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iPhone 11 Pro: The first iPhone with ‘Pro’

There’s also the iPhone 11 Pro Max

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The first thing that will jump at you about the new iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max is the triple camera module. While people will talk about whether its design and layout is attractive or otherwise, what’s not debatable is how it will perform.

Triple cameras make iPhone a pro

It’s these cameras and what they can do that put a lot of the Pro in the iPhone 11 Pro. Apple’s calling it the (hold your breath) Cutting-Edge Pro Camera System. The three cameras will give you three different views: Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto.

Naturally, with the three new perspectives come improved overall image quality. It promises to produce better portraits and better low-light shots with Night Mode. The next-generation Smart HDR will help a lot in improving lighting. Apple says it will intelligently relight a scene to produce a more natural-looking image with greater detail.

However, perhaps the biggest developments are in video. Apple has typically always led the way in mobile phone videography and the iPhone 11 Pro is no different. Video mode will let you seamlessly switch between all three cameras. Coupled with improved dynamic range and stabilization, this adds versatility to the shots you can take.

You can even take it to another level and use Filmic Pro when shooting. The app will allow you to use all of the iPhone 11 Pro’s cameras at the same time. Giving you even more different approaches you can take when filming a scene.

Taking things a step further, refining and putting together all your shots all on the iPhone is also just flat out better. All the editing tools — including color correction — previously only available for photos will now also work in videos. Mind. Blown. 🤯

A13 Bionic — the pro chip

All of the above mentioned are possible because of the (very android sounding) new chip — the A13 Bionic. The new processor is built for machine learning, with a faster Neural Engine for real-time photo and video analysis.

Apple is calling it their fastest ever chip performing 20 percent faster than its predecessor. The chip is supposed to outperform Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 and Huawei’s Kirin 990.

The chip not only boosts performance but also helps lengthen battery life. Apple is promising up to five hours more screen time with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max compared to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Superior Display

Completing the trifecta of the Pro billing is the display. The iPhone 11 Pro is equipped with the new Super Retina XDR display It’s a custom-designed OLED screen that provides users an immersive HDR viewing experience for movies and other high-definition video.

It also has the rumored new taptic engine called Haptic Touch. Deeply integrated in iOS 13, the new engine provides shortcuts for things like the home screen, checking your calendar, previewing email, and taking selfies. Speaking of selfies, it also has something new.

Slofies and other features

Yes. Slofies. The same company that brought us the Animoji and Memoji is now making slofies a thing. What’s a slofie, you ask?

Apple has equipped the front-facing camera of the iPhone 11 with slow motion video. They promoted the feature in a very tongue-in-cheek manner showing a girl being assisted by a younger sibling as she takes a slofie complete with wind effect.

We’re not sure exactly how useful it will be but I’m sure people will come up with different ways to use it.

Other features include a faster and safer FaceID, a U1 chip that gives the iPhone better spatial awareness which will aid AirDrop, better audio, and a Gigabit-class LTE.

Pricing and availability

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB models starting at US$999 and US$ 1,099, respectively. The phones will come in four colors: midnight green, space gray, silver and gold.

Customers can also get the iPhone 11 Pro for US$ 24.95 a month or US$ 599 with trade-in and the iPhone 11 Pro Max for US$ 29.12 a month or US$ 699 with trade-in from apple.com, in the Apple Store app and Apple Stores. iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers.

It will be available in the US, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and more than 30 other countries and regions. Pre-orders begin at 5AM PDT (12MP GMT) on Friday, September 13 with availability beginning Friday, September 20.

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realme India’s official Twitter was compromised, ran a crypto scam

Elon Musk is the new Nigerian Prince

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Crypto Scam

realme India’s official Twitter account was compromised for a short period on May 6, 2021. Scammers were able to control the verified brand account and change its name to Tesla, trying to mislead gullible users via a crypto scam.

After the Twitter account was taken over, the scammers replied to Elon Musk’s tweets and said they’re organizing an “airdrop” of 5000 bitcoins. The tweets pretended to be an official Tesla undertaking and suggested users sign up on obscure websites.

