When it comes to wireless over-ear Bluetooth audio, Sony’s flagship WH-1000MX3 headphones are among the best on the market. The launch of the fourth-generation model appears to be right around the corner. In the meantime you can purchase these from certain Web Sites. Use Google to do a search and “Hey Presto” they are available.
So what are the features of Sony’s WH-1000MX4 noise cancelling headphones, including some notable new features and a $348 (£269 U.K.) price tag?
The specifications list, of the forthcoming model will include Edge-AI, Sony’s latest codec for upscaling compressed audio files in real-time. This technology uses artificial intelligence to restore the high-range sound which is lost in compression. Sony states that this allows for a richer, more complete listening experience.
Adaptive Sound Control is a new mode that lets users create custom profiles in the companion app that will adjust the noise cancelling based on location, and new Precise Voice Pickup Technology promises to pick up the user’s voice better through the five built-in microphones when on a call.
The 1000XM4’s will now be be able to connect to two Bluetooth devices at the same time. This is a big plus – previous models haven’t supported dynamic switching between audio sources. This meant that users had to manually disconnect the headsets from for example an “iPhone“ so that they could be connected to say a “Mac” and vice versa.
Bose’s QC35 and 700 headphones can be paired with two devices and can automatically switch between them based on which one is transmitting an audio signal. In our Bluetooth age, it’s hard to overstate just how convenient and useful this feature is.
As is the case with the current model, the 1000XM4’s will offer 30 hours of wired/wireless battery life on a single charge, and users will be able to get five hours’ worth of charge after 10 minutes connected to a power outlet. Sony hasn’t officially announced the new 1000XM4’s yet, but a search of the Web will show that these headsets are available for purchase from numerous outlets.
This article which is modified from, “Sony’s Unreleased WH-1000XM4 Headphones Show Up in Walmart Listing” first appeared on MacRumors.com
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Belkin is known for its range of accessories for Apple devices. It has recently launched the Boost Charge 3-in-1 Wireless Charger, which can charge the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once.
Priced at $110, Belkin’s 3-in-1 Wireless Charger is more affordable than most other 3-in-1 wireless chargers on the market, making it an attractive option.
Available in either black or white, the 3-in-1 Wireless Charger from Belkin is made from a plastic material. It’s not the best quality charger out there because of the all-plastic build, however unless you are seeking a robust item most users will be quite happy with it..
There’s an upright wireless charging interface that can accommodate an iPhone, an Apple Watch charging puck, and behind that, a small circular divot for the AirPods or AirPods Pro case. Many other 3-in-1 wireless chargers have enough space for charging two iPhones at once. The Belkin charges is designed specifically for a single iPhone and AirPods, which is something to be noted.
With the AirPods charging space located right behind the watch, care needs to be taken that the Apple Watch does not knock the AirPods out of position or . Taking into account the layout of the charging docks care must be taken to position things correctly. The ergonomics of the design is far from ideal and crowding is likely to be an issue for anyone who has a loop-style band.
The upright charging space for the iPhone is nice because it makes it easy to put the iPhone down and go, with no need to position it or make sure it’s in the right spot to initiate charging, something that’s often an issue with a typical flat wireless charger.
As for the Apple Watch charging puck, it’s fine. It charges the Apple Watch in Nightstand Mode like many other charging options on the market. There are small LEDs on the front and side of the charger that let you know when it’s powered on and charging something, and a single power cord sticks out from the back. These lights can’t be disabled and could be a bit irritating at night.
This is a 7.5W wireless charger so it charges iPhones at the maximum speed possible, which is not super fast. It’s great for charging overnight or when you just need a bit of juice, but it’s not the best solution when you need power quick.
A lot of the 3-in-1 wireless charging options on the market are priced at around $150, so it’s nice to have a name brand option that’s more affordable and reliably charges the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods all at once.
At $110 this is still a lot more than individual charging options for the three devices, so it’s still somewhat of a luxury. The Belkin’s 3-in-1 Wireless Charger is not the best looking option, but it occupies a small footprint and the price tag is lower than the competition. It is a bit of a hassle to make sure the Apple Watch and AirPods are lined up at times when using a loop-style band, but this should be seen as a minor inconvenience relative to the advantages listed.
Samsung’s foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, is designed as a single display with a fold in the middle that allows it to open and close.
Microsoft’s Surface Neo and Duo
It is reported that Apple’s prototype looks similar to Microsoft’s Surface Neo and Surface Duo
The Microsoft phones are foldable dual display devices that feature two displays connected with a hinge.
