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Apple Intelligence may not come to the EU at launch over regulatory concerns
3:06 pm | June 22, 2024

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Last week, at WWDC, Apple jumped on the AI bandwagon by introducing Apple Intelligence for iOS 18 and macOS Sequoia. However, it may not be available at launch in the European Union since Apple has announced it could block Apple Intelligence's release in the EU over regulatory concerns. Apple said that Apple Intelligence, iPhone Mirroring, and SharePlay Screen Sharing may not be rolled out in the EU due to the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which could force the Cupertino-based tech giant into downgrading the security of its products and services. “We are concerned that the interoperability...

EU settles with Apple over NFC usage by third party payment systems
1:35 pm | June 19, 2024

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The European Union has reportedly settled with Apple over its use of near-field communication system (NFC) to allow access for third-party payment platforms. According to The Financial Times, Apple will give access for the next ten years but only on devices in the 27 member countries, and in return, the European Union will not fine the tech company. The tap-to-pay function with NFC has been limited to Apple Pay so far and will remain so in all other markets. Three sources told The Times that the EU has been testing the new measures, but the report does raise a valid point that the...

Tenways CGO600 Pro review: the best city commuter e-bike I’ve ever had
4:30 pm | June 18, 2024

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Tenways CGO600 Pro: One-minute review

The Tenways CGO600 Pro is one of the best e-bikes I've had the pleasure of riding. Almost every part of the bike looks great and performs well. The battery is tucked away inside the down tube and cables from front to back are hidden in the frame. All of this makes it very difficult to tell that you're actually riding an e-bike at all.

The magnetic torque sensor is the star of the show, providing a seamless provision of assistance whenever it is required. There is absolutely no lag between pedalling and the motor kicking in, making the whole experience very enjoyable. I've had e-bikes before that have motors that kick in very slowly and unreliably and they're a nightmare to ride.

Tenways CGO600 Pro

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The carbon belt drive is long-lasting and low-maintenance. An advertised life of 19,000 miles for the belt means it'll take a long time to require replacement. Not having any grease to deal with not only makes maintenance a breeze but also removes the risk of getting it on your clothes.

The 36V, 10Ah Lithium-ion battery with LG Cells has a maximum range of 100 km / 62 miles. This is far from the longest the best electric bikes have to offer but it is more than adequate for any commute. A four-hour recharge can be easily achieved while either at work or overnight before riding it again in the morning.

The CGO600 Pro is perfectly positioned as a city commuter. The medium-to-thin tires eat up the miles and handling around traffic is light and easy. The price is comparable with most of its competitors for this e-bike type and, given its fantastic performance, it's one of the best commuter bikes on the market at the moment.

Tenways CGO600 Pro review: Specs

Tenways CGO600 Pro review: Price and availability

Tenways CGO600 Pro

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  • $1,599 / £1,569
  • Only available in the US and EU
  • Available from the manufacturer directly

The CGO600 Pro, with its 250W motor and 25km / 15.5 miles per hour speed limit, is perfectly tailored for the European market. At $1,599 / £1,569, it sits squarely in the middle of the city commuter bracket of e-bikes. Considering the features and performance, I would have expected to pay a little more for it.

There's no shortage of color options with Midnight Black, Avocado Green, Pebble Grey and Sky Blue to choose from. You can also specify the frame size you request, with medium, large, and extra large as options.

If you'd like the mudguards and kickstand as well, then you'll need to pay an additional £78. That is, unless you're prepared to subscribe to the Tenways newsletter. If you do, remarkably, you'll get those accessories for free. Don't get over excited about the kickstand, though; it's far too short for the size of the bike and is absolutely useless unless you're propping your bike up on a significant incline.

Tenways CGO600 Pro review: Design

Tenways CGO600 Pro

(Image credit: Future)
  • Beautiful and slim design
  • Battery is tucked away in the down tube
  • Noticeably lightweight

If you're looking for an e-bike that doesn't look like an e-bike, then the CGO600 Pro is going to be right up your street. This is thanks to the battery being neatly tucked into the down tube, the cables being hidden in the frame, and the frame being a more traditional shape. Unless you look closely, there is very little to give the game away that this is in fact an e-bike.

It is available in four different colors. I had the Pebble Grey option but I think the Avocado Green and Sky Blue paint colors are much nicer. The frame is made of aluminum and is perfectly balanced in terms of tube thicknesses and wheel sizes. I particularly like the way the top tube tapers out as it travels from the seat tube to the headset.

One of the standout design features is the carbon belt drive, which is superior in many ways to a more traditional chain. We'll cover more about its benefits in the performance section of this review but it's worth saying here that it certainly looks the part and there's a removable section in the chain stay if it does need to be replaced.

