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Our sights are set on the iPhone 13 and its expected launch in the coming months, but we’ve been seeing wild rumors for features that could come in the iPhone 14 or future Apple phones – and the latest suggests we could control an iPhone by blowing on it. The feature, which may also come in a future Apple Watch, is described in a new patent as tech that detects ‘blow events’ to switch between different software modes and potentially navigate a user interface. The tech detects changes in pressure beyond a certain threshold and, combined with a motion sensor, ascertains whether a user is intentionally blowing on their device (or if it’s just unintentional wind from a user pumping their arms during a run, we presume). The patent description suggests the feature would help users of either iPhones or Apple Watches – given they have to hold or wear such Apple devices in or on one hand, blow controls could supplement or potentially replace needing the other hand. In short: this seems like a neat alternate way to control your device, but it also could be an accessibility feature, too. Analysis: iPhone patents are a slew of new ideas that may never come to passIt wouldn’t be a surprise if blow detection never makes it into an iPhone, just by the nature of patents and their uncertainty in making it into market models. It would be great if, say, a future iPhone could detect cracks in the screen and inform users, or if the display could heal itself, as patents made public in the last year suggest could be in store for future Apple phones. But we should also keep in mind all the ideas that haven’t gotten integrated into iPhones yet, like telescopic cameras, or curved screens, or styluses – all from patents going back as far as 2014. These could still make their way into iPhones, but it’s more likely that these were simply ideas Apple tinkered with as potential options that iPhone development could follow if they passed the company’s notoriously rigorous (and arbitrary) threshold for feature desirability. Given that these features aren’t ubiquitous in phones, it’s understandable why Apple wouldn’t invest in them.But Apple patents keep popping up, giving us ideas at what could come in future iPhones, from the improbable to the more possible, like a MagSafe-esque magnetic breakaway charger or in-screen Face and Touch ID or the Apple Glasses. But if we’re holding out irrational hope for a category of Apple patents, it’s probably for the still-rumored foldable iPhone Flip.Via PhoneArena
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The Covid-19 ushed pandemic has had strange implications on consumer-focused brands. While smartphone makers are trying to find more ways to get closer to your workstations, conventional tech companies are looking to gain some foothold into your drawing rooms.We recently caught up with Acer’s Chief Business Officer Sudhir Goel, who briefed us on the company’s vision, ongoing chip shortage and the new Air purifier that the company had launched. He also talked about the new IoT products that the company is planning to come up with, however, he did not reveal that the company is also looking to add smart TVs to its kitty.Folks at 91Mobiles have got us covered here and have reported that the Taiwanese tech company may launch a slew of smart LED TVs ranging from 32-inch to 70-inch screen sizes by next month.[embedded content]The report states that these TVs will be made locally in India at one of the facilities of the contract manufacturer Dixon. According to the report, these TVs will cover the entire price gamut starting from the budget HD-Ready and going all the way up to premium 4K TVs.As per the report, since these TVs will run on Android TV OS they will support various OTT applications natively and will also support downloading of applications from the Play Store. Standard connectivity features will include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, and HDMI will be present on all the TVs while the premium ones will come with features like Micro Dimming and Dolby Audio.While the report even states that these LED TVs could be priced between Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 70,000, we’ve reached out to Acer for some clarity around this report and the brand chose not to comment as of right now.Analysis: Does Acer wants to make the brand more relevant to consumers?While there is no doubt that smartphone makers venturing into the Smart TV segment makes sense. Along with smart home products and accessories, this not only helps them create a connected ecosystem of products that can talk to each other.Also, these smartphone and lifestyle brands launching laptops can be considered a demand-driven decision. Thanks to the pandemic terms like remote work and remote education have become an essential part of our lifestyle and hence these brands are trying their best to make the most out of the opportunity.Similarly, core tech brands like Acer venturing into the smart TV segment can also be seen as a demand-based decision. Ever since people are forced to stay indoors, online content consumption has increased drastically. Hence, the shift from the workspace to the drawing-room could help Acer become a household brand.However, in both scenarios, it boils down to quality and after-sales support. If these are not handled properly, this decision to venture into unknown territories can backfire and hurt the brand’s image and impact the core business as wellWant to know about the latest happenings in tech? Follow TechRadar India on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!
