Google reveals Android 11 Beta Launch Show schedule on June 3. Here’s how to watch

Google will release the first public beta of Android 11 on June 3 during The Android 11 Beta Launch Show. The company has now shared the full schedule of the online event that will also be live-streamed on YouTube via the official Android Developers channel starting at 11:00 am ET (8:30 pm IST) and going through 12:00 pm ET (9:30 pm IST).

The event will be marked with announcements related to all the new features changes coming with Android 11, Q&A sessions with Google’s own Android experts, and even a fun sketchnote skill contest. In addition to user-facing features and UI changes, there will also be announcements focused on developers such as the State of Kotlin on Android, new Android development tools, and more.

Google will hold a total of 12 talks on topics ranging from UX and features to development, commerce, and Google Play hosted by product managers and in-house Android software engineers. You can watch the livestream on June 3 from the link below and also set a reminder for the same as well.

Source: Android Developers

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macOS Catalina 10.15.5 update brings Apple’s Battery Health Management tool

Apple detailed a new Battery Health Management feature for MacBooks last month that will tweak the charging behavior of MacBooks to extend the battery lifespan. Well, it has now started rolling out with the macOS Catalina 10.15.5 update that also brings a new tool for disabling automatic prominence in Group FaceTime calls and controls for calibrating the Pro Display XDR.

As per the patch notes, the Battery Health Management tool will help maximize the battery lifespan of Mac notebooks by slowing down the process of chemical aging. However, this feature can be disabled. Another change is that the Energy Saver preference pane now shows the machine’s battery condition and tells if it needs to be serviced.

Aside from bug fixes and performance improvements, macOS Catalina 10.15.5 adds a new option that will let FaceTime users prevent the speaker’s tile from automatically resizing and coming to prominence. Also, Pro Display XDR users can now adjust white point and luminance to tweak the built-in calibration.

Source: Apple Support

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There is already a jailbreak out there for the freshly released iOS 13.5

Earlier this week, Apple began the rollout of iOS 13.5 that introduced the Exposure Notification API and a faster Face ID unlocking experience while wearing a mask. Despite iOS 13.5 being fresh out of the oven, a jailbreak tool is already making rounds of the internet that can unlock all iPhones running iOS 11 all the way up to the stable iOS 13.5 build.

As per a WIRED report, the jailbreaking team Unc0ver has released a jailbreak tool that is stable and can be installed using AltStore and Cydia. Unlike previous jailbreaking tools, the new one doesn’t drain the battery life and neither does it obstruct the usage of services such as Apple Pay, iCloud, and iMessage. The team behind the jailbreak tool also claims that “it preserves Apple’s user data protections and doesn’t undermine iOS’s sandbox security.”

However, it has not been open-sourced yet, which means it will be difficult for security researchers to analyze its code and find vulnerabilities if any. Nonetheless, the feat is surprising because iOS 13.5 is fairly new, and it often takes weeks before a jailbreak for the latest version of iOS arrives.

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An early iOS 14 build was leaked in February and then circulated online among hackers

Lately, we have come across some major iOS 14 leaks such as a Clips system for testing apps, a redesigned multitasking interface, and a new app for scanning custom Apple QR codes to name a few. It appears that these details originated from a leaked iOS 14 build that has been making rounds of the security and jailbreaking community since February.

As per a Vice report, the leaked version is dated December 2019 and is widely being circulated among hackers and security researches since then. Sources claim that an iPhone 11 running an early build of iOS 14 was purchased by vendors in China and then the internal build was extracted from it, eventually making it to the hands of many people.

Security experts who examined the code of iOS 14’s leaked build claim it provides an unusually high amount of information about an unreleased Apple software. Notably, this build was traded on Twitter and has been distributed in the jailbreaking community too. But this is a very early build, which means a lot could change when the final version is released in September.

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Microsoft announces a ton of new accessibility features for Windows 10

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Microsoft has announced a ton of accessibility-focused changes and new features coming to Windows 10 with the May 2020 update. Listed below are some of the key changes that are coming to your PC later this month:

  • The ability to make the cursor wider and add a text cursor indicator, making it look like a dumbbell. Users can also assign custom colors to the text cursor, making it even easier to find.
New Ease of Access settings that make text cursors easier to see and use
  • By default, the magnifier will accompany the text cursor in the center of the display. It also gets Play, Pause, Next sentence, Previous sentence, and Read buttons for reading text out loud in browsers (Chrome, Edge and Firefox) and apps (Word, Outlook and PowerPoint).
Magnifier user interface
  • Narrator, Windows 10’s built-in screen reader tool, now sounds more natural and allows users to switch between vocal cues and tunes. Also, while reading a text, Narrator will recognize capital letters and words. It will also start reading web pages automatically and has also landed support for Firefox browser.

Source: Windows Blog

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iOS 13.5 brings Exposure Notification API, faster unlock experience while wearing a mask

Apple has started the rollout of iOS 13.5 and it brings a couple of new elements that are directly linked to the ongoing global health crisis. The first one is the Exposure Notification API jointly developed by Google and Apple, the foundation on which COVID-19 contact tracing apps will be developed.

The other key arrival is a faster device unlock experience while wearing a mask. Your iPhone will no longer keep you waiting while Face ID struggles at recognizing your face. Following the iOS 13.5 update, the passcode field will pop up as soon as you swipe up on the lock screen. To recall, this feature was released on the beta channel last month.

It works not only while unlocking your iPhone, but will also come into play if Apple Pay, iTunes, Apple Store, or any other app presents you with an authentication prompt. Also, users can now prevent the speaker’s tile from automatically resizing and coming to prominence during a group FaceTime call.

