As tragic as it sounds, it is inevitable and the bad news is here:
The iMac Pro will soon be phased out by Apple Inc. Once the most powerful computer the Cupertino, California based giant once made; it is now meeting its end.
Those who are looking to get their hands on the all-in-one-Mac, they can do so but only for a short period of time. The standard model priced at USD$ 4,999 is still available on Apple’s website but only until supplies last.
Meaning, that once Apple’s existing inventory is finished, the iMac Pro will no longer be available.
When did Apple release the iMac Pro?
It was in 2017 that Apple released the iMac Pro and it termed it as ‘the most powerful Mac ever.’ The computer was an all-in-one desktop machine aimed at creatives and professionals featuring advanced capabilities for 3-Dimensional (3D) rendering and graphics. However, since then the computer has not received any major updates in the past few years.
Some other versions of the iMac Pro can still be found at third-party retailers, provided that customers are heavily inclined at having the computer over a Windows PC.
The space gray version of the iMac Pro was introduced initially in 2017 and it was done ahead of Apple Inc.’s much awaited revamp of the Mac Pro. At its launch, this computer was colloquially known as a love letter to developers. However, such a term now seems to have run its course.
Didn’t Apple Inc. revamp the standard iMac since then?
Ever since then, Apple has revamped the standard iMac targeting the 27-inch model at the very same users it promoted at in the beginning. The company noted that the model is right now the most popular iMac among professional users.
The system has essentially made the iMac Pro redundant. At the high end of Apple’s offerings in the same category, there is the new iMac Pro.
Also, no one should forget that silicon-powered Apple iMacs are on the way. As far as we now, Apple Inc. revamped the MacBook, MacBook Air and Mac Mini with its proprietary chips. New versions of the 21.5-inch and 27-inch desktops are rumored for arrival this year. They will also be sporting a much-awaited new design.
What now for Apple Inc. after folding the iMac?
The iMac Pro will no longer be available once supplies run out and according to Apple, the 27-inch model introduced in August 2020 is the preferred choice of iMac users. The company further stated that iMac users requiring more performance specifications and scalability, can go ahead with the iMac Pro.
Other than that, the iMac Pro was released in December 2017 but received no substantial hardware upgrades over time.
The latest 27-inch iMac features a 5K display with True Tone plus a nano-texture glass option. It has a 10-core 10th Generation Intel Core i9 processor, up to 128GB of RAM, 8TB in storage, AMD Radeon Pro 5700 XT graphics car, 10Gigabit Ethernet option, a camera of 1080p high resolution with microphones, improved speakers and other added features.
While this 27-inch Intel based iMac Pro is Apple’s most recommended machine right now, there are rumors suggesting that a newly designed iMac having a next-generation Apple silicon chip and a design which is inspired by Apple’s high-end Pro Display XDR will be released later this year.
Customers are however exercising patience despite these rumors but it is still not clear if such a version of the iMac Pro will ever be released. Because at this point, it seems to be highly unlikely.
In what looked like a standoff that would literally crush Facebook, its brands and its practices; the American social media and tech giant signed deals with Australian news firms for content days after it blocked Australian firms from posting news on the platform.
Contrary to Facebook, Google signed deals earlier than it, planning to spend USD$ 1 billion over the next three years.
This is the same amount Facebook plans to spend in the Australian new industry over the next three years.
Does the announcement come as a surprise? In all honesty, it sure does.
Why? Because it comes just days after a heated debate with the Australian Government over how much the social media giant should pay news publishers for publishing content on the platform.
According to Nick Clegg, Vice President of Global Affairs at Facebook:
“Facebook is more than willing to partner with news publishers. We absolutely recognize quality journalism is at the heart of how open societies function – informing and empowering citizens and holding the powerful to account.”
Campbell Brown, Vice President for Global News Partnerships at Facebook had to say the following:
“Going forward, the government has clarified we will retain the ability to decide if news appears on Facebook so that we won’t automatically be subject to a forced negotiation. It’s always been our intention to support journalism in Australia and around the world.”
What had happened earlier between Facebook, Australian News Firms and the Government of Australia?
It was in the ending days of February that Facebook blocked almost all Australian news on its platform. It did so as a protest against a legislation proposed by the Australian Government, which obliges digital platforms to compensate media outlets for online content.
The company inadvertently also blocked access to government information pages.
In response to the social media giant’s unfair blockage, Australia’s health department confirmed that it won’t advertise on Facebook anymore as it sought to hit Facebook where it got hurt the most.
It indicates that Facebook will lose out on Australia’s USD$ 20 million public information campaign, which was designed to convince Australians to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 induced Coronavirus and reject the anti-vaccine sentiments.
This spelled disaster for Facebook not just in Australia but also around the world. It also hurt Facebook at the place where it felt the most pain.
Consequently, Facebook’s managing director for Australia Will Easton stated that the pages blocked previously will be restored in the coming days.
Google had earlier copied Facebook’s stance, by blocking Australian news providers from its search results among 1 percent of Australians. However, the Alphabet owned Technology giant conceded after agreeing with Australian news giant News Corp over payments for content.
What have Facebook and the Government of Australia agreed upon?
Australia’s Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher and National Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced on Tuesday, February 23, about the deal reached between the Government of Australia and Facebook regarding the legislation ‘Media Bargaining Code.’
The Government stated that it may not apply the code to Facebook, provided it can prove it has cut enough deals similar to its agreement with News Corp and with other publishers. The government also agreed to give digital platforms a month’s notice before deciding whether to apply the code or not.
This does indicate that social media and tech giants won’t be able to act unfairly in the Australian market. There were earlier calls for regulations of practices and activities of the big tech in all spheres of life.
It is confirmed that Australia has taken the necessary concrete steps towards regulating the big tech and their unfair business practices.
Has Facebook signed deals elsewhere too?
Last month, Facebook announced deals with a number of publishers in the United Kingdom namely:
Daily Mail Group.
Telegraph Media Group.
Consequently, publishers will see their content featured in Facebook News. It is a dedicated section within the app featuring curated and personalized news from numerous national, local, lifestyle and sports publications.
Is Facebook happy about signing deals or is still sour?
Despite optimism from both sides regarding the agreement to the law, the social media giant is in a sour mood. The company Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg, took a cloaked jibe at News Corp last week in a social media post criticizing Australia’s new legislation.
The law aims at setting a fair price for the Australian journalism that digital platforms exhibit.
According to him:
“It is ironic that some of the biggest publishers have long advocated for free markets and voluntary commercial undertakings now appear to be in favor of state sponsored price setting.”
Executive Chairman of News Corp. Australia Michael Miller said that in the previous week, his company had monetary negotiations with Facebook regarding payment for content.
He stated the following in front of a Senate inquiry regarding media diversity in Australia:
“Having been someone who’s dealt with Facebook over the past months, we have some weeks where we’re getting good engagement and think we’re progressing and then you get silence. I think the door is still open.”
How powerful is News Corp. in Australia?
News Corp. owns most of Australia’s major newspapers. Analysts argue that the US-based international media empire is the main force for the incumbent and conservative Australian Government making Facebook and Google pay for news.
In fact, the global media giant announced a wide-ranging deal with Google covering operations in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
Has Google followed suit?
At first, Google was locking its horns against the Government of Australia. However, it later changed its stance and is planning to spend USD$ 1 billion on news over the next three years.
Google announced in October last year that it intended to pay publishers in creation and curation of content for a new mobile product known as Google News Showcase.
The app went live initial in Germany and Brazil before it is launched in other countries.
German publishers Der Spiegel and Die Zeit including Brazil’s Folha de Sao Paulo signed up as part of the rollout program.
According to Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai:
“The business model for newspapers – based on ads and subscription revenue – has been evolving for more than a century as audiences have turned to other sources. The internet has been the latest shift, and it certainly won’t be the last…. We want to play our part by helping journalism in the 21st century.”
It is undeniable that both Google and Facebook are among the most powerful of the Big Four Tech Firms, yet it is also undoubtedly true that both firms can, and will be held accountable for all they have done up till now.
In fact, both of these firms have no escape. They both not only signed deals with Australian, German and Brazilian news firms but are also agreeing to follow Australia’s latest legislation ‘Media Bargaining Code.’
This law has inspired India to create and enact its own regulations to hold the tech industry accountable. It is also time that other countries prepare similar legislations and the European Union has been eying a similar move in this matter.
In what turned out to be the most shocking and deceptive of all cyber acts, Australia and Australians were both caught off guard by Facebook Inc.
The social media giant’s decision to remove news from its platform due to a deep spat with the Government of Australia over legislation covering payment for content has hurt numerous businesses in the country especially when they were doing their best during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Government of Australia is thinking about passing legislation requiring tech giants to pay Australian news companies for news space on the internet. Facebook’s operations were causing Australian news companies serious losses in terms of revenue.
Facebook had followed through on it overnight 2 days ago after threatening to band Australian users from posting news. The move was dreadful as it also cut off access to information like the national weather service and cut news’ access on pages of local healthcare institutions and sites. However, Facebook stated that such had been done by accident.
A clearer view of what is happening between Facebook and the Government of Australia?
In response to potential regulation by the Government of Australia, Facebook responded to it by blocking news in the country. It is also preventing Australian users and publishers (individuals and businesses alike) from sharing and viewing news. Google was planning to do the same but somehow made a different decision in response to the proposed legislation in the country.
Facebook’s block is coming from its disagreement with Australia’s newest proposed legislation, the News Media Bargaining Code. The legislation forms the basis of arguments of Australia’s news outlets, who say that they should be compensated for articles presented on online platforms like Facebook and Google.
According to the proposed law, news outlets could bargain with Facebook and Google for compensation regarding news content being shown and shared on their platforms. Questions regarding the legislation pointed out the fact that the code was created to address the imbalance of bargaining power between the tech giants and Australian news outlets.
This law will force Facebook and Google to reach commercial deals with Australian publishers or face compulsory adjudication.
If the law would have not been drafted, Australian media outlets would have endured monumental losses in the coming days.
Yet, there is news regarding the Australian Law, the News Media Bargaining Code. It has already been cleared by the Federal Lower House and is expected to be passed by the Australian Senate within the next seven days.
Is there any collateral damage caused by the dispute between Facebook Inc. and the Government of Australia?
Marcey Papandrea, a 36-year-old owner of a movie review website known as the Super Network is disappointed and heartbroken. Her hard work of 10 years in creating a small following on Facebook in drawing people to her website has been quashed. She blamed both the Government of Australia and Facebook for such an outcome.
On her website, she posts reviews of movies as well as related podcasts. Last week on Thursday, she woke at her Melbourne home, only to find out that her Facebook page has been blocked.
According to her:
“I have no idea what Facebook’s algorithm would be that someone like me would be targeted. At the end of the day, this is like a mudslinging contest.”
Is Facebook supportive of such legislation in Australia?
The American tech giant vehemently opposes legislation by the Australian government that effectively requires big tech firms to pay the country’s media outlets for content. Since the legislation is being watched by all companies around the globe, it could offer a model for governments of other countries to follow suit.
Such legislation is working its way through Australia’s parliament.
What did Facebook have to say about such a move by the Government of Australia?
In a blog post, Facebook had this to say:
“The proposed law fundamentally misunderstands the relationship between our platform and publishers who use it to share news content. It has left us facing a stark choice: attempt to comply with a law that ignores the realities of this relationship or stop allowing news content on our services in Australia. With a heavy heart, we are choosing the latter.”
The News Media Bargaining Code is the law through which Australia is doing its best to get tech firms (Facebook & Google included) to pay for the news that is widely shared on their websites. Why? Because the advertising revenue that was once supporting publishers is now slipping away.
This law would force the tech firms to sign deals with media companies or have a set of fees set for them regarding sharing and publishing of this news on these platforms.
To add a further twist to the tale, Google had once threatened to withdraw its search services from Australia. However, in what looks like a clear U-turn, it started securing agreements with revenue-sharing with Australian publishers at the same time.
This paints a somewhat tricky yet clearer picture of the bias the big tech firms have in their essence. Yet, Facebook is insisting that its relationship with the news industry is primarily different.
According to the platform: “Publishers willingly choose to post news on Facebook, as it allows them to sell more subscriptions, grow their audiences, and increase advertising revenue.”
It should be noted that last year, Facebook generated 5.1 billion referrals which helped it earn around 407 million Australian Dollars (USD$ 315 million) for the publishers.
The platform claimed it was a value exchange working in favor of the Australian publishers, which is somehow disputed in the account of what Australian businesses, citizens and state government describes as Facebook stealing cookies from the cookie jar.
What is the response of the Australian Government and Society in this regard?
Facebook’s sudden move in blocking news has sparked outrage of monumental proportions because some Government and Emergency Response pages (Fire services, health authorities, and the police) also went dark. This in turn also affected Facebook’s page.
According to Australia Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who earlier had a discussion with Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg regarding the legislation, condemned Facebook’s move and stated:
“Facebook was wrong. Facebook’s actions were unnecessary, they were heavy-handed, and they will damage its reputation here in Australia.”
Mr. Frydenberg had more to say. For the second time following the news blackout, he spoke to Mark Zuckerberg. According to him in a tweet: “We talked through their remaining issues and agreed our respective teams would work through them immediately. We’ll talk again over the weekend.”
Yet, Facebook was adamant in its stance. In its statement announcing its move to Australia, the social media giant said that the Australian legislation misunderstood the platform’s value to publishers. Somehow, this statement is untrue as most publishers are irked by abusive market practices Google and Facebook have employed there.
Mr. Frydenberg earlier told the following to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: “There is something much bigger here at stake than just one or two commercial deals. This is about Australia’s sovereignty.”
The same words of Mr. Frydenberg were both indirectly and directly echoed by numerous organizations and individuals in Australia. A considerable majority of media analysts and Facebook-watchers condemned the platform’s actions and accused the company of bullying, in light of the net profit of USD$ 29.2 billion it made last year.
Both Facebook and Google had campaigned together against the law set forth by the Australian Government. They both had threatened to withdraw key services from Australia if it brought the laws into effect.
However, Google took a major u-turn and signed a deal with Australian news giant News Corp.
According to American journalist Judd Legum:
“Facebook’s actions today can best be understood as an aggressive lobbying effort. It’s showing the Australian government it’s willing to follow through with the ban. Tough to square this bare-knuckled approach with the company’s supposed commitment to free speech.”
Marcus Strom, the President of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA, also referred to as The Alliance), the Australian trade union and professional organization covering the entertainment, media, arts, and sports industries, said that Facebook probably fears other countries adopting similar laws.
According to Mr. Strom
“This is not just about Australia. They are worried about a global precedent. This is a classic monopoly move by a powerful company trying to dictate what society does when in a democratic society, it’s civil society that needs to determine how tech companies operate.”
What was Google’s Response to Australia’s proposed legislation?
In response to the News Media Bargaining Code, Google signed a landmark deal with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, last week on Wednesday. This ensures that it can show news from the company in Australia as Google has paid for that news. This also lays the foundation for developing a subscription platform and sharing advertising revenue.
Also, another point worth noting; News Corp has also come under fire in Australia as it dominates a large part of the Australian news industry.
Another fact worth noting is that the Alphabet-owned company has secured deals with publishers in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Argentina, and Brazil for its Google News Showcase product.
However, Facebook’s move is the exact opposite as it has prevented Australians from sharing news links around the world. It should be kept in mind that Facebook’s decision comes in within rising tensions between social media giants and state governments around the world doing their best to regulate the tech industry.
What do journalists and other prominent figures outside Australia think of Facebook’s actions in the country?
Emily Bell, the Director of the Two Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School said that Facebook’s claim about being a voluntary platform where news publishers willingly share their content is itself a misguiding statement that distorts the relationship it has with its users, businesses, and organizations alike.
According to her:
“Most publishers feel obliged to be on Facebook. They don’t like the asymmetry of the relationship, they dislike the requirement of going through an intermediary without access to even negligible data.”
There was a time when Facebook’s intrusions into personal privacy space were beginning to get noticed and the social networking giant acted to fix it. However, there came more issues and in 2017, a Thai man murdered his 11-month-old daughter live on Facebook, which then forced the social network to start moderating things but struggled to do so.
