Sep 16, 2019

Google schedules Oct. 15 hardware event in NY

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Google is expected to debut its latest homegrown hardware, including the widely leaked Pixel 4, at a just-announced Oct. 15 event in New York.

Why it matters: Fall is the key season for consumer electronics debuts, coming just ahead of the holidays. Apple and Samsung have already launched their latest, debuting the iPhone 11 family and Galaxy Note 10, respectively.

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Fall is tech's back-to-hardware season

A visitor photographs a display of curved OLED TVs at the LG stand at the 2019 IFA home electronics and appliances trade fair. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

You wouldn't have known it from the summer heat this weekend in the Bay Area, but Silicon Valley's fall hardware season is upon us in full force — with giant companies scrambling to seize a bigger slice of the consumer electronics pie even as the pie itself isn't growing as fast as it used to.

Why it matters: The winter holidays remain the biggest shopping season and consumer electronics are always a hot category, including TVs, smartphones and other gadgets. However, the mix of how much consumer spending goes to each category can vary significantly from year to year.

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iPhone iOS 13 arrives

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Customers have to wait another day to buy the latest iPhones, but starting Thursday they can update existing phones to the latest operating system.

Why it matters: iOS 13 won't magically add a third camera to the back of your phone, but it will deliver other features found on the latest iPhones, including dark mode, Sign in with Apple and improved maps and photos.

Go deeperArrowSep 19, 2019

Google adds new privacy options

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Google is bringing incognito mode to Google Maps and allowing users to auto-delete their YouTube history, its latest moves to expand its privacy options. Customers will also be able to ask the Google Assistant to delete various types of data.

Why it matters: The company has been under fire for the amount of data it collects and said at its spring I/O developer conference that it would offer users more privacy options.

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