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  1. The PlayStation 5 is scheduled to launch next year during holiday season 2020 and some leaks report that it may launch in the month of December. However, a brand new leak comes from a European retailer that reveals the possible price of the upcoming console. The price was spotted by ComicBook.com and reported that the console could be more expensive at launch when compared to the PS4's launch price. © Twitter/Letsgodigital According to the leak by ProGamingShop, a European retailer in Slovakia, the PlayStation 5 is expected to cost around €500 which roughly translates to $558 USD. Going by this leak the PlayStation 5 may cost around $500 or $550 dollars in the US which is ~Rs 39,000 as of today's exchange rate. That's around $100-$150 dollars more than the PS4 at launch, which seems quite believable. If this leak is to be taken at face value, the PlayStation 5 will cost Rs 39,000 in the US, but in India, it will be a lot more expensive than the international price. India charges a total 28.5% of duty on video game consoles and the price of the PlayStation 5 in India might just be around Rs 55,000. This is assuming that the leaked price turns out to be the actual price of the PlayStation 5 and the import duty isn't changed by the time of the PlayStation 5 launch. © Twitter/LetsGoDigital Along with the price leak, the product page also lists December 4, 2020, as the launch date of the console in the region. It is in line with previous leaks that suggested a December 2020 launch date and it also happens to be the same launch date as the PlayStation 1. © Twitter/LetsGoDigital Of course, we advise that you take this leak with a grain of salt as the retailer may not be as reliable as Amazon or BestBuy. It could be that the website may have posted incorrect launch dates or the price. The product page also could be a placeholder for the eventual launch of the console in order to get traction on the listing. Source: ComicBook.com
  2. It's no secret that Apple has been rumoured to be working on the next iteration of the AirPods. It was reported earlier that the new AirPods will launch sometime next year. Now, however it seems like it will come sooner than that. The new AirPods are rumoured to be called the AirPods Pro and will have a noise-cancelling feature as reported earlier. © SlashLeaks A new report by China Economic Daily suggests that Apple will be releasing the AirPods Pro later this month. It is expected to cost $260 (~Rs 18,500) and will also have basic water resistance for gym use. Earlier, the design of the upcoming AirPods was leaked and it shows that the overall design language will remain the same with subtle changes. It was also disclosed in the iOS 13.2 beta and the same update also had a tutorial about how users can adjust the noise cancellation on the new AirPods. © Twitter/RieplhuberGD The new AirPods will compete with Amazon's newly announced Echo Buds and the upcoming Pixel Buds. The noise cancellation feature on truly wireless earphones is expected to work similarly to the Sony WF- 1000XM3. It will adapt the sound in the earphones according to your surroundings and will block out ambient noise when needed. Sony uses its own 'Headphones' app to enable the feature and it will be interesting to see how Apple will implement its version of noise cancellation on the AirPods Pro. Of course, there is no certainty whether the earphones will launch later this month even though there are have been rumours of Apple hosting an event in October. Having said that, we are now approaching the end of the month and it looks highly unlikely. Source: China Economic Daily
  3. Google announced the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL earlier this week and it's the first phone by the company that comes with facial recognition. The face unlocking system works a bit similarly to Apple's Face ID. And similar to iPhones, the Pixel 4 series does not have any form of fingerprint scanning sensors. However, according to BBC reporter Chris Fox, the Pixel 4 can unlock by scanning a face even when eyes are closed. If you need a closer look, Fox uploaded a short video on Twitter that shows this flaw. Proof, for those asking #madebygoogle #pixel4 pic.twitter.com/mBDJphVpfB — Chris Fox (@thisisFoxx) October 15, 2019 This potentially means that anyone can pick up the Pixel 4, scan your face and unlock it even when your eyes are closed. This also means that someone can access the Pixel 4 by scanning the owner's face even when they are sleeping. On other Android phones like the OnePlus 7T Pro and iPhones with Face ID, the face unlock system checks for your eyes to be open and will ask users to look into the camera. Google's support page has also confirmed that “Your phone can also be unlocked by someone else if it's held up to your face, even if your eyes are closed,” the page reads. “Keep your phone in a safe place, like your front pocket or handbag.” © Twitter It seems like Google is already working on a fix as a new image stating the fact that the Face unlock feature will have the “require eyes to be open” feature soon, has surfaced online. Google has confirmed to reporter Fox that the new feature will not be available when the Pixel 4 goes on sale. At the moment, Google is recommending users to use the lockdown function that comes on the Pixel 4. This mode uses the traditional pin code method and disables the face unlock feature. The lockdown mode can be accessed directly from the power menu by going to Settings > Display > Advanced > Lock screen display and enable the Show lockdown option.
  4. Apple has a fair lead over Qualcomm and other chipset manufacturers that have been powering Android smartphones for years and this year is no exception. In our review, simple Geekbench tests showed how far ahead Apple's A13 Bionic chipset really is even when compared to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855+ chipset. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla However, AnandTech, a publication known for breaking down CPUs and GPUs for comprehensive reviews and comparisons just published their report on the performance of the A13 Bionic chipset. The website is highly revered for testing out CPUs and GPUs in detail, and their report shows that the A13 chip is up to 30% faster than the A12 chipset. In fact, AnandTech reports that Apple's A13 maybe 2-3 years ahead of competing processors. In their report, AnandTech said, “Overall, in terms of performance, the A13 and the Lightning cores are extremely fast. In the mobile space, there's really no competition as the A13 posts almost double the performance of the next best non-Apple SoC. The difference is a little bit less in the floating-point suite, but again we're not expecting any proper competition for at least another 2-3 years, and Apple isn't standing still either.” © AnandTech When looking at AnandTech's benchmark scores, it is quite apparent that the ASUS ROG II that comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855+ chipset is nowhere close to the iPhone 11. In fact, the fastest Android smartphone right now doesn't even beat the iPhone X which was launched in 2017. AnandTech also found that the A13 chipset is twice as powerful as the latest Qualcomm or any other chipset found on Android smartphones. If you are a gaming fan, it is worth noting that the GPU in the A13 chipset has 50-60% higher sustained performance scores than last year's iPhone XS according to AnandTech's GFXBench graphics benchmark results. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla If you want to read the report for yourself and check out every benchmark results in detail, you can read AnandTech's detailed review here. Source: AnandTech
  5. Walking in line with other industry outsiders like Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar, Taapsee Pannu has become something of an unconventional hit amongst Bollywood fans. Paradoxically loved for her girl-next-door charm and offbeat roles, in a recent interview with iDiva, the actor spilled the beans on a few romantic topics, adding in her non-traditionalist views of them. View this post on Instagram Ban tthan chali dekho yeh jaati yeh jaati reh ... A post shared by Taapsee Pannu (@taapsee) on Aug 11, 2019 at 10:32pm PDT Taapsee recently revealed that she is indeed in a relationship, giving the media a clear answer as to why Mr. Right remains anonymous. “The person in my life is not of interest to the media because I don't think he belongs to the category of being a big businessman here, or a cricketer, or a movie star,” she said. She also added that she's definitely a realist when it comes to relationships. “This concept of do jism, ek jaan is totally filmy and impractical. We should lead our own different lives but like each other's company, and should want to spend our lives as partners, not as one soul--that concept is something that I don't really buy.” View this post on Instagram Looking back at life be like... Viscose and wool blazer, wool pants, both @driesvannoten. Gold-plated brass earrings, @studio.metallurgy Editor-in-chief: @supriya.dravid Photographer: @thebadlydrawnboy / @feat.cast Stylist: @rahulvijay1988 Writer: @rajeevmasand Hair: @amitthakur_hair Makeup: @akgunmanisali / @inega.in Assisted By: @saaniya07 (STYLING), @ananya_panigrahi (INTERN) Hospitality Courtesy: @sofitelmauritiuslimperial Special thanks to Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority @mtpaindia A post shared by Taapsee Pannu (@taapsee) on Aug 7, 2019 at 11:28pm PDT She also happens to co-run The Wedding Factory, a wedding decor company based out of Mumbai. As a result, you might expect her to want a wedding that gives the Ambanis competition, the truth isn't anywhere close. “I think with my kind of profession, I've experienced these big fat gatherings, I've worked with hundreds of people, and every day of my life is this big fat drama, always surrounded by so many people, she shares. “So, when I actually get married, I think I'll have a very limited number of people, a very basic kind of celebration.” View this post on Instagram When you meet your hair texture after a long time ! I missed you curls !!! â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ #TheCurlGirl #HappyHair #HappyMe A post shared by Taapsee Pannu (@taapsee) on Oct 16, 2019 at 10:44am PDT Taapsee's next film, Saand Ki Aankh, takes her into her most challenging role yet - one of the oldest sharpshooters in the world, Prakashi 'Revolver Dadi' Tomar. Saand Ki Aankh is set for a release on October 25.
