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  1. All social media platforms are designed for the living, so that we can connect and interact with other people online. But a platform like Facebook, which has been around for decades, has a lot of users who're no longer alive. So the social media giant rolled out some features like the ability to assign a legacy contact to be charge of one's account after they die. Now, Facebook has announced that it's rolling out more features for dead people and how these legacy contacts have more control over the deceased person's account. It's a really nice gesture, and we're glad that Facebook is offering these new features. However, we would have loved to see Facebook fixing its platform for the living first. You know, the privacy issues that are giving nightmares and keeping us away from the platform. © Reuters Anyway, Facebook has rolled out some meaningful features, so let's check them out. First off, Facebook has added the ability to manage a new 'Tribute' section where the loved ones can remember the deceased person and pay their respects. Facebook also noted that it's addressing some pressing complaints against how a dead person's account is handled. Now, for instance, before an account is 'memorialized', Facebook will verify whether the person is actually dead. Only after a successful verification will the legacy contact be able to control the account. Also, only a friend or a family member can request to have an account memorialized. Lastly, the company also said they will use AI tools to prevent sending birthday reminders and friend recommendations for deceased users. Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said, “We know the loss of a friend or family member can be devastating - and we want Facebook to be a place where people can support each other while honouring the memory of their loved ones.” © Facebook Yeah, all these features, as we said, are really useful for the legacy contact, but we'd rather have the company focusing on fixing privacy issues for the living. Really, we all have some serious doubts on Facebook and how it handles our account and private information. If things keep escalating at the same rate and if people keep quitting the platform due to privacy reasons, then there will be no dead people's account or legacy contacts in the first place.
  2. This year, Samsung debuted a new device alongside the highly anticipated Galaxy S10 and the S10 Plus called the Galaxy S10e. It's the cheapest phone of Samsung's flagship lineup this year, yet it doesn't skimp out on features. In fact, we think some Galaxy S10e features make it better than the other two flagship phones in the lineup, and here are 4 of those awesome features - 1. The Size © YouTube The Samsung Galaxy S10e is, without a doubt, one of the most compact phones to come out this year so far. Having used a lot of 'big' phones this year, we really had a great time using the Galaxy S10e. The overall footprint of the phone is so small that you can comfortably hold it in your hands. The Galaxy S10e measures just 69.9mm in height, making it short and handy phone. Also, the phone weighs just 150 grams, which makes it very light too. It's comparable to the likes of some other compact phone which we've seen in the past like the Pixel 2. 2. Infinity-O Display © YouTube The Galaxy S10e has a 5.8-inch AMOLED display on the front with a punch-hole design that houses the front-facing camera. Despite being a small-sized phone, the display looks amazing. Of course, it's a Samsung panel, so it's simply great for content consumption, be it playing games, watching videos, etc. Also, the 5.8-inch feels like the perfect size for a phone. It's neither too small nor annoying big like some other phones that are out there in the market. 3. Dual-Cameras © YouTube Yes, the Galaxy S10e lacks the triple camera setup, which both the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus have, but that doesn't necessarily mean that the S10e cameras are bad. In fact, the 12MP standard lens and the 16MP ultrawide lens are really what you need for any given scenario. These are the same sensors that you'll find on the Galaxy S10 and the S10 Plus, and they work exceptionally well. Here's a sample image which we shot from the phone during our testing - 4. Wireless Charging With Powershare © YouTube Wireless charging isn't exactly a new or exciting feature nowadays, but we're glad that Samsung added that to the Galaxy S10e as well. Heck, the phone even has Samsung's new Reverse Wireless PowerShare feature, with which you can charge another phone or any other Qi-compatible accessory. How cool is that? Well, that wraps up this short and simple list of Galaxy S10e features that we love the most. These are some of the features which, according to us, makes the Galaxy S10e a stellar phone despite being the most affordable of the bunch.
  3. The 2019 iPhone and rumours surrounding the device have now escalated, which has brought us new information about its features. Some may be true and some may not be a part of the final product. That's something we can never be sure of as rumours tend to be unreliable. Having said that, there are some rumours that keep popping up and eventually turn out to be true when the device eventually launches. Apple generally launches a new iPhone every year at its September hardware event and we decided to list down some of the features that may just come to the future iPhone: 1. Reverse Wireless Charging © Twitter Apple recently announced a new wireless charging case for AirPods and with the recent cancellation of the AirPower, we can expect the next iPhone to support some sort of bilateral wireless charging. Currently, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10 offers this feature and can be used to charge other Qi-enabled devices. Samsung made the best use of this feature by letting the smartphone charge the new Galaxy Buds. 2. Triple Rear Camera© Twitter_Evenleaks We first saw a triple camera set up on the next iPhone in the form of a render way back in January and it seems like a recent schematic leak may have confirmed that claim. Schematics of the next shows the metal chassis of the phone which may be used for welding of the body. The rear cutout for the camera system is the most stand-out feature where there are three circular cut-outs for the camera lenses. If you want to know more, you can read all about it here. 3. A Smaller Notch © Akshay Bhalla_MensXP Currently, iPhone XS, XS Max, XR and X use a notch on its display that hosts an array of sensors for FaceID. This allows the smartphone to map a user's face and unlock the smartphone based on the person's facial features. AMS, the Austrian company which provides Apple with optical sensors for the TrueDepth camera has developed a new sensor that can trace ambient light from behind an OLED screen. It also has a proximity sensor which is currently housed in the notch of the iPhone. There is a possibility than iPhones may now have a smaller notch as some of these sensors can now be embedded in the screen. Having said that, Apple still needs to put a selfie camera on the front which may be under a smaller notch. There's no certainty whether Apple will implement the new sensors in the 2019 iPhone however we are keeping our fingers crossed. 4. Bigger Battery © YouTube Currently, the iPhone XS features a 2,658mAh battery while the larger iPhone XS Max has a 3,175 mAh battery. The cheaper iPhone XR has a battery size of 2,942 mAh. That's not a lot if Apple is considering to utilise the reverse wireless charging feature. According to reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will be increasing the size of its batteries on all models of iPhones this year. This, in turn, will enable the iPhone to have enough juice to charge other devices like the new AirPods.
  4. Google has finally launched its music streaming service in the form of YouTube Music and YouTube Premium for users who like a seamless video content experience. YouTube already has a vast catalogue of music that also includes radio channels, live performances and user-generated content. © Twitter YouTube has also introduced YouTube Premium that basically lets users consume content without any interruptions from advertisements. The Premium subscription also lets users play videos in the background even when users lock a smartphone or switch apps. YouTube Music Premium will also let users download songs in order to play when offline. YouTube Premium will be available for Rs 129 a month, will include membership to YouTube Music Premium, and access to all YouTube Originals. YouTube Music Premium is available at a monthly rental of Rs 99 and as part of the introductory offer, YouTube is offering a three-month subscription of YouTube Music Premium for free. Announcing the launch of YouTube Music in India, Lyor Cohen, Global Head of Music, YouTube said, “India is where the multi-lingual music scene thrives. It's interesting to note how Indian artists have consistently claimed top spots over the last few months in the Global YouTube Top Artists chart. With YouTube Music, we are hoping to bring the best in global and Indian music to millions of fans across India, and give them an immersive music experience, with the magic of music on YouTube.” T.Jay Fowler, Director of Product Management, Music Products, YouTube said, “We know that India loves watching music videos on YouTube -- be it the vibrancy, choreography, stars and glamour. Music from India has always been so much more than just the audio. Therefore for us, with the launch of YouTube Music, all the emphasis is on the familiar and to make every user experience richer as they start using the service. From recommended music videos, live performances, covers, to new videos -- it's all here, and only here." YouTube has been a popular platform for streaming music with access to thousands of playlists across various genres.
