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Apple Introduces macOS Big Sur With A Beautiful New Design

Apple today previewed macOS Big Sur, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system. macOS Big Sur introduces a beautiful redesign that is entirely new yet instantly familiar. Safari is packed with new features, including a customizable start page, elegantly designed and more powerful tabs, quick and easy translation, and a new Privacy Report. The updated Messages app lets Mac users send and receive more personal and expressive messages, and easily keep track of and interact within group messages. Maps also offers an all-new experience with immersive features for exploring and navigating the world. 

“macOS Big Sur is a major update that advances the legendary combination of the power of UNIX with the ease of use of the Mac, and delivers our biggest update to design in more than a decade,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With its modern and clean look, huge improvements to key apps including Safari, Messages, and Maps, and new privacy features, we think everyone is going to love the breakthrough experience that macOS Big Sur offers.”

The developer beta of macOS Big Sur is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta will be available to Mac users next month at beta.apple.com. macOS Big Sur will be available this fall as a free software update.

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iPadOS 14 Introduces New Features Designed Specifically For iPad

Apple today previewed iPadOS 14, with new features and designs that take advantage of the unique capabilities of iPad and its large Multi-Touch display. iPadOS 14 introduces an all-new compact design for incoming FaceTime and phone calls, Siri interactions, and Search to help users stay focused on the task at hand. Apps have new sidebars and toolbars that consolidate controls in one place, making them more streamlined and powerful than ever. New Apple Pencil features, including Scribble for iPad, deliver a whole new way to work with handwritten notes, and ARKit 4 delivers a brand new Depth API that allows developers to create even more powerful features in their apps.

“With iPadOS 14, we’re excited to build on the distinct experience of iPad and deliver new capabilities that help customers boost productivity, be more creative, and have more fun,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With new compact designs for system interactions and new app designs specifically tailored to iPad, even better note-taking capabilities with Apple Pencil, and more powerful AR experiences, iPadOS 14 delivers an amazing experience that keeps it in a class of its own.”

The developer preview of iPadOS 14 is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta will be available to iPadOS users next month at beta.apple.com. New software features will be available this fall as a free software update for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.

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Apple Reimagines The iPhone Experience With iOS 14

Apple today previewed iOS 14, introducing the biggest update ever to Home Screen pages with beautifully redesigned widgets and the App Library, a new way to tap into the App Store with App Clips, powerful updates to Messages, and more. 

The new widgets present timely information at a glance and can be pinned in different sizes on any Home Screen page. Users can create a Smart Stack of widgets, which uses on-device intelligence to surface the right widget based on time, location, and activity.

Home Screen pages can display widgets that are customized for work, travel, sports, entertainment, and other areas of interest. At the end of the Home Screen pages is the App Library, a new space that automatically organizes all of a user’s apps into one simple, easy-to-navigate view, and intelligently surfaces apps that may be helpful in the moment. Users can choose how many Home Screen pages to display and easily hide pages for quicker access to the App Library. 

The developer preview of iOS 14 is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta will be available to iOS users next month at beta.apple.com. New software features will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 6s and later.

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watchOS 7 Adds Significant Personalization, Health, & Fitness Features To Apple Watch

Apple today previewed watchOS 7, delivering enhanced customization tools and powerful new health and fitness features to the world’s most advanced smartwatch. Personalization is taken to an entirely new level with shareable and discoverable watch face configurations, while sleep tracking, automatic handwashing detection, additional workout types including dance, and a new hearing health feature give greater insight into overall well-being and are designed with privacy in mind. Conveniently on the wrist, Maps is updated with cycling directions and Siri now offers language translation.

The developer beta of watchOS 7 is available to Apple Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today. For the first time, a public beta will be available to watchOS users next month at beta.apple.com. watchOS 7 will be available this fall as a free software update for Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch Series 4, or Apple Watch Series 5 paired with iPhone 6s or later running iOS 14 or later. 

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Sony Vs. Microsoft – How Is The Next Generation of Consoles Shaping Up?

