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Oppo’s Evangelion Phone Is Perfect For Fans Of The Anime

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We have seen themed smartphones in the past, where phone makers team up with movie studios to produce handsets themed around that particular movie. However, for the most part, it is usually just a new paint job and some wallpapers and media files, but we think Oppo might have taken things to the next level.

Over in China, the company has taken the wraps off the Oppo Reno Ace 2 EVA Limited Edition. This is a smartphone based on the Ace 2 that is themed around the manga/anime Evangelion, and like we said, this is more than just a paint job. The exterior of the phone has been given a makeover, that’s for sure, but the rest of the packaging and included accessories is what really drives it home.

For starters, the box that the phone comes in has been designed to look like a capsule, similar to the entry plug on the mecha. There is also a SIM ejection tool which most of us probably overlook, but in this case, it has been designed to look like a mini version of the Spear of Longinus. There will also be a Unit-01 case for the phone, and a pair of NERV-branded earbuds.

Even the charger is not spared where it sports some design details similar to the mecha’s launch pad. The phone is a limited edition release where only 10,000 units will be made available for purchase.

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May 29th 2020, 10:05 pm

Twitter For The Web Rolls Out The Ability To Schedule Your Tweets

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The thing with social media is that it is very easy to share your thoughts, especially in the heat of the moment. But words once said can never be taken back, which is why Twitter is now giving users the opportunity to schedule their tweets. This means that if you want to take some time before tweeting, you can write it up first and schedule it for later.

If you decide not to post it, you can just cancel the schedule, or you can edit it to something more succinct. This feature will also be great for brands and companies looking to make announcements, where they can schedule an announcement for a specific date ahead of time instead of relying on social media managers having to manually do it themselves.

Despite the outpouring call for an edit button, Twitter has been adamant against introducing such a feature. The idea is that tweets are basically snapshots of our thoughts and should be captured in the moment. However, the company has come up with various ways to give users some pause before hitting that send button.

In addition to this new scheduled tweet feature, Twitter had previously introduced a feature where it attempts to detect words or phrases that might contain words that might be harmful and asks users if they’re sure they want to proceed.

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May 29th 2020, 10:05 pm

Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Sequel Has Been Confirmed

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When Paramount first released the trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, it was met with immediate backlash over the design of the character. This was because the character looked nothing like what fans of the video game franchise knew and loved, which led to the movie being delayed while they reworked the design.

It turned out that it might have been a good idea as the movie went on to do pretty well for itself as far as video game movies were concerned, so much so that it looks like a sequel to the movie has since been officially confirmed. The movie will also be bringing back the team where Jeff Fowler will be directing, while Pat Casey and Josh Miller will be writing the script.

The movie is said to be in the early stages of development, so there is still no word on casting or a production start date, let alone when it will be released, although we wouldn’t be surprised if the original actors were to be brought back, where Ben Schwartz voiced the main character while Jim Carrey played Dr. Robotnik.

If you have yet to watch Sonic the Hedgehog, you might be interested to learn that the movie has since been released early on home entertainment. This is because of the coronavirus pandemic which forced theaters to close, which resulted in some studios deciding to bring some of their movies to home entertainment earlier than intended.

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May 29th 2020, 10:05 pm

Sony’s PS5 Games Won’t Be Compatible With The PS4

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Whenever a new console generation is launched, what we usually see is developers make games that are available on both generations. This is to help the transition and also to make sure that current-gen owners don’t feel too left out. However, it seems that this isn’t a strategy that Sony will be adopting, at least not for their first-party titles.

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO Jim Ryan said, “We have always said that we believe in generations. We believe that when you go to all the trouble of creating a next-gen console, that it should include features and benefits that the previous generation does not include. And that, in our view, people should make games that can make the most of those features.”

This seems to be going in the opposite direction of Microsoft, where the company has pledged that at least for the first two years, first-party Xbox Series X games will also be available on the Xbox One. This might be disappointing for PS4 gamers, but if you were already planning on adopting the PS5, then we suppose it might not necessarily be that big of a deal.

Ryan had also recently hinted that the PS5 won’t necessarily be cheap. Once again, this seems to go against Microsoft’s strategy where the company is planning on making the Xbox Series X competitive in terms of pricing.

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May 29th 2020, 8:14 pm

Amazon Echo Look WIll Be Shutting Down This July

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Back in 2017, Amazon expanded on its Echo series of smart devices with something called the Echo Look. This was basically a smart camera of sorts, where users could rely on AI and also crowdsourced information and feedback to determine if what they’re wearing looks good and to seek out advice on what to wear.

It was an interesting idea, but it seems that Amazon’s experiment with the Echo Look is over. Speaking to Voicebot.ai, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed that come July 24, 2020, the Echo Look will be discontinued and that the accompany app and the device itself will cease to function.

According to Amazon, the reason for this is because the company has since moved some of its features to the Amazon Shopping app, which means that there is less need for such a device. “When we introduced Echo Look three years ago, our goal was to train Alexa to become a style assistant as a novel way to apply AI and machine learning to fashion.”

“With the help of our customers we evolved the service, enabling Alexa to give outfit advice and offer style recommendations. We’ve since moved Style by Alexa features into the Amazon Shopping app and to Alexa-enabled devices making them even more convenient and available to more Amazon customers.”

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May 29th 2020, 8:14 pm

Sony Acknowledges That The PS5 Won’t Necessarily Be Cheap

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When the Sony PS4 launched, it managed to gain a massive lead over the Microsoft Xbox One thanks to its price (amongst other things). It was priced at about $100 cheaper, making it a pretty clear choice for those who weren’t necessarily loyal to any particular platform, but it sees that price won’t be the selling point for the company’s upcoming PS5.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony Interactive Entertaniment’s president and CEO Jim Ryan hinted that in terms of pricing, the PS5 might not necessarily be the cheapest console around. Ryan was quoted as saying, “I think the best way that we can address this is by providing the best possible value proposition that we can. I don’t necessarily mean lowest price.”

Ryan goes on to add, “Value is a combination of many things. In our area it means games, it means number of games, depth of games, breadth of games, quality of games, price of games… all of these things and how they avail themselves of the feature set of the platform.” Right now there is no word on how much the PS5 will cost, but if the rumors are true, we could be looking at a price tag close to $500.

Sony had previously said that the price would be “appealing to gamers”, but that’s rather vague. It also seems to be a different approach from Microsoft, where the company had hinted that the Xbox Series X’s price will be “competitive”.

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May 29th 2020, 8:14 pm

Monkeys Steal Coronavirus Blood Samples In India

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As the world becomes more developed, we start to clear areas like forests and jungles to pave way for new developments. As a result, animals lose their homes and start wandering into urban areas, and unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to unintended consequences. Take for example over in India, where a troop of monkeys attacked a medical officer and stole some coronavirus blood samples.

According to the reports, a lab technician was walking in the campus at a medical college in Meerut, India, where a troop of monkeys descended upon the technician and grabbed the blood samples of four coronavirus patients who were undergoing treatment. According to Dr S. K. Garg, one of the college’s officials, “Monkeys grabbed and fled with the blood samples of four COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment … we had to take their blood samples again.”

It is unclear if the monkeys knew what they were taking or if they had spilled the blood samples, but people staying near the campus were worried about the spread of the virus if the monkeys were to carry the samples into residential areas. There is also some concern as to whether or not the monkeys could contract the disease.

According to Garg, to date there has been no evidence that monkeys can contract the virus. However, given how “new” this virus is and the current pandemic, we understand if there are some out there who might be worried anyway.

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May 29th 2020, 8:02 pm

UK Clamps Down On Scams Selling ‘Anti-5G’ USB Sticks

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5G was heralded to be the next big thing in mobile connectivity and technology. However, there are some people who don’t believe this to be true, and believe that 5G is somehow leading to health complications. More recently, there are some who are buying into a conspiracy theory that claims that 5G could somehow spread the coronavirus.

In fact, over in countries like the UK and Canada, people have been setting cellphone towers on fire. Now it seems that some people are taking advantage of these fears and are selling scam products in the form of USB sticks which they allege can offer up protection against 5G. These USB sticks are sold for obscene amounts of money at £339 each, but upon further inspection, are basically just regular USB drives.

The UK’s Trading Standards are now looking to clamp down on these scams. Speaking to the BBC, Stephen Knight, operations director for London Trading Standards said, “We consider it to be a scam. People who are vulnerable need protection from this kind of unscrupulous trading,” 

That being said, it seems that at least for some people who actually bought the product, they do not regret their purchase. This is because for some, the idea of being protected, even if it might not necessarily be true, gives them the peace of mind which in turn allows them to sleep through the night soundly instead of worrying about it.

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May 29th 2020, 8:02 pm

OnePlus 8 Pro VS Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra In Speed Test

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Right now, two of the hottest flagship Android phones in the market right now would probably have to be the OnePlus 8 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. This means that some of you are probably torn between either device, and thanks to a video uploaded onto YouTube by PhoneBuff, hopefully it can help you arrive at a decision.

The video basically pits both phones against each other in a speed test to see which phone is faster. For context, both phones are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. The OnePlus 8 Pro has 12GB of RAM versus the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 16GB of RAM.

It also has less storage (although both use UFS 3.0), and has a slightly lower resolution (marginally). So, which phone is faster? If you don’t have time to watch the entire video, spoiler alert: the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, although not by a particularly huge margin. In the test, it is clear that the OnePlus 8 Pro is slightly slower.

In the first lap, the OnePlus 8 Pro finished about 8 seconds behind the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but it seems that despite it having less RAM, it managed to keep most of its apps open in the background and in the second lap, it actually took less time than the Galaxy S20 Ultra. However, even then it wasn’t enough to cover the 8 second initial gap.

Now, we should point out that speed alone isn’t enough to determine if a phone is good or bad, but if it matters to you, then perhaps these results might be worth taking a closer look at.

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May 29th 2020, 8:02 pm

Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition Updated With Intel 10th Gen Core Processors

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While Razer might be known as a gaming company with rather flashy looking gadgets and computers, the company has every now and then put out a more subdued device for those who’d rather not be so obvious. One of those devices is the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition, which the company has recently given an upgrade.

The laptop was originally launched back in 2019, but it seems that about a year later, Razer has updated the computer where it will now come with Intel’s 10th gen Core chipsets. If you’re looking to future proof your laptop, then this could be worth checking out as the new chipsets should last you quite a while.

However, apart from the processor, Razer has also given the laptop a slight redesign in terms of its keyboard. The updated Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition will now feature an oversized right Shift key and smaller arrow keys. We’re not sure if this is the layout for everyone, but we suppose you don’t really have a choice.

Other than that, the laptop will still pack the same hardware as last year’s models which includes a 15.6-inch OLED display, 32GB of RAM, 16GB NVIDIA RTX 5000 GPU, and 1TB NVMe SSD. There will also be options to upgrade the RAM to 64GB and the storage to 4TB. The updated Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition will be priced at $4,299 and is available for purchase today.

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May 29th 2020, 6:10 am

Navy Blue iPhone 12 Concept Has Us Hoping The Rumors Are True

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According to one of the rumors of the iPhone 12, Apple is said to be dropping the midnight green color option for the iPhone 12 in favor of a navy blue finish. In a new video posted by ConceptsiPhone on YouTube, we now have an idea of what to expect, and boy, are we hoping that the rumors are true.

We should point out that the images in the video are purely conceptual. These are not leaks, but rather based on leaks, so it is unclear how the actual phone and finish could look like. Apple has never really been one to offer up very crazy colors for its iPhones, but that has been changing in recent times where Apple is slowly branching out and offering more color options besides your typical black/grey or silver finishes.

The video also goes on to show the iPhone 12’s design based on leaks we had previously heard, such as how it could adopt a design reminiscent of the iPhone 4/4S where it would have flat edges on the side of the phone instead of rounded edges like the current iPhone lineup (although to be fair, the refreshed 2018 iPad Pro kind of adopted that design first).

For the most part, Apple is still expected to launch the iPhone 12 later this year, but when exactly is anyone’s guess, but for the most part, many do seem to expect it to be delayed, with some claiming it might take place in November.

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May 29th 2020, 6:10 am

YouTube Music Will Now Let Users Pre-Save Upcoming Albums

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Back in the day before the digital age of music, we’re sure that some of you out there used to go to record stores to place a pre-order for an upcoming album release. These days, you can do that pre-ordering online, but what about music streaming? If you’re using YouTube Music, it looks like that’s going to be a feature you can look forward to.

As noticed by some users on Reddit, it seems that YouTube Music is allowing (some) users to “pre-save” upcoming albums. What this means is that users will be able to save these albums to their libraries and when the album is eventually released, they will be able to access it instantly instead of having to add it to their library manually.

In a way, we’ve seen this practice done before for games, where some publishers and developers will actually allow gamers to download the game in advance ahead of its release, so that when the game is released, they’ll be able to play it on the spot instead of having to wait for it to download.

YouTube has yet to make any kind of official announcement regarding this feature, so it might not necessarily be available to all users yet, so if you don’t see it yet, don’t worry as we imagine it should eventually be rolled out to everyone.

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May 29th 2020, 6:10 am

Google Search Has A New Anxiety Self-Assessment Tool

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Are you feeling anxious? Do you think it might be a temporary thing or is it something you might have been experiencing for a while? There is no doubt that the current coronavirus pandemic has gotten many of us worried, and the lockdown is surely not helping with our mental health either, but Google wants to help.

The company has announced that they have launched a new anxiety self-assessment tool in Google Search. This self-assessment tool consists of several clinically-validated questions that users can answer in order to see if they might be experiencing some form of anxiety, and while it won’t offer up a cure, it will at the very least allow users to better understand what they’re feeling and to seek out professional help if necessary.

According to Google, “Anxiety can show up as a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms, and it can take decades for people who first experience symptoms to get treatment. By providing access to authoritative information, and the resources and tools to learn more about anxiety, we hope to empower more people to take action and seek help.”

This self-assessment tool can be found whenever users search for anxiety related information on Google, but if you’re interested in checking it out, you can head on directly to the survey page and take part in the questions.

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May 28th 2020, 6:47 pm

YouTube Finally Introduces Video Chapters To Make It Easier To Watch Long Videos

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If you’ve ever watched a long-form YouTube video or tutorials, you might notice that in the video’s description, the creator might link timestamps so that users can skip directly to the part of the video that they want to go to. For example, they can skip out on the introduction, or jump to the part of the tutorial that they are interested in.

