Apple Crosstech Wed, 21 Sep 2022 14:59:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Apple Crosstech 32 32 Daily Deals September 21: $110 off Apple Studio Display, AirPods Pro 2 for $239, $70 off eufy D20 Smart Lock, more Wed, 21 Sep 2022 14:59:55 +0000

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  • Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Canceling On-Ear Headphones: $199.95 ($150 off) at Amazon
  • Apple MagSafe Charger: $29.99 ($10 off) at Verizon
  • Apple MagSafe Battery: $74.24 ($25 off) at Verizon
  • 16-inch MacBook Pro (M1 Max, 32C GPU, 32GB, 1TB): $3,099 ($400 off) at B&H
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (128GB, Wi-Fi): $899.99 ($200 off) at Amazon
  • Apple Magic Mouse: $59.99 ($19 off) at Amazon
  • Tascam Mixcast 4 Podcast USB Audio Mixer, Recorder and Interface: $399.99 ($100 off) at B&H
  • Dyson Pure Cool TP01 Purifier Fan: $299.99 ($100 off) at Best Buy
  • Save up to $700 on select Samsung TVs
  • Get Plex Pass for $95.99 by signing into a free account and applying code PROTIPS2022
  • Arlo Ultra 2 Spotlight 3-Camera Security Bundle: $749.99 ($150 off for Totaltech members) at Best Buy
  • 14-inch MacBook Pro (10C CPU, 16C GPU, 16GB, 1TB): $2,099 ($400 off) at Amazon
  • Mac mini (M1, 16GB, 512GB): $999 ($100 off) with code APINSIDER at Adorama
  • AirPods Pro (1st Gen): $179.98 ($70 off) at Amazon
  • G-Technology 1TB G-Drive USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C External Hard Drive: $72.49 ($7.46 off) at B&H
  • LG 32BN67U-B 31.5-inch 16:9 IPS 4K Monitor: $419 ($100 off) at B&H
  • Eufy Security Smart Lock D20 (Built-in Wi-Fi) and Floodlight E Camera, 2K Bundle: $219.99 ($30 off) with code SSBWA824 at Newegg
  • Seagate 18TB Expansion Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive: $319.99 ($180 off) at B&H
  • Seagate Firecuda 520 2TB NVMe PCI-E 4 Internal Solid State Drive: $164.99 ($15 off with coupon code SPSTME23) in Newegg
  • Ring Fit Adventure, Nintendo, Nintendo Switch: $54.99 ($25 off) at Walmart
UK START program receives Golden Apple Award Wed, 21 Sep 2022 08:00:01 +0000

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (September 21, 2022) — In recognition of its strong commitment to student success, the University of Kentucky’s STEM Through Authentic Research and Training (START) program was awarded the Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) Golden Apple Award.

The Golden Apple Award recognizes high-performing programs and organizations that partner with FCPS to advance education and mentorship opportunities for students in the community. Members of the UK START program received the award on Wednesday, September 14 at the FCPS State of the Schools Address event.

“It’s a fantastic honor for the program and the efforts of everyone involved,” said Luke Bradley, Ph.D., acting chairman and professor of neuroscience at the UK College of Medicine. “We wouldn’t be here without the support of others and partnerships across campus and with the community.

The UK START program is a collaboration between UK colleges and local organizations to improve pathways to college for first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students. The program emphasizes introducing students early to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by integrating academic, social, and professional experiences.

Faculty and staff involved in the program provide outreach, hands-on experiences, training, and activities in campus labs and connect students with STEM professionals. Since its launch during the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has provided these opportunities to more than 1,200 students in Lexington school systems.

Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, Ph.D., professor of STEM education and associate dean at the UK College of Education, said local K-12 students benefit from living in a community with a major research university. like the UK. This provides opportunities for partnerships designed “to help young people see the possibilities they can pursue”.

“Rich partnerships, such as the START partnership, are important because they actively work to disrupt the systems that make some young people feel like STEM careers aren’t for them or don’t belong,” said Mohr-Schroeder. “This is especially important for populations that are marginalized or traditionally underrepresented in STEM.”