There is no indicative time scale of when Apple might develop a foldable iPhone.
However, there have been rumours about work on such a device dating back to 2016.
Patents for such a device have been filed.
It’s not clear if the foldable iPhone will ever move out of a prototyping stage, but it doesn’t look like a foldable device is launching in the near future.
Perhaps Apple will await to see how the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G progresses in the market and how dependable and durable it turns out to be when in the hands of users. This could be a “wait and see situation”. It will also let provide Apple with additional time to further develop their product.
There are many high quality choices available in the marketplace from reputable computer companies. In many instances you will be confronted between the choice of an iPad and a laptop or a desktop PC. The original iPad was a mobile device and tended to be seen as a status symbol, particularly in the corporate world. Apple’s iPad has become more capable each year, and with the iPad Pro, Apple can compete with laptops and the PC. The “Pro” suffix designates additional storage compared to the basic iPad.
The iPad Pro is a powerful tablet, and starting with iOS 10, Apple opened up the operating system and allowed third-party apps access to features like Siri. As the iPad continues to grow in processing power and versatility, will it replace other more bulky computers i.e. the Laptop?
Here are a few areas where the iPad has an advantage over the PC.
It’s also difficult to get malware onto the iPad. On a PC, malware can do things like record all of the keys you press and let someone remotely control your computer. It often makes its way in by tricking the user into installing it. Apple, continues to maintains full control over the App Store, meaning it checks each new App thus controlling or eliminating rogue developers adding Apps. The only way to add software to the iPad is via the Apple store.
The iPad also provides tools to secure your data and the device itself. The Find My iPad feature allows you to track your device if you misplace or lose it. You can also lock it and wipe its data remotely. With the the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, you can secure your data with your fingerprint.
Various models of iPad Pro have used Apple’s A9X, A10X, and A12X chips. These processors are comparable to Intel’s i5 and i7s, and in many cases, they’re even better. You can get better hardware in an iPad Pro than you’ll find in an entry-level laptop, and comparable builds to standard-issue ones. PCs are available that can outperform an iPad Pro, but you’ll end up paying a lot more for them.
Value relative to Price
The iPad and a PC (at the lower specification end) can be similar in terms of the prices you’ll see at the store, but you’re going to pay more for a higher specification and performance model powerful enough to do more than browse the web and with higher life expectancy.
The price of a Laptop or PC doesn’t stop with the initial purchase. PC’s come with limited software. A PC doesn’t do a lot without additional software. It can browse the web, but if you want to play games, type a report, or use a spreadsheet, you will probably need to buy some software. Most software on a PC will range between $10 and $50 or more, with the ever-popular Microsoft Office costing $99 a year — although the major office apps are free as Windows Store apps.
The iPad comes with Apple’s iWork suite (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) and the iLife suite (GarageBand and iMovie). While Microsoft Office is more powerful than iWork, Apple’s office suite is up to the task for most people. And if you want to find the equivalent of iMovie for the PC, you’ll have to buy it separately.
One expense many people find on the Windows side is virus protection, which can also add to the cost. PCs come with Windows Defender, which is fairly solid protection for free. However, if you want to go with added protection with another bit of software from Norton or McAfee, you’ll have to pay extra to pick it up.
The iPad comes with software you won’t find in comparable PCs, but it also has some added features you won’t find. In addition to Touch ID fingerprint sensor, the newest iPads have good cameras built into them. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a 12 MP camera that can compete with most smartphones. The bigger Pro and the iPad Air 2 both have an 8 MP back-facing camera, which can still take pretty good pictures.
The iPad is also more mobile than a laptop (due to size and weight), which is a big selling point. This mobility isn’t just about carrying it with you when you travel. The biggest selling point is how easy it is to carry around your house or office.
You can get some of the same versatility with a Windows-based tablet, but when compared to a laptop or desktop PC, the iPad certainly has an advantage.
Reliability and Simplicity
One of the biggest reasons a PC’s performance degrades over time and it begins to crash more often is user error, particularly installing software that loads when you power up the PC, not doing a proper shutdown when powered off, and many other common mistakes that can eventually plague a PC
The iPad doesn’t have these problems. While it may become slower or experience strange bugs over time, you can usually clear these up with a simple reboot. The iPad doesn’t allow apps to self-load at start-up, so they won’t suffer a slow degradation of performance. A user can’t power down an iPad without it running through a proper shutdown sequence
This simplicity helps keep the iPad bug free and in good working order.
