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  1. If you've already been using a MacBook and have enabled the dark mode feature on macOS, then you already know what's in store. iOS 13 is expected to release later this year and will finally add dark mode to iOS devices, system-wide. This news comes via a report from 9to5Mac that details the future update from Apple. © Twitter The report suggests that users will be able to enable and control the dark mode feature from the main settings page. It is said to work similar to the dark mode feature in macOS and will enable a dark theme for the iPhone or iPad. Having said that, the dark mode may not be available on specific apps and individual app developers will have to enable support for dark mode. © YouTube Other updates may include new multitasking features for the iPad and an overhaul on the Mail app. The mail app is sed to get a new “undo” feature similar to what you may have seen on Gmail and other email services. The new multitasking features on the Ipad will enable users to use multiple apps at the same time. However, instead of implementing a split-screen window, the update would allow each app to run in multiple, smaller windows. 9to5Mac says in the report: "Each window will also be able to contain sheets that are initially attached to a portion of the screen, but can be detached with a drag gesture, becoming a card that can be moved around freely,” © Twitter Another small change may come to the volume adjusting window on iOS devices. As of now, when a user turns up or down the volume, an on-screen graphic takes over your screen obstructing your view of the content behind the graphic. In fact, the volume control animation has also been subjected to memes which basically occupies a major portion of the iPhone's screen when adjusting the volume. There's no way to confirm these rumours until Apple makes them official at WWDC later this year. Until then, we can only hope these rumours come to fruition as we've wanted a dark mode feature on iOS devices for years. Source: 9to5Mac
  2. 'Call of Duty' publisher Activision is teaming up with Tencent Timi Studio to bring its massively popular first-person shooter franchise 'Call of Duty' to Android and iOS. The game will simply be called 'Call of Duty: Mobile'. 'Call of Duty: Mobile' is a free-to-play multiplayer title which draws inspiration from some of the popular 'Call of Duty' titles like Modern Warfare and Black Ops. Here, watch the trailer - Activision has also promised that the game will have competitive multiplayer modes from the original franchise including Search and Destroy and Free-For-All. Additionally, the game will also have series staple maps like Nuketown, Crash, and Hijacked. Also, much like the other 'Call of Duty' games, the 'Call of Duty: Mobile' players will also earn and unlock classic 'Call of Duty' characters, weapons, scorestreaks, and more. The trailer also teases some other multiplayer modes, maps, and character customization, so be sure to check it out. Commenting on the release, Activision VP of mobile Chris Plummer said, “Together with the amazing team at Tencent, we're bringing together a collection of the most beloved maps, competitive modes, familiar characters, and signature weapons from across this storied franchise into one epic experience for the first time on mobile.” © Call of Duty In case you're just as excited as we are about this game, you can head over to the game's official website and sign up to be the first one to get notified about its launch. We still don't have an official release date yet, but a public beta is coming this summer, so stay tuned for more info.
  3. Whether one has played on the Nintendo Switch, PC or Xbox; there's always been a desire to play those games with one's friends on different platforms. This is now set to become a reality for gamers as Microsoft will be adding Xbox Live cross-platform support for Android, iOS and Switch games. © YouTube The news comes from a Microsoft session at the upcoming Game Developers Conference, as it was noticed by Avers that Xbox Live will now be expanding its services to as many as 2 billion devices. Xbox Live on different platforms will have achievements, clubs, friends lists and “more” If this isn't some form of typo this is HUGE NEWS and will change the industry going forward. Xbox Live coming to 2 billion (BILLION) devices with new cross-platform XDK/SDK. #XboxLive #GamePass #Xcloud pic.twitter.com/mjza0JKZRc — Avers (@Avers_G4GMedia) February 2, 2019 Microsoft scheduled a session that will detail plans for the upcoming SDK or “XDK”. Currently, Xbox Live is already available on these platforms, however, the functionality is quite limited. You can use the app to chat with Xbox Live friends or keep tabs on what games they are playing. In games like Minecraft (Microsoft Owned), the app lets you sync your achievements as well. Microsoft has reserved cross-platform support for its own games, however, it looks like the new feature will be expanded to third-party titles. © Microsoft Microsoft is now looking to shift to a strategy of games as a service, which is also in line with a next-generation Xbox, that will exclusively stream games. Other initiatives such as the Xbox Game Pass subscription service may also be available to play on these different devices. It may not matter in the future whether you are playing on a PC, smartphone or the Nintendo Switch. The cross-platform support may be possible thanks to Microsoft's Project xCloud that will let users stream games on any device if this Xbox Live SDK comes into fruition. Microsoft does not plan for cross-platform support on the PlayStation 4 due to Sony's bullish attitude towards cross-play.
