How to find the iPhone status bar icons that Apple moved because of the notch

The notch is fine but we’ve lost where we used to look for information on screen because of it. Most of that can be found in new places if you know where to look yet it’s far less convenient than it was.

Comparing the pre-Notch iPhone status bar with the X series

Comparing the pre-Notch iPhone status bar with the X series

Since the iPhone X introduced the notch, all of the fuss has been about how it looks. Some people don’t even notice it, some keep being drawn back to it, other companies have copied it. Yet even as it’s the most visible feature to tell the world that you have an iPhone X series device, it’s also lost a lot of information.

Before the iPhone X, that status bar used to show the name of your carrier and then a startling 26 different other pieces of useful information in icons.

Today it’s hard to count the icons because they do vary depending on carrier, territory and whether you’re on WiFi or not. However, there are certain icons we used to rely on that are no longer visible.

And when you first realise that they’re gone, you spend an age in Settings trying fruitlessly to get them back.

Typical status bar information on an iPhone XS Max

Typical status bar information on an iPhone XS Max

That’s a status bar from the iPhone XS Max, the biggest iPhone that Apple makes. Whenever you take a screen grab from a X series iPhone, you don’t see the notch because Apple lets the background image fill in that gap.

Even so, you can see the wide space between the icons: they’re clearly now ranged right and left with nothing in the middle.

So take that image and tell us: is this iPhone playing music? Is it playing that music over headphones? What’s the battery percentage? And is it on VPN or not?

This is all information that you used to be able to see instantly. And that’s why you never tapped Play and discovered that your AirPods weren’t connected. It’s why you never had to remember whether you switched on VPN before you did online banking.

And while it’s probably bad for us to keep staring at the exact battery power percentage left, we used to find that useful. Certainly it’s a lot clearer than Apple’s range of icons that just show a steadily depleting battery with no sense of how fast it was dropping.

Tim Cook explains why Apple accepts billions from Google despite privacy concerns

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks in Brussels, on October 24, 2018. 

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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks in Brussels, on October 24, 2018.

Apple CEO Tim Cook didn’t name names when he spoke out against the privacy practices of big tech companies during a keynote speech in Brussels last month. But he didn’t have to.

“We shouldn’t sugarcoat the consequences. This is surveillance. And these stockpiles of personal data serve only to enrich the companies that collect them,” Cook said in the October 24 speech. “This should make us very uncomfortable. It should unsettle us.”

Those comments were primarily directed at Facebook and Google, the two biggest tech companies that make most of their money from advertising based on user data. Both of those companies have battled a public reckoning over their user privacy practices over the last few years, and that reckoning is far from over.

But that hasn’t stopped Apple from working with the companies it disagrees with. Facebook and Google’s apps are available in Apple’s App Store, for example, and Apple accepts billions of dollars a year from Google so Google can be the default search engine in the Safari web browser.


Two months after launch, Apple slashes production orders for all 3 new iPhones

apple-iPhone-XS,-XS-Max,-Xr-apiPhone-maker Apple Inc has cut production orders in recent weeks for all three iPhone models launched in September, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing sources.

A lower-than-expected demand for the new iPhones and Apple’s decision to offer more models has made it more difficult to anticipate the number of components and handsets the company needs, according to the paper.

Apple shocked investors a few weeks ago with a lower-than-expected sales forecast for the Christmas quarter, prompting certain suppliers to issue warnings that pointed to weakness in new iPhone sales.


Samsung Galaxy S10’s Exynos 9820 SoC With Integrated NPU, 8K Video Recording Launched

Samsung Galaxy S10's Exynos 9820 SoC With Integrated NPU, 8K Video Recording Launched

Samsung as expected on Wednesday unveiled the Exynos 9 Series 9820 SoC based on the 8nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFET process. This premium SoC is expected be integrated into the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy Note 10 flagships next year. The processor is claimed to reduce power consumption by 10 percent compared to 10nm LPP process, comes with an integrated neural processing unit (NPU), a custom tri-cluster CPU, Mali-G76 MP12 GPU, support for 8K video recording, and an advanced image signal processor (ISP) as well.

The biggest highlight of the Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9820 SoC is the integrated NPU – a component that specialises in processing artificial intelligence tasks. Samsung notes that the NPU allows the processor to perform AI-related functions seven times faster than its predecessor, thereby enhancing AI capabilities of a mobile device. The SoC integrates a 4th generation custom CPU that consists of two custom cores, two ARM Cortex-A75 cores, and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores. This new custom CPU is touted to boost multi-core performance by 15 percent, single core performance by up to 20 percent, and boost power efficiency by up to 40 percent when compared to the Exynos 9810.

