Designedly, the iPhone 11 comes with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina HD screen. The real difference is on the back of the phone.
The huge camera module and the logo moved to the middle became the business card that it was recognized at a glance.
In addition, iPhone 11 also offers 6 new colors of red, black, green, purple, yellow and white, of which green and purple are the new color matching this update.
The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max continue the dual-camera route, with screen sizes of 5.8 inches and 6.5 inches, but upgraded to a Super Retina XDR (OLED) screen that saves 15% in power consumption, with a maximum display brightness of 1200 special.
According to Apple, the iPhone 11’s battery life will be one hour longer than the iPhone XR, making it the longest iPhone for Apple; the iPhone 11 Pro series is 4-5 hours longer than the iPhone XS series.
After a long delay due to last moment discovery of embarrassing flaws, Samsung is now releasing its first fold-able phone. The launch of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally near and is just a few days away.
People began registering for the USD 2000 foldable smartphone recently in China. Samsung is to release the phone on September 6, 2019, which coincides with the opening day of the 2019 IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin.
What a day to launch the new phone!
When was the release date chosen?
Yonhap News Agency reports Samsung and other mobile
operators are discussing the launch date to be September 6 in South Korea
itself. Samsung will use the event to showcase the revised model at the 2019
IFA electronics fair in Berlin.
At the moment, it seems as Samsung is quite confident to bring the release period earlier than anticipated. Earlier reports indicated the phone’s launch to be later in September.
The initial shipment of the
Samsung Galaxy Fold for South Korean consumers numbers between 20,000 to 30,000
units. Its price in South Korea will be 2.3 million equal per unit (equal
to USD$ 1902). Samsung is expected to launch the folding smartphone in China
& the United
States in September 2019 but at later dates.
Any corrections made in the Galaxy Fold?
Samsung has revealed a few corrections it made to the Galaxy Fold, including:
tucking in the protective screen layer,
addition of further metal layers beneath the screen to reinforce it
reduction of space between the body & the hinge.
The corrections to the model were made after reviewers reported major issues with the review units of the Galaxy Fold, such as broken, bulging & flickering screens. The reviewers also peeled off the protective screen layer by mistake, assuming that it was a screen protector. But it later turned out to be a key component of the phone’s display.
This is what caused the phone’s launch to
Brief overview of the price and features of the Galaxy Fold
The current handset of the
Samsung Galaxy Fold is priced at USD$ 2,000, an amount most consumers are not
willing to pay. Currently, it is not available to a larger segment of the
Samsung is planning to use an
affordable design to reduce its price with an internal storage of
just 256 GB. That is half of what the current Galaxy Fold offers (i.e. 512 GB).
Further specifications of the phone are:
A 7.3-inch primary flexible
An operating system of Android
9.0 with one UI.
Uses a CPU of Snapdragon 855.
12 GB RAM.
External display (which
is closed) is 4.6 inches with HD+ display.
Main display is of 7.3 inches
Rear Camera of 12 megapixel
wide-angle (f1.5 to f/2.4), 12-megapixel telephoto (f/2.4) and 16 megapixel
Closed front camera of 12
Open front camera of
10-megapixel selfie (f/2.2), with 8-megapixel RGB depth (f/1.9).
Fingerprint sensing power
It is currently available in the colors: Space Silver,
Cosmos Black, Martian Green and Astro Blue.
Smartphones and other gadgets that are rivalling the Samsung Galaxy Fold
At the moment, Huawei’s Foldable smartphone Mate X was also
scheduled to arrive in September. But, Huawei reported that it is unlikely to
release any earlier than November. The only other competing gadget to the Samsung Galaxy fold is
Apple’s foldable iPad.
Will Samsung capitalize on the smartphone market with the new
& improved Galaxy Fold?
Samsung has fixed the problems in
the hinge and in the screen with reinforcements & extra layers. It
will hopefully survive thousands of folds it will endure without showing any
signs of wear. It is confident that the Galaxy Fold will have a better
life span as compared to the normal smartphone.
If the Galaxy Fold succeeds after the launch, then the phone
will definitely be able to succeed and thrive in the market and win
billions of hearts too.
Even after HarmonyOS, Huawei continues its search for alternatives to Android. As a test, the giant could sell 360,000 tablets under the Russian Aurora OS system to the Russian government.
Huawei, caught in an uncomfortable position internationally, has already developed HarmonyOS, a connected object operating system that could be used as a way out if the use of Android becomes too precarious.
“It’s a pilot project,” anonymous source told Reuters. We see it as the first step in launching the Russian OS on Huawei devices. ” The firm would like to sell tablets under Aurora OS to the Russian Ministry of Communications for the next census of 147 million Russians, as of this October. But we understand that it would be a way for Huawei to test life-size the implementation of Aurora OS on real devices.
