Insta360 Go 2 Action Camera Launched at $299

Insta360 Go 2 Action Camera Launched at $299

Insta360 Go 2 has been launched in the US, and it is the latest action camera to hit the market. It is a part of the Go series from Insta360, which unlike other camera series from the company does not shoot in 360-degrees. Like the name suggests, the Insta360 Go 2 is the successor to the Insta360 Go and the company claims that it brings a lot of improvements. The Insta360 Go 2 comes with a lot of accessories in the box which makes it quite versatile. This tiny camera has magnets in its body which allows you to stick it on a metal surface easily.

Insta360 Go 2 price

The Insta360 Go 2 is priced at $299 (roughly Rs. 21,800) and is available for purchase in the US. Insta360 hasn’t revealed the India price, nor confirmed availability at the moment.

Insta360 Go 2 specifications

The Insta360 Go 2 is a lightweight action camera with a pill-shaped body. This compact design allows it to be used in places where a traditional action camera might feel bulky. Insta360 has put a bigger sensor on the Go 2, and it is capable of recording up to 2k footage (1440p resolution) at 50fps. It can also record HDR footage at the same resolution at 24fps. The Insta360 Go 2 offers basic stabilisation as well as Insta360’s FlowState stabilisation in the Pro Video mode.

The Insta360 Go 2 has support for Bluetooth 5, and 32GB of storage onboard out of which 28GB is available to the user. It can be paired to an iPhone or Android smartphone which can be used as a viewfinder. The case of the Go 2 can be used as a remote control for the action camera, as well as a tripod. The Insta360 Go 2 is IPx8 water resistant and can handle a dip in the pool.

The battery capacity of the Go 2 is unknown, but Insta360 claims that it offers 30 mins of runtime with basic stabilisation, or 20 mins with the Pro video mode. The case of the Insta360 Go 2 also doubles up as a charger and should be able to top the tiny action camera three times. The charger has a USB Type-C port for charging and is claimed to charge fully in about an hour.

Insta360 has bundled a lot of accessories with the Go 2 including a magnetic pendant, a pivot stand, an easy clip, and a lens guard made out of hardened glass. The lens guard is user replaceable in case of damage. The Insta360 Go 2 weighs 26.5g while the charging case weighs 63.5g.

There is an option to customise the look of the Insta360 Go 2 and the company is planning to bring a Minions Edition of the Insta360 Go 2 soon.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Pro, Galaxy Book Pro 360 With 11th-Gen Intel Processors Launched: Price, Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro series of laptops has been launched today at the Galaxy Unpacked 2021 virtual event on Tuesday. The series consists of the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 laptops. Both come in 13.3-inch and 15-inch sizes. The new models come with 11th-generation Intel Core processors along with Iris Xe graphics. In the series, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 also includes 5G connectivity and has S Pen stylus support. Samsung has offered a preloaded feature called Second Screen that lets users mirror their laptop screen onto their Galaxy Tab. The laptops also have Link to Windows and Microsoft Your Phone integration for seamless connectivity between phones and laptops.

The coronavirus pandemic has increased the demand for laptops as people are working remotely. Samsung may be able to leverage the new trend and attract customers looking for high-end laptops with its new Galaxy Book Pro models.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro, Galaxy Book Pro 360 price, availability

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro price starts at $999 (roughly Rs. 74,400), while the Galaxy Book Pro 360 price begins from $1,199 (roughly Rs. 89,300). Both laptops will be available for pre-orders starting today. The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro will be available in Mystic Blue, Mystic Silver, and Mystic Pink Gold colour options, while the Galaxy Book Pro 360 will go on sale in Mystic Navy, Mystic Silver, and Mystic Bronze shades. Information on the India launch of the new models was not announced during the global event.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro specifications

The Samsung Galaxy Book Pro comes in the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 13 and Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 15 variants that have 13.3-inch and 15-inch AMOLED displays, respectively. Apart from the display difference, both Galaxy Book Pro models have the same list of specifications. The laptops come with full-HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) resolution and are powered by up to 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, along with up to Intel Iris Xe graphics and maximum 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM. The laptops also have up to 1TB of NVMe SSD.

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Samsung Galaxy Book Pro models come with full-HD AMOLED displays
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Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.1, Thunderbolt 4, USB Type-C, USB 3.2, and a 3.5mm headphone/ microphone combo jack. The Galaxy Book Pro series also has an LTE variant that comes with a nano-SIM card slot.

Samsung has provided AKG-backed sound along with Dolby Atmos audio technology. The Galaxy Book Pro laptops also carry a 720p webcam.

The Galaxy Book Pro models have a Pro Keyboard that includes a scissor mechanism and a travel length of one millimeters. The laptops also have a fingerprint reader.

Samsung has provided a 68Whr battery on the Galaxy Book Pro 15 model, while the Galaxy Book Pro 13 has a 63Whr battery. Both laptops also come with 65W USB Type-C fast charger.

The Galaxy Book Pro 13 measures 304.4×199.8×11.2 mm and weighs up to 0.88 kilograms. The larger Galaxy Book Pro 15 measures 355.4×225.8×11.7mm and weighs up to 1.05 kilograms.

Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 specifications

Similar to the Galaxy Book Pro, the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 also has two different variants — the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 13 with a 13.3-inch Super AMOLED display and the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro 360 15 with a 15-inch Super AMOLED display. Both laptops have full-HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) resolution and include touchscreen support. They are also powered by up to 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, along with up to Intel Iris Xe graphics. Samsung has also offered up to 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 1TB of NVMe SSD.

The Galaxy Book Pro 360 laptops come with connectivity options such as Wi-Fi 6 (Wi-Fi 6E Ready), Bluetooth v5.1, Thunderbolt 4, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm jack. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 13 also has optional 5G connectivity that comes through a built-in nano-SIM card.

Just like the Galaxy Book Pro, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 models have AKG-tuned speakers and Dolby Atmos audio support. The laptops also have the Pro Keyboard and a preloaded fingerprint reader.

The Galaxy Book Pro 360 models come with a 65W USB Type-C fast charger. The Galaxy Book Pro 360 13 includes a 63Whr battery, while the Galaxy Book Pro 360 15 has a 68Whr battery.

In terms of dimensions, the Galaxy Book Pro 360 13 measures 302.5×202.0x11.5mm and weighs 1.04 kilograms (Wi-Fi only model). The Galaxy Book Pro 360 15, on the other hand, measures 354.85×227.97×11.9mm and weighs 1.3 kilograms.


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Oppo K9 5G With Snapdragon 768G SoC, 65W Fast Charging Support Listed on Official Site Ahead of Launch

Oppo K9 5G will launch in China on May 6 and ahead of the official launch event, the phone has been listed on the company site. The listing reveals key specifications of the phone ahead of the launch and shows design details of the phone as well. The Oppo K9 5G will feature a hole-punch display with a cutout placed on the top left of the screen. The phone is teased to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G SoC.

Oppo K9 5G launch details

The new Oppo K9 5G launch event is scheduled for 3pm local time (12.30pm IST) on May 6. Alongside the Oppo K9 5G, Oppo has also teased a pair of TWS earphones — expected to be the Oppo Enco Air — and a smart band. The pricing of all the three products is not known at the moment.

Oppo K9 5G specifications

The official China website of Oppo has listed the Oppo K9 5G alongside reservations of interest. The key specifications of the phone have been revealed ahead of the launch. The Oppo K9 5G is teased to feature a 6.43-inch Samsung OLED gaming hole-punch display with 90Hz screen refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate, and global eye protection mode. The phone is powered by the 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 768G SoC.

There is a triple rear camera setup at the back of the Oppo K9 5G that includes a 64-megapixel primary camera. Camera modes include portrait, night scene, three-shot scenery, and more. The phone packs a 4,300mAh battery with 65W fast charging support. It claims to last for 19 hours of online video streaming. The fast charging support enables the Oppo K9 5G to fully charge in 35 minutes, last for 133 minutes in just 5 minutes of charge, and 110 minutes in power saving mode with 5 percent battery.


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Apple Releases iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, macOS Big Sur 11.3, watchOS 7.4, tvOS 14.5: What’s New

Apple has released iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, macOS Big Sur 11.3, watchOS 7.4, and tvOS 14.5 as the series of new software updates for its devices. Although all these new updates bring a list of features to offer advancements to compatible Apple devices, the most notable and prominent in the series is iOS 14.5. The latest iOS update brings the ability to unlock your iPhone using an Apple Watch while wearing a face mask. The update also carries the option to let users decide whether they want Siri to speak in a female voice or a male one when the phone is first set up. The iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 also introduce the anticipated — the controversial — App Tracking Transparency that lets users control which apps should be allowed to track their activity across other apps and websites for offering personalised ads and sharing data with third parties.

What’s new in iOS 14.5

One of the much-awaited features that iOS 14.5 carries is the ability to use your Apple Watch to unlock your iPhone when wearing a face mask. This is an advancement that has come almost a year after Apple brought a faster passcode prompt to ease unlocking of a Face ID-equipped iPhone while wearing a face mask. Users just need to glance at their iPhone, with the Apple Watch on their wrist, unlocked, and in close proximity to the iPhone. A haptic feedback will arrive on the Apple Watch, indicating unlocking of their iPhone.

The new feature essentially disables Face ID on the iPhone X and later models when they detect the user is wearing a face mask and has a compatible Apple Watch on their wrist.

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iPhone X and later models can now be unlocked using an Apple Watch while wearing a face mask
Photo Credit: Apple

 

Apple has made certain requirements that are mandatory to get the new experience. You need an Apple Watch Series 3 or a later model with watchOS 7.4. The Apple Watch should also be paired with your iPhone and both your Apple Watch and iPhone need to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on. You also need to have a passcode on your Apple Watch, and wrist detection must be turned on. Last but not the least is the requirement of wearing the mask — which is also essential to protect yourself against the coronavirus spread.

Once you fulfil all the requirements, you can set up the unlock with Apple Watch feature by going to Settings > Face ID & Passcode and turning on the Unlock with Apple Watch option on your iPhone.

If unlocking with the Apple Watch isn’t something that you find interesting, iOS 14.5 brings Siri enhancements, including the option to choose the voice that speaks to you when you first set up your device. You can select whether you want a female or a male voice to speak with.

