As someone who uses an Android phone and an iPhone, having different capabilities on the same app can be mildly infuriating. Case in point: With Gmail on my Android phone, I can archive, delete, trash, mark as unread, move or snooze individual emails by swiping left or right from my inbox. It’s an incredibly convenient way to file away my emails and organize them quickly with a single gesture. But on my iPhone, my only option was to delete my emails, no matter which way I swiped.
Archive or snooze your emails with just a swipe.
That is, until today. Nine months after introducing the feature on Android, Gmail on iOS will finally have customizable swipe gestures. In addition to swiping you can also press down firmly (known as 3D Touch on some iPhones) or long press on a Gmail notification to bring up different filing options.
The feature will be available starting today, but don’t worry if you don’t see the update immediately, as it will require a few days for it to roll out to users.
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Microsoft Earnings Continue to Soar Due to Increased Demand for Cloud Services Amid Pandemic
Microsoft on Tuesday said its profit in the recently ended quarter continued to soar as the pandemic boosted a trend toward business being taken care of in the internet cloud.The US technology titan’s profit rose to $13.9 billion (roughly Rs. 1,02,439 crores), up 30 percent from the same quarter last year, according to earnings figures.Revenue…
Microsoft on Tuesday said its profit in the recently ended quarter continued to soar as the pandemic boosted a trend toward business being taken care of in the internet cloud.The US technology titan’s profit rose to $13.9 billion (roughly Rs. 1,02,439 crores), up 30 percent from the same quarter last year, according to earnings figures.Revenue in the quarter climbed 12 percent to $37.2 billion (roughly Rs. 2,74,210 crores).”Demand for our cloud offerings drove a strong start to the fiscal year,” said Microsoft chief financial officer Amy Hood.Microsoft took in $15.2 billion (roughly Rs. 1,12,043 crores) in revenue from cloud computing offerings for businesses, up 31 percent from the same period last year, according to Hood.Demand for software, services, and data storage hosted online at datacentres that had been steadily growing for years has rocketed during the pandemic as shopping, learning, work and more are tended to online due to the pandemic.Businesses are under pressure to engage customers online or lose them, according to Microsoft.”The next decade of economic performance for every business will be defined by the speed of their digital transformation,” said Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella.Revenue was also up from the company’s Office suite of software; LinkedIn career-centric social network, and the Xbox video game unit.The Microsoft Surface line of laptop computers also had a “blowout” quarter, with revenue up 37 percent, noted analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy.Microsoft “delivered big time by beating expectations,” according to Moorhead.”Enterprises are transitioning from COVID-19 triage to starting to renew their digital transformation plans with a focus on hybrid work,” the analyst said, referring to employees staying connected to offices but not necessarily being there to get jobs done.”Microsoft is taking advantage of this phenomenon.”The shift to the cloud and work-from-home appears to be “here to stay,” with Microsoft positioned to benefit with its Azure computing platform and Office 365 online software, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives.While quarterly earnings topped estimates, Microsoft shares slipped more than a percent on word the company expects to bring in less money than analysts expected in the current quarter.Microsoft forecast revenue this quarter of between $39.5 billion (roughly Rs. 2,91,156 crores) and $40.4 billion (roughly Rs. 2,97,750 crores). The Redmond, Washington based company also revealed that revenue from search ads dropped during the recently-ended quarter in a potential bad sign for Google.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
AMD to Buy Xilinx in All-Stock Deal Valued at $35 Billion
AMD is buying Xilinx for $35 billion (roughly Rs. 2,57,900 crores) in an all-stock deal that will combine the two Silicon Valley chip makers.The deal announced Tuesday puts AMD in a place it wants to be; competing more fiercely with Intel.Xilinx stockholders will receive 1.7234 shares of AMD stock for each Xilinx share they hold, or…
AMD is buying Xilinx for $35 billion (roughly Rs. 2,57,900 crores) in an all-stock deal that will combine the two Silicon Valley chip makers.The deal announced Tuesday puts AMD in a place it wants to be; competing more fiercely with Intel.Xilinx stockholders will receive 1.7234 shares of AMD stock for each Xilinx share they hold, or approximately $143 (roughly Rs. 10,500) per share of Xilinx stock.AMD stockholders will own about 74 percent of the combined company, with Xilinx stockholders owning approximately 26 percent.The transaction will give AMD a strong portfolio of high performance processor technologies, combining CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, Adaptive SoCs and deep software expertise to enable leadership computing platforms for cloud, edge and end devices.“Joining together with AMD will help accelerate growth in our data center business and enable us to pursue a broader customer base across more markets,” Xilinx CEO Victor Peng said in a prepared statement.AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su will lead the combined company as CEO. Peng will join AMD as president, responsible for the Xilinx business and strategic growth initiatives. At least two Xilinx directors will join the AMD’s board once the transaction is complete.The deal is expected to close by the end of next year. It still needs approval from shareholders of both companies.Shares of Xilinx fell nearly 2 percent before the market open on Tuesday, while AMD’s stock rose slightly.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
