iPhone XS Max first impressions: It's big, but not too big

Apple’s iPhone XS and XS Max have arrived. Customers have lined up across the world in anticipation of the launch day Apple Store experience, all the while delivery trucks with countless identical boxes are delivering new phones globally. Also: Want a new iPhone or Android smartphone? Here’s how to sell ...

Read More »

Google Home Mini was the best-selling smart speaker in Q2

Amazon’s Echo Dot may have been a bestseller on Prime Day, but Google’s Home Mini device is now the top-selling smart speaker worldwide, according to a new report out this morning from Strategy Analytics. The analyst firm says Google’s small speaker accounted for 1 in 5 smart speaker shipments in ...

Read More »

Instagram may divide hashtags from captions to end overhashing

Geofenced sharing, Quiz stickers, Stories Highlight stickers and a separate interface for adding hashtags to posts are amongst a slew of new features Instagram has prototyped or is now testing. The last one could finally #cure #the #hashtag #madness that’s infected many of Instagram’s 1 billion users, causing them desperately ...

Read More »

Optus confirms mobile outage

(Image: Optus) Optus has confirmed that its mobile network is experiencing an outage across Australia. “Some Optus customers this morning may have been experiencing intermittent disruptions to their mobile services,” an Optus spokesperson said on Friday. “We have been progressively restoring services since 10am. “We apologise to our customers for ...

Read More »

Inside Facebook Dating, launching today first in Colombia

Does deeper data produce perfect matches? Facebook is finally ready to find out, starting today with a country-wide test in Colombia of its new Dating feature. It’s centered around an algorithm-powered homescreen of Suggested romantic matches based on everything Facebook knows about you that other apps don’t. There’s no swiping ...

Read More »