Home Blog

Google Pixel 6 might not be worth the hype after all, but why?

0

The Google Pixel 6 was officially announced by Google on Twitter on August 2. Although there is a listing for the phone in the Google Store, no official launch event has yet been announced. It is important to wait until Google’s official press event to find out more about it.

Google is creating quite a buzz about this year’s Pixel phones. In fact, it is not anything like anything else since the company is showing a smartphone months before their rumored launch in October 2021.

We already know the shape and size of the upcoming Pixel 6 series. But, the rumor we’re hearing today might prove to be more valuable than that, if true. According to a report from Gsmarena, the tensor flow chip in the Pixel phones is an updated version of Samsung’s unreleased Exynos 9855 SoC. 

Whitechapel is another codename for Exynos 9855
Image Credits: Heapooh x Google

 Whitechapel is another codename for Exynos 9855 and Google uses the same name internally for the Tensor flow chip. If true, the chipset will perform almost similar to Exynos 9840 which is more commonly known to be the Exynos 2100 powering the Galaxy S21 series.

We can expect the Pixel 6 to perform well based on Google’s history as an enterprise software company. However, if we consider the competition, why didn’t the company use the latest Exynos 2200 (Exynos 99255)? The upcoming Exynos processors will feature AMD’s RDNA2 GPU, so they will even sound more exciting when paired with the S22 series.

Also in rumors is the 50MP Samsung GN1 sensor on the Pixel 6 series
Image Credits: Heapooh x Google

Also in rumors is the 50MP Samsung GN1 sensor on the Pixel 6 series. In the latest beta of Android 12, the developer’s Camera app contains code ( with a reference to ‘p21’ ) confirming the rumors. Additionally, the code mentions a ‘gn1_wide code’, which is very easy to interpret.

The GN1 sensor is not a new sensor, and we have seen better camera optics from some manufacturers. Compared to GN2 (with  1.4μm pre-binned pixels and 2.8µm binned ones ) from Samsung, the GN1 has  1.2μm-sized pixels before binning. If you combine them 4-to-1, you get 12.5 million 2.4μm-sized pixels from 50 million 1.2μm pixels. 

X60 Pro + has GN1 sensors. This seems like one more cost-saving measure from Google. Even though Google’s software algorithms are close to perfection, a larger sensor means more light hitting the sensor and resulting in overall more crisp photographs with a better dynamic range.

The GN1 sensor is not a new sensor, and we have seen better camera optics from some manufacturers.

Generally speaking, Samsung’s S22 is expected to be more impressive than the Pixel 6. As for the S22 series, we expect the device to sport a refined design, armor casing, Sony’s best camera system, best GPU for Android phones, and most likely the best screen in the market. The hype surrounding the S22 seems deserved, doesn’t it? At the very least, it deserves more attention than the Google Pixel 6 series, in our opinion.

In any case, Google’s partnership with Samsung is a great move. Google Pixel 6 series seems to be better than any phone Google has made until Samsung releases the S22 series. Getting both phones in my hands for better comparisons is still on my to-do list. What do you think about the Pixel 6 series though? Is it worth the hype? Below is a space for you to share.

‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ Program allows financing options for Apple users in Canada through PayBright Partnership

0

Bloomberg reports that Apple will reintroduce financing options in Canada under the “buy now, pay later” program. Apple and Affirm’s PayBright will bring this new program on August 11, 2021. A similar program was introduced by Apple Card credit card and Goldman Sachs in the US on August 20, 2019. Payments will be deferred through Affirm Holdings in Canada.

So far, we haven’t confirmed Apple bringing physical credit cards to Canada. However, the company will offer its ‘Buy now, pay later’ scheme via its physical and online stores in the country. 

According to an internal memo by the company, customers will be able to finance purchases for 12 to 24 months with this service. The announcement comes as Canada approaches back-to-school student day deals in September. The timing of Apple launching the “buy now, pay later” program during the holiday season makes sense, as it will boost sales. As well, Apple said that the program will offer interest-free financing after launch for a limited period of time. 

Bloomberg says that the employees in the Apple retail store are already informed about this new program. I think this is really great news for international students coming to Canada since they can stretch out the cost of their new MacBook and 

iPad over time.

Anyhow, this is wonderful news, and it might serve as an excellent alternative to Apple Credit Card in Canada. However, is this event really going to take place on August 11, 2021, as promised? Let us know your thought’s in the comments section below. Also, if you are an international student in Canada which Apple product will you want to buy under Apple’s ‘Buy now, pay later’ program? Leave your thoughts below.

Zoom agrees to pay users $85M after lying about encryption and sharing data with Facebook and Google

0

Zoom has become the fastest-growing video conferencing platform post-Covid. Zoom users grew by 2.22 million in 2020, and the numbers are ever-growing. The question is, is its success really deserved? There are yeses and noes to that question.

