Moto G features

Moto G features

You don’t have to pick and choose these Moto G features – you get them all

Smartphones are capable of some spectacular things these days. They’ve replaced cameras, planners and, in some cases, personal computers.

These little machines can tackle a lot. So much, in fact, you probably don’t even know the power of the device in your pocket. This is especially true if you have a Moto G smartphone from Motorola.

Moto G features

These phones are not only incredibly sleek and attractive, they’re also the Swiss Army knife of mobile technology.

The two models – Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus – each have their own benefits, but they’re equally impressive.

And you’ll never have to pick and choose which features you want with these smartphones. All the things you’d want your phone to do, these ones are capable of.

Here are just a few of the essential features that come with the fifth generation of this amazing phone, ensuring that you’ll never have to compromise on these necessities again.

1. A need for speed
There’s almost no limit to what you can get done using these phones. With powerful processors, 4G LTE speed and four gigs of RAM, you can do everything from streaming the newest Bollywood movie or the big cricket match, to looking up info for that big presentation you have to give.

2. Battery life and charging
No one ever wants to be without their phone. That’s why Moto G phones make sure you have enough juice in your device to get you through even the toughest days.

Both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus have all-day battery life, so you can rely on them to stick with you through it all.

But when you do need a charge, you won’t need it for long. The Moto G5 has Rapid Charging, and the Moto G5 Plus is capable of a 15-minute Turbo Charge, which will give you six hours of battery life.

3. Impressive photography
Rapid focus capabilities exist on both of these models, so you can kiss blurry photos goodbye. The 12 megapixel camera on the Moto G5 Plus has Dual Autofocus Pixels. This makes the camera so quick, the autofocus happens in the blink of an eye. It’s the first phone in its class to have this capability.

Additionally, the five megapixel front camera on the Moto G5 phone is ideal for taking group selfies.

You won’t have to worry about storing these photos, either. Motorola and Google are running a promotion in which users will get two years of storage, without having to decrease the quality of your photos.

4. Ease of access
Controlling your phone is literally as easy as waving your hand.

There are a variety of hand gestures and motions that allow you to navigate your lock screen and activate other features. For example, you need only flip your phone over to set your phone to “Do Not Disturb” mode.

You can also unlock your device with the built-in fingerprint reader, which stores up to five of your fingerprints.

In the Moto G5, with a Single Sign-On capability, you’ll only need one login to access all of your Amazon apps.

5. Entertainment at your fingertips
The Moto G5 is an Amazon Alpha device – the first in India, in fact.

These phones come with a suite of pre-installed apps, like Prime video and the Kindle app. This means that you can take your favorite entertainment with you anywhere. And because of that three gigabytes of RAM, you know your show won’t be interrupted because of a slow machine.

There is also a “Deals” widget for those who consider shopping their favorite form of entertainment. This widget shows you the best deals available on Amazon.

Whether you’re using it for work or play, these Moto G phones can help you tackle anything that comes your way.

Source: http://mashable.com/2017/03/31/moto-g-features/#evbDFRQrvPq5

Stick with iPhone 7, here’s why

stick with iPhone 7

I have been using the iPhone 7 for the last 6 months and I have used it without a case. And it has been brutalised by my extreme usage. And yet, besides a few dings here and there, one would find it very hard to imagine the type of abuse this phone has gone through. A couple of my friends who also use the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus as their daily driver will also attest to this.

stick with iPhone 7

For the record Apple uses series 7000 aluminium to chisel out the frame of the iPhone. Apple shifted to this high grade aluminium in 2015 when it launched the iPhone 6S in the wake of the bend-gate fiasco in 2014 when it had launched the iPhone 6. Numerous videos of the iPhone 6 had surfaced on the Internet in which the phone showed an uncanny propensity to bend, which was at odds with Apple’s exacting standards of quality.

