Apple’s Dynamic Island feature on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max has only been available for a short time, and a developer has already turned it into an app for Android devices.
Dynamic Island is a seismic change to the iPhone, with this new feature replacing the notch with a cutout that houses interactive notifications, but Android users don’t need to feel like they’re missing out.
With dynamic point (opens in new tab)you will see a feature similar to Dynamic Island appear next to the hole or notch on your Android smartphone and you can use it to interact with notifications or control your music.
Installing the app is a simple matter, and you can customize the height and width of this jack on Dynamic Island so that it fits perfectly into the hole or notch on your device.
There is a bug where duplicate notifications can appear, but there is a setting in dynamicSpot that can force stop them independently.
For an app that’s only been available in beta for a short time, it’s an impressive feat that is already giving the impression that we could see this in Android 14 or another version from Samsung or OnePlus in due course.
However, it might also tempt you to switch to an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max for the full Dynamic Island experience, as you’ll have access to iPhone apps that will be adapted to take full advantage of the new feature.
New rumors suggest Apple may release updated MacBook Pros later this year – and they could be something very special.
DigiTimes reports that the new 2022 MacBook Pro models are powered by Apple’s M2 Max and M2 Pro chips, and we’d love for that to be true as the new chipset is rumored to offer a 12-core CPU and 28-core GPU, which it’s an incredible leap compared to the M1 Max, which has a 10-core and 32-core CPU.
Could we see a potential new look?
Even without major aesthetic changes, the mere suggestion that we can get updated MacBooks is certainly exciting when you consider how much we’re loving it. Recent Apple MacBooks and Macs.
They’ve changed not only the way we interact with our laptops on a day-to-day basis, but also our expectations for smooth, continuous performance, even when coupled with a hefty price tag. They are suitable for most user bases such as creatives, students and professionals and have a chic and simple design.
That said, there are some improvements we expect to see with the new devices – if and when they come. In our review of Macbook Air (M2, 2022) we point out that the colors that Apple launches for MacBooks could do with a little life. The choice of grey, a darker gray and gold is getting a little old. The latest installments of color iMacs really showed how much color was missing from Apple’s other product line, and we’re hoping that with the success of color iMacs we could see a slightly less drab MacBook in the near future.
There’s not much more to say about these potential new MacBook Pros just yet, but as we get closer to launch, we might see more leaks and rumors surfacing.
Windows 11 22H2 is the first major update to Microsoft’s latest operating system, and unfortunately, it seems to have introduced some annoying issues, including poor gaming performance, for some users.
As Windows latest reports (opens in new tab)people are taking to Reddit (and other sites) to complain about these Windows 11 issues.
One of the most frustrating issues is affecting people with Nvidia graphics cards, with some gamers complaining that their frames per second (fps) have dropped, causing games to perform poorly, while audio is also affected. Other players have noticed games crashing due to fps drops.
Windows Latest also reports that Nvidia is investigating these issues and is requesting data from affected players to help it identify the issue. Hopefully with Nvidia and Microsoft’s investigation, a fix will appear soon.
Microsoft has also been accused of ignoring reports from Windows Insiders, who were testing Windows 11 22H2 in the months leading up to its release, as some highlighted the game’s poor performance during that testing period. For Microsoft to have pushed and released this update without resolving these issues first is certainly not a good idea.
There have also been reports of the dreaded Blue Screen of Death errors that appear while installing the update.
Microsoft will need to address these issues and ensure they are not too widespread – and that they are fixed quickly. Otherwise, Windows 11’s reputation could take another hit.
How to Fix Poor Game Performance on Windows 11 22H2
If you are experiencing poor game performance since installing Windows 11 22H2, it seems like the easiest way to fix it is to uninstall the update. People who did this found the game’s performance returning to normal.
To do this, open the Start menu and click the Settings icon of a gear. Go to ‘System’, click on ‘Recovery’ and choose the ‘Back’ option. You should see an option to ‘Back to initial build’ – click on it and Windows 11 will revert to its previous version.
