Weekend Reading: Our Most Popular Stories for the Week of April 13th

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A lot can happen with tech news in the course of a week, and it’s hard to keep up with everything. If you’re looking for a quick way to catch up on the biggest, best, and most popular stories of the week, this is the place.

The Biggest Tech Stories of the Week

News has been all over the place for the last several weeks—things that normally come out during pre-planned events have poured out at seemingly random times, making it hard to know what’s going to happen next. Not going to lie—I kind of love it. Here’s some of the best stuff that happened this week (along with a few that you might have missed).

  • Apple announced the new iPhone SE, and it’s only $400: This is probably the biggest piece of tech news to come out of the last week. The new iPhone SE is really more like a beefy iPhone 8, but it features a faster processer, battery camera, and the cheapest price we’ve ever seen on a brand new iPhone. It’s available for pre-order right now and will be released on Friday, April 24th.
  • OnePlus announced the 8 and 8 Pro: If you’re more of an Android user, OP announced a pair of beastly flagship phones. The 8 and 8 Pro are 5G ready, have the best displays OP has ever released, and are jam-packed with the best hardware. Both phones will be available starting on April 29th at midnight. Reviews coming soon.
  • Plex released a pair of new apps for music and server management: If you’re a Plex user, these new apps are must-haves for managing your server.
  • Over 500m Zoom accounts were found for sale on the dark web: With more people working from home than ever before, lots of people are relying on video chatting applications for virtual meetings. Zoom has seen a massive influx in popularity as a result, but this has also exposed several security vulnerabilities with the service. And now people are selling stolen accounts on the dark web. Oof.
  • Google is downgrading Nest and Chromecast video streams to save bandwidthThere’s a lot happening on the internet right now and lots of services are struggling to keep up with demand. To help, lots of companies are downgrading streaming content in order to lighten the load, which is exactly what Google is currently doing with Nest and Chromecast. The good news is that you can manually re-enable higher quality streams on Nest if you find the lower-quality to be too poor to be useful.
  • Razer released some Pickachu-themed AirPod knockoffs in Japan: They have terrible battery life and are missing features like ANC, but at least they look like Pikachu and come in a Pokeball. Some things in life are more important than others.

Our Best Stories of the Week

Not everything is about tech news. There are plenty of other tips, tricks, gadgets, accessories, and all sorts of other jazz out there that are worth talking about. So here’s a look at some of the biggest and most popular stories we published this week.

Reviews We Published This Week

If you’re looking for reviews, well…we have reviews. A couple of laptops took the main focus this week.

So there it is—the biggest, best, or otherwise most interesting stuff we published this week. All in one convenient place for your consumption. I know, I know—you’re welcome.

Cameron Summerson Cameron Summerson
Cameron Summerson is the Editor in Chief of Review Geek and serves as an Editorial Advisor for How-to Geek and LifeSavvy. He’s been covering technology for nearly a decade and has written over 4,000 articles and hundreds of product reviews in that time. He’s been published in print magazines and quoted as a smartphone expert in the New York Times. Read Full Bio »

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