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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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    Windows 10 allows for a simple PIN input for user authentication. Google thought it might be a good idea to also allow its Chromebooks to do that, just like its Android phones. Whatever the case, PIN unlock capabilities are now available in the latest developer update under the flag #quick-unlock-pin. According to Chromium evangelist François Beaufort, users will have to reboot, then hit up the Material Design settings to set up a PIN for the lock screen. Developers are still trying working with Android apps on Chromebooks. Source: Google+ Via: Engadget

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    Perhaps this thing about Google being more assertive in its design on its Nexus phones has a whole bunch of implications that we may have to dive into come release time. Remember the Night Mode feature that was dropped so long ago? We remember it every night when an urgent notification interrupts our rest and we turn the phone on and BANG! All the light comes in. Especially that strong blue light. Kiss your corneas everyday. Android Police was told by a Android project lead that "the implementation of night mode [was] not up to Google's standards, and that it didn't perform in an ...

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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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    As HP ramps up its export operations for the latest and greatest Windows 10 Mobile phone yet, we're finding out that fans of Microsoft and hunky hardware might have to wait to get their fingerprint fix. As Windows Hello is prepared to support fingerprint-based biometric security, it seems that the manufacturer has jumped the gun a bit by having one on. In an HP QuickSpecs document for the Elite x3, there's an asterisk saying that the fingerprint reader will "not be enabled until OTA coming soon." How soon that will be, we aren't sure. Microsoft is targeting print support for sometime this ...

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    If you're looking for a computing catch-all that will get you Spelunky on one end, Microsoft Excel at another and Asphalt 8 at a completely different limb, you may just have it soon enough, thanks to some company called CodeWeavers. One catch? You have to be comfortable with a Chromebook. Okay, not actually — let us explain. Developers are finalizing CrossOver, a Windows application boot program based on Wine, for Android. With things cinching up nicely and the introduction of Android apps to Chrome OS, the team went cheeky on all of us and decided to play a Steam game on ...

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    Time for another check on how Android is being kept up these days and for Marshmallow, it's a better month of gains. Its share of the version distribution pie has jumped up by three percentage points, the most it has increased in its lifespan. The following numbers were collected from Google Play Store logins in the seven days up through July 11. [table] Version,Codename,API,July (%),Change from June (%) 2.2,Froyo,8,0.1,0 2.3.3-2.3.7,Gingerbread,10,1.9,-0.1 4.0.3-4.0.4,Ice Cream Sandwich,15,1.7,-0.2 4.1.x,Jelly Bean,16,6.4,-0.4 4.2.x,Jelly Bean,17,8.8,-0.6 4.3,Jelly Bean,18,2.6,-0.1 ...

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    Android is a great open source operating platform for mobile, but let's face it: it's not the most secure thing out there. Then again, you want secure? You want BlackPhone's PrivatOS, based off of Android? Be prepared for lockdown. Tinkerer's hell. One or the other. Pick one poison over the other. It's how it has been for a while. But Canada-based Copperhead Security has been trying to seal the deal between security and openness with its own Android-based operating system called — what else? — CopperheadOS. And it's selling modified Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P phones with CopperheadOS on ...

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    OnePlus is giving the update process another go for its latest flagship. The last update for the OnePlus 3, which brought OxygenOS 3.2, had some major issues like notifications not triggering until you open the corresponding app and having the screen turn on in your pocket — leading to "pocket drain."  That update was held back shortly after release. Today, it's been replaced with an update to version 3.2.1. Once again, we see sRGB display mode, better RAM management, updated icon packs and big fixes to dual SIM support and those darn notifications. All that, among other things. The OTA ...

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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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    After crossing the Commerce Department's sanctions against Iran, ZTE is continuing to cooperate with the government's investigation. As such, the department has extended a reprieve that allows for the manufacturer to continue to source parts and software from the US. The reprieve that was supposed to end on Thursday will now end on August 30. ZTE Chairman Zhao Xianming said in a statement that the company can continue to benefit from its "relationships with hundreds of American companies and our continued investment in the U.S." Those companies make up about 43 percent of ZTE's business ...

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    As Verizon has upgraded its exclusive Lumia Icon, AT&T has also upgraded its giant of a Windows Phone. The Nokia Lumia 1520, to be complete about it, can now be moved off of Windows Phone 8.1 and up to Windows 10 Mobile (.107) through the Upgrade Advisor app. AT&T's support listing for the device says that you'll need to be on Wi-Fi to load the 750MB package. If you own a 1520, your patience is being rewarded. If you own a more recent Lumia 830, well, we'll talk later. Source: AT&T Via: Windows Central

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    Google may be too big for its own good. It has an easy time of making friends, but a hard time keeping them. Samsung has its own operating system almost ready to go if and when Android seems too heavy an option to keep pursuing. According to three sources tipping off The Information, it seems that Huawei has its plans, too. Besides developing EMUI 5.0 on top of Android with the talents of designer Abigail Brody, formerly of Apple, it has been working on its own organic software with a team from Scandinavia that includes former Nokia employees. This is all just in case Google decided to ...

