Discover and Watch TV Shows and Movies from Multiple Apps in One Place

Cupertino, California — Apple today introduced the new TV app, offering a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad. The TV app provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to discover new content to watch. Apple also introduced a new Siri feature for Apple TV that lets viewers tune in directly to live news and sporting events across their apps. Watching TV shows and movies across Apple devices has never been easier.

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Explore Apple’s curated collection of trending shows and movies from a variety of genres.

“Using apps on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad has become the primary way for so many of us to watch television,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The TV app shows you what to watch next and easily discover TV shows and movies from many apps in a single place.”

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New features allow users to easily access favorite video apps and resume watching where they left off.

Key features within the TV app include:
  • Watch Now: Watch Now is where viewers will see their collection of available shows and movies from iTunes and apps. From Watch Now, viewers can then go to Up Next or Recommended to choose what to watch. 
  • Up Next: Users can enjoy the shows and movies they are currently watching, including recent iTunes rentals and purchases — all presented in the order they are most likely to watch first. For example, when viewers finish an episode, the next one will automatically appear at the start of the Up Next queue, as will any new episodes as they become available. At any time, users can simply ask Siri to continue watching a show and immediately pick up where they left off. 
  • Recommended: Viewers can explore a great selection of curated and trending shows and movies, including collections handpicked by Apple’s curators, and dedicated categories and genres such as kids, sci-fi and comedy. 
  • Library: Viewers can access their entire collection of iTunes movies and TV shows that they have rented or purchased on iTunes. 
  • Store: If users are looking for something new, they can check out the Store to discover great new content across video services that they have not yet downloaded or are not yet subscribed to, along with the latest releases on iTunes. 
The TV app will be available for Apple TV, iPhone and iPad and always stays in sync so that when users begin watching on one device they can easily continue where they left off on their Apple devices.

Live Tune-In with Siri

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New Siri capabilities offer immediate access to live events with single voice commands.
 
Siri continues to gain powerful new capabilities, including making it really easy to tune right to live news and sporting events on Apple TV. Siri is now aware of live sporting events across apps so users can simply say things like, “Watch the Stanford game” or “Which games are on right now?” Siri knows additional details of the games, can provide live scores and can take viewers directly to the live stream within the app that’s carrying it. Viewers can also tune directly to live video by just saying the name of the app, for example “Watch CBS News” without having to navigate to the live stream from within the app.

Single Sign-On for Pay-TV Apps

In addition to the new TV app, customers in the US will have a simplified way of enjoying their pay-TV video apps by using single sign-on. Starting in December, subscribers to DIRECTV, DISH Network and more will just sign in once on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad to enjoy immediate access to apps that are part of their pay-TV subscription.
Since its introduction just a year ago, the latest Apple TV has revolutionized the experience in the living room with 8,000 apps, including 2,000 games and 1,600 video apps, across categories such as sports, news, fitness, education, kids, lifestyle and more.

Pricing and Availability

TV App and Single Sign-On

Available in December as free software updates for Apple TV (4th generation), iPhone and iPad customers in the US. For more information, please visit Apple.com. Features are subject to change and only apply to participating apps. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.

Siri Live Tune-In 

Available today. For more information, please visit Apple.com. Features are subject to change and only apply to participating apps. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.
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ANDROID and iOS smartphones are neck and neck in almost every aspect – camera, speed, battery life, apps, design – except one. And it's an important one.

Google this month published its Android Security Year in Review – an update on the company's ongoing push to get third-party phone manufacturers to adopt security updates as fast as possible.

Unfortunately, while there is undoubtedly more hardware variety and choice within the Android ecosystem, a worrying number of these manufacturers are slow to adopt operating system updates and critical security patches.

 is well aware of the problem, and has desperately been looking for a solution for years.The California-based company even considered a plan to publicly name and shame mobile carriers and device makers that drag their feet with important updates.

Sadly, despite its impassioned efforts, progress has been slow for .

Android 7.0 Nougat - Seven of the best features in Google's new operating system

Android Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data..

Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Android security team member Adrian Ludwig recently told TechCrunch that as of the end of 2016 some 78 per cent of all flagship smartphones in North America were up-to-date with security patches.

That's not bad.

Unfortunately, when you move beyond high-end flagship devices in North America – that progress quickly dissipates.

"About half of devices in use at the end of 2016 had not received a platform security update in the previous year" Mr Ludwig admitted in a Google blog post.

Yes, that's right. "About half" of all Android devices did not get a single security update in the last year.

The Android Security Year in Review highlights a number of improvements in the Android ecosystem

The Android Security Year in Review highlights a number of improvements in the Android ecosystem

That's pretty alarming – especially given some of the sophisticated new hacks that are circulating.

By comparison, a little over five months after iOS 10 was released to the public – the new mobile operating system accounts for some 79% of active iOS devices, according to the latest adoption data shared by 

That means those iOS users are well protected against the latest security threats.

Thanks to its tight control of both hardware and software, Apple is capable of pushing device owners to the latest software updates.

