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Xiaomi Mi 11 review: It’s a Snapdragon 888 powerhouse with great display, but other than the MIUI skin, the only hesitation is the camera.

Next up, good reviews here of interesting ecosystem-only plays:

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag review: A clever Bluetooth tracker with one major flaw: it only works in the Samsung ecosystem, meaning you really need a Galaxy smartphone. We’re much more interested in the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag Plus with UWB, whenever it finally drops…

Apple TV 4K review: This set-top box has aging hardware boosted by a best-in-class ecosystem. Supposedly, the refreshed 2023 Apple TV is due for a spring launch, but who knows? It could be 12 months away.

That led to a bunch of reminiscing and thinking about the master marketer and visionary of Apple, Pixar, and so on.

Something I’d recommend spending a moment on: a recorded Clubhouse discussion called Steve Jobs Stories. You can jump straight into the 1.5 hour YouTube clip here too. (

(I enjoyed one where Andy Hertzfeld, an original Mac team member at Apple, at a dinner with Jobs who worth about $300M, was forced to pay for the meal because Jobs didn’t have a wallet).

Anyway, Steve Levy, the editor at large of Wired, has a weekly column and in this one he touched on his last ever conversation with Jobs, an informal chat in the year he died.


People kept asking [Jobs], he said, if Apple was going to design a car. “If I were 10 years younger and healthier,” he said, “I’d do it.”

Apple does look set to do it. And make no mistake, it’s both years away and monumental; it’s possibly just as monumental in the next decade as Tesla has been in the past decade.

Levy again:

“In 2023 I visited Bill Ford, chair of the company bearing his name, and asked him what he thought about Telsa. He gave it measured praise, as if it was just another competitor that had come off a conventional assembly line. I wanted to shake him. It’s not about drivetrains, Bill, it’s a paradigm shift!“

Can Apple deliver something more than another electric car? Betting against it seems unwise, argues Levy. It’s hard to disagree.

Tech Calendar

March 4: Realme GT 5G launch

March 4: Realme Note 10 Series launch

March 10: Asus ROG Phone 5 launch

Expected in early March: Oppo Find X3 Pro launch

Here’s a tip too: lots of interesting news in early March.

Tech Tweets of the Week

Fry’s Electronics’ closing is the end of an era. An era when you went to an Aztec temple to be yelled at by a man in a vest for not knowing enough about computer parts, picked up a motherboard from a guy who lived in a cage then got air freshener in a cat food can.

RIP a legend. chúng tôi

— Jesse Thorn (@JesseThorn) February 24, 2023

Another fun week in tech — thanks for reading, and catch you in the next one.

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.

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Welcome to The Weekly Authority, I’m Tristan Rayner (@tristanrayner on Twitter), with your wrap of the top Android and tech news from the week, plus one deeper dive each week into what’s happening and what matters.

Let’s get started with the news, keep scrolling for the Black Friday guide.

Popular News

New M1 Macs achieve some pretty big goals for Apple: borderline unbelievable performance from even low power chips, crushing the competition from Intel and AMD, and setting itself up to dominate other laptops in the performance and battery life stakes. A great spark for Arm-based processors on desktop may be the chance for the likes of Qualcomm and Google (rumored to be working on its own chips) to step up for mobility (November 18, 2023).

HUAWEI split off HONOR and sold it to a large Chinese consortium. Only limited details have emerged as to what that all means, but a $15B price tag indicates plenty of hope for more smartphone sales. HONOR later confirmed it’ll work with “partners to continue providing security updates and after-sales service for existing smartphones and those that are currently on sale.” Still a lot of unknowns. Will it have any access to HUAWEI hardware or software? Will it regain access to Google Mobile Services? (November 16, 2023).

The Google Pixel 4a in Barely Blue (for a limited time) surprised this week, given all reports were that Google killed it off. Definitely not a huge fan of devices coming out with nice color options only after the early adopters have jumped in, but I’ll let this one pass: the Pixel was already massively delayed (November 16, 2023).

