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  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again secured the nation's throne with a thumping victory, as BJP single-handedly won more than 300 seats in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. World leaders like US President Donald Trump conveyed his wishes over the phone and tweeted, “India is lucky to have him”. While some people are ecstatic about Modi's victory and are celebrating it the right way, some of his supporters are demanding that tech companies to immediately make the 'Lotus' emoji. Wow! © Reuters Yes, BJP supporters have decided to raise their voice on social media and are asking big names like Google, Apple, WhatsApp, and even Twitter to release a 'Lotus' emoji, which they can use to celebrate the party's historic victory and show their support. Dear @Apple & @WhatsApp We Indians want to see “lotus” symbol in emojis please - as soon as possible - its symbol of purity and today @BJP4India with its lotus symbol has purified #India from dynastic rule of @INCIndia (Like & RT to support please ðð») #ModiPhirSe — The Ordinary Indian (@i_m_tomorrow) May 23, 2019 This isn't the only tweet asking for a Lotus emoji, There are a ton of other users who are going crazy across different platforms demanding a 'Lotus' emoji. While we agree that there's no 'Lotus' emoji on Android or iOS at the moment, and we understand the enthusiasm, it's worth pointing out that it's not that easy to make and release an emoji. There's a huge procedure that needs to be followed for getting an emoji released for public use. It has to go through the Unicode Consortium, which approves reviews and approves only about 50-100 new emojis every year. Well, let's just wait and see if these companies can make it happen and how.
  2. It has been long rumoured that Apple will be bringing one of its most beloved features on iPhones, but it will be different from what we are used to. There have been previous rumours suggesting that Apple will include an on-screen fingerprint scanner on the next iPhone and the company's latest patent confirms the plans. It may not come as soon as this year's iPhone, however, it is expected to come sooner or later. (c) Pexels According to the latest patent spotted by Patently Apple, the company wants to embed a pinhole camera being the display of the smartphone. This camera will be able to create a 3D map of your fingerprint regardless of where you place your finger. The new feature will be an additional form of biometric unlocking and the company will not be replacing FaceID anytime soon. The two methods will make the iPhone even more secure as current iPhones only supports FaceID. (c) Pexels The more exciting bit about this patent is that Apple has shown pictures of a prototype, which means that the company is already done with the development process. The new unlocking method is expected to go into mass production by 2020 and will be a feature on 2020 iPhones. The new unlocking method is not the first time we're something like this as Xiaomi has also developed a version which works similar to Apple's patent. Source: Patently Apple
  3. Even though Google had revoked Huawei's access to an Android license, Chinese smartphone users are firmly rallying behind Huawei and some are even switching from their iPhones. The US Government added Huawei to its Entity List which basically forbids American companies to do business with blacklisted Chinese companies. Many US-based companies like Qualcomm, Intel, amongst many other key suppliers, have suspended business with the Chinese tech giant. © Reuters According to What's on Weibo , Chinese customers are posting videos/images in support of Huawei by either keep continuing to use their Huawei devices or purchase their next device from the Chinese company. Key hashtags such as “Huawei Doesn't Need to Rely on America for its Microchips” (#å为è¯çå¯ä»¥ä¸ä¾èµç¾å½ä¾åºé¾#) and “Huawei's Self-Developed Operating System Hong Meng” (#å为èªç æä½ç³»ç»é¸¿è#) were trending on Chinese social website Weibo. Many of these social media users are often very patriotic about Chinese tech companies and some of these hashtags have garnered over 50 million views. Please note, some of these translations may be inaccurate as it has been translated using Google Translate. © MensXP “I've also decided to buy a Huawei Phone, and I will change my plan from buying an Apple Watch into a Huawei product, taking action to support Huawei,” one Weibo user said in a Mandarin post. “It had been bullied by the U.S. so poorly recently.” © MensXP “Even though my stock investment account is facing a loss continuously, I'm still preparing to switch my other phone into Huawei, to show support with action,” another user said. Huawei does rely on components from American companies, however, the Chinese company has already been stockpiling key components in order to sustain itself for the time being. © Reuters According to What's on Weibo, “Both on Weibo and Douyin, people express that Huawei is more than a brand to them, saying it is “national pride.” The slogan “Go China! Go Huawei!” (“å æ²¹ä¸­å½ å æ²¹å为”) is ubiquitous on social media.” For now, Huawei will get access to the Android license for a period of 90 days in order to support existing devices. These devices will still get updates provided by Google, however, the future for Huawei remains uncertain for now. Source: What's On Weibo , CNBC
  4. Apple has refreshed its MacBook Pro laptops with new and powerful Intel core processors, which means you'll now get better performance out of these MacBooks. In fact, Apple says these are the fastest MacBook Pro laptops it has ever made. That's cool, but the most important change here is the new keyboard. Apple has been receiving a lot of flak for making poor keyboards for a long time now, so we hope these new ones are better. The company didn't provide any details, but we do know that they've changed the material used in its butterfly switch keyboards to avoid the problem of producing double keystrokes. © Apple As for the spec bump, here's how powerful the new MacBook Pro models are: The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bat now comes with faster 8th gen processors. The base model packs a 2.4GHz quad-core Core i5 CPU with Turbo Boost speed up to 4.1GHz, and you can configure the notebook with a beefier 2.8GHz quad-core Core i7 CPU if you're willing to shell out more cash. The non-Touch Bar model sadly hasn't received a spec bump, so the new base 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is now 2.3x faster than the fastest dual-core non-Touch Bar 13-inch MacBook Pro that's available. As for the 15-inch MacBook Pros, well these are show stoppers. Apple has updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro models with 9th gen Intel core processors. The base model here comes with a 2.6GHz six-core Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speed up to 4.5GHz. Meanwhile, the top end variant comes fitted with a 2.3GHz eight-core Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz. © Apple There's also a variant with a 2.4GHz eight-core Core i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 5GHz. That, of course, will cost you a lot of money, but it's the fastest MacBook Pro laptop that Apple has ever made to date. All the 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Radeon Pro 555x and 560x discrete graphics, depending on the model you're picking. Let's hope these new ones won't have any heating issues. Pricing & Availability The new MacBook Pro lineup starts at Rs. 1,59,900 for the 13-inch with Touch Bar model, whereas the 15-inch model will come at a starting price of Rs 1,99,900. These updated MacBook Pro laptops will be available in India starting this week and you'll be able to pick one up from Apple Authorised resellers across the country.