Lordina Mensah, currently an undergraduate student at Lewis Honors College majoring in engineering and STEM education, was introduced to STEM by attending STEM summer camps for elementary, middle and high school students led by Mohr -Schroeder, then continuing through the START program in high school. She will continue her involvement in the program as a quasi-peer mentor for future START students.

“I want to become a STEM engineer and educator to introduce and support minority and underrepresented children in STEM,” Mensah said. “I want to give back to the community that has supported me throughout my journey.”

START program students have the unique experience of being both a near-peer participant and leader for other students.

“This program is not just about empowering students; it’s about showing students that they are valued members of the STEM community. They have a lot to contribute, including “paying it forward” to future generations,” Bradley said. “While we see strong growth in the number of students exposed to STEM experiences, when we add close peer mentoring, that’s when we see students flourish.”

The START program is housed in the UK College of Medicine’s Department of Neuroscience and is led by faculty and staff from the College of Medicine, the College of Education and the Department of Transformative Learning’s Integrated Success Coaching. It is funded by a five-year, $1.3 million Science Education Partnership Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Local organizations involved in UK START include FCPS, Lexington Academies, STEAM Academy, The Learning Center, the Kentucky-West Virginia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program, Higher Orbits and Space Tango, a Lexington-based STEM society.

For more information on the UK START programme, or how you can get involved, visit

The research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number R25GM132961. The content is the sole responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

Apple plans to fix a bug that users say causes the iPhone 14 Pro’s camera to shake eyes Tue, 20 Sep 2022 16:06:00 +0000

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Apple said it has been working on a software fix after some users who recently bought the iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max shook their devices against the cameras “unreasonably” and made strange noises while using social media.

In videos and posts posted to social media sites, some users explained that the issue only occurred when using the camera with third-party platforms, including Snapchat, TikTok and Instagram. One YouTube user posted a video of a phone shock using TikTok. Other users posted on Reddit about similar questions. “I’ve been experiencing my camera shaking every time I open Snapchat or use the camera for Instagram,” wrote one. “However, I don’t run into any issues when I use the regular camera app.”

In a statement to Rhode Island on Tuesday, Apple ( AAPL ) said today it is working on resolving issues. “We are aware of the issue and a fix will be released after a week,” a company spokesperson said.

An early hiccup for Apple after each of the new iPhones was revealed earlier this month. The Pro Pro models, which have the first 48 MP camera and some new advanced features, are expected to be in the first high demand this year, which makes it easier for Apple to provide these models. starting at $199.

In a a series of recent tweetsLake analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said The demand for iPhone 14 Pro models has reportedly led Apple to change its standard iPhone 14 production lines to produce more high-end devices. At the same time, iPhone 14 Pro models seem to have longer wait times than the rest of the iPhone 14 line.

Apple fix not the first software update since the company released its latest mobile software, iOS 16, last Monday. Apple has just released iOS 16.0.1. address issues with the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro devices, and fix a bug within the zoom feature of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

iPhone SE 3: Own an iPhone under Rs 12K! Flipkart Announces Massive Price Drop on iPhone SE 2 and SE 3 Tue, 20 Sep 2022 07:16:00 +0000 A smartphone is more than a device for staying connected, as it has multi-faceted use cases today. From networking to finding directions, a smartphone has become the go-to device for all your daily queries, making it all the more difficult to choose the best one for everyone.

If you’re thinking of switching to an iPhone, now might be a good time. E-commerce giants Flipkart and Amazon are offering huge discounts on iPhones. Now, it is possible for users to own an iPhone for as little as Rs 12,000. The second generation iPhone SE which was launched in March 2022 can be purchased with a host of offers on Flipkart. The discounts have also been extended to the iPhone SE 3.

Flipkart has announced significant price cuts on the 64GB iPhone SE, priced at Rs 39,900. The platform is offering a discount of Rs 9,401 bringing the price down to Rs 30,499. may lower the price further. Flipkart also offers a currency exchange discount of up to Rs 19,000 which further lowers the price to Rs 11,499. The currency exchange discount, however, highly depends on the condition of the traded smartphone.