  5. Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India and its first sale is scheduled for March 13. We've been using the phone for a few days now and it sure gives the competition a run for their money. The Note 7 Pro's starting price has been fixed at Rs 13,999 for the 64GB variant and Rs 16,999 for the 128GB variant. What's so special about this phone? We've made a list of things we love about the phone. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 1. Near Perfect Camera: Xiaomi has been teasing the 48MP camera for months and it is the main highlight of the phone. The rear has a Sony IMX586 sensor paired along with a 5-megapixel secondary camera. Thanks to the high resolution, pictures have an incredible amount of detail. For low-light pictures, four pixels are merged into one and a 12-megapixel picture is created that has lower more detail and sharpness. 2. Camera Software: Using AI, not only can the phone add a bokeh effect but also completely change the background into 6 presets. After a preset is applied, you can also further change the type of lighting overlay. This opens up the option of having much more customization and using the same depth sensor, newer edits can be applied. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 3. Stunning Design: The Redmi Note 7 Pro has an all-glass design with a gradient finish. The company says it has used a 6-layer process to add the gradient finish and it is available in Neptune Blue, Nebula Red, and Classic Space Black. Not only has Xiaomi built the phone like a beast from the inside, but also equally stunning from the outside. 4. MIUI 10: The phone ships out of the box with MIUI 10 (Android Pie) and brings in gesture support, picture-in-picture mode, new recent menu, and AI performance enhancements. Thanks to the faster processor, the experience is even more smooth and refreshing. © MensXP / Shivam Vahia 5. Better Display: The phone has a 6.3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and features a smaller notch on the top. Xiaomi has further cut down on bezels and it also gets a 2.5D curved glass. The screen-to-body ratio has been improved to 81.4 per cent. 6. Faster Processor: © Qualcomm It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor built on TSMC's 11nm manufacturing process. The device comes with an Adreno 612 GPU. The new SoC employs software “gaming enhancements” that promise up to 90 per cent fewer stutters. Qualcomm enables the hardware and software to support both bokeh (portrait modes) and HDR shots in a single shot. 7. Battery: It has a 4000mAh battery and the phone finally ships with USB-C. The phone supports Quick Charge 4 but it comes bundled with a 10W charger. The battery is sufficient to get you through a day's heavy usage.
  6. The Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10e are now finally available to buy in India and we had called it one of the best flagship smartphones in our review. The smartphone has an updated design, however, there are some nifty features that make the S10 one of the most dependable flagship smartphones in 2019. It has a phenomenal camera, supports reverse wireless charging and has one of the most beautiful screens on a smartphone ever. We've been using the smartphone for a few weeks and here are some of our favourite features on the Galaxy S10 that make it stand out from the crowd. The Dynamic Display Is Awesome © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla We all know Samsung makes some of the best displays out there and even Apple uses their display tech on the flagship iPhones. The Galaxy S10 has a dynamic AMOLED display that has been voted as the best screen on a smartphone by DisplayMate. You can read all about Samsung's display here. The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have 6.1 and 6.4-inch AMOLED screens respectively and support HDR10+ content for users who like to consume videos. The dynamic range of the screen is exceptional and makes viewing images/content an awesome experience. Massive Storage Options © Samsung No longer will you have to worry about deleting your favourite images, videos or applications. Samsung now offers the Galaxy S10 smartphones in various storage options, one of them having 1TB of internal storage. What's cool is that the Galaxy S10 also supports storage expansion of up to 512 GB as it has microSDXC support. If you want to know more about Samsung and how the company has managed to support high storage options, you can read all about it here. Awesome Primary Cameras © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus come with a triple primary camera setup that consists of an optically stabilised 12-megapixel main sensor with a dual aperture that can switch between f/1.5 for night shots and f/2.4 for the day. The second sensor is an ultra-wide 16-megapixel f/2.2 sensor that lets you capture more field of view and lastly a stabilised 12-megapixel telephoto sensor. It comes with awesome portrait effects such as colour spin, colour point and others in the 'Live Focus' mode. The wide-angle sensor is also a dream to work with as it has a field of view of 77Ë. When it comes to video, the Galaxy S10/S10 Plus can capture 4K UD videos with the selfie camera, a perfect feature for video bloggers. It also uses the Ultra Wide sensor and software to give your steady videos similar to action cameras like GoPro. The Galaxy S10 can also record videos with Dynamic Tone Mapping for accurate colours and also supports richer colour contrast of HDR10+ in recordings. PowerShare © Samsung The Galaxy S10/S10 Plus now supports reverse wireless charging similar to what we've already seen on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It can charge other smartphones and even the Galaxy Buds. One has to simply put any Qi-compatible device and the S10 will do the rest.
  7. Samsung announced the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10e in India today, which are finally available to purchase in the country. It is one of the best Android flagship devices you can buy in India right now and you can read our official review here. © Youtube/Samsung India The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus come with a great triple camera setup where one of the lenses is an optically stabilised 12-megapixel main sensor with a dual aperture that can switch between f/1.5 for night shots and f/2.4 for the day. The second sensor is an ultra-wide 16-megapixel f/2.2 sensor that lets you capture more field of view and lastly a stabilised 12-megapixel telephoto sensor. © Samsung However, the Galaxy S10/S10 Plus comes with some nifty features such as a “Live Focus” mode which lets users take portrait images. You can adjust the blur after taking images and even add some awesome effects such as spin, colour point and others. The Galaxy S10 camera also has other intelligent features that let users optimise the scene and get on-screen guides to help users line up great shots. These features make it easier for casual users to take professional level looking images (or so they say). © Samsung However, at the launch event today, Ranjivjit Singh, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Samsung India said that many of these camera features were developed by engineers in India at Samsung's Bangalore R&D institute. “Over 500 engineers from India worked day and night to design and deliver a superlative camera experience on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus,” Singh said, adding that features like 'Scene Optimiser', 'Live Focus', and AR Emoji are just some of the few cameras features that are “made for the world, right here in India”. © Samsung Samsung has already opened the world's largest mobile phone factory in India and is deeply invested in the 'Make in India' program. It's part of the reason why Samsung enjoys competitive pricing due to local manufacturing. Samsung India is also working on a new and improved version of Bixby Vision for Indian customers, where users will be able to “try and buy” clothes thanks to a local partnership with Myntra. Bixby Vision will also let Indian users find nearby restaurants by simply pointing the camera at a street. This is possible due to Samsung's partnership with Magicpin to provide users with live information on local interest points.
