iOS 13 update will improve the cameras of iPhone 11

Deep Fusion is here



One of the notable improvements with this year’s iPhones are the cameras. With Night Mode, Apple competes with Huawei and Google in terms of camera performance. And should Apple unleash the latest iOS update, it is about to get better.

Apple’s latest update, iOS 13.2, comes with Deep Fusion technology introduced way back September. Deep Fusion works by capturing multiple photos and selecting the best image with the help of machine learning built in the A13 Bionic chipset. The result is less  noise, improved dynamic range, and better details on images captured with the 2019 iPhones.

The only caveat here is the availability of Deep Fusion. Since it requires the A13 processor to work, only the latest iPhones receive this feature. Sorry, iPhone XS and XR users, but that’s how Apple works.

Other additions with iOS 13.2

Users who have older iPhone models also benefit from the latest iOS update. First in the notable addition is an opt-in dialog for recording audio to improve Siri. This addition results from an expose last July wherein embarassing clips were included in Apple’s unsolicited audio recordings to improve Siri dialogs.

Another Siri-related addition in the latest update is the ability to read incoming text messages with compatible devices such as the Airpods 2 and Airpods Pro. So, no more fiddling with an iPhone to read a significant other’s text message.

Finally, iPhone users will get around 59 new emoji to play with, including the much-awaited falafel emoji.

To download the latest update go to Settings > General > Software Update. iOS 13 is available for iPhone 11 down to the iPhone 6S.


The US revokes Trump’s executive order that banned TikTok

A level-playing field for everyone



President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday that sets criteria for the government to evaluate the risk of apps connected to foreign adversaries. It’s specifically meant for apps like TikTok and WeChat, which President Trump banned.

It should use an “evidence-based approach” to see if they pose a risk to US national security, said Biden. If apps are found violating fundamental laws, a ban can be imposed. The task of identifying threats has been given to the US Commerce Department.

Trump’s executive order particularly targeted TikTok and WeChat. Instead, Biden is opting for a level-playing field for everyone. Biden shares the same concerns as Trump, but their approach is vastly different.

Under the previous administration, TikTok remained in a precarious position as Trump sought to ban the app unless it sold to an American company. A proposal was produced that would have seen Oracle and Walmart owning a US entity of the service and taking responsibility for handling TikTok’s US user data and content moderation.

But there were numerous legal challenges, and before they could be ironed out, Trump lost the election. The Biden administration’s new executive order does not affect those negotiations, which are a separate process. The order also calls upon federal agencies to develop recommendations – for future executive actions or legislation — on how to protect the data of US citizens.

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SmartThings by Samsung unveils new interface

Better, more optimized



A new generation for SmartThings is about to release. A revamped version of its mobile and Windows desktop app. The new design, which is part of SmartThings’ continued effort to simplifying the connected home experience. Additionally, it provides a simpler, more robust user journey and faster load times with a whole new interface.

The new interface makes it easier to identify connected home experiences while also maintaining a smooth transition from the previous version of SmartThings. The design that was improved for SmartThings divides the app into five sections: Favorites, Devices, Life, Automations, and Menu.

Favorites are the new home screen within SmartThings and gather the devices, scenes, and services used most for quicker access.

Devices let users monitor all devices, connecting TVs, light bulbs, appliances, and many more.

Life is a part where customers discover new services. As a matter of fact, this transforms physical objects into meaningful user experiences as they explore the expanding world of linked life. Users may learn about new features that will better their entire living experience, such as SmartThings Cooking. It is an all-in-one service that will offer seamless kitchen and meal preparation experiences.

Automations link devices, allowing them to collaborate and respond to certain situations in the home, such as a door opening and a light switching on.

Additional functions, such as Labs, Notifications, History, and Settings, will be housed in the Menu.



The new interface is available for Android devices starting today, and iOS will follow. This update follows SmartThings’ recent announcement of its Windows application, which offers a similar experience right from a Galaxy Book and any other Windows PC.

Samsung continues to invest in enhancing its technology, they also announced the incorporation of the Matter protocol into its ecosystem. SmartThings claims to be in the leading spot as the platform with the most flexible ways to connect devices. This includes Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, Zigbee, and Matter. 

Finally, you can see more information about SmartThings here.

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Norton bundling a cryptominer to its anti-virus software

Mine cryptocurrencies while your antivirus scans for malware



Anti-virus and cryptominers are two words you don’t usually associate, but that is set to change soon. Norton 360 — one of the popular antivirus that comes bundled in some PCs — will soon include a cryptominer in its set of features.

A tricky proposition?

As you might have guessed, the bundled cryptominer is aptly called Norton Crypto. According to Norton, they are bundling a cryptominer to give users a safe and secure way to mine for cryptocurrency. The company goes on to explain that users have to disable their antivirus for their cryptominers to run without issues. By bundling a cryptominer, users don’t have to disable their antivirus — since it is technically built into it.

The reasoning may sound fair and square, but there are still potential issues with this. Users may not even be aware of the bundled cryptominer in the first place. Norton stressed that the cryptominer will be available to all Norton 360 consumers in the coming weeks, so it’s obvious that this feature isn’t limited to those who just wanted it.

Some users may inadvertently toggle this feature on, which may pose issues to PCs without powerful GPUs. Mining cryptocurrencies is a resource-intensive task, so PCs without the hardware to match will definitely see slowdowns.

On the other hand, this feature may be a boon to users dabbling into mining cryptocurrencies. Although it really is odd to mine cryptocurrencies with an anti-virus software, the whole thing may just work for Norton. After all, the company is already an established name when it comes to security solutions.

Norton also guarantees that all the user’s earnings will be stored safely in the cloud. The company has already indicated that Ethereum is supported at launch, with support for more reputable cryptocurrency in the future.

SEE ALSO: Basics of cryptocurrency, risks, and benefits

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