Following the sound of a push notification, a stage for a dance battle, along with bright lights, appears in front of you and your friends. This is only a small part of the modern, virtual experience available at the Future Gen House.
The Future Gen House is a place where Generation Z (Gen Z) can be fully immersed in a hyper-connected experience provided by Samsung Electronics’ SmartThings.
SmartThings provides a comprehensive device-connected experience that fits a user’s own lifestyle. It not only connects Samsung products and services but other Smart devices as well. Devices such as TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, air conditioners and more are all organically connected to create a customized space and experience according to a user’s requirements.
To familiarize and connect Gen Z to SmartThings, Samsung created the Future Gen House.
Based on the popular Gen Z trend of house sharing, the Future Gen House is equipped with a host of Samsung products all connected to SmartThings.
Inside the Future Gen House, each space is designed and curated around one of five different Gen Z interest categories, including gaming, entertainment, sports and fitness, cooking and design. There are also shared spaces, including a lounge and a dining room, where visitors can engage and interact with each other.
Gen Z Samsung employees from the Future Generation Lab, Gen Z influencers and college students moved in and lived together at the house for two weeks. During their time at the Future Gen House, they interacted with Samsung’s products and SmartThings and created unique scenarios based on their own preferences and lifestyles.
Take a look at some of the exciting and unique experiences Gen Z visitors had in the Future Gen House in the videos below:
Remote Dance Battle: Have a Real-Time Online Dance Battles With Your Friends
When a friend texts you a specific keyword, the preset Remote Dance Mode is automatically activated through keyword recognition. The Sero, Samsung’s 4K Smart TV, and smart lighting are turned on, and the smartphone screen connects to The Sero through the Smart View feature during the video call.
Now, it’s time to enjoy the remote dance battle with your friends. You can change the color of the lighting using a smart button to set the vibe. By utilizing SmartThings, users can enjoy a hyper-connected experience with their loved ones, even when they’re far away.
Your Gym, My Gym, Our Gym: Create Your Own Fitness Room by Simply Tagging Your Smartphone
Change a shared fitness room into your own personal home gym with SmartThings. Simply tag your smartphone to the NFC sticker on the wall and enjoy your own personalized fitness mode. The fitness mode, which is preset by users, features activities such as dance, yoga and boxing mode. You can make any place your own customized space with SmartThings.
Surprise Birthday Party: A Super Simple Way to Prepare a Surprise Party
The moment you turn off the stove after preparing a meal for your friend’s birthday, the preset Birthday Party Mode is activated. A happy birthday message is displayed on the screen of The Frame, Samsung’s lifestyle TV, and the space where the party will take place becomes decorated with lights. Through this simple to use Birthday Party Mode setting in SmartThings, users can enjoy precious moments and make longer-lasting memories during special occasions.
SmartThings Mural Challenge: Create Your Own Mural With a Click of the S Pen Button
With SmartThings, you can take your own artwork into a room and create a mural with it. With just a click of the S Pen button, the Mural Drawing Mode preset creates an optimal mood that allows you to design a mural. When the Galaxy Tab S8+ is connected to The Freestyle, Samsung’s portable and easy-to-use projector, you can project your artwork onto the wall and simply draw on top of it, giving you the ability to easily create a new work of art.
The SmartThings scenarios created at the Future Gen House in Korea and in the U.K. have been made into videos and shared as a series of 30 episodes. These videos utilize a fast-paced editing style, a style popular among Gen Z, along with addictive, catchy songs that repeat key messages such as “Future Gen House,” “SmartThings” and “#LiveYourFree.” These videos can be found on Samsung’s official Instagram, TikTok and YouTube accounts, as well as the participating influencers’ Instagram or TikTok accounts starting on August 11. In the second half of this year, the Future Generation Lab will open the Future Gen House in more countries, including those in Latin America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Top Stories: iOS 16.0.2 Bug Fixes, Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro 2 Launch, and More – MacRumors
Who’s ready for a breather? A flurry of hardware and software releases following Apple’s “Far Out” event earlier this month is finally on a bit of a pause, with the Apple Watch Ultra and second-generation AirPods Pro now making their way into customers’ hands while we have a couple of weeks before the iPhone 14 Plus launches.