  8. The iPhone XR is the new smartphone by Apple that costs relatively less than its flagship counterparts. Having said that, the iPhone XR can hold its own when it comes to performance and features without compromising the price. The XR is a hybrid between the iPhone 8 design and the iPhone X and has features that make it one of those smartphones that you just cannot ignore. Here are our favourite features on the iPhone XR that makes it one of our favourite smartphones launched by Apple last year. 1. The Most Powerful Processor © Apple What makes iPhones a beast in performance is its software that works in tandem with what's under the hood. The A12 Bionic chip is the same processor that powers the iPhone XS/XS Max. It's the first chip that uses the 7nm architecture and has three important components. It has the CPU, GPU and Apple's own Neural Engine. Apple uses all six cores (2 high-performance and 4 high-efficiency) at the same time and offers more power efficiency. The iPhone XR is also the 50% faster than the previous generation which means it can play games with less computing power and can launch apps faster. 2. It Can Take Awesome Pictures © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Even the iPhone XR has a single lens 12-MP camera and it can still take portrait image just like Google's Pixel smartphones. Thanks to the neural engine, the iPhone XR is capable of taking portrait shots via the software. It can detect a person's face and apply a bokeh effect. It can even take some awesome HDR images that we managed to click from our recent trip to the Maldives. Check out a few samples below: View this post on Instagram Pictures shot using the #iPhoneXR #shotoniphone #technology #smartphone #tech A post shared by Akshay Bhalla (@editorinchief) on Oct 23, 2018 at 10:58am PDT 3. It Has Facial Recognition © Apple Earlier, FaceID and the true-depth camera system was exclusive to the iPhone X and were not available to iPhone 8/8Plus users. However, with the introduction of the iPhone XR, it has the same facial recognition features as its flagship counterparts and is faster than the iPhone X. You can even use the True Depth camera system to use Animoji and Memoji. The new True-Depth camera system also lets users take portrait selfies as well. 4. More Battery Life The iPhone XR has a bigger screen and is slightly larger in size than the iPhone XS. Due to the larger footprint, the iPhone XR also has a larger battery which results in longer battery life. The iPhone XR can last 1.5 hours longer than the iPhone 8 and can play videos for up to 15 hours. 5. It Comes In Different Colours © Apple If you loved the different colour options on the iPhone 5c, you will see a similar trend with the iPhone XR as it comes with various options. Even though it has a glass back and a metal frame, it comes white, black, blue, yellow, coral, and (Product)Red.
  9. The iPhone is the most selling product every year and the small line-up of phones has a huge market share in the developed markets. Hence, it's no surprise that rumours mills are always churning out something new. The 2019 iPhones are expected to launch in September, but we're already hearing a lot about them. Analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo are known to be highly reliable and have a track record of revealing accurate reports over the past few years. Now, Kuo has released an analyst note that contains his predictions about the upcoming iPhones. The predictions have corroborating reports stating that Apple could announce three new iPhones this year. © Apple According to him, the new iPhones shall have the same screen sizes and the notch isn't going anywhere as well. The iPhone XR successor is expected to get an OLED display, instead of the current LCD. The phones shall also have an upgraded Face ID array, bigger batteries, and a frosted glass casing. Another major update will be a triple rear camera setup on one of the phones. Previous Bloomberg reports have also said that Apple is testing the new camera array, and given the current trends of the market, it makes more sense. Huawei's flagships have been a killer in the segment, and even Samsung has been trying to catch-up. © Imgur The upcoming iPhones are also expected to get an ultra-wideband radio for indoor navigation and bilateral wireless charging. The latter lets you charge other smaller devices wirelessly via your iPhone. This shall come in extremely handy to quickly charge AirPods on the go. In fact, even the AirPods are going to get a successor this year and the AirPods 2 are reported to sport better health tracking, finely tuned audio output, as well as better battery life. Even the much-awaited AirPower charging mat shall be finally coming this year. © Apple Lastly, the new iPhones will continue using the Lightning connector, instead of opting for USB-C. This may be good news for many, but those who already use the new MacBook or iPad Pro know how annoying it can get to carry separate charging wires everywhere. What do you think about the new iPhones? Let us know in the comments section below! Source: 9to5Mac
  10. Apple's AirPods have been due for a refresh for quite some time and we've been hearing about a launch every now and then. Last year, we expected Apple to announce the second-generation earbuds alongside the iPhones, but it didn't materialise. AirPods have been extremely successful since its launch and are still among the most preferred. With 2019 setting in, we're hearing even more about the upcoming AirPods 2. Thanks to MySmartPrice (https://www.mysmartprice.com/gear/apple-airpods2/), we know the AirPods 2 will look similar to the previous generation, but pack a set of new features. Improvements will include improved bass and a grippier, non-slip coating, and new sensors. © Apple Previous reports have pointed out that Apple is very serious about health and shall include a host of new sensors like heart rate scanner and enhanced fitness trackers. The wireless earbuds shall also feature water resistance, better battery life, and improved audio quality. The AirPods 2 shall come in two colours -- black and white. The price is expected to be around US$ 200 (Rs 14,100), instead of the current US$ 159 (Rs 11,250). © Reuters Secondly, the same report also sheds light on Apple's AirPower mat. The wireless charging mat was first announced in 2017, alongside the iPhone X. But we haven't heard anything official about it since then and the company still seems to be finding a way to mass produce it. However, since the product was first teased, AirPower seems to have undergone some adaptations. The production-ready mat is said to be "slightly thicker than originally expected" due to a multi-wireless charging coil configuration. Earlier reports have indicated that the product wasn't ready since it produced an exceptional amount of heat, thanks to multiple coils. The AirPower itself may come with some 'exclusive features' but those will come to play only with iOS 13. © Apple The AirPods 2 is expected to launch in the first half of this year, while the AirPower mat is expected to come by the end of 2019. We expect the company to announce the two together during a press conference in the coming months.
  11. Apple's AirPod wireless headphones have been one of the firm's most successful products - and a much anticipated new version is in the works and expected to be launched in the first half of 2019. Patent filings suggest the company is pretty much ready with the design and mass production is just around the corner. Reports by DigiTimes and 9To5Mac indicate the new AirPods 2 are just on the way. Up till now, we've barely heard about the second generation earbuds and many expected Apple to launch them last year. According to 9To5Mac, a "Hey Siri" configuration tool found in Apple's latest iOS 12.2 beta suggests the new AirPods are coming soon. © 9To5Mac If Siri setup has AirPods inclusion, it means the second generation AirPods could bring in "Hey Siri" functionality. In this case, the audio processing shall be done by the AirPods itself, and not the connected iPhone. The new AirPods are expected to have a heart rate sensor, enabling tracking of fitness activities. Since the launch of the Apple Watch, the company has increased its focus on health tracking and slowly started integrating everything in the Health SDK. © Apple "If you zoom out into the future and you look back and you ask the question: 'What was Apple's greatest contribution to mankind?' It will be about health," Tim Cook said in a recent interview to CNBC. According to a fairly old report from Bloomberg, the new pair of earbuds are also going to be waterproof and house better Bluetooth connectivity than their predecessors, thanks to the inclusion of the W2 chip. The same chipset has also been used onboard the Apple Watch Series 3. © Apple Lastly, the AirPods 2 are expected to have wireless charging capabilities. Since the launch of the iPhone 8, Apple has committed itself to going completely wireless. Though, the company still hasn't been able to launch the AirPower mat that can charge multiple devices at once. Rumours suggest the brand could finally launch the AirPower mat along with the AirPods 2. Keep in mind, much of this is speculation and based on informal reports. There has been no official confirmation from Apple about the AirPods 2 development.
