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iPhone 7: force touch, joystick, QHD or what?





The iPhone 7 is a long wait, apparently, as most people seem to be quite convinced that this year, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be the stars of the show. Nonetheless, it’s odd that fresh rumors and leaks about the iPhone 7  and its upcoming features are still emerging. That leads us to believe that the iPhone 6S is not exactly a sure thing and the iPhone 7 might end up being Apple’s 2015 flagship after all. Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen, but we’re quite convinced the theory is at least plausible.

Setting aside the rumors regarding the iPhone 6S price, design, features and specs, let’s focus on the iPhone 7 and what the mill is churning about that. One of the most anticipated features is force touch, which is said to be embedded in the entire display that will adorn the iPhone 7. Moreover, there will be new features introduced into future versions of iOS that will make use of the force touch feature so that performance and user experience will end up being massively improved.

The iPhone 7 display is also said to be shiny, as in QHD with a resolution of 1440*2560. Although FHD and the Retina display with 401 ppip pixel density of the iPhone 6 Plus is said to be optimal and considered to be ideal by almost all users of the phablet, trends dictate that an increase will add to the appeal of the iPhone 7. Apple might want to innovate in the field and slapping a QHD LED-backlit panel with force touch onto the iPhone 7 would definitely qualify as innovation.

The force touch feature is especially popular since it was introduced on the Apple Watch this Spring and people are finding it useful. Although its usefulness is restricted by the size and capabilities of the Apple Watch, force touch remains an interesting concept. On the new MacBook, force touch is implemented in the trackpad for a seamless user experience and while users found it a bit confusing and unnecessary first, they quickly became accustomed to making good use of the accessibility feature.


iPhone 7 concept with Force Touch and edge to edge display

Although force touch might be the main feature of the iPhone 7, Apple will most likely innovate in other areas of engineering as well. Patents describing a joystick embedded in the TouchID home button of the iPhone 7 would add a bit of fun to the gaming experience on iOS, which is already pretty nifty. Adding a retractable joystick would make the iPhone 7 the ultimate gaming machine, although many would say Android would still be best thanks to its casting possibilities and pairing opportunities.

Mini PCs running Android as well as TV boxes running the same platform have become quite popular, as people enjoy the collective gaming experience by adding real joysticks to the mix. If the iPhone  7 would have its own joystick, I’m sure many mobile gaming fans would appreciate the move and cross over to iOS just to experience the new feature. Nonetheless, sources say the joystick feature in the iPhone 7 might not be implemented in the end because it would add a considerable amount to the cost of the phone. We all know the iPhone 7 price will definitely not fall into the “affordable” price range, so adding even more cost to that with the joystick might not improve the sales numbers for the iPhone 7.

Performance is also said to be improved in the iPhone 7, although the Apple A8 chipset of the iPhone 6 line-up has proven its worth repeatedly over the past few months. Nonetheless, 1 GB RAM for such a powerful processor does seem like a waste and that’s an area where our leads say Apple will try improving a bit more. Samsung is manufacturing the Apple A9 chipset, and while some say it will be part of the iPhone 6S only, our sources tell us to expect the same type of processor from the same manufacturer to be in the iPhone 7. Whether that means the iPhone 6S will not occupy flagship position in the line-up or not will be revealed in September.

The iPhone 7 release date is said to be set for September, although the same rumor is going around about the iPhone 6S. While the iPhone 7 would suggest a significant upgrade and change in design and engineering, the iPhone 6S would rather come with minor improvements and just one or two novelties. Which is the explanation behind the rumors that Apple is going big this year, instead of going for small incremental upgrades.

Improving the price of the iPhone 7 or iPhone 6S does come with the supposition of a plastic body, which would be representative of a possible iPhone 6C. Apple does occasionally feel the need of approaching customers that don’t necessarily want to spend a fortune on a smartphone, and an iPhone 6C would be a great opportunity to appeal to these consumers. There is only a minute number of leaks concerning an iPhone 6C, but our sources suggest that it’s going to be launched this year, which fills people with confidence. Those who love the iOS experience and the iPhone camera would be most happy with an iPhone 6C, because its price would go down thanks to the inferior build materials. Nonetheless, Apple fans who value premium design would most likely gravitate towards an iPhone 7.

