iOS 10 tidbit: ‘Hey Siri’ intelligently responds on one nearby device at a time

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2016

iOS 10 adjusts how a tetherless Siri feature works in a rather interesting way. Rather than have every single nearby device respond to the ‘Hey Siri’ command, creating a cacophony of multiple sounds, iOS 10 responds to the hotword on only one nearby device at a time.

As first discovered by 9to5Mac, the Siri waveform animation reveals that even though all nearby devices are listening for voice input all the time, iOS 10 intelligently determines which devices should stop listening and let just one device take the lead. Read More

 

Facebook tweaks News Feed to prioritize friends over news sites

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 30, 2016

Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s Vice President of Product Management, announced yesterday an upcoming change to the News Feed ranking algorithm on the service.

Soon, your News Feed will prioritize content from friends over news stories from publishers to address missing important updates from friends because content from professional publishers would get preferential treatment. Read More

 

Evernote just raised its prices

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2016

I stopped using Evernote more than a year ago because Apple’s much-improved Notes fulfills all of my note-taking needs. That said, I understand that some folks still prefer Evernote because it’s cross-platform and has advanced features like geotagging and uploading lots of data.

In announcing the price hike on its paid subscription plans, Evernote said the move would permit its developers to add even more features for power users.

Furthermore, customers who are on Evernote’s Basic plan will no longer be permitted to use the service on more than two devices at the same time. Read More

 

How to move your Calendar app events to Google Calendar

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 29, 2016

It can sometimes be difficult to get all your different platforms to play along nicely, especially when they’re all competing against each other to try to be the better one.

Fortunately, when it comes to the Calendars app, there is a way to export your calendar events to Google Calendar so you can still see all of your important upcoming events from your Google account on any of your devices.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to export calendar events from your Calendar app to Google Calendar. Read More

 

Google Maps and Earth gain high-resolution imagery from Landsat 8 satellite

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016

Google is upgrading the quality of aerial imagery for the satellite view that’s available in Google Maps and Google Earth services. According to a blog post yesterday, both mapping services now offer crisp high-definition satellite imagery of Earth without clouds captured by Landsat 8, an Earth observation satellite launched on February 11, 2013 in a collaboration between NASA and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Read More

 

Amazon debuts new Page Flip feature for Kindle apps and devices

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016

Online retail giant Amazon on Tuesday announced a new Page Flip feature for its Kindle lineup of e-readers and mobile apps. Page Flip lets you flip back and forth between pages to reference different parts of the book while you read, without losing track of your current reading position. With Page Flip, you can turn one page at a time or zoom out to a bird’s eye view of your book to quickly choose the page you want. Read More

 

iOS 10 tidbit: prioritizing App Store downloads with 3D Touch

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016

In addition to using 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to cancel or pause in-progress app downloads, iOS 10 lets you prioritize a single App Store download at the expense of the other ones with 3D Touch. Reddit user “nite_” stumbled upon this feature while restoring his iPhone running a beta of iOS 10 from an iCloud backup, allowing him to prioritize the bulk download of apps with 3D Touch. Read More

 

iOS 10 preview: keep yourself well-rested with Bedtime and Wake alarm

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

In addition to a gorgeous new dark interface, the Clock app on iOS 10 packs i a little-known but useful new feature— Bedtime and Wake alarm. With it, you can set up a regular sleep schedule to receive reminders when it’s time to hit the bed and wake up.

By making it easier than ever to create a regular sleep schedule and receive timely bedtime alerts, this feature could help the insomniac types get a good night’s sleep. With that in mind, watch our video hands-on and read a detailed preview of the new Bedtime and Wake alarm feature in iOS 10’s Clock app. Read More

 

Twitter introduces searchable #Stickers for your tweet images

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2016

Twitter on Monday announced a new feature that will start rolling out soon, searchable #Stickers to adorn your tweet images with. With this feature, users can put multiple stickers on a photo, resize and rotate them and place them anywhere on the image before it’s tweeted out.

These rotating sticker sets are categorized and include hundreds of accessories, emoji and props to make your photos more interesting and fun.

“Use them to share what you’re doing or how you’re feeling, to show support for a cause, or to just add some flair,” said Twitter. Read More

 

A closer look at Differential Privacy in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 25, 2016

Making Apple services even smarter and more personalized entails processing troves of information because intelligence is driven by big data. The fact that iOS 9’s proactive features don’t tap into the cloud has served Apple well thus far. But since Google Assistant came to light, people have been wondering if Apple can compete without resorting to raw data collection Google is infamous for.

iOS 10 and macOS Sierra represent Apple’s refined approach to privacy, which revolves around new techniques collectively known as Differential Privacy. An en vogue statistical method, Differential Privacy helps Apple deliver smarter services without compromising privacy of their users.

