India pre-orders for Xbox Series X and Series S will go live at 9am IST on Tuesday, September 22, Microsoft India has announced. Both Series X and Series S will be available on Amazon, Flipkart, and Reliance Digital’s online store. No offline stores have been announced. India is one of 37 countries where the new Xbox Series family will be up for pre-order on Tuesday, in addition to the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Europe, Middle East, and Africa.
While the Xbox Series X and Series S pre-order date was announced alongside the prices — Rs. 49,990 for the Series X and Rs. 34,990 for the Series S — and launch date (November 10) last week, we didn’t have details on an exact pre-order time and where it would be available. Now we know. Gadgets 360 has also reached out to Microsoft India on details regarding special discounts (credit / debit card cashback offers) and financing options (no-cost EMIs), and we will update if we hear back.
For those outside India, here’s where you can pre-order the Xbox Series X and Series S. In the US, pre-orders go live Tuesday, September 22 at 8am PT / 11am ET on Microsoft Store, Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, Newegg, and other participating retailers. Up north in Canada, pre-orders also go live at 8am PT / 11am ET on Microsoft Store, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, EB Games, The Source, and other participating retailers.
Across the pond in the UK, Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders will be available Tuesday 8am BST on Microsoft Store, GAME, Amazon, Dixons, Currys PC World, Argos, John Lewis, Smyths Toys, VERY, AO, Tesco, Simply Game, Shopto and other participating retailers. In mainland Europe, as well as the Middle East and Africa, you can pre-order online starting at 9am CEST on Microsoft Store, Amazon, MediaMarkt, GameStop, FNAC, Elkjøp/Elgiganten, and other participating retailers.
Down under all the way in Australia, Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders kick off Tuesday, September 22 at 8am AEST on Microsoft Store, JB Hifi, EB Games, Telstra, Harvey Norman, and other participating retailers. And in nearby New Zealand, you can pre-order both new Xbox Series consoles starting 8am NZST on Microsoft Store, JB HiFi, EB Games, Spark, and other participating retailers.
In select markets, both Xbox Series X and Series S are available under a subscription programme, Xbox All Access, which bundles the consoles with the Xbox Game Pass membership.
Xbox Series S and Series X will launch in 37 countries — including India — on November 10, and 41 countries during “holiday 2020”.
iOS 14 may not have huge changes, but it has tonnes of small tweaks that add a lot of value to the iOS experience. We’ve been using iOS 14 betas for a few months, and we’ve used our time with the OS to compile a list of the best iOS 14 hidden features. Each of these features will make your iOS experience much better, whether you want some simple privacy related tweaks or if you want a magical change to FaceTime video calls. There’s something for everyone who uses iOS 14 here. These are the 14 best hidden features in iOS 14, compiled with the help of Gadgets 360’s video producers Aman Rashid and Shubham Raheja.
1. FaceTime Eye Contact
This is a feature was supposed to ship with iOS 13, but you got it now nevertheless. This automatically corrects it and makes it look as if your eyes are directly at the camera, and the other person feels as if you’re staring directly at them instead of some point below their face. You can enable this by going to: Settings > FaceTime > Eye Contact.
2. Back Tap
iOS 14 introduced shortcuts that let you tap the back of the iPhone twice or thrice to execute certain actions. You can configure the double tap Action for let’s say a screenshot, the triple tap to access control center and a bunch of other things. To try this out you should go to: Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap > Double Tap or Triple Tap.
3. Private Address
You can enable this by going this to your Wi Fi settings and tapping on the “i” button right next to the WiFi network of your choice. This prevents you from being tracked across multiple WiFi networks. It’s a really simple tweak one that adds a lot of privacy to your life. You should definitely enable it on all networks that support it. But do note that some Wi Fi routers or WiFi networks will not support this feature. You will also see a warning on your screen when enabling this.
4. Easier Access to Date & Time
Until now, you could only change date and time anywhere within iOS by using a large scroll wheel, which was really difficult to say the least. But in iOS 14, you can now quickly select dates via a calendar view style option, and the time can simply be typed in, you don’t have to scroll that wheel again and again to find the correct time anymore.
