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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

4.7-Inch iPhone 8 To Feature Battery Capacity Comparable To Current 5.5-Inch iPhone 7 Plus

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Prominent KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back once again with yet more iPhone 8 predictions, this time professing that Apple’s next-generation smartphone will adopt a stacked logic board setup in order to maximize the battery life provided to users.
From an aesthetic design perspective, this shouldn’t really change much, but it will potentially result in the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 having comparable (or even more) battery life to Apple’s current 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus flagship. This – if true – will be a huge jump from what Apple has been providing us with thus far.
The KGI Securities analyst has a particularly impressive record of predicting Apple’s future plans, both in terms of updated product design and new product releases.
If the next-generation iPhone indeed comes packed with the said stacked logic board, it will result in a device featuring OLED display and a battery capacity comparable to that of 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus – all packed in a form factor which is similar in physical size to the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7. As for actual capacity of battery, Kuo predicts that the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 model will ship with an L-shaped two-cell battery boasting a 2,700mAh cell:
As battery material tech isn’t likely to see major breakthroughs in the next 3-5 years, mainboard area can only be reduced via stacked SLP, which makes space for larger battery and extended usage time. Thanks to stacked SLP, we expect the OLED iPhone to have similar dimensions to a 4.7” TFT-LCD iPhone, and have comparable battery capacity (equipped with around 2,700 mAh L-shaped 2-cell battery pack) to a 5.5” TFT-LCD iPhone. The battery life of the OLED iPhone could be better than that of the 5.5” TFT-LCD model as OLED panels are more energy-efficient than their TFT-LCD counterparts.
One of the things to take into consideration here is that an OLED display is actually a lot more power-efficient, and therefore battery friendly, compared to a device with an LCD display such as all the iPhone models to date. That in itself could mean that Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 8, with its new internal design and logic board, could provide a battery performance that goes well above and beyond what is currently being experienced with the larger iPhone 7 Plus model. That device currently has a 2,900mAh cell integrated into it, but it could be outperformed with the new technical DNA of the next-generation iPhone.
We’re sure that more will come into the public domain about this as time progresses, but for now, as things stand, all of the speculation points to an extremely impressive iPhone 8.
(Via: MacRumors)

Friday, 10 February 2017

HTC 11: TOP SPOT OR BIG FLOP?

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It’s no secret that HTC has had more than its far share of problems in recent months. There was a time when it was a major part of the smartosphere, but that era is now gone forever. Today, they are struggling to attract buyers for their devices. Will their new flagship, the HTC 11, be able to turn things around? It’s possible, but not very likely.

The HTC 11 will be a decent device…

Should we maintain a high price and hope to sell enough devices to reach our goals? Or should we lower prices and then rely on our ability to attract more buyers? When your finances are looking more than a little shakey, these are the sort of questions you'll be asking yourself. Additionally, a few of the rats have already fled the sinking ship: one of the company's Vice Presidents has moved to Google.
All these decisions are a gamble on the future, but the plain fact of life in the smartphone market is relatively straightforward: your device will not sell if it isn't at least on the same level as its competitors.
The most daring try to be original, such as what we have seen with LG when they released the G5. Unfortunately, this strategy doesn’t always pay off. Will HTC try to be original with the HTC 11? It’s not very likely as this could ultimately prove to be an expensive risk, which is something the company is not in a position to accommodate. It’s possible that HTC will change their design and perhaps opt for curved edges like Samsung who, according to the most recent rumors, could feature this technology on their two new flagship models.

The screen will obviously be QHD definition because HTC won’t want to let down the VR fans out there. It’s true that the VR market still isn’t fully developed, but if the manufacturer doesn’t show an interest now users could turn to another brand that is already working on this technology. As we’re talking about new features, it's timely that we also mention the artificial interface concept, which has become very trendy since Google introduced their Assistant. HTC has developed its own digital assistant, the Sense Companion, which is available on the HTC U Play and the HTC U Ultra, but we haven’t been able to look into it yet in any detail.
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Perhaps you think that a devices true strength lies in its performance. The main problem here is that, if the HTC 11 is released at MWC (and everyone is thinking it will be), it will not be using Snapdragon 835 as Samsung has exclusive rights to this processor. In other words, HTC would need to use a 821 processor (or come to an agreement with Huawei or Samsung?). Even if it is optimized in the best way possible, and even by cheating the benchmarks like other manufacturers have done, it will be difficult to achieve the performance of the Snapdragon 835.

The camera and the battery life will also need to be good quality, just like every other flagship device. In short, HTC will need to present a good smartphone that doesn’t stray too far from its already well-trodden path (it can’t afford to fail).