On the iPhone SE 3, priced at Rs 49,900, users can avail a discount of Rs 6,000 and a trade-in discount of Rs 19,000. Users can purchase an iPhone Se 3 at Rs 24 900 when combining all discounts.

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Considering the range of use cases, buying a smartphone is no longer an easy task. Today, markets are flooded with smartphones of all kinds. However, for most users, smartphones with smooth user interface, reliable RAM and upgraded cameras are their preferred choice. However, in this festive season, if you have decided to buy an iPhone, you have a range of offers and discounts to choose from.

When it comes to efficiency and ease of use, operating systems have a huge role to play in smartphones. Android and iOS smartphones are among the most widely used mobile operating systems around the world. However, over the years, Apple’s iOS has found more and more takers. This is mainly due to facets such as ease of use, intuitive interface, security and improved privacy features.

This 3 in 1 charging station is the best gift I gave to my parents Mon, 19 Sep 2022 21:14:53 +0000

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A few gifts I gave to my parents had a memorable impact. But there is only one practical gift that I gave them that they still actively talk about.

I first bought my dad the Belkin MagSafe 3-in-1 Wireless Charger for his desk, but on his next birthday he was asking for another one for his nightstand. After using it a few times, my mom picked up my dad’s first edition, and they now both have one on their bedside tables.

Belkin MagSafe 3-in-1 wireless charger, $144.99

This multitasking charging station is one of the best designs I’ve seen and got a ton of rave reviews (including from my tech-savvy parents). This charger can simultaneously charge your iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods, it doesn’t take up much space and costs less than $150 – basically, it’s a win-win-win.

This sleek design is wireless and takes advantage of MagSafe technology. Place your devices in their respective slots and the magnetic modules will secure them. Although it’s a bit of an investment, quickly charging all your everyday devices in one place without extra cords is definitely worth it.

According to its product description, this charger is compatible with all iPhone 12, 13, and 14 models and all Apple Watch and AirPods with MagSafe cases. And Amazon shoppers have given it over 3,000 five-star ratings.

One happy customer said, “I found myself using this charger daily and even taking it out of town and on vacation. It’s a must-have for me because of its convenience and usefulness. Another called it “the last home charger you’ll ever need”.

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NYC Mayor Adams Says Migrants Busted From Texas Could Be Hosted On Cruise Ships Mon, 19 Sep 2022 16:10:08 +0000

The mayor of New York has declared a “humanitarian crisis” in his city after 2,500 migrants were bused into the Big Apple and floods of people poured into Texas every day.

Eric Adams has revealed migrants arriving in New York could be accommodated on Norwegian cruise ships as he plans to take legal action against Governor Abbott amid the spiraling migrant problem in the country.

He is also planning to take legal action against the governor of the Lone Star State as thousands of immigrants continue to be shipped across the country – in many cases, without prior warning.

Republican governors have again escalated the war on immigration in Democratic-run areas by threatening to airlift illegal migrants to President Biden’s home state of Delaware.

Buses and planes full of illegal immigrants have so far arrived in New York, Chicago, Washington DC and Massachusetts from the southern borders.

In a series of scathing interviews, Adams said the severe humanitarian crisis he faced was to some extent caused by “the governors of the southern states”.

At least six buses of asylum seekers arrived in New York from Texas on Sunday – as the city’s shelters reached “breaking point”. A total of more than 11,000 migrants have arrived in the city since May, 2,500 of whom were sent by bus by Governor Abbott.

Eric Adams of New York told CBS2: “Our legal team is looking at the legal challenges we might have with Texas.

New York Mayor Eric Adams said his administration is considering housing migrants on cruise ships in a bid to cope with the influx

Migrants are loaded onto MTA buses in Manhattan after arriving by bus from Texas at the Port Authority bus station this morning

Migrants are loaded onto MTA buses in Manhattan after arriving by bus from Texas at the Port Authority bus station this morning

A group of migrants arrive in New York and are sent by bus from Texas.  The Big Apple has faced an influx of migrants in recent months as southern state governors continue to escalate the immigration war again in Democratic-ruled areas.

