Google CEO promises 11 Daydream VR-compatible Android phones by the end of 2017

VR and AR capabilities will undoubtedly turn into a must have feature on smartphones, as the tech gathers pace in the mainstream. Only a few years ago, headsets that take you to whole new worlds and immersive virtual realities were entertained only as gimmick gadgets in sci-fi productions, and no one could even begin to picture a VR-capable smartphone.

But only few years later, big-name tech manufacturers are in a tight competition to deliver devices that are capable of offering as real a virtual experience as imaginably possible, and do not feel heavy or unnatural on …


Apple unleashes iOS 11 beta 4 on Developers

Today, Apple released iOS 11 beta 4 to developers. The changelist includes some bug fixes for photography app VSCO, as recently taken photos won’t cause a crash when imported. Banking app Citi Mobile will no longer crash when you sign-in, and you can now use your email address to sign into virtual pinboard Pinterest. Good news for those who make calls on Skype as the audio will no longer be dropped during a conversation.

Other changes include new icons for Notes, Reminders, and Contacts. Swiping left on a Notification will now clear it, and when you tap on a Notification a new Touch ID …

With iOS 11, NFC is for more than just using Apple Pay

Apple currently uses NFC for mobile payment system Apple Pay. NFC, which stands for Near Field Communication, allows two electronic devices to communicate with each other as long as both are no more than 1.6-inches apart. When Apple added NFC to its handset with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it limited the use of the feature to Apple Pay. But that is all going to change once iOS 11 is released.

With iOS 11 comes Core NFC. This allows developers to access NFC so that the tool can be used inside apps. With the latest build of Apple’s mobile operating system, NFC tags can be read on certain …

iOS 11 Public Beta 2 rolling out to iPhones and iPads now

Three days after releasing the Developer Preview Beta 3 for iOS 11, Apple has now started rolling out Public Beta 2 to all enrolled devices. There is nothing major in the new update, just minor tweaks and fixes. Some users are reporting an improvement in battery life, while others are claiming that it’s “still bad” for them.

Yeah, basically, it’s a beta and it’s not the best idea to have it installed on your daily driver. But if you are feeling a bit daredevilish and can’t wait to test out the cool new control center, the file manager, and all the other nifty features …

Smart Invert in iOS 11 is as close to Dark Mode as Apple gets for now

Perhaps it has something to do with joining the dark side, but Apple has teased us for years about a system-wide Dark Mode and has never delivered. Perhaps the force is not strong enough to make this a feature on iOS even though every year there is a rumor that it is coming. While iOS does have an Invert Color feature, this is not exactly what the Apple faithful have been hoping for. The latter feature will invert colors used on photos, emoji and Message attachments.

But with iOS 11 comes Smart Invert. This brings users the same features as Invert Color, but is smarter. In other …

iOS 11 Beta 3 hints at live broadcasting, could mean massive potential for gamers?

So, iOS 11 is currently up for anyone wanting to try its beta — you’ve got the Public Beta, which is considered stable enough to offer to the early adopters hungry to test the newest software features to come from Apple’s kitchen; and then you’ve got the Developer Preview, which is more raw and definitely unstable, available only to those with developer accounts who more or less need it for their work.

The Developer Preview subscribers have just received a brand new update (Beta 3) a couple of days ago and there are a bunch of small fixes and tweaks to the interface, …

LG Q6 (LG G6 mini) video teaser confirms July 11 announcement

LG has just released a video that points to an upcoming announcement of a new smartphone. Although the South Korean handset maker doesn’t name the device that will be announced on July 11, we already know it’s the LG Q6 aka LG G6 mini.

Another hint that LG will be launching the LG Q6 in just a few days can be found in the description of the video teaser: “A full, exQuisite view is what you need. Q-rious? July 11th. Coming soon.”

So, if you’re Q-rious about the LG Q6, then, by all means, stay tuned for the July 11 reveal. The smartphone will feature the same …

LG Q6 (LG G6 mini) gets benchmarked ahead of July 11 official unveil

Reports claim LG plans to unveil a brand new Android smartphone next week, a mini version of its G6 flagship. Given that not much has transpired when it comes to information about specs, the listing of the handset on Geekbench gives us the opportunity to talk more about the so-called LG G6 mini.

As some of you might be aware, the initial report about the LG G6 mini, or LG Q6, mentions the smartphone will sport a 5.4-inch display, 3GB RAM, and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Thanks to the listing at Geekbench, we now know the smartphone will be equipped …

This iOS 11 AR measuring app will make you go “Whaaat?!”

With iOS 11 developer Beta 2 underway, coders around the globe are ever so excited to get down to building software that utilizes an array of new features that were announced at the WWDC 2017. Developer account holders have had only about three weeks to come up with iOS 11 apps, since the first beta launched, but we already have some exciting stuff in the AR category that really get us excited about ARKit’s potential.

Two recent posts on Twitter show videos of a measuring app that is bound to make you go “Whaaat?!”. At least we did. What really wows you are the smoothness and dynamics of …

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi can be set to stay on when Airplane Mode is activated in iOS 11

Apple introduced iOS 11 at WWDC earlier this month. One of the changes coming with the new build of Apple’s mobile operating system has to do with Airplane Mode. This is the switch that requires one tap (or toggle) to shut down the radio on your iPhone, thus eliminating all connectivity options so that it can be used on an airplane in flight. That means no Wi-Fi, no cellular signal and no Bluetooth.

Now, let’s say that you are using Bluetooth to pair your Apple Watch with your iPhone. Using Airplane Mode would traditionally eliminate the Bluetooth connection and your timepiece would no longer …