I haven’t written This Week in Tech for two weeks or so for some unavoidable reasons. I try be more active on this weekly columns.
Without further ado, let check out what went down this week.
Microsoft Edge (beta) on iPad
Microsoft late last year released Microsoft Edge (the default browser for Windows 10) for Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android. Ever since Edge has been my daily driver and it is a neat and clean browser for the mobile device.
But don’t get mistaken, the underlying web engine for Edge is still WebKit which powers Safari browser as well. Edge, is more like a skin/UI sitting on top of the WebKit. Microsoft released Edge for iOS and Android for Edge users on Window 10 to give consistent and cross platform experience where bookmarks, password syncs and web history is shared across.
With that said, Edge until recently was available for iPhones, but now it is available in Beta for iPads. I haven’t tested the app yet, but Microsoft writes in the notes, support for better experience, improved sign in and out experience and performance improvements.
HEIF image file format in Windows 10
Dona Sarkar, the lady in charge for Windows Insiders program wrote in a blog post yesterday that next version of Windows 10 Spring Creators Update (MS hasn’t publicly announced the name) will come with High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF).
Apple with iOS 11 also embraced modern codecs like HEVC which allows better image quality with less storage footprint. Along with HEIF inclusion Photos App in Windows 10 will also be updated to support the same.
Dona Writes, “HEIF is an image container that leverages modern codecs like HEVC to improve quality, compression, and capabilities compared to earlier formats like JPEG, GIF and PNG. In addition to traditional single images, HEIF supports encoding image sequences, image collections, auxiliary images like alpha or depth maps, live images and video, audio, and HDR for greater contrast.”
Samsung releases Galaxy S9 and S9+
I haven’t got my hands on this beauty yet, but reports from around the internet says it is a well made phone with astonishing camera with the very first in smartphones, the dual apertures.
Why the dual apertures? The Galaxy S9+ has two lens for normal or daylight conditions and second for low light environments. The camera automatically adjusts to the aperture depending on the lighting conditions. So at night or in a low lit environment, the second aperture kicks in that draws more light into the camera to balance out light in the end photo. The idea is to have a great photo without using a flash.
This is a incremental upgrade from its predecessor Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. The S9 and S9+ havr carried forward the super OLED edge to edge or Infinity Display that S8 first introduced and the new phones comes with Snapdragon 845 processors.