Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 to restore a feature on the unreleased HomePod

Back on December 2nd, a crazy bug was causing certain iPhone models powered by iOS 11.1.2 to continuously crash in a loop. The models with this problem were receiving preset local notifications from certain apps. Apple was forced to rectify the issue by disseminating iOS 11.2 about a week early in order to kill the bug. There were some other goodies involved in the update including three new live wallpapers for the iPhone X, support for faster 7.5W wireless charging on compatible iPhone models, enhanced stabilization for video recording and Apple Pay Cash.

Today, another bug forced Apple …


HTC releases Smart display app in the Google Play Store

HTC Smart display is an Android app that comes pre-installed on the HTC U11+, a smartphone that hasn’t been released on the market yet. The application HTC’s take on the Ambient Display, a feature that will come inside the U11+.

It’s unclear whether or not the app is compatible with other HTC devices now that the Taiwanese company has decided to release it in the Google Play Store.

The Smart display app shows information about time, date, and battery power on the screen. It also displays notification icons and features different clock styles, as well …

T-Mobile releases list containing names of all its 920+ markets that feature LTE-Advanced service

T-Mobile’s Chief Technical Officer Neville Ray has released via a tweet, the complete list of markets covered by the carrier’s LTE-Advanced network. The list also reveals which cities offer regular LTE-A and which feature LTE-A with Carrier Aggregation, 4×4 MIMO, and 256QAM. As it turns out, 430 of the 920+ markets are so endowed. Devices that support all three of those additional capabilities can receive Gigabit Class LTE and run at twice the download speed usually obtained with regular LTE-A networks. When you consider that regular LTE-A doubles the download speed of standard LTE networks, you …

Blu releases Android update that bricks phones, forcing users to lose their data


Blu Products, the Miami-based company known for selling
affordable Android phones in the US (and not only), today released a software
update that’s angering a lot of users.

 

According to countless reports found on Reddit and other
forums, the update in question was sent over the air to owners of the Blu Life
One X2 (a mid-range handset launched last year for $200). By the looks of it, all
those who’ve downloaded the update couldn’t finish installing it. That’s because,
to finish the update, the phone asks for your password, but – likely because of
a major bug – it won’t accept it, no …

Google releases final preview of Android 8.1 Oreo for select Pixel and Nexus devices

While many consumers are still waiting to receive Android 8.0 Oreo, only a few will soon be able to update to a much newer version – Android 8.1 Oreo. Google confirmed a few more important new features will be made available along with Android 8.1, but the update will be available to Pixel and Nexus devices only, and probably for quite a long time.

Obviously, Google won’t prevent any smartphone company to push the update, but considering these companies are still struggling to update their products to Android 8.0 Oreo, it’s safe to assume it will take much longer …

Snapchat quietly releases new filters based on what you're snapping

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Too lazy to be creative with Snapchat? Well, there’s a new feature for you.

Snap quietly launched new filters that recognize what’s being snapped and provide a contextually relevant border or sticker. The update comes ahead of a massive app redesign as the company tries to keep users and advertisers engaged. The filters began gradually rolling out to users last week, a Snap spokesperson confirmed to Mashable

The filters will automatically appear in the user’s carousel of filters after they take a photo snap of something within a certain set of categories. These include items at concerts, beaches, pets, sports, and food, a Snap spokesperson told Mashable.  Read more…

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Nintendo releases Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp a day earlier, download links available now

Although Nintendo announced yesterday that Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp will be released in the App Store and Google Play on November 22, the developer decided to take the wraps off the highly-anticipated game one day early.

If you’re rocking an Android smartphone or an iPhone, you can now download Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on your device. It’s available for free via App Store and Google Play but includes some serious in-app purchases. Also, make sure you have a persistent Internet connection, otherwise you won’t be able to play the game.

In Animal Crossing: …

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 …

Samsung releases a second Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy S8 in the US, here's what's new

Certain Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices in the US and the UK have been eligible for the Android 8.0 Oreo beta program for a couple of weeks now, allowing willing users to partake and test out all the new features that Samsung has thrown in its TouchWiz Samsung Experience software. Actually, the second beta version of the software is already rolling out in the US after being launched in the UK the week before, introducing a slew of new features that you need to know about.

Build number G955USQU1ZQK6 of the software intros a host of new clock styles for Always On Display, which are a …

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 …