  5. Developing games is not an easy task, especially for Apple where everything published on the App Store needs to follow set guidelines and respect a user's privacy. In fact, publishing an app on Apple's platform involves a lot of hard work, paperwork and quality control. In order to help budding app developers, Apple has a dedicated “App Accelerator” that helps people in developing applications that don't only meet Apple's standards but also help in the development cycle. © SmartHunch Meet Namit Nangia, founder at Smarthunch who developed a very unique game that was launched on Apple's App Store in March earlier this year. The game is called “What the Fish!” That is essentially an auto-running game with a very unique feature. Players are able to control their character by simply blinking. In order to jump over obstacles, players have to blink so that the little fish is able to keep going forward. The game is able to easily identify and differentiate between regular blinks from forced ones as it follows a custom physics engine. The character in the game would only jump when a user blinks longer than 180ms. Alternatively, if you don't want to blink, you can always use the touch mechanics to play the game. The game is currently available for iPhone Xs, Xs Max, XR & X and iPad Pro 2018 (at 120 frames per second) and uses the TrueDepth camera system to track your blinking patterns. 'What The Fish!' Currently sells on Apple App Store for Rs 160 but the biggest challenge remains is the game's growth in India. India heavily relies on free mobile gaming however with Apple's new Apple Arcade service right around the corner, there is a chance we might see games like "What The Fish!” as a part of the service. This will enable gamers to play undiscovered games like “What The Fish!” and countless others for a single fee. So How Does Apple Help Developers? © SmartHunch When speaking to Mr Nangia, he said: “It isn't hard to incorporate the TrueDepth's API in a game, however, it is hard to get it approved by Apple.” This is where Apple's App Accelerator comes in as it helps developers to understand and learn new advances in Apple ecosystem from Apple experts directly. The Cupertino giant has one in Bengaluru, India that enables developers like Mr Nangia to better understand the iOS platform and take advantage to create new games and applications. It helps developers understand platform-optimised frameworks or advise in creating a great user experience. Apple hosts presentations for developers and it's free to attend. Following guidelines that involve developing apps that use Apple's ARkit or the TrueDepth camera is even harder. “Since it is harder to follow these guidelines, Apple helped me with feedback and understanding the guidelines better” Are you a developer looking to publish your own app or game on Apple's App Store? You can also take advantage of Apple's App Accelerator for free to get feedback, mentorship and guidance.
  6. According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple has started to finalise locations for its first retail store that is set to open in India soon. The report said that the company has 'redoubled its efforts' in India to open its first store in an upscale location. © Pexels The first location is said to be in Mumbai and will probably be at a site similar to iconic locations such as Orchard Street in Singapore, Regent Street in London and Gift Avenue in New York. Currently, Apple sells its products via authorised partners only, as the company did not meet local manufacturing and sourcing requirements. Apple has now increased manufacturing in India and is currently in talks with the Government for a retail store, the report says. Wistron's factory application for a new $1 billion factory in India was recently approved by the country's IT ministry, which means Apple will soon have an additional manufacturing unit here in India. The new factory will be manufacturing Apple's iPhone 8, in addition to the iPhone SE, 6S, and AirPods. Additionally, the Foxconn project is also in progress, which could be commissioned to assemble the rest of the iPhone line-up including the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR © Pexels “India is a very important market in the long term,” Cook said after the company's earnings report last week. “It's a challenging market in the short term, but we're learning a lot. We plan on going in there with sort of all of our might.” Last month, Apple slashed prices for the iPhone XR and offered a price cut of Rs 17,000. The price cut resulted in good sale numbers for Apple's latest smartphone and it seems like Apple is gearing up for a far more competitive strategy. Source: Bloomberg
  7. It's pretty hard to keep up with acquisitions in the tech world. A lot of companies change hands constantly, so it becomes very difficult to keep a track of everything that's happening. And in Apple's case, it's even more complex, because it's picking up companies all the time and Apple doesn't always tell the world when it buys another company. According to Tim Cook, Apple is always on the lookout for new companies. In fact, he told CNBC last week that Apple purchases a new company every two to three weeks on average. Yes, that's a lot of companies. © Reuters Cook noted that Apple bought between 20 to 25 companies in the last six months alone. Of course, not all of them are huge acquisitions. In fact, you might not even recognize some of the companies. But who's going to stop Apple from throwing all the money? It's said to be sitting on over $200 billion of cash after all. Anyway, here's a short list of companies Apple has acquired since November: · Laserlike · Stamplay · PullString · DataTiger · Platoon · Silk Labs Well, let's hope Apple will end up acquiring some good companies and come up with more innovative products for us consumers. Source: CNBC
  8. Apple has already launched an updated version of AirPods, however, new reports suggest that another version is all set to launch later this year. The report also suggests some upgrades that have been expected for a while. © MensXP The next-generation of AirPods are said to have active noise cancellation and may launch before the end of this year. The minor update on the new AirPods comes with a new H1 Chip that lets users launch Siri by simply saying 'Hey Siri'. We can be sure that the next-gen AirPods are expected to come with a similar chip. According to the report by Digitimes, sources in supply chain say that the new AirPods will offer a better audio experience for customers who don't mind paying a premium. The new AirPods are not said to replace the current generation of wireless earbuds but may just be another offering in Apple's audio portfolio. © Unsplash If the rumours are true, the new noise-cancelling AirPods will be more expensive than the current models. Active Noise Cancellation feature generally adds to the cost and rivals like the Sony WF-1000X is also priced higher. This is not the first time we've heard about noise-cancelling AirPods as rumours have been floating around for a while. Previous rumours have suggested that the new AirPods will come with heart rate and body temperature tracking along with other health tracking features. Other rumours suggest that the new AirPods will also come in a black variant which we really want to come true. Needless to say, these rumours cannot be verified until the new AirPods are officially launched by Apple. Having said that, the rumours about noise-cancelling AirPods have been consistent with previous reports. Source: Digitime
  9. Apple created waves around the internet last year by becoming the world's first trillion dollar tech company. Then Amazon joined Apple's new-found trillionaire's club in just a month, becoming the second US-based company to cross the mark. Now, Microsoft has become the third US company to pass the market cap of $1 trillion after a jump in stock price following strong fiscal Q3 earnings. Yes, the tech company led by Satya Nadella briefly topped $1 trillion in value for the first time after executives predicted continued growth for its cloud computing business. © Google Stock Microsoft's stock price opened at $130 per share yesterday, which was up around 4-per cent from the closing price the day before. It swooped past Apple Inc's $980 billion market capitalization. The credit for Microsoft's immense stock growth goes to its cloud business. Azure, Microsoft's flagship cloud product competes with Amazon Web Services (AWS), who is a market leader. Azure is currently second behind Amazon, but it's ahead of Google's offering. © Microsoft Microsoft was once heavily reliant on the Windows operating system but things started changing once Satya Nadella took over as the Chief Executive. The company has seen significant growth in selling cloud-based services. It is, however, worth pointing out that Microsoft's market cap has dipped below the $1 Trillion mark. At the time of writing this, the market cap is currently standing at $990.87B. However, it's more than that of Apple, which currently sits at $967.95B.