  6. Psychological thrillers are a genre that are attracting more and more attention every day. The best part about shows and movies from this genre is the storyline that keeps you hooked and you can't stop watching until you find out who the killer or villain is. While we all grew up watching thriller classics like I Know What You Did Last Summer, there are newer shows hitting the internet that every binge-watcher can watch. MX Player – India's leading streaming entertainment platform has wowed viewers with its multigenre range of MX Originals and with Hello Mini, it adds a psychological thriller to its ever-growing original library. And, we believe this is one show that needs to be on your binge-watch list without fail. A Gripping Storyline: Hello Mini is a show adapted from Novoneel Chakraborty's Stranger Trilogy, the series is high on eroticism, drama and thrill. The story follows the life of Rivanah Banerjee, played by newcomer Anuja Joshi who comes to Mumbai only to realize that she has is being followed by a stalker who not only knows everything about her life but can control aspects of it. We see her struggle to maintain a normal life as she moves through heartache, past trauma and being stalked and harassed. The show makes sure that you are involved in knowing who the 'Stranger' is and feel every emotion the character feel. Attention-Grabbing Performances: The show is made up of budding talent led by Anuja Joshi who gives a compelling performance as the damsel in distress who finds bursts of confidence throughout the plot. She moves through relationships and tries to keep up with a stalker who is hell-bent on controlling her life with the intensity that the show requires. She is supported by Priya Banerjee as Ishita, the best-friend who helps liberate Rivanah and pushes her into the life of sexual freedom and happiness along with that Mrinal Dutt who plays Danny Abraham. Another pivotal character is essayed by Gaurav Chopra who plays the role of an arrogant millionaire Aditya Grover, who is a dominant both in bed and in life. All characters work pretty well to take the story forward and ensure that it continues to be gripping. Cliff-Hanger Ending: The show does a good job of making sure that the audience stays engrossed in the story and while at the end of the final episode there is a jump in time as Rivanah's life returns to some semblance of normality. The first season ends won a cliff hanger as Stranger crawls back into her life. The show is one that you will get hooked to and if you love psychological thrillers than start watching it now.
  7. If you haven't yet watched the trailers of Sunny Singh starrer Ujda Chaman and Ayushmann Khurrana's Bala, it's about time that you do. The clash between the two films, which are set to release around the same time next month, has now reached the courts. According to HT, Ujda Chaman's Producer Kumar Mangat Pathak has filed a court case against the makers of the Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Bala. The first hearing of the court case is said to be held on Thursday. The director of Ujda Chaman, Abhishek Pathak had earlier objected to Bala's trailer and the new release date, which was shifted to just a day before the release date of the Sunny Singh starrer. Ujda Chaman is a remake of the 2017 Kannada film Ondu Motteya Kathe, which revolves around the life of a young bald man. Ayushmann's Bala is also a film about a young man suffering from premature baldness and now, the audience has also caught similarities in the trailers of both movies. Pathak, while talking about the issue with Desi Martini said, “There are some similarities that can be seen between Bala and Ujda Chaman. I don't know what's happening. I came with my trailer on October 1 and they came out with it around 10-11 October. So, this question should be asked to them, how is it similar? If they had seen my trailer, they should have done something... at least, change something.” He also added that not only the idea but even the dialogues and screenplay of both the films are similar. “I know the original film so well and mine is an official remake. People don't know yet, because they are just seeing the trailer, but I know. I can see the glimpses of the original film in that trailer (Bala). So, I was like fine, let the legal team handle it,” the director added. He also said, “We had sent them a notice when we bought the rights, early 2019 because even their announcement had come around the same time. I gave them all the documents because their film sounded similar. They said except for the character being bald, nothing is similar and I bought their words. But now that doesn't seem to be the case. Dialogues, situation, everything seems similar and even people have caught it.” However, amid all the chaos, the lead actors of both movies, Sunny Singh and Ayushmann Khurrana, are absolutely unaffected by all the legal proceedings and apparent rivalry. Singh, in an interview, said that he is, in fact, a big fan of Ayushmann and his work and that despite the tension, it really does not matter much to him because both of them are actors doing their jobs. Ujda Chaman is set to release on 8th November whereas Bala will release on 7th November.