5. Sleep Mode and Wind Down shortcuts
Sleep Mode and Wind Down lets you set a bedtime, wind down slowly and get yourself in the mood for some nice restful sleep. But the best feature here is the hidden part of it. — you can add the sleep mode as a shortcut to control center. To do so, you can go to Control Centre. Settings > Control Centre > Enable Sleep Mode.
6. Mirror Front Camera
This one is for the selfie fanatics out there. Normally, selfie images are mirrored, so if there’s any text is written on your T-shirt, it’ll be flipped horizontally. iOS 14 lets you fix that and to do it you can open Settings > Camera > Mirror Front Camera. Note that this feature may not work on older iPhones such as the iPhone 7.
7. Volume Buttons as Camera Shortcuts
When you open the camera app and hold down the volume up or volume down buttons, it triggers a quick take video, which ends the moment you release those buttons. Now you can go to Settings > Camera > Enable Use Volume Up for Burst and configure this to your liking. For instance, volume down can still remain quicktake videos but you can change volume up to add burst mode photos.
8. Default browser and email apps Features 8 to 14
iOS 14 now gives you the ability to set default browser and email apps. It’s still a fairly easy process, simply go to settings, look for the browser in the search bar up top that you want to set as default and open it > tap Default Browser App > set your preferred browser app as default. Similarly, if you don’t prefer Apple Mail, you can repeat the same steps by opening the mail app that you’d like to set as default in Settings > tap Default Mail App > set your preferred mail app as default.
9. Picture in Picture (PiP)
Next on the list is Picture in Picture, a feature that everyone has been wanting for a long time. When you watch a video and you hit the home button, then you should ideally have a minimized video playing, instead of the video stopping completely and you go into the second task. You can also hide this video from the screen completely, and even your FaceTime video calls support this new feature.
10. Create folders in voice memos
Voice memos now let you organise your recordings better by letting you create folders. On the main page of the Voice Memos, there’s a small icon in the bottom that lets you create folders. To add a voice memo to a folder, you simply choose the file > swipe right > tap the blue folder icon > select the folder where you want to move your file to. Now, whenever you are looking for a particular voice memo, no longer you need to go through all your recordings. Instead, you can simply find your file in the respective folder where you saved it.
11. Enhance recordings in voice memos
Voice Memos also let you enhance your audio recordings. When you record audio on the Voice Memos app, you will see a wand icon in the top left. Tap that and you will notice that the background noise will be reduced, the echo will be suppressed a bit, and you’re able to hear the subject clearly.
12. Add captions to photos
You can now add captions to photos saved in the Photos app. To do that, go to Photos > open any picture > swipe up > you will notice a caption field where you can now add a custom caption. The good thing here is that this is searchable text, which means when you use the search feature in the Photos app with the keywords that you used, you will find those photos because they were captioned that way. In case you’re not happy with that default search option, you can keep adding captions to make searching a lot easier.
13. Privacy features
iOS 14 comes with a host of new privacy features. In settings, when you go to privacy, there is an option called local network. With this new feature, apps will always ask for your permission before accessing your local network, and you can simply disable the setting for any app that you think doesn’t have anything to do in your local network. Apart from this, you can also review all the apps that have access to your contacts, location, microphone, camera, and a whole bunch of other options. We would recommend that you give such apps as little information as possible, which in turn is best for your privacy.
14. Long-press the back button
Do you know that iOS 14 has a back button? Well, it’s not a physical button. But when you go into multiple menus in various apps, you’ll see on the top left, there is usually a back button. Earlier if you went into five different sub folders, then you either had to hit the home button to go back to the home screen or you had to hit the back button four or five times to go to the main folder. This time around, you can press and hold the back button to see which other main folders are there and you can just navigate back to that page or that folder quickly. This is a nifty tip, and you should definitely try it out.