...but this isn’t enough for it to sell

If you regularly read websites that specialize in smartphones, you'll probably have already seen that each manufacturer has its own community of fans. How many of us don’t even bother to think when we are upgrading our smartphones and will automatically choose a device from our favorite brand? For others, the choice is more complicated as it’s not about the manufacturer, it’s about the interface: Stock Android (Nexus, Pixel, Moto, etc.), EMUI (Huawei, Honor), etc. Of course, there are also those people who are only interested in certain characteristics or are looking for a device that is good value for money.

The problem with HTC is that its community of fans isn’t the same as what it once was. Fortunately, some users have remained loyal and will buy this new device (and will probably be very happy with it) but they now represent a minority and the HTC brand image isn't in a position to make the future HTC 11 people’s number one choice for a smartphone.
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Of course, it has the Sense Companion and this in itself is an advantage. In theory, yes, but in practice this remains to be seen. The digital assistants look good on paper, but in practice they aren’t always that useful. Such a strategy makes sense for manufacturers like Google and Samsung, but not really for HTC as the costs for maintaining such a feature could end up costing them a fortune. This in itself is an interesting development because if HTC does follow through with this, the company could risk its future or at least needs to be certain it can finance the overall strategy - as well as the improvements and updates it will require. 
In any case, the software interface would struggle to prove itself and I doubt that it will be enough of a selling point for HTC, especially as requiring users to store all their private information to their smartphone and allow it to be exploited to “provide a service” could scare off those who are concerned about data protection.
The last and by far most obvious element is the price, which is usually placed very high. It’s normal to pay a high price for a top of the range device, I know that. That said, it brings us back to the same point: if people are going to spend a huge sum of money on a new smartphone, most users would prefer to opt for the most popular brand (as most people associate a high price with good quality). Even with a top of the range device in 2017 (and that’s still something we'll need more confirmation on), the company will not (or will no longer) have enough charisma to attract customers. The HTC 10 was a great phone but that wasn’t enough. It will probably be the same for the HTC 11.

What do you think HTC should do to reach the top sales spot with the HTC 11? Do you think its too late to save the HTC brand? Let us know in the comments below. 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

iOS 9.3.x Jailbreak ‘Home Depot’ For 32-Bit iPhone And iPad Released

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A new iOS 9.3.x jailbreak called Home Depot for 32-bit iPhone and iPad devices has been released. Here are the details.
As you may already know by now, The iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak released by Pangu last year worked on 64-bit devices only similar to how the recent Mach_Portal+Yalu and yalu102 jailbreaks have been available for 64-bit iOS 10 devices only.
This left those still rocking older 32-bit devices out in cold as the last public jailbreak which was available for those devices was released around two years ago on iOS 8.x firmware.
The relatively new Home Depot jailbreak for iOS 9.3.x devices tries to change that by bringing support for 32-bit devices such as iPhone 4s, 5, 5c and others. It is important to note that like most recently-released jailbreaks, Home Depot appears to be strictly in beta as well, meaning you can expect issues with it during and after the jailbreak.
According to the official site of Home Depot jailbreak at wall.supplies, it supports iOS 9.2 to 9.3.4 firmwares on iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad 2, iPad mini 1, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPod touch 5. Full list of supported devices is as follows:
iPhone 4s: iOS 9.2, 9.2.1, 9.3, 9.3.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4
iPhone 5 (GSM): iOS 9.3.3, 9.3.4
iPhone 5 (Global): iOS 9.1, 9.2, 9.2.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4
iPhone 5c (GSM): iOS 9.2.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4
iPhone 5c (Global): iOS 9.3.2, 9.3.3
iPad 2 (WiFi, GSM, CDMA, Mid 2012): iOS 9.1, 9.2, 9.2.1, 9.3, 9.3.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4
iPad mini (WiFi): iOS 9.2.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3
iPad 3 (WiFi): iOS 9.3.4
iPad 3 (GSM): iOS 9.3.1
iPad 3 (CDMA): iOS 9.3.2, 9.3.3
iPad 4: iOS 9.2.1
iPod touch 5 (Experimental): iOS 9.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the jailbreak supports iOS 9.3.5, which happens to be the latest signed firmware version for devices like the iPhone 4s. What this means is that if you don’t have your 32-bit device on iOS 9.3.4 or below. you unfortunately cannot use this jailbreak.
As for instructions, it uses Cydia Impactor method of sideloading the IPA file and then jailbreaking. You can use our iOS 10 jailbreak instructions here and simply use Home Depot jailbreak IPA file from here where needed.
Tried the jailbreak on your 32-bit device? Let us know if it has worked for you in the comments section below.