You can also expect Microsoft and Nvidia to release fixes for the issues. This will likely come in the form of a driver update from Nvidia or a hotfix update from Microsoft.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip lineup is the most popular collection of foldable phones on the planet, and for good reason – they combine a foldable form factor with decent specs and a relatively affordable price.
Fortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 will continue this trend and in this article we have created a wish list of what we want in addition to that.
But that is not all. We’re already starting to hear rumors about what the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 might offer, so you’ll find them below too; along with information on the possible release date and price. We will also update this article whenever we learn anything new about this phone, so check back soon.
Cut to the chase
What is it? The Next Entry in Samsung’s Foldable Z Flip Line
When do you leave? Probably August 2023
How much will it cost? Probably around $999.99 / £999 / AU$1,499
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 release date and price
While there is no news yet on when the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 will be announced, we can take a good guess. We predict that we’ll see it on August 9, 2023, because that’s the second Wednesday of next August, and Samsung released the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 on the second Wednesday of August of their respective years of launch.
Based on the previous form, there will likely be a wait of around two weeks before shipping, so you can have it in your hands by the end of August if our predictions are correct.
Pricing is harder to predict, but will likely cost a similar amount to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, which starts at $999.99 / £999 / AU$1,499.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 news and leaks
The only Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 leak so far comes from a source who claims it runs on a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.
Given that the Galaxy Z Flip 4 uses the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, that always seemed likely – although if there is another Plus version of the chipset next year, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 2 is also a possibility.
Either way, it’s likely to be one of the top Android chipsets of 2023, so it should provide plenty of power.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5: what we want to see
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 wasn’t a major upgrade from the Galaxy Z Flip 3, so we want to see bigger improvements in the next model, including the following things.
1. A telephoto camera
A telephoto lens is a standard feature on almost every high-end phone, but it’s a feature the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 lacks.
In fact, the Z Flip 4 only has a dual-lens camera, consisting of a 12MP main snapper and a 12MP ultra wide-angle, so it’s pretty basic and lacking on the photography front. We want to see big updates here for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, with a telephoto lens added, and ideally updates for the other cameras too.
2. Better battery life
Battery life is an issue for many phones and even more so for foldables as they tend to have smaller batteries than similarly sized conventional handsets.
Probably because the folding mechanism takes up space that could be used by a battery, but it’s a definite problem; often leading to below-average longevity.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, for example, only has a 3,700mAh battery, and in our review we noticed that its output was underwhelming, so we want to see a battery boost in the Galaxy Z Flip 5.
3. A lower price
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is actually one of the more affordable folding phones, but for the specs you get – side-folding screen – it’s still pretty pricey, so we’d love to see Samsung reduce the price a little more for the Samsung. Galaxy Z Flip 5.
That probably won’t happen – especially if there are significant spec updates – but it would make the device even more attractive.
4. A larger coverage screen
While the 6.7-inch folding main screen on the Galaxy Z Flip 4 is a decent size, the 1.9-inch flip-top screen – which is what you can see and interact with when the main screen is closed – is very small. to do a lot with .
Sure, it can show you notifications and the time, but it’s too small to interact properly, which means that for most smartphone functions, you have to open your phone. We’d like to see a larger secondary screen on the next model, allowing you to keep your phone closed more often.
5. More substantial updates
We’ve detailed some of the upgrades we want above, but overall we want the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 to look like a substantial improvement over the Galaxy Z Flip 4.
The last two models were extremely similar to each other, so it’s past time we saw some major updates – and we’ll need that to have a good chance of ranking among the best folding phones.
Netflix has announced a Wednesday release date, its revival of the beloved horror comedy franchise The Addams Family. But fans expecting a pre-Halloween arrival should prepare to be disappointed.
Ahead of the streamer’s upcoming Tudum 2022 event, Netflix revealed that the new series will begin streaming on Wednesday, November 23. Frustratingly, that’s a little over three weeks after the scariest night of the year, though at least the Tim Burton-directed show debuts on the day it shares a name (slow applause for Netflix).