Amazon now selling prescription drugs online (Business Insider) is a big deal this week, especially with discounts for Prime members for people paying without insurance. Healthcare is huge and Amazon’s focus on customer service could mean good things for the wider industry. That said, Amazon is becoming more like Buy n Large, if you get the Wall-E reference (November 17, 2023).


There were big leaks around the coming OnePlus 9 flagship. First were renders of the design via OnLeaks, with Steve Hemmerstoffer revealing CAD renders of the 2023 all-glass flagship at Voice. The report set a March 2023 launch date, and dropped specs like a 6.7-inch display with punch-hole in the top left, with the curved glass design to return. The general tone? A mix of 8 Pro and 8T designs, nothing wild.

Adding to the OnePlus 9 news is 91Mobiles with a leak drop of camera specs details, including a 48MP primary sensor with 12MP output and 6mm focal length, plus a 48MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, up from the 16MP lens from the 8T. There a “live-image” of the camera module too but caution is required here, given no one really knows what is happening with final prototypes (November 21, 2023).

Samsung’s first in-display camera phone may be coming with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, to give the foldable screen an all-display look, likely with a mild drop in selfie camera performance. Given you can take selfies with the rear cameras and see yourself in the front display, this all makes too much sense (November 19, 2023).


Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

The N100 just doesn’t get it done convincingly, and the iPhone 12 Mini convinced a small-phone fan this week:

OnePlus Nord N100 review: Oh dear. The compromises on camera, design, and performance are too much. Spend a tiny bit more to get way more for your money. — Ryan Thomas Shaw.

Another in our iPhone 12 series reviews: iPhone 12 Mini review: A pint-sized powerful phone in a world where most flagship phones are getting a little too big to easily handle.  — David Imel.

Zepp Z review: Another gorgeous smartwatch from Huami, decent features, but way overpriced, no NFC, and no apps. – C. Scott Brown.

Instant Authority: Black Friday/Cyber Monday tips and tricks

Black Friday, coming up this week on November 27th, feels more like Cyber Monday this year. Deals are more focused on online purchases, and the whole extravaganza has become a full week, or even month — we’re already seeing plenty of great early deals. There are no rules anymore.

What is there to know about Black Friday in 2023? How can you get ready for the big holiday sales? What’s affected and what’s not? Price matching, extended return policies, tips, and more: here’s our guide to getting a deal.

In-store deals

Some stores will be open. While major retailers are keeping their physical stores closed on Thanksgiving Day in 2023, on Black Friday, stores will be open. Walmart and Best Buy open from 5AM.

Given the pandemic and shifting focus to online deals, we expect “in-store only” specials to be extremely limited.

Price Tracker Extensions

There are an array of price tracking extensions and plugins that can helpfully let you know if a deal is really a deal.

We strongly recommend getting a price tracker extension at least while shopping during this time.

Camelizer (from old faithful CamelCamelCamel) and Keepa both track pricing on Amazon which is super helpful to check if you’re actually getting a good deal and how pricing changes month-to-month.

I use Camelizer and have always enjoyed CamelCamelCamel for its sheer simplicity and independent nature.

Here’s why CamelCamelCamel got the name, too.

For a long time, I’ve suggested avoiding or at least understanding what coupon plugins like Honey are doing with your data. Maybe the best in-between would be to use similar only during Black Friday week.

The best deal sites

While we’ve got you covered for tech right here, deals aren’t just in new smartphones, headphones, TVs, and laptops.

Dealnews and Kinja deals offer similar services, but forums aren’t as busy.

Watch out for holiday-specific models

Retailers and manufacturers always want to offer a juicy deal. One trick they sometimes use is taking big name brand products and offering tweaked models at a cheaper price that are just like the regular products but with a few features left off.

There’s a valuable Reddit discussion on this explaining how this can work with TVs, which have huge discounts because they package up lower-tier displays, or drop the number of HDMI/USB ports, to reach cut-price offers.

It’s all in the model numbers, so keep an eye out if you see a too-good-to-be-true deal and the model number doesn’t come up in reviews or at other retailers.

