Apple Working On Direct Satellite Link For iPhones


December 21, 2019

Mobile Musings

Motorola Razr Preorder And Launch Delayed

Motorola’s new foldable Razr smartphone has been delayed and the company hasn’t given any indication of when it will be available.

All Motorola would say is that they “anticipate a significant shift” in timing.

Foldable smartphones are set to be the next big thing in mobile phone tech, ranking right up there with 5G, but phone companies have struggled with the development of the technology.

Motorola, however, claims that the holdup is due to higher-than-expected demand and limited supply.

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Industry Market Watch

Amazon To Raise U.S. Merchant Fee By 3 percent Next Year

Amazon is looking to raise the fees it charges US merchants for warehousing and shipping their goods by 3% next year, the company announced yesterday.

The increase is meant to counter the increasing cost of infrastructure development and the new single-day delivery option.

The company now handles the majority of US orders through its own logistics branch.

Amazon is expected to spend close to $1.5 billion this holiday season into cutting delivery times to one day for Prime customers.


Gadgets & Gizmos

New Samsung Galaxy Earbuds Coming Soon, And With Better Battery Life

FCC Filings for a new set of Samsung Galaxy Buds show that earbuds might have improved battery life.

In a diagram of the required FCC labeling for the new gadget, it appears that each bud may have a capacity of “300mA,” and that the case may have a capacity of “600mA.”

That means up to triple the battery life for each bud over the current version on the market.

There’s no word yet on when the new earbuds would be available.


In The Spotlight

Apple Working On Direct Satellite Link For iPhones

Apple is working on satellite technology, apparently hiring aerospace engineers to establish a new team with satellite and antenna designers,
according to a report from Bloomberg.

The report stresses that this is a secret project that could eventually be scrapped.

The goal of the team and its work is to create communications satellite technology that can send and receive data directly to the iPhone, in an attempt to allow Apple devices to connect without the need of a third-party cellular network.


Technology Homecoming

Researchers Use Lasers to Hack Smart Speakers

University researchers have discovered a way to give unauthorized commands to voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, Facebook Portal, and Siri by using laser beams.

You read that correctly – apparently the microphones for most of these devices react to laser light as well as sound.

Researchers were able to transmit vocal commands via laser beams to hack into the smart speakers.

“By modulating an electrical signal in the intensity of a light beam, attackers can trick microphones into producing electrical signals as if they are receiving genuine audio,” explain the researchers at Light Commands, a website dedicated to the project.

The results have interesting implications for digital security in the home tech industry.