“Wednesday opens November 23rd! Snap, snap,” Netflix wrote in a tweet (opens in new tab) sharing the news, which was accompanied by a new poster showing Jenna Ortega (Scream) in costume as the show’s title character. Check it out below:
In eight episodes, the coming-of-age supernatural series will follow Wednesday Addams as she navigates the usual pressures of teenage life alongside the unique quirks of her own dysfunctional family.
Based on what we’ve been told so far, we’ll see Wednesday learn to master his newfound psychic abilities while avoiding a murder spree. and trying to solve a 25-year-old family mystery. Talk about a busy schedule.
Wednesday will also feature returns from Catherine Zeta-Jones (The Legend of Zorro) as the matriarch of the Addams Morticia Family, Luis Guzmán (Narcos, Shameless) as husband and father Gomez Addams, and Isaac Ordonez (A Wrinkle in Time) as Wednesday’s younger brother. Pugsley.
Cristina Ricci (yellow jackets), who played Wednesday Addams in the iconic 1990s Addams Family films, is also set to appear as a character named Marilyn Thornhill, while Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones, The Sandman) is among the show’s supporting cast as director Larissa Weems, boss of Never Again Academy.
As mentioned, iconic filmmaker Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland…do we need to continue?) is on hand as an executive producer on the show. He’ll also be behind the camera in several Wednesday episodes, marking – surprisingly – his first time doing so for a small-screen production. Burton’s frequent collaborator Danny Elfman is also involved as the show’s composer, so expect a haunting soundtrack of Batman proportions.
We look forward to hearing more announcements about many of the biggest and best series on netflix – Including squid game, The crownThe Witcher season 3 and Bridgerton – at this weekend’s global fan event, so stay tuned to for the latest details.
If you want to stay ahead of the game, our Netflix Tudum 2022 The guide contains a plethora of information about the event’s start time, content schedule, and our predictions on what we hope might be revealed.
We’ve heard a lot of rumors in recent months about a possible repeat of Amazon Prime Day later this year. And now it looks like those rumors are at least partially true, according to a new page on Amazon that references a Prime Early Access Sale slated for October.
first sighted by What Hi-Fithe page in question lists a series of terms and conditions (opens in new tab) related to a smart plug deal that will be available exclusively during the Prime Early Access Sale. One of those conditions states that the purchase “must take place between October 11, 2022 at 12:00 PM PT and October 12, 2022 at 11:59 PM PT”.
Based on this, we can reasonably assume that the Prime Early Access sale will take place on Amazon US between October 11-12.
This is in line with the original rumors that first circulated in June. At that time, a leak revealed that Amazon was asking its retail partners to submit a selection of lightning deals for an event dubbed ‘Prime Fall’. This strongly suggested that another Prime Day event was on the cards with a selection of limited-time exclusive savings for members.
Amazon has yet to make any public announcements about a second Prime Day or Prime Early Access Sale. It is also unclear whether he will be holding a similar event in other regions at the same time. We asked Amazon to comment and will share more news as soon as we hear anything.
So is this really Amazon Prime Day 2?
Honestly, we don’t think this Prime Early Access Sale will be as significant as a full Amazon Prime Day. It might have all the hallmarks of another two-day deal bonanza available exclusively to Amazon Prime members, but our gut says it will be a more reserved affair.
There’s still a good chance that thousands of products will be reduced over the course of the 48-hour sale, including many wanted items, cutting-edge technology, Amazon devices, and more. Think of it more like the Amazon Epic Daily Deals event that was held last year and had a handful of good deals throughout the month.
Except this time around, it’s more like a prelude to the retailer’s Black Friday deals in November, with several deals available in advance if you’re an Amazon Prime member. Remember, you can Sign up for a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime (opens in new tab) if you haven’t before and this will cover you for the sale period.
When it launches, we’ll be keeping an eye out for the Prime Early Access Sale here on to make sure you don’t miss out on any bargains before the big holiday sales period is in full swing. You can follow our Amazon sales live blog for regular updates.
The rumors are true: Google has released a new, more affordable version of its Chromecast devices, but it costs some features found on older models.
Nicknamed Chromecast with Google TV (HD), hunches of this new device have emerged recently with some reports speculating that the company is expanding hardware support for non-4K TVs. And sure enough, that’s what’s happening. This new Chromecast HD (opens in new tab) it’s essentially a toned down version of the 2020 model that supports 4K HDR streaming and multiple Dolby video formats.
