Tech Round Up Week 1 August 2020: Canon R5 and R6 Overheating, Samsung’s Big Unpacked & M
Updated: Aug 20, 2021
Canon’s new full-frame mirrorless cameras were announced to great fanfare earlier in July, but with reviews and tests being done, it seems there are huge thermal performance issues with the two cameras. Granted, Canon themselves did mention that the cameras are limited by the thermals when shooting 8K or oversampled 4K videos, but tests from DPReview have actually shown that the cameras heat up from any sort of usage, even setting up still shots, thus cutting into the amount of time you’ll have for video recording.
A user on the Canon Rumours website even mentioned that his R5 shut down after just taking still photos at a motocross event, without even shooting any video. Hopefully, Canon comes out with a solution, but for now, there have been interesting suggestions involving thermal pads and external fans!
Samsung has announced a whole host of products at their August Unpacked, including the flagship Note20 and Note20 Ultra smartphones, the updated Galaxy Z Fold2, Galaxy Watch3, Tab S7 series and Galaxy Buds Live. This year’s signature colour is Mystic Bronze, and all the new products will be available in this beautiful copper colour in addition to the other standard colour offerings.
With general availability starting on 21 August, you’ll want to check out our quick roundup of the specs and features before you make your decision on what to get.
Whatsapp users will know that due to the fact that WhatsApp is linked to your phone number, it is only possible to use the app on one device at a time. This usually means using Whatsapp’s web or desktop version to chat is possible only if one activates Whatsapp with your phone.
The option to run Whatsapp on more than one device might be available soon, with rumours the feature is currently undergoing development, and it might soon be possible to use the same WhatsApp account on up to four devices.
Apple has removed 29,800 apps from its Chinese app store, including more than 26,000 games. Games affected by the sweep included titles from Zynga and Supercell. This takedown comes amid a crackdown on unlicensed games by Chinese authorities.
Earlier this year, Apple gave game publishers an end-of-June deadline to submit a government-issued licence number enabling users to make in-app purchases. The approval process for games looking to enable in-app purchases is long and complicated, hurting all but the largest game developers.
Snapchat’s new feature allows users to add music to the videos they record, making it the latest social app to take on TikTok by offering the ability to embed popular songs. The new feature is designed in such a way that when one swipes up on a video, the song’s title and artist will appear, plus a link to listen to the track on your streaming platform of choice.
The feature is launching with “a robust and curated catalogue of music” from Warner Music Group, Universal Music Publishing Group, Merlin, and more. Snapchat announced that this new feature would first launch to English-language users, rolling out first in New Zealand and Australia.
With President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban TikTok if it’s not owned by a US-based company by 15 September, Microsoft has publicly announced that they’re in talks with parent company ByteDance to acquire and operate TikTok in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
If the deal goes through, American users will most likely still be able to use the popular app in their home country. Otherwise, though, TikTok might have to say goodbye to their estimated 80 million monthly active users in the US.
A recent Bosch Home Applications survey involving 2,000 Singaporeans finds that price is no longer the leading consideration when buying home appliances and most consumers are willing to spend more on those with effective hygiene functions. Hygiene and maintaining a clean home has become top priorities for Singaporeans amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, that caused a striking shift in priorities and mindsets when it comes to hygiene, health and safety.
The survey shows that 86% of Singaporeans say they will be willing to spend more on home appliances with strong hygiene functions while 2 out of 3 Singaporeans are aware of how effective home appliances are in sterilising clothes and cookware in order to maintain a hygienic and clean environment.