Closeup photo of a hand holding the iPhone 11

Samuel Axon

Apple is seriously considering the possibility of allowing users to change the default apps for Web browsing, mail, or music on their iPhones. The company might also allow users to listen to Spotify or other music streaming services besides Apple Music via Siri on the iPhone or on the HomePod smart speaker.

These revelations were outlined in a report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman this morning, who cited multiple people familiar with Apple’s internal plans.

While Apple’s plans are not final, the changes could go into effect as soon as Apple’s iOS 14 release later this year, which means

Most people in the United States and other markets are still on the precipice of making the jump from high-definition TVs to 4K ones, but Samsung is already de-emphasizing 4K in its 2020 lineup in favor of 8K TVs. Reports on the European product lineup show that Samsung will this year only offer top features and specs on 8K TVs, not their 4K counterparts.

Recently, Samsung’s most attractive high-end TVs have been its 4K QLED models. And those TVs have arguably been some of the highest-quality LCD TVs out there, bested in many tests only by LG’s OLED lineup (and

The Snapdragon X60 in a standalone package.
Enlarge / The Snapdragon X60 in a standalone package.

Qualcomm

Qualcomm has announced a new 5G modem, the Snapdragon X60. The modem offers aggregation between the two big forms of “5G” (Sub-6 GHz and mmWave), it has a theoretical top download speed of 7.5Gbps, and it’s built on a ridiculously small 5nm manufacturing process. If that sounds like something from the distant future, well, it is! Qualcomm likes to announce these modems very far in advance. The X55 modem that will launch in smartphones this year was announced all the way back in February 2019, so this X60 modem

A smiling man in glasses and a tee-shirt.
Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook looks on as the iPhone X goes on sale at an Apple Store on November 3, 2017 in Palo Alto, California.

Apple published a note to investors this week saying that it will miss its quarterly guidance for the next quarter because of the impact the COVID-19 coronavirus has had on supply lines and Chinese consumer demand. The note says that Apple expects “worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained” and that Apple and its partners may not be able to make enough iPhones to meet demand around the world.

During the company’s last

Google parent pulls the plug on power-generating kite project

Makani

Google-parent Alphabet is shutting down its power-generating kites company Makani, the first closure of a so-called moonshot project since founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepped back from management in December.

Sundar Pichai, who took over as Alphabet chief executive, is under pressure to stem losses from the company’s “Other Bets” segment, which includes endeavors such as self-driving cars and Internet-providing balloons. Other Bets lost $4.8 billion last year—widening from a $3.4 billion loss in 2018.

Makani was acquired in 2013 and taken into the experimental “X” lab. It was developing airborne wind turbines that could be tethered to

Google launches the Android 11 Developer Preview today

It’s a bit earlier than the usual March release, but today Google is launching the first Android 11 Developer Preview. This first OS preview is coming to the Pixel 2, 3, 3a, and 4, along with generic system images for Project Treble devices. It also has a new name. Typically these releases have been denoted by a letter—Android 10 was the “Android Q Preview”—and while Android 11 is still called “Android R” internally, publicly this is the “Android 11 Developer Preview” to all us non-Googlers. True to form, Google has already started with the Spinal Tap references and starts