This meant Apple was the first mainstream manufacturer to move to series 7000 aluminium. Typically, this is the type of alloy which is used in the construction of transport vehicles like aircrafts and even weapons like machine guns, glock handguns amongst many others.

Now many wouldn’t have probably known this fact, but this is one of the reasons why if you fling your iPhone 7 it will likely come unscathed with just a minor scuff mark. This trait is of course also true of the iPhone 6S which also uses the same type of metal, but it seems to me Apple has stepped up its game with the iPhone 7.

This advantage gets further amplified when compared with phones that have glass backs, because the iPhone 7 is one of the few phones in the market which is fully metal from top to bottom, right to left, corner to corner. The iPhone 7 will at max get scratched or dented in case of a severe bump, some of the other phones like Samsung’s Galaxies while more gorgeous will get cracked or shattered.

Even more interesting is the solution that Apple uses as a part of its cover glass. Most Android phones and even some of the earlier generation of the iPhone used to depend on Corning’s Gorilla Glass . Samsung’s latest Galaxy S8 uses Gorilla Glass 5, which is thinner and more solid, but the iPhone 7 which is a good 6 months older is highly likely to be infinitely sturdier.

Again I’ve dropped my iPhone many times in the last few months. Only a couple of days ago I dropped it flat on the screen on a hard Kota Stone surface from a height of at least 4 feet. Guess what, not even a scratch. Of course, there are numerous permutations and combinations that result in the breakage of a screen one of them being the exacting angle of impact. Maybe, I’ve been lucky.
Regardless, the iPhone 7 will remain sturdier than Samsung’s new hotness. Why? Because it doesn’t have them curved screens which are more susceptible to damage. If you manhandle the iPhone will likely be the one that will come to your rescue.

Water resistance

One of the few things Apple’s iPhone didn’t do till the introduction of the iPhone 7 was protect the device against water damage. With the iPhone 7 having IP 67 certifications in place, it is one the phones which can be dunked in water and come out unscathed. Of course, there are other phones which also do this and in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S8, it does it better than the iPhone 7 because of its better IP68 technical rating, but in real world use the difference isn’t much.

Source: http://www.gizmodo.in/indiamodo/if-you-manhandle-your-phone-stick-with-iphone-7-heres-why/articleshow/58066490.cms

Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro launched

Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro

After the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy C9 Pro phablet, Samsung Mobile India has today launched a smaller model of its C Series called the Galaxy C7 Pro. The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro which recently became official in China sports mid-range hardware, but it all comes packaged in a premium metal body that is priced at Rs 27,999. The Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro will be available exclusively on Amazon from 11 April in Navy Blue and Gold colours.

Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro

The design and construction of the Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro is similar to what we have on the Galaxy C9 Pro, save for its smaller overall size. This would consist of a metal and glass construction with the back featuring an all-metal unibody design.

There’s a 5.7-inch display on the front covered with 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4. It is a Super Amoled display featuring Full HD resolution.

Inside, the hardware is mostly mid-range. You get the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at 2.2 GHz that is also available on handsets like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, the Moto G5 Plus and more. It is a capable processor built using the 14 nm manufacturing process that makes power efficient as well.

Samsung has also included 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage that can be expanded further using a microSD hybrid card slot up to 256 GB.

At the back there is a 16 MP camera with Dual LED Flash along with phase detection for autofocus and even the front has a similar unit with a f/1.9 aperture. Rest of the specs include 4G LTE connectivity, dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, Samsung Pay, USB Type-C port, 3,300mAh battery and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

The company has added accelerometer, gyroscope, fingerprint, gyroscope, geomagnetic, proximity and RGB light sensors in the smartphone. It comes equipped with Fast charging and Samsung claims that the it can charge from 0 to 100 percent in 100 minutes.

Sandeep Singh Arora, the Vice President for Online Business, Samsung India added, “At Samsung, we are committed to meaningful innovations that delight our consumers. Galaxy C7 Pro is a slim and stunning device, which comes packed with powerful features for unparalleled multi-tasking and multimedia experience making it a Lean and Mean machine for the millennials.”

