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Samsung brings some of the Z Fold 2's features to the original Galaxy Fold - MobileSyrup
Some of these features include 'Dual Preview,' 'Capture View Mode' and 'App Pair.'
Samsung has updated its original Galaxy Fold with a selection of features from in its successor, the Z Fold 2 foldable smartphone. One of these features is ‘App Pair,’ which allows you to group up to three apps together for simultaneous launch from the Edge Panel. You can also choose the splitscreen layout that these apps will open in and even arrange windows horizontally. Additionally, the update enables the Fold to connect to a smart TV and serve as a mobile-powered PC with a Samsung DeX dock. Other new Fold features include ‘Dual Preview’ to see a preview of the picture being taken on the device’s Cover and Main Screens and a ‘Capture View Mode’ to see five photos/videos on the left side of the dualscreen setup and a preview of your next shot on the right side. In a blog post, Samsung only mentioned that the update is coming to the U.S. next week. However, a Samsung spokesperson later confirmed to The Verge that the update was made available globally as of October 26th, so if it’s not on your Canadian Fold yet, it should arrive soon. Source: Samsung
Upcoming Samsung Galaxy 21 won't come with a charger: report - MobileSyrup
Samsung may copy Apple and ditch the charger in its Galaxy S21 box after mocking the iPhone-maker for doing it.
Earlier this month, Apple announced that it would stop including earbuds and chargers in the box with its iPhone smartphones. Several Android manufacturers raced to mock Apple’s decision on social media, which will look awful when they likely follow suit and remove in-box chargers next year. Samsung was one such manufacturer, with some of its social media accounts quickly posting about how Galaxy phones include a charging brick. However, SamMobilespotted reports from Korean media that indicate Samsung could remove the charger from the box of its future phones, such as the recently leaked Galaxy S21 (or perhaps S30, depending on how you think Samsung plans to handle the naming scheme this year). Further, the company will likely continue to not include earbuds in the box, similar to how it did with the Note 20 Ultra this year. If the rumour proves true, Samsung’s social media trolling may look rather foolish. Still, Samsung arguably handled the removal of earbuds from the Note 20 packaging better than Apple did. Customers could request a pair of earbuds from Samsung if they needed them. It’s not clear if this option was available in Canada, but we’ll update this post once we learn more. Still, if Samsung does remove the charging brick and chooses not to offer free bricks to those who request them, the company’s approach will likely be easier to stomach than Apple’s. This is mostly because almost every major Android phone has a USB-C port, and on top of that, most offer Qi wireless charging. In other words, most people likely have some form of charger that will work fine with whatever phone they choose to get next, something that isn’t quite true with the iPhone and its proprietary Lightning cable. Regardless of how it plays out, it’s hard to say what benefits, if any, removing chargers will actually bring. Apple claimed that doing so would help the environment by reducing waste and environmental impact. For example, no longer including the charger in the box means Apple wouldn’t need to make as many chargers and would use up less natural resources. Another argument the company made was that removing these items allowed it to shrink the packaging, allowing it to ship more iPhones on a pallet, reducing the total number of shipments needed and its carbon footprint. Most of these claims are easily debunked. For example, Apple still includes a cable in the box, but it’s Lightning to USB-C, which won’t work with most people’s existing iPhone chargers that feature USB-A ports, requiring them to buy new chargers anyway. That’s not to say that Apple’s efforts to help the environment by cutting down on waste are bad. Instead, the effort is misplaced, and there are many other ways the company could actually benefit the environment. Switching the iPhone to USB-C instead of Lightning is one method. With Android phones, there may be more of an environmental argument since the USB-C charger you currently have will likely work with the USB-C phone you get — in other words, most people legitimately don’t need a new charger. At the end of the day, there will be people who don’t mind the change — I’m firmly in this camp as, thanks to my job, I have more USB-C chargers than I know what to do with. Others will undoubtedly feel frustrated or ripped off by the lack of charging peripherals in the box. And either way, removing the charger from the box is about the bare minimum any of these companies can do to actually help the environment. It’s a start, but there’s a lot more manufacturers can do to make smartphones more sustainable. Source: SamMobile Via: Android Central
Cyberpunk 2077 release delayed to December 10th - MobileSyrup
CD Projekt Red, the game's developer, noted that the delay relates to releasing a game of the scale across nine video game platforms.
