AdminSeptember 22, 2017


Even though that the iPhone 8 and X aren’t still available to customers, you can still get the stylish new-iPhone feeling by upgrading your iOS to its newest version – 11.

This fancy version is focused on iPad users mainly, but iPhone owners have quite the features to enjoy as well. There’s a one-handed keyboard, improvements to Live Photos and a variety of other stuff that improve the user’s experience by streamlining your day-to-day activities.

  1. Improved FaceTime Screenshots

Screenshots have been significantly improved and now the photos you take of your friends and family will appear much clearer. That’s possible thanks to the built-in screen capturing feature in the new iOS.

As long as you and the person you talk with have the new iOS installed, all you have to do is press the shutter button and the phone will use the other person’s camera to take a Live photo.

  1. Move more than one app at once

Arranging your phone has become easier than ever. Now you can select multiple applications and put them in a folder. To do so, hold down on an app like you would usually do and then tap on other apps to select them. Note that you might need two hands to perform this!

  1. Easier access to notes

In the Control Center, you can find shortcuts and one of them is towards your notes. To add them as your shortcut, go to Settings > Notes >“Access from Lock Screen” and you will be able to access them straight from your lock screen.

  1. Clean up space automatically

That’s one of the most impressive new features, especially for those with the smaller storage option. Go to your storage space settings and you will see some new space-saving features.

Enable “offload unused apps”, “auto delete old conversions” &“review large attachments” to free some extra space. Moreover, you can see how much storage you’re going to save before performing the action so that you don’t regret it at some point.

  1. Save Safari’s reading list for offline usage

You can save the articles from your reading list on your phone so that you can read them offline when you don’t have internet coverage. Enable the option in Safari’s settings and you won’t get bored the next time you don’t have a connection.

  1. Disable app-rating prompts

I believe that everyone has got sick of the upgrade prompts of each and every app we use. Luckily, now you can get rid of them all by going to the App Store page in Settings and disable “In-App ratings & reviews.”

  1. Turn off App Store’s auto-playing video features

Now, the App Store has an auto-playing video feature, which can be quite annoying and cellular data draining activity. However, you can disable the feature in the App Store settings by clicking “Video Autoplay”.

  1. New way to interact with Siri

There’s a new way to communicate with Siri than the traditional way of speaking. From now on, you can “type to Siri” and ask your questions in a written form.

To enable the feature go to General > Accessibility > Siri > Type to Siri. Remember that this feature will disable the option to talk with Siri. This means that Siri would no longer speak to you, which can be quite devastating for some.

  1. Camera now supports QR Codes

There’s no longer a need for dedicated applications for reading QR codes. As of now, you can scan codes using the traditional camera of the phone.

  1. Scan documents using the Notes Application

Apple has implemented a document scanning feature inside the Notes app. To perform the scanning, choose “scan documents” to import physical documents into the notes using the camera.

Note that the scanned text won’t be searchable, but it is an easy way to implement a document onto your mobile phone.

  1. Safari Pages can be turned into PDFs

Yep, Safari allows you to turn web pages into shareable PDFs. For the purpose, open the app’s sharing menu and choose “create PDF”.

  1. iMessage effects

There are two new effects in iMessages now – “Send with spotlight” &“send with echo”. The first adds a “spotlight” on your message while the other one creates tiny balloons with your message at once.

  1. SOS

Apple has put a focus on emergency situations by making your sleep/wake button an SOS call. This new feature allows you to contact your local emergency services by pressing the power button five times.


AdminSeptember 22, 2017


We got a chance to look at Apple’s new flagship phone – the iPhone X, which is expected to arrive later this year.

What troubles most people about buying this device is the hefty price of $999. Whether it’s worth it or not, we’re going to leave this decision to you.

The X is an extremely beautiful device that features a stainless steel band, a glass back and a fascinating 5.8-inch OLED display. The screen is slightly bigger than iPhone’s 5.5-inch Plus-size, a bit thicker and less slippery than its predecessor.

The Cupertino-based company represented their “Super Retina Display” with 1125 x 2436 pixels of resolution, which is currently the highest-density screen ever implemented on an iPhone. Of course, Apple hasn’t omitted the 3D Touch feature and they have added True Tone automatic calibration for better visuals.

The Screen & Face ID

The phone’s display is the center of the focus with the iPhone X. Due to its design, Apple had to ditch the Home button, which became an integral part of the brand throughout the years.