On the surface, the new device looks identical to the old model as all changes are internal.
For $29.99, HD Chromecast lets you stream content in 1080p resolution (1920×1080 pixels) at 60FPS. Support for 4K resolution is gone and so is Dolby Vision, an HDR (High Dynamic Range) format that allows for brighter colors and deeper blacks. The new device supports HDR10 and HDR10+ which are not as robust as Dolby Vision, but still improve visual fidelity. Memory has also been downgraded as the Chromecast HD has 1.5GB of RAM compared to the 2GB of RAM found in the 4K version.
What hasn’t gone are the Dolby audio features (opens in new tab). Dolby Digital, Digital Plus and the atmospheres (opens in new tab) audio format are still present in Chromecast HD. Dolby Digital and Digital Plus, for those who don’t know, are compression technologies that help the device to produce high quality audio without losing fidelity. Dolby Atmos, on the other hand, is a format that replicates spatial sound for a more immersive experience. Atmos is present via HDMI pass-through, so you’ll need the right equipment, like a soundbar that supports the format.
The Chromecast HD package is split into the dongle itself, which you can directly connect to a TV via the HDMI cable and a remote.
On that remote you’ll find the same navigation circle present on the 4K model, as well as some dedicated buttons for opening YouTube, Netflix and accessing Google Assistant. The remote also comes with voice control to give the Assistant a command. You can even, according to Google, check a Nest Doorbell device’s video feed via Chromecast HD.
O Chromecast with Google TV (HD) (opens in new tab) is now available for purchase at the company store, but only in Snow White. Australians will have to pay a little more, however. In Australia, the device costs $59 AUD, which is around $40 USD.
Renewing Google TV
The launch of Chromecast HD comes at an interesting time as Google updates its Google TV service.
Back on August 22, the company admitted that its service didn’t perform at its best and has been trying to fix that ever since. A recent update brought improved storage management and a performance boost. The company claims that Google TV has over 10,000 apps on it.
There are also Rumors circulating about Google TV getting 50 extra channels live TV with the need for an extra subscription. Considering how the Chromecast HD started as a rumor and the newfound interest, the 50 channels could become a reality.
The performance of an HD-only Chromecast in a market where 4K TVs are quickly becoming the standard remains to be seen. For those looking for a streaming bargain, however, it might just be the ticket.
Be sure to check out ‘s review of the HD Chromecast’s big brother, the 2020 4K HDR model (We liked a lot).
– Episode 5 (of 8), ‘Partings’ – Written by Justin Doble – Directed by Wayne Che Yip – ★★★★
Full spoilers follow for The Rings of Power episodes 1 to 5.
The Rings of Power episode 5, titled Partings, is a fascinating beast. The latest entry in the hit Prime Video series is one packed with deception, with many of the show’s major players revealing their true colors and the surprising rationale behind the choices they’ve made.
The result of this character-driven treachery is the high fantasy series’ darkest entry yet; an episode that certainly foreshadows the dark before the dawn. But, as the core message at the heart of episode 5 demonstrates – one that J.R.R Tolkien fans will instantly recognize – not all those who wander are lost. And, despite our heroes temporarily straying from their honorable paths, the actions they ultimately take in episode 5 ensures that hope will endure, even in the face of adversity.
Divided we stand
Of The Rings of Power episode 5’s four narratives, it’s the Southlands arc where that sense of hope is hit hardest.
With Adar wanting the Southlanders to bend the knee to him – and Sauron by proxy – Bronwyn and Arondir try to rally the townsfolk to stand and fight against Adar’s forces. It seems they’re successful, until Waldreg convinces half of Tirharad’s population to pledge their allegiance to Adar. Waldreg claims it’s the only way they’ll survive and leads them from the safety of the watchtower, much to Bronwyn and Arondir’s dismay.
It’s the first of multiple betrayals in Partings and one that’s steadily been brewing. Even so, it has the feel of a scene that should’ve closed out episode 4, rather than one that semi-opens episode 5 alongside the Harfoots (more on them later), which dilutes the gravitas of the situation.
