Samsung Gear S3 UK release date announced, pre-order now open

After the Samsung Gear S2 won Wearable of the Year at the T3 Awards 2016, we’ve been eagerly waiting for the Samsung Gear S3 to get a concrete release date.

Well, luckily for us, that has just happened, with the new series launching on November 11, 2016. In addition, UK pre-orders for the Samsung Gear S3 are also now live.

Two models are available for pre-order, the Samsung Gear S3 Classic and Samsung Gear S3 Frontier, both of which retail for £349.

With a promised 4-day battery life, 360 x 360 Fullcolor AOD display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass SR+, wireless charging, 4GB of on-board storage, Exynos 7270, 1Ghz dual-core processor and super fast Tizen OS 2.3.2 OS, the Samsung Gear S3 looks like it could become the new king of the smartwatch market.

Naturally, T3.com will have a full review coming shortly, so keep your eyes peeled to the site over the next week or two.

 

 

[Source:- T3]

Windows 10 release date, features, devices and free upgrade: Windows 10 update protected against bugs before patches

Windows 10 at-a-glance

Windows 10 launched globally on 29 July 2015 and touted as “the last version of Windows”, marking the end of decades of occasional heavy duty OS updates in favour of a more incremental approach. Available as a free upgrade for a year after launch, Windows 10 became full price on 30 July 2016. Here’s our round-up of everything you need to know about Windows 10.

  • Windows 10 started rolling out on 29 July 2015 as a free upgrade
  • Windows 10 free upgrade ended 29 July 2016 and Anniversary Update launched on 2 August
  • Read our full review of Windows 10 here
  • Enterprise users can manage company-wide rollouts for Windows 10 updates
  • Microsoft Edge replaces Internet Explorer as Windows 10’s default browser
  • Android and iOS apps will run on the new OS
  • Windows 10 latest news

    16/01/2017: The August update to Windows squashed bugs even before Microsoft officially patched them.

    The company said the Windows 10 Anniversary Update included a host of security enhancements, some of which Microsoft’s security team said mitigated against zero-day attacks that were later patched in November. That suggests anyone installing the August update was safe from two specific attack vectors even before the patches.

    The vulnerabilities in question included a flaw in Flash that allowed for elevation of privileges, which was used by the Strontium attack group in spear-phishing against American think-tanks and NGOs. The second flaw was in the Windows font library, also allowing hackers to elevate privileges; this time, the attacks were mostly seen in South Korea.

    Microsoft’s researchers said attacks on both flaws were mitigated by protections in the Anniversary Update, offering protection to users and forcing hackers to come up with new attack techniques.

    “While fixing a single-point vulnerability helps neutralise a specific bug, Microsoft security teams continue to look into opportunities to introduce more and more mitigation techniques,” noted Matt Oh and Elia Floria, of the Windows Defender ATP Research Team, in a blog post. “Such mitigation techniques can break exploit methods, providing a medium-term tactical benefit, or close entire classes of vulnerabilities for long-term strategic impact.”

    They added: “These mitigation techniques are significantly reducing attack surfaces that would have been available to future zero-day exploits.”

     

    Windows 10 release date

    Windows 10 started to roll out to consumers on 29 July 2015.

    The news of a July release came as little surprise to Microsoft watchers, as the company had stated the release would come in summer 2015, and AMD’s CEO Lisa Su tipped the world off to a July launch thanks to a slip of the tongue during an earnings call in April that year.

    The RTM build was delivered to OEM partners to image new devices on 15 July, and another build is being delivered to retailers to upgrade unsold devices currently running Windows 8.1.

    The first end users to get the finished version of the product were the five million Windows 10 Insiders using the operating system in a preview. Following that, Redmond began offering the upgrade to Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users.

    One year after the initial launch of Windows 10, Microsoft rolled out the Anniversary Update, which introduced useful tweaks but was a little light on new features. You can read our full review of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update here.

    Volume licensing customers are able to download Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).

    System requirements for Windows 10 can be found here.

    Windows 10 different versions

    As with its predecessors, Windows 10 is available in various different versions: Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Education and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise.

 
[Source:- ITpro]

Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date, Specifications, Price, and More: What the Rumours Say

Samsung Galaxy S8 Release Date, Specifications, Price, and More: What the Rumours Say

With the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung has lost a lot more than just billions of dollars last year. The South Korean giant has spent considerable time and effort in making amends to Galaxy Note 7 buyers, fixing its reputation, as well as identifying the cause behind the smartphone’s explosions. And the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 is its first big bet to move past the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.

Therefore, it is no surprise that all eyes have been on Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks, much more than for other flagship smartphone, as 2017 is expected be the year of redemption for the company. Curious about the Samsung Galaxy S8? Here’s everything we know about the Samsung’s 2017 flagship.

Samsung Galaxy S8 launch date

While Samsung was expected to be on schedule and launch the Galaxy S8 in February, recent reports indicate a delay due to the Note 7 fiasco and major design changes. The smartphone was expected to be unveiled at MWC this year, but Naver reports a further delay. The most recent pegged launch date is at April 18, and Samsung will launch the Galaxy S8 at a dedicated Unpacked event. The Samsung Galaxy S8 release date is not known, nor its release date in India.