Price matching

You might spot a great deal, but not at your favorite retailer. You might be able to change that with price matching. But there are always rules for price matching and the policies are usually enforced. Having your original proof of purchase on hand is just the start.

Normal price-matching retailers:

Target: A Price Match Guarantee that is still valid over the holiday period! Target’s guidelines state it will price match, with a list of limitations, including matching only certain online retailers. Holiday sales including Black Friday are valid at any lane, all the way to December 24 price matching.

Best Buy: Best Buy’s Price Match Guarantee is a favorite for many but during this period it looks all-but impossible. Best Buy has an exclusion list for price reduction items during Black Friday, and in its Black Friday Ad T&Cs writes the following: “Price Match Guarantee does not apply to … our competitors’ items for sale the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving and is not valid on prior purchases.”

Walmart: Mostly bad news here. chúng tôi has a Price Match Policy for one item per customer per day and is only applicable to certain online retailers. There’s also a long list of restrictions and sadly there’s also no price match on items “related to Black Friday and Cyber Week” even including pre-Black Friday event prices.

Newegg: Black Friday Price Protection offers automatic refunds. It’s more of a promotion than a policy, and is only valid on eligible products displaying a certain badge. It’s only for those products on Newegg.

B&H: Case-by-case basis only.

Amazon, Costco: No price-matching policies.

Popular brand stores:

Microsoft: While Redmond doesn’t usually offer price matching, it is during this season on its own store at least: “If you find Microsoft Store offers a better price on a product purchased at Microsoft Store between now and Jan 3, 2023, we’ll refund the difference.”

Apple: Usually, Apple doesn’t touch special sales like a Black Friday deal. However, Apple does offer price-matching if you’ve already bought an item and you see it cheaper elsewhere within a 14-day window.

Google: No price-matching policies.

Dell: Price-match policy that doesn’t apply from Thanksgiving Day through to Cyber Monday.

Shipping and returns

With the expected heavy demands on e-commerce and online shopping, and COVID-19 related staffing issues, express shipping may face bottlenecks. Maybe don’t press your nose against the glass once you hit buy on that shopping cart this year.

Return policies are a little more generous this time of year, though. Here are the extended shipping policies from the big guns:

Amazon: Anything bought between now and December 31 can be returned until January 31.

Apple: Products bought between now and December 25 can be returned until January 8.

B&H:  Most items can be bought between now and January 1 can be returned until February 8.

Best Buy: Some items bought between now and January 2 can be returned until January 16.

GameStop: Unopened items can be returned by January 15.

Newegg: Some items can be returned until January 31.

Walmart: Extended returns depending on normal return windows — e.g. buy an item now, if your standard return window is 14 days, you can return until January 8, 2023.

Features & Opinion

The OPPO-ification of OnePlus is getting worse — by Igor Bonifacic, November 22, 2023.

My opinion on this opinion: What made OnePlus great was its simplicity in its flagship-killing approach. With lots of change amid the new Nord line, it’s not that OnePlus is in a state, nor that it can’t add new product lines and go for value phones. It’s that the DNA of the company has changed, like when it pushed Amazon’s shopping app to devices. Ouch. That’s so against basic user trust built up in the company.

Tech Tweets of the Week

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Tech calendar

Coming up this week:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 launch (November 26).

Black Friday (November 27).

Cyber Monday (November 30).


This month, we’re giving away three prize packs! Enter the November giveaway for your chance to win.

First prize: OnePlus 8T and an AA hoodie

Second prize: Garmin Venu and an AA hoodie

Third prize: Sony WH-1000XM4 and an AA t-shirt

The Weekly Authority: Galaxy A Launched, Xiaomi 12

⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 186th edition here, with Samsung’s new A series phones, Xiaomi 12 first impressions, and that Netflix sharing crackdown…

🦕 I’m now many, many hours into Horizon Forbidden West and showing no signs of coming up for air — could somebody bring me snacks? It’s that good.

Popular news this week


Xiaomi 12, 12 Pro, and 12X launched globally on Tuesday, but no Ultra phone (likely later this year): A Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip for both the 12 and 12 Pro, with a new Sony IMX707 main sensor for the Pro, plus faster charging compared to last year’s Mi 11 Ultra (and fast chargers in the box!). No IP rating, though, no autofocus on the ultrawide, and only a 2x telephoto lens.

