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    As tired as Apple can get this season for keeping its update pace quite high for the public betas of iOS 10 and macOS and the developer betas of the whole kit and kaboodle, it's important to keep in mind that the software engineers in Cupertino are juggling so many balls at once. Recent stories have made that apparent like Barbara Streisand requesting to Tim Cook that Siri pronounce her name correctly. There was also that patch for three major vulnerabilities from a malware creator serving governments called NSO Group. And don't forget about Apple's wannabe Snapchat project and all of its ...

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    With the uneven releases of OxygenOS that have disproportionately impacted the populations using the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 2 and especially the OnePlus X, it's important that updates not constantly introduce new problems while keeping some of the old ones. What's the treatment? It's a community build of OxygenOS 3.5 for the OnePlus 3. The company wants to draw blame away from itself and put it on the fact that its guinea pigs are just testing things out. There are higher expectations for bugs, stops, confusing bits and more when updates are delivered in this fashion — expectations ...

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    Samsung, delivering software at the speed of sound. Dull, throbbing noise through thick layers of foam and lead. Like, seriously, this would've been useful way before the time when you're about to launch the next iteration of your Gear S lineup. Great. It looks like Koreans are starting to pair up their Gear S2 and Gear Fit 2 wearables to their iPhones. It's part of a beta test of iOS compatibility that Samsung promised would happen for the S2 by mid-January. Well, lucky you, Verizon customers. You were the only ones that almost got it. But this program should spread it to everyone (we ...

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    With all the bad news about the platform that we've been feeding you, it's time for some good news for the believers. Facebook took its Windows 10 Mobile app out of beta this week, deeming it stable enough for a version 1 release. Good news for Microsoft as it can drop work on its own Facebook client for Windows 10 Mobile. In fact, it is actively shuttling users to uninstall the app and download Facebook's. If you're on the marketplace for an Amazon app, it has now come back from the purgatory of Windows Phone deprecation and is now on both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The app only ...

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    While the LG V20 will be the first commercially available device with Android Nougat right from the box, it'll take a little while for that same software to hit the G5. One size doesn't necessarily fit all, even if the same company may not have too many differences to worry about. Whatever the case, some 2,000 LG U+ subscribers in Korea will get the chance to test out LG's new UI based on Nougat in a beta test that will start August 22 and last through October 28. Potential testers can enroll in the beta starting today. The package will be given out on a first come, first served basis. ...

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    Another song and dance for the Apple developer crowd as the sixth beta for iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS and tvOS have been released. The last update was not even a week ago. For the public, Apple sent out iOS 10 public beta 5 shortly after. Those keeping track have noticed that it's only about a month before the next batch of iPhones get released and we've seen a beta update per week of August so far. Developer beta set 3 and iOS 10 public beta 2 were pushed out on July 18. Should we expect hand-feeding up until the last moment? We shall see. Via: 9to5Mac

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    It might feel like old news at this point, but we're going to get there soon. "There" looks to be next month when Apple releases another few trinkets of hardware, but until then, it's another developer beta update for the few of us. We expect another one or two updates for each of the platforms, given how close we are to release, but the same routine goes for most developers: check your software updates menu or download the appropriate file from Apple's Developer site. To further speculate, there's a chance we may see one more public beta for iOS 10 in the coming days to round out that ...

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    We're in the home stretch of Apple's next major hardware event. It's usually at that event that we see major changes to the company's software platforms take place. It's just as well that we're once again ramping up another set of software betas for developers, the fourth so far, for iOS 10, macOS 10.12 Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3. The biggest change for iOS 10 this round, as evidenced by an Apple press release, is the inclusion of more than 100 new and redesigned emoji, the bulk of which are new from the Unicode 9 standard. Tweaks include more gender variants of occupational emoji, ...