Samsung Galaxy S8 price

The price of the Galaxy S8 is still a mystery, but a few reports hint that due to the major changes, the smartphone will be priced a little higher than the Samsung Galaxy S7. Goldman Sachs predicts that the Galaxy S8 will see a rise in prices by up to 15 to 20 percent compared to its predecessor. Of course, for now, what the Samsung Galaxy S8 price in India will be is not known at this point.

Samsung Galaxy S8 display

Samsung Galaxy S8 is pegged to have a dual-edged curved display with almost negligible bezel. There was an early report that pegged the screen-to-body ratio at 90 percent. The recent photo leak shows that the display takes up all the space, and only the top and bottom bezel are seen; a promotional video by Samsung that is said to feature the upcoming Galaxy S8 also shows that the smartphone has thin bezels on the sides, and that the display takes up most of the front panel. The top bezel of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 houses the speaker, front camera, and the sensors, while the bottom bezel only houses the logo. As for specifications, one report indicates that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a 5.5-inch 4K (2160×3840 pixels) Super AMOLED display and will boast of an impressive pixel density of 806ppi.

Samsung Galaxy S8 iris scanner

Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to feature an iris scanner, which will allow users to unlock the smartphone just by looking at it. The feature made its debut on Samsung devices with the Galaxy Note 7, so it won’t be a stretch to imagine this same functionality on the Galaxy S8 as well.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will come in two variants

However, a separate leak also suggests that the company could launch its next flagship smartphone in two screen size variants – 5.7-inch and 6.2-inch. The larger variant is expected to be called the Galaxy S8 Plus, which is said to have the model number SM-G9550/SM-G9550X; the smaller Galaxy S8 variant, on the other hand, is said to have the model number SM-G9500/SM-G9500X. More recently however, screen sizes of 5-inch and 6-inch were tipped for the same models.

Samsung Galaxy S8 will not have Home button

Samsung is expected to ditch the Home Button, and have an all-display front. The iconic capsule shaped button at the bottom will be ditched, along with the capacitive buttons as well. A recent photo leak testified to this rumour further, but the image strangely didn’t show any on screen buttons either.

Samsung Galaxy S8 fingerprint scanner

Traditionally, all Samsung smartphones have integrated the fingerprint sensor underneath the Home Button, but because the Home Button is being let go, the fingerprint sensor may reside at the back of the phone. Another report notes that the device may sport an optical fingerprint scanner that will enable reading thumb print through the display as well.

Samsung Galaxy S8 virtual assistant

Samsung is widely leveraging its Viv Labs acquisition to introduce “an enhanced artificial-intelligence service” in the Galaxy S8. The developers at Viv previously founded Siri which is now Apple’s digital voice-assistant on mobile devices. Samsung is calling its version Bixby, and will use the new virtual assistant in mostly all the native apps that will come pre-installed in the Galaxy S8. A separate rumour indicates that the male voice of the assistant will be called Bixby, while the female voice will be called Kestra.

Samsung Galaxy S8 processor

The Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone will likely be powered by the recently announced Snapdragon 835 SoC from Qualcomm while an Exynos 8895-based variant is also being rumoured. It will be paired with a 6GB of RAM or an 8GB of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy S8 pressure sensitive display

Following Apple’s lead, Samsung may integrate a pressure-sensitive display technology in its next flagship. Notably, Samsung’s technology is expected to work similarly to Apple’s 3D Touch tech introduced with the iPhone 6s. The technology will be able to distinguish between a light tap and deep press, enabling access to more functions just by pressing harder.

Samsung Galaxy S8 storage

The Galaxy S8 is also rumoured to sport a 256GB storage variant. It is unclear whether this will be the only storage option, or one of the storage variants made available in the market. If Samsung follows tradition, then a separate microSD slot for further expansion of memory will also be offered with Galaxy S8. Just to put things into perspective, the predecessor was offered in 32GB and 64GB storage variants only.

Samsung Galaxy S8 camera

Early leaks point at a dual camera setup at the back – one 16-megapixel lens and another 8-megapixel lens. However, the latest leaks hint that due to the large display in the front, a dual camera setup will be hard to cram in. The camera, however, will see and upgrade and the Samsung Galaxy S8 may finally become the company’s first smartphone to feature autofocus functionality on the front camera.

Samsung Galaxy S8 audio jack

Just like the iPhone 7 rumours, the audio jack leaks of the Galaxy S8 have been aplenty. Reports indicate that Samsung is getting rid of the old 3.5mm audio standard, and will bundle a 3.5mm-headphone-to-USB Type-C adapter, just like Apple. A separate report also hints that Samsung will launch wireless headphones alongside as well.

Samsung Galaxy S8’s Continuum-like feature

Lastly, the Galaxy S8 is also tipped to come with something similar to the popular Continuum feature seen on Windows 10 Mobile devices. This means that you could use your smartphone on your PC by connecting the device to the monitor, and the keyboard and mouse via Bluetooth (presumably). According to the leak, the feature is being called the Samsung Desktop Experience.