Yet, the social media giant is facing stern criticism for allowing a lot of wrongful information and propaganda to be posted on it. The Christchurch shootings of March 15, 2019was also posted live on the social media platform, at a time when it was moderating live transmissions and broadcasts which it did not fulfill.
According to a spokesperson from the Australian television network Nine:
“Nobody benefits from this decision as Facebook will now be a platform for misinformation to rapidly spread without balance. This action proves again their monopoly position and unreasonable behavior.”
Facebook’s time might be coming to an end and this may just be the inception of such an event. Its abusive and monopolistic market practices have made it the least preferred social network around the world. Furthermore, its acquisitions of Snap Chat, WhatsApp, and Instagram are drawing further scrutiny from numerous governments, bodies, authorities, and organizations as well as individuals from around the globe.
In short, Facebook has created a recipe leading to disasters for the social media giant and eventually, its demise.
Chinese tech brand Xiaomi just doesn’t stop making headlines and the Xiaomi Mi 11 is its newest flagship smartphone. Its specifications and price have turned it into Samsung Galaxy S21’s latest rival as well as rivaling phones such as the OnePlus 9 and Oppo Find X3.
When was the Xiaomi Mi 11 first seen?
The Xiaomi Mi 11 was first seen at its Chinese launch event somewhere in December 2020. Yet, the phone got another global unveiling, and that too on February 8, 2021, before it could be released globally. This is a pattern Xiaomi follows with its Mi lone of smartphones though the global launch of their phones is usually done at Mobile World Congress (MWC) held each year (This year’s MWC will be held in June).
Whenever tech-savvy people think about the name ‘Xiaomi’, they think of devices having high-end specifications that are good on the budget and available in competitive price ranges. However, the pricing aspect may not be friendly when it comes to the Mi 11.
Yet, the specifications Xiaomi Mi 11 has are pretty impressive including its features. No one should be surprised to see this phone get ranked among the best Xiaomi has to offer.
Before anyone gets to test the phone, we decided to round almost anything and everything everyone would love to know about the phone especially its specifications, features, and availability; helping everyone get a good idea of the Xiaomi Mi 11.
Some brief facts about Xiaomi Mi 11
The phone is Xiaomi’s newest flagship phone of 2021.
It will be released worldwide somewhere in March this year.
Its price will start at €749 (equivalent to USD$ 900, AUD$ 1,175, and GBP£ 660).
Price and availability of the Xiaomi Mi 11
After its global launch event in February 2021, Xiaomi Mi 11 will be launching in various regions across the world in March.
At the moment, the price for the phone is available in Euros instead of US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Australian Dollars. Due to instance, no one is expecting the phone to be available in the United States. Yet the phone will have conversions so people can get an idea when it comes to the phone’s price.
For the set having 8GB RAM and 128GB Storage, the price will be €749 (equivalent to almost GBP£ 660, AUD$ 1,175, and USD$ 990). If consumers wish to have more storage, they can obtain 256GB for €749 (equivalent to GBP£ 700, AUD$ 1,250, and USD$ 960). Another version of the phone with 256GB storage and 12GB RAM was unveiled in China, which may not be released globally.
For context’s sake, the Xiaomi Mi 10 cost GBP£ 799 (equivalent to AUD$ 1,699 and USD$ 990) with 8GB RAM and 128 GB Storage. Hence, the Xiaomi Mi 11 can cost approximately the same or a little less in comparison to its predecessor.
What are the specifications of the Xiaomi Mi 11?
Here is an overview of the specifications of Xiaomi’s flagship phone:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
8/12 GB LPDDR5
128/256 GB UFS 3.1
6.81-inch DotDisplay with AdaptiveSync (30/60/90/120Hz), 20:9, 3200×1440, 515 PPI, 1500 Nits max, HDR 10+, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
108 MP main camera: 1/1.33”; f/1.85; 1.6 µm (4 in 1 Super Pixel); OIS; AF; 7P lens 13 MP ultrawide; f/2,4; FOV up to 123° 5 MP macro: f/2,4; 50mm; AF (3 to 10cm)
Specifications of the Xiaomi Mi 11 (Source: Android Police)
It runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
The Xiaomi Mi 11 carries Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 888 chipset backed by 8GB RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of storage, which makes it quite a powerful phone. No one will notice an instant difference from the Snapdragon 865 processor which was also a fast one. Yet, Qualcomm promises improvements in the CPU and GPU performance by 25% and 25% respectively in Snapdragon 888.
The display and batteries are flagship-level
The Xiaomi Mi 11 features a spectacular waterfall screen complete with a 6.81-inches OLED panel that is exceptionally bright and clear regardless of the lighting conditions. The peak brightness is at 1500 nits making it the brightest phone available yet.
Additionally, the phone has wide quad HD plus resolution (3,200 x 1,440 pixels) and 120Hz refresh rates, which can be used together or can be put in reserve to save the phone’s battery life.
A vast majority of phones have refresh rates of 60Hz, meaning the screen refreshes 60 times in a second. Displays of 120Hz look much smoother when scrolling through webpages in comparison. The Xiaomi Mi 11 also has an in-screen fingerprint reader, which according to Xiaomi doubles up as a heart-rate sensor.
With mild usage, the battery can easily last a day and a half. Even when it runs out, recharging the phone’s 4,600-mAh battery is done relatively quickly with thanks to its 55 Watt wired charger. It takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to bring the battery to 50-60% from zero percent while almost an hour is all it takes to completely recharge the battery.
It is hence safe to say that battery anxiety is an object of history when people will begin using the Xiaomi Mi 11. One thing to keep in mind that the phone supports 50W of wireless and reverse-wireless charging.
Loud and crisp speakers are another hallmark of the Xiaomi Mi 11
One of the features that stood out in last year’s Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro was its pleasingly loud and crisp speaker system complete with one speaker on each end of the phone. Now Xiaomi stated that it has leveled up in the speaker aspect in Mi 11 through refining its audio experience in partnership with Harman Kardon, a well-known and decades-old manufacturing firm specializing in audio equipment and stereos.
The Xiaomi Mi 11’s speakers are loud and crisp, and it has the right bass to boot up with. Hence, Xiaomi has raised the stakes in the speakers’ game.
Three rear Cameras are present on the Xiaomi Mi 11
The Xiaomi Mi 11 has three rear cameras, one less than its predecessor. Fascinatingly, quality beats out the quantity aspect.
The cameras are the main camera of 108 Megapixels with 13 MP ultra-wide and 5 MP telephoto macro. The latter cameras are designed for both close-up and zoomed shots. The first two cameras match the results and effectiveness of the Mi 10 whereas the third camera is a major improvement.
The Xiaomi Mi 10 had a 2MP macro and a 2MP depth-sensing snapper which had low functionality and not an impressive resolution. Perhaps the Mi 11’s 5MP camera will supersede it as it does bring the ability to provide a good zoom.
The video mode of the Xiaomi Mi 11 is intriguing thanks to night videography. Low-light photography (also known as night mode) has become the phone’s proving ground where competitors need to stand out and the company has extended the feature to video shooting.
AI Erasure is another camera mode that can automatically remove people from the background of both a photo and video. AI cinema modes help replicate the look of professional film cameras and HDR10+ recording video capture is a focal point of the Xiaomi Mi 11.
On its Weibo account, Xiaomi posted some pictures and sample videos of the phone.
Xiaomi has never failed to amaze anyone, thanks to its cutting-edge technological prowess in all electronics it has made. With 5G set to become mainstream, the Xiaomi Mi 11 has not only raised eyebrows but is also set to outpace competitors with its pioneering cameras, speakers, display, battery charge, and processing power.
Do you know that Tesla smashed its delivery record last year by putting together more than 500,000 vehicles? During the fourth quarter of last year, Tesla delivered more than 180,000 vehicles to its customers in just under three months. This number approximates to 30 percent higher than the average of Tesla’s Q3 deliveries from the time the company initiated its production.
According to one of the reports, Tesla successfully created and delivered a total of 499,550 vehicles to customers worldwide. Just alone in 2019, the company was only able to create 367,500 cars overall. However, with time, the organization evolved and increased its overall percentage up by 36 percent this year. It has been a proud moment for the CEO himself.
Tesla wasn’t quite prepared for delivering this many vehicles, but because of the growing pandemic, the company faced an immense challenge. With the fear of going out of business, Tesla worked overtime to achieve their required targets, and as a result, they were able to ship around half a million vehicles. This unusually challenging year is what compelled Tesla to grow its strategy out-of-the-box and do great things within a fairly less amount of time.
Like every other factory shutting down, Tesla’s Fremont factory stopped its production from March till mid-May. As a result, Tesla observed a significant gap in its production.
So when the industries initiated back its productions, the company worked overtime to meet the market’s demand and, as a result, produced over half a million vehicles in 2020. For now, we have realized that Tesla holds the potential to create a great many cars, especially during this year 2021. With the production rate, estimations indicate the company is capable of making at least 180,000 vehicles per quarter. As the numbers show, Tesla should produce a total of 720,000 cars altogether from its Fremont & Shanghai factories combined.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg as Tesla further plans to open up new factories in the United States & Germany. It is very well rumored that Tesla is investing in launching its manufacturing plants in Texas and planning to go across borders. Tesla is going to invest in starting up a new manufacturing plant in Germany this year.
For now, we can’t say for sure that Tesla will be able to produce a million vehicles in 2021. But with the establishment of two more manufacturing plants, we can assure you that a million cars are an achievable target for the company by the year 2022.
As Elon Musk has concluded,
“We aim to produce 20 million cars by the end of this decade.”
Why Should Tesla Focus on Increasing its Stock Price?
The need for expansion for Tesla is imminent because Tesla needs something to justify its high stock price. The company’s current stock price value approximates around $600 billion, and this number is fairly larger than any other automobile industry in the world. Even though many auto-industry giants such as Toyota, GM, and Volkswagen create millions of vehicles every year, their stock prices aren’t skyrocketing the way Tesla’s stock price is. Plus, the fact that Tesla’s production is low, but the stock value is high, creates a significant problem for the company and puts it in hot waters.
Wall Street has its eye on the company.
For now, we hope that Tesla launches the other two manufacturing plants to meet high expectations.
Tesla was founded under the supervision of some of the finest engineers who wanted to create many newer & robust technologies that are more accessible to the world. Therefore, they worked together to develop electric vehicles and not just any type of electric vehicle; they worked on creating highly efficient electric vehicles that were more entertaining in drive than other traditional gasoline cars.
Who knew a venture started with the idea of optimizing electric vehicles would turn into much more. Today, Tesla is exploring not just all kinds of electric vehicle drives. Still, it is also focusing on scaling up to other projects related to clean energy development and enhancing storage products.
Tesla is one of the many which are contributing towards establishing a more sustainable environment.
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The famous web browser tool which brought many games and animations to life has finally reached an end. The tool which made many Internet advertisements a thriving success has finally laid down to rest by the developers. For now, Adobe confirms that it will no longer release any security updates for the respective plug-in. Moreover, Adobe Flash Player’s software developers are encouraging users to uninstall the software from their laptops, desktops, and other computing devices.
January 12th marks the end date when Adobe will officially discontinue Flash Player’s use for running videos. Although users will be able to access the pirated versions of the software; however, Adobe will not be entertaining any upgrade or security releases from here on out.
The bells were out and about ringing for Adobe’s Flash Player when Apple announced that their platform wouldn’t be supporting any Adobe related applications. According to late Steve Jobs, the reason for discontinuing Flash Adobe Player for his operating system was the format’s limitation. There was a lot of criticism from late Steve Jobs about the app’s shortcomings for not being able to support the touch facility and other related security loopholes. Also, at the same time, Adobe was found as quite the battery-draining app for smartphones, making a point of concern for manufacturers altogether.
According to one of the write-ups published by Jobs,
“Flash was created during the PC era – for PCs and mice. Flash is a successful business for Adobe, and we can understand why they want to push it beyond PCs. But the mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces, and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short,”
After all, for us Millennials, this is big news because we have lived in an era where Flash was abundantly used for animations, graphics, advertisements, video-watching, and more. With Miniclip games and much more, Flash gave the Internet a medium through which many unique experiences came into existence.
In an era before smartphones hit the market, Adobe Flash Player used to reduce file sizes to very low. It allowed many game savvy people to get great looking animated graphics and immersive gaming experiences. Miniclip became quite the trend giving rise to one of the most exciting & fun-filled gaming.
However, over the years, and with the advent of smartphones, Adobe Flash Player’s era has finally met an end. Back in the days, it was one of the great gaming enablers of the Internet. All you needed was a dial-up connection to access a library of games & videos, which you could easily download and view in a matter of minutes. Today, the app’s minimized usage has finally led developers to claim that the app has experienced its bull run. Therefore, it has been laid to rest by the developers.
As the software plugin is unannounced of getting a shutdown, many different gaming platforms such as Zynga was found shutting down its 11 year old game called Farmville. All of this just because Farmville relied on Flash to operate. For now, all we know is that Ruffle is working to create an app which will support Flash content in a web browser where the user won’t require any extra plugins to install.
How Can I Remove Adobe Flash Player from My Computer?
Removing Adobe Flash Player from your computer is easy. You can find a step-by-step guide on how to remove the Flash Player from your computer on their official website. Just visit their official website and find out how you can easily remove the Adobe Flash Player for Windows & Mac.
You will also find a warning
“Uninstalling Flash Player will help to secure your system since Adobe does not intend to issue Flash Player updates or security patches after the end-of-life date.”
This indicates that from here on out Adobe Flash is going to discontinue its ongoing efforts. We have now finally come to an end of an era and would like to say our final abode to this once wonderful application. Flash created multiple thriving experiences in its time for which it will forever be remembered.
Recently, Facebook revealed that its AI algorithm is taking strong steps in mitigating the occurrence of hate speech on its platform. The AI algorithm working at the backend of the platform has been successful in removing 95% of the hate speech comments, posts and shares before anyone reports. Facebook revealed this information in its latest community-standard enforcement report explaining
how the remaining 5% of the 22 million flagged posts were the only shares reported by users.
According to the published report, there’s also a new hate-speech metrics called the prevalence. Prevalence is an equivalent term used to measure the percent of time someone observes something as harmful. It is done by sampling the content on Facebook based on the count of views and then applying a label on it that it shouldn’t be there. As per the record, the figure was between 0.1 percent & 0.11 percent which approximated around 10-11 views of every 10,000.
Mike Schroepfer, who is hired as the Facebook’s chief technology officer (CTO), explained this figure in a blog post where he explained that the numbers increased from 80.5% from last year to 94.6%. In 2017, the figure of hate speech recognition was around 24% which was shared in Facebook’s latest Community Standards Enforcement Report. Many different social media firms such as Twitter, Facebook & TikTok have done seemingly well in keeping racial slurs & religious attacks off their platform. Today, companies employ over thousands of content moderators from around the world to help observe different posts, videos and photos which are abundantly shared.
More than 200 content moderators emailed the CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently explaining their complaints on how they had to risk their lives by joining the office and continue work during the COVID
With the passage of time, it was pretty evident that human content moderators for Facebook weren’t good enough. With the advent of AI and Machine Learning, Facebook made due investments. With powerful machine learning algorithms at work, the content moderation experienced significantly improved. As Mr. Schroepfer states,
“A central focus of Facebook’s AI efforts is deploying cutting-edge machine learning technology to protect people from harmful content, with billions of people using our platforms, we rely on AI to scale our content review work and automate decisions when possible. Our goal is to spot hate speech, misinformation, and other forms of policy-violating content quickly and accurately, for every form of content, and for every language and community around the world.”
For now the algorithm is in its nascent stage. There are many different things such as sarcasm and image text which Facebook’s algorithm is unable to clearly read or detect. If there are people who are using slang language, this is something which the algorithm was unable to detect but the human moderators could. So until the AI matures, human moderators will never become obsolete.
For now, the two technologies working at the back-end for detection are RIO and Linformer as concluded by Schroepfer. These tools are responsible for analyzing Facebook & Instagram content.
Furthermore, Facebook has developed a new tool to detect deep fakes (computer-generated videos that appear very real.) It has made some significant improvements in an existing tool called the SimSearchNet which is an image-matching tool which can help spot misinformation.
