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Oppo A12 hits the market in India

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Oppo A12 is not a latest device because it was announced way back in April but it’s hitting the market just now. It was announced by the company that it will to be hugely available in online and offline stores at the price of $132 | 51,150 naira | INR9,990 in India for the 3GB/32GB model and at $152.29 | 59,000 naira | INR11,490 in India for the 4GB/64GB setup. The main sales will start by June 10.

Many offline providers are also available for like 6-month extended warranty if you purchase it by June 21, there will be also 5 percent cashback on Bank of Baroda Credit Card EMI and 5 percent on Federal Bank Debit Card EMI. When purchasing with debit or credit card, there will be option for no cost EMI up to 6 months. Other options on EMI can be seen from Bajaj Finserv, Home Credit, HDB Financial Services, ICICI Bank and IDFC First Bank.

The Oppo A12 is developed with a 6.22″ HD+ screen, 13MP primary camera with 2MP secondary one for depth sensing, a selfie camera at 5MP unit placed inside the notch and a MediaTek Helio P35 chipset. The battery powere inside is 4,230mAh and surprisingly, the Oppo A12 comes with Android 9 Pie that isn’t inline with the latest technology. The colors it comes with are Black and Blue.

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Wikipedia begins first desktop redesign after 10 years

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Wikipedia begins first desktop redesign after 10 years

The whole redesign will be complete by the end of 2021

Wikipedia remains a very important part of web culture for nearly twenty years, allowing users browse its millions of text-heavy, crowd-sourced encyclopedia entries from their computer, tablet, or phone. Now, the overall look of Wikipedia on desktop will be looking different for the first time in a decade to make the site more approachable for new users.

To check all the proposed new features read here this MediaWiki post and there are some animated GIFs to show you what they might look like. Sincerely, I really like how the new table of contents feature looks. I tend to curiously read Wiki pages of public figures and this could make it a lot easier to navigate around certain sections of a page without having to scroll down on my computer.

From out observation, a collapsible sidebar will be the first change to roll out; this will allow users to collapse the menu on the left side of each page, to reduce distractions, and limit irrelevant content and links on the left of your screen to make it easier to focus. The site will also integrates an easy one-click button to change to the language for a page you’re reading.

Wikipedia will also add improvements to the in-site search tool to make it easier to find other pages and will reconfigure the logo to make it smaller on each Wikipedia page.

Read Also: Facebook is building a gaming app to take over Twitch, YouTube.

Wikimedia Foundation, the site’s parent company, announced in a blog post that the changes will happen “incrementally over a long period of time,” allowing users to test the new features before they officially roll out, but that it plans to redesign the entire look of the desktop version of Wikipedia by the end of 2021.

For now, we aren’t sure if the mobile version would receive the same redesign.

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Twitter begins testing voice DMs

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Twitter begins testing voice DMs

Off the back of rolling out audio tweets for iOS in June, Twitter has began experimenting with the idea of allowing people record and send voice messages through direct messages. Alex Ackerman-Greenberg, product manager for direct messages at Twitter, let me know that the company will be testing voice DMs soon.

For Now, Brazil will be the first country to run the test. He shared the news… through a 20-second voice message. “We know people want more options for how they express themselves in conversations on Twitter — both publicly and privately,” he said.

Similar to voice tweets, voice messages have a bare-bones, simple interface: there’s just a play / pause button, and the sender’s avatar pulsates as the message plays. The product team designed an “in-line recording experience to make it easier to send these messages as part of the natural conversation flow,” so that’s one difference from the current audio tweets interface. There’s a “report message” option in the event that someone misuses voice DMs, which is always a fair concern with private audio.

Read Also: Top 10 Mobile Apps to keep you warm during Pandemic

Twitter was under attack following announcement of it’s audio tweets when it became evident that the company had failed to factor in accessibility. In a recent interview with Protocol, design chief Dantley Davis said “we shipped something that shouldn’t have been shipped without this conversation happening.”

“Now, we have a full-time accessibility team within product development, and that includes engineering and design,” Davis added. “We also changed our product development process, so that accessibility is always considered during even the conceptualization of features.” Hopefully that new development flow is in place as Twitter continues the development of voice messaging.

meanwhile, Facebook and Instagram already integrated audio recordings in DMs.

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Apple’s new rules about cloud gaming what does it actually mean?

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Apple’s new rules about cloud gaming what does it actually mean?

Yes! Apple has changed the rules.

Few weeks after suggesting its iOS App Store guidelines would prevent cloud gaming services like Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud from appearing on an iPhone or iPad, the company has turned the rules around, telling journalists last Friday that Google and Microsoft’s streaming games are actually welcome after all.

However, looking at how cloud game services operate, and then the at Apple’s actual written rules, you’ll see that’s only technically true. Being presice, the reality is one of two things:

Either 1) Apple is requesting Microsoft, Google and others to turn their streaming game services into an entirely new category of standalone app which guarantees Apple a profit — a kind of app rarely existing on iOS before, and one that Apple itself called “not appropriate” just last year.

Or 2) Apple’s new guidelines are all attempts to confuse it partners— a way to get the world to think Apple’s not actually rejecting the future of gaming, while simultaneously erecting so many roadblocks that companies like Google and Microsoft would never dream of taking Apple up on the offer.

THE RULE THAT DIDN’T EXIST

On August 6th, Apple told Business Insider and The Verge something it also suggested to Bloomberg months before: the primary reason why it wouldn’t allow Stadia, xCloud, and Nvidia’s GeForce Now into the App Store. That reason: Apple claimed its App Store rules require developers to submit each and every game individually so they can be reviewed and listed as apps in Apple’s App Store. Since Stadia and xCloud weren’t exactly planning to do that, they were out.

There were two gaping holes in that logic, though:

Apple permits top subscription services chock-full of content onto the iPhone that don’t have to be individually submitted. Ever heard of Netflix? YouTube? Spotify? Twitch?

Apple’s App Store Guidelines doesn’t include an explicit rule that required submitting each game as its own app.

Read Also: The COVID 19 testing sites are now shown via Apple Maps

Arguing over whether Apple’s guidelines did or didn’t include a thing doesn’t make an sense, though, because Apple has full authority. The company can interpret the guidelines which ever way it pleases. Enforce them when it wants, and change them at will — as we saw last week.

Last Friday, Apple included the rule that earlier didn’t exist. It’s right here:

4.9.1: Each streaming game must be submitted to the App Store as an individual app so that it has an App Store product page, appears in charts and search, has user ratings and review, can be managed with ScreenTime and other parental control apps, appears on the user’s device, etc.

“What’s so wrong with listing cloud games on the App Store,” you might wonder? Well, it’s an awful lot of work with little benefit for Microsoft and Google, to start. They have to individually submit every single game, create App Store pages for each one, and hand the customer relationship to Apple — instead of just beaming their ready-made platform into the iPhone the same way they beam it into an Android phone right now.

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