Saturday 27 June 2020

Apple silicon: Apple Announces Mac Transition

Apple silicon
At WWDC 2020 Apple announced that it would transition to silicon. What this means is that within the next two years Apple will move its Mac product line from their current processor architecture to a new one. The new one being the one from Apple. More on Apple silicon in a minute...

So what is Apple Silicon by the way? 

No Apple does not plan on making it’s latest gadget out of silicon. Not yet anyways. Apple Silicon is the name given to a processor architecture that will now sit in Macs. This shift will take place within the next two years. Apple is bringing manufacture of the new processor architecture home. Basically the new Apple Silicon happens to be the old Ax chips that sit inside of many of our iPhones and iPads already.

The Ax chips have been designed by ARM but have since been adapted to sit inside an iPhone or iPad as the case maybe. The same chip going by different name now, Apple silicon, will now be placed in the mac. This will be done with improvements and other specifications to ensure that the Mac based on Apple silicon will not lag behind that of Macs with Intel chips inside them.

To illustrate the speediness of the mac based silicon, Apple ran Final Cut Pro and Adobe Lightroom on the computer without any hick ups. In fact the Mac based silicon worked impressively well. However in the midst of all the furor Apple did not release any benchmark standard for performance.

Will Switching to Apple Silicon be Good? With Apple silicon introduced, Apple will now have all hardware pertaining to all of its gadgets within their own control. This means that all production of all hardware is brought indoors. Apple will now have control over not only their hardware but can also ensure that any hardware they use is tailor made to the product that it sits inside.

So what happens to Intel’s Thunderbolt 3? That for now my friends is unclear. It’s not likely that Apple will license Thunderbolt 3 from Intel. They may in fact use USB 3 or come up with their own tech to replace it.

Will all Apps Work with Apple Silicon? 

The operating system as well as all Apple programs will run on Apple Silicon from day 1 onwards. There is also talk that Adobe is already working on converting its creative cloud and Microsoft Office’s shift to silicon is also in the works. With all this happening, it shows that Apple is dead serious about moving to silicon and Apple silicon is not just a new product for WWDC 2020.

What about Developers then? 

Developers will have to recompile existing programs based on a source code. What this means is that they will have to rewrite programs based on the new architecture. Once this is done the new version of the apps will have to be placed back in the app store. According to Apple this should make apps portable within a few days.

Sunday 14 June 2020

Android 11 Beta Update- Mono-Live

Android 11 Beta Update
Google recently released the 11th edition to its Android software for Pixel users. The OS may not add any new features to the existing OS 10. But the Android 11 Beta update does polish a few things off leaving you with a better user experience. But more on all this later.

What does Android 11 update hold in store for users? 

As mentioned earlier the new OS does not add anything new. But rather makes the already existing features just a little better. Some of the areas in which Android 11 has focused on are conversations, priority conversations, notifications and bubbles. The other areas that it focuses on are do not disturb, media controls, besides others.

Which Phones will get the Android 11 Beta update? 

At present only Pixel 2 users and above have got the update. Other phones will get the update in the coming days.

But a word of caution- you might want to wait till you get the final version of an update rather than install the beta version which may have a lot of bugs in it.

How to get the Android 11 Beta update? 

If you still want to go ahead with the 11th edition of Android, then all you have to do is visit the Android Beta site. Once there you’ll have to enter all your Google credentials and then enroll your device. This you can do so from the list of eligible devices.

A people Centric Android 11? 

According to a report from Google, the tech giant plans on making Android 11 more people oriented. To aid in this agenda, they are focusing on conversations and prioritizing the people in your life. So in tune with this new motto here are some of the features to look out for:

  • Conversations- this will appear in a designated section in the notification bar. Besides this we will also see conversations appear in a bubble formats, have the opportunity to set reminders for not – so – important- convos and even have the ability to set shortcuts for conversations on the home screen.
  • Bubbles- this will help you in multitasking. While browsing the latest on your apps you will also be able to stay in touch with people without missing a beat.
  • Voice Access- this feature is meant for people who use the Google Assistant. With this feature on board your phone will now be able to understand screen content, generate labels and access points for better accessibility.
  • Device Control- this feature is all about improving your control over connected devices. It makes it much more easier to control and use connected devices. By long pressing the power button you will be able to get to this feature.
  • Media Control- with this in tow you will be able to seamlessly change your media outputs.
Besides all this Android 11 Beta update also brings in new Privacy Features:

They are One time permissions and Permissions auto set.

