Here’s Mobvoi’s TicWatch Pro 5 and all its details

Qualcomm announced its Snapdragon W5+ chipset for wearables almost a year ago and we have yet to see it in a watch. At its reveal we were told that Mobvoi would ship the first W5+ smartwatch in a few months, but we’re now 10 months into the future and that watch is still not available. It could finally arrive at any moment though, and we know because a listing on Amazon just spoiled all the details.

A listing for the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5 has been spotted on Amazon and it tells us about the specs, software features and more. After seeing this information we don’t know what the price will be and when it will be shipped to our wrists. After looking at the list of features, this will be a watch to consider.

TicWatch Pro 5 Specs

The TicWatch Pro 5 will come with a 1.43″ dual-layer display that is both OLED and FSTN (400×400). If you know the TicWatch Pro watch, this will be familiar to you. These watches always feature FSTN displays that sip battery, but can then flip to OLED to give you a more colorful, powerful experience. This is the signature concept of the TicWatch Pro line.

Beneath that display, the watch will run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon W5+ chip and Wear OS with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. It has Bluetooth 5.2, 2.4GHz WiFi, Corning Gorilla Glass, NFC, mic and speakers, 5ATM water resistance, military grade durability, compass and barometer, and a new rotating crown. The rotating crown is a new feature for Mobvoi watches.

We don’t know the size of the battery, but Mobvoi is using a fast charging technology that will reach 65% in 30 minutes. There is also extended battery mode, which will extend its use up to 80 hours.

The TicWatch Pro 5 measures 50.1 x 48 x 12.2 mm and weighs 44.35 grams. It’s a big watch, like all the Pro models.

Mobvoi Ticwatch Pro 5 Specs

Mobvoi is apparently going to pitch this device as a health monitoring machine. The TicWatch Pro 5 will track recovery and VO2 max, sleep and 24-hour heart rate monitoring. It will even provide a health snapshot (heartrate, SpO2, stress, respiratory rate, etc.) with a single tap. It’s built for the outdoors with multi-GNSS, barometer, compass, and tracking for all kinds of outdoor activities.

Since this watch runs Wear OS (the latest version), you get access to Google Wallet (or G Pay, as we call it today), YouTube Music, Google Maps, and the rest of the Google suite. You get access to Google Play for additional app needs, watch faces, and more.

The TicWatch Pro 5 has it all, assuming you can handle a watch this big and want to worry about long-term software updates. Mobvoi isn’t known for being the best at updating their watches.

Mobvoi Ticwatch Pro 5-Box

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Apple shares its 2023 Mother’s Day gift guide with HomePod and more

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, Apple has shared its new gift guide for the year with the company highlighting some of the products it thinks would make great gifts.

Apple has shared a product page that shows ‘Fresh Picks’ with new releases while other tabs include Apple Favorites and more.

Celebrate the one you call mom anew with a Mother’s Day gift. Surprise them with iPhone 14, AirPods Pro, Apple Watch and more.

Apple reminds everyone that they can customize some products, including AirPods, iPads and more.

Keen to highlight the list of Apple products we see some old favourites, including the original iPad, iPad mini and the relatively new yellow iPhone 14. Other colors are also available, but that yellow is the new hotness for Apple.

Other notable products include the HomePod and Apple Watch Series 8 while the iPhone 14 Pro is an option for people willing to spend a little more than most.

At the cheaper end of the list, we find the Apple Watch band, case and the ever-popular HomePod Mini in bright colors.

Alternatively, Apple reminds customers that they can buy a gift card for their mom instead, so they can choose the best product for themselves. This can be a good option for people who can’t choose between different iPhone colors, for example.

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The Pixel 7a looks good in Coral

Once the Google Pixel 7a is announced, you’ll probably be like, “Oops, it hasn’t been announced yet?” And you say that because you know the price, the specs, and what it looks like. You’ll even get to know all 4 colors that Google plans to offer it in, thanks to another leak

You’ve already seen the Pixel 7a in Obsidian (black/grey), Chalk (cotton/white), and “Arctic Blue,” but you’ve yet to see it in a rumored coral color. Well, my friends, here it is.

Sending something to the post office by someone @evleaks And then shared on reddit, we see the final color of the Pixel 7a. excellent

Rumors surrounding this particular color are that it might be exclusive to the Google Store. So while Best Buy will sell the other three colors, if you want a Pixel 7a in coral, you’ll have to go straight to the source.

Last time we saw a phone this Coral, probably the Pixel 4 was. The Pixel 4, in retrospect, was one of the best Pixel devices in my opinion. It failed miserably because the smaller version had a 5-hour battery life and the large forehead used for face unlock was awkwardly implemented. But man, it was such a clean design. The Pixel 6 camera is also in the Coral-ish variant, but this 7a is on another level.