The technology firm also persistently notifies iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners to update to the latest iOS version, including offering the option to have the software update install overnight while the device is plugged in.

Google is working on new fixes that should make it easier and faster for its hardware partners to issue updates, like Apple does with its iOS devices.

Apple iPhone 8 - Leaked photos, concept images, and renders

Sun, January 1, 2017

iPhone 8 is shaping up to be one of the most impressive Apple smartphones to date, with glass panels on the front and rear of the device, a curved borderless OLED display and no Home Button

Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button

Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button

Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display

, Mr Ludwig confirms: "We're working to increase device security updates by streamlining our security update program to make it easier for manufacturers to deploy security patches and releasing A/B updates to make it easier for users to apply those patches."

However even if manufacturers manage to streamline the roll-out of their security patches – Android smartphone owners will still be at the mercy of mobile carriers.

The most reliable way to ensure your Android device is up-to-date and protected against the latest security threats is to use a Nexus or Pixel phone, since these are overseen by Google itself.

Source : express.co.uk

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ANDROID and iOS smartphones are neck and neck in almost every aspect – camera, speed, battery life, apps, design – except one. And it's an important one.

Google this month published its Android Security Year in Review – an update on the company's ongoing push to get third-party phone manufacturers to adopt security updates as fast as possible.

Unfortunately, while there is undoubtedly more hardware variety and choice within the Android ecosystem, a worrying number of these manufacturers are slow to adopt operating system updates and critical security patches.

 is well aware of the problem, and has desperately been looking for a solution for years.The California-based company even considered a plan to publicly name and shame mobile carriers and device makers that drag their feet with important updates.

Sadly, despite its impassioned efforts, progress has been slow for .

Android 7.0 Nougat - Seven of the best features in Google's new operating system

Android Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data..

Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Nougat boasts a number of new features, including the ability to run two apps side-by-side, better battery life and improved encryption for personal data
Android security team member Adrian Ludwig recently told TechCrunch that as of the end of 2016 some 78 per cent of all flagship smartphones in North America were up-to-date with security patches.

That's not bad.

Unfortunately, when you move beyond high-end flagship devices in North America – that progress quickly dissipates.

"About half of devices in use at the end of 2016 had not received a platform security update in the previous year" Mr Ludwig admitted in a Google blog post.

Yes, that's right. "About half" of all Android devices did not get a single security update in the last year.

The Android Security Year in Review highlights a number of improvements in the Android ecosystem

The Android Security Year in Review highlights a number of improvements in the Android ecosystem

That's pretty alarming – especially given some of the sophisticated new hacks that are circulating.

By comparison, a little over five months after iOS 10 was released to the public – the new mobile operating system accounts for some 79% of active iOS devices, according to the latest adoption data shared by 

That means those iOS users are well protected against the latest security threats.

Thanks to its tight control of both hardware and software, Apple is capable of pushing device owners to the latest software updates.

The technology firm also persistently notifies iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners to update to the latest iOS version, including offering the option to have the software update install overnight while the device is plugged in.

Google is working on new fixes that should make it easier and faster for its hardware partners to issue updates, like Apple does with its iOS devices.

Apple iPhone 8 - Leaked photos, concept images, and renders

Sun, January 1, 2017

iPhone 8 is shaping up to be one of the most impressive Apple smartphones to date, with glass panels on the front and rear of the device, a curved borderless OLED display and no Home Button

Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button

Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display and no physical Home Button

Apple iPhone 8 will debut a brand-new all-glass look, with a curved OLED display

, Mr Ludwig confirms: "We're working to increase device security updates by streamlining our security update program to make it easier for manufacturers to deploy security patches and releasing A/B updates to make it easier for users to apply those patches."

However even if manufacturers manage to streamline the roll-out of their security patches – Android smartphone owners will still be at the mercy of mobile carriers.

The most reliable way to ensure your Android device is up-to-date and protected against the latest security threats is to use a Nexus or Pixel phone, since these are overseen by Google itself.

Source : express.co.uk

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We were gifted with another stellar week of game releases on the App Store yesterday. Not only do we get a free mobile version of the popular Dynasty Warriors franchise, but we also get a new open-world game from Gameloft, the team behind Asphalt, Brothers in Arms and Modern Combat. Also, if you’re anxious for baseball season to start, you should MLB Tap Sports a try. Really fun one-touch game.

Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed

Dynasty Warriors is the legendary ultimate high adrenaline battle experience in Action Combat games. Celebrate the return of your favorite heroic characters, massive battles overflowing with onslaughts of relentless enemies wrapped in a timeless epic saga to unite the three kingdoms. Your elite warriors and cunning strategies are forces to be reckoned with. Promote your generals, build your armies and, battle to the death as you strive to fulfil the vision of your ancestors.

  • Survive massive battles against unyielding hordes of enemies
  • Choose Wisely: 48 legendary characters from the Dynasty Warriors series!