The Exynos 9820 SoC bears a LTE-Advanced Pro modem that supports LTE Category 20, and claims to offer downlink speed of up to 2.0Gbps with 8x carrier aggregation (CA) and uplink speed of up to 316Mbps. The modem supports 4×4 Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO), 256-QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation), and Enhanced Licensed-Assisted Access (eLAA) technology.

The SoC integrates the Mali-G76 MP12 GPU, and because of its wider execution engines, it offers up to 40 percent performance improvement and 35 percent enhancement in power efficiency. The chipset’s ISP supports up to five sensors including an IR sensor, 8K video recording 30fps, 4K UHD video recording at 150fps, and uses the physically unclonable function (PUF) for added security.

Furthermore, it supports up to 4K UHD (2160×4096 pixels) and WQUXGA (2400×3840 pixels) displays, UFS 3.0 and UFS 2.1 storage, LPDDR4x memory, up to 22-megapixel rear and front cameras, and if it’s a dual camera setup then it supports up to two 16-megapixel lenses. The new Samsung Exynos 9829 SoC is expected to go in mass production by the end of the year.


Black Friday 2018 Ads: Apple iPad, iPhone, Watch Deals Leak

We now know a lot about Black Friday 2018’s best deals and that means we know what you can save on many Apple AAPL -2.02%





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devices. My holiday sales partner has attained leaked ad scans from Costco, Sam’s Club and Target and these are the best iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch Black Friday sales so far…

It is worth noting that while Amazon’s first Black Friday sales and Walmart’s early holiday season deals are both live, neither has revealed savings on Apple devices yet. We understand Walmart will have the biggest iPhone discounts this year, but the deals below from Target and Sam’s Club are close…

Black Friday 2018 Apple sales include the new iPhone XS (middle), iPhone XS Max (left) and iPhone XR (right)Apple

Apple iPhone Black Friday Sales

  • Target – Free $250 Target Gift Card with qualified activation on iPhone Xs or iPhone XS Max on Verizon, Sprint or AT&T – See Ad Scan Deal
  • Target – Free $150 Target Gift Card with Qualified Activation on iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8 or iPhone X on Verizon, Sprint or AT&T – See Ad Scan Deal – See Ad Scan Deal
  • Sam’s Club – Receive a Sam’s Club Gift Card worth up to $300 with Purchase and Activation on Installment or Subsidy of Select iPhones (Nov. 10th Only) – See Ad Scan Deal

The Sam’s Club is a real head turner and shopping early could get you one of the best iPhone deals of Black Friday 2018. The big missing player here is Best Buy, but its deals could give Target a scare.

Apple Watch Black Friday Sales

  • Target – Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) for $299.99 (save $80) – See Ad Scan Deal
  • Target – Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) for $199.99 (save $80) – See Ad Scan Deal
  • Costco – $40 Off Apple Watch Series 3 GPS 38mm Silver or 42mm Space Gray (Nov. 6th-15th Only) – See Ad Scan Deal
  • Sam’s Club – Up to $50 Off Select Apple Watch Models (Nov. 10th Only) – See Ad Scan Deal

There will be good savings on the Apple Watch Series 3 this year, but it is worth noting that the new Apple Watch Series 4 is a major step up and a potential game-changer for the smartphone sector. As such, demand is red hot and deals on it will be limited but we expect Target will have a small discount.


White Samsung Galaxy Note9 leaks

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note9 in four colors – Copper, Lavender Purple, Blue with a yellow S Pen and the classic Midnight Black. Later a fifth option called Cloud Silver started appearing and now it is up for another leak and color number 6 – White.

The photo was shared by Evan Blass on Twitter who raised his doubts about the originality of the image and even asking for confirmation from arm-chair Photoshop detectives. This led the following Twitter thread into a downward spiral where people were frantically looking for mistakes instead of agreeing that Samsung might indeed launch a White Galaxy Note9 smartphone.

This isn’t the first time we see the Note series getting a white makeover. Back at the beginning of the year, Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note8 PyeongChang 2018 Limited Edition as part of the partnership with the International Olympic Committee for the Winter Olympics. The phone did not make it to retail stores and was exclusive for IOC members, staff, and of course, athletes.


Nokia 6.1 Plus Hide Notch option is coming back

The notch was introduced in September 2017 with the iPhone X, and since then it has been a polarizing topic about aesthetics and functionality. While some phones natively had a toggle to have a black bar on top, others were forced to stay with the cutout. The Nokia 6.1 Plus introduced the feature but was later removed by Google, since the HMD phone is on the Android One program.