A group of migrants arrive in New York and are sent by bus from Texas. The Big Apple has faced an influx of migrants in recent months as southern state governors continue to escalate the immigration war again in Democratic-ruled areas.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (pictured) has been criticized for his plans to ship migrants across the country.  New York Governor Eric Adams has now said his team is considering taking legal action against him

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (pictured) has been criticized for his plans to ship migrants across the country. New York Governor Eric Adams has now said his team is considering taking legal action against him

A cruise ship is seen in the Hudson River in New York.  It's unclear if Eric Adams has drawn up plans to house migrants on ships like this, but he mentioned it could be an option to deal with the growing crisis.

A cruise ship is seen in the Hudson River in New York. It’s unclear if Eric Adams has drawn up plans to house migrants on ships like this, but he mentioned it could be an option to deal with the growing crisis.

“We believe we have some options because when you unwittingly put someone on a bus, we believe it’s breaking the law… We’re making every effort to make sure New Yorkers are safe. [not] be treated unfairly.

“We see this as a temporary measure, not a permanent one. A permanent measure is to get people to find housing.

“We need to find temporary measures to solve this problem.”

And Eric Adams revealed to WCBS that his team is considering potentially housing the thousands of people being bussed into the Big Apple on cruise ships.

He added: “We have looked at everything from the legality of using any type of cruise ship to temporary accommodation.”

It comes after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis caused a stir by airlifting 50 Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard in an unannounced attempt to relocate asylum seekers to the exclusive Massachusetts island.

The immigrants were then transported by officials to an army base on Cape Cod.

According to the Democratic mayor, New York’s migrant housing facilities have been pushed to the brink in recent months – with the city having already opened 23 emergency shelters.

Adams said another 38 shelters would need to be created to deal with the growing problem.

Cruise ships were seen as a form of housing for migrants and the homeless under Mike Bloomberg’s administration. However, the plan was never followed through.

Migrants, including young children, are welcomed to New York after being transported by bus from Texas.  Many have called the situation a humanitarian emergency

Migrants, including young children, are welcomed to New York after being transported by bus from Texas. Many have called the situation a humanitarian emergency

People are welcomed to New York on Monday morning

People are welcomed to New York on Monday morning

It is unclear if any details about cruise ship accommodation have yet been worked out by the Adams administration.

Speaking on ABC on Sunday, Adams added: “This is an American crisis that we have to deal with – a humanitarian crisis that was brought about by human hands, by some of the governors of the southern states.”

It comes as Republicans have stepped up their attacks on the Biden administration as they try to make immigration the theme of November’s midterm elections.

Although the Martha’s Vineyard move was hailed in Republican circles, liberals criticized DeSantis for pulling off what they called a cruel blow that used human lives as pawns in a political game.

Among the critics was President Biden, who said DeSantis was “playing politics with human beings.”

Children are bused from Texas to New York on Monday morning

Children are bused from Texas to New York on Monday morning

Martha's Vineyard declared a migrant emergency and called in the National Guard, prompting immigrants to be moved 32 miles from Cape Cod

Martha’s Vineyard declared a migrant emergency and called in the National Guard, prompting immigrants to be moved 32 miles from Cape Cod

Pictured: A group of 50 migrants enjoyed Venezuelan food at the military base after Martha's Vineyard declared an emergency when the group arrived

Pictured: A group of 50 migrants enjoyed Venezuelan food at the military base after Martha’s Vineyard declared an emergency when the group arrived

Many have called the situation a humanitarian emergency, while Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said Martha’s Vineyard – with a population of 15,000 – is “not equipped to provide sustainable housing” for migrants.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also took aim at DeSantis at a press conference, urging other Republicans who disagree with his “plan” to “speak up.”

She said: “It’s a problem and we’ve been clear about it, it’s an inhumane problem, it’s heinous and we shouldn’t use people, migrants, who are fleeing communism as a political pawn. .”

Defending its migrant bus project across the county, Governor Abbott’s office said in a statement Friday, “The bus mission is bringing much-needed relief to our overwhelmed border communities.”