The 700c aluminum rims with 40mm road tires are perfectly proportioned for the the frame. Their size and thickness also make them perfect for eating up the miles on flat, even terrain while being thick enough to provide the necessary grip around corners. They are advertised as puncture-proof but I refrained from cycling over any shards of glass to test the validity of this claim.

The OLED display is positioned on the left-hand side of the handlebar and is, unfortunately, rather on the small side. I didn't have too much difficulty reading the display but I have read reports of people who struggle with it. The controls are easy to use and straight-forward, making it a pleasure to operate.

  • Design Score: 4.5/5

Tenways CGO600 Pro review: Performance

Tenways CGO600 Pro

(Image credit: Future)
  • Magnetic torque sensor
  • Mivice M070 250W Rear Hub Motor (40 Nm Torque)
  • Hydraulic disc brakes

The CGO600 Pro, with magnetic torque sensor, provides one of the most seamless riding experiences I've ever had. The magnetic, rather than cadence-based, technology, almost eliminates any sense of lag between pedaling and the motor kicking in. I've experienced e-bike motors that take several seconds to kick in, which is far from ideal when you're needing to pull away quickly from a stationary position. Thankfully, Tenways has absolutely nailed this implementation.

The single-speed drivetrain makes it super easy to get moving and stay moving, a reality that contributes significantly to the enjoyment of the ride. Tenways has managed to engineer a gear ratio that is absolutely spot on for flat roads and is easy enough to keep things moving when going up hills. The addition of the powered motor makes this a powerful combination.

The bike, as a whole, is wonderfully quiet. This is to be expected with carbon belts and it's certainly the case with the CGO600 Pro. There is limited noise coming from the motor so you can still properly enjoy nature's surroundings as you're pedalling along.

The hydraulic disk brakes also perform very well. They're made by TEKTRO, rather than a more premium brand such as Shimano but they seem to deliver what's required. They are quick to respond and firm enough to apply the necessary braking pressure to the wheels. 

The entire performance of the e-bike is very positive, with nothing that got in the way of me thoroughly enjoying every ride I had on it.

  • Performance score: 4.5/5

Tenways CGO600 Pro review: Battery life

Tenways CGO600 Pro

(Image credit: Future)
  • 100km / 62 miles maximum range
  • 36V, 10Ah Lithium-ion battery with LG Cells
  • Removable battery

The advertised range of the 36V, 10Ah Lithium-ion battery with LG Cells is 100km / 62 miles. This does pale into insignificance compared to the 250km range of the Engwe P275 Pro but it's still fairly respectable. As someone who commutes around fifteen miles each day, this is more than enough for a few days of journeys between charges. I personally always opt for the highest level of assistance, and in this mode, I found the maximum range drops to around 30 miles.

The battery level is reported on the OLED display as a percentage, which I prefer over a simple three or four bar readout. Having a specific percentage really helps to keep track of that precious juice and make sure you don't run out mid-ride.

The battery is perfectly contained inside the down tube of the frame, providing a seamless design. With the provided key, it is possible to 'pop' the battery out of the tube, making it ideal for charging at home or in the office. A full recharge takes in the region of four hours, which is comparable to most e-bikes of this type.

  • Battery life score: 4/5

Should I buy the Tenways CGO600 Pro?

Tenways CGO600 Pro

(Image credit: Future)

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How I tested the Tenways CGO600 Pro

Even though the CGO600 Pro is advertised as suitable for flat roads, I was keen to test its ability on a broader range of terrains and inclines. My commute to the office made for a perfect collection of mild and steep hills, as well as tarmac and dirt tracks. Using the e-bike in these locations helped me build up a picture of not only how good it is under ideal conditions but also when you're forced out of those.

I thoroughly enjoyed using the e-bike every time I took it out. The single-speed setup and magnetic torque sensor provided an ideal combination for effortless riding.

First reviewed: June 2024

Motorola Razr 50, 50 Ultra and G85 listings confirm EU prices
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Motorola is gearing up to launch its next generation of foldables with the Razr 50 and Razr 50 Ultra next week on June 25. Ahead of the launch event, the two foldables were spotted on European retail listings confirming their launch prices. Razr 50 comes in Orange, Grey, and Sand colors and starts at €899 in its 8/256GB trim. Razr 50 Ultra will be available in Green, Blue, and Peach colors at €1,199 for the 12/512GB version. These prices are in line with last year’s Razr 40 and Razr 40 Ultra devices. Motorola Razr 50 and Razr 50 Ultra listings In related news, a listing for...

EU to charge Apple under Digital Markets Act, impose a fine of up to $50 million per day
4:17 am | June 15, 2024

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Back in March, the European Commission announced that it started an investigation relating to Apple's new fee structure for alternative app stores. Namely, the fact that Apple charges a "Core Technology Fee" for developers who want to "steer" users to offers outside of its App Store. There's also an additional 3% that goes to Apple if a developer uses its payment processor. The imposing of such fees onto developers will be found in breach of the EU's Digital Markets Act (DMA), according to a new report from the Financial Times. This would be the first time a tech company would be charged...

