Apple Is Doing What!

So it looks like Apple is taking the courage to a whole new level. There were rumors back then that Apple is planning to ditch the lightning port in favor of USB type C but it looks like Apple won’t do that with the iPhone.Instead, it will just remove the post altogether.

Yes, Ming-Chi Kuo whos the top Apple analyst is saying the 2021 iPhones will not have any ports. That would mean the only way to charge this iPhone is wireless. That’s already an option in iPhones, they can do wireless charging but going all-in with this tech does sound crazy.

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I mean not only charging but everything you do with a cable right now will have to be performed wirelessly — including backing up and syncing your iPhone.This all sounds a bit crazy when you first hear it, but then again many people thought the same thing a few years ago when analysts speculated that Apple could drop the headphone jack.

And they did, but dropping the headphone jack worked because there were ways to provide the same functionality with limited compromises. The airpods or any other Bluetooth headphones provided the same functionality and even after a huge backlash people got used to it pretty quickly. But removing the charging port is going to be a far more significant shift than removing the headphone jack or even the touch ID.

For one, it’s harder to use the phone while it’s charging wirelessly. I for one love the wireless charging and there are millions out there who love to put their phone on a charging pad rather than plugging it. Wireless charging is slow for now but not going to be in the future as companies like Xiaomi already offers 30W of wireless charging speeds. But the problem with wireless charging is its harder to use the phone while it’s charging.

The second problem is, you cant use dongles either. This means if you have expensive wired headphones then there’s no way you can use it. It’s as good as worthless and you have to shift to the Bluetooth counterparts. We know wired headphones sound better than wireless and the good thing about wired headphones is there’s no need to charge it.

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There’s still a massive amount of indignation from the removal of the headphone jack and that’s with the option of still being able to use the dongle. But removing the charging port will take this away too. Another big problem is going to be syncing your phone to the computer.

We use cables right now which is fast, reliable and cheap. But the same cant be said for the wireless transmission. So I don’t think removing ports is going to benefit anyone other than Apple.

I know for sure Apple fans will call this a revolution of some sort but they’ll fail to realize that they are doing it just to earn more money to increase the sales of the wireless charging pads, and to lower the manufacturing costs, I mean now they don’t need to put cables inside the box and they won’t be a charging connector either.

So they’re going to save millions and make billions by selling those wireless pads. And the worst thing is, Android companies will shamelessly follow this just like they did with the headphone jack.

So I hope it doesn’t happen, I don’t support it and neither should you but hey, they re going to do it anyway.

How to Get Free V-Bucks in Fortnite?

Let’s be frank for a second— we all want Free V-Bucks in Fortnite. One can highlight new skins, airships, etc. to your locker easily using this game currency. By having V-Bucks, you can have access to the Fortnite Challenges even if you don’t purchase the Battle Pass, but the rewards can be substantially reduced without the V-Bucks Fortnite.

Due to the value of V-Bucks, you likely have seen loads of lucrative deals online, all of which are a fraud and please never believe in them! The only method that Fortnite V-Bucks can be obtained through the game itself. There are however many handful ways to get free Fortnite V-Bucks during your play. However, it will take time and attempt to make it work for earning free V-Bucks.

Can V-Bucks be scams?

Since Fortnite is a worldwide sensation, several dishonest gamers are trying to manipulate people to buy some fascinating and modern equipment’s from them. There are dozens of unauthorized pages, videos and online posts that are offering free V-Bucks. Never provide any details or bank account details even if they claim they are from Epic Games. Be extra careful about such a deal because there’s no way apart from the in-game to receive and earn free V-Bucks.

Epic Games advises that one should open any link which gives out free Bucks. Once you get into such frauds and scams, you probably will end up losing the password, private details, and your system will be injected with loads of malware and viruses.

Are Free V-Bucks generator safe?

Many places claim that free V-Bucks can be created out of nothing. Be watchful for that. Such free V-Bucks generators must be avoided as they often ask for details about your account. Players usually end up losing their accounts as a result. We advise not to take such risks as you might end up losing your important personal information through free V-Bucks generators.

Although free codes can be obtained through various and a certain amount of dedication and effort is necessary to get them for free without having to use the free V-Bucks generators. Fortunately, PointsPrizes has developed a method of getting them for free irrespective of your place of stay. View complete reviews/surveys and other promotions to gain points or exchange references to obtain compensation points!

Tricks and Tips for earning free V-Bucks

This is the easiest as well as a slower way to earn free V-Bucks. Log in to the game every day to receive a minimum amount of money and you can reach the rewards milestones once you combine everyday logins. You will earn a lot of free V-Bucks if you log in for 11 consecutive days. Continue it until you earn the daily login on the 28th day and you will be rewarded with three times more. This trick for regular bonuses lasts until you have reached an amount of 336.

Save the World has accelerated challenges that provide extra rewards for a limited time. The missions are shown on the map with a clock symbol. Rewards are normally up to 50 free V-Bucks to finish these missions based on how difficult the stages are. There are usually 3 missions each day.

Three weeks of free weekly tasks will open up every week. This usually involves locating objects throughout the world, killing obstacles, damaging buildings, and so on. Essentially, it is all you can do by just investing in the game for some time. Complete these hurdles and for your attempts, you will earn Battle Stars. You should start raising the free Battle Passes and climb up the ladder to earn free V-Bucks. You will earn gliders, Pickaxes, etc. and also a handful of free V-bucks.