Friday, 3 February 2017

HOW TO INSTALL APPS FROM OUTSIDE THE GOOGLE PLAY STORE

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Google Play Store is the simplest and safest way to download apps onto your device, but sometimes there are reasons you might need to install apps from other sources, or maybe you're looking for the sort of apps that just can't be found on Google Play. Or maybe, they're just not available in your local version of the Play Store. If you can find the APK, however, you can still go ahead and install them via sideloading.

Setting up your device

While there could be some slight variation in exactly where you'll find this setting on your Android phone, it's usually buried within one of the security menus. 
  • Head to Settings
  • Then Security and lock screen or on other devices this might just be called Security
  • Check 'Allow installation from unknown sources", as shown below.
By checking this, you'll be able to install APK files downloaded from outside the Google Play. Often, if you're prompted to allow installation of files from unknown sources while actually trying to install one, a pop up will ask you if you want to allow just this installation, or to allow them by default.
Normally it's safest to just allow them individually unless you're install a whole batch of APKs. If you are installing a whole lot at once, remember to go back and change this setting back.
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The risks

There's a reason that installing APKs from unknown sources is switched off by default in Android: it's inherently unsafe to download random APKs from the Web and install them on your phone. While that might seem contradictory with providing a guide on how to install from outside Google Play, as long as you know (and trust) where your apps are coming from.
The efficacy of anti-virus has long been up for debate, but if you do think they're worthwhile on an Android device, they'll often scan apps before you install them, providing another potential line of defense. 
By leaving the installation of all unknown apps on by default, you're opening the door for any malware-infected or malicious apps to silently download other nefarious software silently in the background. If you disallow by default and only allow on a case-by-case basis, there's a much smaller risk of this. 

Downloading and installing an APK

By now, you know that where you download your APK from is key. Let's take a simple example like downloading and installing WhatsApp from outside the Play Store. In this case, WhatsApp provides its own direct download page that you can either visit on a desktop and then transfer the file to your phone, or visit on your phone browser (requesting the desktop site from your browser settings) and then download it directly to your device. 
Once downloaded, you can check out your Downloads in the app drawer and select the downloaded APK file. Clicking on that will start the install process, and if required, will ask you to allow the app permissions to continue. 
Many apps can't be downloaded directly from the company that makes them, however. In this instance, you'll want to check out one of the more trusted app repositories like APKMirror. From there you can download manually vetted apps that use the same digital signatures as the apps on Google Play. 
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How’d the process work out for you? Let us know in the comments below! 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Trump: Apple CEO Tim Cook Considering Moving Some Production To US

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US President-elect Donald Trump is all over the news right now, as you might expect, and he’s been speaking about a recent conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding the company’s manufacturing processes. According to Trump, Tim Cook said enough to suggest the company may be considering moving at least some of its product manufacturing to the United States and away from existing Foxconn facilities in China.
According to Trump, CEO Tim Cook has his “eyes open to it,” and that he “really believes [Cook] loves this country and I think he’d like to do something major here.” That’s far from a confirmation that Apple has plans in the pipeline to start making iPhones at home, but Trump seems confident that things are moving in that direction.trump-apple
Obviously, such a suggestion very much fits in with Trump’s ongoing quest to have everything from cars to computers be built in the United States rather than elsewhere, but we can’t imagine the incoming President making these kinds of things up. After all, he’s been so trustworthy to this point.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that Trump is keen to mention Tim Cook’s name, and that of Apple as often as possible in the build up to his swearing in later this week.
We’re not sure at this point who he is trying to convince most, himself or the public, but if we take Trump at face value for the time being, the suggestion that Apple may bring manufacturing to the States has the potential for huge repercussions. Given the costs associated with such a move, could we see a price hike, for example? And what product lines would it affect?
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Given the flak Apple has received for the increase in MacBook Pro prices of late, we sure hope not. Trump has promised the company a significant tax cut if it is to go through with the migration, though how much of a difference that would make is unclear at this point.
(Source: Axios)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

