Asus to launch the Zenfone 6 as ‘6z’ in India on June 19

Asus to launch the Zenfone 6 as ‘6z’ in India on June 19

Asus India has been teasing the launch of their much-awaited affordable flagship ZenFone 6 in the country from quite a while but the recent controversy around the name ‘Zen’ has been causing legal restrain on its arrival.While Asus and its e-commerce partner Flipkart have been prepping to create a hype for the new device, the Delhi High Court restrained the company from selling and advertising their mobile products under the Zen, Zenfone or any other similar branding. To stop further delay in the launch, the company has found a new workaround that doesn’t abide the order – launching the Zenfone 6 with a new name called Asus 6z. As planned, the launch will take place on June 19 but the phone will be called Asus 6z. Flipkart and Asus, both have officially revealed the new name and the launch date of the phone, but there are no details about the availability and price of the same. Since the issue was only raised on the name, it’s very likely that we won’t get to see any change in the specifications and design of the phone. The phone has a 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and is powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.The Asus 6z will also have a motorised rotating camera module with a 48MP primary shooter with f/1.79 aperture accompanied by a 13MP secondary ultra-wide-angle camera. The phone is expected to be priced around the same as the OnePlus 7 as it’s the only direct competitor that it has in the market right now. 
Delhi High Court prohibits Asus from selling phones under ZenFone brand from July 23 in India

George R.R. Martin’s next project is a FromSoftware game, report confirms

George R.R. Martin’s next project is a FromSoftware game, report confirms

The rumors of a team-up between George R.R. Martin and FromSoftware have been in the air for a little while, and now a massive leak on Bandai Namco’s website just before E3 2019 has shown off details of the upcoming project called Elden Ring, as spotted by Gematsu.The details mention that the game will come for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, which suggests a launch timeline in the near term before the arrival of a new generation of consoles. It will be a fantasy action-RPG set in a world from Dark Souls’ creator  Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin, the author behind the series A song of Ice and Fire and the Game of Thrones television series that spawned from it.Beyond these details, there’s little else revealed, but the game description mentions that “danger and discover lurk around every corner in FromSoftware’s largest game to-date.”
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The previous rumors had suggested the game we now know to be named Elden Ring will be officially announced Sunday at Microsoft’s E3 2019 presentation. So, we may find out more Sunday at 1 pm PST, 4 pm EST and 9 pm BST.The team up between FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin likely makes a lot of sense to fans of the Dark Souls and A Song of Ice and Fire series. Both have a level of unforgiving brutality to them, and that’s what makes them so compelling to many.In FromSoftware’s games, you are faced with sure death frequently. And in George R.R. Martin’s stories, no character is safe, even the most beloved. While the Dark Souls series, Bloodbourne, and the newer Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice games have taken place in bleak worlds, the collaboration with George R.R. Martin could spell a more vibrant, colorful world. And, given that it will be FromSoftware’s largest game yet, it’s likely to be a substantial open world Stay tuned to all our reporting on E3 2019 to find out all the latest on Elden Ring and other major titles.Via Kotaku
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OnePlus 7 Pro starts receiving OxygenOS 9.5.7 update with a ton of camera improvements

OnePlus 7 Pro starts receiving OxygenOS 9.5.7 update with a ton of camera improvements

Launched just weeks back, OnePlus 7 Pro is now receiving a major update which improves the camera performance of the phone by a lot. The OxygenOS 9.5.7 update is rolling out to users in batches and should hit your phones soon.At the time of launch, OnePlus had promised to release a camera update that was also provided to DxOMark for their lab tests. Subsequently, OnePlus 7 Pro was awarded a score of 111 which puts it just below Huawei’s P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10, while it ties with the Honor 20 Pro. However, as we noted in our review of the OnePlus 7 Pro, the cameras definitely increase its versatility but aren’t groundbreaking.The new 9.5.7 build brings several improvements to the camera performance including fixes to contrast, colours, white balance, autofocus, saturation, noise and Nightscape mode. In addition, the update also optimizes gestures, fixes ambient display issues, brings improved audio quality and touch sensitivity.Some users were also reporting about issues with the display such as phantom touchscreen taps and unresponsive areas on the screen. This update fixes those issues as well. Here’s the full changelog of the update.
Read more: OnePlus 7 Pro review | OnePlus 7 reviewOxygenOS 9.5.7 update changelog
Camera- Improved overall contrast and color performance
– Improved white balance consistency of triple camera
– Improved accuracy and stability of auto focusing
– Fixed issue of greenish tone in some low light scenes
– Fixed issue of noise in some HDR scenes
– Improved contrast and color saturation of ultra wide
– Improved clarity and noise reduction in low light scene of ultra wide
– Improved clarity and noise reduction of telephoto
– Improved clarity and color of Nightscape
– Improved brightness and clarity in extreme low light scene of NightscapeSystem- Optimized Double Tap to Wake
– Fixed issues with Ambient Display
– Improved the audio quality for voice calls from third-party apps
– Improved touch sensitivity for screenAlso Read: Delhi High Court prohibits Asus from selling phones under ZenFone brand from July 23 in India

