Bits and Bytes - November 2021 Edition

Robert Cerff / 10-11-2021 / Tech

Microsoft Video?

Microsoft is adding a few long-awaited advancements to its arsenal – including, video editing capabilities to PowerPoint.
With the help of Clipchamp, a video editing service Microsoft purchased back in September, you’ll soon be able to easily edit and slot video or audio into your PowerPoint creations for a more polished presentation. And in even better news, the Clipchamp feature makes uploading to Tik Tok simpler too, because you will no longer need to save before you export.

What’s The Matter With Meta?
In October, Facebook went all Meta on us. But, if it plans on staying Meta, the newly christened company may have a fight on its hands. Back in August, a start-up PC company applied to trademark the name “Meta” for themselves but are still awaiting the results of their submission.
The owners are willing to drop their application however, if Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg forks out a cool $20 million.

Fairphone Makes a Fair Point
Smartphone developers Fairphone have been working toward creating a device that would be easily repairable and made from responsibly sourced materials. Now with their latest creation, it looks like they have achieved it! The Fairphone 4 (5G) has all the exciting bells and whistles of a regular high-end smartphone but comes with the added benefits of fair trade and a longer lifespan. What’s not to love?

Insightful Eyewear
Manufacturer, Engo Eyewear recently released a new line of athletic sunglasses for endurance sportsmen and women.
The lenses display real-time stats as you run, cycle or participate in other long-distance activities. The aim of this design is to allow athletes to “keep their eyes on the road” ahead and not be distracted by checking their vitals on their smartwatches or other devices.

And Finally…


A-Twitter Over Past Tweets

Twitter is testing out some interesting new features on iOS. The company has added a button that lets Apple owners access tweet histories. The Search @Username’s Tweets button is a new feature that lets you explore your own tweets (or those of your followers, yikes!) when you look for specific words or terms.
BRB, just cleaning out our Twitter closet...

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Top 10 Bestselling Smartphones of 2021

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New Apple iPad Mini 6 is Changing the Game, Again!

Since its launch in September 2021, the new iPad Mini 6 has quickly become one of the most popular tablets on the global market. Taking a closer look at its upgrades and redesigns, it is easy to see why there’s such a massive demand for this device.Let’s see how the new iPad Mini stacks up against its larger counterparts.Power in The Palm of Your HandsIn theory, tablets are meant to be easy to carry around and used while you’re on the move, but most iPad models have always struggled to achieve this due to their large size. Both the Pro and Air are just over 9 inches long and 7 inches wide, making it too clunky for hassle-free portability and quick access. The redesigned Mini measures 7.69 x 5.3 x 0.25 inches and has a screen size of 8.3 inches, which makes this the perfect fit.Only the Best UpdatesThe iPad Mini 6 is a joy to use because it’s been updated with the latest features that were previously reserved for more higher-end ranges, such as:●    Liquid Retina Display●    Storage and RAM on par with the latest iPads on the market●    Wi-Fi 6 compatibility with 5G support●    Pixel count higher than the iPad Air 4●    A system powered by the new A15 Bionic Chip●    True Tone, P3 wide colour gamut, and●    Peak brightness of 500 nitsRedesigned DisplayThe new Mini features an all-screen display, made possible thanks to the Home Touch ID button being scrapped. Instead, the Touch ID sensor is now located near the power button. Larger iPads also have this design, but due to their size, it has proved inconvenient, especially when you’re trying to hold the device while signing in. Thankfully, the new all-screen display of the Mini is perfect for its compact size.The redesign also means that the new Mini now looks similar to the Air and Pro models with its flat-edged design and Liquid Retina display that stretches edge to edge.USB-C for Better CompatibilityThe Mini 6 has a USB-C port which Apple claims enables 10x faster data transfers than its predecessor. It allows for quicker charging times and better compatibility with other USB accessories, making it supremely more useful than other iPads without this port.Apple Pencil 2 is UnlockedBefore the launch of the new Mini, the Apple Pencil 2 was exclusively reserved for the higher-end iPads, while more affordable options supported the original 2015 Apple Pencil. Although the original is of exceptional quality, charging it is somewhat inconvenient because it needs to be plugged into the Lightning port. The good news is, the new Mini is the first in the range to support the Apple Pencil 2, allowing for wirelessly charging by magnetically attaching to the side of the iPad. If you're looking for a tablet that doesn’t compromise on power or convenience, then the iPad Mini 6 is for you!

