Mobile

iOS 13.3.1 Beta Offers U1 Ultra Wideband Chip Toggle

Disabling location services on Apple’s iPhone 11 will soon disable the U1 Ultra Wideband chip, 9to5Mac reports. In the most recent iOS 13.3.1 beta, Twitter user Brandon Butch spotted a toggle that takes Apple’s specialized chip offline immediately. Now, users can disable location services without worrying about any form of tracking staying online. Previously, iOS […]

Gears & Gadgets

Apple, Google, and Amazon create “CHIP,” a new smart home standard [Updated]

Enlarge Zigbee Update, 12/19: There have been a few new developments since yesterday’s announcement that Apple, Google, Amazon, and Zigbee have come together to create an initial smart home standard. First, Apple has open sourced “portions” of the HomeKit Accessory Development Kit (ADK), allowing developers to prototype non-commercial smart home accessories (commercial devices still needing a license). In […]

Gaming

AMD’s next-gen Navi 23 graphics chip may support ray tracing

Dan Baker/Digital Trends AMD’s next-generation graphics chip code-named “Navi 23” will reportedly feature hardware-based ray tracing. That’s an important ingredient missing in AMD’s current GPU lineup. Hardware-based ray tracing surfaced in Nvidia’s RTX 20 series this time last year. Sources claim that AMD refers to this chip as the “Nvidia Killer.” It will target the […]

Gears & Gadgets

Apple reportedly discussed buying Intel’s smartphone-modem chip business

Enlarge Sean Gallup/Getty Images Apple and Intel have talked about a possible business deal between the two companies that would have Apple acquiring parts of Intel’s smartphone-modem chip business, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Reportedly, the talks began last summer but stopped recently around the time that Apple and Qualcomm settled […]