The best PS4 Pro prices, bundles and sales in Australia (June 2019)

The best PS4 Pro prices, bundles and sales in Australia (June 2019)

Sony beat Microsoft to the punch with its new 4K gaming system, the PS4 Pro, and you should definitely grab one.Here you’ll find the best prices around on the PlayStation 4 Pro console and any bundle deals available so you can score Sony’s excellent 4K system and jump right into the amazing array of PS4 games available at the moment.We’ve got a dedicated page if you’re looking for some excellent prices on the PlayStation VR and PlayStation Camera.
Keep this page bookmarked and we’ll update it with bundles as they arrive, or scroll further down if you’ve got any burning questions about the new 4K PS4 Pro. To compare PlayStation 4 Pro prices in real time, check out our pick below, or visit our sister site Getprice.
The best PlayStation 4 Pro bundles
While Playstation 4 Pro bundles are constantly shifting from store to store, we’ve listed and ranked the best current options from the major retailers below so you don’t have to do the sniffing and scratching yourself. Remember that the value of a bundle will ultimately come down to whether or not you were going to purchase the included game (or games) anyway and while some bundles are obviously better priced than others, you should check to see if that saving is worthwhile.

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What is the PS4 Pro?
Although the PS4 Pro isn’t a ‘next-gen’ console necessarily, it is an upgrade of the PS4 and features the coveted 4K and HDR options that we’re hearing so much about. The new machine will allow game developers to include 4K options in their games, so expect the like of Uncharted 4, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Days Gone, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more to look even better on a 4K TV.HDR, or High Dynamic Range is the other buzzword to be excited about as the PS4 Pro will allow for extra detail to be seen on a range of games and also a wider range of colours not usually displayed by traditional HD TVs.
Will my old PS4 games work on PS4 Pro?
Yes. While not every game will be patched to take advantage of the new 4K/HDR capabilities, all of your old games will still work. Not only that, but the default upscaling (if you have a 4K TV) will likely see some improvements to the visuals and the boosted console power may give a slight nudge to the frame rates for some smoother play.
What else can I watch in 4K/HDR on PS4 Pro?
With services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video adopting 4K and HDR, with an ever-growing library entering the services, the PS4 Pro will be excellent as a streaming and media hub for your home theatre. There’s also a lot of free 4K content on the YouTube app, and Stan has plenty of 4K although no HDR-compatible content yet.
Does the PS4 Pro support 4K Blu-rays?
No. The Xbox One S does support them though, so this was a bit of a surprise from Sony. So if you’re specifically after a 4K Blu-ray player then head over to the competition, but as many viewers are crossing over to streaming services for their digital viewing, this may prove a wise move from Sony in the long run.
Do I need a 4K TV to run a PS4 Pro?
You don’t NEED a 4K TV, no. The PS4 Pro will still run as per normal on a regular 1080p TV, although you won’t get the benefits of upscaling or HDR though. There’s a chance you may see a frame-rate boost or a slim amount of extra detail, but we wouldn’t expect a massive leap.If your mind is on a 4K TV, then you should probably go with a Pro rather than a Slim as it’ll future proof you for a while and, realistically, the price jump is worth the longevity. Be sure to look out for a TV that supports HDR too, in order to take full advantage of the PS4 Pro’s capabilities.
Will PlayStation VR be better on the PS4 Pro?
Maybe. Early reports seem to suggest it will as the PlayStation VR frame-rate is better on PS4 Pro and the resolution gets a bit of a bump too. You don’t need a PS4 Pro to use PlayStation VR but this increase in specs may contribute a little to the immersion.
Does the PS4 Pro have optical audio support?
Yes! Although the optical audio output has been removed from the PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro owners  will still be able to use optical connections for their soundbars and sound systems.
What are the best games on PS4 Pro?
After scrounging through our back catalogue of PS4 games that have received a Pro update patch, we’ve come up with a feature packed with the games that look the best and have a noticeable difference. Take a look at our extensive list – The best PS4 Pro games.