Xiaomi Watch S1 (and S1 Active) also launched this week, available throughout Europe this month.

Yet another Xiaomi launch: The Redmi K50 and K50 Pro, with two MediaTek Dimensity flagship SoCs with QHD+ displays, sizeable batteries, and fast wired charging: China-only for now but could launch globally as rebranded devices sometime in the future.


OnePlus Nord 3 specs leak: Another rebrand could be on the cards, as specs look very similar to previously leaked realme GT Neo 3 specs.


Apple might use older chips in its cheapest iPhone 14 models: The upcoming A16 chip will reportedly be reserved for its Pro models, while other models stick to the A15 processor found in the iPhone 13 series.

The Mac Studio and Studio Display went on sale from Friday, with reviews already in.

Apple’s hold on App Store set to face significant challenge from new European law: new legislation would “direct Apple to allow software to be downloaded outside its cash-generating App Store and limit how companies impose their own payment systems on apps,” according to the WSJ.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 revisited: The good and the bad over six months later — It’s not perfect, but it’s probably the most fun you’ll have with a phone, if you can get over that battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus review: Hitting the sweet spot — “This is a powerful slate with an excellent widescreen display, an included S Pen, and plenty of extras to entice would-be buyers, though it hits the ceiling of what’s possible on Android tablet software and mobile processors.”

Mac Studio review: More than a Mini — “Apple’s new desktop and Studio Display are aimed at content creators who need more than a Mac Mini, but not quite a full Mac Pro desktop” (CNET).

Who invented Daylight Saving Time?

Many credit Benjamin Franklin as being the brain behind the idea of Daylight Saving Time. While it’s true that he did write a satirical essay on the topic in 1784, he didn’t actually suggest DST, either as a joke or a serious idea. Instead, the first person to propose the idea was actually an entomologist (an insect biology specialist) in New Zealand, in 1895.

George Vernon Hudson worked a day job at the Wellington Post Office.

Hudson found he didn’t have enough daylight hours after work to collect insects for his studies.

He proposed a two-hour Daylight Saving Time for New Zealand, arguing that the benefits to the population were many:

When the idea was first presented to the Royal Society of New Zealand, Hudson was openly mocked, and many thought the proposal unnecessary and confusing. With time, attitudes changed and his idea was adopted by many nations, including New Zealand in 1927.

The Waste of Daylight

Some years later, William Willett proposed his own idea for a scheme that would see clocks altered by a more modest 20 minutes.

Willett was a keen golfer who despaired at having his evening round of golf cut short by the encroaching dark.

Willett wrote a pamphlet called “The Waste of Daylight.“

He wrote: “Standard time remains so fixed, that for nearly half the year the sun shines upon the land, for several hours a day, while we are asleep. And is rapidly nearing the horizon, having already passed its western limit, when we reach home after the work of the day is over.“

He had a point!

The British parliament considered Willett’s proposal in 1908, but the bill was never passed, though Willet lobbied for it for the rest of his life.

A few more facts

Did you know that Austria and Germany were the first two countries to adopt Daylight Saving Time?

This happened in 1916 as a wartime measure to conserve energy, with many other countries in Europe following later.

The UK adopted DST in May 1916, the US in 1918.

In 1919, following the end of the war, Woodrow Wilson put an end to DST in the US.

It wasn’t until 1942 that DST was brought back to the US, then known as “War Time,” and it has stuck around for most of the country ever since.

Daylight Saving Time was standardized by Congress in 1966, when the Uniform Time Act was passed. Prior to this, DST started and ended on different dates across various US cities and states, causing chaos. This Act didn’t make DST mandatory though, so states that didn’t wish to implement it, like Alaska and Arizona, weren’t forced to.

Fast forward to today

Today, 127 years after Hudson first proposed his idea for Daylight Saving Time, it’s in effect in 70 countries worldwide.