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Top 5 Best Camera Smartphones of 2021

Are you in the market for a smartphone that packs a punch with its camera capabilities? We’ve selected our top 5 favourite cameras of 2021 to help you decide!Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra:The Galaxy S21 Ultra has one of the most outstanding camera specs of any smartphone currently on the market. It can achieve up to a massive 10x Optical Zoom and has two Telephoto Cameras that capture incredible depth and detail. This smartphone also impresses with 8K video resolution and a variety of modes to choose from, such as Director’s View and Pro Video.Specs:●    108MP Main Camera (f/1.8)●    12MP Ultra-wide Camera (f/2.2)●    2x 10MP Telephoto Cameras (f/2.4 and f/4.9)●    40MP Selfie Camera (f/2.2)iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max:The new iPhone range is powered by the A15 Bionic Chip, which unlocks brilliant picture quality. Both the Pro range models have the same camera setup with upgrades so big, Apple itself has dubbed it their best camera ever! It boasts professional software for serious photographers and features a triple-camera arrangement on the back end, delivering impressive new capabilities such as macro-photography and ProRes Video.Specs:•    12MP Main Camera ( f/1.5 Aperture Lens)•    12MP Ultra-wide Camera (f/1.8)•    12MP Telephoto Camera (f/2.8)•    12MP front camera (f/2.2)Huawei Mate 40 Pro:The high-end Mate 40 Pro offers three powerful rear cameras that capture vibrant photographs that will make any gallery pop! It boasts 5x optical zoom for detailed and clear images and works well under low-light conditions. The Mate 40 Pro comes with various features, such as light painting and moon photography mode. When it comes to creating videos, the Mate 40 Pro does not disappoint. Thanks to its great stabilisation feature, you’ll be able to capture smooth footage, even while moving at a high speed!Specs:●    50MP Main Camera (f/1.9 aperture)●    12MP Periscope Camera (f/3.4) with 5x Optical Zoom●    20MP Ultra-wide Camera (f/1.8)●    13MP Front Camera (f/2.4)Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3:Samsung excites with its innovation once again! Constructed from bendable glass, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is a fun and unique way to snap images thanks to its foldable design. Besides using the camera in the traditional full-screen mode, you can also snap a selfie using the cover display or “fold” your Flip in half  and sit it upright for tripod-type use that allows you to shoot the perfect long exposure shot.Specs:●    12MP Main Camera (f/1.8)●    12MP Ultra-wide Camera (f/2.2)●    10MP Selfie Camera (f/2.4)OPPO Reno5:The Oppo is a new entrant in SA but with the help of its impressive camera specs, it’s proving to be a worthy competitor in the already crowded smartphone marketplace. Thanks to the rear Quad Camera setup, the Reno5 captures sharp and bold pictures even under low-light conditions. The main camera has 10x zoom in video mode and 20x in picture mode. At the front, the selfie camera uses AI technology to adjust colour, saturation and brightness making for professional-quality shots.Specs:●    64MP Main Camera (f/1.7)●    8MP Ultra-wide Camera (f/2.2)●    2MP Macro Camera (f/2.4)●    2MP Mono Camera (f/2.4)●    32MP Selfie Camera (f/2.4)Now that you’ve got the low-down on the best smartphone cameras on the market right now, why not own your favourite? Check out our top camera phone deals here.

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