The unfolding of the birth of Notch and Dynamic Island Sun, 18 Sep 2022 14:00:00 +0000

Apple, like many other companies, makes major changes to its smartphone lineup every few years. Thus, users occasionally benefit from a major hardware revision, followed by incremental changes and changes in subsequent releases. It’s the technology life cycle with Apple. You can’t expect the Cupertino company – despite its rather limitless resources – to release a redesigned iPhone every year. Not only would this miss out on successful ideas, but it would also negatively impact customers. Humans tend to be drawn to things that are familiar to them. We build muscle memory and slowly adapt to the ever-changing factors around us. If you completely destroy someone’s usual environment, they will simply feel lost and have a harder time coping. And for that reason, the iPhone has kept its generic design – for the most part – since its launch 15 years ago. However, the top bezel changed shape seven times. It is the evolution of the Apple notch – iPhone 1 to iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Man holding iPhone 13 Mini and iPhone SE 2022 in one hand.

The iPhone, pre-notch (10 years BN)

As I mentioned, the iPhone looks almost the same since its initial release. Yes, the original iPhone and the iPhone 14 Pro are nothing alike. However, they share the same overall concept. To visualize what I am trying to convey, look at the history of Samsung smartphones. At one point they had physical navigation buttons, then they ditched them. Some models have textured backs, while others opt for glass. Meanwhile, the camera systems have moved all around the back side.

In Apple’s case, the iPhone still has the same layout. Apart from the physical/digital home button switch and port changes, the elements have retained their positions. So if you line up each iPhone model, you will see the gradual evolution and slight changes in all the other generational versions. These are not random ins and outs. Instead, it’s a smooth flow that reflects gradual maturity and growth. It’s literally like watching a human grow.

Phase 1: 2G, 3G, 3GS

Before the notch was introduced, the original iPhone (AKA iPhone 1 Where iPhone 2G) had a thick upper display bezel. It housed the earpiece and lacked a front-facing (user-side) camera. Apple kept the same design on the following models, the iPhones 3G and 3GS. All three models lacked a FaceTime front camera and had a centered earpiece. The bottom bezel was a similar size and housed the Home button – which lacked Touch ID at the time. Good old days. The execution looked clean, especially considering how revolutionized the product was, especially at the time.

Phase 2: 4, 4S

iphone 4

With the iPhone 4, Apple introduced the FaceTime front camera. Obviously this is not a TrueDepth system. Although, at the time, it blew people away. As you may already know, nothing in life is free. This welcome addition came at a cost – the size of the bezel. The iPhones 4 and 4S have slightly thicker top bezels compared to their predecessors. The original models didn’t have a front-facing camera, so it was relatively easy for Apple to keep the size under control. However, spoiler alert – this phase is where the iPhone’s bezel has reached its thickest form. The days that followed brought only slimmer builds and sunshine.

Stage 3: 5, 5S, SE

iPhone 5

With the release of the iPhone 5, Apple moved the FaceTime front camera. On iPhone 4 models, it was just to the left of the earpiece. The iPhone 5 moved it up. The camera was therefore centered just above the earpiece. This restored absolute symmetry as far as the front side is concerned. The iPhone 5/5S, for many users, remains the epitome of smartphone design – to this day. It sure had big bezels, but they’re not as chunky as the iPhone 4’s.

Stage 4: 6, 6S, 7, 8, SE 2, SE 3

Iphone 6

This is the last phase of the iPhone bezel before hitting notch times. The iPhone 6 almost objectively brought the biggest design changes since the iPhone’s initial launch. It came with a much taller build and slimmed down bezels. The iPhone 6 began to shape the format of what would become the modern smartphone layout. The cell phone was beginning to mature and the waters were calming down. The acceptable bezel remained the norm through subsequent iPhone generations – 6S, 7, and 8. In 2017, along with the iPhone 8, however, Apple released a One more thing. This marked day zero AN (After Notch).

iPhone Introduces Notch — Rejoice!

With Apple removing the physical home button, it needed to retain some symmetry on the front. However, he also didn’t know what to do with the FaceTime earpiece and front camera. He also wanted the FaceTime camera to be more than just a FaceTime camera. A TrueDepth system requires more space because it contains a dot projector and other sensors to map your face. So – drum roll, please – Apple introduced the notch. It takes up less display space compared to the classic thick top frame. However, it’s still a distraction and not as clean as an all-screen runtime, many of which had started to become popular in the Android camp.

