Apple previews iOS 11.3: Update will let you turn off iPhone throttling, see all the changes here

Apple has just revealed all of the major new changes that will arrive with the upcoming iOS 11.3 update. This will be a crucial patch, as it will give users the option to disable the battery management features that can decrease performance in iPhones with older batteries. 

A slew of other important functionalities will also be included in the update, here’s a list of all the changes mentioned in Apple’s press release:
1. New features will display battery health and recommend if the power cell needs service. These can be accessed …


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 …

Opera updates its Android and iOS browsers with bitcoin mining protection

Three weeks after Opera added cryptocurrency mining protection to its desktop browsers, the software company announced a similar feature has been implemented into its mobile browsers.

Opera and Opera Mini for Android and iOS now benefit from full bitcoin protection with the latest update, the company confirmed earlier today. Here is how it works, as explained by Opera:

The new anti-cryptocurrency mining feature is activated by default when enabling the ad blocker on Opera Mini and Opera for Android. The ad blocker can be enabled in ‘Settings,’ and it will automatically detect and …

Update to Google's Gboard app for iOS makes it easier to create your own GIFs

If you’re the type that likes to include home made GIFs with your texts, Google’s Gboard app for iOS now makes it easier to create one. The button to start the process has been moved on the QWERTY keyboard to make it easier to find. Originally, when the feature launched last September, the GIF creation button was found behind the emoji button on the bottom of the keyboard. Accessing it required a long press on the emoji icon at the bottom.

Thanks to an update, the GIF creation button has been moved to the word suggestion bar, making it easier to find (see the arrow on the image at the top …

Apple confirms 65% of iPhones and iPads run iOS 11, less than 30% are still on iOS 10

Google releases monthly updates concerning the distribution of various Android versions, but Apple doesn’t have to do that. From time to time, the US giant releases statistics that offer us a look at the iOS distribution at a macro level.

Today, Apple published statistics about the iOS 11 adoption, as well as how the previous versions of the operating system performed in comparison. It’s true that fragmentation exists in the world of Apple as well, but not at the same level as Google’s Android.

But let’s not compare apples and oranges, and get straight to the point. According to Apple, …

YouTube on iOS scores native dark mode for some users, but what about Android?

A while ago, we told you that code suggesting that YouTube on Android is about to score a native dark theme has been unearthed in the app. 
However, as it often happens with Google’s software, it’s the iOS version of the YouTube app that receives this new feature first. 

Well, that’s only true for a select few iOS users who boasted on Reddit that version 13.01.4 of the app has introduced  a neat switch in the preferences that allows users to switch opt for the new dark interface in favor of the default light one. 

It …

Apple mistakingly makes old iOS versions available, some users hop on and downgrade en masse

Apple has a history of rarely looking back on anything it has moved beynd — it won’t re-incorporate hardware that it has once removed, and it certainly won’t let you use older versions of its iOS once you’ve updated your device. In order for an iOS build to be installed on your iPhone, it needs to be “signed” by Apple’s servers. Usually, once a new version is out, the previous one will be signed for a couple of weeks, after which Apple pulls the plug on it entirely.

Yesterday, however, the company had a slight mishap and was signing multiple old versions of iOS …

Disney announces new Star Wars: Rivals action shooter for Android and iOS

Disney continues to capitalize on the Star Wars franchise and what better way to keep fans entertained than another Star Wars mobile game. Lucasfilm and Disney have just announced the upcoming availability of Star Wars: Rivals, the “first real-time Star Wars competitive action shooter for mobile devices.”

The game seems to have been built on the same pay-to-win system that currently plagues Star Wars Battlefront 2 game, but if you haven’t played it yet, here’s how Star Wars: Rivals will work.

So, you can compete in PvP arenas by challenging players …

Blizzard launches Overwatch League app for Android and iOS

Blizzard’s multi-awarded Overwatch game is already an esports phenomenon, so it’s no surprise that developers want to make it easier for fans to stay connected with the latest information and events related to their popular title.

The new Overwatch League mobile application is the ultimate source of information related to the game. It includes match schedules and alerts, standings, live streams, videos, news, as well as team profiles.

If you have a favorite Overwatch team, you can follow every news about it and receive automatic match alerts and easy access …

Apple says iOS is vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre issues

Yesterday, we told you about a pair of exploits called Meltdown and Spectre. We focused on the latter because it can affect ARM flavored processors which are used on mobile devices like Android and iOS smartphones. As we told you, Google’s Android Security patch for January will help protect Android users from having passwords held in a browser, or in a password manager, stolen by a nameless, faceless hacker.

Apple has joined the club. The company said today that all of its Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to the same issues. However, Apple says that it has already released mitigations …