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12 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
TNBT003 – iPhone 12, iPad Air 4th Generation, Facebook Gaming And Other Things
Hey Everyone, this is Sanjeev from Techkle. Welcome to this week’s episode of TNBT where we will cover the latest Tech news and updates. TNBT Episode Summary There is a lot happening in the Tech world this October. Usually, we see this much activity in September with the launch of new iPhones and accessories. But this time the launch of the iPhones was delayed till mid of October due to COVID-19 and Apple has just started shipping latest devices. They have also announced the new iPhone Accessories standard called MegSafe which means we have a lot of new accessories coming into the market. We will talk about all these along with other latest news in this episode. iPhone 12 and MegSafe Accessories Apple has started shipping the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro model this week. The initial review of the device is positive and its selling like hotcakes. The current shipping estimates on Apple site are already down to 2-3 weeks if you order today. Though only two out of four models are available for sale currently. iPhone Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available to pre-order on November 6th with availability from November 13th onwards. Along with iPhones, Apple also launched a new set of accessories with new standard called MegSafe. Now, MegSafe is something that we use to see on older generation Mac’s before Apple shifted to USB-C standard. The good thing about the Mac MegSafe chargers was how easy it was to place it on charging pins. You just bring it close and it snaps on! Now, with the new line of accessories Apple wants the similar experience for iPhone users. You can just snap on different kind of accessories including chargers, wallet to use with your iPhone. Now no more fight to figure out if your wireless charger is aligned properly. MegSafe Accessories Apple has launched cases which will support MegSafe accessories that means you can snap chargers while keeping the case on. Now, we are seeing third party cases with the support of MegSafe standard hitting the market. OtterBox has announced MegSafe supported cases for all its lineup including Symmetry, Aneu, or Figura Series. You can pre-order those cases from the OtterBox site. Belkin has also announced some of the new accessories for iPhone 12 including new 3-in-1 MegSafe Wireless charger which will snap on your iPhone, charge it along with Apple Watch and AirPods. So, go ahead and take your pick for the MegSafe Accessories with the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. iPhone 12 Reverse Charging One of the expected features for iPhone 12 was reverse charging but Apple decided to not announce it in the iPhone 12 launch. Initially everyone though that iPhone 12 was not capable of reverse charging but with a new FTC filing, it looks other way round. Based on iPhone 12 FTC filing looks like iPhone 12 is capable enough to do reverse charging, just that Apple decided to not activate the functionality. One of the reasons might be lack of accessories which they would like iPhone to support. They might activate it when they will announce next generation AirPods that can take advantage of the reverse charging. Hopefully, we will see more and more accessories which can take advantage of this feature in future. iPad Air 4th Generation Apple not only started shipping the iPhone but also started shipping iPad Air 4th Generation this week. People who pre-ordered have started receiving the device, including me. Till now, I was using MacBook and iPhone for most of my work and was thinking to add iPad in my inventory but never able to justify the iPad Pro use. Don’t get me wrong, iPad Pro’s are very capable machine but may not be suitable for everyone. In my case, I do not plan to click many pictures from my iPad, so having advanced camera is one of the least prominent features on my list. Same goes for Face ID, I am using it on my iPhone, and it works great but the Touch ID is also convenient. It also allows to unlock the device easily while providing enough security. The only drawback with the regular iPad Air was outdated design. iPad Air 4th Gen fixes that issue. It provides modern design with a more affordable price point. It also comes with a new processor that will give it a good overall life. I have gotten my new iPad Air 2 days back and this episode is created on the new device..Hurray, Congratulations to me!! Having said that, there are new iPad Air 2020 Cases and accessories available from Apple as well as third party venders. Some of the accessories including cases from iPad Pro 11-inch model will work fine on iPad Air also. It also gets a USB-C port, which means you can attach a host of accessories to the iPad Air. I am using my condenser microphone to record this podcast episode