Aurora OS was originally a Finnish operating system called Sailfish OS, based on Linux and dedicated to mobile devices. It was then dubbed by Moscow and the current owner of Aurora OS is none other than Rostelecom, the Russian public telecom operator. The latter happens to be the only entity entitled to purchase tablets for the census.
In total, the contract would provide for the purchase of 360,000 Huawei tablets under Aurora OS by August 2020. Nothing is yet final, as negotiations are currently underway.
The Google system has achieved this year far better results than its competitors.
Correct answers in 93% of cases
Overall, the three assistants did well for comprehension, with 100% in terms of understanding for Google Assistant, 99.9% for Apple Siri and 99.8% for Amazon Alexa. Nevertheless, where Google Assistant does best, it is at the level of the results given. Thus, the Google system could provide a correct answer in 92.9% of cases, against 83.1% for Siri and 79.8% for Alexa.
In detail, Google is doing particularly well for navigation – with 98% of positive responses – and information – 96%. More surprisingly, Google Assistant does better than Alexa on queries related to e-commerce with 92% of completed queries against 71% on the Amazon wizard. Nevertheless, Google Assistant is overtaken by Siri in the interactions related to the orders of the smartphone, to send an SMS, to make a call or to access the calendar. Apple’s service was able to complete 93% of tasks compared to 86% for Google Assistant.
The results of this year’s study are consistent with last year’s results, where Google Assistant was already leading the way.
With nearly 45.1 million smartphones sold on the old continent in the second quarter of 2019, the sector seems to be afloat, especially with the rapid growth of Xiaomi and the dominance of Samsung. In contrast, Apple and Huawei are pale and fall sharply in Europe.
In the first place of the ranking, there is Samsung which recorded a good progression of + 20% compared to the second quarter of 2018. It will not be so much its Galaxy S10 which will seduce on the old continent but rather its mid-range, the Galaxy A. The South Korean company has distributed 3.2 million Galaxy A50 (the smartphone sold the most in Europe this quarter, all manufacturers combined), 2.2 million Galaxy A40 and 1.8 million Galaxy A20e. In all, it is nearly 18.3 million units sold, allowing Samsung to rise as the European leader with 40.4% market share.
As for Apple , which falls in third place, the firm records a heavy fall of -17% compared to last year, with a market share in Europe which sinks to 14.1% In all, the Californian manufacturer will have has sold 6.4 million iPhone, including 1.8 million iPhone XR, its best-selling model on the old continent.
Samsung has released a 108-megapixel sensor on its smartphone. More than ever. Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX was established in cooperation with Xiaomi.
According to Samsung, it will be the first camera sensor that can surpass the 100 million pixel milestone of smartphones. It not only produces high-resolution and high-quality images but also captures 6016 x 3388 video at 30 fps.
With an efficient picture, it produces extraordinary images in intense lighting conditions. It will take a huge 1 /1.33-inch area. Compared to common camera sensors in smartphones, HMX consumes more light in dim light. Thanks to Tetracell technology, it will produce good photos of 27 million pixels.
Samsung and Xiaomi have not announced which mobile phone will be the first mobile phone to use this sensor. It is rumored that Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 will be the first person to use this camera sensor. It is expected to be used by the end of this year.
While we can’t imagine our lives without digital voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, recent reports have raised concern that these household staples are not just unquestioning minions, ready to serve, they are listening more often than people realize. I mean after all, how else would they respond to the “Alexa” wake word in a heartbeat? This has got people asking how to stop Alexa from listening in on their conversations.
Not only content with eavesdropping, they are also recording snippets of conversations which may be reviewed by humans in order to gauge how well the systems fulfill commands. According to Bloomberg,
“The recordings are transcribed, annotated and then fed back into the software as part of an effort to eliminate gaps in Alexa’s understanding of human speech and help it better respond to commands.”
After the startling revelation, people are frenzied over their privacy and left to wonder how much they have given away to strangers. Let’s face it, advertisers already know our weaknesses and desires; how far until what we desire walks right up to our doorstep in a jiffy?
Wondering how to stop Alexa from listening into your conversations? Here are a few ways to take back control and make sure no-one in your household really listens to you; especially not workers at Amazon! Here’s how:
How to Stop Alexa from Listening?