  12. I really enjoy writing about the new features the development team have been slaving over for weeks (and sometimes months.) It's a real joy to be able to share the finished product after we've seen it through inception, discussion, planning, assigning to a developer, coding, peer reviewing and final group testing. Although sometimes, the features can be explained in a few screenshots, which makes for a pretty thin blog entry. With that in mind, I've grouped together 6 of the best new micro-features for Invision Community 4.4. Browser notifications We introduced browser notifications in a previous version of Invision Community. Once you've opted in to receive them, you'll get a fancy browser notification when new content is posted while you're off browsing other sites. However, the browser prompt to ask for permission to push notifications isn't subtle, and it attacks you the second you log in for the first time. In Invision Community 4.4, we've made it, so you're only asked to opt-in once you open the notification drop down. No more being attacked by a permission dialog Widget display settings One of the most popular features we've added to the front end in recent times is the drag and drop widgets. We see these used on almost every site we visit. A popular request, though, was to be able to hide them from specific devices. By default, the sidebars appear under the main content when viewed on a smaller device such as a phone. There may be times where you wish to show a block for those on tablets and desktops, but remove it for phones, so it doesn't take up precious retail space. Happily, you can now do this on each block with 4.4. Desktop only? Club Navigation Clubs are relatively new to Invision Community but they incredibly popular as they allow you to run micro-communities within your main community. You're not limited to just forums either; you can add gallery albums and more to each club. We've added the ability to re-arrange the club tabs allowing you to prioritise what you members see first. Rearranging club tabs Announcement URLS Announcements have been a core feature for a long time now. We use them whenever we have a holiday so we can notify our customers about reduced support on those days. We've made it so you can now link to an item, rather than have to provide new copy for each announcement. We may have overdone it a bit Time Frame selector We noticed that in numerous areas around the Admin CP we had time input boxes. These would sometimes be used for seconds, minutes, hours and even days. We've seen customers forced to enter things like 86400 seconds when they want the time frame to last a day. The lack of consistency wasn't great either. In Invision Community 4.4, we've added a new Time Frame selector which is used as standard on all areas we ask for a time frame to be entered. No more taking your socks off to work out how many seconds in a month. Time is no longer relative Group Name Styling For about as long as I can remember (and as I get older, this is not an impressive amount of time), we've allowed group names to be stylized when shown in the online user list. A very popular request is to extend that same group highlighting throughout the suite. Finally, Invision Community 4.4 brings this to the suite. If the group name is visible, that gets the styling, otherwise the name does These features may be micro in nature, but we hope they make a significant improvement to your community. Which are you most looking forward to? Drop a comment below and let us know.
  13. It's easy to think that email is a relic from the past; from simpler times long before social media and the rise of phone apps. And it's reasonable to think that way. Your phone constantly pings at you, and your laptop OS constantly pings at you, so why bother with email? Because it's still a hugely powerful medium to get and retain attention. In 2017, over 269 billion emails were sent and received per day. Of those, 3,360,250,000 are opened, read, and a link clicked. Email is still very much a critical tool in your quest for retention. Invision Community knows this. We have options to notify members of replies by email, weekly or monthly digests by email and members can opt-in for bulk emails sent from your community team. Given how important email is, it was only fair that we invested in some love for our email system for 4.4. Email Statistics Just above, I mention that 269 billion emails are sent, and 3.4 billion are opened, read and clicked. How many emails are sent from your Invision Community daily? (No cheating and checking with SendGrid) You probably have no idea as we didn't record email statistics. As of Invision Community 4.4 we do! Chart showing the number of emails sent daily We now track emails sent, and the number of link clicks inside those emails. Email Advertisements Email notifications are a powerful way to get your members to revisit your community. The member welcomes these emails as it means they have new replies to topics they are interested in reading. While you have your member's attention, you have an opportunity to show them a banner-style advertisement. The new email advertisement form When creating a new email advert, you can choose to limit the advert to specific areas such as topics, blogs, etc. - and even which forums to limit by. Subliminal messages This is a new way to reach your audience with your promotions. Unfollow without logging in Despite spending most of this blog entry shouting the virtues of email, it's inevitable that one or two members may wish to stop receiving notification emails. In previous versions, the unfollow link would have taken you to a login page if you were signed out. For members that haven't been back in a while, this may cause some annoyance if they do not recall their login details. Invision Community 4.4 allows non-logged in members to unfollow the item they received an email about or all followed items without the need to log in. You no longer need to log in to unfollow items Respecting your member's inbox is vital to keep on good terms with them and to keep them engaged in your community. We'd love to know which of these features you're most keen to try in 4.4. Please drop a comment below and let us know!
  14. It's time for yet another console war as both Microsoft and Sony are preparing to launch their new consoles very soon. According to a report by Windows Central, the new next generation of Xbox has been bestowed with the codename 'Anaconda' and is expected to arrive in 2020. Microsoft plans to ship not one but two consoles as a part of its overall “Scarlett” next-gen Xbox plans, the report states. © Reuters Apparently, Anaconda is set to replace the Xbox One X and has similar specifications that will support 4K gaming. The new console is said to have improved hardware and processor and graphics from AMD. The new Xbox is also expected to include SSD storage for faster load times in games. The so-called Xbox Scarlet Cloud will utilize a semi-custom AMD Picasso chip, set to be introduced as part of AMD's Ryzen 3000 lineup. The second console has been dubbed the codename 'Lockhart' and will be a cheaper alternative to the Xbox One X replacement. Both consoles are said to have backward compatibility for Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles. This would definitely bring a huge advantage to the new console, as Sony has been shying away from providing a similar feature on the PlayStation platform. As of now, there is no information on Sony providing backward compatibility on its future console. © Youtube Microsoft is also said to be including a feature where users can convert their physical disc libraries into digital ones. This feature was originally planned for the Xbox One, however, the company had to cancel its plans due to the controversial 'always online' feature. Source: Windows Central
  15. AirPods have been a huge success for Apple and it seems like the company is bringing a brand new version of the wireless earphones soon. According to trademark filings and reports, the new AirPods will have more advanced features than the current generation. The filings were made from Hong Kong and Europe a few days ago, where new details about the next AirPods were leaked. © MensXP The filings were spotted by Patently Apple and the next version of AirPods are expected to have health-related features. The new features are expected to track and monitor heart rate via the biometric sensors inbuilt into the wireless earphones. The filing detailed the featured it may cover i.e.: “namely, health, fitness, exercise, and wellness sensors, monitors, speakers and displays for measuring, displaying, tracking, reporting, monitoring, storing, and transmitting biometric data, heart rate, body movement, and calories burned; hearing aids; medical apparatus and instruments; apparatus for use in medical analysis; testing apparatus for medical purposes; pulse meters; thermometers for medical purposes; spirometers [medical apparatus]; dental apparatus; heart rate monitoring apparatus; earplugs [ear protection devices]; feeding bottles; non-chemical contraceptives; hair prostheses; plaster bandages for orthopaedic purposes; suture materials.” © MensXP The new filing also mentions that there will be a mechanism to transmit biometric data such as heart rate, body movement and calories burned. According to the report, the AirPods will work closely with other Apple products such as the Apple Watch. We aren't entirely sure when Apple will launch the new AirPods, however, these filings make it extremely exciting thanks to the new features. There are other reports that suggest AirPods may also support noise-cancelling features which is a highly requested feature by AirPods users. Source: Patently Apple
  16. Nothing like the festive season to buy a smartphone! The market is buzzing with multiple offers on the best smartphones and new models are being launched in the market- the one in question being the Honor 8X. Recently launched in the Indian market to make the most of the festive season, the Honor 8X promises to be everything Indian users want- a high-performance smartphone that is easy on the pocket! So, let's get you up-to-date with the new all-rounder in the market, the Honor 8X and its features: Android Central Sophisticated Design Minimalist and millennial – keywords that define the Honor 8X design. The display is made of an aurora glass body and thin bottom border using an innovative chip-on-film technology. Adding to its elegant and smooth look and feel is a metal middle frame that adopts a 2.5D double texture aurora glass body with a grating effect. Focus On Performance First Being the first in the Honor series, Honor 8X offers a powerful Octa-core Kirin 710 chipsets. The chipsets are manufactured by advanced 12nm process technology with 4 x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 cores. The CPU's single-core performance represents an increase of 75% compared to the previous generation. Focusing on performance, the chipsets are enhanced by the revolutionary GPU turbo to optimize the mobile gaming experience. Powered by the 2.2GHz octa-core processor, the phone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The storage can be expanded up to 256 GB with a microSD card. Screen & Display Offering a 91% screen-to-body ratio, the Honor 8X features a 6.5-inch full-view notch display. Appealing to the 'Netflix & Chill' generation, the display is improved using advanced chip-on-film technology and a full view display 2.0. The phone boasts of a touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080x2340 pixels at a PPI of 396 pixels per inch. Android Headlines AI Camera For Your Clicks Making the most of Artificial Intelligence, the Honor 8X comes with a high definition dual 20 MP + 2MP rear camera and a 16 MP front-facing camera. The AI camera can recognize over 500 scenarios in 22 categories, and optimize settings and enhance photo quality based on what users are shooting, producing breathtaking photos. The smartphone uses AI to produce beautiful night shots by using multi-frame stabilization technology based on machine learning. Now, the user can be a professional photographer by using enhanced portrait mode, which provides a natural bokeh effect and true skin tone. It takes the perfect selfie as the new 4 Cell fusion is incorporated in the 16MP front camera, which is 4 times bigger than before and the aggregated pixel allows 2 times more light to go through. Honor 8X's super slow-motion feature can record videos at 16x slow motion (480fps) and with augmented reality (AR) effect, the camera can produce interesting group photos, creating an AR mask and background changes. Mid-Range Price Point For those of us, who like to enjoy the best at a rational price point, the Honor 8X makes quite a case. Available for purchase in the market at Rs 16,999 for its 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, the phone also comes in a storage variant of 6GB RAM and 128GB storage for Rs 18,999.