– Each officer has their own unique skills and abilities
– Create powerful officer teams to conquer every mode

  • Strengthen your officers with the signature weapon system!
  • Dynasty Warriors comes to mobile with a variety of game modes!

– Skirmish: Battle in real time with up to four players
-Boss Fight: Jump in and raid the boss with your friends
– Raid: Steal fragments from your opponent
– War Supply: Occupy mines and acquire resources
– Conquest: Compete with other players to take control of the map

[Download Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed free on the App Store]


Final Shift

1 ship, 5 lanes & a ton of objects in your way.
How fast can you shift when you are speeding down the fast lane and obstacles are in your way?

Collect gems and unlock all 15 space ships.

[Download Final Shift free on the App Store]


Gangstar New Orleans

The gold standard for open-world action-adventure series is back, in the fascinating city of New Orleans. With hundreds of vehicles, an outrageous arsenal, and complete freedom to roam this vast city, you have all the tools to become a criminal legend.

Biker gangs, crooked cops and even Voodoo priests prowl these streets and hide in the bayou. And you? You’re the least common criminal of all! Become a man on a mission to claim the Big Easy as your own criminal capital… by any means necessary.

– Discover an open world bustling with life… and crime!

  • Take on dozens of story missions through varied districts, each with its own unique flavor, from the French Quarter to the slums and even the mysterious bayou.
  • Enjoy the AAA graphics and soundtrack to experience the city’s fascinating atmosphere.

– Defend your Turf and raid others

  • Exclusive to Gangstar New Orleans, Turf Wars introduce new competition and excitement to your favorite series.
  • Claim your Turf and defend it from your rivals — the resources you’ll gain will come in handy when it’s time to craft new items.

– Make your own path!

  • Create a character in your image using lots of customization options!
  • Equip, fuse and evolve hundreds of weapons, vehicles, thugs and more to tailor your gangster skills to fit your personal style. From sniper to explosives expert, there are plenty of approaches — which one will you pick?

[Download Gangstar New Orleans free on the App Store]


KAMI 2

The calming yet addictive puzzle game is back!
With over 100 hand-crafted puzzles, Kami 2 takes you on a mind-twisting journey that combines logic and problem-solving.

Can you achieve perfection?
Flood each puzzle with a single color in as few moves as possible to claim a ‘Perfect’ sticker. But watch out for subtle new tricks and fiendish surprises.

Want even more?
Beat the global Daily Challenge, earn a winning streak and compare your scores to other players. Test yourself on thousands of user-generated puzzles, uploaded daily.

Get creative and take on the world.
Craft your own KAMI designs using the Puzzle Builder. Design and share your creations, send them to your friends and challenge the world to beat your score.

[Download KAMI 2 free on the App Store]


MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2017

Tap Sports Baseball 2017 now features the official MLB Teams and MLBPA Players

Play Major League Baseball 24/7

  • Play with official teams and players from Major League Baseball
  • Tap to swing with easy one-touch controls, anytime and anywhere
  • Enhanced graphics brings the Major League Baseball experience to life

Manage Your Team, Compete to Win

  • Build and level up your MLB roster to climb up the leaderboards
  • Compete for the greatest baseball legends in daily events and challenges
  • Swing for the fences in Home Run Battles mode

Play with Friends, Join Clubs and Tournaments

  • Compete against multiple friends in action-packed gameplay sessions
  • Play in weekly events and prove who possesses the ultimate team in head-to-head competitions
  • Join a Club or create your own to compete in exclusive events for top prizes

[Download MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2017 free on the App Store]

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After releasing roughly 437 different iOS 10.3 betas to developers over the past few weeks alone, Apple has finally released iOS 10.3 to the public. The new mobile software is available as an over the air (OTA) download or as a download through iTunes on a Mac or Windows PC, and it’s compatible with 19 different Apple devices dating as far back as the iPhone 5, 4th-generation iPad, iPad mini 2, and the 6th-generation iPod touch.

Should you be excited? Should you rush to download and install iOS 10.3 on your iPhone or iPad as soon as possible? In this post, we’ll run through all of the top new features Apple introduced in iOS 10.3.

Find My AirPods: The most talked-about new feature in iOS 10.3 is Find My AirPods, which obviously only matters if you own a pair of Apple’s hot new AirPods. They’re still next to impossible to find in Apple stores, so Amazon is really your only hope if you want AirPods anytime soon.

There’s now a new option in the Find My iPhone app that can track down your AirPods, but it’s nowhere near as accurate or as useful as it is for iPhones and iPads since AirPods don’t have a GPS radio or the ability to connect to any networks. Instead, this is basically a log that will show you the last location where your iPhone was connected to your AirPods.

If you forget your AirPods somewhere, this nifty new feature could definitely help you find them. If you haven’t connected to them in a while or if they’re stolen, you’re pretty much out of luck.

App Transition Animations: You might not even notice this one, but Apple made a subtle change to the transition animations that are shown as apps open and close in iOS 10.3. They now have slightly more rounded edges, which is definitely not a big deal. But they also seem to move a bit faster, which is a big deal since it speeds up the interface a bit.

