13-Inch MacBook Pro 2016 With Touch Bar Gets Lowest Possible Repairability Score

13-Inch MacBook Pro 2016 With Touch Bar Gets Lowest Possible Repairability Score13-Inch MacBook Pro 2016 With Touch Bar Gets Lowest Possible Repairability Score
After Apple launched the much-awaited MacBook Pro, teardown and repair site, iFixit first got its hands on the 13-inch MacBook Pro With Function Keys. And now, it has managed to get its hands on a MacBook Pro With Touch Bar to see just how difficult it is to pull apart and repair – and it appears to be a tedious task.

The teardown reveals that the MacBook Pro With Touch Bar is properly glued together, making it rather difficult to remove certain components like the battery, SSD, and RAM. The internals are organised to make way for the Mac’s most exciting feature, the Touch Bar. The thin OLED strip that replaces the function keys is difficult to replace and scores just 1/10 for iFixit in repairability.

The sapphire-covered Touch ID on the Touch Bar will prevent scratches but fixing it will be tough as it pairs with the Apple T1 chip on the logic board. Interestingly, the speakers are present in the lower half of the Mac while the grilles are present on the top. iFixit also mentions that grille does not go clear through the case. This means that despite the presence of the grilles, the sound from the speakers actually come out from the side vents.

The teardown also revealed vibration-dampening rubber gaskets around the speakers’ screws that keep them from vibrating as the new speakers are larger and more powerful compared to the ones found in the older Macs.

While the most part of the MacBook Pro is solidly stuck together, the trackpad was easily removed and replaceable. The trackpad comes out after removing ten accessible screws. iFixit also reveals that the despite the larger trackpad the component is identical to the 13-inch 2016 laptops, which means finding a replacement will be easier.

After thoroughly disassembling the new MacBook Pro, iFixit found that the main issues lie with the SSD, RAM and processor being soldered to the motherboard – making them all non-upgradeable. This was noticed by a regular user earlier this week. The 5-cell battery is glued down as well, which makes replacing it a task. All that along with a very fragile Touch Bar led to iFixit giving the lowest possible score for the new MacBook Pro – 1/10.

Tags: Apple, MacBook Pro, Touch Bar, iFixit, Apple Teardown, MacBook Teardown, Teardown

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Signal Private Messenger Gets Much-Requested ‘Disappearing Messages’ Feature

Signal Private Messenger Gets Much-Requested 'Disappearing Messages' Feature

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Company says feature will help in keeping chat history tidy
  • Feature not introduced with aim to improve privacy
  • Timer available from 5-seconds to one week

When Google launched its text-messaging app Allo last month, it received criticism from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the lack of privacy offered by the app. He instead suggested people to use messaging apps like Signal, which use end-to-end encryption for all messages. This of course was not the first time that Snowden endorsed Signal, and it has gained quite a solid reputation for user privacy. Now, the app has added the Disappearing Messages feature that allows users to send ephemeral messages that self-destruct after a set duration.

Disappearing Messages feature lets you send the messages through the app that can be tagged with a timer ranging from 5 seconds to one week.

“With this update, any conversation can be configured to delete sent and received messages after a specified interval. The configuration applies to all parties of a conversation, and the clock starts ticking for each recipient once they’ve read their copy of the message,” Open Whisper Systems said on its website.

The update is already available for Android, iOS, and desktop versions of the app. Open Whisper Systems has clarified that Disappearing Messages have been introduced to ensure tidiness of the chat conversations and not for security.The company specifically points out that this feature is not meant for the situations where the contact that you are sending your messages to, is your adversary. This is because the recipient can always click a picture of the message before it disappears from the screen.

The update also brings along support for Signal Protocol’s numeric fingerprint format, which are called “safety numbers” in Signal. The safety numbers can be verified by scanning a QR code or by reading a string aloud.

Tags: Signal, Apps, Android, Apple, Social, User Privacy, Signal Update, Open Whisper Systems
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Bigg Boss Season 10 Gets Its Own Emoji on Twitter

Bigg Boss Season 10 Gets Its Own Emoji on Twitter

Micro-blogging website Twitter has introduced a special emoji for the tenth season of reality TV show “Bigg Boss”.