 

 

[Source:- gadgets360]

Nokia 6 Android Phone Launched: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and Moreb

Nokia 6 Android Phone Launched: Price, Specifications, Release Date, and More

Some may say it’s five years too late, but the first Nokia-branded Android phone – if you discount the ill-fated Nokia X series – has finally been launched. The rather unimaginatively named Nokia 6 has been introduced by HMD Global, the new custodians of the Nokia brand

Without any fanfare, HMD Global announced the launch of Nokia 6 via a release on its website, well ahead of the rumoured MWC debut. The Nokia 6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat and it sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display wrapped in 2.5D Gorilla Glass. The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Nokia 6 is a dual SIM smartphone that is backed by a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

The unibody Nokia 6 is built using 6000 series aluminium and its home button has an embedded fingerprint scanner. It packs a f/2.0 16-megapixel rear camera with phase detection auto focus and dual-tone flash, as well as an 8-megapixel f/2.0 front camera for selfies. The smartphone also includes Dolby Atmos tech and ‘dual amplifiers’ for louder sound.

There’s no word yet on what software features, if any, the Nokia 6 will offer in an attempt to stand out from the rest of the Android crowd, though HMD Global had previously hinted its Nokia-branded Android phones will offer a near stock experience.

Nokia 6 price in India and release date
Unfortunately for Nokia fans in India, the Nokia 6 is a China-exclusive smartphone that will be available only via JD.com at 1699 CNY (roughly Rs. 16,750) in “in early 2017”.

The company says it has no plans to launch the Nokia 6 in other markets though it confirmed that the “Nokia 6 marks the first step for the Nokia brand into Android smartphones with more to come in H1 2017.”

[Source:- Gadgets360]

 

 

macOS Sierra release date, news and features

macOS Sierra

With iOS 10 apparently serving as Apple’s flagship operating system, it’s easy to overlook Apple’s latest software offering for desktops. However, macOS Sierra ought not to be ignored, as it’s evidently jam-packed with new features and improvements.

  • How does macOS Sierrra compare to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update?

The highly-anticipated OS X 10.12 was officially revealed with a new name, macOS Sierra, at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2016. As we experienced in the move from OS X 10.10 Yosemite to 10.11 El Capitan, Sierra isn’t just a compilation of bug fixes and performance updates-it’s a full-fledged follow-up to last year’s update.

So then, what can you expect from macOS Sierra? Fasten your seatbelts and follow along to find out!

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next version of Apple’s desktop operating system
  • When is it out? September 20, or right now if you’re in the Apple Beta Software Program
  • What will it cost? Like the previous several versions, it will be a free update

 

macOS Sierra release date

When it comes to releasing new software, Apple has gotten into an annual release cycle. To no surprise, we saw the reveal of macOS Sierra in June at the WWDC, the Worldwide Developers Conference, with a private beta issued to developers that same day.

  • Find out if your Mac can run macOS

A public beta, released on July 7, 2016, brought Siri, picture-in-picture mode and more to a broad audience of Mac users for the first time in Apple history. Since then, the macOS Sierra public beta received a number of different updates, with the firsthaving been seeded on July 20.

Of course, in order to take advantage of the new Continuity features like Universal Clipboard, you’ll also need the iOS 10 beta installed on a compatible iPhone or iPad. Apple Pay, on the other hand, won’t be ready for the limelight until macOS Sierra’s hard launch on September 20, or right now if you’re a part of the Apple Beta Software Program.

Siri finally makes an appearance

The biggest new feature slated for macOS Sierra is the inclusion of the Siri virtual personal assistant. Siri was launched on iOS back in 2011 and, surprisingly, Macs are the last in a long list of platforms that support it.

Just as with the virtual assistant on iPhones, users will be able to simply command Siri and ask it questions with their voice. However, being on the Mac opens up a greater swath of options such as file searching, storage inquiries and even the ability to toggle settings on and off.

 

At WWDC, SVP of software engineering Craig Federighi showed audiences how Siri could prove beneficial on Mac while remaining distinct from other Apple platforms. The personal assistant software can respond to complex requests such as, “Show the files I worked on last week about the off-site.” From there, users can narrow down their search based on tags.

Siri can even access other parts of macOS including applications like iTunes, effectively making her your personal DJ. Moreover, the AI is compatible with Safari as well, allowing it to act on web searches.

And, with Apple having issued as SDK for developers to make their own apps work with Siri, it will be interesting to see where that goes. Maybe we’ll see the day when Siri can access your Spotify library, upload files to Google Drive or help you organize spreadsheets in Excel.

A long overdue file system upgrade

Since 1985, Apple has remained complacent with its Hierarchal File System, or HFS. With macOS, however, that all changes thanks to the new APFS, or simply Apple File System. Starting with the company’s 2017 MacBook lineup, all of Apple’s computers will support the new filesystem on its bootup drive. Unfortunately, the new filesystem is limited to transferring files back and forth on a non-startup drive in its present beta state.

Once Apple’s hardware begins to support the new standard, it won’t be long before we start to reap the benefits. These include improved flash memory optimization, faster Time Machine backups and improved space allocation letting two APFS-formatted disks act as one combined storage drive. Unfortunately, for legacy Mac users this means HFS support will be ousted in the next 25 years, though it would be a miracle if your computer could still boot up by then.

Continuity gets even better

Continuity between Mac and iOS is a big deal for those engulfed in Apple’s hardy ecosystem. Ever since its introduction, users have been able to pick up calls and text conversations from their phones and conveniently pull them up on their Mac computers.

