5G has arrived, but before upgrading, consumers should be aware of the tiers of frequencies being deployed by the four major carriers, writes Rob Pegoraro. He details what each carrier offers, and he explains the differences between millimeter-wave frequencies, which deliver fast speeds but with a limited radius; midband 5G, which offers more radius at a slower speed; and 5G, which operates on the same frequencies as 4G.
ConnectSense is getting smarter with its In-Wall Outlet, which allows users to control devices plugged into it via Apple's HomeKit or any of the three main smart assistants -- Google, Siri and Alexa. The device also helps users assess energy efficiency by providing voltage readings through the ConnectSense app.
Facebook is getting in on the hype for "The Rise of Skywalker" by allowing fans to create "Star Wars"-themed AR effects and send them via Messenger to contacts. The limited-edition feature can be used to create posts and share them via Facebook Stories or Instagram.
The Rewound app is bringing nostalgia to iPhones by allowing users to relive the feel of classic iPods, complete with the click wheel and haptic feedback. The app, available in the App Store, can access only Apple Music for now, but plans for Spotify are in the works.
A recent leak suggests that Fortnite may be preparing to offer fans the 2020 Annual Pass, which would give gamers access to Battle Bundles, exclusive cosmetics and 25% of Battle Pass content when released. An announcement could be made at tonight's Game Awards.
Amazon, Google and Apple are making significant inroads into the field of health care through health data analysis and artificial intelligence, leading to services that provide information about symptoms, medications, medical services and first aid. Tech futurist Peter Diamandis believes tech companies will eventually master using personal data to provide medical recommendations and simultaneously lower the cost of care.
Parents are getting more control over their kids' mobile use with the release of Apple's iOS 13.3 update, which allows management of which contacts minors can communicate with and what time of day they can use various features on their phones. Parents will also be able to access iCloud contacts and view use reports.
The Google Chrome browser gets real-time phishing protection capabilities with the release of version 79, which protects users from cyberattacks with the help of the Safe Browsing blacklist service. The release also builds in the Password Checkup tool, which previously required a plug-in; it notifies users if their credentials have been exposed in a data leak by checking against more than 4 billion compromised credentials.
Burger King's mobile "Whopper Detour" ad campaign last year drove 1.5 million downloads of the company's app and used geotargeting technology to direct users from McDonald's to nearby Burger King locations. The campaign "successfully leveraged human interest and supported that with the right technology to guide a seamless, meaningful experience," said Will Crocker, senior director of customer and partner marketing at CRM firm Braze.
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