This isn’t necessarily the most efficient method around, but it works. However, thankfully YouTube has heard the requests of its users and have since announced that they are now rolling out video chapters. YouTube has been testing out this feature for a while now, and it seems that due to popular feedback, the company has opted to make it a permanent feature.

So, how does it work? These chapters will be visible at the bottom of the video player and shows timestamps that users can click on to jump to them directly. However, we should note that this is a completely optional feature and video creators will need to include it manually, so not all videos might take advantage of it.

The new video chapters feature should be rolling out for the web version of YouTube along with the iOS and Android apps, so do keep an eye out for it if this sounds like something you might be interested in.

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May 28th 2020, 6:47 pm

Google Turns To Augmented Reality To Help With Social Distancing

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Last month, Snapchat launched a new lens that used augmented reality to help users get a better idea of how far apart people should stand away from other people with regards to social distancing. The idea is that by standing a certain distance away from others, it reduces the chance of the coronavirus spreading.

If you’re not a Snapchat user but want to have the feature, you might be in luck because Google has since announced something similar of their own. Dubbed Sodar, this uses WebXR to offer up a similar feature, but the best part is that it does not require users to download any app. It can actually be launched in your phone’s browser.

However, we should note that this won’t work with all phones. For starters, it doesn’t work on iOS devices. Secondly, even with Android phones, it won’t work with all of them. There is no compatibility list, but we have come across comments that are suggesting that it doesn’t work for everyone.

Android users might need to have a device that is ARCore compatible, so if your device is, then maybe it could work. In any case, if you want to check it out, just head on over to Google’s Sodar website on your mobile device and take it for a spin.

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May 28th 2020, 6:47 pm

Facebook Launches New Voice Calling App CatchUp

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Facebook Messenger already allows for voice calls, but it seems that Facebook is testing out a new app called CatchUp that will also allow users to make audio-only calls. So what’s the difference? Why would there be a need for a new and separate app? With CatchUp, there will be one main difference: users can show their availability.

We’ve all made phone calls in the past where people sometimes don’t answer as they might not have heard the phone ring or if they’re busy, but since we don’t know that, we have to try our luck. However, with CatchUp, users will be able to set their talk status in the app to show if they’re available to receive calls.

According to Facebook, they explain that this is meant to overcome some of the limitations with phone calls, where people don’t know if they should call because they don’t want to interrupt the other person if they’re busy. By showing their availability status, it is implied that the user is not busy and can be reached via phone.

Facebook claims that the app has actually been in development for a while, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, they accelerated its development to help users stay connected with each other. CatchUp was developed by Facebook’s internal R&D team so whether or not it will become a mainstay product depends on how well-received it is. For now, it is only available in the US for both iOS and Android devices.

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May 27th 2020, 9:06 pm

It Might Be A Bit Early, But Alleged iPhone 13 Camera Details Leaked

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The iPhone 12 has yet to be officially announced. In fact, it might even be delayed to November, but thanks to a tweet by @choco_bit, they have shared some information about Apple’s 2021 iPhones, the iPhone 13. To be more specific, they have shared details about the iPhone 13’s cameras.

According to the tweet, Apple could actually launch an iPhone in 2021 with four camera modules on the back. The main camera is rumored to sport a 64MP sensor with 6x digital zoom, another camera with a 40MP sensor with 3-5x optical zoom, a 64MP anamorphic lens (typically used for filmmaking), and a 40MP ultra wide camera. The tweet also claims that the phone will come with a LiDAR 4.0 sensor.

We have heard rumors that Apple could introduce a LiDAR sensor in this year’s iPhones. The sensor made its debut on Apple’s iPad Pro refresh from earlier this year, and is meant to help boost the phone’s augmented reality capabilities by offering up better environmental sensing to gauge what’s going on in the area the user is in.

Needless to say that this is a very, very early rumor so take it with a grain of salt for now, but it’s not a stretch to think that Apple’s 2021 iPhones will come with improved optics, which is what Apple has been doing with every release. In fact, some other iPhone 13 related rumors have even suggested that the handset could be completely portless.

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May 27th 2020, 9:06 pm

Skullcandy’s Latest Wireless Earbuds Comes With Tile Tracking Integration

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Tile’s trackers are useful if you’re looking to locate misplaced items like keys, bags, and so on. However, in recent years, we’re starting to see more products get integrated with Tile’s trackers, meaning that you won’t need an external Tile tracker in order to keep track of them in the event you’ve misplaced it.

Skullcandy’s latest pair of wireless earbuds will be taking advantage of the technology as the company could very well be the first to integrate Tile’s tech into this form factor. Tracking the earbuds will be pretty straightforward where you can use your phone and the accompanying app to try and locate them. However, there will be an added benefit in which the earbuds can also enlist the help of other nearby Tile trackers to boost its search capabilities.

To be fair, wireless earbuds like Apple’s AirPods do come with their own tracking features, but by using Tile, it does make the tech more available to other brands who might be interested in doing something similar of their own. Also, we should note that this is not the first time we’re seeing Tile and Skullcandy work together.

In 2018, Skullcandy unveiled its Venue headphones that come with Tile tracking capabilities, and we’ve also seen Tile work with Bose to offer up similar features, but this would be a first as far as wireless earbuds are concerned. Skullcandy’s new wireless earbuds are priced starting at $60 and are available from the company’s website.

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May 27th 2020, 9:06 pm

Samsung Money Is The Company’s Answer To The Apple Card

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Earlier this month, Samsung revealed that they were planning on launching their own debit card. Now it looks like the company has done just that as Samsung has taken the wraps off what they’re calling “Samsung Money by SoFi”. For those unfamiliar, SoFi is the fintech company that Samsung has chosen to partner with for its debit card.

However, unlike the Apple Card which acts like an actual credit card, Samsung Money is a debit card. This means that how much you can spend is pretty much limited to how much you have in your bank account, so you won’t be able to spend more than what you have in your account balance, which we suppose is a good thing as it doesn’t put you into debt.

It will, however, share similar traits to the Apple Card where the physical card itself is blank and does not display the card’s number, expiration date, or the CVV, thus protecting users from fraud or identity theft. Samsung also notes that the Samsung Money card is FDIC insured for up to $1.5 million.

According to Sang Ahn, Vice President and GM of Samsung Pay, North America Service Business, Samsung Electronics, “Samsung’s goal is to make everyday life better by putting powerful tools in the hands of Galaxy users. Now, users can access mobile-first financial services and earn exclusive Samsung benefits. We’re excited to help our users reach their financial dreams by allowing them to spend, save and grow their money and access it easily and securely.”

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May 27th 2020, 8:17 pm

Canon’s Webcam Software Is Now Available For Mac Users

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Back in April, Canon announced that they would be releasing software for Windows PCs in which it would allow users to turn their Canon cameras into webcams. Given that video conferencing is rising in popularity these days due to the coronavirus pandemic that has forced many to work and study from home, this was excellent news.

So what about Mac users? For Mac users who weren’t feeling the love, not to worry because Canon has since announced that its EOS Webcam Utility Beta software is now available for macOS as well. This means that if you’re a Mac user with a compatible Canon camera, you can download the software and start using your Canon camera as a webcam.

According to Canon, “Similar to the Windows operating system version released April 28, the new macOS compatible software solution requires one single USB plug (which may need to be purchased separately) to connect the compatible camera to the computer. Once the software is downloaded and the camera is configured within a video conferencing application, the user will have improved video appearance while participating in video conferencing and virtual meetings.”

Having an official method of using your camera as a webcam is no doubt a pretty useful one. Prior to this, most camera users would have to turn to third-party software and purchase additional accessories, but with official software now available, it should be pretty much a plug-and-play situation. The software is available for download via Canon’s website.

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May 27th 2020, 8:17 pm

Ads Are About To Invade Instagram’s IGTV Videos

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While browsing Instagram Stories, occasionally you’ll come across an ad or two. For the most part, Instagram’s IGTV videos have been kept ad-free, but that is expected to change. While it might be annoying for viewers who hate ads, it might actually be good news for creators who are looking to make a living by making IGTV videos.

In an announcement by Instagram, they have revealed that ads will be coming to IGTV videos, but like we said, this could be a good thing for creators. This is because Instagram will be sharing revenue from ads similar to how YouTube also shares ad revenue with its creators. This would make Instagram a more viable alternative to YouTube.

According to Instagram, “Starting next week, we are introducing ads in IGTV, our long-form video destination. We want to support creators’ investment in IGTV by sharing advertising revenue with them. IGTV ads will initially appear when people click to watch IGTV videos from previews in their feed. The video ads will be built for mobile and up to 15 seconds long.”

For those unfamiliar, IGTV is where Instagram users will be able to upload videos that are longer in length. This is versus Stories which are limited to 15 seconds per Story. Whether or not these changes will start seeing creators swap from YouTube to IGTV remains to be seen.

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May 27th 2020, 8:17 pm

Lenovo Unveils Yoga Duet 7i With A Detachable Keyboard

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When you think of laptops with detachable keyboards, you might be thinking of Microsoft’s Surface series of laptop-tablet hybrids. Now it looks like Lenovo wants in on the action as well as the company has unveiled their first ever Yoga device that comes with a detachable keyboard in the form of the Yog Duet 7i.

The Duet 7i will be quite a compact and powerful device where users will be able to configure it to feature Intel’s 10th gen Core-i7 processor. It will also be portable with a 13-inch IPS 2K display, support for up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage. Lenovo is also boasting that the Duet 7i will be capable of squeezing out as much as 10.8 hours of battery life, which according to Lenovo, is optimized using AI that can get an extra 20%.

The Duet 7i will be more than just a laptop because Lenovo has also unveiled a new accessory for the device with the E-Color Pen. This is essentially a stylus that comes with a built-in smart sensor that makes it a real-life color picker, where you can point the stylus at real-world objects and it will mimic those colors.

Other features of the Duet 7i includes support for WiFi 6, LTE, and also Alexa, Amazon’s digital voice assistant. The Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i will be priced starting at €1199 and will be available for purchase starting June 2020.

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May 27th 2020, 7:03 pm

iPhone 12 Could Be Launching This November

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We have been hearing rumors that because of the coronavirus pandemic, Apple could be delaying the launch of its 2020 iPhones. Whether or not this is true remains to be seen, but according to a new report from the Cowen investment bank, it seems that they believe this to be true as well.

According to their report, they are predicting that Apple could be launching their new iPhones in November 2020. Apple typically launches new iPhones around September, but we have been hearing rumors that the devices for this year could be delayed to October or November, with some even claiming that Apple might delay it to 2021.

In addition to potentially delaying the launch of the iPhone 12, the report goes on to claim that Apple could actually be producing fewer units than expected. There could be several reasons for this, one of which is that due to the pandemic which forced many production facilities to temporarily shut down, the backlog could have resulted in limited production capabilities.

Alternatively, some are suggesting that as a result of the pandemic, it has affected the economy which means that instead of spending on luxuries like a new smartphone, consumers could be choosing to spend on necessities instead, which means that Apple could be choosing to produce fewer units to address a potential drop in demand.

Either way, take it with a grain of salt for now, but if you were hoping to see an iPhone 12 in launch in September, you might have to wait.

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May 27th 2020, 7:03 pm

For Some Reason, Anker Has Decided To Launch A $100 24K Gold-Plated Lightning Cable

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When it comes to third-party accessories for smartphones, Anker is a brand that many of you might be familiar with. The company has created charging cables, wireless chargers, power adapters, and so on. For the most part, Anker’s products have been pretty affordable, at least until now.

The company, for whatever reason, has chosen to debut a $100 24K gold-plated Lightning to USB-C cable for Apple’s devices. Typically, using a Lightning to USB-C cables can be used to fast charge Apple’s newer iPhones when paired with the MacBook’s power adapter. This cable will be part of the company’s PowerLine+ III lineup, and according to Anker, will be known as the “Special Edition Gold Design” that they boast will be “bold yet elegant”.

The cable will feature gold plated cable heads along with matching gold and black braids for the actual cable itself. According to Anker, they claim that the braided cable will offer a 35,000 bend lifespan and is partially assembled by hand. It measures 6 feet long and passes through Anker’s 51-step construction process.

We’re not sure why Anker would suddenly debut such a pricey cable, but if you’re looking to charge your iPhone with a USB-C cable, then this could be worth checking out if you have $100 to spare.

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May 27th 2020, 7:03 pm

Fujifilm Releases Software That Turns Its Cameras Into Plug-And-Play Webcams

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Some of you might recall that not too long ago, Canon released a software that allowed users of its cameras to turn it into a webcam. We also reported recently that Fujifilm was planning something similar, and the good news for Fujifilm camera owners is that it looks like the software has since been released.

Dubbed the FUJIFILM X Webcam, this will make it easy for Fujifilm owners to turn their cameras into webcams simply by plugging it into their computers. According to the company, “Users will be able to install the software on any PC, and using a USB cable, connect a supported camera, to create a web-conferencing environment with much higher image quality.”

Yup, you read that right, it’s pretty much just a plug-and-play experience which makes it incredibly easy to improve on your video conferencing calls. Prior to this, users could turn their Fujifilm cameras into webcams, but this involved them having to purchase additional equipment like a capture card and use third-party software, but this takes up a lot of the work.

That being said, we should note that not all Fujifilm cameras are compatible with this software. For now, it seems to be limited to the company’s high-end cameras which includes the Fujifilm GFX100, GFX 50S, GFX 50R, X-H1, X-Pro2, X-Pro3, X-T2, X-T3, and the X-T4.

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May 27th 2020, 6:54 am

Latest macOS Update Will Better Manage Your MacBook’s Battery Health

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With Apple introducing USB-C ports to its MacBook laptops, this allows users to connect their laptops to external monitors while charging them simultaneously. This in turn has resulted in many MacBook users turning their laptops into permanent desktop workstations, but we imagine that this is at the cost of battery life.

The good news is that if you’re running a similar setup, you might want to update your laptop to the latest version of macOS. This is because in the macOS Catalina 10.15.5 update, Apple has brought a new feature to the operating system in the form of Battery Health Management. This feature is designed to help MacBook owners reduce wear and tear on their batteries to prolong them.