  4. Apple is known for releasing iOS updates like clockwork every year and the company is gearing up to unveil the new operating system later this year. Each year at WWDC, Apple announces a new and improved OS for the iPhone, iPad followed by a Beta testing period before its eventual launch. Apple keeps new operating system features a big secret however there are already rumours about the upcoming operating system. iOS is probably the most used operating system in the world and a new report by Bloomberg points towards some key changes that help the large install base in using the operating system. Some of these features have been long awaited by fans that will finally see the light of day if these rumours come true. Dark Mode © Twitter It's probably the most requested feature by Apple fans and it seems like the feature will finally come to iPhones and iPads. The rumoured dark mode will work similar to what we have already seen on macOS with darker accents and dark backgrounds. The feature will make looking at the screen for long periods of time less tiring. It will also be less disruptive to a user's natural sleep cycle. The dark mode will also help in improving battery life as iPhones now use OLED screens. Darker colours and themes tend to use less battery on a smartphone which will significantly increase the iPhone's battery life. Better iPad Features © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla iPad users will also get new features with the iOS 12 update as it will incorporate a new home screen and have the ability to tab through multiple versions of a single app. For example, if you have Safari open with many tabs, you will be able to browse pages with more ease. iOS 13 is also said to bring a better file management system, something the iPad needs to make it a proper replacement of a daily laptop. The new iPad Pro is already more powerful than many Windows laptops and a new file management system can change the game entirely. Improved CarPlay Functionality © Apple iOS 13 is also said to bring “improvements to CarPlay” according to the Bloomberg feature. CarPlay was already due for an update and a better interface with iOS 12 however it was pushed back by a year. As of now, there is no word on what the improvements might be however it seems like Apple will add more extensive developer tools making it more accessible for third-party apps. Source: Bloomberg
  5. PUBG Mobile and Fortnite have been sensational in 2018 and the craze is yet to fade. While these games undoubtedly redefined the capabilities of mobile gaming on a larger scale, they've also proven to be extremely resource intensive and often addictive. In the past, we've seen games like Temple Run and Pokemon Go become instant hits and the ones who started early ruled the leaderboards. We've compiled a list of games for iOS devices that you should be playing right now. These aren't exhaustive for the phone and also offer the right combination of fun, without the addiction! 1. Garena Free Fire - Winterland © Malavida It is a survival shooter game wherein the player is placed onto a remote island for ten minutes and pitted against 49 players, and the ultimate survivor wins. This game belongs to the infamous battle royale genre, but add a lot of different twists to it. You can freely choose your starting point and should aim to stay within the safe zone all the time. You can also create a squad of four players and pit against various other teams. How is this different from PUBG? The game is built to be short, so you don't end up spending almost an hour playing just one round. Get it here 2. Helix Jump © YouTube If you are in the mood for a cool and challenging reaction game, you should try Helix Jump. Your goal is to make the bouncing ball descend as much as possible as it jumps constantly on the same spot. In this game, you don't control the ball at all, but you get to turn the platform around to make the ball fall down through the gaps. How long will you last though? Get it here 3. Press Inc © Ruby Games Like seeing those satisfying videos on YouTube about various things getting crushed under a hydraulic press? This game intends to bring the same concept in a more interactive way. You can crush literally anything, starting with a cake to a nuclear fuel pod, anything! Why play the game? It is human to vent out stress by breaking things. Why go through actual physical damage when you can experience the same virtually? This game has actually helped many relieve stress in a non-lethal way, and besides, it's always fun to see a hydraulic press working! Get it here 4. Modern Combat 5 © Gameloft While it is common to see PC games getting mobile versions these days, it is really rare to see mobile games get made into a PC game, which is happening for Gameloft's Modern Combat 5. Modern Combat 5 is an intense FPS that puts you in control of one of 10 unique soldier classes, each packing their own unique arsenal, skills, and personality. You can completely customize your combat style by first choosing a class to play as, then unlock new skills as you level up, and equip advanced tactical suits and weapon attachments to fine-tune your capabilities. Get it here 5. Left To Survive © YouTube As the name suggests, you need to defend yourself from oncoming zombie attacks in a post-apocalyptic world. Build your encampment to defend yourself against enemy attacks and attack using rifles, grenades, shotguns, and anything in your arsenal. As you climb up the levels, new addition includes a helicopter for aerial attacks as well as challenging Zombie