The next generation of video gaming is on the horizon, and getting closer to us each and every day. If all goes to plan (issues surrounding the global coronavirus pandemic permitting), we should be playing with these new consoles and systems by the end of 2020, and questions are arising among those trying to decide which platform to go with, from which system has the best technical specs, to which company has the best game studio making games exclusively for their platform.

Eager to find out more about how the next generation of consoles is shaping up? Here are some more details on the Sony PlayStation 5, and the Microsoft Xbox Series X.

Xbox Series X

Getting out ahead of the competition, Microsoft has already revealed the design of their flagship new console, the Xbox Series X, and it somewhat bears a resemblance to some tower PC setups, albeit a little sleeker and tidier than normal. Standing tall in an upright position, the console is the most powerful that the company has ever produced, with 12 teraflops , true 4K resolution (and 8K support), up to 120 FPS, and a 1TB custom solid state drive. If none of those fancy tech words mean anything to you, then it means that it will play games fast, and it will play them well.

PlayStation 5

Slated for a release around November/December this year, in preparation for the holiday season (which of course is one of the most important times sales-wise for games consoles looking to build up their install base of players gaming within their ecosystem), the PlayStation 5 looks to continue the market dominance that the PS4 had. At this moment in time we haven’t seen the actual look of the console itself, but we do know some interesting tidbits on the way that the system will use its hardware, such as upgraded SSD storage that will be able to load stored files much faster than last gen tech. 

One exciting factor turning heads recently was the reveal of the new ‘DualSense’ controller, which will overtake the DualShock 4 as the PlayStation’s way to play. In addition to sporting a new, cool white design, with an altered, rounder shape than ever before, there are also benefits such as a built-in microphone and even haptic feedback.

How will the Coronavirus affect the release of the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles?

With the Coronavirus pandemic affecting businesses and companies on a global scale in a way that we haven’t ever seen before, it would be safe to assume that the production of these video game consoles in preparation for the fall might be in the firing line. In an interview with Ryan McCaffrey on IGN’s Xbox podcast Podcast Unlocked, head of Xbox Phil Spencer discussed candidly his and the Xbox team’s experience working remotely and from home in light of the pandemic situation going on at the moment, and also stated that there are no plans to delay the launch date that they have planned currently (which they have yet to reveal).

When questioned about a possible staggered release of the new console in different markets worldwide in order to manage a production demand in terms of manufacturing, Spencer also made it clear that they were planning to release in all territories worldwide at the same time where possible, citing the delayed release of the Xbox One in Japan and how that hurt him (and likely the Xbox) at the time. On the PlayStation front, things are a little quieter, but it would be reasonable to assume the same sorts of plans are in place as Xbox.

Which console should I go with?

While these two different systems seem to be offering a wide range of new features over their Xbox One and PS4 counterparts, and diverting from each other in some unique ways, the two games consoles will likely be similar in terms of specification, playing the same games, too. That’s aside from all the platform exclusives, such as Halo or God of War, of course. 

In terms of which one you should go with, that really comes down to a matter of personal preference, and unless the opposition has a feature that really grabs you and makes you decide to make the transition, you might lean towards the camp of the console you’ve had in the past. Not only is this due to comfort and familiarity with the console despite its newness, but also legacy features such as backwards compatibility with your previous games/peripherals, and also the carrying over of your achievements/trophies and friends lists.

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Apple Announces New iPhone SE

Apple today announced the second-generation iPhone SE, a powerful new iPhone featuring a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, paired with Touch ID for industry-leading security. iPhone SE comes in a compact design, reinvented from the inside out, and is the most affordable iPhone. The new iPhone SE is powered by the Apple-designed A13 Bionic, the fastest chip in a smartphone, to handle the most demanding tasks. iPhone SE also features the best single-camera system ever in an iPhone, which unlocks the benefits of computational photography including Portrait mode, and is designed to withstand the elements with dust and water resistance.

iPhone SE comes in three colors — black, white and (PRODUCT)RED — and will be available for pre-order beginning Friday, April 17, starting at just $399.

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iBoy Retro Toy Figure From Classicbot

Check out the all new Classicbot iBoy Retro Toy, a transformable cute little figure. An homage to the most iconic mp3 player in history, this guy comes with magnetic arms, legs, and earbuds for ears. When you detach the limbs and attach the wire to the earbuds, he turns into a friendly MP3 player. (He does not play music, or have any functions except looking cool!)

