Huawei Mate 30 packshot and alleged specs have leaked online

Huawei Mate 30 packshot and alleged specs have leaked online

With Huawei’s upcoming Mate 30 range officially banned from using Google apps and services, there’s a great level of mystery surrounding the Chinese company’s first Google-free flagship. While we’ve heard rumors of unusual camera arrangements and curvy screens, not much information has been divulged about the handsets’ specs. That said, we’re fairly certain that the Kirin 990 chipset announced at IFA 2019 will probably power the Huawei Mate 30.Now, an alleged spec sheet for the Mate 30 Pro has leaked online via Twitter courtesy of Finnish SlashLeaks contributor @RODENT950.
Curiously, the specs sheet lists the Huawei Mate 30 Pro as having a 6.6-inch or 6.8-inch (which one is it?) AMOLED ‘Waterfall’ display with a 1,176 x 2,400 Full HD+ resolution, suggesting an apparent step down in quality from the QHD+ screen featured on last year’s Mate 20 Pro.The leaked specs sheet also notes the Mate 30 Pro will carry 8GB/12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage, along with the aforementioned Kirin 990 chipset and an enormous 4,500mAh battery with 40W ‘SuperCharge’ and 27W ‘SuperWirelessCharge’ capability.
Huawei ban: the global fallout explainedPrefer Apple? Check out the new iPhone 11 rangeDo the new iPhone 11 cameras bring anything new to mobile photography?Like we’ve reported previously, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is said to sport four cameras on its rear, with a 40MP main sensor to be accompanied by a 40MP wide angle lens, an 8MP telephoto lens and a Time of Flight (ToF) camera sensor to round it all out. On the front, the Mate 30 Pro will supposedly feature a 32MP main selfie camera and an additional ToF sensor.Surprisingly, the leak states that the Mate 30 Pro will feature Android 10 (via Huawei’s own EMUI10), albeit without Google apps.
Box on display
Additionally, leaked images have arrived on the Chinese social media website Weibo which convincingly show the the retail box for the standard Huawei Mate 30 (not the Mate 30 Pro, to be clear), with a second image revealing a unit with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. 

Of course, you should take all of this information (particularly the spec sheet) with a grain of salt for the time being, as none of it has been confirmed by Huawei. That said, we won’t have to wait much longer for official details, as the Mate 30 range will launch next week on September 19.
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iOS 13: release date and features list

iOS 13: release date and features list

The iOS 13 release date is next week, and it’s Apple’s way of updating the software on your existing iPhone, even if you don’t plan on upgrading to a new device.When it launches on Thursday, September 19 – one day ahead of the official iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro series release date – your old iPhone will change for the better.Sure, the iOS 13 update played second fiddle to new hardware at Apple launch event – the official release date wasn’t even mentioned on stage. But it’ll be big news soon. That’s because the new iOS 13 features are coming to a lot of new iPhones out there, specifically every iPhone since the iPhone 6S. A lot of people will benefit from it.You don’t have to wait to get iOS 13, as the public beta, launched in late June, is still available to download. We have instructions on how to download and install it with a step-by-step video below. 
We’ve touched it! Check out our hands-on iPhone 11 reviewNeed a bigger new iPhone? Read our hands-on iPhone 11 Pro reviewVideo: How to download iOS 13 right now (without having to wait):
What are the new iOS 13 features? Is is worth jumping through hoops to get iOS 13 early? It really depends on how badly you want to experience the new Dark Mode.Dark Mode the standout iOS 13 feature in 2019 – it inverts those bright white-screen backgrounds with more black and dark gray hues, making the display easier to read at night. It’s a difference maker in your day-to-day or night-to-night iPhone use.The new QuickPath swipe keyboard is a big highlight too, and the new ways to edit photos has made us open Lightroom a lot less. It’s plenty powerful compared to the native photo and video editing tools of iOS 12.4. Note: iOS 13 is strictly for the iPhone (and iPod Touch). iPadOS is debuting for iPad with exclusive productivity features for the bigger tablet screen on September 30.Video: The best iOS 13 features we’ve tested so far:
iOS 13 release date and time
iOS 13 release date: Thursday, September 19 (usually after 10am PST)iOS 13 golden master version: It’s out now for beta testers iPadOS comes out later: Monday, September 30You can still download the iOS 13 beta right nowThe official iOS 13 release date is Thursday, September 19, a little over three months after the first beta in which we got to test out the software early.The iOS 13 release date is later than usual. Apple has previously launched its mobile operating update on the Monday or Tuesday following its new iPhone launch event.But you don’t have to wait until then, technically – the iOS 13 public beta is still out there and has been through a few iterations after launching on June 24. It’s technically up to iOS 13.1… iOS 13 has been through a lot already, in fact.Here’s the iOS 13 timeline as we saw it:
1. iOS 13 developer beta: First launched at WWDC  2019, this a version restricted to paid Apple developers, and initially required Xcode or macOS 10.15 to install. The second developer beta fixed that with an over-the-air (OTA) update. Simply put, it was not meant for average consumers, but for serious app developers.2. iOS 13 public beta: Apple’s larger-scale features test began on June 24, and has gone through 8 versions, culminating, oddly, with a beta for iOS 13.1 (before iOS 13 is even out). The public beta is the version to download if you’re curious – it’s often a more refined version of the iOS developer beta, although it can still be rough, and never includes all of the features implemented in the final version of the software.3. iOS 13 golden master: Out now, this is the final version of the iOS 13 software for beta testers. It has launched one week early and is very stable. it gives app makers nine days to adapt before the final software launches to the masses.4. The official iOS 13 release date and time: Apple will launch the iOS 13 software in its final, stable form on Thursday, September 19. That’s just 24 hours ahead of the iPhone 11 delivery date. 5. What time will iOS 13 launch? Apple likes to time its new software updates for 10am PST (its local time in Cupertino), but that sometimes gets a bit delayed (see last year by 90 minutes), and it can slowly roll out to people, as everyone is trying to download it at once. Apples servers get jammed.
iOS 13 compatibility list
iOS 13 requires iPhone 6S or later, iPad Air 2 or later, the new iPad mini 4 and iPhone SEIt won’t come to older devices that support up to iOS 12: iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2 and mini 3iOS 13 compatibility requires an iPhone or iPad from the last four years (depending on the device category). That means phones like the iPhone 6 won’t be getting iOS 13 – if you’ve got one of those devices you’ll be stuck with iOS 12 forever.
iOS 13 sheds several old devices (Image credit: Apple)You’ll need an iPhone 6S or later, the iPad Air 2 or later, and the new iPad mini 4 or later, or the iPod touch 7th generation. No surprise, the new iPod Touch 7th gen is the only devices of its class that gets iOS 13 support.The iPhone SE fits into an odd category, as it has iPhone 6 era specs, but came out after the iPhone 6S. Don’t worry, everyone’s favorite little iPhone will get iOS 13.
iOS 13 features exclusive to iPhone 11 phones
Camera UI buttons / wheel toggle between ultra-wide and telephotoHolding photo shutter button captures video (no longer for burst photos)Front camera takes wide-angle selfies in landscape, 4K60fps video and ‘Slofies’We thought we knew all about iOS 13 in June, but it turns out there were a few new features geared toward the newly announced iPhone 11 phones. 