bosses. Another interesting aspect of the game is its intense PvP mode wherein you can test your skills against live players. Get it here 6. Need For Speed: No Limits © EA Need For Speed: No Limits is a free racing game that delivers short but intense races as you blast through an underground street racing circuit. You can heavily customize your car, and the branded cars actually include Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Pagani, Koenigsegg, Hennessey, and more. Just like most other Need for Speed games, you can play multiple channels like evading police, drifting, time trials, as well as online racing with friends. Being free to play, NFS: No Limits features a variety of in-game and premium currency systems, as well as a fuel system. Get it here 7. Egg Inc © AUX Brain While the Instagram egg has been the hottest word in town, this game is about a future in which eggs unlock the secrets of the universe. The very nature of the idle game allows players to do nothing and still be rewarded, occasionally pressing a button to increase the reward or the speed at which they are rewarded. Hatch chickens, build hen houses, hire drivers, and commission research to build the most advanced egg farm in the world. Basically, a modern day Farmville for eggs! Get it here
  6. We barely need to delete images for making space on our phones any more, thanks to more than sufficient internal storage. 64GB of internal storage has pretty much become a standard feature now, and expandable storage via a microSD card pushes the limit further. But, this also means we no longer have the habit of taking backups. Earlier when storage was a privilege, we would periodically take a backup of all our photos, clear the device, and use it again. This way, even if you lost your phone or device, a backup copy of the data is still available with you. Offline backup is age-old, but the concept remains the same. Offline: © Adafruit Industries You transfer your pictures from the phone to another flash drive like a spare microSD card, SSD hard drive, or even your computer. Plug-in the cable, select "View Files" and copy paste all the content. But, this process too is primitive and lacks advanced functionality. On Android, apps are specially built that aim to make taking backups even simpler and hassle-free. And, these apps don't just cover your pictures, but also contacts, calendar, SMS, and in some cases even app data. A few of these apps are CM Backup, Super Backup, Easier Backup, and many more. © MensXP You can also completely eliminate the use of a computer by using internal storage only for regular use. Then, insert a microSD card to take backups and transfer all the internal data to the external card. Once done, eject the card and keep it safe. This way, you can quickly take backups on the go, and won't confuse yourself with all the data that's combined in both the storages. For iOS users, the offline process is slightly tricky. You can't just connect your iPhone to the PC and copy-paste files. Firstly, you'll have to install iTunes on your Windows PC, login with the same Apple ID that's loaded on your phone, and then establish a connection. Once connected, the software suite will offer a lot more than just backups. © Digital Trends You have the option of importing photos or even taking complete iPhone backups. The complete backup will include everything, right from apps to system settings. Lastly, the same software can be used to load music or soundtracks from your PC to iPhone and even manage Apple Music library. If you're taking backups on a computer, we recommend using the T5 SSD Hard Drive. And if you're using a microSD, the SanDisk Class 10 128GB card is highly recommended. Online: © Pexels This is a much simpler and worry-free process since you don't have to perform any task after the initial setup. While Android and iOS have different offline backup methods, the online procedure remains common, thanks to an open app ecosystem. You can use a variety of services from Google, Microsoft and Apple to store data in the cloud. We'll start with Google's services -- Drive and Photos. Essentially, they are two different apps that pretty much do the same thing. The Drive app lets you manage everything, starting from pictures to zip files. On the other hand, the Photos app is built for pictures only and comes with AI-powered recognition that auto-creates albums, recognises pictures, and makes going through your gallery a lot simpler. © Google Ultimately, both the apps are interconnected with the rest your Google utilities like Gmail. You'll get 15GB storage free for lifetime, and you can choose to purchase additional storage later depending on requirement. Both, the Drive and Photos app, are capable of uploading your camera roll in the background when connected to a WiFi connection and charge simultaneously. Microsoft has its OneDrive service that is similar to Google's offerings. It has its own ecosystem for email, documents, and storage. It has one app that does everything, the OneDrive app. You can manage your files, it's connected to Office apps, and pictures get auto-compiled into albums thanks to AI recognition. Though, you get just 5GB free in the base tier. The OneDrive app is compatible with Android as well as iOS. © Microsoft Lastly, you can use iCloud, though this one is restricted to Apple users. The service is deeply integrated into all Apple products and is capable of storing even app data. You get 5GB in the free tier, and complete device backups are possible. Though, sharing outside of the ecosystem can often be tricky.