Schroepfer further concludes,
“Taken together, all these innovations mean our AI systems have a deeper, broader understanding of content,” said Schroepfer. “They are more attuned to things people share on our platforms right now, so they can adapt quicker when a new meme or photo emerges and spreads.”
For now Facebook insists on taking down at least 95% of the overall hate speech proactively. During the last three months, the company has been encouraging employees to take proactive actions.
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In recent events, Facebook has decided to display the name of the winning contestant for the presidential elections on their social media platform. They have decided to send out a notification on Facebook & Instagram once it’s sent out into the public by the majority of media outlets. The company spokesperson Mr. Tom Reynolds explained how the social media giant plans on presenting the presidential candidate results using a link that will take the users back to the voting information centre. For now, the company has planned to show the presidential candidates’ name in the notification at the top of Facebook & Instagram titled, “A Presidential Winner Has Been Projected – [name of the winner] is the winner of the 2020 US Presidential Election.”
This was revealed by Tom Reynolds in one of the emails he sent to The Verge.
The winner’s information will not be accumulated from a single source but it will come from a number of news outlets including names like ABC News, Fox News, CBS News, NBC News, etc. It will help determine who’s the winning candidate and will then be displayed on the page accordingly.
Previously, Facebook announced how it is taking several steps to minimize the sharing of wrong information through its platform ahead of 3rd November. Till the election completes, there’s an indefinite ban on running US-based political ads and the sales and purchases of political ads has also been freezed. Facebook has a stringent policy on strictly banning ads which spread false information such as claiming victory. As of Thursday, Facebook took the initial step in minimizing the indecency of false campaigns by taking down a group of 300,000 people naming the campaign, “Stop the Steal.”
It also blocked several hashtags which became part of the false claims surrounding election fraud.
For now Facebook believes that other media outlets such as Fox news and Breitbart can fill the vacuum. It will still be unintentionally politicized way before the election results come in. However, presently Facebook is unconcerned about its political standpoint and would like to stay neutral with running any form of political campaign. Allowing social media outlets as a place to run political campaigns will make the platform biased and supportive to a certain political party and Facebook doesn’t wish to see itself there.
Since the time the false news about Joe Biden’s son started circulating the social media platform, Facebook started using a new deployment tool called the “viral content review system.” The tool acts as the perfect circuit breaker which prevents the spread of false information across platforms.
As Facebook battles with designating a name for the tool, it has found out that the tool has immense potential. It can easily block the spread of a tsunami of wrong information around a certain topic.
It’s a great tool for minimizing the false spread of misinformation on a variety of political and health related topics on the Internet. When false news gets published on the Internet, it ends up spreading a lot of misinformation which leads the audience astray and in the wrong directions. With Facebook’s new circuit breaker tool, social media attempts to cut down on the occurrence of false spread but the tool has its downside and it may run a counter tactic against Facebook’s business campaign efforts.
In recent events, New York Time listed 4 possible false election stories which were circulating widely in the market. One of them was such a baseless rant which talked a lot about a Democratic coup viewed for over 3 million times. Such incidents compelled Facebook to take the necessary step of finding a robust solution which can block the spread of this viral content spread.
Facebook is taking considerable measures to ensure that they can provide the right information. For now, we are waiting for the presidential elections to conclude so Facebook can display results.
Who do you think is going to win the US presidential elections? Is it going to be Biden or will it be Trump all over again. By the looks of it, we believe Mr. Biden is taking the lead. Would you like to share your insight with us? Feel free to leave a comment on the official Tech Wire Hub.
In what is known as one of the most ambitious acquisitions ever witnessed in the tech industry, Advance Micro Devices (often referred to by its abbreviation AMD) has agreed to pay USD$ 35 billion in stock for Xilinx. This deal is aimed at reshaping one of the biggest pioneers in the computer industry.
AMD is Intel’s longtime rival in microprocessors powering most computers is planning to use the acquisition to widen its business into chips for markets such as 5G wireless communications and automotive electronics.
The transaction may help AMD acquire a larger share of component sales for data centers and counter Nvidia, who is poised to acquire chipmaker Arm Holdings from Japanese investment firm Softbank for USD$ 40 billion.
What is expected out of the deal?
The deal is known as an all-stock deal which was announced
yesterday along with AMD’s financial results for the 3rd quarter of this
year. This is touted to be the most valuable acquisition in the history of the
At the moment, Nvidia holds the title for the industry’s
most valuable acquisition for its proposed USD$ 40 billion deal for British chip
designer Arm Holdings.
For quite some time, chip manufacturers have experienced
numerous waves of consolidation which are driven by factors such as duplicate
product lines and plans for reducing costs. However, AMD, who has enjoyed some
of the most robust sales since its inception; is expecting Xilinx to expand its
business whilst boosting profits.
AMD expects the deal to close at the end of the year 2021.
It will create a combined company with 13,000 engineers and a manufacturing
strategy fully outsourced with heavy reliance on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
Co. Ltd. (TSMC).
Both firms benefitted from a lean approach in holding the
market share from Intel, who is recently struggling with internal manufacturing.
An overview of both AMD and Xilinx in recent years
For quite some time, AMD has been the chief rival of Intel in
terms of central processor units (CPUs) in the personal computer business. When
Lisa Su took over AMD in 2014, she has since then focused on challenging Intel
in the fast-growing data center business.
Data centers power internet-based applications and services.
Other than that, they are also fueling the rise of artificial intelligence and
fifth-generation telecommunications networks.
Recently, Xilinx has also been working to enter the data center
business with programmable processors fastening specialized tasks (digital
encryption, video compression, etc.). Altera Corp is its main rival and it was
acquired by Intel in 2015 for USD$ 16.7 billion in what is known to be Intel’s
largest acquisition deal ever.
According to AMD CEO Lisa Su:
“There are some areas where we’re very strong, and we
will be able to accelerate some of the adoption of the Xilinx product family,
and there some areas where Xilinx CEO Victor Peng is very strong, and we
believe that we’ll be able to accelerate some of the AMD products into those
Did the deal come up at a right time?
The deal comes at a time when Intel’s manufacturing
technology has fallen way behind that of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing
Corporation (TSMC). Almost a decade ago, AMD spun off its factories and has
since then surged ahead of Intel with chips that perform much better.
The edge in performance AMD earned helped it gain its best
market share since 2013 at slightly less than 20% of the CPU market. This in
turn pushed AMD’s shares up by 68% between this year’s start and close of trade
on October 26.
Does Xilinx also use TSMC’s facilities for production?
Yes, it does. Xilinx has been using TSMC’s factories (known
as fabs in the industry) for making its chips. Both AMD and Xilinx have been
using modular designs that let them swap out different pieces of a chip to avoid
possible bottlenecks and delays.
According to Xilinx CEO Victor Peng:
“We ended up with TSMC, and have stayed with them, not due
to any contractual reason – we could go to any fab at any time – we could go to
any fab at any time – but because they are best-in-class. It’s about the choices
What will both AMD and Xilinx get from the deal?
Under this deal, Xilinx shareholders will receive about 1.7 shared of AMD common stock for each share of Xilinx common stock. This puts Xilinx’s share value at USD$ 143 per share, or about 24.8% higher than its USD$ 114.55 closing price on October 26, 2020.
AMD shareholders will own around 74% of the combined company
while Xilinx shareholders own the remaining 26%. The companies revealed that
the transaction’s original intention was to be a tax-free reorganization for purposes
of U.S Federal Income Tax.
Lisa Su of AMD will be leading the combined company as chief
executive, with Xilinx’s Victor Peng serving the role of President, responsible
for Xilinx’s side of business and initiatives for strategic growth. Both companies
expect the deal to generate around USD$ 300 million in cost savings.
Also, on Tuesday; AMD reported earnings before schedule. It
reported adjusted earnings and revenue of USD$ 2.80 billion and 41 cents per
share, beating Wall Street expectations of USD$ 2.57 billion and 36 cents per
What potential hurdles will AMD’s deal face?
For AMD, it does make strategic sense in acquiring Xilinx.
However, the deal can face a lot of challenges. AMD only held USD$ 1.8 billion
in cash and equivalents at the end of the second quarter, hence it is likely in
the need of taking on more debt or fund a large part of the deal in stock.
The rumored price tag of USD$ 30 billion price tag is also
equally high for an organization that generated a revenue of USD$ 3.2 billion
and USD$ 793 million in net income last year. The deal could however be blocked
by regulators, who possibly have no intention to allow these two chipmakers to
dominate the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
Even if the deal is approved, both AMD and Xilinx could find
themselves struggling against Intel in the data center market for two reasons:
Intel’s Xeon chips still enjoy a reputation of
the best breed as the world’s fastest server CPUs.
Intel’s Programmable Solutions Group (PSG)
business also owns eASIC, a firm that produces customized
Application-Scientific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) chips that complement FPGAs in
Intel is still the only firm that can bundle x86 CPUs, FPGAs, and ASIC chips altogether. AMD however will only be able to offer x86 CPUs and FPGAs, which will lead customers to purchase custom ASIC chips from chipmakers like Marvell.
Hence, AMD may either need to develop ASIC chips by itself or acquire an ASIC chip maker to compete against Intel in the data center business.
Should Intel be paying attention to the deal or ignore it?
AMD’s known interest in Xilinx shouldn’t raise eyebrows at Intel but the company should be following its rivals moves closely. Even if it leaves its ‘data-centered’ businesses exposed to aggressive competition from Epyc CPUs and Xilinx FPGAs, it still should have a look at it.
Moreover, Intel generates over half of its revenue in the previous quarter from its data center business.
In what is known as one of the biggest innovations the company has brought in today, Apple has announced the launch of its much-coveted & sought-after product, the iPhone 12. This year is perceived as the last year of the iPhone being a kid and is now entering its teenage years.
A fun fact worth knowing: Apple’s four-model line of the iPhone 12 marks the first major revamp of the phone’s design since the iPhone X of 2017 (which introduced facial recognition-based unlocking and improvements in screen technology).
Now, the company is sporting an array of colors, more models
in the iPhone 12 range, and 5G wireless support in the iPhone 12 lineup. Other
than that, Apple also launched the HomePod Mini smart speaker, the MagSafe wireless
charging system for iPhone 12, and Beats Flex wireless headphones.
Let us now explore the phone in brief detail.
Apple iPhone 12 – the talking points
Apple introduced the iPhone 12 with four models in the
lineup and each of them supports 5G networks (a first in the company’s product
line). But the super-fast 5G mmWave technology is exclusive for the U.S market
To improve support for the new 5G network on the phone, both
the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 pro come in with a new side cutout. This cutout
is somewhat confusing but has been created to support 5G tech on the phone.
People are confused when they hear the term mmWave. This is
the version of 5G having quite an impressive speed (500Mbps+). However, its
range is limited, and cell phone carriers need to set up more cellular towers
for 5G so it can be available to all users.
Also, rollouts of sub-6Ghz 5G stateside are easily
deployable and usually achieve speeds in the range of 100-150 Mbps. They are however
not as powerful as mmWave 5G.
What did Verizon’s CEO have to say regarding 5G for iPhone 12?
Apple invited Verizon’s CEO Hans Vestberg to the launch event of the iPhone 12. He announced there that the iPhone 12 will achieve gigabit download rates and 200 Mb/s upload rate on Verizon’s network.
Since this 5G works based on low range frequencies, the phone’s antenna structure was redesigned accordingly.
As a consequence, the new cutout on the phone’s side edge is
The phone’s antenna
The phone’s antenna is a new 5G antenna situated on the upper right side of both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. They are not smart connectors for the Apple pencil. But they are rather antenna for the mmWave 5G technology.
However, iPhone 12 models sold outside the United States will not be having the cutout feature.
The price of all models of the iPhone 12
The iPhone 12 mini starts at USD$ 699 while the iPhone 12 is
priced at USD$ 799. The price of the iPhone 12 Pro is USD$ 999 and iPhone 12
Pro Max is priced at USD$ 1099.
The product line of Apple iPhone 12
Being Apple’s flagship 5G phone, let us now have a brief
look at each phone present in the iPhone 12 lineup.
The Apple iPhone 12
The iPhone 12 has a different body compared to the previous
generation. It features smooth and flat edges and uniquely even construction. It
was created in line with the new 5G technology into a slighter form factor (new
It currently is coming in the following colors:
The iPhone 12 will have a 6.1 inches front display screen
(like the iPhone 11) but with smaller display borders. It also means that the
phone will be 11% slimmer, 15% shorter and 16% lighter than its predecessor,
the iPhone 11.
The iPhone 12 has a Super Retina XDR display having 2 times more pixels than its predecessor. Text and images will hence look much sharper and better (thanks to the increased dynamic range).
The glass used in the phone’s display is made of a new material known as Ceramic Shield which is created in conjunction with Corning.
The new material of which the screen is made of has 4 times much stronger than the screen of the iPhone 11. This is the biggest jump Apple has made in terms of reliability for the iPhone (especially for iPhone 12).
Coming to 5G, the iPhone 12 will automatically switch to
using LTE if the 5G speeds do not match user intentions on saving battery. The
5G will then turn itself on when it is needed.
The iPhone 12 is packed with a new dual-camera system, which features a 12MP wide-angle camera with a new aperture of f/1.6. It will also have an ultra-wide-angle camera with an aperture of f/2.4. Each camera of the phone has a four-element lens signifying a 27% improvement in low light conditions.
New computational photography was created to deliver more
powerful new features to the phone. This means that the iPhone 12 will be able to
understand scenes through machine learning by using Smart HDR 3, which will
automatically adjust highlights and shadows for a great dynamic range. The same
feature also helps the phone’s Night Mode, which is available in all cameras of
the iPhone 12 (this is also a first).
The Night Mode Time-Lapse function is an update in the iPhone 12’s video capability, helping users create a time-lapse in the Night mode.
The Apple iPhone 12 mini
For those fans of Apple who adored the once-popular iPod,
say hello to the iPhone 12 mini. With a screen size of 5.4 inches, it is currently
the smallest, thinnest, and lightest 5G smartphone in the world. It is made to
pack all the tech iPhone 12 has into something which is delightfully compact.
The Apple iPhone 12 mini comes in with storage options of 64, 128, and 256 GB respectively. In terms of camera and color, it is the same just as the iPhone 12.
Fans might have to wait a little longer for the iPhone 12 mini. With pre-orders taking place starting Friday, November 6, it will be available in stores from Friday, November 13.
The Apple iPhone 12 Pro
The iPhone 12 Pro has the same bells and whistles, the A14
Bionic chip, Super Retina XDR display, Night mode, Dolby Vision, Deep Fusion,
and the same Ceramic Shield present in the other iPhone 12 models. This one has
the LiDAR Scanner, which measures light distance and pixel depth information,
thus delivering a faster and more realistic experience in augmented reality
The main alluring point of the iPhone 12 Pro Model is its capabilities in camera. Its camera has improved autofocus which is 6 times more than other models in low-light scenes.
Other than that, the ‘pro camera system’ present in it includes an ultra-wide camera for expanded photos, a Telephoto camera for longer focal length, and a wide camera with an f/1.6 aperture for taking photos and videos and both bright and low light places.
The iPhone 12 Pro also features Apple’s ProRaw allowing
users to edit everything right on the phone. Storage options are 128, 256, and
512 GB respectively. It is available in the following colors:
Consumers in Australia, P.R China, Germany, Japan, the
United Kingdom, and the United States along with 30 more countries can
pre-order the iPhone 12 Pro on Friday, October 6. The availability in the
United States will begin on Friday, October 23.
The iPhone 12 Pro will also be available in India, South
Korea, and other countries from Friday, October 30.
The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
The things that make the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max notable and
distinguishable from others is its 6.7 inches screen (the largest Super Retina
XDR display), more enhanced camera capabilities with improved focal length,
low-light conditions, and of course, the zoom range.
Color and storage options are the same as the iPhone 12 Pro.
Other than that, its availability for consumers in Australia, P.R China,
Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and 30 countries for
pre-ordering starts from Friday, November 6, and full availability is from
Friday, November 13.
There you have it, the complete product line of the Apple
iPhone 12. This phone is not just a first for Apple in 5G but also in terms of
display, camera, features, and the night mode. With its availability starting
from October 23 for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, and Pro, the Pro Max model is
coming from November 13.
