Water resistant AirPods are still be planned for 2019

AirPods continue their life cycle. The second generation was born a few months ago and Apple is working on the next. This could happen before the end of the year and bring with it resistance to water.

A few months ago, Apple launched the second generation of AirPods, with some improvements compared to its predecessors. Rumors also evoked a water-resistant model being prepared. According to analyst Daniel Ives of Wedbush, this one would still be scheduled for 2019.

AirPods resistant to water before the end of the year?

According to his research note, these new AirPods would come out in time for the end of the year holidays. In addition to their resistance to water, they even propose some changes in their design. It’s hard to know what it’s all about. The first two generations are similar, and they themselves look like the traditional headphones of the Cupertino company, without the cables.

It may seem odd that Apple is launching two AirPods in the same year. We also imagine very well the grumbling of some users to see a new model land so soon after. That being said, it could be that the apple brand has not finished with headphones and headphones.

Smartphone sales: Big drop for Apple and Samsung in Europe and Huawei at the top

Huawei is poised to become #1 in the smartphone market in Europe if the current trend continues.

IDC has unveiled its latest smartphone sales numbers in Europe, giving insights into market developments. 53.5 million smartphones were sold in the first quarter of 2019, down from last year. The other interesting point is the trend is to Chinese brands.

European smartphone market leaves more and more room for Chinese brands

Every quarter, the research firm IDC unveils its latest figures on sales of smartphones, especially in Europe. In Europe, 53.5 million smartphones were sold for the first quarter of 2019. This is not as good as last year, which is not a surprise because the market appears more and more saturated.

The decline is 2.74% compared to 2018. But while some manufacturers suffered from this decline, this is not the case for Chinese manufacturers, which seem to be growing in Europe. The Chinese firm Huawei climbed 66% with 13.5 million smartphones sold, not far from the 15.7 million Samsung phones (-6.82%), which still remains the leader in the mobile phone segment. Apple has gone to third place.

Apple and Samsung lose momentum

Apple only sold 7.8 million iPhones, a decrease of 22.73% over last year. Xiaomi overtakes Nokia and is in fourth place with 2.9 million smartphones sold, a significant increase of 33.26%.

As for other manufacturers, sales fell overall by 21.86%. They did not sell more than 11 million smartphones altogether, less than Samsung or Huawei alone. These results are not too surprising.

Note that according to the forecasts of the institute IDC, it may well have a renewed growth in the smartphone market with the arrival of 5G. It remains to be seen how Huawei will face the commercial sling that the United States delivers.

The Samsung Galaxy Home is still relevant

The connected speakers are on the rise, and many manufacturers want their share of the cake. This is the case, of course, for Samsung as well – even if the South Korean giant has still not marketed its Galaxy Home.

During the packed event, Samsung announced its new Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+, a new S Pen and the Galaxy Book S notebook. Many people were waiting for news from the Galaxy Home connected speaker. Samsung had announced the device a year ago but it has since had delays. Recently, the South Korean giant mentioned possible commercialization around the second half of this year, maybe during this quarter. The latest news seems that the manufacturer is still working hard on this device.

The Samsung Galaxy is not dead

“We are continuing to refine and improve the Galaxy Home before launch, and we look forward to sharing the details with Galaxy fans very soon,” said a spokesman at Engadget. The launch date and the price of the device are still a real mystery but at least we know that it is still relevant. Let’s just hope that this Galaxy Home does not have the same fate as the Apple AirPower.

The South Korean giant is working on fine-tuning everything, including Bixby

When Engadget tested the smart speaker at CES last January, it became clear that Samsung needed to work on the Galaxy Home again, and on Bixby, before it could be marketed. It is always interesting to look at how long a company takes to refine a product. Samsung will wait before marketing, but the more they wait, the more the brand will give ground to already well-established giants such as Amazon, Google, and Apple.

Purism launches Librem 5, a smartphone to protect privacy

After years of developing a 100% free mobile OS, Purism is now shipping its new smartphones.

As scandals explode on the questionable practices of GAFAM (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft) that often flirt with the limits of legality, and as users desire devices that are fully transparent and easy to understand, solutions are emerging. Purism is known for its computers with the OS of the same name that share two sizes (13 and 15 inches) and more recently for its Librem Key, a security token and tamper detection tool. The company launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2017 to help build a smartphone for the protection of privacy and the public.

The answer to a public need

Mobile security solutions are geared towards professionals and governments, from Bull’s Hoox m2 to Sectera Edge from American General Dynamics, and Teorem from French Thales. By tackling the creation of a smartphone for the general public, Purism responds to a growing desire to regain control over data pulled, shared and monetized by the giants of the web. In just two weeks, the crowdfunding campaign had reached $1.5 million in donations and ended after two months with a total of $2.1 million. Just under two years later, the company has began shipping its product.

Neither Android nor iOS

Launched at $699, the mobile does not offer a high-end technical sheet, focusing instead on the protection of privacy. To do this, Purism has developed a free mobile OS and open source based on Gnome. Its call and messaging application is the first to rely on Matrix, an end-to-end and decentralized encrypted network. Everyday applications will all be launched and isolated through a “sandbox” browser to prevent them from communicating with each other. The mobile has a removable battery, a 3.5 mm audio jack and hardware kill switches that really cut off access to the camera, microphone, Wifi / Bluetooth and network. Plus, a lockdown mode will disable sensors (lights, accelerometer, gyrometer, magnetometer). Applications can be created by developers before appearing on the PureOS Store.

A light configuration

On the technical sheet side, the mobile sports a 5.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. Under the hood is an i.MX8M processor (Quad Core, max 1.5GHz), 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of eMMC memory. We can expand the storage space via a microSD card. For connectivity, it is based on a GPS chip Teseo LIV3F GNSS, a modem Gemalto PLS8 3G / 4G, has WiFi 802.11abgn 2.4 Ghz / 5Ghz and Bluetooth 4. The front photo sensor offers up to 8MP resolution; at the rear, there is a 13 MP main sensor with LED flash. The mobile has a 3500mA • h battery that charges via a Type C (3.0) USB port.

Apple starts selling diabetes monitoring kits in its store

Apple has long been interested in monitoring diabetes and blood sugar. Today, the Apple brand is starting to sell diabetes monitoring kits in its store.

Measuring your blood sugar is a very difficult and uncomfortable operation because you need to take a little blood. Several rumors suggested that Apple would work on a non-invasive method of monitoring blood glucose and that it could be integrated into its Apple Watch.

Apple sells the One Drop Diabetes Monitoring Kit in some Apple Stores

It may take some time before the technology is available in apple watches, but that does not stop the Cupertino company from exploring alternative options. The US giant begins selling diabetes monitoring devices in its Apple Store. Interested customers can find some products like One Drop.

Waiting for a non-invasive method in the Apple Watch?

If Apple sells these devices, it is also, and above all, because they offer full integration with the iPhone and Apple Watch. The blood sample is still needed, unfortunately, but One Drop hopes that its design will make the operation more sympathetic. The reading of the data can also be synchronized with the application Health embedded on the iPhone, which allows preserving a history.

The One Drop Kit is priced at $69.95, with one year of free coaching by a Certified Diabetes Management Educator. There is also a third-party subscription service that allows customers to receive test tapes, which are necessary to use the device.