The Google Pixel 6 – or at least the Pixel 6 Pro – could be the most exciting Pixel phone in years – and certainly more exciting than the recent Pixel 5a, which is an accomplished but familiar phone. Google has officially revealed these handsets, and they look just like the leaks predicted: sleek devices with a visor-like camera block that splits the back cover in two.Other phones coming soonThat’s not the only interesting thing about them though, as the Google Pixel 6 range has been confirmed to pack an in-house chipset for the first time – one that we haven’t seen in any other phone. It’s called Google Tensor, and the company has hyped up everything the new phones can do with the new custom silicon.These phones could appeal to a wide audience too, with the Pixel 6 possibly being mid-range like the Pixel 5, while the Pixel 6 Pro might be a premium device like the Pixel 4. We don’t have much in the way of specs or pricing yet, but we’re eager to find out.We might not have too much longer to wait for the Google Pixel 6 range either, as while the exact release date is unknown, Google confirmed it will launch in ‘fall 2021’ (meaning September, October or November) in the US, so it’s likely to land in or around October like its predecessor, possibly alongside Android 12.While Google has officially revealed a bit of information, leakers have gone to town on the Google Pixel 6, and we’re hearing new information about the device all the time. You can scroll on down for all the important information we’ve heard so far, including the first official Pixel 6 images.Expect to learn more about the Google Pixel 6 as the months go on, and we’ll be keeping this article updated, so check back regularly.Google Pixel 6: cut to the chaseWhat is it? Google’s next flagship phoneWhen is it out? Expect it toward the end of 2021How much will it cost? Around $699 / £599 / AU$999, but possibly moreGoogle Pixel 6 release date and priceThe Google Pixel 6 release date has been confirmed to be in ‘fall 2021’ (meaning September – November) in the US (Q3 to Q4 2021 elsewhere). The rumor so far says to expect it in October, but that it could slip to November if there’s a chipset shortage.That makes sense, as we’d expect the phone to come out towards the end of 2021, based on Google’s flagship trends. October is most likely the best bet, even without this rumor.With regards to price, that’s a bit harder to guess, because while the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 were more premium offerings, the Pixel 5 is a mid-ranged phone, and we don’t know if Google will stick in that price range or return to the top end.For reference, the Pixel 5 cost $699 / £599 / AU$999 so maybe we could see a similar price again. That said, given that there’s a Pixel 6 Pro as well, we might see both a mid-range Pixel 6 and a high-end Pro model, with the latter probably costing a lot more than the Pixel 5.While we still don’t have an official price for either phone, Google hardware executive Rick Osterloh was quoted in Der Spiegel as saying the Pixel 6 ‘belongs in the upper segment’ of phones as a ‘mainstream premium product.’ The Pixel 6 Pro, on the other hand, Osterloh said ‘will be expensive.’ Given that he said the last two years of Google phones (including the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4) weren’t competing in the flagship market segment, Osterloh may be suggesting that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will be pricier than we expected.Design and displayGoogle officially revealed the Pixel 6 in a series of tweets in early August – and the company essentially confirmed the design leaks that trickled out through 2021.Without further ado, here’s officially how the Pixel 6 will look:(Image credit: Google)As you can see there’s a camera block that runs across the width of the back, jutting out, and a three-tone color scheme in a range of options. The image above shows both the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, with the Pro model having more space above the camera block.That camera block has glossy silver edges on the Pixel 6 Pro and matte black ones on the standard Pixel 6. Flip the phone to the front and you can see an all-screen design with a selfie camera in a central punch-hole. The front is visible in the tweet video below.Google was light on screen specs, but according to Marques Brownlee (a YouTuber who got hands-on time with the phones) the Pixel 6 Pro has a slightly curved 120Hz screen of around 6.7 inches, while the standard Pixel 6 has a smaller 90Hz flat screen.Material You will be best on #Pixel6.The colors, the camera, the form, and what’s on the screen all work together in a single, fluid experience. (9/13) pic.twitter.com/K6BRF9ZKEYAugust 2, 2021See moreBeyond that we’re in leak territory for additional design and display details, with one source claiming that the Google Pixel 6 Pro has a 6.67-inch curved AMOLED display, and dimensions of 163.9 x 75.8 x 8.9mm (with an 11.5mm camera bump), along with dual stereo speakers.Elsewhere we’ve heard that the Pixel 6 Pro might have a QHD resolution, while the Pixel 6 might have a 6.4-inch flat screen. That screen size has been echoed by Jon Prosser (a leaker with a good track record), who also points to both models using OLED, and says that the Pixel 6 Pro’s screen is 6.71 inches (which is in line with Brownlee’s claim of it being around 6.7 inches).Camera and batteryWhen Google officially revealed the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro via tweet in early August, the company confirmed the former will get two cameras and the latter will get three shooters – with the extra being a 4x optical telephoto.There wasn’t any other information from Google itself, but Marques Brownlee (who was granted hands-on time with the phones) claims that the other two lenses are main and ultra-wide ones.He also stated that Google has switched to all new photo sensors, for basically the first time since the Pixel 2, and that the Pixel 6 is likely to offer a significant video upgrade on the Pixel 5, thanks to the new chipset (more on which further down) powering computational photography.