iPhone 8 To Feature Better IP68 Water Resistance

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Apple’s iPhone 8, expected to be released around September time and set to celebrate the iPhone’s 10th anniversary is likely to carry a higher water resistance rating than the current iPhone 7, according to a new report by The Korea Herald.
The iPhone 7 packs a rating of IP67, allowing for submersion in water at a depth of 1 meter (3.28 feet) for up to 30 minutes. If the new report is accurate, the iPhone 8 will carry a rating of IP68.
Whilst almost identical to IP67, the IP68 rating allows for submersion in water at a depth of 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) for up to 30 minutes. The difference may not seem a big one, but if you manage to drop your iPhone 7 into water deeper than the IP67 rating allows and something goes wrong, we reckon you’d be very pleased with that IP68 rating, after all.iphone-7-waterproof
As of right now, there is only one smartphone from a major manufacturer on the market that carries the beefier IP68 rating, and that is Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S7. Samsung does expect to launch more water resistant smartphones in the coming months, and with the Galaxy S8 expected to be unveiled during the same timescale, Apple’s iPhone 8 will have plenty of high-end competition in this particular area when it is announced later this year.
Apple’s iPhones have had some form of unofficial water resistance since the iPhone 6s. Whilst the device did not have any form of official coverage for such things, many found that the device did indeed survive a lengthy dunk underwater due to Apple’s use of various new design choices, including use of seals around its internals as well as the edges of the chassis.
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The iPhone 7 is the first iPhone to officially have any sort of water and dust resistance, and it’s a very safe bet that the iPhone 8 will follow suit.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Apple Makes iOS 10.2.1 Beta 4 Available To Download

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In a somewhat strange move, Apple has just made available to download iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 for compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices only three days after seeding iOS 10.2.1 beta 3 to developers registered on the Apple Developer Program portal.
This beta 4 release of iOS 10.2.1 follows hot on the heels of macOS Sierra 10.12.3 beta 4 release, which too has been seeded earlier today only few days after its beta 3 seed.
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Carrying build number 14D27 compared to beta 3’s 14D23, it’s likely that beta 4 has been released quickly after beta 3 to fix a showstopper bug in iOS 10.2.1 before the final public rollout of the said firmware for all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users around the world.
Generally, iOS 10.2.1 is nothing more than a small point release over iOS 10.2 which features bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements for overall stability of Cupertino company’s mobile operating system.
Those registered on Apple Developer Program, and have a previous beta version of iOS installed, can head to Settings > General > Software Update on their compatible iOS device right now to grab iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 OTA update. Those developers who haven’t installed Apple’s beta configuration profile yet though will need to first head to developer.apple.com to get started.
iOS 10.2.1 beta 4
It is important to note that iOS 10.2.1 beta 4 isn’t available to public beta testers as yet, and it will be interesting to see if Apple makes it available to testers registered on Apple Beta Software Program given that even beta 3 seed wasn’t released for public beta testers. In case Apple does release beta 4 seed of iOS 10.2.1 to public beta testers, we will of course update this post with info on it. Stay tuned.
Update x1: iOS 10.2.1 Public Beta 4 is now available to download for those registered on Apple Beta Software Program.

New iOS 10 Jailbreak Tweak Releases: Photicon, LunaSafari, OTADisabler, More

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It’s that time of the week again where we share some of the newly released iOS 10 jailbreak tweaks that have managed to catch our attention, some because they are new and others simply because it’s the first time we have come across them on the Cydia store.
Whatever the reason, we’re sharing them with you, the jailbreak users, here right now and we’re sure there is something for everyone here.
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If your favorite new jailbreak tweak is missing, then we apologize, but there’s only room for so many here. Who knows? We might get to it next week! In the meantime, why not try one of these tweaks out on your compatible jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device – you never know, there might be a hidden gem in there somewhere.
So without any further delay, let’s get started with the best new jailbreak tweak releases that are compatible with iOS 10-10.1.1, shall we?
Photicon (BigBoss, Free)
Photicon
This tweak may be more of an aesthetic addition to iOS than one that will bring great new functionality, but if you ever found yourself wishing that the Photos app icon showed you the last taken photo or an image of choice instead of that boring app icon, you’ll want to get this installed forthwith. It’s free, so why not?
AdaptiveColorAlerts (BigBoss, Free)
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People who modify the way their phones look to within an inch of their life have often complained about how the standard iOS alerts look. With AdaptiveColorAlerts installed, users can now have alerts whose color more closely matches whatever is being displayed in the background. I’d argue that makes them more difficult to read, but then again I’ve never been accused of being stylish so maybe I’m just wrong!
BlackKeyboardEverywhere (rishanan.github.io, Free)
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As far as simple tweaks go, this is right up there. Once installed, there is nothing to configure, but you’ll notice that you’re now seeing the stock black iOS keyboard no matter where you are in the system. White keyboard, be gone!
LunaSafari (antiquebeta.github.io, Free)
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Everyone seems to love a dark mode these days, and while iOS still doesn’t have a system-wide dark UI, those who prefer things a little more easy on the eye can now have Safari run in dark mode all the time. Who wouldn’t want that?
OTADisabler (cydia.ichitaso.com, Free)
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Another simple tweak, OTADisabler aims to prevent users from accidentally updating to a new version of iOS that is not yet able to be jailbroken. It’s still in beta form, but if you don’t want to go the route of installing an AppleTV profile to do much the same thing, this is worth checking out.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Apple Fall 2016 Event Roundup: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Apple Watch Series 2, AirPods, More