Conclusion

The above tips are all genuine methods known today to raise your V-Bucks count. Dishonest gamers and scams will be there to lure you for earning a huge amount of free V-Bucks. Epic Games have already announced that many of these controversial websites and platforms are under legal proceeding and if you have used or clicked them in the past you should immediately change your username and password to remain secure. So, avoid the scam of free V-Bucks generator and gain your V-bucks from in-game experience!

Huawei Think They Can Still Beat Samsung

So unless you were living under the rock, you should know that Huawei was banned from using Google apps that also includes the play store. As you would expect it’s hurting the company in the west.

I mean its almost impossible to sell phones without Google’s core android software, play store, etc, But Huawei’s founder and CEO is confident that they can still beat the number one smartphone maker Samsung even without the help of google.

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He was interviewed recently where he was asked whether or not he still thinks Huawei can be the number one smartphone maker? To which he said and I quote, “I don’t think that would be a problem,” he added that it will just take more time. Considering the total smartphone shipments that Huawei did in the recent quarter, I think it’s more than likely at this point that Huawei could eventually beat Samsung.

Because Huawei has what Samsung doesn’t and its the support of 1.4 billion people. Over 75% of smartphones Huawei sold in the last quarter came from China alone where brands like Samsung don’t even have a 1% market share. So its something that Huawei will keep on taking advantage of in the future as well.

Anyway, the CEO also mentioned that once the company’s Harmony operating system becomes operational, it may affect companies like Google as there will be no turning back from there. He said and I quote, “we will have to resort to alternatives. If those alternatives become mature, I think it’ll become less likely to switch back to previous versions clearly he’s talking about the harmony os.

Initially, I was skeptical about whether or not Harmony operating system would become the third viable smartphone OS in the world but now, considering how well Huawei phones are selling even without Google apps, I’m positive Harmony OS will be successful with the help of China alone. It may take some time but its more than likely for Huawei to make the Harmony OS a successful operating system.

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So the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is the company’s latest flagship phone. A lot of us were wondering how well the phone is performing since it doesn’t have Google services. Well, we have numbers coming straight from Huawei itself and they look really promising. Huawei sold 7 million Mate 30 phones in the first 60 days.

If you compare it to the Mate 20 series that’s an increase of 75%.And the impressive thing is Mate 30 phones are predominantly sold in China so this 7million figure is basically coming from China alone which just shows how dominant they are in their own home turf and this is something that Huawei will take advantage in beating Samsung for the title of the number one smartphone maker in the world.

Samsung Galaxy S11- New Battery Review

So the Galaxy S11 series will have significantly bigger batteries compared to its predecessor the Galaxy S10 series. According to information that’s available right now, here are the battery capacities of the Galaxy S11 series.

The S11e will have a 4000mAh battery, 4300 for the S11 and 5000mAh for the S11 Plus. These are significantly bigger when compared to the S10 series as you can see here. A lot of us were wondering how were they able to crank in such huge batteries in almost the same form factor.

Well, Thanks to the Korean media now we know why. You see, Samsung is using PMP tech for the batteries this time.PMP basically refers to Protection Module Packages which allows for a much tighter packaging of the battery cells compared to what Samsung is using for the Galaxy S10 models, whose packs still require a holder case.

With PMP tech they can shrink the size of the whole package by up to 57% which allows for bigger capacities in a smaller size. And that’s how Samsung was able to crank in bigger batteries with almost the same form factor. By the way, If you were wondering Samsung is still not using the graphene battery tech which will for sure revolutionize the smartphone and battery industry. With graphene tech, you can charge the phone 5 times faster and also it stores 45% more capacity in the same size.

Samsung Galaxy S11- New Battery Review

For example, if the Galaxy Note 10+ had a graphene battery it could take only 13 minutes to charges from 0 to 100 and the battery capacity could have been 6235mAh without occupying any extra space which is really amazing. The last time we heard Samsung is hoping to release one handset with graphene tech as soon as next year or in 2021.

So Samsung trademarked the bright night sensor for the Galaxy S11. If you remember Samsung calls the camera night mode a bright night. So Samsung making a dedicated camera sensor for the bright night suggests that night photography is going to get better.

The camera codes of the OneUI 2 also showed that the S11 will be capable of doing video night mode so it now makes sense what is that 5th camera at the back is going to be. It could be a bright night sensor that will assist in night photography and videography. Of course, we can’t say that for sure but I guess we’ll find out soon enough. So when Onleaks released this first look of the Galaxy S11+ with a huge camera layout, Ice Universe tweeted out that the rendering is wrong.

The real handset will look beautiful than this. At that time he didn’t say exactly what part is wrong but he tweeted out a couple of days later showcasing the changes and if you were hoping it wouldn’t have this huge camera rectangle then you might get disappointed. Ice Universe says the Onleaks render doesn’t have a square lens for the periscope zoom camera.

Almost every handset with a periscope camera a square lens. The second error he points out is the lens arrangement. It won’t be this messy. The actual thing has a symmetrical camera layout, which is good but honestly, this is not what I was expecting when he said the real S11+ will look beautiful. Even with the corrections, it’s going to basically look the same as it’s looking right now.

Not really a fan of this design but I do hope this grows on us or at least it looks better in real life than what it is being portrayed here. Anyway, I’ll keep you updated with all the Galaxy S11 information so you can consider subscribing for that and as always I’ll see you

It is 2019, Where are Our Smart Glasses

For years the tech world has been fantasizing about replacing your phone with a pair of electronic glasses. You might remember the hype around Google Glass back in 2013. But you might also remember that people weren’t exactly thrilled by the idea. In fact, they were pretty creeped out. And a lot of people today, think of Glass as a failed experiment. But Google didn’t actually give up on Glass.

