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Apple’s 2017 Apple Watch may be the wearable we’ve all been waiting for
A new report from DigiTimes claims that there are some interesting changes in store for the Apple Watch. According to the publication -- which admittedly has a spotty record with Apple rumors -- Apple is planning to replace the OLED panels it currently uses on the Apple Watch with Micro LED technology sometime next year. The report adds that the new display panels will be built on technology Apple acquired when it purchased LuxVue back in 2014, a company well regarded for its power-efficient micro-LED displays. The benefits of switching from OLED to Micro LED are certainly intriguing: not only might it help increase battery life on the Apple Watch, but it may also result in a richer and more vibrant color gamut with higher resolutions. More importantly, because Micro LED panels are thinner and lighter than OLED screens, it stands to reason that the Apple Watch 3 casing will be thinner than its current form, a welcome change for those who find the current design a bit unwieldy. DON'T MISS:  Leaked photos show off the Tesla Model 3’s beautiful interior All told, the future of the Apple Watch is looking rather bright, especially given the recent unveiling of watchOS 3. As we detailed previously , watchOS 3 addresses nearly all of the major complaints that consumers had with the first iteration of the Apple Watch. From welcome performance improvements to a long overdue overhaul of the UI, the Apple Watch as a standalone product is looking more intriguing than ever before. Broadly speaking, the Apple Watch may finally be in a position to become the success many initially assumed it would be. If we go back to April 2015 when the Apple Watch first hit store shelves, many assumed that the device would be a runaway hit. The reality, though, was quite the opposite. Though the Apple Watch has sold reasonably well, sales thus far haven't been high enough to prompt Apple to release official sales figures just yet. And while this has caused some to prematurely label the Apple Watch a flop, it's important to remember that sales of Apple's wearable during its first year of availability were higher than what we saw for both the iPhone and the iPod. In other words, blockbuster hits don't always happen over night. Sometimes, it takes awhile for products to find their footing and truly resonate with mainstream consumers. And with the Apple Watch, it's increasingly starting to look like versions two and three of Apple's wearable will finally transform the device into the ubiquitous success many assumed version one would be.
BlackBerry CEO confident on handset profit; results top expectations

File photo of Blackberry sign seen in front of their offices on the day of their annual general meeting for shareholders in WaterlooBy Alastair Sharp and Allison Martell WATERLOO, Ontario/TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Executive John Chen expressed confidence on Thursday that he can make the company's trimmed-down handset business profitable by a self-imposed September deadline, as the smartphone pioneer posted results that beat expectations. BlackBerry broke even before charges and writedowns in its first quarter and forecast a smaller-than-expected annual loss, helping to send its stock up 3.6 percent. Adjusted revenue in that business exceeded handset sales in the quarter.



WTF of the week: Worst analyst ever suggests Apple should spin off its Mac business
Is John C. Dvorak is trying to cement his position as the worst industry "analyst" of all-time? It's entirely possible because Dvorak's latest article for PC Mag is one of the most peculiar and inane pieces we've seen from the man who in 1984 famously predicted that no one would want to use a mouse and who, in 2007, boldly predicted that the original iPhone would amount to nothing more than an embarrassing flop. And now Dvorak is back again with a kindly suggestion for Apple: spin-out the company's Mac business into an entirely separate company. Usually, boneheaded ideas like this are reserved for message boards, not a featured spot in PC Mag of all places. But so it goes in the world of tech where the ability to formulate a well-reasoned opinion piece is clearly not a prerequisite for participation. Let's dive into Dvorak's madness, shall we? DON'T MISS: You’re about to start paying more for Netflix First things first, Dvorak's idea to spin out Apple's Mac division as a separate company stems from the fact that it just recently renamed OS X to macOS. Putting this elementary leap in logic aside, Dvorak goes on to lay out the "obvious" reasons why his business plan for the Mac makes perfect sense. The reasons to do this are obvious and simple. PC sales are flagging. While the market for desktop computers and laptops is still enormous, it's seen as dead. You can see it in all the worldwide tech reporting. It's become a boring replacement market as people keep their systems longer and longer. This means the computer division of Apple will eventually become a genuine albatross around the company's neck. So it's better off as a standalone company focused on computers, pretty much like it was pre-2001 when the iPod showed up. Say what? PC sales have been on the decline, to be sure, but it's anything but a dead market. Besides, sales of the Mac have proven to be more resilient against a downturn market than PCs. Furthermore, it's important to remember that Apple enjoys extremely healthy margins on Mac sales. During the company's most recent quarter, revenue from the Mac actually surpassed revenue from the iPad. So to declare that Apple's Mac division will become something of a noose around the company's neck is bizarre and unfounded, to say the least. By Dvorak's logic, any division within Apple experiencing a downturn should be spun out into a new company. And as for the market for Macs, rumors of an exciting new MacBook Pro refresh might turn things around sooner rather than later. Now as for any perceived benefits resulting from spinning out Apple's Mac business as a standalone entity, Dvorak explains: The new Mac company would be assured success by contracting with Apple for access to the Apple stores for its primary sales channel. It could also contract with Apple for the use of its industrial design team. If Apple maintained the majority of the shares of the new company, it could roll out an IPO and add the value of its shares as an asset while writing off the loss of the division. Maintaining majority ownership would prevent any third party such as Google or Microsoft from acquiring the company. Thus the current Mac mavens, who hate any alternative, would see almost no change in the milieu. This take is so asinine and demonstrates such a fundamental lack of knowledge regarding Apple's development process that it's hard to even know where to begin. Over the years, Apple executives have said that they don't keep profit and loss balance sheets for each division within the company. The reason? Apple focuses on the bigger picture and wants each of its "divisions" to concern themselves with innovation rather than profitability. More importantly, one of the reasons Apple is so successful is because it has an entire product ecosystem where the strength of one product can be leveraged to improve the user experience across other products. One of the upcoming macOS Sierra features, for example, allows users to seamlessly unlock their MacBooks via the Apple Watch. This is only possible because Apple's varied OS teams are able to work together in an environment of cross-collaborative innovation. Similarly, other features such as universal copy and paste would effectively be non-starters if Apple's Mac division was spun out as a separate company likely governed by different priorities. In short, Dvorak's advice would undermine one of Apple's longstanding advantages -- vertical integration. One of the benefits of owning a Mac is that it's so well integrated with other Apple products and services. From various continuity features to the ability to use iMessage on the Mac, Dvorak's embarrassing master plan would serve to make Apple products less useful. Dvorak concludes: Years ago, IBM pulled a similar stunt with its extremely popular ThinkPad laptops, selling the division to Lenovo. Such a drastic move from Apple, though, would upset the community. Instead, it should look to IBM's successful spin-offs, like Lexmark. This is the kind of thing that mature companies do, and I'm guessing that it's something Apple may be planning...because it's a good idea. No, it's a bad idea unsupported by any cogent arguments whatsoever. Essentially, Dvorak argues that it's a good idea simply because he thinks it's a good idea.
10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now
Yesterday's list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free was a terrific one, and you can still find a few remaining apps in that post that are free downloads if you hurry. But we've got 10 fresh iOS apps for today's post, of course, and you'll find them all listed below. Be sure to grab the ones you like before these sales end. MUST READ:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. Nok Normally $0.99. Start a timer by knocking/tapping on your iPhone! Your iPhone can even be in your pocket! The Nok timer is the essential interval timer for cooking in the kitchen, working out at home or the gym, studying at home, or other small tasks that require repetition. Nok allows you to customize up to 5 timers with individual names and times for the ultimate interval timing experience. No need to go through the lengthy process of unlocking your phone, finding your clock app, and resetting your timer -- simply knock twice to set it again. You can even tap the alarm on or off through your pocket! Features: * Works in your pocket! * Works in the background and with music playing * Customizable color interface * Set up to 5 timers with customizable names, intervals, and colors * Double Tap/knock to start and pause timer * Pre-alarm feature to alert upcoming timer before it ends (in seconds) * Lock/unlock interface to prevent accidental tapping * Alarm with both sound and vibration With a sleek, customizable interface that is almost as intuitive as breathing, you’re guaranteed to love this app. The two-tap system is easy to learn and even easier to use. Great When Used For: * Gym Activities. Time your reps and rests without overdoing either. Stay on top of your fitness regimen and never guestimate your workout times again. Have the perfect workouts! No more slacking off in the gym! * Kitchen Activities. Steep your tea just the way you like it. Stop over-boiling your eggs. Let your dough set for just the right amount of time for perfect cookies every time. * Classroom Activities. Time pop quizzes, memory exercises, classroom speeches, discussion time, and more! * Parental Guidance. Great for time-outs and taking turns alike, not to mention homework intervals and laundry times. Parents love using Nok to ensure a harmonious household. * Beauty Activities. Use Nok to perfectly time your hair and nail treatments to maximize the benefits of your beauty products and save money in the long run. Download Nok Voice Notes Pro Normally $6.99. Record directly to MP3 for you & share the recording with your friends at the touch of a button. Add notes, to-dos, tags, markers & photos to your audio recording in second with this useful app. FEATURES: 1. Direct recording MP3 audio format - Minimum file size, and can share to any platform. 2. Interrupted to continue 3. Tags 4. Notes 5. Photos 6. Markers - A marker lets you quickly locate a position in a recording 7. Calendar 8. Timeline 9. Starred - Favorites 10. To-dos 11. iCloud - Any recording can be Move into iCloud or Removed from iCloud. 12. Archive - Recordings can be compressed into a zip file for sharing. 13. Video - Recordings and photos can be made for video sharing. 14. PDF 15. Sharing 16. Search 17. ID3 Tags Download Voice Notes Pro Vlad Normally $5.99. Vlad – Find your way to the sky. Vlad was born under the surface, but he always dreamed of the sky. Help him to fulfill his dream. By taking the control of his environment, help Vlad meet the spirit of each world to unlock the next one. Move objects with different powers, avoid scary creatures and collect needed artefacts through each level. This will allow Vlad to reach the sky. But be careful, gravity will always catch you up so mind the gaps and be strategic! FEATURES: •A unique and staggered atmosphere •Explore the underground, the surface and the sky •Weird, cute and scary creatures •Strategy and anticipation will be your best allies •45 puzzles requiring your brain Download Vlad BubbleText Keyboard Normally $0.99. For a limited time only, get BubbleText for free in celebration of Gay Pride! Please spread happiness in BubbleText! BubbleText Keyboard for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is a new keyboard that enhances your old keyboard and allows you to type in text surrounded by bubbles. Show more emotion, creativity, and flair when typing on your mobile device. Be more spirited in your next text, email, or Facebook post using BubbleText Keyboard and show off the full potential of your device running the iOS 8 or iOS 9 software. Download the keyboard that has remained in the featured section for over 14 months! Key Features: ◦BubbleText Keyboard adds pizzazz to all of your favorite apps like iMessage, SnapChat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Safari, etc. ◦It is NOT LIMITED to its own app. ◦You can use it anywhere you would use Apple's keyboard, with the exception of secure password text fields. ◦Your privacy is protected! ◦We do not require "Full Access" like many other custom keyboards, so we never have access to what you type. ◦With beautiful circular keys, your keyboard buttons truly represent the bubble font being typed. ◦Don't worry if you miss a circle while typing, each button's radius extends beyond the visible circle for better accuracy. ◦You can even type numbers in bubbles! ◦It is easy to switch between BubbleText Keyboard and Apple's keyboard, just as you would with an Emoji keyboard. ◦Customize the look and feel of your BubbleText Keyboard by selecting from over 20 different color schemes. ◦NOTE: BubbleText font will always print in black like ⓣⓗⓘⓢ. Punctuation will not be in bubbles. ◦Want to see BubbleText in color? Within the BubbleText Keyboard Application, play around with beautiful text and background color combinations. ◦Take screenshots within the app and send as image files just as you would any other screenshot. Requirements: Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch must be running iOS 8 or higher and you must follow the keyboard instructions when first opening the BubbleText Keyboard Application in order for the keyboard to properly install for use in all applications. Apple requires these installation steps to be taken for all Custom Keyboards. Instructions: 1. Open your device's "Settings" application. 