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Polaroid’s Now Plus gives manual control on your phone

(Pocket-lint) – Polaroid’s newest instant camera, the Now Plus, has just been unveiled and it brings a new world of control and customisation to the table compared to the standard Now.

The design of the camera is almost identical to the Now, but there’s a key difference under the hood – it can connect to Polaroid’s companion app via Bluetooth and let you tweak your manual controls to fiddle with exposure, apertures, depth of field and way more.

PolaroidPolaroid's Now Plus lets you get manual control on your phone photo 1

The Now Plus also comes with a set of lens covers to give you colourful or sparkly vignettes for your photos, so it’s really a bit of an all-in-one solution if you’re getting really into instant photography.

There are other instant cameras offering manual control, but most of them are fiddle and complex, rather than software-based like this, so it’s certainly a neat idea. The unsurprising downside to this is that it’s on the pricey end of the market at £139.99, but at least you get bang for your buck.

We’ve got a Now Plus in our hands, so we’ll be experimenting with it in the nextg few weeks to see how it stacks up to the other instant cameras we’ve tested – keep an eye out on the list we linked above to see if it makes our ranking.

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills. Originally published on .

Windows 11 arrives on October 5, Android apps will come later

Windows 11 arrives on October 5, Android apps will come later


Windows 11 is no longer merely “coming this fall.” Microsoft will begin releasing the new operating system to the public on October 5, starting with newer PCs (and PCs being sold in stores) and then rolling out to other supported systems over the next nine or so months. The company also says that the Amazon-powered Android app support coming to Windows 11 won’t be ready for public consumption at launch; Microsoft will offer “a preview [of Android apps in the Microsoft Store] for Windows Insiders over the coming months.”

Like recent Windows 10 updates, Windows 11 will have a phased rollout through Windows Update—most PCs won’t begin to see and automatically install the update on October 5. Microsoft says that new PCs will be the first to upgrade, followed by older compatible PCs, “based on intelligence models that consider hardware eligibility, reliability metrics, age of device and other factors.” As with Windows 10 updates, you’ll be able to download an ISO file to initiate the upgrade yourself (Microsoft also offers tools like the Windows Update Assistant to manually trigger upgrade installs; we assume the company will provide this system for Windows 11, too). All compatible PCs should be offered the update by mid-2022.

For PCs that don’t meet Microsoft’s stringent system requirements—a recent 64-bit Intel, AMD, or Qualcomm processor; enabled Secure Boot support; and a TPM 2.0 module along with 4GB or more of RAM and 64GB or more of storage—Microsoft has been cagey. Neither today’s announcement nor a post from last week explaining the security requirements mentions being able to install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs. But Microsoft told reporters that it won’t disallow installation on incompatible systems as long as you install the operating system manually, but the company can later assert its right to withhold security and driver updates on those PCs if it wants to.

Today’s announcement merely says that “Windows 10 is the right choice” for these older systems and reiterated that Windows 10 will receive security updates through October 14, 2025. Windows 10 21H2 will be released in parallel with Windows 11 on a date that hasn’t been announced yet; it’s not clear whether Windows 10 will continue to receive twice-a-year feature updates after that, but Windows 11 will be updated on an annual schedule rather than twice a year.

Nomad launches MagSafe-compatible Base Station Mini with Magnetic Alignment

Noman on Tuesday introduced an updated version of its compact Base Station Mini with new internal magnets to help align the device and enable the fastest possible charging. This updated Qi charger also is compatible with Apple’s MagSafe on iPhone 12.

First introduced earlier this year, the new model, dubbed the Base Station Mini with Magnetic Alignment, also has upped the Qi wireless charging speed to a maximum of 15W, though iPhones are still limited to 7.5W at the high end.

It still features a metal body with a padded Horween leather top surface and an ambient light sensor that intelligently dims and brightens the status LED based on the brightness of the room. At night, it will dim, so you aren’t blinded by the small white light.

The new Base Station Mini

The new Base Station Mini

The charger is powered over USB-C will magnetically hold iPhone 12 units dead-center to help optimize charging and preventing it from sliding off the pad.

Nomad’s new Base Station Mini with Magnetic Alignment is available today for $69.95 .

Aurora Mobile Announces the Launch of a Free Public Cloud Version of JG Unification Messages System | News

SHENZHEN, China, Aug. 31, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Aurora Mobile Limited (NASDAQ: JG) (“Aurora Mobile” or the “Company”), a leading mobile developer service provider in China, today announced that it has officially launched a free public cloud version of its Unification Messages System (“JG UMS”). Mobile developers can use this free version as a trial of JG UMS’s integrated multi-channel messaging services upon registering for an account on the Company’s official website.

Similar to the VIP version of JG UMS, the new free public cloud version integrates seven major messaging channels namely mobile apps, WeChat official accounts, WeChat mini-programs, Short Message Service (“SMS”), emails, Fuwu Alipay and DingTalk, onto one platform at no additional cost. The free public cloud version also provides basic services such as statistical analysis, scheduled tasks, user grouping, message sending strategies, and multi-channel messaging templates, to meet the diverse needs of push notifications by developers and businesses.

