ITy Bytes 17 August – in this edition,
- Update Microsoft Windows 10 now,
- Google adds reminder features – Hey Ray, do the newsletter!,
- Samsung releases 64 and now 108MP smartphone cameras,
- Samsung exposes 7nm Exynos 9825 engine in Galaxy Note10,
- InvisibleShield Ultra VisionGuard and Ultra Clear for the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+,
- Canon DSLR camera hacked with ransomware,
- IFixit says Apple playing dirty tricks with third-party battery replacements,
ITy Bytes 17 August is a short, curated collection of news you may like to know
Update Microsoft Windows 10 now
While you are at it, you can force the update from 1809 to the new version 1903 by using the standalone Windows updater tool. Otherwise, the 1903 update is being progressively rolled out, and it may be some months before you receive it. More at Microsoft.
Google adds reminder features – Hey Ray, do the newsletter!
Google Assistant can now send reminders to (and nag) family and friends with Android phones or Google Assistant speakers.
Assignable reminders allow those in your Google family group or those who have their accounts linked to the same Smart Display or speaker as you and are Voice Matched. The recipient must also be in a senders’ Google Contacts. For parents who want to give their kids access to the Assistant on Google Home, you can create an account for kids under 13 (or the applicable age in your country) through Family Link, then link their Google Account and voice to Google Home. Also, you have the control to block anyone from sending you reminders at any time through the new Assignable reminders section in Assistant Settings.
This feature will also work for location-based reminders with a specific address or landmark.
For example, if you want to remind Claire to pick up flowers—and you don’t know the exact time she’ll be going shopping—just say, “Hey Google, remind Claire to pick up flowers when she gets to the Ferry.” The Assistant will then create a reminder that will pop-up for Claire when the Assistant recognises that she has arrived at the Ferry.
Samsung releases 64 and now 108MP smartphone cameras
Samsung Electronics has announced a 108MP ISOCELL Bright HMX, the first mobile image sensor to go beyond 100 million pixels. It will expand its 0.8μm image sensor offerings from its recently announced ultra-high 64MP to 108MP, a resolution equivalent to that of a high-end DSLR camera.
Its 48/64/108MP sensors all pixel bin (like a Google Pixel does) resulting in 12/16/27MP final image sizes but capture so much detail and information that, with the right, AI and post-processing power makes it impossible to take a bad shot.
It supports video recording without losses in field-of-view at resolutions up to 6K (6016×3384)@30fps. It will be on a Xiaomi phone first.
Samsung exposes 7nm Exynos 9825 engine in Galaxy Note10
While the release is pretty short on details, it does show why the Galaxy Note10 is such a powerhouse.
- CPU: Four core – 2 x A75 and 2 x A55 in big/little energy-saving format
- GPU: ARM Mail G76 MP12 (12 lanes – four times faster than the current three lanes)
- Memory: LPDDR4x (12GB)
- Multi-format codec (MFC) to encode/decode [email protected] or [email protected] in 10-bit HEVC(H.265), H.264, VP9 and 1024 tones per colour
- LTE Modem Cat 20, 8CA, 2Gbps/316Mbps DL/UL
- Storage: The latest UFS 3.0
- Physically Unclonable Function (PUF) to store and manage personal data in isolation
- Plus, a neural processing unit, DSP, ISP, Amp, Wi-Fi 6, BT5.0, GPS and more all on-die
Details on its 5G 5100 modem are scant, but it is a separate chip.
The chip has recorded the highest ever Android GeekBench4 single/multi rating of 3512/11210 compared to the 3500/9000 (approx) of the Galaxy Note 9.
In other tests, its screen has achieved 686nits brightness (usually around 400-500) and 212.4/14.6% of sRGB (vivid/natural settings) – but more impressive is a Delta E of .25 (o is perfect)
And in the latest news, it has scored the highest ever DxOMark rating of 113 (rear) and 99 (selfie). You can read more here.
- Quad-camera, including ToF sensor
- Primary: 12Mp sensor with 1.4µm pixels, 26mm (equivalent) variable-aperture f/1.5-2.4 lens, dual-pixel AF, OIS
- Ultra-wide: 16Mp sensor with 1.0µm pixels, 13mm (equivalent) f/2.2-aperture lens
- Tele: 12Mp sensor with 1.0µm pixels, 52mm (equivalent) f/2.1 aperture lens, PDAF, and OIS
Yes, it is king of the heap.