Will the Galaxy S9 be faster than the iPhone X? – BGR

When the Galaxy S8 came out this spring, it was the first high-end handset of 2017 to pack a processor built on 10nm process technology. We expected the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8995 to be faster than Apple’s A10 Fusion 16nm chip that powers last year’s iPhone 7 generation. However, the iPhone 7 consistently beat devices with 10nm chips inside.

Next year, the Galaxy S9 may debut a brand a processor that’s even more efficient and faster than the Galaxy S8 chips. But will it be faster than the A11 Bionic 10nm chip inside the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8?

Samsung is far from telling us anything about the Galaxy S9, but the company did announce on Wednesday that it’s ready to produce 8nm chips. The company said that three months ahead of schedule and it’s ready to take orders for its “8-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology, 8LPP (Low Power Plus).”

Does that mean the Galaxy S9 will get 8nm chips next year? Reports did say the handset will enjoy a brief Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 exclusivity, without mentioning what type of process technology the new chip will use.

Samsung’s announcement provides other clues that 8nm chips may soon reach mobile phones. The company says that the 8nm chips will “provide differentiated benefits for applications including mobile, cryptocurrency and network/server,” and says the company can quickly ramp up production. Apparently, Qualcomm will continue to work with Samsung on mobile chips.

“8LPP will have a fast ramp since it uses proven 10nm process technology while providing better performance and scalability than current 10nm-based products,” Senior Vice President of Qualcomm RK Chunduru said.

These 8nm chips are expected to offer 10% lower power consumption and an up to 10% area reduction compared their 10nm equivalents. Speed improvements are also expected, although it’s too early to talk benchmarks.

It’ll also be interesting to see whether the new 8nm chips can outperform the iPhone X’s A10 Fusion. The iPhone X proved to be faster than most Android phones out there, although it did suffer some defeats against the iPhone 7 and the Note 8.

While Samsung manufactures chips for Qualcomm, it also makes its high-end silicon for Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices. This week’s announcement also indicates that Samsung is probably working on the next-gen Exynos chip, although the company did not make any statements in that regard.

While the mobile industry may move to 8nm chips next year, Apple might not do it. TSMC, which manufactures the A-series chips for iPhones and iPads, eyes 7nm chips for next year.

New Report: Your Old iPhone Isn’t Slowing Down With iOS 11 (It’s Actually Faster)

Perception is everything with technology. When reports that the latest operating system for iPhones, called iOS 11, was making older phones slower, I had to wonder. Would Apple purposefully make an older iPhone slower to make people want to upgrade? Is there a conspiracy that is intended to line the coffers of the most famous company in tech?

Then I actually installed iOS 11 on an older iPhone 6. It actually seemed faster to me.

I ran multiple apps, including the Chrome browser, the Gmail app, Outlook, and several others. I even tested the game Infinity Blade. In all of my tests, the iPhone 6 seemed to run about the same. In fact, I swear it seemed just a hair faster for some Apple apps, like Mail.

Last week, the results were confirmed by Futuremark, which makes benchmarking software. After running performance tests on older models, the company confirmed the speed is likely a result of user perception–the phones run roughly the same speed. A small note about the testing suggested that some of the latest features–perhaps those that depend the most on the processor such as multitasking or gaming–run a tad slower.

Why the misinformation about older iPhones slowing down?

Here’s my theory.

Users are likely comparing the new iOS on their phone–since it is a free download and is easy for anyone to install–to how it runs on a newer iPhone. Yet, that’s not really fair. Apple makes no claims about iOS 11 speeding up an older phone, and a newer phone will run faster. The same apps on an iPhone 8 run much faster with iOS 11 than they do on an iPhone 6. After a user installs iOS 11 on an older phone, he or she might be comparing the suddenly “sluggish” phone to a newer model at the Apple store or that a friend uses.

To use a car example, that’s like using a higher octane fuel in an older Mazda Miata and then complaining about how slow it is compared to a new Miata. But the speed is dictated by the fact that the older Miata has around a 128-horsepower engine. The new model has a 155-horsepower engine. Changing the fuel isn’t going to make the older model seem sporty, but it might seem like the car feels slower if you expected a change in performance.