 

With macOS Sierra, not only will you be able to access your computer from outside devices including your iPhone, but if you need to quickly move something from one device to another, this is made even easier than AirDrop thanks to the Universal Clipboard function. Fortunately, if the public beta is anything to go by, it’s as seamless as Command-C, Command-V.

And, while TouchID may come to Mac at some point, a similar feature called Auto Unlock will arrive later this year. As the title implies, this new feature will let you unlock your Mac from other Apple devices merely by being in close proximity to an Apple Watch or iOS device.

 

What’s more, Apple Pay has expanded beyond the restraints of a 4.7-inch screen and onto PCs by way of macOS. Making an effort to compete with e-commerce services like PayPal, a “Pay with Apple Pay” button will soon be integrated in your browser with TouchID on a nearby iPhone or iPad serving as a means of quick authentication.

Better multimedia functionality

Finally we have the Photos app getting an overhaul in iOS 10, and because of the way Continuity works, the incoming features also apply to Mac. These include a new “Memories” tab for a more magazine-like viewing mode as well as an AI that automatically sorts photos either by people or topics.

 

Likewise, if you’re a skilled multi-tasker interested in watching videos while you work, you’ll be delighted to know that macOS Sierra’s picture-in-picture mode allows users to take their video windows with them even as they rotate between desktop screens.

What’s next for macOS?

Though we can assume that most of macOS Sierra’s features were revealed at WWDC, there are still a handful of discoveries being made hinting at what we can expect from the operating system’s official launch in September.

 

One such discovery, as reported by 9to5mac, was made by a developer on Twitter who somehow managed to activate a more ubiquitous Dark Mode color scheme on his Mac. Although you can already enable a dark menu bar and Dock in the macOS Sierra public beta, this newly proposed feature would ostensibly extend across a catalog of applications, like Safari.

While it’s yet to be confirmed by Apple, the prospect of a true Dark Mode is undeniably an exciting one. Nevertheless, there’s bound to be an assortment of rumors, true or otherwise, leading into macOS Sierra’s September release.

 

 

[Source:- Techrader]

iOS 10 release date, news and features

iOS 10 release date, news and features

The iOS 10 public beta is now available to download for anyone willing to test unfinished iPhone and iPad software. That means the iOS 10 release date is closer than ever. Here’s the latest.

Apple’s iOS 10 update for iPhone and iPad lives up to its milestone software version number, with the first official details announced at WWDC 2016 in San Francisco last month.

As you’ll read in our iOS 10 first look, it’s filled with major changes for your daily phone and tablet routine, but don’t worry, all of the new features are for the best – and absolutely free to download.

The Cupertino company laid out all of its mobile operating system specs in an all-too-appropriate ten segments. We break it down even further. Here’s what we learned about iOS 10.

iOS 10 release date

Apple is once again planning a staggered iOS 10 release date among app developers, public beta testers and then everyone else who wants to wait for the final version.

iOS 10

So technically, iOS 10 is out right now. It launched the same day as WWDC in beta form to developers and trust us, Beta 1 wasn’t ready for average iPhone and iPad users who aren’t making apps.

You didn’t have to wait long to test out iOS 10 on your own. Apple launched the iOS 10 public beta just 23 days after the developer beta, and it’ll help squash bugs two months before the official release date.

That’s good news. Last year’s public beta was a success for Apple judging from the smoother sailing of iOS 9, and it continued that streak with new iOS 9.3 features that also went through a three-month beta.

If you decide to wait for the final version of iOS 10, it’ll take a while longer due to additional bug testing. A stable version of iOS 10 should launch alongside the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in September.

  • Feel like taking a risk? How to download iOS 10 beta right now

iOS 10 compatibility

iOS 10 is coming to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, unless of course you have an age-old phone or tablet that still uses the 30-pin dock connector or is an older iPod touch.

iOS 10

That’s where Apple draws the new line in the sand for 2016. Its forthcoming mobile operating system update won’t support for iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPod touch 5th gen.

It’s not a big surprise. In addition to their non-lightning connections, these devices include 512MB of RAM and stuck around for iOS 9 when we thought they’d be axed from that update last year.

iOS 10 raise to wake

Apple redesigned the iPhone and iPad lockscreen, giving us the biggest revision since the first iPhone nine years ago. Slide to unlock is gone and replaced with simple instructions: “Press Home to open.”

iOS 10

iOS 10

What’s been added is the ability to raise your iPhone to wake it, fixing the all-too-common issue of blowing past lockscreen notifications when you hit the fast TouchID home button.

This is a great solution that we have seen on a select number of Android phones, like the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, and it almost reminds me of flicking my wrist to light up the Apple Watch.

This is the sleeper hit of iOS 10 that is going to change your daily iPhone routine.

Rich lockscreen notifications

You’ll see that notifications are broken up into bubbles now and use 3D Touch to show hidden menu actions – just hard press on a calendar invite alert and you’ll be able to accept or decline it.

iOS 10

3D Touch-enabled iOS 10 notifications work even better for Messages. You can immediately respond to messages as soon as you pick up your phone, without ever leaving the lockscreen. It’s all done inline.