These are some of the best hidden features of iOS 14. Which ones are your favourite? Let us know in the comments.
Time flies. It feels like we recorded the WWDC 2020 special episode of Orbital and we’re back with yet another episode around Apple, with 66.66% of the same crew. Joining host Pranay Parab on this episode of Orbital is Preshit Deorukhkar (a digital media consultant who works in marketing at Readdle). On this episode we begin by talking about iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, and how rushed the launch of these platforms felt. For both developers and journalists, there was a lot to cover during the event and we naturally had a lot to talk about. We discuss the changes to iOS 14 and what we like about it at length first, and then we talk about the new Apple One subscription bundle, which saves a lot of money for people in India. Preshit explains why he can’t benefit from those savings as we play some sad trombone noises.
Then we talk about the hardware announced at the Apple Event. This is where we first discuss the Apple Watch Series 6, and what the new features add to Apple’s wearable product portfolio. We also talk about the Apple Watch SE and Series 3, both of which could potentially offer excellent value for money. Could products such as the Apple Watch SE tempt more Indians to hop on to the Apple Watch ecosystem? We discuss that, before moving on the the iPad 8th Gen and the iPad Air (2020), both of which look like excellent updates to solid products. This is where Pranay tells you why he is excited about the new iPads and which iPad he’d buy, while Preshit tries his best to hide his lack of excitement.
Pranay is in charge of podcasts and videos at Gadgets 360. Over the years, he has written over 500 tutorials on iPhone, Android, Windows, and Mac. He has also written in-depth reported features on the intersection of technology and culture, reviewed fitness wearables, been the social media manager, started two podcasts, and produced several tech videos. He loves travelling, particularly to places not frequented by tourists. He keeps running half-marathons across the country and hopes to complete …More
Realme UI 2.0, the company’s proprietary Android 11-based skin, will be unveiled on September 21. The release will coincide with the launch of Realme Narzo 20 series of smartphones on the date. Realme X50 Pro users have already received an Android 11 preview release that will now be rolled out to the Realme Narzo 20 series as well at the virtual launch. Realme is expected to announce a timeline for Realme UI 2.0 rollout at the event, along with eligible devices.
Realme tweeted that it would be releasing Realme UI 2.0 based on Android 11 on September 21. Realme Narzo 20, Realme Narzo 20 Pro, and Realme Narzo 20A will be launched in India on the same day. The phones will run the new Realme UI 2.0. Realme says that it will be one of the first manufacturers to adapt to the latest Android 11 OS.
The digital launch event will begin at 12.30pm IST and will be live streamed on Realme’s social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
Android 11 was unveiled last week for select Pixel phones, as well as flagship smartphone models from Xiaomi, Oppo, and Realme. Announcing the update, Google had said that Android 11 features changes that would improve multitasking, give users more control over their privacy with one-time app permissions, and offer an inbuilt screen recording feature.
Realme Narzo 20, Realme Narzo 20 Pro, and Realme Narzo 20A are the successors of the Realme Narzo 10 series that was launched earlier this year. The new lineup of phones have been teased to come with ‘best-in-class segment gaming processor and trend-setting design’. Earlier leaks have suggested that Realme Narzo 20 may come in 4GB + 64GB storage variant and a 4GB + 128GB storage option. Realme Narzo 20A, meanwhile, is expected to come in 3GB + 32GB storage model and 4GB + 64GB storage variant. The phones are expected to be offered in Glory Silver and Victory Blue colour variants.
Realme Narzo 20 Pro is expected to feature two storage variants as well – 6GB + 64GB and 8GB + 128GB. It may come in Black Ninja and White Knight colour options.
IPL 2020 is just around the corner and Disney+ Hotstar – the official digital streaming partner for the cricketing event – has brought a handful of new features to the platform to let cricket fans enjoy the tournament while staying safely at home. The matches during the IPL will take place without any stadium audience owing to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Disney+ Hotstar has developed an in-stadium experience through an updated Watch ‘N Play social feed to let viewers share their excitement and support virtually, while watching the matches live on the platform.
