Instagram to start hiding like counts in the US as test expands next week to help users focus on content

Instagram CEO, Adam Mosseri, shared at the Wired25 conference this evening that the social media service will expand its test that hides like counts to the US next week for some users. This comes after testing started this summer in a handful of countries including Canada, Italy, Australia, and Brazil. more… The post Instagram to […]

Dark Mode in iOS 13 significantly helps iPhone battery life, robotic test shows [Video]

Dark Mode is one of the tentpole features of iOS 13 this year, and is rolling out quickly to third-party apps and websites. A new test from PhoneBuff this weekend aims to discover just how much better Dark Mode is for battery life than Light Mode. more… The post Dark Mode in iOS 13 significantly […]

AirPods fail to earn Consumer Reports approval, lose to Samsung Galaxy Buds in sound quality test

Consumer Reports has a history of making questionable claims and recommendations when it comes to Apple products. That now extends to AirPods, as Consumer Reports has published a new comparison between Apple’s latest AirPods and Samsung’s Galaxy Buds – with a surprising winner. more… The post AirPods fail to earn Consumer Reports approval, lose to […]

iPhone XS Max finally loses a speed test to a Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S10+

Over the last four years, iPhone has consistently beaten out Samsung’s flagship smartphones in speeds tests. Now, YouTuber PhoneBuff has put the new Galaxy S10+ up against the iPhone XS Max and it has finally lost its speed test crown. more… The post iPhone XS Max finally loses a speed test to a Samsung flagship, […]

Durability test shows iPad Pro can be bent in half with relatively little force [Video]

A new video from the JerryRigEverything channel tested the durability of the new iPad Pro hardware, subjecting Apple’s newest tablets to scratches, burns, and bending … more… The post Durability test shows iPad Pro can be bent in half with relatively little force [Video] appeared first on 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac

New test shows Siri on HomePod answer 52% of questions correctly, lagging behind Alexa & Google Assistant

Now that Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is available to everyone, it’s being put through a slew of tests. Loup Ventures this weekend shared results from a detailed series of tests that it put the HomePod through, as well as how those results compare to other smart speakers … more… 9to5Mac

Facebook begins showing sponsored posts in Messenger with small test in Australia and Thailand

After testing the ability for brands to communicate directly with users, Facebook today announced its next step in monetizing its Messenger platform. In a post on the Messenger blog, Facebook product manager Eddie Zhang announced that the company is launching a “very small test” of ads in Messenger, beginning in Australia and Thailand. This week we […]

Phil Schiller: Apple Working With Consumer Reports to Understand MacBook Pro Battery Test

Yesterday Consumer Reports revealed that Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro became the first MacBook to fail to achieve a recommendation due to inconsistent battery life. Apple SVP Phil Schiller today tweeted that the Cupertino company is working with Consumer Reports to understand the battery tests. “Working with [Consumer Reports] to understand their battery tests, ” Schiller […]