Since the iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max are almost all about the new cameras, the iOS 13 software lends itself to the new ultra-wide lens and special night mode.Switching between the cameras lenses (two lenses on the iPhone 11 and three on the iPhone 11 Pro series) is supposed to be seamless, with quick taps or a wheel to transition between zoomed-in and zoomed-out perspectives. Holding down on the familiar shutter button in iOS 13 start recording video, akin to the Snapchat and Instagram UI. Apple claims it’s new handsets offer the highest-quality video ever in a smartphone, so it’s putting a big emphasis on how easy it is to shoot video. On any other iPhone running iOS 13, holding down the same shutter button captures burst photos.The front TrueDepth camera on a iPhone 11 phones can capture wide-angle selfies when held in the landscape orientation, and record up to 4K60fps video. Before, we were all deprived with 1080p60fps selfie videos.Sure to be the ire of everyone older than millennial age, you’re going to starting to see ‘Slofies’. Love it or hate it (because of the name), this iPhone 11-exclusive iOS 13 feature captures epic-looking slo-mo video from the front camera. It works best when you have long hair to capture in motion.
iOS 13 Dark Mode
Overdue Dark Mode is coming to iOS 13 and iPadOSWe saw macOS get a system-wide Dark Mode in 2018Shortcut to black-and-dark-gray UI lives in Control CenterDark Mode in iOS 13 a system-wide, meaning it changes the hues from bright white and light grey to black and dark gray on all supported apps.
It’s a nice feature when you’re using your iPhone at night and want to avoid bright white hues shining in your face. It may also save battery life on the OLED-equipped iPhones, from the iPhone X onward. Apple didn’t talk about this at all, but we know that OLED displays essentially ‘turn off’ pixels when rendering blacks.Turning on iOS 13 Dark Mode can be done in Control Center inside the Display slider (right next to the Night Shift and True Tone toggle), according to Apple, or you can set it automatically to turn on at night through a schedule or custom time.The yellow-tinting Night Shift mode finally gets a bright-light dimming companion, and a lot of people couldn’t be happier.
How to enable Dark Mode on iOS 13 and iPadOSiOS 13 offers ‘FaceTime attention correction’
This is an interesting one. There’s now an option for FaceTime Attention Correction, and it’s as wild as it sounds.What does it do exactly? It makes it so that it appears as if you’re looking straight into the front-facing camera during a FaceTime video call, when you’re actually looking at the adjacent screen. That distracted look could be a thing of the past soon.
iOS 13 on iPad is iPadOS, and it’s a big change
Some of the biggest changes for iOS 13 on the iPad are actually coming in an update called iPadOS. Apple is signaling that the iPad needs its own platform.That means big improvements to your iPad workflow, starting with the home screen redesign. Pinned Widgets, as we predicted in our iOS 13 rumors roundup, lets you add widgets from the Today View screen (that left-mode screen on your iPhone and iPad). So far, it’s iPad-exclusive, and not coming to iOS13 for the iPhone.Slide Over lets you have multiple apps open and cycle through them like rolodex. You can also fan to preview them all at once with a swipe gesture, kind of like the recents menu on many phones and tablets. It’s multi-tasking made easier.

