The iPhone X home button "dongle" is bizarre: A journey through the strange world of aftermarket Apple accessories

It’s not easy to let go of things that we are convinced are important to us, in some way or another, be it for their perceived practical or sentimental values. This holds true for many things in life, even when it comes to otherwise inconsequential in the grand scheme of things material possessions, such as souvenirs, old photographs, and other mementos of days past. But the same also holds true not only for items of sentimental value—the merits of which can be defended by their owners, and rightfully so—but also for thoroughly utilitarian things as well. Things like, …

Cutting corners: Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018)'s home button isn’t pressure sensitive

Samsung’s latest design achievements are slowly trickling down to its mid-range lineup of devices, namely the fresh new Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) which got official  just yesterday.

Aside from closely following suit to the overall design language of the Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 to some extent: with rear-positioned fingerprint scanner, tall 2:1 displays, and bezel-less front, the new mid-rangers are mostly deadringers for the higher-tier flagship devices.

Yet, while the two new phones are getting closely modeled after the S8 and S8+, it seems that …

Opera browser for Android gets new UI, desktop site switch button, and other new features in latest update

The Android version of popular web browser Opera has received a new update. The latest patch brings some neat changes, the most notable being a UI that has been redesigned to be more convenient for phones and tablets. 

Also introduced is a new “Desktop mode” toggle that can be accessed via the three dots menu at the top right corner of the screen. Unsurprisingly, the toggle lets you switch to the desktop version of a given website.
Other changes include bug fixes for media notifications, sound, and video playback issues. Last but not least, the update …

Android's "Check for updates" button not doing anything for you? Yeah, it'll be fixed next year

You know that “Check for update” button, hidden in the Android settings? The one that you vigorously tap every time you hear there’s a new update for your phone… only for nothing to happen?

Yeah, turns out it’s not working as intended. See, the idea is that, if there’s a new update for your device, which still hasn’t been automatically pushed to it, you should be able to manually start the process. But the Check for update button just doesn’t work.

It was supposed to be fixed back in September, as per Google’s promise, but it still isn’t. Apparently, Google didn’t lie — it was working …

How to bring back the home button on your iPhone X

Apple made a number of compromises in its first effort to make an “all-screen” phone, but chief among those was the decision to ditch the home button with its integrated Touch ID finger scanner, and replace it with a Face ID biometric solution, achieved by the TrueDepth camera kit that warranted a “notch” cutout at the top of the iPhone X display.
As a result, those coming from a legacy iPhone hit both a muscle memory wall, and aspect ratio compatibility issues. Don’t cry and suffer, though, as there is a way to go home sweet home, even on …

Bye, Bixby: Update lets you disable the Bixby button on Samsung's Galaxies

Galaxy S8, S8+, and Note 8 users have learned to live with the Bixby button by now, either loving the functionality or totally ignoring its existence. Samsung is notoriously still playing catch with all modders who develop remapping apps that allow you to hijack the hardware button and use it for other purposes, but recently, the South Korean giant has caved in a bit.
Thanks to a recent update, the Bixby button will no longer launch Bixby Home or wake up your device from sleep, if you have it setup this way from Bixby settings.
Wait, …

With the lack of a home button, is the iPhone X actually becoming a bit too complicated?

Ever since the OG iPhone, the Apple handset has had one signature characteristic — just one button on its front. A very simple concept to get — you’ve got power and volume off to the side of the phone, just like how it has been since the first cellphone; when it comes to navigating the smartphone’s interface, the only hardware button you have is “Home” — everything else is in text and on the screen.

Apple’s iPhone user experience has been touted as being simple, straightforward, and pleasurable over the years, and that home button played a huge part in that. Now that it’s gone, Apple has …

With iOS 11, you can shut down your Apple iPhone or Apple iPad without using the power button

So let’s say that for some reason you cannot use any buttons to turn off your Apple iPhone or Apple iPad. For the purposes of this story, assume that the power button (sleep/wake) is not working. As a result, pressing the power button and the home button is also not resetting your device. Since the Apple iPhone 7 doesn’t have a mechanical home button, a change was made. To reset the phone, users have to press the power button for 3 seconds, and press volume down while still pressing the power button. But again, we are assuming that this method is not working.

Is there a way to turn off …

Four ways to wake up the iPhone X screen. No home button? No problem!

So, the iPhone X is coming out in just under a month, and you may be one of the many waiting at the edge of their seats. And for good reason — the X is a long-awaited design evolution and a technological marble by Apple. But, being so drastically different, it also comes with slight differences on how you are going to physically the device.

For example:
There is no home button? How can I conveniently wake my iPhone now?
The little circular pad, which has been a signature feature of the iPhones ever since the original launched is now gone. Users have long been …

After the Bixby button, Samsung disables the Bixby chief

The latest Samsung software update gives you the ability to completely disable the physical button that launches its Bixby virtual assistant on the latest high-end Galaxy phones. That’s right – you can either launch Bixby with that nice clicky button on the left, or nothing at all. 

Samsung apparently has a small team working on Bixby, and they’ve kept themselves pretty occupied with how to make the thing run in English for months, so, unsure about the pace of development, Samsung spared us yet another smart speaker with a digital butler built in.
The …