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It’s been a big day for Apple and fans of its hardware, and with new iPhones, new Apple Watches and a host of new features having received stage time, it’s easy to forget some of the news that we were bombarded with during the event. We’re still coming to terms with everything ourselves, so to make sure we’re all squared away and on the same page, let’s have a little rundown of what was announced today.
Because there was quite a bit.
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iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
Just as was expected and had been highly rumored for months, Apple today announced both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. Iterating on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, these newly updated handsets look largely similar to the models they replace at the head of Apple’s iPhone lineup, but internally, they are quite different. Alongside the Apple A10 Fusion chip that will apparently allow the iPhone 7 and its larger brother to smoke all iPhones that came before them, Apple’s biggest change this time around is the significantly improved camera. Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature improved shooters front and back, but it’s the iPhone 7 Plus that has the real headline maker – a dual-camera setup that allows for some impressive depth-of-field effects when taking portrait shots. It also has optical zoom!
The biggest addition beyond that camera is the new Home/Touch ID button. Gone is the click mechanical button we are used to, and in comes a Force Touch button that, similar to the trackpad on Apple’s MacBook Pro, doesn’t actually move.
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Apple’s new iPhones come in Black, Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and a new Jet Black flavor, which is about as black as phones get. Apple says it might scratch easily, though, so bear that in mind when choosing a color. New storage capacities are in force here too, with 32GB, 128GB and 256GB options available, but that Jet Black iPhone is only available in 128GB and 256GB configurations.
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The first revision for Apple’s wearable sees the Apple Watch become the Apple Watch Series 1, with a dual-core CPU and reduced price, while the new model is dubbed the Apple Watch Series 2. That second generation model brings a GPS chip, improved water resistance that now makes the wearable “swim proof,” and a redesigned CPU that now boasts two cores. There’s a new Nike+ version of the Apple Watch Series 2 as well, with typically gaudy colors to boot. Speaking of which, the high-end Apple Watch Series 2 now boast a ceramic white option, which looks really, really nice.
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Now that Apple has announced that it has ditched the earphone jack, wireless earphones are going to be all the rage. To that end, Apple has announced new wireless AirPods and new Beats headphones. The Beats option will be recognizable to anyone who’s seen Beats Bluetooth earphones before, but Apple’s new AirPods are something completely different. Completely wireless and compatible with anything Apple makes, the earphones look like EarPods, but without the wires. Whether that means they’ll fall out easily remains to be seen, but if they do, then expect to lose them. A lot. And that’s a bummer considering the hefty $159 price tag.
iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10, watchOS 3
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As expected, Apple announced that iOS 10, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 will be available September 13th while macOS Sierra will be available on September 20th, with new Golden Master betas available to developers as of today. We’ve covered all of those updates in length already so we won’t rehash it here, but all four are worth your time to download, especially iOS 10 and watchOS 3. Just download them all!




    Sunday, 24 January 2016

    Turn Any Still Image Into A Live Photo With LivePapers App [Download]

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    We have seen plenty of apps on the App Store which let users convert Live Photos to still images or a Live Photo to a share-friendly gif or video file. But about the other way around? What if we want to convert our existing still images into animated Live Photos of sorts? A new app called LivePapers can help us do just that.
    The app is easy and simple to use, with the user having to select any still image from the Camera Roll in the app and then applying desired animation effects and filters from a set of available options. The app also comes with an in-app camera viewfinder to help users quickly grab a new still photo and then convert it into a Live Photo by applying effects on the fly should they wish.
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    The effects available in the app are what essentially gives the photo that animated feel which can be invoked using 3D Touch gesture on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Those with non-3D Touch devices running iOS 9.2 can also view the animated Live Photo using the long-press gesture.
    Live Photos created using LivePapers app can be saved back to the Camera Roll. Images saved as Live Photos this way can also be set as Live Wallpapers on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Because of Apple’s limitation, Live Wallpapers option is available only on the 3D Touch supported iPhone models.
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    LivePapers app can be grabbed right now for $1.99 from the App Store. It is compatible with all iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models running iOS 9.2 or up.
    (Download: LivePapers for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch from the App Store)

