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Why the EU forcing Apple to adopt USB-C would be a bad thing

Why the EU forcing Apple to adopt USB-C would be a bad thing

Today, the European Commission has put forward legislation that would require all portable electronic devices to have a USB-C port — including Apple's iPhone. The proposal itself hasn't yet gone into effect (it stills needs to pass a vote in the European Parliament), but as much as I wish Apple would finally put USB-C on the iPhone, I'm actually hoping it doesn't pass. For several reasons.

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The Pixel 6 is Android's best chance to stop the iPhone 13 Pro from dominating video

The Pixel 6 is Android's best chance to stop the iPhone 13 Pro from dominating video

Tuesday's iPhone 13 announcement brought out plenty of opinions, but the phrase I've seen repeated the most often is, "it's boring." While I admit that most of the presentation fell flat for me, largely because I'm not really interested in switching to an iPhone, there were two segments that highlighted exactly what it is I wish I could get from the phones I do buy: better video creation.

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One thing keeps me from switching to the iPhone

One thing keeps me from switching to the iPhone

I've been an Android user since the Nexus One, but I have to admit: the recent generations of iPhone have tempted me. Apple's industrial design is amazing as ever, the Magsafe accessory system is innovative and flexible, and the Apple Watch continues to absolutely stomp any wearable alternative. Don't get me wrong — I still love my Pixel 5, and I know I'd miss the hell out of all the sweet customization that Android enables and even encourages. But as a technology journalist, it wouldn't kill me to give the other side of the aisle a try for a while.

Except.

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Google should be worried about Epic's injunction against Apple

Google should be worried about Epic's injunction against Apple

The Apple vs. Epic drama probably isn't over yet, but the courts have come to one conclusion. While it's far from the victory Epic may have hoped for, the court has issued an injunction against Apple that should at least allow developers to point customers to non-Apple payment options. It's a small bit of good news for iOS developers, but it leaves us in Android land wondering: How might this affect Google's Play Store billing enforcement changes, which are set to kick in at the end of this very month?

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Google Duo turns five, and it might even turn six before Google kills it

Google Duo turns five, and it might even turn six before Google kills it

Google Duo turns five years old today, and in that time, it's become one of the best video calling apps around despite fierce competition. So to celebrate its anniversary, let's take a look at what makes Duo so special.

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The $1,800 Galaxy Z Fold3 doesn't come with a charger

The $1,800 Galaxy Z Fold3 doesn't come with a charger

How does a manufacturer fill a product box? Does it do so with the consumer in mind where everything required for a rich and full user experience is included? Or does frugal intent take over, nickeling and diming accessories like a wall adapter or a stylus in order to recoup margins missed by pricing your third series of foldable phones at their lowest prices yet? For the Galaxy Z Flip3 and Fold3, it seems Samsung is counting on the latter's resulting wow factor beyond all else as its leading motive.

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I went to Google's new retail store, and it's nothing like Apple's

I went to Google's new retail store, and it's nothing like Apple's

On June 17th, Google finally opened the doors to its first full-time official retail store. And while Google has hosted a few special-occasion popup stores and experience centers around the US to celebrate what the company's hardware and Pixels can do, it's never had a true store until now. Apple, on the other hand, is the largest tech company in the US (if not the world) with over 250 stores here alone. The obvious question then becomes: Who does stores better, Apple or Google?

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I used AR to give my uncle remote tech support, and it actually worked

I used AR to give my uncle remote tech support, and it actually worked

Sometimes, remote tech support involves more than just taking over your parents' computer using TeamViewer and co, like when the laptop just won't turn on or when the TV doesn't automatically default to the right HDMI input. That's where video calls and complicated instructions come in. "Hit this button. No, the other one. What do you mean it didn't turn on?" or "Plug in the cable. In the connector on the left, with the square plug. No, no, not this one!" are just a few conversations too many of us have probably had in their lives, these days more than ever.

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Now that Out of Milk is under new management, Bring is the best grocery list app

Now that Out of Milk is under new management, Bring is the best grocery list app

Popular grocery shopping list Out of Milk has been sold, and its new owner wants to terminate all contracts with users outside of the US and Canada. That's a shame — from all I hear, Out of Milk is a great service millions of people love to use. But for many, this news means it's time to move on, and even if you reside in the US or Canada, you might be wary about the future of the app. That's where my favorite grocery shopping app could come in, created by a team of Swiss and German developers — Bring.

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