on iPad Air. You can also connect external monitors or hard disks to your new iPad. With all these changes, iPad Air becomes the go to machine for casual users. Apple One Subscription Plan Apple One will be available for subscription from today onwards, though Fitness+ will launch later fall. You can still subscribe the service from Apple site starting from $14.95 for individual and $19.95 for Family of six. The regions where Apple News+ and Fitness+ is not available, plans will be maxed out on $19.95 plan otherwise you can subscribe to $29.95 plan to include all 6 services. Apple promised to reduce the prices based on your existing subscriptions in case you are already subscribed to any of the services. I personally, use Apple Music and Apple TV+ with active subscription which already costs around $15. It means I can get additional service of Apple Arcade and iCloud storage for almost free with this bundle. Though I need to see how Apple handles the free subscriptions provided with iPad Air and this bundle. With the purchase of iPad Air, I have 1 year of Apple TV+ service free of cost. Since I was already a paying subscriber and had yearly plan, Apple extended the plan date for a year automatically, so I don’t need to pay anything for next year subscription. Let’s see how it will be handled with Apple One subscriptions. T-Mobile TVision Streaming Service T-Mobile is entering an overcrowded space of video streaming service. They have launched a new service called TVision which will provide Live TV Streaming. The plan starts for $10 a month for TVision Vibe, which provides around 30 live channels including categories of Drama, Comedy, or Lifestyle. If you are a sports fan, you can subscribe to TVision Live, which includes Sports channels. That will cost you upwards of $40 depending on the number of channels you want to subscribe. You will also have choice to top up your subscription from Premium channels at small monthly fee. Though, they claim that what they are charging is half of the monthly cost for regular connection, we need to see acceptance to this service. The market is already crowded with most of the content providers having their own streaming services. Though at the start, these services might be of interest as they provide a gourmet of channels at a fraction of price, but the model might not be sustainable. We all have seen how Google has increased the prices of YouTube TV subscription because it becomes unrealistic to keep running on these costs. Linksys New Velop WiFi 6 Mesh Routers Linksys has launched a new Velop AX4200 WiFi 6 Mesh Routers that is available for purchase right now. The WiFi 6 Router pack can support up to 120 devices with 3 nodes supporting the network. The router can be easily setup with the help of Linksys free mobile app. Once setup, you can control the routers with Alexa voice commands at home. The easiness and WiFi 6 support make it a good networking solution for large homes. Just to emphasize, WiFi 6 delivers up to 4 times higher speeds then WiFi 5. Though internet speed will still be limited based on your ISP line and its exceedingly rare that you will have more speed available then offered by WiFi 5. But internal network bandwidth will be eased off with this device. Sony Cameras As WebCam on Mac In another news from Sony, they have launched the new imaging software for macOS that will allow their Cameras to use as a WebCam. This is good news for the people who would like to Social Media Streaming, since they can now use their Mirrorless camera as a Webcam. The software was available for Windows for some time and now Mac users are also can benefit from it. This way you do not need to buy high-end webcam for your video calls on Mac, you can use the existing Sony Camera and get the clear picture on the calls. Facebook Gaming Service Facebook is also entering the gaming streaming space with a new streaming service which will be available on Web and Android Application. They are not launching it on iOS or Apple devices due to review restrictions from Apple. The service will be integrated with existing Facebook app rather than a separate application. The console quality games will be offered as part of service and progress will be synchronized across platforms. Though Apple devices will be excluded from this sync due to the restrictions. To start with they are offering some of the Mobile Games on the platform including Asphalt 9, PGA Tour Golf Shootout, WWE Supercard etc. The service is in BETA and will slowly be ramped up for console level games. But for now, you can try the service for free and play some of the games over cloud. Is there something else you would like to listen about or like us to cover as part of this Tech News series, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any tips for the news around Technology, you can send it to us on email@example.com. You can always follow us on Twitter or Facebook for the latest updates.