That said, its inclusion in episode 5 leads into the most tragic scene in the series so far. After he pledges his allegiance to Adar and Sauron, Waldreg is handed a sword by Adar, who grabs Rowan (Theo’s friend) and forces him to his knees. Adar tells Waldreg that “only blood will bind” them, a move that seemingly results in Waldreg murdering Rowan to prove his loyalty.
It’s a dark scene that points to the evil in the hearts of men; something that foreshadows the corrupting power of Sauron on this race (and Númenor specifically) in future seasons. Still, it might have been more impactful if we’d seen the act play out on the screen. The Rings of Power isn’t averse to violence – we saw a warg brutally maul some people in episode 4, for instance – so there’s no reason why we couldn’t see this atrocious act carried out on the screen.
Back at the watchtower, after a heart-warming moment between Arondir and Theo, the latter shows Arondir the sword hilt he’s been hiding. Arondir recognizes the sword’s sigil, telling Bronwyn it was crafted by an ancient swordsmith and used to enslave the Southlanders’ ancestors. Bronwyn immediately loses hope that the watchtower’s inhabitants can hold Adar’s forces off. It’s an understandable reaction for Bronwyn to have, but one that feels like a heel turn, given how defiant she’s been in previous episodes.
It’s a U-turn all the more baffling with what happens next. A forlorn Bronwyn asks how long the remaining population could hold out against Adar’s forces before the watchtower falls. Immediately, she and Arondir realize they can use the watchtower to their advantage. Quite how they’ll do so isn’t clear but, thanks to Bronwyn’s “until this tower falls” line and expository panning up of the camera, it doesn’t take a genius to work out what their plan of action will be. Unlike the cut away from Waldreg’s character defining moment, it’s an expository scene we could’ve done without seeing.
There are betrayals in other episode 5 storylines, too, which shift the dynamics at play between certain characters.
Following a lavish Lindon dinner between Khazad-dûm’s dwarves and their elven hosts, High King Gil-galad reveals why he really paired Elrond up with Celebrimbor, which leads to Elrond reigniting his friendship with Durin: Gil-galad knows mithril exists and wants to use it to save the elves.
In short: long ago, an elven warrior and a Balrog fought to respectively protect and destroy one of Valinor’s two mighty trees. During the lengthy battle, the tree was struck by lightning, resulting in their combined powers – one “as pure and light and unyielding”, as Gil-galad puts it – seeping through the tree’s roots into the mountains to create mithril.
According to Gil-galad, mithril contains the light of the lost silmaril, jewels forged from the Two Trees of Valinor, and wants to use it preserve the elves’ immortality. As he explains to Elrond, the light of the Eldar is fading and, if it’s snuffed out, elves will become mortal. Celebrimbor knew this, too, which is why he was so keen to work with Elrond. The pair knew they could use Elrond’s friendship with Durin as a way to obtain vast quantities of mithril, bask in its light (which descends from the Valar), and remain immortal.
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Unsurprisingly, Elrond feels deceived by his elder brethren. It’s a revelation that speaks to the elves’ hubris – those who are millennia old, anyway – and provides a riveting insight into how exploitative they can be when it comes to interacting with Middle-earth’s other races.
Unfortunately for Elrond, he’s place in a difficult quandry: betray Durin by breaking his oath to save his race, or uphold his premise and doom the elves. He comes to clean to Durin, which pays dividends. Durin agrees to aid Elrond and the elves, but they’ll need to convince his father to start mining mithril again.
It’s another touching moment between the pair; one that emboldens their friendship and continues to show the emotional weight that Owain Arthur and Robert Aramayo bring to Durin and Elrond. The duo’s partnership is one of the most enriching, amusing, and endearing in The Rings of Power, and it should lean more into this unique friendship as a refreshing alternative to the more ominously-positioned narratives in the show.
Checking in with the Harfoots, things are largely rosy for Nori and company.