Split View has been enhanced to let you open one app on both sides of the screen (it wasn’t possible before), and Apple demoed this by showing Notes side-by-side with Notes. You can also pair an app with more than one app – so now Safari can be paired with Pages in one space and Safari can be paired with Mail in another. App Expose is new to the iPad software, letting you see all of the space you have open. There’s an App Expose icon on the Dock, requiring only a single press to get into the convenient overview mode.New copy, paste and undo gestures are coming to iPadOS. Three fingers scrunched down was shown to copy text, three fingers expanding (in the opposite direction) dropped the text on the page, and sliding three fingers across the screen undid the last action. We’ll have to see how this performs when the software lands.Apple’s keyboard can float around the screen in a smaller form, and it’s debuting a swiping gesture keyboard, which it calls QuickPath Typing. There are also more keyboard shortcuts (a lack of shortcuts was a complaint we had about previous iOS versions).There are actually too many iPadOS changes to detail here in the iOS 13 explainer, so we’ve spun the full rundown off into a separate iPadOS release date, news and features article.
iOS 13 features a QuickPath keyboard
With iOS 13, Apple’s default QuickType keyboard will be incorporating swipe-to-type, a popular way of sliding across the keyboard to form words. We’ve used this in prior iOS keyboard extensions like Google’s Gboard and SwiftKey.
Here’s QuickPath keyboard in action (Image credit: Apple)You can use the QuickType and QuickPath methods of typing interchangeably, and so far supported languages include English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Portuguese is now included.
iOS 13 debuts new ‘Find My’ app
Apple combined Find My Friends and Find My iPhone in iOS 13, and the union lets you locate your friends and missing gadgets with a faster, easier-to-use interface.
Find My iPhone and Find My Friends come together in one app (Image credit: Apple)What’s really neat is that it use a crowd-sourced encrypted Bluetooth signal to help you track down devices that aren’t connected to Wi-Fi or cellular. That’s mostly a big help for Macs, but it could also help with an iPhone in rare cases, too.Best of all, while Find My Friends didn’t always work for us, Apple seems to be making a bigger push to get location tracking right with this new iOS 13 app now in the limelight.
iOS 13 makes your old iPhone faster, last longer
More people are holding onto their iPhones for longer, and that’s something Apple seems to recognize – and the company is speeding up iOS 13 to accommodate them.The most important iOS 13 stats: app launch speed is up to twice as fast according to Apple, and Face ID unlocking will be 30% faster than before. Apple also found a way to make app downloads smaller, up to 60% on average; iOS 12 gave us a faster update, and iOS 13 looks to build upon that.Battery life is also something Apple is tackling this year. Its aim is to slow the rate of battery aging by reducing the time your iPhone spends fully charged. iOS 13 is supposed to learn from your daily charging routine so it can wait to finish charging past 80% until you need to use it.
Reminders gets a big overhaul
Of all the built-in apps, Reminders has gotten the biggest iOS revamp. It’s better organized, and includes shortcuts that make it easier to add reminders.
Reminders has gotten the freshest reimagining among iOS 13 apps (Image credit: Apple)Big, color-coded buttons for Today, Scheduled, All and Flagged categories offer you a better oversight of your pressing tasks, while the keyboard when you’re in this app has a top-line Quick Toolbar that acts as a shortcut to easily add times, dates, locations, flags, photos and scanned documents.Making plans in Messages? Siri will step in to suggest reminders that can be created, like a personal assistant who chimes in at all the right times.
Camera and Portrait Mode changes
The iOS 13 offers important changes to camera features, starting with enabling you to change the intensity of light in Portrait Mode, which is something we’ve wanted for a while. Portrait mode is also getting a new monochromatic effect called High‑Key Mono.
The new Photos tab in the iOS 13 Photos app – Apple sees it as becoming your photo diary (Image credit: Apple)The Photos gallery is becoming what Apple called “a diary of your life”, with a new tab designed to document your best photos by day, month and year. You’ll also have more pinch controls to zoom in and out of the Photos gallery.Photo editing is refined with iOS 13, adding adjustment controls and filters, while the video editing portion mirrors this almost entirely: nearly every photo tool and effect – including filters, rotating and cropping – makes it over to video. If you’re not good at tinkering with video, there’ll even be an ‘Auto’ adjustment button. 
New Siri voice sounds more natural
A new Siri voice debuts with iOS 13, and it sounds more natural than before – we’ve heard a sample and the tone is the same, but it sounds less robotic. It uses advanced neural text‑to‑speech technology, according to Apple, and you’ll particularly notice this when Siri says longer phrases, like reading the Apple News aloud or answering knowledge questions.The timing is good, because Siri can also do a lot more talking if you wear AirPods – Siri can read incoming messages and pipe them through the buds, which is convenient. One more new Siri perk: your voice assistant on HomePod will understand the voices of the various family members in your home. This should mean, for example, that asking “What’s on my Calendar?” won’t bring up someone else’s irrelevant information.
Memoji gets makeup, Messages gets info sharing
Apple has put more of ‘Me’ in Memoji, allowing one trillion configurations: new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, and piercings to name a few categories. Examples on the WWDC stage showed that these personalized Animoji masks allow for such granular accessory detail as eyeshadow, braces and even AirPods.
Memoji gets better in year two (Image credit: Apple)Memoji Stickers are something entirely new – iOS 13 brings more iPhone and iPad users into the Memoji fold, TrueDepth camera or not. You can customize a Memoji and iOS 13 will automatically create a fun-looking sticker pack that lives in a sub-menu on the keyboard, which you can use in Messages, Mail, and third‑party apps.You can share your personalized Memoji with contacts through iMessages, but only when you grant them access. The same applies to sharing your name and photo with contacts, so you can chose how people see your name, for example. According to Apple, you can decide whether you want your profile shared with everyone, with only your contacts, or just once.
New HomePod features
You might not know this, but the HomePod is part of the iOS family, and it has gotten iOS 13 updates too.First, you can transfer songs from your iPhone by simply holding your phone closer to the HomePod speaker. Previously, you had to tell Siri to do this, but now this hand-off feature is a bit easier, and you don’t have to talk to do it.The HomePod also introduce Live Radio – you can ask Siri to play 100,000 stations from all around the world. And HomePod will allow you to recognize who in your family is talking, and personalize the response – great with Apple Music, where selections will be based on your taste and history. It goes beyond Music, Messages, Notes, Reminders, and more. 
Sign-in with Apple
Apple wants app developers and sites to use its sign-in feature, and there are some perks for user privacy, too (Image credit: Apple)Apple is taking on Facebook Connect, Google and other platforms that allow you to conveniently sign in to third-party accounts. Sign-in with Apple is poised to protect your privacy more than Facebook and Google do.What’s neat is that if you don’t want to fork over your email to an app developer or website, Apple will create a unique random email for you, and the email will be unique to that site or app.
Maps get revamped
iOS 13 Maps looks a lot better, even if everyone likes to hate on it. Will it ever be better than Google Maps? No, probably not. But for people who want Apple’s pre-loaded maps app on iOS 13, it’s much better.
360-degree city tours are coming to Apple Maps (Image credit: Apple)There’s way more detail here by way of Apple rebuilding maps from the ground up. There’s more realistic detail for roads, beaches, parks, and buildings, and you can now explore cities with a 3D 360-degree experience.Favorites were a part of Maps before, but iOS 13 makes these saved locations easier to navigate to with one tap – they appear at the very top of a search menu. Sometimes Google Maps on iOS doesn’t get this right (but does better on Android). That’s one reason to keep Apple Maps installed, even if you’re a Google Maps person.
Text formatting in Mail
Mail is getting some changes when it comes to writing out properly formatted email. You’ll have more control over font style, size, color, alignment, indenting and outdenting text, and numbered and bulleted lists.What we’re really hoping to see one day in iOS 13.1 or iOS 14 is the ability to insert a hyperlink into some text in an email. On both iOS and Android devices, that’s just not possible in their default mail clients (that we’ve seen) – you have to paste long URLs, and that’s not a computer, no matter what you call your operating system.
Connect to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from Control Center
This is huge – and we’ve been asking for it for several years. You can now select Wi‑Fi networks and Bluetooth accessories right from Control Center.Android has had this for years, and it was always convenient to connect to new Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth earbuds without having to navigate away from your current app and dive into five Settings submenus. Apple is finally coming around in iOS 13.
Xbox One and PS4 game controller support
If you’re going to play games on your phone, you might as well do it with one of the two best controllers available (and maybe something you already own).Enter PS4 and Xbox One game controller support for iOS 13. Apple didn’t say if all games will support this or if it’ll be limited to Apple Arcade, but whatever the case may be, we’re happy to be able to put our PS4 controller to use everywhere we roam.
Silence Unknown Calls
Nuisance SPAM calls drive us crazy every day, and iOS 13 wants to fix the issue with the help of Siri, which scans your Contacts, Mail and Messages to see if you’ve previously been in contact with the caller.Silence Unknown Calls sounds fairly smart, if you’re not expecting business numbers cold-calling you for work. Those that do call you and aren’t on your personal ‘VIP list’ will go straight to voicemail.