    Thursday, 6 August 2015

    Apple Releases iOS 9 Public Beta 3

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    Alongside the developer beta 5 of iOS 9, Apple has also released third public beta of iOS 9 for those who are enrolled in Apple’s Public Beta Program. Both seeds from today carry the same build number 13A4325c, which means both releases are identical but are pushed through different channels.
    Apple launched Public Beta Program for iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and watchOS 2 as per schedule in early July this year to let everyone join in the fun of beta testing Apple’s upcoming operating systems without having to pay any subscription fee for Apple’s Developer portal.
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    If you’re already running any previous version of iOS 9 Public Beta, you can update to the latest Public Beta 3 using OTA (Over-The-Air) update system by heading to Settings > General > Software Update.
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    Additionally, you can help Apple deliver a more quality iOS release by filing reports for bugs in public beta builds you’re testing.
    If you are new to this and want to give iOS 9 a shot on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device for the first time, 
    Apple is scheduled to release final version of iOS 9 at the iPhone 6s unveil event sometime next month.
    We will soon have a separate post detailing all the changes in both Public Beta 3 and developer Beta 5 up soon. Stay tuned for that.

    These Stick-Lets help to build sturdy stick forts

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    If you grew up in a forested area with not a lot to do around you, chances are you played amongst the trees. Sticks were wands, building materials, staffs, swords, and much more. Of course, if you did want to make a stick fort, you needed something to tie the sticks together to keep it from crashing down on you. Maybe you used long grass, yarn, or rubber bands, but all of those will weather and be impossible to find after a few months.
    If you want to build these structures with your kids, but don’t want to lose the stick binding materials, then why not use Stick-Lets? These are made of 100% silicone, and are recyclable. These are brightly colored bands that can stretch and keep your sticks bound together while you and your little one are making new architecture. There are a several variances so you can make whatever sort of structure you’d like.
    These can be tossed in the dishwasher whenever they get to be too dirty, and unlike yarn, grass, or rubber bands, you won’t have to destroy them to take them off. You can get anywhere from 6-204 pieces depending on how creative you or your kids would like to get, but the price will go up or down depending on how many you choose, costing you $16.50-375. Don’t try to use these with any weight, as they are only meant to bind things together, otherwise you’re just looking at an accident waiting to happen.

    Tuesday, 4 August 2015

    Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+ press images leaked online

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    Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+ press images leaked online

    Two weeks before Samsung’s Unpacked Event which is scheduled for August 13, purported press images of the Galaxy Note 5 posing with its pen along with the Galaxy S6 Edge+ have been leaked online.


    Serial tipster Evan Blass posted an image to Twitter claiming to be the official press renders of both new devices. He states that the new Note 5 will have a 5.66-inch with a 2560 x 1440 display along with an Octa-core Exynos 7420 processor. Other tech specifications included are 4GB RAM, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, 16MP rear camera along with a 5MP front facing camera. The image also shows the S Pen stylus that’s due to be included with the Galaxy Note 5.
    The Samsung S6 Edge+ looks exactly like what its name suggests, it’s a bigger S6 Edge points out The Verge. With this device, one can expect the curved display on both sides. The device will be powered the Exynos 7420 instead of a Snapdragon 808. It will include 3GB of RAM. The storage options may remain the same as seen in Galaxy S6 with 64GB as the base model.
    Going by the previous leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is likely to come equipped with 5.5-inch display, 16MP rear camera with OIS, 5MP front-facing camera, 4K video recording and a 3,000mAh battery.
    With the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ scheduled to be unveiled on August 13, it’s only a matter of few days until we know the official specifications of both smartphones.

    Sunday, 2 August 2015

    Leaked iPhone 6s Renders Reveal A Thicker More Robust Casing [Video]

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    Can you handle yet more information pertaining to Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6s? A new set of photo and video renders have provided us with the best look yet of Apple’s next-generation iPhone. The renders also manage to provide us with some additional information that hasn’t been previously discussed in any great detail and raises the excitement levels for Apple’s new smartphone ahead of a potential release this coming September.
    Rather than showing actual internal components or shells of the upcoming iPhone 6s these particular renders are computer-aided-design (CAD) files that were crafted to distribute to third-party accessory manufacturers. The official CAD representations of the device are intended to provide manufacturers of iPhone cases and similar products with an early look at the dimensions and aesthetics of the phone, so that they can have their products ready to flood the market upon immediate release of the device.
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    The renders themselves don’t provide any immediate surprises, but they do add a little more substance to the speculation that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be slightly thicker than the current-generation models that were introduced last October. You may remember that the current model iPhones, and in particular the larger 6 Plus, were subject to the “Bendgate” scandal, and came in for quite a lot of criticism about the lack of robustness and the relative ease with which consumers could bend the phone under certain conditions. It’s believed that the slightly thicker, more robust design is intended to provide additional structural support to prevent this from occurring again.
    iPhone 6s render
    With that said, we aren’t talking about huge changes here. The current iPhone 6 model measures in at 6.9mm thick, whereas the iPhone 6s shows on the CAD files as being 7.1mm thick. The iPhone 6s Plus also jumps up 0.2mm from 7.1mm to 7.3mm. What’s interesting about the change in thickness is that it could potentially allow Apple to ditch the protruding camera module on the rear of the iPhone 6s. It’s possible that the sourced schematics are not actually quite complete, hence this missing bulbous camera on the 6s version, but it is also entirely possible that one model will ship with the current camera setup while the smaller 6s model does away with it.
    Here’s a video render of the supposed iPhone 6s:
    (Source: uSwitch)

