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Wear OS will get left-handed flip-screen support

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The new version of Wear OS 3 is introducing the functionality to rotate the screen by 180°, allowing left-handed users to use their wearables in the right hand with buttons positioned towards the wrist instead of the arm.

According to a response from a developer at Google on the Google Issue Tracker support forum, the option to rotate the screen is already being implemented in Wear OS 3. However, it seems that the functionality will only be available on new wearable devices, not reaching the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, for example.

Google Issue Tracker: Google Issue Reporting ForumGoogle Issue Tracker: Google Issue Reporting ForumSource: Google

The official answer caused revolt in some users, not because it took so long to arrive, since the original post is from 2018, but because it introduced the change in orientation only on new smartwatches.

Greater precision in pressing buttons

Most left-handed users already use their wearables on the right arm, but with the buttons facing the arm, and not the hand, due to the locked screen orientation. Although it seems like a small matter, this makes the user activate the main buttons of their device with their thumb and not with their index finger.

In simpler smartwatches and smartbands, which have only one button, this issue is actually less problematic. However, on devices with more than one button with specific functions, using the thumb is less accurate and can result in accidental pressing of more than one key, or even the wrong key during intense physical activity.

Galaxy Watch 4Galaxy Watch 4Source: Samsung

It is worth emphasizing that the answer to the forum only states that the function will be available soon, but the system update notes that include the functionality have not yet been released. Therefore, there is still hope that the left-handed mode will only come out of the box on new smartwatches, but will be made available on other devices via an update patch.

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Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches ‘Vintage’

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Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series

Apple has added three models of iMacs to its list of obsolete products: a 21.5-inch screen from 2013, a 21.5-inch screen from 2014, and a 27-inch Retina 5K screen also from 2014.

Apple Declares 2013 and 2014 iMacs Obsolete and Watch Series 2 Smartwatches 'Vintage'

Apple typically deprecates products seven years after they were released, so it’s no surprise that the 2013 and 2014 iMacs are on the list.

As for smart watches Apple Watch Series 2, they are recognized as “vintage”. This category usually includes devices that have been released for five years. There may be problems with the official repair of the aforementioned iMacs.

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There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

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There are almost 1 billion 5G users Ericsson report shows

According to a report by Ericsson cited by The Verge, by the end of this year, the number of 5G subscribers in the world will reach 1 billion.

Of course, this is far from the performance of 4G networks, which are now used by about 5 billion people, but still this is a fairly significant part of the market.

There are almost 1 billion 5G users. Ericsson report shows that operators often ask for more money for such tariffs.

Of course, 5G adoption is far from uneven. In North America, about 35% of subscribers will use 5G networks by the end of this year.

At the same time, the report indicates that operators often ask for more money for the higher speeds offered by new networks. Dividing into corresponding tariffs is popular among operators in Western Europe, but overall, 25% of operators worldwide charge extra for 5G. And the average markup is 40%.

Ericsson believes that, unfortunately, this trend will continue for several more years, as operators need to compensate for the costs of developing a new network.

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Is Apple Helping the Chinese Government Fight Protests? The company cut the AirDrop function in the Middle Kingdom

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The history of protests in China is overgrown with new interesting details related to IT companies.

Is Apple Helping the Chinese Government Fight Protests?  The company cut the AirDrop function in the Middle Kingdom

Just weeks before the protests began, Apple reportedly made a major change to how AirDrop works, and only in China. After updating to iOS 16.1.1, AirDrop in the mode of receiving messages from everyone became possible only for 10 minutes, after which AirDrop simply turns off. In normal mode, AirDrop has no time limit, as there is none now and all over the world outside of China.

The fact is that AirDrop is one of the ways protesters communicate, and not only in China. AirDrop works locally in smartphone-to-smartphone mode, without relying on external networks, so it cannot simply be blocked or read data. But in this case, for some reason, Apple decided to seriously change the function, although it did not turn it off completely.

The CNBC resource also notes that the corresponding update was released a month after Chinese President Xi Jinping was re-elected for a third term.

Recall that Huawei smartphones have been noticed that they automatically delete videos that depict events related to protests in China.

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