Best laptops under Rs 40,000 in India for September 2019

Best laptops under Rs 40,000 in India for September 2019

Just like smartphones, it is becoming more and more difficult to choose a laptop these days as the number of options available from different companies make it difficult to select the best one. If you are in the market for a laptop priced under Rs 40,000 and wish to get one without compromising on any features, there are many options to choose from.The sub-Rs 40,000 segment is also the most asked price segment when it comes to notebooks. From students to office-goers, everyone can easily get a laptop that does basic day to day tasks with ease in this range.If it’s about the add-ons, many of them offer a dedicated graphics card or multimedia features, but that’s certainly not enough power to suffice the needs of a video editor or a graphic designer. There are many configurations available, some with newer processors and some with older ones. In this post, we have listed some of the best laptops available under Rs 40,000 in India.
Best laptops for students for under Rs 40,000
Asus X509 features a 15.6-inch Full HD display and is powered by Intel 7th gen. Core i3 processor with upto 12GB RAM and support for dual storage options. The laptop can be configured with upto 1TB HDD and 256GB/512GB SSD.It weighs around 1.9Kg and has a 32Whr battery capacity. The Asus X509 is available starting from Rs 30,990 in silver and grey colours.Read our review of the Asus 15 X509 review

HP has several affordable options when it comes to laptops with an integrated graphics card. The HP 15-DA0326TU features a 15.6-inch Full HD backlit LED display, along with the full set of connectivity options that you need in a laptop. Dual speakers and HP’s Truevision HD webcam round up the specs of the laptop.

The first Dell entrant in this list, the Inspiron 3567 comes with the Intel’s Core i5 processor coupled with integrated Intel HD graphics. It has a minimalist design and offers six hours of battery life, which is good enough in this range. The Inspiron 3567 features a 15.6-inch HD display, but comes with half the RAM compared to its competitors at this price. You will have to decide whether you want the a powerful processor or more RAM.

The Acer Aspire 3 is one of the best options in this list, featuring a Full HD LED display, Intel Core i5 8th generation processor, NVIDIA Geforce MX130 graphics, 8GB RAM and a 1TB HDD. It is a feature packed device that has been priced very competitively.While MX130 is not capable of handling heavy games, it is decent enough for some light gaming. If you are looking for a decent laptop for work or studies, the Acer Aspire 3 is worth considering.

The Dell Inspiron 15 5000 is powered by the Ryzen 5 processor coupled with AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics. It features a 15.6-inch full HD display, offering a vivid visual experience to the users.It is a powerful device and at this price point, offers excellent value for money to its users. It runs on Windows 10 and sports dual stereo speakers with MaxxAudio Pro support, for an enhanced audio experience. 

The Lenovo Ideapad 130 is another laptop powered by the eighth generation Intel Core i5 processor. It is equipped with NVIDIA Geforce MX110 to offer a decent gaming experience.The Ideapad 130 features a 15.6-inch HD LED display, so if you are looking for a laptop that has a decent display, the Ideapad 130 may not be the best option for you. However, if you want a powerful processor with dedicated graphics and are willing to settle with a HD display, the Ideapad 130 is worth considering.

Acer has another E5-575 laptop with the Core i5 7th generation processor with integrated Intel HD graphics. It comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM and all the basic connectivity options. Considering its current price, the E5-575 Core i5 is a good machine to consider, compared to the Dell Inspiron 3567.

