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Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, Galaxy S22 Ultra Camera Specifications Tipped Again


Samsung Galaxy S22 series has constantly been a part of the rumour mill. Now, a tipster has shared some images of tempered glass for the display and camera modules have surfaced online. The latter hints at the purported design of the camera modules for the vanilla Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Earlier this week, the camera specifications of the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+ surfaced online. They are said to feature a triple rear camera setup headlined by a 50-megapixel primary sensor.

Tipster 8090 Digital Beauty (translated) has shared a couple of images of protective accessories for Samsung Galaxy S22 series. The images are for front and rear tempered glass. The design of the front tempered glass was also shared recently by a notable tipster. The rear tempered glass now hints at the design of the camera module for the vanilla Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra.

The image shows that Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ will get a triple rear camera setup stacked vertically. The camera module for both smartphones is shown to be square with two pointy edges and two curved edges. This design is very reminiscent of the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+.

The protective accessory for the Galaxy S22 Ultra shows five cutouts in the camera module, however, it is not yet confirmed if it will indeed get five sensors. The five cutouts are placed vertically in two rows of three and two.

Earlier this week, Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ were reported to get a triple rear camera setup. Tipster Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) shared that both smartphones will get a 50-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens with a f/2.2 aperture lens, and a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture lens and 3x optical zoom. Furthermore, the selfie camera on both smartphones is said to be a 10-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture lens.


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Sony Alpha 7C Full-Frame Camera With Exmor R CMOS Sensor, AI-Driven Real-Time Eye Autofocus Launched in India


Sony Alpha 7C full-frame camera has been launched in India and is the latest entrant in Sony’s alpha series. The company is touting the new camera as the “world’s smallest and lightest Full-frame camera system with SEL2860 Zoom Lens.” It is capable of 4K video recording with low noise and comes with AI-driven real-time tracking and eye-autofocus. Sony says the Alpha 7C has been designed for vloggers and video creators and brings easy functionality. It has a touch screen LCD display that can swivel and has improved sensitivity.

Sony Alpha 7C price in India

Sony Alpha 7C is priced at Rs. 1,67,990 for the body only. With the new kit lens SEL2860, the cost goes up to Rs. 1,96,990. Sony Alpha 7C will be available for purchase starting today via all Sony Centers, Alpha Flagship stores, ShopatSC.com, and major electronic stores across the country.

The SEL2860 lens comes as a part of the kit with the Sony Alpha 7C for now, but starting from January next year, it will be available separately as well.

Sony Alpha 7C specifications, features

Sony Alpha 7C comes with a 35mm full-frame (35.6×23.8mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor at 24.2 megapixels. It uses the BIONZ X image processor and can deliver still images and movies from ISO 100 to ISO 51200. Sony says the NP-FZ100 rechargeable battery in the camera can last for around 680 shots with the viewfinder and 740 shots with the LCD monitor. In terms of video, a full charge can record 140 minutes of video footage from either the viewfinder or the LCD monitor. Sony Alpha 7C has a 3:2 aspect ratio.

The full-frame camera can take pictures in JPEG and record videos in RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format). In 3:2 aspect ratio, it can take images of up to 6,000×4,000 pixels. You get a variety of image quality modes including RAW (compressed/ uncompressed), JPEG (Extra fine/ Fine/ Standard), RAW, and JPEG. You can also use the Dynamic Range Optimiser and Auto High Dynamic Range features if required, that can also be turned off.

Sony Alpha 7C is compatible with SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I/II compliant) and SDXC memory card (UHS-I/II compliant). It comes with long exposure noise reduction, Fast Hybrid AF (auto-focus), phase-detection, 1200-zone evaluative metering, and a variety of display functions such as histogram, digital level gauge, real-time image-adjustment display, grid line, focus check, and more. The display is a 3-inch TFT touchscreen with 9,21,600 dots and swivel functionality.

Sony has added USB Type-C SuperSpeed USB 5 GBps (USB 3.2) compatibility to the Alpha 7C. For connectivity, it also has Bluetooth 4.1, a 3.5mm jack, FTP transfer functionality through Wi-Fi, and NFC. Sony Alpha 7C measures 124x71x59mm and weighs 509 grams.