(Image credit: Google)Beyond that, a leak previously suggested that we’d see a 50MP main camera with a larger sensor than on the Pixel 5, plus an 8MP periscope snapper and an ultra-wide camera.But another leak points to the Pixel 6 having a 50MP main and 12MP ultra-wide camera, while the Pixel 6 Pro apparently has both of those along with a 48MP telephoto one. This source also claims that the Pixel 6 has an 8MP selfie camera while the Pixel 6 Pro has a 12MP one.Android 12 code also suggests that both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will have a 50MP main camera.Code in the Google camera app meanwhile suggests that the front-facing camera on the Pixel 6 might support 4K video recording, which is higher resolution than most selfie cameras can get.As for the battery, there’s no official news about this but a source claims the Pixel 6 Pro will have a 5,000mAh one, with the Pixel 6 having a smaller one. Elsewhere we’ve heard the same claim, but this leak details the Pixel 6’s battery too, saying that it’s 4,614mAh.We’ve also heard that – unsurprisingly – the phones will support wireless charging.They might support faster wireless charging than the 12W offered by the Pixel 5 though, as evidence of a new wireless charger has been found in Android 12 code, and there’s mention of fans – a feature which helps keep the phone and charger cool when pumping out lots of power.Wired charging might get a speed boost too, with one source pointing to 33W charging, up from 18W on the Pixel 5. However, that charger won’t come in the box – in fact the Pixel 6 won’t have an in-box charger at all.Specs and featuresWhen Google revealed the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in early August, the company also unveiled the Google Tensor – its first custom chipset, which the tech giant suggested will improve the cameras, speech recognition, and other features – especially improving voice commands, translation, captioning and dictation, with more things carried out on device. We made a chip!#Pixel6 is powered by our first ever smartphone SoC: meet Google Tensor(5/13) pic.twitter.com/0Kts53TfqmAugust 2, 2021See moreAccording to Brownlee (who got an official look at the phone) the Tensor chipset also allows the Pixel 6 to decode voice and process it on the device (rather than on Google servers), which allows for faster responses from Google Assistant and other vocal interface features.Neither Google nor Brownlee have said much about the power of this chipset, but rumors around this chip are gaining momentum, and we’ve heard that it could be a 5nm one. However, it sounds like it won’t match the best Android chipsets for performance, with a source claiming it will basically slot between the top-end Snapdragon 888 and the older Snapdragon 865 in terms of power.Another source has echoed these claims, saying that it rivals the Snapdragon 870 for power – a chipset that’s high-end but not top-end. They added that its GPU performs well under stress.One report has suggested that the Tensor chipset is in fact the Samsung Exynos 9855, previously rumored but never put inside a phone. If that’s correct, the performance of the Pixel 6 phones would be somewhere in between the Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S22 launching next year.We’ve also heard that the Pixel 6 might have 8GB of RAM and a choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage, with the Pixel 6 Pro upping the RAM to 12GB and offering 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage. Additionally, this source claims that the two phones will get at least five years of software updates, which is far more than other Android devices.Expect an under display fingerprint scanner on the Google Pixel 6. An executive from Google included a screenshot – which has since been deleted – that showed a phone with a fingerprint in the middle of the screen.Hiroshi Lockheimer apparently posted (and then deleted) a screenshot from what’s likely the Pixel 6 Pro (the image resolution was 1440×3200.) The phone is connected to Verizon 5G, likely the carrier’s sub-6GHz network. Also shown is the position of the UDFPS.H/T @jspring86az pic.twitter.com/Pessh7RvNVAugust 24, 2021See moreBeyond that, in Android 12 code we’ve seen two hints of the feature as well.Speaking of Android 12, the Pixel 6 range will of course run that, and we know already that this includes a whole new visual design, along with a real focus on privacy and security. That extends to the hardware too, as Google itself has said that the Pixel 6 is built with the most layers of hardware security in any phone.And a leak also suggests that the Pixel 6 could get a redesigned version of Google Translate, which should be easier to operate with one hand.Finally, we’ve heard the Pixel 6 could have UWB, or ultra-wideband technology. 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Axele LLC, a transportation management system (TMS) company, announces its latest software update to the Axele TMS, adding more ELD integrations, rate confirmation data extraction from leading trucking companies, driver safety improvements and new mapping and routing tools. Other improvements include updates to Teams Module, Terminal Module, Factoring, Dashboard and more.“The Axele software development team works hard to incorporate customer feedback requests into new versions of the software to improve performance or add more functionality to the TMS,” said Ravi Ahuja, founder of Axele. “We’ve been delivering major new software updates every month. We want to help our customers improve their business profitability with easy-to-use yet powerful software features.”
Axele offers transportation management system (TMS) cloud software for truckload carriers, leveraging decades of experience and insights into optimization and automation technology. Launched by Optym in 2020, Axele is an intelligent, connected solution, built specifically for small to mid-sized truckload carriers. Axele serves for-hire truckload operators and private fleets who haul general freight, dry van, flatbed and refrigerated loads. The Axele TMS integrates with load boards, ELDs, market rates, maps and accounting systems to enable an owner-operator or carrier to find better loads, increase profits and grow their business.