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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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    After years of neglect, Facebook is finally porting over a new Instagram Beta app for Windows 10 Mobile phones. This is one of the first major iOS apps to be converted for fans of live tiles and Cortana, but Facebook did not use Microsoft's Project Islandwood tools to make the migration. Instead, Instagram developers used their own in-house Osmeta software. We know Beta apps comes with some level of instability, but is this port ready to handle your photo social networking? No... No it is not... It's not ready at all... Here's our first look at the new Instagram Beta for Windows 10 Mobile. ...

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    Apple was slow to bring forward its display modification settings when compared to F.lux's quashed efforts, but it did work out for the lot of iPhone users interested in not blinding their eyes past sunset. But it seems that Night Shift will become less useful when people want or need it soon enough, if changes hold from beta numbers 4 and 5 of iOS 9.3. First off is the new consumption limitation on use. Night Shift will be disabled in low-power mode, first introduced on iOS 9. We don't know the particulars of how much juice Night Shift uses, but apparently, it's too much to be a deemed ...

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    In addition to bugfixes and UI enhancements, HTC Vive Pre owners are getting a major feature update to their SteamVR betas. In addition to the Chaperone Mode we got to try out at CES this year, there's now Direct Mode where the driving computer's GPU to work with the Vive headset and deliver images separately to both the monitor and the headset. Direct Mode also has a standby that can ease up on energy use and possibly keep the Vive usable for a longer period. The Vive Pre has it now with beta version 1451970580. All Vives will have Direct Mode starting from the next update. Source: Valve ...

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    It's been more than three years in the making and only now is it getting out to the public. Microsoft has been researching how to craft an entire on-screen smartphone keyboard fit for one-thumb use. The company sent out invitations for beta testers to try out the Word Flow keyboard on iOS just last week. We now have snaps of what's going on with that refined setup. Windows 10 Mobile and select Android OEM skins feature keyboards with compacted keys biased to one side of the screen, but this takes things to a natural level of thumb arcing. Word suggestions follow that arc, too. Android ...

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    More Marshmallow, more of the time. The clock stands at 106 days — that's three-and-a-half months — since the final images of the first build of Android 6.0 were dropped onto Nexus devices. Motorola gave some encouraging news to Moto G Turbo owners in India today on that front and it looks like we're about to see more Honor phones come online soon along with OnePlus devices. Have an Honor 4X, 6 or 6+? Like Marshmallow, like BETA test? Sign up for our BETA test here https://t.co/Nf6tmNqWPM pic.twitter.com/MTWjiRST23 — Honor UK (@UKHonor) January 19, 2016 The UK-based Honor team ...

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    With the introduction of the Pebble Time earlier this year, Pebble unveiled a new look for its smartwatches. We're not just talking about the color screen on the Time, either, as the model debuted running version 3.0 firmware, complete with support for a new timeline interface. Every since, we've been wondering when Pebble might get around to bringing the same interface to older Pebble models, and about a month back we learned that the manufacturer was preparing to get a beta test going sometime in December. Today, Android users get their chance to participate, as sign-ups open to test ...

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    Update: Tasker is now back on the Google Play Store. If you like to automate your inter- and intraconnected life on your mobile phone, Tasker has been one of the big apps to get. But with Google now drawing red lines with device manufacturers and app developers, it doesn't take much for a task automation application to get the hammer swung at it. But Google's been mum on why Tasker was targeted for a takedown, despite the latter seeming to have followed Play Store protocol. Google has been most adamant about protecting the Doze function it has introduced with Android 6.0, a feature that ...

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    Facebook's been great at pumping out features its been incubating. But for the most part, services from Facebook M to its breaking news app haven't been what users were asking for. The company decided only recently to pull its head from the ground and give people the "Dislike" button they have been asking for (prefaced with some imaging spin). The .gification of the internet likely reached its peak with Facebook now showing them off. Now, it's taking cues from other social networks to redesign the mobile profile page. The most visceral change comes in the form of not a profile ...

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    Apple's coding apps for Android. Can you tell? Or have you moved to iOS? Maybe you've stuck around with Android? Point is, Cupertino is no longer ignoring Mountainview's mobile fanbase while also recognizing that providing services to them can only have the company stand to benefit. We've been hearing whiffs about when Apple Music could be hopping over to the green side. Well, it's nearly here. And Apple is looking for help — maybe yours — to test it out. Okay, the thing is, Apple contracted the job out to beta testing organizer Centercode via its consumer-facing front, Betabound. ...

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