Weather in Maps: In the Maps app, users can now 3D Touch the weather icon to see a local forecast for the area.

Apple ID Profile: There is now a new Apple ID profile section in the Settings app that you’ll see at the very top of the first screen. It gives you access to a single page where you’ll find your full contact profile, security settings, payment information, iCloud account details, App Store settings, Family Sharing settings and a bit more.

Also of note, this page displays every Apple device where you’re currently signed in.

iCloud Storage: You’ll now find a new section at the top of your iCloud settings page with a breakdown of how your iCloud storage is being used.

New File System: This is a big one, though it takes place completely behind the scenes so you won’t even realize it’s happening. Installing iOS 10.3 will automatically update your iPhone or iPad to use Apple File System (APFS) instead of HFS+. APFS is better optimized for NAND flash storage so files can be accessed more quickly, and it also supports stronger encryption.

Voice Call Continuity for Verizon: This is obviously a new feature that will only be appreciated by Verizon Wireless subscribers, but iCloud calling features are now finally supported if you use Verizon. That means you can make or receive voice calls on your Mac, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch.

Podcasts Widget: You know that widgets panel you never use? There’s a new Podcasts widget available now (it’s actually a pretty cool addition for podcast fans).

Author : Zach Epstein

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After months of countless leaks and rumors, it was starting to feel like this day might never actually come. Believe it or not, however, it’s finally here: Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are finally official. No more specs leaks, no more renders, no more spy shots on Weibo, no more dummy models being compared to rival smartphones, and no more guessing. Samsung on Wednesday finally took the wraps off of its next-generation Galaxy S flagship phones.

We spent some time with the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ earlier this week, and there’s really only one thing you have to know: You don’t know anything about these phones. You’ve seen all the leaks and you’ve read all the rumors, but nothing you’ll ever see on a computer screen or a smartphone display can properly convey just how stunning Samsung’s new flagship phones truly are.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

We’ve obviously got plenty of Galaxy S8 coverage lined up for you today, but in this post I’m going to focus on one thing in particular: Samsung’s design.

First, let’s quickly run through the specs. Aside from the displays (5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED vs. 6.2-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED), the batteries (3,000 mAh vs. 3,500 mAh), and the overall size, the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are identical. Both phones are powered by the new 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset in the US, while the global models pack Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 SoC. Both phones also pack 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, microSDXC support, a 12-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, IP68 water- and dust-resistance, and Android Nougat.

Both phones also share what is unquestionably the most stunning smartphone design of all time.

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Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are an evolution of the design we’ve seen on other recent Samsung phones like the Galaxy S7 edge and the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7. The similarities are obvious, but the S8 and S8+ look and feel brand new in the hand. Samsung removed the oblong home button on the face of the phones and reworked the phone’s guts, which allowed the company to design two smartphones with displays that occupy a staggering 83% of the phones’ faces.

The look is incredible. While it will still be quite some time before any company launches the all-screen smartphone we’ve all been waiting for, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 is as close as any mass-market device has come. Because the narrow bezels that remain are a deep, glossy black that matches the display itself, distractions seem to fade away and content takes center stage more so than on any other phone.

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Like the S7 edge and Note 7, the sides of the phone are curved on both the front of the phone and on the back. As a result, the Galaxy S8 feels impossibly thin. I was really looking forward to using a phone with a nice big 5.8-inch screen crammed into a handset that is barely bigger than the iPhone 7, but I might actually prefer the larger Galaxy S8+ to the smaller model. It’s unbelievably comfortable in your hand thanks to the curved edges. Even though the phone is about the same size as the iPhone 7 Plus, it feels much smaller.

Of note, there is a new virtual home button that appears on the bottom of the display where the old physical home button used to be, and Samsung has included its own take on Apple’s 3D Touch haptic feedback that offers localized vibration feedback when you press the button. For those wondering, it’s not even in the same league as Apple’s solution. It does the trick in that you feel some feedback when you tap the home button, but it’s nothing like Apple’s Taptic engine.

When you press the virtual home button on the iPhone 7, it feels like you’re clicking a real button. When you press the virtual home button on the Galaxy S8, it feels like the phone is vibrating.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

From left to right, the photo above shows the Galaxy S8, LG G6, iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy S8+. Here’s another shot without the iPhone in the image:

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

As you can see, the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 are about the same size, though the Samsung phone is far more comfortable in the hand thanks to LG’s peculiar design snafu that I wrote about recently. Both phones feel like the future, though. Smartphone design had become stagnant in the past few years, but this new leap toward all-screen phones brings some much-needed freshness to the market.

There’s plenty more to cover, of course, and we have much more Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ coverage lined up for you today. We’ll dive into the phones’ software and performance much more in that coverage, but there are a few things I wanted to touch on briefly in this post.