Our sources tell us that the iPhone 6S might not be the real deal and the September launch event that Apple is planning is going to take a different approach. Instead of launching an S-series, Apple might launch the iPhone 6C with a 4.7 inch Retina display and the iPhone 7, with a 5.5 inch QHD display complete with force touch. This theory is my favorite, seeing as it would show that Apple can cater to both business users and power users, as well as to people that have a lower budget for their gadgets annualy.

Tell us in the comments section below what your expectations of the iPhone 7, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6C are, and let’s see if any of us gets it right. Although we do have to wait a couple of months to find out what Apple is actually planning this year, it’s still fun to create new ideas and collect new theories about how technology will evolve, at least in the Apple point of view. iPhone 6 or 6 Plus owners: what would determine you to upgrade to the next model from Apple?

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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3 Video Games About Women’s Health





Video games have transcended entertainment to become powerful tools for promoting health and wellness. One notable genre in this realm is fitness gaming, exemplified by titles like Hatsune Miku Fit Boxing, which motivates players to engage in physical activity to enhance their fitness levels. Building on this foundation, developers have ventured into women’s health with games designed to raise awareness and empower players to take control of their well-being. Here are 3 video games on women’s health that provide valuable health information and foster a sense of agency to uplift women around the world.

Tampon Run – Menstrual health

Created by Girls Who Code alumnae Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser in 2014, Tampon Run is an old-school 8-bit online game where the main character, Luna, lobs tampons to destroy enemies, who will confiscate the tampons if she lets them pass by. Interestingly, the concept of weaponized tampons is based on a real incident that occurred in 2013, where Texas state troopers confiscated tampons as potential projectiles, but not guns, from visitors observing a vote on abortion restrictions at the Texas State Capitol. The goal of Tampon Run is to destigmatize periods and menstrual products, which, up until recently, have not been properly studied to measure their absorbency, which underscores the need to address menstrual health so that women can get better care.

In between tossing tampons, Luna shares empowering messages about how periods are a natural part of women’s lives and should not be a source of shame or embarrassment. The game is available to play on the Tampon Run website and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iOS users.

PCOS Vitality – PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome is a complex hormonal condition and the leading cause of female infertility that affects approximately 5 to 6 million women in the US, according to the Endocrine Society. Common features of the condition include having irregular menstrual periods, hyperandrogenism, and polycystic ovaries. Additionally, some studies estimate that up to 88% of women with PCOS are overweight or obese. While there are weight loss programs helping women tackle PCOS, focusing on aspects like lifestyle, symptom management, diet, and other tips for how to lose weight with PCOS, the condition itself remains grossly under-researched. For some women, it may take years to confirm that they have PCOS, as there are other disorders that mimic PCOS signs and symptoms that must be excluded.

The lack of research has extended to a lack of awareness among the general population and is what clinicians from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland are trying to address with the 2023 game PCOS Vitality. Essentially a learning tool, the game takes users through a simple obstacle course. As you click toward the finish line, you are asked simple trivia questions about PCOS. The game is free to play on Focus Games’ website.

Bound by Blood – Period poverty

Period poverty refers to the lack of regular access to period products, painkillers, or underwear during a menstrual cycle. In the US, where 16.9 million menstruating women live in poverty, two-thirds cannot afford basic menstrual products. Period poverty has also been associated with mental health issues and urinary tract infections.

Available to play on the website, Bound by Blood was created by Jessica Gates in 2017 and aims to educate players about the reality of period poverty. Users take the character of Beth, a homeless woman who wakes up in her car and realizes that she’s started her period. Players then make a series of choices to try to stay as hygienic as possible in spite of lacking resources such as menstrual products and clean restrooms. There isn’t really a way to “win” the game, and it is instead a peek into the reality of life where period products are inaccessible and how this affects women’s quality of life.

Through these games, players not only gain valuable insights into various aspects of women’s health but also find themselves actively engaged in their own well-being. As developers continue to explore this emerging field, the potential for video games to serve as educational tools and catalysts for change in healthcare remains promising

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PS5, PS4 Game Death Stranding Coming Natively to iPhone 15 Pro





PS5 and PS4 console game Death Stranding Director’s Cut is coming natively to the iPhone 15 Pro, demonstrating its power. The entirety of Kojima Productions’ seminal hiking sim, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil Village, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage, will be available on your phone. Bonkers!