This is where the analogy starts to break down. An older iPhone actually does get a little faster for some of the most common Apple apps. I tested the Photos app and it definitely lets you swipe through photos a bit faster after loading iOS 11. And, maybe due to how Apple has improved Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but my older phone connected faster.

If your phone does feel more sluggish, there are a few things to try. One is to free up memory by closing a few apps and deleting a few files. Every operating system likes to have room to breathe. Also, make sure you reboot the phone. That can work wonders, and I’ve heard of a few friends who thought iOS 11 seemed faster after a reboot.

Your perceptions will surely change once you know the facts. If you still think iOS 11 makes an older phone slower, try driving a Miata from 2007. It’s slower than the sunrise.

Palette’s Lego-like controls made me a faster video editor

As with other niche products, Palette Gear began on Kickstarter. It was a decent success, earning $150,000 or so, but most important, the company actually followed through and shipped it to buyers. It’s now a commercial product that you can buy at B&H Electronics and elsewhere, and the company has consistently added more functionality. Most important for video editors, Palette recently unveiled advanced integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

For video-editing control surfaces, the choices are narrower than with Lightroom. Blackmagic Design makes very powerful control surfaces for its DaVinci Resolve video-editing software, but the cheapest — the Micro Panel — is $995. You can also go with the Behringer BCF-2000, a motorized $299 audio mixer that can be programmed for video. For the $300 price, Palette’s Expert Kit is ready to go and is one of the most, if not the most, cost-effective options.

The folks at Palette shipped me the “Expert Kit,” complete with three dials, two sliders, two buttons and a central “brain” controller. The company advised me to try it with Lightroom as well as Premiere, saying that “we’ve still got some ways to go before [Photoshop and Premiere] are as complete of an integration.” The company needn’t have worried — I found the Premiere app covered just about every function I needed, and I didn’t experience any major problems or bugs with it.

The system works like electronic Lego, snapping together magnetically and using pogo pins to link the modules. All are controlled by a central “Core” brain that displays the current profile on a nifty LCD screen and attaches to your computer (Mac or PC) via a USB cable. Modules include a button, dial and slider, and you can chain together as many as you want, adding more modules at $50 each.

The $300 Expert Kit had enough functionality for me, but if I ever went back to doing video editing, I’d opt for the $500 Professional Kit, with six dials, four sliders and four buttons. There’s also a starter kit, with two buttons, a slider and a dial, priced at $200.

The software setup instructions were a bit vague, not telling me whether to install the app or hardware first. So I installed the software to start with, and after arranging the modules in a square as shown above, plugged them in afterward. That seemed to work just fine.

Next up, I launched the main app. Palette is set up with a number of “Quick Start” profiles based on your kit: Edit Starter, Professional and Expert, along with Grade, Vignette and Motion. It requires Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.3 or later, and I used the latest 2017 version. You need to first load the profiles you want to use, then stack them in tabs on the app. Once you launch Premiere Pro CC, you need to make sure that the Palette controller is enabled in the preferences.

Then, I was all set. After using the quick-start “Edit Expert Kit” profile for a bit, I quickly changed it to suit my own style. I used the dials for jogging, next or previous edit and zoom in/out on the timeline; the sliders for volume and mixer active track volume; and the buttons for start/stop playback and switching between Palette’s Premiere Pro modes (Edit, Grade, Vignette and Motion).

The quality of the hardware is good for a consumer product, but not at the same level as an expensive control surface from BlackMagic, for instance. I found the dials worked great, operating smoothly and allowing a press to reset. The sliders felt similarly good, but because they’re not motorized or mechanical, they could really use a button-like “reset” option like the dial — motorization would be ideal, though. The arcade-like buttons were fine, but one of mine had a quality-control issue, activating the control with just a slight touch instead of a full click.

I set up the “Grade” profile with the dials targeted to exposure, white, and blacks, the sliders set to temperature and saturation, and the buttons set to “next edit point” and, again, next profile. I left the “Motion” setting, which I primarily use to add pans and zooms to still images, on the default profile, and did the same with “Vignette.” If you use other functions often, you can create, save and export custom profiles. For folks who do a lot of audio editing in Premiere Pro CC, I could easily see setting up a profile for that.

