Apple developers receive iOS 11.1 beta 4 and watchOS 4.1 beta 4

Apple today has pushed out the fourth beta versions of iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1, both made for developers’ eyes only. The public beta versions should be made available soon. Apple’s iOS 11.1 beta 4 update marks the return of the 3D Touch multitasking app switcher, which was added in beta 2 and removed in beta 3. The update also includes hundreds of new emoji from Unicode along with bug fixes and performance improvements.

The build number of the iOS 11.1 beta 4 version for developers is 15B92. For the watchOS 4.1 beta for developers, the build number is 15R846. The latter update adds Apple …


Live Photos for all! Google Photos now lets you share and view your moving pictures over iOS, Android, and PC

A couple of years ago, Apple introduced its “Live Photos” — a feature, which has the phone’s camera record a short video that spans the time just before and just after you press the shutter button. Photos are viewable as normal, but force-pressing (or just long pressing if you don’t have 3D Touch) makes them “come alive” with the frames that were captured just before and just after. A neat little feature, great for capturing family moments with that fidgety little one, pets, fireworks, and other unpredictable stuff.

For quite a while, Live Photos have been an exclusive club. If you wanted …

Microsoft updates Outlook for iOS, here is what's new

After delivering a major Outlook update last week on both Android and iOS platforms, Microsoft is now bringing a couple of new feature to iPhone users.

Unlike the previous update that added many improvements to shared calendars feature, the new version of Outlook for iOS is more related to the Groups feature.

The first important new feature the update brings is the ability to create or delete a group directly from the phone. Aside from that, Outlook users can now edit a group and add or remove group members.

As long as you have an Office 365 account, …

WhatsApp announces Live Location feature is now available on Android and iOS devices

Live Location is a brand new feature that will be available on both Android and iOS devices starting today, WhatsApp announced. The developer confirmed the Live Location will be slowly rolled out worldwide in the coming weeks, so it might take some time be available to everyone.

The new Live Location feature will allow WhatsApp users to share their location in real-time with family and friends. It’s an end-to-end encrypted feature that enables users to control who they share with their location and for how long.

If you’re using WhatsApp on a daily basis, …

Update to the Microsoft Pix Camera app for iOS adds new features and improves performance

Microsoft might not be focusing on Windows 10 Mobile anymore, but that doesn’t mean that the software giant is out of the smartphone game at all. First of all, Microsoft makes oodles of money every year thanks to its collection of Android patents that produce millions in royalty payments. And of course, the company has a collection of apps for both major platforms. So as you can see, Microsoft is still involved in the smartphone industry.

Today, the company added new features to its Microsoft Pix Camera app for iOS. A previous update allowed the app to recognize and scan business cards, …

Google Assistant can now control Chromecasts from your Android or iOS handset

The Google Chromecast allows you to stream content through your television set by plugging it into your set’s HDMI port. Simple as that. But only a Google Home smart speaker would allow you to bark a command to Google Assistant demanding that Chromecast stream a particular bit of content. Not even your expensive edge-to-edge models like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or the Essential Phone could do that.

Well folks, those days are over. Late last night, Google confirmed that you can now control Chromecasts with Google Assistant on your Android or iOS flavored handset. For example, you can specify …

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 …

iOS 11 is already on more devices than iOS 10; Android 8 Oreo is still exclusive to the chosen few

It has been three weeks since iOS 11 finally launched officially and was available to users worldwide. The new operating system brought about tons of changes — like the new control center, screen recording, a new notification dropdown, among others — and came with its own fair share of bugs, which Apple has been hard at work ironing out, as we are now up to patch 11.0.3.

Since Apple is a company that develops its own hardware and software, it’s also able to maximize the amount of supported devices and minimize the distribution times for updates. iOS 11 is available …

It was a pleasant summer for iOS with market share gains in 7 out of 9 countries

Just released data has revealed that Apple had a pleasant summer around the world. According to Kantar, seven of the nine markets monitored by the analytical firm saw iOS market share rise on a year-over-year basis during the three months ended in August. In the U.S., Apple’s mobile operating system had a 35% market share during the three months, up 3.7 percentage points from the same time period in 2016. Android’s share during the same months showed a decline of 2.9 percentage points in the states.

Kantar also discovered that during the three month period, the iPhone kept its number one …

Critically acclaimed puzzle game Talos Principle finally arrives on iOS

The Talos Principle is an atmospheric puzzle game that has been available for PC, consoles, and Android devices (limited to Nvidia K1 or X1 hardware) since back in 2015. Now, 2 years later, it has finally made the jump to the iOS App Store.

If you’re into gaming, you probably have heard about it, but not necessarily played it yet. It’s a title that has been praised by both fans and critics, with a Metacritic score of 88 (out of 100) from critics and 8.4 (out of 10) from users. So, it’s certainly worth a dive when you have the time to space. Now that it’s available …