In case you didn’t already know, constantly charging your laptop’s batteries will reduce their lifespan, where after a year or two, they will no longer hold their charge when it was brand new. This is unavoidable. However, with this new feature, Apple is hoping to better manage battery health by studying the charging behavior of its users, and then adapt the batteries accordingly.

For example, if it detects that the MacBook is plugged in most of the time, it will prevent it from hitting full capacity. This is because constantly keeping the battery topped up can be detrimental to overall battery health. This new Battery Health Management feature will be enabled by default, but users can go ahead and disable it if they wish.

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May 27th 2020, 6:54 am

South Korean Cafe Uses Robots To Help With Social Distancing

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No thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the way we live our lives moving forwards will never be the same again. Until a vaccine has been found, it seems that social distancing is pretty much the only thing we can do in order to curb the spread of the virus, and a cafe in South Korea has come up with an interesting way to deal with it: robots.

Located in Daejeon, this cafe has hired robot employees who will make and serve coffee to customers. This is to help with social distancing whereby using robots instead of humans, it reduces the amount of human-to-human interactions, which in turn helps prevent the virus from spreading.

The cafe has also been designed to keep tables apart from each other to not only help the robots smoothly navigate the cafe, but also to enforce social distancing rules amongst customers. The robot will be capable of making as many as 60 different types of drinks for customers and also has the ability to map out its routes in the cafe to find the best ways to get around.

Of course, some have expressed their concern at using robots as it means that there will be less jobs for humans as it essentially fills the role that a human would have otherwise been in.

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May 27th 2020, 6:54 am

Mini LED MacBook Pro, iPad, iMac Expected In 2021

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It has been rumored that Apple is working on mini LED products, but to date, we haven’t actually seen any from the company. In fact, one of the rumored mini LED products is an iPad Pro that was supposed to launch this year, but has since been delayed. Now according to analyst Jeff Pu, it seems that the mini LED lineup will only be arriving in 2021.

Pu’s assessment is in line with that of notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who had previously claimed that Apple’s mini LED will only be coming in 2021. The products that are expected to receive these mini LED upgrades include the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the iPad Pro, and also the iMac Pro.

The report claims that these products will see the update in the first quarter for the iPad Pro, the 16-inch MacBook Pro in the second quarter, and the iMac Pro in the second half of the year. It’s interesting to hear about the 16-inch MacBook Pro getting an update in the second quarter of 2021 as we have to wonder if this means that we won’t be seeing an update to the laptop this year.

In any case, take it with a grain of salt for now, but if you were hoping to see mini LED products from Apple, 2021 could be the earliest we’ll be seeing them.

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May 27th 2020, 6:25 am

Fortnite Will Run At 90 FPS On OnePlus 8 Phones

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There are various ways gamers can improve themselves in the games they play. It could be hardware where having a more responsive keyboard or mouse can help, better audio, a faster computer, and so on. Frame rates have also been found to help improve your gaming experience, and soon OnePlus 8 owners might have an advantage.

If you own the OnePlus 8 handset, you might be interested to learn that in a deal struck with Epic Games, OnePlus 8 phones will be able to run Fortnite at a buttery smooth 90 FPS. This will essentially make the OnePlus 8 the only handset to be able to run the game at those frame rates, although you might want to take note of this.

This is because in order to achieve higher frame rates, you would need more powerful hardware. Since the phone has already been released, it’s not like OnePlus can magically upgrade the hardware of its handset, so instead, the game will need to run at lower settings in order to hit that 90 FPS mark.

However, if higher frame rates is more important to you than graphics quality, then this could be something to look forward to. According to Tim Sweeney , founder and CEO of Epic Games, “This is a big step forward, and alongside the performance improvements the teams have made regarding FPS, Fortnite on a OnePlus device is going to be an awesome experience.”

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May 27th 2020, 6:25 am

Logitech Unveils Wireless Version Of Its G915 TKL Mechanical Keyboard

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Nobody really likes dealing with cables and wires, which is why wireless mice and keyboards are becoming more popular these days. However, when it comes to mechanical keyboards, there aren’t that many wireless options out there, but Logitech is surely expanding on that with their latest keyboard.

The company has announced that they will be giving its G915 gaming keyboard a bit of an upgrade where they have announced a wireless option. This means that if you like what the G915 had to offer, you will now have the option to purchase a wireless version of the keyboard that comes with pretty much the same features as its wired counterpart.

Unlike most mechanical keyboards, the G915 is a low-profile keyboard. This means that while it still uses mechanical switches, they are using a low-profile version which means that it’ll have a smaller footprint in terms of its height. Some users might prefer this low-profile design as some do see it as being easier to type on.

The wireless G915 will also be a TKL version, meaning that it loses the dedicated numpad to the right. Some users do prefer this option as the “shorter” design does make it easier to use it with a mouse. According to Logitech, the wireless G915 will offer up to 40 hours of use on a single charge and will be priced at $229.99 and will be available in a linear, tactile, or clicky options.

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May 27th 2020, 6:25 am

Apple’s iPhone 11 Has Surpassed The iPhone XR As The World’s Most Popular Smartphone

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It looks like Apple could have a winning formula on their hands because according to data released by Omdia, it has been suggested that the iPhone 11, released last year, is now the “world’s most popular” smartphone, surpassing that of the iPhone XR which was released in 2018.

This is based on global smartphone shipments in which the iPhone 11 managed to ship 19.5 million units in Q1 2020. This is versus the iPhone XR which managed to ship 13.6 million units in Q1 2019. It also shows what a massive lead the iPhone 11 has over its competition, like the Samsung Galaxy A51 which comes in second place, although it is very far behind at only 6.8 million units.

Like we said, this seems to suggest that Apple has a pretty good formula on their hands. What do we mean by this? For those unfamiliar, the iPhone XR and iPhone 11 are the base models for their respective lineups. They offer slightly less features, use an LCD screen, and also have a much more affordable price tag.

This seems to be more than enough to convince customers to purchase them over their more expensive siblings. In fact, in 2019 we were hearing reports that the iPhone XR was dominating smartphone sales, and now it looks like its successor is enjoying similar, if not greater, levels of success.

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May 26th 2020, 9:01 pm

Switzerland Will Be The First To Take Advantage Of Apple And Google’s Exposure Notification API

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Apple and Google have recently released their Exposure Notification API to the public, and now the onus is pretty much on governments and app developers to take advantage of it, and it looks like we might have our first candidate. A team in Switzerland will be the first to release an app that will be using the Exposure Notification API.

The team is developing a contact tracing app that will be using the Exposure Notification API to better track and trace the spread of the coronavirus. The app will be rolled out to the Swiss army, hospital workers, and civil servants, but it is expected to be rolled out to a wider audience in the near future.

However, while Switzerland might be on board, other governments have expressed disinterest in the API. This is because in a bid to help maintain the privacy of the user, Apple and Google have baked in several restrictions to prevent user information and location from being abused by third-party services.

The Exposure Notification API relies heavily on user consent and these restrictions have frustrated government officials, some of whom are now building their own contact tracing solutions as an alternative. Apple and Google had also previously stated that once the pandemic is over, they have plans to shut their contact tracing service down.

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May 26th 2020, 9:01 pm

Spotify Drops The 10,000 Song Limit On Libraries

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If you’re a music lover, there is a chance that your library of music has grown over the years where it could contain thousands of songs. There is even a chance you might have amassed over 10,000 songs. However, if you used streaming services like Spotify, then you might have run into issues with that.

This is because Spotify used to have a limit of 10,000 songs in a user’s library, but not anymore. The company has announced that they will be killing off the 10,000 song limit in libraries, meaning that in theory, you should be able to keep an unlimited number of songs in your library at one go.

According to the company, “This makes it possible to save songs, and albums on Spotify to your heart’s content. Avid Spotify users like me will no longer have to curate their Library, or remove songs before adding new tracks. This also avoids that anxious feeling that appears when you’re deciding whether to save full albums, or select single tracks in anticipation of the ‘epic collection my friend’ pop up.”

However, we should note that this only applies to your general library. As far as playlists are concerned, there is still a limit on the number of songs which is set at 10,000. It will also not apply to offline downloads, where if you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber, you can only download up to 10,000 songs on five different devices for offline listening.

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May 26th 2020, 9:01 pm

Sony Unveils Its ZV-1 Digital Camera Aimed At Vloggers And Influencers

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The vlogging concept is still very much alive and well, and if you’re looking to maybe hop on the bandwagon, naturally you’re going to need a camera. In case your phone doesn’t quite cut it as a vlogging camera, or maybe you want something a little better quality with additional features, then Sony has you covered.

The company has officially announced their new compact digital camera in the form of the Sony ZV-1. The company was teasing its launch just last week and now it looks like the camera has been unveiled in all of its official glory, although the leaked pictures leading up to the announcement has certainly killed any surprises we would have expected.

In terms of design, the ZV-1 looks like the RX100 series and shares some of its hardware as well. This includes the same 1-inch 20MP stacked sensor that can also be found on the RX100 VII. However, in terms of lens, the ZV-1 will come with a 24-70mm lens found in an older RX100 camera, along with an f/1.8 aperture that should help create that desired blurry background bokeh effect.

Sony has definitely positioned this as a video-focused camera because the popup flash unit is gone. In its place is a three capsule microphone which comes with a windscreen that Sony claims will offer improved audio quality. There is also a rear viewfinder display that now swivels out to the side instead of to the top.

Sony also states that they are planning to eventually introduce webcam functionality to the camera at a later date, so that could be worth keeping an eye out for as well. The Sony ZV-1 is priced at $800 and is available for pre-order.

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May 26th 2020, 8:00 pm

Grand Theft Auto VI Could Be Seeing A 2023 Release

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With the amount of success Rockstar had with GTA 5, it makes sense that they would want to eventually follow it up with GTA 6. However, there is the question of when exactly will GTA 6 be released? The good news is that we might now have a possible date to look forward to, and that is in 2023 (which lines up with what we had previously heard).

According to Take-Two’s (Rockstar’s parent company) 10-K SEC filing, it seems that the company is planning on spending $89 million on marketing during a 12-month period ending on 31st March, 2024. That is a lot of money to be spending on market, and it has been noted that this is twice the amount that they have spent compared to other fiscal years

The reason for this, at least that’s according to analyst Jeff Cohen of investment firm Stephens, is because of GTA 6. Without a doubt that when GTA 6 is announced and released, Take-Two will want to be putting the word out as much as possible, and as such, a larger marketing budget might be required.

Of course, this is purely speculation at this point in time, but considering that GTA 5 made the company over a billion dollars, and is still raking in money thanks to GTA Online, we’re not surprised that Take-Two wants to ensure that its successor will be a smashing success as well. However, the 2023 date means that we have at least 3 years to wait, so until then, don’t hold your breath.

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May 26th 2020, 8:00 pm

Microsoft Edge Has A New Mini Game You Can Play When You’re Offline

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Did you know that one of the Easter Eggs for Google’s Chrome browser is an endless runner game that can be activated when the browser detects that you’re offline? It turns out that Microsoft loves that idea and has since announced that its Edge browser, now built using Chromium, will be gaining a similar feature as well.

Similar to how Chrome implements their game, Microsoft’s Edge surfing game can be activated when you’re offline, or if you’re online but you’re bored, you can actually launch it by typing edge://surf into the address bar of the browser. According to Microsoft, the game was in testing with Insiders since February, but the company has released it to the public in the latest update to the browser.

Based on the description of the game, “Inspired by the classic Windows game SkiFree, the surf game challenges players to ride through the water while avoiding islands, fellow surfers, and other obstacles. Watch out for the kraken! Players can also collect hearts to extend their lives and boosts for a burst of speed. Surf as far as possible in an endless ocean, compete for the shortest time, or zig zag through as many gates as you can in a row. With three distinct game modes, players have a variety of ways to pass the time.”

It looks like a pretty simple but fun-looking game. If you enjoy these types of retro 8-bit style games, then this is definitely worth taking a look at even if you do have an internet connection.

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May 26th 2020, 8:00 pm

Formula E Driver Caught Hiring A Professional Gamer To Race For Him in eSports Event

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Now that quite a number of major sporting events have been cancelled, what we’re seeing is how some sporting organizations and event organizers have come up with some creative solutions, such as getting professional athletes to compete in the eSports version of the game that they play.

While there might be some procedures and systems in place to prevent cheating during a real-life sporting event, it seems that organizers are still working out the kinks for the eSports alternative. This is because according to reports, Formula E driver Daniel Abt was disqualified and ordered to pay a fine after he was caught having hired a professional gamer to play in his place during an official eSports race.

Abt finished third in the event, which was meant to be a fun event and raise money for UNICEF, and apparently raised some eyebrows when he did not appear in the post-race interview. It was later discovered that he had hired a professional gamer to take his place in the fifth round, which according to Abt, was meant to be a “joke”.

According to Abt, “We had a conversation and the idea came up that it would be a funny move if a sim racer basically drove for me, to show the other, real drivers, what he is capable of and use the chance to drive against them. We wanted to document it and create a funny story for the fans with it.” Abt has since been let go by Audi from its Formula E racing team following the scandal.

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May 26th 2020, 7:18 pm

More Evidence Suggests That The Pixel 5 Will Not Use The Snapdragon 865 Chipset

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Google’s Pixel 5 is largely expected to be announced later this year. It will be the company’s flagship phone for 2020, except that there is mounting evidence to suggest that the handset will not be sporting flagship hardware If you were rightfully assuming that the phone could come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, think again.

This is because according to a report from XDA Developers, they have uncovered more evidence to suggest that the Pixel 5 will instead be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 (or one of its variants) instead. This is based on the latest strings of code discovered in the Android 11 Developer Preview by XDA Senior Member cstark27, in which there are references made that suggests that the phone could use the Snapdragon 765 chipset.

XDA aren’t alone in their claims as another separate report from Android Police’s David Ruddock also suggests that the Pixel 5 will be powered by the Snapdragon 765G chipset. It is unclear why Google is opting to use the less powerful Snapdragon 765G chipset, but it is possible that it might be related to costs.

The Pixel phones have been seeing a steady rise in its prices over the years, so by switching to a mid-range chipset, Google could be looking to lower the costs, which in turn could lower the price for consumers. Either way, take it with a grain of salt for now, but hopefully we’ll have more details in the near future.

