Apple iOS 13.6 update is here with Car Key

Apple has released iOS 13.6 and watchOS 6.2.8 to the public. Besides the typical stability and performance improvements. These releases bring a hotly anticipated feature that turns your iPhone or Watch into a digital key for your car.

The feature allows users to unlock their car and start it by pressing either the iPhone or Apple Watch near a specific location on the car, such as the door handle.

The feature also allows users to give temporary car keys to friends and family using iMessage. Driver-specific profiles are also available, meaning each shared key can be configured differently. Finally, the feature should work up to five hours after your iPhone runs out of battery. Check out a detailed description of this new feature over at Apple’s website.

The Car Key feature is currently only available to owners of new BMWs (manufactured after July 2020), and Apple didn’t say when other carmakers will join the party. On Apple’s side, only the Apple Watch Series 5 and iPhone 11/XR/XS/SE will work.

Apple has hired professional voice actors to produce roughly 20 audio stories per week, including audio versions of pieces by Esquire, Essence, Fast Company, GQ, New York Magazine, Sports Illustrated, TIME, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Wired on the magazine side, as well as by newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal.

World’s fastest internet connection: 44.2 Tbps

Internet is never fast enough, but a group of researchers from the Monash, Swinburne, and RMIT universities in Australia have reached speeds that would sate even the hungriest of data geeks.

In a new paper published in Nature Communications (via The Verge), the researchers describe how they managed to hit speeds of 44.2 Tbps (terabits per second), a new world record.

Impressively, they’ve done this using standard optic fiber, both in the laboratory. An actual network in the greater metropolitan area of Melbourne, Australia. The 44.2 Tbps result was for a raw bitrate; for a coded rate and in the field, this speed fell down to 39 Tbps, which is still very respectable.

To achieve these speeds, the researchers used “soliton crystal micro-combs,” which are “optical frequency combs generated by integrated micro-cavity resonators.” Yes, it’s one of those technologies that sounds increasingly complicated the more you read about them; suffice to say that these researchers have managed to use the micro-combs to increase data transfer speeds.

“This work demonstrates their ability to support ultrahigh bandwidth data transmission in practical and demanding environments,” the researchers conclude.

Here’s a quick comparison: 44.2 terabits per second equals 5.525 terabytes per second. In late 2019, Pornhub said it hosts 11 petabytes of data, which is 11,000 terabytes. A person would be able to download all the videos on Pornhub in roughly 1991 seconds, or 33.2 minutes.

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Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 Review

Microsoft achieved something very impressive with the original Surface Headphones: the company was able to leapfrog veterans of the noise-canceling headphone market (like Bose and Sony) with an ingenious method for controlling them. With a twist of the smooth-turning dial on either ear cup, you could adjust volume and the level of active noise cancellation.

The Surface Headphones 2 retain the understated design of their predecessors. Except for a glossy Windows logo on each side of the headband, there’s no branding to be found. The matte black model is very classy — albeit less recognizable than the light gray color.

Everything else feels very familiar. Except for the dials along the perimeter, the entire surface area of either ear cup can be tapped to pause or play music, skip tracks, and answer calls. In leaving volume and noise cancellation to the dials and separating them from the touch controls. Microsoft makes everything feel more focused and easy to remember.

Noise Canceling

Microsoft’s noise canceling isn’t quite as effective as what Bose or Sony can achieve. But the Surface Headphones 2 are perfectly capable of quieting the types of ambient noise and constant hums that can grow irksome when you’re trying to focus. I do struggle to understand why anyone would need 13 levels of noise cancellation to switch between, though.

Battery Life

Microsoft has boosted battery life to 20 hours with noise cancellation enabled. That’s at par with the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 but well under Sony’s 30 hours. Still, 20 hours means you’ll likely only have to charge these once — maybe twice if you’re using them constantly. When you power the headphones on, a voice tells you how many hours of battery life are remaining.

Vivo’s newest flagship has a giant camera lens

Vivo has started teasing its next flagship phone, the X50. A video posted to Weibo shows off the camera module, which includes a periscope telephoto, two normal-looking lenses, and one much larger module that is presumably for the primary camera. The lens rotates as the module is manipulated by a robotic gimbal, suggesting the key feature here is image stabilization.

Vivo said the design was inspired by chameleons’ eyes and is 200 percent more effective than typical OIS. Allowing for longer nighttime exposures and smoother video. It looks like the X50 will be the first commercial deployment of this idea.

The Apex 2020 also had a unique periscope zoom system where the lens elements actually move.  It’s not clear, however, whether this new periscope design will make it into the X50. The camera module says “16-135” below the lenses, which could just describe a periscope prime of 5x the focal length of a 27mm primary camera.

