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Friday, 14 July 2017

How To Arrange Your iPhone Apps, One App At A Time

After years of fiddling, I finally cracked it. This is how you should organise your home screen – and it's advice that could be handy for Android users too

In the 10 years since the iPhone launched, I've never really settled on a way to arrange my home screen that I actually like. Folders seem clunky but no folders leaves me with too many things multiple swipes away. Organising by what I use most leaves me with the rarely but rapidly needed apps buried, while organising by speed of access leaves me tapping through multiple times a day.

And then there's aesthetics. Some apps simply don't deserve to be on my first home screen no matter how much I use them. Mostly games. Game designers can't make an attractive icon for the life of them, it seems.

I was trapped on the horns of dilemma. So for the past couple of years, I've abdicated all responsibility for the decision making, and instead instituted A System: every time I tap on an app to open it, I move it one square closer to the front.

That's it. Of course, there are quirks to this system. For one thing, searching for an app in spotlight, or switching to it through multitasking, doesn't count – because if you don't tap on the icon, you don't need the icon to be accessible, right?

Two years down the line I've reached a home screen that vaguely resembles a nice mixture of my most used, most tapped on and most persistent apps:

Alex's first home screen shows all his most-used apps. On the second screen, games appear. By page three, the folders arrive. Photograph: Alex Hern's iPhone

As well as being quite a good array of apps, I also like what it tells me about my iPhone usage.

The dock barely changes at this point, although WhatsApp occasionally fights Spotify for dominance. Duolingo has the advantage of being opened every single day without fail, RSS app Reeder gets opened at least twice on weekdays, and Twitter is … well, Twitter is Twitter. I don't even bother to put Duolingo past it anymore.

The rest of the first page is largely understandable. I'm surprised I still use Snapchat enough for it to be so high up, and Health is slowly falling down the list now I stopped manually logging my weight – who has time for that – but the screen is a fairly accurate cross-section of what I use my phone for.

The second page follows the same system. There, you'll find a few of the apps I use regularly, but not by any means daily, as well as some, such as secure chat app Wire, which I've only started using recently but are climbing up the charts.

By the third page, I break my rules. Here everything goes in folders, and moves one folder forward each time I tap on it. It's the only way to avoid having 40 pages of apps, and it works fairly well. It also reveals quite how many apps I have that I have never clicked on. Some, such as Swiftkey or the Wallet app, are still useful but just opened in other ways. Others, such as the World of Warcraft companion app (I don't play the game anymore) or taxi app Gett (I don't take many taxis) I think I should probably delete.

There's also the only other rule-breaking I have: a folder for “old games”. Sometimes you just know when you're done with a game, but you don't want to remove it from your phone, you know? That's where these games go to hibernate. Maybe I'll bust out Reigns or Corrypt again, one day.

I'm pretty sure my way's the only sensible way to arrange icons. But I'm willing to be convinced otherwise. Anyone got any better ideas?

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WhatsApp Now Lets You Send Any File

When you message friends and colleagues through any of the free messaging apps, chances are you not just chat or exchange pictures, GIFs, stickers, etc. You sometimes need to send different kinds of files, whether for work or even just for leisure. WhatsApp previously did not have any file sharing feature but thankfully they're making up for it now as the latest update allows you to send any kind of file over to your contact through the messaging app.

Previous updates included the ability to share documents like doc, csv, ppt, txt, and other basic document formats. But the latest update, which only started rolling out yesterday, allows you to send any kind of file, whether it's other media types, zip files, even APKs for those who like installing apps in that format. But of course there's a limit to the size of the file you can send. For Android users, the maximum you can send is 100MB while web users can only send up to 64MB.

The changelog also includes other minor things. You can now swipe up from the in-app camera in order to see your photos and videos from your gallery. You can also now apply bold, strikethrough, or italics to the word you're typing in simply by long pressing on the text. It also says there are various design improvements for voice and video calls.

The update may not yet be available for some but go ahead and check WhatsApp's Google Play page so you can see if you already have it for your app. You can also download it through an APK Mirror.

SOURCE: Reddit

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Checkout The New Skype - Hate Or Rate?

Microsoft's radical redesign of Skype isn't going down well. While Android users have had access to the new Skype design for a month, the refresh only debuted on iPhone a couple of weeks ago. Ratings of the Skype app on Apple's App Store have plummeted worldwide since the new Skype launched. In the UK App Store Skype is now rated at just 1 star, while ratings have fallen from 3.5 stars in the US to just 1.5 stars. The same is happening across European App Store ratings for Skype, and the feedback appears to be very similar.