Stage 1: X, XS, XS Max, XR, Series 11, Series 12

iPhone X

Shortly after the debut of the iPhone X, Apple’s notch became a universal meme. We’ve probably all seen Samsung’s little ads making fun of it. However, I have actively used Phase 4 Pre-Notch and Phase 1 Notch iPhones. I can safely say that the notch on the iPhone is far less obtrusive than the thick, even top bezels. It’s so thin, vertically speaking, you barely notice it’s there – coughGoogle Pixel 3, cough. It served as the perfect remedy for the thickness of the top bezel at the time. Suddenly, Apple adopted it on models in the years that followed.

Phase 2: Series 13, 14, 14 Plus

iPhone 13 Pro iOS 16 Lock Screen

With the introduction of the iPhone 13 line, Apple did… NOT remove the notch. Instead, he shrunk it slightly. Innovation! Although, really, apart from the few millimeters of extra screen real estate, this change didn’t add anything. As in, the status bar still contains the same number of icons, and the minor change is pretty much unnecessary. Although it does make the cutout slightly less distracting, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

The iPhone, Post-Notch (5 years AN)

Stage 1: 14 Pro, 14 Pro Max


With this seventh (global) phase, we say goodbye to the iPhone. During his Far event, Apple launched the iPhone 14 series. Regular models, as highlighted in the previous section, received the Phase 2 Notch treatment. Meanwhile, the Pro and Pro Max variants introduce the Dynamic Island. Dynamic Island is not a simple software/hardware integration, it is a state of mind. This floating bubble of smooth transitions/animations is shaping the future as we speak. Android modders are already trying to replicate its behavior on different devices, and we can bet that Android OEMs will also come with their own versions. We’re expecting the entire iPhone 15 lineup to include the Dynamic Island – as Apple is completely ridding the most premium iPhones of the notch. The Ugly Tech Duckling could, however, make an appearance on the upcoming iPhone XR-inspired iPhone SE 4.

The Dynamic Island featuring music

Now that this noticeable display overhaul has seen the light of day, we don’t expect the Cupertino company to retire it anytime soon. It’s a safe bet that the next iteration of the bezel/notch/Dynamic Island won’t surface for the next two years (at least). So go ahead and buy an iPhone 14 Pro because it’s the evolutionary upgrade you get once every several years. Don’t forget to grab a case for this as well – because you wouldn’t want a tornado to shake your precious little island.

    Apple iPhone 14

    The iPhone 14 retains most of the specs of its predecessor. It is powered by A15 and runs on iOS 16.

    Apple iPhone 14 Pro

    The iPhone 14 Pro replaces the notch with Dynamic Island and supports the Always-On Display function.

What do you think of the dynamic island when you compare it to the previous iPhone notch? Let us know in the comments section below.

]]> Apple and Samsung headphones, compared Sun, 18 Sep 2022 00:00:00 +0000

Apple’s latest entry into the premium headphones category is the Airpods Pro 2, and they go up against a number of heavyweights, including Samsung’s Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. While Samsung took a little over a year to announce a sequel to the Galaxy Buds Pro, Apple took three years to announce a successor to the AirPods Pro. The new AirPods Pro 2 are Apple’s premium headphones, sitting above the AirPods 3 and AirPods 2.

The AirPods Max do not yet have a successor and remain the most expensive model in the AirPods line. It was reported that Apple would announce new colors for the headphones this year, but that didn’t happen during the “Far Out” event. Apple still has a launch event to hold before the end of the year, so there’s still time to make an announcement.


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The AirPods Pro 2 and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have very different designs. The former has stems while the latter does not. However, they both have an in-ear design with replaceable silicone tips. Just like the original AirPods Pro, the AirPods Pro 2 are rated IPX4 for sweat and water resistance, which is lower than the IPX7 rating of Samsung’s headphones. However, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro case has no water resistance while the AirPods case is rated IPX4. Apple has managed to keep the weight of the 2nd generation AirPods Pro to 5.3 grams while the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro weigh 5.4 grams per earbud. Unsurprisingly, the Apple Earbuds can only be purchased in white, while the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are available for purchase in Graphite, White, and Bora Purple.

