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Castro podcast player gains sharp iOS 14 widgets with dark mode support

Popular iOS podcast client Castro has launched a new update today that brings widgets to your iPhone home screen in multiple sizes with support for dark/light mode, new custom icons, and more. Castro shared the news in a blog post today: “Time to make some room on the old home screen friends, Castro is coming…

Podcast: How democracies can reclaim digital power

Technology companies provide much of the critical infrastructure of the modern state and develop products that affect fundamental rights. Search and social media companies, for example, have set de facto norms on privacy, while facial recognition and predictive policing software used by law enforcement agencies can contain racial bias. In this episode of Deep Tech,…

Is your favorite podcast tracking you?

In these muddled times, at least one thing is clear: Nearly everyone’s tracking you, always. But there is one area that has been largely off-limits to digital data collectors for 20 years: podcast listening. Traditionally, the podcast ecosystem has been tracking-resistant, in part because podcasters release their shows through RSS, free technology dating back to…

Podcast: How Russia’s everything company works with the Kremlin

Russia’s biggest technology company enjoys a level of dominance that is unparalleled by any one of its Western counterparts. Think Google mixed with equal parts Amazon, Spotify and Uber and you’re getting close to the sprawling empire that is Yandex—a single, mega-corporation with its hands in everything from search to ecommerce to driverless cars.  But…
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Lypertek Levi review

Lypertek is a small Chinese audio manufacturer that shot to prominence last year with its in-ear TWS earbuds, the Lypertek Tevi. The Tevi received rave reviews from critics for its audio quality despite its budget-friendly $90 price tag and remains one of the most well-regarded product in its price range. The Levi that we are…
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Week 48 in review: Poco M3, Redmi Note 9 trio official

Welcome to another week's recap. The biggest story is the European Parliament's vote in favor of users' right to repair. Starting in January, countries like France will begin labeling smartphones, laptops and other electronics with a repairability score of 1 through to 10. This new label will help buyers find a device they'll be able…

Weekly poll results: Realme 7 5G gets a lukewarm reception, its Black Friday gambit fails

The need for 5G is a contentious topic with many still not being sold on the next-gen network technology – or just plain not having access to it. Which doesn’t bode well for the Realme 7 5G whose defining feature is... well, it says it right in the name. However, the results from last week’s…

This week’s top stories: More Apple Silicon tidbits, Apple Watch redesign rumors, iOS 15, more

In this week’s top stories: iOS 15 device compatibility rumors, Apple Silicon Macs still to come, Apple Watch redesign rumors, and more. Read on for all of this week’s top stories. 2021 Apple Watch Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported this week that Apple has a redesigned Apple Watch in the works for 2021. Details…

Digital transfusion: technology leaders urged to openly question existing business models

Maybe digital transformation -- now a well-worn, perhaps overused term -- could use a rebranding. "Digital transfusion," anyone?  Photo: Joe McKendrick Technology executives and professionals, often pushed to the forefronts of such efforts, are being asked to redesign their companies' business models, often with shaky and begrudging support from their business colleagues. The business side…