2021 Ram 1500 TRX first drive review: Yep, we got it to fly – Roadshow
“Now, as you come around to the ramps, you’ll want to be doing about 55, 60 miles per hour,” my co-driver shouts over the roar of the engine while rocks and dirt blast the pickup’s undercarriage. “That’ll get you the best height and distance for the jumps and set you up to start braking for…
“Now, as you come around to the ramps, you’ll want to be doing about 55, 60 miles per hour,” my co-driver shouts over the roar of the engine while rocks and dirt blast the pickup’s undercarriage. “That’ll get you the best height and distance for the jumps and set you up to start braking for the next turn.”Uh huh. Jumps. I’m behind the wheel of the 702-horsepower 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, one of the most extreme and overbuilt performance trucks Ram has ever produced. And as the wheels leave the ground and the cacophony is replaced with an eerie silence, I’m starting to understand just how insane this apex predator really is.
Heart of a HellcatRam’s engineers followed a familiar formula: Take a popular Fiat-Chrysler product and dump the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 from the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats into the engine bay. Pat yourself on the back; you’ve earned a beer.
Of course, there’s so much more to it than that. In the Ram TRX, that engine breathes through a new dual-path induction system that mixes air drawn through its functional hood scoop and with intake from the grille at the underside of a massive 29-liter airbox. Ram tells me that this design helps to tumble the air inside the box, shaking out sand and water before it passes through twin 8×12-inch air filters. With a total of 198.4 square inches of filter surface area, Ram claims this is the “largest air filter in the segment.” The TRX also features a unique, high-flow exhaust with 5-inch resonators and exhaust tips.The changes to the Hemi’s breathing mean the TRX makes just 702 horsepower (as opposed to the Hellcats’ 717-plus) with 650 pound-feet of torque, which it sends though an eight-speed automatic transmission to a four-wheel-drive system. That’s more than enough power to launch the 6,350-pound TRX from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and onward to 100 mph in 10.5 seconds. The truck will even run the quarter-mile in just 12.9 ticks. The TRX launches quickly and powerfully, immediately finding traction, even on a dirt runway.
This wide boi is 8 inches wider than a standard Ram 1500.
Suspension upgradesIn many ways, the suspension and chassis upgrades to the Ram 1500 TRX are even more impressive than the powertrain because they’re so much more extensive. The TRX’s frame is based on that of a Ram 1500 Crew Cab, but is modified with over 70% new parts to improve strength and rigidity, and to completely change the truck’s suspension geometry. The pickup’s flared body is 8 inches wider than a standard Ram 1500, accommodating a 6-inch increase in both the front and rear tracks.
The TRX sits 2 inches taller than the standard 1500, boosting its ground clearance to 11.8 inches and its water fording depth to 32 inches. The front wheels are moved forward by 0.6 inch, increasing the wheelbase slightly and freeing up room for beefier suspension components and 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory all-terrain tires, mounted on 18×9-inch wheels (or optional beadlock-capable wheels of similar spec that allow ultra-low tire pressure for crawling).The TRX’s suspension and chassis upgrades are perhaps more exciting than the 700-horsepower engine.
You’ll find an independent suspension up front and a solid rear axle with coil springs and forged aluminum components all around. At all four corners, you’ll also find 2.5-inch Bilstein Black Hawk E2 adaptive dampers with remote reservoirs controlling the movement of the suspension. Up front, the TRX has 13 inches of wheel travel, with 14 inches of travel at the rear axle. (You can check our spec comparison to read — and watch — how the Ram 1500 TRX stacks up against the Ford F-150 Raptor.)On the roadOn paved roads, the TRX feels confident with, of course, great acceleration off the line and surprisingly smooth shifts from its eight-speed automatic transmission. The rumble of the V8 exhaust is ever present, but never annoying. The ride is still body-on-frame truck-like, but it’s no more floaty than the standard 1500, which already has pretty controlled ride.The TRX features a total of eight drive modes, plus a valet setting. Highway miles are best spent toggling between the default and nicely balanced Auto setting and Sport, which sharpens the steering, suspension, transmission and stability control. Ultimately, I found it best to create a Custom setting that blends the two. There are also modes for Snow, Mud/Sand, Towing, Rocks and Baja.From the 12-inch touch display, drivers can customize their TRX’s performance for a wide range of conditions.
