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Jabra Elite 65t vs. Elite Active 65t: Battle of the truly wireless earbuds

As a company, we've logged many hours all over the world testing every type of headphones imaginable. Truly wireless happen to be some of our favorites, so we know what makes them great and what makes them stink.Jabra Elite 65tTrue wireless freedom$100 at AmazonProsUp to 15-hour battery life with charging caseLightweight and secure fitGreat playback controlGood call qualityExcellent soundConsMicro-USB chargingCase can be finickyThe Jabra Elite 65t earbuds are some of the best 'buds in their class. They have excellent playback control features and auto-connect to your phone, and with the right fit offer excellent sound, including bass, and passive isolation.Jabra Elite Active 65tFitness focus$130 at AmazonProsNon-slip earbud coatingSweat- and dust-resistant (IP56)Integrated motion sensor for step trackingUp to 15-hour battery life with charging caseExcellent soundConsExpensiveCase can be finickyMicro-USB chargingFor serious runners or fitness enthusiasts, there are no better tr…

From the Editor's Desk: The Galaxy S20 Ultra's impossibly high bar

Lukewarm reaction to Samsung's Galaxy S20 Ultra shows just how high the expectations are for a $1400 smartphone.
I'm old enough to remember when the four-figure smartphone was an anomaly, back in the heady days of the Galaxy Note 9. Now, at the high end, it's increasingly the norm. Look no further than the $1,400 Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, with its comma-wielding asking price, for a curious case study on the sky-high expectations for such a device.

As reviews — including our own — have started to trickle out over the past few days, a consensus has started to emerge: the S20 Ultra is a great phone which nowhere near justifies its exorbitant price tag. When your starting price is so much higher than everyone else, your product needs to be damn near perfect. And the Galaxy S20 Ultra — again, while great — is not perfect. There are obvious flaws that the customer, nearly a grand and a half lighter for their S20 Ultra purchase, should not expect to see.

Outside of being an abso…

Vivo Z6 5G launched with Snapdragon 765G SoC, impressive 5000mAh battery

Unlike some of its rivals, the Z6 5G does not have a high-refresh-rate display.What you need to knowVivo Z6 5G is the company's first mid-range 5G smartphone powered by the Snapdragon 765G chipset.The phone sports a 6.57-inch FHD+ hole-punch display and has a 48MP quad-camera setup at the rear.It has been priced at 2,198 yuan ($314) in China.Vivo today announced a new mid-range 5G-enabled smartphone at an event held in China. Dubbed the Z6 5G, Vivo's latest smartphone packs impressive hardware specs and comes with a 3D curved back.The Vivo Z6 5G runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset, paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. The phone boasts liquid cooling technology, which Vivo claims can lower the core temperature by up to 10°C. (50°F).The Z6 5G features a 6.57-inch FHD+ IPS display with a hole-punch cutout in the top-right corner and a 20:9 aspect ratio. At the back of the phone is a quad-camera array with a 48MP main sensor, an 8MP…

Review: Samsung's Galaxy A51 misses the mark in several key areas

The Galaxy A51 offers camera and design upgrades, but the underlying hardware is unchanged from 2019.Under increased pressure from Chinese rivals, Samsung overhauled its budget strategy last year. The underwhelming Galaxy J series was gone, and the Galaxy A lineup essentially took its place. Samsung traditionally limited the Galaxy A series to the mid-range segment, but now it fields devices starting as low as $120 all the way to $600.The new-found change in focus also came with better product releases. The Galaxy A50 was one of the best budget phones you could buy in 2019, featuring great hardware, a fresh design, and decent cameras. In typical Samsung fashion, the company introduced an updated model six months down the line in the Galaxy A50s, and now we have the Galaxy A51.The Galaxy A51 is a continuation of what Samsung has been doing in this segment for the last 12 months. There are a few enticing changes — particularly around the camera side of things — but …

Google still trying to get consumers to ditch new Microsoft Edge for Chrome

Google keeps trying to make people switch away from the new Microsoft Edge.What you need to knowSeveral Google services show pop-ups within the new Microsoft Edge to try to get people to switch to Google Chrome.Google docs, Google's search page, Google News, and Google Translate show prompts to switch to Chrome.Google also shows pop-ups in the Chrome web store to try to get people to switch to Chrome.Google continues to try to make people switch away from the new Microsoft Edge. This time, pop-ups were spotted by MSPU within several Google services that prompt people to switch to Google Chrome. Google Docs, Google's search page, Google News, and Google Translate all show prompts to switch to Google Chrome.Google's search page reads, "Switch to Chrome. Hide annoying ads and protect against malware on the web." Google docs states, "to use docs offline upgrade to Chrome."Last week, people spotted warnings on the Chrome web store tellin…

Galaxy Note 10 gets improved facial recognition with new update

The update isn't widely available just yet.What you need to knowSamsung has started rolling out a new software update for the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ phones.The update improves facial recognition as well as navigation gestures.Currently, the update is only available in Malaysia and Germany.Samsung is rolling out a new software update for the Galaxy Note 10 series phones, bringing a few minor improvements. The update is currently available only in Malaysia and Germany, but is expected to be released in other markets very soon.As per the folks at SamMobile, the update arrives as version N97xFXXU2BTB5 and brings enhanced facial recognition as well as navigation gestures. Unfortunately, however, there is no information yet on the exact nature of these improvements. What is also a little surprising is that the update does not bring the latest March security patch. That said, it is likely that these improvements will begin rolling out to Galaxy Note 10 and Note …

Here's how to watch the Aston Villa vs. Man City Carabao Cup final online

Can Pep Guardiola's men make it five League Cup triumphs in seven seasons?Having won four out of the last six League Cup finals, it almost feels strange when Manchester City aren't involved in the Carabao Cup Final. Pep Guardiola's Sky Blues this time face an Aston Villa side that has cast aside its struggles at the foot of the Premier League to put themselves in contention of winning their first silverware since lifting the League Cup back in 1996.If the task in front of Villa wasn't daunting enough, they'll be heading into Sunday's showdown at Wembley against a side that will be bristling with confidence following their stunning midweek Champions League victory over Real Madrid at the BernabĂ©u.Man City have previously lifted the League Cup trophy six times, while the Villans, who were the tournament's inaugural winners back in 1960, have won the Cup on five occasions. Should any of City star's Fernandinho, David Silva or Sergio Ag…

Qualcomm Snapdragon X60 vs. X55: Next year's ultra-fast 5G chip, explained

Qualcomm's third-generation 5G modem brings that 5G speed you've been hearing about plus a lot more.When it comes to new technology, there's a natural timeline that seems to happen. The first generation feels like a proof of concept and offers enough to get us interested, the second generation works of fixing flaws and refining the basics, and the third generation is when it is mature enough that you really want to have it.Qualcomm's Snapdragon X60 5G modem is just that: the third generation of the company's 5G modems and it's ready for prime time. Compared to the X50 (first-generation) and X55 (second-generation) it's set up to make considerably better use of 5G networks in ways that we will notice.Smaller is betterThe X50 was built on a 10-nanometer process and the X55 was built on a 7-nanometer manufacturing process. With the X60, Qualcomm says it has moved forward and it will be built using a 5-nanometer manufacturing process.5nm ch…

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