2. Select "General." 3. Select "Keyboard." 4. Select "Keyboards." 5. Select "Add New Keyboard..." 6. Under "THIRD-PARTY KEYBOARDS," select "BubbleText Keyboard." 7. Your keyboard is now installed. Use it in any app on your mobile device. Download BubbleText Keyboard Planet of Cubes : Multi Craft Normally $0.99. Planet of Cubes is the first true MMO block building game with one global infinite world. Team up with other players from all over the world and build online together! Chat with other players with in your “View Distance” when you build. Teleport to any player directly from the Chat or from the Players List windows. Control your “View Distance” in Options. Rent your own areas (CHUNKS) of this beautiful Planet made of cubes and start your creative joy today. Only you can build on your own chunks – but watch out your chunk rentals expiration! Once your rental is expired someone else can rent it and lock you out from modifying. A single chunk consists of the 16 x 16 square blocks and 256 blocks in height. You can turn “SHOW MY CHUNKS” mode and easily spot all of your chunks – in this mode the Planet of Cubes is displayed in grey but your own chunks are displayed in color. The whole single and beautiful Planet made of cubes is shared among all multiplayer users online worldwide! Ancient castles and cathedrals, lost ships and aircrafts, flying islands, cities and megalopolises, military basis, Egyptian pyramids, epic monuments and many other exciting objects and places are waiting for your exploration in this infinite Planet. The game has compass and current coordinates display to make navigation through the endless infinite world easier. You can also chat with all players who are visible within your current “View Distance” range. You cannot build or dig inside the Spawn Zone and on the chunks belonging to other users. All cubes inside the Spawn Zone have TTL value of 0. Thus to build something make sure to leave Spawn Zone where TTL indicator is greater than 0. TTL indicator shows amount of time till all changes of the Planet at the current place will be rolled back to the initial state. For example, TTL = [0h : 0m] means you can’t change the Planet here. TTL = [8h : 30m] means all changes will be rolled back in 8 hours and 30 minutes unless you rent this place for up to 30 days period. Make sure to select your own skin from 160+ available skins. You will have random skin assigned upon your first login to the Planet. Planet of Cubes game gives you infinite number of possibilities and endless potential for all of your creative, constructional and survival needs. FEATURES: • One global infinite Planet made of cubes available to all users across the world • Unlimited amount of players worldwide • Teleport to any player with in your “View Distance” • Rent your own chunks, build and chat globally • Endless amount of beautiful buildings and places made of cubes to explore • Built-in chat in Multiplayer mode with multi-color messages support • 160+ player skins available • 7 themed skin packs • 2 different Block Texture Packs to select from • Multiplayer works over Wi-Fi and 3G • No need to setup and/or host a server • No subscription or additional fees required Download Planet of Cubes : Multi Craft AURA Normally $3.99. ▶ RATED #1 PHOTO EDITOR! Snap, Edit & Share your photos, easier than ever! Our powerful and beautifully designed tools will help you add beautiful frames, filters, text and so much more to your photos, in the most creative & playful way ever! • High-Quality Filters Apply stunning filters to your photos, easier than ever! Choose between a beautiful collection of stunning filters to make your photos achieve the specific look and glow you want. We will continually be adding more filter packs for your photos to enjoy! • Stunning Effects Choose from a perfectly categorized collection of stunning effects such as Spot, Bloom & Gloom to easily make your photos stand out! • Beautiful Text Simply add beautiful text to your photos with many artistic fonts to choose from. Express yourself, with the most perfectly designed text editing tool for your phone! • Artistic Frames & Borders Add beautiful frames and borders to your photos, easier than ever! Tons of designs to choose from, all for free! • Simple Sharing Share your favorite photos with your friends in just 1 tap! Our simple sharing features, allows you to post your pics to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or whatever social network you use, faster than ever! Tag your photos on Instagram with #AuraCam and follow @AuraCamera for a chance to be featured on our official Instagram Download AURA ThumbTyper Normally $0.99. Do you want to make typing on an iPad and iPhone 6 faster and simpler? Try ThumbTyper. This is the breakthrough application, the first split keyboard which has been designed specifically to enable you to type with just two thumbs. Now you will be able to hold your iPad with both hands and work in comfort on a train, a bus or a plane. And, after only two hours of training, you will be able to type as easily as you can touch-type. It is ideal for work on the go. - For those on the go - Two times easier and two times faster - Convenient under most conditions - Easier typing - Optimized for iPad and iPhone 6 Download ThumbTyper Super Calendar Normally $4.99. iOS Premium Calendar Most versatile calendar app and widget in the app store! - day view, list or time view for day events - customize list view for day events - turn on/off month view in the widget - choose from one of 10 styles for month view in the widget - more customization options Also the most customizable calendar app in the app store! - 6 different views easily accessible through swipe. - Light, dark, color or picture theme! - Search your events. - Customize day, week, month, agenda views with templates/styles. - Table style or list for day view - 11 different styles for week view - 11 different styles for month view, 11 different styles for its agenda view - 13 different styles for agenda view including a countdown mode - 3 useful year view styles allowing easy navigation to any day, week or month - 11 different styles for agenda view including a countdown mode - 8 different styles for Reminders - Adjust font size for events, choose font - Choose from 100+ different colors for individual calendars - Easy settings - Option to choose default view - And so much more - Optimized for iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus - This has not been tested with iPhone 5 and below, so it may not work with these older iPhones. Download Super Calendar Selfit Normally $0.99. Keep track of your fitness selfies and weight! - See your visual and weight progress on a timeline - Take a photo and enter weight - Add cool effects to your photos - Save and share photos - Supports both imperial(lbs) and metric(kg) weight units Download Selfit The Greedy Cave Normally $0.99. In a land far, far away there once was a vast continent called Milton. It was a land where the power of rule came by the sword and the arcane, where Men who devoted themselves to the blade or to magecraft, could become the finest warriors, wisest wizards or the greatest adventurers. In this land, there are several kingdoms divided by borders but united through history. Countless stories of alliances, upheaval, and moments of peace bedeck this tapestry, but that is a tale for another day. Our story begins in a remote kingdom to the north, Iblis, an obscure and oft-forgotten place. It is a wild and barren land, a place where its people scrape a living from the earth, mining minerals for the lords of the south. On occasion, adventurers would stop by for the night but never linger. Until one day, a fledgling adventurer lost his way and stumbled into a hole. The story might have ended then had he not come back, but return he did, with sacks of gold and glittering treasure. Like a fierce gale from the north, news of his fame and fortune fanned across the kingdoms overnight, and kings sent their bravest warriors and adventurers to clear the cavern of monsters in search of treasure. Even peasants wanting a part of this newfound wealth partook in these expeditions. In no time at all, a bustling town had sprung up in this forgotten place. People set up camps, and formed their own groups to explore the cave. Clever merchants not missing this opportunity, built taverns and shops near the cave, selling equipment and potions to eager adventurers. At first everything seemed fine. As explorers delved into the caves, they encountered new creatures and discovered new treasures. Mysteries continued to poured forth from the cave, yet nobody knew where the source of the secrets lay. However, as the explorations continued, the balance of wealth beyond the cave began to waver, and cracks appeared among those adventurers who had previously worked arm-in-arm. The latecomers or weak, limited to wandering the upper levels of the cave, could only watch as the veteran adventurers brought treasure after treasure from the deep. They began harboring dark thoughts as they watched the veteran adventurers grow arrogant from their largesse, ordering people around, hoarding secrets from the rest. The place became a festering pool of suspicions and greed, mired in jealous rage. It started with an adventurer disappearing in the cave. Rumors circulated he had found some legendary treasure and hoarded it for himself. Others said he had been guided to another world by some mysterious magic force in the cave. Still the unspoken belief was that he had been murdered by a rival party and was buried somewhere beneath the caverns. Nobody knows exactly what happened, but people have continued to disappear ever since. As more people have gone missing, some adventurers have called it quits, others cling to hope, and a few continue to wait and see. Which brings us to you, an ordinary young man, coming into this extraordinary circumstance with purposes unknown to others. May you find what you seek in ... -------------------------------------------------------- In "The Greedy Cave", you are a brave adventurer tasked with exploring a mysterious cave and battling all kinds of monsters. Use your wits to defeat them, learn different skills, gain mighty equipment, challenge evil monster bosses, and decipher the mysterious surrounding this cave... Game Features ·Randomly generated cave levels provide a different game experience every time! ·Hundreds of monsters to defeat! ·Hundreds of equipments to collect! ·Hundreds of quests and achievements to conquer! ·Enchant/Reform/Level up/Gold collecting, and more abundant systems to explore! Download The Greedy Cave
Critical iOS 10 component isn’t encrypted, but it’s a feature not a glaring oversight
Apple last week released the first beta of iOS 10  after explaining the main features of the upcoming iPhone, iPad and iPod touch update during its WWDC 2016 opening keynote. As expected, developers and researchers started poking around and some of them discovered that Apple left the kernel unencrypted. To some, this appeared to be an unexpected mistake from a company that’s known to prioritize user security and privacy, and to advocate for strong encryption. However, other researchers suspected this might be a feature, not a bug. Apple has now confirmed the kernel is supposed to be decrypted in iOS 10. DON’T MISS:  Why the boring iPhone 7 is the smartest thing Apple has done in years “The kernel cache doesn’t contain any user info, and by unencrypting it we’re able to optimize the operating system’s performance without compromising security,” an Apple spokesperson told TechCrunch , seemingly settling the matter. In previous iOS releases Apple has encrypted the kernel, hiding the way it works. The kernel controls how apps access hardware resources and manages security. However, it doesn’t handle user data that would warrant the use of encryption. Apple hopes that an unencrypted kernel in iOS 10 will help third parties discover potential issues faster than before, despite allowing anybody to have a sneak peek at the inner workings of iOS. Talking to MIT Technology Review before Apple acknowledged this hidden iOS 10 feature, security expert Jonathan Zdziarski said that leaving the kernel unencrypted by mistake “would have been an incredibly glaring oversight, like forgetting to put doors on an elevator.” He supported the idea that Apple left the kernel unencrypted by choice, linking the decision to Apple’s determined defense against the FBI in the San Bernardino iPhone case. By making the kernel available to anyone, Apple is more transparent than ever with iOS, in the hope that companies dealing in critical iOS security issues that can offer law enforcement agencies access to an encrypted device would have a harder time hoarding these vulnerabilities.