The Google Gemini app for Android is now available in the UK and EU
2:19 am | June 6, 2024

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Google's Gemini app for Android is finally available in the UK and EU, many months after its original introduction. You can download it from the Play Store. You can of course use Google's Gemini inside the app, and it can even take over from the Google Assistant if you want it to. It has to be either or, you can't have both functioning as your assistant at the same time, so you'll have to make a choice on the matter. Also note that Gemini currently can't interact with your smart home devices, so if you have a lot of those it's probably best to stick with the Google Assistant for...

New iPad Pro and iPad Air don’t ship with chargers in the EU and UK
7:19 am | May 8, 2024

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Mere hours ago, Apple unveiled the new iPad Air 11 and iPad Air 13, as well as the new iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 13. The new models are already up for order in a lot of countries, with shipping due to commence next week. In some countries, however, there's a bit of an unwelcome surprise if you do order. We're talking about the EU and the UK, where if you buy one of these new tablets, you won't be getting a charger in the box. It may surprise you to hear, but this is the first time Apple's done something like this for its tablets, even though iPhones have been shipping with no charger...

Engwe P275 Pro review: A powerful city e-bike with automatic gear shifter
6:30 pm | May 6, 2024

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Engwe P275 Pro: One minute review

It isn't immediately obvious that the P275 Pro is an Engwe bike, but I think that's a good thing. Right out of the box, it's clear that the design ethos of this bike is very different from what the Chinese manufacturer has produced so far. 

Historically, Engwe is well known for super chunky tires and oversized frames, but neither can be found here. The P275 Pro has a sleek and slim frame that not only makes the bike relatively light, but also look great. The tires are much thinner, but still quite thick in comparison to some of the best electric bikes out there right now. The Tenways CGO600 Pro has a better tire width.

The build quality is all-around excellent. The aluminum alloy frame is beautifully welded together, with cables tucked neatly away within the frame itself. A vast reduction in cable ties is another significant improvement over their other e-bikes.

One of the downsides of the frame is the minimum seat height of 91.5cm. This will be too high for a lot of riders so make sure you check your ideal seat height before purchasing this e-bike

Another divergence for Engwe is the choice of branded parts right across the e-bike. It all begins with a 36V, 19.2Ah Samsung Lithium-ion battery that provides up to 150 km range when using the highest level of assist. The Bafang 250W Brushless Mid-drive Motor is ideal for use in the UK and provides just enough power when navigating medium inclines. The automatic gear shifter also helps to keep the bike moving when handling more challenging hills.

All in all, the P275 Pro is a great bike and represents an excellent direction for the company as a whole. With a great design, good build quality, and a range of branded parts, there aren't many downsides to this e-bike.

Engwe P275 Pro: Price and availability

Engwe P275 Pro

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  • £1,899 in the UK
  • Only available in the EU
  • Available from the manufacturer directly

The Engwe P275 Pro has been designed specifically for the EU market and is available for £1,899. It comes in two different color combos: straight black or a gorgeous black frame with a standout orange battery case. Engwe sent me the one with the orange highlight, and I can say it's quite the design statement.

Other than the e-bike, you'll also get a Samsung 36V, 19.2Ah Lithium-ion battery with a compatible charger. A rear light is provided, but it's not integrated, which is disappointing. The sad times were slightly overcome when I saw the cool horn-like bell design. It's a neat change that's also very functional.

If you're after a more complete package, including accessories, then you can buy two different types of rack bag or even an additional battery.

Engwe P275 Pro: Design

Engwe P275 Pro

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  • Sleek design with standout battery compartment
  • Branded parts, including battery and motor
  • Average weight for an e-bike

The P275 Pro not only looks great, but is also built well. This is a premium e-bike that is available in either black or as a black-and-orange combo. Personally, I prefer to blend into the background, but if you want to stand out, then the color combo will be a great way to do that.

The diamond-shaped aluminum alloy frame delicately blends sharp turns with smooth flows to give an attractive design. The main frame flows beautifully into the Bafang motor, and the carbon belt rather than a chain means this bike glides effortlessly, whether power-assisted or not.

At 27.5 x 2.4 cm, the tires are uncharacteristically thin for Engwe and look the part for an urban bike. They are slim enough to reduce traction and wide enough to provide the necessary grip. The slim frame also results in a more than manageable 25.3 kg (55.77 lbs).

Putting the e-bike together was a breeze with all the tools included in the box. Design-wise, the only thing I would have changed would have been the rear light. Engwe has opted to provide a battery-operated light that clips behind the seat. An integrated rear light would have made much more sense and helped to provide a complete package.