  17. Google unveiled the new Pixel 3 and 3 XL this week and the phones intend to make Android smarter. While we see so many smartphones launching every month, the Pixel 3 series stands apart by focusing only on software. Sure, the hardware is top-notch, but that is something Google has completely sidelined in its marketing efforts, as it's all about the usability. It's normal to see smartphone makers throw heavy technical terms to define their product, Google, on the other hand, cares about the end experience. And to make it the best, the company has incorporated tonnes of new features that may look like a gimmick at first, but will come in extremely handy in the longer run. Here are a few of them: 1. Google Assistant Managing Your Calls: © Google Earlier this year, Google showed a demo of Duplex, an AI conducting a natural sounding conversation and booking a restaurant reservation for you. This functionality is now rolling out with the Pixel 3 on a city-by-city basis, starting with New York City. For older Pixel owners, that future will arrive before the end of the year. Yes, we are slowly walking into the future, we don't even have to use the phone to make calls ourselves anymore. The virtual assistant can take your preferences and do all the work for you. 2. Call Screen Answering: © Google Instead of talking on your behalf, this feature answers your incoming phone calls for you and transcribes what the person on the other end of the phone is saying. When users receive an anonymous/unknown incoming call, they will have the option to tap the “Screen call” button to have Google Assistant pick up on their behalf. The AI will note how the caller is currently talking to a “screening service from Google” and take the callers details for you. After the transcript is generated, it will suggest you a reply; 'Who's this?', 'Call you back in some time', or mark as spam. 3. The Smartest Rear Camera: © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla While all smartphone makers are busy putting as many lenses as possible on their phones, Google is still sticking to a single lens setup on the Pixel 3. All the heavy lifting is done by the onboard AI, and the phone is able to churn out amazing portrait shots with that coveted bokeh background blur. Even though it has a 12-megapixel hardware sensor, Google is able to run a Super Res Zoom mode that stitches together multiple shots to boost the resolution when you zoom in. In low-light settings, Night Sight will re-colour photos and brighten them without the need for a flash. 4. The Coolest Front Camera: © Google While the rear has a single lens camera setup, the front boasts a dual camera setup that can capture wide angle pictures. With this, you'll never have to carry along a selfie stick, no matter how big the group or landscape is, it'll fit in perfectly. Adding to this, the AI can now detect fun moments like a wink or tongue, and automatically takes a picture. It can also recognize your friends and family from the pictures and create Live Albums that automatically fill with photos of the people you are close to. Any picture you take with someone will automatically get sorted in the respective album. 5. Flip To Mute: © Google In continuation of Google's Wellbeing program that aims to reduce the time you spend on your phone, the Pixel 3 comes with a Flip to Mute mode that essentially mutes sounds and notifications automatically. If the setting is on, and you put your phone face down on a table, the mode kicks in. 6. Google Lens: © Google Google Lens is coming to the Pixel 3 camera and that means you'll be able to point your phone's camera at something -a food menu, a movie poster, or a foreign language and it will automatically fetch the restaurant details, the actor details or translate the language. So phone numbers can be clicked on to dial, products can come up in Google Shopping to buy and landmarks can be given search results.
  18. Not everyone is great at taking pictures and taking a perfect shot from a smartphone can be even more difficult. Google has now made it easier for users to take awesome pictures, even when you miss an awesome moment. Google's “computational photography” algorithms work behind the scenes to give you the perfect shot you've always wanted but could never achieve. All of this is possible thanks to machine learning and Google's new Pixel Visual core chip. © Google The feature is called 'Top Shot' and is now being rolled out to Pixel 3 smartphones via an update. It works in tandem with everything mentioned above to pick the best shots from a number of images. It basically clicks images before and after you click the shutter button and gives you a range of shots that you may want to use. This will basically eliminate the problem of pictures that would have eyes closed or weird expressions. You can simply scroll through the alternate images to use the perfect moment captured. © Google If you love taking selfies, Google has introduced another feature called 'Photobooth'. It essentially works similar to the 'Top Shot', where it takes a bunch of selfie shots by recognising the subjects in the frame. What's cool is that it will capture images automatically when you smile or make funny faces, without having to click the shutter button. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla Google Pixel 3's marquee feature is both the primary and front-facing camera and these features just make the camera on the smartphone even more powerful. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL have an 8MP primary dual pixel sensor with an aperture of f/1.8 The Pixel 3 XL also sports a dual 8MP wide-wide-angle and a normal field-of-view camera. The wide-angle sensor has an aperture of f/2.2 and 97° field of view. The normal selfie camera has a f/1.8 aperture and 75° field of view. The Pixel 3 and 3 XL will be available in India for purchase from November 1st and will be priced as below: Pixel 3: Rs. 71,000 (64GB), Rs. 80,000 (128GB), Pixel 3 XL: Rs. 83,000 (64GB), and Rs. 92,000 (128GB)
  19. We checked out the Pixel 3 in detail at Google's launch event in New York, and the one thing that Google wants you to know is that it's not all about the hardware. The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have probably been the most leaked smartphones in history, however, nobody knew about the features Google talked about today. The real magic happens when Google marries their software prowess with machine learning and hardware to deliver an experience you won't find on any other Android device. These are some of our favourite features on the Pixel 3 that set it apart from the rest of the crop: Top Shot © Google The new feature essentially lets you choose the perfect shot when you take pictures using the Pixel 3. Basically, it uses machine-learning to give you the best picture from multiple HDR+ images. Machine-Learning on the Pixel 3 will let you manually choose the perfect shot from a group of pictures. This will basically eliminate the problem of pictures that would have eyes closed or weird expressions. You can simply scroll through the alternate images to use the perfect moment captured. Night Sight © Google If you love to go out at night like me, this will be the most important feature you want to be looking at. Basically, Google uses “computational photography” to enhance images taken in low-light environments. This will basically eliminate the need to use flash, as Google's algorithms spruce up the brightness, contrast and colour automatically. Super Res Zoom © Google Previously, using software to zoom in on images would often result in awful images. The picture would be grainy and often lose detail, as the software zoom has never been able to be as good as a telephoto lens. However, Google will now use machine learning and deliver a super clean image, without ever using a secondary camera lens. Call Screening © Google Nobody likes telemarketers and sometimes we get duped by them because of the different phone numbers they tend to use. Google's new Call Screen feature will basically now let Google Assistant answer unwanted calls for you. It will ask the caller a few questions on your behalf and you can use one-touch screen prompts to carry on or end the conversation. No More Selfie Sticks © Google © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla If you're a fan of taking group selfies, you will no longer need to carry a selfie stick or have a friend with long arms thanks to the dual-selfie camera. Both cameras have an 8-MP sensor where one of them is a wide-angle lens. This lets the Pixel 3 XL capture 184 per cent more area of your surroundings and essentially makes taking group-selfies easy. Pixel 3 Specs & Pricing Display: Pixel 3: 5.5-inch flexible OLED at 443ppi/2160x1080, 18:9 aspect ratio; Pixel 3 XL: 6.3-inch flexible OLED at 523ppi/2960x1440, 18.5:9 aspect ratio (plus a notch!) Dimensions: Pixel 3: 5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 inches, 148 grams; Pixel 3 XL: 6.2 x 3.0 x 0.3 inches, 184 grams Rear camera: 12.2MP dual-pixel, f/1.8 aperture Dual front camera: 8MP wide-angle and normal field-of-view cameras. Wide-angle has f/2.2 aperture and 97° field of view. The normal camera has a f/1.8 aperture and 75° field of view Silicon: 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Pixel Visual Core chip, Titan M security module, 4GB RAM, and either 64GB or 128GB storage Battery: 2915mAh (Pixel 3), 3450mAh (Pixel 3 XL), fast charging and wireless charging Audio: Dual front-firing speakers, USB-C earbuds bundled in Colours: Clearly White, Just Black, Not Pink OS: Android 9 Pie Pricing: Rs. 71,000 (64GB), Rs. 80,000 (128GB), Rs. 83,000 (Pixel 3 XL 64GB) variant, and Rs. 92,000 (Pixel 3 XL 128GB)
