Bits and Bytes – July 2021 Edition

Moe from Mondo / 07-07-2021 / Tech news

Size Matters on TikTok

TikTok will soon be expanding the length of its videos to three times its existing limit.

The video-sharing social network has upped the one-minute video limit and will now allow all users to create and publish videos up to three minutes long, to provide more flexibility for content creators.

The S21 Ultra 5G Is Galaxies Ahead

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, recently won the best smartphone award the at Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona.

The smartphone launched in January this year and came out on top despite facing some tough competition – including the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, the OnePlus 9 Pro and sister device, the Galaxy S20 FE 5G.

Real-Time Translation in Zoom’s Future?

Zoom wants to speak your language.

The video conferencing app plans on joining forces with Karlsruhe Information Technology Solutions (Kites), the creators of a real-time translation and transcription software. The acquisition would change the face of video conferencing, opening the door to more communication possibilities between speakers of different languages.

LG Changing Track

LG is shifting its focus from mobile phones to high-powered trains.

The South Korean company has created a 55-inch transparent OLED panel with a 40 percent transparency rate which has been designed to replace standard train windows in the near future. These panels are able to serve as both a medium of content display and an additional safety measure thanks to its specialised tempered glass which absorbs vibrations better than typical materials.

Smile, You’re on Canon Camera

Canon China has taken an unusual route to ensure the happiness of its staff. Employees can now only enter the offices on one condition – they have to smile.

The AI system was created by the company and forces staff to show off their pearly whites in order to be admitted into the building. The initiative is aimed at creating happier, more productive Canon employees.

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WhatsApp Ending Support for Older Phones: Are You Affected?

From 1st November 2021, WhatsApp will no longer work on over 40 smartphone models.2021 has been a rollercoaster ride for WhatsApp users. While a host of helpful additions have been made on the instant messenger app, including the ability to access WhatsApp across several devices at the same time and the ever-popular disappearing messages, this latest update is not as positive.Any device sporting Apple iOS 10, Android OS 4.1 and KaiOS 2.5.1. will be affected.What this means for youIf you have a device with these operating systems or lower, it’s time for an upgrade.Here is the full list of affected smartphones that will no longer be WhatsApp compatible come November:Apple iPhone:iPhone SEiPhone 6siPhone 6s PlusAndroid:Huawei Ascend G740Huawei Ascend MateHuawei Ascend D Quad XLHuawei Ascend D1 Quad XLHuawei Ascend P1 SHuawei Ascend D2Samsung Galaxy Trend LiteSamsung Galaxy Trend IISamsung Galaxy SIISamsung Galaxy S3 miniSamsung Galaxy Xcover 2Samsung Galaxy CoreSamsung Galaxy Ace 2 16Other Affected Brands:The Alcatel One Touch Evo 7Archos 53 PlatinumCaterpillar Cat B15HTC Desire 500Faea F1LG Lucid 2LG Optimus F7LG Optimus F5LG Optimus L3 II DualLG Optimus F5LG Optimus L5LG Optimus L5 IILG Optimus L5 DualLG Optimus L3 IILG Optimus L7LG Optimus L7 II DualLG Optimus L7 IILG Optimus F6 EnactLG Optimus L4 II DualLG Optimus F3LG Optimus L4 IILG Optimus L2 IILG Optimus Nitro HDLG Optimus F3QLG 4X HDLenovo A820The Sony Xperia MiroSony Xperia Neo LSony Xperia Arc STHL W8UMi X2Wiko Cink FiveWiko DarknightZTE Grand S FlexZTE V956ZTE Grand X Quad V987ZTE Grand MemoHow to check your Operating SystemApple:Access your device settingsTap the General buttonSelect AboutAll details related to your Apple iPhone smartphone, including your device name and OS version will be detailed here.Android:Go to your device settings.Tap the System or About Phone /Device button.All details related to your Android smartphone, including your device name and OS version will be detailed here.Need to upgrade?Find your new smartphone here.