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    Update: An earlier version of this story claimed that the beta would be opened up to all HTC devices. It is open to all Android devices with optimal experiences available to devices with Android Lollipop. Most of the devices running Sense UI version 8 happen to be the HTC 10. The few that aren't are other HTC devices that were selected at random to get a beta version of Sense 8. Well, the beta's been running for several weeks now and it seems like it's about to be opened up for everyone. Like, everyone, everyone. The company is requesting that users uninstall version 8.01.785474, ...

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    When it comes to updates, it's developer betas yesterday, public betas today. If you're on the public beta for iOS 10 or macOS Sierra 10.12, check for a software update. If you're not on it, head to our source link to get on it. The first public beta of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra came just under two weeks ago, so you probably won't be able to get the full blast of what's going on with the third developer beta of the platforms. At least you'll probably get to Rest Finger to Unlock. Source: Apple Via: 9to5Mac (1, 2)

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    Just after another Apple software beta package dropped for developers, the public will get its first crack at the all-new iOS 10 today. Apple sent a press pre-release of the news to outlets about the development as well as the public beta for macOS Sierra 10.12. The program is free to enter and will offer a more stabilized consumption experience in regards to what new features and tweaks you'll expect. Whether you'll "Press Home to Unlock" or "Rest Finger to Unlock" is going to be up to you and up to Apple to see what they've decided to include and exclude from that second developer beta. ...

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    We're diving right into July and the second wave of beta kits has arrived for all Apple developers working on iOS 10, macOS Sierra, watchOS 3.0 and tvOS. Most of the changes are minor tweaks, but there's always going to be a surprise or two happening in there, like unlocking your Mac with your iPhone. The big test will come when the company releases its public betas for iOS 10 and macOS Sierra sometime this month. We aren't sure when it will happen, but that's what was announced at WWDC last month. You can head into Settings and then tap through to the Software Update tab for both of ...

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    Conferences like Google I/O and WWDC always give me a sense of mixed feelings. Because we’re all about to see some really neat new things for the platforms – even if they’re not “new” new – and that’s a really great thing. But then, we’re all about see a lot of interesting features that may not work so well, at least for several months anyway. Oh sure, you can have those features if you want them, but they’ll be in beta which is frankly a scary concept. Now, for those of us that have a few different devices, this isn’t really a big deal. I mean I can throw Android N ...

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    Batteries are fussy. They can charge fast. Real fast. And for too long, too. That's what makes them go "sizzle." Or, worse yet, "boom." They can charge slowly. Real slowly. Like, when you absolutely, absolutely need power before you hop on the bus in three minutes and your phone still says two percent. One thing for sure is that they can only last for so long. And batteries deteriorate faster the hotter they get. Sony's thinking of doing something about it with an additional feature to its Marshmallow AOSP beta firmware for the Xperia Z2 and Z3 called "Soft Charging." It's a simple ...

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    It takes quick work for some developers to get jailbreak on the latest version of iOS. Luca Tedesco has often been the source of scorn, posting up proofs of his handiwork and then not making Cydia access available to the community. It's not a crime to keep things to yourself, but the feeling of enabling people to take full advantage of their iPhones has to be appealing to someone out there. Well, one @iH8sn0w is showing off his efforts in jailbreaking the iOS 10 Developer Preview and keeping Cydia running steady. To clarify, the package dropped on Monday and the video was made on Friday. ...

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    We've been using the iOS 10 and Apple Watch OS 3 developer preview BETAs for almost a week. How is Apple stacking up to it Android competition? Bluetooth 5 is coming with more bandwidth and a focus on "Internet of Things". And, Net neutrality is defended again, this time in the courts. Will companies start accepting it now as the law of the land? These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 205 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June 17th (click here for your local time), or check out ...

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    Here's a nice way to put that Robin you picked up on discount recently. Nextbit is about to debut a new Beta Tester Program for Robin users and it is seeking applicants for the program. The company characterizes testers as those "who raise their hands" and actively give feedback to the team. No specifics have been given as to what the first batch of features will be. Of course, as we usually advise and as Nextbit makes clear, you shouldn't be jumping onto a beta just because you want a "quick way to cut to the front of the line for new software." It’s a responsibility, and you accept ...