  20. After last week's successful rollout of iOS 12 for iPhones and iPads, Apple has started pushing out the new Mojave update for MacOS. Technically, version 10.14, includes tonnes of new features and that will make your Mac experience even smoother. The major update is named, as you might've guessed, after California's Mojave Desert and promises to help Mac users stay organized and work more efficiently. The update is free for all, including the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac mini. 1. Dark Mode: © Apple Apple is finally getting around to including a fully functional Dark Mode in macOS. Switching to the mode will lead to not only the system theme changing but also other system apps like Mail, Maps, Messages, and Photos will switch to a dark theme. Obviously, a third party API has also been made available, meaning slowly all your other apps should also start supporting it natively. You can find it in System Preferences General. 2. Dynamic Desktop: © Apple Going along with the Dark Mode, Apple has also added Dynamic Desktop in macOS Mojave which automatically changes the desktop wallpaper to match the time of the day. During the day, it'll give you a shot of the Mojave desert in bright warm lighting, this will slowly adapt to a more cooler colour scheme by dusk. In total, Apple has included 16 images that go in a cycle, you'll notice a change in every 90 minutes. Even the menu bar and interface will move to Dark Mode once the sun sets. 3. Stacks: © Apple Stacks is basically your cleaner, it takes the messy contents of your desktop and organizes them into tidy stacks (literally). These stacks can be organised by file type, date, tags and more. To expand a stack and see all its content, just click on it. We've all been there, dumping temporary documents or files on the desktop and never cleaning it out, one day we realise that we've got too much filled, and it's near impossible to manually organise again because we either don't have the time or are too bored. 4. Accent Colours: © Reddit For years, users have said that they are tired of the simple graphite colour accent in MacOS, but now with the Mojave update, you can finally pick yours from the palette. This setting influences the colour of UI accents like radio buttons, dropdown menu arrows, etc. The default is still blue, but you can change that to pink, purple, orange, red, green, yellow, or graphite. To change, just go to System Preferences General, the same place where you turn on Dark Mode. 5. New Screenshot Tool: © CNET Taking screenshots on your Mac is now pretty much the same as that on the iPhone. You get an immediate thumbnail preview of the screenshot for quick annotation and sharing thanks to an on-screen user interface that's dedicated to taking screenshots. Just go to Utilities folder or use the Shift + Command + 5 shortcut to use it. It's easier to record what's on your screen too, thanks to a new screengrab menu that includes a countdown delay timer. 6. Quick Actions: © Apple These shortcuts let you take action on files directly from the Finder, meaning you can now perform one-click operations to create files, rotate pictures, and even trim videos. The best part is, it works on multiple selected files as well. All this without having to actually open the file in an app. 7. Continuity Camera: © Apple This basically lets you pick up where you left off on other Apple devices. Let's say you are working on a document on your Mac, and want to include a photo, it can automatically activate the camera on your phone. Also, if you're tired of hand-scanning documents, the iPhone camera can be your new scanner, dropping adjusted documents to your desktop. This is extremely handy because it's faster than AirDrop. 8. Group FaceTime: © Apple Apple added supported for group FaceTime on iOS 12, the same is now making its way to Mac as well. With Group FaceTime, you can make a group video call comprising of up to 32 people. Even better, you can use Animoji, Memoji, stickers, and more while on a FaceTime call now. Participants can be added to the conversation at any time and join in via their Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. 9. More Security & Privacy: © AppleInsider Safari will not start blocking ad trackers and Mojave will make it more difficult for companies to identify your Mac, based on its configuration and the fonts and plug-ins you've installed. Additionally, there's greater protection against social media “Like” and “Share” buttons and comment widgets that track you without permission. Also, apps will now have to ask for permission to use your Mac's camera and microphone like it already does for Photos and Contacts. Likewise, apps that wish to access Messages history or the Mail database will need user approval as well. 10. Redesigned Mac Store: © Apple The Mac Store is the most trusted place for downloading new apps and Apple has decided to further refine this experience. The new-look Mac App store looks a little like its iOS counterpart, but more like the Mac Apple News app, with a sidebar and larger art. Also, videos give you a sense of how the app actually works. Also, highly asked for apps like Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Lightroom, and BareBones BBEdit are now available via the Store.
  21. Now that iOS 12 has officially rolled out to devices, it's time to take note of some of the best features we are currently digging. The new operating system was pushed out yesterday to eager users and is now available for iPhone 5c or higher and the 2013 iPad or higher devices. Once you've installed the latest update on your iPhone, here are some features you need to check out. Some features are exclusive to certain devices and some features are available across the board. Here are the six iOS 12 features that we are currently loving: 1. Screen Detox © MensXP We're addicted to our smartphones or other devices that have a screen. The iOS 12 now lets users track which apps they use most often. 'Screen Time' can now be found in Settings, where you can set limits on usage of certain apps and even schedule DND features to snooze all notifications. 2. Memoji © MensXP The iOS 12 has now expanded the Animoji feature with more detailed face tracking and has added the ability to create an Animoji from your own face. This basically lets users make a cartoon version of their face and can be later be used for recording animations and voice. These animations can be sent via iMessage or can be shared on other social media platforms. 3. Measure Objects © MensXP Newer iPhones already had support for augmented reality and now the same feature can be used for measuring objects. A new app called 'Measure' has been introduced where users can simply tap the 'Plus' button and start measuring their environment. Here's me using the app to measure my table which turned out to be smaller than I expected. I used the measuring app using the existing table as a reference for the actual desired size of my next table. 4. Shared AR © Apple As a part of ARKit 2, users can now play AR games and use other AR apps with other iPhone users. For example, we can now simultaneously play games with our partner as the two devices reflect the same AR generated environment. This is a nifty tool for home planners and even kids who want to do more with their iPads and iPhones. 5. Group FaceTime Video Calls © Apple This feature is still not out yet, however, we have seen it work behind closed doors. Users will now be able to make video calls with up to 32 people at once and can even use Animoji and Memoji. The feature is scheduled to launch sometime this fall and we can't wait to use it. 6. Siri Shortcuts © Apple The new 'Shortcuts' app is now available on iOS 12 and it essentially lets you combine app functions into one Siri command. For example, if you have to tell Siri to direct you home, with Shortcuts you can follow up that command with Siri automatically texting your family that you're on your way home. If you happen to have a Smart Air Conditioner that is compatible with HomeKit, it will automatically switch it on since you're heading home.
