Tech Briefing 19
News on forthcoming Galaxy Note 8, App Store clean up, Facebook and New Android Browser
So much happened in the technology scene throughOUT the week of Monday June 19 to Sunday June 25, 2017. Here’s a quick review of the major ones in Tech Briefing 19:
Expected new device
Note 7 successor coming soon
Samsung apparently has recovered from the crisis that followed the exploding Note 7 last year. Now, it is reportedly planning the launch of the Note 8 for an event later this August.
Rumour also has it that the Note 8 will be priced at around 900 dollars, will run on a 6-gigabytes RAM and is disappointingly very likely to be powered by a 3,300MAH battery.
Google Photos drops back-up-while-charging
You now do not need your Android or iOS device to be plugged to electricity for Google Photos to back up your photos and videos.
Some users last week noticed that the feature had been removed from the app.
Previously, Photos had an optional feature to allow media back up only when a device is being charged thereby ensuring that battery power which could serve other purposes was not consumed.
Meanwhile, new features that include Lens, suggested sharing and shared library are expected to be added to the app in the course of this year.
Clean up of App store continuing
Ahead of an all-new App Store re-design later this year, Apple last week continued ITS clean up of the store to rid it of cloned and spam apps as well as apps which are neither 64-bit compliant nor been downloaded in a long time.
The exercise which according to the iPhone maker has already seen the removal of hundreds of thousands of apps is to improve the quality of the store.
Apple Music gets annual subscription option
Users of Apple Music now have a reason to be excited. The service now provides them a yearly subscription option at 99 dollars.
This option which Apple introduced quietly will now also help users save 20 dollars yearly over paying about 10 dollars monthly.
Facebook to prevent profile photo misuse
A new feature that will prevent profile photos from being downloaded is reportedly being tested by Facebook.
If the feature becomes public, users will be able to protect their profile photo so that other people cannot download or share it or even take a screenshot of it on Android.
The move is reportedly to make women feel more comfortable to upload their photos on the service in an era when scammers are known to have harvested women’s photos to use on dating and other sites.
Firefox Focus now available on Android
Mozilla has released its Firefox Focus for Android users.
The new browser which was previously launched for iOS offers users an anonymous way to browse the web.
Mozilla prides Firefox Focus as a useful app for all who value their privacy.
Additionally, 9to5Google reports that Focus brings the following as important features to the Android version:
- Ad tracker counter – For the curious, there’s a counter to list the number of ads that are blocked per site while using the app.
- Disable tracker blocker – For sites that are not loading correctly, you can disable the tracker blocker to quickly take care of it and get back to where you’ve left off.
- Notification reminder – When Focus is running in the background, we’ll remind you through a notification and you can easily tap to erase your browsing history.
Focus appears to have been made with accessibility in mind. Users who are curious to know more should head to the Play Store to get it free right away.
That’s it in this week’s edition of Tech Briefing for Monday June 19 to Sunday June 25, 2017.
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