  8. Google officially launched the Pixel 4 and 4 XL at an event in New York today however the smartphone is not going to be launched in India. At the launch event today, the company announced the two smartphones and all the new features that will be available exclusively on them. © YouTube The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are the first smartphones by the company that come with multiple cameras at the back in a square module. It comes with a 12-megapixel primary wide-angle sensor and an additional 16-megapixel telephoto sensor. Google has also added the ability to unlock the smartphone with facial recognition and will use the front camera and the Soli chip for scanning a face. The Soli chip can detect when you reach out for your phone and prepare it beforehand for faster face unlocks. © YouTube The Pixel 4 also comes with a dedicated Soli chip that can motion sense gestures. These gestures can be used to control certain application by simply waving in front of the screen. Other camera features also include previous features such as Top Shot, Night Sight, Super Res and HDR+. The HDR+ has now been improved upon and is now called 'Live HDR10+'. This feature uses machine learning to appromiximate HDR+ images and adjusts the exposure of your frame in real-time. The Pixel 4 comes with dual exposure controll which means you can lower the brightness of the capture, the shadow slider can be used to adjust the tone mapping. Google has also improved its marquee camera feature i.e. "Night Sight" where Google has added the “astrophotography” feature that enables the phone to take pictures of celestial objects in the night sky. Other specifications of the two smartphones include a 5.7-inch Full-HD+ OLED 90Hz display for the Pixel 4 while the larger XL variant comes with a 6.3-inch Full-HD+ OLED 90Hz display. The refresh rate on the Pixel 4 adjusts itself to conserve battery life and kick in the higher refresh rate when needed. Both smartphones are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset and come with 6GB of RAM. © YouTube Like the Pixel 3, the Pixel 4 also comes with an 18W PD fast charger and wireless charging and has a battery capacity of 2,800mAh (Pixel 4) and 3,700mAh (Pixel 4 XL) respectively. The Pixel 4 comes in various colours i.e. Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh So Orange. The Pixel 4 starts at $799 and will be available from 24th October. While the Pixel 4 will be available in select markets, the smartphone will not be making it to India as the Soli Chip uses the 60Hz mmWave frequencey that is not available for general use for the public. The 60Hz mmWaave frequency is used by the Soli chip for recognising gestures. As this is one of the main feautres on the Pixel 4; the smartphone will not be launching in India at the moment. "Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We determine availability based on a variety of factors, including local trends, and product features. We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India. We remain committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to India," a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
  9. Ever since smartphones are a thing, digital music players have seen quite a big fall in sales and demand. While simple MP3 players don't make sense today for audiophiles, using a digital music player is not a far fetched idea. If a music player can offer awesome sound quality and a range of features, it may just impress old skool music player lovers. FiiO is one of those brands that offers quality, high-resolution music players. Not all smartphones support Hi-Res audio and many are removing the headphone jack that pisses off audiophiles like me. I've mentioned in the past why Bluetooth earphones are no match for an analogue experience and you can read all of the reasons here. The FiiO M6 is actually quite similar to smartphones when you look at its design. It has an aluminium alloy body and 3.5D glass with a touchscreen at the front. It runs on an older version of Android which is more than enough for listening to music. It is quite small in size which means it is perfect to carry around in your pocket and backpacks. If you are afraid of scratching your player, it comes with a silicone case in the box that keeps it safe. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla When it comes to music players, the first concern is always storage. "How much music can you store and can you expand the storage?” are the first few questions that arise. You will be happy to know that the FiiO M6 comes with 2GB of internal storage to get you started and can be expanded via the micro-SD up to 2TB. You can potentially store your entire library in this little player. © FiiO Having said that, if you are the kind who also streams music, you can also take advantage of the M6's Wifi streaming capability. You can stream music from apps like Spotify and Apple Music via AirPlay. If you like to listen to music wirelessly, you can also pair your favourite Bluetooth earphones. Apart from using these features, you can also control the music player's functions with your Android smartphone using the FiiO link app. The FiiO M6 can also double up as an independent DAC (digital to analogue converter) for your Windows or Mac computer. The FiiO M6 also has great battery backup as it can last 13 hours on a single charge. It takes around 2 hours to get it fully charged and you can always extend your playback session with a power bank when travelling. When it comes to the sound quality, we would recommend you use the 1More Triple Driver earphones as it offers support for Hi-Res audio and delivers an awesome listening experience. The soundstage feels layered, multidimensional and wider at the same time. The sound is way crisper than anything you will experience from smartphones and the DAC chips convert the audio well when connected to a computer. The Fiio M6 also has support for apt-X HD, aptX, SBC, and LDAC codecs and can run all of these formats: ISO, DFF, DSF, APE, WAV, FLAC, AIF, AIFF, M4A, WMA, OGG, AAC, ALAC, MP3, DSD. The Final Say If you are a true audiophile and still want to experience good sound, the M6 is probably your best bet. You can always get the M9, but it is probably an expensive option to consider. You can use it to stream music from your favourite service or use it as a DAC for your computer. It is by far the most affordable sound upgrade for users who are looking for a simple music player that can deliver great sound fidelity as well.
  10. Realme has finally made its version of the “flagship killer” official in China today and the smartphone boasts of some impressive components. Realme has been known for making smartphones that offer great performance for a budget-friendly price, but this will be the Chinese company's first smartphone with flagship-level specifications. © Weibo When looking at the specifications, the Realme X2 Pro comes with a 6.5-inch FHD+ (2400x1080) Super AMOLED 90Hz display, Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, and 50W SuperVOOC charging. The display comes with a waterdrop notch that you can also find on the OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7. The display has support for HDR10+ video content and has an in-display fingerprint sensor. The Realme X2 Pro starts at CNY 2,599 (~Rs 26,000) for the 6GB RAM/64GB internal storage variant. The 8GB/128GB variant costs CNY 2,799 (~Rs 28,000) while the 12GB + 256GB variant is priced at CNY 3,199 (~Rs 32,000). The 12GB + 256GB variant also comes with UFS 3.0 Storage which will result in faster app loads and file transfer speeds. © Weibo In the camera department, the Realme X2 Pro comes with a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel telephoto lens with 20x zoom, an 8-megapixel macro lens and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle sensor. There is also a 16-megapixel selfie camera at the front. The Realme X2 Pro features a 4,000mAh battery that can be fast charged with OPPO's 50W SuperVOOC charger. It can essentially charge the smartphone to 100% in under an hour. Other notable features include support for Hi-Res audio which is also present in the Redmi K20 Pro. © Realme The Realme X2 Pro comes in two colours i.e. Ocean Blue and Midnight Silver and will also launch in India this December. We can expect the smartphone to be a bit more expensive than the Chinese variant and it may start at Rs 28,000.