We are hopeful that the iPhone 12 will help Apple leave a
positive mark in today’s ever-increasingly competent Smartphone market
especially in the 5G territory.
In recent events, the multi-billion dollar industry Microsoft has announced that it won’t be launching the xCloud game streaming service on the iOS market. Why is that? It’s because Microsoft’s xCloud is a game streaming service and it works exactly like a store and according to App Store guidelines set by Apple, you are prohibited to launch such apps on the Apple Store. But lately, Business Insider & The Verge revealed different news explaining how the company is planning to invest in a web version of the xCloud service which can easily run on the iPhone and iPad devices.
According to Business Insider, Microsoft’s head of games Mr. Phil Spencer conducted an in-house meeting with the employees this Wednesday to discuss what possible measures the organization is planning to take in order to bring the Game Pass to Apple devices. As Spencer states,
“Even though the policies of Apple are stringent, we are still aiming to take xCloud to the Apple Store. xCloud absolutely will end up on iOS.”
He also revealed that this is going to happen somewhere during 2021.
It’s not like the first time Apple has blocked services such as xCloud or Stadia from running on iOS powered devices via its App Store. It does allow certain streaming apps to run on its App Store, for example, it allows olive branch to run its respective services entertaining certain levels of restrictions.
For now, Apple thinks the best course of action for developers is to submit their games as a separate app instead of submitting them compounded in a game streaming service. On the other hand, Microsoft & Google allows a catalog style app which collects and links out to all the individual apps.
Microsoft, later on, criticized Apple for its decision expressing that such restrictions can eventually lead to “bad customer experience.” Initially, the team at Microsoft was convinced that they no longer had any plans to bring xCloud to iOS but apparently Microsoft’s gaming team was still not convinced and they wanted to share the experience with their Apple fans. Hence, they expressed how they are working on an alternative way to deliver the experience to their iOS fans out there.
As The Verge states, xCloud will be available for public use as a web app in the year 2021, using the web app, the users will be able to use the game streaming service easily on any device.
Microsoft took its inspiration from Amazon’s Luna, the ever-growing cloud gaming service which will be publicly available for use via the web. How Amazon achieved it, they worked tirelessly with Safari to launch a PWA version of the game streaming service so people can run it on their respective iPhone and iPad. It allows users to access all the games through the web browser and the official Luna controller.
As far as Google’s take is concerned, they wanted to steer clear from commenting on these changes.
“This remains a bad experience for customers. Gamers want to jump directly into a game from their curated catalog within one app just like they do with movies or songs, and not be forced to download over 100 apps to play individual games from the cloud. We’re committed to putting gamers at the center of everything we do, and providing a great experience is core to that mission.”
As far as Apple’s prohibition measures are concerned, it states the prohibition is in place because Apple cares about the security of its customers and focuses on delivering enhanced user experience.
As a spokesman once mentioned,
“The App Store was created to be a safe and trusted place for customers to discover and download apps, and a great business opportunity for all developers,”
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Amazon is about to hit the market with its new cloud gaming service called the Amazon Luna. It has been a while since Google Stadia took the stand for making the gaming experience more accessible for the world.
With Stadia, an average person would’ve been able to play their favorite AAA game titles on phones, tablets, computer desktop and even television sets irrespective of what device they owned.
After the launch of Stadia, Microsoft stepped into the market with its xCloud providing a similar experience. And now, Amazon came with its own specific version of the cloud gaming service called Luna.
Fans of Amazon can now subscribe to Amazon Luna for as low as $5.99 per month. They can access Amazon Luna based on an invite-only early access program. Just like Stadia, Amazon Luna also features a controller through which a user can connect to any device of their choice.
The price of the controller will be sold along with the subscription and will cost a meagre $50.
However, if a user is not interested in purchasing the controller, Amazon will still offer gamers a chance to play their favorite titles using the Xbox One or PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers or mouse & keyboard.
The platform will be running on Amazon’s AWS servers. Users will be able to easily stream games in 1080p resolution with a locked 60 fps. However, in the near future, Amazon does plan to introduce the 4k feature.
As far as the supported games are concerned, for now, it is revealed that Amazon Luna will offer players Resident Evil 7, Control, Yooka-Laylee, GRID, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and The Impossible.
But there’s also one great news for the fans of Amazon out there and i.e.
Ubisoft has also decided to feature the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on the platform after release.
Now ain’t that exciting?
Are you a fan of streaming your online plays? Well, Twitch which was earlier purchased by Amazon in 2014 will be integrated with the platform allowing streamers to broadcast their gameplay live on their channels. It will also allow Twitch users to directly shift from watching video streams to directly play their favorite titles on Amazon Luna.
As far as the speed is concerned, Amazon Luna will require a minimum 10 Mbps connection to play the titles on 1080p resolution and if people would like to play the titles in 4k resolution then they would require a more stable connection up to 35 Mbps.
For now, Amazon has revealed, Amazon Luna will be available for use on Fire TV, PC and Mac. It can also be accessed through the Amazon Luna “web app” on iPhone and iPad, the condition applied that both the apps are running on iOS 14. As far as the release date is concerned, there’s nothing revealed as of yet.
Are you a fan of cloud gaming experience and you’ve your head stuck to Stadia? Be ready because soon Amazon is going to take a deeper delve into the world of cloud gaming with amazing service.
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Recently, Apple has launched its new iOS 14 software which the fans have been desperately waiting for to hit the market. It has now finally arrived and is now taking the Apple fans by storm.
For now, the iOS 14 has been launched in its beta phase for testers to experience it.
While there are plenty of new features that the iOS 14 brings to the table for Apple fans, it also provides complete liberty to just about everyone. As long as you own an Apple device and you want to get experience with the new iOS 14, the software is currently compatible just about everywhere to use.
It also brings a completely new redesigned home screen and you can find few functionalities changed in the core apps. For now, the beta phase is out and the full application of the software is expected to arrive in the market until the autumn when the new iPhone 12 is expected to be released in market.
For now, the public beta programme provides people plenty of chances to use the software early on. The beta phase of the software is basically launched to gain the feedback of the people on what they believe is not working too well with the new iOS 14. Based on their feedback, the company expects to change these flawed features into the ones that just might work well for the Apple fan club out there.
Apart from identifying bugs, Apple also desires that their fan club gets acquainted with the new iOS 14. For now, the company sends out a warning explaining how there can be certain unexpected issues that can arise on the device. They claim that the software might have some compatibility issues now. But in the near future, the company aims to fix these issues and release a much better release.
One of the sites covering the news on beta release expressed,
“Please note that since the public beta software has not yet been commercially released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software. Be sure to back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your Mac using Time Machine before installing beta software. Since Apple TV purchases and data are stored in the cloud, there’s no need to backup your Apple TV.”
It is highly advised for now that people should focus on installing the beta software only on non-production devices. If you are a fan of Apple and use your Apple product for running businesses, then it’s best that you don’t download the beta version of the iOS 14 for now until its official release.
For now, fans who have tested the new iOS 14 claims that the new iOS update is very stable. There are a few major bugs that have been reported at the Cupertino company but nothing that cannot be fixed by the developers working at the backend. Besides, the nature of the iOS released in beta phase is for now focused on testing the device so there will be problems that will occur until the new iOS is tweaked to perfection. The real final release will officially hit the market in about the month of August.
How can users experience the new iOS?
All they have to do is visit the dedicated page that is specifically created by Apple’s beta programme and sign up with their login ID/Password. Once, you sign-up for the program, you will automatically be able to download the iOS 14 experience to just about any compatible Apple device you want. You can download a profile which will allow you to download the update just as if it was some other software.
Besides, if it is iPhones, you will automatically be able to install the new iOS on your own.
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Yesterday Google shared a solidarity silence in all of its branches across the world. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai asked the entire company that they should honor the life of George Floyd which was lost to police brutality in the United States. The act performed by Sundar Pichai sends a message loud and clear that the Indian mastermind believes all Black lives matter.
An email was sent to all the employees working for Google and the message was shared across the company’s blog page requesting all employees to maintain a solidarity silence at sharp 1 PM PDT. It was a combined decision made by both, the CEO of Google & Alphabet where they decided that they will maintain a complete silence which will last for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
This was the total time during which George Floyd was held under the knee of the white police officer before he took his last breath. Sundar Pichai, who recently met a group of black leaders who were voicing the cause, wrote in one of his statements,
“Our Black community is hurting, and many of us are searching for ways to stand up for what we believe, and reach out to people we love to show solidarity,”.
In further support, Sundar Pichai also concluded that he will give around $12 million dollars to organizations that are working in order to stop racial profiling, racism, and brutality against black people in the United States. It’s not just the CEO at Google who is willing to contribute, but the company internally also organized a fund-raising campaign that has successfully gathered about $2.5 million in total. Sundar Pichai has again claimed, he will do what he can to match the numbers.
Every year, the company holds a stockholder call where all the company’s shareholders participate. At the call, he also raised the concern against racial profiling and presented his views supporting blacks.
During the call, he said:
“The senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others have compounded the grief people are already feeling,”
Similarly, observing how Google is currently taking a stand against racial profiling against black people, YouTube has also taken a step towards voicing the concern in the favor of black people. Employees at YouTube and YouTube Music were asked to take an entire day where they can reflect on what’s happening with the black people all across the United States right now. They were also asked by the management to make donations, and do what they can to propel internal activism programs.
Right now, the world is in support of the black community.
Black lives matter just as much as any living matter on the planet Earth right now. They are just as humans like anybody else and have every right to live their lives the way they want to. But what’s not right is the way they are protesting. Looting stores, burning vehicles, trashing buildings is not justified.
We believe that the unrest taking place in the United States right now will soon subside and hopefully, the oppressions happening in the light of law will seemingly subside and blacks will get their rights.
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The notoriously controversial firm Clearview has finally decided to stop all its sales for private companies.
It was found out that the company has decided to cancel all such accounts which weren’t backed or associated with a law enforcement agency or recognized by the federal state or the local government.
As per why Clearview made this sudden decision, it’s because controversies against the firm have been circulating the market for quite some time putting the firm’s name in the hot waters. It was under the radar of the local government authorities for a while and when the authorities realized that it’s high-time, they issued different lawsuits against the firm proclaiming the unlawful conduct. The company was found gathering personal information on people in real-time from different social media platforms in order to make its Face Recognition technology work for the firms it was employed by.
More than billions of image data was being harvested by the firm from various media platforms.
Back in February, the organization found itself already in the limelight when some notorious hackers hacked into the consumer database of Clearview. After the debacle, many privacy experts raised a flag of concern against this organization and said that it is now unsafe to fully entrust in Clearview.
Once the breach took place, the authorities did a background check and realized that the organization was involved in commercial dealings of the product. In order to make a few extra bucks on the side, the company failed to realize the threat its technology posed to the people around the world. How this face recognition technology can result in losing data worth millions. If fallen in the wrong hands, how this data could be manipulated and used to perform unlawful or unethical activities.
Based on the following dangers, the organization received a lawsuit from the state of Illinois against the firm. The lawsuit clearly stated that this is nothing more than a breach against the state’s privacy laws. In response to the lawsuit, Clearview has come out presenting its clarity by saying that they will not be selling their technology on to private firms commercially or anyone within Illinois may it be a private firm or a law enforcement agency. They have also further concluded that they will halt their sales to private firms outside the states as well.
As per how many private customers was Clearview entertaining?
Reportedly, there were almost 105 private customers who were residing in the state of Illinois that were benefiting from the Clearview technology. It also included people from the Chicago Police Department, the office of Illinois Secretary of State, and a majority of government-backed institutions.
It has also observed criticism from software giants like Google LLC and Twitter Inc. Both have demanded Clearview to stop collecting information on images as a means to identify the public.
As the events unfold, it was revealed that the organization was distributing its technology around the world. It was delivering the news technology to more than 27 different countries. It was entertaining with the service to more than 2,000 different police departments and it was also serving many law enforcement agencies by facilitating them with the face recognition technology.
In fact, just a few days ago, there was also news circulating on The Verge magazine regarding the facial recognition startup. The Clearview AI lost its respective source, some secret keys and cloud storage credential, and even app copies in a security hacking incident. A server was found exposed to the public which was discovered by Mossab Hussien, who is currently working as the Chief Security Officer at a firm called SipderSilk. Anyone can easily log into the server and collect relevant info,
In what is known to be the latest among a string of controversies faced by the internet retail giant, Amazon is facing a lawsuit over a faulty Chinese battery that burned down the garage of a resident in Minnesota.
According to Farm Bureau Property and Casualty Insurance Company, the online retail giant sold the battery to its client Dane Meyer (resident of Cottonwood, Minnesota) last April. Amazon should pay the affected person damages of $75,000 caused by the fire.
The insurance company claims in its complaint that the product was eligible for Amazon’s Prime Shipping. It was also in the spotlight as a choice product of the retail giant.
The complaint states:
‘Amazon’s Choice’ program, Amazon recommends highly rated well-priced products
available to ship immediately.”
The complaint mentioned that the battery caught fire when it was used with a charger listed as compatible in the product listing on Amazon’s website which was later determined to be incompatible.
Amazon is being sued by the insurance company for its failure to warn the customer, negligence, and liability. It not only promoted the battery but also played a part in selling it, customer fulfillment, and distributing it. It was delivered to Dane Meyer in a trademarked Amazon box.
Is this lawsuit just like another lawsuit? Or a test Amazon is facing for the goods it sells?
The current lawsuit Amazon is facing is the latest test on the amount of responsibility it bears for products sold by third-party sellers on its platform. The company has upheld its stance for some products sold in the past.
Amazon maintains that it only works as an intermediary between the seller and buyer. Thus, it cannot be held responsible for any defects in those products.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in July last year ruled 2-1 that Amazon was liable as the seller of products of third-party vendors. The court made the ruling in light of the case of a woman from Pennsylvania.
She lost vision in one of her eyes when a dog collar she purchased from Amazon broke and struck her directly in the face.
According to the opinion of the majority at the Third
Circuit Court of Appeals:
“We do not believe
that Pennsylvania law shields any company from strict liability simply because
it adheres to a business model that fails to prioritize consumer safety.”
What kind of lawsuit is Amazon facing in California?
To add more fuel to the fire, California consumers recently
filed a class-action lawsuit against Amazon on price-gouging.
Hagens Berman law firm filed a federal lawsuit against the online retail giant on behalf of two consumers: Oakland’s Mary McQueen and Selma’s Victoria Ballinger. They allege that they purchased goods from Amazon during the COVID-19 pandemic which they could not buy safely from physical stores.
However, they found prices set by Amazon to be higher than average.
The suit labeled Amazon’s alleged price-gouging tactics as ‘unacceptable,’ and further listed examples of products and their prices. It also claims that prices of face masks were raised by 500%, from less than $20 to $120. Similarly, cold remedies cost more than $35.99 after getting a price rise of 674% from $4.65.
Has Amazon taking a stand regarding price gouging?
Amazon has previously vowed to tackle price-gouging by
third-party sellers on its e-commerce platform. The company has removed
over a million products and banned those sellers who violated their pricing
Amazon declined to comment on the lawsuit. However, in a statement issued to a private media company, a company spokesperson wrote:
“There is no place for price gouging on Amazon and that’s
why our teams are monitoring our store 24/7 and have already removed hundreds
of thousands of offers for attempted price gouging. We are disappointed that
bad actors are attempting to take advantage of this global health crisis and,
in addition to removing these offers, we have terminated more than 60,000
accounts and working directly with States’ attorney generals to prosecute bad
actors and hold them accountable. We continue to actively monitor our store and
remove offers violating our policies.”
Amazon’s statement is not convincing. The real problem, however, lies within the company itself. After seeing its marketplace boom since the year 2000, these incidents have certainly put Amazon’s reputation and business practices in question.
It is still unclear whether Amazon is deliberately overlooking the problem or is not acting in an unethical manner. One thing is for sure that it is in trouble for selling unreliable products through unverified sellers. This practice could ultimately see an end soon and may see Amazon face tighter regulations from the U.S Government.
It also may hurt Amazon’s position on the internet. The success story of the dot-com boom may now face an end if it does not check into allowing unverified sellers in selling defective merchandise on its platform.
