Apple is in talks with at least three private Medicare plans in regards to subsidizing the Apple Watch for people over the age of 65. The news comes from a report today by CNBC, citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans.
The discussions are centered around subsidizing the cost of an Apple Watch Series 3 or Series 4 — which currently start at $279 for the Series 3 38mm Aluminum version — for older Medicare users who can’t afford the cost of the device. Series 4 models would be most beneficial for elderly users, thanks to the new fall detection and ECG features.
Apple’s talks with the Medicare companies have not resulted in any [...]
Anker is best known for its well-received power banks and mobile charging accessories, but the Chinese company has also been busy building its subsidiary Soundcore brand, under which it offers home audio products like smart Bluetooth speakers and wireless earphones.
Anker says its ethos of making quality electronic devices at an affordable price also extends to its audio accessory lineup, so I gave the company’s new Soundcore Life 2 noise-canceling headphones a spin to test out this claim.
The latest addition to Anker’s headset range costs $80 and replaces the company’s first attempt at over-ear active noise-canceling (ANC) headphones, last [...]
The USB Implementers Forum today announced the launch of a USB Type-C Authentication program, which is designed to create a cryptographic-based authentication definition for USB-C chargers and devices.
This is important because USB-C Authentication will provide protection from malicious firmware/hardware in USB-C devices. There are multiple USB-based attacks that are out in the wild and are able to do things like keystroke injection, installing backdoors, emulating mouse movements, logging data, hijacking traffic, infecting machines with viruses, and more.
In addition to protecting against malicious hardware, the program will keep host systems safe from [...]
T-Mobile today announced the launch of its new T-Mobile eSIM app (via VentureBeat), designed to allow iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max users to sign up for T-Mobile as a second carrier via the eSIM feature in the newest iPhones.
U.S. customers who want to try T-Mobile, existing customers that want separate lines, and people traveling to the United States can add T-Mobile as a secondary prepaid line to any iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR using the new T-Mobile app.
T-Mobile is offering three different prepaid eSIM plans:T-Mobile ONE Prepaid with unlimited voice, text, and data for $70; 30 day expiry
Simply Prepaid with unlimited voice, text, and 10GB [...]