  11. While the world may always be divided on every topic, there's one thing literally every single person can agree on - traffic jams are the worst. Just sitting there, barely moving, getting irritated is probably one of the most frustrating things in the world. It also probably makes everyone think about how maybe Thanos had a point. After work, people just want to quickly reach home and relax after a tiring day, but getting home is a battle every day, and people of Bangalore probably had to face one of the worst ones yesterday. The traffic jam was so massive in Bangalore yesterday that people collectively took to Twitter to vent out their frustrations. Misery does love company and people of Bangalore were all in this together. #BangaloreTraffic dear citizens please be the change you want to see. Car pool, Public transport and walk! Dear @drashwathcn @Tejasvi_Surya better late than never to impose Singapore like rules for private vehicles ! #Bangalore pic.twitter.com/mnamGixagO — ನಮೠKarnataka (@NamKarnataka) October 14, 2019 Pretty good, I would say. Standstill traffic.. After 5-7 mins of wait you can move 5-7 meters.. In last 45 mins I managed to move 50 meters.. I'm doing good in life#bangaloretraffic pic.twitter.com/ZGNEp5lljc — Sangeet Lodha (@SangeetLodha) October 14, 2019 That is way too much time. It took me 1.5 hours to commute just a distance of 5km. Plus 20min to come out of the office gate. Traffic situation is worse than ever this week. Partially because of the sudden closure of Alpine eco road.@acpnortheasttr #bangaloretraffic pic.twitter.com/y57yvKXOat — Ramachandra Thejasvi (@thejasvi_jr) October 14, 2019 Red flags? #bangaloretraffic Full day the situation was similar pic.twitter.com/1ePzlQ2sDZ — Kumar Abhinav (@im_abhinavk) October 14, 2019 And then, there were some jokes. My friend took 2:28 hours to complete the half marathon yesterday. Today he took 3 hours to complete a 15km journey by car #bangaloretraffic — Nithin Rao (@nithinrao) October 14, 2019 Not today. Bangalore people: Today I will finish my office work and reach home early#bangaloretraffic : pic.twitter.com/W4kHjfGXOw — à¤à¤¾à¤£à¤¿à¤¯à¤¾ â (@Kanatunga) October 14, 2019 Great idea. Startup Idea : CAT/GRE classes in BMTC buses. #Bangaloretraffic — Nagarjun (@naagarjunsa) October 14, 2019 Welcome memes always go perfectly. #bangaloretraffic Comparing salary packages and weather conditions from another cities Bangalore techies: pic.twitter.com/6lISJaL6oW — Ravi Ubana ð®ð³ (@raviubana_india) October 14, 2019 Some compensation is required. I think people of Bangalore should get extra income tax benefit as "traffic mess deduction " for wasting hours in traffic and still working#bangaloretraffic — Negi Tarun (@tannu1986) October 14, 2019 This is a joke everyone's dad would send on the family Whatsapp group. Best Bangalore Stories: Yesterday, after finishing my office work I left for home in cab. On the way I saw my neighbour walking on the footpath. I offered him a lift. He politely refused saying he is in a hurry. #BangaloreTraffic — ððð¯ðð§âï¸ (@Pavan_Mandre) October 14, 2019 For sure. UN should declare Silk Board as adventure place. #bangaloretraffic — murli (@iKolhapuri) October 14, 2019 It would probably take less time to reach home from there. When you stuck in traffic and get call from home ðð#bangaloretraffic pic.twitter.com/oOScBnb0vM — Shivam Jha (@jhajiBro) October 14, 2019 That's a lot of time. #bangaloretraffic 8 hrs work. 6 hours in traffic. Govt needs to give IT credit to all employees — cheena (@thischeena) October 14, 2019 Yep. Safely reached back to office from office gate after seeing outside traffic #bangaloretraffic #mahadevpura pic.twitter.com/33NZHOofj0 — Abdulla Mustafa (@mr_abdulla92) October 14, 2019
  12. The term "flame-wars" was coined way back in the 1970s when computer scientists talking in the first electronic discussion boards noticed that here was "an escalation of critical comments and an increase in the frequency with which people would respond with short negative messages." For anyone that has ventured into the comment section of Youtube, read Twitter for more than a few minutes or frequented active forums will know that our behaviour hasn't improved. Sherry Turkle, Ph.D., a psychologist and professor at MIT, conducted hundreds of interviews over 15 years and found that "we allow ourselves behaviours online we never would in person." These interactions aren't just restricted to strangers on social media as Turkle notes that "we do things online that hurt and damage real relationships". Why is this? Tom Sander, executive director of the Saguaro Seminar project on civic engagement at the Harvard Kennedy School, explains that having the ability to be anonymous "can be a real attraction if no one knows you have a drinking problem or depression. The Internet can be useful in allowing people to anonymously 'come out' about their problems and get support. But it is also an Achilles heel. If people don't know who you are, you are much more likely to say things in a nasty or snarky tone. In general, we invest less in our reputation in online groups because it is easier to exit them and join other groups. In real space, if you don't get along with your neighbour, you're less likely to say something really nasty, because moving out of town is costly." A lot of toxicity is from those who just like hearing themselves talk, or feel better when they put others down. Some people think they are clever and witty by using sarcasm and pointing out the flaws in another's argument. Here's a few ways to manage negativity in your community. Model your ideal behaviour The simplest and most effective way to manage negativity in your community is to be the behaviour you seek. Ensure your replies and friendly and polite. Be fun where appropriate and learn about your regular members. Make sure your team is visible and post regularly so the community feels well run and someone is on hand to deal with issues when they arise. Your community will follow suit and replicate your behaviour. When your community is positive and helpful, toxicity and negativity find it very hard to get a foothold. Your members will weed it out and correct those members for you. Have clear guidelines Socious's Senior Director of Community Management, Katie Bapple advises moderators not to be impulsive when dealing with toxic members. "Controversial community members should not be dealt with compulsively; have reasonable guidelines and policies in place that draw a clear line, so you know when it's been crossed." A clear and well-written community guidelines document won't stop trouble from occurring, but it will provide your team with clear boundaries and protocols to follow. Have a light touch with moderation tools It's easy to reach for the moderation tools when you see toxic or very harmful posts in a topic. It only takes a few clicks, and you can remove it from view and pretend it didn't happen. However, much like a child trying to get his parent's attention, the more you try and silence them, the louder and more insistent they will be to get heard. They'll very likely return more inflamed and vitriolic than before. Unless the content crosses the boundaries you have set for your community; it is often more productive to post a polite reply gently guiding the discussion back on track and thank contributors for their input so far. If this doesn't de-escalate the situation, then: Make it private Open a dialogue with the offender to try and calm the situation. Often this act alone makes the member feel valued and transforms them into a happy and productive member of the community. Just remind them of the boundaries set out in your community guidelines. At least you will stop the member from continuing to post in public areas and derailing topics. Use the appropriate moderation tool Invision Community is packed with tools to help manage toxicity and negativity. However, reaching right for the ban button may not be the best course of action. Consider a warning, which the member must acknowledge before posting again. Keep it friendly and polite and to the point. If the behaviour continues, then consider a short term block. Often an enforced 48 hours away from the community is enough to regain some perspective. Don't assume it'll go away The truth is people love drama, and most people are drawn towards negativity. We can't help but look when we come across a vehicle accident, and sadly, it's largely the same in a community. It might be tempting to keep on scrolling and hope that it all sorts itself out. Likely, it won't, and intervention will be required. That might be a polite, friendly reminder to get the topic back on track, or contacting the member in private. Either way, the best approach is to nip it in the bud with a light touch before it spins out of control, and more forceful action is required. You can't please everyone It should be a last resort, but your community may not be a good fit for everyone. If that is the case, then you can consider a permanent ban, or demoting the member into a read-only member group. Ultimately though negativity and toxicity are pretty rare in an upbeat and productive community. Most quarrels are fixed quickly, and it's rare to find a troll determined to corrupt your community. Identify your boundaries and educate your community on what is not acceptable and be proactive when issues arise, and you'll keep sentiment positive. If you run your own community, I'd love to know what tips you can share on dealing with negativity and toxicity. Let me know below.