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In fact, earlier this year, its parent company Alphabet announced a revamp Glass headset and said it was no longer in an experiment at all. It’s now a full-fledged product. Meanwhile, Facebook and Apple are interested in building augmented reality glasses. And AR start-ups like Magic Leapa’re getting huge investments. So why don’t you see people wearing them on the street? Well, the reality of AR is a lot more nuance than fantasy. To see where these smart glasses live in the real world, we need to look at the big picture. The term AR glasses or AR headsets usually means something that overlays images onto the real world.

As opposed to virtual reality, which completely changes what you’re seeing. On one end of the spectrum, you’ve got products like Microsoft Hololens which produce detailed 3D objects that look like they’re actually sitting in real space. These incorporate tracking cameras, an advanced optics tech, but they’re often bulky and expensive. On the other, you’ve got simpler devices like Google Glass. Which can look much more like normal glasses, but often just provide a flat visual overlay. And some products split the difference ending up looking like bulky sunglasses. Tech companies and pop culture spend a lot of time speculating about how AR glasses will change everyday life.

You could replace your TV with a virtual screen, for instance. Or hang out with a holographic friend in your living room. Or see your entire world covered by invasive estopim advertising. But whether you think these ideas are cool or creepy, they’ve all got one thing in common. They still haven’t happened. So why did Google announce a new Glass? And while was at it, why is the US Army giving Microsoft 480 million dollars for Hololens headsets? It’s 2019 and we keep hearing about AR, but we don’t see these glasses on the street. There are some pretty obvious reasons to not wear AR glasses everywhere.

A lot of options are uncomfortable or expensive. And most of them have a limited field of view, so they’re more like looking through a window. Then, totally changing your view of the world. AR glasses with cameras could enable a kind of nearly invisible surveillance. Especially when you add technology like facial recognition. And things that block your eyes are often just fundamentally alienating to other people. So most AR companies don’t think of glasses as the new smartphone, at least not yet. They’re content with smaller and they’re focusing on the specific context where there are very clear benefits that outweigh the costs.

Microsoft, for example, only sold around 50 thousand Hololens headsets in its first two years. And it’s said, it’s happy with these levels. These days Alphabet isn’t trying to sell glass headsets like pixel phones or smart speakers. It calls headsets enterprise editions. Instead of the explorer edition, it used to pitches a prototype for consumers. Industrial work is probably commercial ARs biggest market.

In fact, the term augmented reality usually gets credited to a scientist at Boeing named Thomas Caudell. In the early 90s, Caudell prototyped a heads-up, see-through, head-mounted display that would let factory employees get information about aircraft overlaid on the actual planes. They could see important points marked on the body, or read the documentation about the planes incredibly complex wire harnesses. The idea didn’t pan out bad, but Boeing started experimenting with Google Glass to help with harness wiring a couple of decades later. Boeing announced an official AR glasses test on its factory floor last year.

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Companies like Ussex have also been selling glasses to these markets. The military is another big AR market. It’s been involved in AR for decades. The 80s Air Force super cockpit program built fighter pilot heads-up displays into some really bulky helmets. In 2018 Microsoft got that 480 million dollar contract with the US Army. Which could get up to a hundred thousand hololens headsets. Both for training and for giving soldiers a heads-up display in live combat. Marines have already used headsets for training simulations. Unlike with consumer AR glasses, these are situations where people are already used to surveillance and bulky specialized equipment.

You don’t have to convince a bunch of individual users to each spring for a headset. And the hardware used for a specific task where companies can measure their effectiveness. The same goes for other places where AR is used. Including surgeons operating rooms and research institutions. But some companies have been trying to bridge the gap. The National Theatre in London uses absent ovarian glasses for closed captioning. If you’re hard of hearing you can still see what the actors are saying.

Now we’re talking about using AR headsets for fun. But it’s still limited to a specific place and a specific use that doesn’t make other people uncomfortable. Also, it’s the theater so nobody should be looking at you anyway. When companies try to build all-purpose mass headset things get dicier. Intel and North both designed sleek, relatively cheap glasses for smart watch-style notifications. But Intel decided that there wasn’t a big enough market for its product right now. And North also faced lay-offs earlier this year, although it’s still been rolling out new features.

Microsoft used to show-off consumer hole lens Apps, but these days its almost totally focused on professionals. There’s one big outlier. AR start-up Magic Leap, which has gotten more than two billion dollars in funding and focuses on mass-market entertainment. We’ve seen Magic Leap goggles in art installations. And its hiring developers to make cool Apps and games. But we’re still waiting to see if Magic Leap has a sustainable business model.

Do people want to wear AR glasses all the time? Right now the answer is still a clear, no. But are people wearing them? Absolutely, if you know where to look.

Hey, thanks for watching. And if you want to see how a company is designing a new AR headset in 2019 check out our video on Microsofts hole lens two. And remember, like and subscribe.

iPadOS Public Beta – Top 6 Feutures

It is the Apple beta day. That means that if you have an iPad if you have a Mac if you have an iPhone, you can go to Apple.comand you can download the beta version of the latest version of every operating system that’s coming out in the fall. You probably shouldn’t, though, because they’re a little bit unstable, especially on the iPad, but if you really wanna live on the edge, you can go do it. It’s exciting, is what I’m saying. And, in this video, I wanna talk about the iPad.

Specifically because, you know, I’m obsessed with the iPad. But, I don’t wanna get into the whole future of computing thing again because of one, it’s just exhausting, and two, we should wait for the actual, full review before we start making real judgment calls there. Instead, I wanna look at my six favorite new features in this new iPadOS, because of there’s a bunch of stuff that’s really great, even if you’re not trying to make this your main computer.

