Micron lays claim to the world's largest microSD card at 1.5TB

Jun 23, 2022 - 6:47 PM - by Reverend
Micron has introduced what it claims is the largest capacity microSD card in the world. The i400 series microSD line is offered in densities of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and a monstrous 1.5TB. The cards were designed for edge storage applications with a focus on handling tasks like continuous video recording or multiple AI capture events concurrently.

All i400 cards are rated for 24/7 operation for up to five years straight with a mean time between failure of two million hours. They can also function in environments between -25 degrees Celsius and 85 degrees Celsius, and can protect against damage from water, magnets, x-rays, impacts and shock.

According to Micron, the 1.5TB card can store up to four months of video footage.

The i400 series utilizes Micron's 176-layer 3D NAND, which was introduced in late 2020. At the time, the company said its layer count was nearly 40 percent higher than its nearest competitor and was ideal for small form factor solutions.

Micron said the cards will facilitate the storage of data at the edge, where it is created, for actionable real-time insights. They could also allow small businesses to reduce the need for continuous data uploads to the cloud which can be costly, especially from remote locations like cargo ships or oil rigs.

Micron's new i400 cards are now sampling to customers.

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Twitter tests 'notes' feature with 2,500 word limit

Jun 23, 2022 - 6:44 PM - by Reverend
Twitter is trialling a new feature allowing users to share "notes" as long as 2,500 words.

The social media platform normally limits posts to 280 characters.

Twitter said the move was a response to seeing people use the platform to post pictures of longer announcements and steer followers to outside newsletters.

The test will run for two months and involve a small group of writers in Canada, Ghana, the UK and US.

The new feature aims to keep audiences in the Twitter eco-system, with readers able to see a headline and access the longer note by clicking on a link.

Writers will be able to embed gifs, photos and other features into long-form essays that can be read on and off Twitter. Notes can also be edited after they have been published.

"Since the company's earliest days, writers have depended on Twitter to share their work, get noticed, be read, create conversation - everything but the actual writing," the company said, making the announcement using the new Notes product.

"With Notes, the goal is to fill in that missing piece."

The move follows Twitter's purchase last year of Revue, a Dutch newsletter start-up.

Social media expert Dr Laura Toogood said the trial was a significant step for Twitter. She said the feature would encourage people to stay within the platform itself, rather than linking out to other websites that can host long-form content.

"Adding this extra capability means that Twitter is now in a position to compete with some of the popular blogging platforms and potentially attract a new audience and a different type of user," she told the BBC.

"It will also encourage existing users to blog within Twitter, rather than move to other websites for this purpose, which will help to retain their audience."

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Microsoft is working on games for Microsoft Teams

Jun 16, 2022 - 6:39 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has started working on bringing casual games to its Microsoft Teams service. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the software maker has started testing games like Solitaire, Connect 4, and Wordament inside Microsoft Teams. The casual games are designed to allow colleagues to play against each other during meetings.

While you won’t be playing Halo or Forza inside Teams anytime soon, Microsoft is clearly looking at games as another way to improve the meetings experience as businesses continue to balance the needs of hybrid and remote work.

Microsoft is only testing casual games internally from its Casual Games offering right now, and the company could choose not to roll this integration out to consumers and businesses. Reached for comment, Microsoft refused to comment on its testing of games inside Microsoft Teams.

Alongside testing casual games in Teams, Microsoft also envisions virtual spaces inside Teams where colleagues can network and socialize with games. These virtual spaces are part of Microsoft’s broader metaverse plans, and the company has previously detailed its ambitions for 3D avatars and immersive meetings that are expected to arrive in Microsoft Teams this year.

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YouTube gives its creators a new way to display corrections

Jun 16, 2022 - 6:33 PM - by Reverend
YouTube creators are getting a new feature that will allow them to issue corrections and call attention to them in a more conspicuous way.

In a video posted on Tuesday by the Creator Insider channel on YouTube — a self-described unofficial and “experimental” YouTube channel run by full-time YouTube employees from the “YouTube Creator technical team” — a new creator feature was announced and it’s called Corrections.

Corrections allows creators to issue corrections for videos that have already been published but contain incorrect or outdated content. This way, creators don’t necessarily have to rely on less effective ways of getting their updated messages across. These ways include adding notes to the description, replying to viewer comments, or pinning a corrective comment. These methods can be helpful in providing the correction itself, but viewers may not always notice them.

The new Corrections feature appears to solve the visibility problem of issuing corrections by allowing creators to display an “info card teaser” within the video that calls attention to the presence of a correction. According to the Creator Insider video, this card is clickable and once viewers select it, the video description will “expand” to show the written correction.

The new feature means that creators can issue corrections that are more likely to be noticed by their viewers. It also gives creators another way to issue corrections to existing videos without having to “refilm and reupload” them, which can mean losing comments and other engagement metrics.

The Corrections feature is expected to be available to “eligible creators by the end of June.” It’s also worth noting that the new feature will not be available to channels “with any active strikes” or if YouTube considers the content to be “inappropriate to some viewers.”

Digital Trends
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Instagram now lets you pin your favorite posts and Reels

Jun 08, 2022 - 6:08 PM - by Reverend
Instagram has just announced grid pinning, a new feature that allows users to highlight their favorite posts at the top of the profile feed. Instagram started testing grid pinning in April, and it’s now finally rolling out to all users.

Instagram has long allowed users to pin their favorite Stories to the top of the profile grid. However, it wasn’t possible to do the same with posts or Reels. That’s changing today with the new grid pinning option rolling out to everyone. Users can now pin up to three photos or Reels to their photo grid.

To pin a photo or Reel, tap on the three-dot button that appears above the post and select “pin to your profile.” It’s a neat way to highlight your favorite posts, which may have been buried deep down in your profile feed. Creators who tend to post quite frequently will also find it quite useful.

“Your profile is your place, so we’re looking for more ways to give you control over that experience,” said Instagram head Adam Mosseri.

Your pinned posts will occupy the first row with recently uploaded photos and Reels appearing below them. It’s just like how Twitter lets you pin a tweet to your personal feed.

XDA
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Apple Faces User Backlash After Dropping Support for iPhone 7 From iOS 16

Jun 08, 2022 - 6:06 PM - by Reverend
Apple is facing backlash from users after it announced that iOS 16, its next major release of iOS destined for release this fall, will not be supported by the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.


iOS 16 will bring major changes and customization features to the Lock Screen, much-awaited changes in iMessage such as mark as unread and message edits, and so much more.

Users have long asked Apple to give them more personalization controls on iOS, and Apple is finally doing that with iOS 16. Unfortunately, all of iOS 16's new features, including the update itself, won't be coming to customers who own many older iPhones, with the most notable being the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were released in September 2016. The iPhone 7 Plus was the first iPhone to feature a dual-lens camera setup, and both models were the first to get rid of the physical Home button and replace it with a Haptic one. The iPhone 7 also marked the end of the headphone jack.

With iOS 15, Apple supported devices as old as the second-generation iPhone SE, including the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. While it was expected that iOS 16 would drop support for the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and the now-discontinued iPod touch, surprisingly, Apple also dropped support for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

MacRumors
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