AirPods Pro 2 have better battery life

AirPods Pro 2 feature custom drivers and amplifiers that work with the new H2 chip for advanced audio performance. The H2 chip plus powerful new algorithms help AirPods Pro 2 better cancel unwanted noise when ANC is on. According to Apple, the ANC is twice as good as on the previous generation. The chip is also responsible for the AirPods Pro 2’s adaptive transparency, which reduces the intensity of unwanted sounds like sirens and construction tools, even when transparency mode is enabled. Apple has also improved Spatial Audio by allowing users to create a custom spatial audio profile based on the shape and size of their head and ears.

The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, on the other hand, have a dual speaker system consisting of 10mm woofers and 5.3mm tweeters. Samsung claims the earphones feature Smart ANC, which helps to better cancel out background noise during calls and reading. Smart ANC also works with a feature called Voice Detect which knows when the user is talking and proceeds to turn off ANC, turn on Ambient Mode and lower playback volume so conversations are more clear. Once the user stops speaking, it reverts to the previous reading settings. The Galaxy Buds 2 Pro also feature an enhanced version of 360 Audio, which is its own take on spatial audio. Finally, Samsung’s headphones feature a new 24-bit Hi-Fi codec that only works when the headphones are connected to a Samsung device.

Both headphones have Bluetooth 5.3. AirPods Pro 2 connect seamlessly to Apple products and automatically switch audio between devices signed into the same account. Samsung also offers a similar experience when the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are connected to other Samsung devices, including its Galaxy Book PCs. There’s also Find My support for both headphones (and even Precision Find for the AirPods Pro 2 case). In terms of battery life, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro have five hours of battery life on a single charge and 18 hours with ANC. However, with ANC off, battery life is eight hours on a single charge and 29 hours total with the charging case. On the other hand, the AirPods Pro 2 have a battery life of six hours with ANC activated and a total of 30 hours with the case. Both headphones support both wireless charging and wired charging, but while Samsung uses a USB-C port, Apple sticks with the Lightning port.

Unlike Samsung, Apple hasn’t raised the price of the AirPods Pro 2, which are still priced at $249 like the previous generation. However, they are still more expensive than the $229 Galaxy Buds 2 Pro. Much like their predecessors, Samsung and Apple headphones work best in their own ecosystems. Pairing Galaxy Buds 2 with an Apple device or AirPods Pro 2 with a Samsung device (or Android device) will only provide basic functionality. Therefore, while iPhone users should stick to the Airpods Pro 2Android users will benefit from using the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.

Source: Apple, Samsung

]]> Blackheath Apple Snaps baby shop creates community hub Sat, 17 Sep 2022 10:47:33 +0000 A BLACK Country couple who opened a one-stop baby store as pandemic lockdowns were lifted have brought the community together with their young family business in Blackheath.

Naomi Messer, mum-of-seven, started Apple Snaps as a stall in Blackheath market selling clothes and baby items, but had to close the business due to Covid lockdowns.

Some business owners may have thought twice about returning to a physical store, but Naomi saw an opportunity and, with the help of her husband John, found an empty property in Blackheath High Street.

John, a builder by trade, spent five months renovating the derelict former bank building and the couple, both 40, opened their doors to customers in April as Covid restrictions eased.

Apple Snaps in Blackheath. Photo – Bev Holder/Newsquest

Store manager Naomi said she wanted to create something more than an ordinary baby store.

She had a vision for a community project with groups, clubs and classes operating alongside the store and she said: “We are doing our best to make this dream come true, with new clubs and classes in the pipeline as well as ‘a range of high-quality products.’

Halesowen News: The store has a range of baby clothes and products.  Photo - Bev Holder/NewsquestThe boutique offers a range of baby clothes and products. Photo – Bev Holder/Newsquest

As well as stocking a range of baby clothes, prams, cribs, keepsakes, toys and maternity products, the company hosts birthday parties and shoots for mums and toddlers to enjoy. reunite.

