Showing posts with label Tech news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tech news. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

IOS 10 Release Date, And Eligible Devices (Here Is What You Need To Know)

Apple has just unveiled the iPhone 7 and it proved to be a sensational and controversial update, and among the announcements that were made was the official release date of iOS 10, the newest version of the operating system for iOS devices.
Tomorrow 13th September 2016, a new operating system called iOS 10 will be seeded to your iPhones and iPad across the world offering apple fans access to new features
Eligible iOS devices:-
iOS 10 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 5 and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 4th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation.
Unfortunately, iPhone 4s won’t be getting iOS 10 updates.
Note: If you have been enrolled in Apple’s beta program and have been rocking iOS 10 beta for the past few months, the golden master of iOS 10 should already be rolling to your device.
Also have in mind that certain new iOS 10 features will only be available on select newer devices.
For example, Raise to wake requires and iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, or later the iPhone 5, 5c, as well as iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are not compliant with that feature.

Apple prepares for another rocking show this coming Wednesday.

Apple prepares for another show on Wednesday, should we really focus on product improvements or on seemingly more superficial elements?

You might think that cameras and headphone jacks are deeply important, but searchdata provided by digital marketing company iQuanti to Forbes suggests that the most popular iPhone 7-related search term after "iPhone 7" itself is "iPhone 7 color."

Ooh, will it be a fancy black or some sophisticated shade of blue? Will those sexy designers fool us all by revealing a deep green one?

The late Steve Jobs knew how to excite. He knew not to blind an audience -- or the media -- with science. That's how the former Apple CEO managed to translate an Apple event to channels far beyond tech.

Simplicity, elegance and sheer visual excitement characterized his Apple events. (In addition, we had to put up with U2 once in a while.)

Apple's current CEO, Tim Cook, knows how to execute after the excitement has dissipated, but recent Apple events haven't quite enjoyed the bliss of the rapture.

Real people still want to be excited, rather than informed. They want to feel thingsfirst and think about things eleventh or twelfth.

The challenge for Apple remains the same: move people enough to make them want to be seen with the product.

Consumers want Cupertino to give a good show because it allows us to believe the products will help us to put on a good show too.

This will always remain depressing to purists for whom the technical innards are mental manna.

Bill Gates' Microsoft never grasped this. Samsung has come to get it in recent times. Its gorgeous Galaxy S7 series is evidence.

But still relatively few tune in to a Samsung event.

How can it be that someone could care more about the color of their phone rather than the pixels in the camera or the hours the battery stays alive?

How can it be that the reaction of so many people to so many things is still: "Oh, that's cool."?

As phones become more utilitarian, more the hub of so many human functions, it's tempting to believe that specs will matter more. Perhaps that time is beginning.

The current pre-robotic version of humanity is still, however, a relatively underdeveloped, superficial species.

It wants soundbites, not theses. It wants instant happiness, not the long road less traveled. It wants to be constantly loved and uplifted without having to do too muchheavy lifting, especially of the mental kind.

Did You Accidentally Delete any Email on your iPhone ? Here's how to restore it

Incase you just deleted the message and have not actually done anything else, try giving the iPhone a firm shake. In many cases, you should see an Undo Trash alert on screen giving you the option to reverse your last action — accidentally deleting the message.

For situations when shaking the iPhone is not going to do anything but illustrate your frustration, you can manually fish the message out of the trash and restore it to your inbox. Start by opening the Trash folder for the affected mail account, then locate the message andopen it. At the bottom of the screen, tap the folder icon. A list of all the folders for that mailbox appears. Tap the Inbox icon to transfer the message from the Trash back to the main Inbox.

If you have multiple mail accounts on your phone and are not sure which one received the message you want back, you can add a universal trash folder to your list of mailboxes. On the main Mailboxes screen, tap the Edit button in the upper-right corner. Scroll down the list of current and available mailboxes and select the All Trash option. Tap the Done button to return to the main Mailboxes screen, where the new All Trash mailbox is waiting for you.