As part of the class-action settlement, Zoom must pay its users $85 million. While Zoom is a great application, the lawsuit settlement answers the remainder of the question. Anyways, the allegations surfaced that Zoom was sharing users’ data with Facebook and Google without their permission. Zoom is also alleged to have lied about offering end-to-end encryption.

ArsTechnica reports Zoom will pay $85 million to settle the complaints.  Both free and paid Zoom account users are eligible for compensation under the class-action settlement. In the end, Zoom users will receive $15 to USD 25.

Zoom signed the proposal on Saturday at the US District Court for the Northern District of California. Additionally, the company promises to improve security and privacy concerns with the application. So, here’s the yes in the original question. Every company learns from its mistakes, and Zoom seems to learn and improve.

These allegations follow a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission nine months ago, which included security improvements and a “prohibition of privacy and security misrepresentations.” This means Zoom was not expecting to pay its users as per the original settlement with FTC.

The important question is why should we continue to use Zoom? Regardless of the allegations, the company promises to bring a dozen of changes to an already great application. There will be improvements in meeting security, transparency of privacy policies, and safeguarding of consumer data.

Regardless, the market value of the company has increased since COVID-19 struck. With a promise of making the platform more secure and offering the best video conferencing feature, the company has got a bright future. And, we do recommend Zoom to the users for co-operate or educational purposes.

How to enable Windows 11 Taskbar on Windows 10?

0

Windows 11 Taskbar stands out as one of the major refinements. We already know that Windows 10X is no longer in development, and Microsoft is about to announce something major on June 25. According to leaks and rumors, Microsoft will use this event to showcase Windows 11. Although Windows Operating System has already leaked, not everyone enjoys using a beta version that’s yet to be released.

This article is the right one if you want to see what Windows 11 Taskbar looks like. Note that, we don’t have the new start menu for Windows 10, but we have a workaround to give a modern look to the taskbar. 

We can easily recreate this look with the following steps, and we do not have to install any external applications. 

  • To begin, you must unlock the Taskbar. It’s simple and you can do it in two ways.

a) You can use the combination of (Windows key + I) and type taskbar in the Windows Settings. Toggle the first option to unlock the taskbar. By default, it is ON. Make sure; we turn the toggle OFF.

b) You can right-click on the taskbar, and click on “Lock the taskbar” (make sure the option is unchecked and doesn’t have a right tick mark symbol)

Windows 11 Taskbar needs the taskbar to be unlocked as first part of customizing it
Image Credits: Heapooh x Microsoft
  • Next, locate the mouse pointer on “Toolbars” by right-clicking the taskbar again. Enable “Links” in the overflow menu. The Links option will appear on the bottom right corner of the taskbar, next to the system tray.
Enable the link option from the overflow menu
Image Credits: Heapooh x Microsoft
  • Rest is easy! Dragging the “Links Option” from right to left will do the trick. In the taskbar, you will notice that the icons have shifted to the far right in place of the “Links” section. Move the small horizontal divider (two parallel lines) on the left of the taskbar buttons to the “Links” screen.
Dragging the "Links Option" from right to left will do the trick
Image Credits: Heapooh x Microsoft
  • Right-click on the taskbar again, and uncheck the show title and text to hide the Link Option. The customization will become cleaner and the windows 11 taskbar alike.
  • After you drag the divider, you will notice that icons will expand to the center. You can pin the icons in there and you can see the opened applications like the regular behavior on the taskbar.
Click on the separator on the extreme right side
Image Credits: Heapooh x Microsoft
  • Center your icons perfectly, and then lock the taskbar again by right-clicking the taskbar, and selecting lock taskbar again. As soon as you lock the taskbar, the Divider will disappear.
Lock the taskbar again once the icons are aligned to the center
Image Credits: Heapooh x Microsoft

Congratulations as now you have the Windows 11 taskbar on your Windows 10 Operating system. Are you enjoying the new interface on your Windows 10 OS? comment below.

What devices are compatible with iOS15 or iPadOS 15?

0

Is your iPhone or iPad receiving the latest iOS 15 update? Answering that isn’t difficult. Normally, Apple supports iPhone OS/ iPad OS updates for up to five years. Other tech giants cannot match this level of support. It is for this reason that iOS is the world’s most popular mobile platform.

We would have to admit that it is a long list, which includes our favourite iPhone 6S, and iPod Touch (7th generation).

Here’s the list of supported devices for iOS 15:

  • iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone X, iPhone XR
  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone SE (first and second generation)
  • iPod Touch (seventh generation)

Don’t forget about the iPad’s as the updates roll out to the iPads as well. Apple will support the following devices with iPadOS 15.

