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Apple Announced It's Doing Something It Has Never Done Before, By Providing Tools & Parts To Independent Repairers

August 30, 2019
USA
Apple Announced It's Doing Something It Has Never Done Before, By Providing Tools & Parts To Independent Repairers

On Thursday, Apple has announced a new repair program, that will allow independent repair shops access to the same resources available to Apple Authorized Service Providers, offering more independent repair businesses of all sizes the same genuine parts, tools, training, repair manuals, and diagnostics to service out-of-warranty Apple products.


This marks a significant change for the tech giant following years of repair-related lobbying in the U.S. and Canada.The company has said it will now supply parts to third-party repair shops even if they aren't Apple Authorized Service Providers.


It’s a departure from past policies that have limited repair work to Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASP). The company has also been a vocal opponent of so-called "right to repair" laws in states like California that seek to give consumers the legal right to have their devices repaired without having to adhere to tech company's warranty requirements. Apple said it’s taking the initiative to make it easier for its customers to get service when they need it and in the most convenient way.Apple says its new independent repair program should help ease the repair demand on the company’s authorized partners

There is no such cost to join Apple's independent repair program. To qualify for the new program, the shop need to have an Apple-certified technician who can perform the repairs and the process for certification is simple and is free of charge, but it requires passing an exam and completion to the course material to Apple's satisfaction..The program is launching in the U.S. before being rolled out to other regions, likely including Canada. While the program is making its way to the U.S. first, Apple did test it with 20 independent repair businesses around the world, including one located in Canada. 

"To better meet our customers' needs, we're making it easier for independent providers across the US to tap into the same resources as our Apple Authorized Service Provider network," said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer. 

"When a repair is needed, a customer should have confidence the repair is done right," said Williams in a statement. "We believe the safest and most reliable repair is one handled by a trained technician using genuine parts that have been properly engineered and rigorously tested."


There are currently over 5,000 Apple Authorised Service Providers around the world, including in every Best Buy store in the US.This network will now be complemented by independent repairers.

Redmi K20 Pro Avengers Edition First Hands-On Images

July 09, 2019
Redmi K20 Pro Avengers Edition First Hands-On Images

Xiaomi introduced the Redmi K20 Pro earlier this year, and was initially released in Red and Blue colors. The Redmi K20 Pro Marvel Hero Limited Edition is now official in China, for all the Avengers fans out there.Here are some live hands-on images that show off the phone's unique design.

While the company is yet to announce the memory, storage and price of the phone, as of now, the speculations are that Xiaomi might first unveil it in India on July 17. However, a few hands-on images of the handset have leaked on the internet. The images were shared by a user on Weibo, and Xiaomishka on Twitter



Xiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi K20 series in India on July 17. The company has confirmed the launch event, first launched in China in May. The limited edition model shuns the gradient design for a back that is styled after Iron Man's suit, and additionally you get exclusive Avengers backgrounds to go with the design. A 3D design on the back panel and has a honeycomb-like design on the lower part, a red-coloured power button used in the camera module. The colour of the back panel is mettalic grey, the packaging itself is pretty interesting, and comes with the usual accoutrements that you'd expect from a limited edition phone. The phone box will have a blue-coloured back panel with the Avengers logo.

Redmi K20 Pro Avengers Edition First Hands-On Images

Redmi K20 series: Specifications and features

Both the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro smartphones come with a full-screen design. It comes equipped with a Full HD+ 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display that sports a 1080 x 2340 pixel resolution and has Gorilla Glass 6 protection with a pop-up selfie camera, which delivers a 91.6 percent screen-to-body-ratio and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

The standard version is powered by a Snapdragon 730 SoC, which is accompanied by up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.The Redmi K20 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 855 with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage.