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    We've been running the iOS 10 developer preview for a little more than a day, but it's not the only BETA being run in our offices. We also have Google's latest build of Android N running on a Nexus 5X. We think it's time for a comparison. This is a big update for Apple, reaching the tenth iteration of iOS, a lot of attention has been paid towards streamlining interactions, incorporating more 3D Touch and gesture support, and catching a few services up which have been lagging behind the competition. Likewise, Google has a lot riding on Android N, in making this build of Android more ...

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    We got an early hint at what the Galaxy Beta Program would bring to the fore, including a bit of what the supposed Note 7 would have for hardware. But as the program has officially launched in Korea and China, there's more we need to learn about in preparation for the next S Pen-toting phablet. What Samsung has dubbed the "New Note UX" has spread out to select Note 5 users and it is likely to come to all S7 and S6 variations in the two countries. We see a Chinese unit with the new skin, courtesy of PLAYfuldroid and it seems to make the app drawer an optional feature. It's especially canny ...

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    iPad Pro owners must be really suffering from the iOS 9.3.2 bug right now as they'd really appreciate a little development like this one. The first beta for iOS 9.3.3 came out today, but developer Luca Tedesco claims on Twitter that he was able to slap on Cydia in a snap. Well, that was a breakneck jailbreak. plz send moar hate pic.twitter.com/A0FgrlSiqK — qwertyoruiop (@qwertyoruiopz) May 23, 2016 Tedesco had previously cracked open iOS 9.3, but did not make his beta version public. Just like he did for iOS 9.2.1. We expect that his request for "moar hate" will keep this jailbreak ...

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    Google-owned Niantic Labs, the maker of Ingress, has been working with // The Pokémon Company to literally bring a beloved video game franchise into the real world. That project is being called Pokémon GO. Excitement has building around the game with gameplay footage leaked continuously onto YouTube. When it came time, fans in Australia and New Zealand got to the chance to field test the game on iOS and Android. It's now the US's chance to join in on the capturing, trading and battling fun. You can sign up for a chance to play around at the source link below. Keep in mind that the ...

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    If your legs are as restless as your mind is or you enjoy discovering the place you live and know it like the back of your hand, you might already be signed up as one of Google's "Local Guides." You meet fellow guides and get sweet swag along the way. One piece of swag on the way for Local Guides leveled 2 or above is an invitation to try out "Google's New App for Travelers." Those taking it up will have to fill out a survey to determine how often they use Gmail or Inbox and disclose plans to travel. Accepted testers will get links to the iOS or Android app next week. Source: Android Central

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    The Apple Music Android app has been in beta for four-and-some-odd months, but with the iOS release being from June of last year, it feels like the company's been dragging its feet a bit when it shouldn't have to, especially in the face of Google's challenge to potentially kick up more revenue out of iOS. Perhaps Droid dudes and dudettes have too much animosity towards Cupertino for that to make sense. Anyways, the app is now at v0.9.7 and finally gets a home screen widget and a way to redeem iTunes credit for renewing your membership in-app. You can also preview what's on Beats 1 with a ...

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    You might've seen our Android expert Joe Levi tackle some of the minutia of what's going on in the latest beta edition of the OS. You've surely seen a fair share of news, screenshots and commentary. You might be tempted to even hit up that Google link and enroll in the Android Beta Program yourself. But if you want to get down and dirty and see things in living color, buckle up: we've got six points to go through in 60 seconds — well, minus the intro and outro, but who's actually counting — in our Android N Beta overview. Keep in mind that the feature set we have on the Android N Beta ...

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    We're digging into our coverage of Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, but while our first impressions are positive, we're seeing slower pre-sales than last year's Galaxy S6. At the same time, Apple is lowering expectations for future smartphone sales. At least detachable screen PC sales are looking up as tablet sales are falling flat. Huawei has a big announcement in store for their first phone collaboration with Leica, and LG finally reveals when the G5 will start shipping. We've been hard at work covering news stories and prepping for the next generation of phone reviews. We ...

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