Siri has also got the capability to support Group FaceTime. This means that you can now ask Siri to make a FaceTime call to any of your groups in Messages. The voice assistant has also been updated with the option to announce incoming calls through AirPods or compatible Beats headphones and call an emergency contact if the iPhone user needs assistance but is unable to make a call physically.

The iOS 14.5 update also brings App Tracking Transparency (ATT) that Apple announced last year and faced some hindrances ahead of its introduction. The feature prompts users for a permission through a pop-up message when an app requires tracking of their data for advertising across apps or websites owned by other companies. It also prompts when an app shares data with data brokers.

You will have the ability to disallow app companies from tracking your activity across other companies’ apps and websites by tapping the Ask App Not to Track on the pop-up message you will get across most of the apps after installing iOS 14.5. You can also apply the new privacy setting universally across all your apps by going to Settings > Privacy Tracking and turning off Allow Apps to Request to Track.

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iOS 14.5 brings the anticipated App Tracking Transparency
Photo Credit: Apple

 

The iOS 14.5 update also carries new emoji characters, including face exhaling, face with spiral eyes, face in clouds, hearts on fire, mending heart, and woman with a beard. There are also updated couple kissing emoji and couple with heart emoji along with new skin tones. The latest update also allows users to report incidents such as an accident, hazard, or a speed camera in Apple Maps. This is, however, initially limited to users in the US and Canada.

Additionally, iOS 14.5 brings support for AirTag and includes redesigned Podcasts that both Apple introduced last week. There is also a redesigned News+ tab in the Apple News to let users easily find, download, and manage their magazine and newspaper issues. Apple Fitness+ users have also got the ability to stream audio and video to AirPlay 2-supported TVs and devices. Further, Reminders on iOS 14.5 brings the option to sort by title, priority, due date, or creation date. Users can also print their reminder lists.

Apple Music on the iOS 14.5 also gets an update with the option to let users share their favourite lyrics using Messages, Facebook, and Instagram Stories. Subscribers to the service can also play the snippet shared with them in Messages without leaving their conversation. Further, you’ll get city charts showing what’s popular in over 100 cities from around the world.

The iOS 14.5 update also carries dual-SIM support for 5G connectivity on the iPhone 12 models. You’ll also get Smart Data Mode enhancements on your iPhone 12-series handset. Furthermore, Apple has brought a comprehensive navigation to Voice Control to better assist people using Accessibility on their devices. It is also expanding English support to Australia and Canada and adding support for Spanish in Mexico, Spain, and the US.

Just like any previous iOS updates, the latest version also includes bug fixes for a list of issues that you can read from the Apple support page. You can also check for the security fixes that are available through the iOS update by going through the dedicated security page on the Apple site.

What’s new in iPadOS 14.5

Apple has also brought iPadOS 14.5 with most of the same features that are available to the iPhone users through iOS 14.5. This means that you’ll get the updated Siri, App Tracking Transparency, new and updated emoji, refreshed Podcasts, and enhanced Reminders, among others. There is also AirTag support.

However, specifically for iPad users, iPadOS 14.5 also includes support for Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller and Sony PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller.

What’s new in macOS Big Sur 11.3

Mac users have received macOS Big Sur 11.3 that brings advancements to how iPhone and iPad apps work on the devices with M1 chip. These include the option to change an iPhone or iPad app’s window size and support for the highest resolution version of an iPhone or iPad app in full screen. Keyboard support has also been provided for the iPhone and iPad games designed to use device tilt. Similarly, there is keyboard, mouse, and trackpad support for the iPhone and iPad games that support game controllers. Apple has also brought Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller and Sony PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller support.

Safari on macOS Big Sur 11.3 also comes with an update that lets users customise their Start Page section order. There is also support for WebM and Vorbis video and audio format.

Mac devices that have an M1 chip have received hibernation support through Big Sur 11.3. The About This Mac setting has also been updated to display Apple warranty status and AppleCare+ coverage in the Service tab when signed in with Apple ID. Users will also get Support for purchasing and enrolling in AppleCare+ for eligible Mac computers from About This Mac.

Apple has also offered fixes for a handful of known issues that you can read from the support page. There are also security fixes that are available through macOS Big Sur 11.3. These are listed on the Apple site. Moreover, the latest macOS update brings support for AirTag and includes new emoji updates and diverse voice options for Siri as well as offers the newest Apple Music, Podcasts, News, and Reminders versions that are available to the iPhone and iPad users.

What’s new in watchOS 7.4

Apple Watch users have got watchOS 7.4 with the ability to unlock the iPhone X and later models. The update also includes the option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings for correct identification of headphones for audio notifications. Further, it lets users stream audio and video content from Apple Fitness+ workouts to AirPlay 2-enabled TVs and devices.

The watchOS 7.4 update also brings support for the EGC app along with the ability to provide irregular heart rhythm notifications on Apple Watch Series 4 and later in Australia and Vietnam. Additionally, Apple has included some security fixes in watchOS 7.4 that are detailed on its support page.