First, Samsung’s new Desktop Experience is flat-out awesome. Either phone can be connected to Samsung’s new DeX dock to instantly power an Android desktop experience alongside a connected monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Several of Samsung’s apps like the browser and email app have been optimized for the new Desktop Experience, though every first- and third-party app on the phone can be used in desktop mode.

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I haven’t spent time diving in yet, of course, but so far I’m very impressed. The experience is lightning-fast (apps open so much faster than they do on my MacBook that it’s a little depressing, to be honest) and it’s great for multitasking. I could easily see Samsung’s Desktop Experience replacing the need for a PC or Chromebook for many users, especially if some big-name third-party developers get on board and optimize their apps.

Microsoft has already done so with its Office suite, in fact, and more announcements should come soon. In fact, Samsung even partnered with VMWare, Citrix, and Amazon to enable all three popular Windows 10 virtual desktop experiences on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. In other words, if you want, you can use your new Android phone as a Windows 10 desktop.

Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR

Bixby seems like it will be another highlight, though I haven’t yet spent much time testing it. Samsung’s answer to Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant can be called upon with a voice command or by holding down the dedicated Bixby button on the left edge of the phone, and it will support a very wide set of features at launch.

In terms of core functionality, Samsung said anything that can be done with a touch in any app can also be done with your voice using Bixby. The new virtual assistant is also context-aware, and a nifty feature called Bixby Vision brings the camera into play. Bixby Vision can recognize objects or points of interest and give the user info, and it can also recognize text and translate more than 50 languages in real-time.

If Bixby isn’t your speed though, don’t worry — Samsung also included Google Assistant in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Simply press and hold the home button to pull up Assistant, just like you would on any other Android Nougat device that ships with Google Assistant.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be released on April 21st, and preorders open tomorrow, March 30th, at 12:01AM from all major US carriers. The phone will be available in black, gray and silver in the US, and preorders will include a free next-generation Gear VR headset with Samsung’s new wireless remote and a free Oculus game pack.

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The iPhone 8 – Apple’s Mac Daddy update for 2017 – has been detailed inside a new report from TrendForce

The iPhone 8 is coming in 2017 alongside the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, and while that might sound odd it kind of makes sense, given the state of the mobile space (declining sales) and the demand for new iPhone designs, which is at an all time high.

How Apple’s 2017 iPhone campaign will work looks a little something like this, according to the latest information: two iPhone 7s models that will look and feel like the current generation iPhone models, just with updated internals, and the iPhone 8 – the new flagship model.

TrendForce recently waded in on the rumours, publishing a report about the iPhone 8’s apparent specs as well as how many units it expects Apple to sell in 2017.

Apple will sell A LOT of iPhones in 2017/18. This seems to be the general consensus amongst analysts and industry insiders. The reason for this spike in sales, of course, is the design refresh – the iPhone 8 will be the first truly new iPhone in almost three years.

Don’t expect these high prices to put off buyers, though. Kate Huberty – an analyst at Morgan Stanley – reckons demand for the iPhone 8 is currently being grossly under estimated.

Market watchers predict an upswing in sales of around 10% for 2018, off the back of the the iPhone 8’s release. However, Huberty believes this isn’t right; she believes it will be more like 20% – a far more significant number.

I think she is right, too. The release of the iPhone 8 is going to be like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on steroids.

“We do not think the super cycle is fully appreciated,” Huberty told CNBC PRO in an exclusive interview. “What we expect in September is a phone that has significant advancements in technology: OLED screens, 3-D sensors, wireless charging [and] likely some more advanced software in the area of artificial intelligence.”

Apple fans, loyal as they are, have been patiently waiting for this phone to happen. In true Apple-style, we’ve seen a steady flow of leaked information and details about the phone. All of them are glowingly positive and have helped create a huge buzz around this year’s release.

In this respect, it reminds me very much of the run-up to the iPhone 6 launch which was, of course, the last major design change Apple undertook.

TrendForce says Apple will produce 100 million next-generation iPhone units, a huge number even by Apple standards. Though this will be the tip of the iceberg for the fiscal year, as it expects Apple to shift around 230 million iPhones throughout the year – a 6% increase on 2016.

iPhone 8 Release Date & Launch: September Launch

Apple will apparently announce its new iPhone 8 during its customary September slot. Demand for the handset, however, is expected to be massive, meaning there will almost certainly be delays as Apple struggles to meet demand.

Word of the September launch date was noted by Mac Rumors, as was the alleged, ACTUAL name of the iPhone 8 which will apparently be called the iPhone Pro. Given Apple’s recent iPad launch event, this name makes a lot of sense.

It now has iPad and iPad Pro; MacBook and MacBook Pro; and, finally, once September comes around, iPhone and iPhone Pro.

“Suppliers generally had good things to say about the upcoming iPhone 8 launch (for our purposes iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone Pro) as new features drive a more complicated manufacturing process and higher ASPs,” the note says, according to MacRumours.

The blog added: “We now believe that all three devices will feature wireless charging and will all be launched in the normal September timeframe, although the majority of iPhone Pro volumes may not be available until Q4.”