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Apple HomePod Mini Adds Hands-Free Music Streaming on Gaana


Music streaming service Gaana now supports hands-free streaming through voice commands on the Apple HomePod mini. The smart speaker from Apple is priced at Rs. 9,900 in India, and supports direct streaming of Apple Music as a default service, but the addition of Gaana adds a new streaming service and its entire library to Siri’s capabilities on the HomePod mini. Gaana has a library of over 45 million tracks across 25 languages, and largely covers music in various Indian languages.

Gaana’s service is available in both free and paid tiers, and support for hands-free streaming on the HomePod mini works regardless of whether you’re on the free or paid plan. Gadgets 360 was able to successfully test the feature on the Apple HomePod mini on a free plan.

The service needs to be activated on the Gaana app on iOS first, and has to be done on a device which is linked to the HomePod mini using Apple’s Home app. To set up Gaana to stream on the HomePod mini, users need to go to the Settings > Connect with HomePod, and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Once complete, users can have the HomePod mini play tracks from Gaana using voice commands, such as “Hey Siri, play (track name) on Gaana”. This is a notable change, as the HomePod range earlier only supported hands-free music streaming from the company’s own Apple Music streaming service.

It is possible to stream music from other services such as Spotify and Amazon Music, but this requires the use of a smartphone as the controller, with an AirPlay connection between the smartphone and the HomePod mini.

Unlike smart speakers from Google and Amazon, the Apple HomePod and HomePod mini are fairly limited it their support for third-party services, with a focus on Apple Music as the default service for hands-free streaming. And although the speaker is Bluetooth enabled, you can’t directly pair it to play music from your phone or other devices — the only way to stream other services and content is through Apple AirPlay.

However, the introduction of direct hands-free streaming of Gaana on the HomePod mini suggests that Apple could be opening up its ecosystem for the smart speaker, and other services could similarly support hands-free streaming going forward.


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Google Updating Android With New Features Including Family Alerts, Digital Car Key Support


Google has announced a list of new features for Android users that are rolling out to make your phones more useful. One of the most notable features is Family Bell that can help you and your family to stay on track with your daily schedules by receiving their alerts on phones as well as home devices such as a smart speaker or display. The other big update is coming to Google Photos where you will get new Memories to look back on the memories you had with your loved ones. Google is also introducing a digital car key feature to let you use your Android phone as a car key.

In the list of new features that Google has detailed through a blog post, Family Bell is what you are going to find most useful if you are planning to spend some time with your family. It allows you to send alerts to not only your phone but also to the phones of your family members and devices including home speakers and smart displays with bells and notifications when you want to connect for a specific joint goal. This can be to call your family for morning breakfast, watering a tree on a holiday, or going out for a family movie night.

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Family Bell is reaching on Android to let you set alerts and reminders for you and your family 
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Family Bell can be edited, managed, and customised from your selected device. Each of your family members can also set bells on their own devices for individual goals.

In addition to Family Bell, Google apps including Google Play Books and YouTube Music are getting widgets. Google Play Books is receiving a new widget through which you can access your full library of books and keep track of your audiobook progress directly from your Home screen.

With the new YouTube Music widget, you can access playback controls and recently played tracks from your Home screen to easily control and enjoy your favourite music.

A new Google Photos People & Pets widget is also rolling out starting next week to let you put a frame with your family photos on your Home screen. You can select a few faces and an appropriate frame to decorate your Home screen with your loved ones.

Google Photos is also getting the new Memories feature that is aimed to remind you with the memories you spent with your family and friends. These Memories will appear in your photo grid and showcase a curated selection of photos and videos from holidays such as New Year’s Eve or Halloween and milestones like birthdays and graduations, Google said.

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Google Photos is getting a new Memories feature to show precious moments in your photo grid
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Users will also get controls to rename, personalised, correct, and even remove Memories from their photo grid to get a customised experience.

Google is also bringing the digital car key feature to let Android users lock, unlock, and even start a compatible car using their phones. It is initially rolling out in select countries on the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S21 for compatible BMW cars.

Notably, Apple introduced a similar digital car key feature for iPhone users last year that started rolling out for newer iPhone models earlier this year. It is also limited to a few luxury cars at this moment.

Alongside the digital car key, Google is updating Android Auto to let users set their compatible in-car systems to launch automatically when they are connected with an Android phone. This is quite useful as you will not have to manually connect your phone to your Android Auto system when you are driving out.