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Huawei Nova Y60: First Impressions!

The Huawei Nova Y60 launched in South Africa on 1 September, and we managed to get our hands on one of these out-of-this-world smartphones.Details surrounding Huawei’s newest device have been well hidden but with the phone’s release, here’s what we can tell you; the appropriately named Nova is looking like a shining star among budget smartphones in South Africa.Under the HoodDespite being marketed as a budget smartphone, the Huawei Nova Y60 is no slouch. It packs in a MediaTek Helio P35 processor with EMUI 11.0.1 (based on Android 10), 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM. The storage specs are the perfect fit for your daily needs, comfortably holding enough space for your apps and up to 2 184 pics!Screen and BodyWhen it’s time to review those shots to see which one makes the social media cut, you can easily check every detail on the Nova Y60’s 6.6-inch HD+ 1600 x 720-pixel display.Like all other devices under the Huawei name, the Nova Y60’s exterior does not disappoint.Available in 2 colours on the South African market – standard black and Crush Green – the Nova Y60 will indeed become your latest device crush based on its stylish looks alone.Unlike many new devices out now which have in-display security access, the Nova Y60 has the preferable side mounted fingerprint scanner which remains the more responsive of the two options. It is also bolstered by the addition of FaceID for added security.If playing media on your phone without headphones is your vibe, the Nova Y60 has got you covered. It boasts Histen 6.1 Audio Technology and Panoramic 3D audio enhancement for great projected playback.CameraOne thing’s for certain when it comes to Huawei – the camera will be magnificent no matter the range or your budget. The Nova Y60 is no different. While it is understandably less capable than say the higher end P40 or the P40 Lite, the Nova Y60’s Triple AI Camera can definitely hold its own.The rear camera holds a 13 MP Main Camera with f/1.8 aperture, a 5 MP Ultra-Wide-Angle Camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 2 MP Depth Camera with f/2.4 aperture.The selfie camera is an equally impressive 8 MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.The fairly low apertures are what helps the Nova Y60’s cameras really shine, dealing with low light conditions nicely and giving you crisp, clear snapshots that are truly “lit” no matter the shooting environment.BatteryThe Nova Y60 has a 5000mAh battery, meaning it’s quick to charge and is a powerful budget option that can go on for two days after just one charge with medium usage. An impressive feat for what’s considered a budget option!VerdictIf affordability, style and a multitasking whizz is what you’re after, look no further than the Nova Y60, Huawei’s newest rising star.

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Bits and Bytes - September 2021 Edition

China Presses Pause on Video GamesChina recently announced a ban on video games for all children under 18. From 1 September, minors are only allowed 3 hours of game time over weekends.The restriction was put in place to combat video game addiction and unhealthy behaviours in young children.WhatsApp Says Goodbye to “Old” Smartphones By 1 November over 40 smartphones will no longer have access to WhatsApp.The Facebook-owned instant messenger will soon be culling models including the iPhone 6 series and a few well-known Android devices too.  To see if your smartphone will be suffering from WhatsApp withdrawal, click here.Spotify Enters the Wrestling RingSpotify has added popular World Wrestling Entertainment podcasts to its extensive playlist. All new and existing podcasts will be making the move over and will soon be exclusive to the music streaming app.Oppo Shooting With A Kodak Oppo is rumoured to be teaming up with legendary camera brand, Kodak, to create a new generation smartphone. Whispers doing the rounds in the tech industry suggest their first offering will be a 50MP dual camera phone, which pays homage to the Kodak 35 camera introduced back in 1938. No Ticket? Just Flash Your PalmAmazon is expanding its palm-scanning technology in the USA to allow consumers access to matches, concerts and other live events.Currently Amazon uses palm tech to encourage cashless payments at some stores. Future plans will see this include the use of standalone, contactless ticketing pedestals at venues where previously registered palms can be scanned before entry.Seems like the future may truly be in the palms of our hands.

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