The account’s handle remained unchanged, but the Tesla name manipulated users to believe it’s true. The vulnerability was short-lived as realme India’s team soon took back control of the account, but they haven’t issued any clarifications or apology.

 

The modus operandi of these scams is quite simple — take over a verified account and rename it, share malicious or misleading links that claim to be a cryptocurrency giveaway, ask users to enter a raffle, or contribute a small token sum, and vanish with the monies.

Unsurprisingly, one of the mention domains contains a message from the Nigerian Prince-like Elon Musk, saying, “Our marketing department here at Tesla HQ came up with an idea: to hold a special giveaway event for all crypto fans out there.”

The scam asks users to contribute 1 BTC (bitcoin) to win back 10 BTC. It’s not supposed to make logical sense because it’s an outright scam. Twitter is filled to the brim with verified accounts that are compromised and used to cheat unsuspecting users. It isn’t known yet whether anyone fell for the crypto scam.

The boom in cryptocurrency as a decentralized and unregulated system is controversial. Lack of regulation and law enforcement makes it impossible to trace transactions, creating a haven for scam artists and the black market. While the growth of cryptocurrency is consistent, many experts still question its reliability and redressal mechanism in the real-world scenario.

Read Also: Basics of cryptocurrency: Risks and benefits

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PUBG Mobile is making a comeback as Battlegrounds Mobile India

Will be exclusive to India

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Battlegrounds Mobile

After an excruciating wait, it’s official — PUBG Mobile is coming back to India. But this time, it’ll have a new name: Battlegrounds Mobile India with some added features, and an India-centric focus.

Krafton, the game’s developer, has announced it’ll be launching the Battlegrounds Mobile India soon. The game will bring an AAA-rated multiplayer experience alongside exclusive in-game events, tournaments, and leagues. While a launch date isn’t available, Krafton did confirm that pre-registration will be opened up soon.

The game will be free-to-play and incorporate the same battle royale concept that made it popular. Although, little detail is available about maps, guns, vehicles, and the plot (if there is any) of the game.

Furthermore, the game’s developer said that it would comply with all local laws and compliances. This includes data localization — storage of data within Indian borders. The announcement has cheered millions of players in the country who’ve been waiting for an alternative ever since the primary game was barred.

Why PUBG had to go

In mid-2020, India and China were involved in a fatal border skirmish that left many casualties on both sides. Following the conflict, India took a stringent anti-China stance and banned a host of apps that were developed or backed by Chinese companies. TikTok, owned by ByteDance, was among the first to come under the hammer.

PUBG Mobile was also included in the ban because Chinese giant Tencent was a distribution partner of the game. Following the ban, Krafton quickly removed Tencent from the agreement and announced plans to launch a new game independent of any Chinese influence.

Indian developers rode the hype wave, and many TikTok clones were touted as the next big thing. On the same lines, nCore Studios tried to bridge the gap by launching FAU-G, but it was a colossal failure. In fact, it still doesn’t have a battle royale mode, so it’s safe to assume Call of Duty: Mobile is the only practical alternative left for users right now.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE leaks, will enter production in July

And could launch in August

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Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is reported to be in the works, and its production may start sometime in July. It will be an upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, which was launched last year.

According to @DSCCRoss on Twitter, the Galaxy S21 FE will enter production in July, just a month before its expected launch. The Galaxy S21 FE will likely be part of Samsung’s Unpacked event in August, where it usually also launches foldable phones. A noted analyst of DisplaySearch backs his claim.

 

The phone is said to come in four color options: gray, light green, light violet, and white. The predecessor also had colorful options, so it’s not surprising to see the palette selection here.

In terms of design, it will look like the Galaxy S21 based on leaked renders. It will feature a punch-hole display and three rear cameras. Rumors have also suggested that it’ll have a “glastic” construction. It consists of a polycarbonate construction that feels like glass. The Note 10 Lite sported a similar design too.

In terms of specs, Galaxy S21 FE is said to feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED display, and it will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 processor. In line with all Galaxy-branded phones, it’ll run on OneUI out-of-the-box.

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