It biggest selling point is that it is easy to use and hard to “mess up”. This means ever member in a household can use it from the youngest to the oldest. There are also Apps to meet every taste – games, educational, finance, movies, recreational etc, etc. With the picture quality available on the iPad, the quality of the images even on a movie (which is normally made for wide cinema screens) does little to detract from your enjoyment of this media.
The iPad’s parental restrictions let you control the type of apps, games, music, and movies younger members of your family are allowed to download and watch.
Items above are a “taster” for iPad features and are an abridged article from Lifewire.
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iTunes U will be discontinued by Apple at the end of 2021, according to a new support document shared by the company today.
Apple says that iTunes U tools have been replaced with next-generation apps for teachers and students, which include Classroom and Schoolwork, plus the Apple School Manager tool.
Apple has been busy building the next generation of apps for both teachers and students:
– Classroom App turns an iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping teachers guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on track.
– Schoolwork App assists teachers save time and maximize each student’s potential by making it easy for teachers to share class materials, get students to a specific activity in an app, work with students, and view student progress.
Apple has also introduced Apple School Manager to enable IT Administrators to manage iPads, Macs, Apple TV, Apple IDs, books, and apps, while ensuring data is kept secure and private. Apps such as Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand, iMovie, Clips, and Swift Playgrounds have education-specific features that are used regularly by teachers and students.
Given the changes and additions listed above, Apple will discontinue iTunes U at the end of 2021. iTunes U will continue to be available to all existing customers through the 2020-2021 educational year.
Apple has stated, iTunes U will be available for the 2020 to 2021 educational year, with support ending in late 2021. For public content publishers, until iTunes U is discontinued, new and existing content will be available publicly, but Apple suggests creators start exploring other options. Current iTunes U users can continue publishing content through Apple Podcasts or Apple Books.
iTunes U has been around since 2007, and was built in to the iTunes app to provide university lectures and learning content from U.S. colleges. iTunes U allowed educators to create courses with audio, media, handouts, ebooks, and more, with the iTunes U app available for users to access their collections on iPhone and iPad.
When Apple started to transition away from iTunes in 2017, iTunes U content was discontinued as a standalone feature and was transitioned into the Podcasts app and the Podcasts section of iTunes. Support for iTunes U has since been dwindling, with Apple instead focusing on new educational tools.
This abridged article of, “Apple Discontinuing iTunes U at the End of 2021” first appeared on MacRumors.com
Belkin provides a range of iPhone accessories that include wireless chargers
A latest product pairs wireless charging functionality with a home speaker.
The SoundForm Elite Smart Speaker and Wireless Charger, which is priced at $300, was released in May. It is a niche product because of its price point, it may fill a void for those who are looking for devices that have a range of functions.
It has a rounded body shape with an angled top area that’s designed to fit a smartphone for wireless charging purposes. Any size iPhone will fit and work here.
There was concern that the speaker would look unfinished without a smartphone charging on it, but the angled smartphone charging platform looks like a deliberate design decision. The speaker is covered in a mesh fabric, but it’s clothlike and has give, so it almost feels more like a sleeve than a part of the speaker.
The speaker is available in either black or white. There are touch controls on the top for activating Bluetooth, changing the volume, playing/pausing music, or turning off the microphone (and thus preventing Google Assistant from listening). The icons are also a little bit light in colour.
A small light on the wireless charging pad lets you know when your smartphone is charging, and there are a series of LEDs on the front that shine through the fabric cover to give you a visual on when Google Assistant is interacting with you.
This is a smart speaker, and setting it up requires the Google Home app on an iPhone or Android smartphone. If you are not a Google user (i.e. your kit is Apple and Apps are from the Apple Store) then this will be a problem. You need to ne aware of this issue as it is likely to prove problematic unless you are persistent and have technical “know how”.
With Google Assistant, the speaker can play on request when asked from these linked services: YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, and Deezer, with a default able to be set in the Google Home app. You will note Apple Music is not on this list. If you are an Apple Music user then check out the possibilities and challenges of connecting to this.
Google Assistant in addition to playing music, provides services such as answering queries, translating, providing weather information, adjusting volume, controlling linked smart home products, providing daily news, setting timers, setting up music routines, broadcasting voice messages, and more.
The quality of the output from the SoundForm Elite is of high quality and unless you are very “sound sensitive” most listeners will be pleased with the sound quality. The sound is loud enough that it’s able to fill a normal sized room with high quality sound even at high volume.