It’s possible that the X50 could use Samsung’s new ISOCELL GN1 sensor, which was just announced yesterday. A Vivo product manager posted about the new sensor on Weibo, highlighting its 1/1.3-inch size and 2.4μm-equivalent pixels. The GN1’s large physical size together with Vivo’s advanced stabilization tech could certainly explain the unusually big primary lens on the X50.

Vivo’s X50 event is set to take place on June 1st.

The Oppo Watch – The new competitor of Apple Watch

The Oppo Watch

First up, yep, this looks like an Apple Watch. The OLED screen, though, is an improvement. It’s larger than the 44mm Apple Watch at 1.91 inches across, but the watch keeps a 46mm size; Oppo has shrunken the bezels and curved the edges of the screen itself along with the cover glass. The pixel density is the same as the Apple Watch at 326ppi. The colors are super vibrant, and it’s easy to see outside.

The chassis of the watch takes design cues from Oppo’s smartphones. There’s no crown-style control here, just two physical buttons on the right edge; everything else is handled by the touchscreen. Oppo’s watch straps are detachable in a similar way to the Apple Watch. With simple buttons for the release mechanism on the watch’s rear.

While the Oppo Watch I’m using is made of aluminum, it’s polished to a glossy blue-black finish.

Oppo Watch OS

The Oppo Watch runs a customized version of Android 8.1 called ColorOS Watch. Like Samsung, Oppo has figured out that Apple was onto something in designing a predominantly white-on-black OS for small OLED screens; it saves power and is a lot more discreet. No prizes for originality — this software definitely looks more like watchOS than it needs to — but it’s the right direction.

Unlike Tizen and watchOS, though, ColorOS Watch is extremely simple. The top button brings up a scrolling app drawer or takes you back to the watch face, and the bottom button gets you to the settings menu. You can swipe left and right to change faces, there’s a quick settings screen accessible with a swipe down, and a swipe up takes you to the notifications shade. Everything is smooth and responsive. Notifications can display a lot of content, like full Facebook Messenger messages, though you can’t interact with them.

The most interesting thing about the Oppo Watch software is its selection of built-in apps, which are accessible through a scrolling grid that’s halfway between the Apple Watch’s weird honeycomb and list views. There are the usual apps for phone calls, fitness tracking, timers, and weather, as well as an on-watch app store and China-specific services like Alipay. It’s a pretty robust feature set, including things like sleep tracking that haven’t come to the Apple Watch yet.

Apple Glass: Release date, price, specs and leaks

Apple Glass, Apple’s elusive AR lenses project, is coming, and we’re starting to learn a lot more about what the futuristic, first-generation wearable could look like.

When we first heard word of “Apple Glasses,” rumors suggested the lenses would launch this year. But with Apple’s 2020 product line fully fleshed out with the likes of the iPhone 12, Apple Watch 6 and AirPods Studio.

One reliable analyst said Apple Glass could come as soon as next year. While another longtime source for Apple product releases believes the release won’t happen until 2022. Either way, the project is definitely in the works.

Apple Glass is expected to run on Starboard, a proprietary operating system uncovered in the final version of iOS 13. The augmented reality framework shows up multiple times in code and text documents. This means that Apple is likely testing activation and application.

Apple Glasses price

According to Prosser the Apple Glasses are currently priced at $499, plus prescription fees. Now that may seem low, especially compared to competing augmented reality headsets like the Microsoft Hololens 2.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 – Launch Date

Samsung will launch its Galaxy Note 20 smartphone in August at an online-only event. Marking the first time a Note series flagship launch won’t be held in a real-world venue.

This is according to the Korea Herald, which cites industry sources as saying that the company has made the decision to go online-only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Samsung typically launches its Note series smartphones in New York City over the summer. Last year’s Note 10 and Note 10+ were launched on August 7, with thousands of people in attendance.

According to the outlet, the exact launch date for the Note 20 is still in flux. Given there’s no need to organize a venue, Samsung may move the date to the most opportune time.

Besides the Note 20, Samsung is also likely to launch a larger phone, the Note 20+ at the same event.

Recent rumors indicate that the Galaxy Note 20 will have a 108-megapixel camera, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset.

The news follows a report that Google will launch its Pixel 4a phone on July 13, also at an online-only event.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Review

Review

There are two big things to address with folding phones: the screen and the hinge. These two parts are such a focus because they’re the things that aren’t yet solved problems in the phone world. It’s where the experimentation is happening, and it’s also where the biggest points of failure are found.

