Weekly Rewind: Apple responds to batterygate, take two for the Motorola Xoom, HTC Rezound hits Verizon


Didn’t have time to keep up with every ripple in the technology pond this week? We’ve got you covered. Here are some of the most noteworthy stories from the last week.

Apple battles with iPhone 4S battery life issues

We learned last Saturday that Apple had begun an investigation into the battery life of the new iPhone 4S based on complaints from users that the smartphone’s battery was draining much more rapidly than it should. The complaints seemed to come from a relatively small number of customers, but just Wednesday Apple confirmed that a bug in iOS 5 may be responsible for the battery-life issues. Apple plans to release a software update in the next few weeks that should fix the problem.

Google briefly releases iPhone app, fully-releases new Web layout

Earlier this week we reported on the possibility of a Gmail app for iPhone and sure enough, Google released the app yesterday only to quickly remove it due to a bug. Apparently it caused users to see error messages and broken notifications. Once the bug is fixed, the app will give iOS users the ability to easily access folders, view their Gmail priority inbox, as well as filter through labels by swiping. These features are new to Apple users, who haven’t had a native Gmail app before. The email giant also released the new design of Gmail on the Web, with a cleaner look and more customization options. Users can stick with the old design or upgrade to the new look. 

Motorola unveils two new Xoom tablets

Thanks to a leaked Christmas ad, we found out a few days ago that Motorola would be revealing a new, downsized Xoom 2 tablet that would measure in at only 8.2 inches — much smaller than the iPad or most Android tablet competitors. Today Motorola officially unveiled not one, but two new tablets — the Motorola Xoom 2, a direct successor to the original Xoom, and the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition, a smaller sized tablet with a slightly different sound system. Both new Xooms run on Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) and feature a 1280×800 display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, and Gorilla Glass screens with a splashguard. 

HTC gets back in the ring with the Rezound

We got our first peek at HTC’s new offering on Monday when a Verizon ad was leaked with the new HTC Rezound front and center. We suspected that the phone would be officially unveiled at HTC’s planned press conference today, and we were right. The new Rezound phone will feature a 4.3-inch screen, 720p high-def display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE connectivity, and an 8-megapixel/f2.2 camera. The HTC Rezound will be available to Verizon customers for $299 with a two-year contract starting Nov. 14. Check out  our hands-on preview.


The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G might be a few short weeks away from launch

Samsung has announced a whopping four new Galaxy S10 devices, from the low-cost S10e to the triple-camera S10 and S10 Plus. But it's the Galaxy S10 5G that steals the show as it's among the first 5G-ready smartphones to hit the market.

The 2018 iPad is often the best iPad for most people — and now it’s only $250

Apple may have recently taken the wraps off of a new iPad Air and iPad Mini, but it's still the standard iPad that is best for most people. Now, the standard iPad has gotten a pretty significant discount -- it's down from $330 to $250.

From Air to Pro, here are the best MacBook deals for March 2019

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.

iPad Air vs. iPad Mini: Which new tablet from Apple is best for you?

Apple has unveiled two new iPad models, including a new iPad Air and a new iPad Mini. Both devices have a lot to offer. But which iPad is right for your needs? We put the iPad Air and iPad Mini to the test to find out.

Fossil is working on a smartwatch with BMW, and it’s coming next year

Fossil, the watch company that makes smartwatches under its own name and partners with other major brands too, intends to launch a smartwatch with car manufacturer BMW in the future.
Social Media

A Facebook, Instagram bug exposed millions of passwords to its employees

Facebook, Facebook Lite, and Instagram passwords weren't properly encrypted and could be viewed by employees, the company said Thursday. The network estimates millions of users were affected.

Diesel’s denim-inspired smartwatch straps are a casual, colorful must-own

Diesel will release two new versions of the On Full Guard 2.5 smartwatch later this year, with seriously cool, denim-inspired straps in classic Diesel colors. We tried them on at the Baselworld 2019 show.
Movies & TV

Apple’s next big event is set for March 25: Here’s what you can expect

Apple's next big event takes place on March 25 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to make several announcements related to its services, including Apple TV, so follow our guide to get ready for the big event.

Tips and tricks to get you started with your new Fitbit Inspire HR

The Inspire HR may be an entry-level fitness tracker in Fitbit's lineup, but the device still has plenty of features to explore. These are our favorite tips and tricks to help you use the Inspire HR to its fullest potential.

How three simple words could be the difference between life and death

What3Words’ app-based address system gives a three-word code to every three-meter-square patch on the planet, with its accuracy and ease of use now catching the attention of first responders in the U.K.

The Moto G7 Power, with its massive battery, is now available for purchase

After a number of leaks and rumors, the Motorola Moto G7, Moto G7 Play, and Moto G7 Power are finally here. The devices represent quite a spec bump over the previous-generation Moto G6 phones, yet still come at a reasonable price.

Got gadgets galore? Keep them charged up with the 10 best USB-C cables

We're glad to see that USB-C is quickly becoming the norm. That's why we've rounded up some of the better USB-C cables on the market, whether you're looking to charge or sync your smartphone. We've got USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A.

Get ready to say goodbye to some IFTTT support in Gmail by March 31

If This Then That, the popular automation service, will drop some of its support for Gmail by March 31. The decision comes as a response to security concerns and is aimed to protect user data.

5G's arrival is transforming tech. Here's everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.