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May 26th 2020, 7:18 pm

It Looks Like BlizzCon Will Not Be Taking Place This Year

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Blizzard typically hosts an event every year around November known as BlizzCon. It is one of the biggest gaming events in the year as this is when Blizzard usually announces updates to their games as well as new titles. Unfortunately, it looks like BlizzCon 2020 will not be taking place this year.

This is due to the coronavirus pandemic in which Blizzard has chosen not to host the event in person If you were thinking about an online-only event, that’s what Blizzard seems to be considering, although it appears that the company is thinking about hosting it early next year instead.

According to Blizzard’s Saralyn Smith, the executive producer of BlizzCon, “During this time, we’ve had many discussions about what holding a convention could look like in light of all the health and safety considerations we’d want to make. We’ve also talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the months ahead. Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.”

Granted the event is still many months away, but with health officials predicting that a vaccine for the virus will only be available next year at the earliest, it makes sense that Blizzard would be postponing the event. Other events have also been cancelled in the wake of the pandemic, including E3 2020.

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May 26th 2020, 7:18 pm

2020’s iPhones Will Continue To Use The Lightning Port

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According to a recent rumor, it was suggested that Apple could launch a completely portless iPhone in the future. However, it seems that the launch of such a device will only come in 2021 because in a tweet by leakster @choco_bit, the tweet claims that Apple is expected to continue to stick with the Lightning port for 2020’s iPhones.

The tweet also goes on to claim that Apple will be using a smart connector for 2021’s iPhones. This is interesting as the smart connector is a feature that Apple first introduced to its iPad Pro lineup a few years ago. It was not meant to charge devices, but rather it was used to connect accessories like the Smart and Magic Keyboard.

By going completely portless, it would appear that Apple seems to be putting a lot of faith into wireless charging, which has improved over the years, but it still requires a charging mat. While this might be more convenient than plugging in a device, there are of course disadvantages to it, where if you take your phone off the mat to check on it, it stops charging.

Plus, wireless charging speeds still aren’t quite as fast compared to wired charging, especially with all the fast-charging solutions out there today. In any case, it’s probably best to take this with a grain of salt for now, but if you were hoping for a completely portless iPhone, you might have to wait until 2021 at the earliest.

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May 25th 2020, 8:19 pm

Firmware Update Could Allow Fujifilm Cameras To Be Turned Into Plug-And-Play Webcams

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The ability to turn your digital camera into a webcam isn’t new. Streamers have been doing it for quite a while now in order to achieve the best possible quality for their streams. However, the problem is that it isn’t always the most straightforward of solutions as sometimes it involves purchasing additional hardware and downloading third-party software.

Not too long ago, Canon released a software that made it easier for users of its cameras to turn its camera into webcams, and now it looks like Fujifilm is looking to do the same. According to a recent live stream from Fujifilm India, one of the members of the product team was asked about using Fujifilm’s cameras as a webcam, in which they responded by saying that there could be firmware in development that would make it a plug-and-play solution.

According to one of the members from the team (as transcribed by Fuji Rumors), “I can not say about it definitely, but I have heard from the developing team that we are developing something and they are soon going to release a firmware. There will be plug-and-play, and the X series camera will become like a webcam. Yes, I have heard they are working on it, but I have no confirmation at this moment. But definitely they are doing something. Something is cooking.”

It does not sound like this is an official announcement, but if true, then this is something that users can look forward to in the future. At the moment webcams are seeing an explosion in popularity due to the number of people working and studying from home and using video conferencing apps like Zoom, so if you’re looking to kick things up a notch, this is an update worth keeping an eye out for.

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May 25th 2020, 8:19 pm

Future AirPods Could Come With Health Monitoring Light Sensors

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Headphones with built-in health monitoring features aren’t new, but it looks like Apple wants to get in on the action. This is according to a recent DigiTimes report in which they claim that Apple could potentially use ambient light sensors in a future pair of AirPods, but it stops short of actually mentioning why.

However, according to speculation, it has been suggested that maybe this could be for health reasons. As iMore points out, Apple has a patent that was discovered last year that revealed that the company was exploring the idea of incorporating health monitoring features into the AirPods, and now with this new report, it seems that using these light sensors could be how they might go about doing it.

Given that the AirPods already feature sensors that can detect when the headphones are in the wearer’s ears, Apple might use these light sensors for other features, like taking the temperature of the user or measuring their heart rate. Apple currently uses an optical sensor for the heart rate monitoring feature of the Apple Watch, so it is possible that they might want to implement something similar for the AirPods.

That being said, as interesting as this may be, we think that Apple definitely needs to address the battery life of the AirPods first. There have been multiple user reports claiming that the AirPods loses its charge pretty quickly after the first year, so if they want to turn it into a health monitoring tool, that definitely needs to be improved upon.

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May 25th 2020, 8:19 pm

Australians Researchers Achieve The World’s Fastest Internet Speeds At 44.2 Terabits Per Second

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Internet speeds around the world vary from country to country, and provider to provider. However, over in Australia, researchers from Monash, Swinburne, and RMIT universities have managed to achieve the world’s fastest internet speeds where they managed to clock it at a whopping 44.2Tbps (terabits per second).

This makes it a million times faster than what is commercially available in Australia at the moment, where the average download speed is at 43.4Mbps. This was achieved by using a “micro comb” optical chip that contains hundreds of infrared lasers to transfer data, and the best part is that it was also accomplished using existing communications infrastructure in the country, meaning that the researchers did not have to rely on a specialized infrastructure.

It would also seem to hint that in the future, the existing infrastructure that has already been put into place could be leveraged to boost internet speeds without having to overhaul the entire system. Speaking to The Independent, Dr Bill Corcoran from Monash University said, “There’s a bit of a global race on at the moment to get this technology to a commercial stage, as the micro-comb at its heart is useful in a really broad range of existing technologies.”

Corcoran also notes that it is possible that in about five years, the technology they used to achieve those speeds could become commercially available. “I’d guess that we could see devices like ours available to research labs in two to three years, and initial commercial use in about five years.”

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May 24th 2020, 7:49 pm

US Navy Tests A Laser Cannon That Can Shoot Down Aircrafts

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Whenever we watch TV shows or movies set in the distant future, more often than not guns that would have used bullets are replaced with laser blasters. This also seems to be a common trope in space battles where instead of firing projectiles, aircrafts use lasers instead to shoot things down.

It’s starting to look like that future could be becoming a reality, because the US Navy has recently confirmed that they have successfully tested a new laser weapon that is capable of shooting an aircraft down mid-flight. In a series of images and videos that were shared, it shows a US Navy warship firing a laser cannon that took down a drone.

The video also shows that the drone is burning after being hit by the laser. The concept of using a laser gun isn’t exactly new as we had heard about the US Navy conducting these types of tests way back in 2011. We have also seen how lasers are being tested by the US Air Force as an anti-drone defense system.

In a statement made by Capt. Karrey Sanders, commanding officer of Portland, “By conducting advanced at sea tests against UAVs and small crafts, we will gain valuable information on the capabilities of the Solid State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator against potential threats. With this new advanced capability, we are redefining war at sea for the Navy.”

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May 24th 2020, 7:49 pm

Google Could Be Looking To Bring End-To-End Encryption To RCS Messages

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SMS and MMS have been around for a while now, but it’s safe to say that they haven’t necessarily been updated to keep up with the times, and have since been replaced by the likes of messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, and so on. However, with RCS messages, that is set to change.

However, there is still at least one feature that other apps have that RCS doesn’t, and that is end-to-end encryption. The good news is that according to an APK teardown by 9to5Google, they have discovered evidence that Google could be looking to build end-to-end encryption into RCS messages in the future.

Based on the teardown, they have discovered as many as 12 strings that make reference to encryption, hinting that this is a feature that could be coming soon. For those who are unfamiliar, end-to-end encryption is a security feature designed so that messages are only decrypted once they reach their intended device.

This means that even if a message gets intercepted mid-transmission, the attacker will not be able to see the contents of the message as they do not have the keys to decrypt it. This is a feature we’ve seen used by apps like WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage, so it’s good to know that RCS messages could soon get a similar security feature.

However, it also appears that Google could be adding other features that will make RCS more compelling, and that is by allowing other apps on your phone to access these encrypted messages. That being said, as 9to5Google notes, this is a “dogfood” version of the app meaning that it is being tested internally. We have no idea when these changes will be rolled out or if the final version could be different from what we’re seeing now.

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May 24th 2020, 7:49 pm

You Might Soon Be Able To Taste Foods Shown On A Screen With This Lickable Display

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Watch enough food and travel videos on YouTube and you’ll start wishing that you were there yourself to taste and smell the food in person. While we’ve seen some attempts at making smell-o-vision, it seems that in the future, we might also be able to taste foods through our screen thanks to the Taste Display, or the Norimaki Synthesizer.

Developed by researcher Homei Miyashita, this is essentially a lickable display that can transmit the flavors of what you’re seeing on the screen to your tongue. While it might not necessarily be quite as satisfying compared to eating the actual thing, it could at the very least give you an idea of what you could expect.

This is based on the concept of tricking the eyes into seeing something that does not exist, and Miyashita wondered if that concept could be applied to the tongue. The Taste Display contains tubes of gels made from agar that is meant to stimulate our five different senses of taste: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami.

The mixture of the gel will vary depending on the food in question, so for example a food that is more sour will result in more of the gel designed to stimulate our sour taste buds to be excreted, and so on. Given that we haven’t actually tried it for ourselves, we have no idea how effective this device is, but it sounds rather interesting and could be something to look forward to in the future.

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May 24th 2020, 7:37 pm

Apple Could Replace Messages On Mac With The Version Designed For iOS Devices

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Apple has in the past denied that they would be merging iOS and macOS together. However, what the company has done is that they have created a development tool known as Mac Catalyst that would make it easier for developers to port iOS apps onto the Mac, thus creating some kind unified app ecosystem.

Now according to a new report from 9to5Mac, it seems that Apple could actually be looking to replace the Messages app for macOS with the version designed for iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. This is according to evidence discovered in a leaked build of iOS 14 that suggests that these are changes we might be able to expect.

So why the port of iOS Messages to macOS? Messages for Mac is rather barebones and basic compared to the iOS version which supports features like extensions, stickers, reactions, and so on. We imagine that instead of Apple trying to code those features into the macOS version, it would be more efficient to just port the iOS version over.

It would also make it easier for future updates where Apple would only need to maintain one version of the app but also ensure a consistent user experience across its platforms. Take it with a grain of salt for now, but hopefully Apple will have more details to share during its online-only WWDC 2020 event which will be held on the 22nd of June.

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May 24th 2020, 7:37 pm

Worrying Rumor Suggests Apple Hasn’t Given Up On Its Butterfly Keyboard Yet

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With Apple updating the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the company had officially purged its laptop lineup of the butterfly keyboard and brought back the more reliable scissor switch keyboard. It felt like Apple was quietly acknowledging that they made a mistake with the butterfly keyboards and that they were done with it once and for all.

However, according to a tweet by leakster @L0vetodream, they claim that might not necessarily be the case. The tweet claims that Apple has not given up on the butterfly keyboard yet and are working to improve the structure and that there is a chance it could come back again in the future.

For those unfamiliar, the butterfly keyboard mechanism was introduced several years ago in Apple’s attempt at reinventing the laptop keyboard. However, it proved to be disastrous as there were numerous reports of the keyboard failing along with lawsuits filed against the company over keyboard issues.

Apple finally rectified it in 2019 with the 16-inch MacBook Pro which brought back a more familiar scissor switch design, before updating its MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro with the keyboard earlier this year. Even Apple’s iPad Pro with its new Magic Keyboard accessory opted to use the same design. Take this rumor with a grain of salt for now, but this is one of those rumors that we’re hoping isn’t true.

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May 24th 2020, 7:37 pm

Facebook Messenger Will Now Start Warning Users About Scams And Impersonations

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During the early days of social media, it was relatively easy to trust messages you received on these platforms. This is because back then, not many people used them and as such, there is a good chance that who you were talking to could be an actual person. These days, it’s not uncommon to get random messages or friend requests from complete strangers.

A lot of times, these are fake accounts designed to spread scams. In case it wasn’t already obvious, Facebook is now trying to do their part to warn users about these messages. Now whenever you receive a message from a stranger not part of your friend’s list on Facebook Messenger, you will get a warning that it could either be a scam or an impersonator.

For example when receiving a message from a stranger, Messenger will show you a warning that offers some advice, like refusing requests to send money. For instances where an account that has been created to look like someone you know, Messenger will also warn users that this account appears to be similar to someone you know and that the person you’re chatting with might not actually be your friend.

These tools don’t actually stop the scams or impersonations from happening, but hopefully the additional warnings will give people some pause before they give away personal information or send money to scammers.

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May 22nd 2020, 9:21 pm

Scientists Create A Cyborg Eye That’s Almost Like The Real Thing

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The problem with a lot of prosthetics today is that they don’t 100% mimic human parts, although some really do come close. However, thanks to the work of scientists at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, they have developed a cyborg eye that is said to be almost like the real thing.

Current visual prosthetic devices have their limitations, one of which is that it uses a flat object to sense images. This means that it doesn’t exactly conform to the human eye’s spherical shape, and as a result, its field of vision is narrower versus the human eye, which has around a 150-degree field of vision.

However, what the researchers have done is create an artificial eye that mimics the human eye. This particular design includes a lens to help focus light, along with a hemispherical retina. In the middle of the eye, they have filled it with a conductive fluid, similar to an actual human eye which is hollow in the middle and filled with vitreous humour.

The eye itself is made from porous aluminum oxide and filled with nanowires that are light-sensitive. This means that when there is light, it will activate and transmit electrical signals. Right now, the eye requires an external power source, but the researchers believes that given the use of the nanowires, it is possible that it could double up as a small solar cell and eventually make the eye self-sufficient in future iterations.

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May 22nd 2020, 9:21 pm

You Can Now Launch Video Calls In Instagram That Supports Up To 50 People

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Making video calls on Instagram isn’t exactly a new function or feature, however in a recent update to the app, Instagram has announced that the video calling feature will now support as many as 50 people at a time. This is thanks to the integration of Messenger Rooms within the Instagram app.