Programming your own style is essential to making Palette useful. Every editor has his or her own workflow, so you have to figure out whether to use the keyboard, mouse or Palette for specific functions to be as efficient, precise or speedy as possible. If you can’t figure out how to create a decent profile for yourself, other users have created and uploaded them for Premiere, Lightroom and other apps.

For editing, I chose functions that I absolutely hate doing with a mouse or keyboard, like moving between edits, jogging and tweaking volume levels. I also tried to eliminate the keyboard as much as possible, as I’ve never been a keyboard person. After some practice, I believe that the Palette controller made my editing around 10-20 percent more efficient.

Because it was conceived for Lightroom, the Palette Gear really shines for Premiere Pro color-grading. With version 2015, Adobe overhauled the video app’s color controls with Lumetri, which is like a mashup of its Speed Grade color-correction app and Lightroom.

I can get a shot about 90 percent right with just a few controls (exposure, whites, blacks, color temperature and saturation), so I programmed those into the Palette “Grading” profile. One suggestion for the Palette folks: It would be nice if the “switch profile” button could also change the corresponding profile in Premiere Pro CC, selecting “Color” or “Effects” for Grading and Motion.

OnePlus Introduces Individual Application Update to Send Updates Faster

OEM’s all across the world are employing various techniques to attract customers. OnePlus has also now joined the fleet of those companies that are ensuring faster updates to their apps. OnePlus is going to launch an Individual Application Update program. The manufacturer is planning to shift some of its system applications to Google Play Store. This will make it easy for the company to push frequent updates for these applications.

Earlier, the companies had to push a full system update to update any of the application. But now, these applications will get updates through Google Play Store. The companies will do this without pushing system update. Earlier, the system updates took a lot of time in developing. Thus, the companies were unable to push updates to these applications also. We also know that Google had earlier shifted many of its applications from system core apps to Google Play Store. This showed a clear difference in update frequency for these apps.

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Now, all the OEM’s are trying to adopt this trick. OnePlus is among the first few companies. The company has announced that it is going to shift its gallery, launcher, weather, and community apps to Google Play Store. These apps would get updated through Google Play Store. This means that the users will get frequent updates for these apps. Here, it is important to mention that the updates bring new features to the pre-installed apps. It would become easy for the company to push new features to the devices.

OnePlus 3/3T and OnePlus 5 will be the first devices to receive this new feature. This will prove an important step towards the maturation of Oxygen OS as a complete ROM. The Oxygen OS will now bring increased capabilities for the users.

Apple TV 4K Review: 4K, HDR & Faster Processor

At its September 2017 event, Apple unveiled the Apple TV 4K alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, bringing 4K and HDR support to the Apple TV for the first time. But is 4K support enough to justify the extra £30 when compared to the fourth-gen Apple TV? We’ve spent some time with the Apple TV 4K, and here’s what we think.  

Apple TV 4K: Pricing and availability

The Apple TV 4K is available in two models with different storage sizes from the Apple Store:

  • 32GB (£179)
  • 64GB (£199)

Apple isn’t the only option though, as it’s also available at a range of third-party retailers. For more information on that front, see where to buy Apple TV 4K.

Apple is also continuing to sell the previous fourth-gen Apple TV in a 32GB model at £149 – a slightly cheeky £10 price rise from what it was before the 4K version released, and is far from the £129 price tag at launch in 2015.

It’s also worth noting that competing gadgets such as Amazon’s Fire TV (£79.99), Google’s Chromecast Ultra (£69) and Roku’s Streaming Stick (£39) cost a lot less than Apple’s offering.

Apple TV 4K: Design and build

So, what’s new with the Apple TV 4K in terms of design and build? At a glance, not much; it features the same dimensions and weight (98 x 98 x 35mm, 425g) as the fourth-generation Apple TV, boasting a rather nondescript look that’ll let the all-black Apple TV fade into the background of any existing TV setup.

But, in our opinion, that’s just fine. While some set-top boxes like the Nvidia Shield TV boast a futuristic, eye-catching look, it’s not really needed – after all, you’re watching TV, not looking at the box.