When people tweet using hashtags like #BiggBoss, #BiggBoss10 and #BB10, the eye symbol of the show will be activated next to the hashtag.

The emoji was launched on Sunday.

According to a statement issued by the site, conversations around “Bigg Boss 10” on the social networking site reached more than 1,11,000 tweets as the show premiered on Colors channel on Sunday.

Viral Jani, Head of TV Partnerships, Twitter India, said: “Each year, we raise the bar with ‘Bigg Boss’ and introduce viewers to new innovations on the platform, and the first-ever Bigg Boss emoji will add to the excitement of Season 10 and delight fans across the globe.”

The reality show, an Indian version of international series “Celebrity Big Brother”, features celebrities locked inside a house for three months under constant camera surveillance, without any gadgets or luxury. This time the spotlight is on the common man.

This year on one hand we will see ‘common man’, and on the other hand, the heady ‘celebrity’ brigade living under the same roof.The tenth season of the show is hosted by superstar Salman Khan. And the emoji will be active for the complete season.

Tags: Bigg Boss 10, Twitter, Emojis, Social
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Twitter for Android Finally Gets a Night Mode

Twitter for Android Finally Gets a Night Mode

Twitter for Android Finally Gets a Night Mode
HIGHLIGHTS
The feature turns app’s theme to dark and is meant for use at night
The feature was being tested by alpha testers in May
The feature is currently available only for Android
After testing ‘Night Mode’ UI on Android in May, Twitter on Tuesday finally released the feature for its app on Google’s mobile platform. The Night Mode essentially changes the app from its regular theme to a darker one (midnight blue in colour) and makes it more comfortable to use at night. There’s no information about when the feature will be rolled out for iOS.

You can switch on the ‘Night Mode’ feature on Android in the top menu, where you’ll either see the navigation menu icon or your profile icon depending on the device you have – tap either of those, and then switch the Night Mode toggle on. Twitter made the announcement in tweet on Tuesday.

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In May, we reported that the testing of the feature happened among a small number of alpha testers, as reported by a Twitter user running the v5.112.0-alpha.423 build. At the time, the UI was said to switch automatically at night time, and come back to the standard white background UI with black text in the day time.

However, as pointed out by The Verge, in the latest addition to the app, there is no automatic trigger that switches on the ‘Night Mode’ according to certain times of day or based on your phone display’s brightness.
Last month, the micro-blogging website rolled out an update that redesigned Android app based upon Google’s Material Design that makes use of grid-based layouts, has responsive animations and transitions, padding, and depth effects like lighting and shadows.

Recently, it was also revealed that Twitter-owned video clip-sharing website Vine’s entire source code was available for anyone to see till March, till an ethical hacker pointed out the flaw that allowed for the source code to be downloaded. The website then fixed the bug within 5 minutes following a demonstration by the hacker.

Tags: Android, Mobiles, Twitter, Twitter Android App, Twitter Night Mode

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Twitter for iOS Gets the Long-Awaited Night Mode Feature

Twitter for iOS Gets the Long-Awaited Night Mode Feature

Twitter for iOS Gets the Long-Awaited Night Mode Feature
HIGHLIGHTS
Night Mode makes its way to Twitter on iOS
Night Mode available with version 6.60 of the Twitter app
No automatic trigger, users have to switch manually to Night Mode
After its introduction to Twitter’s Android app last month, Night Mode has finally made its way to iOS. The feature has been in works for quite some time now and was spotted being tested by the social media networking website in May.

The Night Mode essentially changes the theme of the app from regular to a darker one (midnight blue in colour) and makes it more comfortable to use in conditions of low light.

In order to switch on the Night Mode on your iOS device, you need to head to the Settings tab on the updated Twitter app and enable Night Mode.

Twitter said in a tweet on Monday that it is rolling out the Night Mode feature from the same day. Night Mode can be found in version 6.60 update of the iOS app which is already available in App Store in India.
In May, we reported that the testing of the feature happened among a small number of alpha testers, as reported by a Twitter user running the v5.112.0-alpha.423 build. At the time, the UI was said to switch automatically at night time, and come back to the standard white background UI with black text in the day time.

However, Just like on Android, there is no automatic trigger on iOS that switches on the Night Mode according to certain times of day or based on your phone display’s brightness.