Are you going to Pixel 7a in Coral on something else?

This UGREEN AirPlay 2 receiver, USB-C charger, cable accessories are discounted

Now’s your chance to pick up one of three great UGREEN accessories while saving some money in the process.

Two of these deals are for chargers or charging cables, while the other is for the Apple AirPlay receiver. You’ll save money no matter which deal you choose, with some offering bigger discounts than others.

UGREEN AirPlay 2 Receiver
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This AirPlay 2 receiver is a great way to add AirPlay 2 support to another device, whether it’s one that doesn’t support AirPlay or only supports AirPlay 1.

Being able to stream via AirPlay 2 enables multi-room support as well as low latency and more. And now you can also benefit from 33% savings.

UGREEN Mini 20W USB C Charger
Buy: $7.80 | Original price is $16

We all need USB-C chargers to power our devices and with phones not often shipping with chargers in the box, this 20W USB-C charger can really come in handy. And you can save over 50% if you order yours today.

UGREEN USB C to USB C Cable 60W 2-Pack
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USB-C chargers are no good if you don’t have a USB-C cable, and this pack of two is a great way to add a few to your collection. Both cables are rated for 60W as well, so you can easily charge high-powered devices.

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The new Android 14 beta update fixes your Pixel bugs

The first Android 14 beta rolled out a few weeks ago and the initial response wasn’t the most positive. A number of bugs have led to experiences that many of you have shared frustrations with Today, Google is pushing a new Android 14 beta update to squash at least 5.

Android 14 Beta 1.1 is here with fixes for wallpaper and style screen bugging out, a broken fingerprint unlock, status bar not showing mobile networks, SIM and eSIM activation issues, and a smart lock message that confuses people. It often sounds like all the major bugs we shared with you in the Android 14 beta 1 release.

Here is the full list of bug fixes in more detail:

  • Fixed an issue that caused the system UI to crash when trying to access the wallpaper and style screen via the Settings app or by long-pressing from the home screen. (Issue #277938424)
  • Fixed some issues preventing fingerprint unlock from being used. (Issue #272403537)
  • Fixed an issue where the status bar did not display the mobile network. (Issue #277892134)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented a SIM card or eSIM from being detected or activated in some cases. (Issue #278026119)
  • Fixed an issue where the lock screen displayed a message with an unresolved string placeholder when Smart Lock was enabled. (Issue #278011057)

Here is the build information for the new build, including a separate build for Verizon Pixel 6 devices:

Release Date: April 26, 2023

  • Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a devices that use Verizon as their carrier: UPB1.230309.017.A1
  • All other devices: UPB1.230309.017

Emulator support x86 (64-bit), ARM (v8-A)
Security patch level:

  • Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a devices using Verizon as their carrier: March 2023
  • All other devices: April 2023

Google Play Services 23.13.12

The update is available for Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5 and 5a, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, and Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

This new update should start rolling out immediately via factory images ( here ) and OTA files ( here ), as well as through the Android Beta Program ( documented ). If you’re in the Android beta program, you’ll see an over-the-air update, which is the easiest way to update. For those who prefer a little manual work, you can go ahead and flash the file.

You can finally use WhatsApp on multiple phones

WhatsApp now allows users of the instant messaging service to use it on multiple phones at the same time. This is the first time that multiple phones have been able to sign in to the same account.

While WhatsApp previously allowed people to sign in on tablets and computers using their primary phone, the ability to use two phones is new.

A highly requested feature by users, you can now link your phone to one of up to four additional devices, just like you link to WhatsApp on web browsers, tablets and desktops. Each linked phone connects to WhatsApp individually, ensuring that your private messages, media and calls are end-to-end encrypted, and if your primary device is inactive for a long period of time, we automatically log you out of all partner devices. do it

As you’d expect, all chats and messages are synced from one device to another without losing anything, making it a great way for people to install WhatsApp on a personal and work phone at the same time.

WhatsApp says the new feature is rolling out to accounts now and will be available to everyone in the next few weeks.

WhatsApp also says it is working on a new way for people to sign in to their accounts through WhatsApp on the web. Now they will be able to enter their phone number and get a one-time code to log in instead of scanning a QR code.

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Google Authenticator adds the biggest feature of them all

Google Authenticator is an important Google service that perhaps not enough people take advantage of With the growing adoption of 2-factor authentication (2FA) where people are realizing that having text messages as a 2nd form of verification isn’t secure at all, using a service like Google Authenticator should be an easy option to switch to.

In most cases, using Google Authenticator is easy, as long as you have the device nearby to store your 2FA code when you log into a service. But what if the device, where all your codes are stored, is lost or stolen? Today, Google announced a change to Google Authenticator that should help you address this situation.

Google Authenticator now supports Google Account synchronization on both iOS and Android. You can now backup your one-time code to your Google Account This is pretty big.