What’s new in tvOS 14.5

The one major change that tvOS 14.5 brings to Apple TV users is the ability to measure television’s colour balance and make required adjustments directly using an iPhone. This feature works with the iPhone X and later models running iOS 14.5 or later and is compatible with Apple TV 4K (1st generation) and newer versions. You need to enable the colour balance feature by going to Settings > Video and Audio > Calibration from your Apple TV to use your iPhone for balancing colours on your television screen.

The new tvOS update also brings an updated Siri with the option to type through your voice using the onscreen keyboard, iPhone, iPad, or a Bluetooth keyboard. This will help you find new movies and launch apps using your voice. It can be turned on by going to Settings > Accessibility. Siri has also got German support in Austria and English in Ireland and New Zealand.

Additionally, tvOS 14.5 brings support for the latest PlayStation DualSense and Xbox Wireless controllers. The home screen on the latest tvOS update also gets the option to automatically remove apps that aren’t in regular use. This helps to save your data to some extent. You can enable the new home screen feature by going to Settings > Apps.

You can look at the security fixes available through tvOS 14.5 by going through the Apple support page.

How to download iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5

The iOS 14.5 update can be downloaded on any iPhone or the iPod touch model eligible for the iOS 14. Similarly, iPadOS 14.5 can be downloaded on the iPad models compatible with the iPadOS 14. You can download the updates by going to Settings > General > Software Update from your device.

How to download macOS Big Sur 11.3

The macOS Big Sur 11.3 is compatible with all MacBook, iMac, Mac mini, and other Mac computers that work with the original Big Sur update. Although macOS updates reach eligible models automatically, you can check for the latest update manually as well — by going to System Preferences > Software Update after clicking on the Apple menu icon from the top-left corner of your computer’s screen. You can alternatively find the update by visiting the About This Mac setting from the Apple menu.

How to download watchOS 7.4

If you own an Apple Watch that’s running on watchOS 7 or newer version, you can download watchOS 7.4 by going to the My Watch tab from the Watch app connected on your Apple device. You can also download the latest update directly through your Apple Watch.

How to download tvOS 14.5

You can download tvOS 14.5 on your Apple TV by going to Settings > System > Software Update. The update will also reach your device automatically if you’ve enabled automatic updates.


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Apple Releases iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, macOS Big Sur 11.3, watchOS 7.4, tvOS 14.5: What’s New

Apple has released iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, macOS Big Sur 11.3, watchOS 7.4, and tvOS 14.5 as the series of new software updates for its devices. Although all these new updates bring a list of features to offer advancements to compatible Apple devices, the most notable and prominent in the series is iOS 14.5. The latest iOS update brings the ability to unlock your iPhone using an Apple Watch while wearing a face mask. The update also carries the option to let users decide whether they want Siri to speak in a female voice or a male one when the phone is first set up. The iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 also introduce the anticipated — the controversial — App Tracking Transparency that lets users control which apps should be allowed to track their activity across other apps and websites for offering personalised ads and sharing data with third parties.

What’s new in iOS 14.5

One of the much-awaited features that iOS 14.5 carries is the ability to use your Apple Watch to unlock your iPhone when wearing a face mask. This is an advancement that has come almost a year after Apple brought a faster passcode prompt to ease unlocking of a Face ID-equipped iPhone while wearing a face mask. Users just need to glance at their iPhone, with the Apple Watch on their wrist, unlocked, and in close proximity to the iPhone. A haptic feedback will arrive on the Apple Watch, indicating unlocking of their iPhone.

The new feature essentially disables Face ID on the iPhone X and later models when they detect the user is wearing a face mask and has a compatible Apple Watch on their wrist.

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iPhone X and later models can now be unlocked using an Apple Watch while wearing a face mask
Photo Credit: Apple

 

Apple has made certain requirements that are mandatory to get the new experience. You need an Apple Watch Series 3 or a later model with watchOS 7.4. The Apple Watch should also be paired with your iPhone and both your Apple Watch and iPhone need to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on. You also need to have a passcode on your Apple Watch, and wrist detection must be turned on. Last but not the least is the requirement of wearing the mask — which is also essential to protect yourself against the coronavirus spread.

Once you fulfil all the requirements, you can set up the unlock with Apple Watch feature by going to Settings > Face ID & Passcode and turning on the Unlock with Apple Watch option on your iPhone.

If unlocking with the Apple Watch isn’t something that you find interesting, iOS 14.5 brings Siri enhancements, including the option to choose the voice that speaks to you when you first set up your device. You can select whether you want a female or a male voice to speak with.

Siri has also got the capability to support Group FaceTime. This means that you can now ask Siri to make a FaceTime call to any of your groups in Messages. The voice assistant has also been updated with the option to announce incoming calls through AirPods or compatible Beats headphones and call an emergency contact if the iPhone user needs assistance but is unable to make a call physically.

The iOS 14.5 update also brings App Tracking Transparency (ATT) that Apple announced last year and faced some hindrances ahead of its introduction. The feature prompts users for a permission through a pop-up message when an app requires tracking of their data for advertising across apps or websites owned by other companies. It also prompts when an app shares data with data brokers.

