As we all try to combat the coronavirus or COVID-19, tech companies are making sure that their consumers are getting reliable information in this pandemic. In the latest iOS 13.5 update, Apple has implemented a faster way to unlock your iPhone (or latest iPad Pro) by enabling Face ID even if you’re wearing a face mask. In the previous beta version released last April, the method was slow to some users.
Another new feature in this iOS update is the ability to show Apple and Google’s exposure notification. As recent as last month’s joint partnership made by the two tech giants, they started implementing better means of contact tracing by releasing APIs for app developers of public health agencies.
If you made contact with someone who possibly contracted COVID-19, a notification alert will pop-up. The feature is inactive not until you install an app that supports the API. Moreover, these two companies are consistently making efforts in pushing this as a built-in feature in future software versions, even if you don’t have an app installed.
Also, a minor FaceTime update lets the user switch off auto-resizing of video panes when someone is speaking. This way, users who get distracted have the ability to turn off the feature completely.
Xiaomi X Leica partner for ‘Imagery Technology’
Something coming in July
Xiaomi just dropped a huge bomb on their social media channels announcing a partnership with renowned camera maker Leica.
In the post, Xiaomi said it is ” a global strategic partnership in mobile imaging.”
“Combining the legendary image and innovative technology, let’s look forward to a new era of mobile photography in July,” the post added.
In their official blog, Xiaomi and Leica noted that this is a long-term partnership. It also says the two companies “share the same ideas regarding mobile imaging.” They promise to explore more in mobile imaging “through extreme technological breakthroughs and aesthetic pursuits.”
There isn’t much to go on at this point but this move is monumental considering what the partnership did for Huawei years back. Xiaomi and its fans have plenty of reason to be excited. The partnership could catapult Xiaomi to an even more premium territory and put it in the stratosphere to compete against Apple and Samsung overall.
Huawei and Leica
Huawei and Leica officially announced their partnership in 2016. The first result of that partnership are the Huawei P9 and Huawei P9 Plus. Huawei’s standing as a premiere smartphone camera skyrocketed with the Huawei P20 and P30 series. The partnership went on with the P40 and P50 series but it appears it has indeed come to an end.
Gizmochina reported in 2021 that the Huawei and Leica partnership will reach its conclusion with the P50 series.
Huawei official statement
Below is Huawei’s official statement sent to GadgetMatch on May 23, 4:16PM (GMT+8)
Huawei Consumer Business Group and Leica Camera AG have worked intensively together since 2015. The cooperation between the two companies ended on March 31 of 2022.
The two companies highly appreciate the partnership. The cooperation was based on each company’s excellent technical know-how and mutual trust resulting in ground-breaking innovations in the field of smartphone photography.
Together, Huawei and Leica Camera have created new imaging standards and technical capabilities, bringing convenient and high-quality experiences to consumers worldwide, through which they have recorded the most memorable moments of their lives.
Huawei is grateful to its global consumers for their support and will continue providing them with the ultimate in mobile photography experiences through its continued pursuit of innovation.
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
And Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1
The second half of this year’s smartphones are coming. Naturally, each smartphone needs a capable processor to make itself more special among today’s crop of devices. Signaling the start of the next slate of devices, Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.
A lot of current lineups have already launched for the year. However, we’re still missing some of the more premium offerings today. The new Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 will power the next generation for the year. And, according to Qualcomm, the chipset will deliver 10 percent faster CPU and GPU performance. It will also use 15 percent less power, squeezing out an extra hour of usage.
The chipset will focus more on performance. Even if the smartphone heats up from all the gaming, the processor can keep up with delivering sustained performance.
Though the list of confirmed devices is still a bit sparse today, companies have already promised to use the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. These include Honor, iQOO, Lenovo, Motorola, OnePlus, OPPO, realme, vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. As expected, gaming brands are also signing up like ASUS’s Republic of Gamers and Black Shark.
Ironically, that’s not even the gaming processor, according to Qualcomm. The company also released the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 1, which reportedly touts a 20 percent boost to GPU performance. Honor, OPPO, and Xiaomi are already making phones with the chipset.
Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers
People are switching
The Netflix revolution was indeed televised. However, after enjoying years of success as the streaming platform of choice, a lot of users are now leaving Netflix for greener pastures. Over the past few months, the company has struggled to patch its failures. A recently released data report does confirm that the platform has a right to worry. More and more long-term subscribers are reportedly cutting their subscriptions short.
According to The Information, around 13 percent of Netflix cancelers in the past quarter are from accounts that have been with the platform for over three years. The data, which was reportedly obtained from Antenna, pegs cancelations at around 3.6 million Americans, a big increase from the 2.5 million of the past five quarters.
Though 13 percent isn’t exactly a giant figure, it’s still a blow to Netflix’s empire. While streaming platform rightly focus on gaining new subscribers, losing the loyalty of long-term users isn’t something to shrug off.
Since announcing lost expectations, Netflix announced ways to save on costs and retain its subscribers. Other methods include canceling projects, opening a games division, and potentially charging users more for account sharing. Naturally, not every plan hits users the same way.
In the meantime, other platforms — like Disney+, HBO, and Hulu — are attracting more users with more varied and exclusive content. Regardless, Netflix is skidding down a slope. Only time will tell whether its latest strategies will stave off more losses.
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