  10. Imagine losing anything in the Pacific Ocean! Most of us would write it off and forget about the item we lost. That's what happened to surfer Robert Bainter when he lost his Apple Watch while body surfing a large wave. He picked up his arm and his Apple Watch was missing. © YouTube Bainter surfs at Huntington Beach, California and was able to reunite with his lost Apple Watch six months later. The shocking thing about his discovery was that the Apple Watch was still working even after being lost at sea for six months. © Pexels Robert Bainter told KTLA 5 TV “This thing has been my good luck charm, I would use it quite often to show the surf and how fast you were going. It would even show you where you were on the beach.” Bainter used Apple's Find My iPhone app to find his Apple Watch every time he visited the same beach. However, he could not find it in time and six months had passed. He got an unlikely call from a man who said he had found his watch. It was found almost 5 KMs away from where he originally lost the Apple Watch. © Pexels The Apple Watch was able to survive deep undersea for six months however prolonged exposure to salt water made the screen a bit hazy. The Apple Watch comes with a Water Lock mode which basically seals up all the ports to avoid entry of water. It can only be disabled by scrolling on the dial as it ejects any excess water in the ports. It is possible that when Bainter's Apple Watch was lost at sea, the mode might have been turned on when he was surfing. *Images for representation purposes only. Source: KTLA 5 TV
  11. Apple's AirPods have become a cultural phenomenon and has become an icon when it comes to audio gear. It may not be the best earphones on the planet but it's surely the most convenient. AirPods 2, with a wireless charging case, is set to launch in India soon and many of you would want to use them with your Android smartphone. In fact, there is a way to use some of the AirPods features that are available natively if you use the earbuds with an Apple device. AirPods 2 offers some new features and familiar tech which has not been easy to replicate. You can read our full review here if you want to know more. How To Pair AirPods With An Android Phone © MensXP Pairing AirPods with an Android smartphone is fairly simple as it works similar to other Bluetooth earphones. At the back of the case of the AirPods, you need to long press the small button to make it discoverable. Once you can see the AirPods in your phone's Bluetooth settings, select and pair with the AirPods. It's easy and does not have any issues while connecting. How Can I Use Airpods 2 Features © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP The AirPods have neat features such as double tapping the earbud to skip songs and play/pause music with a single tap. You will be happy to know that this feature works with Android smartphones as well and works just like it does on the iPhone. Check Battery Life & Setup Google Assistant The AirPods 2 natively gives you battery levels when connected with the iPhone when you start using them or via the batteries widget. You can even use Siri without any additional setup on the iPhone. Having said that, making these features work on an Android smartphone is a bit more complicated. You will need to download third-party apps to take advantage of these features on an Android smartphone. © Google Play You can download AirBattery via the Google Play Store as it lets you interact with AirPods and see battery levels of each earbud and the charging case. You can alternatively use AssistantTrigger which essentially lets you do the same thing but also lets you set up Google Assistant functionality. You can fire up Google Assistant by double tapping on the earbud thanks to AssistantTrigger.
