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iOS 14 to extend AirPods life with optimized charging

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Concern or sometimes even obsession over battery life sometimes nurtures habits that ironically degrade battery capacity over time. While devices today are smart enough not to overcharge, some practices like keeping the battery at 100% for a long time will eventually kill the battery anyway. That’s true for laptops and smartphones but it is also true for the tiny earbuds some wear day in and day out. That’s why Apple is apparently rolling out in iOS 14 optimized charging to extend the longevity of its smallest smart products.

The batteries that give life to our very important devices are volatile and almost too fickle. People tend to take them for granted but it is one of the things that actually needs the most care and attention in a device. Charge it too much and boom it goes. Keep it fully charged too long and it actually starts to lose its capacity to hold that charge.

That’s where the idea of optimized or intelligent battery charging comes in. The basic idea is to hold off filling the battery to 100% and keeping it at around 80% even while connected to a charger. Only when you’re about actually use the phone will it suddenly boost it all the way up to 100%.

That, of course, presumes the charging system knows when to start going from 80% to 100%, usually just a few minutes before you wake up for those who charge their phones overnight. That requires tracking the user’s charging habits over time to make such decisions and that’s exactly what Optimized Charging is about.

Apple introduced this feature for iPhones and iPads in the iOS 13 release last year. Now it’s bringing the same intelligence to AirPods starting iOS 14. It’s a small change for such a small battery but, considering how almost impossible it is to replace that battery, it can make a huge difference in prolonging the AirPods’ lifespan.

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Motorola Moto X30 Pro Will Have An Unusual Camera System

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This is just the tip of the iceberg for the Moto X30 Pro. The strangest thing about the model won’t be its unusually large camera sensor, especially since Xiaomi already claimed that crown. Instead, it will be the use of three focal lengths in the camera system that could mean the removal of one traditional part of that group.

Motorola’s Weibo account revealed that the Moto X30 Pro will have a 35mm focal point at its widest. This will be joined by a 50mm telephoto that could have a 2x magnification, as well as an 80mm longer telephoto option. If this is an accurate description, it would suggest that the phone will ditch the ultra-wide shooter in favor of two telephoto cameras when some of its peers opt to eschew telephoto cameras to make way for a macro alternative.

Whether this will give the Moto X30 Pro an actual advantage over other high-end phones this year remains to be seen, literally. It sounds almost like a mixed bag, at least in the camera department, though the rest of the rumored specs are on par for a 2022 flagship. The Moto X30 Pro, which could go by the name Motorola Frontier in global markets, is expected to run on a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, bear a 6.67-inch 144Hz OLED screen, and boast 125W super-fast charging for its modest 4,500mAh battery.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE First Drive: Electrified Luxury Gets A Sports Upgrade

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AMG promises performance magic, upgrading the EQE EV sedan with supercar-rivaling power to go with a lavish, tech-filled cabin. Can it deliver soul with speed?

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How To Fix Amazon Prime Video Not Streaming In 4K

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Not all Amazon Prime Video titles are available in 4K quality. Older movies and shows often do not support that format, and even some newer flicks will still be unavailable for a variety of reasons ranging from licensing to technical difficulties. As a result, your title of choice might look less-than-perfect, not due to a fault on Amazon’s end, but simply because that title may not support 4K in the first place. 

Amazon has a list of titles available in 4K, so checking whether the one you’re trying to watch is, is fairly easy. You can see all the 4K offerings by heading over to the official Amazon website. The list is not very intuitive in the sense that you can’t check for specifics within the results as this is already a narrowed-down list. However, you can also simply type in the title of your movie or show into the search bar above to check whether it’s available on Prime Video and in 4K.

You can also search directly on Amazon Prime Video. Any variation of “4K,” “4K movies ultra HD,” “4K film,” or even something more specific like “4K romantic comedies” should produce a list of titles that you can watch right now. If you managed to locate your title on one of these lists and yet it still looks underwhelming, there may be other issues at hand.

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