In recent events, Google reveals that COVID 19 has become one of the most searched topics on Google Search based on a country by mile data which Google collects to record information. By observing this sudden influx and growth in the search term, Google has dedicated a separate information portal on its search platform to provide a more improved search experience to visitors.
The portal is optimized for both, web and mobile users accordingly.
The COVID 19 Search Portal has plenty of options for users to gather insights on variable details. It provides every bit of basic as well as useful information (such as what symptoms does the COVID 19 creates, what treatments does the COVID 19 follows, what prevention measures must be taken and so on). Also, one can easily find a number of links and other multiple on-site options to explore further.
Even though the information portal is very self-explanatory, there are certain features which the portal still lacks. I believe the portal has failed to offer any particular format of creating interactions between the normal users. There exists no form of integration with any renowned social media platforms or communication apps which makes it just another tracking feature on Google. In my opinion, the portal could have a better impact if only it was able to add more tools for offering direct communication.
Details on the New Portal
One of the many interesting things about the new search portal is that it not only includes search results but also adds many additional links which lead the user to “authoritative information.” Some of the information which the new portal includes are from leading health authorities and updated data.
In one of her statements written in a blog post, Emily Moxley Google’s Product Manager explains,
“This new format organizes the search results page to help people easily navigate information and resources, and it will also make it possible to add more information over time as it becomes available,”
As far as how the search engine is covering the social aspect, it includes links which lead the user to a Twitter carousel belonging to civic organizations present within your vicinity. It also contains a “most commonly asked questions” section which covers enough necessary details related to the COVID 19 pandemic. The information is collectively gathered by the World Health Organization and CDC.
For now, the feature is working in English US but Google will release more language updates soon.
Other relevant features that the portal contains tips for the US to stay healthy. It also contains official resources, localised resources, information on fundraising efforts, latest statistics, and so on.
We believe that it is a positive step taken by Google as of now to promote the basic information on the new COVID 19 pandemic. While there is plenty of false news circulating the Internet on various social media platforms, the concerns on whether the info is authentic or not became a major issue. However, with the influx in demand of the right knowledge and correct data, Google took the bold step of putting together an entirely separate information portal to create the necessary awareness.
This portal has considerably helped to minimize the panic among people. It has managed the load of receiving multiple unwanted calls on different medical health lines. What’s even more worrying was the fact that most people infected with the common flu or pneumonia would often rush to the hospital believing that they too are infected with the novel coronavirus COVID 19. This sudden influx of people reaching out to medical healthcare without identifying the symptoms or taking any precautionary measures was becoming a diabolical threat for the healthcare officials around the world. However, with Google’s new information portal, they have somehow been managed to a considerable extent.
When it comes to a global pandemic, the Internet is the first place where people turn to. And it’s not just the pandemic but everything else where people usually make the Internet as their last resort for information. When they will be in self-isolation (which they are right now) they are more connected to the Internet than ever. At times as such, they would require a platform that can provide them with the correct information and Google is one such platform which offers it all.
For now, Google is bringing together as much important information as it can.
Do you have any updates on how things are changing in the digital stratosphere amid the pandemic? Are there any new developments taking place in the technological world? Feel free to comment.
As the widespread threat of Coronavirus is on the rise, Microsoft has decided to cancel its in-person Build 2020 event. The COVID-19 virus which has claimed tens and thousands of lives around the planet has now raised a major concern among the tech-enthusiastic individuals working in Microsoft.
For now, the hosts have decided that the show will continue in a virtual environment on the same day, mid-May time slot instead of the regular conference which was previously planned to take place.
Also, Microsoft has concluded that they are about to cancel many other small in-person events too.
According to Microsoft’s spokesperson, a statement was issued on the evening of March 12 stating:
The news of the event getting cancelled comes as a no surprise as Microsoft encouraged most of their employees who are located in Seattle and Bay Area to stop all tasks and work from home from March 25th onwards. It all started when Microsoft found out that two of its employees are diagnosed with COVID-19. On March 2nd they updated their website with the following news on the Build site:
“In light of the global health concerns due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Microsoft is monitoring public health guidance in relation to in-person events. We are looking carefully at our event calendar as well as our presence at industry events in the coming months. We are not taking decisions lightly, but the health and well-being of our customers, partners, guests, suppliers, and employees remain our ultimate priority. We will continue to monitor and make any necessary changes as the situation evolves.”
As far as for those who have already purchased the tickets, Microsoft has already updated their website with the information on refunds for Build. Microsoft employees who are living in the countries on the CDC COVID-19 afflictions are put on a permanent travel ban because of the rise of the virus.
On March 11, the state governor at Washington made an announcement claiming that public events with more than 250 people or attracting more are meant to be restricted. Such events can become a leading cause of the COVID-19 widespread across the nation. These restrictions are readily in effect in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties. Seattle where the event was about to take place fall under King’s County.
Why is Build Event 2020 Important?
One of the key conferences held by Microsoft is none other but the Build Event where it unites more than thousands of developers from around the world to effectively socialize. The event is massive because it provides good exposure for the software world on what Microsoft is planning to launch in the future as well. On this event, the estimated attendees were approximately around 5,000. Microsoft planned to provide a sneak-peek into its dual-screen Surface Neo/Duo strategy and talk about its WinUI framework. Microsoft has planned to focus at Build more on its Azure & IoT messages at Build.
Microsoft has decided to launch three major events every year among which the Build 2020 is one. The other two are called Inspire (for reseller/integrator partners) and Ignite (for IT professionals). A rumor was circulating the market almost a year ago, stating that the company is planning to drop its Build event. The idea was to introduce more of its developer content in its Ignite session list. However, that didn’t happen and the plan went on forth to hosting the event at Build 2020 in Seattle.
However, the future had something else in store. As Coronavirus threat became imminent within the state, the colleagues and contacts at Microsoft took precautionary measures by discontinuing the in-person session. Instead, they took the step of virtualizing the whole process and still do it anyway.
Let’s see what the new Build 2020 conference, despite of COVID-19, has in store for the world.
The coronavirus has struck again! Facebook has joined Twitter in withdrawing from the 2020 South by Southwest festival (SXSW). Their withdrawal from the event is due to the corona virus pandemic.
Though SXSW is declaring that the event will go on as planned, many notable attendees have decided to withdraw from the event. Among them are Facebook and Twitter.
Twitter and Facebook confirmed their withdrawals yesterday. Here is how it went.
How and when Twitter withdrew from SXSW 2020?
It was this Sunday that Twitter CEO Jack
Dorsey postponed his plans to be at the event. This was mainly due to the
company’s stance and curbs on travel due to the coronavirus outbreak and crisis.
A Twitter spokesperson, in fact, stated: “Twitter is
implementing a mandatory global business travel restriction for our employees,
effective immediately. This, unfortunately, includes SXSW.”
Apart from Jack Dorsey, the company canceled employee travel
to that event and further announced yesterday that it was stopping all business
travel and events that were not crucial in nature.
The policy took place with immediate effect at the time of announcement. It would remain in effect due to two reasons:
Until and unless a vaccine for the corona virus has been discovered.
The World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control declare it is safe to step back from precautionary measures regarding the pandemic.
Twitter spokesperson Siobhan Murphy stated in an email to an undisclosed media firm that the company travel restriction on employees included SXSW unfortunately.
Even the organization’s #TwitterHouse at SXSW which was to have an array of events and programs has been canceled as well.
Why did Facebook withdraw from SXSW 2020?
Facebook revealed that it withdrew from SXSW 2020 because of concerns regarding the corona virus. This move came shortly after Twitter’s withdrawal from the event.
According to a statement released by Facebook’s
spokesperson: “Due to concerns related to coronavirus, our company and
employees will not be participating in SXSW this year.”
The company spokesperson also stated that the company did not have any additional details upon being asked about the number of employees expected to attend the event.
The 2020 SXSW is scheduled to start on March 13 and end on March 22 in Austin, Texas.
The massive drop in the rate of participation from large tech organizations is raising concerns about whether the SXSW will be postponed days before it’s scheduled to start or not.
Recently a petition has been signed by more than 25,000 individuals on Change.org which calls for the cancellation of SXSW 2020.
According to reports in different media outlets, SXSW organizers said that the event would still go on as planned. Several Facebook employees were scheduled to speak at the conference.
Last year’s SXSW brought in more than 400,000 attendees from around 105 countries.
Is Facebook’s decision to avert SXSW 2020 a surprising decision?
The social media giant’s decision to avoid the event is not a surprise. Facebook recently canceled its F8 developer conference, which could have taken place on May 5 & 6 in San Jose, California, due to coronavirus concerns.
A global marketing conference planned on February 14 was also canceled by the company.
However, Facebook intends to host local events and stream videos online. It has also restricted social in-person visits to its physical offices.
The social media giant has decided to conduct job interviews through video conferencing tools and methods.
Any other events that have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak?
This move was followed by the cancellation of the Mobile World Congress which was to be held this year in Barcelona, Spain, twelve days before the event could start at the end of February.
The same led to the postponement of the Game Developers Conference, which will be rescheduled somewhere in Summer this year.
On Monday, Google also stated that its event Cloud Next, to be held in April, will take place virtually this year with streamed keynotes and sessions live.
Microsoft has also canceled one of its conferences due to the coronavirus pandemic. The same goes for the Geneva Motor Show.
How bad is the Coronavirus outbreak now?
The Corona virus outbreak has worsened. It causes a disease known as COVID-19.
The pandemic was first discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year. It has spread rapidly across the planet (except Antarctica) in a span of two months.
It has killed more 3000 people (mostly in the People’s Republic of China). It has also infected more than 89,000 people around the globe.
More cases of it have emerged in South Korea, Thailand, Japan, and Italy. In the past few days, 6 people have died due to the corona virus in the U.S State of Washington.
Though the World Health Organization has stopped short of calling it a pandemic, it has declared it a public health emergency of international concern at the end of January.
The outbreak of the corona virus has caused the following occurences:
It has negatively impacted public health.
The stock market is experience turbulence.
There are imminent fears of an economic meltdown.
It has caused a monumental slowdown in manufacturing, purchasing and supply chain networks in the People’s Republic of China.
Social media networks like Twitter and Facebook are currently wrestling the spread of false information. They are taking needed steps to prevent the spread of conspiracy theories and other false things that can cause panic.
The withdrawal of Facebook and Twitter from the 2020 SXSW indicates how bad the coronavirus outbreak has become. The spread of COVID-19 has progressed at a blazing pace and the situation is worsening.
Though the World Health Organization, leading healthcare bodies and State Governments around the globe are scrambling to control the outbreak, many are yet unsure of what is coming next.
We advise everyone to stay safe and take the necessary
measures to protect themselves against COVID-19 and the Corona Virus.
At a time when companies are moving towards folding smartphones and 5G supported phones, Sony finally has come up with a successor that will not only tilt the company ahead of Chinese competitors but also adding a new dimension to the Xperia brand.
It has now been confirmed after early leaks
that Sony’s flagship 5G phone is the Xperia 1 II (pronounced Xperia 1 Mark II).
As the naming scheme suggests, this phone is the Xperia 1’s successor,
and the company recently announced the launch of its flagship 5G smartphone.
From the looks of it, The Sony Xperia 1 II looks
like an improvement over its predecessor, the Xperia 1. It packs a lot of meaningful
improvements over its predecessor.
According to Mitsuya Kishida, Sony’s
President of Mobile Communications, No one understands the experience of
entertainment better than Sony. The company is in a unique position in today’s
time of 5G cellular technology to give the target users an ‘enriched’
experience thanks to Sony’s extensive content portfolio.
He further stated: “Whether you are a
broadcast professional who requires dynamic speed or an everyday user who
desires enhanced entertainment, Xperia with 5G takes your mobile experience to
the next level.”
What sets the Sony Xperia 1 II apart from the rest?
Sony Xperia 1 II has specifications like the 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display with a tall 21:9 aspect ratio.
It is powered by a Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB RAM, 256GB of storage, and a 4,000mAh battery with a fast-wired charging of 21 Watts (equivalent to 21 Volts and 1 Ampere).
Among the other specifications are :
The IP65 and IP68 certifications for resistance to dust and water.
A 3.5mm headphone jack.
A dedicated shutter key.
A fingerprint scanner mounted sideways.
Sounds cool, doesn’t it? 😊 It’s now about to sound even cooler.
Thanks to the presence of the Snapdragon X55 modem, the Sony Xperia 1 II will support sub-6GHz 5G.
However, it will support 5G networks in Europe for now. The device will support 4G networks in other parts of the world.
The flagship 1 II handset will be 4G only in the United States, but US fans should not be heartbroken. Sony recently teased a separate 5G device known as the Xperia Pro.
The company also announced a new mid-range handset known as the Xperia 10 II.
The Sony Xperia 1 II’s camera and the new things coming
In terms of the phone’s photography capabilities, Sony has added some neat hardware features such as the 3.5mm headphone jack and wireless charging support.
Surprisingly, both these features were not present on the Xperia 1.
Today’s era is that of the 108-megapixel
smartphone cameras, the 12-megapixel triple-camera array found on the back of
the Sony Xperia 1 II risks it is getting labeled as a low spec phone on paper.
However, the company thinks otherwise.
Sony is of the belief that it has raised the bar up by bringing in features from its Alpha lineup of cameras.
The phone supports up to 20fps shooting in burst mode (the company believes it to be a first for a smartphone) and has the ability to calculate AF/AE at up to 60 times per second.
What’s more, is that the eye-tracking auto-focus has returned from last year. This system works quite well with animals.
According to Sony, the camera auto-focus covers 70% of the frame.
What else has Sony brought with it?
The Japanese electronics giant has a new Photo Pro app, which joins last year’s Cinema Pro app. The goal here is to give users more manual control over their photography.
According to Sony, this will be done with a similar interface to an interchangeable lens camera. If users wish taking pictures using a normal smartphone camera interface, they can do easily.
What is the Camera’s hardware?
The Sony Xperia 1 II has three rear cameras
and a 3D iToF sensor to help with focusing. All the three rear cameras feature
12-megapixel sensors, like the iPhone 11 Pro.
On the phone, the main 24mm f/1.7 camera
has a large 1/1.7-inch sensor which is almost the same Samsung is using for the
Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus’s main cameras but not as large as the one found in the
Galaxy S20 ultra.
Another thing the phone has is a 16mm f/2.2
ultrawide camera and a 70mm f/2.4 telephoto camera. On the front, an 8-megapixel
selfie camera with a dedicated camera button on the right side of the phone.
The video aspect
The Sony Xperia 1 II can record videos of 4K quality at 60 fps and 2K videos at 120 fps. The company promises superior audio quality whilst recording videos as the phone separates out disturbance caused by wind noise.
The phone also comes in with 360 reality audio decoding which is known to be another first in a smartphone.
The good part of the Sony Xperia 1 II’s screen
Just like its predecessor, the Sony Xperia
1 II has a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display with a tall 21:9 aspect ratio. The company
is somehow keen to emphasize the benefits of such as a screen for media
consumption, there is plenty of daily usage people will have on the phone.
Among them is the ability to see more emails in an instant and explore more
content in an instance on social media.
Pricing and release date
Sony has not announced any price for the
Xperia 1 II. However, it will launch the device in Europe in late spring. The
U.S release date for the device is unknown.
Currently, the company is working on the
Xperia Pro, which is a professional variant of the Sony Xperia 1 II. It is designed
specifically for the US market and for use by professionals specializing in
broadcast video production.
This will feature 5G mmWave connectivity
and an HDMI port which allows it to be hooked directly on professional cameras.
What mid-range handset does Sony have?
Sony currently has a new mid-range handset
known as the Xperia 10 II. It has a slightly smaller screen 6 inches in size
and 21:9 1080p OLED display. The processor is the Snapdragon 665 which is less
powerful than what Xperia 1 II has and a smaller 3,600mAh battery.
Although it has an array of 3 cameras with
the same combination of coal length as the Xperia 1 II with two cameras having
8-megapixel sensors. It has the 3.5mm headphone jack but no areas for wireless
charging. The company aims to ship it in select markets this coming spring.
The market for smartphones today is
obsessed with 108-megapixel cameras and ultra-thin bodies. Renown manufacturers
such as Samsung and Motorola went ahead with foldable phones such as the Razr
Z Flip to add a twist to the smartphone market today.