Disney+ Hotstar said in a press note on Friday that it had added an interactive emoji stream to replace the exhilarating roar of the stadium. The platform will also bring new player emojis that fans could use during the matches to express their love and affection for their favourite players.
Additionally, Disney+ Hotstar will also bring Hotshot selfies and Duet videos to let cricket fans express their feelings throughout the matches while staying at home. The platform has also promised to broadcast the best of Duets, shot by its users, on Star Sports.
You can get Disney+ Hotstar VIP for a year at as low as Rs. 365 using a credit card – or at Rs. 399 by paying through a debit card, UPI, Paytm, or netbanking. The Disney+ Hotstar Premium subscription, on the other hand, is available at Rs. 299 a month or Rs. 1,499 a year.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G leaks have picked up pace, and multiple live image photos of the phone have now been shared online. Key specifications of the handset have also been shared alongside. Samsung has not announced any official information regarding the launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE yet, but the phone was briefly spotted on the Samsung Germany website and even on US telecom operator Verizon’s website hinting that we may be close to the launch date. Samsung is hosting a virtual event called “Galaxy Unpacked for Every Fan” on September 23, and the phone is likely to be unveiled at this event.
Tipster Jimmy is Promo has shared leaked live images of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G. The images reiterate that the handset will have a flat display and narrow bezels on all sides. The photos suggest a triple camera setup at the back and all the physical buttons on the right side of the phone. The tipster has also shared the key specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, including One UI 2.5 software and a 6.5-inch full-HD+ display with 120Hz refresh rate.
The tipster notes that the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G may be IP68 waterproof and dustproof. The phone is expected to support 3x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom in one of the cameras. Up front, it is tipped to have a 32-megapixel selfie camera inside the hole-punch cutout in the top centre. The live photos also show that the phone will indeed be called the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, and not the Samsung Galaxy S20 Lite as some reports suggested.
Previous reports claim the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE may have an in-display fingerprint scanner. The 5G variant is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 865 SoC, whereas the 4G model will be powered by the Exynos 990 SoC. It is tipped to pack 6GB of RAM and have a triple rear camera setup with two 12-megapixel sensors and an 8-megapixel snapper. The phone is expected to pack a 4,500mAh battery.
Garmin Forerunner 745 smartwatch has been launched in the US and is the latest entrant in the company’s smartwatch portfolio. It is a premium smartwatch that boasts of 1.2-inch colour display, long battery life, and a lightweight design. The Garmin Forerunner 745 comes in four colour options and silicon straps. It sports built-in GPS, VO2 max sensor, and Garmins says the Forerunner 745 is its “smallest and lightest full-featured running and triathlon smartwatch.” It can track a wide variety of activities and also perform standard smartwatch functions.
Garmin Forerunner 745 price
The Garmin Forerunner 745 is priced at $499 (roughly Rs. 36,700) in the US and is currently up for sale on the official website. It is offered in four colour options namely, Black, Magma Red, Neo Tropic, and Whitestone. As of now, there is no information on international availability.
Garmin Forerunner 745 specifications, features
The Forerunner 745 by Garmin comes with a 1.2-inch colour touch display with 240×240 pixels resolution. It is a sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass DX. The bezel is made from fibre-reinforced polymer and the smartwatch features 5 ATM water resistance. It has GPS built-in and can last up to 7 days on a single charge. While using GPS without music, the Forerunner 745 can last up to 16 hours and that time comes down to 6 hours when using the watch with GPS and music on. It can store 200 hours of activity data as well.
The sensors on board include an accelerometer, barometric altimeter, compass, Glonass, gyroscope, and a thermometer. In terms of dimensions, the Garmin Forerunner 745 measures 43.8×43.8×13.3mm and weighs 47 grams. You get a silicone band with the smartwatch. For connectivity, you get Bluetooth, ANT+, and Wi-Fi.