Bizarrely, Apple is said to be still testing designs for the iPhone 8; apparently it is not quite set on the overall look and feel of the handset. The core new attributes and features will almost certainly be fixed. Apple will likely just be finessing the outer aesthetics of the handset.

iPhone 8 – First With AMOLED

The iPhone 8 will be the first – and only iPhone in 2017 – to support an AMOLED display. That display will also be 5.8 inches, the biggest iPhone display in history.

However, this 5.8in display will fit inside a chassis around the same size has the current generation iPhone 7. How? Simple: Apple’s decision to ditch the Home key on this model left it with A LOT more room to play with on the iPhone 8.

The iPhone 8’s display will be a 2K setup with a display ratio that could exceed 2:1, TrendForce suggests.

The OLED panel will have a slight curve, but it won't be anything like what we've seen on Samsung's phones.

“The curve will be gentler than screens in Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge handsets. This is partly due to the challenges of making curved glass covers to match screens, according to the source,” said Nikkei staff writer Debby Wu.

“While the curved screen will allow a viewable area of about 5.2 inches and make the iPhone even sleeker, it will not offer significant new functions"

The iPhone 8’s OLED panel is costing Apple quite a bit more than the iPhone 7’s display and this will obviously mean the iPhone is priced higher. A lot higher, most likely, because it won’t just be the display that costs more.

Where things get a little more interesting is when you dig down into the components that will make the new iPhone tick. By itself the new OLED panel isn’t that expensive ($15 vs $9 for the one inside the iPhone 7), but it is this alongside other components which hike the cost of making the phone.

This is great for Apple’s suppliers, TPK, for instance, is expected to see its margins increase from 11-12% to 22%. But bad for consumers. Why? Simple: Apple loves its high profit margins, so when the price of materials goes up so too does the price of the handset. Hence the $1000 figure being bandied around.

This, combined with higher costs for other, intricate components, is why the iPhone 8 will likely retail for $1000+ when it arrives later on this year.

The display WILL NOT be curved, the report added, but will feature 2.5D glass on the front just like current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models.

Beyond this TrendForce believes the iPhone 8 will pack in 3GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage.

Expect to pay $1000+ for this model.

Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will feature similar sized displays to current models. They will also have the same display resolution, though we’re hoping Apple updates the standard model to 1080p, seeing that it is now 2017.

Apple may also kill the difference in spec and performance between the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models in order to drive adoption of the handsets.

TrendForce expects iPhone 8 sales to be off the hook, after three year’s worth of boring updates.

I think they might be right.

iPhone 8 – First With AR? 

Another BIG rumour doing the rounds about Apple’s iPhone 8 is that it will be the first iPhone to feature Apple’s new AR technology. The company, up to now, as been fairly quiet on the AR/VR front, though Tim Cook has said multiple times that he believes AR – not VR – will be the technology of the future.

Gene Munster, a relatively well known Apple analyst, claims Apple has over 100 engineers working on AR for the iPhone 8. He also says that this new AR technology will represent a huge paradigm shift in the mobile space that will force all over players to up their respective games considerably.

Munster’s claims were also backed by a report in Bloomberg, which notes that Apple is hard at work on an AR technology that will become a central component of its iPhone platform. A pair of AR glasses are also said to be in the product pipeline as well, though these won't likely appear until 2018/19.

"Revolutionary" Front Camera - Ming-chi Kuo

According to reputable KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo - you know, the one with a near 100% accurate track record when it comes to Apple and iPhone predicitons - the iPhone 8 will feature a "revolutionary" front camera setup.

Part of this will incorporate a new 3D sensor, this will apparently work in tandem with the 2D images produced by the camera sensor to create unique "3D selfies"; we're not sure exactly what this means just yet, but it sounds interesting to say the least.

This tech will also reportedly be used in the phone's facial recognition features, lending further fuel to the idea of Apple either replacing or supplementing TouchID with facial recognition for unlocking the phone, remote payment, and in-app or online purchases via Apple Pay.

Apple also owns Israeli tech firm RealFace, which is apparently at the forefront of this tech and even has facial scanning that can discern the differences between identical twins.

"Sensors used in the new camera will be able to perform depth of field calculations using a dedicated Infrared transmitter and receiver," reports PhoneArena. The camera sensor will be a Sony module, while the infrared components will be supplied by Foxconn Sharp.

"IR signals are sent out from the phone, and then are bounced off objects and are detected using the 1.4MP IR receiver. The report adds that Apple will add 3D sensing rear-facing cameras in 2018 models and beyond.

This would allow Apple to get rid of the large dual-camera system found on the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. With Apple well ahead of Android in 3D camera algorithms, according to the KGI analyst, the new technology could be unique to the iPhone for some time."

Too Expensive? 

If you’re running an older handset and have been patiently waiting to see what Apple comes up with inside Q4, you might want to consider an alternative approach – buying the iPhone 7 or iPhone 6s instead.