The e-bike ships with an integrated front light, sturdy mudguards, and reflective rims on the wheels. The last of these features is handy for visibility when traffic is approaching from the side. These circular reflectors also look great when lit up. 

I'm very impressed with the design of the P275 Pro, and if this is a sign of things to come for Engwe, then I'm very excited indeed.

  • Design Score: 4.5/5

Engwe P275 Pro: Performance

Engwe P275 Pro

(Image credit: Future)
  • Bafang 250W Brushless Mid-drive Motor
  • Automatic gear shifter
  • Hydraulic disc brakes

With a Bafang 250W Brushless Mid-drive Motor and 65 N.m of torque, the P275 Pro has all the power required for rapid acceleration and when navigating medium-sized inclines. Even though I rarely lacked the power I needed, this e-bike behaves more like a push-bike that provides battery power only if you need it. This is a positive in terms of battery performance, but if you're after an e-bike that does most of the work, then this won't be for you.

One of the standout features of the P275 Pro is the automatic gear shifter that provides three distinct levels. The e-bike moves seamlessly between them depending on the speed of travel and helps to provide a middle option between a single-speed bike and something with an abundance of gears, a little like the software-driven Cowboy 4. The automatic nature of the shifter takes all the guesswork out of gear-changing and instead aims to further help the pedal assist mode of the e-bike. 

The motor's pedal sensor ensures that power is delivered when needed, although there were times when it took a couple of seconds longer to kick in than I was expecting. That being said, the transition from standing still to moving was always smooth and never abrupt. I'm always wary of e-bikes that are too abrupt because they can lead to accidents, especially when navigating through traffic.

Speaking of safety, the 180mm front & rear Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide all the necessary braking capacity at all speeds. They are responsive and reliable, and even though I'm not a fan of this brake type, they are a good match for this bike.

With a limit of 25 km per hour, the P275 Pro is perfect for the EU market. At this speed, the motor stops and it's all on you. I found it difficult to pedal beyond this speed, mainly due to the motor resistance, something that was particularly noticeable when traveling downhill.

  • Performance score: 4/5

Engwe P275 Pro: Battery life

Engwe P275 Pro

(Image credit: Future)
  • 260 km range (PAS 1 level)
  • 150 km range (PAS 5 level)
  • Removable battery

The P275 boasts a 36V, 19.2Ah SAMSUNG Lithium-ion battery, which Engwe claims provides up to 150 km when using the highest level of pedal assist. I almost always wanted the maximum level of boost and found that a range of around 100 km per charge was more realistic. Having five different assist modes is a little over the top, but it does enable users to manage their battery range if need be.

The range of an e-bike battery is always dependent on a range of factors, including rider weight, wind resistance, and the amount of surface friction. It's always worth taking the advertised ranges with a pinch of salt and assuming that these are the maximum achievable distances only if ideal riding conditions are met.

To charge the battery from empty to full, it will take around 5 hours, which will be fine for most people. This fits easily into an overnight charging schedule or even charging it at work before setting off again at the end of the day. 

The battery itself is mounted underneath the seat and stands out even more if you go for the black and orange colour combo. The battery can be easily removed from the frame for easy charging.

  • Battery life score: 4/5

Engwe P275 Pro: Scorecard

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How I tested the Engwe P275 Pro electric bike

As soon as I got the Engwe P275 Pro, it was hard to put it down. Over several weeks of testing, I enjoyed riding it around the rural area that I live in as well as commuting into the nearest city. As a result, I was able to test the e-bike on a range of terrain and up and down a variety of hills.

I was pleasantly surprised at the bike's ability to handle wherever I took it, as well as through a range of weather conditions. The brakes were adequate during wet conditions, and the motor got me everywhere I needed to go without too much hassle.

First reviewed: May 2024

Apple agrees to open iPadOS to third-party app stores in EU
10:55 am | May 3, 2024

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The European Commission designated iPadOS as a gatekeeper at the beginning of the week under the Digital Markets Act (DMA). According to sources, Apple will not fight the decision and is planning to open the operating system to third-party app stores. Cupertino did not announce a specific date when that would happen, but the company has a six-month period to comply, which ends on October 28. Apple already opened iOS to third-party app stores in all 27 European Union member states. Interestingly enough, the company won't fight the Commission's decision and will have to transfer the...

iOS 17.5 lets people in the EU download apps from websites
6:17 am | April 17, 2024

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Today Apple has released iOS 17.5 beta 2 to developers, and we don't normally report on such releases, but this one's important, as it marks the debut of yet another feature Apple was forced to add thanks to the EU's Digital Markets Act (DMA). Starting in iOS 17.5, EU iPhone owners will be able to download apps from websites - aka sideloading. No need to go through Apple's App Store, or any other app store for that matter - Apple also started supporting alternative app stores thanks to the DMA in iOS 17.4. Now this takes the flexibility of finding apps one step further. However,...

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