  13. Emotion is energy in motion. Today’s article is the last element in our Sense of Community series, and it’s also the most powerful. It allows new communities to win over legacy ones; niche communities to triumph over generic platforms; and impassioned communities to outlast everyone. It’s also the hardest element to cultivate. What is it? According to a survey by psychologist Dr. Jenny Fremlin, shared emotional connection accounts for the single largest factor of community-building. In fact, almost half of all respondents in her research identified shared emotional connection as the factor most important to their community. How do you cultivate the principle of shared emotional connection? New Members For new members, your goal is to initiate them in your community’s rituals and connect them with other outstanding members who will help reinforce your community’s spirit. Induction – Joining your community should be the beginning of a member’s community story, which means leaving a part of himself behind and fostering a new selfhood for your community. Make induction an important part of onboarding a new member. Honor his new membership with community gifts. Require him to fulfill rituals that are unique to your community. Demand that he open himself to the community, the challenges he faces, and what he hopes to receive. By doing so, you are asking the new member to invest a part of their emotional selves in the community from the very beginning. Greater Contact – The more that people interact, the more likely they are to bond. Just like in the real world when a new visitor walks into a room and no one talks to him, he’s likely to leave. But if you can introduce him to other members, invite him to a table with other new members who also recently joined, or connect him with a mentor, then he’s more likely to stay. You can accomplish the same in your community. Connect members as much as possible, which spark new friendships. Existing Members For existing members, deepen their sense of shared emotional connection with these strategies. Community Story – Develop a story for your community, a narrative that is being written by and for members. It brings all members together in a common sense of history, and even though not all members may have participated the entire time, they identify with the story. Why was your community founded? Are you tackling a challenge in the world? Did you undergo a major obstacle? Are you aspiring to improve the world? Where are you going? Write down your past, present, and future and invite members into the living story of your community. Community Projects – All too often, community admins launch projects on their own or with an inner circle of staff. Launch a project that’s open to everyone, where all members can participate, give feedback, and contribute. Define a beginning and end to the project, which helps members with closure and remembrance (“Did you remember the time when we helped on XYZ project?”) . Industry Changes – What are disruptions that are happening in your field or industry? Is it affecting anyone you know? How do you feel about it? Is it positive or negative? How significant is the change? Use these shared events to get people disclosing their emotions about these disruptions, which helps form an emotional connection with others who are experiencing the same. The strongest bonds are among people who undergo a crisis together. Honor & Humiliation – Finally, the personal growth of members is punctuated by the highs and lows of their membership from rewards that highlight special achievement to penalties that discipline bad behavior. These moments of recognition and humiliation unlock joy and pain, which emotionally bond the member to your community. The strongest emotional bonds are experienced by those who traverse the greatest emotional journey – they come to your community as immature or inexperienced, and through rewards and moderation, grow to become a better person through your community. Members visit your community for all sorts of reasons. But out of all reasons, one stands above all others: shared emotional connection. There’s no one way to cultivating a shared emotional connection. Every community will be unique. You and your Invision Community must write your own individual story, cultivate your own special volkgeist, and honor and humiliate members in your own extraordinary way. The energy and emotion of your community will be uniquely yours. In the end, you want to foster your own “community of spirit” among members, an exceptional sense of purpose and friendship wrapped in shared emotion that no other community can match.
  14. A month ago, CrossFit, Inc. posted a scathing blog entry outlining why they made the decision to quit Facebook and Instagram. I first came across CrossFit back in early 2007 when I was looking for new ways to improve my fitness. Their fitness programming was a breath of fresh air. Most workouts were based around either long cardio workouts such as running or traditional gym workouts with weights and machines. CrossFit successfully combined the two into a short intense workout which gained popularity very quickly. I was a fan immediately and followed the WODs (workout of the day) as closely as possible and watched the early CrossFit stars emerge. CrossFit, Inc. is very strong-minded. Their press release cites several reasons for their abandonment of the Facebook platform. They also expand on this and believe that "Facebook collaborates with government security agencies on massive citizen surveillance programs such as PRISM", "Facebook, as a matter of business and principle, has weak intellectual property protections and is slow to close down IP theft accounts." and "Facebook has poor security protocols and has been subject to the largest security breaches of user data in history." It's certainly a bold move. CrossFit does have a legacy forum system which dates back from its early days which gets some use still. I think that investing in that community platform through modernisation along with a solid community building strategy could pay dividends in them taking back control of their conversation without fear of falling foul of any heavy-handed moderation beyond their control. Modern community platforms like ours have plenty of tools to automate basic moderation, encourage more engagement and work well on mobile devices. CrossFit, Inc join Lush Cosmetics as high profile brands that have taken themselves off Facebook completely. Do you think we'll see a resurgence of owned-communities?
  15. The Fold's release was delayed to sort out severe problems with its display, forcing retailers and carriers to cancel the pre-orders they had taken. Samsung has constantly assured everyone that the phone will return soon. The Galaxy Fold is the first smartphone to have a truly foldable screen and it even costs more than any Samsung device. There were several issues with the test units of Galaxy Fold when they were out for review. The South Korean tech company acknowledged the glitches and went back to the drawing board to come up with a finished quality product. Even Huawei followed the same path and held off on its own Mate X release, citing Samsung's issues as a preliminary tale. © YouTube Now, at a conference held by The Korean Information Display Society in Seoul on 18 June, Samsung Display Vice President, Kim Seong-Cheol, said that most of the screen related issues of Galaxy fold have been "ironed out" and it is "ready" to hit the markets, reported The Investor (http://www.theinvestor.co.kr/view.php?ud=20190619000593&ACE_MAIN=2). © YouTube We should highlight that Kim is not an employee of Samsung Electronics' mobile division, but rather the firm's display-manufacturing arm. He's likely to have worked closely with Fold team, but his exposure could be limited to the display only. He may not have the insight to definitively tell us when the phone is launching. The Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch single folding AMOLED display and can be turned into a tablet with a screen size of 7.3-inches. The outer 21:9 screen has a resolution of 840x1960 and the unfolded screen has a resolution of 1,536 x 2,152. © Trusted Reviews Trusted Reviews Samsung has been promising release news “in coming weeks” for several weeks now. Understandably, the company hasn't been rushing to get the handset back out. The company has experienced a similar debacle previously with Note 7 and it understands patience is the key. The Fold comes with a tag price of US$ 1,980 (Rs 1,37,000). Samsung is expected to launch the Note 10 in the first week of August, and there is a possibility the Fold will launch after it.