Sunday 7 June 2020

Best Handheld Game console- Mono-Live

Best Handheld Game console
Most of us use our phones be it Android or iOS to play games. Well good enough right? Wrong, why stick with good enough when you could go well and these handheld game consoles do just that- they take you a step further. Just think about this- a handheld game console has actual buttons for starters and a ton of games to keep you busy for hours. So what say you put down your phone for a minute to look at some of the best handheld game consoles out there (that is if you’re not reading this post on your phone by the way).

Nintendo Switch a Handheld game console you need to check out: 

This one is a hybrid sort of gaming console- in that you can use it as a handheld game console as well as put it in a dock and play it on the big screen. By that I mean a TV. With the switch in your hands you can kill the time by its endless array of games. Plus there’s always it’s versatility that you get with it- play it on the TV or carry it around with you.

The console is not just a gaming console also; you can watch Hulu on it as well. With the console you also get a number of accessories to go along with it and it comes in a variety of color configurations too. Besides all this it is a great travel companion as well.

Things to look out for: 

  • Number of gaming options 
  • Can be played on the TV by inserting into a dock 
  • Number of color options 
  • A variety of gaming accessories to go along with it 
  • Can also watch Hulu on it Nintendo 

Switch Lite a Lighter Option: 

The lightweight design coupled with the 5.5 inch screen all makes this a better travel buddy than the one above. Plus if you don’t won’t to spend that much on a Nintendo switch then this one being the lite model comes in at just $200. Besides all this, the switch lite comes in three colors- Turquoise, gray and yellow. Some color choice if you’ve ever seen one right?

The Joy-Cons cannot detach with the lite. But this is a good thing as it makes the lite even more sturdier and robust to play with. The only downside with the switch is that it cannot be played on the big screen. So if you’re more of an outdoors person then this one is for you.


Things to look out for: 

  • Thinner design with a smaller screen 
  • Cannot be played on the big screen 
  • Joy cons do not detach 

GPD XD Plus a Great Handheld game console to use: 

An emulator is basically a hardware or software that makes one device behave like the other. Well enough with the tech lesson. Getting more to the point this handheld game console does just that. It allows you to play old games, the ones usually found on SNES or Game Boy or PS1. However it’s not as simple as downloading and installing a simple app.

If your tech savvy and know how to use a computer then this handheld game console is just the one for you. This gaming emulator is one of the best on the market. Besides this, it is also powerful and more to our need that is it’s portable.

But if you’re one of those people who can’t get around following tutorials to get your games playing on it, then you might want to give this gaming console a skip.

Things to check out: 

  • It’s an emulator 
  • Can play old games on it 
  • Takes time getting old games playing on it 

Nintendo 2DS Handheld Game console: 

The 2DS is the same as the 3DS but with the exception of the hinges. It’s in a hedge shape rather than a clamshell shape. But all in all it’s still comfortable to hold and get to gaming. This handheld game console comes with two backlit screens which are bright enough and all, don’t get me wrong, but they are exposed. This makes them prone to breaks and cracks.

You get the full array of Nintendo’s games of the DS and 3DS variety. The downside with this gaming console is that it does not play stereo quality sound. If you want the shebang then earphones are your best option. The color options on this thing make it more a kids playing device rather than a serious gamesters one.

Things to check out: 

  • No hinges, in a hedge shape design 
  • Full array of Nintendo DS as well as 3DS games 
  • Looks more like a kid’s gaming console 

New Nintendo 2DS XL Mario Kart 7 Bundle: 

A lot of Nintendo’s on this list huh?

With this handheld game console in tow you get two screens to play on, a comfortable clamshell design and a built in NFC reader. If you’re wondering why the NFC, it is used for amiibo which is Nintendo’s action figures that add a little something extra to your game.

The console also comes in a fun array of colors such as orange and white, black and turquoise as well as purple and silver. You may not get 3D games on it or games like 3DS XL. But you can still play 3DS games on it at a much cheaper price. You even get a free pre- installed game of Mario Kart 7.

Things to check out: 

  • Two screens  
  • Comes with NFC 
  • Cannot play 3D games or 3DS XL games 
  • Comes with Mario Kart 7 pre- installed 

These are some of the best handheld game consoles to get. I know that there are a lot of Nintendo gaming consoles on this list but what can I say? They’re the best when it comes to handheld game console. Other than that there is also an emulator on this list, if you just happen to love old games and miss them. But all in all with these handheld game consoles you’re sure to never use your phone again for gaming, which is unless those games aren’t compatible with your console.