11 minutes | Sep 6, 2020
TNBT002 – Galaxy Note 20 Shipments, PUBG Ban & Apple Upcoming Devices
Hi Everyone, this is Sanjeev from Techkle. Welcome to yet another episode of TNBT where we will cover the latest Tech news and updates. Episode Summary In this episode, we will not only cover the latest Samsung flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 20 but will also talk about Pixel 4a and other devices launched recently. Apple has also prepared for the release of new devices including the iPhone 12. So, let’s start with this episode and dig into the latest news. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Shipments Samsung started shipping the latest flagship device – Galaxy Note 20 to the customers. To the customer’s surprise, they have decided to not include the USB-C headphones for the North America region. So, if you are buying the phone in North America, you will not get the wired headphone in the box. Though, if you are planning to use wireless headphones with Galaxy Note 20, you will not be worried about this news. Though Samsung is saying that this has been done for the environment protection. Most of the customers already have headphones and do not use the wired headphones included in the box. In case you want the USB-C wired headphones, you can call the customer service and they will ship one for you free of cost. Google Play Music is Going Away Google announced that Google Play Music is the latest service to see the end of life by October 2020. They are making YouTube Music as the premier music service from the group. YouTube music is available on Google Assistant devices in an Ad-Supported manner. It also supports the music upload up to 100,000 songs even when you are not a paid subscriber. Since Google Play Music also provided a service to upload your music, Google is now allowing you to transfer those songs to YouTube Music. Make use of this service and transfer the uploaded music to YouTube Music. In another update, Google is planning to launch Pixel 4a 5G version and Pixel 5 later this month. The devices should be announced by last week of September. India Banned PUBG and 188 Other Apps In a recent announcement, India has banned PUBG and 188 other Chinese Apps citing the National Security & Cyber Security as a reasons. They have shown concern about the way these Apps are using the collected data. This is the third time India has banned Chinese Apps this year. Earlier they have banned Popular app TikTok and WeChat along with many other apps. Tencent, a company that owns PUBG has lost over $34 billion in the last few days in the valuations. WhatsApp Fact Check Option WhatsApp is adding an option to fact check forwarded messages. It will add a little search icon in front of the forwarded message and automatically take you to browser with pre-filled queries in case you want a fact check. The whole process is encrypted and WhatsApp doesn’t read the message which is being Fact Checked. It just pass on the message to browser to search it on the internet and find the facts about it. This can be a good way to allow people to make sure they are able to check the validity of the forwarded message or any other related news. Amazon Launched Halo Fitness band Amazon is the latest company to enter the wearable market with the new fitness band Halo. Halo is a strap with all the sensors added to it. It has all the sensors hid behind the strap which is available in 3 colors and sizes. The straps are like Apple Watch Bands which is replaceable and can be purchased separately. You can interchange them to go with your dress. The band has no screen attached to it and will be used along with Amazon Halo app on Android or iOS. The band and app comes with some unique applications like body composition, voice tone analysis, etc. It uses phone camera to take multiple photos of person and does body analysis to find the body fat ratio etc. Along with that it uses voice tone analysis to find the mood of the person. The device will retail for $99 but for a limited time its available at 30% discount on Amazon. The health services will be subscription based and will be available at $3.99 per month. First 6 month subscription is free with the device. Buy It From Amazon Apple & Epic Games Battle Apple and Epic Games are generating a lot of news due to the legal battle on App Store Commission. Epic Games is not happy with the 30% cut they need to give to Apple and they decided to offer their own payment method for Fortnite in-app purchases. This is a violation of the current App Store policy as Apple asks them to use the Apple Payments method. They decided to skip that and gave a 10% discount to customers in case they want to use Epic Games direct payment method. In result, Apple pulls the Fortnite from the App Store and canceled the Epic Games Developer account. They are involved in a legal battle where Epic Games is claiming that App Store policies are not faring to developers and gives Apple undue advantage. They are also asking to bring the Fortnite back to App Store from court till the legal proceeding are going on. There are some exceptions to Apple 30% commission for example, Amazon only pays 15% commission to Apple for the in-app purchases. This is being cited as not an equal playground for all the developers. Apple says Epic Games has sought the deal for themselves, but once it was not done they decided to go in different directions. Since Fortnite is one of the successful games, avid mobile gamers are at loss. They are sitting on their video gaming chairs without their most liked games to play. Apple Upcoming Devices The last 4 months of the year is always busy for Apple. They always launch new iPhone and US updates in these 4 months. This year looks like the iPhone 12 launch will be delayed till mid of October. Since iPhone 12 is getting delayed, Apple’s usual September event will also be pushed to October and might happen on October 12th. The shipment might start on October 19th. Apple is planning to launch a new iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV along with iPhone 12. Now looks like rather then a single launch event, they are planning to the staggered release of these devices. According to a leak, Apple Watch and the new iPad will be launched in September via a press release. They will update the Apple online store and will be shipped as early as mid of September. Apple will release the iPhone 12 and MacBook 12-inch with A14X silicon chip in the mid-October event. They are not planning to delay the launch of latest OS updates. Looks like iOS 14 will be released later this month to the devices. It’s already had 7 developer BETA releases till now and most of the functionality is working good. There are few bugs which should be fixed in later BETA’s. Is there something else you would like to listen about or like us to cover as part of this Tech News series, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any tips for the news around Technology, you can send it to us on email@example.com. You can always follow us on Twitter or Facebook for the latest updates.
