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Apple Tweaks Group FaceTime in iOS 13.5 Beta to Let Users Disable Larger Tiles for Person Speaking

Apple in the iOS 13.5 beta introduced a new Group FaceTime feature that’s designed to disable the option that automatically enlarges the tile of the person who is speaking.

Group ‌FaceTime‌, by default, has a dynamic view with a tile for each person. The person who is speaking at the current time has a larger tile, while tiles for people who are not talking fade into the background, a layout that’s not always ideal.


In the ‌FaceTime‌ section of the Settings app, there’s now an “Automatic Prominence” section with a “Speaking” toggle. Turning off the “Speaking” toggle makes it so the tile for the person who’s talking in ‌FaceTime‌ won’t get larger, allowing tiles for all people to remain the same size. Enlarging a person’s tile can be done by tapping it, as noted by The Verge.

A grid with static image sizes for all participants is perhaps preferable for meetings and events where multiple people are talking at once or right after one another, and it mimics layout options available in Zoom and other video chatting apps.

The iOS 13.5 beta also makes it easier to unlock an iPhone with a passcode when wearing a mask by bringing up the passcode interface more quickly and it lays the foundation for the introduction of the exposure notification API that Apple plans to release for health apps in May.Related Roundups: iOS 13, iPadOS
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Polar adds Unite fitness watch to its lineup

Polar is one of the most recognizable companies out there when it comes to fitness tech. When I was a strength & conditioning coach I highly advocated for their heart rate monitors. Plain and simple, they were accurate. When dealing with anything that helps monitor your health accuracy is key.The Polar Unite is the newest fitness watch from Polar that combines world class features and technology into a simple, stylish product that can be worn 24/7. This is definitely more than just a heart rate monitor and considerably more than “just a watch”.Part of those features start with FitSpark. To put is very simply FitSpark is a training guide. If you’re just starting on your fitness journey (congratulations by the way), FitSpark will recommend a workout plan for you and provide animated instructions to help you through it.For the gym rat, FitSpark will help keep you from that dreaded “plateau” by recommending differing workouts to keep your body guessing. Not only that, it will help keep you from over-training (yes, it’s real) and regressing in your progress.FitSpark keeps the recommendations personalized by taking into consideration your sleep, recovery, fitness level, and training history. All of this is available in the watch, so you don’t have to fumble with your phone.Weighing in at only 32 grams, it’s light enough to be worn comfortably even while you sleep. This isn’t just a fitness watch, the Polar Unite can display notifications from your smartphone as well. You should be able to expect up to 4 days battery life in watch mode, and up to 50 hours in training mode with GPS connected.Other Polar Unite FeaturesNightly Recharge – measures your autonomic nervous system (ANS) recovery to give you insight into how well your body has recoveredSerene – will help you relax with guided breathing exercisesSmart Calories – helps keep track of calories burned, and can track your total calories for the day to help keep your diet in checkThe Polar Unite is available today at a retail price of $149.95 and comes in your choice of black, white, pink, or blue bands. Small, medium, and large bands are included in the package so you don’t have to worry about ordering the right size for your wrist.

Poco F2 Pro Review

Android has become the lion share of the smartphone market. The operating system is literally the biggest software project in the world and is installed on over 2.5 billion devices globally. With that, there always seems to be new competition from numerous companies. One such company is Poco, and its latest is the flagship F2 Pro.With the F2 Pro, Poco wants to find a balance between market price and premium experience. This is not an unfamiliar story previously portrayed by OnePlus, Nokia, and Motorola in the past. Even so, let’s take a deep dive into the F2 Pro to see how well it finds that middle ground for consumers.DesignThe industrial build of the Poco F2 Pro is strikingly good. If you stripped the branding, you could easily convince me this was built by Samsung or LG. Honestly, the overall design to me is like the OnePlus 7T and 7 Pro from last year had a baby. You have the slide up camera (more on this later) and similar lines of the 7 Pro and the back circular camera and flat screen of the 7T. – neither of which is a bad thing.A quick Google search will also show more similarities to OnePlus in that the Poco brand is a direct competitor to OnePlus and is actually a sub-brand of Redmi. OnePlus is a sub-brand of Oppo in China. The F2 Pro is heavily based on the Redmi K30 Pro.The right side of the F2 Pro is flanked by the volume rocker and a metallic red power button. As a Pixel owner, I’m always fond of a colored power button. The left side is completely void of any buttons.Atop the F2 Pro, you have the motorized camera housing and an almost retro 3.5mm headphone jack. Flip the phone upside down and you see one down-firing speaker, the SIM tray, and the USB-C power port.SpecificationsInternally, the Poco F2 Pro is well-powered without overkill. It has a Qualcomm 865 processor, Adreno 650 GPU, and 6GB of RAM. Pair that with 128GB of onboard storage and you are ready for almost any mobile task.The screen is a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 2,400 x 1,080 resolution. Both the front and back glass are Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and should be able to take a normal regimen of punishment. The refresh rate of the screen is sadly only 60Hz. In the new age of 90Hz-120Hz it’s worth a mention, but not a deal-breaker.I should also note that the Poco F2 Pro does have 5G support, but due to the lack of local options, I was unable to test this feature. Verizon was not an option with the internal radios, but T-Mobile performed well in my time with the phone.What’s omitted? There’s not an official IP rating for water and dust resistance. This is most likely done to lower expenses as the certification process is a paid license.The other missing feature is wireless charging. 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I saw no lag or stutter in multi-view or switching between apps.The only hiccups I have are that I struggled to find any way to interact with a notification from the lock screen and the notification shade didn’t always want slide down on the first try when using the swipe down gesture on the home screen.My final issue would be the embedded fingerprint sensor on the display. It’s not good. Yes, it will open the phone… eventually. And only most of the time on the first try.This tech still needs to be further brewed on most phones I’ve used with this option, but the Poco is behind in most regards to its peers here.CamerasLet’s start with the rock star of this section: the motorized selfie camera. While it’s the camera I will use the least, it’s the more impressive one. The mechanical engineering around hiding the camera is something that just makes me smile.Being able to tuck away and save screen real estate without notches or pinholes is amazing. 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Just $49.99, the TUNAI Wand adds Bluetooth to your TV, Xbox, PS4, and more

Let’s face it, TV speakers sound better than ever. And there are sound bars, wireless speakers, and other ways to enjoy audio content, and they get cooler with each generation. But, sometimes we need to keep things quiet.Let’s say you’re wanting to get in some time on the PlayStation or a few episodes of your favorite Netflix series. The problem? It’s 1AM and your house is otherwise quiet. You can’t really immerse yourself into things because it will wake the family or roommates.The TUNAI Wand, on sale for just $49.99 right now, is the solution. It’s a small device that connects directly to your TV or game console and broadcasts a Bluetooth signal. Powered by USB, it transmits up to 150 feet and allows for two connections at once.This low-latency device is perfect for playing your Xbox and PlayStation, or watching TV without distraction. And without distracting others in the process, too.TUNAI WandUpgrades your TV, game consoles, home stereo into Bluetooth devicesaptX Low Latency Support prevents lags & lip-sync delaysUSB-powered so you won’t have to worry about battery running outAllows connection within 150ft wireless rangeConnects up to 2 sets of headphones; share the fun w/ family/friendsOne of the few Bluetooth transmitters on the market that supports aptX Low Latency for two Bluetooth devices at the same timeBuy Yours Today!Purchase your TUNAI Wand from the AndroidGuys Deals Store for just $49.99 right now, and take advantage of the limited-time discount.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

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