Category Archives: Apple

SmartTechCheck Podcast: The Top Tech Stories of 2023

I join host Mark Vena and fellow tech journalists John Quain and Rob Pegoraro to opine on the top tech stories of 2023: the meteoric rise of AI, Elon Musk and Twitter, the announcement of Apple’s Vision Pro and 5G … Continue reading

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Smartphones 2024: Can Independent Retailers Get In The Business?

Psst! Hey, you, consumer technology retailer. Wanna sell smartphones? Yes, smartphones are still the best-selling consumer electronics devices, but the business isn’t exactly booming anymore. U.S. unit smartphone shipments have steadily declined from 140 million units in 2022 to a projected … Continue reading

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Report: Consumers Willing To Pay More For Higher Quality Ear/Headphones

Here’s good news for consumer tech retailers: your customers actually want to spend more money on true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds and headphones. According to a survey conducted by Qualcomm of 7,000 consumers in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, China, India, … Continue reading

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Tested: Can Regular Bluetooth Earbuds Be Used as Hearing Aids?

During this first year that over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids became available, four major types of solutions for those with mild to moderate hearing loss have emerged: However, a potential fifth class of “hearing aid” has recently emerged – standard Bluetooth … Continue reading

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How to Get a Free iPhone 15 (if You Qualify)

That headline is not a come-on. If you’re considering upgrading to a new iPhone, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all are offering a “free” iPhone 15 – if you qualify as the right kind of customer, have the right type of … Continue reading

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Apple iPhone 15: Only Photo and Film Pros Need Apply

At today’s Apple event, Apple told us exactly who ought to upgrade to one of the new iPhone 15 models: creative professionals. Throughout its presentation of its new models – especially the now appropriately labeled 15 Pro models – Apple execs kept stressing, in … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Upgrade to Apple Watch 9

If you’ve been clinging to an older generation Apple Watch, Apple has imbued its new Series 9 models with five improvements that make it easy for you to justify an upgrade. One especially tempts me to upgrade even though I own an … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: ChatGPT losing steam, coming streaming chaos, legacy of the light bulb

I join host Mark Vena along with fellow tech journalists Dwight Silverman and John Quain in an informative SmartTechCheck podcast discussing the waning momentum of ChatGPT, the potentially coming chaos of streaming services and content, and the legacy of the … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: AirBNB, iPhone legacy, consumer electronics slump, AI detection woes

I join Super SmartTechCheck podcast host Mark Vena, John Quain and Rob Pegoraro to discuss AirBnB efforts to recruit more hosts, AI photo detection woes, the legacy of the original iPhone, and the consumer electronics slump. Tune into the podcast … Continue reading

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Our 9 Favorite 15-Inch Laptops

How small is too small for a laptop computer? How big is too big? A laptop with a 15- to 16-inch display, measured diagonally, is the just-right size for many—the most convenient convergence of productivity versus portability. Read the rest of this … Continue reading

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