The simple design means it should fit in with a range of TV setups, and even if it doesn’t, Bluetooth connectivity in the Siri remote means you can hide the box away in a cabinet and not have to worry about control issues.

It’s not exactly the same as the fourth-generation Apple TV though; the USB-C port present on the older device is not available on the Apple TV 4K. While the primary use for the port was for servicing and support and therefore not used by the majority of consumers, there were other (unofficial) uses for the port, including a way to take screenshots and record gameplay on the Apple TV.

And those hoping that Apple would re-introduce the Optical Out port on the Apple TV 4K will be disappointed – despite featuring more than enough space on the rear of the device to offer an Optical Out port, Apple chose to ignore the pleas of AV fans around the world.

But while the body of the Apple TV 4K is essentially identical to that of its predecessor, the included Siri remote has had a slight facelift. It sports the same basic design reminiscent of an iPhone with an aluminium back and glass front with a touch-sensitive panel and a range of media controls, but with one difference: the menu button has raised white edges, making it easier to operate the remote by touch only.

It’s a small difference, and one we initially questioned, but after using the Apple TV 4K in the dark we understood the reasoning. All the circular buttons on the remote are the exact same size, and without the raised edges of the menu button, you may exit the app or pause the movie you’re watching instead of closing it. Now, it’s easy to operate the Apple TV without even needing to look at the remote.

Besides, how else are all your friends supposed to know at a glance that you’ve upgraded to the Apple TV 4K?

Apple TV 4K: Features and spec

The Apple TV 4K boasts the latest version of Apple’s tvOS, tvOS 11, out of the box. It comes with a range of benefits including Siri support, a dedicated App Store and more – but what does the Apple TV 4K feature to tempt users away from the cheaper fourth-gen device? Well…

Specs and connectivity

Let’s start with the internals of the Apple TV 4K, most of which have had an upgrade when compared to the fourth-generation Apple TV. It boasts the A10X Fusion chipset which made its debut in the 10.5in iPad Pro and second-generation 12.9in iPad Pro, an incredibly powerful CPU and GPU more than capable of powering the 4K experiences offered by the new Apple TV.

It should provide gains in the gaming department too, with higher quality textures and increased resolution now possible. The A8 chip featured in the Apple TV 4 was decent, but the A10X makes a world of difference.

There’s also faster Wi-Fi; it features 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO and simultaneous dual band technology, along with a Gigabit Ethernet port, Bluetooth 5.0 and an IR receiver.

Of course, AirPlay is present, allowing iOS and macOS users to display content wirelessly on the Apple TV. Content includes photos and videos you’ve captured, along with streaming apps like Netflix and YouTube and even mirroring your entire display if you desire. It’s fast, simple and one of the most underrated features of the Apple TV.

4K HDR Content

Of course, the headline feature of the Apple TV 4K is 4K HDR support. The primary place that Apple hopes you’ll source your 4K content is iTunes, which recently started offering 4K movies.

There are benefits to this: if you own a HD movie, it’ll automatically be upgraded to 4K free of charge, and Apple has also decided not to charge more for 4K movies. This has had a knock-on effect on other services such as Amazon, which has recently brought its prices down to stay competitive with Apple’s offering.

But while 4K movies on iTunes is great, there’s also a downside: 4K content can only be streamed, not downloaded. We imagine this being due to the large files associated with 4K movies and the (arguably limited) storage available on the Apple TV, 32- or 64GB.

It also requires an internet connection of at least 25mbps, meaning those with a slower internet connection are effectively cut off from 4K content without an option to download it at a slower speed.

You can still download HD movies for offline viewing, but you won’t be able to stream your 4K iTunes content without a speedy internet connection.   

iTunes isn’t the only destination for 4K content though; as long as you’ve got the 4K subscription, you can access a range of 4K TV shows and movies on Netflix. It’ll also be true of Amazon Prime Video once the app becomes available for download later this year.

But while YouTube would provide arguably the largest collection of 4K content, differing 4K codecs (Apple’s HEVC vs Google’s VP9) mean the app will be limited to 1080p playback for the near future.

