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Tech Briefing 20

Tech Briefing 20: iPhone is 10, delayed release of Google Drive replacement, social features for Apple Music

Welcome to the 20th in the weekly series Tech Briefing.

Google shifts Drive replacement release date

If you’ve been following developments in the cloud computing space, you’ll remember that Google announced it would release a new tool called Backup and Sync to replace Drive for Windows and Mac.

The company last week quietly pushed forward that release date originally slated for June 28 with no specific reason or new date.

When it is eventually released, Backup and Sync will not just upload individual files to the cloud, but backup users’ entire computer’s files (or at least specific directories) in the background. It will even integrate with Google Photos.

Note 7 Fan expected July 7

Samsung will on July 7 release the Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition for the South Korean market where 400 thousand units will be sold.

Features of the fan edition will mostly be the same as those of last year’s Note 7 which brought the South Korean phone maker negative publicity. The only major change is the replacement of the 3500 mAh battery with a 3200 mAh battery which was subjected to eight tests.

Samsung may consider other markets to sell the phablet later.

iOS, macOS betas released to the public

Apple last week released the first beta of iOS 11 to the public, Making it available to users other than registered developers.

Some vision impaired users say the public beta of iOS 11 have a few accessibility bugs but in case you still want to install it, check out Accessibility 360’s post which guides you through the process.

macOS High Sierra public beta was also released in the same week.

Apple Music gets social

Meanwhile, Apple Music in iOS 11 brings new social features that help users discover new music based on what their friends are playing.

The new friends feature is already available to test in the iOS 11 developer and public beta to give users an idea of how it will work on Apple Music later this year.

3D Touch dropped in iOS 11

Apple has however removed the 3D Touch gesture that enabled faster access to the iPhone app switcher and a quick shortcut to move back to the previous app from iOS 11.

A bug report has now confirmed that this was an intentional removal and the feature will not be making a comeback.

The iPhone is 10

This edition will be incomplete without a mention of the iPhone which turned 10 during the week under review.

On June 29, 2007, the first iPhone went on sale following its announcement by Steve Jobs in January of the same year.

The smartphone has since gone through significant transformation with the iPhone of 2017 being a huge improvement with tons of features you probably would have imagined impossible back in 2007.

In the same token, iOS the operating system which powers the smartphone too has changed significantly within the same period.

The iPhone means different things to different people but there is a consensus on its huge impact on the global technology scene.

Thank you

So, what’s your opinion about the iPhone 10 years since it made it to the global market? Are you looking forward to the replacement for Google Drive for Windows and Mac PCs? Or do you have thoughts about any of the other items mentioned in this edition, do let us know in the comments section below.

Thank you for your time.

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