JG UMS supports pre-created reissue strategies with various push notification models including back-end configuration of SMS and push notifications from apps and WeChat accounts, allowing operators to set reissue channels and detailed conditions. For example, if a push notification issued by an app doesn’t reach an audience or isn’t clicked by users within 5 minutes, the JG UMS system may arrange a reissue of the notification. In terms of message push strategy, businesses can leverage JG UMS to replace SMS services with other free messaging channels. This can significantly improve message delivery rates and reduce costs. JG UMS also provides various options to enable real-time, or scheduled, or multi-channel concurrent messaging.

At the same time, JG UMS also provides reports on push notification statistics, message history, user reach analysis and other insights. By integrating operational metrics of various push channels and analyzing conversion rates, in terms of messaging channels and users, all this information helps businesses to better understand their targeted markets and users, and plan accordingly to execute on operational and marketing initiatives.

Earlier this year, JG UMS completed all tests required by the China Telecommunication Technology Labs (“CTTL”) in terms of system functions, push notification methods and performance, reflecting the full compatibility and compliance of its 5G messaging capabilities. In terms of channel coverage of mainstream messaging channels, JG UMS plans to support more emerging messaging channels in its next iteration, helping developers and businesses tackle problems of multiple channels, low message delivery rates and high SMS costs, by connecting to one integrated platform with one interface protocol for AI-driven refined operations.

For users with higher requirements for multi-channel push notifications and user management, they can upgrade to the VIP version of JG UMS and enjoy unlimited channel management, higher API call frequency limits, message callbacks, blacklists and whitelists preferences and other exclusive VIP services.

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Apple acquires classical music streaming service Primephonic

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA AND LONDON Apple today announced it has acquired Primephonic, the renowned classical music streaming service that offers an outstanding listening experience with search and browse functionality optimized for classical, premium-quality audio, handpicked expert recommendations, and extensive contextual details on repertoire and recordings.

With the addition of Primephonic, Apple Music subscribers will get a significantly improved classical music experience beginning with Primephonic playlists and exclusive audio content. In the coming months, Apple Music Classical fans will get a dedicated experience with the best features of Primephonic, including better browsing and search capabilities by composer and by repertoire, detailed displays of classical music metadata, plus new features and benefits.

“We love and have a deep respect for classical music, and Primephonic has become a fan favorite for classical enthusiasts,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats. “Together, we’re bringing great new classical features to Apple Music, and in the near future, we’ll deliver a dedicated classical experience that will truly be the best in the world.”

“Bringing the best of Primephonic to Apple Music subscribers is a tremendous development for the classical music industry,” said Thomas Steffens, Primephonic’s co-founder and CEO. “Artists love the Primephonic service and what we’ve done in classical, and now we have the ability to join with Apple to deliver the absolute best experience to millions of listeners. We get to bring classical music to the mainstream and connect a new generation of musicians with the next generation of audience.”

“Primephonic was founded to ensure that classical music will stay relevant for future generations,” said Gordon P. Getty, a major shareholder of Primephonic. “Primephonic and Apple together can realize that mission and take classical to a worldwide audience.”

Primephonic is no longer available for new subscribers and will be taken offline beginning September 7. Apple Music plans to launch a dedicated classical music app next year combining Primephonic’s classical user interface that fans have grown to love with more added features. In the meantime, current Primephonic subscribers will receive six months of Apple Music for free, providing access to hundreds of thousands of classical albums, all in Lossless and high-resolution audio, as well as hundreds of classical albums in Apple Music’s Spatial Audio, with new albums added regularly.

AT&T delays 500,000 fiber-to-the-home builds due to severe fiber shortage

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Enlarge / An AT&T technician working on a fiber project.

AT&T says that supply-chain shortages will delay fiber construction to about 500,000 homes that it originally planned to wire up this year and warned that shortages are likely to impact other companies that purchase fiber even more.

“Up through the second quarter, we hadn’t really experienced any impact from the supply-chain disruptions that are happening across the industry. But since the start of the third quarter, we are seeing dislocation across the board including in fiber supply,” AT&T Senior Executive VP and CFO Pascal Desroches said yesterday at a virtual conference hosted by Oppenheimer.

AT&T previously told investors to expect “3 million homes passed [with fiber] this year,” Desroches said. “We’re probably going to come in a little bit light, probably around 2.5 [million].”

The planned deployment of 3 million locations includes all the fiber construction AT&T has completed in the first seven months of 2021. As we’ve written previously, AT&T is expanding its fiber builds in about 90 metro areas, with new locations primarily consisting of homes and businesses close to AT&T’s existing fiber installations.

Global shortages roil industries

Global semiconductor shortages have been disrupting plans for much of the tech industry and automakers. The broadband industry is being hampered by the shortages in chips, other components, and fiber itself.

AT&T typically has no problem getting fiber at a low cost, Desroches said. “We’re the largest fiber purchaser in the country and we have prices that are the best and most competitive in the industry,” he said. “We feel really good about the ability to secure fiber inventory at attractive price points and the ability to execute the buildout at scale, something that many others don’t have.”