Both Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro feature a vertically stacked triple rear camera setup with a 48-MP Sony IMX586 primary camera paired with a 13MP secondary sensor with a wide-angle lens that offers a field-of-view of 124.89 degrees. An 8-megapixel telephoto lens. The smartphone captures slow-motion videos up to 960fps. And for selfies, there is a 20-MP pop-up selfie camera. It is backed by a 4000mAh battery.

It also support features like Game Turbo 2.0, DC Dimming. Both phones feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-Type C with fast charging.

Asus ROG 2 Gaming Phone Is Going To Launch On 23 July

July 09, 2019
Asus ROG 2 Gaming Phone Is Going To Launch On 23 July

Last month we reported that ASUS released some information about their ROG Phone 2 which was confirmed to be equipped with 120Hz display. Now the company has started to send media invites for the launch of ROG Phone 2, the successor to the gaming-centric ROG Phone. The Taiwanese company ASUS announced, ROG 2 gaming phone is set to launch at an event in China on 23 July. 

Asus has also partnered with Tencent to create a device that bring custom gaming experience to the ROG Phone 2, and optimised to run Tencent's titles, like PUBG Mobile and a number of games in the pipeline. The company also has a stake in a number of large studios in the west, such as Epic Games and Riot Games.

Asus ROG 2 Gaming Phone Is Going To Launch On 23 July


With two weeks to go until its launch, most of us are already eager to know what the ROG Phone 2 has in store. ROG Phone 2, will be equipped with 120Hz display. However, unlike the competitor Razer, which uses the IPS panel, ASUS will equip its gaming smartphone of the second generation OLED display, and would be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with some kind of cooling feature.



The ROG Phone 2 will compete with the gaming-centric phones launched this year, including the Nubia Red Magic 3 and the Black Shark 2.The device is said to be priced around Yuan 4,399 for the base variant.

That's about it for the specs we know about so far, but the reveal is only a few weeks away, stay tuned to Insight Trending for more updates regarding the ASUS ROG Phone 2 as it’s launch draws closer. 

WhatsApp 2.19.190 Beta Update Introduces "QR Codes Shortcut" For Easier Sharing

July 03, 2019
WhatsApp 2.19.190 Beta Update Introduces "QR Codes Shortcut" For Easier Sharing

One of the things that make WhatsApp stand out from all the other chatting apps user privacy. Developers of WhatsApp want to make sure that no third-party entity is able to intercept those conversations or the media files that are being shared via WhatsApp. This is why the WhatsApp is updated with software tweaks, bug fixes and security improvements every day.

WhatsApp keeps on getting new features that make it more useful and relevant. Last week, the company reportedly started testing a feature that allows its users to share their status on Facebook, Instagram stories, Gmail and Google Photos directly from the app itself. Now, as per a tweet from WABetainfo, WhatsApp may be gearing up to add a “QR Code” shortcut that will allow users to quickly add contact information by scanning a QR Code.

Other apps like LinkedIn and Instagram also provide similar features. WABetaInfo shared the report about this on its official Twitter handle and shared a screenshot of the feature as well, the QR code shortcut has been added to WhatsApp beta Android version 2.19.189. The tweet reads, “In the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.189 update, WhatsApp is working on a QR Code shortcut (it's not visible yet).”

According to the screenshot, it can be seen that soon the users would be able to access the QR code feature on the app using the dedicated button.The feature will allow you to add contacts from within the app rather than fumbling around in the contacts app of your phone.

Oppo And Xiaomi Teases Videos OF Their Under Display Selfie Cameras

June 03, 2019
Oppo And Xiaomi Teases Videos OF Their Under Display Selfie Cameras

The next innovation in mobile is peeking its head for all to see today after Oppo and Xiaomi, have just shown off working versions of under-screen cameras. Both companies have shown videos featuring unidentified smartphones, with selfie cameras that are hidden away underneath the screen.

Following the rise of divisive notch and hole-punch cutouts, several smartphone companies have been looking at ways of removing anything intrusive from handset screens. The industry has since given us smartphone cameras that pop out, flip up and slide out, while the hole-punch condenses the notch further still, but the next stage is going under the screen for full invisibility.