For those who are unfamiliar, Facebook launched Messenger Rooms earlier this month. This is a new feature for Messenger that will support large groups of users looking to make video calls with each other. This is meant to take on the likes of platforms such as Zoom which has gained a lot of popularity in the recent months.

Both Facebook Messenger and Instagram already support video calls, but it was limited to a handful of participants. With Messenger Rooms, users will now be able to create large rooms for multiple participants to join at the same time. So by integrating it into Instagram, users will be able to create Messenger Rooms with their Instagram contacts.

Messenger Rooms is also expected to eventually get integrated into WhatsApp as well, so if you’re not an Instagram user, not to worry as you should also be able to create Messenger Rooms through WhatsApp, so do check it out if you are looking for alternative video calling apps to Zoom.

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May 22nd 2020, 9:21 pm

WhatsApp Testing Using QR Codes To Add New Contacts

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In the latest beta for WhatsApp, it appears that the company is now testing out a new feature for adding contacts where you can simply scan a QR code to add them to your WhatsApp contacts list. This is versus before where you would need to add the person’s phone number to your phone’s contact list before you could start chatting with them on WhatsApp.

In many ways, this feature is long overdue. Apps such as LINE and WeChat already support the scanning of QR codes to add contacts. This can help boost privacy because in those instances, you would not know the number of the person you’re adding, meaning that if you delete or block them, they can’t call you using your phone number.

It is also more efficient and faster as businesses could put up QR codes on their websites or storefronts and customers can scan them to add them to WhatsApp, instead of the method we mentioned above. According to WABetaInfo, they also found that users will have the option to revoke the QR code, meaning that if you don’t want that person contacting you anymore, you can delete access to their QR code.

That being said, this is a beta and it is unclear when the feature will be rolled out to more users, but hopefully it will be soon.

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May 22nd 2020, 7:20 pm

Judge Rules That Looking At A Phone’s Lock Screen Could Require A Search Warrant

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Law enforcement agencies are currently pretty miffed at companies like Apple and Google who have made it harder for them to access devices. This is because these companies have basically handed over the encryption keys to the user, meaning that only the user can unlock their devices and there’s really nothing that these companies can do.

Now it looks like things are about to get tougher for these law enforcement agencies because a Seattle-based District Judge has recently ruled that unless the police have a search warrant, even viewing the lock screen of a handset can be considered as a search. This means that without a warrant, it violates the person’s Fourth Amendment rights.

This stems from a case back in 2019 where a man by the name of Joseph Sam was arrested and indicted on charges related to robbery and assault. A year later when the FBI obtained the phone, they turned on the phone and took a photo of the phone’s screen, in which Sam’s lawyer argued in the court that it should not be admissible as evidence due to the lack of a warrant.

The judge overseeing the case agreed where it was suggested that by taking a photo of the phone’s lock screen, it was qualified as an unlawful search and violated Sam’s Fourth Amendment rights. There is no doubt that moving forwards, this will set a precedent for future similar cases.

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May 22nd 2020, 7:20 pm

Google’s CEO Is Open To Working With Apple On Other Projects

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As some of you might have heard, both Google and Apple had teamed up not too long ago to develop the Exposure Notification API. This API would allow developers to create contact tracing apps to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. This was actually a surprise announcement as both companies are typically seen as each other’s rivals.

That being said, the collaboration between both companies must have been a pretty good one because during an interview with WIRED, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai seemed rather open to the idea of collaborating with Apple again on future projects. When Pichai was asked whether or not this was a one-off collaboration, the CEO replied by saying, “Large companies working together in service of society is really good for the world. I am committed to finding other opportunities, and I had the same sense from Tim on this.”

Like we said, Apple and Google’s recent collaboration came as a bit of a surprise. While both companies have developed apps for use on the other’s platform, it felt like it was mostly done out of a necessity.

Pichai also shared how the who process started. “Both teams independently had started working on technology to support health agencies in their contact tracing work. Very quickly both sides realized that for this to work well it has to be available everywhere. So engineering teams across Android and iOS organically started reaching out. At some point, Tim and I decided to exchange notes and talk directly.”

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May 22nd 2020, 7:20 pm

Reebok Shows Off Its Concept Fitness Masks

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Fitness masks aren’t really a new concept. If you’ve ever seen fitness videos, you might have noticed some people wearing them. The idea behind these masks aren’t really about protecting the wearer from bacteria or viruses, but more about restricting airflow to help simulate high altitudes to help improve cardiorespiratory fitness levels.

However, given the current pandemic and with people wanting to work out, Reebok has created several concept fitness masks that could address that situation. The company has created three concepts designed for a variety of uses and also preferences.

The first design, called the Sensorial Mask, looks like a regular face mask, except with a transparent front so that your mouth can be seen. According to Don Albert, head of Reebok’s European innovation lab, this mask could also come equipped with technology to monitor the user’s heart and breathing rates.

Then there is also the Immersion Mask which covers the entire front of the wearer’s face. It will come with a built-in respirator and is designed to help protect the wearer from the elements, while still allowing them to breathe. Last but not least, and possibly the most interesting, is the Symbiosis Mask.

This mask comes with a respirator that contains organic matter, like algae or moss. The idea is that by using organic matter, it will help purify the air for the wearer by taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. It would also help to filter out dangerous particles from pollution, bacteria, and viruses.

For now these are mostly concepts and it does not seem like Reebok is actively working on development, but it does give us a peek into the future of what fitness could look like post-pandemic.

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May 22nd 2020, 7:25 am

COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Found To Have Shared Data With Foursquare And Google

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One of the selling points of Apple and Google’s Exposure Notification API is the emphasis on privacy, where both companies will be using anonymized data and explicit user consent. As a result, some governments are choosing not to use the Exposure Notification API due to the various restrictions Apple and Google put in place.

However, it’s starting to feel like those restrictions might actually be a good thing. This is because according to a recent finding of privacy software specialist Jumbo Privacy, they have discovered that North Dakota’s Care19 app was actually sharing user information with third-parties like Foursquare and (ironically enough) Google, despite the fact that their privacy policy states that user data will not be shared unless given explicit consent by the user, or if compelled under federal regulations.

According to ProudCrowd, the company that developed the Care19 app, they claim that Foursquare integration was a mistake that it will be fixed. The company also issued a statement that reads, “The Care19 application user interface clearly calls out the usage of Foursquare on our Nearby Places’ screen, per the terms of our Foursquare agreement.”

“However, our privacy policy does not currently explicitly mention this usage. We will be working with our state partners to be more explicit in our privacy policy. It is important to note that our agreement with Foursquare does not allow them to collect Care19 data or use it in any form, beyond simply determining nearby businesses and returning that to us.”

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May 22nd 2020, 7:25 am

Microsoft Patents A Pair Of Headphones With A Built-In Fingerprint Reader

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These days, we’re starting to see how more headphones are starting to feature touch-based controls, where users can swipe on the earcups to adjust volume, adjust playback, and in some cases, allow outside noise in. However, it seems that Microsoft is looking to take things further with fingerprint integration.

So why fingerprint integration, you ask? It seems that Microsoft envisions how these headphones can act as a controller of sorts for a computer. For example, you could pair it with a computer and then with the fingerprint reader, you can then use it to log on securely to your accounts by verifying yourself by tapping on the earcups.

It could also be used to help keep your audio private, where maybe you can protect things like voice calls, music, podcasts, and so on. In a way we can’t say that this is too much of a stretch of the imagination. With Microsoft’s Surface Headphones, the company has introduced Office integration, so for a future pair of Surface Headphones to pull double duty as a fingerprint reader actually makes sense.

Plus, it would also save Microsoft and other companies money by opting out of including fingerprint readers in their laptops or computers, thus giving users more options. That being said, this is only a patent so it’s hard to say if Microsoft plans on making it a reality, so don’t get your hopes up just yet about seeing it hit the shelves.

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May 22nd 2020, 7:25 am

This Is What Sony’s ZV1 Camera Could Look Like

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Sony recently started to tease the upcoming announcement of a new camera which we heard could be known as the Sony ZV1 and could be aimed at vloggers. Now thanks to photos shared on Twitter by Camera Nokishita, it looks like we now have a much better idea of what the camera could look like.

We should point out that in the teaser Sony shared on its website, the silhouette of the camera pretty much gave us a rough idea of what to expect. However, these images are undoubtedly clearer and given Nokishita’s track record for leaks, it’s probably safe to assume that this is what the camera will look like upon its official announcement next week.

The Sony ZV1 for the most part looks like its RX series of compacts. However, one main difference is in the rear viewfinder display, which now swivels out to the side instead of upwards. Like we said, the camera is said to be aimed at vloggers and by swiveling the display to the side, it won’t interfere with accessories like microphones or flash units.

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There also appears to be a new gimbal accessory for the Sony ZV1. This gimbal will come with controls so that users can activate the camera from the grip itself, and it also looks like it could double up as a tripod. In any case, the official details will be revealed on the 26th of May, so check back with us next week for the updates.

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May 22nd 2020, 7:25 am

Samsung’s Terrace TV Has Been Designed For Outdoors Use

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TVs were mostly designed for indoor use, but we get it, sometimes it can be nice to have a BBQ outdoors, have a pool party, and then watch some movies while enjoying the nice outdoors air. However, the problem with putting a TV outdoors is that you’re subjecting it to the elements, meaning that over time, it can get damaged.

The good news is that if an outdoor TV is something you’ve been looking for, you might be pleased to learn that Samsung has since announced their TV portfolio with The Terrace. This will be the company’s first outdoor 4K QLED TV that also comes with an accompanying (optional) soundbar, so you will be able to enjoy your shows outdoors with better quality sound instead of dragging speakers out with it.

Given that it’s meant for outdoors, Samsung has also made sure that it is IP55 rated. This means that it will be capable of withstanding water and dust to a certain degree, so some light water exposure should not ruin it (although you might want to make sure it isn’t in a place where it could be directly rained upon).

There will also be support for the Apple TV app, AirPlay 2, as well as digital assistants like Bixby, Alexa, and later on Google Assistant. The Terrace TV will not come cheap though. Samsung has priced it starting at $5,000 for the 65-inch model, and $6,500 for the 75-inch model. Customers who are interested can go ahead and pre-order it via Samsung’s website.

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May 22nd 2020, 7:25 am

Apple Glasses Could Also Be Available In A ‘Steve Jobs Heritage Edition’

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The other day, a plethora of Apple Glasses related rumors leaked. This included some of the glasses’ features, price, and design, but now according to a new leak by Jon Prosser, he revealed on the Cult of Mac podcast that apparently Apple could be planning what he calls the “Steve Jobs Heritage Edition” glasses.

Steve Jobs, who was Apple’s former and late co-founder and CEO, had a trademark look whenever he got on stage to present the company’s new products. Part of his ensemble included a pair of rounded spectacles, which apparently will be the basis of the design for this Heritage Edition glasses.

According to Prosser, the concept of the Heritage Edition will be “similar to how we had an Apple Watch Edition, like that ridiculous $10,000 gold one when it first came out.” We’re not sure if he means it will end up costing $10,000 (this is versus the rumored $499 price tag on the normal version of the glasses), or if he simply means it will be a very special edition.

It is a very wild rumor and it seems that not everyone is buying into it. In a tweet by Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, who has a pretty impeccable track record for Apple-related rumors, disagrees, calling it “complete fiction”. Needless to say that this should most definitely be taken with a grain of salt for now, and hopefully Apple will have something more concrete to share soon.

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May 22nd 2020, 7:25 am

Amazon Prime Day Might Now Take Place In September

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If you were hoping to get yourself some good deals on Amazon Prime Day, you might want to take note that the company could be planning on delaying the event. Prime Day typically takes place in the summer of the year, but according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, it seems that Prime Day could be delayed to the fall of 2020.

The report claims that Amazon could be pushing the event to September 2020, making it a couple of months later than before. This is apparently due to the coronavirus pandemic which has seen Amazon experience a surge in orders, which in turn has overwhelmed the company who are still trying to get orders out as quickly as possible.

There was a point in time in which Amazon started delaying orders and even stopped shipping internationally due to the sheer number of orders that were placed (this has since resumed in a limited capacity). As a result, Amazon is said to be hoping to get back to pre-pandemic operational levels before the event.

The company has yet to comment on the report, but we suppose this makes sense and is actually a good thing. After all, we’re sure that customers are going to be upset if they place orders during Prime Day only to have them delayed. However, whether or not Amazon can get back to pre-pandemic levels in September remains to be seen as much of the world is still on lockdown.

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May 22nd 2020, 7:25 am

The iPhone’s Image Format Is Causing Some Students To Fail Their AP Exams

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Due to the fact that we have a camera on our phones, it’s easy to go trigger happy with them and snap everything in sight. As a result, our phone’s storage can fill up pretty quickly, which is why companies like Apple have introduced the HEIC file format. This is basically a file format that makes photos smaller in file size compared to more traditional formats like JPG.

The idea is that by making files smaller, it will let users squeeze in more photos on their devices. Unfortunately for students taking the AP exams online, the fact that their image files weren’t recognized by the system has caused some of them to fail, which in turn means that they will need to undergo replacement tests.

For those unfamiliar, part of the AP’s online exam includes a written component. Students will need to write their answers down, snap a photo, and upload it to the website. As per the College Board’s FAQ, supported file formats include JPG, JPEG, and PNG. However, some students using the iPhone (which saves photos as HEIC by default) ran into issues while uploading their photos.

This seems to be related to a glitch we had heard about earlier that caused students to fail the exam as they weren’t able to complete it in time. That being said, the College Board has since come up with a new solution that will address future tests. Should there be a failure in submission, students will now receive a notification and be prompted to submit their answers via email, where HEIC files are automatically converted to JPEG.

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May 22nd 2020, 7:25 am

Fitbit Wants To See If Its Wearables Can Detect COVID-19

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A couple of weeks ago, Fitbit launched a study in which they wanted to see if their wearables were capable of detecting irregular heart beats. Now it looks like the company wants to see if its wearables might actually be capable of doing more than that, such as being able to detect early on if the wearer might have the flu or even COVID-19.

According to the company, “Wearables, like Fitbit trackers and smartwatches, are currently being used in research studies from partners like the Scripps Research Translational Institute and the Stanford Medicine Healthcare Innovation Lab to see if wearable data can help detect the early onset of infectious diseases, like the flu and COVID-19, even before symptoms start.”