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    Pop our bubble, why doesn't Apple? We mentioned that you can delete certain pre-loaded apps provided by Apple on iOS 10 from your machine. The support page for the topic even uses the word "delete" and the iconography for downloading from the cloud if you decide to put the app back on your device. Turns out, nope. Senior Vice President of software engineering Craig Federighi appeared on John Gruber's The Talk Show podcast at WWDC to explain that Apple wasn't actually going to let you delete its stock apps. The binaries are still there, it just doesn't have your user data attached to it ...

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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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    Time for another Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, huh? No more wishlists, no more expectations, not even a single thought thread extra. We're about to get the straight stuff from Apple on where it plans to take its software on all fronts to through 2017. From user-side changes to Apple Music to the engendering of Siri, we have a checklist of what's going to pop up and we'll have stories up starting at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 5pm GMT. Shortly before then, you can hit up the WWDC livestream for yourself starting from this link. Most Apple devices will support Apple's HTTP Live ...

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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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    Samsung might skip the naming of its next phablet, jumping to the Note 7. Pebble smashes Kickstarter goals. Should companies be allowed to use Kickstarter as a "pre-sale" platform? We get a better look at the OnePlus 3, and our own Jaime Rivera went to China to check out the ZTE Axon 7! Of course we'll also be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready! It's time for episode 202 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on May 27th (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version starting this weekend. ...

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    The same lawmaker that had the state of Utah recognize that pornography is a public health crisis is back at it. This time, Senator Todd Weiler is working on three bills that would force Utahns to opt-in to access X-rated materials online. Some of them would require filters be installed onto smartphones and tablets. // 0&&(d-=1)}),s.on("internal-error",function(t){i("ierr",[t,(new Date).getTime(),!0])})},{}],3:[function(t,e,n){t("loader").features.ins=!0},{}],4:[function(t,e,n){function r(t){}if(window.performance&&window.performance.timing&&window.performance.getEntriesByType){var ...

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    We recently produced a video tour of the newest Android N preview, and viewers were quick to point out an omission. This build of Android lacked a dark theme. This has been a long requested feature in the Nexus community, and we've seen glimpses of it pop up in BETA builds, but Developer Preview 3 has cut the ability to go dark. Why go dark? Some might see this as a throwback to the Holo theme days of Android 4, but there are some advantages in making a phone's interface dark. For folks using phones with AMOLED displays, where each pixel on the screen makes its own light, dark menus and ...

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    Update: Well, it wouldn't be an update without something breaking in the process. In this case, the iOS 9.3.2 seems to have screwed up some iPad Pro 9.7 tablets. Users report seeing an "Error 56" are instructed to connect to their computers and get on iTunes. An "Unknown Error 56" plagued several iPhone 6 devices back in 2014. iClarified suggests to boot your iPad Pro 9.7 to Device Firmware Upgrade Mode for a temporary fix. Our original story is below. Apple's computing platforms are getting their tweaks and optimizations on with OSX 10.11.5, iOS 9.3.2, watchOS 2.1.1, tvOS 9.2.1 and iTunes ...

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    Smartphones are mission critical communications devices for many people, and we're increasingly relying on them to get work done. However there are times where we just need to sit in front of a larger screen and a proper keyboard to accomplish certain tasks. Maybe that more traditional laptop or desktop experience isn't even necessary, it's just more comfortable. What is Continuum? In an attempt to address this disparity, Microsoft introduced Continuum with the release of Windows 10 for Mobile. Plugging a Lumia 950 or 950XL into a dock doesn't just share the screen with a larger monitor, ...

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    Finnish start-up Jolla announced that it was able to secure $12 million in its third funding round. It was dispersed an undisclosed portion of the money when the round closed in December, but received the rest only now. It could've used the money in November. But the company wasn't able to close the funding round in time and thus, failed to fully mass-produce its crowdfunded tablet. It is in the midst of a massive refund process, the first round of which should go on through this month. Jolla is adamant to sticking with its timeline, one that sees the remaining backers getting their ...

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    It's been a while since we've talked about Force Touch, right? We've gone and genericized Apple's "3D Touch" to the point where we've forgotten it's been around for a while. But let's not lose sight of the features package 3D Touch brings us — added functionality. The second iteration of the Developer Preview has code to support something called "Launcher Shortcuts" and the folks at Phandroid, in association with Nova Launcher's developer, have gotten together a working demo of how an app might take advantage of it. Since the Android ecosystem has yet to develop an app with the new ...

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    It's been a while since we've talked about Google's stock camera app that has been relegated to the realms of Nexus. Those of you on the Android Beta Program have been able to peek into some new features as carried in the app through the Android N Developer Preview. Now, Google has pushed those changes into the Play Store app. The major feature changes include being able to shoot stills while recording video and moving the slow-motion video feature to the pull-out menu. Nexus phones running Android Marshmallow can update the app at the Play Store. If your non-Nexus phone's on Android 6.0 ...

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