Dual OLED screens and 5G, oh my! LG’s V50 ThinQ lands in Australia next week

Dual OLED screens and 5G, oh my! LG’s V50 ThinQ lands in Australia next week

Revealed at MWC 2019 back in February, LG’s most advanced flagship phone to date, the LG V50 ThinQ, will be available to purchase in Australia from Tuesday June 11, 2019.Boasting the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset (7nm) and an X50 5G modem, the V50 ThinQ also sports an Adreno 640 GPU, 128GB of onboard storage (a microSD slot allows for up to 2TB  of additional space), IP68 water and dust resistance and a 6.4-inch QHD+ (1,440 x 3,120) OLED display.Audio purists will also be pleased to hear that the V50 ThinQ once again supports 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC and DTS:X 3D surround sound, and the increasingly rare 3.5mm headphone jack is also back.In terms of its photographic capabilities, the LG V50 ThinQ features a triple-lens (16MP super wide + 12MP standard + 12MP telephoto) setup on its rear, and a dual-lens (8MP standard + 5MP wide) front-facing camera for selfies and group-shots.
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Along with being LG’s first 5G handset (we witnessed a speed test that saw the device reach download speeds of 1.258Gbps and upload speeds of 70.4Mbps), the V50 ThinQ’s biggest selling point comes in the form of a snap-on folio case that sports an additional 6.2-inch FHD+ (2,160 x 1,080) OLED screen, allowing for powerful dual-screen multitasking. The secondary display communicates with the V50 via three small contact pads on the phone’s rear, which align with three pins within the case.We got our hands on the device at its Australian launch in Sydney and were suitably impressed with how simple it was to launch independent apps on each display and switch between the two screens.In order to test this functionality, we used the top display to watch movie trailers on YouTube while browsing the Google Play Store, checking tweets and sending messages to friends from the bottom display.We were also able to expand the device’s keyboard to full-screen, making the V50 ThinQ resemble an adorably-tiny laptop. It’s worth noting that this functionality is only available with LG’s built-in keyboard, and won’t work with Google’s Gboard or other third-party keyboard apps.
Later, we launched LG’s new virtual gamepad on the bottom display and used it to be play Sonic the Hedgehog and Lineage II: Revolution without our hands getting in the way of the action.In our experience, controlling the LGs V50 ThinQ across two screens quickly became second nature. That said, the phone felt quite hefty and thick with the second screen attached. Thankfully, detaching the second screen is as simple as taking a phone out of its protective case.LG’s V50 ThinQ will be available from Telstra at the outright price of $1,728 – quite reasonable for a flagship 5G phone that boasts top-of-the-line specs and a second OLED display in the box. Of course, Telstra will also be offering the device on 24-month plans starting at $114 per month for 3GB of data – which, just for what it’s worth, you could burn through in less than 3 seconds on a 5G connection – and ranging all the way up to $199 per month for unlimited data.
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Joshua vs Ruiz Jr live stream: how to watch tonight’s big fight from anywhere

Joshua vs Ruiz Jr live stream: how to watch tonight’s big fight from anywhere

Fight night has arrived, and the unified heavyweight champion of the world is at Madison Square Garden. The UK’s Anthony Joshua is putting his belts on the line against Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr in New York City tonight. And you’re in the right place to see all the boxing with a Joshua vs Ruiz Jr live stream – no matter where in the world you are.
The undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Anthony Joshua, will be stepping into the ring for the first time since September last year. They say that it’s the boxing fight Anthony Joshua can’t win either way. Beating Andy Ruiz Jr too early, and it looks like a no-contest. Go all the way and AJ looks weak. Lose and…well, that’s just unthinkable. But this is in no way an insignificant fight, with Joshua making his US debut – and at Madison Square Garden, no less. His IBF, WBA Super, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles are on the line 
He was due to fight Jarrell Miller but that fight fell through after Miller failed the drugs tests. That’s how Ruiz Jr now has the chance to step up in class to take on the champion. But it’s thought this fight will be in the hands of the champ as a setup to a fight between him and Deontay Wilder. He’ll have to take care of business at Madison Square Garden on Saturday first, though.Joshua has so far had 22 fights which he won every one of with 21 KOs. But Ruiz has had 33 fights, won 32 and also got 21 KOs. So, on paper, Ruiz Jr could be a real threat. You won’t want to miss it – read on to see how to get that Joshua vs Ruiz Jr live stream.
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How to watch the Joshua vs Ruiz Jr fight from outside your country
If you want to watch the boxing outside of your country you may find that the content is geo-restricted. That could mean that, despite having access when on home turf, you are blocked while away. Fret not, that can be rectified with the use of a clever piece of software called a VPN – better that than hunting for some dodgy, illegal stream on Reddit.

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iOS 13: release date, beta, features and leaks