  22. Last week, along with the launch of the new iPhones, Apple also announced it will be pushing the iOS 12 update Over-The-Air (OTA) on 17 September. For India, the update will be available for download starting tonight. The new iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR will ship with iOS 12 installed out of the box, while all devices starting from iPhone 5S will receive it OTA. The new operating system, which Apple previewed at this year's annual developers conference, WWDC, is all about making your phone faster and smarter. "For iOS 12, we are doubling down on performance,” said software VP Craig Federighi. How Do You Download It? All you need to do is open the Settings app, tap General, and select Software Updates. Once the update is available from Apple's server, you can download it via WiFi and install at your convenience. The second way is to plug your iPhone or iPad to your Mac or PC and open iTunes. Once the devices are in sync with your Apple ID, just select "Check for Update", once available, download it and then install. Keep in mind, your phone should remain connected to the computer all the time. While the focus has been on fixing the OS from its core, Apple has also finally decided to update a few of its apps that seemed were long forgotten. Here's a list of new features that shall be coming with the update: 1. Performance: © Apple Insider Apple has promised that iPhone users will see sizeable speed improvements, including smartphones as old as 2013's iPhone 5S. Apple said it has improved performance all over iOS, so things should be at least a little quicker day to day. iOS 12 instantly ramps up CPU clock speeds, instead of slowly increasing it to their peak speeds. It also decreases fast to save on battery life as well. Federighi said that in Apple's tests on an iPhone 6 Plus, apps launch 40 per cent faster, the system keyboard comes up 50 per cent faster, and opening the camera is 70 per cent faster. 2. Better Notification Management: © Apple Notifications from the same app are now stacked, instead of being shown in a long list. Tap on a stack of alerts to unfold it, and then interact with individual notifications. Instant Tuning also gives you control over your notification settings right from the lock screen. A new Deliver Quietly option silently sends notifications directly to Notification Center without interrupting you, and you don't need to worry about keeping the phone on Do Not Disturb mode. 3. Do Not Disturb: © Apple In the past, you've been able to put your phone on Do Not Disturb for a specified amount of time — now you can do it for a specific place, like your office or a movie theatre. The phone will automatically be on Do Not Disturb mode when you enter and off when you leave. You can also choose whether to end DND in an hour, in the evening, or schedule it manually. 4. Bedtime: image 6 Apple When bedtime mode is enabled, all notifications will be blocked from not only lighting up but even appearing on your lock screen. This way if you look at your phone to check the time, you won't find yourself tapping through alerts from various apps instead of going to bed. This option can be switched on by going to Settings Do Not Disturb Bedtime. 5. Smarter Photos App: © Apple Apple Photos will now show search suggestions allowing users to discover older photos through certain keywords like places, moments and even business names. A new For You section has also been made that shows memories, featured photos, live photos, and shared album activity. And you can also send high-resolution pictures over iMessage. 6. Shortcuts: © Apple You can now customize "Shortcuts" — basically suggestion of apps you might normally use before you head out the door in the morning (weather, and maps). In fact, in iOS 12, Siri can take note of your habits and even suggest Shortcuts to you. You can also add shortcuts using the “Add to Siri” button in supported apps, or in Settings Siri and Search. 7. Screen Time: © Apple Screen Time provides detailed information and tools to help you find the right balance of time spent with apps and websites. You can easily see the time spent on apps, usage across categories of apps, how many notifications are received, and how often devices are picked up. Once you know which apps are taking up most of your time, app limits can set the amount of time you can spend in apps and on websites. In Settings Screen Time your device will break down, to the minute, how much time you spend on specific apps or on websites. Furthermore, it will also keep a track of how often you unlock your phone, a number of alerts you receive, and your call durations. 8. Group FaceTime: © SlashGear Users can hold group FaceTime calls with up to 32 participants. You can also add effects to your FaceTime call, just like you can when using the camera in the Messages app. 9. AR Experiences: © Apple Shared experiences in ARKit 2 let developers create innovative AR apps you can experience together with friends, it's like playing a multi-player game with AR. Apple has also announced a new file format for AR in collaboration with Pixar called USDZ. The latest iteration paves way for smarter and more advanced AR-based applications on iPhones. 10. Battery Insights: © Apple The battery monitoring option has been pretty basic until now, Apple intends to take this a level further by showing more data in graphs as to which app is taking up maximum power. The Battery tab within Settings will offer a clearer picture of how your battery performs from day to day. 11. App Updates: © Apple Apple Books gets an all-new design that makes discovering and enjoying books easier. Apple Music can now search lyrics so you can use a few of the words to find a song along with new charts to show you the daily top 100 songs in countries. Apple News is also getting a redesign. Some minor changes are also coming to Podcasts, Voice Memo's, and Stocks.
  23. Apple has finally announced the three iPhones that were rumoured all year and it seems like everything that was rumoured, has almost come true. The new smartphones don't have any major changes but the smartphones do have upgrades that will make the new iPhones better and faster than ever before. Here are some features we love on the upcoming iPhones this year: Bigger, Better Screens © YouTube The new Super Retina displays on the new iPhones will pack more pixels than its predecessor and also offer 60 per cent more dynamic range. The iPhone XS will sport the same 5.8-inch OLED display while the XS Max will have a massive 6.5-inch display that will have 3.3 million pixels. Massive Storage © Apple For the very first time, Apple will not be offering an iPhone that will have 512 GB internal storage. That is more than enough to store thousands of pictures, music, videos and apps. It does cost a bomb for this variant, however, we feel it will be a worthy investment. Improved Cameras © Apple iPhones are touted to have one of the best smartphone cameras and it seems like Apple will be offering some major upgrades in this department. The iPhone XS and XS Max will have the same vertical camera setup as the iPhone X. It will have a 12MP wide-angle camera and a telephoto lens. Having said that, the new iPhones will have better and more powerful sensors that will be able to take clearer pictures in low light environments. The selfie camera has a 2x faster sensor and better red-eye reduction thanks to the A12 bionic chipset. The A12 Bionic Chip © Apple We all know Apple makes some of the best chipsets for the iPhone and the A12 bionic processor is no exception. The SoC is a 7nm chip that has an “8-core dedicated machine-learning engine to analyse neural network data” According to Apple, it can process 5 trillion operations per second which is major leap when compared to the A11's 600 billion operations per second. This will enable apps to open 30 per cent faster while using less power. Improved Portrait Shots © Apple Thanks to iOS 12, you will now be able to adjust the level of blur in your portrait shots. We've seen this feature before on the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9 and other Samsung smartphones, however, it is always great to see this feature make it to iPhones. Users will be able to adjust the depth of field in a picture after it has been taken. Better Water Resistance The iPhone XS and XS Max now have a water resistance of IP68, which means the smartphone is now dust-proof and can remain submerged under water up to 2 meters for 30 minutes. That's a major improvement of previous iPhone's IP67 rating. Dual Sim © Apple The iPhone XS and XS max will also have dual-SIM technology where it will use one physical SIM card and one eSIM. Apple calls it the Dual Sim Dual Standby (DSDS) and will essentially allow users to use two phone numbers at the same time. This is probably the most requested feature by users in India and China and we finally see this feature making a debut on Apple devices.