Why? Simple: reconditioned, you can pick one of the top tier models up for around 40% cheaper than buying a handset brand new. Reconditioned means the handset isn’t new, but because they’re “certified” at places like Gazelle it means they look new.

And if something LOOKS new who cares if it's not? 

I discovered “reconditioned phones” a couple of years ago when, eager to get out of the contract-loop, I decided to pull the trigger on a reconditioned iPhone 5s, as it was a lot cheaper than a new one (this was when the iPhone 6 had just come out). The handset was great, worked perfectly, felt as good as new, and it only cost me $350. And that meant no more contracts.

Nowadays, you can pick up the iPhone 6s Plus 128GB for $529 (down from $949 RRP for a new one). Similarly, move back a generation to the still-excellent iPhone 6 Plus and you’re looking at even bigger savings – around $359 for 128GB iPhone 6 Plus model.

Granted, the reconditioned route isn’t for everybody. But if you’re in the market for an iPhone with high storage and you don’t want to pay the best part of $900 or lock yourself into a contract until 2019 then it is definitely worth a look.

Author : Richard Goodwin

Source : knowyourmobile.com

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A mysterious group of hackers claim to be threatening to wipe up to 300 million iPhones and iCloud accounts – unless Apple pays a ransom in Bitcoin by April 7.

The group – who describe themselves as ‘Turkish Crime Family’ – claim to have demanded $75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum cryptocurrency, according to Motherboard.

A hacker said, ‘I just want my money and thought this would be an interesting report that a lot of Apple customers would be interested in reading and hearing.’

They claim to have credentials which would allow them access to hundreds of millions of users’ accounts, according to the report in Motherboard – and are threatening to wipe a number of them unless they are paid.

Screenshots of supposed discussions with Apple show Apple’s security team requesting that the gang delete a YouTube video where they supposedly access an elderly woman’s iCloud account.

Hackers threaten to wipe up to 300 million iPhones unless Apple pays ransom

(Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

What is less clear is if the threat is real – or if the group even exists. Beyond the evidence shown to Motherboard (screenshotted emails), there’s little proof.

British computer security expert Graham Cluley, writing on Bitdefender’s Hot for Security blog, says, ‘What we don’t know is whether the email exchanges between the hackers and Apple are real or faked, and – indeed – whether the so-called “Turkish Crime Gang” really has access to a large number of Apple users’ credentials.

‘If it’s true that the hackers are attempting to engage with the media in an attempt to increase their chances of a substantial payout then that would be in line with an increasingly common technique deployed by extortionists.’

Author : Rob Waugh

Source : http://metro.co.uk/2017/03/21/hackers-threaten-to-wipe-up-to-300-million-iphones-unless-apple-pays-ransom-6524809/

 

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iPhones are like clown cars: it seems like every time we turn around, another secret feature is being divulged. How many more can there be? Only time will tell, but this time, it's the iPhone's magnifying glass function that's been revealed. Who needs to be Inspector Gadget when you have an iPhone in your back pocket?

The feature was rolled out with Apple's iOS 10 update and was designed as a visual aid for folks who need it.

To find it, go to Settings > General > Accessibility. From there, click on "Magnifier" and flick it on. Once it's in the on position, you can access it by triple clicking the Home button. To exit, simply press the Home button again.

The mode lets you zoom in and out on objects, change brightness, and change the color of the filter, which can help with visibility. There are White/Blue, Red/Black, and Yellow/Blue colored filters.

There are a bunch of other "secret" features, too. For example, there's a hidden one-handed keyboard, perfect for folks like me, who spend most of their time texting with one hand while holding a baby with the other. However, that hack is hidden in iOS code, meaning the average user won't be able to make it happen.

There's another hack that stops your phone from changing the f-word to "ducking," like its so fond of doing. At one time, there was even talk about a secret panic mode, which would be a great safety feature for those that need it.

More features that allow for greater accessibility, like the magnifying glass, are a great thing and anything that allows folks with visual impairments to better use their iPhone is phenomenal. It's a useful feature all around, so it's good to know how to use it. Go, go gadget magnifier!
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Safari has long been the go-to browser on the iPhone, but after Apple finally opened up the secret speed enhancements in Safari to other browsers way back in iOS 8, it’s now possible to ditch Safari entirely for another browser. Chrome is the most obvious choice for doing so. But is it worth it?

The Contenders

You have a number of browser options on iOS, but most of them, like the privacy-focused Brave, the gesture-based Dolphin, or the speed-centric Opera Mini, all fill a niche instead of trying to be your daily driver. For that, Chrome and Safari lead the pack. Here’s a quick summary of their feature-set:

  • Safari: Safari is the default browser we’ve all come to know so well over the years. It does everything a browser needs to do, including offering up a private browsing mode, bookmarks, and as of iOS 9, ad blocking. Safari is deeply integrated into iOS, which means you can search for something in Spotlight and open it in Safari, and by default most apps will open any links in Safari.
  • Chrome: When Chrome originally arrived on iOS, it was slow, but still managed to work so well with Google’s other products that people used it anyway. Now, the two are equally speedy. Alongside features you expect in any browser, Chrome on iOS has a few Google-specific quirks, like a built-in QR scanner, Google Now support, a translator, and more. Chrome also tends to hide a lot of its interface, foregoing the bottom navigation bar prevalent in Safari and instead placing everything up top. This is an aesthetic thing, but design matters enough that you might prefer how one works over the other.