If you’re in Apple’s ecosystem and use Apple Music and Siri, the Belkin SoundForm Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker and Wireless Charger isn’t going to be worth the purchase because it’s just not set up for Apple’s devices and services. It doesn’t work with Apple Music except over Bluetooth, there is no AirPlay 2 support, and it isn’t HomeKit compatible.
If you have a mix of Apple and Android devices and also have a Google Home setup, it’s a different story. In that situation, it’s a solid speaker that offers high-quality Devialet sound at a reasonable price, and provides all the bells and whistles you get with Google Assistant integration. And to top it all off, there’s a handy wireless charger, making the speaker a versatile and useful desktop companion.
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It’s tempting with the rapid rise of remote work due to COVID-19 to think that out of sight is out of mind when it comes to your PCs. If you are working at home and can still hop on a video call, then everything must be good. The truth can be more complicated.
Many individuals and companies have a four-year PC refresh cycle, the new wave of remote work may, if anything, accelerate that cycle. Prior to the current global health crisis, computer users were becoming more mobile than ever before, raising risks around security, flexibility, efficiency and efficacy.
While the precautionary and voluntary remote work continues, those working in IT are facing unprecedented challenges. Onboarding employees, supporting current ones, and maintaining systems for maximum productivity are challenges they are struggling to solve.
Managing aging systems at scale is challenging when everyone is in one place. With more and more people now operating remotely, the issues multiply exponentially. No business can afford unplanned down time on a regular basis, and employees can grow increasingly frustrated as their productivity drops.
“Aged systems are costing businesses in terms of lost productivity and security risk, and with much of the workforce remote now, IT managers are faced with even bigger maintenance and support challenges.” says Matt Unangst, Director of Commercial Client Business at AMD.
If you or your organization still sees PC refreshes as a luxury, try seeing it instead as an opportunity to unlock immense improvements in productivity, performance and collaboration. The AMD Ryzen™ PRO 4000 family of processors and partner platforms, for example, cover all the bases for any organization’s modern computing needs, delivering a straight line to productivity and PC modernization.
Here are five great reasons to perform a PC refresh now.
Here’s the new reality of work in 2020: increased complexity, juggling workloads, mega multi-tasking, and operating remotely. Offering the most cores and threads in a mobile business processor for ultra-thin notebooks with the Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U processor, AMD Ryzen PRO processors deliver top-of-line performance and responsiveness across a wide variety of workloads, from crunching data to rendering videoconference calls to compiling code.
Improve security features.
Protecting sensitive corporate data has never been more important. Modern notebooks and PCs are often never fully turned off, raising the threat for stolen data. AMD Ryzen PRO processors, featuring AMD PRO security, deliver a multi-layered approach to security features, helping protect data from sophisticated attacks and avoiding downtime.
Minimise IT management time.
IT departments, already spread thin, need all the help they can get with supporting remote workers. AMD PRO Manageability is a full cross-platform feature set enabled on all PRO processors that simplifies remote device management. With AMD PRO manageability, IT can manage a mixed environment of PCs in their fleet with ease, from simplified deployment with Windows® Autopilot, to efficient patch management to address security vulnerabilities, to ongoing management for a wide range of system issues.
Simply put, organizations need the latest hardware to drive today’s modern software experiences. There are also significant stealth costs associated with legacy systems, including on-going maintenance and repair services, that chip away at the bottom line and exceed the cost of upgrading PCs or laptops. New PCs powered by Ryzen PRO processors help boost efficiency by delivering leadership performance and up to 20hours of battery life on a premium platform – driving up productivity by eliminating downtime that comes with aged hardware issues such as long start up time, frequent crashes, and shortened battery life,
With enterprise-grade quality, long-term reliability, and planned software stability, new PCs with Ryzen PRO processors can bring peace of mind to organizations and are a logical choice for today’s remote and highly mobile workforce.
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Apple are Expected to Announce ARM-Based Mac Plans at WWDC
This would mean the moving away from Intel to ARM.
Apple plans to announce its upcoming shift to ARM-based Macs at its virtual WWDC event later this month. This will give developers several months to prepare for the transition, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
ARM-based Macs are expected to have several advantages over existing Intel-based Macs, including faster performance and reduced power consumption.
Gurman reiterates that Apple is developing at least three Mac processors, with the first based on the A14 chip in upcoming iPhone 12 models. TSMC is expected to manufacture the Mac processors based on its advanced 5nm process.