No more digging around the home screen and layers of app menus to check vital information. If you have a doorbell camera notification, you can see who’s at the front door, use the intercom or unlock the door.

iOS 10

This “peeking at apps” capability via the lockscreen isn’t limited to Apple’s first-party apps. Uber is just one third-party app maker that allows you to hard press on notifications. You’ll get live updates on where your driver is on a map – usually headed in the other direction.

Clear all notifications button

What may be the best change to iOS 10 notifications is the ability to clear all of your old notifications with 3D Touch. Swiping them away one by one or dismissing them in groups is a time-consuming mess in iOS 9.

iOS 10

Just hard press that little “x” icon within the redesigned (and now dedicated) notifications pulldown menu and tap the “clear all” box that pops up. Tap it once to just dismiss the group of notifications.

It’s super easy to clear away expired alerts with iOS 10 and it will please everyone inflicted with phone notification-clearing OCD.

Control Center is decluttered

The swipe-up-from-the-bottom Control Center overlay menu has a brand new look that helps declutters the layout in iOS 10, and it’s something Apple users have been asking for.

iOS 10 release date

It once again features four app shortcuts along the bottom (flashlight, stopwatch, calculator and camera app) and moves the fifth Beatle, Night Shift, to a new, bigger spot above the quartet.

That fixes an issue where people said having five app shortcuts in that bottom row, a short-lived idea that came about when Night Shift debuted in iOS 9.3, made the buttons a tad too small.

iOS 10

Bigger AirPlay and AirDrop buttons appear above Night Shift, too, while toggles for Airplane mode, WiFi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and Orientation lock are unchanged (except for their new blue hue when on).

But what happened to the music controls? Slide right on the Control Center, and there’s a dedicated pane for the volume, playback and device output controls, and even music album cover art.

Lockscreen camera and ‘widgets’

It’s easier than ever to flip on the camera with iOS 10 because sliding the lockscreen right (when Control Center isn’t open) automatically transitions to the camera app.

iOS 10

This is a camera app shortcut we’ve seen on several Android phones and it beats reaching for the bottom right corner, where the camera shortcut remains in iOS 9. You use the camera app everyday, why not make it easier to access?

What happens when you swipe to the left on the lockscreen? Glad you asked a second question. It reveals a new spot for Apple’s Today menu “widgets.” It’s not as customizable as Android widgets, but it’s new location a big improvement.

Graphical 3D Touch shortcuts

Within the home screen, 3D Touching app tiles like Activity gives you a more graphical account of your fitness goals. You’ll know faster than ever that you have to close those daily activity rings.

iOS 10

ESPN had even richer shortcut information within its 3D Touch menu. It runs scores and there’s a button to easily add a widget. It’s even more graphical, throwing up a drawn out play-by-play interface and video of in-progress games you’re following.

All of this peeking at apps can be done without leaving the home screen, and it means that 3D Touch is becoming a little more relevant in iOS 10.

Talk to Siri normally

Two billion requests a week go through Siri, and it’s now going to do “so much more,” according to Apple. With that, they announced that iOS 10 will open up Siri to third-party developers.

iOS 10

Now you’ll be able to ask Siri things like, “Send a WeChat to Nancy saying I’ll be five minutes late.'” It can be said variety of ways and still understood by the now-smarter Siri.

In (very literal) other words, Siri also works just fine if you say it like “Tell Nancy I’ll be five minutes late with WeChat,” and even “Siri, can you shoot a message on WeChat and say I’ll be five minutes late?”

Siri for iOS 10, all of a sudden, is going to be a whole lot less “Sorry…” for miscues. This is thanks to what Apple calls an “intense API,” which even functions in this new way in its multiple languages.

Siri third-party apps

Besides WeChat, Siri is ready for other chat apps, like WhatsApps and Slack, and ride hailing services like Uber, Lyft and Didi in China (which Apple invested in recently).

iOS 10

Searching photos through apps like Shutterfly and Pinterest can be done with your voice thanks to Siri, and you can start, pause and stop fitness workouts with MapMyRun, Runtastic and RunKeeper.

Siri can also help you send money to friends with Number26, Square and Alipay, or start a VoIP call to tell your friend why you’re not paying them on time via Cisco Spark, Vonage and Skype.

iOS 10

This makes Siri much more useful now that Apple’s personal assistant has broken free of pre-loaded apps, and makes driving a tiny bit safer thanks to messaging and VoIP integration for Apple CarPlay.

Siri-influenced QuickType keyboard

Apple’s on-screen QuickType keyboard can intelligently tell the difference between what you’re saying and what computers usually think you’re saying (but not) thanks to more advanced Siri intelligence.

iOS 10

Using deep learning kept locally, or what Apple calls “differential privacy,” iOS 10 understands the wider context of what you’re typing, influencing the words in the suggestion bar above the keyboard.

It has better context by taking into account the whole sentence, not just spitting out the next guess based on the previous word.

This will be completely opt-in, masked and stored on the device, according to Apple. That’s different from Google’s data-harvesting using its online servers.

QuickType is also adding a handy button for your current location whenever someone asks “Where are you?” or requests someone else’s contact information. That Contacts app will go further unused.

iOS 10

Locally, Siri uses deep learning to analyze a conversation and is able to pick up on you and a friend talking about food, a proposed time and resturant address, and then pre-fill in Calendar event when you go to add it to the Calendar app. “Look at that, it’s already halfway filled in,” you’ll say.