“This latest update is the most thrown-together looking thing I've seen in a long time,” says one reviewer. “The layout looks and feels nothing like Skype, the chat system is a mess and the Highlights system just screams 'we want to be as successful as SnapChat.'” Other reviews take a similar tone, with many suggesting this is the “worst Skype update ever.” Even in the Google Play Store, where an overall rating is applied regardless of versions, Microsoft's Skype rating is starting to slip thanks to many 1 star ratings in recent weeks.

The new Skype The reaction could be similar to Facebook newsfeed changes

It's easy to dismiss these as the usual push back from a radical redesign, and Facebook suffers the same reactions every time it changes its newsfeed. However, Skype has been through a number of design changes over the years and the app was already hovering around just 3 stars in the App Store ahead of the big changes introduced last month. People weren't necessarily happy with Skype before, but this update has triggered a visceral reaction to change.

Microsoft has radically redesigned Skype this time to focus more on messaging, and it has changed what people are used to with Skype. Instead of fixing the many issues around Skype's notification and sync unreliability, Microsoft has painted over the obvious problems with new features that let you use emoji in video calls and a Highlight option that's very similar to Snapchat.

Other popular messaging services like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger have largely stuck to the basics without overhauling their design constantly. WhatsApp's success comes from its simplicity and ability to use an adaptive design on each platform to match the default messaging experience that you're used to. Microsoft has tried something new with Skype, and it's now listening to the painful feedback. Microsoft will now have to either walk things back to simplicity, or push on and hope that Skype users accept these big changes and don't go looking elsewhere.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Ubuntu Now Available On Windows Store For Pc

Microsoft announced at its Build 2017 developer conference earlier this year that Ubuntu would be heading to the Windows Store, and now the popular Linux distro is available to download.

Ubuntu — like SUSE Linux and Fedora, the other two forthcoming Linux distros heading to the store — runs in a sandbox alongside Windows 10, and offers regular command-line utilities as a standalone installation, with shared access to files and hardware with Windows 10.

In order to install Ubuntu, users will have to navigate to Control Panel (not the newer Windows 10 Settings app) and select the "Turn Windows features on or off" menu. There, you'll be able to select the "Windows Subsystem for Linux," which will allow Ubuntu to work following a reboot.

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Checkout Google's Recommended Torrent Sites

In a bizarre turn of events, at least in light of the company's anti-piracy actions, Google Search shows users the best torrenting websites in a single, convenient scrolling set of cards. These cards appear at the top of Google Search when users query 'best torrenting/torrent sites,' and they include things like isoHunt, Demonoid, The Pirate Bay, and more.

Google has been taking steps to address piracy for years, doing things like removing piracy apps from the Google Play Store, suggesting legal download options to people seeking illegal downloads, and even demoting the search rankings of torrenting websites. The latter, especially, makes the new torrenting website suggestions unusual and particularly humorous.

The search results reel is likely automatically created based on past user choices; the reel itself is nothing new, with Google offering it for a variety of popular searches. As noted by TorrentFreak, Google similarly offers a search results reel when users search for streaming sites, though it is interesting to note that it tosses pirated sites into the mix, such as Putlocker, alongside legal things like Crackle.

It wouldn't be surprising if Google makes some changes in the coming months to strip these illicit sites out of its popular search results reel, though it's anyone's guess about whether that will actually happen. Hollywood has long put pressure on Google to help it address the issue of piracy, pointing blame at the search engine for the ease it offers in finding pirated content.

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Playstation 5 (Ps5) Set To Be Launched In 2019

Console launches used to be few and far between, but for this generation of hardware they just keep coming, albeit in smaller steps. We've had the PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox One with Kinect, then without, followed by the Xbox One S, the forthcoming Xbox One X, and let's not forget the Nintendo Switch.

So what's next? Gaming Bolt reports that, according to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Patcher, the PlayStation 5 is what. But I'm sure most gamers will be glad to hear they have plenty of time to save up for Sony's next console.

Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America, recently confirmed to that there will definitely be a PlayStation 5. It won't happen soon, but there will be one.

Patcher, who's well-known for his gaming predictions, believes Layden is being honest and that we will get another hardware generation from Sony rather than just rolling updates such as the PS4 Pro presented. But he's been a little more specific with the launch timing. Patcher thinks the PS5 will launch in 2019.

