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Apple will no longer bundle this crucial item in some of its new products

Apple has revealed one key item will be missing from some of its new products going forward – a USB power adapter. The iPhone and Mac maker revealed the news at its Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch SE launch event this week, noting that the move was another step in its push to address environmental concerns around its products. This means that the new Apple Watch devices revealed by the company will not come bundled with a USB power adapter as has been the case in the past. Apple USB charger It remains to be seen whether Apple will widen this move to cover some or all of its other products as it continues its environmental push. The company is widely expected to launch its next smartphone, the iPhone 12, next month, with the latest device rumored to be packaged without a USB power adapter or wired EarPods for the first time. Apple’s move will mean that customers looking for a new or replacement charger will need to buy directly from the company, or one of its approved retail partners.  This may prove a pricey option for some users, with the current Apple Watch USB-C magnetic charger cable retailing for $29/£29 from the company’s online store, and an Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock setting you back $79/£75. Apple has made several moves towards going green in recent months, and in July 2020 revealed it plans to be carbon neutral by 2030. The company outlined a series of measures designed…Continue readingApple will no longer bundle this crucial item in some of its new products

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This is the coolest gadget we’ve seen in a long time, but it’s missing a crucial feature

QGeeM Hubboard – £54.90 from Amazon(roughly $70)This nifty device from QGeeM crosses a laptop docking station with a keyboard. The design is certainly innovative, but it’s a serious shame there’s no PC built in.View Deal Vendors have long toyed with the idea of integrating keyboards with desktop PCs – after all, this is how the first mainstream computers were presented to budding hobbyists back in the 1970s. Fast forward to today and a Chinese company with an unorthodox name (QGeeM) has released a keyboard with plenty of ports, but sadly no computer inside – and that’s a massive disappointment. The Hubboard, as it is called, squeezes 11 ports into a minuscule keyboard; you get all the essentials and then some. There’s a legacy VGA port, three USB ports, two USB-Type-C (one with power delivery), a Gigabit Ethernet port, microSD card slot, SD card slot, audio port and an HDMI connector that can output to 4K. There are a number of obvious issues with the device, though. There’s no numeric keypad – let alone a touchpad) – so while it’s great for drafting a quick email, you’ll long for an input peripheral before long. For some reason, QGeeM also opted for a super cramped chassis with barely any space between the keys, plus the function and cursor keys are also squashed. We would have loved to see a computer (Android or Windows-based) built in, which would have made this piece of kit even more useful. Add in a battery and you’d…Continue readingThis is the coolest gadget we’ve seen in a long time, but it’s missing a crucial feature

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Boeing poised to start crucial 737 Max flight safety tests tomorrow

There’s no guarantee the tests will go smoothly. Boeing has had to push back the 737 Max’s return for months due to software glitches, some of which come from flaws that aren’t related to the behavior that led to two fatal crashes. Even so, it’s progress for an aircraft that has been grounded for over a year. Any return to the sky would be bittersweet, however. Air travel has been upended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving many airlines to cancel flights, ground aircraft and cut jobs. Boeing had already frozen 737 Max production at the end of 2019. The 737 Max may get the all-clear without many willing carriers, let alone passengers. Source linkContinue readingBoeing poised to start crucial 737 Max flight safety tests tomorrow