Apple is announcing new iPads and Macs on October 30

Apple is holding a brand new launch event on October 30 in New York City, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As usual, the company has only released a cryptic teaser image alongside the invite, and you can see it below.

Obviously this will be a product launch, and since new iPhones and Apple Watches were unveiled last month, what could this possibly be about? Oh wait, it’s new iPads. Specifically, the 2018 editions of the two sizes of the iPad Pro.

Theze tablets have been leaked quite a few times already – they will have very small bezels and rounded screen corners, Face ID and no Home button, and from the leaked renders we expect them to be very thin.

It’s also possible (and high time) that Apple unveils a spiritual successor to the incredibly old MacBook Air, still the entry-level laptop in the company’s lineup. Perhaps a design more reminiscent of 2018 would be in order? And a processor from this era too? Rumors also talked about the long overdue Mac Mini update happening at this event as well, and we may even see new AirPods. So it looks like it will be a busy one for Apple.


Conserve Your Mac’s Battery Power With This Keyboard Setting

Whenever I fly, I always end up dialing the brightness down on my laptop to its lowest possible setting. In some cases, I’m straining my eyes to be able to see what’s on the screen, but it’s worth it for the precious few extra minutes of battery life I might get while I’m in the air and away from power.

This week CNET made another battery-saving suggestion that’s worth a try: powering off the keyboard’s backlight

The idea here is to set your keyboard’s backlight so that it powers off after a period of inactivity, not so it’s off all the time (I know I definitely need it, especially in those dimly-lit situations). It’s the same concept as the Energy Saver feature you might use to turn off the display when you’ve walked away, but keyboard specific and the feature is located in a different menu.

To get to it, go to System Preferences on your Mac and then Keyboard. From there check the box labeled “Turn keyboard backlight off after __ of inactivity” and then choose how long you’d like it to wait.

Screenshot: Apple / E.Price

You can pick anything from 5 seconds to 5 minutes here. CNET recommends going with 30 seconds. That’s not a bad idea, but I can see some benefits in going shorter as well. You don’t want to do 5 seconds and turn your keyboard into a strobe of stopping and starting lights, but 10 seconds is a decent option, depending on how you typically use your computer.

Give a few settings a test drive and see what works for you.

You’re not going to save a tremendous amount of battery power with this, but when you’re away from an outlet, every second counts.


Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8cx chipset for Windows 10

At the Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii, Qualcomm has taken the wraps off its latest chipset intended for Windows 10 computers – the Snapdragon 8cx. This is the successor to the Snapdragon 850, but it’s a different beast altogether.

Whereas the 850 was just a modified Snapdragon 845, which is intended for mobile devices, the 8cx is the company’s first of a kind SoC built specifically for Windows 10 PCs from the ground up. It’s made on a 7nm process and should be in shipping products around the third quarter of next year.

The company says it will pack twice the performance of the Snapdragon 850, which, to quote Reddit parlance, is big if true. That is because Qualcomm says the 8cx’s performance when running native Windows ARM apps should rival that of an Intel Core i5 U-series CPU. The SD850 beat a Core i5-6300U in multi-core benchmark scores and only slightly lagged in single-core scores, so that’s certainly believable – obviously the 8cx will need to be compared to a current generation Core i5 8th gen part.

The Snapdragon 8cx’s Adreno 680 GPU will handle dual 4K HDR displays, and will have hardware acceleration for 4K HDR video playback at 120fps. The chipset’s CPU cores will be Kryo 495, and it’s also got an integrated X24 Cat.20 LTE modem with a top theoretical download speed of 2Gbps and 316Mbps uploads.

Third-gen PCI-E and second-gen USB 3.1 will be supported for “limitless peripherals”, and for storage there’s support for NVMe SSDs. The built-in Hexagon 685 DSP will enable enhanced voice assistant experiences for Cortana and Alexa, and Qualcomm’s fourth-gen AI engine is on board too.

Bluetooth 5.0 is supported too, as well as Quick Charge 4+. The 8cx is without a doubt the fastest Snapdragon ever, a feat that is made possible in the laptop/2-in-1 category by the better heat dissipation than what you’d find in any phone. Qualcomm also promises multi-day battery life for the devices that will have the 8cx at the core.


vivo officially teases dual-screen NEX 2

The successor of the vivo NEX is on its way and the company officially teased the device on its website. Fancy renders of the phone appeared in the online store, while a promo campaign started on the company’s forum, giving one device for the lucky person.