The smartwatch features heart rate monitoring, blood oxygen saturation, stress tracking, sleep monitoring, and menstrual cycle monitoring. The Garmin Forerunner 745 also has a step counter, distance calculator, calorie counter, and multiple gym activity profiles. It can monitor cardio workouts, strength, yoga, Pilates workout, and also has automatic rep counting.
The Garmin Forerunner 745 works with both Android and iOS devices and comes with tracking for swimming, cycling, outdoor recreation, running, and training.
The US Commerce Department plans to issue an order Friday that will bar people in the United States from downloading Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok starting on September 20, three officials told Reuters.
The officials said the ban on new US downloads of TikTok could be still rescinded by President Donald Trump before it takes effect late Sunday as TikTok owner ByteDance races to clinch an agreement over the fate of its US operations.
ByteDance has been in talks with Oracle and others to create a new company, TikTok Global, that aims to address US concerns about the security of its users’ data. ByteDance still needs Trump’s approval to stave off a US ban.
The Commerce Department order will “deplatform” the two apps in the United States and bar Apple’s app store, Alphabet ‘s Google Play and others from offering the apps on any platform “that can be reached from within the United States,” a senior Commerce official told Reuters.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made public.
The order will not ban US companies from doing businesses on WeChat outside the United States, which will be welcome news to US firms like Walmart and Starbucks that use WeChat’s embedded ‘mini-app‘ programs to facilitate transactions and engage consumers in China.
The order will not bar transactions with WeChat-owner Tencent’s other businesses, including its online gaming operations and will not prohibit Apple, Google or others from offering TikTok or WeChat apps anywhere outside the United States.
The bans are in response to a pair of executive orders issued by Trump on August 6 that gave the Commerce Department 45 days to determine what transactions to block from the apps he deemed pose a national security threat. That deadline expires on Sunday.
Commerce Department officials said they were taking the extraordinary step because of the risks the apps’ data collection poses. China and the companies have denied US user data is collected for spying.
In a statement to Reuters, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said “we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of US laws and regulations.”
The order is set to be published at 8:45 am EDT (12:45 GMT) on Friday, the officials said.
The Trump administration has ramped up efforts to purge “untrusted” Chinese apps from US digital networks and has called TikTok and WeChat “significant threats.”
TikTok has 100 million users in the United States and is especially popular among younger Americans.
WeChat has had an average of 19 million daily active users in the United States, analytics firms Apptopia said in early August. It is popular among Chinese students, ex-pats and some Americans who have personal or business relationships in China.
WeChat is an all-in-one mobile app that combines services similar to Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Venmo. The app is an essential part of daily life for many in China and boasts more than 1 billion users.
The Commerce Department will not seek to compel people in the United States to remove the apps or stop using them but will not allow updates or new downloads. “We are aiming at a top corporate level. We’re not going to go out after the individual users,” one Commerce official said.
Over time, officials said, the lack of updates will degrade the apps usability.
“The expectation is that people will find alternative ways to do these actions,” a senior official said. “We expect the market to act and there will be more secure apps that will fill in these gaps that Americans can trust and that the United States government won’t have to take similar actions against.”
Commerce is also barring additional technical transactions with WeChat starting Sunday that will significantly reduce the usability and functionality of the app in the United States.
The order bars data hosting within the United States for WeChat, content delivery services and networks that can increase functionality and internet transit or peering services.
“What immediately is going to happen is users are going to experience a lag or lack of functionality,” a senior Commerce official said of WeChat users. “It may still be usable but it is not going to be as functional as it was.” There may be sporadic outages as well, the official said.
Commerce will bar the same set of technical transactions for TikTok, but that will not take effect until November 12 to give the company additional time to see if ByteDance can reach a deal for its US operations. The official said TikTok US users would not see “a major difference” in the app’s performance until November 12.
The order does not bar data storage within the United States for WeChat or TikTok.
Some Americans may find workarounds. There is nothing that would bar an American from traveling to a foreign country and downloading either app, or potentially using a virtual private network and a desktop client, officials conceded.