Cyberpunk 2077 has once again been delayed, this time by 21 days to December 10th, 2020. CD Projekt Red, the game’s developer, made the announcement in a recent tweet, stating that the delay relates to the challenges of releasing a title of this scale across nine video game platforms, including the next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to the Xbox One, Xbox One X, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation 5, PC and Stadia. “We’re aware it might seem unrealistic when someone says that 21 days can make any difference in such a massive and complex game, but they really do,” writes CD Projekt Red co-founders Adam Badowski and Marcin Iwinski in the tweeted statement. We have important news to share with you pic.twitter.com/qZUaD6IwmM Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) October 27, 2020 What’s unusual about this situation is Cyberpunk 2077 went “gold” a few weeks ago, indicating that it had reached the end of its development cycle. In the statement, Badowski and Iwinski say this often isn’t the end of modern video game development. “On the contrary, this is the time where many improvements are being made which will then be distributed via a Day 0 patch. This is the time period we undercalculated,” said Badowski and Iwinski. It’s likely that after going gold, CD Projekt Red ran into more development issues than it initially expected regarding Cyberpunk’s day one patch. Cyberpunk 2077 was originally set to release on April 16th before being moved to September 17th and then November 19th. The game will now release on December 10th following this latest delay. It’s worth noting that December 10th is the same day of The Game Awards, Canadian producer Geoff Keighley’s annual video game show honouring the industry while revealing new trailers for upcoming games. By releasing on that date, Cyberpunk 2077 is missing the deadline to eligible to win any awards at this year’s show, so it will instead get the chance to be recognized in 2021. CD Projekt Red is best known for developing The Witcher series, including 2015’s critically acclaimed open-world RPG, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Cyberpunk 2077 is the next massive RPG from the Polish developer. Source: @CyberpunkGame
Facebook launches free-to-play cloud gaming feature - MobileSyrup
Facebook has launched a free-to-play cloud gaming feature that lets users stream and play games without downloading them.
Facebook has launched a free-to-play cloud gaming feature that lets users stream and play games without downloading them. Some of the games users can play include Asphalt 9: Legends and WWE SuperCard. The social media giant emphasizes that its not spinning off a separate cloud gaming service. All cloud-streamed games are playable in the same way you play games now on Facebook, whether its in our Gaming tab or from News Feed, Facebook outlined in a blog post. Facebook notes that no special hardware or controllers are needed, and that your hands are the controllers since its launching with native mobile games. You can also play the games with a mouse and keyboard on desktop. More than 380 million people play games each month on Facebook, and people will play cloud-streamed games right alongside those playing instant games in HTML5, Facebook states. The games are launching in beta on Android and Web, but wont be available on iOS for now. The first set of games include Asphalt 9: Legends, WWE SuperCard, Mobile Legends: Adventure, PGA TOUR Golf Shootout and Solitaire: Arthurs Tale. Facebook says that in the coming weeks itll add Dirt Bike Unchained, and will continue to expand the games library. Further, the social media giant notes that its introducing player names and gaming-themed avatars for players to represent themselves in game instead of using their full name and profile picture. Facebook has also redesigned its gaming tab to include updated discovery and re-engagement features to help players find new games to try and get back into the ones they used to love. Image credit: Facebook Source: Facebook
SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites, reaching 900 to date - MobileSyrup
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has launched another 60 Starlink satellites during its 15th mission on October 24th.
Elon Musks SpaceX has launched another 60 Starlink satellites during its 15th mission on October 24th. SpaceX has now launched 900 of the small low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellites to date. Its worth noting that not all of these satellites are operational, as some were test satellites that were intentionally decommissioned. The launch comes as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved Starlinks application for a BITS licence. SpaceX had applied for a Basic International Telecommunications Services (BITS) license on May 15th. The CRTC notes that it received 2,585 interventions regarding the application, and has granted the company a BITS licence. Its worth noting that a BITS licence on its own does not authorize SpaceX to operate as a service provider. SpaceX is currently conducting private beta testing of Starlink, and revealed that it has achieved download speeds of up to 100Mbps. Elon Musk recently tweeted that SpaceX will hopefully be able to launch a public beta in southern Canada once the satellites reach their positions. Starlink aims to leverage an extensive network of hundreds of low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellites to provide high-speed internet across the northern parts of the U.S. and Canada. Source: SpaceX
Are you going to wait for the iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 12 Pro Max? - MobileSyrup
We're curious if you're waiting for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, or, do you plan to buy one of Apple's more recently released handsets?