iOS 13: release date, beta, features and leaks

Come Monday, iOS 13 beta is going to introduce changes to your iPhone and iPad, and according to Apple leaks we’ve seen today, it’s going to be a very big update.iOS 13 Dark Mode is going to be the highlight everyone talks about simply because it’s long overdue. A fresh home screen redesign and new wallpaper are two others. That’s only the beginning of what we think Apple has planned.The expected iOS 13 features list may give iPad such broad new power it’ll actually feel like a computer, like Apple’s marketing team always claims. Things like stackable app windows, mouse support and becoming a Mac’s second screen are all rumored.We have a live rundown of all of the iOS 13 changes we anticipate below. We are also here to answer questions like When does iOS 13 come out? Will it be at WWDC 2019? We’ll be constantly updating this page to report on the facts as they get announced.Yes, we also expect Apple to launch iOS 12.4 Monday with the Apple Card, but iOS 13 news will overshadow everything else, except maybe a possible Mac Pro 2019 tease.Here’s every potential iOS 13 feature and change ahead of the beta. There should be enough here to help stem Apple’s sluggish iPhone sales and the expect iPhone 11 sameness in 2019.
Apple CEO Tim Cook at the latest iPad Pro event in November (Photo credit: Matt Swider / TechRadar)The iOS 13 release date begins with the beta
Monday, June 3: First look and developer beta 1 at WWDC 2019 keynoteAround June 25: iOS 13 public beta may launch for adventurous testersEarly September 2019: iOS 13 Golden Master (final dev beta) likely to launch Mid-September 2019: iOS 13 likely to launch with new 2019 iPhonesWe have mapped out an iOS 13 beta timeline, from beta 1 to the final version of the software, and it all begins with a first look at the update on Monday June 3. We had this date pinned down months ago, long before we got our WWDC invite.We went as far as to make a graphic for the iOS 13 release schedule:
Image credit: TechRadar1. iOS 13 developer beta: The first iOS 13 beta will likely arrive at the WWDC keynote, but it’s going to be restricted to paid Apple developers. You should probably wait for the public beta, which is always more stable.2. iOS 13 public beta: This is Apple’s way of testing features on a larger scale, and that may happen toward the end of June – last year the iOS public beta release date was June 25. It’s typically 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: This will be the final version of the iOS 13 software one week early, meant for developers and public beta testers. At this point it’s very stable and gives app makers seven days to adapt to the final software.4. The official iOS 13 release date: We’ll get the new iOS 13 software in its final, stable form about one week after the next iPhone launch event, what we’re calling iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Max and iPhone 11 XR at the moment. The date? Probably mid-September (last year it was September 17).
iOS 13 compatibility list
iOS 13 may shed support the oldest still-supported devices: iPhone 5S, iPad Air and iPad mini 2Compatibility would then go as far back as iPhone 6, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPad Air 2The A8 chipset, in the newly launched iPad Touch 7th gen, might be the base line for most devices (iPad mini 3 excluded)One rumor says iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPad Air 2, and even the iPhone SE will be axed from the iOS 13 compatibility list, but we think that’s a stretchApple just gave us a very strong hint of which devices with be iOS 13 compatible and which will not when it launched a new iPod Touch 7th generation earlier this week.The working theory has been that the iOS 13 compatibility list will shed the iPhone 5S, iPad Air and iPad mini 2, the oldest devices that are compatible with the last iOS update. If true, iOS 13 would still work with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2. 
Which devices will iOS 13 be compatible with? (Image credit: Apple)All of these devices have an A8 chipset (A8X for the iPad Air 2) so the base line would be an A8 chipset or newer to upgrade to iOS 13. This happens to be the chip in the HomePod and Apple TV 4th generation, so it brings everything into line very neatly. Okay, there’s one outlier we hope stays up-to-date: the iPad mini 3, which has an older A7 chipset (the iPad mini 2 was updated with iOS 12, after all). Of course, it’s in Apple’s best interest that you upgrade your hardware, like the iPad mini 4. Hangers-ons don’t help the company’s bottom line, so nothing is truly safe.Don’t expect Apple to go too far with the iOS 13 compatibility list cuts. There’s a rumor that iOS 13 will also axe support for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPad Air 2, and even the iPhone SE. The benefit? Cutting the SE would leave Apple and third-party app developers with fewer screen sizes to deal with when programming for iOS.One thing’s for sure: whatever happens, don’t expect Apple to make an official announcement at WWDC 2019 if the iPhone 5S isn’t compatible with iOS 13. The iOS 13 compatible phones will just show up on a slide, or they won’t. Also, remember that not every iOS 13 feature will come to all devices on that list. Some new ideas may require the TrueDepth camera, a rear dual-lens system, or 3D Touch.
Almost a sure thing: iOS 13 Dark Mode confirmed
Overdue Dark Mode has been tipped multiple times for iOS 13We saw macOS get a system-wide Dark Mode in 2018Shortcut to black-and-dark-gray UI to live in Control CenteriOS 13 is where we’re going to see Dark Mode, according to multiple leaks about the forthcoming iPhone and iPad software update. It’s finally going to launch this time.
Image credit: 9to5macThe reason we think iOS 13 Dark Mode is a sure thing for 2019 is thanks to this very real-looking screenshot (above) that shows three menus suited up in a dark theme.It’ll turn white-and-light-gray interfaces to a black-and-dark-gray UI, which should be a nice thing to see at nighttime. With Night Sight, TrueTone and now Dark Mode on a growing number of devices, Apple is being very kind to our eyes.Best of all, this iOS 13 feature should also help your phone if it has an OLED display. The iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max has OLED screens that (essentially) turn off the pixels when display true black, thus consuming less power.
New wallpaper for iOS 13
Monday’s keynote is expected to pave the way for fresh iOS 13 wallpaper, as we’ve seen from past iOS updates every year at WWDC. 2019 should be no different.
Watch this space for new iOS 13 wallpaper (Image credit: TechRadar)Even though haven’t been any credible leaks regarding this year’s official wallpaper, Apple could use it as a chance to better exhibit iOS 13 Dark Mode. We’ll throw the first images up here when we do see it on stage. Watch this space.
iOS 13 home screen redesign
The tiled home screen design hasn’t changed since 2007This redesign was supposedly pushed back from iOS 12Could include glanceable information like the 5-day forecastiOS 13 may bring the first-ever major changes to the iOS home screen, and it’s long overdue. We’ve had this app tile layout since the first iPhone launched in 2007. It works, sure, but it’s become increasingly stale in 2019.We envision this supposedly iPad-specific change to take parts of the Today screen (the leftmost widget-like screen) and tie them into the home screen.
This grid is boring. Bring on glanceable information with iOS 13 (Image credit: TechRadar)Being able to peek at snippets of information – the 5-day weather forecast, your next calendar appointment, and the latest Apple News headlines – would be a welcome addition to the unchanged iOS app grid. When talking up Apple Watch face complications, the team behind it used the words ‘glanceable information’ a lot. That would be a natural fit for the iOS 13 home screen. We’re just a bit disappointed that the rumors so far don’t extent to the iPhone.
iOS 13 iPad mouse support… kind of
Big iPad changes: iOS 9, iOS 11… iOS 13 is next?iOS 12 iPad Mouse support is the most popular rumor Mouse support is already an accessibility feature, but we have doubts about is going further than that at this timeWhen we talk about Apple rumors, we often talk about patterns, and here’s one concerning iOS 13 iPad features: every two years we get meaningful iPad software changes: iOS 11 nearly two years ago, and iOS 9 two years before that.iOS 13 mouse support for the iPad is the first thing everyone wants to know about, and it seems entirely possible it could come to the update but as an accessibility feature, according to Steve Troughton-Smith.