Sony Xperia 1 II is not just any smartphone.
It has introduced 360-degree spatial audio and front-facing speakers. The welcoming
return of the 3.5mm headphone jack adds more to the good over the bad. The
handset will hardware-decode streams from Tidal for optimal high-resolution sound
The audio aspect coupled with its
compatibility with Sony’s Alpha cameras is set to make this phone a hit with
consumers. The arrival of the Xperia 1 II adds more flavor to the 5G phone
lineup which was dominated by Apple and Samsung.
The Sony Xperia 1 II will start getting
shipped in spring and in a choice of either black, purple or white. The company
has revealed that it will launch it on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS,
Do you own a Samsung phone? If you happen to own a Samsung smartphone and you have recently received a mysterious notification then don’t freak out, every Galaxy phone around the world mistakenly received the same notification from the Find My Phone app.
As far as the mysterious notification was concerned, it wasn’t anything serious but just a simple digit 1 placed above another similar digit 1. And whenever you pressed the notification, it didn’t lead the user to any particular screen but instead, the notification just vanished.
However, according to a survey performed indicates that the Reddit and Twitter got immensely flooded with a large variety of messages from different users owning the Samsung Galaxy devices.
Here’s a snapshot showing what the mysterious notification actually looked like:
As far as Samsung itself is concerned, it sent out the following tweet on Twitter by saying,
“The problem occurred on a limited number of Galaxy devices.”
They further said,
“This notification was confirmed as a message sent unintentionally during an internal test and there is no effect on your device. Samsung apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused to our customers and will work to prevent similar cases from occurring in the future.”
Hence, there isn’t anything that you should be basically be concerned about on the arrival of such mysterious notification. According to Samsung, it was just an internal glitch which has been pretty much sorted.
They claim that they are working together to ensure that such a problem doesn’t re-occur again.
As per why owners of Samsung got concerned, it was because of a previous event that took place with the OnePlus owners. They received a similar notification on their phones with Chinese characters which didn’t make any sense. Same as Samsung, they also confirmed that it was only a mistake that took place during an internal test. Henceforth, there’s a chance that the issue is of a similar nature.
Whether humor or an honest error, mistakes as such still raise the flag for smartphone owners and send them in an array of worries. We hope that it isn’t anything serious, and believe it won’t happen again.
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In case you do, and you are a bit of a nerd who likes to explore the new software… then don’t hold up download the new Android 11 mobile operating system which the company is currently working on.
If you want to download the new Android 11, click here.
The fact isn’t hidden that Google isn’t interested in launching the new Android 11 for its customers, but with Google, developers sending out the preview version for other developers seem pretty convincing that Google is downright working hard to launch the new Android 11 for its Pixel phones.
For now, here’s everything that we know about the new Android OS so far.
When is the Android 11 Set to Release?
Google has planned to reveal some of the features for the new Android 11 operating system during the Google IO event which is going to be held in the month of May. For now, we are confirmed that Google IO will be hosted from May 12 – May 14 and will keep extending from this year to eventually the next one. Here Google’s keynote tends to happen on day 1 of the three-day developer’s conference. So not sure as of yet, but we are more likely to see the Android 11 unveiling on the 12th of May, 2020.
Once the unveiling for the Pixel phone is done, other smartphone brands & carriers will slowly be updated to shift to the all-new Android 11. We can’t say for sure whether all smartphones are going to be updated to the new Android 11 in 2020; but by the year 2021, it is expected that all of them would.
What are the New Features in Android 11?
Google has been pretty secretive about its new Android 11 mobile operating system. For now, we only know about a single feature that has been confirmed by Google. This new feature is what they call, “Scoped Storage” and it is a relatively new way introduced by Google to organize information and files.
In short, it makes memory read speeds much faster and offers improved security. It also removes the element of improving your security and stopping your need to deliver apps additional permissions.
For now, it is the only Android 11 feature that we are aware of. For the rest of the features, I believe we simply will have to wait as it will be a while until May 2020 until we hear about the rest of the features.
What Improvements Can We Expect in the new Android 11?
Here are some noteworthy improvements that we expect to see in the new Android 11 which we don’t happen to observe in the current build of Google’s operating system.
NFC File Sharing Alternative
With the launch of the new Android 10, we observed removal of the Android Beam feature which allowed our phones to share files over the NFC. File sharing became as easy as simply tapping devices on one another, but now the feature is gone. While Google thought the feature is troublesome, fans equally loved it and would like to see a more easy-to-use alternative to NFC in the coming Android operating system. With the NFC feature, Android users can share photos, videos, music, documents and just about any other file which they want to by placing two Android devices together.
A More Interactive Dark Mode
The dark mode isn’t for everyone but if you got the hang of it, the Android 10 version of the dark mode has a few bugs up its sleeve. Apparently, many of the Google apps do not support dark mode, which ultimately kills the buzz for dark mode users as they keep switching from light user-interface to dark user-interface and vice versa over and over again. It certainly becomes quite eye-straining for users. Apps that do not support dark mode often miss out the tex color swap making the normal text invisible so even when you want to see suggested results, you do not actually get the chance to do so.
In the new Android 11 version, fans would love to see these bug fixes resolved. In that way, they can be able to use the new Android 11 in the dark mode version without any hassles or concerns so on.
Fans are now desperately waiting for the new Android 11 release. They have their fingers crossed, and their hopes are high regarding the new features which they are planning to observe in the New device.
Do you know that if you subscribe to anything via the App Store, Apple takes a 30% cut off from every in-app purchase done by customers? It means that 30% of the app revenue straight away goes to Apple. Now it may not sound as much displeasing for an average customer who’s purchasing the app from the Apple Store, but it sure does displease the organization as it loses a substantial cut from their earnings. Recently, it has been revealed by MacRumors that Google is one of the latest firms who are kicking back against the Cupertino firm.
In recent events, Google has announced that it will cease any YouTube TV subscriptions made on the Apple App Store dated 13th March and onwards. Are you an active subscriber of the YouTube TV via one of the Apple devices? Your subscription is more likely going to succumb cancelation on the next billing date if you have subscribed to the YouTube TV subscription through the Apple App Store.
The email which helped MacRumors identify that Google has decided to terminate their partnership with Apple hasn’t disclosed any reason in particular, but the affirm decision confirms that it is pretty evident that Google doesn’t want to share any more of their profits with the Cupertino company.
YouTube TV isn’t the only one who has recently planned to terminate its partnership with the Cupertino firm. In fact, Netflix has also discontinued its payments for your subscriptions via the App Store. Just like Netflix, Spotify also has issues with Apple’s stringent profit reaping App Store policies and have equally voiced the concern engaging Apple’s own platform for Music, Apple Music. They claimed that their own service was making far off better profit than Spotify who had to share its own.
Apple has a relatively large fan-base and being not able to subscribe to the YouTube TV service via Apple’s storefront, there’s a high concern related to how much will the business incur a loss on exposure. For now, Apple has presented a trade-off for its high fees by placing a condition for YouTube TV app, that if they want to reap all the profit, they should remove any reference of subscription from any other separate platform other than the Apple’s own App Store.
If you are using YouTube TV through an Apple device or plan on using one, you can still get the app from Apple’s App Store, but if you want to subscribe, you might’ve to do it from someplace outside.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold was released in
September last year. It was able to impress the Smartphone universe greatly
with its unusual and creative concepts, but its hardware lacked teeth. The
hardware failed to match up to expectations as it had encountered several embarrassing
This did not frighten Samsung, as it still
expects to sell around 6 million foldable devices this year and 20 million of
such by next year’s end.
Since last year, we all have been hearing
news, leaks and details about Samsung’s upcoming foldable phone. It was
initially assumed to be known as Galaxy Fold 2, but as it turns out; it is the Galaxy
Z Flip. Thanks to an ad
for this year’s Oscars, we got to find out when the device will be released as
the ad teased Samsung’s new folding phone.
With the new Moto Razr available as the first foldable smartphone, it will be quite interesting to see how much Samsung can add to the line of folding phones.
Previous folding phones have not been able to impress consumers. With the Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung has proved to all how it can also improve the folding phone model to stay ahead of competitors.
Here are some details of the Galaxy Z Flip, based on rumors about it and on what Samsung has showcased at the Oscars.
What do we know about the Galaxy Z Flip so far?
The Galaxy Z Flip is known to have a 6.7-inch
folding display, two 12-megapixel cameras on the back (one is regular while the
other is ultrawide), two batteries and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 plus
The specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Here are its specifications detailed completely:
Price: $1,400 – $1,500.
Screen size, when unfolded, is an
Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) screen of 6.7 inches with a resolution of
2636 x 1080 pixels.
The outer screen is a 1.1
inches OLED screen with a resolution of 300 x 116 pixels.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ CPU.
8GB of RAM.
256GB of Storage.
Rear cameras of 12 megapixels,
with the main one having a focus of f/1.8 and the ultra-wide-angle one having a
focus of f/2.2.
A 10-megapixel front camera
having a focus of f/2.0.
The battery has a power of
When folded, the phone has a
size of 3.4 x 2.9 x. 0.61 – 0.68 inches.
When open, the phone has a size
of 6.6 x 2.9 x 0.27 – 0.28 inches.
The phone has a weight of 6.5
The ad that teased the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Tuesday’s event won’t just see the Galaxy Z Flip’s full unveiling as Samsung is also expected to launch a trio of Galaxy S20 phones (formerly known as the Galaxy S11).
Based on the latest rumors, the biggest addition to these new phones is compatibility and support for 5G and a 120 Hz refresh rate OLED screen (which matches the ASUS ROG Phone 2) and a new 108-megapixel camera.
After seeing only three significant folding devices last year, folding smartphones are still hanging on the edge of the mountain of futuristic reality and fancy ideas.
The Galaxy Z Flip competes directly with the Motorola Razr (which went on sale recently and even failed folding tests last week). Recent news about squeaks in the new Moto Razr when folding raises concerns. Such concerns can be allayed by the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
Samsung leads the pack of phone makers in terms of output and the Galaxy Z Flip is the company’s second folding smartphone after the Galaxy Fold. The Galaxy fold was a super-luxury item, priced around $ 1,980 (around £2,000 and AU$ 2,950).
If Samsung sells the Galaxy Z Flip for
$1,400 (£1,086 and AU$ 2,090), then the Korean
electronics giant will effectively dent Moto Razr’s price of $1,500. Also, the
company will be doing it with a phone having a more comprehensive set of
specifications and much more durability.
Experts views on the shape and price of Galaxy Z Flip
Experts in the industry concur with the
view that Samsung’s adaption of a Clamshell body for the phone is one of the
best ways of making these folding smartphones affordable and portable. It is
also likely that regular people will be purchasing it with ease, apart from the
pricey ones lying around.
However, the price $1,400 price tag is somehow a long way from an earlier report in Singaporean News ‘The Independent’. It revealed that the Galaxy Z Flip could be priced at $850.
The phone is also known to be using quite an extra-thin layer of glass instead of plastic for the screen.
Consumers are hopeful that the phone’s vertical hinge will be easier to use than that of the Galaxy Fold. A lot of people are surprised that the phone was unveiled at last night’s Oscars.
Yet, it is still affordable than the Galaxy Z Fold. For those who are looking to spend a bit more than that, Russian jeweler Caviar announced that it will release a special edition case for the phone costing $5,000.
Will the Galaxy Z Flip avert the fatal screen issues of
the Galaxy Fold?
One thing is clear regarding the phone; Samsung has enhanced the design in order to set aside the design flaws in the Galaxy Fold.
This is the Korean giant’s second attempt at making a folding smartphone. Also, the company used plastic end caps in shrinking a gap preventing entry of dust and debris.
Internal support for the delicate display has also been reinforced.
Android 10 and One UI 2 software are included in the Galaxy Z Flip
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will have a USB-C
charger port and is guaranteed to work with Android 10 and Samsung’s One UI 2
software layer riding on the top of Android OS.
The tease of Samsung Galaxy Z Flip at the Oscars comes in as a surprise. It will be released on February 11 this year alongside the Galaxy S20.
The Galaxy Z Flip comes in as an upgrade to its predecessor Galaxy Fold. The phone is much affordable than the new Moto Razr and is rumored to be much more durable as well.
How will the phone fare practically? Dear
readers, please stay tuned to find out more about the Galaxy Z Flip.
In recent times, Google after the acquisition of YouTube revealed the ad revenue of YouTube ads for the first time. And believe it or not, but the numbers are quite bewildering. Just last year, YouTube accumulated a total revenue of $15 billion and you won’t imagine how much of the profit goes back to its creators. Well, it might not be enough at a glance, but it sure is a lot once you compare it with rivals such as Instagram. Eager to take a look at how YouTube’s financial results are broken down by Google?
As per the report published, apart from just the $15 billion which YouTube earned from the ad revenue, it made a staggering $3 billion from paid subscription through YouTube Premium and YouTube TV.
Ruth Porat, the current CFO of the parent company Alphabet revealed at one of the occasions,
“We pay out a majority of our revenue to our creators.”
And just in case, if we take her word for it than at the lowest, the marginal profit shared by YouTube with the consumers account for a total of $8 billion on individuals who are capable of hosting its lucrative ads.
The Clash Between the Titans
Though YouTube’s ad revenue spent exceeds $15 billion, it was still unable to parallel the numbers churned up by Instagram’s ad spent. A recent report published by Bloomberg confirms that the total ad spent on the Facebook-owned platform, Instagram was approximately $20 billion. Normally, I don’t delve in approximating who is better than who? But here’s how the two of the biggest companies marginalize their profits on ad spends. YouTube keeps 45 percent of the revenue from all the creators’ ad spends and gives a majority of its earnings back to the creators.
However, the case with Instagram is entirely different. Instagram doesn’t directly payback to its creators. So here’s the thing, while Instagram is making a great fortune out of the ad revenue, it is not really returning enough back to its creators as expected. The only way Instagrammers have a chance to make a good amount on ad spends is by directly approaching the partnered companies. In fact, not until recently, Instagram didn’t even provide any sort of mechanism by which sponsors could track or analyze performance on sponsored posts. Creators were left with putting their faith in unsure third-party software.
Albeit now, Instagram has launched a tool called the brand collab manager. The tool still does not provide any direct method of paying anything to the content creators directly. Taking a single perspective is still not the right way, because our research indicates that when it comes to profit reaping margins, even YouTube isn’t as perfect as it discloses itself to be. No wonder, the high-end YouTube content creators keep the lion’s share of the profits and make a good earning, but the mid and lower tier YouTubers are the ones swimming in shallow waters. They experience what you can term as the “adpocalypses” and that too happens once every year. During the “adpocalypses” major YouTube advertisers pull themselves out of the platform and it greatly affects the overall YouTube revenue. Since YouTube fails to earn from ad revenue, it doesn’t have much to pay to the mid-tier or low tiered content creators publishing their content.
Adpocalypse is the time when independent content creators are denied paid ads in their videos.
Our Take on the Matter
Either way, if you’re an average person seeking to start a business clearly dependent on reaping profits through ad spends on YouTube or Instagram, then it’s not a profitable strategy. One way or the other, both the companies still make a great profit on your published content irrespective of you knowing about it.
My advice to YouTubers and Instagrammers is to work on a particular skill or innovate a product. By depending on ad spent, they might not be able to earn enough but marketing their own product/skill sandwiched in between binge-worthy published content will surely upscale their profit margin immensely.
Do you have a product or service idea in mind that you always wished to work on? Share with us.
For quite some time the Apple iMac had been
on a stagnant run, to the extent that it has fallen way behind when it comes to
an all-in-one design for a personal computer (PC). However, in the recent few
days a patent has been spotted which can change all that.
Patently Apple was the first to spot the patent application, which was filed in May 2019. It shows the new Apple iMac comprising curved glass having the keyboard, track-pads and display in the same body.
It does seem weird, but this is the new era where devices are not only odd but innovative, given the case of Lenovo’s new foldable laptop and the new Moto Razr.
Let us now have a good look at the new Apple iMac because there is more than meets the eye when it comes to Apple’s new mysterious computer.
Is the new Apple iMac’s design genius or what?