22 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
TNBT001 – Apple WWDC, Microsoft Retail Store Closing, and Google Verified Caller
Hey everyone, this is Sanjeev from Techkle. In this episode of TNBT, let’s cover some of the latest technology news from the big companies. Episode Summary Apple has just concluded its yearly development conference (Apple WWDC). First time ever they have executed this conference in a virtual mode and all sessions are live-streamed across the world. Apple WWDC Updates Apple has given a glimpse of the latest changes coming to all their products this fall. So let’s check what you can expect to come your way on iPhones, iPad, and MacBooks. iOS 14 iOS 14 will bring many changes which will make it more user friendly. We will discuss some of those changes mentioned below in this episode. Home Screen Widgets – Provide easy access to information. Widget Stacking Smart Widget Stack App Clips Nonintrusive Call and Facetime Notifications Privacy Notifications on Data Access Third-Party Apps as Default Apps Apple Translate App Picture in Picture iPadOS 14 We are getting most of the updates mentioned in the iOS update but also some iPad specific updates. These updates will make it easy to use apps with Apple Pencil. Here are some of the updates covered in this episode: Sidebar access in Applications Scribbles macOS Big Sur macOS is heading towards one of the biggest overhauls in recent years. From the design of each element to Safari Privacy updates, a big changes coming to our ways. Here are the items discussed in this episode. System-Wide Redesign Safari Updates Start Page Customisations Extensions Portability and App Store Section Privacy Report Messages Updates Pin Conversations Inline Replies People Mentions Memoji’s on Mac Control Center Widgets In Notifications watchOS 7 & tvOS 14 There are a lot of big updates coming to watchOS and tvOS. Many of the changes coming towards integrating more health functionality to Apple TV and Apple Watch. Here are the updates discussed in this episode. watchOS 7 Shareable Watch Faces Sleep Tracking Wind Down and Wake Up Routine Dancing as a workout hand Wash Countdown tvOS 14 Integration with Apple Watch For health activities Home Kit enhancement for viewing security cam feeds addition game controller compatibility to enjoy games with controllers on Apple TV AirPods Updates There is a big update coming to AirPods and AirPods Pro which will make them one of the best Bluetooth headphones for iPhones. Spatial Audio (AirPods Pro) Automatic Audio Switching So these are some of the updates from Apple WWDC which we can expect to receive in this fall. Microsoft Retail Store Closing In a surprise announcement, Microsoft announced that they are closing all of their stores worldwide. They are planning to only four store from 85 store worldwide and convert they into experience zones. Luckily they are not planning to layoff any of their workforces which would have been troublesome in these times. Most of those employees will move to Microsoft office and will start attending product support calls. Google Product Updates Google has also announced some of the updates for their products in the past week. They are also enhancing their tools like Google Meet to include Google Verified Calls Verified calls will show helpful information on the screen to tell you why a business is trying to reach you. Business needs to send some information to Google’s Server and once it’s verified it will show up on your screen. It can be a good way to differentiate between spam call and important calls from business. Google Photo Update Google Photo is also getting some new interface changes including new icon, clear layout and new Maps view to show your photo across the maps. Should be a good view for people who likes to travel. Automatic Data Deletion Settings Now you can set an automatic data deletion request in your Google account which will help you manage how long you want Google to keep the data. Resources Here are the resources used for this week episodes. https://developer.apple.com https://www.blog.google/ So this brings us to closure of this episode. Hopefully, you will get an good idea about all the updates from Apple WWDC and Google Product updates. Is there something else you would like to listen about or like us to cover as part of this Tech News series, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any tips for the news around Technology, you can send it to us on email@example.com. You can always follow us on Twitter or Facebook for the latest updates.
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