Apple has also promised native 4K gaming on the Apple TV in the way of Sky, which was demoed at the September 2017 event. The game is due out in December, and we can’t wait to see how the A10X Fusion chipset performs with 4K gaming. Based on benchmarks from the iPads that feature the same chipset, we’ve got high hopes.

The question is: is the difference in quality between 1080p and 4K noticeable on the Apple TV? As long as you’ve got a 4K (HDR optional) TV, you can absolutely see the difference. The detail provided by the Apple TV 4K is way beyond what you’ll get from the fourth-generation Apple TV: highlights and shadows are detailed, colours are deeper and more vibrant and the images are so life-like, it’s like they’re about to jump out of the screen.

You can see the individual hairs on your favourite TV show protagonist’s face, and see the smallest detail of the darkest, dampest caves. Even when watching TV shows and movies you’ve seen before, it’s like a whole new experience, and you won’t want to go back to 1080p viewing.

Even Apple’s gorgeous aerial screensavers have been given the 4K treatment and look more stunning than ever. You can see the smallest details, like people walking along the streets of London and ripples in the river Thames, and it’s captivating.

On-demand services, apps and games

Of course, alongside all the 4K content available via the likes of iTunes and Netflix, you have an array of apps and games available to download on the App Store. From simple apps that let you track trending topics on Twitter to console-level 3D games like Oceanhorn: The Ocarina of Time, there’s something for everyone and is a great option for casual gamers.

Games on the App Store generally aren’t that expensive, and if you want a better gaming experience than what the Siri remote provides, there is a range of third-party controllers like the SteelSeries Nimbus that provide a high-end gaming experience. Take it from us; it’s a fun way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.  

It is worth mentioning some omissions from the Apple TV’s collection though – especially when paying so much for a set-top box with the hope on catching up on the latest shows. While you’ll find Netflix, Now TV and BBC iPlayer on the Apple TV, you won’t find much else in the way of UK streaming services. There’s no All 4, My 5, ITV Player or UKTV Play, and although it’s coming later this year, there’s no Amazon Prime Video at the moment either.

Siri

Of course, one of the biggest benefits of buying the Apple TV over Android rivals is the inclusion of Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri. It’s on the Apple TV that the benefits of Siri really shine through; you can ask Siri to find you a specific TV show or movie and it’ll provide you with a simple interface showing where it’s available (iTunes, Netflix, etc) along with information about the show and more.

That’s not all either, as it can perform everyday commands like opening apps, handling queries and controlling HomeKit-enabled smart tech, and it can even rewind Netflix by 10 seconds if you ask “What did they say?”. It can even recommend movies for you to watch based on not only genre but year of release and more. Oh, and say goodbye to the annoying on-screen keyboard as you can dictate your password to Siri.

When it comes to discovering the power of the Apple TV, Siri is key.

iPhone 8 faster than a Core i5 13-inch MacBook Pro in Geekbench; leaves Samsung S8 for dead

We noted in our iPhone 8 review that the Geekbench scores of the new iPhone were equivalent to a MacBook Pro.

To put it simply, the iPhone 8 line has a MacBook Pro Intel level processor inside.

Fresh tests provide a direct comparison to prove the point – and show the astonishing performance lead the iPhone 8 has over Samsung’s flagship devices in a real-life video editing task …

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Tom’s Guide carried out a direct comparison with a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Core i5 processor, and found that the iPhone 8 was actually faster.

Let’s start with Geekbench 4, which measures overall performance. On the multicore portion of this test, the iPhone 8 hit 10,170 […] The iPhone 8 even edged out the score from the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro with a 7th-generation Core i5 processor. That notebook notched 9,213.

Geekbench comparisons between phones and laptops used to be pretty meaningless, as the tests were not directly comparable, but that hasn’t been the case for some time now. Founder John Poole confirmed that it is legitimate to directly compare scores across platforms, though he did add an important caveat.

Laptops are better at delivering sustained performance over a longer period of time, as opposed to the shorter max burst performance that benchmarks like Geekbench 4 are designed to measure. In other words, the iPhone 8 simply doesn’t have the thermals and heat dissipation necessary to replace your laptop.