It is unclear how they might be able to do that since testing for COVID-19 requires a physical swab of the patient’s nose canal, but perhaps there could be data that could suggest that the user is sick and could be display symptoms (that can be gathered from a wearable) that could be related to the virus.

Fitbit is definitely not alone in this because back in March, an app called Cardiogram launched for the Apple Watch where it also attempts to try and detect if the wearer has the flu, and whether or not it could be a sign of a COVID-19 infection.

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May 22nd 2020, 7:25 am

Netflix Will Start Canceling Dormant Accounts To Save Users Money

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The thing with the subscription model is that companies hope that you will keep paying for it, even if you don’t necessarily use their products on a daily basis. This is like joining a gym where whether or not you go, the gym will still debit your bank account every month. However, Netflix now seems to be taking a different approach.

For those of you who might have a Netflix account for the past couple of years but have not actually used its services, Netflix has announced that they will be canceling your subscription. According to the company, “So we’re asking everyone who has not watched anything on Netflix for a year since they joined to confirm they want to keep their membership. And we’ll do the same for anyone who has stopped watching for more than two years.”

They add, “Members will start seeing these emails or in app notifications this week. If they don’t confirm that they want to keep subscribing, we’ll automatically cancel their subscription.” The company claims that they do not want people paying for something they’re not using, and that if customers want to reactivate their account, Netflix will continue to keep their favorites, profiles, and viewing preferences if they rejoin within 10 months of cancellation.

It is an interesting move by the company, especially since they stand to benefit from people who keep paying for their services without using them, but we’re not complaining.

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May 21st 2020, 7:29 pm

This Robotic Face Mask Can Automatically Open And Close If There Are People Around

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Wearing a face mask for an extended period of time can get slightly uncomfortable. This is because if face masks are worn properly, it is meant to help create a seal around your nose and mouth so help prevent bacteria and particles from coming in through the sides. As a result, it does end up restricting your breathing by a bit.

However, a YouTuber by the name of DesignMaker has created a robotic mask that comes with a bunch of electronic components and sensors where one of its main abilities is that it can automatically open and close. This will be done whenever it senses that there are people around, in which the mask closes up. However, when there is no one around, it will open up to allow for better airflow.

That being said, we have to wonder about the practicality of such a mask since it requires quite a lot of components. Plus, there is no way that this type of mask will be lighter compared to regular surgical/N95 face masks. The upside is that it is at least reusable and also “smart”, which reduces the need for us to take our masks on and off when we need to take a drink or to eat.

However, like we said, it doesn’t seem very practical for everyday use, but it is still a pretty clever invention anyway. The added bonus is that if you’re into steampunk or sci-fi, then this would make the perfect accessory.

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May 21st 2020, 7:29 pm

Sony Teases Upcoming ZV1 Camera, Possibly Geared Towards Vloggers

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Vlogging still seems to be a pretty popular thing that many YouTubers are doing these days. So much so that it seems that Sony wants to cater to these users specifically, and in a series of teasers, the company seems to be working on a new camera that they could be aiming specifically at vloggers.

It was previously reported that Sony could be working on a new compact camera. It was assumed that it could be a new Sony RX camera, but it was also suggested that it could be something entirely different. The latter now seems to be proving true as the reports are claiming that this camera will be known as the Sony ZV1.

As you can see in the teaser images, it looks very much like a compact camera, but one of the main differences is that the rear viewfinder now swivels out to the side. Previously, the viewfinder on the back would flip upwards, but it seems that Sony is taking into consideration that vloggers might want to attach a microphone and flipping the viewfinder upwards could interfere with that.

At this point in time it is unclear what other features the ZV1 could be packing, but the company has set an official announcement for the 26th of May, so we should have all the officials details then.

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May 21st 2020, 7:29 pm

Check Out The Samsung Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition

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If there is a problem with today’s flagship smartphones, is that they are not only incredibly expensive, but are pretty fragile too. This is because the phones were mostly designed to look good, and not necessarily rugged. However, it seems that Samsung thinks they can do both by creating the Samsung Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition.

Unfortunately, this is a device that most of us will probably not be able to get as it has been designed for military and government use. According to Samsung, “With a highly customized software and feature set, the Galaxy S20 TE can operate seamlessly with a range of existing peripherals and supports the requirements of tactical and classified applications, especially those designed to help operators navigate complex terrain, expansive distances, and the potential loss of communication with command units.”

The Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition will be more or less the same as the regular Galaxy S20, with some additional upgrades to make it more rugged for field use. It also comes with DualDAR architecture which basically doubles up on data encryption so that it can be used to securely send and receive sensitive information.

It is obvious that Samsung is hoping to get more of its tech to a wider range of users, not just the average consumers, and this sounds like a step in that direction. The company expects that the Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition will be made available in the third-quarter of 2020.

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May 20th 2020, 10:30 pm

Justice League ‘Snyder’s Cut’ To Be Released On HBO Max In 2021

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For those wondering how differently Justice League would have turned out had Zack Synder completed the post-production on the movie, wonder no more. In an official announcement by HBO and Warner Bros. Pictures, it looks like the “Snyder Cut” of Justice League will be released on HBO Max in 2021.

In case you’re unfamiliar with why this is a big deal, Zack Synder had originally directed the Justice League movie. The movie had completed filming and entered into post-production, but tragedy struck where Synder’s daughter had died. The director then decided to take time off to be with his family and handed off the post-production to replacement director Joss Whedon.

Whedon went on to make some reshoots which undoubtedly change the end result, and this has left many fans wondering how different the movie would have been had Snyder manage to complete his work. This led to call for the “Snyder Cut” to see what Snyder’s vision for Justice League would have been.

It was initially suggested that this “Snyder’s Cut” would never see the light of day, but this announcement has changed that. According to the director, “I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality.”

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May 20th 2020, 10:30 pm

AT&T Agrees To Stop Using The ‘5G Evolution’ Marketing Term

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Last year, AT&T decided to change the labeling on its phones where instead of displaying LTE, the company “upgraded” it to “5G E”. This caused a bit of controversy as it was not technically 5G, and some felt that by using the term “5G”, it would mislead customers into thinking that they had 5G when they really did not.

That being said, moving forwards it seems that AT&T has agreed that they will stop using the “5G Evolution” term. This is after the National Advertising Review Board agreed that by using the term, it would mislead customers into believing that they were connected to a 5G network even if they weren’t.

The panel also agreed that by using the “Evolution” term, it was unlikely that it would not be enough where customers could reasonably tell the services apart. It should be noted that in order to connect to 5G, you would need a 5G plan and a device that actually comes with hardware that supports it.

Simply changing the label does not make a difference, hence the confusion. AT&T has since stated that they will comply with the NARB’s decision, even if they “respectfully disagrees with the reasoning and result reached by the Panel majority.”

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May 20th 2020, 10:30 pm

Apple Wants To Build A 192 Room Hotel On Its Austin Campus

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Apple has several campuses places around the US, but it seems that the company could be planning on expanding on some of them, or to be more specific, the company’s campus located in Northwest Austin. According to a report from Culture Map, it appears that Apple is apparently looking at introducing a 192-room hotel in its Austin campus.

Now before you get too excited at the prospect of staying in an Apple hotel, it seems that this hotel is more about providing a place for employees to stay if they were to travel to the Austin campus from another location. The hotel, which currently does not have a brand, will span 75,500 feet and will be six stories tall.

Apple had initially filed plans for the campus back in 2018, but those plans then did not include a hotel until more recently, the updated plans were approved in April last month. As it stands, none of Apple’s campuses have hotels built into them, so this would be a first. Like we said, chances are the hotel will be used to house employees who fly or drive in for work or training purposes.

It’s interesting that the company has chosen to put a hotel in its Austin campus instead of its headquarters, but who knows, perhaps that could change in the future.

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May 20th 2020, 9:30 pm

Microsoft Patents A Dock That Can Keep Its Surface Laptops Cool

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Due to the size of tablets and laptops, it is obvious that it will never be quite as efficient at cooling compared to a desktop computer that has ample room for larger fans and better airflow. However, Microsoft thinks they might be able to help with that and have patented what appears to be a cooling dock solution.

The patent was filed back in 2019 and was recently discovered by WindowsUnited after it had been published earlier last week. Now, the concept of cooling docks aren’t new. We have seen a variety of laptop stands with built-in fans in the past, but Microsoft’s system suggests a more hi-tech solution by relying on magnets to help keep the device in place.

In a way, by using magnets, it makes the laptop/tablet part of the actual dock, similar to how you might attach a keyboard accessory like the Surface Pro Type Cover. Also, unlike other cooling docks that simply have a fan attached to it, Microsoft’s patent suggests that there could be a heat sink built into the dock that will make it more efficient at dissipating the heat.

However, given that this is a patent, there’s no telling if Microsoft has plans to turn it into an actual product, so maybe don’t get your hopes up at seeing this hitting the shelves anytime soon.

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May 20th 2020, 9:30 pm

Astronomers Might Have Witnessed The Birth Of A New Planet For The First Time Ever

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How was the universe formed? That is a question that many are no doubt curious about. Do planets suddenly just pop into existence? Or were they always there? Now thanks to recent observations made with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, scientists might have a better idea.

In the observation they made, it seems that astronomers could have very well witnessed the birth of a new planet for the first time ever. The images captured by the telescope shows a swirling vortex of dust and gas around AB Aurigae, which is located 520 light years away from Earth in the Auriga constellation.

According to scientists, these types of spirals of dust and gas suggests that there is a baby planet present, which “kicks” the gas and causes a disturbance, thus the spirals of dust and gas. Right in the center of the spiral, there is a little “twist” in which scientists believe this is where the planet is being made.

The findings were published in a study in Astronomy & Astrophysics where according to co-author Anne Dutrey, “The twist is expected from some theoretical models of planet formation. It corresponds to the connection of two spirals  — one winding inwards of the planet’s orbit, the other expanding outwards — which join at the planet location. They allow gas and dust from the disc to accrete onto the forming planet and make it grow.”

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May 20th 2020, 9:30 pm

Apple And Google’s COVID-19 Exposure Notification API Is Now Available On iOS And Android

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Earlier this year, Apple and Google announced that they would be working together on developing a COVID-19 contact tracing system. Dubbed Exposure Notifications, if you have an iOS or Android device, you might be interested to learn that the API is now available in the latest update to both operating systems.

What does this mean? This API basically allows developers or governments to create apps that can help with contact tracing. It will also be able to alert users if they might have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This relies on Bluetooth in which information is shared amongst devices that are nearby that have the feature enabled.

The fact that it is integrated into iOS and Android will also make it easier to be adopted, although both Apple and Google have highlighted how this is entirely in the user’s control. For example, users will need to give their explicit permission to upload and share their information when they get sick.

This is meant to address privacy concerns, although some have wondered about its effectiveness if users choose not to enable it. That being said, both Apple and Google have also stated that once this pandemic has passed, they will be shutting the API down.

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May 20th 2020, 8:16 pm

Twitter Testing Allowing Users To Choose Who Can Reply To Their Tweets

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One of the upsides to public social media platforms like Twitter is that you can engage pretty much anyone around the world, and create discussions with strangers on the internet. This is obviously a good thing, but it is a double edged sword because it also means that it leaves posts open to trolls and harassment.

However, the good news is that if you use Twitter and would rather limit who can reply to your posts without actually making your account private, you’ll be pleased to learn that Twitter is now testing out a new tool in which users can choose who they will allow to reply to their tweets and posts.

In this test, users are given options like “Everyone”, which is the default, along with “People you follow” and also “Only people you mention”. So if you are tweeting at someone want only want to see their reply, then the latter option will help make it easier to cut through the noise of other people chiming in, especially if you’re tweeting at someone popular or if it is a controversial tweet.

However, as Twitter notes, this will still allow other people to view your tweets, retweet it, or retweet it with a comment, but otherwise, it does help to keep the replies clean. Twitter claims that for now only a limited group of people have been chosen to test out this new feature, but if successful, it should eventually find its way to more people in the future.

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May 20th 2020, 8:16 pm

This iMac Concept Comes With Face ID And A Magic Trackpad That Wirelessly Charges Your Devices

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Apple’s iMacs have kept to the same design for many years, but according to the rumors, the computer is set for a “substantial refresh” later this year. We’re not sure what exactly that means, and whether or not a redesign could be in the works, but a concept video by YouTuber “the Hacker 34” shows us what we may or may not be able to expect.

Note that this is purely a concept, not a leak, so whether or not the actual iMac refresh will look like this is anyone’s guess. Taking inspiration from Apple’s Pro Display XDR monitors, this concept basically reimagines the iMac as sporting a similar design, so as to better align with the design of the Pro Display XDR for those looking for a multiple display setup.

In the past, the iMac and the Thunderbolt Display shared a similar design, so we don’t see this as being entirely out of the question. The bezels in this concept are pretty thin compared to current iMac, which given Apple’s recent products, doesn’t seem like much of a stretch of the imagination either.

The concept also tosses in a Magic Trackpad that has wireless charging capabilities built into it, which is actually based off a patent that was discovered earlier this month that has the ability to wirelessly charge devices like the iPhone and even the Apple Pencil. This is a rather fun-looking concept but like we said, it’s anyone’s guess as to how Apple will approach the iMac’s redesign.

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May 20th 2020, 8:16 pm

Apple Might Not Bundle EarPods With The iPhone 12

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Ever since Apple ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack, the company first bundled EarPods but included an adapter. The company later changed this by including EarPods with a Lightning connector, but now with the iPhone 12, a report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the device could finally see Apple ditch the EarPods for good.

According to Kuo, it seems that there is a chance that the iPhone 12 might not ship with EarPods included in the box. The reason for this seems to be because Apple is hoping that by not including a pair of earphones, it could prompt customers to see out alternatives like the truly wireless AirPods.

What’s interesting about this rumor is that it seems to be the opposite of a rumor we heard back in 2019, where a report from DigiTimes suggested that Apple could actually be planning to include AirPods with its iPhones. We thought that was a bit of a stretch given that by bundling AirPods, Apple would be losing out on a lot of money they could have made by selling it separately.

That being said, you should take this with a grain of salt for now, but we imagine that there are probably some out there who might not be too thrilled about this as it means additional things they will need to buy.