Samsung’s so-called “Ultra Thin Glass” is 30 microns thick, on the order of a very thin human hair. That has consequences. Chief among them: any ding or nick in the glass could be catastrophic.

Then there’s the crease in the middle of the screen. It is there, no getting around it. I can see it when I’m looking for it, but I don’t see it when I’m not. It also feels a little odd, but not so much to put me off like it did on the Razr. The screen is also surrounded by big, raised plastic bezels. I don’t love them, but I also understand their necessity and don’t find them especially annoying.

Third, there is a small gap when the phone is closed. That’s a little scary because, again, the screen is fairly fragile, and it’s a space where debris could get wedged in. (The Motorola Razr, for its many faults, managed to fold completely flat without any gaps.)

Fourth and lastly, Samsung has added brushes and caps to the hinge to better protect it from debris getting inside. That’s the issue that likely destroyed the screen on my very first Galaxy Fold review unit last April. Will these new brushes work? Who knows! They couldn’t stand up to a dust test from iFixit, but it was a very aggressive test. All I can say is that I have more faith in this hinge holding up than I did in the Razr’s or the original Fold’s.

Google Pixel Buds (2020) Review

It’s taken Google a surprisingly long time to make good earbuds. The original Pixel Buds from 2018 were a bulky, mushroom-shaped mess that made you look like Frankenstein’s monster. The charging case was huge, the sound was middling, and when you finally worked up the courage to go outside with them, it felt like everyone wearing AirPods was laughing at you.

Ridiculously comfortable

One of the most important things about the hardware of earbuds is fit and comfort and this is something that I feel Google has absolutely nailed. The Pixel Buds are very small compared to normal silicone-tip wireless earbuds. They’re slimmer than Samsung’s Galaxy Buds and smaller in almost every dimension compared to other options.

Excellent touch gestures that could use some fine-tuning

Touch gestures are one of the best parts of Google’s Pixel Buds. Generally, truly wireless earbuds have some form of touch gestures for simple functions such as play/pause, skipping tracks, accessing your voice assistant, and

Here’s the thing, Google’s gestures are fantastic, but they could use a bit of work. Sensitivity is at times too much but at others too little. Constantly I found myself raising the volume while trying to pause music or vice versa. Part of this is just the nature of the buds. Since they’re smaller than the previous generation, there’s less space to recognize the gestures. More than likely, though, this is something Google can adjust with software updates.

Great Sound

You might occasionally use voice commands to text someone back or ask Assistant the weather, but the vast majority of your time with the Pixel Buds will be spent listening to music. For audio quality, these are some of the best wireless earbuds I’ve tried.

They’ve got one of the more nuanced sound signatures I’ve ever heard in portable earbuds. Every instrument comes through with crystal clarity, which makes denser mixes like Foxygen’s “San Francisco” come through with elegant depth. You hear the tinny cymbals in the middle, the beautiful piano notes on the far right side, with chugging acoustic guitars on the left. Each has its own musical space.

Xbox Series X release date, specs & design

Xbox Series X is the next-generation Xbox that is due for release in late 2020. So far we know when the new Xbox will release, its official name, some of the games we’ll be playing, as well as information on backwards compatibility, and how cross-gen game ownership will work under the new Smart Delivery feature.

From what we’ve seen so far, it looks like the Xbox Series X will sport a blockier style that’s similar to that of a small gaming PC. More importantly, we now know what’s inside the console, thanks to Microsoft giving us the Series X’s full specs, and we can say for sure that the new Xbox is going to be an absolute powerhouse.

Specs

  • CPU: 8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT) 7nm
  • GPU: 12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 2
  • Memory: 16GB GDDR6
  • Storage: 1TB custom NVMe SSD
  • Optical drive: 4K UHD Blu-ray
  • Ports: HDMI 2.1 output, 3x USB 3.2, networking port, expanded storage slot, power input
  • 120 fps support
  • Potential 8K resolutions
  • Ray-tracing technology
  • Variable Rate Shading for more stable frame rates
  • Compatible with Xbox One accessories
  • Smart Delivery

We knew what the Xbox Series X will look like, a few of the features on offer, and a good deal about specs the next Xbox is boasting. But May 7 was when we first saw Xbox Series X gameplay revealed.

According to Microsoft, this event would see us fans getting a first look at next-gen gameplay, trailers and sneak peeks from Xbox’s third-party partners, an update on how devs are utilizing the Xbox Series X and, finally, confirmation of the Xbox Series X games that will use Smart Delivery.

With no look at the console itself, or its interface features, this was all about third-party titles – and ultimately we felt it was a little underwhelming, with no standout titles to shout about.