    Sunday, 31 May 2015

    Geo TV Hacked and Defaced by Veteran Pakistani Hackers

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    Geo TV, arguably the the largest TV station of Pakistan, was hacked moments ago by a hacker group that calls itself “G-Force”. Hackers said that attack on Geo TV website is result of unjust Pakistani system that is targeting Axact while ignoring so many other important matters.
    G-Force is a group of veteran hackers who had fought Pakistan’s first cyber war with India back in 1997. However, they had been quite for a long now, until few days back they revived through a twitter account and noted that they will target all non ProPakistani elements.
    Defaced website of Geo TV read that FIA and all other law enforcement agencies got active against Axact with-in few hours of NYT article and the main accused was arrested with-in seven days of initial report. Hackers, while appreciating LEA’s role, questioned that why other important issues couldn’t be resolved with such pace, for example:
    • May 12, 2007 incident in Karachi, where dozens of citizens were slaughtered in broad daylight
    • Baldia Town Fire: Over 300 people burnt live
    • Model Town massacre: Citizens were killed in front of TV cameras, live transmission, but where was this speed that LEA’s have shown in Axact case?
    • Saulat Mirza accusing Altaf Hussain and other senior members of MQM for taking orders for killing people, but no has questioned anyone.
    • BBC published many documentaries of murder, corruption, money laundering of Mr. Nawaz Sharif, Altaf Hussain, Asif Zardari an other political leaders, but none of them have been brought to justice? why?
    G-Force further questioned Pakistani media that why only hatred and negativity is spread? Hackers said that reporting news is one thing, but media cooks up news and shapes them as they want, all for commercial gains.
    G-Force said that they will keep hitting back until things aren’t straightened in Pakistan.
    At the time of writing of this story, Geo TV’s home page is showing “Under maintenance” message.
    Below is the screen-shot of hacked Geo TV home page, which has been replaced now with “Under Maintenance” message.
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    Friday, 29 May 2015

