Day: September 3, 2020

The Alldocube iPlay 20: Trying hard to keep the Android tablet relevant

Looking for a low-to-midrange tablet? The Android-powered Alldocube iPlay 20 might be just what you need.

Image: Jack Wallen/TechRepublic

For many, the Android tablet has been an anomaly. While the Android operating system is one of the most widely used in the world, the tablet form factor and Google platform combination really never hit home for a lot of users.

Unlike what Apple has managed to do with the iPad. Apple has, without a doubt, dominated the tablet market. Where Apple is producing high-end, powerful tablets that can put many a laptop to shame, companies attempting to make a mark with the Android tablet have really struggled.

SEE: How smart tech is transforming the transportation industry (TechRepublic Premium)

Why? That’s a good question. The answers are as varied as are Android smartphones, but it can be boiled down to a few very simple points:

  • Many Android apps were never optimized
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Panasonic Lumix S5 Compact Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera With 24-Megapixel Sensor, 5-Axis IBIS Launched

Panasonic Lumix S5 is a brand new full-frame mirrorless camera launched by the company and will be available from mid-September. It is a new “hybrid” camera in the S-series which is said to offer equally good performance for stills and video work. The Lumix S5 features a wide ISO sensitivity range, 5-axis in-body stabilisation (IBIS) and advanced video features such as 4K 10-bit video recording support. There’s a new autofocus system too which is said to support real-time eye, face, head and body detection for stills and video.

Panasonic Lumix S5 price and availability

The Panasonic Lumix S5 will be available in mid-September for $2,000 (roughly Rs. 1,46,300) for just the body, and $2,300 (roughly Rs. 1,68,260) with a 20-60mm kit lens.

Panasonic Lumix S5 specifications 

The Panasonic Lumix S5 uses a full die-cast magnesium alloy body which is splash and dust resistant. It features a 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor

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How Apple’s new COVID-19 contact tracing process works

Apple’s iOS 13.7 update has introduced a new Exposure Notification setting, but it requires support from your state’s health authority.

Image: Ministry of Health Singapore

A variety of countries and companies have been trying to fight the coronavirus pandemic through contact tracing technology, which works by alerting people if they’ve been in contact with individuals who’ve tested positive for COVID-19. Among the tech players involved in the effort are Apple and Google, who in April jointly announced a system that would be built into the operating system on all iPhones and Android phones. On Tuesday, Apple unveiled iOS 13.7 with a new contact tracing platform that relies on notifications from your state’s public health authority. Here’s how it works.

SEE: How tech companies are fighting COVID-19 with AI, data and ingenuity (TechRepublic) 

Your iPhone will tap into your Bluetooth connection to look for nearby iPhones and Android phones

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