The vivo NEX S2/vivo NEX 2 is likely to be launched on December 11, given the promo ends next Monday, while the company is planning a big announcement for its members the day after. The phone will likely have an option with 10 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, according to a Weibo user.

The landing page for the next vivo NEX device has three obscure gifs/videos. The first is a teaser for the three-cam setup on the back; the second, posted on YouTube, reveals the back panel with a circular module on the upper part; the third is likely revealing an LED circle around the camera setup.


Priyanka Chopra’s mangalsutra has a detail that you might have missed

Priyanka Chopra looks like a beautiful bride with sindoor and mangalsutra.

Priyanka Chopra looks like a beautiful bride with sindoor and mangalsutra.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas tied the knot in a private ceremony in Jodhpur. Their pre-wedding and wedding functions were all strictly family affairs, attended by only the couple’s near and dear ones.

The sangeet function was held on November 30, followed by A Christian wedding ceremony, mehendi and the Hindu wedding rituals. The exact chronology of events is not clear since the details were not officially disclosed by the couple.

The Christian wedding ceremony was officiated by Nick Jonas’s father, Kevin Jonas Sr.

After a four-day long celebration, the newlyweds finally made their first appearance as man and wife while leaving from Jodhpur for Delhi, where they are reportedly hosting a wedding reception tomorrow i.e. December 4.

For her first appearance as Mrs. Priyanka opted for a green Sabyasachi saree with golden embroidery. She also wore a kundan neckpiece by the same designer.

Priyanka looked every inch a beautiful Indian new bride complete with her mehendi, chooda, sindoor and most importantly her mangalsutra.


“Ralph Breaks The Internet” Stays No. 1 While “Creed II” Slips A Spot

Image result for "Ralph Breaks The Internet" Stays No. 1 While "Creed II" Slips A SpotHolding on to the the No. 1 spot this week is “Ralph Breaks the Internet” bringing in an estimated $25.7 million in its second weekend out. That’s about what the folks at Disney were expecting for the the reliably quiet weekend after Thanksgiving.

This is actually the third year in a row Disney’s animation department has dominated Turkey Day at the box office. Disney’s Pacific Island Princess, Moana made her debut Thanksgiving 2016 and led the box office for three weeks in a row. Last year, “Coco” did the same and now it’s Wreck it Ralph’s turn.

With no new movies expected to crack the top 3 until “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” on December 14th, I’m expecting Disney to go three for three on dominating the post-Thanksgiving box office.

Jumping into the No. 2 spot this week is “The Grinch” bringing in an estimated $17.7 million in its fourth week out. “The Grinch” stealing the No. 2 spot from Creed, which just premiered last week, is great news for Illumination studios. They’re hoping to the green one can maintain this staying power all the way through the Christmas season.

Falling to No. 3 this week is “Creed II” bringing in an estimated $16.8 million in its sophomore weekend. After helping push last weekend’s box office haul to a record high, ticket sales for “Creed II” dropped more than 50%.

But please don’t feel bad for Michael B. The original “Creed” film made about $110 domestic dollars total. After just twelve days in theaters “Creed II” has a domestic total of $81 million and it’s got at least another week without any new box office competition.

But more importantly, you should probably never feel bad for Michael B. Jordan.

As for next week, nothing new coming to theaters so I guess we just have to keep watching this awesome Spider-Verse trailer. And that’s okay with me.


Samsung Galaxy A8s to come without 3.5 mm audio jack

Samsung is preparing the Galaxy A8s to be its trailblazer device with an Infinity-O display. According to a prominent Twitter leakster @MMDDJ_, the new smartphone might also be the first Samsung smartphone without a 3.5 mm audio jack, paving the way for USB-C audio in the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series.

The Korean company is apparently testing the waters with the Galaxy A8s and its all-in approach. Given the Galaxy A9s and Galaxy A6s monikers are China-exclusive, we might see the new device getting unveiled first in China, and if the reception is going on well, Samsung will likely copy the product design in its Galaxy S10 series, bound to arrive in Q1 2019.

We are still waiting to hear more specs about the upcoming phone, but we know the display with a hole is likely to be developed by BOE, a company specializing in unusual screens, rumoured to partner Huawei in developing a foldable phone.