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Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G now available from Verizon

17 May 2019

Posted by Falkes in Community News




Today, Verizon announced that the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is shipping, after pre-orders began back in April. The handset costs $1,299.99 and $1,399.99 for 256GB and 512GB models respectively, and you'll be able to access Verizon's 5G network in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Des Moines, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, Phoenix, Providence, San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C.

Aside from the 5G data speeds, the S10 5G features some other improvements over the rest of the Galaxy S10 family. The camera has an additional time-of-flight sensor, meaning that it's better at recording depth for portrait photos and for augmented reality applications.

It's also a bigger device, with a 6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED display and a larger 4,500mAh battery. It only comes with options for 256GB or 512GB of storage, and it has 8GB RAM.

To get access to 5G Ultra Wideband, you'll need to be on Verizon's Above and Beyond Unlimited plan, and for a limited time, you won't have to pay an extra $10 for 5G. You'll get unlimited data, unlimited hotspot, and 4K UHD streaming.

If you want to check out the device on Verizon, you can find it here.

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Apple might be dropping support for a bunch of old devices in iOS 13

17 May 2019

Posted by Falkes in Community News

Every year at WWDC, Apple introduces its major new software updates, and typically, support for some older devices gets dropped. Last year, the company focused on performance on those older devices, actually supporting everything that was supported by iOS 11.

Because no devices got the chop last year, we shouldn't be surprised that some are getting cut this year. iPhone Softpublished a list today (via ZDNet) of iOS devices that won't be supported by iOS 13, and to be clear, it really doesn't make much sense, if true.

According to the report, the iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Mini 2, and iPad Air won't be getting the update. That means that supported iPhones will include the 6s and higher, and supported iPads will include iPad Air 2 and higher, iPad 5 and higher, and iPad Mini 3 and higher.

The range of iPhones being cut from support include the A7 chip in the iPhone 5s, the A8 in the iPhone 6 series, and the A9 in the iPhone SE. Both the iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 have an A7 chip. This is where it gets confusing.

It's certainly wouldn't be a surprise if the A7 chip is no longer supported; however, that chip is used in the iPad Mini 3. In fact, the Mini 3 was almost the same device as its predecessor, except with Touch ID. The A8 is included in the iPad Mini 4, and the A9 is in the iPad 5, along with an A9X in the early iPad Pro models.

Typically, Apple doesn't just kill off models of its devices; it kills off the hardware that those devices run on. Take this as a rumor for now, and we'll find out more when WWDC kicks off in June.

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Google's Live Transcribe accessibility app to be updated with sound event recognition

17 May 2019

Posted by Falkes in Community News



Google announced an accessibility-focusedapp for those with hearing disabilities called Live Transcribe back in February. As the name suggests, Live Transcribe helps users view a real-time transcription of speech on their device, a feature that is nifty for those with hearing impairments or those that are hard of hearing. The app also lets users type-back responses through the device, in cases where the user cannot talk or does not wish to. Today, the search giant announced an update to the app that is coming next month, which brings with it a new sound event recognition feature.

Sound events that are not part of spoken words, such as that of animals, doorbells and other instances will be picked up by the app to be notified to the user. This is especially useful for users that do not have visual cues of events that occur in the background. Sounds that are recognized are notified in the app at the bottom of the page, away from the transcripts, so as to also supplement the transcriptions.

In addition to enabling the ability to recognize sound events, the firm is also adding the ability to copy and save transcripts. This feature not only helps users with hearing ailments but also those that rely on transcribing spoken language – such as students that take notes or journalists that need to transcribe interviews. The transcripts can simply be tapped and copied partially or entirely and pasted where needed. The audio visualization indicator at the top right too has been increased in size.

Live Transcribe, along with the recently announced Live Caption and Live Relay features will greatly benefit those with hearing ailments and impairment. However, it is to be noted that the app is still listed as ‘Unreleased’, as the company is rolling it out in stages, and may not be available to all users for download yet. You can, however, head to the Play Store to check if the app is available in your region. Though no specific dates were announced, the update to Live Transcribe with the said features should be live sometime next month.

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Celebrating 10 years of Minecraft, Mojang announces mobile AR title Minecraft Earth

17 May 2019

Posted by Falkes in Community News

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the first public release of Minecraft, version 0.0.10a, so as part of the celebrations, Mojang has unveiled a brand new title. Initially teased at the end of Satya Nadella's vision keynote on day one of Build 2019 was an announcement pinned for today, and that announcement is for Minecraft Earth.

This is an upcoming iOS and Android augmented reality (AR) game that's set to kick off its closed beta "this summer". As per the official FAQ, the game will not have any loot boxes, and will be rolled out gradually, supporting all languages vanilla Minecraft supports.

The activities in it pretty much mirror the regular game, with hostile mob combat, resource gathering, challenges, and more. Players can also collect various variants of regular mobs - some of which haven't been present in any variant of the game - in order to populate their builds.

Folks who've kept a close eye on what Microsoft's been up to in terms of gaming will no doubt remember the on-stage HoloLens demo involving the blocky sandbox game, which took place nearly four years ago. This looks very much like an evolution of said demo, with the accent being put on making it accessible to a broader audience. After all, folks aren't going to shell out $3,000+ for a HoloLens unit simply to play Minecraft. Making use of the AR-capable mobile device users already have is a much better approach.

Those interested in getting in the closed beta can sign up here. As a reward, you'll get a free Earth skin which also works with the multitude of other variants of the game, collectively referred to as Minecraft Bedrock.

To participate, you'll need to have a mobile device running at least Android 7 or iOS 10, a Microsoft or Xbox Live account, and the respective app store login (Apple or Google ID depending on platform).

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