This website automatically texts ‘Game of Thrones’ spoilers to your worst enemy
I don't know that I hate anyone enough to continually text them  Game of Thrones  spoilers from an anonymous number. But luckily, if I did, there's an app for that. As  The Next Web  spotted, for a simple one-off payment of $0.99, Spoiled.io will spam a phone number of your choice with  Game of Thrones  spoilers. The texts (which also appear to contain photos) are sent in real time, so even if your target is watching on a slightly laggy free stream, they'll have their evening of entertainment thoroughly ruined. DON'T MISS:  The all-white Kindle is back, and it has double the storage According to the website, the creator was inspired by the story of a spurned ex who got back at her cheating boyfriend by texting  Game of Thrones  spoilers to him every evening. In that tale, our eponymous heroine was forced to use friends' phones to avoid getting blocked; in this case, it should be far simpler, since the texts are already coming from an anonymous source. There's no Whois data available for the site, so there's no way of knowing who is behind it or what evil nemesis they're trying to get back at. In fact, the entire thing could be a viral scam -- I have no way of knowing if my $0.99 is going to vanish into the ether, and no spoilers will be coming my way. But for the convenience of being able to pull off a good practical prank from bed, it's a risk I'm happy to take.
BlackBerry's top goal to make devices profitable this year: CEO

File photo of Blackberry sign seen in front of their offices on the day of their annual general meeting for shareholders in WaterlooBy Alastair Sharp WATERLOO, Ontario (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd's top priority this year is making its devices business profitable, its chief executive said on Wednesday, even as it weighs the future of its hardware operation. "The device business must be profitable, because we don't want to run a business that drags onto the bottom line," Chief Executive John Chen told investors at the company's annual meeting. BlackBerry, once the smartphone market leader before being displaced by Apple Inc and competitors run on Alphabet Inc's Android platform, has worked to reposition itself as a software and service provider focused on device management for large organizations.



The all-white Kindle is back, and it has double the storage
Amazon just made its cheapest Kindle even better. The basic $80 e-reader, aka the one that most people buy, now has double the storage capacity, a "more rounded" design, and Bluetooth audio. Oh, and it also now comes in white. It's a welcome update to a Kindle that's been mostly overlooked in favor of its fancier cousins, the Kindle Paperwhite and the shiny new Oasis. Still, I have to say I'm a little disappointed there's no change in the screen, which is easily the most important part of an e-reader. DON'T MISS:  Porsche: Tesla’s Ludicrous mode is bullshit and the seats ‘suck’ The move back to pure white is a harkening back to when the Kindle first launched. I remember my first Kindle: it was an all-white, second-gen model with the physical keyboard and the wonderfully clicky buttons to move between pages. It felt like a truly futuristic device, not just because of the space-inspired design, but also the unlimited international 3G internet, which I abused time and again while travelling. The white option is coming both to the cheap $80 Kindle, and also to the Kindle Paperwhite. In addition to the color change, Amazon is also doubling the storage, so you should  really  never run out of space for books. There's apparently a "more rounded" physical design, but it looks pretty identical to me, still just a large rectangular e-ink screen. The only large capability addition is Bluetooth audio, which lets blind readers connect the Kindle to Bluetooth speakers or headphones to listen to audio narration.
The all-white Kindle is back, and it has double the RAM
Amazon just made its cheapest Kindle even better. The basic $80 e-reader, aka the one that most people buy, now has double the RAM, a "more rounded" design, and Bluetooth audio. Oh, and it also now comes in white. It's a welcome update to a Kindle that's been mostly overlooked in favor of its fancier cousins, the Kindle Paperwhite and the shiny new Oasis. Still, I have to say I'm a little disappointed there's no change in the screen, which is easily the most important part of an e-reader. DON'T MISS:  Porsche: Tesla’s Ludicrous mode is bullshit and the seats ‘suck’ The move back to pure white is a harkening back to when the Kindle first launched. I remember my first Kindle: it was an all-white, second-gen model with the physical keyboard and the wonderfully clicky buttons to move between pages. It felt like a truly futuristic device, not just because of the space-inspired design, but also the unlimited international 3G internet, which I abused time and again while travelling. The white option is coming both to the cheap $80 Kindle, and also to the Kindle Paperwhite. In addition to the color change, Amazon is also doubling the memory to 512MB of RAM. There's apparently a "more rounded" physical design, but it looks pretty identical to me, still just a large rectangular e-ink screen. The only large capability addition is Bluetooth audio, which lets blind readers connect the Kindle to Bluetooth speakers or headphones to listen to audio narration.
11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time
If you're on the hunt for some sweet new iOS apps and you don't want to part with much cash to get them, you're in luck. Today, as we do every day, we've put together a post filled with the best premium iPhone and iPad apps out there that are on sale for free. There are a whole bunch of useful apps on today's list, and there are even a couple of fun ones like an app filled with terrible "yo mama" jokes. You can also check yesterday's post , which includes a few apps that are still free downloads. MUST SEE:  This crazy iPhone 6s scam on Amazon isn’t what you think These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. YoCelsi Normally $0.99. YoCelsi is the best minimalistic weather application giving you very detailed weather information of unlimited cities world wide, packed in a gorgeous design and easy-to-use user interface! FULL FEATURED WEATHER APPLICATION Celsius brings you all weather information available for every location in the world and a 13-day forecast. In addition to these powerful forecasting features, Celsius provides more comprehensive weather information. This includes detailed information regarding cloud cover and rainfall totals. Celsius also gives users information about UV Index, sunrise and sunset times. Many users also enjoy the real time wind direction feature, which utilizes a display arrow on screen to indicate the wind direction at any time thanks to the built in magnetometer. OVERVIEW OF THE DETAILED WEATHER FEATURES - Current temperature (Celsius) - Current conditions - Current humidity - Current pressure - Current dew point temperature - Current feels like temperature - Date - 3-hourly clouds radar (up to 2 days) - 10 day forecast, with detailed weather data for every 3 hours - Maximum and minimum temperature per day - Maximum wind speed per day - Average wind speed per day - Wind direction per day - Weather condition per day - Precipitation per day - Sunrise/sunset per day - UV Index per day Download YoCelsi WOL Widget Normally $0.99. WOL Widget is a very simple and straightforward tool to power on your computers on your local network (LAN). You don't even need to open the app, as it's right there as a widget in the Notification Center (Today View), with a quick glance you know wether a computer/host is On or Off, and just a tap to wake it up! ## Key Features ## ● Easily monitor and wake up your computers/hosts right from the Notification Center. ● Add/Delete/Edit/Reorder up to 25 computers/hosts. ● Choose which computers/hosts to be visible on the widget. ● Monitor the status of your computers/hosts with just a glance. ● Can be used just as a monitoring tool for remote servers, websites, etc. ● Resolve local computers/hosts IP Addresses to MAC Addresses easily. ● Adjustable 'Ping Timeout' in case you need to monitor some remote hosts on the Internet. ● Universal app so it works on all your iPhones/iPads/iPod Touches models. ● Fully compatible with iOS 9 new multitasking features. ## Requirements ## ● The computer(s) you need to wake up must be connected to the local network through an ethernet cable. Waking up wireless computers will simply not work. ● Your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch must be on the same local network where the computer(s) you need to wake up. Although it's possible to make it work over the Internet, advanced configuration is required on your connection router/modem. ● The computer(s)'s motherboard or LAN/Ethernet card must support WOL (Wake On LAN) or Magic Packet technologies. Download WOL Widget Week Cal Widget Normally $1.99. NO need to unlock your device to see your calendar events!!! Day or week timeline view is supported to see ALL your iPhone calendar events from the notification center. The app is used to view existing events from the iPhone calendar, with the following features: ․ Day timeline ․ Week timeline ․ Scroll through 24 hours ․ Scroll through days and weeks ․ Tap on event to open event or iPhone calendar ․ Handles complicated event overlapping ․ Assigns colors to events Scroll through the full 24 hours, scroll through days and weeks. The app remembers the last screen the user was viewing. Download Week Cal Widget Voice Translator Pro Normally $1.99. Simply say what you want to tell! It will take down EVERY WORDS! Then you can use the dictation to send messages, save notes Forget typing... The accuary of our voice recognition is so amazing, that you don't need your keyboard anymore. Other awesome feature: * Real time dictation for EVERY WORDS you want to say * Much FASTEST than typing on a keyboard * Support multiple languages Download Voice Translator Pro Cleaner Master Normally $0.99. Do you think your device is well organize? You will surprised how app can upgrade and make it more smooth & faster!!! Main Features: √ Find and Clean unexpected data on your device √ Delete multiple photo √ One tap clean your photo album √ Filter and remove Shake-out-of-focus photo Dark photo Similar photo Screenshot Processing photos One-second video Download Cleaner Master Yo Mama Jokes Normally $0.99. For decades Yo Mama jokes have humiliated millions of innocent victims, and now you can harness the power to humiliate your closest friends and coworkers with this definitive Yo Mama joke book!!! Choose from hundreds of carefully screened Yo Mama jokes, selected and sorted by a jury of professional jokesters. Features include: - Hundreds of original and classic Yo Mama jokes - Comical sound effects - Hilarious background images - Multiple color schemes Download Yo Mama Jokes Socium widget Normally $0.99. Socium widget it's a buttons of favorite social networks right at Notification Center. Post to Twitter and Facebook from any app. Create new publication in two-tap. Just select a social network and write the post. Widget is performed in the native design of the operating system Apple, completely repeating usability and aesthetics this OS Download Socium widget SNAPMOJI Normally $0.99. WHOSE SHUTTING DOWN THE APP STORE NOW? YOU ARE! SNAPMOJI - CREATE CUSTOM EMOJI FOR TEXTING APPS Quickly trim any photo from a filtered Snap, the Camera roll, or any other photo application into hilarious quick pics, stickers, or emoji for texting. Just draw a mask around the photo and then instantly create and send it as an Emoji. It's as simple as that. Access millions of potential emoji in any way, shape, or form, personalized to your liking. SNAPMOJI is your own personal Emoji app. Download SNAPMOJI Burst Normally $0.99. NEVER miss another rep with the most user-friendly interval timer on the App Store! Burst Interval Timer is a professional fitness training app designed to keep both your training and rest periods under control at the gym to achieve optimal results. The app keeps track of your training and rest periods, keeps you focused both mentally and physically and stops you from drifting off at the gym. THINK LESS, PUMP MORE Rest time in between sets is vital in any quality workout. Too much rest and your working muscle cools down and you open yourself up to injury. Too little