access to Google Assistant you can screen calls, set reminders, check sports scores, or tell it to snap a photo while you're smiling at the camera. All the best Google apps are built-in already so you won't have to go hunting

Is that S Pen enough for you to get the Tab S6 Lite over the Tab S5e?

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Great at almost everything $398 at Amazon Pros Lighter weight Super AMOLED display Better battery life Keyboard Cover available Samsung DeX Cons No S Pen Support Higher price Despite being older, the Tab S5e is a better tablet in many different ways compared to the Tab S6 Lite other than the lack of S Pen support. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite If you want the S Pen $350 at Best Buy Pros S Pen included Less expensive Cons Lower base storage Lower camera quality No fingerprint scanner Heavier Samsung DeX not available The Tab S6 Lite is a great tablet with the benefit of including the new and improved S Pen, but there are still a few too many compromises compared to the Tab S5e. The Android tablet market is bare, but Samsung is still churning out great options. Now with the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, we take a look at whether this mid-range tablet is better than the slightly-older Tab S5e. Break it down now... At first glance, you