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (generations 1-5)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (generations 1 to 3)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad (generations 5 to 8)
  • iPad Mini (generations 4 and 5)
  • iPad Air (generations 2 through 4)

Which of the following categories does your device fall under? I would appreciate your comments below.

A Guide on How To Download and Install iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 developer beta

0

Apple unveiled iOS 15 at the WWDC 2021. As expected, the latest iteration of iOS comes with additional features along with some customizations. If you have an Apple developer account, you can download and install the iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 developer beta on your iPhone or iPad right away. Check out these steps to become a beta tester for the latest mobile OS from Apple.

How to Download and Install iOS 15 Developer Beta on iPhone

As implied earlier in this article, developers who wish to take part in iOS 15 testing must be members of the Apple Developer Program. The Apple Developer Program page can be accessed online, or you can use the Apple Developer app (free) to create and manage your account. Regardless of what you do, you will need to pay $99 a year to join the Apple Developer Program.

You should back up your device using iTunes or iCloud to protect your data before proceeding. There will undoubtedly be bugs and flaws since it is a beta. Our advice would be to download it on your spare device. Apple provides a Feedback app so that you can let the company know about bugs.

Download using Apple Developer Program Page

  1. Browse to developer.apple.com under the navigation bar on your iOS 15 compatible iPhone.
  1. Log in with your existing Apple ID and password.
  2.  Go to the iOS 15/ iPad OS beta section by tapping on “Downloads” on the left sidebar. 
  3. Select “Install Profile” from the drop-down menu.
  4.  You will see a pop-up message stating, “The website is trying to download a configuration profile. Do you want to allow this?”.
  5.  To continue, tap “Allow.”.
  6. After the download is complete, you’ll receive a confirmation message, “Profile Downloaded. Review the Profile in Settings app if you want to install it.”
  7.  Within the pop-up, tap on “Close”.
  8.  A beta software profile for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 will begin downloading onto your iPhone or iPad.

How to Install Beta Profile?

  • After you have successfully downloaded the iOS 15 or iPadOS 15 beta, you should open the “Settings” app.
  • Select the “Profile Downloaded” option.
  • Choose the “Install” icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
Install will finally let you install ios 15 profile
Image: Heapooh x Apple
  • After multiple taps on “Install”, the application will install.
FInally, you will get couple of install options
Image: Heapooh x Apple
  • Click “Restart” to finish installing the beta software profile.
After install iOS will ask you to restart your device
Image: Heapooh x Apple

How finally to update to iOS 15

  1. Navigate to Settings on your device.
  2. Click on “General”.
  3. To update your software, click “Software Update”.
  4. iOS 15 developer beta should now be available to install as a regular iOS update. 

Microsoft is shutting down Internet Explorer Web Browser Officially: a digital graveyard

0

Internet Explorer web browser will stop serving certain versions of the Windows 10 operating system on June 15, 2022. Microsoft says that the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 is in Edge Browser. Microsoft announced the public release of Edge based on Chromium on January 15, 2020. From this point on, Microsoft Edge has constantly improved the experience compared to its competitors. Edge offers Microsoft users a smooth experience that sets them apart from the rest of its competition. It is the prime reason for discontinuing IE.

Internet Explorer Revolutionized Internet

Microsoft launched Internet Explorer in 1995. As a child, I owned my first personal computer in 1999, and I remember how revolutionary the Internet Explorer web browser was at the time. Today’s Digital Graveyard (IE) was once a common tool installed on every computer in the world.

Twitter universe

There is a lot of humor in the Twitter universe as people make jokes about Microsoft shutting down Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer’s market share started dwindling between 2006 and 2009. With the success of Firefox and Google Chrome, the success of Internet Explorer faded. This decision took Microsoft a long time to come to, but this may be the last joke about IE amongst internet users.

Death of the Legacy

A product from my era is fading away, which makes me sad. My mind wanders back to the old AOL, MSN, BBM, Orkut, and other vintage software I used as a kid. Nature demands change, and every day of our life is a step toward a new revolutionary idea. The next generation of Web browsers is Microsoft Edge, a fast, reliable, and web-based application-friendly browser.

It is time to acknowledge the change and encourage businesses to switch completely to Edge. Enterprises can benefit greatly from the Edge browser. Edge is even better than Chrome, but we will discuss Chrome vs Edge another time. The only thing that matters is all your love, devotion, and stories tied to Internet Explorer Web Browser. Is there anything you would like to share? Please let us know in the comments section below.

How to use Google Chat in a free Gmail account – Work From Home Toolkit 2021

0

Google’s I/O 2021 will take place on May 18. Before the event, Google has launched an additional feature on Gmail with access to Chat and Rooms for free Google account holders. Google announced this feature last year for enterprise workspace users. As long as it’s free, I’m open to using it. I see no reason for people (Youtubers and Bloggers) not using it either.

