LG G6 Confirmed to Come With Improved Quad DAC to Better Sound Quality

LG G6 Confirmed to Come With Improved Quad DAC to Better Sound Quality

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HIGHLIGHTS
LG G6 to feature 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC
LG V20 was the first phone featuring QDAC feature
LG G6 to be unveiled at the company’s event later this month
LG has teased yet another feature of the G6 flagship smartphone ahead of its launch later this month. The South Korean company has confirmed that the LG G6 smartphone will sport a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analogue converter) for enhanced audio playback. To recall, LG V20 was the company’s first smartphone to come with Quad DAC feature, and the G6 will sport an improved version.

The LG G6 with Quad DAC means it will come with support for FLAC, DID, DIFF, and ALAC file formats, and will deliver clear sound by reducing distortion and ambient noise by up to 50 percent. Much like the V20, the LG G6 will also come with ESS Technology, which has been developer by a company that specialises in audio products. To recall, a single 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC was also included on the LG V10.

LG claims that the improved Quad DAC on the G6 increases circuit integration and lower the negative distortion to 0.0002 percent as well as minimises the loss of acoustic information. LG further adds that the new Quad DAC in the LG G6 will enable users to effectively control the left and right earphones separately. It will also let users adjust the balance of sound.
The Sourth Korean consumer electronics giant is definitely working to generate interest in the upcoming G6 flagship smartphone, with the company already revealing that the smartphone would launch at a pre-MWC event later this month in Barcelona.

We already know that LG G6 flagship will be getting a headstart compared to the Galaxy S8 availability in the market thanks to the Snapdragon 821 SoC. Based on a flurry of leaks, the LG G6 is widely expected to sport metal design which will be a departure from the company’s current plastic body in the LG G5. LG is also rumoured to run additional safety tests on the G6 ahead of its actual launch. Some of the highlights of the handset are said to be the first non-Pixel smartphone to come preloaded with Google Assistant out-of-the-box; dual-rear camera setup, and waterproofing capability with IP68 certification.

LG’s G6 flagship smartphone will be unveiled at the company’s February 26 event which will begin at 4.30pm IST (12.00pm CET).

Tags: MWC, MWC 2017, LG, LG Mobiles, LG G6, LG G6 Specifications, QDAC

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Apple Is Said to Plan Improved Cloud Services by Unifying Teams

Apple Is Said to Plan Improved Cloud Services by Unifying Teams

Apple Inc. plans to unify its separate Internet services groups into a single campus to better compete with Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Amazon.com Inc. in the cloud, according to people familiar with the plans.

Apple cloud services teams run by executive Eddy Cue, including Siri, Maps, iCloud, Apple Pay, Apple News and parts of iTunes and Apple Music, will move together into the company’s existing Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California, the people said. Currently, most Apple services are developed separately from each other in office parks rented out in other parts of Cupertino and Sunnyvale, California.

The current structure contributes to software bugs and slow product development, the people said. Bringing the teams together at a single, dedicated campus is designed to improve growth of the services business and fight competition from Google and Amazon, the people added. They did not want to be identified talking about private Apple plans. Apple declined to comment.

As iPhone growth slows and Apple goes behind the scenes to develop new hardware, the services business has been a bright spot. It grew almost 20 percent in the third quarter and may soon pass the Mac and iPad as Apple’s second-largest revenue source. Still, Apple’s cloud services have been criticized by users because of technical issues and a lack of new features. The company also stumbled in 2008 with MobileMe and in 2012 with Maps.

Cloud Space
Space for the cloud teams at the current headquarters will begin to open as Apple inches toward the launch of Apple Campus 2, a futuristic, spherical structure with multiple floors of open work space. Apple will begin moving employees there in 2017, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said in March. Apple broke ground on the new campus in 2013, following a well-documented announcement by company co-founder Steve Jobs in 2011.

While many Apple executives want to relocate their teams to the new campus, Cue thinks unifying at the old campus is a suitable way to improve his organization, one of the people said.

A committee of Apple managers is working on the plan to reorganize Apple across its current and future locations. Recently that plan has changed, according to a person familiar with the discussions. Apple originally expected up to 13,000 employees at the new campus. Now that number will increase by thousands and Apple is adjusting internal office space accordingly, the person said.

The new building features open floor plans and few traditional offices. While some of Apple’s senior vice presidents are expected to see their offices move over to the new campus – less than a five minute drive from the current headquarters – management must be at a vice president level or above to get a formal office, one of the people said. Previous plans included office space for senior directors, who report to vice presidents.

The new campus will be made up of bench seating, long work tables, and open cubicle spaces, potentially irking employees used to quiet office environments, two people briefed on the new campus’s plans said.

Apple’s Pie
Apple is also reorganizing its cloud computing resources to bolster its services business. The company is moving its infrastructure – things like software to process Siri queries and Apple Music downloads – onto a single, Apple-made system, according to people familiar with the matter. Code-named Pie, the platform gives Apple more control and may speed up load times.

Apple has begun moving over parts of Siri, the iTunes Store, and Apple News to the new platform, one of the people said. Apple plans to move other services, including Maps, to its new system over the next few years. Apple has also developed an internal photo storage system dubbed McQueen to gradually end its reliance on Google and Amazon servers, the people said.

The company recently indicated it is taking the cloud more seriously by hiring former Time Warner Cable executive Peter Stern as a vice president leading cloud services.