  16. Happy Father's Day! It's that time of the year again where everyone is just openly showing so much love for their fathers and it's honestly so wholesome and great too. It's just a good day to be on social media and see people show so much appreciation. Side note: not trying to be salty or anything, but I haven't seen any sarcastic posts about how kids are sharing pictures with their fathers on Instagram or Twitter when their fathers aren't even on that website. Coming back to all the Father's Day wishes, Bollywood hasn't shied away from sharing all the love and most of the celebrities are posting heartfelt messages while a few have some funny stuff. Starting off, Karan Johar with such an emotional caption. View this post on Instagram Papa! We have a daughter named after mom and a son named after you ..... you would have pinched their cheeks like you always pinched mine! They call me dada! And I want to be the father to them that you were to me....#happyfathersday A post shared by Karan Johar (@karanjohar) on Jun 15, 2019 at 10:00pm PDT Sonam Kapoor with a throwback picture. View this post on Instagram One day definitely isn't enough to celebrate how much you mean to me. Dad, you have always been my superhero. Happy Father's Day!! Love you so much @anilskapoor â¤ï¸ð #HappyFathersDay A post shared by Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamkapoor) on Jun 15, 2019 at 10:16pm PDT Match picture or father's day picture? View this post on Instagram Ready for the match with the spirit of #FathersDay. Go India Go!! A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Jun 15, 2019 at 9:29pm PDT Ranveer Singh being the funny one always. View this post on Instagram well, now you Know .... ð¨‍ð #og #hypebeast #happyfathersday #iloveyoupapa A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jun 15, 2019 at 4:48pm PDT Salman Khan, the simple man. View this post on Instagram Happy Father's Day daddy . A post shared by Salman Khan (@beingsalmankhan) on Jun 16, 2019 at 12:51am PDT Alia Bhatt wishing her 'magic man'. View this post on Instagram Papa kehte hain — Dont be perfect. Perfect is the enemy of very good 𤡠Happy Fathers Day my Magic Man ⨠A post shared by Alia ð¸ (@aliaabhatt) on Jun 16, 2019 at 1:20am PDT Asli Sona is also here. View this post on Instagram Happy Fathers day to my handsome papa and all the other papas, dads, abbus, dadas, babas, bapus out there â¤ï¸ @shatrughansinhaofficial A post shared by Sonakshi Sinha (@aslisona) on Jun 16, 2019 at 12:41am PDT Young Boney Kapoor or Arjun Kapoor? View this post on Instagram To the strongest, wisest, kindest man I know- Happy Fathers Day. I love you more than I can put into words. I promise to always try my hardest to make you as proud as you've always made me. â¤ï¸ A post shared by Janhvi Kapoor (@janhvikapoor) on Jun 15, 2019 at 11:30pm PDT Nice caption, Sara. View this post on Instagram Happy Fathers' Day Abba â¤ï¸ð§¸ð¤ð¨‍ð§ð¥ð£ð¥ Thank you for always being here for me, for being my partner on nerdy holidays, for teaching me how to read, for showing me my first rain and snow, for teaching me how to eat spaghetti and all the while remaining patient, loving and compassionate! #likefatherlikedaughter #daddysgirl #mymainman #handsomestman #partnerincrime A post shared by Sara Ali Khan (@saraalikhan95) on Jun 15, 2019 at 10:36pm PDT I'm guessing it's from Kareena Kapoor as well, but she's not on Insta. View this post on Instagram Happy Father's Day to our darling papa ! We love you always and forever â¤ï¸ #fathersday #missingyou A post shared by KK (@therealkarismakapoor) on Jun 16, 2019 at 12:51am PDT What a video! View this post on Instagram There's nobody like you pa. Love you. Happy Father's Day. ðâ¤ï¸ A post shared by Farhan Akhtar (@faroutakhtar) on Jun 15, 2019 at 10:00pm PDT I just realized Jackie Shroff's Insta handle is 'Apna Bhidu'. View this post on Instagram Happy fathers day dad ⤠@apnabhidu A post shared by Tiger Shroff (@tigerjackieshroff) on Jun 15, 2019 at 9:12pm PDT
  17. Advertisements have become a common sight on the internet. After all, they contribute a majority of the Internet's revenue. Every website, app, or service relies on them to make money. Though, many have observed companies getting too greedy about earning and bombarding the users with intrusive or disturbing ads. We've all come across auto-playing video ads that not only suck bandwidth in the background but are also annoying since they pop-up instantaneously. When users get irritated about ads on their browser, it's fair to assume they'll be furious if ads start creeping out in the mobile UI as well. © MensXP A large number of Huawei users have reported seeing advertisements (especially about Booking.com) on their phone's lock screen. So far, users with the P30 Pro, P20, P20 Lite, and P20 Pro, and Honor 10 have confirmed visibility of ads. They're appearing for device owners who are using the preinstalled landscape background wallpapers. Huawei's sister-brand Honor was quick to confirm on Twitter that the company isn't serving these ads. Huawei says the ads are being delivered by third-party services or apps. What's fishy is, the ads are visible on Huawei's factory installed Magazine cycle of wallpapers. We assume the company relies on a third-party to serve these wallpapers, and they've pushed forward a promotional wallpaper without Huawei's consent. © Twitter According to a Reddit thread, four images about Booking.com were added in the wallpaper rotation. You can delete the particular wallpaper, but there's a possibility the service can push more promotional content in the future, and you'll have to manually remove it each time. Obviously, the best and safest way to avoid these ads is by not relying on Huawei's wallpaper app. There are a lot of options available on the Play Store. Last year, a similar issue had been found on Samsung phones as well. © MensXP Xiaomi's MIUI is infamous for pushing ads in the UI. It does so officially and the users are aware of what they're buying into. Even then, users have been complaining about rising ads within the phone's skin and some reports have also pointed towards "vulgar" ads being served. For Huawei, the timing couldn't get any worse. The company has been blacklisted from doing business in/with American markets and this means future phones will not be able to use Google's Play Service. On a more micro level, even basic resources like ARM's chipset architecture is now out of reach. Via DigitalTrends
  18. In an effort "to make aviation more sustainable", KLM Airlines has revealed a new design for an aerodynamic 'Flying-V' plane. It's a radical new aeroplane design that puts passenger seats inside the plane's wings, and it could decrease the amount of fuel needed for flights by a substantial 20 percent. Electric planes too have been in the works with multiple prototypes making round-the-globe trips. But, the technology hasn't been very promising for aeroplanes because of multiple challenges. © KLM The V-Shaped design, on the other hand, was conceived by designer Justus Benad and is being further realised by a team of researchers at the Netherlands' Delft University of Technology. It's claimed the plane will use 20 percent less fuel than the Airbus A350-900 while carrying a similar number of passengers -- the Flying-V will seat 314, while the Airbus A350 seats between 300 and 350 depending on the configuration. One of the features the Flying-V will share with the A350 is an identical wingspan of 65 meters. © Reuters / Airbus A350 "Aviation is contributing about 2.5 percent of global CO2 emissions, and the industry is still growing, so we really need to look at more sustainable aeroplanes," Pieter Elbers, CEO and president of KLM, said in a statement to CNN. The plane's increased fuel efficiency is largely a result of its aerodynamic design, Vos explained, although its reduced weight also contributes. He also further added electric planes are too heavy and can't fly with hundreds of passengers over the Atlantic. The design and technology to operate an electric plane is rather inferior at the moment, and decades away. © KLM The plane also uses the most fuel-efficient turbofan engines that exist, according to KLM. While the current model still uses kerosene, it can be adapted to use electric turbofans in the future. Although we'll have to wait a while to see the Flying-V in its full glory, KLM announced that a "flying scale model and a full-size section of the interior of the Flying-V will be officially presented at the KLM Experience Days at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in October.