It’s a relatively unproven technique with lots of potential which hasn’t been used to boost Apple’s services before iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. Here’s a closer look at Differential Privacy, how it powers intelligence and proactiveness and why it should serve Apple better than Google’s bulk data collection and analysis. Read More

 

Enjoy the new Unicode 9.0 emojis on iOS right now with a simple workaround

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 25, 2016

Many of you probably already heard the news that Unicode 9.0 became official this week and that there were going to be 72 new emojis coming soon.

Although Apple is likely to add support for these new emojis in iOS 10 in a future beta or release update, they’re not yet available in iOS whatsoever, but in this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can still use them without a jailbreak on a completely stock device. Read More

 

BitTorrent’s new media-streaming app for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV is arriving soon

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

BitTorrent yesterday announced it’ll be releasing a brand new application in the near future. Called Now, the software will let users stream videos and music from independent artists and studios to their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV. Read More

 

Twitter is rolling out location-based feeds today in partnership with Foursquare

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

Micro-blogging startup Twitter has partnered with local search and discovery service Foursquare on a location-based feed feature deigned to aggregate tweets based on the location they were posted from.

Called Twitter Location Feeds, the new feature will go live later today in Twitter’s mobile app for the iPhone and iPad, TechCrunch said this morning. Read More

 

macOS Sierra preview: Universal Clipboard + Desktop & Documents sync

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Our ongoing macOS Sierra previews continue unabated as Andrew and I take a closer look at two new useful features in Sierra: Universal Clipboard and shared Desktop. You’re definitely going to use Universal Clipboard quite a bit: in addition to being a great time-saver, it “just works”.

Universal Clipboard lets you copy and paste items across your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch devices and Mac computers like a boss. Sierra also puts your iCloud storage to good use by keeping any Desktop items along with the files within the Documents folder synchronized across your other devices. Read More

 

Deal: Alto’s Adventure goes 75 percent off in summer sale

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

There’s no need to despair in case you missed developer Snowman’s two-day sale on Alto’s Adventure last month, which discounted this award-winning endless snowboarding title by a cool 66 percent, because another Alto’s Adventure sale has just gone into effect. Read More

 

iOS 10 tidbit: Emergency Bypass overrides Do Not Disturb on a per-contact basis

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

In iOS 10, each individual contact in the Contacts app now has a dedicated switch, called Emergency Bypass, which overrides the Do Not Disturb feature for that person. This handy new feature lets you permit audio and vibratory alerts from a specific person in your Contacts even when Do Not Disturb is enabled globally in your device’s Settings app. Read More

 

Instagram is working on a text translation feature

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Yesterday, Instagram took to its own photo-sharing service to announce that it’s working on a text translation for its mobile app. The new feature will begin rolling out in the coming month.

A Translation button will appear on feed stories and profile bios if they’re written in languages different from your own. Captions and comments on posts in your feed and the bio on your profile will be translated automatically based on the language they’re written in and the language settings of the person viewing it. Read More

 

Apple explains why iOS 10 kernel is unencrypted

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 23, 2016

Following the discovery by MIT Technology Review that the kernel in iOS 10 beta is unencrypted, Apple has gone on the record to explain why that’s the case. Speaking with Dave Mark of The Loop, an Apple spokesperson has officially confirmed that the decision was intentional.

Now, some security experts speculated that leaving the iOS 10 kernel unencrypted would aid anyone, nefarious users included, looking for security weaknesses in the iOS software.

Apple explains why such fears are unfounded. Read More

 

WhatsApp is about to get a whole lot better

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2016

Facebook-owned WhatsApp has some notable improvements in the pipeline, including support for large emoji characters, all-new public groups, the ability to share locally stored tracks and Apple Music songs with friends and family, deeper Facebook integration, profile codes, stickers and multi-account support, to name a few.

But we’re just getting started. Read More

 

Dropbox gains document scanner, secure file sharing and other productivity improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 22, 2016

Dropbox today announced a major update to its mobile and desktop clients across platforms, including the ability to scan documents in the mobile app, create Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel files on the go, share files securely with others using access privileges and much more.

On the downside, Dropbox’s existing Camera Sync feature has been removed from the mobile app so you now must manage photos using the desktop client. Dropbox for iOS is available at no charge via the App Store. The Mac client must be downloaded directly from the Dropbox website. Read More

 
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