AT&T expects to catch up to its original fiber-construction estimates in the years after 2021, largely because of what Desroches called its “preferred place in the supply chain” and “committed pricing.” As AT&T said in a news release yesterday, AT&T is “working closely with the broader fiber ecosystem to address this near-term dislocation” and “is confident it will achieve the company’s target of 30 million customer locations passed by the end of 2025.”

AT&T had deployed fiber to about 15 million locations by early 2021, so the plan is to double that by 2025. There are about 53 million households in AT&T’s 21-state home-Internet service area, leaving over 20 million where AT&T has no plans to upgrade from old copper lines to fiber.

Internet providers without a preferred place in the supply chain will have more trouble getting fiber than AT&T, Desroches pointed out. “We don’t think it’s going to impact us long-term, but I think it’s really important context. If we’re feeling the pain in this, I can only imagine what others in the industry are experiencing,” he said.

While Desroches “did not name AT&T’s fiber vendor, he noted it was a US company which has both domestic and international locations. Both CommScope and Corning would fit that description,” FierceTelecom wrote. “The latter recently highlighted an uptick in orders in its optical segment, but CFO Tony Tripeny warned on Corning’s Q2 earnings call it was already facing supply chain disruptions and expected ‘glass supply to remain short to tight in the upcoming quarters.'”

Small ISPs feel pain of shortage

A trade group that represents rural ISPs described the shortages its members face in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission last month.

“NTCA members report widespread delays in obtaining communications equipment of all kinds, which extends not only to electronics (such as routers, optical network terminals, and customer premises equipment ‘CPE’) but also fiber. The delay appears to have begun soon after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and has escalated since then,” according to the filing by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association.

NTCA did an informal survey of its members and found that the “minimum delay reported by members was generally three to four weeks, with some members reporting a delay of greater than 12 weeks and, in some instances, not being able to obtain the equipment for the 2021 construction season.”

AT&T loves fiber but doesn’t want everyone to get it

Desroches argued that fiber’s symmetrical speeds are becoming a necessity and said, “There is no better technology for connectivity.”

“As a result of what you’ve seen in the last year in the pandemic, the need to do what we’re doing now—two-way communication [via video conference]—can only happen with symmetrical speeds,” he said. “I think everyone has had an ah-ha moment, ‘we need to deploy fiber.’ We’ve long believed that and this is just really leaning into that opportunity.”

AT&T has repeatedly touted the superiority of fiber when talking to investors despite fighting against nationwide fiber construction. In March, AT&T told the US that it shouldn’t demand high upload speeds when giving funding to ISPs, claiming that rural people don’t need fiber and should be satisfied with Internet service that provides only 10Mbps upload speeds.

AT&T doesn’t want to face competition from fiber in places that it has deemed not profitable enough for upgrades. AT&T’s March statement said that funding faster networks in areas not served by fiber “would needlessly devalue private investment and waste broadband-directed dollars.”

Fiber a big moneymaker for AT&T

Desroches said that AT&T’s goal is to get at least 40 percent of homes subscribed to fiber in areas where AT&T deploys it. “We think in certain markets we’ll have an opportunity to do better than that,” he said.

Fiber helps AT&T boost revenue both from home-Internet subscribers and large enterprises. “It’s so critical to roll this out because the ability to grow both your enterprise and consumer business is attractive, and we think these investments will provide us with mid-teen returns over time,” he said.

Desroches also spoke briefly about AT&T’s wireless home-Internet service, saying, “There is a place for fixed wireless in certain rural communities where it’s hard to make the economics work through a fiber buildout and it may make sense to use a fixed wireless solution.”

Apple buys Primephonic, plans classical Apple Music app

Apple has acquired classical music streaming company Primephonic, and plans to both improve the current Apple Music service, plus launch a dedicated classical offering.

“We love and have a deep respect for classical music, and Primephonic has become a fan favorite for classical enthusiasts,” Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats, Oliver Schusser, said in a statement.

“Together, we’re bringing great new classical features to Apple Music,” he continued, “and in the near future, we’ll deliver a dedicated classical experience that will truly be the best in the world.”

“Bringing the best of Primephonic to Apple Music subscribers is a tremendous development for the classical music industry,” said Thomas Steffens, Primephonic’s co-founder and CEO. “Artists love the Primephonic service and what we’ve done in classical, and now we have the ability to join with Apple to deliver the absolute best experience to millions of listeners.”

“We get to bring classical music to the mainstream and connect a new generation of musicians with the next generation of audience,” he said.

Primephonic is no longer accepting new subscribers, and will go offline from September 7. Current Primephonic subscribers will get six months of Apple Music for free.

Initially, Apple Music subscribers are to benefit from new exclusive content from Primephonic, as well as Primephonic playlists. Apple plans to improve browsing and searching for classical music over the next months.

Then in 2022, Apple intends to launch a dedicated Apple Music classical app. It will be based on Primephonic’s current system, but all more as-yet unspecified features.

Global Mobile Application Security Testing Market (Covid-19

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