You interact with the drive modes using a combination of physical controls and the standard 12-inch Uconnect 4C infotainment system. Ram says that this is the first implementation of its Performance Pages software with the big 12-incher, which also features menus for monitoring off-road metrics like wheel articulation, steering angle and axle locker status. Of course, the infotainment software still boasts all of the tech features that I like in the standard 1500, including SiriusXM 360L integration, standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, Uconnect Apps and more. You’ll also find a ton of physical charging options for phones and tech, including a total of five USB-A ports and five USB-C ports split between the front and rear rows, as well as a wireless charging pad at the base of the dashboard.The pickup can also be had with a modern suite of driver-assistance technologies, including blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward pre-collision warning with brake assist and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. Keep checking boxes to add a full-color head-up display and a rear camera mirror.Drive modes and 4WD settings can be quickly toggled with these controls. Notice that there are no 2WD modes.
Off-road performancePlaying around at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada, I’m able to first test the Ram TRX’s crawling ability over a fairly steep rock hill climb overlooking the race course. Setting the drive mode to Rock, the transfer case to its 2.64:1 4WD Low range and locking the Dana 60 rear axle sets the truck up for high-torque, slow-speed climbing. With the aid of Ram’s spotters and the TRX’s generous approach (30.2), departure (23.5) and breakover (21.9) angles, the TRX makes short and relatively easy work of the climb.While waiting for my turn on the track, I’m able to explore the rocky grounds surrounding the course, testing the Selec-Speed Control — a sort of off-road cruise control inherited from the Jeep Wrangler — on another low-speed climb up a loose grade. The TRX’s dampers do a fantastic job of soaking up some huge bumps at speed, jostling me around in the deeply bolstered driver’s seat quite a bit, but still feeling nigh unstoppable over a two-track trail. In the airSetting the TRX’s drive mode to Baja lets the 4WD, gearbox, steering, and stability control systems know that it’s time for business. Meanwhile, Baja sets the suspension for maximum travel and control needed for high-speed dirt driving. I enter the course at the top of a huge hill. Then it’s a stomach-churning drop down to the front straight and immediately over a small hop. Then it’s into the whoops, a washboard series of bumps that test the Bilstein suspension and Ram’s Active Terrain Dynamics software, which can react every 20 milliseconds to keep the truck balanced and controlled.I was encouraged to really test the limits of the TRX’s advanced suspension.
After a sweeping left-hander (that I was encouraged to drift), it’s time for the big jump. Lining up for another downhill approach, I point the pickup at the dirt ramp and mat the accelerator, reaching the recommended 55-mph speed before taking to the air.The TRX absolutely flies, and lands with such grace that I wonder if Ram should have instead called this tyrannosaurus a pteranodon. Looking back at my photos, I estimate the big jump was a little over 60 feet (about three and a half truck lengths) from takeoff to landing, reaching a height of about 24 inches. All 13 inches of suspension travel are used when landing, the dampers allowing for full compression while progressively firming near the end of travel with up to one ton of damping force at each corner to prevent bottoming out.Wheels back on the ground, I let out a whoop of my own before getting hard on the 15-inch, four-wheel disc brakes for a sharp left-hander. Kicking up a big rooster tail, I snake my way back up the hill to do it all again… five more times.Ram’s Truckasaurus is not a practical choice, but it’s definitely a ton of fun.
Availability and pricingStarting at $71,690 (including a $1,695 destination charge), the Ram 1500 TRX is significantly more expensive than the $58,135 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew’s. Fully loaded, you’re looking at around $95K for the TR2 trim level with all the optional fixings. Plus, the T. rex’s 10 miles per gallon city and 14 mpg highway ratings are worse than the Raptor’s 15 city and 18 highway estimates, meaning you’ll also pay more at the pump.That said, the TRX is a bigger, more powerful predator than the Raptor with just over 250 more ponies at its beck and call. It’s also got a more advanced suspension, particularly at the rear axle where the Raptor’s still rocking leaf springs. (Rumor has it that Ford could strike back with V8 power and a coil spring setup of its own for the next-generation Raptor.)The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is not a practical truck, but it is quite possibly the most fun and most insane pickup you can buy today.