Google admits that a large part of the feedback they’ve received over the years surrounding Google Authenticator has to do with the “complexity” that comes with dealing with a lost or stolen device. The complexity should be reduced now that your Google account can store your code. With Authenticator, losing your primary device (or someone stealing it) is much less of a problem than it used to be.

The new authenticator with account synchronization should be rolling out now as v6.0. Google says you simply update your app to the new version and follow some prompts to get started.

I went ahead and updated right away and it got really easy. The first prompt asks you to choose your Google account to sync. From there, you can start adding code, switch from light to dark mode, transfer accounts, change accounts, etc. Oh, the icon for this changes from the old gray “G” logo to the more colorful one below

Google Play link: Google Authenticator

Google Authenticator

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Find My Configuration File Unannounced Macs Debut

Apple is expected to announce the new device at its WWDC23 event on June 5 but we don’t know exactly what.

Now, a new leak suggests that at least three new Macs are on the way, though they could be variations on the same machine.

A report by MacRumors Twitter cites that new identifiers have been found for specific Macs alongside ethe M2 and M2 Pro Mac minis. Find my configuration they suggest they may not be portable Macs.

The new identifiers are Mac14,8, Mac14,13, and Mac14,14, and they appear in a list alongside Mac14,3 and Mac14,12, identifiers for the latest M2 and M2 Pro Mac mini models. Apple’s list of configuration files deals with overriding “separation monitoring”, suggesting that these may be desktop Mac models that don’t need to be actively tracked by Find My to separate them from users like portable Macs.

This is interesting because we expect Apple to announce a new 15-inch MacBook Air, which will likely require such separation precautions.

Apple may finally announce the new Mac Pro, the first with Apple silicon. But it is not expected to be announced yet. The same goes for an updated Mac Studio, which makes this latest news all the more interesting.

Apple’s WWDC event is expected to bring an announcement of the software that will power the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV in late 2023 and well into 2024.

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WhatsApp is letting people save messages that disappear

WhatsApp has announced a new feature that allows people to save messages that have disappeared for the first time.

Disappearing messages are exactly what they sound like, messages will automatically expire and cannot be read once done

Now, WhatsApp says it will allow the recipient to request that individual messages not expire, but the sender of that message must always tell them OK first.

Today we’re introducing “Keep in Chat”, so you can hold onto texts you need for later, with a special superpower for the sender. We believe that if you send a message, it’s your choice whether others in the chat can keep it for later.

The new feature is called Keep in Chat and is enabled by long pressing on a message and selecting the option to keep it.

The sender of the message can choose to either allow it to be kept or allow it to expire. Once a message is requested to be put on hold, users cannot request to put that particular message back.

WhatsApp says the new feature is rolling out right away, though it could take a few weeks to find its way into everyone’s accounts. If you don’t see it yet, hang fire – it will get there eventually.

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Android 13 QPR3 Beta 3 for Pixel phones is here

A new Android 13 QPR3 beta update is here!

Google today released Android 13 QPR3 beta 3 for its Pixel phones, bringing it one step closer to what will be a stable June update for everyone. We’re still in April though, so we’ve still got a few months to test and fix all the bugs that Google might have.

The new QPR3 beta 3 update is available now for those who own the Pixel 4a and 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Pixel 6a, and Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

Below, you’ll find release information, all Google bug fixes, and how to install QPR3 Beta 3.

Android 13 QPR3 Beta 3 Release Info

Release Date: April 20, 2023

  • Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a devices that use Verizon as their carrier: T3B3.230413.003.A1
  • All other devices: T3B3.230413.003

Emulator support: x86 (64-bit), ARM (v8-A)
Security patch level:

  • Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a devices using Verizon as their carrier: March 2023
  • All other devices: April 2023

Google Play Services: 23.09.12

Android 13 QPR3 Beta 3 Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issue that could cause Wi-Fi calling to stop working.
  • Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause the system to get stuck on the home screen with no app icons and either a plain background or a blank, black background.
  • Fixed an issue where the System UI crashed when trying to access the Wallpaper and Styles screen in the System Settings app or by long-pressing from the Home screen.
  • Fixed an issue where the screen of some devices could flash green when toggling if the phone is in a high temperature environment.
  • Fixed an issue where the camera displayed a black screen when the user tried to open the camera by pressing the power button twice.
  • Fixed an issue where in some cases when a work profile is turned on or off, the device reboots instead

Install Android 13 QPR3 Beta 3

Below, we have links to factory images and OTA files for people to update the old school way, but you don’t have to go that route to update. You can always enroll in the Android Beta Program (here) and get the update over-the-air that way. Do this for those who would rather avoid a command prompt and the adb command. Google should start pushing the update through the Android beta program soon.

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Android 13 QPR3 Beta 3 Download: Factory Image | OTA file