Apple has focused their energy on creating a wonderful user experience with their latest iOS that would make the transit more natural. The Face ID Authentication looks absolutely fascinating, but whether it works perfectly as shown by Apple’s demo assistants, we’re about to learn in the upcoming months when the first clients start receiving their devices.

The new authentication system was made possible due to the TrueDepth camera system implemented at the top of the screen. At the same place, you can find the IR depth camera and a projector that throws about 30,000 infrared dots on your face.

According to Apple, the phone won’t unlock if you are not paying attention and when your eyes are closed. This means that the phone understands when you want it locked or not. The system learns your face and knows whether it’s you or not even if you are wearing glasses, hats or you’ve changed your hairstyle. Moreover, the system can’t be fooled with a photo of you. All in all, the system looks far more sophisticated than the ones we know about.

The lack of a home button means that there are new interface features you need to get the hang of. To wake up your phone, all you have to do is tap the screen or pick it up. Swiping up used to open the Control Center before, but now it helps you multitask. For the purpose, you swipe up to go home, then swipe up and hold to enter the app switcher. To open the Control Center, you have to swipe down from the right top edge. For notifications, swipe down from the top left corner.

For Apple Pay, you have to double-click the larger side button, authenticate with Face ID and then point the device to the reader.

Front Camera

The front camera now offers a variety of features, including animated emojis that react to your emotions. You can even control the new and even more fascinating filters in Snapchat.

The rear camera is the same as the dual-camera of the iPhone 8 Plus. It has a dual-lens camera with a brighter f/2.4 telephoto lens.

The back of the photo is a combination of glass and metal with dust and water resistance, including a wireless charging feature based on the Qi standard. For the moment, Apple is selling charging pads from other brands until the new AirPower hits the store next year.

According to company representatives, the iPhone X lasts two hours longer than iPhone. They claim that the A11 Bionic chip with two cores is showing incredible performance.

Just like we thought, there’s no headphone jack so you better start saving for Beats X or AirPods. The iPhone X will arrive in November and we can finally but Apple’s claims to a test.

AdminSeptember 18, 2017


September is one of the most anticipated times of the year, where students begin their studies and Apple reveal their newest & long-awaited products. So, let’s see what they have prepared for us this year!

Yesterday, Apple revealed three brand new phones along with the high-end iPhone X. Apple’s newest flagship phone features a bezel-less design, 3D face scanning feature and a fascinating OLED screen. Along with the X series, the Cupertino based company also revealed the iPhone 8 & 8 Plus, as well as the newest Apple Watch Series 3 and an Apple TV with 4K.

So here are the details that you might have missed from yesterday’s event

I.iPhone X – ‘the future of the smartphone”

iPhone X, also known as iPhone 10, is the company’s newest flagship phone that features a whole new design and a fascinating Super Retina display. The screen is edge-to-edge 5.8-inch OLED panel with 2436 x 1125 with HDR support.

The famous home button is now a thing of the past as Apple revealed a new 3D scanning system known as Face ID, which unlocks your display using facial recognition and eliminates the need for the home button.

From now on, the phone is much faster thanks to its A11 Bionic processor, which is far more superior than the previous generation chip.

Charge your phone with a wireless charger and enjoy your conversations even more with the animated emoji feature for messaging.

The phone features a dual 12-megapixel rear camera with dual image stabilization and an improved front camera. According to company’s representatives, the iPhone X will last for two more hours than the iPhone 7.

The company revealed a new AirPower charging mat that can charge your Apple Watch, AirPods and iPhone X simultaneously. There’s one slight drawback, whatsoever, and it is that the charging pad will be available starting next year.

The new iPhone will be available in space gray and silver, whereas the storage will be 64GB for $999 & $256GB for $1,149. For those eager to get the phone early – pre-orders will start on October 27th, whereas shipping will start on 3rd of November.

II.iPhone 8 & 8 Plus


Along with the flagship smartphone, the company also revealed the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which can be considered as improved versions of their predecessor. These phones feature a glass back for wireless charging, highly powerful A11 Bionic processor, improved cameras and other minor improvements.

The good news is that the iPhone 8 starts at $699 for the 64GB model, whereas the Plus model will cost you around $799 for the same storage option. However, both phones have larger storage options for $849 & $949. If you are one of those fans eager to get their newest smartphone as soon as possible, then pre-orders yours on September 15th.

