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Apple iOS 13.2 Release: Should You Upgrade?

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Apple iOS 13.2 has arrived and it’s a dumpster fire. Following the multitude of iOS 13 launch problems, Apple’s fifth rapid-fire update not only ignores serious issues but introduces new ones. All of which is a great shame, because iOS 13.2 delivers some big new features. 

Tip: bookmark this page because I keep it up to date if new problems are found. I will deliver my final verdict in a week (if Apple hasn’t issued more releases by then). 

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Who Is It For?

iOS 13.2 is for all iOS 13-compatible devices. This means the iPhone 6S and newer and the current iPod touch 7th generation. Upgrade notifications are usually automatic but if you need to trigger them manually go to Settings > General > Software Update. Beta testers, if you are running a latter version of iOS when you read this (more in ‘The Road Ahead’ section below), remember to unroll your iPhones or iOS 13.2 won’t show up. 

iPad owners, Apple has moved you to a new dedicated platform: iPadOS.

The Deal Breakers

The headline news is iOS 13.2 has been bricking the Apple HomePod. Working in unison with a new version of the speaker’s audioOS, HomePod owners have found that connecting to iPhones upgraded to iOS 13.2 breaks Apple Music and if they try to reset their HomePods they are stuck in an endless boot loop. Apple has now issued a warning about this and pulled the respective updates. What a mess. 

For everyone else, iOS 13.2 seems no better. Dropped call problems continue and the battery life bug continues to frustrate:

“@AppleSupport I am glad to learn that the iOS13 battery drain is not a hardware defect but an iOS thing. I updated (iPhone 6s) today to the latest 13.2 and the problem is as bad as before. #fixbatterydrain” – source

“Updated to iOS 13.2 after 13.1 in hope that the battery drain issue would be fixed. Now it is worse! Really not a great experience” – source

“@AppleSupport the battery drain is still crazy bad on 13.2 and iPhone SE. Is this a sneaky way to force me to upgrade?” – source

Mail problems are also unresolved (“@AppleSupport I downloaded iOS 13.2 on my iPhone 8 and now I cannot see any emails – source, “#iOS 13.2, and Mail app is stupidly still broken. Thanks @apple @AppleSupport for the $700 useless communication device – source) and Messages still has issues

So What Do You Get?

While it seems Apple didn’t spend much time trying to fix existing problems in iOS 13.2, it does introduce a lot of new features. They are as follows:

  • Deep Fusion for ‌iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌ 
  • Change video resolution directly from the Camera app for ‌iPhone 11‌, ‌iPhone 11 Pro‌, and ‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌
  • Over 70 new or updated emoji
  • AirPods Pro‌ support
  • Siri‌ can read your incoming messages to AirPods‌
  • HomeKit‌ Secure Video to privately capture, store, and view encrypted video from your security cameras
  • HomeKit‌ enabled routers to control ‌HomeKit‌ accessories over the internet or in your home
  • Siri privacy settings to stop Apple storing audio of ‌Siri‌ and Dictation interactions
  • Option to delete your ‌Siri‌ and Dictation history from ‌Siri‌ Settings

The headline here is Deep Fusion. This is a new form of image processing which shoots multiple images at different exposures then fuses them together (much like the technique Google Pixels use). It’s an automatic mode, so you can’t manually select it, but when enabled it has the potential to produce significantly better texture and detail for photos taken in mid-to-low light. 

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iOS 13.2 also sees Apple step up its HomeKit efforts after they had started to stagnate and the new Siri modes are essential after the Siri privacy debacle.

Apple has also been working on things under the hood. The company’s official security page lists 26 security fixes (14 of which are for WebKit) and Apple has actually quashed some bugs, just not the big ones: 

  • Fixes an issue that may prevent passwords from autofilling in 3rd party apps
  • Resolves an issue that may prevent the keyboard from appearing when using Search
  • Addresses an issue where swipe to go home might not work on iPhone X and later
  • Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled
  • Addresses an issue where Messages may display a phone number instead of a contact name
  • Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Markup annotations from being saved
  • Resolves an issue where saved notes could temporarily disappear
  • Fixes an issue where iCloud Backup might not successfully complete after tapping Backup Now in Settings
  • Improves performance when using AssistiveTouch to activate App Switcher

Helpful as these are, the serious ongoing problems with Mail, Calls and Battery Life need to be treated as a priority at this point.