  12. The very popular, albeit annoying to the level of self-destruction, Chinese video making application TikTok has been finally taken down from Google and Apple app stores in India. The (awesome) news comes after the Madras High Court prohibited its downloads on 3rd April. Now, following the direction of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the app has been temporarily banned in the country. © Twitter The popular app which was actively used by millions of Indians to create short videos was said to contain “inappropriate content”, in a petition filed by senior advocate S Muthukumar. He further stated that children using the app were vulnerable to potential paedophiles using the application, and sought an immediate ban on the use of TikTok. © Justdial While there is strong merit in those allegations, we must recall that Indonesia also temporarily blocked TikTok last year, saying that it contained pornography and blasphemous content. Perhaps it is really time for TikTok to take a step back and think about regulating its content and privacy/security details. View this post on Instagram Comments how that vedio you like or not ??? Follow us @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star @tiktok.india.star #oscars #oscars2018 #academyawards #hollywood #movies #redcarpet #film #cinema #oscar #movie #losangeles #actress #actor #awards #sunday #films #oscarsunday #actors #oscar2018 #bestactress #theacademy #stars #oscarparty #theoscars #oscarnominee #bestfilm #oscarselfie A post shared by tiktok.india.star (@tiktok.india.star) on Oct 17, 2018 at 1:31am PDT India happens to be one of the app's biggest markets, with over 24.5 million daily active users in the country. So, true to that data, imagine the insane amount of video “content” that is being churned out on the platform on a daily basis. While some can be genuinely fun to look at (only once in a while), most other videos are pure torture to the beholder. While this news must be heart-breaking for Indian TikTok 'stars', the following cringey videos are all the proof we need that the ban is in all of our best interest. What did we just see?! Ravi Chopra must be tossing in his grave right now. Epic level.#Rrspect #SwagWalaArjuna pic.twitter.com/8mAPEUy6FT — A La' Vile De Satara (@AdvancedMaushi) November 3, 2018 P.A.I.N Nahi kahan jayega? To all my Crushes out there. pic.twitter.com/ZjPDAolxAE — A La' Vile De Satara (@AdvancedMaushi) November 1, 2018 The Exorcist IV Polygamy is trending? View this post on Instagram Follow us @tiktok.india.star #tisfam . . . .#musicallytoppers #tiktoktoppers #tiktokindia #indiatiktok #tiktokpakistan #pakistantiktok #tiktokindia #musicallyindia #musicallyindiaofficial #musicallyindiað¥ #aashikians #manjulization #aashikabhatia #aashikabhatiaclub #kuchkuchhotahai #tiktokindiaofficial #fambruharmy #fambruharmyðª #fambruh #tiktokpakistanofficial #tiktokpakistanfamous #pakistantiktok #mjcrew #india #pakistan #bestfriend #coolestbadboi" #instarepost #faisusquad #team07 #india #viral A post shared by tiktok.india.star (@tiktok.india.star) on Apr 16, 2019 at 7:02am PDT She's that boy… WTF View this post on Instagram Follow @tiktok.india.star For More Videosð¤ . . . . . . #tisfam #veeduet #musicallyapp #BollywoodProject #Bollywood #awesome #tisfam #veenions #VitkeLits #IMKFam #aashikians #FizuKiSena #BeFizul #BeCreative #FizuKiSenaElite #Musical.ly #musically #musica #musical #musicallyindia #instavideo #musicallyapp #bbkivines" (via #InstaRepost @AppsKottage) A post shared by tiktok.india.star (@tiktok.india.star) on Apr 9, 2019 at 8:42am PDT Sorry, words fail us now. We cannot remember everything else that we had to say because our brain cells have been fried off after this TikTok session.
  13. Even though Apple may have faced slower sales for the latest iPhones, Apple has still managed to keep its lead in the premium smartphone segment in 2018. A new survey reveals that Apple still has a 51% market share of the premium smartphone segment. © YouTube Another impressive thing that comes from the survey is the inclusion of OnePlus in the list. For the first time in OnePlus' history, the smartphone is among the top five premium smartphone brands. The company managed to record the highest-ever shipments for the company in the fourth quarter of 2018. © Reuters The report comes from Counterpoint Research, one of the more reliable sources of market research. The report points out that Apple still had a significant lead over other companies in the list such as Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo and Huawei. Samsung is currently at the second spot for having a 22 per cent of shipments while Huawei had a 10 per cent in the same quarter. The blog post from Counterpoint Research said, “an indication of the increasing competition in the segment is highlighted by the fact that close to 40 OEMs now compete in the premium segment globally. Of these, the top five players account for almost 90 per cent of shipments. The premium segment contributed to one-fourth (22 per cent) of the global smartphone shipments in 2018.” © Pexels The premium smartphone segment is the faster streaming growing segment and Apple is still on top of the list with a considerable margin. The report goes on to say that buyers are content with paying more for a premium device. Researchers expect the premium smartphone segment to grow even more, thanks to foldable smartphones and the eventual launch of 5G services and smartphones.
  14. The Apple Watch has some handy features that have helped save lives in the past. The Apple Watch Series 4 has a new feature called “Fall Detection” which basically detects when the user takes a hard fall. The feature taps the user's wrists and sounds an alarm so that it can catch a bystander's attention. Having said that, you're not always around people that can help which is why the fall detection feature can also notify local emergency services. © Apple The way it works is that if after taking a fall a user does not respond or is unconscious for more than a minute, the Apple Watch directly contacts emergency services and sends your location to the authorities. This feature helped save a Norwegian man's life a few months ago. © Apple The feature came in handy yet again when an 80-year-old woman fell in her apartment in Haidhausen, Munich. The woman fell and lost consciousness which in turn resulted in an automatic call being placed to Emergency Services. This is what the Munich Fire Department had to say: “Last night, an 80-year-old woman fell into her apartment and, thanks to her watch, unconsciously dropped off a necessary emergency call. Her watch was equipped with a fall detection system and alerted the emergency services after the fall. A dispatcher in the integrated control centre accepted the emergency call. He heard a band announcement telling him that a person had fallen heavily. Likewise, the clock transmitted the coordinates of the scene of the accident. The police used the data to identify an address to which an ambulance had been alerted. The ambulance crew found that the door was locked and the retiree could not open it. Then they called for the fire department, which opened the apartment door by force. During this action, the smartwatch alarmed the son, who had deposited his phone number as an emergency number. Since the woman was not injured, the ambulance crew cared her only until the arrival of the son. He took over the further care.” © Apple Not only did the Apple Watch notify emergency services, but it also notified the woman's son who arrived in time to see her get treated. The woman did not require hospitalisation because of the timely response by the Emergency Services. Had there been no Apple Watch, the injuries could have been severe, as the woman was unconscious. Source: Appleinsider