  19. Microsoft finally showed us some more detailed about the upcoming Halo game last night at E3 and its back in action with Master Chief. Halo Infinite is apparently an open-world game and we also got to see Cortana back in his helmet after a very long time. The game is set to launch next year on Holiday 2020 alongside Xbox Scarlett as a launch title. © Microsoft The sixth instalment in the franchise was teased last year at E3 and the new trailer gives us a closer look at Master Chief. The trailer showed a UNSC soldier being stranded in space and gets contacted by a ship nearby. In the process of locating the ship, the soldier discovers Master Chief floating in space in survival mode. Master Chief is brought back to life from Survival Mode and the ship is soon attacked by enemies. Master Chief then gets ready to face the enemies that later transitions into the title screen. Master Chief is then seen slotting Cortana into his helmet while her voice can be heard saying, "I chose you because you were special. I knew we would be perfect together. And I was right.” © Microsoft Microsoft shared a vague description of the game that says it finds "Master Chief on an all-new adventure as he uncovers the mysteries surrounding the appearance of The Pilot and the desolate remains of a Halo ring.” Halo Infinite will be also coming to Xbox One and PC, and will also be included in Microsoft's new Xbox Game Pass subscription service. This will be the first time a Halo Game will be coming to PC at the same time as its console launch. Are you excited for Halo Infinite? Have you seen the trailer yet? If not, you can watch it below to know more details about the upcoming game.
  20. EA decided to kick start the E3 2019 this year by showcasing the games that they're cooking for us this year. From the new Star Wars game to the Sims 4's new pack, EA made a ton of announcements at EA Play. The star of the show, at least for us, was the new FIFA 20. Yes, this year's FIFA is going to be bigger and better than ever and EA is bringing back FIFA Street with FIFA 20. Called 'Volta Football', it's essentially FIFA Street that used to be an old standalone title back in the days. Now EA is bringing it back as a game mode instead of releasing a new game altogether. Makes sense. Volta Football is a part single-player, part multiplayer, a story-driven mode with a branch for team play. It's got everything you can expect from a standalone FIFA Street game. It also has Volta Kick-Off with which you can play with your favorite sides and stars if you want. (c) Electronic Arts In Volta, you can play 3v3, 4v4, or 5v5, each with different modes like Rush Football (no goalkeepers), and more. The Pitches and courts, as you can see, can be of varying sizes and in different locations around the world. From the rooftops of Tokyo to Amsterdam's underpass, you can choose to engage anywhere you want. It's also the first time men and women will be able to share a pitch in FIFA, and that by itself is a huge deal. As a player, you'll also get a ton of customization options with which you'll be able to change a lot of things like shirts, boots, shorts, sweaters, and other vanity items. (c) Electronic Arts EA made it a point to focus primarily on the new Volta mode, but it's worth pointing out that the game will also have the normal game modes that we've come to expect and love from the previous titles. So think of the Volta mode like an addition to the existing stuff you could do in the game. Well, the arrival of a Street mode was kind of inevitable since fans have been asking EA to bring back FIFA Street for a long time. By the way, 'Volta' is Portuguese for "return", which basically means EA is listening to player feedback. We're glad to have FIFA Street back and we hope EA has done justice to it. FIFA 20 launches September 27 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.
  21. E3 kicks off today with EA Play but the company has already made the release date of FIFA 20 official. The game is all set to launch on September 27 but the publisher did not divulge any other more information about the upcoming game. Tonight's EA Play will be the platform where the company will reveal more details about the game; however, we do know some details that will make the game a bit better. 8.6.19 https://twitter.com/hashtag/FIFA20?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FIFA20 https://twitter.com/hashtag/EAPLAY?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EAPLAY https://t.co/aHA9Vq8fg6">https://t.co/aHA9Vq8fg6 https://t.co/TEKuEU7ACW">pic.twitter.com/TEKuEU7ACW — EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) https://twitter.com/EASPORTSFIFA/status/1136648999073529856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 6, 2019 EA did, however, confirm some gameplay changes that will make the game better than FIFA 19 this year. The most crucial change comes is in the AI defending mechanics as the company wants to put more emphasis on manual defending rather than letting the computer do it for you. EA plans to increase the likelihood of the ball going to your teammate after a manual tackle on your opponent. Automatic defending will also be affected as the efficient and reaction time will be reduced. This will let players hone their defending skills and depend less on the computer for defending. (c) Electronic Arts In terms of shooting, EA wants to improve accuracy during one on one or easy attacking scenarios. Goalkeeper's reaction times will also be reduced in these type of situations in order to give it a more realistic approach to defending and attacking. FIFA 19 players have complained in the past about keepers having “Superhuman" reaction times. Even when shooting, the green timed shots are also being reduced to two frames for all shots. The green timed shots are also becoming less accurate to increase the challenge of scoring a goal. EA did, however, reassure players that green timed shots will "still be more accurate than non-timed shots.” (c) Electronic Arts EA is also working hard on making the shooting and passing more realistic were volleys will be more variable, and less accurate. In terms of passing, if you pass a ball while doing a 180° turn, it will be a weaker pass than normal and also be less accurate. New passing options are also being introduced i.e. a new dinked pass where it won't be automatic anymore. It will be more contextual rather than be user-controlled. The other new passing option will be a driven pass-and-go feature which will replace the manual pass button combo.
  22. Communities are bound by a code of conduct that govern user behavior. Sometimes these rules are explicitly written, such as terms, guidelines, or my personal favorite: “Must Read Before Posting Or Banned!!!” topics. (That’s a joke. Please don’t ever write a topic like that!) Sometimes the rules are unwritten, based on evolving behaviors and user-to-user interaction. No matter the method of conduct or scale of communication, all communities contain these community guideposts that govern user behavior. Being able to influence, and being influenced by, these rules of conduct is our second element of Sense of Community. Community Managers. The original influencers. The privilege to persuade is a powerful feeling. It fills users with a sense of control, knowing that they can impact others. It gives purpose to users, who will tap into their inner helpfulness by assisting others. And it imparts a sense of satisfaction, which is one of the highest transcendent values a user can feel. It also leads to a better community. Over time, the mutual interaction between members builds trust, forming a community of authenticity where users can expect repeatable and expected behaviors. It also leads to good governance, where members embrace the codes of conduct by the group, inculcate the code into their own behaviors, and repeat the code to newer members – reinforcing the very codes they learned themselves. Members conform to community rules and standards, sacrificing a little bit of their own individuality but gaining acceptance by the community. Clearly, influence and persuasion is a powerful element. Let’s take a look at some ways in which you can build a better community by unlocking the power of influence. 1. Show New Members How to Influence If your community is anything like mine, you have a welcome topic or message: Do this, read, that, follow this. It’s usually filled with stuff to influence the member. But have you thought about giving the new member an opportunity to influence? And not just in a superficial manner like posting an Introduction topic, but one that’s filled with meaning and purpose. In addition to linking to the best guides and expert content in your community, ask your users to help other members, answer challenging topics, or identify any skills that can help others. 2. Influence through explanations Have you seen communities where the moderators take heavy-handed actions and do things without prior notice? Or they assume you know everything? It feels rude, unwelcoming, and very cliquish. On the other hand, I’ve also seen communities where the moderators and community managers take the time to explain every response. When you take the time to explain the response, you share your reasoning with others. That’s influence. Over time, users will turn around to repeat the reasoning to others, which builds good governance. (It also means less work for you!). Communities are built on transparency and trust, and the more you can openly establish your community norms, the more clearly other users can repeat and reinforce your governance. 3. Be influenced by asking for help One of the most powerful and uplifting things you can do is to ask your members for genuine help. Be candid. Be vulnerable. Explain the challenge. And ask for help. You will find members who will rise to the occasion. Humans are naturally compassionate. We will always help others if we can and communities are one of the best platforms to ask and receive help. If you ever make a mistake, take on a big project, or if you’re ever in over your head, don’t be afraid to ask for help and allow others to influence you. 4. Influence as a privilege One of the stellar reasons for choosing Invision Community are the multiple ways to publish content. You can offer user albums, polls, blogs, articles, discussions, files, clubs, the list goes on. This allows you to offer increasing channels of influence for your superusers. Unfortunately, most communities throw all the choices at a new user, hoping one will stick. That’s like asking a new member who steps into a room of strangers if he wants a microphone, a loudspeaker, and a spotlight! That can be scary. Influence is something to be gained over time, in small bits of comfort and trust. 5. Appreciate the influence. One of the most inspiring actions you can do as a community manager is to acknowledge and appreciate the influence of others. When you do, you affirm the influence of others. It's one of the simplest things you can do too. Pick three random post by members on your site and reply: “I appreciate this contribution because …”. You’ll be surprised by how well members respond to your note of appreciation. CONCLUSION The best influencers are the members who care about the needs and wants of other members. The power to influence is one of the greatest gifts you can give to your members. By allowing them to influence other members, the codes of conduct, and even the direction of your community, they feel a deeper sense of community because they can make an impact on others. The most influential members in a community are surprisingly not the ones who post the most or who act the most dominant. The best influencers are the members who care about the needs and wants of other members. Share in the comments below one of your success stories on how you influenced – or were influenced by – another member. As always, I appreciate your contribution to join me in helping Invision Communities of all sizes build more rewarding and successful communities.