Apple unveiled its new iPhone 12 series just a little over a month ago. Fast forward to now, and both the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 are available, but the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max are still on the way, with both devices releasing November 13th. It’s odd Apple is dropping the 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 mini later this year, but it’s possible the company ran into COVID-19-related manufacturing issues. Apple also might have opted to release the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro first because they’re the tech giant’s best selling smartphones. We’re curious if you’re waiting for the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max, or if you plan to buy one of Apple’s more recently released handsets? Let us know in the comments below.
Google Pixel 5, 4a 5G bug can stop phones from charging, fix incoming - MobileSyrup
A small bug on the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G can stop the phones from charging when plugged in. Google says it only impacts a few people.
Google’s newest Pixel phones, the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G, are all around pretty good. However, both devices have a minor charging issue that Google will fix in an upcoming patch. I first noticed the issue while testing out the 4a 5G for an upcoming review — stay tuned to MobileSyrup for that! — when the 4a 5G stopped charging at 60 percent. Thinking maybe it wasn’t plugged in correct, I unplugged the cable, plugged it back in and resumed charging. I didn’t think much of it until it happened again, and then MobileSyrup staff reporter Dean Daley also mentioned it happening with his Pixel 5. A Google spokesperson confirmed to MobileSyrup that the odd charging behaviour was a known issue, but only impacted a small number of users. The company fixed the issue in the November software patch, which will roll out sometime during the first week of the month. Since the Pixel 5 officially releases on October 29th, there’s a good chance some people may experience the charging bug themselves. As for the Pixel 4a 5G, since it won’t arrive in Canada until November 19th, most people won’t experience the bug at all as the November security update should be available by then. Thankfully, it’s not a major issue and in most cases, should impact the phone too much. In my testing, the most frustrating incident happened when the bug stopped the phone from charging overnight and I woke up to a near-dead phone. If you encounter the issue, just unplug your Pixel 5 or 4a 5G and plug it back in to get it charging again.
Rogers offering 50 percent of AirPods when you finance an iPhone 12 or 12 Pro - MobileSyrup
If you're planning to get an iPhone 12 or 12 Pro, Rogers has a solid offer: 50 percent of AirPods when you finance either phone.
Rogers is offering iPhone 12 and 12 Pro customers 50 percent off the AirPods with charging when they order both on financing from the carrier. Available for a limited time (or while supplies last), the AirPods deal is available for those who order the iPhone 12 or 12 Pro with Rogers’ ‘Upfront Edge’ device financing program. Those who add AirPods to their order will get about a 50 percent reduction on the monthly financing costs. Coupled with the discounts Rogers is offering on the new iPhones, this is actually a solid deal. According to the company’s website, the iPhone 12 with 64GB of storage is available for $0 down and $30.17 per month for 24 months (normally, it costs $48.50). The financing alone is a solid deal as at $30.17 per month, over two years, you’ll pay $724.08 for the phone, considerably less than the $1,129 outright price charged by Apple. At the normal $48.50 financing option, the total comes out to $1,164 — slightly more expensive than getting the iPhone 12 direct from Apple. As for the iPhone 12 Pro, it starts at $0 down and $40 per month for 24 months (typically costs $60 per month) for the 128GB version. Like with the iPhone 12, this actually isn’t a bad deal — $40 over 24 months works out to $960 total that you pay, which is cheaper than the $1,399 price Apple charges for the phone outright. Once the 12 Pro goes back up to $60 per month financing, it’ll cost $1,440 total to get from Rogers, making it more expensive to get the phone that way. If you want a higher storage variant of either phone, prices will go up accordingly. It’s also worth noting you’ll need an eligible Rogers Infinite plan to get Upfront Edge. When you order one of those two phones, you can add on AirPods to the Upfront Edge device financing for $4.50 per month instead of the regular $9.13 per month. That works out to a total of $108 over two years, which is $111 cheaper than the usual cost of AirPods at $219. As a bonus, Rogers suggests users select the ‘Pro On-the-Go’ option when ordering. Pro On-the-Go is a delivery and set-up service available in the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa and select parts of southwestern Ontario. Pro On-the-Go is available in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton as well. Those who select the service will get a Rogers Pro to deliver the phone and AirPods, help with set-up and complete the AirPods transaction with you. Those interested can learn more about the Rogers AirPods deal on the company’s website. Update 10/23/2020 at 11:51am: Updated the story to reflect that Rogers Pro On-the-Go is available in other regions as well. The Rogers website lists availability for Pro On-the-Go based on which province you select in the top-right corner of the website.