Source: http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/samsung-galaxy-c7-pro-launched-in-india-at-rs-27999-available-on-amazon-from-11-april-370590.html

Moto G5 Plus review

Moto G5 Plus review

Inexpensive smartphones have become more affordable and more capable over the past few years. When Motorola first unveiled the Moto G product line, the device targeted emerging markets such as Brazil. And in Brazil, Motorola found tremendous success with the G lineup.

As technology continues to evolve and get less expensive, and Motorola packs more into each Moto G iteration, the company has wound up with a smartphone that rivals devices costing much more.

I’ve spent the past week using the $299 Moto G5 Plus with 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of storage, a $70 bump over the $229 starting price for half the storage and memory, and it’s the best budget-friendly smartphone I’ve ever used.
Even the clock widget was borrowed from the Moto Z lineup.
The Moto G5 Plus looks a lot like the Moto Z, only it’s not nearly as thin. You either love or dislike (hate is too strong of a word) the circular camera hump on the back of the phone; I’m firmly in the dislike camp.

I didn’t like the look and feel of the bump in my hand on the Moto Z, and I still am not sold on it on the G5 Plus.

That said, the G5 Plus isn’t ugly by any means. A metal backing —either gray or gold—encases the 5.2-inch 1080p display. On the right side of the phone, you find the power and volume buttons. A microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack adorn the bottom.

Moto G5 Plus review

It’s disappointing Motorola is still using microUSB for charging and syncing the G5 Plus, especially when you consider how common USB-C is becoming.

Just below the display is a touch sensitive home button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor and a trackpad of sorts.

Moto software enhancements

I’m all for more screen real-estate, but converting the home button into a trackpad just isn’t for me.
Converting the home button into a trackpad is done through the pre-installed Moto app on the phone. Within that app, you can enable customizations and enhancements Motorola has long included in its nearly-vanilla version of Android.

With the G5 Plus, you can do things such as enable Moto Display to quickly check and triage notifications, or get rid of any onscreen navigation buttons — using gestures over the home button instead.

For example, when one-button navigation is enabled, swipe to the left over the home button replaces the back button, and swipe to the right displays recently used apps. A quick tap on the home button goes home, with a long press locking the phone.

Additionally, holding the G5 Plus and making a chopping motion as if you are holding an ax toggles the flashlight.

Overall, the features that Motorola includes with its Moto app are optional and in addition to the standard features found in Android 7.0 Nougat. Some of them I can’t live without when using a Moto device, such as the flashlight or camera shortcuts, while others (Ex: one button nav) is better left turned off.

Camera and performance
The hump is back, back again. The hump is back, it should be a sin.
I was in New York during my time testing the G5 Plus to learn more about Samsung’s Galaxy S8 launch. I had some free time one night, so I walked around Times Square and snapped some low light photos with the G5 Plus and its 12-megapixel camera. With an f/1.7 aperture, it should have excelled.

On the Moto G5 Plus display, I thought the photos came out clear and crisp. I was more than impressed with its performance. At least, that’s what I until I sat down at my computer to view the results.

Boy, this photo looked great on the phone’s display.
The picture of a taxi driving by, for example, has washed out colors in the signs over the shops and the people walking in the crosswalk are a little blurry.

It’s not a bad photo at all; it’s just not what I was expecting after viewing it on the phone’s display.

Under normal lighting conditions, the G5 Plus performs well. Color reproduction is accurate, and pixelation is minimal. What I love most about using the G5 Plus camera is the ability to quickly launch it with a turn of the wrist, regardless if the phone is locked or you’re in an app.

