The world of tech never stands still for long, and today we've got updates on upcoming Apple hardware, visual changes for Google's mobile apps, a new camera from Nikon, and extra features for Alexa in today's roundup – all courtesy of our friends at TechRadar.
1. These might be the iPhone colours you're looking for
In a mere two months we should get a look at Apple's new iPhones for 2018, and the rumours and speculation are pouring in. Today, a new report from a reasonably reliable Apple source says that the cheapest of the three new iPhones is going to come in flash yellow and a brown-ish taupe, among other colours – ready to make a purchase yet?
- Next iPhone colors may include flash yellow and taupe – but no red (opens in new tab)
2. Google's apps are in line for a major redesign
A video leaked by a creative agency working with Google has given us a sneak preview as to what its mobile apps could look like in the future – and there's a lot of white. Following the Material Design principles that Google has already laid down, the likes of Gmail and Google Maps could soon be getting even more minimalist looks. Watch this space.
- Leaked Google video shows smart redesigns for key Android apps (opens in new tab)
3. Nikon's new mirrorless camera is official
Yesterday we brought you the rumour, but today we can give you some official news. Nikon has now revealed that it is indeed working on a full-frame, Nikon-FX-format, mirrorless camera – it's going to feature a new lens mount as well, with a new line of Nikkor lenses, and a launch event is scheduled for the 23rd of August, so check back then.
- It's official: Nikon announces development of a new mirrorless camera (opens in new tab)
4. Google used a USB dongle to stop phishing
Google has been using a simple USB dongle to keep its staff safe from phishing attacks, the company has revealed. The security key acts as another level of account protection, so even if someone has stolen username and password details, they can't log in without the USB stick. No successful hacking attacks have been reported for more than a year.
- Google reveals how it stopped phishing attacks for good (opens in new tab)
5. You can now ask Alexa to drop the bass
Amazon's digital assistant app Alexa continues to get smarter and smarter – and the latest feature to roll out to Amazon Echo devices is an equalizer controlled by Alexa. You can use voice commands to change the mids, the highs, or the bass in the audio you're listening to, and a few presets are available too. The new functionality is rolling out in the US first.
- You can now ask Alexa to crank the bass (opens in new tab)