On Mondays and Tuesdays there are sensory classes for toddlers up to 18 months and on Wednesdays and Thursdays there are sessions for preschoolers up to four years old. On Friday, adults can enjoy a knit and mat evening over a cup of tea and cake.

Plans are also underway to hold seasonal events for Halloween and Christmas.

Naomi said, “We are creating a community here and our customers have become friends.”

Her mother Caron Runham, who provides financial support to businesses, has also developed her own community group Spiral Planet, dedicated to spirituality, which meets on the premises.

To find out more about the store, visit

iPhone 14 Pro and Galaxy Z fold Show how software is Evolving Fri, 16 Sep 2022 16:01:36 +0000

Lake and Samsung both delay triggers, but in very different ways. With its Dynamic Island on iPhone 14 Pro, Apple is changing how the iPhone programmer displays information from apps and services. LG, on the other hand, matches the physical shape of its phones through its foldable Galaxy Z fold and Galaxy Z Flip Smartphone.

Lake launched on iPhone 14 Pro * on Sept. 16 after he revealed it in his “About” episode, and one of the notable features of the notch was a redesigned area called Dynamic. There’s a hair-shaped cutout for the front camera and face ID sensors that Apple has also replaced with a small secondary display for minimal display of notifications and other content.

At first glance, Apple’s Dynamic Island and Samsung’s foldable phones have little in common, if anything. But the intention behind both is the same: to improve the way our phones communicate.

For the iPhone 14’s Dynamic Island has been developed

The Dynamic Island essentially Apple’s answer to faster multitasking on the iPhone. While Android phone-makers like Samsung support the ability to open multiple apps at once on the screen, Apple instead uses Dynamic Island to expand and contract to display contextual information. It can be expanded to show alerts and changes shape depending on the app.

For example, Dynamic Island can show the song you’re listening to even when you’re on the home screen. If the timer is running at the same time, it will display both the timer and the music information at the same time by splitting it into its own button. Similarly, you can see how to turn directions in Dynamic Island without having to jump from one app to another. The same is true of high school sports. Tapping Dynamic Island will take you right to that app, making multitasking on the iPhone 14 Pro a bit easier.

Apple says the goal behind Dynamic Island is to clearly display information without distracting you from the app. our full review for iPhone 14 in more detail what it’s like to use Dynamic Island.

How Samsung’s foldables and Dynamic Island are similar

Nokia foldable phones and iPhone 14 Pro are different from each other. But we’re both trying to change the way we interact with apps on our phones.

Samsung is promoting Z Flip 4’s Flex Mode, for example, which splits compatible apps between the top and bottom of the screen folded in the middle. When opening the camera in flex mode, the top half of the screen serves as the camera viewer, while the bottom half displays controls like the shutter button itself. You can also take photos and send canned responses in certain messaging apps on the Z Flip 4 without unlocking the phone using its screen.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 Samsung’s foldable, book-shaped design is designed to provide more screen real estate in a device that still fits in your pocket. You can also open multiple apps at the same time on the Z’s largest 4-fold tablet.

Samsung held the Galaxy Z Fold IV and Z Flip IV side by side

Samsung Galaxy Z 4 and Z Flip 4 fold.

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The common thread between the iPhone 14 Pro’ Dynamic Island, the Galaxy Z Flip and the Galaxy Z Fold is that they all change apps presented on our televisions – with the ultimate goal of being more useful apps. Samsung’s Dynamic and foldable screen are designed to make our phones more adaptable to any situation. Apple’s new notch pins the notch information from certain apps to the top of your screen and morphs based on what you’re capable of. Samsung foldable phones allow you to change the size and position of your phone – and the apps running on it – to fit different scenarios.

It’s too soon to know whether either approach will significantly impact the way we use cell phones in the long term. Apple just launched the new iPhone 14 line, so it’s unclear how useful Dynamic Island will be in everyday life for months or even years. Foldables have been around for about three years, but they still make up a small portion of overall smartphone sales.

Clearly, Apple and LG are both trying to improve the way we absorb and manage the vast amounts of information flowing through our phones every day. Now that phones have matured to the point where they feel more incremental, it’s refreshing to see changes that really feel different.