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Google Maps Features You Didn’t Know Existed!
Before the release of Google Maps in 2005, it was quite challenging to find your way to an unknown location, even when using a printed map. In fact, many marriages were probably saved by the invention of Google Maps. Nowadays, it’s difficult to imagine a world without it. A lot of people don’t know that, aside from directing you to your destination, the Google maps app is packed with many great features and capabilities that will make your trip even easier. Here’s the best Google Maps features you should start using today: Date Many people only use Google Maps to search for directions to their destination, but the app can take it a step further by providing you with more accurate, real-time details. If you enter the date you’ll be travelling on a particular route, the system will be able to factor in traffic and other variables and provide you with the best information possible. Favourites Accessing Google Maps when you’re in a hurry can be cumbersome. You can save time by adding your favourite destinations to the app. Simply select “Your Places”, tap on the “Saved” tab and then choose “Favourites”. Press the “Add” button to save some of your favourite spots for easy access. Download for Offline Use Google Maps uses an internet connection to keep you updated with the latest traffic routes. However, if you’re going to travel to a remote area with limited or no network coverage, you can actually download the map that you need from Google Maps. All you need to do is search for your destination, scroll to the bottom of a page and click on “Directions”. You’ll now be able to swipe over and get the option to download. If you don’t see this, search for your destination, click on the menu and select “Offline Maps” and then “Custom Map”. It’s important to note that while using this feature, you won’t get any live traffic information due to the lack of an internet connection. Parking Google Maps doesn’t just help you get to your destination, it can also help you find parking once you’re there. Look for the “P” icon with a circle around it next to the estimated time it will take to get there, and it will inform you if parking is limited at that location. Sharing your Location If you’re visiting someone and want them to know what time they can expect you, simply share your live location with them and they’ll be able to see exactly where you are throughout your whole journey. To do this, click the estimated time of arrival at the bottom of your screen, select “Share Trip Progress” and you will be directed to your Contacts where you can choose the person you want to share your location with. This can be shared via text message, email or instant message.
Samsung’s 100 Megapixel Camera is Coming!
It’s no secret that the camera has always been the smartphone’s strongest selling point. With the growing popularity of social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, users have become photo-centric, constantly chasing after the best cameras to produce the best pictures to share with their followers. In fact, digital camera sales have taken a dip since the rise of the camera phone, which allows users to carry one device that performs many functions rather than purchasing a specific device for each of their needs. The first phone with a built-in camera was manufactured by Samsung in the year 2000. This digital camera could take up 20 photos at 350 000-pixels, or 0.35-megapixels, but you could only access your photos by connecting to a computer. By the year 2003, camera phones were becoming more popular with better specs and lower prices. In 2004, Sprint released a phone with a 1.3-megapixel camera that could capture images, share them wirelessly and even allowed you to print them. Finnish manufacturer Nokia jumped on the bandwagon in 2005 and released a 2 megapixel camera on their N90 model. Shortly after, the world was introduced to Sony Ericsson, whose aim was to steal the crown from Nokia. They adopted Sony’s Cybershot digital camera branding, which earned them first place in the camera phone market. The Sony Ericsson K800i was released in 2006 with a 3.2-megapixel camera that had auto focus, image stability and a Xenon flash. The baton was passed back to Samsung when they released the first ever 5-megapixel camera and then the 8 megapixel camera in 2008. The smartphone camera race continued, with Samsung appearing to be the winner with their release of the M8910 Pixon 12, which had a 12MP camera, in 2009. However, they were soon bested by Nokia’s N8 in 2010 and then the 16MP Sony Ericsson S006 that came at the end of 2010. Fast forward a few years and Samsung are at it again! To maintain their position in the market, the technology giant has decided to partner up with Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi to create the world’s first 108-megapixel camera. Current high-end smartphones typically host cameras with between 12 and 16-megapixel resolutions, so a 108 megapixel camera would be a massive improvement to the conventional smartphone camera. The Isocell Bright HMX is designed to shoot incredibly detailed photos and is said to be comparable to a top DSLR camera. You can expect to capture better low-lit images as this camera will merge pixels to absorb more light. In terms of video recording, no smartphone camera will have better capabilities than this one. It will be capable of shooting up to 6K resolution at 30 frames per second which is very impressive compared to the 4K resolution at 60 frames per second limit of other smartphones. It’s been predicted that Xiaomi will release a smartphone with a similar camera before Samsung does, and even though Samsung has announced that production on these camera lenses begun at the end of August, they’ve remained tight-lipped about when we’ll be seeing a device with the 108-megapixel camera on the shelves.
Apple iPhone 11, Pro and Pro Max are Here!
September marks the start of Spring in South Africa, but for Apple fans, it's when the new range of iPhones is officially unveiled. Apple recently pulled the hood off their new range of iPhones, dubbed iPhone 11. The range includes the entry-level iPhone 11, as well as the higher-spec iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Max. Let's look at how this range differs from last year's X series. iPhone 11 Overview Apple says it's placed the fastest ever A13 Bionic Processor and GPU into this smartphone, making it capable of running a trillion applications per second. It comes loaded with the latest iOS 13 software and in terms of looks, it's available in 6 new colours (White, Black, Red, Lavender, Yellow and Green) with an aluminium and glass design and a 6.1” Liquid Retina Screen. The iPhone 11 supports faster charging, and Apple claims the battery will last longer (approx. 1 hour) than the one found in the iPhone XR. There's no doubt that the camera plays a huge role in the smartphone consumer's life and Apple hasn't disappointed with this. The iPhone 11 has 2 rear camera lenses - a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens and a new 12-megapixel ultrawide camera with a 120-degree field of view. For selfie fans, Apple has introduced a feature called 'slowfies' for the front facing camera, which means you can now take slo-mo selfie shots. There are a couple of new features on the camera, including Night Mode and 4K video at 60 frames per second, which is rather impressive. They have a new quick-take video feature where you only have to hold the shutter button to start taking videos without switching to Video Mode. iPhone Pro and iPhone Pro Max The Pro-branded models are being touted as the "most powerful iPhones ever". Look and Feel Both of these handsets will sport the all new surgical-grade stainless steel exterior with a matte finish and will be available in gold or midnight green. Cameras The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will both house triple cameras at the rear. They've added the new 12MP wide-angle camera to allow you to cram more into a single photo. On the downside, you will have to deal with a slightly bulkier and not too aesthetically pleasing camera housing on the rear of the phones. Under the Hood These iPhones will also pack the punch of the new iOS 13, making it, as they claim, the world's fastest smartphone. Apple are promising loads of power with this range while also offering longer battery life. The iPhone 11 Pro will have four more hours of battery life than its predecessor, the iPhone XS. The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max feature 5.8” and 6.8” Super Retina XDR OLED screens with a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Both devices come with a fast charger included in the box. Verdict If you're a die-hard Apple fan, your mind is probably already made up. If you already own an iPhone from last year, you may want to wait for the next iteration in 2020 or even 2021 as the iPhone 11 range doesn't offer enough compelling upgrades to warrant a purchase so soon. The official release date for the iPhone 11 range in South Africa is the 27th September 2019.