The figure features magnetic joints for his arms and legs which will allow you to put it in a number of different poses.  All the buttons are clickable. iBoy is a great toy for display and play with it’s beautiful paint job and a nice mirror-like chrome rear finish. iBoy Stands around 4″ tall.

iBoy will be launching on Kickstarter on March 17, 2020. 

Pre-order on Kickstarter for $37 (US).

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Apple Unveils New iPad Pro With Breakthrough LiDAR Scanner & Brings Trackpad Support To iPadOS

Apple today announced its most advanced iPad Pro. Now with the A12Z Bionic chip, iPad Pro is faster and more powerful than most Windows PC laptops. The new iPad Pro adds an Ultra Wide camera, studio-quality mics and a breakthrough LiDAR Scanner that delivers cutting-edge depth-sensing capabilities, opening up more pro workflows and supporting pro photo and video apps. The LiDAR Scanner, along with pro cameras, motion sensors, pro performance, pro audio, the stunning Liquid Retina display and powerful apps, extends the lead of iPad Pro as the world’s best device for augmented reality (AR). The new iPad Pro is available to order starting today on apple.com.

Apple today also introduced the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. With a floating design with smooth angle adjustment, a backlit keyboard and trackpad, the Magic Keyboard delivers the best typing experience ever on iPad. The Magic Keyboard will be available for purchase in May.

Finally in the iPadOS 13.4 update, trackpad support for the iPad will be introduced for the first time for a more natural typing experience and added precision for tasks such as writing and selecting text, working with spreadsheets and pro workflows. Designed specifically for the touch-first experience on iPad, the cursor appears as a circle that highlights user interface elements, text fields and apps on the Home screen and Dock, giving a clear indication of what users can click on. Fluid gestures on the trackpad make it easy to switch between apps, access the app switcher and activate the Dock, Control Center and apps in Slide Over.

Pricing and Availability

The new iPad Pro is available to order starting today on apple.com and in the Apple Store app. iPad Pro will be available in stores starting next week.

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space gray finishes. A starting configuration of 128GB offers pro customers more room for their apps and content, along with 256GB, 512GB and 1TB configurations.

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $949 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $1,149 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model from apple.com.

iPadOS 13.4 with trackpad support will be available on March 24 as a free software update for all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later. 

Trackpad support will be available on any iPad running iPadOS 13.4, and work with Apple’s Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. Third-party mice connected over Bluetooth or USB are also supported.

The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro will be available for purchase in May for $299 (US) for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $349 (US) for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

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Rotary Cellphone Concept

Space engineer Justine Haupt took a rotary mechanism from an old Trimline telephone and combined it with a microcontroller and a cellular transceiver.  She housed it all in a 3D-printed casing and created a one-of-a-kind cell phone. Curved ePaper was later added on the back for relevant messages like the most recent missed call. 

Haupt says the point isn’t to be anachronistic, but rather to show it’s possible to have a usable, functional phone without anything even closely resembling a touch screen.

Read more HERE.

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Meet The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Samsung Electronics has introduced its second foldable device, the Galaxy Z Flip.

Compact and portable when folded, the Galaxy Z Flip features an innovative freestop folding system that enables the device to stay open at a range of angles, giving you a never-before-seen mobile experience. From expressive video calls to dynamic selfies and videos, you can capture, connect, and share more with your phone, all hands-free. When fully opened, the Galaxy Z Flip’s Infinity Flex Display, which features Samsung Ultra Thin Glass (UTG), transforms seamlessly into an immersive multimedia hub so you can enjoy all the content you love with more space.

When folded, the Galaxy Z Flip is a stylish and compact palm-sized device. When unfolded, it’s a full-sized phone whose stunning, 6.7-inch Infinity Flex Display –Samsung’s first to feature a 21.9:9 aspect ratio – offers users truly seamless multitasking.

Availability

The Galaxy Z Flip will be available in limited quantities for $1,400 in Mirror Purple and Mirror Black on February 14, 2020, followed by Mirror Gold in select countries. 

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