If current legislation proceeds, Americans may no longer have to change their clocks twice a year. According to some, that could be good news for our health as we’ll (supposedly) stick to the same sleep schedule every night. When we shift our clocks forward one hour in spring, that hour of sleep is lost for many of us, and we start feeling jet-lagged and out of sync. Then there are those who believe permanent DST would be bad for our health.

Whether you’re in support of the proposal or not, bear this in mind. In the 1970s, there was a period where daylight saving time was permanent for 16 months. A poll revealed only 30% of Americans approved.

Tech Calendar

March 23: Nothing event with Carl Pei keynote.

March 24: Halo TV show lands on Paramount Plus

March 25: Ghostwire Tokyo released for PS5/PC

By end of March: OnePlus 10 Pro global launch

April 1: Galaxy A53 on sale (T-Mobile and Verizon from March 31)

May 11-12: Google I/O 2023

Tech Tweet of the Week

me: excuse me i ordered coffee and this is beer?

The Weekly Authority: 🎧 Galaxy Buds 2 Pro Peek

Adam Molina / Android Authority

⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 202nd edition here, with a first look at the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, Pixel 6 connectivity woes, the latest on Musk’s Twitter deal, and God of War: Ragnarok launch date.

🎮 I’ve been making the most of my new PS Plus subscription: So far I’ve finished Spider-Man: Miles Morales and am now working my way through Wytchwood, which is a strangely satisfying little game.

Popular news this week


OnePlus could take the POCO approach, make Nord an independent brand, which could mean a bigger offline presence and more ecosystem products.


Nothing’s announced an NFT giveaway but fans aren’t happy.

The world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator is the size of a city, measuring 17 miles long (27km).

It’s located at CERN near Geneva in Switzerland, buried 300 feet below ground.

Over 12,000 scientists are involved in research there.

What does the LHC do, and why?

In simple terms, without getting too physics-y, CERN says:

“The LHC boosts particles, such as protons, which form all the matter we know. Accelerated to a speed close to that of light, they collide with other protons. These collisions produce massive particles, such as the Higgs boson or the top quark.”

The LHC has had two previous runs, from 2009-2013 and 2023-2023.

During those initial runs, particles collided at around one to two trillion electronvolts.

This time around, upgrades mean increased compactness, so particle beams are denser with particles, plus energy range is spiked, which increases the probability of a collision, providing the potential for more particle interaction.

Scientists want to smash protons together at up to 13.6 trillion volts on this run (record-breaking levels), in the hopes of producing particles we’ve not yet observed.

This run is expected to last for four years, after which the LHC will again go offline for upgrades, with the next cycle beginning in 2029.

What have we discovered so far?

The LHC has led to the discovery of over 50 new subatomic particles.

Most famously, on the last run in 2012, scientists discovered the Higgs Boson particle, also known as the “God particle,” which gives all other particles their mass. At the time of its discovery, the name “God particle” led to some conspiracy theorists believing the LHC could rip a hole in the fabric of the universe, create alternative realities, or even end the world. And that’s still the belief of many people today.

On this run, we’ve already discovered three new exotic particles: a pentaquark and two tetraquarks.

These are ultralight particles that are so far thought to be what provides dark matter, a substance that makes up around 27% of our universe, but which has never been seen by scientists.

Astrophysicist Dr. Katie Mack calmed fears online that we could be heading for an Upside Down-style scenario: “Allow me to reassure you: even though the LHC is the most powerful particle collider on Earth, it is barely a game of marbles on the cosmic scale.”

But the conspiracy theorists persist, and here are just a few examples:

Stranger Things Season 4 Part 2: 😝

On July 5 at CERN “The large Hadron Collider will be colliding particles at the highest energy we have ever done before” chúng tôi

— Danielle Elwood (@Danielle_Elwood) June 28, 2023

Me waking up in 2065 in a different dimension because I drank on the 4th of July after y’all told me not to because of CERN. chúng tôi

— virginia finkle (@finKlEiNhoRN22) July 3, 2023

Some folks over on Reddit are also getting quite stressed that we’re going to see more Mandela Effect scenarios.