This week saw the two major hardware releases, but also an important iOS update addressing some bugs with the latest iPhone models and iOS 16 in general, while the more significant iOS 16.1 update continues through beta testing. Be sure to read on below for details on these stories and more as we continue to explore everything new in Apple’s latest releases.
Apple Releases iOS 16.0.2 With Bug Fixes for iPhone 14 Pro and More
The software update also addresses an issue with excessive copy and paste permission prompts on all iPhones running iOS 16, an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone X, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 displays following hardware service, and more.
Meanwhile, Apple continues to test iOS 16.1, which will include support for Live Activities in third-party apps, a new Clean Energy Charging feature in the United States, availability of Apple Fitness+ without an Apple Watch, support for Matter accessories in the Home app, and more.
Hands-On With the New AirPods Pro 2
Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro have begun arriving to customers, and we’ve had a chance to go hands-on with the upgraded earbuds.
We’ve also rounded up both written and video reviews of the new AirPods Pro from select media and YouTube channels that had early access for more thorough looks. The reviews tested out sound quality, active noise cancellation, battery life, and more.
Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Hands-On
Like the new AirPods Pro, the all-new Apple Watch Ultra is now officially available as the first pre-orders have started arriving.
We’ve gone hands-on for an early unboxing and initial impressions, and we’ve rounded up both written and video reviews of the Apple Watch Ultra, which is bigger and better than any other Apple Watch model but isn’t considered to be a “Garmin killer” yet due to a lack of certain features, such as offline maps and recovery metrics for workouts.
Everything New for iPhone in iOS 16.1 Beta 2
Apple this week seeded the second beta of iOS 16.1 to developers and public beta testers. As usual, the latest beta contains a handful of new features, changes, and improvements for the iPhone.
We’ve rounded up everything new in iOS 16.1 beta 2, including a design tweak to the battery percentage icon in the status bar and more, so be sure to check out the list if you install the beta on your iPhone.
YouTuber Actually Tests iPhone 14’s Crash Detection Feature
The new car crash detection feature on all iPhone 14 models is hard to test given that reviewers don’t want to risk physical injuries, but one YouTuber has managed to test the feature in a driverless car.
Note that the video does not serve as a scientific test of the feature and is in a controlled environment, so it should be considered purely entertainment, but at least we finally have a closer look at the feature out in the wild.
The MacRumors Show: Sara Dietschy Talks iPhone 14 Features
YouTuber and content creator Sara Dietschy joined us this week on The MacRumors Show podcast to talk through our experiences of all of the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro lineup’s new features and more.
Listen to The MacRumors Show via apps like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Castro, Google Podcasts, or subscribe by copying our RSS feed directly into your podcast player. You can also watch a video version of the podcast on our YouTube channel.
Each week, we publish an email newsletter like this highlighting the top Apple stories, making it a great way to get a bite-sized recap of the week hitting all of the major topics we’ve covered and tying together related stories for a big-picture view.
Apple updates iOS 16 to fix shaky iPhone 14 Pro camera and copy-paste issues – Yahoo Canada Finance
Apple released its latest iPhone lineup and mobile platforms earlier this month, and a couple of annoying bugs quickly made themselves known to users. The good news is that the tech giant has quickly whipped up patches to fix the issues and has now released them as part of the iOS 16.0.2 update. One of the problems the update solves is the iPhone 14 Pro’s compatibility troubles with third-party apps that use its camera, such as Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat.