rest and you quickly fatigue the working muscle. Your capability in the gym can only be successful if you're mentally and physically focused for every single repetition. If you find yourself drifting around the gym in between sets and socializing with other eager socialites, then there is no way that you can focus on what you're there to do and you won't be able to push your body to achieve optimal results! With Burst you can reach peak performance at the gym each and every time! = FEATURES = + Large clear display + Never miss another rep! + Optional rest periods (to implement body shock effect). + Beautiful retina display interface + Color indication of each phase + Summary stats at the end of each session + Blinking and Sound warnings + Sound options + Quick pick-up and train layout + No Ads, No In-Apps We hope you enjoy Burst Interval Timer and stay motivated! Download Burst let's led Normally $0.99. Let’s Led turns your iphone/ipad into an ticker display. a time clock, and with over 100 symbol, you can send any message you want. Download let's led The Professional Bartender's Suite Normally $1.99. The Professional Bartender's Suite; Are you a professional bartender or would you like to be one? Looking for assistance for what kind of mixed drink or cocktail to get at a bar or serve at a party? Want to impress your friends with your cocktail making mixologist skills? We have the solution. We offer you the most updated & complete tool, "The Proffesional Bartender's Suite" Features: •9,240+ Drink Recipes (updated to 2016!) •Cocktails divided into 17 categories! "Step-by-step" detailed tutorial to make every drink/cocktail •Browse Drink Recipes by category/letter •Indexed list for Drink Recipes by components by smart search engine. •A fantastic tool that searches for cocktails based on the ingredients you have at home (Exclusive) •Special indexed list by using the the perfect serving kind of glass for every drink. •Indexed list by Alcoholic or Non Alcoholic drinks •The Ranked "Top 100" cocktails •Facebook, Twitter intergration •Random choice of a drink •Add favorite drink recipes to your favorites list •History mode to revisit your last seen recipes •Consistent updates from social Community of Mixologists •High resolution gfx & animations •iPhone/iPad/iPad Mini support •Optimized iOS8 & iOS 9 support Download The Professional Bartender's Suite
No one asked for Apple to kill the headphone port, and that’s ok
A number of simultaneous reports today , all from reputable sources, appear to have confirmed that this year's iPhone will not have a headphone jack. As you'd imagine, the news spawned a series of internet Hot Takes, including one particularly withering listicle from  Verge  editor-in-chief Nilay Patel. " Taking the headphone jack off phones is user-hostile and stupid " does, in all honesty, raise some excellent points about why ditching the headphone jack is...well, user-hostile and stupid. I would personally like for my next phone to have a headphone jack. But an otherwise-worthwhile piece ends with this one observation: 6. No one is asking for this Raise your hand if the thing you wanted most from your next phone was either fewer ports or more dongles. I didn’t think so. You wanted better battery life, didn’t you? Everyone just wants better battery life. This is stupid, and hostile to common sense. READ MORE:  Apple is making only one, very dumb change to the iPhone this year If there's one thing I've learned from years of earnest tech blogging, it's that you should never, ever,  ever listen to what the armchair phone designers of the internet want. I'm not trying to deify Apple's product designers -- the new Magic Mouse is a stern middle finger to the laws of common sense -- but catering to fanboy's whims is no way to design a product. If I added up the suggestions from our comments on what the next iPhone should look like, it would probably be an inch thick, have three-day battery life, a 6-inch screen, 8K display and 6GB of RAM. There's a vast divide between people who follow Apple rumors daily, and the kind of people who buy 90% of iPhones. But Nilay isn't the average internet commenter, I hear you say? Yes, he's the EIC of arguably the internet's best-known tech site. But he's really no better at predicting industry trends as a result. When Apple first came out with the Macbook Air, Nilay was working at Engadget, and criticizing the Air's lack of removable battery  and  ports , or optical drive. Despite all that, the Air completely changed the category for portable laptops, cutting unnecessary features to create a device thinner and lighter than anyone thought they needed. Oh, and what's that about Flash on the iPad ? I'm not predicting that killing the headphone jack is going to be the same as killing the optical drive. Personally, I agree that it's a dumb move. But I also realize that Nilay, I, and probably everyone reading this are niche users. We care about crap like playing our extensive DVD library, hooking up laptops to Ethernet ports, or using our large collection of very nice headphones. Most of my friends use Apple's stock earbuds, or if they have fancy headphones, they're Bluetooth connected. If the iPhone 7 doesn't have a headphone jack, they probably won't give one solitary shit. They'll just see the phone that's thinner and has better audio quality, and just fork over the requisite fistfuls of cash. Removing the headphone jack might be a gigantic mistake in waiting, but it won't be because people didn't ask for it. Without wanting to sound like a Jobsian disciple, no one asked for all-in-one PC kits, graphical user interfaces, or, indeed for a laptop without an optical drive. But despite all that, all of those turned out to be the right products for a huge number of people. Take a crowd-sourced opinion to building a phone, and you end up with the Fairphone . Build the phone 90% of people secretly need, and you get an iPhone.
10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today
What, Monday's killer list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free wasn't enough for you? Of course it wasn't... you can never really get enough paid iOS apps for free. Today we've got 10 more freebies lined up and if you missed yesterday's post, head back there right away and you'll find some more that are still on sale. MUST SEE:  This crazy iPhone 6s scam on Amazon isn’t what you think These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged. ProtectPro Normally $0.99. Your personal security camera. http://www.protectproapp.com ProtectPro enables you to record an event while at the same time allowing you to provide an emergency contact with your GPS location and a link to your video. If the situation requires emergency responders you can also call 911 from within the app. Pictures/Videos/Events/Location remain on your phone. Your video is backed up to your Youtube account for future reference; but it is not made public so you have control over who gets to see it. ALL of this is done with one action button at the bottom of the screen. Instant help, instant upload. No other security app is this easy to use. NOTE: 911 function may not work in all countries. INSTRUCTIONS: Note: For convenience ProtectPro starts recording an event within 3 seconds of starting. To stop this process press "stop" button at the top of the screen. Step 1 Press the Settings button and enter your name, optional text, and sign into YouTube. Videos uploaded to youtube are ONLY viewable to those who have the link. Step 2 Press Contacts and enter a contact you'd like to email/text in an emergency situation. That's it! You're done with setup. Next... Start ProtectPro any time you see a questionable situation. Press the action button at the bottom of the screen if you feel others need to be notified of the situation. Your contacts will get your GPS location AND a link to the online video. Finally... STAY SAFE!!! Download ProtectPro Energy Saver Normally $2.99. Energy Saver is the easiest way for you to save money starting now. You can see the full statistics of your energy consumption for a day or for a full year. Energy Saver gives you insight in reducing the energy consumption and earns you hundreds of dollars per year. Get rid of your biggest consumers and replace them with energy efficient equipment. Most importantly, you save the planet and make it a better place for your children. FEATURES: • Get tips for reducing the energy consumption and saving money • See full statistics of your energy consumption • See the energy consumption charts for every room in your house • Select the way you want the results to be calculated, for a day or for a full year Download Energy Saver Syntle Normally $0.99. Syntle is a simple iOS application which helps you memorize the syntax of a new programming language using spaced repetition and flashcards featuring code snippets. At the moment it targets programmers who would like to quickly learn the syntax of Swift, Objective-C, Python and Shell, Git scripts. There is a quiz after every 5 flashcards. At the moment the app contains 370 intelligent flashcards. The app was inspired by the blog post by Derek Sivers titled 'Memorizing a programming language using spaced repetition software’. Download Syntle GO Keyboard Pro Normally $3.99. ※ Over 1000+ colorful themes and weekly update ※ ※ Over 40 languages and 60 keyboard-layouts ※ ※ Funny stickers are all in here ※ Awesome Features: - Fantasy stickers: Stickers make your input more fun. - Type with Emoji: Provided 1000+ FREE Emoji, emoticons and other cute smiley faces explosion. - Custom keyboard: Personalized backgrounds, fonts and key-tones to DIY your own keyboard. - Rich themes: Lovely, Cool, Factional, Geek, you will find every keyboard you want! - Powerful language support: Support over 40 languages and adjust your language preferences automatically. - Fast and Smart: Support Swipe typing, Auto-correction and Next-word prediction. - Privacy and Security: We will never collect your personal info including credit card information. Supported languages: English - EN Simplified Chinese-Traditional Chinese - CN Arabic - AR - اللغة العربية Bulgarian - BG - Български език Catalan - CA - Català Croatian - HR - Hrvatski Czech - CS - čeština Danish - DA - dansk Dutch - NL - Nederlands Farsi - FA - فارسی French - FR - française Georgian - ka German - DE - Deutsch Hebrew - HE - Ivrit Hindi - hi Hungarian - HU - Magyar Indonesian - ID - Bahasa Indonesia Italian - IT - Italiano Lithuanian - LT - Lietuvių Malay - MS - Bahasa Melayu Norwegian - NO - norsk Philippines(Tagalog) - tl - Tagalog Polish - PL - język polski Portuguese - PT - português Romanian - RO - română Russian - RU - Русский язык Slovak - SK - Slovenčina Slovenian - SL - Slovenščina Spanish - ES - Español Swedish - SV - svenska Thai - TH Turkish - TR - Türkçe Urdu - UR - اردو Finnish - FI - Suomi Greek - EL - Ελληνικά Ukrainian - UK - Українська Serbian - SR – српски More languages are coming Download GO Keyboard Pro Currency Converter Normally $3.99. Currency Converter is a reliable and beautifully designed app that will help you figure out how much your money is worth around the world. It supports most of the world currencies so all you have to do is choose your base and quote currencies, enter the amount you want to convert and voila! Features: - Find currencies by name, code or country. No need to scroll. - Convert as you type. - Automatic and manual exchange rate updates. - Each update is stored so you can use the app offline. - Swap button to switch base and quote currencies. - Share your conversions through your email or social media. Download this beautiful app and you'll be able to check the most accurate rates available. GET IT NOW. Download Currency Converter Mysc Normally $0.99. Mysc is simple design and very easy to use application. Mysc has Timer, Scheduler, Reminder, ToDo and more function. - App Features -- Timer --- Alarm ---Timer ---RepeatTImer -- Scheduler -- Reminder -- ToDo -- Notification Center You can launch each functions from NotificationCenter And you can check today's schedule and todo *** You can't to active timer and create any data. It's iOS specification. *** -- Other Note, Stopwatch, Kitchentimer - How to use -- Add data 1. Please tap on (+) button at top right corner of screen. 1. Please enter data. and tap Save button. -- Edit/Delete Data 1. Please long press on item that you want to edit/delete. 