Reddit pulls back chat rooms after angering moderators

Just one day after launching a new chat room feature, Reddit has reversed course and pulled it entirely following an outcry from the site’s moderators. The company yanked “Start Chatting,” which aimed to create small, randomized chat rooms within the…
Source: Engadget | Reddit pulls back chat rooms after angering moderators

Microsoft opens free registrations for Build 2020

In addition to hosting its annual Build developer conference online, Microsoft now plans to make the event free to attend. On Thursday, the company’s Scott Hanselman announced the conference will start on May 19th at 8AM PT / 11AM ET and feature 48-h…
Source: Engadget | Microsoft opens free registrations for Build 2020

NASA will license its FDA-approved ventilator to manufacturers for free

A new high-pressure ventilator developed by NASA engineers and designed to treat COVID-19 has received FDA approval via a fast-tracked emergency use authorization. Now, NASA is looking for a medical industry partner to manufacture the device. It will…
Source: Engadget | NASA will license its FDA-approved ventilator to manufacturers for free

Smartphone shipments dropped 13% globally, and COVID-19 is to blame

We knew it was going to be bad — but not necessarily “lowest level since 2013” bad. As Apple was busy reporting its earnings, Canalys just dropped some of its own figures — and they’re not pretty. After two quarters of much-needed growing, the global smartphone market just took a big hit. And you no doubt already know who the culprit is.

The mobile industry joins countless others that have taken a massive hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with shipments dropping 13% from this time last year. Here’s a graph for those of you who are visual learners:

Analyst Ben Stanton used the word “crushed” to describe the novel coronavirus’s impact on the mobile market. “In February, when the coronavirus was centered on China, vendors were mainly concerned about how to build enough smartphones to meet global demand,” he writes. “But in March, the situation flipped on its head. Smartphone manufacturing has now recovered, but as half the world entered lockdown, sales plummeted.”

First it was impact on the global supply chain, which is centered in Asia, along with a drop in demand among consumers in China. As Europe, the U.S. and other locations continue to live under shelter in place orders, demand in those markets has taken a significant hit. People are stuck inside and many have lost jobs — it’s not really the ideal time to consider shelling out $1,000+ for what still seems a luxury for many.

Samsung regained the top spot, while still losing significant numbers. Both it and the number two company, Huawei, were down 17% for the quarter. Apple, at number three, dropped 8%. Chinese manufacturers Xiaomi and Vivo saw some gains, at 9% and 3%, respectively.

There are bound to be rough times ahead as well. Per Stanton, “Most smartphone companies expect Q2 to represent the peak of the coronavirus’ impact.” Apple noted the uncertainty of its own earnings by opting not to issue guidance for next quarter.

Source: Tech Crunch Mobiles | Smartphone shipments dropped 13% globally, and COVID-19 is to blame

Apple's growth stalls as it deals with COVID-19's impact

Apple released its quarterly earnings this afternoon for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak began to reshape lives and economies, and the results are unsurprisingly mixed. The company saw slumps in hardware sales almost across the board, but…
Source: Engadget | Apple's growth stalls as it deals with COVID-19's impact

Amazon plans to spend $4 billion on COVID-related expenses

Fueled in part by a massive uptick in demand for groceries and other essential items, Amazon reported a big jump in sales for the first quarter in 2020. But that also equated to a sharp increase in costs, which unfortunately resulted in lower profits…
Source: Engadget | Amazon plans to spend billion on COVID-related expenses

Razer Opus is a set of noise-cancelling headphones with THX audio

Much like its cute Pikachu earbuds, Razer once again proves that it can make cool headphones without slapping three snakes and RGB onto them. According to Engadget Chinese, the latest product to benefit from this cleaner design cue is the Razer Opus,…
Source: Engadget | Razer Opus is a set of noise-cancelling headphones with THX audio

Rep. Schiff wants Google and Twitter to use COVID-19 misinformation warnings

One of the challenges to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is curbing the spread of misinformation. Google, YouTube and Twitter have each taken steps to provide accurate info and remove false content, but Congressman Adam Schiff says that’s not enough….
Source: Engadget | Rep. Schiff wants Google and Twitter to use COVID-19 misinformation warnings