Tech giant: “Continuing Apple’s leadership in smartphone silicon, A17 Pro improves the entire chip, including Apple’s biggest GPU redesign. The new CPU is 10% faster with microarchitectural and design improvements, and the Neural Engine is 2x faster, powering iOS 17 features like autocorrect and Personal Voice.

According to the company, the pro-class GPU is 20% faster and unlocks new experiences with a 6-core design that boosts peak performance and energy efficiency. Hardware-accelerated ray tracing, 4x faster than software-based, gives iPhone 15 Pro smoother graphics and more immersive AR and gaming experiences. The iPhone 15 Pro brings console games to smartphones for the first time.

As with all cutting-edge Apple products, participation is expensive. The iPhone 15 Pro will cost £999/$999 at launch, and the Max model will cost £1,199/$1,199 for a 6.7″ screen. The most basic option only gives you 128GB, so you’ll need more if you want to play Death Stranding on the go.

However, the blurring of standalone consoles and mobile games is fascinating. The success of Genshin Impact, a full-fledged open world, has shown there’s a market for console-like mobile games. It will be interesting to see how Death Stranding performs on this latest iPhone generation.

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Launched Redmi Note 12 series: 200MP camera, 210W charging for less than $400





The three phones have similar screens and processors, but they vary in a number of ways.

The Redmi Note series from Xiaomi has historically been the brand’s most well-liked smartphone line, providing excellent value in the entry-level market. The Redmi Note 12 series has now been unveiled by the firm in China.

The Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition, Redmi Note 12 Pro, and Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus are the three phones we truly have this time. A flat 6.67-inch FHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, a Mediatek Dimensity 1080 5G processor, and a 16MP selfie camera are features shared by all three devices.

They both have a 3.5mm connector, NFC, IR blaster, and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, among other things. In contrast, there are a few significant variances.

Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition


The Note 12 Discovery Edition of the Redmi Note 12 has a 200MP HPX primary camera (f/1.65, OIS), making it possibly the most striking model. This camera can capture photographs with a resolution of 200MP, 50MP pixels (using four-in-one binning), or 12.5MP (using 16-in-one binning). Additionally, the phone offers a 2MP macro lens and an 8MP ultrawide camera.

The phone is notably different from its stablemates in that it supports 210W wired charging; according to Xiaomi, a full charge can be achieved in just nine minutes. Although you only get a 4,300mAh battery here, this high wattage comes at the expense of battery capacity.

Redmi Note 12 Pro Plus


Thought a 200MP smartphone with a larger battery would be cool? With the Pro Plus model, you get precisely that. The triple back camera system will have the same 200MP+8MP+2MP resolution as the Discovery Edition.

The Pro Plus variant, on the other hand, chooses a 5,000mAh battery and still blazing-fast 120W cable charging. Xiaomi claims that a full charge should be achieved in about 19 minutes.

Redmi Note 12 Pro


Have no interest in megapixels? The Redmi Note 12 Pro, which adds a 50MP IMX766 primary camera (f/1.88, OIS) in addition to the 8MP+2MP duo, fills this need. The Oppo Find X5 Pro and the Asus Zenfone 9 both feature flagship devices with 50MP sensors similar to this one. We therefore have high hopes that it will also produce acceptable image quality on the Note 12 Pro.

The Pro version additionally includes a 5,000mAh battery with 67W wired speeds. A 100% charge should be expected in a still quick 46 minutes.

Pricing and availability for the Redmi Note 12 series
The base 8GB/256GB variant of the Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition costs 2,399 yuan (about $332), while the base 6GB/128GB model of the Redmi Note 12 Pro costs 1,699 yuan (about $235). Do you want Pro Plus? The 8GB/256GB variant thus has a starting price of 2,099 yuan (about $290).

Although Xiaomi acknowledged that these phones are currently limited to China, it advised us to “keep tuned” for international announcements. To be fair, the Chinese Redmi Note 11 series was very different from the international variants that debuted a few months later.

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