  15. AirPods is now more of a cultural phenomenon than any other product from Apple's portfolio. It was Apple's solution for removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and since then, it has taken the world with storm. Apple has now offered a new version of the AirPods that offers a lot of features which it already did along with a few incremental upgrades. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The new AirPods offer more talk time and have a new H1 Chip that enables quicker Siri access. It comes with a wireless charging case that can be charged using any Qi-wireless charger. The new updates may not be enough of a reason to upgrade if you already own AirPods, but the new iteration still holds the throne of wireless earbuds. Setting It Up Is Easy And Flawless © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The one feature I love the most on the AirPods is the easy setup process that nobody has been able to match up to so far. Each time you open the case, the AirPods automatically connect to your iPhone. Being an integral part of Apple's ecosystem, the AirPods also automatically pair with other Apple devices, thanks to iCloud. You can easily switch between devices without the need of setting it up for each said device. It works with the iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and even Android smartphones (without the support of easy setup). When pairing the AirPods with other Apple devices, you don't need to press a button or wait for it to be discovered. It just connects and works. So, What's The Difference? © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Visually, not much has changed on the new AirPods apart from the new wireless charging case. It now has an LED light on the front instead of inside the case. The case can be charged via a lightning cable or wirelessly using a Qi charging pad. The case has the same amount of battery reserve as the previous case i.e. it offers up to 24 hours of total battery life. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Like before, if you take one of the earbuds, the auto-pause feature kicks in, however, it only works with Apple devices. As for usability, the new AirPods offer the same controls as the previous generation where you can assign actions like double tap to skip a track on any of the earbuds. You can play/pause with a single tap and also fire up Siri by saying “Hey Siri.” Instead of giving volume controls on the AirPods, you can now ask Siri to turn down/up the volume. You simply have to say “Hey Siri, turn it down” and Siri will do the rest for you. We prefer this feature over manual controls as it prevents accidental touches which in turn would either pause the music or skip the track. What Does The H1 Chip Do? © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Apple H1 chip is one of the upgrades on the new AirPods that enable users to bring up Siri. The new chip can do a lot more such as extend the call time by 50 per cent. The chip also enables lower gaming lag and offers a faster connection for phone calls. The chip also improves call quality, especially in windy conditions. The H1 chip is capable of eliminated distortion caused by winds which makes your voice clearer. We tried this feature on a few phone calls sitting right under a speedy fan and no one heard any breeze on the other end of the call. Sound Quality © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Even though Apple says that there is no difference in sound quality, we felt that the sound on the new AirPods was much crisper. Maybe our previous AirPods began to age and we noticed the stark difference in sound quality, however, it's still among the best hearing wireless earbuds. Of course, there is some sound leakage simply because of the design of the earbuds. We would have preferred a better fit on the new AirPods which in turn would also prevent sound leakage. In terms of sound, the new AirPods have warmer undertones with a slight emphasis on bass. AirPods are best used for listening to track with vocals as the midrange and treble are clean and balanced. The overall sound does lack definition, however, that's due to the sound leakage we mentioned before. The overall sound may not please audiophiles, but the AirPods 2 is a matter of convenience over performance. For better sounding earbuds, we would recommend you something from Senheisser but it lacks all the bells and whistles such as good battery life, ease of connectivity and accessibility. The Final Say If you're already deeply embedded in the Apple Ecosystem, the new AirPods are your best bet at convenient audio. It offers old and new tech for Rs 18,900 and will be available to buy in India soon. The new AirPods, in our opinion, is still the king of wireless earbuds as it offers balanced features such as good battery life, respectable performance and decent sound. The competition may be getting harder but it's still hard to beat the AirPod's convenience and accessibility. The Galaxy Buds are a strong contender for the new AirPods and we will compare them soon to let you know which one is better.
  16. No, this is not a late April Fool's joke or a prank by Apple. According to a new patent filing submitted by Apple, future devices such as the iPhone and Apple Watches may have “smell recognition capabilities”. © MensXP The company has been trying to detect air pollution levels and other harmful particles with tiny sensors that could be embedded into future devices. The new patent also shows that Apple could use other multiple sensors that will be able to detect body odour, rotten food and maybe sugar levels. The patent is called “System and Methods for Environment Sensing” and it explains a system where sensors could be used with an “artificial intelligence engineer to recognize smells associated with certain chemicals.” The patent also shows how an ionic liquid sensor would be tuned to specific ranges and enclosed into an SoC. How Sensors Will Work? The system would have an in-built that will be able to raise temperatures on the ionic fluid in order to reverse any chemical reactions. Patents show that Apple is going to add the smelling technology to the Apple Watch and the iPhone. © YouTube Previous patents show that Apple wants to give owners of their devices to access air quality data. This would be highly useful especially in areas where pollution levels are off the roof. The previous patent by Apple shows that Apple wants to monitor the ozone, carbon monoxide and other harmful gases. © MensXP For diabetic patients, it would be awesome to detect blood sugar levels without the need for withdrawing blood. This would be a game changer for people who want to get rid of the tedious process. As for detecting body odour, that would help everyone from being embarrassed for sure. Being a patent, we cannot expect to see these sensors and features on a new iPhone anytime soon. In fact, there's a good chance we may never get to see it. Having said that, if this patent comes to fruition, we can all be excited about the future.
  17. Almost all the Apple Products come with one year warranty against manufacturing defects and hardware failures. If you send in your defected device that's under warranty, then Apple will repair it, or in same cases, even replace it with a new one. Yes, the company is known to be very generous at that. However, two Chinese students attending college in Oregon have scammed Apple by taking advantage of the company's repair policy. So, the con was very simple. Yangyang Zhou and Quan Jiang, two engineering students allegedly brought in thousand of fake iPhones, sent them to Apple filing warranty complaints and got band new 'genuine' iPhones in return. The new iPhones were then sent back to their friends and relatives in China to flip for profit. © Pexels Yup, Apple, out of all the companies, fell for this con. But hey, you can't blame the company for being nice with replacement phones, plus these counterfeit iPhones have come to closely resemble the real thing, right? According to the prosecutors, the duo submitted a total of 3,069 iPhones under warranty claims, and got back close to 1,500 new iPhones as replacement units. With a loss of $600 per iPhone, Apple calculates that it lost close to $900,000, which roughly translates to about Rs 6.25 crores. The rest of the iPhones, in case you're wondering, were rejected for tampering, and they were sent back with letters explaining why the warranty claims were declined. The federal prosecutors have charged Jiang with trafficking counterfeit goods and wire fraud. Zhou, on the other hand, was accused of submitting false information on export documentation. The agents got tipped of this fraud in April 2017 when they opened five suspicious packages enroute from Hong Kong containing phones with counterfeit marking. In their defense, both students have claimed that they didn't know the phones were counterfeits. But, c'mon, no one's going to buy that.
