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iOS 13 goes official with Dark Mode, newer apps, and faster performance

Coming to your iPhones soon

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As expected, Apple introduced iOS 13 during the keynote of this year’s WWDC. The exciting preview of the new iOS version included a dramatic new look thanks to Dark Mode and redesigned apps. Plus, Apple promises its new mobile operating system to be faster and more responsive.

Probably the biggest feature of iOS 13 is Dark Mode. With a system-wide dark color scheme, newer iPhones with OLED displays look better and easier on the eyes, especially in low-light environments. For now, Dark Mode works great in native apps, but it’ll come to third-party apps before iOS 13’s final release later this year.


Another major feature of iOS 13 is Sign In with Apple. With growing concerns regarding privacy, Apple is banking on its customers’ trust with a new login option. Using a user’s Apple ID, Sign In with Apple is a more private way to quickly sign into apps and websites. What sets this apart from Facebook and Google’s method is the unique random email address sent to apps to keep the user’s personal email safe from spam and abuse.

Apple Maps continues to become better in iOS 13. The new Maps experience has broader road coverage, better pedestrian data, more precise addresses, and more detailed land cover in select cities and states. It’ll roll out across the US by the end of 2019 and to other countries next year.

Additionally, photo browsing and editing are more comprehensive and intuitive in iOS 13. The updated Photos app uses on-device machine learning to curate the entire library and hide clutter like duplicate images and bad shots. Also, Portrait Lighting can now be manually adjusted to virtually move the light closer or farther, just like when you’re in a real studio.

Enhancements are also done in the Reminders app. It has a new look and intelligent ways to create and edit reminders. It also now has deeper integration with Messages to easily remind you while you’re messaging with a tagged person.

Speaking of Messages, it can now automatically share a user’s name and photo to avoid missing contacts in your phone. Users can use Memoji to keep things fun with new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, piercings, and accessories.

Under-the-hood improvements in iOS 13 promise faster Face ID unlock, reduced package iPhone apps on the App Store, and two times faster launch times. Apple’s new iOS also has fresh features for Siri, CarPlay, HomePod, AirPods, Voice Control, Health, Location Services, CarPlay, and many more. If you wish to learn more about iOS 13, Apple’s has listed all the new features here.

The developer preview of iOS 13 is now available, while a public beta program will be open for users later this month. Expect to get the final iOS 13 software this fall for the iPhone 6S and newer models. The features of iOS 13 are also coming to the new iPadOS for the iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad fifth-gen and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.

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Xiaomi Mi A3: Price and availability in the Philippines

It still comes in an affordable price

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Remember when Xiaomi announced the Mi A3 in India days ago? Good news for everyone as the Mi A3 will also be in the Philippines.

This latest A-series offering is known as the “stripped-down” version of the Mi CC9e. It packs the same internals: Snapdragon 665 chipset, 4GB RAM, plus 64 or 128GB storage options. What’s different? Instead of the heavily-skinned MIUI 10, it packs the Android One with a fresh, stock-like Android experience — just like using a Google Pixel.


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There’s a new 6.088-inch Super AMOLED display in tow. With the new display technology, it’s expected to be power-efficient. Although changing the technology from IPS-LCD may sound good, the downgrade of screen resolution from 1080p to 720p might become a dealbreaker for some. Other than that, there’s an optical in-display fingerprint scanner, eliminating the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner of the Mi A2.

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This year’s A3 packs a triple camera setup: 48-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a new 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter. The Dot Drop Display notch houses the 32-megapixel selfie camera. Both cameras have AI functionality.

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When it comes to battery, the 4,030 mAh capacity is a huge improvement over last year. It is expected to have a longer battery life than Mi A2’s so-so 3,000 mAh battery. 18W Fast Charge is still supported, all thanks to USB-C. They also brought back the 3.5mm audio jack for dongle-less usage. The IR blaster is still present for controlling appliances.

Pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Mi A3 will be available in local Mi Authorized stores starting August 24, 2019 and will be on Lazada and Shopee starting September 9, 2019. There are three color options to choose from: Not Just Blue, Kind of Grey, and More than White. The sole variant with 4GB/128GB configuration will retail at PhP 11,990.

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Spotify extends free trial to 3 months

Try Spotify Premium for a longer period of time

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Spotify offers a free trial for everyone wanting to try the Premium experience. Spotify Premium used to be free for just 30 days, but that is changing today. Starting this August, Spotify is extending its Premium free trial for three months.

Spotify Premium is now offering the first 3 months for free. Everyone can try it out. The feature is rolling out globally with all of the plans eligible upon sign-up.


However, the three month offer is open only for those who haven’t tried Premium before. To activate, visit the website of Spotify Premium. Signing up requires either a credit card or a carrier billing.

Those lucky to grab the three month offer gains access 50 million song tracks available on-demand and ad-free, along with access to 450,000 podcast titles. Spotify is the leading music streaming service globally, and it offers an Android, iOS, desktop and web apps for all. Today, it boasts 217 million users across 79 markets.

SEE ALSO: 5 steps to making the perfect Spotify playlist

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Android Q is just Android 10

10 is not a dessert

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Android is changing things up. After years of naming its newest iteration after a sweet treat, the newest version will now just be called Android 10.

Google’s mobile operating system explains that the decision to change its naming convention is aimed at being more inclusive.


Android says that while using names of tasty treats and desserts has always been a fun way of releasing each update annually, it wasn’t immediately understood by everyone. Especially not with a 2.5 billion user-base that’s spread all around the world. They’ve even gone out of their way to explain that “L and R are not distinguishable when spoken in some languages.”

They also made a fair point that it’s not easy for most people to identify if they’re device is running the latest OS. After all, there’s no clear indication that KitKat comes after Lollipop.

By switching to just Android 10, it becomes more easily understandable for all of its users, and the company felt that it was time for a change.

A new name also merits a new look. The Android robot is now officially part of the logo and the font color changed to black. The video below details the evolution.

 

 

 

 

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