It should also be noted that the impressive performance won’t necessarily make a massive difference in everyday use when it comes to simple tasks like opening apps.

But give the phone a demanding task, like editing and rendering video, and there the performance edge of the iPhone 8 over its flagship Android competition is night and day.

To really put the A11 Bionic chip through its paces, we put the same 2-minute video, shot in 4K by a drone, on the iPhone 8, Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8+, and then added the same transitions and effects before exporting and saving the video.

The iPhone 8 finished this strenuous task in just 42 seconds, while the Note 8 took more than 3 minutes. The Galaxy S8+ took more than 4 minutes.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen an iOS device outperform a Mac in Geekbench tests. The iPhone 7 last year beat the scores of any MacBook Air, and earlier this year the iPad Pro outperformed the MacBook Pro in some CPU and GPU tasks.

In real-life use, a MacBook will of course outperform an iPhone – not just because of its sustained performance, but also because of far greater usability. All the same, the speed of the latest iPhone models is seriously impressive.


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If Nvidia’s Volta GPU is 132% faster than Pascal, imagine what the new Titan’s like…

Imagine what the next-gen Titan could be capable of...

The lucky peops sporting shiny new Nvidia Volta machines have started trolling everyone with the performance of their $150,000 graphics array. We still don’t know if they can play Crysis, however…

Can’t wait for Volta? Here’s our pick of the best graphics cards to buy today.

The only people who were really  satisfied with the performance of AMD’s RX Vega GPU were the green-tinged few at Nvidia. It meant they could stick with their original plans for a consumer Volta graphics card release sometime in 2018. Y’see, there were some noises ahead of the launch of the RX Vega 64 that they might do a ‘new Intel’ and pull in the release if AMD gave them serious competition at the high end of the GPU stack.

Instead they’ve done an ‘old Intel’ and decided what they’ve got out right now – the full Pascal 10-series range – is more than enough to cope with the vagaries of Vega’s gaming prowess. Though they may still drop a GTX 1070 Ti to really stick the boot in.

It’s for that reason we still know next to nothing about how Nvidia’s Volta GPUs will perform when we finally see consumer versions distilling the graphical essence of the GV100 silicon down into more manageable, and more affordable (to purchase and produce), forms next year.  What we do now know, however, is what the tippy-top of Nvidia’s Volta range can do against the last generation of the green team’s GPU tech in the professional world. 

And, holy crap, are they fast.

Nvidia Volta supercomputer

The Nvidia DGX-1 is their six-figure workstation with eight of the new Tesla V100 cards installed in it. The first benchmark scores we’ve seen, versus a similarly specced Tesla P100 rig, show the new architecture running 132% faster. To be fair that is with both systems running Geekbench tests via the CUDA API in a Linux environment, and not Deus Ex: Mankind Divided at 4K in Windows.  

So, the Geekbench performance of the Nvidia DGX-1 versus the equivalent last-gen machine may not have a whole lot of direct relevance when it comes to what Volta will look like in our machines, but that doesn’t stop me from wishing Nvidia could somehow manage to deliver the same frame rate boost in gaming as they have with the compute performance.

Just imaging Hitman running at 176fps at 4K… those 165Hz 4K G-Sync HDR monitors would actually become relevant. Okay, so we can pretty much guarantee the consumer Volta GPUs aren’t going to deliver such gaming highs, but hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?

Destiny 2: 4 Ways To Get Exotic Engrams Faster

Want to improve your chances of getting an Exotic Engram? Here are four tips to help increase your Exotic loot drop odds in Destiny 2.

Exotic Engrams are the best, most valuable Engrams currently up-for-grabs in Destiny 2. Everyone wants Exotic Engrams because you’re guaranteed to get an Exotic piece of gear when you crack these bad buys open. Exotics are one rarity above Legendary, and they’re pretty much always going to be awesome. Exotic weapons are by far the best — Exotic guns have unique appearances and animations that’s totally unique. No other tool in your Guardian’s arsenal will resemble an Exotic gun.

