Microsoft Launcher update fixes issues, adds performance improvements, more

The beta version of Launcher app got updated last month with a handful of bug fixes and under-the-hood enhancements, but those using the stable iteration had to wait until now to get all those improvements.

Well, if you didn’t know what the latest beta update brought for Microsoft Launcher users about two weeks ago, here is what you’ll get now:

Fixed top crashes and App Not Responding Errors;Support applying icon pack over single custom-set icons;Adjustments to wallpaper settings experience;Fixed several badge count issues;Performance/memory/CPU improvements.Microsoft’s Launcher surpassed …


iOS 11.3 Battery Health and Performance Throttling: what is it exactly?

One of the biggest new features in iOS 11.3 is a more advanced long-term battery health monitoring and the option to disable performance throttling, but how do you use these features and what do the numbers there mean?

It all started with an issue that affected iPhone SE, 6, 6s and 7 series of devices with older batteries. Those devices would unexpectedly start shutting down when an intensive app runs and to fix that issue Apple decided to quietly slow down the performance of these phones to avoid those peaks in power usage. This, however, resulted in phones running much slower …

How to check your iPhone's battery health and disable performance throttling (iOS 11.3)

Alright, alright! So, it turned out all those conspiracy theories about Apple slowing down old iPhones had some type of truth to them. Apparently, Apple put in a mechanism in iOS which would limit hardware performance if the phone’s battery had deteriorated and was no longer capable of providing reliable power for the phone to function right. Apple’s train of thought was this — better have a slow phone that works instead of one that restarts randomly due to the battery failing.

The problem? Apple forgot to tell the customers that this was happening. So, some people were out there …

Xiaomi pulls Android 8.0 Oreo update for Mi A1 due to performance issues

The last day of 2017 brought a nice gift for Xiaomi customers using a Mi A1 smartphone, as the handset maker started pushing out the promised Android 8.0 Oreo update. Unfortunately, the update seems to have been rushed to meet the deadline announced by Xiaomi a while ago.

Now, Xiaomi announced that due to the many issues experienced by Mi A1 owners who updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, they are putting the roll-out on hold until they fix these bugs.

It appears that Xiaomi Mi A1 users reported many problems after the update, including issues with the camera, dialer …

What would you prefer: consistent, fast performance or consistent battery life?

For a while now, there have been reports that iOS automatically throttles system performance when the iPhone’s battery deteriorates below a certain threshold. Said theories have been all but confirmed now that the developers of benchmarking app Geekbench have stepped in to show tons of results that support them.

Supposedly Apple is doing this for the simple reason of maintaining a consistent battery life for as long as possible. When you have a deteriorated battery, it will drain faster, especially with the powerful chips that hum inside the iPhones nowadays. The solution is …

Please do not eat ghost peppers before a choir performance

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Ever wondered what it would be like to sing “O Come, All Ye Faithful” after downing a ghost pepper? Probably not, but you should probably watch this video now that your curiosity’s piqued. 

Chili Klaus, a YouTuber already famous for the clip of orchestra members eating ghost peppers, has now pivoted his experiment to Denmark’s Herning Boys Choir. The group sounds perfectly delightful during their pepper-free run of the song, but once the heat hits, many of the choristers have a hard time keeping up with their parts. 

This is to be expected, of course — once over a million Scoville units are in your mouth, it can be difficult to concentrate on anything else. Still, there are a few singers who just chug on through the pepper pain like it’s nothing. We assume these musicians either eat ghost peppers for breakfast or are robots. Read more…

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Eminem surprised us all with a performance of 'Stan' on 'SNL'

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Most Saturday Night Live musical guests perform a single song per segment. On Saturday, Eminem performed three.

The rapper took the stage at Saturday Night Live to perform “Walk on Water,” the first single off his upcoming album Revival, before launching into a medley of his 2000 single “Stan” and his 2010 track “Love The Way You Lie.”

Only downside: Beyoncé and Rihanna were nowhere in sight. Read more…

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Australia just landed its first high performance centre for esports

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Oceania’s esports industry just took a huge step forward.

Australia has opened its very first Esports High Performance Centre in Sydney, a new home base for Oceania’s leading League of Legends team, the LG Dire Wolves.

Established in Sydney’s city sporting precinct, sitting in the side of Allianz Stadium looking towards the Sydney Cricket Ground, the facility aims to drive growth and development in Australia’s esports industry.

The facility will be stocked with new technology in eye-tracking and performance analysis, as part of a partnership with the University of Technology Sydney. Read more…

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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, …

Sony Xperia XZ, X Performance receive new update, here's what's new

A new OTA update is rolling out to the Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance. After installation, the patch should bump the software version of the two models to 41.2.A.7.65, as they both feature the same Snapdragon 820 chipset.
The new firmware brings the September batch of fixes for security vulnerabilities found on the Android platform. We have to commend Sony for pushing out the update in a timely manner, as currently only Nexus, Pixel, and some Nokia devices have it installed.   
The …