  7. According to a Twitter user, an iPhone X apparently got overheated and caught fire during the process of updating to iOS 12.1. The images of the aftermath were shared on social media and showed cracked glass and burn marks. The user claimed that this incident happened while he was charging his phone during the update process. He noticed that the phone started to overheat and removed the Lightning cable and the wall adapter. The phone soon emitted smoke and later exploded. The user as given information to Apple and the company is currently investigating as to what happened to this particular iPhone. © Twitter Smartphones generally explode due to faulty batteries or due to unlicensed cables that tend to overheat the battery and the motherboard of a smartphone. It is not clear whether the user was using an official Apple Lightning cable or a third-party cable or whether it was faulty or not. There are no details about the charging condition either i.e. whether it was being charged on a flat surface in a cool environment. Apple has asked the user to send the phone to them for further investigation. © Twitter Burnt images of the iPhone X was posted by Twitter user Rahel Mohamad who hails from Federal Way, Washington. The smartphone was bought 10-months ago in January. In a reply on Twitter to his original tweet, Apple Support said that this is definitely not expected behaviour and would wish to resolve it soon. @Apple iPhone X just got hot and exploded in the process of upgrading to 12.1 IOS. What's going on here??? pic.twitter.com/OhljIICJan — Rocky Mohamadali (@rocky_mohamad) November 14, 2018 Recently, a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and even Xiaomi's Mi A2 had exploded due to similar reasons. The Galaxy Note 9 exploded in a woman's handbag and as filed a case against Samsung.
  8. Apple recently released iOS 12 via an OTA update for various iPhones and it is already being adopted by a larger user base. A large number of iPhone users like to jailbreak their iPhones to use third-party applications via Cydia and unlock other features for customisations. © IOs Hacker Soon after the iOS 12's release, 24 hours to be precise, it was jailbroken by Pandora Labs. It is a cybersecurity division under Chinese giant Alibaba and there's also a video to show how the hack was done. The video was first uploaded on Weibo and it made its way to Twitter. Check out below how Pandora Labs managed to jailbreak iOS 12. Alibaba Pandora Labs has developed a fully untethered jailbreak for iOS 12 within 24 hours of its release. #RETWEET pic.twitter.com/LbztqW8b9w — Yalu Jailbreak (@Yalujb) September 18, 2018 The video shows how the jailbreak was done on an iPhone X and after the software was installed, the phone went through a hard reset. Once the iPhone restarted, the phone was able to unlock itself without the input of a password or a registered face. The jailbreak then pops up a window with the simple message "Your phone is pwned.” © Weibo It is worthy to point out that the jailbreak code will never be made public and the video was saved just because it was 'newsworthy'. The video was uploaded to simply prove that the iOS 12 could be jailbroken despite having new security features. Source: Mashable
  9. Apple has dropped the new iOS 12 update to all iPhones starting with the iPhone 5S. We've been using the new OS update for quite some time thanks to the Beta channel, and the new update is much more than just performance fixes. Apple has stressed that the new OS update will not slow down your phone but actually make it faster. The focus has been on making even older devices run faster. The change is very noticeable, especially on the iPhone 5S, SE, and 6. In the last one year, the company has been dealing with a lot of complaints from users, thanks to a slightly broken iOS that would crash with a simple link or text message. While we're glad Apple has finally made iOS tolerable again, the company has also added tonnes of new features. A lot of these additions are very minor but can bring about a major change if used correctly. We've prepared a list of newly hidden additions that iOS 12 has: 1. Bedtime Mode: © MensXP The Bedtime feature has been there in the Clock app for years. Basically, you can set your regular sleeping time and the phone will remind you to go to bed via a notification. It also syncs with Apple Health and your Apple Watch data to keep a track of whether you are following your goals. Now, even the Do Not Disturb mode can be synced along with Bedtime, wherein all notifications will be silenced, and also hid from the lock screen. This way, you can go to sleep without any interrupting notifications that light up the display. Apple has also subtly made the background of the lock screen darker during bedtime, making it easier for you to check the time in darkness. 