  23. Apple finally announced the new iOS 13 for iPhones and iPod Touch during the WWDC 2019 keynote yesterday. Yes, iOS is no longer available for iPad and that's because the company announced a new OS for iPads called iPadOS. iOS 13, in case you don't know, comes with a bunch of new features like Dark Mode, a couple of redesigned apps, faster app loading times, faster FaceID and more. © Apple According to Apple, the first public beta of iOS 13 will launch in July. But if the curiosity to try out the new OS is killing you, then you can actually install and check out the iOS 13 beta right now. Yes, it's possible and here's how you can do it. How To Install iOS 13 Right Now In order to install iOS 13 on your iPhone right now, you'll need a paid Apple developer account. That's because this isn't a public iOS 13 beta rollout. The beta software is only available for the developer to play with the OS and make compatible apps. If you're not a developer and don't have a developer account, then you can enroll for one right here. Do make a note that not all users are eligible to have a developer account, so you might not be able to create one right away. If you have a paid developer account, then you visit this page of the Apple Developer site to download the beta software right now. Again, do make a note that this won't be an OTA update, so you'll have to manually install the update. Wait For The Public Beta While the developer beta is out right now, we suggest you wait for the public rollout next month. For one, it'll be free to download and can be loaded via an OTA update. It'll also be slightly more polished than the developer beta that's out right now. Also, before you proceed, it's worth pointing out that it's best to create a back up before installing the beta software. Failing to do so will force you to be stuck with the beta version of iOS 13, which may or may not be very stable for daily use. Supported iPhones & iPods © Apple According to Apple, these are devices that can take part in the iOS 13 beta - iPhone XS, XS Max iPhone XR iPhone X iPhone 8, 8 Plus iPhone 7, 7 Plus iPhone 6s, 6s Plus iPhone SE iPod Touch 7th Generation Well, now that you know everything about iOS 13 beta, go ahead and check out all the new features that are available.
  24. Last night, Apple announced a bunch of new features for the upcoming iOS 13 update and it will be available for users by this fall. Some features bring stability and performance improvements. While there are general improvements, Apple has also added new features and a brand new dark mode. If you've been wondering what all Apple announced last night, here's our comprehensive list for the smartphone. A Faster FaceID Apple announced that the facial recognition process from the TrueDepth camera will be 30% faster than what we are used to right now. The faster unlocking will help users get into their smartphones without having to wait for FaceID to recognise your face. The process is already fast enough but with the 30% improvement, it could really change the way we would unlock iPhones. Dark Mode © Apple A dark mode for iPhone is one the most sought after features and Apple finally made it a reality last night. The iPhone's interface will change into darker tones and will also translate to system-wide apps and third-party apps who enable the feature. The new dark mode comes with added benefits such as better battery life and the fact that it would put less strain on your eyes. Sign In With Apple © Apple Apple has made it easier for customers to now protect themselves with a new “Sign in with Apple” feature. You will no longer have to use Facebook or Google sign in which can be later used to track your activity. Apple wants to protect users by providing a developer with a random unique ID. Users will also have the option to keep their identities a secret and share relevant information with the application. Apple has also integrated FaceID and Touch ID for this feature as an additional layer of security. More Photo Editing Tools © Apple Apple is now going to make it easier to manage and edit images on iOS 13 thanks to machine learning. The Photos app will be able to highlight the best images, automatically remove duplicate images or screenshots and will intelligently organise your library. It will be even easier to discover and browse your images. Photo editing tools have now been expanded with more Portrait Lighting adjustments, more editing tools, new effects and a better interface. Apple has also introduced a new High-Key Mono effect that creates a monochromatic look for Portrait mode photos. Additional Features - Messages can automatically share a user's name and photo, or customised Memoji or Animoji -With AirPods, Siri can read incoming messages as soon as they arrive, from Messages or any SiriKit™-enabled messaging app - Two AirPods can listen to content from a single iPhone as Apple introduced a new audio sharing feature. - Voice Control provides a powerful new experience that enables users to operate their iPhone, iPad or Mac entirely by their voice. - Files app introduces the ability to share folders with iCloud Drive and access files from external storage devices like SD cards and USB flash drives. - Reminders app has a new look and offers intelligent ways to create and edit reminders.
  25. Apple has finally turned to the dark side as the Cupertino giant made the new feature official for iOS 13. The announcement came at Apple's annual WWDC event and the company showed off some applications running in dark mode. Some of these apps include Music, Calendar, Notes, Maps and Messages. (c) Apple The new dark mode will finally be available for iOS devices later this year when iOS 13 rolls out. Google announced its own dark mode feature at I/O last month and is already available to use in the beta version of Android Q. Dark Mode takes inspiration from macOS's Mojave operating system where there isn't a huge difference on the Home screen. Things, however, change after unlocking the iPhone where apps like Music, Maps and other applications that have a darker interface. There are also differences in the interface in other Apple applications like messages, emojis, keyboard and photos. (c) Apple The dark mode is not only easy on your eyes, but it can also help in saving battery life by a margin. If you own an iPhone X, XS, and XS Max, there will be less power consumption, thanks to the OLED display. Dark Mode has been a very popular requested feature as it not only conserves battery life and puts less strain on your eyes, but also looks better to look at. The new dark mode feature also extends to widgets and notifications. The dark mode is not exclusive to system-wide apps as third-party applications will also be to take advantage of this feature, apps like Google, YouTube, Twitter, Medium, Reddit, Wikipedia, Instapaper, IMDb and many more.
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