2. Please choose edit or delete. -- Active/Deactive timer Please tap on item that you want to active/deactive You can see more helps on web http://help.888apps.net/mysc/ Download Mysc SkyLab Photo Editor Normally $2.99. SkyLab is the one and only sky-replacement app. Imagine dropping stunning skies on your photos with this innovative new app. FEATURES - Drop beautiful skies on your photos - Huge collection of skies - Add clouds, trees, and birds too - Save projects across all of your devices - New Sky Packs coming soon! This app is driven by my own love of beautiful skies and fascinating cloud formations. My goal is to capture those moments when you stop in your tracks and just stare at a gorgeous sunset, beautiful blue sky, or epic storm. Create these moments right on your iPhone with powerful yet simple editing tools. SkyLab comes with a huge collection of curated skies from sunny, cloudy, stormy, and night shots. Want to add some clouds to your sky? SkyLab also includes Elements to add to your photos, such as clouds, trees, and the moon. SAVE PROJECTS SkyLab works seamlessly with iCloud. Save and access your projects across devices and never lose your work again. Create beautiful skies with SkyLab. Download SkyLab Photo Editor PaceDJ Normally $0.99. Run longer, faster, and stronger with PaceDJ, the only app that modifies music BPMs to match your running pace AND allows you to create interval workouts. There is no better running music app – Period. Get it now! RECOMMENDED BY: •New York Times •Washington Post •Health Magazine •Runner’s World •Men’s Health •Women’s Health •RealSimple •And more! USER REVIEWS: •"I love this app, I use it to crank up speed work for marathon training without my pace conflicting with my music!" •"PaceDJ allowed me to find tunes that helped me pace myself… and spend my energy focusing on…proper running form. I use PaceDJ on every run." •"PaceDJ gives me that extra boost of motivation. It gives me the proper speeds I need to stay on pace and even ramp up my speed work." WHY WE’RE BETTER THAN OTHER APPS •Some apps claim they can serve songs at BPMs to pace you to a specific minute/mile time. Unless they know your stride length, they can't do this accurately. PaceDJ helps you find the right BPM first, and then fine tune to match your mile time goal. •You can try PaceDJ/Lite for free to see how you like it! Then upgrade to the full version for more features. •PaceDJ is the ONLY APP that speeds up or slows down BPMs to match your running pace AND allows you to create interval workouts. •Create custom interval workouts or choose from pre-programmed templates. •Each song you own can pace you at multiple levels – a massive increase in the usefulness of your music library •PaceDJ.com provides a FREE music discovery service so you can find and purchase songs that match your running pace. •Echonest song database has over 35million songs and 2.8 million artists. •Realtime, distance, and speed tracking. •Post workouts to Facebook. •Easily correct BPMs by tapping on the drum. •No Recurring fees! ON THE WEB AT WWW.PACEDJ.COM Download PaceDJ Time Note Normally $0.99. Use time to manage your event ,travel,working,family that any thing can be connected by time. Each event has a time date, an icon, a event detail and a photo. Easy to use, there is no calendar grid, all thing will display on a single time line. All the timeline can be export to the 'photo' and share to anyone you like. Download Time Note Multiplayer for Minecraft PE Normally $0.99. Download this awesome app now and you'll have all of the multiplayer for Minecraft PE servers in the palm of your hands. This app contains a list of server addresses for Servers For Minecraft MCPE. Use this app to find the best servers for minecraft pe for free. This app can be used to find multiplayer Minecraft MCPE Servers so you can play with your friends. App Features: *Servers: check servers list, screenshots, video review, description, IP and more! *Favorites: save servers you like to favorites list so that you can find them easily. *Notes: need to save some important own thought? Just use our Notes feature. *Offline caching: once some server info is opened you will be able to see it even without connection.. Download Multiplayer for Minecraft PE
You can now use Touch ID on your iPhone to sign in to your Google account
If there is one thing and only one thing that you take away from this site when it comes to online security, it should be this: enable 2-Step Verification (2FV) on every single account you have that supports it. People constantly moan and groan about how annoying it is to use password management software like 1Password and enhanced security features such as 2-Step Verification, also known as 2-Factor Authentication. Trust us when we tell you that the 10 to 15 extra seconds it takes to make use of either of those important security technologies could mean the difference between having your account hijacked and keeping all of your data secure. And now, a big change will cut the amount of time it takes many Google users to log in with 2FV in half. MUST READ:  A week with iOS 10: It’s fantastic, and I’m bored Google has added a fantastic new option for user looking to verify 2FV. 2-Step Verification is a security measure that adds a second step to the login process on any site. First the user inputs a username and password as he or she would on any other site. But then, a second verification screen asks for a special code that is either sent to a user via email or text, or generated using an authentication app. But now there's a third option: With Google's new "Google prompt" setting enabled in an account's 2FV settings, a user will simply need to tap a "yes" button in a pop-up on his or her Android device, iPhone or iPad. What's more, users with an iPhone or iPad that supports Touch ID can use their fingerprints to authenticate. Simply install the Google app on your device and you're all set once you enable the new Google prompt option. Whether you have an Android phone or an iOS device, setting up Google prompt couldn't be easier: Visit  https://myaccount.google.com In the first box, click "Signing in to Google" Click the 2-Step Verification box Under "Set up second step" (or "Set up alternative second step" if you already have 2FV enabled) click on the Google prompt option Then just follow the on-screen instructions and you'll be off and running in no time.
You can now use Touch ID on your iPhone to sign in to your Google account anywhere
If there is one thing and only one thing that you take away from this site when it comes to online security, it should be this: enable 2-Step Verification (2FV) on every single account you have that supports it. People constantly moan and groan about how annoying it is to use password management software like 1Password and enhanced security features such as 2-Step Verification, also known as 2-Factor Authentication. Trust us when we tell you that the 10 to 15 extra seconds it takes to make use of either of those important security technologies could mean the difference between having your account hijacked and keeping all of your data secure. And now, a big change will cut the amount of time it takes many Google users to log in with 2FV in half. MUST READ:  A week with iOS 10: It’s fantastic, and I’m bored Google has added a fantastic new option for user looking to verify 2FV. 2-Step Verification is a security measure that adds a second step to the login process on any site. First the user inputs a username and password as he or she would on any other site. But then, a second verification screen asks for a special code that is either sent to a user via email or text, or generated using an authentication app. But now there's a third option: With Google's new "Google prompt" setting enabled in an account's 2FV settings, a user will simply need to tap a "yes" button in a pop-up on his or her Android device, iPhone or iPad. What's more, users with an iPhone or iPad that supports Touch ID can use their fingerprints to authenticate. Simply install the Google app on your device and you're all set once you enable the new Google prompt option. Whether you have an Android phone or an iOS device, setting up Google prompt couldn't be easier: Visit  https://myaccount.google.com In the first box, click "Signing in to Google" Click the 2-Step Verification box Under "Set up second step" (or "Set up alternative second step" if you already have 2FV enabled) click on the Google prompt option Then just follow the on-screen instructions and you'll be off and running in no time.
Upcoming huge iPhone redesign will include the new feature everyone wants
One recurring iPhone rumor claims that Apple is on the verge of a major shift when it comes to iPhone display quality. The iPhone 7 models will ship with LCD screens, just like all their predecessors. But starting next year at least one new iPhone 7s/8 will have an AMOLED display. That’s the kind of screen mostly found on Samsung’s “iPhone killers,” including the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. In recent years, experts found AMOLED screens to offer a superior experience  compared to LCD panels. Even though the most recent LCD displays inside the iPhone and iPad Pro have also been praised in reviews , AMOLED might offer Apple an added edge in the future. Now, new reports out of Asia indicate that Apple suppliers have already been informed that the OLED iPhone is coming. DON’T MISS:  This crazy iPhone 6s scam on Amazon isn’t what you think According to a report in Nikkei Asian Review spotted by Digitimes , Apple has told its suppliers that all iPhones will switch to OLED panels in 2018. That should be the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8s model – depending on whether or not Apple keeps its “S” naming scheme, and depending on what 2017's iPhones are called. A portion of iPhones will use OLED panels in advance, the paper noted. That seems to suggest that some 2017 iPhones will be equipped with OLED screens and not others. Some reports indicated that at least one iPhone will have an OLED screen next year, possibly a curved one . Digitimes notes that Samsung Display, LG Display and JDI are among the companies ramping up OLED display production. It’s not just the iPhone of the future that will go OLED as other smartphone makers will probably follow suit. Samsung Display will invest some $6.82 billion this year to expand OLED panel production by more than 50%. The added OLED production capacity will be enough for Samsung to make OLED screens for an additional 200 million smartphones annually. Currently, Samsung makes 300 million smartphone OLED displays each year. LG, meanwhile, will invest $8.68 billion in the next few years to ramp up OLED panel production for smartphones and TVs, while JDI will spend $479 million in 2017 to set up new OLED production lines.
This is how gorgeous iOS 10’s hidden dark mode feature will make your iPhone look
Apple's iOS platform is arguably the best-looking mobile software in the world, but there's always room for improvement. And according to some snooping done this past week by developers digging through Apple's iOS 10 code, there are some big improvements that are indeed coming soon to an iPhone and iPad near you. MUST SEE:  New leak suggests the most controversial iPhone 7 rumor is all wrong Seriously, how excited would you be if your iPhone looked like this ? Well guess what: It's looking increasingly likely that your iPhone actually will look like that soon enough. It didn't take long for iOS app developers to start poking around in Apple's latest software release. iOS 10 beta 1 was pushed out to developers shortly after Apple's big WWDC 2016 keynote wrapped up last Monday, and we immediately began to learn new things about Apple's next-generation iOS software that weren't announced on stage during the event. Want some examples? Check out this video of 50 hidden iOS 10 features in action . One of the most hotly anticipated features of iOS 10 ahead of WWDC was a new dark mode that would allow users to switch to a modified user interface that was heavy on the dark colors instead of light ones, which is what we're used to in iOS. Developers found dark mode hiding within the iOS 10 beta so we now know it's coming, and we saw a few concepts mocked up that show us how sleek dark mode could look on the iPhone . Now, a new series of mockups from Reddit user "simalary44" includes some of the sleekest shots yet. In particular, Apple Music and widgets look amazing when given the dark mode treatment. Check out the images below, which were originally posted in a thread on Reddit in the iPhone subreddit.