That’s why any Guardian worth their salt wants Exotic Engrams. Let’s be straight, up-front and totally honest — there are no truly “fast” ways to earn Exotic Engrams. That’s completely by design. Bungie wants Exotic Engrams to be incredibly rare, even if there’s an infinitesimal chance an Exotic will drop after every random enemy kill. These 4 tips will show you the best ways you can earn an Exotic Engram. Better than hoping and praying basic enemies will drop an Exotic, at least.


4 Exotic Engram Farming Tips

Exotic Engrams are the top-tier of Engrams, above Legendary Engrams — they appear as yellow items in your inventory. Whenever an Exotic item is dismantled, you’ll earn 10 Legendary Shards. We recommend keeping any of the Exotics you find, though. For a cost of Shards, you can “spend” weapons to make your Exotics more powerful, to match your level.

Getting Exotic Engrams is ridiculously hard, so we’re going to break down all the (known, so far!) ways to grab an Exotic Engram. These aren’t cheats or exploits, just tips and tricks from a Destiny 2 veteran.

 

When you’re ready to start swimming in Exotics, here’s a few tips and tricks to put you on the right path. Exotics are (technically) possible to earn through Nightfalls, patrols, and basically anything else in-game, but some methods are far better than others when it comes to Exotics.

TIP: For best results, I suggest playing during peak gameplay hours. That’s in the evening, though the exact time you’ll find the most players fluctuates depending on your region. Experiment and figure it out — you don’t want unpopulated public events!


#1: Complete Heroic Public Events

This is probably the most important step. As we explained in a previous guide here, Heroic Public Events are by far the best, safest way to earn an Exotic Engram. The chances of getting an Exotic Engram in the loot chest after finishing a Heroic Public Event are higher than any other method.

From The Director, check through each planet and region to see where Public Events are currently going down. Each Public Event that’s about to start features a timer — rush on down, and explore to see if other players are going to join you. I recommend reaching Level 20 before even attempting Heroic Public Events — at that point, as long as you have one or two extra Guardian helpers, you can complete every Heroic Public Event without issue.

Learn how to trigger Heroic Public Events during standard Public Events here.

#2: Purchase Fireteam Medallions

After completing the main story, you’ll recapture the last city and gain a new social sector — The Tower! With The Tower back, you can now visit the Eververse vendor in a more centralized location, away from The Farm. Eververse sells (and gives) Bright Engrams, but she’ll also sell you Fireteam Medallions.

Fireteam Medallions increase XP earned and give your Fireteam a loot drop bonus for the next 4 hours after purchase. They cost 15 Bright Dust.

Getting Fireteam Medallions before starting your Heroic Public Event farming sessions will significantly improve your loot drops, and even increase your chances of getting an Exotic Engram as a completion reward. Even better, Fireteam Medallions stack twice (x2) so you and another fireteam member can use one each to and increase your bonus further.

#3: Join Clans For Even More Loot Bonuses

Join a clan or create your own to get even better loot rewards. When you reach Clan Level 3, your Guardians can unlock a perk called “Public Service” that increases Public Event Rewards. That’s yet another enhanced loot modifier while completing Heroic Public Events, and it’s not too hard to accomplish. Gather a few friends, level up your clan, and enjoy all the extra Heroic Public Event loot.

#4: Fast-Travel For Faster Public Event Completion

Public Events always occur at the same time in every Destiny 2 server, and you can take advantage of that quirk in the code with fast-travel. If you’re completing a Heroic Public Event in a region with a fast-travel point nearby, and you’ve finished up the Heroic Public Event especially early, you can catch another on-going Public Event in the exact same spot on a different server.

Here’s what you do — after grabbing your loot from a complete Public Event, jump on The Directly and fast-travel to the same region you’re already in. You’ll swap servers and drop back into the region. Quickly Sparrow over to the previous event spot and see if it’s still on-going — if it is, you can complete it, grab loot, and fast-travel again.

This trick doesn’t always work, but it’s a handy way to double-up on Heroic Public Events when it does. Otherwise, use your Director to monitor public events across the galaxy. They’re always popping-off on multiple regions, across multiple planets. You’re bound to quickly find another one fast.