  18. It has been a couple of years since Apple has launched a 'small' iPhone. The last small and compact phone from the company was the iPhone SE that came out all the way back in 2016. Well, if the new report is something to go by, then it looks like Apple might finally launch a compact iPhone next year. According to DigiTimes, Apple is readying new iPhones for 2020 with display sizes - 5.43-inch, 6.06-inch, and 6.67-inch. Looks like the company will be sourcing the displays from Samsung or LG. The current lineup, in case you're wondering, has display sizes of 5.8-inch (iPhone XS), 6.1-inch (iPhone XR), and 6.5-inch (iPhone XS Max). So, if it turns out to be true, Apple will reduce the size of the smallest model while increasing the size of the biggest model. © Unsplash We're not entirely sure as to what Apple is planning to call these new iPhones, though. But if we were to guess, then the smallest iPhone would be called iPhone SE2, which has been passing the rumour mill for quite some time now. But again, that raises questions about the names of other iPhones, so your guess is as good as ours, really.
  19. Apple has now started to manufacture the iPhone 7 in India which makes it the third device by the company that is being assembled locally. Previously, the company was assembling the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s in India as a part of the company's 'Made in India' initiative. © MensXP Apple said in an email to our sister website ET “We are proud to be producing iPhone 7 in Bengaluru for our local customers, furthering our long-term commitment in India,” According to Apple, two variants of the iPhone 7 i.e. 32GB and 128GB models will be manufactured in India and will sell for Rs 39,990 and Rs 49,990 respectively. The smartphone is being manufactured by Wistron, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer that will be assembling the iPhone 7 models. While making the iPhone 7 in India reduces the cost of manufacturing considerably, the Cupertino giant is not looking to slash the prices and instead use the extra funds for an aggressive marketing strategy in India. Previously, Tim Cook has admitted that the company has faced a decline in iPhone sales in emerging markets like India. The CEO attributed the struggle to issues like foreign exchange and “weak macro-transactions” which contributed towards slow iPhone sales in countries like India, Brazil and Russia. © MensXP iPhone 7 was launched by Apple in 2016 and features a 4.6-inch Retina HD Display. The smartphone is water and dust resistant and has a rating of IP67. The smartphone comes with a fingerprint scanner called “Touch ID” at the front and is powered by Apple's A10 Fusion chip. You can read more about the iPhone 7 here. Source: ET
  20. Even though Apple announced an updated version of the AirPods, the company accidentally revealed a brand new true wireless earphone that is expected to launch soon. According to a report by 9to5Mac, the company is expected to launch its second true wireless earphones. Apple mistakenly left animations and images inside the iOS 12.2. update which shows off the new Powerbeats wireless earphones. © 9to5Mac The new earphones will be called 'Powerbeats Pro' and will replace the Powerbeats 3 which has better sound quality than the AirPods. It will have a tight seal which is a major missing feature of the AirPods and also has swappable tips. These tips will add better water and sweat resistance for the earphones and keep them in place. The new AirPods come with Apple's H1 chip which could also be included in the Powerbeats Pro. The new chip enables the new AirPods to have an always-listening feature which simply allows users to activate Siri by saying “Hey Siri” © 9to5Mac The Powerbeats 3 offered 12 hours of battery and we could only guess what the Powerbeats Pro is expected to offer. The pricing of the unexpected wireless earphones is also unknown but could be a bit more expensive than the AirPods. The Powerbeats are also expected to launch in two colours i.e. white and black which should be a saving grace for many users. Black AirPods have been one of the most requested product by Apple Fans, and we may just see it on a different set of wireless earbuds for now. We can only be sure of the price and battery life once Apple announces the Powerbeats Pro officially. Source: 9to5Mac
  21. Everytime Apple launches a new product, it's obviously the most memed and joked about thing. But, this time Apple made themselves a target for memes without even launching anything, actually basically by cancelling a lunch. Back in 2017, Apple announced AirPower, a product that was supposed to charge iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods simultaneously. Well, sounds a little over ambitious and turns out it was since the wireless charging map has been cancelled by Apple. “After much effort, we've concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project," Dan Riccio, Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering at Apple, told TechCrunch. He also, added, "We apologise to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push the wireless experience forward.” Well, people don't need to think even twice to make fun of Apple - through their Apple devices, ironically - and that's what happened as soon as the AirPower news came out. It's a big goof up. THEY. HAD. THE. AIRPOWER. ON. THE. BACK. OF. THE. BOX! Soooo...This is a collector's item now right? ð Definitely NOT gonna open it now ððð #RIPAirPower #AirPower pic.twitter.com/EZc33VETJb — Brian Tong (@briantong) March 29, 2019 A meme in a meme. Cancelled. #AirPower #Apple pic.twitter.com/ze5TK6pVPN — user1993 (@user1993_) March 29, 2019 Already? pic.twitter.com/7KCPMneBU1 — Steve Streza (@SteveStreza) March 29, 2019 Apple, just shrugging. Me: Where is AirPower Apple: pic.twitter.com/hPNkBYKcxl — Sam Anderson+ (@SamTheMCD) March 25, 2019 Perfect. #Apple users' reactions on #AirPower delays and cancellations from 2017 to 2019 :) https://t.co/KVePMqh9cC pic.twitter.com/KchluWraqM — Arun Shekhawat (@ar5hek) March 30, 2019 Apple: “Aww, man.” At least we never printed AirPower on any packag— #OneLessThing #AirPower pic.twitter.com/ljVngWbEEp — ᴺᴼᵠJony Ive (@JonyIveParody) March 29, 2019 Just a little. too soon? pic.twitter.com/0oXGxB31si — Angel Jiménez de Luis (@angeljimenez) March 29, 2019 Yep. every wireless charging mat manufacturer right now#AirPower pic.twitter.com/rDzaae1IUx — Renzo Pacheco (@renzopachecoj) March 29, 2019 It sucks. @apple @tim_cook #Airpods I bought last week mention #AirPower ! It is a trahison !! pic.twitter.com/IZATWEFx1A — Nicolas Dujardin (@dujnic) March 29, 2019 Still could happen. I feel like canceling AirPower is a very elaborate prank and @tim_cook will post a video on Monday, screaming 'April fools!' — Matt Hallmann ð (@MattHallmann) March 30, 2019
  22. Apple announced a range of services this week that covers finance, gaming and video content for their customers. Apple TV+ will be the company's premier video streaming platform that will host original TV Shows and Movies with A-list actors, directors and producers. The subscription service will be available via a new app which is slated to launch this fall. We were at the launch event hosted by Apple and here's everything we know so far about the streaming platform: Original Content © Apple Apple TV+ currently has over 30 titles in the works with shows or movies from directors like Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams and Oprah. Apple wants it to be the home of the "world's most creative storytellers,” with "inspiriting and authentic stories with emotional depth and compelling characters." How Much Will It Cost © Apple Apple has not announced the pricing details of its video streaming service however we can expect it to cost the same other streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar. We aren't sure if Apple will have a different pricing plan for India, however, rumours suggest that Apple plans to make its original content available for free. Rumours may suggest free content for Apple users however it seems highly unlikely. When Will It Launch Apple has not set a concrete date yet, however, the service is scheduled to launch this fall in over 100 countries simultaneously. Can The Service Be Shared? © Apple Yes, the service can be shared with friends and family as long as they are a part of your iCloud Family Sharing plan. This will also be valid for Apple TV channels. Where Will Apple TV+ Be Available © Apple Apple TV+ will be available on a range of devices. Apart from the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, users will also be able to use the service on Samsung smart TVs beginning this spring and on Amazon Fire TV, LG, Sony and VIZIO platforms in the future. You will also be able to use Apple devices to effortlessly play videos and other content from an iPhone or iPad directly to eligible smart TVs with AirPlay 2 support.