It can be very easy to hit the wrong button and delete a message when notification alerts are popping up on your screen. If you want to change the style of the alerts you get for new mail,open the Settings icon on the home screen, select Notifications and scroll down the list to the Mail icon. Tap Mail, and on the next screen, select a mail account to get to the iOS notifications for new messages..

Galaxy Note 7 Users Are Encouraged to Stop Using Their Phones

WASHINGTON — The fallout over the potential for Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to catch fire is intensifying.

On Friday, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission urged owners of the smartphone to power down their Galaxy Note 7 devices and stop using them altogether.

“C.P.S.C. and Samsung are working cooperatively to formally announce an official recall of the devices as soon as possible,” the agency said in a statement. “C.P.S.C. is working quickly to determine whether a replacement Galaxy Note 7 is an acceptable remedy for Samsung or their phone carriers to provide to consumers.”

The C.P.S.C. is the main consumer product safety agency in the United States, with broad oversight over toys, tractors, appliances and electronics. This year, the C.P.S.C. recalled hoverboards that contained lithium-ion batteries; those batteries exploded or caught fire in dozens of cases.

The commission’s statement is the latest blow to Samsung and the Galaxy Note 7, which became available only two weeks ago. This month, Samsung said it would recall 2.5 million of the devices because of an issue with the lithium-ion batteries in the phones, which can catch fire and explode. The problem had affected 35 devices globally as of last week.

Samsung said it was voluntarily recalling the phones and “conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market.”

Air safety regulators worldwide have since advised passengers not to charge or turn on the smartphones inside an aircraft. Three Australian airlineshave banned them. On Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration also said it “strongly” advised passengers onboard planes not to use the Galaxy Note 7.

In a statement on Friday, Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America said, “We are asking users to power down their Galaxy Note 7s and exchange them now.”

The recall comes at a tricky time for Samsung. The Galaxy is one of the South Korean company’s most visible consumer product lines, and its smartphones compete with the Apple iPhone for pre-eminence with consumers. This week, Apple unveiled its newest smartphones, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which will ship later this month.

It was unclear if Samsung would provide refunds for Galaxy Note 7 customers who did not want a replacement provided by the company. All four major wireless carriers in the United States — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint — have halted sales of the Galaxy Note 7 and have been given instructions to help owners make an exchange, Samsung said.

While the recall of the Galaxy Note 7 is Samsung’s largest voluntary recall, it is not the biggest on record. In 2007, Nokia announced a recall of 46 million cellphone batteries. In 2006, Dell recalled 4.1 million lithium-ion batteries for notebook computers.

Maria Rerecich, director of electronics testing for Consumer Reports, said the number of people affected by Samsung’s recall was small but showed “a serious potential safety hazard.”

[UPDATED] Google Buys Apigee for $625M To Boost Cloud-Based Enterprise Services

As more enterprises continue to take their services to the cloud, Google is aiming to wrest away some of Amazon's control of that market, which is why the tech giant announced yesterday that it plans to acquire the API management firm Apigee for $625 million.
APIs (application programming interfaces) enable users to connect with companies' existing IT infrastructures, allowing those systems and software to be used for digital, mobile and cloud-based business. Founded in 2004 and publicly traded since 2015, Apigee helps enterprise Relevant Products/Services users build and manage APIs.
Google's announcement comes less than a year after the company hired VMware co-founder Diane Greene to reinvent its cloud business. Since then, she has led Google through a number of changes aimed at boosting its profile as a cloud services provider.

Accelerating the Move to Digital Business
"The addition of Apigee's API solutions to Google cloud will accelerate our customers' move to supporting their businesses with high-quality digital interactions," Greene wrote yesterday in a post on Google's Cloud Platform blog. "Apigee will make it much easier for the requisite APIs to be implemented and published with excellence."
Apigee's services are used by hundreds of enterprise customers, including AT&T, Bechtel, and Walgreens. For example, Walgreens uses a Photo Prints API to enable onlinecustomers to order and print photos at any store and it also has a Prescription API that lets people order refills via a mobile app.
"Apigee's mission has been to build a company that powers the APIs and delivers the know-how to help enterprises navigate a new kind of business reality and operate as modern digital businesses in a multi-cloud world," Apigee CEO Chet Kapoor wrote yesterday on his company's blog. "We have a solid track record of working hand in hand with some of the largest and most demanding brands in the world to solve new problems and create new products. We can't wait to see how much better and faster we can be with Google."