I think my favorite feature in the new iPad OS is Safari because Apple has made a desktop-class browser, and what that really means is it is telling websites that its a Mac browser instead of telling it its an iPad browser, so they’re serving the full real Mac version of their websites. And then Apples did some stuff to make it work for touch and, specifically, I’m really excited about Google Docs. This is a really good example. You can highlight stuff, you can type stuff in, and you can even see the comments. Apples also did a bunch of stuff to just make the browser better, so it has a download manager, you can finally download arbitrary files and save them in a file browser, just like you can on any other computer. They’ve done some neat stuff to the toolbar.

So there’s this font button here. You tap it, you can change the zoom, you can request the mobile site, whole bunch of stuff there that I really like. And they’ve also made it so that, if you take a screenshot, so I’ll just do that real quick, boop. And you open it up, you actually have a new option to go to the full page of the screenshot, and so you have the whole thing there that switches it from a png to a pdf. And, while we’re here, I’ll point out that there is a new palette for the Apple Pencil. It has a bunch of new features, it’s just a little bit easier to see and use. But you can still draw stuff, mark it up. Really like that.

I’m also a huge fan of the new Photos app in iOS, so here it is and it is just super fast and performant. There are two things to know on top of that. So, there are these days, months, and years section. Apple basically tries to make a neat little photo album for that period of time, and you can just jump in and look at it. It also gets rid of screenshots, if you don’t care about those. There’s me making a video, for some reason. The other thing I really like is the new options for editing photos.

So here’s this picture of Nilay, hit edit, and if you tap auto, it does that same thing as before, it gives you an auto-correction of it. But then, if you scroll down here, you can see all of the different things that it’s done to change the photo and you can change each of them manually. And what this means is you can really dial in exactly what you want your photo to look like, and if you’re a total novice at editing photos, this teaches you what these different things do to make a better photo. So I love this new interface, even though a bunch of those features was available before. But what is new is you can apply a bunch of editing features directly to video inside the app. And then there’s the Files app.

You knew I was gonna bring this up, the Files app finally works with regular old USB drives, you can just plug it in and they show up as they sposed to, finally! Files app also has a bunch of other neat little updates, so it has a column view just like the Mac, and you can dial all the way in to get to the metadata for a specific file, which is really nice. It also works really well with Google Drive now, works really well with Dropbox, and SMB shares, if that’s important to you. The other new iPad feature that I really love is technically a Mac Catalina feature, but I’m gonna count it here because it’s so good.

It’s Sidecar, so if you have a Mac, you can just click a button on it and it will make your iPad a monitor that is attached to your Mac, and it works wirelessly or it works over USB if you wanna charge it at the same time. It’s very, very low latency and you can even set it up to show the Touch Barso it’ll show a version of the Touch Bar down on the bottom of the iPad, which is pretty neat. Apples also changed a lot of how you interact with text on the iPad, so well open up the Notes app here and the first big thing to know is, if you pinch on the keyboard, it becomes little, and then you can drag it around wherever you want on the screen, and my favorite feature is the finally added Swype typing and it works pretty well.

For the first attempt on a Swype keyboard, that’s super impressive. Apples are also done a bunch of stuff with how you move the cursor around. Now you just move it around where you want it to go and it will get big as you drag it around if you can’t see where it goes. And if you wanna select the text, you can just select text. There’s also this new three-fingered gesture for cut, copy, and paste, so you can highlight your text, ERP, and then copy by lifting up, do it twice to cut, and then three fingers plop down to paste. It’s a little bit awkward, but it works.

If you find that annoying, you can also just select a bunch of stuff and then just tap three fingers, and it’ll pop up this little menu at the top to help you just do it without having to learn all these complicated, whatever gestures they’ve got now. Of course, you may have heard that Apples made changes to the home screen.

I don’t think they’ve gone quite as far as I would like. It’s still uncreative icons, but whatever. You can swipe over and you can get your widgets right there on the home screen pinned there next to your icons, and I like Apple widgets, so I think that’s nice. You can also long-press on apps and have it pop up a contextual menu, sort of like right-clicking. But just don’t do it for too long, cause if you hold your finger down too long, you go into the jiggly mode, and nobody wants that.

So, all that’s the big stuff. I also like a bunch of little things, I guess fonts are coming and there are the Share Sheet and a few other things that we could talk about, but if you’re really excited by it and you wanna install it right now, maybe wait a minute. It’s still a little bit buggy. I’ve definitely run into a couple of things. Ugh! What’s up there, keyboard? (beep)Well just open up Notes app here, so you can really see what’s going on. This is broken. (beep)They now have this thing at the top, which isn’t showing here. (beep) This is frozen.

I just, (sighs) do I wanna say it worked way better than I expected it when it was so crashy? (beep) – Now, I’m not gonna show you windowing again, because it’s a little bit buggy and I don’t think we should judge it based on this iteration. We should judge it on the final iteration that coming out this fall. But when it comes out in the fall, I’m gonna be really excited to use it and, I didn’t think I would say this, but I actually understand why Apple renamed this from iOS to iPadOS, because it deserves to be renamed. It really does feel like something new.

Hey everybody, thank you so much for watching. Are you gonna install the public beta? Let me know in the comments, let me know how it’s going for you. Also, if you’re waiting for the other features in iOS, Haim is doing a great video on everything on the iPhone. New privacy stuff, reminders, Apple Maps, and, of course, dark mode, so check that out.