Rounding out the QuickType iOS 10 features is the ability to paste a recent address you looked up without having to copy it to the clipboard, do the same for movies and restaurants you’ve searched and adjust to your multilingual typing.

It’s Apple new “easy button” for iOS 10, and it’s all about shortcuts to everyday activities.

iOS 10

Photos with advanced computer vision

iOS 10

iOS 10 is going to make use of deep learning so that it’ll be easier to organize photos with what it calls “advanced computer vision.” This is how Apple plans to rival Google Photos.

Again, stressing that it’s done locally, Apple touts the Photos app’s ability to create albums based on face recognition, and can do the same for object and scene recognition thanks to 11 billion computations. It also serves up a way to see photos overlaid on a map based on where they were taken.

Apple plans to take Photos to the next level with Memories, which are supposed to remind you of events in life by clustering together photos into trips, people and topics. It seems to have a nice magazine-style interface I can get behind.

iOS 10 will also let you assemble your captured photos and videos of a particular memory with a special movie that’s cut automatically. It’s customizable, with a number of mood choices and three length options, just in case you don’t want to fine tune it yourself.

Despite the AI-infused deep search and facial recognition capabilities, Apple promises privacy protection.

Apple Maps is way better

iOS 10 fixes my biggest complaint about Apple Maps – its inability to scroll ahead on a route. Right now, Maps annoyingly springs you back to your current location whenever you try to look anywhere else.

You’ll be free to pan and zoom around the map with the new Apple Maps update and the navigation software is also dynamically zooming in and out of long stretches and complex interchanges.

iOS 10

Maps for iOS 10 is adding traffic on route to better compete with Google Maps and expanding its Nearby functionality with more points of interest that you can find along your route.

Vehicles that supports Apple CarPlay not only get suggested alternate routes based on traffic conditions, Maps’ turn-by-turn directions can pop up on the instrument (if they have a screen next to the odometer).

Apple is weaving iOS 10 information from other apps into Maps, like if it knows you go to work at a certain time, it’ll make a suggestion for the route, or make one based on a calendar event address.

That’s just the start. It’s also opening up Maps to third-party developers, so Uber riders can call, follow and pay for their ride without ever leaving Apple’s app. It’s getting there.

Apple Music

Apple Music with iOS 10 is being redesigned for its 15 million paid subscribers, and it “allows the music to be the hero,” according to Apple. It lets the cover art stand out.

iOS 10

It looks to be a much cleaner design, highlighting cover art properly and suggesting music that you’ll like in a more logical fashion. But it’s not going to excite you for iOS 10 if you’re not a paid subscriber.

The Apple Music refresh does add some more depth by way of lyrics (though it doesn’t seem to follow along with the words like other apps do, like SoundHound do).

The For You tab is does a better job at curating your personal playlists and it absorbs the Connect tab that we previously heard was getting a diminished role. Likewise, the ‘New’ tab has become ‘Browse.’

iOS 10

iOS 10

Apple News

Apple News is reaching 60 million people every month with 2,000 publications and it’s in for a redesign, too. The For You tab now breaks news into personalized topics and hand-picked stories by editors.

News for iOS 10 will also introduce subscriptions so that you can see every issue of National Geographic or read the Wall Street Journal, periodicals usually behind a paywall.

Breaking news notifications have been added to this pre-loaded app so that big stories appear right on the iOS 10 lockscreen.

Home app

Apple’s developer-focused HomeKit is coming to end-users with iOS 10 (and also Apple Watch), and the new app appears right on the homescreen unsurprisingly called “Home.”

iOS 10

It’ll tie all of your home-based IoT gadgets together into a simple interface and include Scenes to change the mood of rooms in a pinch, no matter who makes your home’s previously fragmented smart tech.

Siri acts as a shortcut to interact with your home accessories, and Control Center does too. Two swipes to the right in the Control Center menu brings up a grid of home accessory toggles.

iOS 10

Also from the lockscreen, you can peek at home notifications, say, if you get a doorbell alert. Peek into the notification by hard pressing on the bubble and a video doorbell like Ring will give you a live camera view.

Phone

Hate listening to voicemails? Never actually check them? Me too. That’s why I’m excited that the rumored voicemail transcription idea made it into iOS 10.

iOS 10

It’ll let you know what a voicemail message says via more convenient text right within the visual voicemail. Apple is also partnering with Tencent in China to alert iPhone owners there that an incoming call might be spam.

iOS 10

VoIP is no longer going to take a backseat, as a WhatsApp call, for example, can be answered right from the lockscreen, just like a normal incoming call. They’ll also be part of your recent and favorites lists.

Messages

Messages is introducing rich links within a conversation and a live camera view as soon as you press the camera button. Like emoji’s? You’re going to love iOS 10.

iOS 10

Apple is making bigger emojis that are now three times as large as before, and the keyboard can now identify words you can easily replace with emojis via a single tap on each word.

There’s also a chance that the final version of iOS 10 launches, likely in September, Apple will include the 72 new emojis developed by the Unicode Consortium. They’re already in the company’s emoji style and Android N is set to debut them too. Hop (kangaroo) to it, Apple (apple fruit).