His timing prediction isn't just pulled out of the air, it's linked to 4K TV sales. Patcher believes that Sony will only launch the PS5 once the 4K TV market share reaches 50 percent in the US and 35 percent worldwide. That's most likely to happen in 2019, but could see the PS5 launch pushed back to 2020 depending on when it falls.

Patcher also believes Sony already knows what the next hardware cycle will be, that PS4 Pro and PS4 backwards compatibility is assured, and that it will be all about 4K gaming. That last one is a given seeing as Microsoft is already pinning its hopes on 4K gaming for Xbox One X sales.

Launching in March 2020 sounds like the ideal time to me. The Xbox One X should be easy to beat on performance, there will be a good library of PS4 Pro games available, and Sony will have tens of millions more PS4/Pro owners to entice into upgrading knowing all their existing PS4 games will still work on the new machine.

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Saturday, 8 July 2017

This Might Just Be The Google Pixel 2 We've Been Waiting For

When it comes to the smartphone market as a whole, there are really only two upcoming new smartphones on people's minds. The first is the iPhone 8, which will be revealed in September and then released sometime after alongside new iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models. Apple fans are starved for a new design after three consecutive years with nearly identical iPhone models, and the iPhone 8 is expected to deliver big time. Then we've got Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, which is expected to take all of the Galaxy S8's best features and improve upon them.

Among hardcore Android fans, however, there are two more smartphones that are being awaited even more eagerly. That's right, Google's upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are set to be released this fall, and they're shaping up to be huge improvements over last year's models. If they end up looking anything like the images you'll see in this post, Google's next-generation Pixel phones might also be among the hottest handsets of the year.

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A leak back in early June shed a ton of light on the larger of Google's two upcoming new Pixel 2 smartphones. According to benchmark test results that surfaced on GFXBench, the Pixel 2 XL will sport a 5.6-inch display with 2K resolution, a 2.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon processor, 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage, and at least one 12-megapixel rear camera.

That all sounds pretty terrific, but what exactly will Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL look like? We can't yet say for certain, and they phones may actually end up features designs that are quite different. The smaller Pixel 2 will reportedly look a lot like last year's original Pixel phones, and it'll be made by HTC. Meanwhile, the larger Pixel 2 XL will be made by LG, so it'll likely feature a much different look and feel.

We can likely expect leaks to start rolling in over the next few weeks that shed some light on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's designs. In the meantime, the concept below was created by Jonas Daehnert for Yanko Design, and it very well may be the Pixel 2 of our dreams. It doesn't have the all-display front side that's all the rage in 2017, but we're OK with that, especially since the sides have no bezels and that's what really matters. Bezel-free sides make a phone as comfortable as possible in the hand, after all.

There are also some nifty design features you won't see anywhere else, such as the nifty little LED notification lights that correspond with Google's colors and are integrated into the phone's edge. You'll find a few images of Daehnert's creation below, and the rest can be seen on the Yanko Design website.

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

With iOS 11 Auto Password Is Better Than Ever

Tired of constantly forgetting your passwords? Apple wants to eliminate that pain point in iOS 11 by expanding its password-managing feature beyond its Safari browser.
Technically, password autofill for third-party apps has been available for a couple of years now, but developers had to enable the feature, and not a lot of apps actually did. With iOS 11 (currently in beta), however, Apple will enable the feature for all apps by including an extra key on the keyboard when it detects a login screen.

Sign in with a tap

After installing iOS 11, when you need to sign in to an app that has its login credentials saved in Apple's password manager, your iOS device will suggest login info. To sign in, tap on the saved information and you're done. If you have multiple accounts, you can tap on the key icon to view more account details.

Manage credentials 

To add, edit or delete login info using the expanded password manager, open Settings > Accounts & Passwords > App & Website Passwords. If you've previously let Safari save any login details for websites you frequent, you'll see that information here. Tap Edit to select multiple login items to delete, or swipe to the left on single items to delete individual listings.
Select a saved login to view the website, username and password.
To add a new account, you'll need to scroll all the way to the bottom of the list and tap Add Password. There you can enter the website, username and password. Right now, it doesn't appear that the app will suggest complex passwords for you, so be sure to come up with something on your own. A complex password or random characters is ideal, and since iOS 11 will fill it in for you in future, don't worry about making it easy to remember. Let iOS 11 do the work.
With iOS 11 still in early beta stages, any of these features can change at any time. We will update this post when necessary to reflect any changes to the final implementation. 
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