2. Content & Privacy Restrictions: © MensXP Content Restrictions on iOS 12 let you manage almost every aspect of your phone's functionality ranging from whether a user can delete or install new apps to the use of location services. The option can be found in the Settings app, in the ScreenTime menu. With this, you can micromanage everything an app can do on your phone. For starters, you can set U, US, A ratings for Movies and TV shows, so that the kids in the house don't go wandering. Or, you can control sending out data from your phone. Have a very sensitive job? Block off all apps from using the GPS. These are just a few examples. The amount of control you get is unbelievable. 3. Search Photos: © MensXP You're out with your friends and wanna show that cool place you had visited six months back, but don't wanna scroll through the thousands of other pictures on your camera roll? Simply search for it! Similar to Google Photos, the app can now search photos based on category, place, and people. The algorithm will constantly scan pictures and categorise them accordingly, like pictures taken in / of a vehicle, pictures of dogs, food, and almost everything. This makes discovering pictures a lot easier, and the system creates new albums all on its own. 4. Measure App: © MensXP The Measure app is based on Apple's ARKit 2, you can use your iPhone or iPad to take the measurements of just about anything in your environment. In simple words, you don't need to worry about carrying a physical tape measure anymore. Want to calculate the length or area of something that's tough to get a tape measure against? You don't have to buy a separate device to accomplish that calculation; you don't even have to buy a separate app to do it. It will measure the area, perimeter, as well as the central point all by itself. 5. Manage Notifications: © MensXP Managing the hundreds of notifications on iOS 11 was a pain, Apple has finally fixed this. Instead of seeing a long list of notifications, iOS 12 now groups them for you –not just by the app but also by topic and thread. You can now also manage how every notification reacts, individually. Just swipe left on the notification and select Manage. Deliver Quietly means that notifications for this app will appear in Notification Center but not on the lock screen or with an audible alert. Turn Off turns off all notifications for that app.
  10. Now that iOS 12 has officially rolled out to devices, it's time to take note of some of the best features we are currently digging. The new operating system was pushed out yesterday to eager users and is now available for iPhone 5c or higher and the 2013 iPad or higher devices. Once you've installed the latest update on your iPhone, here are some features you need to check out. Some features are exclusive to certain devices and some features are available across the board. Here are the six iOS 12 features that we are currently loving: 1. Screen Detox © MensXP We're addicted to our smartphones or other devices that have a screen. The iOS 12 now lets users track which apps they use most often. 'Screen Time' can now be found in Settings, where you can set limits on usage of certain apps and even schedule DND features to snooze all notifications. 2. Memoji © MensXP The iOS 12 has now expanded the Animoji feature with more detailed face tracking and has added the ability to create an Animoji from your own face. This basically lets users make a cartoon version of their face and can be later be used for recording animations and voice. These animations can be sent via iMessage or can be shared on other social media platforms. 3. Measure Objects © MensXP Newer iPhones already had support for augmented reality and now the same feature can be used for measuring objects. A new app called 'Measure' has been introduced where users can simply tap the 'Plus' button and start measuring their environment. Here's me using the app to measure my table which turned out to be smaller than I expected. I used the measuring app using the existing table as a reference for the actual desired size of my next table. 4. Shared AR © Apple As a part of ARKit 2, users can now play AR games and use other AR apps with other iPhone users. For example, we can now simultaneously play games with our partner as the two devices reflect the same AR generated environment. This is a nifty tool for home planners and even kids who want to do more with their iPads and iPhones. 5. Group FaceTime Video Calls © Apple This feature is still not out yet, however, we have seen it work behind closed doors. Users will now be able to make video calls with up to 32 people at once and can even use Animoji and Memoji. The feature is scheduled to launch sometime this fall and we can't wait to use it. 6. Siri Shortcuts © Apple The new 'Shortcuts' app is now available on iOS 12 and it essentially lets you combine app functions into one Siri command. For example, if you have to tell Siri to direct you home, with Shortcuts you can follow up that command with Siri automatically texting your family that you're on your way home. If you happen to have a Smart Air Conditioner that is compatible with HomeKit, it will automatically switch it on since you're heading home.
