Apple iOS 13 for iPhones and iPads is now official and it is all your dreams come true.
After the success of iOS 12.3.1, Apple announced the launch of the most awaited iOS 13 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on 3rd June. The newest iOS version will have the much awaited Dark Mode, redesigned Reminders and Messages apps and some general performance improvements. Here are some features to which you can look forward in iOS 13:
1) Dark Mode
iPhone has a beautiful new look with Dark Mode, a new dark colour scheme which works system wide. This feature can be accessed from the control center and when enabled, the background of the phone will turn black for a better viewing experience. At the WWDC, Apple showed how the Dark Mode will work for apps like Photos, Notes and Apple Music.
2) Revamped Photos
Apple has made browsing through Photos easier. The entire library will be curated in a way to highlight only the best pictures. It is redesigned to showcase important events in the past month or week or day. According to Apple, photos and videos will be intelligently organised to let us relive our best moments.
3) Photo editing made easy
Apple has also made editing photos simpler with new tools which are easy to apply. Portrait lighting adjustments can now be made in the Camera app. With iOS 13, most of the photo editing tools are now available for videos as well, which will enable us to crop, rotate or apply filters to videos.
3) Easy sign in with Apple ID
Apple is now introducing a new way of signing into apps and websites. Instead of filling out lengthy forms, Apple users can now use their Apple ID to authenticate and Apple vouches to protect their privacy with a unique random pin. With this feature, users can also authenticate using Face ID or Touch ID for an added layer of security.
4) Redesigned Health App
The Health app has also been redesigned in the upcoming iOS 13. The homepage will feature data about the user’s daily activities. Another highlight is the Hearing Health feature which will help the user understand how loud they play music through headphones. The Health app can now track menstrual cycle as well.
With iOS 13, messages can automatically share a user’s name and photo or a custom made animoji or memoji to easily identify the person in the message thread.
6) All new Maps
Apple Maps has also been redesigned with a feature which allows users to set locations they frequently visit as Home, Work, etc., and quickly navigate through them. Common places visited by a user can all be grouped.
7) New look for Reminders
The Reminders app also will now have a new look and Apple makes it easy to create and set reminders. There will also be more innovative ways to keep track of the reminders. It is also possible to tag someone in a reminder as Reminders will be deeply integrated with Messages. The reminder will pop up every time you message the person.
Apple is also planning to make certain changes to Siri, HomePod, Notes and CarPlay. Along with this, Apple is also working on some general performance improvements. Apple also announced, the operating system for iPads will now be called iPad OS.
It will be interesting to see how all these features will improve the overall performance of the phone and whether they will be worth the upgrade.
Comment below and let us know, for which of these features are you excited.
4 Useful And New WhatsApp Features That Released During The COVID-19 Lockdown
WhatsApp is one of the worlds largest online texting applications which is used almost in every country. It is a light and easy to use texting application which also offers a lot of other important utilities other than texting. These include video calling, group video calling, digital payments, document and media sharing and location sharing. What began as a simple texting application is now an indispensable part of our lives because WhatsApp has made information flow faster and safer. WhatsApp kept scaling new heights time and again and this was possible only because of the constant innovation by the developer team.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic which forced entire countries to go into lockdown and shut down businesses, WhatsApp is doing its part to help people during these times by rolling out some nifty and important features.
Group video call limit increased
WhatsApp had the facility for group video calls which could only accommodate 4 people in a single call. However, with a new update WhatsApp increased the limit of group video calls to 8 users. The update is not just limited to increase in participants but also to the audio and video quality. There has been a noticeable increase in the quality of the video and audio in group video calls.
‘Together At Home’ sticker pack
WhatsApp has launched a new sticker pack called ‘Together at Home’ in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO.) The sticker pack aims to help people stay connected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restrictions on frequently forwarded messages
This is probably one of the most important features to be released during the COVID-19 lockdown. In a country like India, a lot of misinformation is shared on a daily basis on WhatsApp messages and most of these messages are forwards. The amount of misinformation on WhatsApp is so high that WhatsApp is often referred to as ‘Whatsapp University.’ During the coronavirus pandemic, WhatsApp restricted ‘frequently forwarded messages’ to be sent to not more than one chat at a time.