Apple's iPhone 12 and 12 Pro now available in Canada - MobileSyrup
Some of Apple's newest iPhones are now available for purchase in Canada.
Some of Apple’s newest iPhones are now available in Canada. Both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro should now be available both in stores and at carriers. Those who pre-ordered the phones will likely begin receiving the device or be able to pick it up from the retailer they ordered it from. If you haven’t pre-ordered a new iPhone, there are a few ways you can go about buying one. First, if you head to Apple’s website, you can order an iPhone 12 starting at $1,129 CAD or an iPhone 12 Pro starting at $1,399. There’s also Best Buy, The Source and other retailers. Those who’d prefer to get their iPhone through a carrier should check out carrier sites for details on how to buy the iPhone 12, whether outright or on a plan. Below are the links to each: If you want to learn more about the new iPhones, check out MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O’Rourke’s comprehensive reviews here: iPhone 12 | iPhone 12 Pro. If you’re waiting for the iPhone 12 Pro Max or 12 mini, you’ve got a couple more weeks to go. Both of those devices will be available for pre-order starting November 6th and will launch in Canada on the 13th.
Quibi is shutting down just six months after launching - MobileSyrup
Quibi, a short form mobile-focused video streaming service, is shutting down.
Surprise: Quibi is dead. Quibi, a short form mobile-focused video streaming service that struggled to find an audience amid a global pandemic where many people are working from home, is shutting down, according to The Wall Street Journal. Given the platform was available for only six months, this makes it one of the shortest-lived streaming services ever. Several factors likely played into Quibi’s untimely demise, including that a mobile-focused streaming service doesn’t make sense when people are home, that none of its content was really compelling enough to attract returning subscribers, and the fact that you can watch short-form video content on platforms like YouTube and TikTok entirely for free. It’s unclear what will happen to Quibi’s lineup of celebrity-filled content. The Informationinitially reported co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, who is also the former Walt Disney Studios chairman, attempted to sell Quibi’s content to Facebook and NBCUniversal, but ultimately failed. Quibi launched in Canada on April 6th for $6.99 per month for a subscription tier that featured ads and $9.99 per month to remove ads. The platform forged a partnership with Bell that included exclusive sports and news content from CTV News and TSN. Bell’s Quibi initiatives will likely be cancelled entirely. MobileSyrup has reached out to Bell for more information. It’s also worth noting the report of Quibi’s shutdown comes just two days after Bell Media president Randy Lennox announced that he’s departing the company. Lennox was reportedly the driving force behind Bell’s investment in Quibi. Quibi allowed viewers to watch content in both landscape and portrait mode. While the platform was initially off to a strong start, it struggled to keep subscribers around after it’s free trial ended. Some reports indicated that Quibi lost 92 percent of its early users following the end of the platform’s free trial. The service eventually launched apps for Apple TV, Android TV and Apple TV, moving beyond its mobile-focused Android and iOS apps. Notable content included Let’s Roll with Tony Greenhand, a show about a man that rolls ornate marijuana spliffs for celebrities, Bad Ideas with Adam Devine, 50 States of Fright, Chrissy’s Court with Chrissy Teigen and several more. For a complete list of Quibi’s content, follow this link. It remains unclear when Quibi will remain operational until or what will happen to users that have paid a subscription fee. MobileSyrup has reached out for more information from Quibi. Update 10/21/2020 6:43pm: Quibi has confirmed that it’s shutting down in a press release. It says that “following the companys wind down and satisfaction of all liabilities, the remaining funds will be returned to its investors as specified in the companys operating agreement. ” “We have assembled a world-class creative and engineering team that has created an original platform fueled by groundbreaking technology and IP, enabling consumers to view premium content in a whole new way. The world has changed dramatically since Quibi launched and our standalone business model is no longer viable. I am deeply grateful to our employees, investors, talent, studio partners and advertisers for their partnership in bringing Quibi to millions of mobile devices,” said Katzenberg in the press release. Quibi says that it’s working with “legal and financial advisors” to “identify a suitable buyer or buyers for its assets.” Regarding subscribers, Quibi says that it’s sending out notifications regarding the final date they will be able to access the platform. Further, Bell says that it’s “in touch with Quibi management and discussing next steps. Source: The Wall Street Journal