  11. Last week, along with the launch of the new iPhones, Apple also announced it will be pushing the iOS 12 update Over-The-Air (OTA) on 17 September. For India, the update will be available for download starting tonight. The new iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR will ship with iOS 12 installed out of the box, while all devices starting from iPhone 5S will receive it OTA. The new operating system, which Apple previewed at this year's annual developers conference, WWDC, is all about making your phone faster and smarter. "For iOS 12, we are doubling down on performance,” said software VP Craig Federighi. How Do You Download It? All you need to do is open the Settings app, tap General, and select Software Updates. Once the update is available from Apple's server, you can download it via WiFi and install at your convenience. The second way is to plug your iPhone or iPad to your Mac or PC and open iTunes. Once the devices are in sync with your Apple ID, just select "Check for Update", once available, download it and then install. Keep in mind, your phone should remain connected to the computer all the time. While the focus has been on fixing the OS from its core, Apple has also finally decided to update a few of its apps that seemed were long forgotten. Here's a list of new features that shall be coming with the update: 1. Performance: © Apple Insider Apple has promised that iPhone users will see sizeable speed improvements, including smartphones as old as 2013's iPhone 5S. Apple said it has improved performance all over iOS, so things should be at least a little quicker day to day. iOS 12 instantly ramps up CPU clock speeds, instead of slowly increasing it to their peak speeds. It also decreases fast to save on battery life as well. Federighi said that in Apple's tests on an iPhone 6 Plus, apps launch 40 per cent faster, the system keyboard comes up 50 per cent faster, and opening the camera is 70 per cent faster. 2. Better Notification Management: © Apple Notifications from the same app are now stacked, instead of being shown in a long list. Tap on a stack of alerts to unfold it, and then interact with individual notifications. Instant Tuning also gives you control over your notification settings right from the lock screen. A new Deliver Quietly option silently sends notifications directly to Notification Center without interrupting you, and you don't need to worry about keeping the phone on Do Not Disturb mode. 3. Do Not Disturb: © Apple In the past, you've been able to put your phone on Do Not Disturb for a specified amount of time — now you can do it for a specific place, like your office or a movie theatre. The phone will automatically be on Do Not Disturb mode when you enter and off when you leave. You can also choose whether to end DND in an hour, in the evening, or schedule it manually. 4. Bedtime: image 6 Apple When bedtime mode is enabled, all notifications will be blocked from not only lighting up but even appearing on your lock screen. This way if you look at your phone to check the time, you won't find yourself tapping through alerts from various apps instead of going to bed. This option can be switched on by going to Settings Do Not Disturb Bedtime. 5. Smarter Photos App: © Apple Apple Photos will now show search suggestions allowing users to discover older photos through certain keywords like places, moments and even business names. A new For You section has also been made that shows memories, featured photos, live photos, and shared album activity. And you can also send high-resolution pictures over iMessage. 6. Shortcuts: © Apple You can now customize "Shortcuts" — basically suggestion of apps you might normally use before you head out the door in the morning (weather, and maps). In fact, in iOS 12, Siri can take note of your habits and even suggest Shortcuts to you. You can also add shortcuts using the “Add to Siri” button in supported apps, or in Settings Siri and Search. 7. Screen Time: © Apple Screen Time provides detailed information and tools to help you find the right balance of time spent with apps and websites. You can easily see the time spent on apps, usage across categories of apps, how many notifications are received, and how often devices are picked up. Once you know which apps are taking up most of your time, app limits can set the amount of time you can spend in apps and on websites. In Settings Screen Time your device will break down, to the minute, how much time you spend on specific apps or on websites. Furthermore, it will also keep a track of how often you unlock your phone, a number of alerts you receive, and your call durations. 