A week with iOS 10: It’s fantastic, and I’m so bored
Heading into WWDC 2016 last week, I was excited. In fact, this was the first Apple event in years that genuinely had me excited. As I explained to my colleague Yoni Heisler , the WWDC 2016 keynote marked the first time in a very long time that there was real mystery heading into an Apple event. Nearly all of the big news from each event typically leaks out weeks or even months ahead of every Apple event, but this time we were going in almost completely blind. Making things even more intriguing was fact that we were in the midst of a very negative Apple news cycle. Growth at the high end of the smartphone market is over! The upcoming iPhone 7 is going to be boring ! No one likes the Apple Watch! This was a real opportunity for Apple to change the conversation by showing off exciting new software updates for iOS and other products. We wanted refinement, sure, but we also desperately wanted true innovation. We wanted a glimpse of the future of mobile devices. What we ended up with is indeed the best version of iOS Apple has ever assembled. But those of us looking for a glimpse into the future might actually find that Apple is beginning to get stuck in the past. MUST SEE:  New leak suggests the most controversial iPhone 7 rumor is all wrong First, a couple disclaimers. Apple's new iOS 10 software is not complete and there may be several additional features added between now and the software's public release later this year. In fact, we've already gotten a preview of one upcoming iOS 10 feature that was found hiding in the software's code . There might be even more new features coming alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that Apple is holding back. The design of iOS 10 also isn't yet finished. Several areas of the interface will undoubtedly change between now and September (and we can only hope that the  widgets section is among those changes ). Keep both of those things in mind when you read about iOS 10 in the coming weeks. Looking only at the key iOS 10 features Apple unveiled on stage during its big WWDC 2016 keynote last week, we find a whole host of great new functionality that has been added to the iPhone and iPad. Among the new features are a lock screen that is far more useful, a huge update to the Messages app that adds a whole host of new features, Quick Type enhancements and a rebuilt Apple Music app. These are all terrific changes that improve the user experience, but is there anything truly new or unique in there? These are the features Apple specifically chose to highlight in its big iOS 10 presentation. Shouldn't they be a little more... exciting? In fact, let's go through the 10 main features Apple covered during its keynote one at a time with our pessimist hat on: New lock screen: Raise to wake is nifty, the new widget view will be nice when it's finished, more interactive notifications are a nice touch, having to press the home button to unlock is a little annoying (though the iPhone 7 might address that ). In the end, nothing very special. Siri updates: More proactive features like remembering where you parked are nice, as is third-party app integration. But it's still basically Google Now Lite. Quick Type enhancements: Nice use of Siri and contextual suggestions, but we've seen all this in one form or another from other keyboards. New Photos app: A (more secure and private) Google Photos clone plus HTC Zoe. New Maps features: Live traffic on route, more location-aware features and third-party app integration are all very cool, but probably not enough to pull holdouts away from Google Maps. Apple Music revamp: The old app was pretty terrible so a redesign is appreciated, even if it does look like something straight out of Windows Phone. News app: A terrific news reader in a sea of terrific news readers. Home app: A so-so smart home controller in a seas of so-so smart home controllers. Phone app updates: Extensions to help block spam and VoIP integration are appreciated but hardly groundbreaking. Messages: Clearly one of the best new features of iOS 10, and plenty of fun to use. But it's basically just the old Messages app with a bunch of features from other mobile messaging apps slathered on top. Some of that was a little harsh and it's all oversimplified, but come on. These are the 10 show-stopping features that Apple chose to get us all excited for iOS 10? These are the stars of the show? Apple is in an interesting place right now. It still offers what I and many other people believe to be the best mobile experience in the world, all things considered. It's the smoothest, it's the cleanest and it's supported by the best third-party app ecosystem in the world. But Android narrows the gap in those departments each and every year, and it does so while pulling further ahead in other key areas. The latest two Android releases have some seriously awesome new features , like the Tango AR platform , the Daydream VR platform, a rebuilt update mechanism that downloads and installs system updates in the background, killer power-saving features, and Instant Apps, which is a brilliant feature that lets users begin testing an app in the Play store without having to purchase it or even download it. There are also plenty more exciting new features where those came from. As I said in that article I referenced earlier, I really wanted Apple to wow us this year. I wanted to see new features that made smartphones exciting again. Instead, I saw plenty of refinement that is obviously appreciated, but it comes along with a whole bunch of catch-up features and not much else. This has been a trend for several years now  and at this point, we can only hope it ends alongside  the massive 10-year anniversary update  Apple is supposedly planning for next year's iPhone.
A week with iOS 10: It’s fantastic, and I’m bored
Heading into WWDC 2016 last week, I was excited. In fact, this was the first Apple event in years that genuinely had me excited. As I explained to my colleague Yoni Heisler , the WWDC 2016 keynote marked the first time in a very long time that there was real mystery heading into an Apple event. Nearly all of the big news from each event typically leaks out weeks or even months ahead of every Apple event, but this time we were going in almost completely blind. Making things even more intriguing was fact that we were in the midst of a very negative Apple news cycle. Growth at the high end of the smartphone market is over! The upcoming iPhone 7 is going to be boring ! No one likes the Apple Watch! This was a real opportunity for Apple to change the conversation by showing off exciting new software updates for iOS and other products. We wanted refinement, sure, but we also desperately wanted true innovation. We wanted a glimpse of the future of mobile devices. What we ended up with is indeed the best version of iOS Apple has ever assembled. But those of us looking for a glimpse into the future might actually find that Apple is beginning to get stuck in the past. MUST SEE:  New leak suggests the most controversial iPhone 7 rumor is all wrong First, a couple disclaimers. Apple's new iOS 10 software is not complete and there may be several additional features added between now and the software's public release later this year. In fact, we've already gotten a preview of one upcoming iOS 10 feature that was found hiding in the software's code . There might be even more new features coming alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus that Apple is holding back. The design of iOS 10 also isn't yet finished. Several areas of the interface will undoubtedly change between now and September (and we can only hope that the  widgets section is among those changes ). Keep both of those things in mind when you read about iOS 10 in the coming weeks. Looking only at the key iOS 10 features Apple unveiled on stage during its big WWDC 2016 keynote last week, we find a whole host of great new functionality that has been added to the iPhone and iPad. Among the new features are a lock screen that is far more useful, a huge update to the Messages app that adds a whole host of new features, Quick Type enhancements and a rebuilt Apple Music app. These are all terrific changes that improve the user experience, but is there anything truly new or unique in there? These are the features Apple specifically chose to highlight in its big iOS 10 presentation. Shouldn't they be a little more... exciting? In fact, let's go through the 10 main features Apple covered during its keynote one at a time with our pessimist hat on: New lock screen: Raise to wake is nifty, the new widget view will be nice when it's finished, more interactive notifications are a nice touch, having to press the home button to unlock is a little annoying (though the iPhone 7 might address that ). In the end, nothing very special. Siri updates: More proactive features like remembering where you parked are nice, as is third-party app integration. But it's still basically Google Now Lite. Quick Type enhancements: Nice use of Siri and contextual suggestions, but we've seen all this in one form or another from other keyboards. New Photos app: A (more secure and private) Google Photos clone plus HTC Zoe. New Maps features: Live traffic on route, more location-aware features and third-party app integration are all very cool, but probably not enough to pull holdouts away from Google Maps. Apple Music revamp: The old app was pretty terrible so a redesign is appreciated, even if it does look like something straight out of Windows Phone. News app: A terrific news reader in a sea of terrific news readers. Home app: A so-so smart home controller in a seas of so-so smart home controllers. Phone app updates: Extensions to help block spam and VoIP integration are appreciated but hardly groundbreaking. Messages: Clearly one of the best new features of iOS 10, and plenty of fun to use. But it's basically just the old Messages app with a bunch of features from other mobile messaging apps slathered on top. Some of that was a little harsh and it's all oversimplified, but come on. These are the 10 show-stopping features that Apple chose to get us all excited for iOS 10? These are the stars of the show? Apple is in an interesting place right now. It still offers what I and many other people believe to be the best mobile experience in the world, all things considered. It's the smoothest, it's the cleanest and it's supported by the best third-party app ecosystem in the world. But Android narrows the gap in those departments each and every year, and it does so while pulling further ahead in other key areas. The latest two Android releases have some seriously awesome new features , like the Tango AR platform , the Daydream VR platform, a rebuilt update mechanism that downloads and installs system updates in the background, killer power-saving features, and Instant Apps, which is a brilliant feature that lets users begin testing an app in the Play store without having to purchase it or even download it. There are also plenty more exciting new features where those came from. As I said in that article I referenced earlier, I really wanted Apple to wow us this year. I wanted to see new features that made smartphones exciting again. Instead, I saw plenty of refinement that is obviously appreciated, but it comes along with a whole bunch of catch-up features and not much else. This has been a trend for several years now  and at this point, we can only hope it ends alongside  the massive 10-year anniversary update  Apple is supposedly planning for next year's iPhone.
How to ditch iOS 10 downgrade back to iOS 9
Apple on Monday released iOS 10 beta 1, allowing anyone with access to a developer account (or without a developer account, if you follow these instructions ) to try out the brand new features. While iOS 10 might be the biggest iOS update we’ve seen in years, beta releases aren’t always stable. Moreover, the first beta release can be especially buggy, so you may want to return to the most stable iOS 9 version out there if you upgraded and you're having problems. We have good news: Not only is it possible to downgrade to iOS 9.3.2, the process is actually quite easy. DON’T MISS: Foxconn employee says iPhone 7's most anticipated new feature was canceled Regardless of whether you installed iOS 10 beta 1 legally or took the shadier approach, you can roll back your software to iOS 9.3.2 without losing any of your data. A video from YouTube channel iCrackUriDevice shows you how to do it safely, and it's rather easy. The bad news is that you need a computer with iTunes installed to perform the downgrade. Additionally, you’ll need to locate the appropriate iOS 9.3.2 build for your iOS device before flashing it to your smartphone. Once you have it handy, go to iTunes, hook up your iPhone, and then click on the Check for Update button while pressing the Option key (Mac) or Shift key (Windows). You should then be able to select the appropriate iOS 9.3.2 IPSW file. That’s all you have to do to get back to iOS 9.3.2. Apple’s public iOS 10 beta release is expected in July, at which point it will be made available to anyone looking to try it out. That's when stable versions will be made available and it'll be much safer to run iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H6VQYnz97g
How to ditch iOS 10 and downgrade back to iOS 9
Apple on Monday released iOS 10 beta 1, allowing anyone with access to a developer account (or without a developer account, if you follow these instructions ) to try out the brand new features. While iOS 10 might be the biggest iOS update we’ve seen in years, beta releases aren’t always stable. Moreover, the first beta release can be especially buggy, so you may want to return to the most stable iOS 9 version out there if you upgraded and you're having problems. We have good news: Not only is it possible to downgrade to iOS 9.3.2, the process is actually quite easy. DON’T MISS: Foxconn employee says iPhone 7's most anticipated new feature was canceled Regardless of whether you installed iOS 10 beta 1 legally or took the shadier approach, you can roll back your software to iOS 9.3.2 without losing any of your data. A video from YouTube channel iCrackUriDevice shows you how to do it safely, and it's rather easy. The bad news is that you need a computer with iTunes installed to perform the downgrade. Additionally, you’ll need to locate the appropriate iOS 9.3.2 build for your iOS device before flashing it to your smartphone. Once you have it handy, go to iTunes, hook up your iPhone, and then click on the Check for Update button while pressing the Option key (Mac) or Shift key (Windows). You should then be able to select the appropriate iOS 9.3.2 IPSW file. That’s all you have to do to get back to iOS 9.3.2. Apple’s public iOS 10 beta release is expected in July, at which point it will be made available to anyone looking to try it out. That's when stable versions will be made available and it'll be much safer to run iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H6VQYnz97g
Hands-on video shows 75 new iOS 10 features you need to see
Whether you’re an iOS veteran or you’ve just discovered the iPhone an iPad, moving to iOS 10 will require a bit of learning. The software update is massive, containing a slew of important improvements – Siri, iMessages, Apple Maps, and AI features come to mind – but plenty of smaller changes and tricks that will also significantly improve your mobile experience. We have talked extensively about iOS 10 – check our iOS 10 hub for all the WWDC 2016 coverage – and even saw an impressive iOS 10 beta 1 review . But the following video puts an overview of an impressive number of new iOS features all in one place. DON’T MISS: Leaked iPhone 7 photo shows a major change we never saw coming Sure, you can download iOS 10 beta 1 and experience the new OS yourself – here’s how to do it if you don’t have access to a developer account. But you might still miss out on some of the hidden tricks under the hood. Running iOS 10 beta 1 on the iPhone and iPad, 9to5Mac demoed 75 new iOS 10 features in a video that’s over 30 minutes long, and you simply have to watch if you’re curious about what iOS 10 has to offer. The video offers a more detailed demo of iOS 10 than seen on stage during Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote on Monday, giving us an impressive view at what Apple’s iOS team has been cooking in the past year. You'll find the video embedded below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3LTiIUoTU8
Can $400 buy you perfect home Wi-Fi? Luma wants you to think so
Wireless routers are the most necessary but least-loved gadget that everyone has to buy. It's difficult to make a light-up internet box interesting, but that's what a new startup has tried to do with its Luma  router system, which is finally available to buy. The concept behind Luma is pretty simple. Using, ideally, a couple of routers (the company sells a three-pack for $399), you get seamless coverage over an entire house. Setup and network control is supposed to be made easy through an app, although the strict parental control features can border on the outright creepy. Altogether, it sounds like a convincing package. But $400 is a steep price for an accessory, all things considered. Is it really worth it? The concept of using multiple routers to create one big Wi-Fi network is nothing new, of course. Commercial networks do it all the time, and with a little know-how and two routers, you can even do it at home. But what Luma is promising is simplicity -- additional access points are detected and added to the network without any messing with DHCP assignments and IP addresses. There's one smartphone app that controls the network, but also monitors devices on the network. https://vimeo.com/144589863 This is where things get a little bit creepy -- Luma lets parents (or, say, overbearing boyfriends) view internet browsing and usage in real time, all through the app. It's a little too NSA-comes-to-the-suburbs for my taste, but then again I also spent my early years on PCs learning how to circumvent my parents' firewall. If Luma sounds like the efficient, slightly dystopian Wi-Fi future you've been waiting for, good news: it's finally on sale to the general public. $199 buys you a single router, or $399 gets you the three-pack. It's available on Luma's website right now, and should be in Best Buy later this summer.