Apple’s first Mac processor is expected to have 12 cores, including eight high-performance cores and at least four energy-efficient cores. Apple is said to be exploring Mac processors with more than 12 cores for further in the future, with the company apparently designing a second generation of Mac processors based on the A15 chip.
Apple has promised a virtual keynote, where it is expected to introduce iOS 14 and other new software, and seemingly its ARM-based Mac plans too.
A wallpaper is a window to your iPhone or iPad. It’s the first thing you see when you look at the opening screen on your iPhone or iPad. Something we tend to do dozens, or hundreds of times a day. Maybe you’re happy with a the standard opening screen and if so, that is fine. But what if you want a little more variety or are seeking to project your own personality onto the screen up from time? How do you go about changing the wallpaper on your iPhone or iPad? Read on to find out.
Please note this is an abridged report of full and detailed instructions taken from iphonehacks.com
1. Set A Stock Wallpaper From Settings
You can quickly switch to a different wallpaper that Apple provides using Settings. Apple has a great set of stock wallpapers, especially if you’re using an iPhone X and higher, and iOS 13. You’ll see a great collection of colourful and dark wallpapers, along with Live Photos and Dynamic wallpapers. For example, iOS 13 users can use four new wallpapers that changed based on Light mode and Dark mode.
Go to Settings -> Wallpaper -> Choose New Wallpaper to get started. Here you’ll find three categories: Dynamic, Stills, and Live. You’ll also see all your photos below, but we’ll get to that in the next section. Go to a section, tap on a wallpaper to select and preview it. Tap on Set and then choose if you want to set the wallpaper on the Lock screen, Home screen, or both. And that’s it, your wallpaper has been changed.
In respect of Apple you can connect to more than wireless keyboards and accessories of that nature. Media devices and musical instruments are able to hook up to an iPad. Android’s have a vast amount of products and software to choose between.
The iPhone/iPad ecosystem includes the App Store, which has over a million apps, many of which are designed with the iPad’s larger display in mind. This ecosystem also includes accessories, which go beyond just tablet cases, wireless keyboards and external speakers. You can do everything from hook your guitar into an iPad to converting your iPad into a miniature coin-operated arcade game.
The iPad also tends to be more stable and easier to use than Android tablets. Apple approves each app individually, ensuring that it (mostly) does what it claims it will do and the worst of the bugs are eliminated. Because Apple and app developers only need to support a limited number of devices, it is easier to stamp out bugs. And while Android has made great strides in becoming easier to use, Apple’s device tends to be more simple and less intimidating.
The iPad is a market leader, with each iPad release continually pushing the industry forward with one of the fastest tablets on the market. In fact, the iPad Pro exceeds the performance of many laptops.
The trade-off in being more stable and easier to use is having less customization and ability to expand. While it is great that each app is checked by Apple before being released into the app store, and iPad users can rest a little easier knowing that it is harder for malware to get onto their device, this approval process does lock out some apps that would be useful.
The iPad also lacks the ability to expand its storage through microSD cards. There are other options, such as Dropbox, and you can use some external drives with the iPad, but the lack of support for microSD and Flash drives is a definite negative.
Android greatest strength is the vast array of devices from which to choose and the amount you can customize your tablet once you make your purchase. There are some great premier Android tablets from makers like Samsung to go along with hundreds of other lesser-known name brands. Android supports some features like widgets (small apps that run on your home screen so you don’t have to open them) that Apple has stayed away from.
Android’s Google Play marketplace has advanced in the past few years. While the lack of supervision of app quality means more of those apps will be throwaways without much use, the boost in numbers does provide a lot more variety.
The lack of supervision and quality control over Google Play (the App store) is one of the big downsides to Android. You know exactly what you are getting when you download name-brand apps like Netflix or Hulu Plus, but when you see/download some little-known app, you don’t quite know what you are going to get. Amazon gets around this by providing their own App Store for the Kindle Fire tablets, but that means the Kindle Fire has a more limited app selection.
Piracy has done some damage to the Android platform. While it is possible to pirate apps for the iPad, it’s much easier on Android. The amount of piracy has led some app developers to stick with the iPhone and iPad rather than risk the money it would take to create an Android version of their apps.
The variety of devices can be a good point when shopping for what you want, it has its downside in support. Android operating system updates are not always compatible with all devices, and it can be difficult for app developers to stamp out bugs on all supported devices. This can lead to stability problems in some apps.
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