Google is also bringing smart reply options soon to Android Auto to let you respond to a text message using Google Assistant while driving — by simply tapping to respond or creating a custom message. You can also listen to your favourite track with a single tap of the new always-on play button available on your Home screen when connected to your Android Auto system.

In the coming future, Google is also bringing the ability to let you use your voice to search for music faster in your media apps on Android Auto. This will be through a new search icon that will allow you to say your favourite artist or song to play them in your car.

Gboard on Android is also getting an update with a feature called Emoji Kitchen where you can combine emoji into stickers to express your feelings, without typing text. You can celebrate the holidays in the western world by sharing your favourite emoji in a gift box or using a collection of furry friends to spread your dog love with friends and family.

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Gboard is receiving Emoji Kitchen to let you combine emoji into stickers
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Google said that it is currently rolling out the latest stickers via Emoji Kitchen to Gboard Beta users, though all Gboard users will get them in the coming weeks.

The last major change that Google is bringing for Android users is permissions auto-reset. It will allow your device to automatically turn off runtime permissions for downloaded apps that you have not used in a while. Runtime permissions allows apps to access restricted data including location and contact information or take actions such as use camera and microphone on your behalf.

You can, of course, turn permissions back on anytime you want, either by opening the app again or through the settings menu.

Google said the new permissions auto-reset feature will expand support to “billions more devices with Google Play services” that are running on Android 6.0 or higher starting next month.




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Cricket 22 Release Date, Download, Pre-Order, Review, Gameplay, Price, and More


Cricket 22 is the latest iteration in the popular cricket video game franchise by Big Ant Studios. It will be the first game in the series to be available for the next-generation consoles: PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X. Cricket 22 will have Pat Cummins and Meg Lanning — captains of Australia’s men and women teams, respectively — on the cover. Though that wasn’t always the case. Tim Paine, the ex-captain of the team, was replaced with Cummins on the game’s cover in the light of his involvement in a recent scandal.

Big Ant Studios has described Cricket 22 as the studio’s “most detailed cricket simulation”. The game is being released in time for the upcoming Ashes — a biennial test series played between Australia and England — taking place in Australia this year. As such, it’s officially titled Cricket 22 : The Official Game of The Ashes.

In addition to PS5 and Series S/X, Cricket 22 will also be available to play on PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest title in the Cricket franchise.

Cricket 22 release date

Earlier slated to release on November 25, Cricket 22 will now release on December 2 at 12:01am as per your local time zone. Speaking on the delay, Big Ant CEO Ross Symons said that “there was a critical day 1 patch that players will need to enjoy the full Cricket 22 experience that has consequently needed to be revoked.” Symons further added that both physical and digital copies will get delayed.

Cricket 22’s last-minute delayed was also due to a scandal involving Australian cricketer Tim Paine. Paine resigned as the captain of the men’s cricket team after he was recently found to have sent lewd messages to a colleague from the women’s cricket team in 2017. He was also on the original cover art for the game but Big Ant Studios had to redevelop “the cover art, other visuals, and team lists.”

Cricket 22 is also releasing for Nintendo Switch but it will only be released in January 2022. This will make the popular cricket video game franchise one of the few major sporting titles on the handheld console.

Is Cricket 22 on Steam?
The latest Cricket title from Big Ant Studios is listed on Steam. At the time of writing, the early access game — a demo version, of sorts — is available and comes with a note that says that it is not yet complete. You can pre-order Cricket 22 at Rs. 2,999 on Steam to get early access.

Cricket 22 price, pre-order

Cricket 22 is priced at Rs. 3,999 in India and AUD 99.95 (roughly Rs. 5,350) across platforms. Players who pre-order the game would receive Cricket 22 Nets Training, Batting and Bowling mini games, and online leaderboards.

The game is also available to pre-order and can be purchased through Cricket Australia’s online store for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox for AUD 99.95. It is listed as currently unavailable on the Microsoft Store, with a Rs. 3,999 price on the main page. There is also no listing for Cricket 22 on the Nintendo Store as of now.