Expressions don’t stop there. There’ll be bubble effects so you can “say it loud” with a bursting bunch of text, or say something “gently” with slow-to-exist texts.

iOS 10

You can also use “Invisible Ink” that requires the message receiver to slide their finger over a text or photo. It’ll either be a nice surprise, or horrific shock to your friends.

Apple showed off an Invisible Ink demo in which a blurry photo turned out to be a bride-to-be’s hand with a wedding ring on it. I’m pretty sure there are going to be a lot of appendages sent using Invisible Ink.

iOS 10

You can react to individual messages with expression-driven Tapbacks (reminds me of Facebook reactions) and write out meaningful messages with handwritten “digital ink.”

iOS 10

With club disco lights, big emoji and full-screen fireworks for iOS 10, Messages is one crazy app. But it’ll get even more insane in the future because Apple is opening up Messages to developers with an SDK.

iOS 10

So far, Apple has shown off integration for licensed Disney stickers, food ordering services and bitmoji-like expressions provided by JibJab.

iOS 10

More to come from iOS 10

Rounding up iOS 10, Apple quickly mentioned Notes with multiple users editing a document, the ability to edit Live Photos without annoyingly relegating them to stills and a new conversation view for Mail.

On the iPad, Split View support for two Safari windows has been added, finally letting you open up dual Safari windows at once on your tablet, you multitasker, you.

Apple said that despite the deep learning capabilities of iOS 10, it’ll keep that to the silicon on your device and not invade your private data thanks to “differential privacy.”

We’ll have more iOS 10 news, as the developer and public beta prepare us for the the full iOS 10 update. When that launches in a few days in September, we’ll certainly discover additional features to talk about.

 

[Source: Techrader]

 

Apple watchOS 3 release date, news and features

Apple watchOS 3 release date, news and features

Watch OS 3 release date, news and features

Update: Watch OS 3 beta 2 for Apple Watch is available to app developers right now, while there’s no public beta planned. Good news: we’ll fill you in on what you’re missing.

Apple Watch 2 still has been announced, but the next closest thing to that is refreshing your existing iPhone-compatible smartwatch with the brand new Apple Watch software update, watchOS 3.

The new firmware means the watch is faster than ever before as well as handing a handful of new features to your Apple Watch. We’re going to have to wait a little bit longer before we can try it out though.

  • Everything we think we know about the Apple Watch 2 so far

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The next version of Apple’s smartwatch operating system
  • When’s it out? In the fall, likely September
  • What will it cost? Nothing, it’s an upgrade!

Apple watchOS 3 release date

Release

Apple revealed watchOS 3 at WWDC 2016, and Apple has said it will be ready for release in the Fall this year. We’d expect that to mean in September or October as that’s what happened with the watchOS 2 upgrade last year. The developer preview of watchOS 3 is out now.

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Apple watchOS 3 features

The big update in watchOS 3 is in the optimization of your Watch, which makes it faster than ever before. Apple wants to have your apps respond instantly and have all the information you need before you even look at it.

Apps will now pre-load information in the background and some apps are seven times faster than on watchOS 2.

Control center

There’s a new dock section on the Watch that allows you to access your favorite apps even quicker than before.

It will include options such as battery, alarm and airplane mode, but you can also switch these out for your own favorite apps. Just press the side button on the Watch for the dock to open.

There’s also another feature called SOS for when you’re in trouble and need the emergency services. It works by you holding down the side button when you’re in a dangerous situation.

It’ll ring the emergency services if your watch is connected to your phone or use the internet if you’re on Wi-Fi.

SOS

SOS will work around the world, no matter what country you are in.

It even connects with a new emergency ID feature now included in watchOS 3 that allows you to keep your medical details on your person, rather than just on your phone.

Apple watchOS 3 Activity

The exercise based Activity app on watchOS is going to get an upgrade as well. The focus is on competition with a feature called Activity sharing.

If you swipe to the right of your activity ring it’ll show your family and friends details too so you can start competitions.

Activity

It means you can send your heart rate to one of your friends or send a message with running details attached to show off your kickass workout.

Activity now also supports those in a wheelchair too. Apple has applied a number of major changes to the way Activity works on the Apple Watch for those who are in a wheelchair.

The notification “time to stand” will also switch to “time to roll” as well as the addition of two specific workout modes within the Activity app.

Apple watchOS 3 Breathe

Breathe is a new app to help you calm down after a stressful day at work – it’ll give you breathing exercises to try to help relax you. You can set up smart notifications to remind you to use the app and you have the choice of doing workouts from one to five minutes long.

You can even do it with your eyes closed – just switch on haptic feedback and the buzzes will tell you when to breathe in and out.

Apple watchOS 3 messages

Ways to respond to your messages have changed in watchOS 3 by including easy to see shortcuts for voice messages and emoji to make it even quicker to reply. That’s followed by your smart replies that sit just below the message you’re reading.

There’s also a new feature called Scribble that allows you to write a single letter on your watch at a time that will then build into a word. This will work in a number of different languages too – you could even scribble in Chinese.

Apple watchOS 3 faces

It’s quicker than ever to switch your watch face – now it just takes a single swipe. You can even add elements such as the weather on top of your photo watch faces.