Source: http://www.greenbot.com/article/3186763/android/moto-g5-plus-review-inexpensive-doesnt-have-to-mean-cheap.html

Google’s Pixel phone Muskie

There are so many rumors rotating around the Google’s flagship phone which come under “Made by Google” tagline. Yes, once again we are speaking about Google Pixel phones which recently got the code names as ‘walleye’ and ‘muskie’. Google has confirmed that its new Pixel 2 devices will come this year though hardware details are not shared by them. But the rumors say that the Walleye and Muskie phones will somewhat be similar to the previous Pixel and Pixel XL devices wherein one will be smaller in size compared to the other. Also Read: Google’s new sign-in UI for Web Services will roll out soon When the specifications of this phone are not yet clearly stated by any rumors, now muskie is said to appear in AOSP.

Google’s Pixel phone Muskie

Few rumors say that the new pixel phones will focus on low-light photography and may offer water resistant feature in it. Some reports also give slightly more information such as the phone may come with a 5.5-inch display and powered by Snapdragon 835 processor. Also Read: Google to remove support for Gifts, Requests, and Quests on its Play Store There is a chance that it may be paired with 6GB RAM, 16MP main camera, and latest Android 8.0 in it. This phone may also ditch 3.5mm audio jack similar to Apple. Along with this confusion, there was also a rumor saying tech giant is working now on a third phone which is said to have the codename “Taimen”. Once this rumor was out, people started expecting a much larger phone this time because of the codename. Still, we are expecting some more information regarding the specs or other features of Pixel phones as only little is revealed about it.

Source:  http://www.gizbot.com/mobile/news/google-s-pixel-phone-muskie-appears-aosp-039657.html

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 AND S8+ are finally official, and are exactly what you expected given the huge number of leaks and rumours building up to the launch.

We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, and will update this article as soon as we hear more. You can also check out our Galaxy S8 hands-on review.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Specs
– 5.8in / 6.2in QHD+ Super AMOLED curved display (570ppi / 529ppi)
– 149x 68x8mm, 155g / 160x73x8.1 mm, 173g
– Android 7.0 Nougat with Samsung Experience
– IP68 certification
– Fingerprint sensor (on rear) and iris scanner (on front)
– Integrated heart rate sensor
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip (US), Exynos 9 (international)
– 4GB RAM (6GB in China and Korea)
– 3,000mAh / 3,500mAh battery
– 12MP main camera / 8MP front-facing camera
– Bixby AI assistant with dedicated button
– 3.5mm headphone jack
– USB-C charging
– 64GB storage with microSD (up to 256GB)
– Optional Samsung DeX HDMI dock for desktop mode
– Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
– Black Sky, Orchid Grey and Arctic Silver colour options.

Release date
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ are both available to pre-order from Wednesday 29 March, with early buyers set to receive their handset on 20 April. The smartphones will be available to all from 28 April.

However, only the Midnight Black and Orchid Grey models will be up for grabs initially, with the availability of the Arctic Silver yet to be announced.

Price
Samsung has slapped the Galaxy S8 with a £689 SIM-free price tag, making it just £10 cheaper than the iPhone 7 with 128GB storage. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy S8+ is even more expensive at £779 SIM-free.

However, UK retailer Unlocked-Mobiles is offering both smartphones cheaper than Samsung. The Galaxy S8 can be picked up for £674.99 SIM-free, and the Galaxy S8+ for £764.99.

Carphone Warehouse, naturally, has been quick to start taking pre-orders and is offering the S8 and S8+ on tariffs with EE, iD, O2 and Vodafone. The best Galaxy S8 deal appears to be a £42 Vodafone tariff that comes with 24GB data and a £100 upfront cost, while the best S8+ offer is a £45.99 EE contract that comes with 5GB data and a £149.99 upfront cost.

EE is also taking pre-orders on its own website and is recommending its £55.99 tariff that bags you a Galaxy S8 for £29.99 with 5GB monthly data. For the bigger Galaxy S8+, it’s pointing to its £60.99 tariff, which comes with the same £29.99 upfront cost and 10GB bundled data.