III. The LTE Apple Watch


The new Apple Watch Series 3 comes with LTE connectivity, which means that it shouldn’t be connected with the phone to have access to the internet. The watch will work with the same phone number as the iPhone, which means that your calls, messages, and music will sync easily.

The watch has a similar design to its predecessor but it’s far faster thanks to the whole new W2 chip. According to company’s representatives, the new chip will give up to 18 hours of work life.

It will be available from September 22nd at $329 without cellular and $399 with the internet.

IV.Apple TV 4K


The new Apple TV supports 4K and HDR video. The device is compatible with both Dolby Vision and HDR10 and it can playback 4K HDR content. Now you can watch your favorite Netflix shows in the epic quality and so on Amazon’s Prime Video will also be available.

Moreover, you can now buy shows in 4K and HDR from the iTunes Store for the same price as the HD content without any additional costs. Shipping starts on September 22nd at $179 a piece.

AdminSeptember 13, 2017


A few months ago, Microsoft had rolled out a new version of the Skype mobile app. The community was caught in an uproar over the counterintuitive new design and myriad bugs this new iteration of the app brought along. Not only that, but the majority of the user base felt that the company was sacrificing utility for the sake of a misguided attempt at making their messaging/VoIP service more popular. Many opted to downgrade to the previous version, but with this new design coming to the desktop version of Skype soon, it’s unclear for just how much longer users will be able to avoid it.

So, what is wrong with the new Skype? First of all, there are the visuals which nobody seems to like. Where we previously had a clean, easy to navigate interface characterized by white and gentle cyan hues, we now have tons of invasive bolded text, unsightly squiggly lines and oversized, multi-colored chat bubbles. To top it all off, there are still no customization options apart from the several colors presets for chat bubbles.

In terms of functionality, the app was remodeled to follow the Snapchat scheme more closely, all the while either breaking or completely removing a number of powerful features that Skype previously had. The file sharing option, for example, now only works from inside the app itself. What this means is that if you want to send someone an image through Skype, you now first have to open the app, open the chat with that person, select the share option there and then find the image on your phone. Skype simply doesn’t show up on your phone’s share options or any other app’s, which is especially problematic when you want to share links.

From the technical standpoint, there are still plenty of bugs to go around. When the app first launched, its battery consumption was off the charts, and it was eating up more power than even the Android OS itself. This has since been fixed, but other issues remain – notifications still don’t work, the app immediately closes as soon as it’s pushed to background processes, it’s slow and very demanding in terms of RAM.

Many speculate that this is the beginning of the end for Skype and that it is doomed to follow in the footsteps of Microsoft’s former big messaging program, the MSN Messenger, or Windows Live Messenger as it was known in its twilight years. And true enough, Microsoft had been making many questionable decisions as of late, all of which they subsequently scrambled to fix and hope the world would forget.

Come what may, it’s highly unlikely that the company would just roll back the changes, but it’s evident that the users want the old Skype back, the Skype which had plenty of useful features and was great for both live chatting and video calling, rather than another Snapchat clone. Seeing as the desktop version of the “new” Skype is still in beta and yet to roll out to users everywhere, it ultimately remains to be seen how it performs. One thing is sure though – this revamp is unlikely to attract new users, and the best Microsoft can do at this point is focus on damage control. After all, with strong competitors such as Discord and Viber which have proven to be far more reliable, leaving Skype for good seems a preferable solution to trying to get accustomed to this latest redesign.

AdminSeptember 12, 2017


YouTube’s layout had been changed so many times over the past decade, it hardly feels like the same site compared to what we’ve had in 2006. Very recently, both the desktop and mobile versions of YouTube received a seemingly minor redesign, but one that managed to change the overall ‘feel’ of both the site and the app. And, as before, the community did not take kindly to this change, deeming it just another one in a series of Google’s needless redesigns that brought no significant new features nor optimized the service in any way. But what is this latest redesign really like?

At first glance, the site remains mostly the same. The first thing you’re likely to notice is that the logo is different, but only in the fact that the font has been bolded now and the red accent box now houses the “play” button instead of the second half of the site’s name. Apart from that, the home page and the subscriptions pages remain largely the same. The sidebar had been slightly reorganized, and the accent on the color red had been somewhat reduced, resulting in a cleaner albeit more dull interface. The same minor redesign applies to the video playback pages as well – there are fewer red and bold accents, and the features such as the view counter, like/dislike bar, the share and add options were moved around a bit.