Galaxy Buds Review

It’s like I was so ready for the future to change my present, yet here I am stuck in the past. You know, there’s always next time. But right now, this is not the future, and if anything, it’s a teeny tiny step back. This is a Galaxy Buds review. So I’ve been waiting for technology to slim down, cut cords, and be forgettable in a way for a long time, and these $129 Galaxy Buds were my shiny gleam of hope towards that in the Android ecosystem.

Now, I’ve tried AirPods.I didn’t like all the ambient noise. And although the Jabra Elite 65ts have good audio quality, they just don’t stay in my ears. So for someone whos either wearing or carrying headphones around almost all day, I was excited to try the Galaxy Buds. But once I started living in this cord-cutting future, I realized the importance of the necessities. Like headphones have three jobs, right? They need to take calls, they need to play music, and they need to be comfortable.

Anything past that is a luxury. And although I want that luxury in my life, I’m not willing to give up the necessities to have it. But lets first talk about the luxuries of the Galaxy Buds because it does pretty much nail those. Like, the Jabras are just way too big for my tiny ears and every time I put them on, I’m just like Becca, in the name of tech, it’s surprisingly comfortable.

And if it’s not, there’s three other different sized tips and fins for fitting included in the box. The case is super small and light with a USB-C port or the ability to charge wirelessly. Now, I am a wireless charging super-fan,I just love it so much. So, for me, that’s a great feature. Not to mention if you have an S10, S10E or for my European friends, a Huawei Mate 20 Pro —you can just pop this right on the back and via the Wireless PowerShare feature, they’ll charge. I really don’t think you guys are giving this Wireless PowerShare feature enough props.

This is super cool. I’ve been traveling all week and when I left, I only had to bring one USB-C cable. Every night, when I plug in the S10 Plus, I just pop these on top and everything charges at the same time. That’s freak in cool and I’m all about it. Anywho, the Buds claim six hours of music listening battery life off a single charge, which I found to be true. And then seven additional hours when charged via the case. Since I was charging them with my phone each night,I never really had a problem with the battery dying.I even found the touch controls to be easy to use and responsive.

You cannot change the single, double, or triple-touch settings, but I changed my long press to trigger the Google Assistant. I do wish Samsung had gone with swipes for volume adjustments like the Pixel Buds have, simply because tapping on a headphone that’s in your ear is kind of loud and abrasive. But let’s get back to fundamentals because that’s where the future just isn’t beating the past. First, Bluetooth. Now, I’ve tested these on a Pixel 3, an iPhone X, a Galaxy S8, and S10 Plus.

And I found that they by far are best on Samsung devices. And before the latest Galaxy software update, there were definitely Bluetooth dropouts across all of those devices. But the video lag on non-Samsung devices is still real. Second, let’s talk about audio quality. It’s fine. You’ll definitely want to go into the Galaxy Wearable app and adjust the EQ settings. I kept mine set to dynamic for some richer tones and just a little more bass, but even with the EQ adjustments on, I was never blown away by the sound quality.

In switching between the AirPods, Galaxy Buds, and Jabra 65ts, I found the Jabras to have far superior bass and range. I even found myself suffering through the pain of wearing them in order to keep listening. Next, I tried the AirPods, and while they are pretty colorful and full of bass for their size, you’re just not immersed because of the design and the lack of isolation. But the Galaxy Buds, well, there’s absolutely no mistaking that the audio is coming from a very small source and being shoved directly into your ears.

It’s just flat and tinny. But where the Galaxy Buds really falls flat is the microphone quality. I talk on the phone a lot and it’s mostly because I’m way too impatient for texting and I’m really bad at spelling, and well, the list goes on. But, it’s impossible to make a call in these, nobody can understand me. So, let’s dive in and do some real testing together because you guys need to see this. Okay so, I have the Jabra Elite 65ts, I have the AirPods, and I have the Samsung Galaxy Buds.

I also have an S10 and S8.I’m going to be using the S8connected to all three of this buds to call the S10. The S10 is going to be connected to an H6 Zoom audio recorder via this giant. But when you bring in the Jabrasor you start talking on the AirPods, or you just go back to talking on a phone, you start to realize there’s going to be a bigger problem here. Can you hear me now? Probably not.

Now, when you take the Galaxy Buds outside, that’s when the problem really starts to show up. And the Jabras, they’re a little better but they still really hurt my ears. But the AirPods, because of this stem, it gets the mic a lot closer to my mouth, so it sounds a little better, right? So that’s when I end up just going back to using my phone because I want the other person on the end of the line to actually hear what I have to say.

Hey, what’s up? Now, turn that on to go full robot. Literally, it sounds exactly what I image robots hear because the buds are taking in the ambient sound via the external mic and broadcasting it through the earbud. It’s bad, you probably won’t use it, but it does make you feel like a robot. Now, the funny thing about all of this is that Samsung is typically known for nailing the necessities.

Their devices last a really long time, their screens are beautiful to look at, they’ve even kept the headphone jack, which, thank you Samsung. But, with these Galaxy Buds, they totally lost sight of those necessities.

Wireless charging, a great and compact design, these are all things I want, but what I need are good audio quality and a solid microphone. And, yes, the AirPods exist and they are most of those things, but as soon as you connect them to an Android device, you lose way too many features to justify their price.

Which is why I was so excited about the Galaxy Buds. Maybe next year, Samsung.