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IFA 2020 will take place after all, here’s how

IFA 2020 physical event was canceled as Germany banned gatherings of more than 5,000 people due to the pandemic. However, the latest development is that the event will take place, and no, I don’t mean online, it will be a physical event, but with strict attendee limits.

During a livestream today, IFA Executive Director Jens Heithecker said that the Berlin authorities have limited the number of participants allowed at events to 5,000, but the event will allow a maximum of just 1,000 attendees to each section of the event per day.

The event will not be open to the public. Moreover, it won’t be a week-long affair and will be shortened to three days. IFA 2020 will take place in Berlin from 3 to 5 September within the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Press conferences will be held at a central location rather than spread around different company booths. Further, only 800 journalists from around the world will be allowed to attend. Additionally, three parallel events will allow the trade show to go ahead.

If you want to attend online, there’s news for you too. There will be virtual opportunities to take part in the event for those not able to attend. It will be far less limited in terms of attendance.

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You can watch the MIUI 12 Global launch event here

MIUI 12 was announced last month in China. Now, it is all set to go global. The MIUI 12 launch event will take place at 20:00 GMT+8, that is 8:00 AM ET/ 5:30 PM IST. You can watch the live stream below

MIUI 12 update includes a redesigned interface, improved privacy and permissions settings, added control center, and more. It also brings updated navigation gestures and Mi Share file transfer service.

Further, the new update includes Super-Earth and Mars live wallpapers, which you can download for your Android phone here.

As previously teased by Xiaomi, the MIUI 12 rollout is expected to begin today itself.

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President Trump extends US trade ban on HUAWEI for another year

In yet another huge blow to HUAWEI, US President Donald Trump has extended the term of an executive order he signed last year that prevented US firms from working or sourcing telecom equipment from companies deemed a security risk. The extension will be effective until May 2021 for all companies on the entity list.

In case you are wondering, yes, HUAWEI happens to be on that list, meaning it will have to survive until May 2021 without conducting business with Google or other US-based companies. So, if you were hoping for a return of Google services on HUAWEI phones, you’re out of luck.

“The national emergency declared on May 15, 2019, must continue in effect beyond May 15, 2020.  Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13873 with respect to securing the information and communications technology and services supply chain,” said the latest order signed by Trump.

The executive order effectively declares a national trade emergency by invoking the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) and states that acquisition or usage of telecom equipment from “foreign adversaries” poses a threat to national security. You can read the full order, dated May 13, here.

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Twitter will allow some employees to work from home permanently

After Google and Facebook, who recently announced that some of its employees will be able to work from home until the end of 2020, another U.S. giant is taking a similar measure.

Twitter will allow some of its employees to work from home permanently. This refers to employees who can work remotely, and the decision makes Twitter the first major tech company to allow employees to work from home indefinitely.

Even in the case of those who are physically required to be at the office, Twitter said it will not re-open most offices before September, and, when it happens, “employees can choose whether or not to come to the facilities”, Reuters reports.

Source: Reuters

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U.S. in talks with Intel & TSMC about building factories in the United States

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According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, cited by Reuters, the Trump administration is negotiating with chip-makers about the possibility of building factories in the United States.

Intel Corp and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) have been specifically mentioned by the report that’s relying on information from unnamed sources and documents.

TSMC, for instance, has been in talks both with the U.S. Commerce and Defense departments, as well as Apple — its largest customer — about the topic of building a factory in the U.S.

The report also notes that unnamed U.S. officials want to help Samsung Electronics Co, to expand its contract-manufacturing operations in the United States. Samsung already has a plant in Austin, Texas.

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Google and Facebook employees to work from home until the end of 2020

After declaring a company holiday for May 22, in order to combat burnout for those who are working from home, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai reportedly told employees that they’ll continue to work from home until the end of the year, opposed to the initial deadline which was set for June 1.

Those who are required to physically be in the office will be allowed to come back sometime in June or July, and will have to obey strict safety measures.

Facebook has also asked employees to continue working from home for the remainder of the year.

Under the current circumstances, chances are that more companies will follow suit, now that two of the largest tech companies have set an example.

Via: The Verge

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MIUI 12 global rollout starts on May 19

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MIUI 12 was officially announced alongside the Mi 10 Youth Edition a couple of weeks ago. Now, Xiaomi has scheduled a global launch that will take place on May 19.

The MIUI global launch teaser was a math problem. The MIUI 12 is still based on Android 10. However, it includes major visual improvements – flat design, new animations, an improved dark mode.

Further, it can track which apps abuse permissions. It also brings a feature called AI Calling that transcribes calls for the hearing impaired.

Xiaomi has already started recruiting beta testers in India for the Global ROM.

Source: Twitter

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Apple’s WWDC 2020 starts on June 22 with an online-only, free-for-all format

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Apple has today announced that the 2020 edition of its Worldwide Developers Conference (stylized as WWDC20) will start on June 22. To recall, Apple announced back in March that WWDC 2020 will be an online-only event this year owing to coronavirus concerns.

WWDC20 will be our biggest yet, bringing together our global developer community of more than 23 million in an unprecedented way for a week in June to learn about the future of Apple platforms,” Apple’s Phil Schiller noted.

To keep up with WWDC20 proceedings such as keynote and Platforms State of the Union details, session, lab schedules and more, download the official Apple Developer app. Additionally, the company will also host the Swift Student Challenge for which entries will be accepted through May 17.

Source: Apple

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