Use The Mute Button
For people who think that the “mute” button on the Amazon
Echo devices exists to lull us into a false sense of security, it’s not all
that bad. If you still have doubts, the teardowns of the Amazon Echo Dot show
reveal that no voltage passes through the mic circuitry when in the mute mode. This
mute mode is legit to be sure. While Mics may not need batteries to work, they
can at least not record when shut out of the rest of the Echo. If you don’t
know where the mute button is, look for a circle with a line through it or a
When you are not actively using your Echo device, its
prudent to keep it on mute. But there’s a catch to it: what use is Alexa if it
can’t take impromptu across-the-room commands. Nevertheless, it keeps those
hush-hush conversations privy. When on mute, a red line appears on the Show
series screens or the LED ring shines red, so that you can be sure that Alexa
Switch The Camera Slider
If you are using Amazon Echo devices with a screen, such as
the Echo Show 5 or Echo Show smart displays, why not use a camera slider to
obstruct the camera view with a layer of opaque plastic. You can still utter
commands to Alexa but block the camera that enables voice chat through services
like Skype, since it leaves a lot of users uncomfortable knowing that the
camera (and in turn, an amused Amazon employee) could be spying on them.
Switch off the Drop-in feature
One of the most controversial features of the Amazon series
is that it affords your household and your contacts the ability to just “Drop
In” and start a conversation via two Echo devices, much like a phone
call. This makes your Amazon devices act like a video and audio intercom.
Someone in front of the Echo device in the living room can get through to
someone in front of the show in the upstairs bedroom. Some experts have
suggested that a connection, for instant a fellow Echo owner you have in your
contact list, could listen in on your home conversations.
Here’s where the problem starts. You don’t necessarily need
a phone call to connect the two devices when they can communicate with each
other automatically. It’s not so much as Amazon workers listening into your
conversations as your 7-year-old spying on you. To disable this feature, fire
up the Alexa app on your phone, go to Settings>Device Settings. Tap on any
device and tap Communication. Turn the toggle to off for Drop in.
Tweak Your Privacy Settings
“We take customer privacy seriously and continuously review
our practices and procedures,” the Amazon spokeswoman wrote in an email Friday.
“We’ll also be updating information we provide to customers to make our
practices more clear.”
In the wake of the recent backlash about Amazon employees
listening in to your Amazon interactions and requests to improve Amazon’s
transcription and test out new features, Amazon is changing its settings in a new policy which
took effect last Friday, so people can opt out of having their voice recordings
reviewed by Amazon employees.
Fire up the Alexa App and tap the menu button
Go to settings and select “Alexa Account”, scroll
to the bottom and tap on “Alexa Privacy.”
Under the blue banner that appears, scroll down
to “Manage How Your Data Improves Alexa”.
Notice how the first three items have been set
to ‘on’ by default. Toggle these (especially the ‘Use Messages to Improve
Transcriptions’ and ‘Help Develop New Features’) to the OFF position.
Ignore the warning that says that “new
features” may not work properly if you proceed to make your recorded
commands slightly less accessible to Amazon.
Prune Your Call History
As a last resort, you can log into your history and wipe out
all the conversations you had with Alexa, logged on your Echo. While it
definitely doesn’t stop Alexa from listening to you or recording your
conversations, it removes all previous records it had of doing so. To do so, go
to Settings > Alexa Privacy > Review Voice History. You will be presented
with a list of your most recent Echo interactions. Scroll to the Date Range box
and select ‘All History’, then tap on the Delete All Recordings for All History
link. This gets rids of every Amazon record on file. However, this may wreak
havoc on the performance of Echo, or so the disclaimer says.
Amazon also allows deletion by voice, which lets you delete
recordings simply by saying “Alexa, delete everything I said today,”
or “Alexa, delete what I just said”.
Apple’s video game service will be released this fall, but the price has not been released.
Apple is launching a video game subscription service on March 25. 100 exclusive games will be available at the launch of Apple Arcade. The games will be accessible offline and the player will be able to resume his game where he left it on any device under macOS, iOS or tvOS.
Apple Arcade will be available next fall in 150 countries, including France. The price is unknown.
As a fitness aficionado, I set quite a score by my fitness watch. It tracked my burned calories, my steps, my heartrate, and my workouts. It permitted me to run marathons without having to lug my phone along to keep tabs on my pace and see how many miles I had run. It perked me up with motivators when I hit my move goal. It told me to get up after I had given in to lethargy and been idle for more than an hour at a time.
Similarly, I had literally been tapping in [to MyFitnessPal]
every day for years. It seems innocuous when you are just starting out, but I
can definitely say I got addicted. Every morsel that went into my body also had
to be logged into my diary. I would fret over numbers since my Keto diet demanded
macro management, I would find myself weighing something as insignificant as a
lettuce leaf, I would worry if something I ate sent me over, I would feel wrecked
with guilt if I fell behind my calorie goals for the day. Soon I started picking
foods that I could input into MyFitnessPal, instead of eating home-cooked meals.
Even when I had a binge, a total, utter of control (perhaps nothing more than a
full scoop of ice cream), I logged it as best I could… it fueled my warped
illusion of control – however, in reality, it was controlling me.