Huawei P30 Pro Review

This is the Huawei P30 Pro and so is this. So what’s new about the new P30 Pro? Well in a lot of ways its more of an evolution rather than a revolution. Especially compared to Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro flagship from the end of last year. You still have the Kirin 980 processor on the inside. You still have pretty much the same specs on the internals. You have 2340 by 1080p display.

OLED it’s still as beautiful as ever and Huawei has done it’s utmost to reduce the bezels to be as thin as possible and has put this dewdrop notch right up here at the top. That’s the familiar stuff that’s the evolutionary stuff. But what Huawei is saying with this phone is the camera is the selling point. The P in the P-series is about photography after all.

Now what we have here is a four-camera setup. The middle lens is a 40-megapixel super spectrum censor. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute. Then there’s a 20-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and then you have the periscope lens. Which does 5x optical zoom and a total Huawei claims a 10x hybrid zoom? Which the company claims its losses by combining the signal and the data from the main sensor and the telephoto sensor down here.

Those are three cameras and up here just under the flash you have the flood eliminator and then you have a time-of-flight camera which you use for depth detection. Depth detection why do you want to know that? Well, one of the things is your extra nice bokeh. So what you have is a gradual effect rather than the essentially the 2D cut out effect. Where the person in the front looks entirely separated from his background. In this shot, in particular, I also really like the gradation here between the blacks and the greys and also the texture on the jacket.

And again the separation from the person in the foreground that we want to keep them focused and the background. And even on the edges where you have more challenging things such as the hairline and so on you still have a bit of imperfection. But its really much improved especially for Huawei and its one of the better ones that I’ve seen. So I’m not an enthusiast for portrait modes. But with this new time-of-flight sensor that Huawei hasadded, I do see a major improvement from the company and I might be tempted to start using this.

The main censor here still has a 40-megapixel resolution. Which is then used to combine four pixels into one giving you a 10-megapixel standard resolution. But the interesting thing is something that Huawei calls a super spectrum. So instead of an RGB breakdown of the sub-pixels, you get an RYYB. Which means you get a red sensor, two yellow censors and a blue sensor. And because the yellow censors absorb red and green light that actually means you get more light into each pixel with this new arrangement.

Huawei has also created a new AI-driven HDL plus mode and I’m really excited about this one. It automatically creates an exposure map for the entire frame. So that tells it here’s the sun I need to lower exposure on that. Heres the subject, here’s a face, it detects faces and it automatically adjusts the exposure on the particular section. So that the face is better exposed, the suns brightness is detained in and you get just a better overall shot. A better exposure because it knows what it’s looking at.

Now the big deal as far as Huawei is concerned is it’s new 10x optical zoom. It’s really easy to access you have this zoom adjustment here on the side. You tap it once you go to 5x and that switches from the main censor over here to the telephoto one at the bottom. You press it again it combines the two sensors. But then here’s what happens when it’s that far zoomed in you do need to pull away from your subject in order to be able to focus on it. One cool thing that Huawei has done and it’s a really unnecessary thing is its put optical stabilization on both the telephoto sensor and the main camera.

What this gives you is an amazing level of flexibility in terms of focusing. It’s almost like having a handheld camera with a physical optical zoom. You have this ultra-wide-angle where you can capture the entire window. Then you have the regular view which gives you a view of the church. You get 5x so you can start picking out details. And then by 10x, you could almost read any signs if there were any over there. And the detail, I’ve taken a few sample shots with this camera already.

The detail is really impressive and is definitely compared much better to cameras where you take a shot and then you try and crop into it. To which you use the same level of zoom. So as I said besides the camera the Huawei P30 Pro is quite an evolutionary device. It has the same Kirin 980 processor as the Mate 20 Pro and I have zero complaints about that. This is a seven-nanometer processor. It has dual MPUs for all the AI capabilities that Huawei built into its EMUI. And there are real ones to be fair.

Huawei has shown statistics that show that its devices get slower over time at a lower rate than its competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy Note devices. And that’s down to Huawei’s AI optimizations and just keeping the phone running as fast as possible. Huawei does it a usual thing of putting a massive battery in the inside of this device.4,200 million power battery. It also has 40 Watts wide charging. We get to use 70% of the battery refilled within the first 30 minutes of charging. You have fast wireless charging.

You have reverse wireless charging so you can charge your other accessories via the back of this phone. And there are a couple of other cool additions that Huawei has made. One of them is you no longer have an earpiece. In order for Huawei to reduce the notch to its absolutely minimum size, it has removed the earpiece. And its using electromagnetic levitation, the company says, in order to basically create a resonance in the display. Which gives you the sound that you would usually get from the earpiece.

That does mean you don’t have stereo speakers on this phone. You’re just going to have the one main speaker down hereat the bottom which is doing most of the work and then you have the earpiece. But then Huawei does make the point that you get a more private call because with this mode of creating sound. The only person that hears the sound coming from the topis you when you’re on the call. That does also mean that Huawei is getting rid of its face and lock technology. The sophisticated one that mirrors Apples faces ID that has on Mate 20 Pro. But just like the Mate 20, Prothe P30 Pro has the in-screen fingerprint sensor.

It’s optical, Huawei says its faster and it’s better. I didn’t like the Mate 20 Pro fingerprint sensors I think it’s important that Huawei’s improved this. So this is gonna require a bit of testing. The sides on this phone are curved. But they’re less curved on the Mate 20 Pro and I think that’s a major improvement. The one sacrifice that Huawei makes relative to the Mate 20 Pro which had its camera array in the middle of the phone. Is that with the cameras all clustered in one side you get plenty of wobbles when you put the P30 Pro on a flat surface?