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Australia Women in Cricket 22
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Big Ant Studios also mentioned that Cricket 22 was available to pre-order through the PlayStation Store but had to be removed due to the delay. Furthermore, Big Ant CEO Symons said he’s not confident that will be returning to Sony’s games store for pre-order but said “I am confident it will be for sale at 12:01am on 2 December in your local timezone.” However, the game is still listed on PlayStation Store.

Players can pre-order the physical edition in India through Game Loot, Games The Shop, and Prepaid Game Card.

How can I download Cricket 22?

Cricket 22 is releasing on December 2 and players can preload the game before that so that they can enjoy the game as soon as it is released. However, as of now only Xbox has announced that the game is available for preload on Xbox consoles. Players should note that pre-loading the game will not give them early access to it.

Cricket 22 PC system requirements

Steam mentions the minimum and recommended requirements for Cricket 22 for PC players.

Cricket 22 minimum PC system requirements

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 3/ Intel Core i3
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R7 260/ Nvidia GTX 650Ti
  • RAM: 8GB
  • VRAM: 2GB
  • DirectX: 11

Cricket 22 recommended PC system requirements

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5/ Intel Core i5
  • GPU: AMD Radeon 5500 XT/ Nvidia RTX 2060
  • RAM: 16GB
  • VRAM: TBD
  • DirectX: 12

Furthermore, players would also need a minimum of 45GB of onboard storage free on their PCs that run at least Windows 10.

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Melbourne Cricket Ground in Cricket 22
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Cricket 22 gameplay

As for the gameplay, Big Ant Studios has announced that it worked on fan feedback to improve the franchise.

  • New bowling and fielding controls that will “refine” what Cricket 19 fans were used to
  • Story-driven career mode, putting you in charge on and off the field. You’ll have control over training, injuries, press conferences, and more.
  • New commentary team, featuring Michael Atherton, Ian Healy, Mel Jones, Alison Mitchell, and David Gower. Jones and Mitchell will lead the all-women commentary for the women’s game which is getting the same treatment as the men’s game, Big Ant claims.
  • Better accessibility, with revamped tutorials to make it easier for first-time cricket players.

Being a portable console, the gameplay on Nintendo Switch is expected to be slightly different than on PC, PlayStation, or Xbox. Since Cricket 22 has been made keeping the next-gen consoles in mind, it is safe to assume that it will come with better graphics on PS5 and Xbox Series S/X compared to other platforms.

Cricket 22 review

There has been no announcement of an embargo on the review of Cricket 22. That said, the first reviews should be available around the time of release.


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Realme 9i Concept Renders Spotted Online, Tip Familiar Smartphone Design, Triple Camera Setup


Realme 9i renders have been spotted online, giving smartphone enthusiasts an idea of what to expect from the handset that is tipped to launch in Q1 2022. The Realme 9i smartphone is yet to be confirmed by the Chinese company, but the concept renders suggest that the successor to the Realme 8i smartphone, could sport familiar elements, including the rear camera module that looks similar to the one found on the Realme GT Neo 2 flagship smartphone.

The Realme 9i renders shared by ThePixel.vn (in Vietnamese) suggest the upcoming smartphone could feature a triple rear camera setup with an LED flash, located in a camera module that looks similar to the Realme GT Neo 2 smartphone. The back of the handset also shows minimal branding in the form of the Realme logo at the bottom left corner of the screen. The render shows a single speaker at the bottom, located to the right of the USB Type-C port.

The rear section of the phone appears to have curved edges that blend into the left and right spine of the phone. According to the renders, there is no fingerprint scanner located on the back of the smartphone. This suggests that it could be located on the power button, or that the company could include an in-display scanner. On the front of the handset is a punch-hole camera located in the top-right corner of the screen.

Previous reports have tipped the Realme 9i to feature a MediaTek Helio G90T SoC along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The smartphone is also expected to sport a 6.5-inch full-HD+ display along with a 64-megapixel quad camera setup. However, the company has not yet announced any details about the Realme 9i.

Realme 9i is expected to feature upgraded specifications over its predecessor, the Realme 8i, that was launched by the company in September. Realme 8i is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G96 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Realme 8i comes with a 6.6-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,412 pixels) display. The smartphone is equipped with a 64-megapixel rear camera setup, along with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. Realme 8i runs on a 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.