You will have the ability to disallow app companies from tracking your activity across other companies’ apps and websites by tapping the Ask App Not to Track on the pop-up message you will get across most of the apps after installing iOS 14.5. You can also apply the new privacy setting universally across all your apps by going to Settings > Privacy Tracking and turning off Allow Apps to Request to Track.

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iOS 14.5 brings the anticipated App Tracking Transparency
Photo Credit: Apple

 

The iOS 14.5 update also carries new emoji characters, including face exhaling, face with spiral eyes, face in clouds, hearts on fire, mending heart, and woman with a beard. There are also updated couple kissing emoji and couple with heart emoji along with new skin tones. The latest update also allows users to report incidents such as an accident, hazard, or a speed camera in Apple Maps. This is, however, initially limited to users in the US and Canada.

Additionally, iOS 14.5 brings support for AirTag and includes redesigned Podcasts that both Apple introduced last week. There is also a redesigned News+ tab in the Apple News to let users easily find, download, and manage their magazine and newspaper issues. Apple Fitness+ users have also got the ability to stream audio and video to AirPlay 2-supported TVs and devices. Further, Reminders on iOS 14.5 brings the option to sort by title, priority, due date, or creation date. Users can also print their reminder lists.

Apple Music on the iOS 14.5 also gets an update with the option to let users share their favourite lyrics using Messages, Facebook, and Instagram Stories. Subscribers to the service can also play the snippet shared with them in Messages without leaving their conversation. Further, you’ll get city charts showing what’s popular in over 100 cities from around the world.

The iOS 14.5 update also carries dual-SIM support for 5G connectivity on the iPhone 12 models. You’ll also get Smart Data Mode enhancements on your iPhone 12-series handset. Furthermore, Apple has brought a comprehensive navigation to Voice Control to better assist people using Accessibility on their devices. It is also expanding English support to Australia and Canada and adding support for Spanish in Mexico, Spain, and the US.

Just like any previous iOS updates, the latest version also includes bug fixes for a list of issues that you can read from the Apple support page. You can also check for the security fixes that are available through the iOS update by going through the dedicated security page on the Apple site.

What’s new in iPadOS 14.5

Apple has also brought iPadOS 14.5 with most of the same features that are available to the iPhone users through iOS 14.5. This means that you’ll get the updated Siri, App Tracking Transparency, new and updated emoji, refreshed Podcasts, and enhanced Reminders, among others. There is also AirTag support.

However, specifically for iPad users, iPadOS 14.5 also includes support for Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller and Sony PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller.

What’s new in macOS Big Sur 11.3

Mac users have received macOS Big Sur 11.3 that brings advancements to how iPhone and iPad apps work on the devices with M1 chip. These include the option to change an iPhone or iPad app’s window size and support for the highest resolution version of an iPhone or iPad app in full screen. Keyboard support has also been provided for the iPhone and iPad games designed to use device tilt. Similarly, there is keyboard, mouse, and trackpad support for the iPhone and iPad games that support game controllers. Apple has also brought Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller and Sony PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller support.

Safari on macOS Big Sur 11.3 also comes with an update that lets users customise their Start Page section order. There is also support for WebM and Vorbis video and audio format.

Mac devices that have an M1 chip have received hibernation support through Big Sur 11.3. The About This Mac setting has also been updated to display Apple warranty status and AppleCare+ coverage in the Service tab when signed in with Apple ID. Users will also get Support for purchasing and enrolling in AppleCare+ for eligible Mac computers from About This Mac.

Apple has also offered fixes for a handful of known issues that you can read from the support page. There are also security fixes that are available through macOS Big Sur 11.3. These are listed on the Apple site. Moreover, the latest macOS update brings support for AirTag and includes new emoji updates and diverse voice options for Siri as well as offers the newest Apple Music, Podcasts, News, and Reminders versions that are available to the iPhone and iPad users.

What’s new in watchOS 7.4

Apple Watch users have got watchOS 7.4 with the ability to unlock the iPhone X and later models. The update also includes the option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings for correct identification of headphones for audio notifications. Further, it lets users stream audio and video content from Apple Fitness+ workouts to AirPlay 2-enabled TVs and devices.

The watchOS 7.4 update also brings support for the EGC app along with the ability to provide irregular heart rhythm notifications on Apple Watch Series 4 and later in Australia and Vietnam. Additionally, Apple has included some security fixes in watchOS 7.4 that are detailed on its support page.

What’s new in tvOS 14.5

The one major change that tvOS 14.5 brings to Apple TV users is the ability to measure television’s colour balance and make required adjustments directly using an iPhone. This feature works with the iPhone X and later models running iOS 14.5 or later and is compatible with Apple TV 4K (1st generation) and newer versions. You need to enable the colour balance feature by going to Settings > Video and Audio > Calibration from your Apple TV to use your iPhone for balancing colours on your television screen.

The new tvOS update also brings an updated Siri with the option to type through your voice using the onscreen keyboard, iPhone, iPad, or a Bluetooth keyboard. This will help you find new movies and launch apps using your voice. It can be turned on by going to Settings > Accessibility. Siri has also got German support in Austria and English in Ireland and New Zealand.

