Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 with HomePod support, other improvements and bug fixes

Apple has just announced iOS 11.2.5 is now being pushed out to all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch units. As expected, the main focus of the update is HomePod support, but Apple included a handful of improvements and fixes as well.

So, besides the fact that you’ll be able to set up and automatically transfer your Apple ID, Apple Music, Siri and Wi-Fi settings to HomePod, you’ll also get the so-called Siri News.

With Siri News, you’ll be able to say “Hey Siri, play the news” and the digital assistant will immediately read the news. Additionally, you can now ask for specific …


Essential Phone receives January security patch which includes fixes for Meltdown and Spectre flaws

When you’re packing stock Android, like the Essential Phone is, updates are sent fairly quickly. For example, the handset has just started to receive the January Android security patch today, not long after it was released by Google. And as we told you the other day, the January patch includes protection against the two new security issues that both iOS and Android flavored devices are receiving protection from. Those two are called Meltdown and Spectre.

When you receive the notification that the update has arrived, make sure you connect to a Wi-Fi signal before starting the process of updating …

Latest January update for Pixel phones brings "anti-aging" display fixes

Google is not wasting any time and it kicks off 2018 with an important update for its Google Pixel lineup of phones that helps with aging of the AMOLED screens. The update has already started rolling out for the Google Pixel 2 XL, but also for the Pixel 2, as well as for last year’s Google Pixel and Pixel XL.
The interesting detail was not openly publicized by Google, but instead comes courtesy of an update listing over at Canadian carrier Telus.
Right now, it’s hard to pin-point what exactly Google remedies with this …

Google fixes burger and beer emojis in Android 8.1

One of Google’s biggest mistakes with Android 8.0 was to mess up the burger and beer emojis. Surely. But after Google CEO Sundar Pichai last month jokingly said that he will “drop everything” and dedicate himself to undoing this scandalous neglect, justice will be served in Android 8.1.

Making a burger is pretty simple, right? You put the lettuce right under the top bun, so the tomato doesn’t make it soggy, then comes the tomato, then the cheese, the patty, and the other bun. Bun, salad, cheese, patty, bun. Pretty simple stuff, right? …

NVIDIA Shield Tablet is getting a new update that fixes some security and connectivity issues

NVIDIA has just announced that it is now rolling out a new update for the Shield Tablet, which is dubbed “Upgrade 5.3.” The update contains important system enhancements, as well as security and bug fixes.

Among the most important changes, NVIDIA mentions the addition of the November security patch and some system stability and security optimizations. The full changelog as published by NVIDIA is available below:

Addresses Wi-Fi vulnerabilities (KRACK and Broadpwn);Fixing connectivity issues with Zagg Bluetooth keyboards;Overall system stability and security …

New Sony Xperia XZ Premium update fixes camera sensor issues, adds November security patch

The Xperia XZ Premium is the first Sony smartphone to have received the Android 8.0 Oreo update, but other devices are expected to follow soon. However, the update contained a fix for a known camera issue that brought another problem with the camera.

Although it addressed the Xperia XZ Premium camera distortion issues, Android 8.0 Oreo broke the camera sensor’s functionality, which meant that the RGBC-IR and ToF (Laser AF) features were not working within the parameters.

In other words, most of the pictures captured with the Xperia XZ Premium were blurry …

Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL software update fixes voice call clicking, adds saturated display mode

A new software update for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is out now, and aside from bringing a fix for the Wi-Fi-related Krack vulnerability, it’s also aiming to mend the devices’ audio and display problems.

As a refresher, numerous reports about clicking and cracking in the earpiece during voice calls and OLED display burn-in have marred the launch of Google’s latest flagships. Oh, and let’s not forget that some devices are shipping sans an operating system out of the box.

In particular, a new toggle in the display settings menu allows users to choose …

Apple releases iOS 11.1 with 70 new emoji and several bug fixes

Today, the very day after Apple released iOS 11.2 containing SiriKit for HomePod developers, the company released iOS 11.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update brings back the 3D Touch multitasking app switcher, a fix for the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit, improved support for braille devices, a fix that takes care of some issues that the Apple Watch had with data hand off, and most important of all, 70 new emoji.

The update to iOS 11.1 weighs in at 311.3 MB and still AWOL are Apple Pay Cash and AirPlay 2. The former allows users to make or receive peer-to-peer payments in iMessage. The …

OnePlus 5 receiving OxygenOS 4.5.11 update, fixes YouTube video lag and 4G+ issues

OnePlus 3 and 3T are not the only ones getting monthly updates, as the Chinese company is taking care of its newest flagship smartphone as well, the OnePlus 5.

Although it wasn’t officially announced, a new OxygenOS 4.5.11 update is now being pushed to OnePlus 5 devices. Many users have already captured the update and shared information about what’s bringing into the mix.

At first glance, this is a bug fixing update that addresses some issues OnePlus 5 owners reported about in the last couple of months. The most important one is supposed to fix a problem …

iOS 11 beta 5 is out: Tons of bug fixes, 32-bit apps officially get phased out

iOS Developer Preview beta 5 is now out, bringing a host of small incremental changes to the current state of the operating system that will most likely make it to the final release of iOS 11, though nothing’s written in stone – with probably one beta to go before iOS 11 goes public, we’re likely in for some further changes to Apple’s latest software.
Gimmicky changes like icon changes aside, the big news here is that iOS 11 Beta 5 now officially ditches 32-bit app support, which will be one of the highlights of the upcoming software release from Apple. If …