© 2016 Bloomberg L.P.

Tags: Apple, Mobiles, Apps, Tim Cook
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WhatsApp May Soon Get Improved Music Sharing, Larger Emojis

WhatsApp May Soon Get Improved Music Sharing, Larger Emojis

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Larger emojis appear to match the ones introduced by Apple
  • Users will now see album art when they receive a song
  • Both local and Apple Music songs can be shared

In addition to the upcoming features that had been spotted earlier this week – mentions and group invite links – it appears WhatsApp is also set to get improved music sharing features and larger emoji.

Reported by German publication Macerkopf, the upcoming features were spotted in the WhatsApp for iOS beta, just like mentions and group invite links. Let’s start with music sharing. The report notes that users can now share songs with their contacts. The songs can be stored locally, or users can link to the song on Apple Music. The recipient will see album art as well as a music icon. Currently shared ‘audio’ files do not have this functionality.

Coming to larger emoji – the move follows Apple’s unveiling of larger emoji with iOS 10, and WhatsApp appears to be preparing for their introduction, using what’s said to be the same size of emoji – three times bigger than regular ones.

whatsapp_ios_music_sharing_screenshot_macerkopf.jpgAnother feature recently spotted in the WhatsApp Beta for iOS changelog was gif image support. However, general WhatsApp for iOS users haven’t received gif image support so far.

Earlier this month, WhatsApp received a feature that allowed users to quote messages when replying. The user needs to long press a message in any conversation to see a reply option pop up alongside star, delete, forward, and copy.

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been adding new features steadily, and the most anticipated is video calling, which was recently spotted in testing on the Android beta app. To recall, the last major update to the platform was last month – the addition of document sharing on WhatsApp Web. Shortly before that, the company rolled out its first desktop app for Windows and OS X.

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Tags: Apps, Facebook, iOS, iOS App, Messaging App, Social, WhatsApp Beta, WhatsApp for iOS, WhatsApp for iOS Beta
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Improved Notifications for Android, Ancestry, and Other Great Apps to Check Out This Week

Improved Notifications for Android, Ancestry, and Other Great Apps to Check Out This Week

This week there is an excellent app bundle that will get you a big discount on productivity apps. There is also a lot for mobile gamers to look forward to in this week’s list.

Nevolution
From the developer of Greenify comes Nevolution, for notifications on Android. Nevolution aims to make the current notification support in apps better through the community. Have you wanted to split up your WhatsApp notifications by conversation? Nevolution will help. You can even bundle notifications together. There’s a lot to like here if you spend a bit of time tweaking it.

Download Nevolution for Android Free

The Productivity Pack
Bundles that discount various pieces of software and services are always great and the Productivity Pack includes some really great premium subscriptions at a massively discounted price, until April 22. A one year subscription is included for Pocket Premium, LastPass Premium, Wunderlist Pro, Quip, and more. You also get 12 weeks of New York Times digital access through the apps. The bundle can be bought for $69.99 (approximately Rs. 4,600) – an 85 percent discount.

the_productivity_pack.jpgCheck it out here. The app subscriptions work on both iOS and Android.

Ancestry for Android
Ancestry is a great app to view historical documents and records on iOS and Android. The Android app just got a nice update that brings a new user interface with easier navigation. It also lets you quickly switch between family trees and add sources to images. It syncs with Ancestry.com accounts and can let you add members from Facebook as well.

ancestry_on_android.jpgDownload Ancestry for Android Free

PKTBALL
Laser Dog’s first free to play game released on iOS a few days ago and it is one of the most fun casual games out there. PKTBALL is an iOS-only (it will probably release on Android too, just like their other games) fast paced arcade-y sports game that combines tennis, football, powerups, and more. The mechanics draw some inspiration from Crossy Road in how you acquire new characters and that’s a good thing. PKTBALL is free to play and the freemium aspects are never in your face.

pktball_for_ios.jpgDownload PKTBALL for iOS Free

Vainglory
Vainglory is the first MOBA developed keeping touch controls in mind. It features 3 vs 3 battles with stunning visuals. Also it runs at 60 frames per second and features superfast response times for controls. You need to destroy the enemy Vain crystal to succeed. Vainglory is free to play and features skins, proper lane battles, and more. It is more polished than most games you will play today.

vainglory_moba_touch.jpgDownload Vainglory for iOS | Vainglory for Android Free

Wayward Souls
This brilliant mobile game takes inspiration from some of the best games to deliver a precise action adventure experience that is fairly ambitious in scope. The pixel art visual style has aged really well as we’ve seen with multiple releases and Wayward Souls comes packed with great controls, tons of content, regular updates, and best of all, no in app purchases. This game is a premium title, and the price goes up as more content is added, so buy now and get free updates.

WAYWARD_SOULS.jpgDownload Wayward Souls for iOS Rs. 420 | Wayward Souls for Android Rs. 464

Filters for iOS
From the creators of the widely used Camera+ comes Filters by Tap Tap Tap. It has more than 800 ways to adjust and improve your photographs. You can zoom in to edit, compare edits, add film grain, textures, and more. It has more than 500 filters as well for quick adjustment including pro film recreations. I expect this to get good updates just like Camera+.

filters_for_iOS.jpgDownload Filters for iOS Rs. 120

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Tags: Android, Apple, Apps, Filters, Gaming, Nevolution, PKTBALL, Productivity, Produtivity Pack, Vainglory,Wayward Souls
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