Additionally, tvOS 14.5 brings support for the latest PlayStation DualSense and Xbox Wireless controllers. The home screen on the latest tvOS update also gets the option to automatically remove apps that aren’t in regular use. This helps to save your data to some extent. You can enable the new home screen feature by going to Settings > Apps.

You can look at the security fixes available through tvOS 14.5 by going through the Apple support page.

How to download iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5

The iOS 14.5 update can be downloaded on any iPhone or the iPod touch model eligible for the iOS 14. Similarly, iPadOS 14.5 can be downloaded on the iPad models compatible with the iPadOS 14. You can download the updates by going to Settings > General > Software Update from your device.

How to download macOS Big Sur 11.3

The macOS Big Sur 11.3 is compatible with all MacBook, iMac, Mac mini, and other Mac computers that work with the original Big Sur update. Although macOS updates reach eligible models automatically, you can check for the latest update manually as well — by going to System Preferences > Software Update after clicking on the Apple menu icon from the top-left corner of your computer’s screen. You can alternatively find the update by visiting the About This Mac setting from the Apple menu.

How to download watchOS 7.4

If you own an Apple Watch that’s running on watchOS 7 or newer version, you can download watchOS 7.4 by going to the My Watch tab from the Watch app connected on your Apple device. You can also download the latest update directly through your Apple Watch.

How to download tvOS 14.5

You can download tvOS 14.5 on your Apple TV by going to Settings > System > Software Update. The update will also reach your device automatically if you’ve enabled automatic updates.


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Sony IMX661 127.68 Megapixel Image Sensor With Global Shutter Function Launched

Sony IMX661 127.68 Megapixel Image Sensor With Global Shutter Function Launched

Sony IMX661 127.68 megapixel CMOS image sensor launched on Thursday featuring a global shutter function. According to the company, this is the highest effective pixel count in the industry. Sony says this can provide an optical size nearly 10 times larger than of a typical 1.1-type image sensor corresponded to a C Mount. The sensor uses Sony’s global shutter pixel technology called “Pregius”, and the company says it can capture moving images without distortion. Sony says that the IMX661 3.6-type image sensor is configured to enable four times faster image readout speeds compared to conventional CMOS image sensors.

Sony IMX661 availability

The new image sensor developed by Sony is aimed at industrial equipment. But it also hints that Sony could bring the high pixel count to a consumer product in the near future. Making the launch announcement, the company said that the Sony IMX661 image sensor will help solve a variety of complex challenges when used in industrial equipment cameras. The Sony IMX661 will start shipping in April 2021 in Black, Colour, and White variants.

Sony IMX661 specifications

The large format CMOS image sensor has a diagonal optical size of 56.73mm and a pixel size of 3.45μm. Sony says that it has been designed to capture wide viewing angle with no motion distortion in a single imaging operation. The high-resolution imaging of the Sony IMX661 is also said to improve recognition precision and deliver a high level of processing performance. Sony says that this can be used for wide-area monitoring and aerial photography among a variety of industrial equipment applications.

The Sony IMX661 is claimed to have been configured to also improve on the image readout speed to offset the increased signal processing volume that comes with the increase in pixel count. Sony says that its image readout speed is four times faster compared to the Sony IMX253 1.1-type, 12-megapixel CMOS image sensor. The new Sony IMX661 127.68-megapixel image sensor is capable of delivering 21.8fps in 10-bit shooting.

The new Sony image sensor also comes equipped with a variety of signal processing capabilities required for industrial equipment such as, trigger synchronisation for controlling imaging timing, multi-exposure for detecting the trajectory of moving objects, short exposure time for blur-free imaging of objects moving at high speeds, and pixel binning readout to enhance sensitivity in low light situations.


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Samsung Galaxy Book (2021), Galaxy Book Odyssey With Fast Charging Support Launched: Price, Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) and Galaxy Book Odyssey were launched at the Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event on Tuesday alongside the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360. The new Galaxy Book models are not as high-end as the new Galaxy Book Pro versions, but nonetheless, Samsung has provided a list of features to make both Galaxy Book (2021) and Galaxy Book Odyssey compelling options at this time when demand of value-oriented laptops is at peak thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

Samsung Galaxy Book (2021), Galaxy Book Odyssey price

Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) price starts at $549 (roughly Rs. 40,900) for the Wi-Fi only variant and $649 (roughly Rs. 48,300) for the LTE model. The Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey will be available with a price tag of $1,399 (roughly Rs. 1,04,200). On the other hand, the Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 models start at $999 (roughly Rs. 74,400).

The new Galaxy Book (2021) will debut in Mystic Blue and Mystic Silver colours, while the Galaxy Book Odyssey will come in a single Mystic Black colour option. Both laptops will go on sale in select markets from May 14.

Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) specifications

The Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) features a 15.6-inch full-HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) LCD panel and is powered by an 11th-generation Intel Core processor (going up to Core i7), along with up to Intel Iris Xe graphics and up to 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM. The laptop also offers a maximum of 1TB NVMe SSD storage.

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Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) comes with a 15.6-inch full-HD display
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For input, the Galaxy Book (2021) has the Pro Keyboard that Samsung has also offered on its Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 models. The laptop also comes with an optional fingerprint reader.

Connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy Book (2021) include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth v5.1, two USB Type-C, two USB 3.2, an HDMI, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The laptop also has an option for LTE support that comes along with a nano-SIM card slot.

The Galaxy Book (2021) includes Dolby Atmos audio and packs a 54Whr battery that supports fast charging through the bundled 65W USB Type-C charger. The laptop measures 356.6×229.1×15.4mm and weighs 1.55 kilograms.

Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey specifications

Just like the Galaxy Book (2021), the Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey carries a 15.6-inch full-HD LCD panel and is powered by up to 11th-generation Intel Core i7 processor. It comes with Nvidia GeForce RTX3050Ti Max-Q and Nvidia GeForce RTX3050 Max-Q graphics options. The laptop has up to 32GB of DDR4x RAM and up to 1TB of NVMe SSD.

The Galaxy Book Odyssey comes with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth v5.1 wireless connectivity options. It also has two USB Type-C, three USB 3.2, an HDMI, RJ45, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There is the Pro Keyboard along with a fingerprint reader-equipped power key. The laptop also has Dolby Atmos audio.

Samsung has provided an 83Whr battery that supports fast charging through the bundled 135W USB Type-C charger. The laptop measures 356.6×229.1×17.7mm and weighs 1.85 kilograms.


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Vivo V21 5G, Vivo V21, Vivo V21e With Triple Rear Cameras, 33W Fast Charging Launched: Price, Specifications

Vivo V21 5G, Vivo V21, and Vivo V21e were launched under the company’s V21 series on Tuesday, April 27. The Vivo V21 5G and the Vivo V21 share the same specifications, except for 5G support. However, the Vivo V21e comes with some distinctions over the other two phones in the series. The Vivo V21 5G and the Vivo V21 both come with a MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC. In contrast, the Vivo V21e has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. All three Vivo phones include triple rear cameras as well as 33W fast charging support.

Vivo V21 5G, Vivo V21, Vivo V21e price, availability details

Vivo V21 5G price is yet to be revealed. The Vivo V21 carries a price tag of MYR 1,599 (roughly Rs. 29,000) and the Vivo V21e is priced at MYR 1,299 (roughly Rs. 23,600). The Vivo V21 and Vivo V21e are available for pre-orders in Malaysia, with their sale scheduled for May 4.

The Vivo V21 5G and Vivo V21 will be available in Arctic White, Dusk Blue, and Sunset Dazzle colour options, according to the company’s official press release. In contrast, the Vivo V21e will be available in Diamond Flare and Roman Black colours.

Details about the global debut of the Vivo V21 and Vivo V21e are yet to be revealed. However, the Vivo V21 5G is coming to India on April 29.

Vivo V21 5G, Vivo V21 specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Vivo V21 5G and Vivo V21 both have the same specifications except for 5G support. The phones run on Android 11 with Funtouch OS 11.1 on top and feature a 6.44-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,404 pixels) AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a 90Hz refresh rate. Under the hood, there is the octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC, along with 8GB of RAM. The phones come with a triple rear camera setup that houses a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.79 lens. The camera setup also has an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.2 wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel macro shooter.

For selfies and video chats, the Vivo V21 5G and Vivo V21 both have a 44-megapixel camera sensor at the front with an f/2.0 lens. The selfie camera also supports optical image stabilisation (OIS) and is paired with a dual LED flash that sits on the top bezels. Furthermore, there is a preloaded feature called Dual Selfie Spotlight that uses the built-in LED flash along with the screen’s soft light to deliver enhanced lighting in the dark.

The Vivo V21 5G and Vivo V21 both come with 128GB of onboard storage as standard, along with support for expansion through a dedicated microSD card slot. Connectivity options on the Vivo V21 5G comprise 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C port. The vanilla Vivo V21 has the same options except for 5G.

Sensors on the Vivo V21 5G and Vivo V21 include accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. The phones also have an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The Vivo V21 5G and Vivo V21 both pack a 4,000mAh battery that supports 33W FlashCharge fast charging. Both phones measure 159.68×73.90×7.29mm and weigh around 176 grams.

Vivo V21e specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Vivo V21e runs on Android 11-based Funtouch OS 11.1 and features a 6.44-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, coupled with 8GB of RAM. It has a triple rear camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.89 lens, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.2 wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel macro shooter.

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Vivo V21e comes with a 6.44-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display
Photo Credit: Vivo

 

Unlike the Vivo V21 5G and the Vivo V21, the Vivo V21e doesn’t come with OIS support and LED flash for the selfie camera. It, however, has the same 44-megapixel sensor at the front with an f/2.0 lens.

The Vivo V21e has 128GB of internal storage that is expandable via a microSD card through a dedicated slot. The phone comes with the regular range of connectivity options that includes 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.1, GPS/ A-GPS, FM, and a USB Type-C port. There is also an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Vivo has provided a 4,000mAh battery that supports 33W FlashCharge fast charging. The phone measures 161.24×74.37×7.38mm and weighs 171 grams.