The mobile app also appears to have been redesigned with a similar philosophy in mind, although the changes are much more noticeable there. The top of the page had traded the attention-grabbing red accent and now only houses the search and record options, in addition to the user’s profile icon. As for the home and subscriptions categories, they have been moved to the bottom of the page, and are now accompanied by several additional tabs – trending, shared and library.

In terms of functionality, things remain mostly the same. The only notable addition is the new “dark mode” that can be found in both the mobile and desktop versions of the site, as well as the mobile app. It is a feature commonly found in text viewers, and has the same effect for video playback as it does for text – it makes for a more pleasant viewing experience, especially at night or in dimly lit rooms. On top of that, it places the focus on the video itself, thus making for an overall more cinematic feeling.

As for the features exclusive to the mobile app, most notably, we have the aforementioned “share” tab. This new feature includes not only convenient in-app video sharing but also incorporates a chat function. Naturally, this chat function is based on videos and lacks the more powerful features commonly found in other messaging apps.

Ultimately, the community was very vocal about their displeasure with the new design. People rarely like big changes, especially when they affect their everyday routines, and YouTube had indeed become a part of many people’s everyday life. This collective community dislikes towards these redesigns stems mostly from the fact that Google had been introducing major redesigns on almost a yearly basis, all the while new features were being incorporated at a sluggish pace.

Regardless of whether this new design is just a stepping stone towards some more radical changes that are still further down the road, or just an attempt to get the media buzz around YouTube again, the new design is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

AdminSeptember 5, 2017


The first day of summer is officially June 21, but many people start celebrating summer as soon as Memorial Day weekend in May. Summertime means ice cream, watermelon, cherries, barbecue, swimming, vacations and road trips.

If you’re taking a long trip this summer, make sure you have these apps on your phone or tablet. They’re listed in order by importance. Gas is first, entertainment is last. You’ll notice there’s no music app. I know, it’s not a road trip without tunes, but who doesn’t have thousands of songs saved onto their phone already?

Trust me, this list will just add to the pleasure of your trip. You’ll thank me later.

#1: GasBuddy

The price of gas varies depending on the area you’re in. Outside of major cities, like Chicago, gas can get up to or be higher than $4 a gallon. If you’re in another country, you may be paying double or triple that price.

Gasbuddy tells you the cheapest place to get gas in your area. It can save you literally hundreds of dollars, especially if you’re driving an SUV or a minivan. But even if your gas guzzler is something a little bit smaller, you still need to find a place for reasonably priced gas.

This app works by location, so no matter where you are, you’ll be able to see which gas station has the best prices.

#2: Jrop

Unfortunately, you can’t schedule a time for your vehicle to start acting up on you. It seems to do it at the most inappropriate times – especially during a road trip.

You need an app for roadside assistance. Fun fact: if you lock your keys in your car, blow a tire or need a jump, your insurance is not going to cover that.

Jrop is a roadside assistance app that covers some of the most common problems drivers’ experience. You download the app, pick your problem, pay for the service, and then wait for the professional to arrive. Once they do, they fix the problem and you’re on your way.

The technicians are insured, so if something goes wrong, you’re covered.

#3: iExit

One of the best parts of a trip is making pit stops.

iExit is one of the best apps for this. It tells you exactly what lies ahead of you, which exit you should get off at and what kind of money you can expect to spend. It also integrates seamlessly with Yelp and GasBuddy, which means you, can get everything you need to know about a business from one app.

Pretty nice, right?

#4: Trivia Crack

Take turns trying to get the right answers to random questions from categories like science, sports, entertainment, and history.

Trivia Crack is a ton of fun and can be played by you, with a group, or with people on Facebook. The combination of adorable cartoons, strange facts, and pop culture references make it a perfect gaming app for everyone traveling with you.

#5: Netflix

Netflix has been bringing back all of our favorites from our childhood: Peabody & Sherman, MST3K, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. They’ve got a nice eclectic mix of old and new and literally something for the whole family. Their kid’s section is pretty diverse, and there are always good movies on there that appeals to every generation.

Their new rating system allows you to rate something simple: just vote thumbs up for a like, or thumbs down for a dislike. No more stars. That and the fact that they’re constantly adding new stuff make this the perfect app for people who love constant engagement.

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