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May 20th 2020, 7:09 am

OnePlus To Disable ‘X-ray’ Camera Feature Over Privacy Concerns

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The other day we reported that it was discovered one of the features of the OnePlus 8 Pro’s camera is the ability for it to gain “X-ray vision” through one of the filters. This basically utilized the camera’s infrared sensors to create an effect, in which one of the side-effects was that it could see through very thin pieces of plastic and clothing.

We stated then that we weren’t sure if this was an intended feature of the filter, or if it was perhaps an unforeseen side-effect, but we have a feeling it might be the latter. This is because OnePlus has since announced that in an upcoming update, they will be disabling the feature for phones running HydrogenOS.

In case you’re unfamiliar, OnePlus has two versions of its operating system. There is OxygenOS which is used for OnePlus handsets all over the world, and HydrogenOS which is exclusive to China. The report claims that the feature will only be disabled for China, meaning that the rest of the world will still be able to continue using this feature.

OnePlus claims that this is due to privacy concerns. “While we think this camera gives users the ability to get more creative with smartphone photography, we also understand the concerns that have been raised. Therefore, we are already working on an OTA that we’ll push out in the coming weeks to offer the Photochrom filter while limiting other functionality that may be of concern.”

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May 20th 2020, 7:09 am

A Court In Singapore Just Handed Down A Death Penalty Through Zoom

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We’ve seen how video conferencing apps are gaining quite a bit of steam these days due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced many people to work and study from home. Meetings and classes are now being held through platforms such as Zoom, and over in Singapore, it seems that the courts have handed down what appears to be the world’s first death sentence through the app.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Singapore’s laws, the country basically has a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal drug use, especially trafficking. The case involved a Malaysian man who back in 2011, trafficked 28.5kg of heroin to Singapore before returning to Malaysia. He was later extradited in 2016 where he was found guilty, and just last Friday, the court sentenced him to death via a Zoom call with the High Court officials, the man in question, and his legal team.

While some might find it a bit callous to sentence a man to die via a Zoom call, a spokesperson for the Singapore Supreme Court said, “In line with measures to minimise the further spread of the COVID-19, the courts have been conducting hearings, including hearings on criminal matters remotely.”

It is also interesting to see the courts use Zoom, especially since back in April, the Singapore government had actually banned teachers from using Zoom after a series of “Zoombombings” which saw video conferences being interrupted by random strangers who shared obscene images.

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May 20th 2020, 7:09 am

Study Finds Apple Devices Could Be Vulnerable Short Range Bluetooth Attacks

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According to some, it is said that if we are not using Bluetooth, we should turn it off. This is said to not only help improve battery life, but it also helps keep our devices more secure as it makes it undiscoverable by other devices. Turns out that there might be some merit to the latter claims, according to a recent research paper.

According to the paper titled “BIAS: Bluetooth Impersonation AttackS”, it seems that researchers have discovered that quite a number of Apple products are apparently vulnerable to short range Bluetooth attacks. How this works is that the attacker will attempt to impersonate a previously trusted Bluetooth device to make the user think they are connecting to it, when in reality they are not.

If you pull up your device’s Bluetooth settings, you might see a list of devices that you’ve connected to in the past, like Bluetooth speakers, headphones, smartwatches, and so on. You assume that those devices can be trusted because you explicitly paired them with your phone or laptop.

It also seems that it does not require particularly sophisticated technology to pull off this attack, where the hacker can use a cheap Raspberry Pi device. Thankfully, Apple’s more modern devices aren’t affected. This seems to affect devices like the iPhone 8 or older, the 2018 iPad or older, or the 2017 MacBook Pros or older. However, if you do own these devices, we suppose one way to protect yourself would be to disable Bluetooth when not in use.

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May 20th 2020, 6:24 am

Chinese Doctors Find A Potential COVID-19 Cure That Does Not Require A Vaccine

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Right now the world is waiting on a vaccine to be developed to help fight against the COVID-19 virus once and for all. At the moment, doctors just have to treat the symptoms as they arise, meaning that the treatment for patients will differ depending on what kind of symptoms they are displaying.

However, over in China, it seems that doctors are claiming to have developed a drug in which they claim could cure the COVID-19 virus without needing a vaccine, similar to how you would take a pill for a fever, gastritis, and so on. How this drug works is similar in concept to how a vaccine would work, but it seems to be faster.

A vaccine works by injecting a patient with a weakened strain of the virus, in hopes that the body will be capable of producing antibodies to successfully fend it off, and teach it so that it knows how to counter the virus in the future. This particular method introduces antibodies directly into the patient’s system that already knows how to fight the virus, thus making the process faster.

However, we should caution you that before you get too excited, the researchers have only tested out this new method on animals, like mice. Whether or not it will work the same way in humans without negative side effects remains to be seen, but the early trials appear to be promising.

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May 20th 2020, 6:24 am

This Copper-Laced Jacket Could Help Prevent The Coronavirus From Spreading

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Depending on the material of a surface, the coronavirus can live for hours or up to days. However, did you know that copper actually can kill viruses? In fact, back in the day, hospitals actually used copper for things like doorknobs to prevent bacteria and virus from spreading, and in 2015, researchers found that copper alloys used in hospital settings actually reduced infection rates by as much as 58%.

Now thanks to a clothing company by the name of Vollebak, they have developed a jacket called the Full Metal Jacket that weaves strands of copper into the fabric. This essentially turns the jacket into some kind bacteria/virus repellent, where if you were to wear it, it could help to prevent bacteria or viruses from adhering to your clothing and preventing you or other people around you from getting sick.

While this copper jacket might seem like a direct response to the coronavirus pandemic, Vollebak co-founder Steve Tidball revealed that the development of the jacket actually began about three years ago after watching a TED Talk by Bill Gates about pandemics. Each jacket contains 65% copper, which explains why it is so expensive.

The Full Metal Jacket is priced at $1,095 but before you get too excited at the prospect of buying it, it should be noted that it is unclear how effective it is in the real world. While it is true that copper does have antibacterial properties, whether or not this jacket is effective enough to prevent the spread of viruses and bacterias remains to be seen.

However, even if it does not work, Tidball believes that it could still be repurposed for hi-tech clothing. Given copper’s properties and use in electronics, this jacket could also help lay the foundation for smart clothing in the future, something that companies like Google have been working on.

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May 20th 2020, 6:24 am

Massive Apple Glasses Leak Reveals A Ton Of New information

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There have been many rumors surrounding the much-anticipated Apple Glasses.  This is because it represents a brand new product category for Apple, and one that has admittedly not exactly fared too well commercially in the past. Whether or not Apple will be able to pull it off while others have failed remains to be seen, but here’s what we know so far.

In a new video posted onto YouTube, Jon Prosser of FrontPageTech has shared a ton of new information about the rumored Apple Glasses, including its “official” name, pricing, some specs, and launch date.

Starting with the pricing, Prosser claims that the Apple Glasses will be priced starting at $499 with the option to make them a pair of prescription glasses for those who need them. This is much cheaper than we would have thought, given that Apple isn’t exactly synonymous with “cheap”. However, Prosser reveals the reason why it is priced that way.

This is because similar to the first-gen Apple Watch, pretty much all of the processing for the Apple Glasses will be done on the iPhone, which essentially turns the Apple Glasses into a conduit for the iPhone, thus allowing the company to save some money, which in turn lowers the price. Displays will be built into both the lenses of the Apple Glasses, and users will be able to interact with it using gestures.

Prosser revealed that an early prototype featured technology like LiDAR and wireless charging, but whether or not they make it to the final version remains to be seen. He also notes that in terms of availability, Apple is apparently planning for it to be a “one more thing” announcement at its iPhone event as soon as this year, but it could be pushed to early 2021 depending on the coronavirus pandemic, but availability could be much later possibly in Q4 2021 or early 2022.

Needless to say that this should be taken with a grain of salt for now, but if true, it does sound like the Apple Glasses are shaping up to be a pretty interesting piece of tech.

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May 19th 2020, 9:16 pm

iPhone 12 Could Feature A Redesigned Mainboard

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While it is expected that Apple will most likely be making some design changes to the exterior of the iPhone 12 where it will sport a brand new design, it seems that the changes won’t just end there. According to a recent leak on Chinese social media, it turns out that the innards of the iPhone 12 could be undergoing a redesign as well.

According to the leaked photo which was shared by @Mattia_fb on Twitter, it appears that Apple could be changing up the design of the iPhone 12’s mainboard. As you can see in the photo, the new alleged mainboard will sport an L-shape design. This is versus the previous iPhone in which teardowns have found that the mainboard had a rectangular shape.

It should be noted that this is actually not the first time that the iPhone has used an L-shaped mainboard. The last time we saw such a design was in the iPhone 8, after which Apple switched to a double-decker design. It is possible that the iPhone 12 could still sport a double-decker design, but now in an L-shape instead.

We’re not sure what kind of changes Apple has made that prompted them to use an L-shaped mainboard, but as AppleInsider notes, it is entirely possible that this mainboard might not even belong to the iPhone and could be used for something else, so maybe take this with a grain of salt for now.

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May 19th 2020, 9:16 pm

Razer Opus Headphones Now Available In The US

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Earlier this month, Razer announced a new pair of headphones in the form of the Razer Opus. However, the problem was that during the announcement, it was revealed that the headphones would only be available in China. The good news is that that has changed as Razer has since announced the Opus’ available in the US.

The Razer Opus will be priced at $200 and is now available for order via Razer’s website for those who might be interested in grabbing a pair. For those who might have missed out on the previous announcement, the Opus are a pair of gaming headsets. However, unlike Razer’s other gaming headsets, the Opus has a different design.

Instead of bright and garish colors typically associated with gaming products, the Opus is rather understated in terms of design. It features a sleek black exterior where Razer’s branding isn’t too obvious. In fact, we think that it is rather reminiscent of Sony’s headphones, which is a good thing.

The Opus will sport leatherette foam ear cushions and headband that will help make it more comfortable for extended periods of time. The headphones will feature active noise-cancelling technology, it will also be THX certified, and will last for up to 25 hours on a single charge with ANC enabled.

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May 19th 2020, 9:16 pm

Facial Recognition Helped Reunite A Kidnap Victim With His Family 32 Years Later

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Facial recognition technology has gained quite a bit of a bad rep due to potential privacy concerns. However, over in China, it seems that the technology has a pretty happy story because it managed to reunite a kidnapped victim with his family after having been abducted 32 years ago.

Mao Yin, the victim in question, was kidnapped outside of a hotel in Xi’an in the Shaanxi province in 1988 when he was a mere toddler at 2 years old. He was later sold to a childless couple looking to adopt in the neighboring Sichuan province. Fast forward three decades later, police reportedly received a tip in which they were told that a man in Sichuan had bought a child from Shaanxi in the late 1980s, in which it prompted them to launch an investigation.

This involved them using facial recognition to analyze an old photo of Mao when he was a child to create a simulated image of him as an adult, which they then tried to match with current photos in the national database. They found a match and managed to track Mao down, who upon a DNA test confirmed his identity.

They then managed to reunite Mao with his family who during a live conference broadcast, broke down in tears upon seeing each other. Mao, who runs a home decoration business in Sichuan, he said he will now be moving back to Xi’an to live with his biological parents. The police are still investigating the initial kidnapping, so it is unclear what will happen to Mao’s adoptive parents.

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May 19th 2020, 7:46 pm

Google Fi eSIM Support Now Available For Existing iPhone Customers

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Last month, new customers to Google Fi on the iPhone could sign up using the embedded eSIMs in their devices (assuming it is supported). Now in a recent update, it seems that eSIM support has since been extended to existing iPhone customers, meaning that if you wanted to free up the physical SIM slot on your iPhone while using Google Fi, you will be able to.

This is according to several user reports on Reddit in which they have noticed an update to the Google Fi app that indicates that eSIM support for existing customers is now available. If you don’t see the feature available to you yet, some Redditors have managed to get it working by uninstalling and reinstalling the app, so you can give that a go if you’re interested.

eSIMs have been gaining in popularity due to their convenience. This is because unlike physical SIMs, new customers to carriers that support eSIM can sign up almost immediately online, where in the past customers would have to wait for the SIM card to be posted to them. It also helps free up a bit of space inside phones, making it potentially lighter and allow manufacturers in use that freed up space for other things.

As it stands, iPhones that support the eSIM format include the iPhone XR, XS, XS Max, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, and the 2020 iPhone SE.

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May 19th 2020, 7:46 pm

Samsung’s T7 Portable SSD Is Now Available For Purchase

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External hard drives are a great way to store files on the go, which is important if you work outside or if you’re a photographer or videographer and need to transfer photos or videos to a drive instead of your laptop. However, the problem with external HDDs is that they can be pretty slow, especially if you’re looking to transfer huge video files.

This is where SSDs come in, and Samsung has just announced that their T7 portable SSD is now available for purchase. The T7 SSD is pretty small in size and could easily slip into your pocket. It features an aluminum build that is somewhat shock resistant as it can withstand drops as high as 2 meters.

As for its performance, the T7 will be capable of achieving read speeds up to up 1,050MB/s, and write speeds of up to 1,000MB/s. This means that transferring 4K video files should take you seconds instead of minutes. It will also feature AES 256-bit hardware data encryption, and  will also support both USB-C and USB-A connectivity, so if you have an older laptop without USB-C ports, you can use it with this.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, the Samsung T7 is priced starting at $129.99 for the 500GB model, $229.99 for the 1TB model, and $399.99 if you want the top-of-the-line 2TB model.

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May 19th 2020, 7:46 pm

Google’s Upcoming Pixel 4a Gets An Early Hands-On Review

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Had the coronavirus pandemic not forced Google to cancel its I/O 2020 event, there is a very good chance that the event could have seen the company officially announce its next smartphone, the Google Pixel 4a. At this point in time, it is unclear when the handset could be announced, but we have a feeling it might be soon.

This is because thanks to a leaked prototype of the Pixel 4a, it has managed to make its way into the hands of YouTuber Julio Lusson, who conducted an early hands-on review of the upcoming device. Given that this is an alleged prototype of the phone, it is possible that the final device that will be sold could be different.