New free tool lets you send Gmail attachments that self-destruct
One of the best things about Gmail — aside from the fact that it offers tons of storage and a terrific feature set for free — is that Google not only allows but encourages enhancements from third-party developers. There are a whole host of essential Gmail plug-ins out there and we've covered many of them right here on the site. We recently came across a new one that instantly became one of our favorites, and we'll tell you about it in this post. MUST SEE:  Leaked iPhone 7 photo shows a major change we never saw coming Digify is a great Chrome extension that adds a number of nifty features to Gmail — as long as you use Gmail in your browser and not in a third-party email client, of course. The focus here is tracking and security, which are obviously top priorities for many users in both enterprise and personal settings. One of the coolest features has to be the ability to send emails with attachments that self-destruct. This secure feature is built right into the Gmail composer after you install the Digify Chrome extension , and it lets you attach documents or other files that will self-destruct after a predetermined amount of time. So for example, you can send someone a video that they can view in their browser and after 10 minutes, it will vanish. The tool also lets you track how many times your attachment has been viewed. Digify posted a video that shows how the feature works, and you'll find it embedded below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od4OZTyS4w0 In addition to its Chrome extension, the company also offers free apps for the iPhone and iPad or for Android devices that bring some of its best features to your smartphone or tablet. Digify has a free tier and then offers premium features such as access control, different amounts of encrypted storage, file protection and team tools starting at $10 per month.
We might’ve just found out when the Apple Watch 2 will launch
One of the best software updates announced at WWDC 2016 earlier this week affects Apple’s Watch. watchOS 3 is a massive overhaul of the watch's software, bringing several new features, as well as many user interface changes and performance improvements. All in all, watchOS 3 should make the current Apple Watch an even more interesting proposition to buyers looking for a smart gadget for the wrist. But if you haven't already bought one you might want to sit tight for a bit, as the Apple Watch 2 might be on the way. DON’T MISS: Leaked iPhone 7 photo shows a major change we never saw coming According to sources from Apple’s Asian supply chain, orders for the upcoming Apple Watch model have been higher-than-expected. Digitimes says that sources estimate that about two million new Apple Watches could be shipped each month at launch. Shipments of chips and components for the Apple Watch 2 are set to begin in the third quarter, the sources indicated. Component production in the July to September range might mean Apple is preparing to launch the new wearable at the same time as the upcoming iPhone 7 family. Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 7 during its annual mid-September iPhone event, and then release it by the end of the month.  Digitimes notes that sales of the current Apple Watch have been a “disappointment,” but also that the recent pull-in of orders for the second-generation model has been “rather aggressive.” Apple has not said how many Watches it has sold to date, but the device is the most popular smartwatch in stores according to many estimates. The company already cut the price of the wearable by $100, which might be seen as an indication that sales haven't been spectacular.
New iOS 10 feature will make it so your iPhone never runs out of storage
Per usual, Apple's WWDC keynote yesterday was chock-full of new announcements. In fact, Apple had so many new items to discuss that Apple executives were seemingly flying through their presentations just to make sure that they had time to cover everything. In turn, not every new feature of interest was covered by the keynote. Most notably, the recently revealed iOS 10 is jam-packed with a number of features that Apple didn't have time to cover. Earlier today, we got you up to speed on a few of these interesting features , and now we'll cover yet another one that flew past our radar initially. DON'T MISS:  13 best new features coming to the iPhone and iPad in iOS 10 One exciting new iOS 10 feature Apple didn't have time to cover centers on storage optimization. Specifically, there's now a setting where users can instruct their device ahead of time to remove music that hasn't been played in a while when storage is running low. This feature is especially useful given that Apple is still selling devices with 16GB of storage out of the box. As evidenced via the photo below, courtesy of MacRumors , iOS 10 users will be able to instruct their iPhone to remove music in either 4GB, 8GB or 16GB installments. Of course, this feature would only come in handy if a user happens to keep a sizable music library on his or her device. And with the growing popularity of music streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, it's safe to assume that the percentage of users who rely upon their devices for local music storage is on the way down.
Leaked iPhone 7 photo shows a major change we never saw coming
If you believe the conclusions that have been reached by some tech bloggers and smartphone fans following early iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus leaks, this year's new iPhone models are going to be boring. Forget the fact that absolutely nothing has been confirmed at this point and forget the fact that we have yet to hear anything about new features that Apple might plan to introduce alongside its new iPhone models.  Boring... You're crazy if you think we already know all there is to know about Apple's next-generation iPhones. Even if we operate under the assumption that everything we've seen so far is accurate, what new flagship feature is Apple cooking up for this year's launch? What exactly is that dual camera setup going to do on the iPhone 7 Plus? And what about the Smart Connector on the back? There are plenty more unknowns as well, and more puzzle pieces will undoubtedly fall in place in the coming weeks and months. Case in point: A fresh leak on Wednesday may have revealed a major change that we never saw coming. MUST SEE:  My 5 favorite new iOS 10 features that no one is talking about Back in late May, we enjoyed what was likely our first look at a real iPhone 7 . The phone certainly doesn't appear to feature a revolutionary redesign of any kind, but it does look like it improves upon the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s design in a number of key ways. Namely, it's thinner and it sports less offensive antenna lines. But around front, things may be an entirely different story. A new photo posted by  MobiPicker shows us what the gadget blog claims to be the front of an iPhone 7. The authenticity of the image isn't confirmed, but it shows a huge change that hasn't previously been reported by any solid sources. Here's the photo in question: Let's look a bit closer: Now, we've known for some time that Apple is hard at work trying to remove the home button from its iPhone and iPad lineup. The company has been awarded a number of patents for technology that might allow Apple to embed its Touch ID fingerprint sensor beneath a device's display. As a result, Apple would be able to build much more compact devices since it wouldn't need so much room beneath the screen. The iPhone 7 might be the first big step toward realizing that goal. In the leaked photo, the iPhone 7's home button doesn't appear to be a button at all. Instead, it looks like a touch sensitive tap target with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded beneath it. And in all likelihood, if this photo does show a real iPhone 7 — and that's a big "if" — the new capacitive home button will support 3D Touch as well. This would let Apple release a device that still supports all of the same home button features as earlier models, including things like Reachability and Siri, without the need for a physical button. With reports stating that early iPhone 7 production is already underway, we probably won't have to wait long before this rumor is either corroborated or disproven by subsequent leaks.
Apple executives talk Siri limitations, iOS Messages app and much more in new interview
In what may become something of a tradition, Apple executives Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi on the second day of WWDC sat down with Daring Fireball's John Gruber for a wide-ranging interview about all things iOS and macOS. The full interview will soon be available on Gruber's popular  The Talk Show podcast but  MacRumors managed to highlight some of the more noteworthy portions in the interim. DON'T MISS:  This could be the radical iPhone redesign we’ve been waiting for For starters, Apple's WWDC keynote left many people wondering why the company spent so much time on Messages. Indeed, there were no shortage of snarky hot-takes about how Apple's WWDC keynote was big on fluff and how the company had all of a sudden become a Snapchat competitor. Nerd indignation aside, Federighi cooly explained why the company decided to spend so much time focusing on enhancements to the Messages app during Monday's keynote. First and foremost, Federighi explained that Messages is extremely popular and is likely the app most iPhone and iPad users spend the most time in. So why not focus on the stuff the masses would actually get excited about? "Every time we add emoji it would be the biggest thing," Federighi said. "We work all year on a new file system or something and people are more excited about the two more emoji. So we figured if there's one place where we could make a difference in how people experience iOS it's Messages." Of course, one of the bigger developments at WWDC was Apple's announcement that it was finally going to open up Siri to third-party developers. Initially, developers will be somewhat limited in how they can integrate Siri functionality into their apps. Specifically, third-party app integration with Siri will be limited to these six types of activities: ride booking, messaging, Photo Search, payments, VoIP Calling and Workouts. Touching on this, Federighi and Schiller said that Apple is more interested in creating a strong foundation for developers first before giving them free rein. This is not at all surprising as we've seen Apple take a similar approach with other iOS features in the past, such as its multitasking APIs. There was definitely a lot more that Federighi and Schiller covered, and we'll make sure to update this post once the podcast becomes available for download.
Did Apple steal its big MacBook Pro redesign for this old concept video?
Apple is rumored to be launching a new MacBook Pro laptop family this year that will feature a significant redesign, at least compared to current MacBook Pro models. Among the proposed changes, a secondary OLED touchscreen that would replace the top row on the keyboard stands out. The design choice would allow Apple to offer a contextual menu that could adapt to what’s happening on the main display. A few days ago, a designer put together gorgeous 3D renders that imagine what an OLED bar would look like (top image), but it appears as though he’s not the first one to do it. In September 2014 a designer created a video of a similar feature, and he sent his creation to Apple. DON’T MISS:  13 best new features coming to the iPhone and iPad in iOS 10 According to The Verge , Łukasz Majer imagined a MacBook Pro that had a touchscreen display instead of the function key row. Majer’s concept was sent to Apple on September 21st, 2014. Since then, it was viewed 11 times initially. Then, in May, it was seen three more times. As you can see, Majer’s secondary touchscreen display features app shortcuts that would fit the main app on the screen, potentially making it even easier to interact with the computer. Recent leaks suggested the OLED screen will replace that row, with Apple making use of that same space. Naturally, this doesn’t mean that Apple stole the feature from a creative designer – and if it did, it probably can’t be proven. Apple already has patents that imagine putting touchscreen interfaces on Macs, and they may describe technology that could be used in this rumored MacBook Pro redesign. Check out Majer’s video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWDSZO1f4sw
Apple makes Siri smarter, rolls out software improvements

Coming later today: Apple's next big software improvementsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is working to make its iPhone and other gadgets smarter, responding to competitors' recent moves by building more artificial intelligence into its Siri digital assistant, photos, maps and other online services.