I felt I had to look, eat, train a certain way, since people
were watching. I wanted to have a six-pack, be the strongest, leanest, the
quickest. I worked hard and did get good at all of those things but as a
consequence, I inadvertently fell victim to eating disorders. Within a few
months, I was starting to burn more calories than I had eaten. Wrapped up in
the complicated brain chemistry of motivation and reward, I would boast with
pride when my calorie counter would go negative, or whenever I received a
congratulatory message from some app!
In addition to counting calories, I was counting my steps as
well, which further aggravated the compulsion to do a minimum number of steps
and walk a certain distance each day. If I ever did more one day, it would
become my new minimum the following time. Over time, I started getting so
distressed because I never had time to do things as I had to get my steps in.
I tapped my progress obsessively – so obsessively, in fact,
that my body was trimming off more than was needed. A couple of months down the
lane, I started suffering from Panic attacks, mental and physical exhaustion, kidney
problems, and migraines. After being hospitalized for days, diagnosed with “Other
Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder”, and months of therapy, it dawned on me; What
was I doing to my body?
The Link Between Disordered Eating And Fitness Tracking
While apps like MyFitnessPal and fitness tracking devices can
come in quite handy for some people, obsessing over calories burned and logging
every morsel is nevertheless unhealthy. In fact, Heather Hausenblas, Ph.D., a
professor in the department of kinesiology at Jacksonville University in
Florida, highlights the importance of raising awareness about the role of fitness
and calorie-counting apps in exercise addiction and eating disorders.
“For the most part, these apps do good,”
says Hausenblas. “But for certain individuals, the constant checking and
the obsession about it becomes really negative. With people who are on the cusp
of disordered behaviors, it can push them over the edge.”
A 2017 study analyzing 493 college-age students found (via
tracking devices and fitness apps) and disordered eating attitudes.
Participants were entailed to note their calorie counts or fitness levels using
tracking devices. “Individuals who reported using calorie trackers
manifested higher levels of eating concern… Additionally, fitness tracking
was uniquely associated with ED symptomatology,” researchers found,
concluding that “for some individuals, these devices might do more harm
A Perverse Game Of Arithmetic
The number of connected wearable devices worldwide, of which
health-focused wearables hold a significant portion, just pushed the 74 million
threshold in 2019, and is projected to soar up to more
than 1 billion by 2022. Even devices that are not inherently famous for their
health-focus, such as the Apple or Samsung watch, have in-built exercise
tracking, calories burn, and step count. This means that you don’t even have to
invest in a wearable or smartwatch to track your fitness regime; data about
your body comes at you unsolicited.
Dr Carolyn Plateau, a lecturer in psychology at Loughborough
University, has deeply scrutinized the effect of health-focused apps and fitness
trackers on regular users. Her most recent study explores the differences
in mental wellbeing, disordered exercise, and disordered eating between people
who record food intake and calories via these mechanisms and those who don’t. Here’s
what she has to say,
“Our findings were interesting as they indicated that those who did track their activity or food intake showed higher levels of both disordered eating and exercise than those who did not. In particular, higher levels of purging behavior (e.g. excessive or driven exercise to control or modify weight or shape) was found among the tracking group.”
Another psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders,
Amanda Perl, backs up this study. According to Amanda, excessive exercising, strict
dieting, and Calorie counting are synonymous with disordered eating, and
fitness trackers and apps can exacerbate these symptoms in people who have had
a history of eating disorders, or those too fixated on these things. Even worse,
this obsession with goal setting and health-focused metrics throws balance to
the winds, since trackers can aggravate feelings of self-loathing, failure,
body shaming, and feeling out of control.
You may not instantly fall prey to disordered eating
behaviors, but you may start setting impossibly high standards for yourself. By
promoting an image of perfectionism, these apps take the reigns over your life
and push you into an abysmal illusion that leaves you vulnerable to depression.
These apps play on
people’s desperation to control what goes into their body and the effect it has.
At first it can be almost therapeutic to log what you’ve eaten, but it becomes
a perverse game of arithmetic that drowns you in numbers. Constant monitoring
of food intake and physical activity inadvertently triggers the symptoms of
disordered eating and fuels our already prevalent obsessive and highly
self-critical perfectionistic tendencies.
Not to mention, Competition and comparison adds to the
stigma about eating disorders being attention-seeking. Many individuals with
eating disorders take to constantly comparing their weight, but now with social
media and technology, time is irrelevant, and the comparison group is global.
Psychologist and eating disorder specialist Dr. Stacey Rosenfeld says that,
“Sufferers can compare their food intake against someone’s from another country who posted the data three months prior. The comparisons are infinite. So, if someone is trying to restrict their intake but didn’t do as ‘good’ a job as someone that posted their intake prior, this might fuel distress, resulting in increased restriction in order to alleviate the distress around the perceived failure.”