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Visit Website URLs Faster in iOS Safari with Paste and Go

Paste and Go a URL in Safari for iOS

Safari in iOS includes a nice ability that detects when a URL is copied to the iPhone or iPad clipboard, and then allows you to quickly “Paste and Go” to that website link with a single action. The Paste and Go feature in iOS Safari works basically the same way a similar feature does on the Mac, except of course the action of copying and pasting in iOS is different.


We recently discussed this for Safari on Mac, but some users were interested to hear the same Paste and Go ability exists on iPhone and iPad as well. So for example, if you have the website URL “http://osxdaily.com” stored in the clipboard, you can use Paste and Go to immediately load that URL in Safari.

Essentially Paste and Go lets you use a website link that has already been copied to the clipboard to then immediately jump to loading that website in Safari, expediting the loading of the target webpage. With Paste and Go you choose that option and the website loads, rather than pasting the link, then hitting Go manually to load the target webpage. It’s simple, but it speeds things up and is really quite nice if you spend a lot of time copying and pasting URLs on the iPhone or iPad.

Use Paste and Go in Safari for iOS to Visit URLs Faster

  1. Copy a website URL to the clipboard on an iPhone or iPad, or have a URL copied to the clipboard via Universal Clipboard
  2. Open Safari in iOS
  3. Tap and hold in the address bar, when the little pop-up menu option appears choose “Paste and Go” to immediately visit the webpage URL stored in the clipboard
  4. Paste and Go in Safari for iOS

The webpage will attempt to load right away without having to paste, then choose to Go. So rather than two actions, it’s one simple quick action.

Paste and Go to the URL in iOS Safari

It’s not exactly a revolutionary feature, but it does speed things up for web browsing on an iPhone, iPad, or in Safari for Mac with “Paste and Go” support too, particularly for those of us who make regular usage of Universal Clipboard between iOS and Mac OS or between other shared iCloud devices.

Huawei unveils faster phone chip it says can beat Apple, Samsung

BERLIN (Reuters) – Huawei [HWT.UL] aims to use artificial intelligence-powered features such as instant image recognition to take on rivals Samsung and Apple when it launches its new flagship phone next month, a top executive said on Saturday.

Richard Wu, chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business, on Saturday revealed a powerful new mobile phone chip Huawei is betting on for its upcoming flagship Mate 10 and other high-end phones to deliver faster processing and lower power consumption.

Huawei will launch the Mate 10 and its sister phone, the Mate 10 Pro, in Munich on Oct. 16, Wu confirmed. He declined to detail new features, but the phones are expected to boast large, 6-inch-plus full-screen displays, tech blogs predict.

Artificial intelligence (AI) built into its new chips can help make phones more personalized, or anticipate the actions and interests of their users, Wu said.

As examples, he said AI can enable real-time language translation, heed voice commands, or take advantage of augmented reality, which overlays text, sounds, graphics and video on real-world images phone users see in front of them.

Wu believes the new Kirin 970 chip’s speed and low power can translate into features that will give its phones an edge over the Apple iPhone 8 series, set to be unveiled on Sept. 12, and Samsung’s range of top-line phones announced this year. Huawei is the world’s No. 3 smartphone maker behind Samsung and Apple.

“Compared with Samsung and Apple, we have advantages,” Wu said in an interview during the annual IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin. “Users are in for much faster (feature) performance, longer battery life and more compact design.”

The company asserts its newly announced Kirin 970 chip will preserve battery life on phones by up to 50 percent.

Huawei describes the new chip as the first Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for smartphones. It brings together classic computing, graphics, image and digital signal processing power that have typically required separate chips, taking up more space and slowing interaction between features within phones.

Most importantly, Huawei aims to use the Kirin chips to differentiate its phones from a vast sea of competitors, including Samsung, who overwhelming rely on rival Snapdragon chips from Qualcomm, the market leader in mobile chip design. Among major phone makers, only Apple and Huawei now rely on their own core processors.

The 970 is designed by Huawei’s HiSilicon chip design business and built using the most advanced 10 nanometer production lines of contract manufacturer TSMC.

Reporting By Eric Auchard; Editing by Ros Russell

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