13 best new features coming to the iPhone and iPad in iOS 10
Holy moly, Apple fans... that was a wild ride. The huge WWDC 2016 keynote was packed full of announcements spanning nearly every single one of Apple's product lines. Software was clearly the star of the show — this is, after all, a developer conference first and foremost — and we all know where everyone's focus was on Monday: iOS 10. Apple's new iOS 10 software for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is a huge step forward for iOS devices and for mobile platforms in general. It's still the smoothest, it's still the fastest, and now it has even more great features packed in. What were the best and most exciting new iOS 10 features Apple unveiled on stage in California on Monday? You'll find them all listed right here. MUST SEE:  The biggest announcements from Apple's big WWDC 2016 keynote UPDATE: There is DEFINITELY a fourteenth new feature in iOS 10  that we need to add to this list. All new lock screen In iOS 10, Apple has completely redesigned the lock screen. iOS 10 has a new raise-to-wake feature that wakes up to display the lock screen without having to touch any buttons. This is a great solution since TouchID often bypasses the lock screen so people miss important notifications. The updated lock screen also includes new features that give native apps and third-party apps an interactive interface (exchange messages, etc) without ever leaving the lock screen. You can also finally clear all of your notifications at once with a 3D Touch gesture, and widgets are available on the lock screen with a quick swipe to the right. Siri updates Siri is being opened up to developers, which is pretty darn awesome. "Send a WhatsApp message to my wife that I'll be 5 minutes late." Done! "Order me an UberX." Done! "Start tracking my workout with MapMyRun." Done! Quick Type enhancements Siri intelligence is coming to the keyboard (yikes!). In all seriousness though, Apple is using deep learning to dramatically improve Quick Type suggestions. There will also be killer Siri integration that uses contextual info. For example if someone messages you with "Where are you?" Quick Type will offer your current location as a suggestion. All new Photos app Advanced deep learning techniques now bring facial recognition to the Photos app. It'll group all of your friends and family into albums automatically, and it'll do the same with scenes and objects (mountains, horses, trees, etc). Amazingly, this is all done locally on your device so Apple doesn't need to send all of your private data to its own servers for analysis like Google does with similar features in the Google Photos app. Another new feature called Memories will automatically group photos to create movies, slide shows and more. For example, if you go on vacation and take 200 pictures, your iPhone will group them into a single memory. It'll also automatically create a highlight reel with music, videos and still images for each memory, and it'll recommend related memories based on people in your photos, locations, and so on. So if you go on vacation with your grandparents, the app might recommend other memory albums with your grandparents as "related." It's similar to HTC's Zoe feature, but a bit more in-depth in some ways (in others it's just a straight-up Zoe ripoff). New Maps features In iOS 10, Apple is adding new proactive features to Maps along with a complete redesign. So for example, your iPhone knows you typically go to work around the same time so if you open Maps around then, it'll offer to guide you around traffic to work. That's right, Maps now offers traffic on route! Proactive location features will also give you quick access to nearby restaurants when you open the app around dinnertime, for example. Apple also announced Maps Extensions, which are available to third-party developers. For example, if you search for a restaurant you can use an OpenTable extension to make a reservation. Then you can use an Uber extension to book a ride — all without ever leaving Maps. Apple Music revamp Apple Music is a great new service that Apple unveiled last year, but there were tons of customer complaints as well. As a result, Apple Music has been completely redesigned. The new user interface gets out of the way better than the old one, and it's much cleaner than the old, confusing app. The first tab is now your music library, which seems like a no-brainer. On the Now Playing screen, you'll also now find lyrics! There's now a cool new discovery mix at the top of the For You tab that's made automatically with new recommendations based on what you listen to and like. A recently played playlist is also easily accessible. Connect has been moved off of the main tabs and is now integrated into artist and band pages. The third tab is the Radio tab, where Beats1 is still highlighted most prominently and other radio features are available as well. You'll also now find a dedicated search tab. News app updates The Apple News app has over 650 million monthly readers, and now it has been completely redesigned. The new UI is gorgeous and it looks just like the Apple Music app. The app offers quick access to your favorite topics and it even creates new topics based on things it thinks you'll like. Subscriptions are also being made available, and breaking news notifications are being added as well. All new Home app With iOS 10, Apple is introducing a new app called Home. All of your HomeKit compatible accessories can be controlled in the Home app. It supports all the features most smart home hubs support, including scenes. For example, a "good night" command can draw all your blinds and turn off all your lights. HomeKit device controls are also being added to Control Center, and you can use Siri commands to control anything that can be controlled in Hime. Phone up gets a major update An update to the Phone app! Apple's Phone app now automatically transcribes your voicemails, which is a huge deal. There's also an extension API that will let supported spam lists block spam calls without any intervention needed from the user. A new VoIP API lets VoIP apps integrate into the Phone app, the lock screen and more, just like regular voice calls. Awesome new Messages features Messages is the most frequently used app in iOS, and Apple added tons of new features. Rich links give you previews of content when you receive a message with a link — videos on rich links will play right in line automatically, and music can be played right from within the app when someone sends you a link to a song in Apple Music. Emoji are three times bigger on the keyboard, and Quick Type offers emoji suggestions. Handwriting and Digital Touch (like on the Apple Watch) are also now supported. Lastly, new bubble effects let users send messages with animated chat bubbles. They can grow larger for shouting, smaller for whispers, and there are some other effects as well. The animations are very cool — for example, a slam bubble effect slaps a new message in there and shakes all of the other messages that are already in the chat. Oh, and iOS 10 now also supports iMessage apps, which will let developers built apps that are available to users through an iMessage app drawer. There were also three more big features Apple didn't dive too deep into during the show, but they sounded awesome nonetheless: Notes collaboration: Work live with multiple people in a note. Live Photo updates: New digital image stabilization and editing features have been added to Live Photos on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Split view in Safari: View two websites side by side in Safari. Sadly, this only works on the iPad.
WWDC 2016: This is what we’re most excited about
With WWDC set to kick off at 10 am Pacific Time and 1 pm on the East Coast, we thankfully won't have to wait too much longer to see what type of software advancements Apple has been working on over the last 12 months. And while it doesn't appear that Apple will have any huge surprises in store, this year's keynote should still provide us with no shortage of important and exciting announcements . To help get things started, we here at BGR have put together a short but sweet list highlighting which features we're most excited to see Apple introduce later today. DON'T MISS:  This is why Microsoft is buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion Zach Epstein For me, WWDC 2016 is all about iOS 10. Apple is fighting its way through a negative news cycle right now and it looks like the huge iPhone upgrade everyone is waiting for won’t happen until next year for the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. There’s a whole lot of time between now and September 2017, and the last thing I want is to see Apple play defense the whole time. Thanks to all the leaks over the past couple of months, the designs of this year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are all but confirmed and they’re anything but groundbreaking. You and I know that design is only half the story and we still have no idea what new features the iPhone 7 has in store, but the public at large is very negative right now. With iOS 10, Apple has a chance to change the conversation. WWDC 2016 marks the first time in years that we’re going into an Apple event without knowing just about everything Apple has planned. In fact, we know almost nothing, and it’s pretty exciting. iOS 9 brought Apple’s mobile platform to a place where it’s stable and feature-rich, and now it’s time to focus on real innovation. Chris Mills This isn't going to happen, but: I really hope Apple announces a new Thunderbolt Display with a graphics card built in. I know, a new display is about the most boring thing I could wish for, but bear with me. I've been juggling a desktop and laptop daily for years, because anything thin enough to carry around all day isn't powerful enough to run multiple displays (or at least, run them well). Other companies have tried external GPUs before and failed, but I think Apple's in a good place to succeed. It would have complete control over the hardware and software, and it's even experienced with the USB-C connector that would make it possible. Think about it: tiny, portable 12-inch Macbook for carrying around, and then a hulking 27-inch display with more power (and more ports!) for when you get home. Done correctly, it could slim me down to needing just one computer forever. That's progress. Chris Smith I’m still dreaming about an iPad Pro that runs both macOS and iOS. While I don’t expect that to happen anytime soon, I’m certainly looking forward to Mac-related announcements at WWDC 2016. Siri for Mac might be a game changer as Apple would get a chance to vastly expand the capabilities of its voice-assistant. Because Apple likes a sort of uniformity across devices, it’s likely that any Siri advancements on the Mac side of the business would trigger similar upgrades on iOS and other platforms. I can’t wait to be able to tell my computer what to do while I’m focusing on a certain task. It’s a whole new level of multitasking that Siri on Mac can enable. Also, I’m seriously hoping that the radically redesigned MacBook Pro we keep hearing about will be unveiled at the show. Jacob Siegal It's about time Apple fixed the App Store. I spend hours every week sampling the latest and greatest that mobile developers have to offer, but the experience of browsing the App Store is atrocious. In fact, as the App Store has grown in size, it has become increasingly unwieldy, but a report last week seemed to indicate that major changes are inbound . Whether or not they'll be enough to make the App Store a less frustrating element of the ecosystem remains to be seen, but any improvements would be welcome. Yoni Heisler I'm actually most excited to see what Apple announces regarding Apple Pay and person to person payments. Given how easy and convenient Apple Pay is in its current form, the idea that Apple Pay might support money transfers via integration into iMessage is incredibly intriguing. Imagine, for instance, going out to a restaurant with some friends. The bill comes, and predictably, some people have cash and some people have cards. Instead of having to spend 10 minutes figuring out how everyone is going to pay, imagine one person putting it on his card and everyone else simply transferring funds to the cardpayer via iMessage. Lastly, make sure to check out our comprehensive WWDC 2016 preview over here .
Apple Pay payments coming to the web
Apple will take its payment product to the next level at this year’s WWDC event, a new report indicates. The company will launch an Apple Pay version for the web that will let Apple device users pay for goods with the touch of a finger. Apple Pay on the web will compete directly against PayPal, although it’s not yet clear whether it will require devices with Touch ID hardware like the latest iPhones and iPads in order to work. DON’T MISS: This is why Microsoft is buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion According to sources familiar with the matter who spoke to Digital Trends a few days ago, select retail partners will support Apple Pay payments. Apple has so far tied its payments product to devices that have sensors capable of reading certain biometrics, including heart rate (Apple Watch) and fingerprint (iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPad Pro, iPad mini). If Apple Pay on the web will be tied to a fingerprint-based security, then the feature might not be available on computers that lack such sensors unless the user also has an iPhone or iPad available to authenticate. Recent reports suggested that Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro family will feature a massive redesign, with Touch ID being one of the rumored new features of the flagship laptop. Assuming the reports are accurate, then Apple Pay would also work on Macs equipped with such sensors. This isn’t the first time we've heard that Apple is preparing a product that would compete directly with PayPal. The iPhone maker is also rumored to be working on a peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments feature that would be built right into iMessege. PayPal supports both peer-to-peer payments and online payments and according to Digital Trends , about 250 of the top 500 online stores feature PayPal integration.