So Huawei has yet to detail some of the finer at Huawei’s official announcement event in Paris. So alongside the P30 Pro Huawei said they are announcing the Huawei P30. It is very much what it looks like. It’s a cut down version of the P30 Pro. It’s smaller, the 6.1-inch display still 2340 by 1080 resolution. Still, that dewdrop notch and you still get most of the same camera setup. However, it’s a triple camera rather than the quad-camera of the P30 Pro.

You get smaller resolution on the wide-angle lens. You get a smaller maximum zoom 3x optical from the system and 5x hybrid max zoom versus 10x with the P30 Pro. The battery is smaller on this 3,650 million power rather than 4,200 with the P30 Pro and the charging is not as fast. But the processor on the inside, the quality of the display. The same super spectrum main camera sensor it’s all in here with the P30.So I think Huawei has done a really good job of balancing the comparison between the P30 and the P30 Pro.

These are significantly different devices. Even physically the P30 is quite flat it doesn’t have the same curvature on the side of the display that the P30 Pro has. I’m anticipating the P30 will be significantly cheaper than the P30 Pro and both of them have their advantages. With the P30 obviously being more of the budget model. And when I say both of them have their advantages lets not forget the P30 still has a headphone jack which the P30 Pro does not. But Huawei’s answer to that is a brand new pair of earphones which it calls The Huawei Freelance.

Now you may be looking at these and thinking they’re just another pair of neck buds and to some extent they are. But you can disconnect them, one from the other and then you get a USB-C plug which can plug into your phone to charge the headphones. This will automatically pair the earphones to the phone which is neat. You can get four hours worth of listening out of just five minutes of charging. A full charge will get you 18 hours of music playback. Which for a pair of really light well-balanced earphones that a lot.

And the other thing is they’re magnetized so you can answer a call by opening them up and also play and pause music. So this is a neat accessory that Huawei is announcing alongside the P30 Pro and the P30.So this has been our first look at the Huawei P30the Huawei P30 and the Huawei Freelance. All of them look quite interesting. They’re going to be doing battle against Samsungs Galaxy S10 Series.

Unfortunately, none of that action is going to be happening in the United States. But for people like me here in Europe and people in China these are exciting devices. The P30 Pro is showing a lot of potential in my first testing with its camera. The P30 has a headphone jack and all the performance and quality of a true flagship. And the Freelance does something unique and new.I like this new idea of whatever was gonna call this.

I hate Running but I Ran On the Peloton Tread

I have a confession to make. Running has never really been my thing.I never got the so-called runners high because when I run, I normally make it, like, two minutes before I have to stop. So, in comes the Peloton, the exercise craze that’s got a huge community over its stationary bike. Earlier this year, the company shipped its second device, a treadmill, and I thought, if a bike can get so many people excited about spinning, maybe it could teach me to learn to enjoy running.

And that’s why, for the past two months, I put the Peloton Tread, and myself, to the test by signing up for my first 5K. So, I just woke up. It is the middle of February, and I’d like you to meet my new roommate. So, here’s the thing: the only place that I could fit the Peloton Tread was in my bedroom, and even though that was really awkward, I wanted it to encourage me to use it as often as I can.

Plus, I was pretty emotionally invested in this 5Kbecause was raising money for pancreatic cancer research, something that’s personally very important to me as a two-time survivor.

The plan is to train three to four times a week for two months, and well see how I go. If you haven’t heard of the Peloton Tread, here’s how it works. The machine offers a variety of classes, like hill training, walk/run combos, and even body workouts like arms and leg exercises and yoga. There are even programs for 5K training, or you can stream into a class that’s being taught live from a studio in New York. The treadmill has a 32-inch touchscreen, a soundbar across the bottom, and knobs on the side that let you control speed and incline.

There’s a button to jump to the next level and also another one to stop the tread. The tread has slatted belts with rugged texture for smoother landings. Now since I don’t really run, I can’t really compare it to other treadmills, but I will say that the Peloton Tread, I didn’t really have any kind of knee pains that I did from other classes I’ve taken in the past. Now, its a beautiful piece of hardware, and it better be for $4,500.But where the Peloton shines is its programming.

There is a great variety of classes, instructor personalities, and music genres to suit your mood. And because Peloton is teaching a new class almost every day, there’s always something new to try. There are also a couple of other gamification tools, like achievement badges or challenges that you can complete every month.

Peloton Tread

On your profile page, you can see stats like how you’ve done the past 30 days, the fastest you’ve ever run, or the instructors whose class you’ve taken most often. I found this to be really helpful for tracking progress over time because it was so encouraging to see those numbers go up and all the miles I was running, that I just really wanted to keep going.

Hey, so it’s now been a little over a week since I got this. I have run seven runs out of the past nine days. A lot more than– basically more than I did in the entire last year, I think. I haven’t really been able to run more than two-ish miles every 30 minutes, which I think is a good start. The fact that I can just roll out of bed, put on my shoes, and just start in my PJsif I wanted to actually helps a lot. I normally start with a 10-minute warmup walk, and then a 30-minute beginner or intermediate class.

It’s actually kind of funny how well the gamification features worked. For example, at the end of March, I was two miles away from a gold badge and I added a power walk session at the end, just to get the badge. Surprisingly, it was kind of hard to get into a live class. They were either super early in the morning or at times that I wasn’t quite home from work yet. And when I was, it was like bodyweight training that wasn’t really what I was looking for.

I wish there were more life running classes because it would have been really nice to see the leaderboards jump around. After all, Peloton is about the community and I really would have loved to see that in action. Update time, I look pretty gross right now, but I’m really excited cause I have to show you all. I started out at about two miles for every 30 minutes, and today’s the first time I crossed 2.5.