Tags: Apple, Night Mode, Twitter, Twitter Dark Theme, Twitter Night Mode iOS, iOS

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Food Entrepreneur Gets Inspiration in Unlikeliest Spot

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There are many beautiful places to contemplate a startup. But Charlie Bigham, a food entrepreneur who’s ready-made food items now bear his name, may have found the most unlikely place of all.

Bigham was sleeping in a camper van somewhere between Pakistan and Iran when the idea for his business hit him.

Bigham told the BBC recently:

“It was very, very hot, and we were in a really tough place. I couldn’t sleep, so I just laid there restlessly thinking about what I was going to do for a living when we got back home.”

When he returned to his home in the UK, Bigham started his own company making handmade meals for supermarket chains and other food retailers in London.

He had limited food experience, except for a few months spent working in a delicatessen specifically to gain some background in the industry he hoped to enter. His previous job had been as a management consultant.

Entrepreneurs are sometimes intimidated by their lack of experience in the market they’ve chosen. But getting in there and rolling up your sleeves is a great way to get started.

Also, remember that great idea can strike you anywhere and at any time. So don’t worry about waiting for just the right set of circumstances when looking for your entrepreneurial inspiration.

Camper Van Photo via Shutterstock

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Foxconn Gets Green Light From China’s Antitrust Regulator for Sharp Deal

Foxconn Gets Green Light From China's Antitrust Regulator for Sharp Deal

Taiwanese tech giant Hon Hai said antitrust authorities in China had approved its takeover of ailing Japanese electronics maker Sharp, clearing the last obstacle to the drawn-out deal.

The purchase, which was supposed to close last month, has reportedly been held up by China – one of the countries that was reviewing the deal over concerns that it could lead to a monopoly on LCD screens.

Hon Hai gains Sharp’s cutting-edge LCD panel technologywith the $3.5-billion buyout, giving it a 66 percent controlling stake.

“Our application for antitrust review in various regions is completed,” the company said in a statement to the Taiwan stock exchange late Thursday.

“Both sides will carry out the handover procedures as soon as possible according to the contract,” it said.

The announcement fulfills an ambition of Hon Hai founder Terry Gou, whose firm first pursued Sharpfour years ago.

Gou’s company – also known as Foxconn – is the world’s biggest electronics supplier, with Apple a key customer for smartphone components.

But the smartphone giant is squeezing its suppliers as sales of its iPhones slow, dropping 15 percent last quarter year-on-year.

Hon Hai shares slumped in Taipei Friday on weaker-than-expected quarterly earnings.

“From the results, we can see that Apple is pressuring its supply chain on prices,” Fubon analysts led by Arthur Liao said in a note.

Hon Hai said Thursday that its net profit dropped 31 percent to TWD 17.7 billion ($565 million) in the April-June period, the third straight quarterly decline.

It missed the TWD 24.6 billion estimate by analysts polled by Bloomberg News.

Shares slumped 3.69 percent Friday. underperforming the benchmark index.

Analysts are expecting better performance in the third quarter, when Apple’s new iPhone 7 series is rumoured to be launched.

Tags: Apple, Foxconn, Home Entertainment, Hon Hai, Laptops, Mobiles, PC, Sharp, Tablets, iPhones

 

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Apple Music Out of Beta on Android; Gets Equaliser Settings and More

Apple Music Out of Beta on Android; Gets Equaliser Settings and More

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Apple Music on Android comes out of beta stage
  • Apple Music updated to version 1.0.0 on Android
  • Update includes equaliser settings and stability improvements

Apple Music for Android was launched back in November last year as a beta, but nine months later, it has finally come out of its beta stage and been upgraded to version 1.0.0.

Although the Apple Music for Android update doesn’t add many new features, it does include equaliser settings and a variety of performance, playback, and stability improvements as per the change log provided by the company on Google Play.

Apple has been constantly pushing updates and has even provided some exclusive features to Android in order to compete on a level playground with other music streaming services like Spotify, which had already occupied a major chunk of market when Apple came up with its offering.

In February this year, Apple updated its Apple Music for Android app to allow users to save songs offline to their microSD cards, a feature that cannot ever be expected to come to iOS due to the restrictive behaviour of the ecosystem.