Gmail free account holders can access this feature through the web, iOS, and Android. There are separate instructions for Web and Mobile. Scroll down a bit for more information.

I prefer Google Chat and Rooms integrated into one application with email and meetings than having Microsoft Teams and Outlook separate. Microsoft Teams is undoubtedly more powerful, but it’s a hassle to open two separate windows for completing the task. The Gmail add-ons will make working from home even more convenient.

GMAIL 2021 Add-on’s

The new GMAIL interface is divided into four parts: Meet, Mail, Chat, and Rooms. The features are as simple as their name says for them. Google Chat lets you communicate with your colleagues, the Room lets you share files, chats, and tasks, and Meet allows you to hold video conferences.

On Android and iOS, you can find these features in the bottom navigation bar. However, Web versions are simply straightforward. For instance, it has all these features stacked on the left. The chevron icon allows for hiding. You can open a conversation by tapping the room icon in the bottom right corner. Rooms take over the standard message list and open in full-screen mode. Meet allows you to join Google meetings in a separate pop-up window or tab.

The feature is still rolling out for free accounts, and you need to update your iOS and Android applications to take advantage of it. Before upgrading, be aware of possible bugs.

How to activate new Gmail with chat and rooms Feature

Android and iOS

  1. Click Settings in the Navigation Drawer.
  2. Tap personal Gmail account 
  3. Check “Chat” in the General section.
  4. If you prefer, click “Try it.”
  5. Gmail app relaunches with tutorial and prompts to turn off notifications from standalone Google Chat app (if installed)

Web

  1. Visit GMAIL and navigate to Settings> See All Settings.
  2. Instead of “Classic Hangouts,” select “Google Chat (Early Access).” 
  3. Navigate to Chat and Meet.
  4. A confirmation pop-up will appear (confirm it).

Apple MacBook Air 2021 renders are real

0

The Apple MacBook Air 2021 is on its way. Yes, that’s right, I’m referring to the MacBook Air 2021 and not the MacBook Pro 14-inches. The leaks are hard to predict this year, and it all seems confusing yet exciting. Apple is keeping the keynotes interesting this year, and this new release is even more exciting.

Apple MacBook Air 2021 in Blue, Silver, Purple, Rose Gold, Orange, Yellow, and Green Color?

We expected Apple would introduce a new 14-model with the next-gen M2 chipset. Jon Prosser says that the new MacBooks will be a redesign in Chessy, but I do not expect them to have the M2 chip inside. Leaks suggest that the new redesign will come in the new colors as the 24-inches iMac along with white screen bezels. The design is certainly the final version. One of Jon Prosser’s videos claims he gets the leaks, and he is allowed to share the renders. His method is to collaborate with the render maker to create the renderings of the actual device. These leaks result from Jon’s collaboration with Ian Zelbo (@RedersbyIan), and show the new flat design for the MacBook.

The least chances are that the device can be the new MacBook Pro. The new redesign draws inspiration from the well-built Pixel Go with its really large rubber pads. These renders show a single USB-C port, but that may not be true. We expect Apple to include a Micro-SD slot, a magnetic charger, an HDMI port, and several extra USB-C ports. Another possibility is that Apple reserved these extra ports for its high-end models with 16-inch displays.


It is strange to me that the display has white bezels. Black looks elegant, and black bezels are more appropriate. To top it off further, the keyboard also matches in white and has the same layout as the current model. I would love to know what color bezels you prefer on your laptop – white or black? Comment below.

Battlegrounds Mobile India releasing on 10 June [Update: May 18]

0

We are big fans of Battlegrounds Mobile India (PUBG) gameplay, so we’re following its release closely, just like everyone else. Krafton teased Battlegrounds Mobile India on 2021-05-07. Today, the company posted on Facebook one more teaser, and a source confirmed it on Twitter.

Mr. Gurjeet Sandhu is relatively new to Twitter, but everything he posts about this game turns out to be true. His latest post suggests the launch date of the game will be June 10. If this is true, we’re not really far away from fighting the royal ground again.

Battlegrounds Mobile India pre-registrations are now open for Indian users
Battlegrounds Mobile India / image:Heapooh

We cannot confirm June 10 as the official release date until Krafton confirms it. Despite PUBG’s popularity, there are many other wonderful games that everyone should try. A few alternative titles include Apex Legends, Fortnite Battle Royale, Last Man Standing, and COD. Have you played any of these AAA mobile titles? Share your opinion in the comment section below.

[Update: 18th May 2021]

The pre-registration for BATTLEGROUNDS MOBILE INDIA is now open, and you can register it here from this official link. It’s available only for Android users, so check out the Google Play Store.

Krafton encourages Indian users to stay safe and wear masks in India. The company does not talk about PUBG in the name of this game to avoid a Government ban. There are specific rewards for fans to claim if they sign up. Users from India need to pre-register for the game to receive rewards.