Which browser is best for you is partially a matter of preference, but it also matters what other apps you use. Let’s dig into where Chrome makes more sense than Safari and vice versa.

 

Chrome’s Voice Search Works Extremely Well

If you want to search for stuff online with your voice, you want to use Chrome. Google pushes its voice assistant hard in Chrome in iOS and it works stupidly well. With a hard-press of the Chrome icon you can search before even open the app, and once you’re in Chrome, you’ll find the voice search icon everywhere you look.

More importantly, the voice search is accurate, pulling up most results perfectly. This sounds like a minor feature, but if you can’t or aren’t good at typing on a phone’s small keyboard, having what’s essentially a dictation function comes in handy.

For its part, Safari has the regular old dictation button that’s built into iOS, but it’s not voice search specific and doesn’t work as well. Of course, you can also search using Siri, but it’s not as fluid or useful as the voice search in Chrome.

Chrome Plays Nice With All of Google’s Apps, Safari Plays Nice with Everything

A while back, Apple introduced a “deep linking” feature that essentially lets apps communicate with each other. While it’s not a replacement for “default” apps like on Android, it does make it so developers can do things like have a URL link from Gmail open up in Chrome instead of Safari. As you’d expect, Google has taken full advantage of this.

Provided you’re a Google user on a lot of services, from Drive to Gmail to Maps, you can make it so all those apps communicate with Chrome. For example, when you tap a link to a map in Chrome and it opens up Google Maps, or tap an email link in Chrome and it opens Gmail. If you’re deeply invested in Google, this works wonderfully and makes it so you can ignore Safari altogether.

If you’re not a heavy Google user, things get less interesting. Safari is still the default browser, which means URLs you get in text messages, Apple Mail, or links you search in Spotlight all route thought through Safari. While some third-party apps, like Spark or Airmail, have an “Open in” option that lets you choose your browser, that’s not the case in all apps, so you’re bound to still use Safari now and again. Unless you’re very much into Google, Safari is probably your best option so you don’t have to bounce between the two all the time.

 

Both Sync with Their Desktop Apps

There is one final, big reason why you’d choose one browser over the other. Both Safari and Chrome sync with their desktop counterparts. This means your tabs, history, and bookmarks all sync from your phone to your desktop. If this matters to you, then you’ll want to go with whichever browser you use on your computer.

Personally, while syncing always seems like a cool idea, it’s something I never, ever use, so this doesn’t matter to me as much as I initially thought it would. If you’re in the same boat and don’t actually utilize this, don’t let the idea that you could affect your decision for which browser to use.

Safari’s Reading List is Great, but Chrome Has One On the Way

An often forgotten about feature in Safari is its Reading List. Here, you get a Instapaper-esque list of articles you’ve saved for reading later. It’s great if you read a lot on your phone and have no interest in more advanced options like Pocket or Instapaper.

Chrome does not offer this at all right now, but it’s rumored to be on the way soon. Until we know how that actually works, Safari is your better option here. Of course, for now, Chrome users can still use a third-party app like Pocket or Instapaper.

 

Safari Can Block Ads and Trackers

If you’re someone who blocks ads or third-party trackers using an ad blocker, then your choice here is very clear: use Safari.

The “content blockers” introduced in iOS 9 only support Safari, and Chrome doesn’t have any similar type of plugin. These content blockers aren’t about ads, they also block cookies, weird page elements, specific URLs, comments, and more. So, if you want to mess around with any of that stuff, you want to stick with Safari.

 

The Verdict: Chrome Is Great If You’re Deep In Google’s Ecosystem, Safari Is Best for Everyone Else

Which browser is best for you depends on a lot things, including a general preference for how it works. Some people like Chrome’s more minimal aesthetic enough that features don’t actually matter. Others like the fact that Safari integrates automatically without any tweaking. In any case, if you like the “feel” of one over the other, know that they’re both equally speedy and feature-complete, so there’s no reason to actively avoid either. 

The one clear difference comes if you’re an avid Google product user. Chrome does an excellent job of linking up with the rest of Google’s apps, enough so that you almost feel like you’re not even on an iPhone. In that case, stick to Chrome and you’ll be happy. If you seek out other apps that deep link to Chrome you’ll be able to pretend like Safari doesn’t exist.

For everyone else, stick with Safari. It’s come a long way over the years and it works perfectly well. Is it a little boring? Sure. But how exciting do you want your browser to be?

Author : Thorin Klosowski

Source : http://lifehacker.com/iphone-browser-showdown-chrome-vs-safari-1793167099

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