The Dell Vostro 3468 with 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor is next in this list. The laptop comes with Window 10 and has a plenty of ports including 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI port and 1 x VGA port. Weighing  at 1.96kg, the laptop is lightweight which makes it highly portable for the users. If you are in the market for a portable laptop with a decent processor at an affordable price, the Dell Vostro 3468 is a good option for you.
The best laptops for gaming under Rs 50,000

This app helped me get front-row sound from the back of a festival

This app helped me get front-row sound from the back of a festival

For years, musicians Mike Einziger and Ann Marie Calhoun wanted to provide music fans a better sound experience when they were on tour. Sure, fans who got front-row seats had a great experience, but what about the fans who sat behind the speakers or those sitting in the back? Most of the time all those folks can hear is the people around them.It was a problem that plagued Calhoun and Einziger when they were on tour with Hans Zimmer, and one that didn’t seem to have a good universal solution that could work in every venue around the world. So they made one. The culmination of Calhoun and Einziger’s work is called Mixhalo – a software solution that interfaces directly to a venue’s soundboard and broadcasts the mix locally to anyone with an app at the show through a private wireless network. It’s a platform that could radically change how you’ll listen to artists at venues all across the US – and, if things go well, all across the world.
Music for the masses 
The benefits of Mixhalo are pretty obvious to anyone who’s ever sat in the back of a crowded arena during a show: the app allows you to hear more of the music and less of the crowd. But, according to the two co-founders and its CEO Marc Ruxin, it’s more than that: It’s not only about balancing the scales of auditoriums and giving everyone a chance to hear quality music, but it also allows fans to still hear the music if they need to get up out of their seats and, at a big festival like Coachella, Lollapalooza or Outside Lands, to hear what’s happening on other stages.And so far, it seems people like what they hear – the company has already announced a $10.7 million Series A financing led by Foundry Group and has worked with globally recognized acts like Bruno Mars and Metallica – the latter of whom, Calhoun and Einziger told us, actually used Mixhalo to showcase every individual instrument by creating a separate stream in the app.
Mixhalo antennas were attached to the poles in the center of festival as well as the outer edges.The magic behind Mixhalo is the local wireless network that it sets up at each venue. Once you’re within range of the network, the free downloadable app on your phone will show you the different stages available, and you can connect to a live feed from the soundboard. Plug a pair of headphones into your phone and you’ll hear the music from the stage in real time. The technology’s biggest public demonstration happened earlier this year at Aerosmith’s live show in Las Vegas where Mixhalo teamed up with audio brand THX, but the team plans on taking it festivals all across the US – including last month’s Outside Lands festival in San Francisco where we were able to go hands on with the audio app and meet its co-founders.
Front-row sound from the back of a festival 
So how exactly can you use the app? Well before anyone arrived at the festival Mixhalo and its core team arrived to setup. They needed to install a number of antennas in sections of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Park and create the network that we’d later use to hear the bands on stage through the app.“Knowing the challenge of building a technology platform that could deliver this experience to every fan in venues of all sizes, I was skeptical it could be done,” said Ryan McIntyre, managing director of Foundry Group, the company that’s helped Mixhalo raise funding. “However, once I experienced Mixhalo at the tiny Fox Theater in Boulder and then at the Aerosmith show in Las Vegas, I was convinced of the technology.”Situated all around the show’s main stage and two side stages the antennas would provide a sort of wireless mesh for the app to tap into. As long as you stood within the covered area and had the app turned on, you could tune into any one of the venue’s stages. Unfortunately that means that you’re unable to tune into a concert while you’re at home but, according to Mixhalo’s team, it’s better like that as they’d have to negotiate streaming rights for every show.By the time we arrived at Outside Lands, everything was setup and fully functioning and all we needed to do is pop open the app the see the stages. Once we picked a stage, we popped on a pair of headphones and could hear the music coming from that stage in real-time and seemingly Hi Res quality. It’s a pretty elegant solution for a complex problem… mostly.

It’s not all music to our ears 
Of course, setting up a wireless network the size of Golden Gate Park comes with its own set of challenges – some of which Mixhalo is still ironing out the kinks for. One of its biggest issues is that the antennas that broadcast the signal are obviously limited in number and range – meaning in some areas the app has spotty reception and in others there’s no reception at all. When that happens the Mixhalo app will tell you that you’ve lost connection and tells you to move closer to an antenna.Mixhalo, both the company and the app, also needs to borrow a small amount of bandwidth from the venue that’s hosting the event. In the case of Outside Lands, the team piggybacked off the vendor network, a good solution, but one that could present a challenge in which there’s limited connectivity.You also can’t ignore that the antennas are a big part of the solution. They’ll need to be at every show that wants to use Mixhalo – which means they’ll need to be transported and setup ahead of the show. That means planning time, coordination and collaboration between Mixhalo’s team and the venue.That said, all this falls on the shoulders of Marc Ruxin’s team – besides the dropped signal, these aren’t things that you as a concert-goer have to care about; as long as there’s signal, you get front-row sound anywhere in the venue.
It’s nice to be able to walk away to grab a beer or use the bathroom and still hear the music.The future of live audio 
The Mixhalo demonstration we went to centered around live concerts, which makes sense given its founders backgrounds – Calhoun is a world-renowned violinist and key collaborator with Hans Zimmer for a number of his movie soundtracks while Einziger is the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Incubus. And yet, while live concerts present a good opportunity for Mixhalo, both founders say that concert venues are just the beginning – they see a future in using Mixhalo as a way to listen to sports games, eSports tournaments, business conferences and other public events, all of which could make use of Mixhalo.There’s also been talk of integrating the Mixhalo app into a pair of headphones, though, Calhoun and Einziger still encourage people to bring their own headphones for the time being. “We don’t want to force people to spend a lot of money to get this experience,” Calhoun told us. “We want everyone to be able to access it with whichever headphones they already own.”With that said, if you see pairs of headphones at the next festival you go to, you’ll know why.
Speaking of headphones, here are the best headphones in 2019

