ITy Bytes 15 March are a quick weekly bite-sized chunk of news that didn’t have enough content for a full article.

ITy Bytes 15 March – digestable news

Apple’s China woes – January sales down 67% Y-o-Y

Apple does not release iPhone sales figures, so a whole industry has grown up monitoring new phone activations, retailer sell outs etc.

Longbow Research says Apple sales are going from bad-to-worse in China with a 67% drop Y-o-Y in January. Chinese search engine Baidu said iPhone searches were down 47% in February.

Longbow said, “Multiple, deep, iPhone price cuts did not stop China iPhone search trends from weakening further while February supplier sales were abysmal, decelerating on a Y-o-Y year basis vs. January. Of 42 Apple suppliers, 37 of them reported worse than seasonal sales in February.”

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Why is this important? If Apple sneezes the rest of the world gets pneumonia. Over 80% of Apple’s revenue comes from the iPhone, and this impacts its business model and share price.

Gender neutral voice assistant

OK Google, Siri, Cortana and Alexa et al., have sweet, melodious female voices. Non-binary users (the latest euphemism for LGBTIQ etc.) says the voice reinforces sexual stereotypes. Oxford University boffins have developed ‘Q’ by recording and analysing non-binary users.

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Why is this important? No comment.

Shutup10 inundated by Australian users

One of the most clicked through GadgetGuy links ever is Shutup10 – review here as people discover a wonderfully simple tool to control Windows 10 privacy and free up memory and CPU resources at the same time.

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Why is this important? This incredibly easy to use, standalone, tool should have been part of Windows to start with.

Tear in for the tear down on Samsung Galaxy buds

iFixit has given the new Samsung Galaxy Buds an unprecedented 6-out-of-10 repairability and bouquets for moving further towards the right to repair with replaceable batteries.

iFixit says the Samsung Galaxy Buds are the most repairable it has ever seen – something Apple ignored with its expensive AirPods.

Why is this important? You won’t have to throw them away like the AirPods when the battery loses charging ability.

Firefox Send – free, simple, encrypted file sharing

Firefox Send (here) lets you share files (free up to 1GB – 2.5GB with registration and adds additional features) with end-to-end encryption. Simply send the link to the recipient who can access it until the link expires in seven days.

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Why is this important? Drag and drop sharing and no snooping.

Why do we need a foldable?

Samsung’s latest video shows us why – and it’s coming soon