Tech Calendar

July 12: Nothing Phone 1 launch @ 4 PM BST (11 AM ET)

July 12-13: Amazon Prime Day

July 13: Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro and Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro launch

July 19: Stray lands on PS5, PS4, PC

July 28: Pixel 6a launch

August 10 (TBC): Samsung Unpacked? (new Galaxy foldables, Galaxy Watch 5 series?)

September 10 @ 9 PM CEST: Ubisoft Forward showcase

November 8: Skull and Bones release date on Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 5, PC, Stadia, and Luna

November 9: God of War: Ragnarok launches on PlayStation 4 and 5

Tech Tweet of the Week

Something extra: Check out the scariest near-crash on Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta yet.

Have a sunny week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.

Apple Watch And Potential Skin Irritation

Apple makes a big deal of the materials with which the Watch and its many bands are made and has even put together a special Craftsmanship webpage and promotional videos highlighting why its materials represent an achievement in itself.

Some people, however, who suffer from allergies or are simply sensitive to certain materials touching their skin should take into account the following tips and guidelines in order to avoid skin irritation, maximize comfort and prevent long-term damage to the device.

Now, Apple prides itself with developing its own specification for Apple Watch that goes beyond existing regulations that guide the use of restricted chemicals in wearables.

The company claims to have conducted thousands of material composition tests, produced more than a thousand prototypes worn for trial studies, performed hundreds of toxicological assessments and consulted with board-certified dermatologists.

Yet “a small number of people will experience reactions to certain materials,” warns the firm. This can be due to allergies, environmental factors, extended exposure to irritants like soap or sweat, and other causes.

If you know you have allergies or other sensitivities, take an added step of checking out the following tips on avoiding allergic reactions due to wearing your Watch.

Keep your Watch, bands and skin clean and dry

This is especially important after workouts or exposure to certain liquids. Not only will keeping your Watch, bands and your skin clean and dry prevent long-term damage to the device, but also maximize comfort.

If sweat, soap, sunscreen or lotions get between the Watch and your skin, skin irritation is more likely to occur. Simply use a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth to clean your Apple Watch Sport after workouts or exposure to these liquids.

For other models, Apple kindly provides cleaning cloths with all stainless steel Watches that ship with Link Bracelets, as well as with all Apple Watch Edition models.

Give your skin room to breathe

The heart rate sensor on the back of the Watch requires direct skin contact in order to work properly, and is also required for features like Wrist Detect and the Taptic Engine. On the other hand, an overly tight band can cause skin irritation, while a band that’s too loose can cause rubbing.

The right fit is not too tight and not too loose. It should be snug but comfortable. As a rule of thumb, your skin should have room to breathe while maintaining contact with the heart rate sensor. The active types will want to tighten their Apple Watch band for workouts, then loosen it when they’re done. Speaking of sports, you may want to consult our guide on achieving a more accurate heart rate reading with your Watch.

Pick the right Apple Watch and band

Picking the right Watch and band isn’t just a matter of personal preference and fashion consciousness: folks who suffer from known allergies or are plagued with sensitivities should take proactive measures to avoid certain substances like metals or plastics.

Apple on its part makes it clear that the Apple Watch, the space gray Sport model, the stainless steel portions of some Apple Watch bands and the magnets in the Watch and bands contain some nickel — however, bellow the strict nickel restrictions set by European REACh regulation, which guides registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals in products.

For most people, nickel exposure is unlikely to be a problem, but “you should be aware of the possibility in case you’re susceptible to nickel-related reactions,” as per Apple. Moreover, trace amounts of methacrylates from adhesives are found in the Apple Watch case, the Milanese Loop, the Modern Buckle and the Leather Loop.

This is fairly normal as such products as adhesive bandages and others that come in contact with the skin typically contain methacrylates. Nonetheless, Apple’s gone to great lengths to design the Watch and its bands so that parts containing methacrylates are not in direct contact with your skin.

But people who are sensitive to methacrylates, or may develop sensitivities over time, should definitely take this information into account before purchasing the device.