You can see in this video (above) that iOS actually already supports a mouse via USB-C and other joysticks.Will mouse support become a full-blown feature when iOS 13 lands? That remains to be seen (and we have some serious doubts, sorry), but if Apple wants to position the iPad as a true productivity replacement for laptop owners, this is almost certainly a requirement… eventually.
iOS 13 external hard drive support
The iPad Pro may get wider USB-C external storage compatibilityImporting photos from drives and SD cards to bypass Photos appThe iPad may get external help in two ways when iOS 13 launches. First, iOS 13 could soon give you more access to external hard drives and DSLRs you plug into to the iPad Pro USB-C port. Right now, every photo and video requires importing through the Camera Roll instead of directly to something like Lightroom, says 9to5mac.
iOS 13 will reportedly let you skip the Photos camera roll and import straight to apps like Lightroom when using an external hard drive plugged into the iPad Pro USB-C port (Image credit: Apple)We’d like to see external storage support go even further, allowing us to transfer all sorts of files between a hard drive and iPad. It’d allow the iPad Pro to become more productivity-friendly device, as would the long-rumored multi-user support. iPads, after all, are often shared among family members.
iPad as a external Mac monitor
Luna Display and Duet have enables iPads to be a Mac’s second displayBut Apple could make performance buttery smooth with iOS 13Second, iPads running iOS 13 could acts as a second monitor for Macs. It sounds sort of like the idea behind third-party apps Luna Display and Duet, but baked into Apple’s software and lag-free.
Could iOS 13 enable an iPad Pro to act as a second screen for a MacBook, like third-party developer Luna Display does? That’s the current credible rumor (Image credit: Luna display)Apple may see a boost in iPad sales for people who feel like the iPad is sometimes a useful tool, but are so productivity focused that they really need a MacBook. An iPad with iOS 13 may be a great standalone device for their light usage and acts a companion to a MacBook for when a second screen is needed.
Native iOS 13 swipe keyboard
Type words by gliding your fingers across the keyboards in iOS 13SwiftKey and Gboard do this, but do iOS users know about them?Apple’s default gesture keyboard could be a lot more popularApple may be making a native swipe keyboard for iOS 13, one that sounds similar to the popular SwiftKey app on iPhones (seen below five iOS generations ago).
iOS 13 a native swipe keyboard, like this SwiftKey exampleThis would mean sliding your finger across a keyboard to spell out words could be done without lifting a finger. With larger screens, this has become a big perk.iOS keyboard extensions like Google’s Gboard and Fleksy already offering this glide typing option, but a lot more people may discover and use the functionality if it were built into the default keyboard.
New undo gesture in iOS 13 
iOS 13 won’t force you to shake your iPhone to undo your last actionKeyboard swiping gesture, three fingers left (undo) or right (redo)Violently shaking your iPhone or iPad to undo a mistake like it’s an Etch A Sketch may become a thing of the past, as Apple is tipped to add a new undo gesture. It’s a three-finger tap on the keyboard that requires you to then slide to the left or the right, according to 9to5mac – the left to undo and the right to redo an action. We’re hoping that skate-to-undo doesn’t fully go away, as it’s sometimes destressing to take making a mistake out on our iPhone.
iOS 13 to fix intrusive volume controls
The age-old volume HUD to finally get smaller and out of the wayThis is going to be the smallest, but maybe most valued iOS 13 change, only because we’ve dealt with it for years: the volume HUD is going to be less obtrusive.
iOS 13 could do what Google did with Android Pie last year, by shifting the volume controls to the side or perhaps in the notch ‘ear’.Even Apple know that the volume controls are annoying when they block the screen for a few seconds every time you want to adjust the volume using the side buttons. We could see it living up the top corner of the phone (the left notch ‘ear’) where it sometimes appears when playing multimedia.
iOS 13, codename “Yukon” – and beyond
iOS 13 (codenamed “Yukon”) will follow iOS 12’s footsteps in increasing speed for older devices and ironing out bugs, as per Bloomberg. The interface will get tweaked with new animations when multitasking or closing apps.Potentially more exciting: the same report claims Apple is already at work on iOS 14 (codenamed “Azul”), which sources predict will support 5G network speeds and new AR functionality. We don’t expect iPhone 11, which is expected to launch with iOS 13 in its final form, to have 5G capability.
Four new Animoji and many more emoji
4 Animoji: Apple to roll out cow, mouse, octopus and emoji face230 new emoji and changes: disabilities, yawning and waffles A handful of new Animoji could be added as part of iOS 13, with a rumor suggesting that a cow, mouse, octopus and emoji face are all being added.