    All said and done, Google I/O 2015 Keynote left us wanting more

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    There are several reasons why anything Google announces is news. Given the sheer dominance and clout it commands in the technology space, it is difficult to ignore any message received from Googleplex. Add Android, Maps, Chrome and the bouquet of tools by Google, and you cannot help but sit back and pay attention.
    A few years ago, at Google I/O 2012, there was a jaw dropping, pushing-you-out-of-your-seat kind of a demo. It could beat any Hollywood thriller for the sheer stunt that was pulled off. Complete with a live skydive out of a plane, on to the roof of the Moscone centre, rappelling to the ground, on to bikes to the stage at Moscone where Sergey Brin was onstage to demo a true invention which was making sci-fi a reality. You can watch this exciting demo here.
    Yes, it’s Google I/O 2015, and we’re stuck at 2012. Thanks to the benchmark set by Google. As someone who has followed the developer space for quite a while, we must add, we deeply appreciate the contribution Google has made in terms of tools, languages and support for the open web and software development ecosystem. Having said that, the expectations of innovation are undeniably high.
    So when we latched on to the mandatory Google I/O chatter this year, we were a bit underwhelmed. Volume control was an announcement. Like really? Sounds more like an update. We don’t intend to be a naysayer here. Is that a major announcement? We couldn’t say the same about Apple, because then we’d probably have to think whether we’re setting the volume the right way, or our ears functioning properly. Google gives users the freedom, and is associated with the freedom to choose, hence the surprise about volume controls being so significant. May be it is, and we’re just not seeing it through. But till then it seems like it could have just been a minor OTA. Sure, to those who love Google and their work with Android, we share the passion. It’s a brilliant product. If it weren’t it’d not be among the two mobile operating systems to dominate the globe.
    Android Auto
    We were expecting a lot around automobiles. It’s been a zone that has been attracting a lot of attention in the recent wave of interest around Internet of Things. Nonetheless, a mention at least. Increasing and exciting partnerships, a driverless SDK or something similar is what we’d have loved to see. We’d stay content with the 35 brand partnerships that have been announced for now.
    We wonder if the Google Car would ever become a practical reality for consumers, or would stay put within the Googleplex neighbourhood? Especially considering automotive companies such as the Nissan-Renault alliance working on autonomous drive vehicles with the target of launching one for consumers by 2020. What’s the roadmap ahead when it comes to Auto? Does QNX-powered Apple CarPlay have more or less in store, and effectively determine what Google’s way forward is going to be? Was it just supposed to be Google Maps and Hangouts on a new screen size? An Android phone with an effective Voice Assistant would accomplish the same tasks.
    Android Wear
    A passing reference to Android Wear. Especially given that Apple Watch has picked on really well. Bringing on new partners for Android Wear ought to have been the sought after announcement. But instead a massive ‘4000 apps’ was more important. On the sidelines of the Google I/O event, Lenovo seemed to have a more stylish hardware announcement with the Magic View smartwatch sporting an innovative ‘Virtual Interactive Design’.
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    Lenovo Magic View smartwatch with a unique Virtual Interactive Display. Image: gagadget.com
    What we now seem to have though, is preference. Those who prefer square dials could opt for Apple Watch and then transition to iOS. Those who love round dials could opt for the Moto 360 et al. and use Android. That’s pretty much what the wearable space has come down to, rather than emerging as a new philosophy of extending the user’s access to useful information.
    To Google’s credit, one must add, the emphasis on ‘polish’ and stability is much needed givenAndroid’s history. Effectively it does become important for the developer community in the Android ecosystem to focus on more optimised ways of garbage collection and clean up so your Android device doesn’t lag a few months after you begin using it. Given the fragmentation within the Android base, a focus on performance and stability is the much needed direction Google needs to focus on. We’re still hopeful of seeing more hardware and device based announcements, for that’s where the fun lies! In closing, it seems like a few others also seem to have expected more from Google I/O 2015, as mentioned in this Quora discussion that began immediately after the Google I/O keynote.

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    Google Now on Tap: what is it and why is it a game-changer?

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    Amidst all the excitement of the Android M preview and other announcements at Google I/O 2015, one of the biggest game-changers still only exists as a pilot project. But when Google Now on Tap comes full circle, you can bet it's going to completely change the way we think about Search, Google Now and Android itself.

    Aparna Chennapragada, Director of Google Now, took the stage during the Google I/O keynote to give some updates on everybody's favorite digital assistant. She mentioned how much more accurate Google Now's voice recognition is, dropping from an error rate of 23 percent to just eight percent in the last year. Chenapragada's presentation focused around three key areas for Google Now: context, answers, actions.
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    Context

    Google Now understands more than 100 million different contexts. That means that when you ask Google Now something, chances are that it's going to know what you're talking about. Google Now wants to be able to answer questions like "When is my flight?" "What's their last album?" and "How long does it take to get there?"

    Answers

    Once Google Now understands the context of your question, it uses Google's Knowledge Graph, which currently houses more than a billion entities, to provide answers that are meaningful to you. No matter what your question, Google Now has a good chance of knowing what you want: whether it's a recipe, directions, show tickets, a discography, conversion rates, gas station or discounted shopping.

    Actions

    Google Now on Tap is the ''action'' part of the Google Now update. A pilot project with around 100 popular apps, Now on Tap aims to provide Google Now functionality anytime you need it, without having to stop what you're doing. Because gogole Now is context-sensitive, it knows the ''who'' ''what'' and ''them'' of whatever you're going to ask, and Knowledge Graph ensures it will have the answer.
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    Google Now on Tap

    Google Now on Tap is the user-facing part of this trifecta. Now on Tap means you never have to leave the app you're in to get Google Now content. In a music player you can ask "What is his real name?" and be told instantly, all without leaving your music player.
    In Chrome, tapping on a person's name will bring up a Google Now card from the bottom of the screen with Search results on that person. Now on Tap will even understand what might be useful to you in personal communications, so if someone texts you about making dinner reservations and picking up the laundry, Now on Tap (with a long-press of the Home key) will provide a restaurant review, along with ready access to OpenTable, Maps, the dialer and Yelp. Now on Tap will even remember to set a reminder about that pesky laundry.
    Once Now on Tap hits its stride, which may well take a year or more, it will utterly change the way we use our devices. You will no longer need to switch from one task to another by endlessly switching apps - they will all be accessible at the same time. But even more than that, you won't even need to think about switching because Now on Tap will deliver what you need before you even realized you needed it. And that, my friends, is the future.
    What do you think of Google Now on Tap?