iPad OS: release date, features and public beta details

iPad OS: release date, features and public beta details

The iPadOS public beta has officially launched with a host of new features that from Apple that make your iPad distinct from an iPhone running iOS 13, and we’ve now had the first beta of 13.1 as well.We have a list of the best iPadOS features you’ll be able to experience in public beta 1 and 2. Sure, there are shared a lot of changes. After all, it “builds on the same foundation as iOS,” according to Apple, but expect iPadOS to grow more into its own operating system over time.iPadOS brings a variety of critical improvements to the tablet UI. Some of these make better use of screen real estate while others introduce new gesture controls (and even mouse support) for a better tablet experience. In short, iPad users won’t just run an upsized iOS any longer.
iPadOS release date and public beta timing
The iPadOS public beta release date landed on June 24, and it contains a lot of the features Apple shows us at its WWDC 2019 keynote. Since then, Apple has pushed a new version out to enrolled tablets, with iPadOS public beta 2 made available from July 8. From there we’ve had the first iPadOS 13.1 public beta, as the new changes move forward ahead of the impending ‘full’ release.We’ll see more features when the final version of the software exits beta, likely in September.In previous years September has been the month in which Apple rolls out its new software to the public to coincide with the launch of its new iPhones, and we expect the same activity around the iPhone 11 this year, which we now know is going to be unveiled on September 10.
Which iPads will work with iPadOS?
Apple has confirmed that the “iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later” will all get the iPadOS update when it releases later this year.So which iPads are missing out this year, after getting iOS 12 in 2018? Well it’s the end of the update road for the original iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3. It’s unclear if older iPads will be getting iOS 13 or if they’ve been completely left behind.The following iPads will get an update to iPadOS in (likely) September and October)(As a reminder, it’s always best to avoid using the beta version of software on a primary or daily-use device, as there can sometimes be erratic elements within the system  – wait until the final version lands in the near future.
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Today View alongside a tighter grid of apps on the new iPadOS home screen. Image credit: AppleThe first big change over you’ll notice in iPadOS is on the new home screen. The grid of app icons is tighter, allowing you to fit more on the screen and reducing the amount of dead space on the display.With a tighter grid of apps, there’s now an option to show Today View alongside them, for a more useful overview screen.It can be added to the Home screen for quick access to widgets with a simple swipe from the left side of the screen, and you can switch out the widgets pinned here to display the ones most relevant to you.
Sidecar is a big new change
If you’re wondering what the biggest feature of iPadOS might be, Sidecar is a real contender. It natively bakes in wired (or wireless) support for using your iPad as a Mac second screen, bringing with it a whole host of functionality.
How to use Sidecar with MacOS CatalinaThis mode effectively turns any iPad into a portable monitor, one with a powerful internal battery, allowing apps and multiple windows to be dragged onto its screen and interacted with using a mouse, keyboard or Apple Pencil.You can’t mess around with the resolution just yet, so you can’t work in super fine detail and may want to wait a little while until the final software launch appears in late September – but even at this early stage, Apple fans will find they’ve suddenly got a new screen for their Mac right in another pocket of their backpack.
iPadOS has a new way to multitask
Slide Over in iPadOS in action, with a side view of Messages over Safari. Image credit: AppleMultitasking also gets an upgrade on iPadOS is a few ways. First up, you’ll be able to use Split View to see two app windows at a time for the same app, or two different apps. iPadOS uses a drag-and-drop interface here, making switching between apps and windows easy.Slide Over lets you quickly pull up an app in a side window, over the top of another app – allowing you to quickly check things such as emails, messages or reminders without having to exit the current app you’re using.Dragging up from the bottom of the screen will allow you to move between apps in the Slide Over panel.Apple has also brought the Mac’s Exposé feature to iPadOS, allowing you to get an overview of all your open apps – making it easy to jump between them, and close down any you no longer need running in the background.
These are all the new features coming to iOS 13iPadOS gets USB drive and SD card support
USB drive and SD card support arrives in iPadOS. Image credit: AppleExternal storage fans rejoice! iPadOS will allow you to plug a USB drive or SD card reader into your iPad, and the Files app will be able to read the plugin and allow you to easily manage data between the iPad’s internal storage and the external drive.Files gets a Column View to better take advantage of the iPad’s wide screen, and the iCloud Drive allows folder sharing, and will show content from a USB drive or SD card if they’re plugged in.There’s good news for photographers too, as support is being built into iPadOS to allow you to plug your camera into your iPad and import images directly into editing apps such as Lightroom.
iPadOS performance boost
Your current iPad could get a performance boost when iPadOS arrives, with Apple claiming that its tablet-specific operating system is quicker than iOS 12.It says Face ID unlocks are up to 30% faster, while apps launch up to twice as fast as on iOS 12 – and apps themselves should be smaller in download size (by up to 50%), taking up less of that precious storage space. 
Desktop-quality websites and browsing on iPadOS
The Safari web browser is also improved with iPadOS, because it’s no longer purely tied to iOS and a mobile ecosystem. That’s right: you’re no longer just viewing mobile sites, as iPadOS views websites in a modified desktop view that’s a bit cleaner and optimized for touch.It doesn’t just work with Apple’s websites either – the likes of Google Docs and WordPress web apps will also work better with Safari on iPadOS.Apple’s browser will also get a download manager, 30 new keyboard shortcuts, and improved tab management when iPadOS lands later this year.
New iPadOS gestures
One of the bigger features across the whole of iPadOS are the new gestures. The ones we’ve seen are pretty simple: three-finger pinch to cut, three-finger splay to paste, three-finger swipe to undo. Easy.In some apps, you’ll also be able to two-finger-pinch the keyboard to shrink it to iOS mobile size and move it around. Plunk it next to the side of the screen and boom: you can type on it with one thumb. Add to that the new gestures for the home screen and multi-tasking, and there may be a learning curve required to get used to all the new interactions which come with iPadOS. 
Markup and much more on iPadOS
Markup also gets an update, and you’ll be able to mark up entire web pages, documents and emails. A simple swipe up from the corner with your Apple Pencil launches markup and brings up the newly-redesigned tool palette, which can be dragged around and repositioned anywhere on the screen.And speaking of the Pencil, Apple has reduced the latency of its input from 20ms to 9ms, which means you’ll get a more natural, pen-like experience when using it.Plenty of new features that are coming to iOS 13 are also headed to iPadOS, like Dark Mode, custom fonts, the new Photos organized by machine learning, and the SwiftKey-like slide-and-type QuickPath keyboard feature.
Mouse support for iPadOS
iPadOS does supports connecting a mouse to your iPad, though it’s not something you’ll find front-and-center on the official iPadOS features list.Developer Steve Troughton-Smith initially tweeted out instructions he’d discovered to connect a mouse through new Accessibility settings, and Tom’s Guide successfully activated a mouse on an iPad. While it doesn’t seem to be the smoothest thing, we’re excited for a serious leap in the iPad family’s productivity potential and accessibility. 