Source: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2462247/galaxy-s8-release-date-price-specs-and-features

Samsung’s new digital assistant – Bixby

Bixby

Using voice commands with a smartphone is nothing new, but Samsung’s new digital assistant, Bixby, goes beyond voice recognition, to incorporate deep learning and expanded visual search to make it feel more like a real digital assistant living in your device.

Bixby
Bixby draws immediate comparisons to Apple’s Siri, and Google’s Assistant, but while we often think about those as simply voices, Samsung describes Bixby has its own card-based visual interface to convey information. Voice is just one part of the equation. The other aspects are vision (like using the camera to scan a QR code, find out the cost of a book based on its cover, or translate text), reminders, and recommendations. Bixby is the umbrella term for those four smart functions.
Sriram Thodla, a senior director at Samsung focusing on intelligence and the internet of things, introduced Bixby to the public during the Galaxy S8 and S8+ announcement event on Wednesday. “Bixby understands context,” he said. “It knows what’s happening on your screen.”

For example, you can ask it to take a screenshot of what you’re doing, then send that image to a contact. This kind of complex request spanning multiple apps and services has proved problematic for digital assistants in the past.
Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

Samsung’s new flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. The Bixby button is on the left side of the device.

“We say Bixby is an intelligent user interface,” Mok Oh, a vice president for services strategy at Samsung, said in an interview at a press event on Monday.
Oh touted Bixby’s completeness, meaning that if an app is Bixby-enabled, anything you can do with touch could also be done through voice. For example, you could ask Bixby to switch the display language on your phone to another language, and Bixby should make it so. The assistant is also “cognitively forgiving,” Oh said, so it should cope with ambiguity in requests.
Oh went on to highlight the phone’s photo app, called Gallery, and the thousands of different combinations of tasks a user could do within it. There are countless varied ways a user could command an image be cropped or edited, and Bixby should be able handle that.
“In many ways we apply deep learning technology,” to Bixby, Oh said. One aspect of that is that Bixby will give users a thumbs-up or thumbs-down option after it has handled a request, to let Bixby know how it did, and help it learn. “Actually, we apply learning in many, many different aspects of our whole technology stack for this,” he added.

That thumbs-up or thumbs-down function is critical for virtual agents like Bixby, Alex Rudnicky, a research professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University who focuses on speech, said. “You need some kind of a reinforcement that basically allows the system to learn—basically understand the connection between what the user wants, and what actually happens,” he said. “Realistically, the agent’s going to make a lot of mistakes.”
Amazon’s Alexa app has a similar function, asking the user if it did what they wanted.
In addition to its listening abilities, Bixby can also see into the real world. Using the S8’s built-in camera, Bixby can detect objects in a scene and search for information about that product as well as related products. Of course, it will also allow you to buy them from Samsung’s partners. This is a feature Siri doesn’t currently offer, and Google Assistant does, often to mixed results, but this type of augmented reality-style interaction is a logical step for AI as a personal assistant.
For the visual search, Samsung has tapped a variety of partner companies like Amazon for shopping, Foursquare for location-specific functions (Thodla used an example in which he took a picture of New York’s iconic Flatiron building and got information about it, as well as good food options in the area), and Google Translate for interpreting signs in different languages.

Source: http://www.popsci.com/bixby-samsung-assistant-galaxy-s8-phones

Does Samsung Galaxy S8 bungle biometrics with insecure facial recognition?

Samsung Galaxy S8

On the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung included not one, not two, but three biometric ways to unlock your phone: the fingerprint sensor, iris scanner and face recognition. Of these, Samsung touted the latter – face recognition – as a faster and more convenient alternative to iris scanning. What did it fail to mention? How easy it is to trick.