Well, initially at least. With the Stranger’s help, the Brandyfoots reunite with the Harfoot caravan. Later, he comes to the rescue of Nori, Poppy, and Melva, who get themselves in a slightly eye-rolling and expository pickle when a group of wolves pursue them through an eerie forest.
That’s when things start going awry, though, with the Stranger unintentionally betraying the naive Nori’s trust. The Stranger uses his power to blast the wolves away from Nori and company, which causes the wolves to flee. However, the Stranger injures himself in the process. He finds a standing pool of water and, using an ice-based ability (and the water), begins to heal his arm and hand after entering a trance-like state.
Believing he’s harming himself, Nori tries to stop the Stranger – only to get her hand caught on his ice-covered arm, which causes the spell to start freezing her hand. Nori desperately tries to wriggle free, but it isn’t until the healing ritual is over – its conclusion creates another energy blast, which sends Nori flying – that she’s able to break away. Fully healed, the Stranger approaches Nori but, to his bewilderment, she runs away, fearing he’ll hurt her again.
It’s a welcome change of pace that shifts the balance of power, narratively speaking, between the pair. Nori finally sees the Stranger poses a threat to her, even if it was an accidental incident. It’ll be fascinating to see how this impacts their bond moving forward, particularly with the arrival of Bridie Sisson’s enigmatic Rhûn character and her companions. They’re clearly searching for the Stranger, so how Nori handles the fallout from this incident could have a big bearing on whether the Stranger stays with the Harfoots – or leaves and invariably runs into Sisson’s party.
Setting sail for a Sauron skirmish
Over in Númenor, things are as tense as they’ve always been.
Whether it’s the strained relationships between fathers and sons – Elendil and Isildur, or Pharazôn and Kemen – or the breakdown in communication between Galadriel and Halbrand, trust is in short supply on the island kingdom of men. The familial and friendship-based drama that plays out is intriguing, but it feels a bit piecemeal and forced on occasion. The Rings of Power would do well to dig into some of the relationships more to quicken the pace when it comes to character development or, in the case of Galadriel and Halbrand, stop retreading old ground in their subterfuge-style bickering.
Thankfully, it seems the show is finally getting to grips with the latter. After the pair fall out over their perceived using of each other, Galadriel and Halbrand apologize to each other. Pleasingly, Galadriel also opens up to Halbrand over her brother’s death and why she can’t stop fighting; a poignant moment that belatedly allows us to empathize with Galadriel through her vulnerability.
It’s a pivotal scene between the pair – and not only because it speaks to the unspoken level of trust that’s developing between them. Galadriel’s decision to reveal the real reasons behind why she continues to fight is what compels Halbrand to do likewise.
As we’d learned earlier in the episode, Queen Regent Míriel and Númenor won’t come to the Southlands’ aid without Halbrand’s involvement. Remember, he’s the Southlands’ supposed king-in-waiting, so his participation in taking the fight to Sauron is vital. He’s been reluctant to head home since crossing paths with Galadriel. As he teases, his previous actions make Halbrand believe he’ll be a pariah in the Southlands. But, buoyed by Galadriel’s belief that they’ll both find peace if they stand together and defeat Sauron’s forces, Halbrand elects to fight.
Episode 5, then, ends on a high note, with Galadriel, Halbrand, Míriel, Elendil, and even Isildur – despite Eärien’s shock – sailing to Middle-earth for a skirmish with Sauron. It’s a satisfyingly hope-filled ending after what’s been the darkest episode in the series yet, and one that hopefully sets up a much-needed and extravagant action set-piece in episode 6 or 7.
Special mention to the playful, swashbuckling Númenorean sword-fighting scene, too. The Númenor arc has been packed with brooding and stubborn individuals, as well as suspense-riddled subplots. It’s about time, then, that this storyline livened things up with some mischief and light ribbing. It’s also enlightening to see just how experienced Galadriel is from a combat perspective – the elf’s fighting expertise on full display as she teaches Númenor’s would-be warriors a thing or two about the art of combat before they set sail for Middle-earth.
What we think
The Rings of Power’s fifth episode is a predominantly pleasing return to form after a middling episode 4. It’s an entry that’s laying the foundations for multiple crescendos before the season 1 finale, as well as teasing where character arcs – we finally get an insight into Pharazôn’s calculating ambition – and storylines might go in future seasons.