  24. Every year the same joke comes back, with a few modifications of course, when Apple releases any new product and this time obviously wasn't any different. In case you have been living under a rock, Apple has released three new iPhones – iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone Xr. From so much confusion about the pronunciation of the names to making our favourite kidney jokes, people on Twitter did not disappoint. Since almost all of us can't afford to upgrade every time there's a new model, we can just upgrade our jokes and make everyone laugh and all of us can unite in being poor by Apple's standards. Coming back to the pronunciation, honestly is it “excess” or “tennis”? I don't think any of the options is the better one, tbh. So much confusion. Customer: I would like to buy an iPhone tens max. Max: How many iPhones tens do you want? C: No, I want a ten s max. Max: We don't sell tennis equipment here, you'll need to go to the Sports Authority. C: No, I don't want tennis I want a TEN S MAX! Max: Third base. — Michael Moore (@Kiey) September 12, 2018 It's a match to see who can actually afford it. The new iPhone tennis match — jennananahhh (@thebadjenn) September 12, 2018 It is, tho. this iPhone Tennis thing sounds like a racket — Sebastiaan de With (@sdw) September 12, 2018 That's a good joke. Forget about iPhone Tennis - if the new iPhone came with a stylus it would have been called iPhone PenS.#AppleEvent — Ivica MilariÄ (@filmzadanas) September 12, 2018 All of our feelings about the price. Fixed it. #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/6Y1cHkcrzY — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) September 12, 2018 Kidney jokes are back! A dual sim iPhone wohaaaaa!!!! I do have a spare sim but I don't have a spare kidney ð #AppleEvent — Prerna (@miss_cherished) September 13, 2018 They should've used this graph only. Haters will say iPhone is getting costly. pic.twitter.com/oCibXVPWVw — Ivan Mehta (@IndianIdle) September 12, 2018 Bohot slow hai. Tim cook: iPhone now has dual sim feature Samsung: Tim tera sabun slow hai kya? #AppleEvent — Akshay (@AkshayKatariyaa) September 12, 2018 This iconic scene tho, I mean iConic. Android be like : Launch wo kar rahein hain par features humaare hain.#AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/v24iRk4tst — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) September 12, 2018 All Apple fanboys right now. IPhone fans right now #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/nuQgOyaMWt — Mask ishan (@Mr_LoLwa) September 12, 2018 Not the same, tho. Reality check. #AppleEvent #iphoneXs pic.twitter.com/tC6wBYFqAc — Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) September 12, 2018 Gaffar is always first. Tim cook when he came to know that new iPhone is already launched in Gaffar Market, Karol bagh #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/N0cep3l6KF — Faad Dunga BC (@naalaYUCK) September 12, 2018 SOMEONE FIX THE DAMN CABLE. Me: Please make durable charging cables Apple: Here take a phone similar to the last one Me: But cable Apple: Okay take a new watch too Me: what about the cable tho Apple: #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/GxZk0rYdLA — ⪠Veer ⪠(@ClawedHumor) September 13, 2018 They're using Internet Explorer. We're all living in 2018 while Apple is living in 2012 #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/hJnyfbGgbK — 9GAG (@9GAG) September 13, 2018 The only constant feature. iPhone's best feature is that I still cannot afford it. #AppleEvent — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) September 12, 2018 Apple just released the dual sim to stop all the jokes. Samsung fans watching #AppleEvent and realising they can't even taunt you about dual sim anymore. pic.twitter.com/Ka2nksuv15 — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) September 12, 2018 It's honestly like never before View this post on Instagram "Never like before" - Every year A post shared by All India Bakchod (@allindiabakchod) on Sep 12, 2018 at 11:44am PDT Again, FIX THE DAMN CABLE. Presenter: “New iPhone has a strong glass that doesn't break easily” Charging cable: “ROFL”#AppleEvent — GRV (@MildlyClassic) September 12, 2018 ] This is meme is so versatile. Me after every #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/IE3oW5k3sL — Rahul Sharma (@badmanrahul) September 13, 2018 Apple, please listen to us. The only upgrade I care about. #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/lqOOlNnanF — ternak oppa (@desnoviaasr) September 12, 2018 Just Indian things. #AppleEvent foreigners : what's the price of bew iPhone? indians : purane iphone ke rate gire kya? — Dr. Gill (@ikpsgill1) September 12, 2018 Stay hydrated, fam. Remind a friend to drink water. #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/oYZDYoNrXq — East India Comedy (@EastIndiaComedy) September 13, 2018 Nahi dekha jaa raha. Me and my broke friends checking the price of the new iPhone. #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/88a1yUyeDm — Bade Chote (@badechote) September 12, 2018 Oops. Me : #iPhoneXs chahiye bday pe. Dad : theek hai *After seeing Price* Dad : pic.twitter.com/PKnyLzn8Dw — Tweeterað¦ (@DoctorrSays) September 12, 2018 Quick, do it! Apple watch Series 4 can detect a fall? ð± Someone make the rupee wear it! #AppleEvent — ð¨ (@pranavsapra) September 12, 2018 Exactly how it happened. Apple user learning to manage dual sim from samsung users. #AppleEvents pic.twitter.com/Tg6J7AntAa — Shash (@pokershash) September 13, 2018
  25. Vivo has been teasing the V11 Pro for a few weeks now and the streets are already full of its hoardings everywhere. The company is known for its aggressive marketing and with the intensifying competition, the company doesn't want to leave any stones unturned. Just a couple of weeks back, OPPO had launched the F9 Pro in India, which featured a water droplet-like notch and a well-designed body. The newly launched Vivo V11 Pro too shares a lot of similarities, but it has a nifty feature up its sleeves. Vivo was the first company to launch a phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner, the X21. Now, the company wants to make this feature more mainstream and has incorporated it in the V11 Pro. The sensor is now 'fourth-generation', meaning a lot faster and accurate than the earlier ones. The V11 Pro has a 6.41-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone features a water droplet-like notch and it houses only the front camera. The earpiece is located above the display and this new design change enables the phone to have a high screen-to-body ratio of 91.27 percent. © MensXP The phone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 processor along with 6GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. In terms of optics, the Vivo V11 bears a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. The front has a 25-megapixel sensor that incorporates AI-powered beauty and portrait features. The phone is backed by a 3400mAh battery that supports fast charging and has hybrid dual SIM support. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based Funtouch OS 4.5. We can pretty much say the V11 is a repackaged X21, a little more trendy successor of the V9. While the phone's main highlight is the in-display fingerprint sensor, it also sports an infrared sensor on the phone that enables authentication via facial recognition even in low-light. The back of the phone is heavily worked on and features in Nebula and Starry Night colours. The smaller sibling, the V11, on the other hand, is pretty much the same in terms of specifications but lacks the in-display fingerprint scanner. The Vivo V11 Pro is priced at INR Rs 25,990 and will be available exclusively via all major online and offline sellers. HDFC Bank card holders can also avail a INR 2,000 cashback.
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