Samsung Galaxy S8

According to reports in the Korea Herald and a livestream from the launch event (via 9to5Google), the S8 and S8+’s facial recognition function can be tricked with the face of a sleeping person or even just a photo: A Periscope user at the NYC launch published a video showing the S8 being unlocked with his picture displayed on another phone. So at least based on demo models from the event, it appears the facial recognition mechanism can be bypassed by anyone with easily-obtained means and the desire to do so.

This apparent lack of security may come as a surprise to those with previous experience with the facial recognition features made possible with Windows Hello and devices like the Microsoft Surface Book. In those applications, facial recognition can’t even be bypassed by identical twins; the Windows method uses near infrared imaging and a four-step software algorithm to curb errors. It sounds like Samsung took a more rudimentary and less secure approach.

However, for those who remember Android’s Face Unlock feature, these problems sound familiar. The Face Unlock option was introduced with Android 4.0 back in 2011, and was found to have similar issues as those reported with the new Samsung devices. Incremental improvements have been made since then, but the current “Trusted Face” option in Android Nougat’s Smart Lock feature is billed as a convenience rather than a protective measure: “This facial recognition is less secure than a PIN, pattern, or password,” cautions Google.

Security-minded consumers may be scratching their heads as to why Samsung allowed these concessions. Biometrics expert Samir Nanavati, author of the book Biometrics: Identity Verification in a Networked World, provides some insight. For one there’s a trade-off between lightning-quick convenience and security against false submissions. “How many anti-spoofing capabilities do you want to put in? When you put in more security measures, you run into other risks. It takes more time, more processing power, and it increases the likelihood of more false rejections.”

So, in general, the more security measures are implemented, the less convenient it will be for the end user. But in the world of mobile technology, convenience is a key driving force behind consumer demand. In recent years, Nanavati explains, biometric measures like fingerprint sensors have become exceedingly fast – because that’s what makes the public want them. “When a feature set becomes something that the public really wants, then more money can go into the actual security and performance of the feature.” Presumably, after the promise of unrivaled convenience drives sales, “time, money and development efforts can go into improving it.”

If this is Samsung’s strategy, it could prove to be a divisive one. After all, it has effectively cluttered its gorgeous S8 series with three imperfect biometric tools. Apart from face recognition, its iris scanning is harder to spoof, but it is slower to use (though the experience has improved since our first encounter with it on the Note 7) and requires holding the phone at a precise angle. The fingerprint sensor, although relatively secure as well, has been moved to a less convenient location: Instead of being embedded in the home button, as with previous Galaxy devices, it’s been placed off-center on the back of the phone.

We don’t criticize Samsung for offering options, but it seems to be willfully oblique about the deficiencies of each. At its launch event and in marketing materials, face recognition is touted as a major convenience, in the same breath as security – and that’s after making Note 7-fueled promises that customer safety (which goes hand-in-hand with security) is one of its utmost priorities. Since facial recognition can’t be used for Samsung Pay, it appears the company is aware of its insufficiencies, but chooses to gloss over them.

Nor do we see the real value in three different options that in our view, fail to improve over a lightning-quick front-mounted fingerprint sensor. The biometric approach on the S8 series seems to be another example of high-end phone features that don’t translate into an improved user experience. If you want to avoid getting price gouged for flashy features like these, it might make sense to avoid a premium flagship altogether.

Of course, there are other selling points and features on the Galaxy S8 and S8+, such as a striking display, impressive internals and an all-new virtual assistant. We’re certainly not condemning the phones entirely before performing a full-length review.

In addition, it’s not impossible that facial recognition could be fine-tuned before the official April 21 release date. We’re not sure if the shortcomings in the demo units are due to hardware, software or both, but Nanavati points out that “in a consumer-based transactional system, where only a few users are on the system, it’s less likely you’ll run into hardware insufficiencies.” It’s more likely that problems are software-based, which will likely be continually refined.

Nevertheless, it’s wise to keep a discerning eye on heavily-marketed “innovations” like facial recognition – they’re not always what they seem.