Dell Australia is flogging laptops and 2-in-1s for up to 50% off

Dell Australia is flogging laptops and 2-in-1s for up to 50% off

When investing in something expensive and long-term, like a new laptop, it’s always good to shop around – after all, there are always bargains to be found. And Dell Australia frequently offers some great discounts on its online storefront on a large range of gaming and business laptops, 2-in-1s and desktop PCs.One of our favourite ultrabooks is a Dell device and we can’t recommend the XPS 13 highly enough. However, that’s not the only machine in Dell’s catalogue that’s worth considering, especially if you can snag one for less.There’s plenty of bargains to be found a wide range of laptops, 2-in-1s and desktops – with up to 45% off some devices – on Dell’s site at the moment, but it can be hard to decide on which one to opt for. So we’ve done the hard work for you and hand-picked a few of the best deals on offer during Dell’s Cyber Sale, with these offers ending Thursday, September 12.
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Best DSLR cameras under Rs 50,000 in India for September 2019

Best DSLR cameras under Rs 50,000 in India for September 2019

If you are looking to practice beginner level photography and need a feature-rich DSLR,  cameras under Rs 50,000 can suffice. Fortunately, Canon, Nikon and now Sony do have their best offerings in the price range in India. As this is a more beginner segment, ease of use is also prioritized as these could be your first DSLR with a changeable lens. These companies have some real value for money DSLR cameras under Rs 50,000, with some good bundled kit lens to get you started. But if you know your specific use cases, it could be a better deal to just get a camera body, skip the included kit lens and invest that saving into a better lens.Decent quality DSLR cameras start at around Rs 30,000 from companies like Canon and Nikon. For a beginner, these mid-range cameras are good to test waters with. However, once you move into the enthusiast category, these mid-range DSLRs may not cut it, and you may want to look for some high-end options.You can get several great DSLR cameras under Rs 50,000 in India these days – often, you can score a great deal after discounts and cashbacks. Let’s take a look at some of these options to help you decide.

The Canon EOS 200D II is one of the best beginner DSLRs available in India that does not break the bank. Equipped with a 24.1MP CMOS sensor with the new Digic 8 iage processor, it can deliver great quality images that are fairly easy to edit too.The dual pixel CMOS AF paired with eye-detection AF allows users to achieve fast autofocus with the continuous shooting speed of 3.5fps during Live View and video. Further, it can deliver impressive videos in full HD quality at 60fps and even at a 4K resolution which is rare in this price segment. In addition to this, you now get crisp images in low lighting conditions as the camera offers an ISO speed of up to 25600.The camera also sports a 3-inch articulating touchscreen LCD monitor and has a user-friendly interface which comes handy for first time users.Read the full review: Canon EOS 200D II / 250D / Rebel SL3

Arguably the best DSLR camera under Rs 50,000, the Nikon D5600 offers great bang for your buck. It features a 24.2MP CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 4 processor which give you improved autofocus, lesser noise and more details.The D5600 has a mid-range DX format camera that offers an ISO range of 100-25600 along with 5 frames per second burst shooting. Nikon has also thrown in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC support for quick and effortless connectivity. If you are looking for a DSLR under Rs 50,000 keep an eye out for this one.Read the full review: Nikon D5600

Another mid-range DX format option from Nikon, the D5500 was launched in 2015 but continues to offer good value for money. Featuring a 24MP CMOS sensor and support for ISO up to 25600, the D5500 can also shoot subjects in 3D. This camera offers a shutter speed of up to 1/4000 sec, and comes with a 3.2-inch display.Read the full review: Nikon D5500

Offering a slightly better feature set, the Sony Alpha A68 comes with a 24.2MP Exmor CMOS sensor. The Alpha A68 has a BIONZ X processor that processes at three times the speed compared to its predecessor. Additionally, it also has another trick up its sleeve – while the other cameras in the list offer 3D subject tracking, the Alpha A68 supports 2D, 3D and 4D tracking. It also offers up to 8 frames per second shooting with autofocus tracking, 79-point phase detection autofocus and an Indian colour profile, optimised for the local environment.Read the full review: Sony Alpha A68

