EU says Apple to add USB-C charging ports to iPhones from 2024

The European Union will require all cell phones, tablets and other electronic devices to have a USB-C charging port by the end of 2024, meaning Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad will have to ditch Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. company.

European policymakers have wanted a single standard for more than a decade, citing significant amounts of e-waste caused by unused chargers and the inconvenience suffered by Android and iPhone users who need different cables for different devices.

Apple wants your iPhone to replace your credit card

Apple has revealed plans to make it easier to use your iPhone as a payment tool with the launch of several new services at WWDC 2022.

New additions include the long-awaited Apple Pay Later, arriving as part of iOS 16, which allows shoppers to split the cost of a purchase made with their device into four equal payments over six weeks, without incurring interest or penalties for delay.

The company also made it easy to pay in stores using its Apple smartphone with the announcement that its Tap to Pay service on iPhone will launch later this month.

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iOS 16 Lets You Easily Share Wi-Fi Passwords With All Your Guests

Apple made a small change in iOS 16, but a major tweak to make life easier in certain situations, making the Wi-Fi password for the network you’re using now viewable on your device.

Instead of having the saved password for the current network blank in the Wi-Fi section in Settings, so there’s no way of knowing what it is if you don’t commit it to memory, the actual password text can now be seen (providing authenticate first using Face ID or Touch ID or a password).

Here’s How To Get An RTX 3070 Gaming PC For Just $1,000 Thanks To A Great Deal At HP

Want to win a cheap RTX 3070 gaming PC? We’ve just found a deal on the official HP store that offers just that – with a few steps.

Today’s RTX 3070 Gaming PC Deal Comes Out for just $1,050 (opens in new tab) and will give you a machine with this beefy graphics card, a Ryzen 5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. These aren’t super fancy specs, but they’ll provide unbeatable value and a great platform to upgrade – more on that later.

To get started, navigate to the listing page of the OMEN 25L gaming PC (opens in new tab) and click customize. From here, you’ll want to scroll down the CPU, RAM, and SSD options and go straight to the graphics card section. Here you’ll see an option for an RTX 3070 that will add $490 to your price for a total of $1,189.99. Add this option to cart.

You will want to use the code 10MDSHP at checkout to get 10% off the price, reducing it to $1,050. Note that this code is a holdover from the Memorial Day sale and will likely expire soon, so hurry up if you want to grab it.

Outside the US? Check out today’s best cheap gaming pc deals (opens in new tab) in your region below.

Cheap RTX 3070 Gaming PC at HP

So using these steps you’ll get a super cheap RTX 3070 gaming PC with admittedly weak storage and RAM. For a cheap upgrade, it’s a good idea to add another stick of RAM (2x8GB or 2x16GB) and a larger SSD – both can be purchased quite cheaply from a 3rd party store like amazon (opens in new tab), eBay (opens in new tab)or Newegg (opens in new tab).

We recommend going this route and installing them yourself, as it’s usually cheaper than upgrading through HP’s customizer. If you want to skip the DIY steps, adding a 512GB SSD and 16GB RAM on the HP page will cost you $1,176.99 with the code above.


And if you want to complete your setup, why not check out our page on best gaming monitor deals (opens in new tab). Alternatively, go mobile with our roundup of this week’s news best cheap gaming laptop deals (opens in new tab).

The US government may finally be close to making a proper online privacy law

The US government may actually have made a proper online privacy policy (opens in new tab) The next bill reports that new data privacy legislation is close to being enacted, one with bipartisan support as well as support from consumer rights advocates.

It is not yet signed into law, but if successful, users will be able to opt out of receiving targeted ads and sue companies that sell their data illegally.

No, the iPhone 14 isn’t about to be released – but we’ll get to know some of its features soon

If you’ve heard the news that an Apple event is taking place in a few hours and you’re excited to hear about the new iPhone 14, we’ve got some bad news for you. This event is WWDC 2022, not the iPhone launch – we still expect that to happen in September.

WWDC is Apple’s annual developer conference, and the focus is on software like iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, and so on. These are updates that will come to current devices (well, in addition to the really old ones) and bring some new features.

T-Mobile now offers 5G voice calling in the US

T-Mobile launched Voice over 5G (VoNR) in the US, allowing customers to make and receive voice calls over a 5G connection.

The service is only available in two cities – Portland, Oregon and Salt Lake City, Utah – but wider deployment of the technology will increase the effectiveness of next-generation networks and reduce reliance on 4G.

Looking forward to Summer Game Fest? Geoff Keighley Says ‘Manage Your Expectations’

With just a few days to go until Summer Game Fest, host Geoff Keighley urged viewers to “manage your expectations.”

Taking over from E3, Summer Game Fest 2022 marks the next big gaming showcase on June 9. VGC (opens in new tab)), Keighley reported that this showcase is “primarily focused” on announced games. As such, he played down any “megaton shocks” at this year’s event.

Intel’s New Arc GPU Shown at Esports Tournament, But Performance Remains a Mystery

From June 3-5, the DreamHack gaming expo took place in Dallas, Texas, hosting the Intel Extreme Masters, Intel’s esports league. After all the cosplay competitions, esports showdowns, and merchandise stores, Intel was running a booth dedicated to their new Arc GPUs, and brought our first real look at the Arc Alchemist external GPU.

While the physical design of the graphics card was revealed in an Intel teaser, this is the first time the GPU has been physically presented. We don’t know exactly which model it is, although our best guess is the Arc 7770 model. It’s a dual fan card powered by an 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe connector and presumably offers both DisplayPort and HDMI video outputs.

This New Windows Update Tool Can Solve Your Biggest Headache

Let’s face it – nobody likes dealing with Windows updates. We’ve all had the frustration of booting up either laptop or PC to come across “Your device is installing updates”, a process that always seems to take seconds or hours.

Fortunately, Microsoft is close to releasing a new service that it says will help users keep a closer grip on Windows updates to ensure that this process goes as smoothly as possible.