Oppo VP Brian Shen shared a short video clip in a tweet of what appears to be a notch-free prototype smartphone lying on a desk.“You are taking a very first look at our under-display selfie camera technology,” Oppo wrote in a tweet, with a video attached showing off how the tech worked.


The video needs watching a few times to see what’s going on, as only the top half of the phone is visible. The camera app was launched, which is already in selfie mode. The screen still seemingly showed a live view of the room's ceiling and the on-screen view is unidentifiable, and it’s not clear what we’re really seeing — until the operator puts their finger over a previously invisible camera lens, obscuring the view of what was presumably the ceiling.

"At this stage, it's difficult for under-display cameras to match the same results as normal cameras, there's bound to be some loss in optical quality," Shen said, in a follow-up post. "But, no new technology jumps to perfection right away."

You’d imagine that a number of Chinese smartphone makers are hard at work bringing this design to reality. Proof of that comes from Chinese rival Xiaomi shared a clip showing its own in-display camera technology within a few hours of Oppo’s video going live, which had been added to a Mi 9 prototype.


The video has two phones, one on the right equipped with a notch and a selfie camera. As the phones are rotated, you can see the one on the left doesn’t have any visible notch, or camera lens at all. Yet the operator opens the camera app, switches to selfie mode, and takes a photo.

Samsung Has Released Special Disney And Pixar Wallpapers For The Galaxy S10

May 26, 2019
Samsung Has Released Special Disney And Pixar Wallpapers For The Galaxy S10

Samsung and Disney has recently launched a new range of background wallpaper. Following on from the Disney AR Emojis released last year, Samsung and Disney have brought fan-favorite characters from Disney and Pixar’s The Incredibles and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen and Zootopia right to the home screens of the Galaxy S10.

Users have created some special wallpapers to hide the hole, and Samsung recently partnered with Disney to release a series of its own custom wallpapers that camouflage the camera

Samsung Has Released Special Disney And Pixar Wallpapers For The Galaxy S10
Image Source : Samsung
However, hiding the hole in Galaxy S10 is pretty easy with the right wallpaper as it just needs to be surrounded by something that’s black, or with something that is actually a hole, or at least a small, round dot. 

Most of Samsung’s phone themes are not free of cost. Users can use the themes for just 14 days before they expire, unless they have paid for it. But Samsung says that these new Disney ones will be free for Galaxy S10 and S10E (The Galaxy S10 Plus has a pill-shaped hole punch, and doesn’t seem to be included) users.

OnePlus 7 Pro Gets New Oxygen OS 9.5.5 Update Gets Several Camera And System Improvements

May 26, 2019
OnePlus 7 Pro Gets New Oxygen OS 9.5.5 Update Gets Several Camera And System Improvements

OnePlus has released a new OxygenOS 9.5.4 (international) and 9.5.5 (EU) update out for the OnePlus 7 Pro. The latest update is of 182 MB in size, and is mostly focused on improving the phone’s camera. 

Both versions have several enhancements for the camera and the system stability overall, including optimizations for Double Tap to Wake and Ambient Display. Changelog, which is identical for both, follows as usual.

Although the OnePlus 7 Pro came with a stellar DxOMark score of 111, users and critics weren’t really happy with the camera performance. The images didn’t seem to be in the same level as the other flagships, and hence the company then promised that it would soon deliver an update that will improve the picture quality.


Changelog:

  • System
    • Optimized Double Tap to Wake and Ambient Display
    • Fixed an issue that causes an audio delay with the Bluetooth headset when playing games
    • General bug fixes and improvements
  • Camera
    • Improved image quality in HDR scenarios
    • Improved image quality in low light
    • Fixed white balance issue in several scenarios
    • Fixed focus issue in several scenarios
Those who have not received the update yet, should get the notification to download and install within a few days.

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