Users found that when they fire up those apps and use the device’s rear cam, the camera view shakes on screen and the phone emanates grinding and rattling noises. In its patch notes, Apple said the update fixes an issue wherein the “[c]amera may vibrate and cause blurry photos when shooting with some third-party apps on iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.” The company didn’t elaborate on the cause behind it, but it’s possible that the apps weren’t meshing well with the device’s optical image stabilization system, causing the rattling noises.
Another troublesome problem the update fixes is the persistent appearance of permission prompts when trying to copy and paste content between apps. Apple senior manager Ron Huang previously admitted that it was “absolutely not expected behavior” and said the company was dealing with it. iOS 16.0.2 will get rid of other bugs, as well, including one that causes the device’s display to go black during setup and another that renders the touch input on some iPhone X, iPhone XR and iPhone 11 displays to be unresponsive after they’re serviced.
AirPods 3 vs. AirPods Pro 2 Buyer's Guide – MacRumors
Almost three years after the launch of the first-generation AirPods Pro, Apple unveiled the second-generation model alongside the iPhone 14 lineup and several new Apple Watches. Although the second-generation AirPods Pro feature the same design as their predecessor, they improve on features like Active Noise Cancellation, in-ear detection, and battery life, while introducing new functionality like Adaptive Transparency, volume adjustment touch controls, and precision finding.
In late 2021, Apple announced a major update for its standard AirPods, with the new earbuds featuring Spatial Audio, Adaptive EQ, force sensor controls, sweat and water resistance, MagSafe charging, and more.
Should you consider purchasing the $179 third-generation AirPods, or do you need the higher-end AirPods Pro, which sell for $249? Our guide helps to answer the question of how to decide which of these sets of AirPods is best for you.
Comparing the AirPods and AirPods Pro
The AirPods and AirPods Pro share a large number of important features such as Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking, sweat and water resistance, and skin-detect sensors. Even so, there are some meaningful differences between them that are worth highlighting, including design and Active Noise Cancellation.
- Semi in-ear design
- Force sensor controls
- H1 chip
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Up to 5 hours listening time with Spatial Audio enabled
- Up to 4 hours of talk time with a single charge
- Up to 20 hours of talk time using MagSafe Charging Case
- MagSafe Charging Case with Find My
- MagSafe Charging Case compatible with MagSafe charger, Qi wireless charging mats, and Lightning
Second-Generation AirPods Pro
- In-ear design with silicone ear tips (four sizes)
- Vent system for pressure equalization
- Force sensors and touch controls for volume adjustment
- H2 chip
- Bluetooth 5.3
- Active Noise Cancellation
- Transparency and Adaptive Transparency
- Conversation Boost
- Up to 5.5 hours listening time with with Spatial Audio enabled
- Up to 4.5 hours of talk time with a single charge
- Up to 24 hours of talk time using MagSafe Charging Case
- MagSafe Charging Case with built-in speaker for Find My, U1 chip for Precision Tracking, and lanyard loop
- MagSafe Charging Case compatible with Apple Watch charger, MagSafe charger, Qi wireless charging mats, and Lightning
The standard AirPods are now very similar to the AirPods Pro, offering almost all of the same features at a lower price point. As a result, the third-generation AirPods should be the default choice for most prospective buyers. If you also have AirPods Max, which already offer ANC, and are looking for an additional pair of headphones to use while working out or on the go, the third-generation AirPods are also a good choice.
You should only buy the AirPods Pro if you specifically prefer the fit and improved sound that in-ear silicone tips can provide, or need Active Noise Cancellation. It is also worth buying AirPods Pro if you could make good use of Apple’s Conversation Boost accessibility feature. Otherwise, the advancements of the H2 chip, minor battery life improvements, and Adaptive Transparency may not be a worthwhile set of improvements over the standard AirPods.
AirPods Pro frequently see hefty discounts on Amazon and other third-party retailers, so stepping up to the Pro version may be more worth it if you can take advantage of one of those deals. The standard AirPods also often see solid discounts, so it is always worth seeking the best price using our Deals roundup.
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