Monday 1 June 2020

Android Volume Booster that works!

Android Volume Booster that works
When it comes to Android, there’s a lot that it can do. You can browse the internet, listen to music, watch movies and more. But what it does not do so well, is in the volume department. Somehow the volume in Android isn’t good enough. But all is not lost. There are apps out there that can help increase the volume as well as it make it more crisper sounding. In this post we’ll be showing you android volume booster that works!

Few Android Volume Booster that works Available in PlayStores

The first place to look when it comes to any app is the PlayStore and rightly so too. You get all kinds of apps under one roof, so to speak. The same goes for volume boosters too. The PlayStore has a huge collection of volume booster apps with different names, ratings and different downloads. The only problem is that they often do not work. Besides not working, these apps are loaded down with ad after ad, making them absolutely useless. So without wasting further time concentrating on apps that do not work and are laden down with spammy ads, lets’ take a look at some android volume booster that works.

Equalizer as an android volume booster that works:

Equalizers are the best when it comes to boosting the volume. They do just that and they do it well. There’s also an option where you can slide frequencies in case of any discrepancies in sound. The app named equalizer is good enough as well as it is simple to use too. With the app you can choose over 11 presets with the paid option offering even more. Another thing with the paid option is that you can add your own presets as well. In a nutshell:
  • Great android volume booster that works
  • Comes with 11 presets
  • Paid option has a make your own feature too

Equalizer FX:

This app is similar to the equalizer app mentioned above with the one difference it works with Google Play Music. That’s saying something. Many third party apps do not work with streaming services, or they do so at an extra cost. This one is the exception. Equalizer FX plays Google Play Music as a matter of course or in other words as standard. The effects tab in this app also comes with an enhance booster and bass boost, making the Equalizer really worth your while. In a nutshell:
  • Similar to Equalizer
  • Plays Google Play Music
  • Comes with a bass booster too

Precise volume as one of the android volume booster that works!

This app takes volume control to a whole new level. Precise volume is as comprehensive as it comes. Besides volume enhancement, it has various presets, the ability to set presets for different apps as well as presets for when you insert your earphones in. What’s more is that this app takes what another Android app can do with 15 presets and turns that into 100 presets. You get the most precise volume control ever with this app in tow. In a nutshell:
  • Precise volume control
  • Over 100 presets
  • Custom presets for various apps

VLC for Android:

If you happen to have problems when it comes to watching movies or videos then the VLC app will be the best for you. It can boost the volume to up to 200%. But it’s a little tricky to do so. You need to first go in to preferences> Video> Audio boost to get that to work. After this once you play a movie or video you have to first go into settings and then equalizer. Then start enjoying your movie! In a nutshell:
  • Great for movies and videos
  • Increases volume up to 200%

MX Player as an android volume booster that works:

MX player does much what VLC does. It increases your movie playing volume to 200% above what your phone can do. Plus it’s easy to use too. The gesture controls on the app help in that department. When playing a movie or video on your phone simply keep increasing the volume button. Don’t be daunted that the volume does not go higher than 15. Keep pressing the increase button and it will go further even though it shows otherwise. Once you leave the app, the volume goes back to normal.   In a nutshell:
  • Same like VLC
  • Volume increase in spite of what is shown
  • Goes back to normal once you exit the app

Podcast Addict:

When listening to a podcast you might have realized the volume being worse than usual. This is because many podcasts aren’t professionally recorded. Even on a phone with good speakers the sound isn’t that great. Here’s where podcast addict comes to the rescue. There are many podcast – volume – boosting – apps out there, but the best android volume booster that works for podcasts is this. It not only has your standard volume boosting abilities but also an equalizer to boot too. This helps you in selecting voices and increasing the volume while reducing audience and background sounds. In a nutshell:
  • Great for listening to podcasts
  • Comes with a volume booster as well as equalizer

Viper4Android as an android volume booster that works!

This is one of the best audio enhancing tools that you’ll ever come across. Once you’ve installed the app you can activate the eXtra loud feature which takes you from normal sound to something eXtra. There is even a speaker optimization feature which gives you the best bang for your own speakers. You can even adjust the volume for different apps as well. In a nutshell:
  • Comes with an eXtra Volume enhancing tool
  • Has speaker optimization as well
  • Can adjust the volume for different apps too
These are some of the best android volume booster that works. Some come with only volume enhancing tools while others come with other features that will make using those apps worth your while. The VLC app an MX player app are good to use for watching movies and videos while the others are good for any volume boosting activity.