According to sources, you can put the notch back on, but only in Developers Mode, which leads to the assumption, the toggle might make it to all end users as a default option.

To hide the notch on the Nokia 6.1 Plus, you have to visit Settings, and then tap on About Phone. Scroll down to the System section and find the Build number. Tap on it seven times and a system message will tell you Developers Mode has now been enabled.

Get back to System and find Developer Options. Inside the menu, you’ll see a toggle called Full Bezel that will make a black bar appear as a background for notifications, system clock, etc.

Of course, to have that, you must’ve already updated the Nokia 6.1 Plus to Android Pie that started rolling out just last week. Other goodies that arrive with the new OS is Adaptive Battery Saving, Google Lens, Digital Wellbeing and the new navigation gestures.


Global EMUI 9.0 rollout begins on November 10

Huawei introduced EMUI 9.0 key features behind closed doors at IFA Berlin and made the interface official with the launch of the Huawei Mate 20 phones. The beta program for the UI, based on Android Pie, began on October 17, and today November 10 was revealed as the global launch date for nine Kirin 970-powered phones.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, took it to Weibo to announce the date for the rollout. According to Chinese sources, the update will be pushed worldwide to all owners of six Huawei phones and three more, operating under the Honor brand. Here’s the full list:

  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 10 Porsche Design
  • Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design
  • Huawei P20
  • Huawei P20 Pro
  • Honor 10
  • Honor View 10
  • Honor Play

The new Emotion user interface is based on Android Pie and brings better system response time and better smoothness. There is also GPU Turbo 2.0 that focuses on extreme scenarios to push even further optimization for mobile gaming. Since EMUI is based on the latest OS by Google, it will also have Adaptive Battery and Screen and Android Dashboard that monitors screen usage.


Telecom Operators Inform DoT of Sites to Test Alternate KYC Process

Telecom Operators Inform DoT of Sites to Test Alternate KYC Process

Telecom service providers have informed the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) about the sites to excercise the Proof of Concept (POC) of the new non-Aadhaar KYC process.

Each operator would carry out the process at two sites, as per a DoT notification.

The notification dated November 6 said that Bharti Airtel would carry out the process at Delhi and Meerut while Reliance Jio has listed two sites in Mumbai. Vodafone Idea, the newly merged entity would perform the exercise at Delhi and Baramati in Maharastra.

The other private player Tata Teleservices has listed two sites in Haryana for the Proof of Concept exercise.

Among the public sector players, BSNL would carry out the process at two sites in Telangana, while MTNL has listed Mumbai and Delhi for the same.

“Based on the POC results, further directions for any change in the process, if any, will be issued on the subject,” the notification said.

As per the alternate digital KYC process proposed by the telecom industry, the Customer Appliation Form (CAF) is to be embedded with live photograph of subscriber along with the original proof of indentity (POI) and proof of address (POA) document thereby digitizing the end-to-end process, it said.

According to the department, the entire process shall only be used through the authenticated applications hosted by the licensees.

DoT further said that “only two mobile conections shall be provided per day per POI/POA document to a customer by a licensee”. The proposed process would be applicatble to each connection, it added.

The DoT had asked the telecom operators to be ready with the alternate KYC process by November 5, in line with the Supreme Court’s verdict on September 26, in which the apex court disallowed private entities from possessing the Aadhaar details of their customers.


Honor Claims It Sold 1 Million Smartphones in India This Diwali

Honor Claims It Sold 1 Million Smartphones in India This Diwali

Huawei’s online-focused sub-brand Honor on Thursday announced that the brand has sold over one million smartphones during the Diwali festive season sale on Flipkart, Amazon and the Honor store.

As compared to 2017, the company touched a 300 percent growth during the Diwali season sale, the company said in a statement.

“The record-breaking sales are a true testament of our efforts in creating the best offerings for our users and we hope to deliver by exceeding expectations in our future endeavours,” said P Sanjeev, Vice President, Sales, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

Honor’s mid-range “Honor 9N ₹ 10,719” and “8X” were star products on Flipkart Big Billion Days sale and Amazon Great Indian Festival sale respectively, the company added.

Honor is extending the offers on its best-selling smartphones on Flipkart till stocks last.

Honor smartphones, including 9N, 9 Lite ₹ 9,999, 7S, 9i, 7A, and 10, were also made available on special prices for the Diwali season.