TechCrunch

We once knocked Huawei for copying the Apple Card, so it’s only fair if we call Google out on copying what other players in the business are doing as well. The title is misleading though, as the Apple Card is a credit card, and Google’s Card will be a debit.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


AppleInsider

Apple and Google want to decentralize the API so that it can basically be used only to track if people have been in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. It seems the NHSX wants to be able to use the tracking to do more than just that, which would be a privacy concern. The NHSX is denying that they are in any sort of standoff with Apple and Google.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


9to5 Mac

An insightful article reiterating the fact that the Apple HomePod was not designed to be a smart speaker, but rather a speaker with smart capabilities. Is this enough for people to consider the price tag? Maybe not. Is this newsworthy? Definitely not.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


9to5 Google

It was quiet update because it was hardly worth reporting in the first place. Yes, it’s a slight quality of life upgrade for Android TV users, but come on, 9to5. Do better!

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


The Verge

It’ll be a sad day to see the Run prompt go away, but it’s true that it in need of an update. This update will be a part of Microsoft’s redesign of Windows, so it’s really just a small piece of the pie that’s coming.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


TechCrunch

Now you can show your friends and family just how much you care with… New emojis? While variety may be the spice of life, and having options on how to react is great… This might not be as helpful as Facebook hopes. We’ll have to see!

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


BGR

Move over, Zoom. Google Meet and WhatsApp are joining Microsoft in gunning for the number one video conferencing spot. A variety of features will be added to the two apps to improve the experience and hopefully draw more users from Zoom, but we already knew this would happen.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Engadget

Ready to kick off the weekend with some speed runs? We’re talking about the video game variety, btw. Games Done Quickly will be running round the clock through Sunday to raise funds for Direct Relief, which seeks to provide relief to health workers serving on the front lines against coronavirus. Go watch and donate!

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


LifeHacker

In this article, LifeHacker shows you how to access the upcoming battery saving feature that will be in MacOS Catalina 10.15.5 a little bit early. Is it worth the trouble, though? Maybe.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Forbes

Remember that update to MacOS Catalina that we were just talking about? Forbes is here to hype it up and bait you with their article title!

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


BBC News

If you’re wondering what Google is actually doing to help during the pandemic, this might shed some light on what’s going on. It’s downright disgusting that bad actors feel like now is the time to do this to people.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


PC World

You can expect the next big Windows update in May, but if you join the Windows 10 Insider Program, you can get it today. They’ve been putting a lot of work into the update, so hopefully, it doesn’t end up looking the same as present-day Windows.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Ars Technica

Google Fi gets iPhone eSIM support! What does it mean? It means that now you can use your iPhone on Google Fi without a SIM card. Keep in mind that you will not be able to switch between T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular, as the iPhone is not a “Google Fi Compatible” device.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Engadget

Apple Music is now available to be accessed by browser at music.apple.com. You’ll be able to access features similar to what you would find in the Mac version of Apple Music, but on Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS. Pretty cool stuff, but not a big deal news-wise.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


CNET

If you’re still using Zoom and wondering how some of your colleagues are talking to you from space, CNET is here to teach you the ways of Zoom background changing.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Polygon

Hot on the heels of the recent Deadpool event, X-Force is coming to Fortnite. You can purchase skins for Cable, Psylocke, and Domino in the in-game item shop for a limited time.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


PhoneArena

If you have any of these apps installed, be sure to not only delete them, but cancel any subscriptions you may have with them! These apps typically lock users into shady subscriptions that are very expensive with details concealed in fine print.

Verdict: NEWSWORTHY


The Verge

In the small quality of life features that are nice but don’t really count as news category, Spotify now lets Premium users hide songs on their playlists! This way, you don’t have to push that pesky skip button when you’re grooving to that workout playlist at your desk while playing video games. Thanks, Spotify!

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


VentureBeat

Alexa is now capable of long-form speaking, which means that she’s able to read text back to you while sounding natural. Sure, people will appreciate a more natural sounding Alexa, but this doesn’t quite make the cut for newsworthy.

Verdict: NOT WORTHY


Ars Technica

The title says it all. SMR drives have very poor random access I/O performance for the sake of using the storage simply for… Storage. Shipping out SMR drives instead of normal CMR drives will cause performance issues and problems for consumers. While this doesn’t affect most consumers, you should still be wary of what you buy!

Verdict: NOT WORTHY