There are currently 24 Animoji is Apple’s iOS 12.2 roster, so the iOS 13 update would bring the total number to 28 in addition to customizable Memoji avatars.We’ve also reported on 230 new and changed emojis that could come to iOS 13, with disabilities getting the spotlight, along with a yawning emoji and waffles.
Siri improvements
According to one source, Siri could be upgraded for iOS 13, making it better able to understand you than it is currently.The claims are a bit vague, but Siri improvements of some kind are always likely.
More iOS 13 features (changes we’d like to see)
Those are of the iOS 13 rumors with leaks attached to them. However, we foresee Apple considering additional feature changes for its software update. Maybe not all of them will come today, but we’re putting them out there anyway.And, a lot of the iOS 13 features leaked above are actually ones that have appeared on this very list over the years. Let’s get started.
iPad desktop mode
We’d love to see a ‘Desktop Mode’ to improve our workflow, with a menu and taskbar across the top and bottom. Going along with this is our wish to see Bluetooth mouse and cursor support with iOS 13.The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 added desktop mode and mouse features in 2018, but with terrible touchscreen execution. Apple could do what it does best: refine an existing Android idea until ‘it just works.’
Camera app revamp
Apple’s camera app is very basic and sorely in need of redesignExpect it to still be streamlined and easy to use for average usersWe’d at least like to change resolutions without diving into SettingsApple’s camera app is extremely basic. It’s been a blessing and a curse. It’s easy for less tech-savvy iPhone owners to use, but more advanced users are missing out on features that would let them fine-tine their photos and videos.

A revamp to the camera app was also among last year’s leaks, and that’s the change that piqued our interest the most. The Samsung Galaxy S9 has the ability to snap a photo with gestures, while the LG V40’s video tools allow you to fluidly zoom into anywhere on the screen, not just the dead center. The Google Pixel 3 has added a Night Sight mode that aims to end the need for a frequently-photo-ruining flash.Expect Apple to keep the camera app streamlined, but sprinkle in more advanced tools. And if all we get is the ability to change resolutions and frame rates from within the camera app (and not in the settings menu), that’d be good enough.
Health and Activity apps on the iPad
We’d like to see Apple’s Health and Activity apps on the iPadDoctors could review health data with patients on a big screenYour health and fitness data deserves to be seen at 9.7 inches and 12.9 inches, and that’s what we’re hoping for from the iOS 13 update in the coming months.
A Bloomberg report hinted that a revamped Health app is on the way that will more clearly visualize your day-to-day activity. It will also have a new section on ‘hearing health’ that monitors how loud you’re blaring audio into your headphones (assuming it’s coming from your iOS device); there’s also a more refined menstrual cycle tracking feature coming.Both the Apple Health app and Activity app (the one with the rings) present a lot of data to comb over, and seeing bars, graphs, running maps, and various numbers stretched out on the big screen would be ideal. Right now, both apps are limited to the Apple Watch and the iPhone.We think Apple will do this eventually. Doctors could review health data with patients more easily, for example, and senior citizens have complained to us that their iPhone is too small to read all of the health data. We’d also like to see both apps on macOS, but one tracked step at a time. 
SPAM call blocking
Google Pixel phones impressed with a SPAM call blocking feature in 2018Apple did add a way for third-parties to block calls, but it often costs moneyiOS 13 needs better SPAM call blocking. Absolutely needs it in 2019. It’s one of the best features of the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, yet the increasing nuisance of telemarketers persists on the iPhone.Okay, last year’s iOS update did at least add a call blocking and identification option. But users have to invest in an app (that often costs money annually) to get good SPAM call blocking protection. Apps like Hiya cost $2.99/month or $14.99/year for premium service.The good news is that we see a big shift happening. Verizon is making its SPAM and robocall feature free starting in March, and Apple was recently issued a patent for this sort of feature.  
Clipboard manager
Clipboard manager apps do exist, allowing for multi-copy and paste and copy and paste history, but they’re all rather limiting because they’re not built into the UI.Apple could change this in iOS 13, and it’s another way in which productivity on the iPad could be enhanced. Having a full clipboard manager work at the system level would also help prevent copying over what’s in our clipboard currently.
Change WiFi and Bluetooth via Control Central
Connecting to new WiFi networks or Bluetooth devices without exiting the app you’re using is impossible. Sure, Control Center allows you to toggle WiFi and Bluetooth on and off via this drop down menu, but switching between connections requires you to dive into the Settings menu and submenus. That’s rather annoying.

