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Chris Smith

Since 2014
Top Channel TECH
Articles 17,275

Bio

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.

iPhone vs. Android

What Android looked like before iPhone saved it

March 20th, 2020

Google’s original Sooner Android prototype appeared on eBay, with someone selling a bunch of devices. This Android prototype predates the iPhone and looks just like the BlackBerry devices that were sold in stores at the time. Google immediately scraped the design and re-engineered Android to mimic the iPhone rather than BlackBerry, once Apple unveiled the …

Nokia 8.3 5G

The first Nokia 5G phone is affordable, but it’s no Galaxy S20 rival

March 20th, 2020

HMD Global unveiled its first 5G phone, the Nokia 8.3 5G, which will cost just €599 when it hits stores this summer. The handset, however, isn’t a flagship like Samsung’s Galaxy S20, but a high-end device sporting a few design and specs compromises. HMD also unveiled a trio of affordable phones, including the new Nokia …

Global Roaming Internet

Nokia handset maker launches global data-roaming service

March 19th, 2020

Nokia handset maker HMD Global quietly announced a global roaming data-only service called HMD Connect. The SIM card comes with 1GB of bonus data, after which you pay for the data you need while roaming in chunks of up to 1GB, depending on the country you’re in. The service can be managed from an app …

Coronavirus Vaccine

There is no COVID-19 vaccine. Don’t fall for scams.

March 19th, 2020

Scammers are calling or texting people, offering COVID-19 vaccine reservations in return for credit card details and social security numbers. There’s no such thing as a coronavirus vaccine, although plenty of countries have them in development. There’s no specific COVID-19 treatment either, even though some existing drugs have shown promise on some patients. Visit BGR’s …

MCU Phase 4 Movies

Marvel insider says ‘Black Widow’ delay won’t ruin MCU Phase 4

March 19th, 2020

Disney delayed several movie premieres because of the coronavirus, including Black Widow, the introduction to Phase 4 of the MCU. Unlike standalone movies, Black Widow is tied to a much bigger universe of intertwined adventures, and its delay might affect the MCU timeline. An insider now says that postponing Black Widow won’t ruin the MCU …

Coronavirus Update

Researchers have proven that coronavirus isn’t a man-made bioweapon

March 19th, 2020

A team of international researchers has used the SARS-CoV-2 genome to study the origin of the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. The researchers found that the coronavirus evolved naturally, rejecting ideas that it could have been manufactured artificially in a laboratory for use as a bioweapon. The scientists have two different scenarios as to …

Coronavirus Testing

Here’s how celebrities get coronavirus tests even though you can’t

March 19th, 2020

Celebrities have been able to get coronavirus tests before others, even without showing any signs of a COVID-19 infection. That’s because private labs and concierge doctors are conducting private testing for hefty fees. The CDC has strict rules in place for coronavirus testing. The test is free, but screening campaigns can’t be conducted because the …

PS5 Reveal

PS5’s unusual 825GB SSD is an annoying compromise

March 19th, 2020

The PlayStation 5 will feature an unusual 825GB SSD, which is an annoying compromise between performance, capacity, and price. Sony said during its dull PS5 hardware event that the 825GB custom drive fits well with the hardware, and is enough to satisfy the storage needs of gamers. Sony also said it had to account for …

iPhone 12 Pro Specs

iPad Pro RAM upgrade is a good sign for the iPhone 12

March 19th, 2020

All 2020 iPad Pros feature 6GB of RAM, a welcome upgrade over their predecessors — only the 2018 Pros featuring 1TB of storage featured 6GB of RAM. The RAM increase might be an indication that Apple is looking to bump up memory across the board on all iOS devices. The iPhone 12 might get a …