However, the prototype does seem to confirm what we know about the handset so far, such as hole-punch selfie camera on the front. The review also reveals additional features like a 5.81-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, a 12.2MP main camera on the back, and a 3,080mAh battery, along with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

As for pricing, an earlier report suggested that Google could be looking to make it competitive on that front by pricing it at $349. A recent survey sent out by Google seems to confirm that, where at $349, it makes it cheaper than its predecessor and Apple’s more recent iPhone SE, while also offering up double the storage at 128GB.

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May 19th 2020, 11:12 am

Apple Might Start Buying Older Shows For TV+ To Boost Its Catalogue

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Apple is kind of late to the streaming game with its Apple TV+ service, but given the company’s considerable wealth, they have certainly spent a lot trying to attract a lot of talent to help them create original new shows for its service. However, it seems that it might not be enough where according to Bloomberg, Apple might start populating its TV+ service with older shows.

The report claims that Apple’s executives have been meeting up with various studios in Hollywood to discuss potentially licensing older content for TV+, and have since bought some TV shows and movies which we expect should eventually show up as available for streaming on the platform.

It is unclear as to what kind of shows we might be looking at, but if Apple can land some big names, it would be a pretty huge win. However, the downside to licensing is that when the license expires and isn’t renewed, users will be left without those shows to watch. We’ve seen this happen with Netflix where the company has lost some pretty big names like Friends to other networks.

It also means that the catalogue will forever be rotating due to new licenses or expired ones. This may or may not be a good thing, but for those who prefer a consistent catalogue of shows, then perhaps not.

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May 19th 2020, 11:12 am

Adobe Finally Brings Curves To Photoshop For The iPad

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Adobe’s Photoshop is an incredibly powerful tool that has been used by many professional graphic designs and photographers over the past decade or so. One of the more powerful tools that the app offers is curves, which allows users to better tweak and adjust the colors of their image.

The feature was unfortunately absent on the iPad version of the app, but not anymore. If you’re a Photoshop user on the iPad, then you will be pleased to learn that in a recent update, Adobe has finally introduced the ability to adjust curves on the tablet version of the app.

For those who are wondering about why curves are so important to apps like Photoshop, it is because it is a way for users to adjust things like the color, tone, and overall balance of an image in a non-destructive way, meaning that users can easily make changes without worrying about it “permanently” ruining the image.

The interface for the curves tool will be similar to the desktop version of the app, but it does lack a couple of things like numerical inputs and the eyedropper, which according to Adobe, will be added in future releases. So if you’re do plan to make a lot of edits on the iPad, then this is an update that you’ll definitely want to check out as it will bring the process on par with the desktop version of the app.

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May 19th 2020, 11:12 am

Researchers Find That Recovered COVID-19 Patients Aren’t Infectious

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Last month, there was a rather worrying report that suggested that patients who had seemingly recovered from the COVID-19 viral infection continued to test positive for the virus. This suggested that these patients might have been reinfected, and that they could then pass the virus onto others.

Now according to scientists from the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the good news is that they’re starting to find more evidence that this is not the case. Instead, the researchers have found that the reason for these recovered patients to test positive again is simply due to dead virus particles that are still left in the patients’ system.

This more or less echoes another report from earlier this month that suggested that the PCR tests used to check for infections could not distinguish between dead and viable virus particles, meaning that even if there are dead particles in the patient’s system, it would still count as them having the virus.

These new findings are now suggesting that patients who recover are no longer infectious, which could be good news for countries who are considering reopening up and easing lockdowns and restrictions. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the problem has been solved, but it is good news all the same. In the meantime, we’re seeing how companies like Moderna are seeing success in their vaccine trials, where the company seems to be optimistic that a vaccine could be available for the public as early as January 2021.

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May 19th 2020, 8:52 am

Bored Of Using Zoom, This Editorial Team Started Hosting Meetings In Red Dead Redemption 2

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With the world more or less on lockdown, we’re seeing more people work from home and rely on communication tools like Zoom to have face-to-face virtual meetings. While there is nothing wrong with using these video calling apps, writer and illustrator Viviane Schwarz and her team decided to shake things up a bit by hosting their team meetings inside of a video game.

The game in question is none other than Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2. Speaking to Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Schwarz said, “Mostly we were just having a really crap time. We were having to deal with all those Zoom and Skype meetings and emails and phone calls… and we were just feeling worse and worse and more annoyed all the time.”

If you are finding yourself getting bored and distracted while on Zoom calls, you’re not alone. While boring meetings are no doubt a contributing factor, “Zoom fatigue” is an actual thing and it seems that Schwarz and her team have found a novel and fun way to go around it. According to Schwarz, they initially attempted this using Minecraft, but found that it was distracting as people started wandering off and dumping gravel on the virtual meeting tables, so they turned to Red Dead Redemption 2.

We suppose it is actually quite ideal as sitting around a campfire does sound like fun and conducive to chatting. To prevent themselves from being booted from the server from being idle, the team also started to brew a ton of virtual coffee, and there is now talk about maybe getting a stew pot.

It sounds like a pretty fun idea and if you are finding your Zoom meetings a bit dull, maybe this could be an idea you could float to your bosses or colleagues for the next meeting.

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May 19th 2020, 8:52 am

Apple Might Have A Pretty Crazy Idea On How To Revolutionize The Trackpad

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The trackpads on our laptops haven’t exactly changed that much over the years. For the most part, they still do what they do, although some models now support gestures, but otherwise, how we use it is still more or less the same. However, according to a patent discovered by Patently Apple, Apple could have a pretty radical idea.

According to the patent, it seems that Apple might be looking at ways to ditch the fixed positioning of the trackpad. Instead, Apple could actually be looking to turn the entire wrist rest portion of the laptop into a trackpad surface. This means that users could just touch, swipe, or tap anywhere along the wrist rest and it could potentially register as a touch.

The patent suggests that users will be able to change the position of the trackpad, so if you prefer not having it front and center, you could then move it to the left or right of the laptop’s wrist rest. It is quite a radical move by Apple, and we have to wonder if this could somehow interfere with the way users type, unless there is some kind of palm or wrist rejection tech built into it.

That being said, with this being a patent, it’s hard to say if this is simply Apple toying with the idea or if it could be a sign of things to come. Either way, it’s pretty out there as far as ideas are concerned, but what do you think?

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May 19th 2020, 8:52 am

Lenovo’s Smart Frame Can Soon Be Pre-Ordered From Indiegogo

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The concept of smart/digital photo frames aren’t new, but earlier this year at CES 2020, Lenovo took the wraps off their Smart Frame. This particular digital photo frame is admittedly one of the more stylish models we’ve seen to date, and based on the photos, could easily pass off as being an actual photo frame.

Now the company has revealed on their website that they will be launching the product on Indiegogo where customers who are interested in getting their hands on the device can place their pre-orders. There is no word on when the Indiegogo campaign will go live, but the best part of this is that the company will be offering Indiegogo backers a very generous 50% discount.

This means that instead of paying the full $399 retail price for the Lenovo Smart Frame, Indiegogo backers and pre-orders will only need to pay $199. It should be noted that this is an “up to” 50% discount, so we’re not sure what you need to do to qualify, or maybe the 50% discount will only be available in limited quantities.

The company has also stressed that the reason for the Indiegogo launch isn’t due to a delay of the product’s release. It is still planned for August 2020, but the reason for the Indiegogo launch is so that the company can gain feedback to Lenovo on the device in terms of new ideas and features.

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May 18th 2020, 8:45 pm

Logitech Launches HomeKit Exclusive Circle View Security Camera

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If you own an iPad or iPhone and want to make your home a smart one, then using Apple’s HomeKit platform is probably one of the better ways to go about it. If you’re searching for new smart devices, then Logitech might actually have something that you could be interested in if a home security camera is on your list of things to buy.

The company has taken the wraps off the Logitech Circle View. Logitech’s Circle family of cameras aren’t new, but what makes the Circle View different is that it will be exclusive to Apple’s HomeKit (sorry non-HomeKit users). It will also support Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video that will let you stream video from the Circle View to your iOS device.

According to Logitech, the Circle View can be used anywhere in your home. It can be wall-mounted with ease and features a weatherproof body, so using it as an outdoors security camera to see who’s at your door is one of the options. With the support for HomeKit Secure Video, videos recorded by the camera can be stored in your iCloud account on supported plans, with camera recordings not counting towards your iCloud storage limit.

The Logitech Circle View is priced at $159.99 and can be purchased directly from Logitech’s website today.

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May 18th 2020, 8:45 pm

Samsung Backs A Window Project That Can Generate Artificial Sunlight

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Having windows in our home is important. Windows aren’t just for aesthetics, but they also help to provide a natural source of light that helps us keep track of the time of day, and can also help improve overall mental health. However, what if you live in a place that has little to no windows? Samsung wants to help with that.

The company has announced that they are backing a company called SunnyFive who have created a fake window that is capable of generating artificial sunlight. This is part of Samsung’s C-Labs, which is the company’s in-house incubation program where we’ve seen a variety of products and services that might not have typically been made by the company themselves.

With the SunnyFive window, they are marketing it towards people who might suffer from seasonal affect disorder. The window is said to be capable of putting out the full spectrum of natural light, and can even be used to replicate the lighting effects that one might expect of a real window.

According to Samsung, “A window-shaped lighting device that produces artificial sunlight, allowing the user to enjoy the full spectrum of light produced by the sun’s natural passage through the sky during the day. Helps users synthesize vitamin D while they are indoors or in low-lit places without having to worry about skin aging or sunburn, and allows for brightness and color adjustment via the app.”

There’s no word on when the SunnyFive window will be commercially produced and put up for sale, but it’s an interesting idea with a pretty sleek design that could be worth keeping an eye out for in the future.

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May 18th 2020, 8:45 pm

Google Testing Out New User Interface To Make Smart Displays Easier To Use

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In recent years, we’ve seen companies start to transition from creating smart speakers to smart displays. These are essentially smart speakers that comes with a built-in display to allow for users to make video calls, watch videos, use it to see who’s at the door if you have a smart doorbell, and so on.

However, for those who are less tech savvy, smart displays might not be quite as intuitive to use, especially for the older generation who might already be struggling with the concept of smartphones. To help deal with this issue, Google has announced that they will testing out a new user interface with residents at the Merrill Gardens retirement communities in Washington, where they have also handed out 1,000 Nest Hub Max devices.

According to Google, “The teams created a new experience that we’re kicking off with Merrill Gardens residents, where they will have access to a pre-loaded shortlist of contacts, making video calls even easier. There are new “What can you do?” cards, too, that act like shortcuts for showing weather reports, setting alarms or playing relaxing sounds.”

Basically this new interface will make the smart display easier to interact with, where it will feature shortcuts to features instead of it being like a glorified digital photo frame. Judging from what we can tell from the images of the interface, it certainly does seem like it would be easier to use. We’re not sure when these changes will roll out to everyone, but if you plan to get a smart display for your elderly parents or grandparents, then this might be worth keeping an eye out for.

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May 18th 2020, 8:01 pm

Apple’s AirTags Could Feature Sound Alerts To Let You Know If You’re Close

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If the rumors are true, Apple could be working on a new accessory called the AirTags which would be the company’s answer to Tile’s Bluetooth trackers. Now according to a tweet by Josh Constine, a former editor at TechCrunch, he has revealed some features hidden in Apple’s “Find My” app that could clue us in as to how the AirTags might work.

Assuming the rumors of the AirTags are true, it makes sense that using them would be part of a feature in the “Find My” app, as we have seen in the past. According to Costine, it seems that there are sound files in the app that are labeled in a way that suggests that depending on how close you are to the device you’re tracking, or how far away you are, it will play different sounds.

This will let users know if they’re “hotter” or “colder” when trying to locate their device that the AirTags are attached to. Of course, it is possible that this might not even be related to the AirTags, and that it might be for the iPhone/iPad or AirPods, which also has a “Find My” feature, but it makes sense that it could potentially be applied to the AirTags as well.

One of the ways the AirTags could stand out from the competition is the use of ultra wideband Bluetooth technology. This allows for more precise or accurate tracking compared to just regular Bluetooth. The tech has been built into the iPhones already, which some have speculated was Apple’s way of laying the foundation for the launch of the accessory.

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May 18th 2020, 8:01 pm

iPhone 12 Display Resolutions Leaked

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According to the rumors, Apple is expected to launch as many as four new iPhone 12 models later this year. These iPhones will be offered in a variety of different display sizes, whose resolutions have since been revealed in a post made by analyst Ross Young on his Display Supply Chain Consultants website.

According to Young, the iPhone 12 lineup is expected to consist of the base iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Max, the iPhone 12 Pro, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The base model will sport a 5.4-inch display with a resolution of 2340×1080. As for the Max version, it will sport a slightly larger 6.1-inch display with a higher 2532×1170 resolution.

Next up will be the Pro models, where the iPhone 12 Pro will share the same 6.1-inch display and 2532×1170 resolution as the iPhone 12 Max, while the top-of-the-line model, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, will come with a whopping 6.7-inch screen and the highest resolution of 2778×1284. Apple typically does not display resolution and usually prefers to just refer to it as a Retina Display (which needs to have a minimum pixel density to be considered Retina).

That being said, since none of this can be confirmed yet, you should probably take it with a grain of salt for now, and hopefully there are no delays in the iPhone 12’s launch and that we should have more details towards the later part of the year.

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May 18th 2020, 8:01 pm

Epic Games Store Introduces Self-Serve Refunds To Cut Down On Waiting Times

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One of the upsides to buying a product from a physical store is that if you wanted to return, exchange, or refund it, you can just go back to the shop and assuming you meet all the requirements, it can be done in a matter of minutes. Refunding a digital purchase, however, can result in waiting times.

This is because refunds done online usually requires it to be reviewed by humans, and given the numbers of requests, it could be a while before yours is processed. However, it seems that Epic is trying to make the process a lot easier with its Epic Games Store in the form of a new self-serve refund feature.

Of course, gamers will need to make sure they meet the requirements first before the refund can be processed. Based on Epic’s policy, this means that the refund request needs to take place within 14 days of the game being purchased, and that it cannot be played for more than 2 hours. Gamers will also need to make sure that they aren’t banned from the game, plus Epic will also be keeping an eye out for gamers who might also be attempting to abuse this refund process.

Assuming you meet all those requirements, you should receive your refund pretty quickly. For those who use Steam to purchase their games, you can check out our guide here on how to get refunds from the Steam store.

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May 18th 2020, 7:01 pm
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