Apple Rises To Be A $2 Trillion Company During Pandemic

At the beginning of 2020, Apple seemed to be caught in a terrible dilemma. The primary spread of the novel coronavirus locked down the companies in China that assemble its iPhones. It also closed its retail markets in a country. Things looked even more depressing in March following the global pandemic which pushed the U.S. economy into the deepest downturn since the Great Depression about a century ago.

Apple has succeeded to sparkle amid the darkness by becoming the first U.S. company to possess a market worth of nearly $2 trillion, only two years after it reached the $1 trillion mark increasing the stock by around 50% this year. Read More

Google Maps Now Available At Apple’s WatchOS And CarPlay Dashboard

Google Maps has been upgraded to operate with Apple’s CarPlay dashboard mode, which empowers users to display their current mapping directions parallelly with music controllers.The dashboard model was originally launched with iOS 13 previous year. It was confined to exclusively work with Apple Maps but ultimately released iOS 13.4 at the beginning of this year. Read More

Gboard Working On “Hands-Free” Voice Typing Feature

At Google IO developer’s conference held last year, the tech giant displayed speech transcription on Pixel work on-devices and in real-time. This version of the Gboard app is now being upgraded by adding a “hands-free” voice typing feature which is more helpful than speech-to-text and includes a more extensive “Google Assistant integration” as reported by 9to5Google.

When the new feature is launched, the users will be able to tap the mic to chat hands-free. The microphone in the Gboard app is reported to stay in the same position on the right but with the addition of a new interface which will display a note saying “Speak now to type hands-free.” Read More

Top 5 iPad Apps For Pilots

It is unlikely that Aviation technology will be able to take place of the experiences and expertise of human pilots in the near future. Nevertheless, navigation and data logging apps are unquestionably making lives easier for them. There are numerous apps that are helpful for pilots, from flight training and weather briefings to calculators and games. Some of the apps worth considering for any pilot’s iPad are listed below. Read More

Apple Discontinues Cloud Gaming Services Like xCloud And Stadia

Microsoft has been preparing to launch its xCloud game streaming service on September 15th. The company has also previously issued a partial list of titles that will be supported at launch. xCloud will allow users to experience a wider class of Xbox and PC games on their smartphones and tablets similar to NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW cloud gaming service. Although, it has been reported that the service won’t be available on Apple devices.

Apple has admitted that game streaming services such as Microsoft’s xCloud and Google’s Stadia infringe its App Store guidelines, which is the reason for the services to discontinue on iOS devices. As per Apple’s developer guidelines, it demands the app to “only connect to a user-owned host device that is a personal computer or dedicated game console owned by the user and both the host device and client must be connected on a local and LAN-based network.” Read More

Xiaomi India Working On MIUI Update Without Pre-Installed Banned Chinese Apps

Indian Government recently banned several Chinese apps, most notably TikTok and WeChat, but also the Mi Browser Pro. This had serious implications for Xiaomi and its MIUI Android skin mainly because the company normally pre-installs its forbidden browser on its ROM. The company has now notified its customers that none of the blocked apps are working on its phones any longer and the latest version of MIUI is in the progress that gets relieved of them entirely. The company has also ensured that 100% of Indian user data will stay on local servers. Read More

Google Rolls Out The Final Beta Of Android 11 Operating System

Google has announced the final beta update of its Android 11 operating system. In a blog post, Dave Burke, VP of engineering, Google stated, “As we put the finishing touches on the new platform, today we’re bringing you Beta 3, our last update in this year’s preview cycle. For developers, now is the time to make sure your apps are ready before we bring the official release to consumers.”

Google has confirmed to release the final version of Android to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and ecosystem in the third quarter of 2020. However, the official launch date of Android 11 has not been declared yet. According to the blog post, this update incorporates a release candidate build of Android 11 for Pixel devices and the Android Emulator. Read More

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Google Replaces The Google Play Music App With YouTube Music

From the last few months, YouTube has been channeling Google Play Music audiences to YouTube Music, in order to allow them to shift their music libraries, personal taste selections and playlists to YouTube Music. This is because Google’s music and podcast streaming service and online music locker or Google Play Music is closing for all users in October and will be replaced by YouTube Music.

“We’re announcing two important updates. First, YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music by December 2020. Users will have the opportunity to transfer their music libraries from Google Play Music to YouTube Music in that timeframe. Second, in the coming months, Google Play Music users will no longer be able to stream from or use the Google Play Music app. Additionally, we are making changes to the Google Play store and Music Manager,” YouTube communicated in a blog post. Read More

Google’s New $350 Phone Packs A Killer Camera & Processor

Google recently announced the release of Pixel 4a. The phone will be available for purchase starting August 30 and will cost $350. Considering that the majority of the phones cost over $1000 it is a great price. Apple’s iPhone SE and Samsung Galaxy 51 are available for similar prices. Samsung and Apple are definitely the most popular phones on the market but Google’s Pixel started rising in popularity since the release of Pixel 3A. When the phone was released Google saw the sales double year by year. The idea behind Pixel 4a is similar to that of Pixel 3 A. The phone is good, it has a great camera and an affordable price. Google had planned the release of the phone earlier this year but the COVID-19 pandemic interfered with the plans.

The factories were shut down and it became either hard or impossible to monitor and manage the production of the phones. Google will also launch its Pixel 5 that will support the 5G network and will be available for $499. For people who do not want to spend over $400 on the phone the Apple’s new iPhone SE and Google’s Pixel 4 are the best options. Pixel 4 a, similar to iPhone SE, is small and you can hold it in one hand. The screen has better colors than iPhone SE or Pixel 3 and covers the whole space from the top to the bottom. The fingerprint reader is located on the back of the phone, unlike iPhone SE that has the front fingerprint reader, thus taking space that could be used for the screen. Pixel 4a has a simple design. It is available only in black. Read More

Google Adds Smart Compose Autocomplete To Its Docs Mobile App For G Suite Users

Google is renewing its office software on mobile devices for G Suite users, affixing the latest features to the Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps that might make it more manageable to get the job completed from the smartphone. The modifications done are mostly visual and incorporate a link preview feature with a new comment interface. Users can now react to comments on their files straight from Gmail. Read More