iOS 13 could easily change this, with another frosted overlay menu that lets you pick your connections without kicking you out of your current app. This would be especially handy when traveling and constantly cycling through multiple open WiFi networks. It’d be a shortcut within a Control Center shortcut, and we’d be okay with that.
More iOS 13 news to come
iOS 13 beta launch on Monday so as the Apple WWDC 2019 keynote kicks off we’ll continue to update this page with even more information about which features are confirmed and which don’t make the cut.Just remember, the final version of iOS 13, likely in September with an iPhone 11 launch event, could include additional hardware-specific features, adding to the change list.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could drop headphone jack and all physical buttons

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could drop headphone jack and all physical buttons

Often praised as a steadfast holdout amongst smartphone manufacturers for its refusal to cave to handset trends that negatively impact the end user (i.e. removing the 3.5mm headphone jack), it now seems Samsung is planning to do just that, if a new report from Android Police is to be believed.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could have a quad-lens cameraSamsung Galaxy Note 10 may miss out on the new 64MP camera sensorSamsung Galaxy Note 10 looks set to offer 5GCiting a “source familiar with the company’s plans”, the site is reporting that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 10 may finally (and regrettably) ditch the headphone jack that it’s held onto for so long.Additionally, the report states that Samsung may also drop all physical buttons from the Galaxy Note 10, including volume and power keys, opting instead to use “capacitive or pressure-sensitive areas” which may or may not be “highlighted by some kind of raised ‘bump’ and/or texture along the edge.”
But why?
Along with LG, Samsung is one of the few Android phone manufacturers to reject the headphone jack removal trend that was spearheaded by Apple with 2016’s iPhone 7. Brands such as Huawei, OnePlus, Google and Motorola have all dropped the 3.5mm socket from their current flagship devices. Of course, there are numerous reasons why Samsung might want to remove the headphone jack it’s long fought for: it could provide additional room for an even larger battery in the Note 10, and may also allow for a thinner form factor. That said, the latter reason seems unlikely, given the device will always need a place to hold its signature S Pen, which is far larger than the 3.5mm area taken by the headphone port. While rumors of Samsung ditching the headphone jack and buttons from its phones are hardly rock-solid, it’s not the first time either has cropped up – South Korean technology site ET News reported on Samsung’s supposed desire to remove the 3.5mm port back in October, and we reported on the possible removal of all physical buttons back in March.At present, there’s no word on whether Samsung is planning to do the same with next year’s Samsung Galaxy S11.
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Amazon Alexa’s voice-command history is now much easier to delete

Amazon Alexa’s voice-command history is now much easier to delete

Following recent privacy concerns suggesting that Amazon employees may be listening to your recorded Alexa conversations, the online retail giant has announced new voice commands that will give users more control over their recordings. 
New Amazon patent could mean Alexa really is always listeningAmazon Alexa now compatible with over 60,000 smart home devicesAlexa Announcements can now work with any Alexa-enabled deviceIn its newly launched ‘Alexa Privacy Hub’, Amazon states that users may now scrap their recorded voice history daily by saying “Alexa, delete everything I said today”. A second command, “Alexa, delete what I just said”, will roll out within the next month.Of course, there are some necessary steps that must be taken before the commands will actually work: users must first access their Alexa Privacy Settings, click on ‘Review Voice History’ and flip the ‘Enable deletion by voice’ toggle to ‘on’.
Image credit: TechRadarThere is one small catch though, as enabling the feature will allow “anyone with access to your Alexa devices” to delete your voice recordings, which doesn’t sound like a big deal to us.Alexa device owners may also use the same page to access a drop down menu that allows them to delete voice data from specific dates or even their entire voice recording history – a much easier alternative to the previous method of deleting voice recordings one-by-one via the Alexa app. While it’s nice to see Amazon be more transparent about its practices and give customers more control over their data, we have to wonder whether it will be enough to assuage users’ privacy concerns in the long run.
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5G phones are expensive, but MediaTek wants to change that

