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.
Friday, 3 February 2017
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Theater Mode is coming to Apple Watch with watchOS 3.2 firmware, Apple has confirmed. Here are the details.
Apple’s watchOS 3.2 hasn’t yet been released to developers, but the company has already shared the release notes for the software that outlines the changes and additional features it will bring to the wearable. Top of the list, and a name we have become familiar with recently, is Theater Mode.
If the feature sounds familiar, it’s because it had been rumored to be on the way to iOS with the first iOS 10.3 beta, which was released today. The feature hasn’t made its debut as part of iOS 10.3 beta 1 as had previously been anticipated, but it does appear that the next Apple Watch software beta will bring the feature to prominence. So what exactly does it offer to us, the users?
If there’s one thing that’s clear, it’s that the name is certainly a good indication of what the feature does. Theater Mode allows Apple Watch wearers to tell the watch that they are in a theater, at which point, the Apple Watch’s raise to wake feature will be disabled, preventing it from waking the screen when they move around.
Those who still want to see the time will be able to tap their watch in order to wake it, and they will continue to receive taptic alerts of incoming notifications, but their watch’s screen will not light up unless asked to.
Apple has confirmed that Theater Mode was included in watchOS 3.1.3, but it was clearly not active, which suggests the release of watchOS 3.2 will be the first time users will get a look at the feature. When it will come to the iPhone is anyone’s guess at this point, or indeed if it ever will.
Rumors previously had the feature designed for iOS and the iPhone, but it would appear that the Apple Watch was always Apple’s destination for the feature. Whether that’s the end of it though, we’ll have to see. What we do know is that there is no Theater Mode in the new iOS 10.3 beta, at least not yet.
Category : TECHNOLOGY
Thursday, 19 January 2017
Digital assistants are going to be one of the main tech trends of 2017, just as smartwatches were the "next big thing" in 2014 and 2015. The path to ubiquity isn't always smooth. There are lots of bumps along the way that keep users from jumping on the bandwagon immediately. What challenges lie ahead for this technology? We'll explore the future of AI in this article.
What are the big technology companies doing with AI?
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.
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?
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.
Sunday, 15 January 2017
Google delivered a lot of exciting-sounding projects in 2016, but while some of them seemed good on paper, they didn't quite live up to the hype in real-life. Here are a few tweaks Google could make to sharpen up Google and related services over the next year.
Nail your Pixel lineup
Decide what you're doing about messaging
Set Google Assistant free
Deliver Daydream for everyone
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.
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.
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.
While smartphone cameras have gotten a lot better in recent years, increasing our ability to capture even more stunning images, if you have the skills. But often, if you want to get the best out of your Android camera, you'll want to install a third-party option, and that's where this list of the best Android camera apps comes in handy.
A Better Camera
Saturday, 14 January 2017
If you own a smartphone and are interested in tech, then it is only a matter of time before you read or hear about locked bootloaders, on how to unlock them and the fact this could void your phone's warranty. Let's get the facts straight: what is a bootloader and what is it used for?
What is bootloader
Why manufacturers lock the bootloader
Bootloader locked: what to do?
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.
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.
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.