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Samsung, LG go head-to-head at MWC 2016

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There’s no beating around the bush. Fierce Korean rivals Samsung and LG are gearing up for a head-to-head match at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona later this month.

Both companies have already sent out invites to the launch events of their respective flagship smartphones, both happening on February 21st. LG has announced LG G5 Day at 2 pm, while Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at 7 pm.

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LG’s G5 teasers are more cryptic. Starting with “Play Begins” and now “Come and meet new friends on the playground.” We have no idea how any of this relates to the new phone. What we can say is that LG’s upcoming flagship is going to be completely redesigned, shunning last year’s plastic and leather combo for a more premium metallic build. LG is also relocating its trademark backside volume buttons to its sides where you’d usually find it on a smartphone, leaving a fingerprint scanner slash power button and two rear cameras in its place.

Samsung is expected to use virtual reality to launch the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. A source tells GadgetMatch, “the launch itself will blow you away.” The tech giant’s new smartphone will improve on the design of last year’s metal and glass smartphone with a focus on durability and ergonomics. Samsung is also bringing back features like expandable memory and waterproofing, and making dramatic improvements to camera performance and battery life. The S7 will retain the 5.1-inch form factor of its predecessor, while the S7 Edge will be phablet sized, 5.7 inches to be exact.

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iOS 16 will finally let users lock their NSFW photos

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More privacy is always a good thing. Several big names in the tech industry have shifted more focus on keeping their users’ information private. Now, it’s harder for third parties to obtain information without explicit permission. Revealed during the recently concluded WWDC 2022 presentation, a new iOS 16 feature will increase your iPhone’s privacy features even further.

Starting in iOS 16, users can finally lock their most sensitive photos in the Hidden and Recently Deleted albums.

Both folders aren’t new, though. Recently Deleted is a default album that contains, as the name says, recently deleted photos that you might want to restore in the future. On the other hand, the Hidden album was introduced in iOS 15 and hid sensitive photos away from the main album.

So, if Apple already offered a way to hide photos, what’s different for iOS 16? For one, the Hidden album isn’t exactly hidden. It doesn’t require a password, and prying eyes can still easily open the folder if they know where to look.

With the latest update, the Hidden album will need authentication — Face ID, Touch ID, or passcode — for access. It’s a huge step up from what Apple currently does.

It’s also a much-needed catch-up to Apple’s friends on the Android side. Google recently introduced its own Locked Folder during last year’s Google I/O event.

While it’s not the ultimate solution against unwarranted photo leaks, it’s a succinct way to protect your private photos from most prying eyes.

SEE ALSO: iOS 16’s Messages will finally let users edit and delete messages

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These iPhone models will not get iOS 16

A loss for these iPhones

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During the recently concluded WWDC 2022 presentation, Apple hyped up the upcoming update to its mobile operating system. Much like its predecessors, iOS 16 is packing a lot of features when it drops later this fall. Unfortunately, not everyone will receive the update. As always, a few older iPhones will not support the update.

It’s not unheard of. Because iOS 16 will deliver new features, some iPhone models won’t have the necessary capabilities needed to support what’s coming to the Apple ecosystem — at least, that’s how the usual thinking goes. Aside from the obviously more dated models, the following iPhone models will stop receiving major updates starting with iOS 16:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 7 series
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)

For reference, the iPhone 6s came out in 2015. The iPhone 7 series and the original iPhone SE, on the other hand, launched in 2016. All things considered, the soon-to-be-outdated models had a great run. Whereas most Android phones can expect between four to five years of guaranteed major updates, Apple extended its own ecosystem’s life cycle.

However, public reception is still tepid to dropping the above models from the ecosystem. Compared to other brands, Apple is firmly in the upper echelon when it comes to price. Eking out a few more years of viability is always a plus.

That said, these models will continue to be usable, albeit without the latest features. If you have one of these phones but are also looking for compatibility with iOS 16, now might be a good time to upgrade.

SEE ALSO: iOS 16 will offer personalized lock screens

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MetalFX is Apple’s latest experiment to turn Mac into a gaming device

Smoother frames at higher resolutions

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Years after the PC established itself as the preferred desktop gaming platform, Apple has yet to make a crack at the former’s dominance. However, with all the hardware that Apple is touting over the years, you’d expect some improvements for gamers. You’d be right. While Apple is still dominant when it comes to mobile gaming, the company also showed off its new chops with desktop gaming. Complemented by the M2 chip, MetalFX is Apple’s new way of bringing smooth gaming to the Mac.

Simply put, MetalFX is Apple’s answer to NVIDIA’s and AMD’s upscaling technology. With the new technology, Macs will render frames more smoothly and with better graphics. As a result, Macs can play games more efficiently and at higher resolutions.

Besides the graphical upgrades from MetalFX, Mac’s new technology will also load resources faster and reduce loading times.

To boast its new capabilities, Apple is bringing in huge titles like the critically acclaimed Resident Evil Village. Capcom, who was present during WWDC 2022, promised that the horror game will run on 1080p on a MacBook Air. Further, other titles like No Man’s Sky and Grid Legends will make their way to the platform as well.

For the past few years now, gaming technology has come a long way to deliver the best gaming experiences even on lower-end devices. Upscaling technology and cloud gaming are pioneering huge strides for gamers. If Apple properly implements the technology into their own devices, will we see a sudden evolution of the Mac as a believable gaming platform?

SEE ALSO: Apple launches the M2 chip

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