Just weeks after surprising everyone with addition of SD card support on Android, in March, the company embraced the difference that exists between its own OS and that of Google once again byintroducing a home screen widget for Apple Music app on Android.

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Apple has gone to such lengths to attract users to its Android app that iOS users might start feeling envy very soon. However, as of now, it seems like Apple is moving to a more adaptive strategy in order to sustain and progress in the ever-changing tech industry.

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Tags: Android, Apple, Apple Music Android Update, Apple Music Update, Apps

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‘Mann Ki Baat’ Gets Competition – From Arvind Kejriwal, Also On Sundays

'Mann Ki Baat' Gets Competition - From Arvind Kejriwal, Also On Sundays

Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, will speak to the public through TalkToAK.com, sources in his party said.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  1. PM addresses public through regular radio speeches
  2. Delhi Chief Minister to launch his version on July 17
  3. Chief Minister’s speeches to be streamed online

By any measure, Arvind Kejriwal is not a fan of  Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  But he has delivered a back-handed compliment to the PM by deciding to launch regular fireside chats on the internet, for which the inspiration in clearly PM Modi’s “mann ki baat” radio addresses.

The Chief Minister of Delhi, sources in his party said, will, next weekend, speak to the public throughTalkToAK.com, a site that is nearly ready for launch. It now features a countdown to 11 am on Sunday, July 17, for the debut episode.

In an attempt to ward off allegations of imitation amounting to flattery, sources in the Chief Minister’s Aam Aadmi Party said his addresses will be “interactive and not a monologue like Modi ji’s.”

Since his mega victory in the national election, the PM uses the radio to win support for his agenda and policies largely in rural areas which have no access to television.  His speeches, made on Sundays, often mention those who’ve sent feedback to government sites, or offered suggestions for what the government should focus on.

The default mode for Mr Kejriwal and the central government is dislike. The Chief Minister says the PM regularly invades his turf through unsubtle back-door power play -like having fake cases levelled against legislators from his Aam Aadmi Party, or refusing to clear the legislation that the Delhi Assembly has passed.

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In February last year, Mr Kejriwal stunned with a record victory in the Delhi election, winning 67 of Delhi’s 70 seats. He is now leading his party’s effort to wrest Punjab, which votes next year, from the BJP-Akali coalition. The Chief Minister has also begun campaigning in Goa, which is governed by the BJP, and will vote next year.

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‘Mann Ki Baat’ Gets Competition – From Arvind Kejriwal, Also On Sundays

'Mann Ki Baat' Gets Competition - From Arvind Kejriwal, Also On Sundays

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. PM addresses public through regular radio speeches
  2. Delhi Chief Minister to launch his version on July 17
  3. Chief Minister’s speeches to be streamed online

By any measure, Arvind Kejriwal is not a fan of  Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  But he has delivered a back-handed compliment to the PM by deciding to launch regular fireside chats on the internet, for which the inspiration in clearly PM Modi’s “mann ki baat” radio addresses.

The Chief Minister of Delhi, sources in his party said, will, next weekend, speak to the public throughTalkToAK.com, a site that is nearly ready for launch. It now features a countdown to 11 am on Sunday, July 17, for the debut episode.

In an attempt to ward off allegations of imitation amounting to flattery, sources in the Chief Minister’s Aam Aadmi Party said his addresses will be “interactive and not a monologue like Modi ji’s.”

Since his mega victory in the national election, the PM uses the radio to win support for his agenda and policies largely in rural areas which have no access to television.  His speeches, made on Sundays, often mention those who’ve sent feedback to government sites, or offered suggestions for what the government should focus on.

The default mode for Mr Kejriwal and the central government is dislike. The Chief Minister says the PM regularly invades his turf through unsubtle back-door power play -like having fake cases levelled against legislators from his Aam Aadmi Party, or refusing to clear the legislation that the Delhi Assembly has passed.

In February last year, Mr Kejriwal stunned with a record victory in the Delhi election, winning 67 of Delhi’s 70 seats. He is now leading his party’s effort to wrest Punjab, which votes next year, from the BJP-Akali coalition. The Chief Minister has also begun campaigning in Goa, which is governed by the BJP, and will vote next year.
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