The design is truly genius and it is unthinkable. But Apple is surely the master in doing the unthinkable.
The American technology giant recently applied for a patent. This patent is itself quite ambitious for a design showcasing a new all-in-one computer integrating both the track-pad, monitor and keyboard into one single curved sheet of glass.
The patent describes the way the supposedly new iMac model’s input and display areas can be built and integrated into a single unit having a unified continuous surface.
A support structure will be behind the display unit which can contain the computer’s central processing unit and provide the space for all the machine’s ports.
Some parts of the patent suggested that the actual computing component of the iMac might be removable which allows users to slide in their MacBook in that dock.
In case of absence of a MacBook, an iPad can be stuck in on top of the iMac. Since it will be behind the screen, no one is sure how this will be useful.
We are also unsure of whether this new
radically overhauled iMac will come out in the market in this design or with an
improved one. But consumers always find it fun to try and determine what Apple
will try to do in the future.
The patent itself is bizarre yet
fascinating that even if it does not become real, it excites everyone
(including the die-hard fans of Apple) for Apple’s future products in many
Should we think about the patent design of the new Apple iMac again?
Let’s analyze this design, again? Some
believe it might not become a final product, but no one should feel disheartened.
They also should never feel guilty about fantasizing about an Apple product,
especially what this patent design might turn out to be.
As we know it and as it exists today, the iMac is a space-saving wonder machine. It is packed with desktop-class components and is much faster than a MacBook Pro, with an adorable display that can help people perform heavy-duty computing tasks (especially true with the iMac Pro).
One of the best things about the iMac as of right now, is its versatility. It is VESA compatible, meaning that its users can mount it on their own stand as well as on the wall.
Also, the wireless peripherals can let users’ interface with their computer in any way they want.
However, the versatility becomes
questionable with the curved glass design.
Evolution of the Macintosh leading to the new Apple iMac
If the new Apple iMac ever makes it to the Apple Store at any point in time in the current decade, then it will be revolutionary.
Apple adopted the current form of iMac in 2004 of a panel with a screen and CPU with an aluminum case holding it. This form factor was refined through all these years with thinner screens and chins.
Apart from that and changing materials (from plastic and glass to a combo of aluminum and glass), it has remained the same throughout the course of time.
Before that, the significant changes observed were in the Mac of 1998 when Apple changed the first iconic design into the real iMac. 2002 brought another radical reform with a semi spherical base having a floating flat panel holding the display alone through a balanced, stainless steel arm. 2004 brought the iMac as we know it today.
A MacBook docking port in the iMac would be truly revolutionary. The last time anyone saw such was in the amazing and beloved Powerbook Duo, which was a line of sub-notebooks made from 1992 until 1997.
The Powerbook Duo had a mechanized docking station, allowing users to insert their computers into a slot to turn it into a desktop computer instantly. It was complete with expanded slots, a standalone display and added hard drive storage.
The idea of Apple making something like a revolutionary new iMac is something which is irresistible for both the old and new generation users.
Like Apple made radical changes in 1984, 1998 and 2004, it is not impossible nor is it surprising for consumers and users alike to think about Apple doing something great. Any revolution in Apple’s gadgets will surely start with the iMac for sure.
The world has taken a step back when it observes that the UK has decided to support Huawei to continue its ever-growing mobile market for 5G networks. But there are certain restrictions.
The decision has been made by the tech authorities residing in the United Kingdom. The country has heeded no attention to all the pressure statements issued by the US to bar Huawei’s products.
However, the UK industry-watchers have revealed that they believe there’s considerable potential in the Huawei products and can greatly benefit the people with their next-generation mobile data service.
As Stephane Teral from the IHS Markit states,
“I think it’s a pragmatic decision that brings stability and continuity in the 5G ecosystem. Huawei has been investing in the UK and in other countries in Europe including France, Germany, Italy, and Poland since the beginning of this century. A ban would have been disastrous.”
Will We See Tensions Rise Between the US-UK Relationship?
There’s a high chance that we will, specifically in the technology market.
The decision taken by Huawei can have some real detrimental effect on the relationship between both the countries. While Washington and Westminster have been lobbying together against Huawei, but in recent events, the decision taken by Westminster can create disharmony among the closest of allies.
Sadly, Trump’s administration feels that the US “is very disappointed” in the current decision.
And the sentiments are not only hurt among Republicans but they are also pouring in from Democrats.
The Americans are concerned that such a decision made by the Kingdom is a forward step towards appeasing Beijing. Whereas, the UK claims that Huawei’s product endorsement in the United Kingdom is solely based on the forward progression towards making the best use of the latest 5G technology.
Will Other Countries Support the UK’s Decision?
Different sources close to “Huawei” has foretold that the UK’s decision to include Huawei is going to have a great impact on other markets. While countries like the United States, Australia, and Japan decided to ban Huawei kit for using the 5G telecommunication networks, many are still confused whether they should allow Huawei to become a part of their country’s technological advancement.
For now, all that we know is that New Zealand and Canada are planning to follow the UK’s lead.
Currently, the EU is fueled with conversations and debate is going on where the major telecommunication networks in the United Kingdom have stood together against the Huawei ban.
Also, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany stands against the ban and claims that it is the wrong decision for removing Hauwei from the existing German networks. With the current decision made by Great Britain, it can easily bolster her case and can have a significantly positive impact on growth.
She sarcastically commented in one of the debates that removing Huawei from the telecommunication service providers will not going to have any progressive effect on cybersecurity.
It’s not just the EU, but Huawei also has a strong footprint in different African countries for years. In fact, South Africa has commercially gone mainstream with the 5G technology supported service. The company who made it possible, deals with Chinese products. The name of the company is Rain.
India is still following the events unfolding around the new Huawei products. But they still haven’t decided which side they are going to take when it comes to deciding whether Huawei should stay or go. For now, critics are saying that they will look forward to UKs analysis and then make a decision.
As far as South America is concerned, Huawei is getting massive exposure.
It is widely being sold in the Brazilian market.
We can’t say for sure whether the United States will show any inclination towards declining their ban on the Huawei phones. But one thing’s for sure, other countries do not show much of an inclination at following through and through with this obstructive brand ban. Huawei’s personal phones are equipped with the latest 5G technology which makes them one of the fastest Internet mobiles in the market. And here’s definitely something which the world is not looking forward to miss.
PlayStation has given more to the gaming industry than one can imagine.
From DVDs to Blu-Ray and now 4K and HDR gaming experiences. There’s just so much that the console has offered over the span of years that the fanbase can’t wait to see what’s new and more.
Questions such as,
What will the PlayStation 5 offer?
Will PS5 support 8k resolution?
Will PS5 support optical media?
When will PS5 be released?
How much will PS5 cost?
Are some of the common concerns that the fanbase is frantic about.
To be honest, we wouldn’t have known the answer to what’s about to make the frontline in the PlayStation world still if it wasn’t for the Sony PlayStation’s lead architect and console producer, Mike Cerny. During an interview conducted in April of 2019, Mike Cerny did bring a lot of information to the table along with Sony’s CEO Jim Ryan. Things escalated until October of 2019, and more news related to the new PS5 saw the horizon. Here’s just about everything that we have learned so far.
Sony has confirmed the official name and the release date of the all-new PS5 console. It has also shed light on some of the PS5 accessories as well. During the CES 2020, Sony also confirmed the official PS5 logo and since then Sony has been on the track of leaking information on the PS5 DualShock 5 controller. In fact, there is also interactive news about the first PS5 exclusive game, GodFall.
With 12 months to go, here’s just about everything we have learned so far about the new PS5 console.
PlayStation 5 Release Date
It comes as no surprise but Sony has finally revealed the release date for the new PS5 console. Previously, it was rumored that the PS5 console is going to be released in the month of April of 2020. However, now Sony has confirmed that the new PS5 console is about to drop in during the holiday season. We can expect it to come out somewhere in between Christmas and the New Year alongside the new Xbox Series X which is also rumored to be revealed during the Holiday Season of 2020.
In August of 2019, an anonymous bulletin site 4Chan published a rumor that the new PS5 is going to be released during the 12th of February 2020. This news was soon picked by NeoGaf who publicized it worldwide. With things escalating fast, Sony didn’t want false rumors to circulate the market and so after the CES 2020, PlayStation itself came forward revealing the actual release date during its own event “PlayStation 2020.”
About the Official PS5 Logo
During the CES 2020 event, Sony started its press conference stating important news about the forthcoming PS5. Alongside revealing the official date, they also shed light on the new PS5 logo.
Although, there’s not anything new about the PlayStation logo it does represent a logo designed with white lines on a black background.
Will PlayStation 5 going to have a Blu-Ray 4k Drive?
It is true that the new PS5 is going to feature a completely new 4k Blu-Ray drive. Previously, it was revealed that the new PS5 is going to have an optical drive which was later confirmed by Wired that the optical drive on the new PS5 will be a 4k Blu-Ray player. Since it has been a great disappointment for the PS fans not to actually see a 4k optical drive on the PRO version but with the announcement of the drive appearing on the new PlayStation 5 is something that has created an extra appeal for fans.
Will the All-New PlayStation 5 Support 8k videos?
Yes, the new PlayStation 5 is going to support 8k videos. The console will contain an AMD Ryzen chip and a GPU from the Radeon Navi family. It will also include an SSD storage for ultra-fast processing. This combination will ensure that the users can experience a faster load time with large bandwidth.
Since both PS4 and the PRO version comes with HDR support so there’s no point concerning that the PS5 will not include the HDR. However, the question that should concern us is whether we should expect a more advanced version of the HDR such as an HDR10+ coupled with the Dolby Vision for high-end sound quality? We can’t rule this out because the new Xbox already contains both the features and if PlayStation has to beat that market, it will require to introduce both of these elements.
However, nothing so far has been announced yet by the Sony PlayStation.
One particular thought which is cooked up by fans recently is that during the announcement, there is a significant chance that Sony will announce both the PS5 and the PS5 Pro version during the launch. The rumor was initially started by a gaming enthusiastic YouTuber Zenj Nishikawa. And just like PRO version of the PS4 is better than the preceding one, pretty much the same can be said about PS5 PRO.
Will the New PS5 Support Dolby Vision Sound?
Once again, the Xbox leads with offering a better sound quality to users in comparison to the PS4 whereas Sony’s consoles are only limited to the 7.1 audio system. So it is rumored and believed that the new console is going to have a better audio system powered by Dolby Vision Studios.
The current Xbox machines include Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio which equally contributes the 4k Blu-Ray gaming. FOr now, we only know the Cerny has confirmed gold standard audio for its PS5.
So here’s everything that we could gather about the all-new PS5 console. Do you know something that we have missed out in our present article? Please feel free to share it by adding a few comments.
The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is quite fascinating and this time, we all are getting to see some unique gadgets. Among them is TCL’s new foldable smartphone, a prototype the Chinese electronics giant showcased at the event hoping to give Moto Razr a tough time.
The company recently showcased its prototype for a folding phone. Not only is the scenario for folding phones illuminated further but also TCL is poised to do really well.
The Chinese electronics giant is known to play second fiddle to giants such as Huawei, LG, Motorola, Samsung and Lenovo; but this gadget is set to bring its status to the stop. It has recently showcased the TCL 10 5G smartphone at CES 2020 priced at less than $500, which is affordable than the ones offered by its competitors.
The company has also not only raised eyebrows
but also sounded the alarms off with its prototype for a quite workable folding
phone. It is being heard that it will be quite affordable in comparison to the
upcoming folding Moto Razr (priced at $1,500). Therefore, it is quite a big
deal for phone enthusiasts.
How TCL’s new foldable smartphone helps it move a step ahead in folding phone technology?
The company is known for giving consumers top-notch gadgets running on the latest tech and available at the best affordable price. TCL’s new foldable smartphone is set to give the $1,500 Motorola Razr folding flip phone a tough time.
Its shape is an absolute square and when
opened in the center, it shows a 7.2-inch plastic display surrounded by thick
black plastic bezel like casing. It has no selfie camera inside but behind the
screen, it has four cameras in diamond pattern. The color used is eye-catching
deep emerald, which is a pleasant sight.
The best part about it is that it has enough strength to stand on its own and that too on any stage of the fold. In comparison, other phones tend to snap either completely open or closed at certain points. Its absolute square shape helps it sit up and be used like a laptop without any hindrance.
The features and functionality of TCL’s new foldable smartphone
TCL’s new foldable smartphone’s prototype does look and feel a bit bulky. Its software responded slowly when the device was rotated, and in some instances it froze. When opened and closed, an audible squeak was heard.
The Chinese electronics giant is renown for
its affordable, top quality TVs and is transparent regarding the product prototype.
Knowing its reputation, there is no doubt that TCL will add improvements to the
phone’s prototype. In fact, it will also be making other products in the future
that can bend as well.
TCL’s prototype features a square shaped 7.2-inch display, a quad-camera system and a middle level Snapdragon 660 processor. The operating system in use is Android 9.0 Pie. It is not much of a technical masterpiece, but it does deliver a true folding phone’s experience.
When the refinements will be added, it would be undoubtedly attractive who need folding smartphones at a reasonable price tag. The company sees folding devices as one way of establishing TCL as a leading brand name. That too at a time when competing firms are trying to add spark to a slowing industry through innovative product design. It also hopes to stay ahead in the race of adopting 5G technology.
Release and price date
Right now, no official price, release date
or the official product name has been released by TCL. However, there are
rumors that it can be released late this year.
The final word
It is true that TCL’s foldable phone
prototype is not ready for release yet. Why? Because the phone’s hinge and
foldable screen are far from perfect, the software it runs on is sluggish and
there are no front facing cameras.
The phone’s specs were mid level but it is only a prototype. The designs and features change with time. Thus, we can be assured that the company will upgrade them before its release.
Should we be thrilled with TCL entering the foldable smartphone market? Yes, we should be!
Why? Because the Samsung Galaxy Fold costs $1980. In contrast, TCL’s phone will be cost less than that.
The company also aims to bring in a folding phone that is not only durable but also without glitches.
Every once in a while, Apple signs off contracts with smaller tech firms which helps the company progress forward. But rarely do we come across situations where multinational corporations such as Apple acquisitions mid-tier organizations which create a direct problem for other organizations.
In recent events, something quite similar has happened where Apple acquired a company, Xnor.ai. XNOR is a firm that specializes in creating AI technology for facial recognition. The firm has been long serving this AI technology to smart home company Wyze as they included it as one of the core features in their products. However now, the smart home company has lost its unique selling point.
Earlier in November, Wyze revealed that they will soon be removing its key Person Detection feature from its security camera products. A clause addition to the Xnor sent the company wondering if it was the right decision as the clause stated that they can discontinue partnership at any point in time. But after the acquisition, the air was pretty much clear revealing the plans behind Xnor merging Apple.
The deal sign-off between the two has come as a rather harsh blow for the Wyze camera company. Xnor.ai delivered an edge-based AI-powered technology to Wyze Cam which ensured that all its recorded information stays put within the device’s own memory unit rather than getting uploaded on the cloud. Because of this particular feature, Wyze was known for its high-end security cameras.
Apple has not just shown an inclination but it has shown quite an interest in acquiring this tech.
Xnor brought forth its powerful innovative AI edge-based facial recognition algorithm to the forefront in 2017. Xnor came out into the open from the Allen Institute of Artificial Intelligence commonly known as AI2. It was a project governed and initiated by the latter co-founder of Microsoft Mr. Paul Allen. Its particular algorithm is what put the firm into the limelight and the company was able to raise $2.7 million during the first year of its inception and approximately $12 million in the latter year 2018.
Edge-based person recognition is a unique feature where the AI recognize objects through edge identification and extraction. It eases the uncertainty of false face recognition where Apple previously suffered a backlash on its Face ID. Two sisters who were fairly identical were able to open the same phone in an experiment even though they weren’t twins but had an age difference of 4 years in them. The existing gap in Apple’s Face ID was something creating quite the distress for the organization.
The algorithm designed by Xnor.ai isn’t just any specific type of edge-based person recognition. It is a very powerful machine learning algorithm which requires a considerably low power to run on embedded systems. It can run on any kind of device irrespective of whether it is a low-tier, mid-tier or high-tier electronic component. Xnor simply designed an algorithm that could be integrated anywhere.