Source: http://newatlas.com/samsung-galaxy-s8-biometrics-insecure-facial-recognition/48720/

Apple’s iOS 10.3 update is freeing up gigabytes of storage

Apple's iOS 10.3

If you update your iPhone to iOS 10.3 today, you’ll likely find that you have an extra gigabyte or more of free storage space available on the phone’s internal memory. For that, you can thank Apple’s new file system, called APFS, which replaces the Hierarchical File System that has been used in one form or another for three decades.

Apple's iOS 10.3
The Apple File System (APFS for short) was originally announced at Apple’s 2016 Worldwide Developer’s Conference and will eventually spread across all of Apple’s product lines, from the high-end MacBook Pro all the way down to the Apple Watch, later this year. In addition to improved storage efficiency, APFS is also made with increased ability to maximize advantages offered by solid state media.
More importantly, the file system was engineered with modern security in mind. “It’s been built with encryption as a primary feature, from the very beginning, as we brought this idea to fruition,” Eric Tamura, a manager focusing on file systems at Apple, said at Apple’s WWDC event last summer.

The previous, decades-old system, is called HFS+. That old system “was designed in an era where floppies and hard drives where state of the art,” Tamura said. “Its original design is almost 30 years old at this point. And the world has changed since then.” Rather than focusing on the portability of large individual files, the emphasis is placed on quickly reading and writing smaller bits of data, which is required for the operation of smart devices.
“We wanted something that was designed and tuned specifically for Apple products,” he added.

Stan Horaczek
Tech editor Stan Horaczek saw a tangible jump in available space on his 128 GB iPhone 7 Plus after the update.
The Verge points out that the added storage has been noticed since the update was in beta form, and has carried over into the final release.
In addition to the new Apple File System, iOS 10.3 also includes other new features, like the ability to use the Find My iPhone app to locate an AirPod headphone that has gone missing. The CarPlay system also gets some updates, including some streamlining of the user interface during popular functions.
To update your iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app, then click General, then Software Update; you can check the local storage you have on your device also under that General menu, by either clicking on About or, further down, Storage & iCloud Usage.

Source: http://www.popsci.com/ios-update-adds-iphone-storage#page-4

Xiaomi Mi 6 and 6 Plus specification leaked

Xiaomi Mi 6 and 6 Plus specification leaked

Xiaomi’s 2017 flagship smartphone, the Mi 6 and a bigger Mi 6 Plus variant will be launched on April 16. But according to recent leaks and reports, more specifications of the smartphones have surfaced.

According to recent reports, the Mi 6 will feature a 5.15-inch full HD display in a body made of metal and glass. Xiaomi’s Mi 6 will come with a 19-megapixel rear camera which has a Sony IMX400 sensor followed by an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

The Mi 6 Plus, on the other hand, will come with a larger, 5.7-inch full HD display and dual rear cameras. The dual 12-megapixel camera on the Mi 6 Plus houses Sony’s IMX362 sensor while there’s an 8-megapixel front camera.

The Mi 6 will be powered by a 3,200 mAh battery whereas the Mi 6 Plus gets a bigger, 4,500 mAh battery.

Interestingly, the Mi 6 runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow but the Mi 6 Plus runs on Xiaomi’s interface based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

As for the processors, the smartphones will come with, several leaks suggest that Xiaomi is facing difficulties in acquiring the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and as such will initially launch its latest flagships with Snapdragon 821 instead. A recent leak on Weibo suggests that a Mi 6 rocking Snapdragon 835 will launch at a later date this year.

The Mi 6 will come with RAM and internal storage variants of 4GB/6GB and 32GB/64GB/128GB. Mi 6 Plus, on the other hand, will come with 6GB RAM and onboard memory variants of 64GB and 128GB.

Source:http://www.gizmodo.in/indiamodo/xiaomi-mi-6-and-6-plus-specification-leaked/articleshow/57913791.cms