Poll results: HomePod gets little love, but supporting Spotify might fix that

The Apple HomePod is out and reviewers and early adopters are all enjoying its spatially-calibrated audio. It’s an impressive piece of hardware for sure, but it suffers from a couple of limitations. It’s no surprise that Apple released a product that is locked to its ecosystem — HomePod can only stream music from Apple Music. But the point is driven further by the fact that there’s no aux jack and you can’t connect to it via Bluetooth. You only get to send audio to it via Apple’s AirPlay.

With its omnidirectional audio and deep bass, the HomePod is great on sound, but the fact that it is …


Apple offers free repair to fix a serious issue on a "small percentage" of iPhone 7 units

Apple is now offering free repairs to those with an iPhone 7 suffering from a pretty serious glitch. A component failure found on a “small percentage” of units is making it appear as though the device is not connected to a cellular network when in truth, it really is. Apple said that those units suffering from this problem were sold from September 2016 to February 2018 (that is this month, by the way) in the U.S., China, Hong Kong, Japan and Macau.

Those who already paid for a repair to fix this matter will be reimbursed by the company. This happens to be the fourth component replacement …

Apple offers free repair to fix a serious issue on a small number of iPhone 7 units

Apple is now offering free repairs to those with an iPhone 7 suffering from a pretty serious glitch. A component failure found on a very small number of units is making it appear as though the device is not connected to a cellular network when in truth, it really is. Apple said that those units suffering from this problem were sold from September 2016 to February 2018 (that is this month, by the way) in the U.S., China, Hong Kong, Japan and Macau.

Those who already paid for a repair to fix this matter will be reimbursed by the company. This happens to be the fourth component replacement …

iPhone volume buttons no longer control your ring volume? Here's how to fix that!

Anyone owning an iPhone out there, either old user or newcomer, who has iOS 11 on their device has probably noticed something weird since updating — the phone’s volume buttons don’t control its ring volume.

Wha-a-at?

Yeah, for some reason, Apple thought that it’s better to have the volume buttons only control media volume, not ringtone or alarms. But fear not, that’s easily remedied with the touch of a setting. In fact, it’s a toggle that has been there for quite a while, it’s just now that Apple decided to reverse its default position. Here’s where to find …

Face ID got broken on iPhone X with the iOS 11.2 update? Here's how to fix it

In terms of software updates, Apple had a pretty rough time last week, with the iOS 11.1.2 causing some users’ iPhones to get looped when getting local notifications with schduled reminders. Thankfully, Apple resolved that one quickly with the 11.2 update afterwards, but this one, pushed out of the gate as quickly as Apple could bake it, brought with it another share of problems, it seems, this time involving the latest and greatest iPhone X.

Some users of Apple’s priciest iPhone were complaining that Face ID stopped working on iOS 11.2. Their phones showed the …

Razer Phone gets torn down on video: Tons of screws, but relatively easy to fix

YouTuber Zach Nelson, better known as his YouTube alias JerryRigEverything, has just taken it to himself to unwrap the interesting new Razer Phone and show us what’s making it click and tick like the well-oiled machine it is.
After unscrewing nearly a dozen screws, we get to see just how easy screen replacement on the Razer Phone will be for all those unlucky enough to drop the device on some fine Italian terracotta. Attached at the rear of the display is one of the largest heatpipes ever on a smartphone and that’s necessary due to the gaming-oriented nature …

Apple releases bug fix so you can finally use the iPhone X in cold weather

The launch of the iPhone X was not as uneventful as the that of the other iPhones released by Apple this year. Many customers found weird issues with Apple’s flagship, some more serious than others.

Last week we reported about such an issue that made the iPhone X screen become temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid change to a cold environment. At that time, Apple promised to address the problem in an upcoming software update, but aside from that, no other information was provided.

True to its promise, Apple has now released an update that fixes …

Is the YouTube app killing your iPhone battery? A fix is in the works

There are some doors left open wide in the YouTube client on iOS 11, as plenty of users have taken to the interwebs to complain that their iPhones and iPads updated to the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS, are experiencing heat and power consumption issues with it. Depending on whose complaint you listen to, the battery goes down 20% in fifteen minutes to half an hour of watching video, which, by all counts, sounds pretty terrible. 

Not only that, but the iPhones apparently get rather hot and bothered when the YouTube app is running, indicating …

Apple promises a fix for the iPhone X's cold weather blues

Some iPhone X users have noticed that their touchscreen becomes unresponsive with a rapid change of temperatures, like, say, going out of the house in cold weather. Well, the weather has to be near freezing, and the screen apparently stops being operational for a few brief seconds, plus locking and unlocking the display prompts the iPhone X to again register touches, but it must be annoying nonetheless, so Apple issued a promise for a fix. 

It turns out that this might be a software problem of sorts, as the phone is having a recommended temperature …

Google releases Chrome 62 on Android to fix major vulnerabilities, add some new features

After a short beta testing phase, Google released Chrome version 62 for Android devices. The new update for the mobile browser patches some security vulnerabilities discovered recently and brings some visual changes that are meant to better fit the Android design language.

So, for the most important part, this update includes fixes for the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerabilities. This severe exploit made all platforms vulnerable, but devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and newer were the easiest to attack.

Apparently, WPA2, the encryption standard that secures WiFi …