In fact, I hit 2.62, which is like, wild. That’s is a lot more than I thought I could do, especially since I, again, hate running. Yeah, I don’t know if I will credit the Peloton. That would discredit myself because I did work really hard, however, I’m a little nervous about trying to run outside. But so far so good, I’m really excited. Guess I’ll check back in soon. The first month with Peloton is like the week after a New Year resolution. I was consistent, I was motivated, I saw progress really quickly.

Then I lost my routine. I just finished my run of the day. I have to admit that this past week I haven’t been very good at keeping my runs. As you can see, this is the entire past month since I started on February 19th. And I skipped a lot of days in the past week. It’s just been a little busy. My bad. But the good thing is it seems like I’m still getting faster with every run. My pace is still quite slow, but I think that if you compare it to the very, very first time I worked out, I went up a lot.

Peloton Tread

Anyway, I have now about two, three weeks left till my 5K, which is nerve-wracking. Right now, the pace is good, I think I’m just going to have to keep trying to sustain that pace on my own since the treadmill keeps up the pace for you. So, now that the weather is getting nice in New York,I will be running outside and seeing how I fare. In the final weeks leading up to my race,I actually did go and train outside.

Overall, that made me feel pretty good about the training I had been doing with Peloton. But leading up to the race, I was still pretty anxious about it. 7:00, we really gotta hit the road before was too late. Very nervous, didn’t get any sleep. But that’s okay, let’s do it.

Inside Microsoft’s Gig Bit on Open Design

Microsoft is changing in a way that might not be super obvious from the outside. But this huge company shift will impactexactly how their products will look like in the future. I visited Microsofts headquarters recentlyto learn about what the company calls open design. It’s basically a way for Microsoft to build hardware and software together in a way that makes it feel like it was built by one company.

Before we dive too deep into some of these changes, let’s look why Microsoft had to try something new. Over the last decade, Microsoft has learned the hard way that having small teams working independently doesn’t always produce the best results.

Everyone was kind of working on their own, prototyping their own areas. And, at best, you were kind of showingpictures to each other. The company has suffered a series of product flops like Kin, ultra-mobile PCs, or even Windows 8. Most of these products failed because they were either way too early or Microsoft just did give them the full backing of the entire company. Just look at the Courier tablet that, after years of hype, never launched.

Or even the Surface Mini that was canceled just weeks before its announcement. Microsoft is changing the way they develop and design products because not changing is far riskier. Teams would incubate products. They would go to try to buildsort of that product themselves. And to build a product, they would have to just try to build the entire product. The other big motivation here is speed. The old way of doing things meant an idea took years before it was even ready to launch.

Back when we used to ship software, client software every two to three years, we had to imagine what was going to happen two years from now in the industry and be right about a solution. And that’s really tricky because the industry keeps moving faster and faster. Microsoft has been movingto a more agile approach recently. And that means software updates every few weeks, rather than a big, splashy release every couple of years.

Working in an agile way means creating something in its simplest form and then building on top of it. So think of a pizza. You create the base to start with. Then you add toppings over time. This means that the value is seen a lot sooner and before the whole project is finished. This new open design philosophy applies the same set of rules across the entire company. It prioritizes experimentation and collaboration, which helps employees share the workload.

A design piece built for one product should be easily incorporated into another. Every product doesn’t need its own search box or chat bubble. Instead, think of these designs like toppings. They’re centralized and just reused. Sharing internally is only one part of the puzzle. Microsoft is also embracing open source far more across the company. Microsoft has even spent $7.5 billion to acquire GitHub and allow its own developers to share and collaborate even closer.

I don’t know what percentage of our code we write per product, but one app team can take all of the Azure Stack now and not have to write that entire service. Each team doesn’t have to write 100 percent of the code and they’re not anymore. That’s a shift toward the success of working in the open. For a company as big as Microsoft this all sounds like a multiyear challenge, and there’s no guarantee this will even be successful. In fact, Microsoft has tried to align its products before.

Microsoft Design

Windows Phone pulled in a bunch of different teams at Microsoft to try and win at mobile. And it was an early example of how the company could tightly combine hardware and software. Compared to now, this same collaborative process is being applied to all of Microsofts products.

Where we learn, at least one phone is that “Hey, to have a great design system, it cannot just be for one product.”It’s like, how do you actually scale that to hundreds of products serving millions of customers, in some ways billions of customers? Microsoft’s big drive here is being far more agile and speedy with the products it creates. We’ve seen Google push rapid change with Chrome and Android. But there are not many other companies as big as Microsoft that has transitioned to a fully agile approach.

Spotify, Atlassian, and Facebook are some good examples of companies that are rapidly pushing software development. That said, there are some early examples showing that Microsoft is on the right path, like monthly updates to Office or icons in web pages across Microsofts software products all looking very similar. The company calls this fluent design. It’s a pretty subtle approach with motion and blur effects that are designed to scale across any device.

There are even cartoon-like people that Microsofts using across its online services that all look very similar. In the future, Office, Skype, Surface, and Xbox could all share the same software design. The challenge now is to take ideas from Microsofts100,000-plus employees and then create a design that will scale and feels coherent to the billion people that are using products like Office and Windows.

If this open design doesn’t really work out, we could be looking at hardware and software that’s been well-designed but that just reminds us of what could have been. Okay, thanks for watching. We also did a Surface Hub 2 hands-on recently. You can check that out on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/theverge.And for everything else Microsoft, theverge.com