  23. Apple Arcade is now official and the gaming service by the Cupertino giant is going to host a range of games that deliver great narratives and casual gaming at the same time. Every game will be playable on a range of Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and macOS. Each game will be playable offline which is quite different from what Google plans to offer with Stadia Each game that is bundled with Apple Arcade will be handpicked by the Cupertino Giant along with games that will be co-funded by the company. Most of these games will take advantage of Apple's A12/A12x Bionic chip to deliver a seamless experience. We decided to detail every game that we know about that will be coming to Apple's gaming service: 1. Team Sonic Racing © Sega 'Team Sonic Racing' is a kart racing game similar to 'Mario Kart' and has been in development for every console out there. Having said that, the game will also be coming to Apple Arcade where it will run with similar performance as its counterparts. Team Sonic Racing is a third-person racing game that will have power-ups, drifting and tricks. It also has co-operative gameplay which will be one of the marquee features of the game. Players will be able to play games offline with their friends in offline mode with local multiplayer support. 2. Fantasian © Apple This game is being developed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the Japanese developer who has also been responsible for many 'Final Fantasy' games in the past. The game is currently under development and has been made using 3D dioramas from real life. These dioramas are imported into the game and are being used as actual playable levels. 3. Oceanhorn 2: Knights Of The Lost Realm © YouTube If you loved the 'Zelda' series, 'Oceanhorn 2: Knights Of The Lost Realm' is probably going to be your go-to RPG adventure game on Apple Arcade. The sequel has better graphics than its predecessor, more exploring, sword fighting and loots to discover. The first title in the series is already a fan favourite and it seems like the second game will be the star attraction of Apple Arcade. 4. The Artful Escape © YouTube The Artful Escape was initially going to be an exclusive for Xbox One and PC, however, it seems like the game will also make its way to Apple Arcade. The game was shown off at the reveal event and is one of the most beautiful platforms anticipated this year. The game is about a musician who is on a path to discover more art and music during his journey. Expect some awesome music and art style as the teasers already look awesome. 5. Yaga © Romanian Game Developers Association 'Yaga' is already available to play on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, however, the game will also be a part of Apple's new gaming service. It's a traditional third-person action RPG that has a unique art style and a compelling narrative. The game also features choice-based narrative which makes 'Yaga' one of the most exciting titles coming to the Apple Arcade. 6. The Bradwell Conspiracy © Steam This game is very reminiscent of 'Firewatch' where your character will interact with the environment to reveal the narrative of the game. It's a first-person adventure game where you need to escape from a facility where you are stuck due to a disastrous explosion. Your only point of contact is a fellow survivor called Amber where you must escape together by interacting with each other. 7. Enter The Construct © Apple This game is probably one of the more serious hardcore shooter games that are based in a sci-fi world. The game is currently under development for the platform. We don't know much about this game, however, the game does look like a promising title for the platform. 8. Hitchhiker © Hitchiker Game Yet another action adventure game that got us excited because of its simplicity and art style. You play the character of a hitchhiker where you will discover more information about yourself as you play through the story. You will interact with random drivers and discover about yourself through conversations and random items you find in the world. Apple Arcade will launch this fall as many of these games are still under development. There are plenty of other games that are coming to the service from developers such as Disney, Konami, Lego, Cartoon Network and Platinum Games, the same developer responsible for the 'Bayonetta' series.