Here’s a handy list of the materials used in each Apple Watch and band:

Materials in Apple Watch

Apple Watch: 316L Stainless Steel, Sapphire Crystal, Ceramic

Apple Watch Sport: 7000 series Aluminum, Ion-X glass, Composite

Apple Watch Edition: 18-Karat Gold, Sapphire Crystal, Ceramic

Materials in Apple Watch bands

Sport: Fluoroelastomer with Stainless Steel or 18-Karat Gold

Milanese Loop: Stainless Steel

Link Bracelet: Stainless Steel

Leather Loop: Leather with Stainless Steel

Modern Buckle: Leather with Stainless Steel or 18-Karat Gold

Classic Buckle: Leather with Stainless Steel or 18-Karat Gold

For an even more detailed overview of the materials used in Watch production, check out Apple’s list of restricted chemical for wearables. It outlines chemicals the firm has tested for in materials in prolonged skin contact, including natural and synthetic fibers and polymers, coatings, ink, leather, plastics, adhesives, metals and ceramics.

Symptoms of skin irritation?

Again, you don’t have to be allergic to specific materials and chemicals per se: environmental factors and extended exposure to irritants like soap or sweat, as well as a myriad of other causes, can contribute to developing reactions such as skin irritation, inflammation of the skin tissue, rash and so forth.

Daily Authority: Sony Steps Up The Earbud Game, And More

It’s a big deal because Sony is positioning these as the best in the business, taking on Apple AirPods Pro, the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds, and Sennheiser’s Momentum True Wireless 2, all of which are in the price range.

The details:

First of all, the new WF-1000XM4s retail for $280, which is $30 more than the Apple AirPods Pro, which means Sony is serious about what it is offering, and will give iPhone owners plenty to consider given what Apple promises.

Still, the XM4 earbuds pack a new Integrated Processor V1, which offers better active noise-cancelling. The new buds also have dual-noise sensor microphones, which all work to further dampen low-frequency sounds like plane noise or car engines.

The buds now support Sony’s own LDAC high-quality audio, while lower quality SBC and AAC are included too.

Sound quality is right up there and even better if you use the equalizer software included.

They’re smaller, but there’s better battery life, too. Our sister site SoundGuys ran some tests and found they lasted for around 7 hours and 43 minutes. That’s really solid.

The case is about 40% smaller overall, too.

Still, they’re $50 more than the previous XM3 model, making them a real premium device.


Our sister site SoundGuyshas reviewed the new buds as one of the best on the market, rating them an 8.2, and even better with a touch of equalizer adjustment.

The Verge awards an 8.5 and takes some marks off for a lack of Bluetooth multipoint, which only Jabra really does in the TWS market.

CNET (8.8) and Engadget(86/100) both worry that they might not fit smaller ears with the size.

My problem is the potential for losing them. I’ve only lost one earbud before, and haven’t since. But it’s such a common experience that I worry that spending $280 on these is an over-investment, especially if you use them day in, day out. 

I’d probably rather spend the cash on the trusty old-school-big over-ear WH-1000XM4 headphones which came out late last year.

For a specific use case, for example, when you travel on planes and want something sleek but with great ANC, these might make sense.

Wednesday Weirdness


China has a herd of elephants wandering through the countryside, raising hell on an unusual march.

16 Asian elephants have been on the move through China’s south-west since March last year, on a trek of around 300 miles.

Wildlife authorities don’t know exactly why the elephants left their natural habitat but while on the move they’ve marched a path of impressive destruction, causing at least 6.8m yuan ($1.07m) in damages to buildings and structures.

In China, the journey of the elephants is followed 24 hours, with a team of eight people tracking the elephants both on the ground and by drone from the air. Millions tune in to watch them online, too.

This week though, things got a little hairy: “410 emergency personnel, 374 vehicles and 14 drones were deployed on Monday with more than two tonnes of elephant food, in continuing efforts to lead the elephants away from human areas, and to evacuate people in their path,” wrote The Guardian.

But what’s adorable is that the elephants got tired out, and took a nap, with video showing the herd taking a rest, along with a baby elephant shuffling about to find a comfy spot (CNN).


Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

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