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Fujifilm X-S10 Mirrorless Camera With In-Body Image Stabilisation Launched in India: Price and Specifications


Fujifilm X-S10 mirrorless digital camera has been launched in India. This camera is part of the flagship X-series from Fujifilm. Available with a variety of lens kit options, the X-S10 is aimed at beginners and vloggers. It comes equipped with a 26.1-megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, a high-speed image processing engine and in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) features. The camera also features a vari-angle LCD screen that can also be flipped forward 180 degrees. Fujifilm said it is the first mid-range X series camera to use a motion sensor retention mechanism.

Fujifilm X-S10 price

The Fujifilm X-S10 camera (body only) is available at a price of Rs. 99,999. If you want to purchase it with 18-55mm kit lens, it will cost you Rs. 1,34,999 and with the 16-80mm kit lens, the camera is priced at Rs. 1,49,999.

Fujifilm X-S10 features

The Fujifilm X-S10 offers high-speed AF with the X-Trans 26.1-megapixel CMOS 4 sensor’s 2.16 million phase detection pixels and X-Processor 4 processor. Fujifilm claims that the camera can achieve focus in as fast as 0.02 seconds in some cases. It comes with a vari-angle LCD monitor that can rotate up to 180 degrees. There is a Live View function that has three Boost modes, including Low Light Priority, Resolution Priority model, and Frame Rate Priority.

The Fujifilm X-S10 is a mirrorless camera and it features a newly-developed in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) mechanism that is said to be approximately 30 percent smaller in volume and weight than the previous model. The camera delivers five-axis image stabilisation and is claimed to be the first mid-range X Series camera to use a motion sensor retention mechanism, which is essentially a mechanical shock absorber that guards against slight vibrations that may come from the shutter unit.

The camera features AUTO/SP (Scene Position) Mode that automatically adjusts camera settings. When it comes to video, the Fujifilm X-S10 can capture sharp 4K videos. It also allows users to capture high-speed full-HD video at 240fps. The company says that the camera generates 4K video from the amount of data equivalent to 6K to ensure the footage is in high resolution with low noise.


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Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) With Upgraded Camera, Auto-Framing Launched in India


Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Generation) was launched in India on Wednesday, August 25. The new model is an upgrade to the original Echo Show 8 that the US e-commerce giant brought to the Indian market last year. The Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) comes with a better camera as a major improvement over the previous version. Amazon has also provided an auto-framing feature on the new Echo Show 8 model that lets the device pan and zoom automatically to adjust the frame during video calls.

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) price in India, availability details

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) price in India has been set at Rs. 13,999. However, Amazon is currently selling the device at a discounted price of Rs. 11,499 for a limited period. The Echo Show 8 (2nd Generation) comes in Black and White colours — just like the original Echo Show 8.

The Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) is available for purchase through Amazon.in, and customers can bundle the device with a smart bulb at an additional price of Rs. 100 or a smart plug for TVs and chargers at Rs. 599.

To draw a comparison, the Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) was launched in the US at $130 (roughly Rs. 9,700) and the first-generation Echo Show 8 was introduced in India at Rs. 8,999.

Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) specifications

The Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) has the same 8-inch adaptive colour display with a 1,280×800 pixels resolution that came with the original Echo Show 8. You’ll also get the identical 2-inch neodymium stereo speakers along with a passive radiator that featured on the previous model. However, the biggest change in the Echo Show 8 (2nd Generation) over the last-generation model is its 13-megapixel camera. This is significantly larger in megapixel count over the 1-megapixel camera available on the older Echo Show 8. The new camera sensor also supports Amazon’s auto-framing feature that enables automatic pan and zoom — just like on the Echo Show 10.

Amazon has also provided an upgraded, octa-core MediaTek MT8183 processor on the Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) to deliver faster performance over the original Echo Show 8 model that had a quad-core MediaTek MT8163 SoC. On the downside, the new Echo Show 8 doesn’t include a 3.5mm jack that is there on the older model to let you connect your phone or other devices through an aux cable. You can, however, still connect over Bluetooth to play your favourite music tracks. There is support for Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) to stream audio between your mobile device and Echo Show 8 and enable audio streaming to a Bluetooth speaker.