WhatsApp has launched chatbots by partnering with WHO and the Indian government and launched a chatbot to provide authentic information related to the COVID-19 virus. The chatbot developed by the Indian government is known as MyGov Corona Help Desk and can be accessed by adding +91-9013-151515 to your contacts and sending a message.
Sharing correct information, avoiding incorrect panic.
Here is an effort by WhatsApp and @mygovindia to ensure you receive accurate and verified information on Coronavirus.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 21, 2020
We believe that these features are definitely the need of the hour and will go a long way in creating a positive impact. Let us know if you used any of these features on your mobile device!
Star Wars And Coca Cola Singapore Launch Limited Edition World’s First Electronic Coke Bottles
Star Wars over the years has managed to gather a cult following which stretches across generations. Star Wars is one of the biggest and the most famous film franchises to have ever been created. The latest trilogy in the Star Wars is referred to as the Skywalker Saga and the final movie of the trilogy, The Rise Of Skywalker released last year. Movie franchises have been known to rely on merchandising as part of their promotional strategies and the Star Wars franchise partnered up with Coca Cola to create a unique and one of its kind merchandise. The output of this partnership is very unique and the world’s first electronic coke bottle.
Coca-Cola Singapore harnessed the flexibility of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays to wrap special-edition sugar-free Coke bottles with light-up, glowing lightsabers wielded by the Star Wars characters, Rey and Kylo Ren.
These bottles are part of a limited edition batch and the only way to obtain one of them is by answering a riddle which is revealed on Facebook and Instagram. Answering these riddles will reveal locations near the 7-Eleven stores around Singapore where one can obtain a special pass. This special pass can be redeemed to purchase the limited edition bottle. These bottles have a touch sensor and squeezing the bottle will light up the lightsabers of Kylo Ren and Rey. Each OLED on the bottle can light up to 500 times.
There are only 8000 of these bottles available making these collectibles very rare. Some of these bottles are sold on ebay for as much as $ 800 which is a high premium.
It will be interesting to see how this OLED technology will be incorporated and it is safe to say that we would be seeing more products which use OLEDs on their packaging in the future. Coca Cola is always at the forefront of innovation and these electronic coke bottles are a perfect example.
‘May the force be with you’ should you set out to find one of these rare collectibles!
Is AI The Future Of Retail?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is slowly becoming a key element in the modern, technologically driven world. Along with other industries, AI is also making its presence known in the retail industry.
Artificial intelligence is used to define the intelligence demonstrated by machines. Through AI, machines can store data from previous experiences, adjust to new inputs and can also perform human like tasks. By combining large sets of data, iterative processing and detailed algorithms, AI is able to learn quickly from patterned data. AI can become a crucial part of retail business, if integrated properly.
AI can be beneficial when it comes to daily task management and gaining insights about customers. Using AI in retail stores can also contribute to time management for business owners as well. This could also help in customizing the shopping experience of customers all the while creating a better business due to customer interaction. This, inturn, helps the business gain more customer insights.
Moreover, using such technology in the retail industry will leave less room for errors. It will also help owners keep tabs on shoplifting as every item will have a record in the store database. AI operated retails would be able to work 24*7 without any manpower, resulting in more profits for retail businesses.
Even though AI supported retail stores are still far away, two of the world’s biggest retailers, Amazon and Walmart, already introduced stores which are entirely AI dependent.
In 2018, Amazon announced a chain of convenience stores named Amazon Go, which are partly automated. The stores use several different technologies like computer vision, deep learning algorithms and sensor fusion. The ceilings of the stores are equipped with multiple cameras and the store shelves have weight sensors attached to them. These weight sensors help in the detection of the items taken by a customer and the item is automatically added to the customer’s virtual cart. Introduced on January 22nd 2018, Amazon Go has 18 outlets in the United States.
Meanwhile, Walmart, in April 2019, introduced its Intelligent Retail Lab (IRL.) Based in New York, this store comes equipped with artificial intelligence cameras, interactive displays and massive data centers. This store is also used by Walmart as a lab to explore the future use of AI in the retail industry.
While AI operated stores are beneficial to everyone, the cost behind such a project can be a real nightmare. Implementing high tech devices can be expensive, especially for small businesses and also increases dependency on machines. However, the benefits of this technology are much higher, to be ignored completely.
Incorporating artificial intelligence into the retail sector may sound like science fiction. However, the efforts put in by these giant retailers and the advancement of technology mean AI operated retail shops will be a part of our future.
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