  24. Apple announced a bunch of services for its customers this past week and in our opinion, the two services that stole the show was Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. Primarily because both these services will be making its way to India sometime later this year. Apple Arcade will be the company's new service that will work similar to the Xbox Game Pass and give users access to console-level games for a fraction of every game's total worth. It will revolutionise gaming as we know it as every game includes access to the full experience, including all game features, content and future updates, no additional purchases will be required. Apple will be offering over 100+ games with more coming to its service that will be bundled with the service and give access to users who would normally have to purchase games individually. Currently, the App Store is the biggest gaming platform in the world that attracts casual and hardcore mobile gamers. The App Store has more than 1 billion gaming customers and Apple Arcade will offer high-quality games that previously would have to compete with free-to-play games. The concept was a no-brainer for Apple and here are all the details and features we love about the new gaming subscription service It Will Be Available On All Apple Devices © Apple The new gaming service will be available on every Apple device that you probably already own. The service will come to Mac, iPhones, iPads and Apple TV which enables users to play games on their preferred platform. What's cool is that the service has been integrated for users to play games seamlessly when you switch devices. For example, if you are playing a game on your iPhone and want to continue your progress on a different device, the game will play right from where you left off seamlessly. Over 100+ Games © Apple Similar to the Xbox Game Pass, Apple will be offering over 100+ games at launch from developers such as Annapurna Interactive, Bossa Studios, Cartoon Network, Finji, Giant Squid, Klei Entertainment, Konami, LEGO, Mistwalker Corporation, SEGA, Snowman, ustwo games and dozens more. Some of the more popular titles include 'Oceanhorn 2: Knights Of The Lost Realm', an RPG game that plays almost identical to the new 'Zelda' series. Other games like 'Yaga', is an upcoming title currently available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. A sci-fi first-person shooter called 'Enter The Construct' is also under development for the platform. Apple Is Helping Developers © Apple Apart from handpicking games for the service, the Cupertino giant is also contributing towards the development of some games that will be exclusive to the platform. Apple may not be making first-party games in the traditional sense, but these games will be fine-tuned for Apple devices and take advantage of Apple's hardware just like you would expect from traditional gaming consoles. Many of these games will have compelling narratives and have unique features such as privacy, no in-game advertisements and no additional in-game purchases. Every Game Is Playable Offline © Apple The most crucial feature of the Apple Arcade service is that every game will be playable offline. In fact, it's one of its core features. Every game on the service does not require an internet connection to play games which means you can play Arcade games in flights or low-network areas. Even multiplayer games are expected to have some sort of local-multiplayer attribute that will let you play games when your device is not connected to the internet. Apple Devices Are More Powerful Than a Nintendo Switch © YouTube Gaming-on-the-go has been primarily been dominated by Nintendo that offers console-level games. Having said that, devices like the iPad Pro are more powerful than Nintendo's offering because of the new A12x Bionic chip under the hood. The new iPad Pro is capable of rendering 4K video and run graphics-intensive games like NBA 2K with better performance than the Nintendo Switch. In fact, Apple claims that the performance is similar to the Xbox One S which makes it leagues ahead of Nintendo's offering. The iPad Pro and future models make us excited about the future of gaming on the platform, especially since Apple Arcade is expected to offer a range of console level games for cheaper. Controller Support © Youtube/Apple Insider Apple currently supports third-party controllers like Steelseries Nimbus and Stratus that can let users play games just like you would with a PlayStation and Xbox. These controllers are compatible with the iPad Pro, iPhones, and Apple TV. There are a few other controllers that Apple supports for its devices however we can expect Apple to add support for more controllers in the near future. Apple did not comment on whether we can expect the company to support new and existing controllers soon, however it seems like a logical step towards this direction to make Apple Arcade even more attractive for gamers. Apple Arcade will launch in fall 2019 in more than 150 countries from a new tab on the App Store across iOS, macOS and tvOS. Will you be subscribing to Apple's gaming service? Let us know in the comments what you think about Apple Arcade.
  25. Apple started it's the journey to revolutionise television almost a decade ago when Steve Jobs tried to seek new revenue growth from content. It all came to fruition today when Apple announced its own streaming service that bundles content from providers like HBO, Showtime and others. It's called Apple TV Channels and will work via the updated Apple TV App. The application also uses advanced machine learning to curate lists according to your tastes. (c) Apple The new Apple TV App also uses apps like ESPN to show live footage within the app itself. The new update will be available via OTA this coming May. In addition, the new Apple TV app will also be available on smart TVs by Samsung, Sony and LG. It will also be available on Amazon's Fire Stick TV. For India, Apple has partnered with local content providers such as Eros Now to provide content with its subscription service. The new Apple TV app personalises what viewers love to watch across their existing apps and services while developing a secure and comprehensive understanding of users' viewing interests. The app will offer suggestions for shows and movies from over 150 streaming apps, including Amazon Prime, as well as pay-TV services such as Canal+, Charter Spectrum, DIRECTV NOW and PlayStation Vue. Users will also get access to original content from Apple, the company has apparently already spent $1 billion producing its own content. Apple's original content will be available via Apple TV Plus that will host tv shows like 'The Morning Show' starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell. Other shows like 'See' that stars Jason Mamoa which has a science-fiction themed plot. 'Little America' is another original Apple TV+ show based on the lives of immigrants and stars Kumail Nanjiani. Steven Spielberg is also directing an original show called 'Amazing Stories' that is based on a WW2 pilot getting lost in space. Apple has also joined forces with Oprah to host two docuseries that would cover topics such as mental health and other se sensitive topics. “We're honoured that the absolute best lineup of storytellers in the world — both in front of and behind the camera — are coming to Apple TV+,” said Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We're thrilled to give viewers a sneak peek of Apple TV+ and cannot wait for them to tune in starting this fall. Apple TV+ will be home to some of the highest quality original storytelling that TV and movie lovers have seen yet.” The entire Apple TV+ service catalogue will be available to watch directly from the Apple TV Apps on iOS devices, Macbook and Smart TVs. The service will be available to use from this fall. More original content will be released as the service goes live over a period of time. (c) Apple Apple announced numerous hardware products last week such as new iPads and AirPods that compliments today's announcements. Along with the video service, Apple also announced a premium games subscription for its App Store where the service fee would be divided amongst the games in the service based on how much time is spent in each game. The service will focus more on premium paid pages like Overland, OceanHorn, amongst others. Free-to-play games like Fortnite and other games with micro-transactions will not be included in the subscription service. There are over 1 Billion games downloads from the App Store and over 3 lakh games on the App Store with either a one time fee or have 'in-app purchases' The service is called Apple Arcade and will bring console-level games to devices like the iPad Pro, iPhones, desktop and Apple TV. The subscription will also give users access to over 100+ new games. New games will be added to service over a period of time. The service will be available in over 150 regions including India. Every game will be playable offline, and because subscribers can play Apple Arcade games across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, they can pick up where they left off in a game, even if they switch devices. (c) Apple In addition, Apple announced Apple News+ that basically compiles magazines and can be accessed via a subscription fee. The single fee will give users access to a number of magazines such as The New Yorker, Fortune, National Geographic amongst others. Over 300 magazines will be available to users ranging from technology, travel, gear, lifestyle, politics and finance magazines. Magazines will be designed and fine-tuned for Apple devices. Apple News+ will also include newspapers like Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and other premium digital subscriptions such as TechCrunch. The premium service also does not allow advertisers to track a user's activity or browsing history. Apple News+ costs $9.99 and is also sharable via Family Sharing at no extra cost. Apple News+ is currently only available in USA and Canada.
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