Plus Minnie Mouse in now coming to Apple Watch too to join the popular Mickey watch face. You may have seen the WWDC demo in which the her outfits colors can be customized, but did you know they make sounds when tapped, too?

We’ll unlock more watch OS 3 beta secrets as updates roll out to our Apple Watch. Unlike iOS 10 and Mac OS Sierra, there isn’t a planned watchOS3 public beta, so Techradar will remain your best source for hearing all about what’s new for the best smartwatch for iPhone.

 

 

[Source: Techrader]

How to get Miitomo in the UK: Miitomo released for iPhone and iPad – Miitomo UK release date, price and features

Nintendo’s first smartphone game is somewhat disappointing for fans. PC Advisor readers had been hoping to see Super Mario, Zelda or Pokemon, but Nintendo has instead introduced Miitomo, which lets you create Mii characters like those found on the Wii and use them to interact with friends. Read on to find out how to play Miitomo on iPhone and iPad in the UK. Plus Nintendo Miitomo UK release date, price and features. See also: Best games for Android.

Miitomo UK release date, price: When is Miitomo coming out?

Miitomo has now launched on the Japanese App Store for iPhone and iPad, and it’s still not clear exactly when it will come to the UK (officially anyway), although it’s expected to be here by the end of the month. We’ll update this article when the exact UK release date is known, but in the meantime see below for instructions on how to download Miitomo in the UK.

How to get Miitomo in the UK: How to download Miitomo from Japanese App Store

Miitomo is in the Japanese App Store, but your iPad or iPhone is likely set to the UK store. It’s so near and yet so far. If you are desperate to play Miitomo now, there are ways to trick the App Store into thinking you’re not in the UK.

The process involves launching iTunes on a desktop and signing out of your account, then scrolling to the very bottom of the page and clicking the Change country link. Choose Japan, then search for and click on Miitomo for either iPhone or iPad.

Tap the Get+ button and you’ll be prompted to sign into your account. Do not enter your UK account details! Instead, click Create new Apple ID, then fill in your details. On the next screen choose None for the payment option, enter a random Japanese address (try a random profile generator for help), then click Create Apple ID. You will be sent a verification email, so head to your inbox and verify the account.

Create Japanese Apple ID

Now launch the App Store on your iPad or iPhone, scroll down to the bottom of the page and tap on your account to log out. Log into your Japanese account, then tap on Purchased, download Miitomo and start playing.

Other Nintendo smartphone games

Nintendo has said that it plans to have launched a total of five mobile games by early 2017, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed for a familiar franchise for the next game the company announces.

Nintendo has said that its mobile games won’t be ports from the Wii U or 3DS. Instead, the company has partnered with Japanese developer DeNA to create the games for iOS and Android.

The firm has said that the new titles made for smartphones and tablets will include ‘iconic game characters,’ and has also said that the partnership is aimed at complementing the console side of the business and extending its reach.

“To ensure the quality of game experience that consumers expect from this alliance of Nintendo and DeNA, only original games optimized for smart device functionality will be created, rather than porting games created specifically for the Wii U home console or the Nintendo 3DS portable system,” Nintendo said in a statement in March.

While Nintendo isn’t making iOS and Android games itself, fans shouldn’t be too worried as DeNA is experienced with mobile development. It has already made Marvel Mighty Heroes, Godus, Transformers Legends, Star Wars: Galactic Defense and more.

 

Miitomo gameplay & features

We don’t know all of the details about Nintendo’s first game yet, but Nintendo has said that Miitomo will require players to first create their own Mii avatar, which can then be given topics and questions that it’ll be able to use to communicate with other Miis created by your friends. This is designed to create a unique story for your characters.

It’s being described as a combination of of Nintendo’s 3DS StreetPass, an instant messenger application and Tomodachi Life, which is a 3DS life simulator game.

Nintendo Miitomo: How much with Nintendo’s mobile game cost?

The only concern with Nintendo’s decision to partner with DeNA comes when you start looking at the pricing models of the company’s previous games. DeNA traditionally follows the freemium model, which means that the games are free to download and play, but there are either ads or in-app purchases for extra features.

In an interview with Time earlier this year, the late Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said: “I understand that, unlike the package model for dedicated game systems, the free-to-start type of business model is more widely adopted for games on smart devices, and the free-to-start model will naturally be an option for us to consider. On the other hand, Nintendo does not intend to choose payment methods that may hurt Nintendo’s brand image or our IP, which parents feel comfortable letting their children play with.”

According to Engadget, Miitomo may include in-app purchases (You’ll be able to buy extra bits and bobs for your Mii, presumably clothes and accessories) but will be free to download, but the following mobile titles from Nintendo will be pay-to-download.

My Nintendo rewards program

As well as pre-registration for Miitomo (see above), Nintendo has announced a new rewards program called My Nintendo. Anyone signing up between 17 February and the launch of the game in March will get a ‘special Miitomo bonus’.

“My Nintendo aims to become much more than a traditional rewards program. It is a more comprehensive service that rewards users for interacting with Nintendo products and services in a variety of ways. Miitomo users with a Nintendo Account will be able to take advantage of My Nintendo to enhance their experience,” said the firm.

 

[Source:- PCadvisor]