There are some narratives that were in danger of becoming too pedestrian, such as the Númenor arc. There’s a distinct lack of screen time for some of the series’ more captivating elements, including Durin and Elrond’s delightful friendship. By and large, though, Partings delivers drama and revelatory surprises aplenty, and actually feels like it’s driving towards more thrilling events as the season barrels towards its conclusion. If The Rings of Power begins to merge its multiple storylines together in its next episode and reveals more concerning its biggest secrets, we could be in for a grandstand finish on October 14.
The Rings of Power episode 5 is available to stream on Prime Video now.
When the iPhone 14 series was released, many users immediately started complaining about a major issue: when you opened the camera using third-party apps, the image would often flicker and return blurry visuals and sometimes even make noises (leaving many speculating that the OIS of the phone was the culprit).
These issues didn’t just occur in third-party apps designed exclusively for photography: Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and other services became difficult to use as a result.
However, it looks like Apple has a fix on the way. A new version of iOS 16 has been seen rolling out to phones as listed in Apple Security Update Log (opens in new tab)which is known as iOS 16.0.2.
This update, which started rolling out on September 22, fixes the camera issue on iPhone 14 models and also fixes some other bugs like an issue with copying and pasting text between apps.
So, if you are facing third party camera app issue, just update to a newer form of iOS to help with that. For that, enter the Definitions application and in Generally list selection Software update. If you are eligible for the upgrade, it will appear here.
Well, that’s in theory, but we’ll need to hear from early iPhone 14 users that the problem is gone before we really believe it.
This update is a good time as the iPhone 14 Plus hasn’t even been released yet, so people who buy this big-body budget phone will never end up facing this camera shake concern.
Apple fan corners on the internet were working in a frenzy over this issue and we totally understand – if we couldn’t use the ‘Gram, we’d be pissed off too. But hopefully, now that an update is rolling out, these handsets are more deserving of their spot on our list of the best smartphones.
AMD’s Ryzen 9 7950X processor has been overclocked to over 7.2GHz with exotic cooling, a new leak has revealed.
As Wccftech (opens in new tab) In reports, Tum_Apisak highlighted this one on Twitter, complete with screenshots of CPU-Z showing the 16-core Zen 4 flagship reaching 6.5GHz across all its cores and 7.247GHz on one core. This was using liquid nitrogen cooling.
Single-core high was achieved with a voltage of 1506V, and we can see that overclocking to 6.5GHz on all cores required 1465V.
As with any leak, of course we must apply our own spice, but with the CPU clearly available and being tested by many people (such as reviewers and overclocking experts) ahead of its imminent release – on September 27th – it’s not surprising to see many spills occurring around Zen 4 processors.
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Clearly, these are very promising starting speeds for the Ryzen 9 7950X to hit – and we’ll no doubt see the flagship CPU much faster after launch, and overclockers will have time to really get to grips with the processor. (Remember, initial overclock records are always improved by experts – and we’re not at the official release point of the 7950X yet.)
Some people, however, might think back to the recent Raptor Lake leaks – Intel’s next-gen CPUs that will rival the Ryzen 7000 – and remember that the 13th-gen (13900K) flagship has already surfaced showing it’s capable of being overclocking to an impressive 8 GHz (not an area Intel has been close to for a long time with overclocking potential).
That said, it’s obviously not worth getting too obsessed and focused on raw clock speeds, because there’s a lot more to processor performance than that – particularly the IPC (instructions per clock) improvements that a new generation brings. Don’t forget, Zen 4 is an all-new architecture that promises a big step forward for AMD.
In fact, a very recent leak shows AMD’s Ryzen 7950X already breaking benchmarking world records with standard cooling – beating existing records that use exotic cooling, no less. So what this flagship will be able to do with liquid nitrogen must be seriously impressive on the performance front. But with Raptor Lake achieving truly staggering overclocks by all accounts, the showdown at the top of the line for high-end CPUs promises to be fascinating for enthusiasts looking to improve these flagships.