Taking on Amazon, Microsoft
Speaking with Forbes after yesterday's announcement, Greene said the addition of Apigee is "an incredible fit for us to be able to offer enterprise customers what they need in their digital transformation." Set to close by the end of the year, the deal is expected to strengthen Google's ability to compete with cloud services leaders like Amazon and Microsoft.
Just last week, Google announced the open beta release of Google Cloud Endpoints, a management suite for users deploying APIs through the Google Cloud Platform. Yesterday, Google and Box also announced a new partnership in which Box's storage services will now integrate with Google Docs and Springboard.
Meanwhile, Oracle -- also looking to considerably expand its position in the cloud market -- has encountered a roadblock in its plans to acquire cloud pioneer NetSuite for $9.3 billion. According to a report by Reuters Wednesday, T. Rowe Price, a NetSuite shareholder, is opposing the deal on the ground that the price is too low.

Sunday, September 11, 2016


The iPhone 7 is here people! Apple has just showed off its latest flagship iPhone at its annual September event in the US. Most of the rumours that have been circulating about what the iPhone will look like and what features it will have just been confirmed!
Yes, people. Just like we have been hearing, the new iPhone 7 will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. If you’re buying the new iPhone 7, your music needs will be sorted with new lightning earbuds in the box or the company’s new wireless AirPods. However, you will still be able to use your old headphones because Apple is also including a dongle that connects to the iPhone 7.
The design is also like the rumours and renders have been predicting. The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will have a redesigned antenna different from the one on the iPhone 6s and 6S Plus. It would seem that the idea is to clean up the back of the iPhone a bit more enhancing its simplistic design and ensuring the almost bare back looks even less busy.
The Home button has already been redesigned and Apple says it is now “customizable”. Like the rumours have been suggesting, the new Home button is not clickable like on the 6s but force sensitive with haptic feedback just like on the latest MacBooks and the Apple Watch.
New for the iPhone 7 is a new IP67 rating which means it is both water – up to 30 minutes in 1 meter of water – and dust resistant.
In terms of camera power, the iPhone 7 comes with Optical Image Stabilization on all models, a new sensor [60% faster, 30% more efficient], and a new image processor. Apple also says the new iPhone camera will be able to take better low-light photos and it will have a f/1.8 aperture, six-element lens, Quad-LED True Tone flash, an Apple-designed ISP, and a wide color gamut.
The iPhone 7 Plus on the other is another ball game entirely. It will come with all the goodies in the iPhone 7 but it will have dual lenses instead of which one will be a wide-angle lens while the other will be a Telephoto lens. The two lenses will also be used for zooming – not digital zoom like current iPhones have – and the phone will use the second Telephoto lens to take very crisp close shots. The camera app on the iPhone 7 Plus will also have a “Depth Effect” feature that allows you put the subject in the forefront in focus and blur the background scene. The feature will come as a free software update when the iPhone 7 Plus hits shelves later this year.

The new iPhone also has new Retina HD displays that have the same resolution as the iPhone 6s but is 25% brighter. This helps the new iPhone get a two-hour battery boost over the iPhone 6s.
Apple’s latest flagship will also be more powerful than the iPhone 6s. It will have a new A10 “Fusion” chip that is more efficient and powers all the wireless AirPod stuff, make the new iPhone faster, and offer “console-level” gaming power on the new iPhone.
Another interesting feature is that storage options on the new iPhone now start at 32GB. Other available options will be 128GB and 256Gb variant.
Finally, the iPhone 7 will cost $649 (just like the iPhone 6s when it was launched) while the iPhone 7 Plus will cost $769. Pre-orders for the phones will start on September 9, and the phones will be shipped starting from September 16. The Apple AirPods will cost $160 but will not be available till late October and iOS 10 will be available from September 13.