As per why Xnor got Apple’s attention? It wasn’t just the fact that the algorithm can overcome the gap for Apple on its Face ID concern. The data recorded by the algorithm can stay on the device itself rather than getting transmitted somewhere else such as a cloud instance at a particular datacenter.
The company is more likely perceived to be moving in the Apple’s Seattle offices. It was reported to GeekWire that a move is certainly underway and can be expected sooner than they think. The company also concluded that Mr. Farhadi, the man behind the technology is no longer working at the firm but has relocated himself to the University of Washington as a faculty member.
Do you find this bit of information interesting? Do you think it was the right decision of Apple to acquire Xnor and sever its ties from Wyze? Will Wyze be able to search up a different alternative?
Last year, Lenovo showed the world in what looked like to be the first ever folding PC. This year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the computing giant recently unveiled its latest creation and truly the first ever folding laptop to the public; The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold.
That’s right! This is world’s first ever truly folding laptop. It also has spent four years in development and went through six major designs until now.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold can be best described as the perfect blend of a folding smartphone and a top-notch laptop. Renowned companies like Apple, Huawei, Samsung and Motorola have been experimenting with folding smartphones and failed many times before they came up with a durable final design and outcome.
But what Lenovo has shown proves the company’s worth in making top class futuristic gadgets, not for luxury but for everyone. What’s even more interesting is that the Chinese computing giant is more than happy to be experimenting with unusual yet interesting concepts, to bring to the world devices that were once perceived as impossible to produce.
Let us now have a deeper look at how Lenovo braved the odds in producing a technological masterpiece.
Challenges faced by Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold in its development
President of Lenovo’s Commercial PC and
Smart Device Business Unit, Christian Teismann, said that the company has been
looking for new product types and associated factors for years since the Yoga
He further explained: “A PC is only
usable for full productivity at a certain size, about 12 to 13 inches. We
ultimately came back to something fundamental like a book form factor in
One of the big challenges the company faced
in developing a foldable PC was to ensure it lasted up to 5 years at least in
its lifecycle as well as having the usability of a PC. Mr. Teismann said the
first working sample was released around a year ago and further revealed the
ThinkPad brand will evolve to a new level.
He further stated that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold would be available for order early in this year’s second half with shipments commencing in the middle of the second half.
If such a release time is true, then Lenovo will be shipping the X1 Fold at almost the same time Microsoft debuts its Duo and Neo devices.
Features & Specifications of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold
The Lenovo ThinkPad Fold X1 is the latest in a long line of foldable phones and computers. Numerous convertible dimensions attempted to bring the best of laptops and tablets together to create a device on a single overall dimension. It can also be safe to assume that Lenovo’s new Motorola Razr is the inspiration for its creation.
When unfolded, the ThinkPad Fold X1 has a
13.3-inch display which makes it quite compact. A magnetic Bluetooth keyboard
(featured with it) that can sit on the device’s bottom half, creating a
complete laptop effect. It can also be detached to be used with the unfolded
A separate easel like stand can be used to
hoist the device on it which then gives a sort of a desktop effect (it costs
$24 & is not included with the product). When the laptop’s system is not in
use, the keyboard sits in the middle and gets charged by wireless means. The best
part is that it sits nicely when the laptop is folded.
The screen is pOLED (Plastic Organic Light-Emitting Diode) made in collaboration with LG. Lenovo revealed the extent of the screen’s durability tests to be quite extensive.
A carbon fiber plate reinforces the folding mechanism. The hinges used are quite powerful as they are not easily bent by human fingers.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold runs on Windows 10 Pro, and Lenovo brought its own solutions regarding its operability on the folding screen. The laptop is likely to have Windows 10X upon its launch.
The customizations it has are a taskbar
icon bringing up a pop-up menu where users can switch between a single
full-screen view or a dual-screen mode with an app displayed to each half of
the screen. It is expected to be priced around $2,499.
The key points of the Lenovo ThinkPad Fold
X1 are as under:
It has multiple modes and can be opened as a completely flat 13.3-inch display.
The product was co-engineered with Intel. It uses its Core series processors & Windows 10.
An option for Windows 10X is coming later this year.
5G connectivity for the device is now an option.
Lenovo said that it had developed a mode-switching software for Windows 10 which can accommodate multiple use cases & modes on ThinkPad X1 Fold (Windows 10 is known to be slow).
The device weighs less than 2.2 pounds.
A Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard and a leather case are available with the device.
When the product is closed by folding, the keyboard can be stored and charged in it (wireless charging) and secured with magnets.
A full-sized keyboard, mouse and a second display can connect with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold via a USB Type-C cable and port.
A ThinkPad X1 Fold Stand is also available. It can be used in either portrait or landscape mode. This helps the ThinkPad X1 Fold to be used as a desktop.
What makes the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold stand out?
Flexibility is the main advantage of the laptop’s design. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is something that is better than most small laptops; users can open the screen to its full size & prop it up with the built-in kickstand.
They can even use the wireless keyboard with ease which gives the experience of using both a desktop and a laptop. The easel like stand elevates it, making it look like the world’s smallest desktop.
Regarding its performance, the company
stated that it runs on a new Intel platform using ‘hybrid technology.’ Battery
life is stated to be up to 11 hours. Though skeptics see it as a machine having
slow processing power, it would be wise to wait for its launch to see if it proves
It is pricey when it comes to a laptop or tablet, but the ThinkPad X1 Fold is set to be the most innovative gadget made by Lenovo. The company has clearly put a lot of thinking in creating it.
This encourages experimental devices to hit the markets this year.
Hence, consumers will be looking forward to
buying it and spending a lot of time on it as well.
Sonos Speaker company filed a lawsuit against Google for stealing their patented technology to manufacture its own line of products, says the New York Times report published this Tuesday. The company alleged the tech giant for taking five of its important patents and using them to create its own wireless technology. These speakers can be connected to the Internet and then can later be controlled by a mobile app. As a result, Sonos is forced to cut down its price and position in the market.
The lawsuit document which was initially obtained by the Verge Google got hold of the patented technology from Sonos through a 2013 partnership program between the companies. And since 2015, Google has been found infringing Sonos patents for creating their own line of products. More than a dozen of Google’s product use Sonos patented technology including the Pixel phones and Google home devices.
Sonos speaker company claims that Google has subsidized the prices of its products manufactured using patented technology and has flooded the market. In effect, Sonos’ business is getting hurt with these cheaper options. For instance, Google’s cheapest smart speaker the Google Home Mini starts at $49 and when it is on sale, the price cuts down up to $25 whereas Sono’s own speaker products cost around $179.
The lawsuit filed by Sonos further claims that Google also has an upper hand in sales as it collects user information and utilizes it for target marketing by running different ad campaigns. Sonos doesn’t stop there, it also extends the lawsuit and claims that Amazon has also violated Sonos’ patents. For now, Sonos is only suing Google because the company is not in a position to combat two tech giants.
Sonos speaker company are filing the lawsuit and suing Google in two courts. One lawsuit is filed at the federal district court while the other lawsuit is filed at the United States International Trade Commission. Sonos urge both the courts to seek undisclosed financial losses and place a ban on Google’s smartphones, laptops, speakers and other devices that are in infringement with the Sonos technology patents in the United States.
Today, the smart speaker market is attractively growing with some of the major tech giants like Amazon, Apple, and Google all selling their own speaker designs. One of the reports released by The Consumer Technology Association further shed light that smart speakers alone are accountable for making almost $3 billion in revenue alone in 2019. The report published was a mid-year report.
The CEO of Sonos, Patrick Spence has claimed that Sonos has warned Google countless times not violate since 2016 yet Google has persistently used Sonos patented technology for their own products.
Now they are left with no other option than to file a lawsuit against the firm. On one of the occasions, Spence declared,
“Google is an important partner with whom we have collaborated successfully for years, However, Google has been blatantly and knowingly copying our patented technology in creating its audio products. Despite our repeated & extensive efforts over the last few years, Google has not shown any willingness to work with us on a mutually beneficial solution. We’re left with no choice but to litigate.”
In response to Spence’s declaration, Google spokesperson Jose Castaneda speaks out and says,
“Google and Sonos have had talks regarding intellectual property rights but Google disputes these claims and will defend their stance vigorously.”
Stay tuned as we will soon be publishing more interesting news on how things develop between Google & Sonos. Who do you think stands affirm at their claim? Sonos speaker company or Google. Comment below.
Everyone has been left impressed with the Samsung Galaxy S10. But, the recent leaks and rumors (as well as speculative predictions) about the Galaxy S11 are rising. Not only is the phone rumored to catch up (and even go beyond) the iPhone 11, but also, we will check out how it will fare in the coming year.
The leaks and rumors of the Galaxy S11
haven’t rested during the holiday season. Today, we have assembled them all to
see what picture the rumors make of the official lineup. Let us all have a look
at the price, the potential setup of the cameras, the design and the
specifications (battery, hardware, RAM etc.).
What is so special about the Samsung Galaxy S11 (as per
The Galaxy S11 is the company’s next
premium device. It is set to woo to a wider audience, apart from tech
enthusiasts looking to equip themselves with the most cutting-edge smartphone
The Galaxy S11 phone line is the company’s
first-ever mainstream device helping bring 5G to a lot of users and customers
alike on the planet. Samsung also initiated a start with 5G earlier in 2019
with the S10 5G, Note 10 Plus 5G, Galaxy A90 5G and the Galaxy Fold (only in
South Korea and the UK).
However, most of these phones are not
targeting everyday users and are variants of 4G devices already in existence. Yet,
Samsung is in a strong position as compared to that of last year. Samsung often
follows past patterns & current trends in releasing its phones and the
Galaxy S11 is known to be loaded with brilliantly extravagant specifications.
The launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S11
According to the latest
updates, The Galaxy S11’s launch date is February 18, 2020. It is probable
because it coincides with the previous launch dates of Samsung’s smartphones.
This would become the South Korean electronics giant’s sixth flagship phone to
make a February debut.
That’s right! The Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and
S10E were all launched on February 20, 2019. Suppose if the Galaxy S11 does
arrive in February, it would make a lot of sense thus giving the Galaxy S10
phones a 12-month period on sale.
But there have been rumors about the S10
lite arriving first and this puts the spotlight position of the Galaxy S11 in
Last year, the prices for Galaxy S10
started at $749 for the S10E, $899 for the S10 and $999 for the S10 Plus. The
launch price of the Galaxy S11 will likely hover around in this range, but
customers and enthusiasts alike will have to play the wait & see the game
to see Samsung’s pricing.
Models and screen sizes
It is rumored that Samsung Galaxy S11 will
have three models. Another rumor has it that the models will be named as the
S11E, S11 and S11 Plus.
Recent leaks from frequent and renown Twitter leaker Evan Blass suggest the names as S11, S11 Plus, and S11 Pro, which resembles Apple’s naming strategy with the iPhone 11 (the base model for this line). All Galaxy S11 smartphones could have curved sides, unlike its predecessor which had a flat display.
leak from Evan Blass’s account regarding Samsung Galaxy S11 | Source: Twitter
The following are the
rumored screen sizes of the Samsung Galaxy S11:
S11: Around 6.2 or 6.4 inches.
S11 Plus: Around 6.7 inches.
S11 Pro: Around 6.9 inches.
It supports 5G!
The Samsung Galaxy S11
will use 5G and will be equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. Also,
Qualcomm will not be giving this processor to phone making brands without the
5G modem. Hence, users get a phone with the Snapdragon 865 processor which will
also be 5G ready.
The same also goes for
those regions that will have the Galaxy S11 equipped with Samsung’s in-house
created Exynos 990 5G processor (Asia especially). It also happens in South
Korea, though it is being heard that the company is determined to use Snapdragon 865 for South Korean handset
However, there is a
catch. The Galaxy S11 may be 5G-ready but not every phone will be able to
access 5G. Countries that have not adopted 5G will have 4G ready handsets.
Hence, in some regions, the phone will be working on 4G.
Anyone would be
surprised if Samsung used a chip other than the Snapdragon 865. The Galaxy S
Series is its mainstream flagship and Samsung ranks among the largest
phone-makers in the world. It will create a milestone by delivering to the
world the phone with the best chip.
One of the biggest
plus points of the Galaxy S11 is its Camera. Recent leaks and renders predict a
square camera array having four cameras on the backside.
Samsung will be equipping
the phone with a 108-megapixel main camera sensor. It sounds like fiction, but
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has already beaten Samsung in this with the Mi
CC9 Pro (which uses a 108-megapixel camera).
The Snapdragon 865
chipset can support a 200-megapixel camera. Users may not be using all the 108
megapixels all the time, but the extra resolution present is helpful for
zooming in and cropping the pictures.
Here are additional
features of the Galaxy S11’s camera:
approximately 48 Megapixels Telephoto ‘periscope’ lens having a 5x zoom.
flight’ sensor (in Galaxy S11 Pro).
shaped like a single-punch hole.
A 120Hz AMOLED display screen
The 120Hz refresh rate
on Galaxy S11’s screen will make animations and scrolling much smoother in
comparison to the standard refresh rate of 60Hz of older smartphones.
A refresh rate of
120Hz is great for gaming and other quick transitions but it will drain the
battery. The Galaxy S11 could somehow allow users to choose the refresh rate to
be 60Hz if they wish to preserve the battery. They can also choose the 120Hz option
if they want top-notch animations.
In short, it gives
users flexibility in choosing the refresh rate between 60 & 120 Hz. The
phone will have such a refresh rate as both Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990 5G
processors support 210Hz screens.
It’s True – The Galaxy S11 has a
Phones of different
sizes often get batteries of different sizes too. Ice Universe reveals that the Samsung Galaxy S11 ‘Plus’
will have a battery of power 5000 mAh.
Customers should know
that the term ‘Plus’ could also mean ‘Pro’ (i.e. the highest-end model of the
phone) and it makes sense. The middle phone of the Galaxy S11 trio might get a
battery of power 4300 mAh, which is still pretty outstanding. Hence, the 5000
mAh battery fits the expectations of most.
In-screen fingerprint scanner
The concept of an in-screen fingerprint scanner is lovable. Since it was positively received in the Galaxy S10, users will welcome this feature in the Samsung Galaxy S11 too.
Customers are more
likely to favor a secure facial scan unlocking feature combined with the
in-screen scanner for Galaxy S11. Now, Google has added improvements to it with
Pixel 4’s gesture tracking giving it good help.
Customers and users
alike can at least use a more robust form of the scanner, if the company wishes
to take advantage of Snapdragon 865s support for scanning two-fingers over one.
This technological advancement can significantly improve the device’s security on
Android 10 and Samsung One UI 2
of One UI and One UI 2 | Source: Samsung
There was little doubt
about Samsung’s phones running on Android 10 in 2020. Also, the company’s own
One UI 2 (announced in October last year) is now available in beta.
The best thing about
Android 10 is the introduction of systemwide dark mode to phones, gesture-based
navigation, impressive live captioning and updated privacy settings. One UI 2
aims to move icons and screen controls towards the phone’s bottom so they can
be easily reached with one hand.
The price depends on
the model customers wish to buy because it will break the $1000 mark. The
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus costs $999 and Galaxy S10 5G costs $1300. 5G costs phone
makers more in purchase & integration so hence, the price will rise.
If the largest version
(Pro or Plus) is in line with the pricing of the S10 plus, then it will start
at $1000. Add the 5G component and advanced camera tech, then the price of
Galaxy S11 is likely to be $1100 (which matches the price of the Galaxy Note 10
A refined design,
heavy-duty battery and improved cameras are among the features of the Samsung
Galaxy S11. The 5000 mAh battery indicates that the company will be making a
huge stride for the year 2020.
The punch hole notch
on the front might not be present because the phone will be having a delightful
full-screen display. Samsung always takes pride in the quality of displays it
gives and the year 2020 will see a full-screen Galaxy S11.
There will be the usual bumps in power and performance, and some AI material has been added on the phone too. By the time the Samsung Galaxy S11 will be launched, it should be coming on board with Android Q.
Earlier this afternoon Google declared that Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin would abandon their respective roles as CEO and President of Alphabet. Current Google CEO Sundar Pichai will now become CEO of Alphabet as well.