8. Group FaceTime: © SlashGear Users can hold group FaceTime calls with up to 32 participants. You can also add effects to your FaceTime call, just like you can when using the camera in the Messages app. 9. AR Experiences: © Apple Shared experiences in ARKit 2 let developers create innovative AR apps you can experience together with friends, it's like playing a multi-player game with AR. Apple has also announced a new file format for AR in collaboration with Pixar called USDZ. The latest iteration paves way for smarter and more advanced AR-based applications on iPhones. 10. Battery Insights: © Apple The battery monitoring option has been pretty basic until now, Apple intends to take this a level further by showing more data in graphs as to which app is taking up maximum power. The Battery tab within Settings will offer a clearer picture of how your battery performs from day to day. 11. App Updates: © Apple Apple Books gets an all-new design that makes discovering and enjoying books easier. Apple Music can now search lyrics so you can use a few of the words to find a song along with new charts to show you the daily top 100 songs in countries. Apple News is also getting a redesign. Some minor changes are also coming to Podcasts, Voice Memo's, and Stocks.
  12. Planning to go on a much-needed vacation? Or a solo trip and explore the world? Either way, there are a few things you might want to make sure are on your phone. Here is a list of a few apps we'd advise you to download on your phone for all your travel needs. And don't worry, we've made sure that these are available for both, Apple and Android fanboys. These set of apps are super useful for international as well as domestic travelling and range from trip organizers to bookings: 1. Google Trips: © Google This app is basically a compiler that scans through your trip-related info with the assistance of Google services. Just like your flight and hotel bookings often show up on Google Now, Google trips extracts that information from Gmail. Apart from that, it uses Google's already robust Maps to show you nearby attractions and restaurants. It has a feature that gives you an itinerary for the day if you wish to. It's a neat little app to help keep travel info together. The information is as reliable as the one on Google maps. Users have reported poor to no information of small cities and towns, although larger cities have a well-curated list of things to do and places to visit. Thanks to Google's Local Guide program, the details are even more accurate. Download for Android 2. Easy Currency Converter: © Google Play Store Straightforward name of an app which gets the job done and you can rely on for currency conversions. It updates whenever you are connected and allows you to save numerous currencies offline. All you need to do is select currencies, start your favourites and save for offline. The only drawback seems to be the UI which is by and large primitive. But that's only on Android. Functionality comes over aesthetics here. And don't worry, it has added Bitcoin as well! Download for Android 3. Skyscanner: © Skyscanner This should be your go-to app for affordable flights, car rentals, and hotels. It is an all-in-one for your transport and accommodation needs. It has the most affordable time and flights listed in neat lists. For the adventurer in you, the app can surprise you whenever you type “Everywhere" in the search. It comes up with the cheapest travels to destinations around the world. Added benefits: it has it's own frequent flyer miles program and has no additional fees. It is also smart enough to show you cheaper routes to cities which have multiple airports. For last minute trips, this app should be your first stop. Download for Android 4. Duolingo: © Duolingo One of the best things to bring back from any trip you take to a foreign land is the culture and language of the place. Duolingo allows you to learn new languages on the go for free. This app has been a trusted one for many users to learn the basics of any, among a host of popular languages. It is fun, has a net UI, uses visual, audio and textual aid to help you get a good grip on the language. What's more, you can practice what you learn while travelling, and impress the locals with your knowledge of the same. Download for Android 5. Google Translate: © Google Learning a new language is not easy and while you may know the basics, it is still a foreign language to you. Finding yourself in a new land with little connection may be your idea of a perfect holiday, but sometimes you need to navigate through signs and text which you don't understand to reach a destination or even interact with locals. Google Translate, a long and withstanding service from Google, will come to your rescue. The most exhaustive resource of a number of languages which can help translate images containing text by just pointing your camera at it. You can translate and make the local you're speaking to, listen to the audio. No need to fret about the accent and the pronunciation. Download for Android
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