In addition to playing songs from your phone, the Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) lets you play music through Web services including Amazon Prime Music, Apple Music, Gaana, Hungama, JioSaavn, and Spotify. You can also ask Alexa to play your favourite movies or TV shows from Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. Alexa can also make hands-free video calls or control any of your compatible smart home devices. Additionally, the Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) lets you remotely monitor your home and view live video feed using its built-in camera, directly on your smartphone or other Echo Show devices.

The Echo Show 8 (2nd Generation) can also be a digital frame in your room and show your memories from Facebook Photos. When not in use, you can close the camera sensor of the Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) using the inbuilt physical cover and turn its microphone off with a press of a button.

Connectivity options on the Amazon Echo Show 8 (2nd Gen) comprise dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The device measures 200x135x99mm and weighs 1.3kg.


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YouTube ‘App’ With Home Screen, Phone Remote Widely Rolling Out for Chromecast: Report


Google seems to be widely rolling out a new YouTube app-like experience for Chromecast. The update is mostly available for Chromecast Ultra and Chromecast (3rd generation) that was released in 2018. 9to5Google that first reported on the update says that the experience has not been made available to older Chromecast models for the first time. Reportedly, Google started rolling out these features for the Chromecast YouTube app earlier this year to a smaller userbase. The newer interface appears to be more user-friendly than the previous versions, but non-Premium users have reported that they are encountering more ads with this update.

Previously, Chromecast offered a very basic viewing experience to its users when they would cast a video on their TVs. It featured a basic video player and a “Ready to Watch” splash screen. Users are now reporting via 9to5Google the appearance of a more comprehensive video player with the option to change resolution, closed caption settings, and add videos to a playlist/queue. The user interface has also undergone an overhaul with the splash screen now being replaced by the YouTube home screen. The YouTube app on Chromecast now features a navigation rail on the left side with Search, Home, News, Music, Gaming, Movies & Shows, Subscriptions, and Library options. The main section of the layout now consists of video rows similar to what has been featured on the native YouTube app on Android TV or other smart televisions.

Earlier this year, in July, Google had released the new features to more users. The rollout came with a new remote control layout for Chromecast. It featured a D-pad with a back button.

Additionally, the remote also had a voice search button below the D-pad. This remote can now be opened by tapping the Cast icon on the YouTube app. The remote’s icon then appears below the regular volume slider. Reportedly, some physical TV remotes are also compatible with the new YouTube interface on Chromecast.




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Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch Version Users Are Complaining of MagSafe 3 Charging Issue


Apple MacBook Pro (16-inch) users are facing an issue with charging the device via MagSafe. As per user reports on Reddit, a considerable number of users are finding that their MagSafe 3 connector sometimes fails to deliver the expected charge when their laptop is turned off and the lid is closed. Apple MacBook Pro (2021) model in 14-inch and 16-inch sizes were launched in October this year with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max processors.

The charging issue with the 16-inch MacBook Pro was first spotted on a Reddit thread posted by a user who goes by the name Trillionaire. The issue was reported with an accompanying video. As per the post, the user’s MacBook Pro model, when fully shut down, is failing to charge with the ‌MagSafe‌ 3 connector cable plugged in. The ‌MagSafe‌ light is said to repeatedly flash amber instead of turning green (indicating fully charged) and not recharging the MacBook’s battery. Multiple affected users commented on the thread. The issue is being reported on Apple’s support page as well and one user commented on the thread saying that Apple has assured to replace their 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Apple support page lists recommendations to ensure the normal functioning of MagSafe‌, but users say that it is not of any help to them. However, Apple is reportedly aware of the issue and Apple Support has recommended the Reddit user to charge their 16-inch MacBook Pro while the laptop is in sleep mode, and with the lid open. They also recommended connecting the MagSafe cable before shutting the computer down. Some MacBook Pro users have reported that charging over USB-C also works.

As mentioned, Apple unveiled the new 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2021) significant upgrades to its earlier offerings in October this year. The price of the model starts at Rs. 2,39,900 for regular customers and Rs. 2,15,910 for education. In the US, the 16-inch version is priced at $2,499 (roughly Rs. 1,88,100).

It features Apple’s Liquid Retina XDR display and offers up to 120Hz adaptive refresh rate using the ProMotion technology. Under the hood, MacBook Pro (2021) model can be equipped with the new M1 Pro or M1 Max chips that include up to 10-core CPU and up to 32-core GPU




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