Apple iOS 13.2 Verdict: Upgrade From iOS 13, Avoid From iOS 12

With the exception of HomePod owners who need to avoid this update like the plague, existing iOS 13 owners should upgrade since they have little to lose at this point. iOS 13.2 has a lot of new features (particularly for iPhone 11 series owners) and the security and bug fixes are worth having, even if the big issues continue to slip by Apple’s attention. 

Meanwhile, iOS 12 owners should continue to stay put. Deep Fusion isn’t available to older iPhones so only emoji addicts and owners of AirPods Pro need make the move. Right now the grass on the other side is not greener. 

The Road Ahead 

I had high hopes for iOS 13.2 delivering more substantial bug fixes, but their absence means I suspect we will see iOS 13.2.1 very soon. In fact, I’d be surprised if it is not released within a week. There are simply too many ongoing problems with iOS 13 and a lot more ‘minor point’ dedicated bug fixes are needed. 

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2019/10/29/apple-ios-132-release-should-you-upgrade-iphone-update/#7db8c90e3318

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WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube: How to enable dark mode on Android, iOS?

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After a long wait, WhatsApp has finally enabled dark mode on its beta app for Android. While the feature is still under beta, it suggests that the stable rollout is not far anymore. Dark mode became a sensation in the industry recently and now almost every popular app and custom UI skin includes a toggle for a dark theme. Dark mode basically turns the light colours into darker or black shades. This not only makes it easier on the eyes during the night time but also helps in saving battery on phones with OLED panels.

How to enable dark mode on WhatsApp?

WhatsApp has just added support for a dark theme on the beta version of WhatsApp for Android. The feature will soon be made available to the stable version of the app. Once available, follow these steps to enable dark mode:

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WhatsApp Dark Mode

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Head over to Settings > Chats > Theme
  • Tap on Dark and then press ok

Once done, you should see a dark theme across the app. Alternatively, you can also select System Default, which will switch the theme of the app depending on your phone’s theme.

How to enable dark mode on Instagram?

Unlike other apps, Instagram does not have a toggle for switching between dark and light modes. However, it does have a dark mode feature that depends on the phone’s theme. If you have a smartphone running on Android 10, you can enable dark mode in the smartphone’s settings page. On iOS, head over to Settings > Display & Brightness and select Dark mode. Once the dark mode is enabled in the system settings, the Instagram theme will automatically switch to the dark theme.

How to enable dark mode on YouTube?

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YouTube Dark Mode

YouTube is another popular app that has also received the dark mode feature on all three platforms – Android, iOS and Web. On both mobile platforms, head over to the YouTube Settings > General and enable the dark theme option. As for the website, tap on your profile icon and then look for the dark theme option. Enable it in order to switch to the dark mode.

How to enable dark mode on Facebook Messenger?

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Facebook Messenger

While the Facebook app itself has not received the dark mode update, the Messenger app for Facebook has received the feature. In order to enable the feature on your Android or iOS smartphone just tap on your profile icon and then toggle the dark mode switch. 

How to enable dark mode on Twitter?

Twitter also has the dark mode feature on all the platforms including Android, iOS and Web. On Android and iOS, head over to the Twitter Settings by tapping on your profile and go to Display and Sound. Here, you can enable and customise the dark mode according to your taste. Alternatively, you can also tap on your profile icon and then tap the light icon on the bottom left corner to switch themes. On the website, tap on “More” and head over to Settings and Privacy > Display and select the type of background you want.

Source:
https://www.indiatvnews.com/technology/news-how-to-enable-dark-mode-whatsapp-instagram-twitter-youtube-android-ios-582577

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#5 Best Gadgets from CES 2020 That Will Blow Your Mind

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The thing about technology is that it never fails to disappoint it, and which CES, the world’s biggest tech show already happening in Las Vegas, we can’t help but appreciate how cool things technology can invent.