5G phones are expensive, but MediaTek wants to change that

While we’ve seen the 1Gbps download speeds that we were promised with 5G, it’s only been in expensive flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, adding price to the list of obstacles standing between the average user and the super-fast mobile networks of the future.But that won’t always be the case. Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek’s processors have been at the core of affordable handsets since the dawn of smartphones, and the company has aimed them at a mid-range price point they refer to as the ‘new premium.’ The company’s just introduced its first 5G-capable chip, which is high-performing enough to be considered for flagship-competing devices.The phone manufacturers which pick MediaTek’s chips decide for themselves how affordable their devices are, but given how much the company prioritizes value, we wouldn’t be surprised if handsets with this 5G chip are cheaper than the currently announced 5G phones headed to markets. While the limited-availability Moto Z3 with 5G Moto Mod costs around $699 (£552, AU$1,009), other phones capable of tapping into 5G are expected to follow the Samsung S10 5G’s price point of $1,229 (£1,026, AU$1,876). And even if MediaTek’s first 5G chip doesn’t end up in more affordable phones, the ones that follow may lower the price barrier to entry for 5G networks.“Ultimately, the OEMs make the decision about what features, memory, displays and cameras they put on a device and price it appropriately. We think this particular product is probably positioned more at the high end, but MediaTek’s focus on the longer term will come back to focus on the ‘new premium’ tier in the 5G generation as well,” said Finbarr Moynihan, general manager of international sales at MediaTek. This is the first we’re hearing from any chipmaker about when 5G’s cost will come down to Earth.MediaTek’s chips don’t often make it into phones that reach the US – not yet, anyway, though they’re in plenty of other products like Amazon Echo speakers. But being at the forefront of 5G (and affordable 5G at that) could entice phonemakers that have previously picked Qualcomm’s chips. In other regions where MediaTek’s processors already end up in handsets, this new 5G chip could lead the charge in the first year – and set an example for US OEMs and carrier networks to notice.To be clear, MediaTek’s 5G chip isn’t necessarily the most powerful on the market, as the company made a few compromises to lower costs, betting large on some parts of 5G while ignoring others. All in all, here’s how you make a 5G chip cheaper – and how that affordability could potentially transition to 5G as a whole.
 How to lower the cost of 5G 
Perhaps the most striking choice MediaTek made is more strategic than technical. Broadly speaking, there are two categories of 5G mobile companies are considering: millimeter wave (abbreviated mmWave), typically considered 24 to 90 Ghz, and sub-6, frequencies at or below 6 Ghz – which includes the 2 Ghz to 8 Ghz ranges where 4G usually operates. MediaTek’s first 5G chip will work only on sub-6, saving costs and design space by leaving off mmWave-connecting tech.MediaTek is making a bet that sub-6 will catch on in markets that favor OEMs that use its chips, and given that carriers already occupy those 2 to 8 Ghz spaces, it’s not a stretch to imagine. Plus, those frequencies extend farther, allowing less robust networks to cover more area. Sub-6 may not reach the high speeds of mmWave networks, which we’ve already seen demonstrated in Verizon’s very limited 5G setup in Chicago, but their geographical coverage is superior.To get more technical, MediaTek shrunk this chip to 7nm, which has a host of advantages: less silicon to traverse means faster speeds and lower energy drain, which means less heat is generated – which is helpful for devices held in hands or pressed against faces, Moynihan noted in a briefing on the new chip.Another way to reduce chip footprint and increase efficiency: move to single-chip solutions. Their new Helio M70 5G modem is built into the chip, unlike, say, the Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon X50/X55 combo that powers the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.“We’ve moved very aggressively into single-chip integration. A lot of solutions out there for 5G are hybrid fusion two-chip solutions. Those have size, cost, and power challenges that people have to deal with,” Moynihan said.
 The 5G roadmap from MediaTek’s perspective 
While Moynihan didn’t identify which companies would be putting out the first phones packing MediaTek’s 5G chip, he did note they would be coming in the first quarter of 2020, and it would be fair to assume that the first products would launch in China. We will see it coming to other regions next year after that, he added.Even if a MediaTek 5G device were definitively headed to the US, though, there may not be a sub-6 network ready by next year: currently, only T-Mobile and Sprint (after their still-uncertain merger) are making noise about providing sub-6 capability on their networks. Which runs counter to how Moynihan expects the rest of the world to build their 5G setups.“We think the sub-6 flavor of 5G will become the high-volume, worldwide, mainstream 5G technology,” Moynihan said. “We are developing millimeter wave technology, but there’s clearly a step function both in terms of devices and infrastructure around how you build a 5G millimeter wave network, and devices that support that with specialized radio capabilities. That’s going to probably keep millimeter wave at those super high-end prices for awhile, and it will be some time before it trickles down.”Price will likely keep 5G out of reach for consumers who can’t afford the top-tier devices currently slated to support it. But even for those who can, there admittedly isn’t much reason to seek out the advanced networks – aside from downloading media very fast. Companies are hunting for great use cases that prove we need 5G.“I think everybody is trying to figure out if there’s a killer app that will drive 5G. I don’t think we’ve identified that as an industry just yet!” Moynihan said. Which isn’t to downplay the value of speedy downloads, which he feels will be useful for “a whole host of applications – even ones we haven’t discovered yet. And it will make even mundane-yet-desperate situations a thing of the past, like the liminal moments before losing signal when you could benefit from hyper-fast downloads. Think about standing in line to get on a flight and suddenly remembering about a TV show season you wanted to download.Upload performance will be improved, too. You don’t have to look far to see the YouTube and influencer crowd who will benefit from quickly-uploaded video. Streaming gaming, too, will benefit from 5G, thanks to those swift download/upload speeds.Before that happens, 4G LTE networks will have to reach parity. In certain geographies and certain regions, Moynihan said, the 4G LTE networks have not been built out to the extent of US carriers – in Asia and China in particular. But if those 5G networks are built out swiftly, which China seems willing to do, the US might be playing catch-up. The one to watch in the US is the T-Mobile-Sprint network (should the merger go through), which would put their combined networks in a nice sub-6 position.