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Amazon Fire HD 10 Series, Fire HD 10 Kids, Fire Kids Pro Tablet Models With Brighter Displays, More RAM Launched

Amazon Fire HD 10, Fire HD 10 Plus, Fire HD 10 Kids, and Fire Kids Pro tablet models were launched on Tuesday. The new Fire HD 10 series comes with larger 10-inch displays that are claimed to be brighter than the previous generation. The new tablet models have more RAM and more storage options, and an updated design. For kids ages six to 12, Amazon has also brought the Fire Kids Pro tablet models that include the Fire 7 Kids Pro, Fire HD 8 Kids Pro, and the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro. There is also a Fire HD 10 Kids tablet that is specifically aimed at kids ages three to 7.

Amazon Fire HD 10 series, Fire HD 10 Kids, Fire Kids Pro models: Price

Amazon Fire HD 10 price starts at $149.99 (roughly Rs. 11,200) and is offered in Black, Denim, Lavender, and Olive colours. The Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus starts at $179.99. The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids tablet is priced at $199.99 (roughly Rs. 14,900) and comes in Sky Blue, Aquamarine, and Lavender colours. The Amazon Fire 7 Kids Pro costs $99.99, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Pro is priced at $139.99 (roughly Rs. 10,400), and the Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Pro costs $199.99 (roughly Rs. 14,900). All models are up for pre-orders in select regions and will go on sale from May 26.

Amazon Fire HD 10 series specifications

Both the Amazon Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 10 Plus feature 10.1-inch full-HD+ (1,920×1,200 pixels) displays and are powered by octa-core processors clocked at 2.0GHz. The Fire HD 10 comes with 3GB RAM while the Fire HD 10 Plus comes with 4GB RAM while both have 32GB and 64GB storage options with room for expansion via microSD card (up to 1TB). For connectivity, both models have dual-band Wi-Fi, USB Type-C ports, Bluetooth v5.1, and 3.5mm headphone jacks. There is a 2-megapixel front facing and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera on both models along with 2 microphones.

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Amazon Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 10 Plus both come with a 10.1-inch full-HD+ display
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Amazon claims up to 12 hours of battery life with both models, and only the Fire HD 10 Plus supports Qi wireless charging. Fire HD 10 weighs 465 grams while the Plus variant weighs 468 grams.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids specifications

The Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids has mostly the same specifications as the Fire HD 10 tablet with a few key differences. It is offered in only a 32GB configuration but the storage is expandable. There is no Bluetooth connectivity available on the Fire HD 10 Kids. It is also heavier than the Fire HD 10 series at 716 grams.

Amazon Fire HD Kids Pro series specifications

The Amazon Fire 7 Kids Pro features a 7-inch display with 1,024×600 pixels resolution, the Fire HD 8 Kids Pro has an 8-inch display with 1,280×800 pixels resolution, and the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro has a 10.1-inch display with 1,920×1,200 pixels resolution. They all have quad-core processors with 1GB, 2GB, and 3GB RAM respectively. The Fire 7 Kids Pro comes with 16GB storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB). The other two models come with 32GB storage that is also expandable but up to 1TB. The Fire 7 Kids Pro has a claimed battery life of up to 7 hours while the 8-inch and 10-inch models have up to 12 hours of battery life.

Both Fire 7 Kids Pro and Fire HD 8 Kids Pro have 2-megapixel front and rear-facing cameras, while the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro carries a 2-megapixel front-facing and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The Fire 7 Kids Pro charges via Micro-USB connector, whereas the other two Fire HD Kids Pro tablets have USB Type-C connectors. They all have dual-band Wi-Fi and 3.5mm headphone jacks. Fire 7 Kids Pro weighs 447 grams, Fire HD 8 Kids Pro weighs 544 grams, and the Fire HD 10 Kids Pro weighs 718 grams.


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WhatsApp Chat History Migration Tool Is Being Tested for Android Devices

WhatsApp Chat History Migration Tool Is Being Tested for Android Devices

WhatsApp is testing a new feature for Android devices that will let users migrate their chat history between Android and iOS devices, according to WABetaInfo. Previously, this feature was reportedly being tested for iOS, and the WhatsApp beta update shows that the company has finally started to develop the same feature on Android. It is noteworthy that Facebook-owned WhatsApp had previously said that third-party apps that claim to help users migrate chat history across the two platforms violate its Terms of Service.

As per a report by WABetaInfo, a platform that tests WhatsApp features in beta and publishes information about them, WhatsApp beta for Android 2.21.9.7 update screenshot shows that the company is working on the procedure to import chat history. On WhatsApp for iOS, WhatsApp was seen working on the export process. Furthermore, WABetainfo says that it is not known what method will be used for cross-device data transfer, “but it’s likely they will use Google Drive to momentarily store the chat history to import to WhatsApp for Android.”

The platform also mentions that when WhatsApp will complete the feature to export chats from iOS to import to Android, they will probably start developing a chat history export for Android and import for iOS. WhatsApp’s chat history migration feature is a part of the multi-device functionalities. Last year, WABetaInfo reported about a feature that would sync chat history across platforms last year.

Recently, it was reported that WhatsApp is testing a 24 hours option for disappearing messages on Android, iOS, and Web/ desktop. This will be an addition to the already available option that allows users to set a week’s (7 days) time for disappearing messages. This option will be seen where users enable/ disable disappearing messages for personal and group chats, WABetaInfo said.


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