The Canon EOS 750D features a 24.2MP CMOS sensor along with DIGIC 6 image processor that promises to deliver high quality images as compared to other mid-range DSLRs. It has 19-point all cross type AF system and Hybrid CMOS III AF system which offers rapid auto focusing in Live View. The camera also comes with in-built Wi-Fi and NFC support that allows users to connect the camera to their smartphone or tablet. Read the full review: Canon EOS 750D

The entry-level DSLR of choice from Nikon, the D3500 is the upgrade to the D3400. While it still doesn’t have a touchscreen, it has connectivity in the form of Bluetooth (but no WiFi). The D3500 offers a blend of easy handling, solid performance and image quality far beyond what you can expect from a smartphone or most compact cameras, and it’s a budget buy. Read our in-depth Nikon D3500 review

With the only real difference in EOS 1500D over the EOS 1300D being the upgrade of the sensor from 18MP to 24.1MP. It’s a great option for beginners at DSLR photography with its intuitive features. But it would have been more appealing with an uprated AF system with Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF and touchscreen control, along with beginner-friendly graphical interface.It retails for Rs 26,347 on Amazon.
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B&O shows off its first ever soundbar – the luxurious Beosound Stage

B&O shows off its first ever soundbar – the luxurious Beosound Stage

Luxury brand Bang & Olufsen has quite an extensive catalog of audio products under its belt but, until now, it’s been conspicuously absent in one product category: soundbars. For lounge room setups, the company has previously relied on its range of free-standing speakers that can be hooked up to your TV.That makes the new Beosound Stage B&O’s first ever soundbar, and in keeping with B&O’s premium branding the company’s debuted the new product at the Venice Biennale – an annual arts exhibition in the famous Italian city. If you thought an arts exhibition is a strange place to launch an electronic device, there is some extra justification here – the Beosound Stage was designed in collaboration with Danish firm NORM Architects and (to this author’s eye at least) seems to be both geometrically pleasing and beautifully crafted.

The new soundbar does however enter an already crowded market, so to stand apart from the crowd, B&O has stuffed the Beosound Stage with just about every feature you could ask for in a soundbar in 2019.Internally, it’s equipped with 11 front-firing speakers, each of which is powered by a 50W Class D amplifier. B&O has used four custom-made 4-inch woofers in the center channel to reduce distortion and deliver what it’s calling “superbly deep bass”, with the midtones handled by a pair of 1.5-inch drivers and a 3/4-inch dome tweeter.The main left and right channels are made up of 1.5-inch drivers and the 3/4-inch tweeters placed close to each other at 45-degree angles. Support for Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD and AirPlay 2 are also on board, along with built-in Chromecast.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity is also available, along with an Ethernet socket and HDMI to hook up a TV. There’s also HDMI eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel) support to speed up data transfer and ensure there’s little to no lag between the soundbar and the TV. Ports for more traditional RCA connectors and 3.5mm audio have also not been forgotten.There are four dedicated listening modes available on the Beosound Stage – TV, Music, Move and Night Listening – with each of them further adjustable via an equalizer.The Beosound Stage comes in either an aluminum- or bronze-finish frame, and will set you back $1,750 / £1250/ AU$2,500. If metal isn’t your thing, there’s also a ‘smoked oak’ frame option that comes with an even more premium price tag of $2,600 / £1,900 / AU$3,500. All three designs will be available on shelves from November 2019.
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eBay Australia’s 20th birthday sale offers up a heap of Sony and Dell deals

eBay Australia’s 20th birthday sale offers up a heap of Sony and Dell deals

It might be hard to believe, but eBay Australia has been around for 20 years now, letting Aussies sell their unwanted items and simultaneously acting as a platform for convenient online shopping.To celebrate its 20th birthday, the website is having a huge sale across its entire range of categories, including some truly awesome discounts on tech products.On top of this, there are also ten specific products that eBay is reducing to just $20 for a very limited time – just an hour, in fact – and this includes a Google Home Hub on sale at 12pm, and Bose Soundsport Free wireless headphones on sale from 3pm.The one catch with this sale is that you’ll need to be an eBay Plus member in order to  score the hourly savings. If you haven’t yet signed up for a membership, you can always try it out for free for a month, otherwise it’s $49 for a 12-month subscription.To save you trawling through all the other deals live on the site, we’ve done the digging for you and selected a range of particularly excellent savings on laptops, cameras and other tech.

Lara vs Alvarez live stream: how to watch tonight’s boxing online from anywhere

Lara vs Alvarez live stream: how to watch tonight’s boxing online from anywhere

Cuban-American fighter Erislandy Lara tonight gets a chance to avenge his 2014 split-decision defeat to Canelo Alvarez – this time with a square-off against his older brother Ramon. With a title up from grabs, it should be a compelling fight, so be sure to follow our Lara vs Alvarez live stream guide carefully.As well as the WBA Super Welterweight belt being up for grabs, tonight’s showdown will also see the winner get to face WBA “gold” champion Michel Soro.
Originally from Guantanamo, Cuba and now living and training in Houston, Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara comes into tonight’s fight off the back of a frustrating draw against then-WBA ‘regular’ titleholder Brian Castano back in March.That fight came after a split-decision defeat for the southpaw against Jarrett Hurd in a clash for the WBA, IBF and IBO junior middleweight belts in April last year.His opponent tonight is Mexico-based 33-year-old Ramon Alvarez who has a mediocre record of 28-7-3 going into tonights fight, and is some way short of the calibre of his brother Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Having only won five of his last nine fights, any sort of result here against Lara will be regarded as a shock.Among the night’s undercard action is middleweight Kyrone “Shut It Down” Davis (13-2, 5  taking on Alexis Gaytán while unbeaten Cuban prospect Joahnys Argilagos takes on  Julio García in a super flyweight battle.To catch everything online, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out how to stream Lara vs Alvarez live anywhere in the world.
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