Renowned companies like Samsung, Lenovo, LG, Sony like every year has showcased the best of their products. While popular companies always have something to present, we also have companies who have showcased some really quirky products this year making us say, “Isn’t that just so cool?”

From the coolest laptops, phones, drones to foldable laptops, vertical TVs, there is something for everyone. In order to give you a quick update, we have curated a list of some exciting products that will hit the store in 2020. 

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

If experience is something that pleases you Samsung’s Galaxy Chromebook might be the best Chrome OS machine to date. A rival to premium Google Pixelbook, this 2-in-1 device sets a higher standard in the mobile computing industry. The device has a 13.3 inch 4k AMOLED display and is powered by the latest 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor along with Intel® Wi-Fi 6. 

Expected Release and Price: 1st Quater of 2020 and will be approximately for INR 72,000.

Harman Kardon Citation Oasis

While the device resembles a lot to Amazon Echo Dot, the thing about Samsung’s Harman Kardon subsidiary is that they know how to set them apart. They have a built-in wireless charging which Echo Dot lack. Citation Oasis, a smart speaker has an LED clock, wireless charging and onboard Google AssistanSo with 8 hours of running time. To be honest, it does slow our two purposes. Some also believe that this would be the best smart clock out there. 

Expected Release and Price: INR 14,230

Suunto 7

Sunnota who are known for their sporty smartwatches presented a wearable that has smart features from Wear OS by Google. The device has a feature of an outdoor map of around 50+ km range letting you follow the location and a wrist-based control for music. The smartwatch also lets you track your heartbeat, has a built-in GPS, something that adventurous people would love. 

Expected Release and Price: 31 January 2020 and will be approximately for INR 34,260

LG Signature RX

When it comes to TV no one can beat LG. Every year the company overtakes its own invention. This year the developers have presented its first rollable TV. is set to hit the market for consumers later this year. The LG Signature RX’s marquee rolls up when your power it down. The AI processor directs your 4K picture behind the scenes and comes with the ability to develop with time. It does redefine your watching experience. However, if you are planning to buy it, the hefty price might make you think.

Expected Release and Price: Third quarter of 2020 and will be approximately for INR 42,89,220 ($60,000).

Welt Smart Belt Pro

A belt is a necessity! However, when it gets combined with technology it just adds more value to a must-have accessory. Welt Smart Belt Pro won the CES 2020 Innovation Awards for its new product and it is kind of a quirky invention. An update of the previous version and first of its kind, it comes with a prevent fall feature. The belt comes with its own app that lets you monitor things like waist size, eating pattern, sitting time measurement, step count and more.

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https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/344895

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Samsung’s knife-wielding robotic chef is all flash

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Last year, we asked whether Samsung was getting serious about robotics. A year later, we’re not any closer to answering the question. This year’s presser played out roughly the same as last on the robotics front — all flash and little productizing to show for it.

Samsung’s approach to robotics thus far appears to be the model of many other big electronics companies. It’s flirtation with a technology that brings some sense of showmanship to the stage and booth. There’s no better example than Bot Chef. I got a preview of the tech in Samsung’s booth this week, pitched as “an extra set of hands in the kitchen.”

You can’t fault the technology for not being ready for prime time, at this point, of course. That’s not really the point yet. The question, however, is how serious Samsung is about bringing a pair of robot arms to kitchens across the globe to sauté tofu and liberally apply Sriracha. I would love to say “very,” and that the different demos were things the company was actively pursuing delivering on these products.

The futuristic theme of last night’s keynote, however, implied that the company is offering up hypotheticals for what a future could look like — not what it will. Even Ballie, which seems a more realistic addition to the company’s smart home strategy is also still very much conceptual. As with last year’s robot demos, I wasn’t able to get an answer from the company about how much of the robot’s functions were autonomous and how much were choreographed. It’s a cool demo regardless. But is it a serious one?

At the end of the day, I hope Samsung is getting serious about the category. The company has tremendous resources and a lot of smart people. If it really takes the leap, it could be a key player in making robotics more mainstream among consumers. For now, however, I’m unconvinced.

Source:
https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/07/samsungs-knife-wielding-robotic-chef-is-all-flash/

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