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by Maura at Jan 16, 2018
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YouTube rolling out dark mode for iOS app.JPG

TechCrunch reports today that according to Reddit users, via MacRumors, YouTube is finally rolling out its recently introduced dark mode to its iOS apps. The dark mode first appeared last spring on the desktop version of YouTube as part of its overall redesign and speedier framework.

According to Reddit posters, while there has been no official announcement about the dark mode coming to the iOS YouTube app, some viewers have noticed it has appeared in the newly released YouTube iOS app update (13.0.1).

In order to activate the dark mode, which is called “Dark Theme,” once it has rolled out in your neck of the woods, all you have to do is access the YouTube app’s Settings screen, and you should find it above the setting for Restricted Mode.

However, while the mode...
by Maura at Jan 16, 2018
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Apple had largest share of US smartphone activations in December 2017 quarter.JPG

According to a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), via AppleInsider, Apple had the largest share of US smartphone activations on carriers in the fourth quarter of 2017, ending December 31, with a 39% share. This represents a 10% increase from the September 2017 quarter, where Apple had 29% activation share, and a 5% increase from the year ago share of 34% in 2016.

Android devices, in contrast, saw a fall of 4% from the year ago quarter, down to 60% from 64% in the December quarter in 2016, and a drop of 11% from the September 2017 quarter share of 71%.

CIRP partner and co-founder Josh Lowitz attributed Apple’s increase in share of activations in the December 2017 quarter to the company’s major product launches in that time period, in...
by Maura at Jan 16, 2018
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2019 iPhone X could have smaller notch.JPG

According to a new report from ETNews, via MacRumors, it looks like Apple might have got the message that the iPhone X notch is not its most popular feature, to say the least, as the paper’s industry sources say that the company is “looking into” combining the front-facing camera and Face ID on 2019 iPhones. Doing so would most likely mean that the TrueDepth sensor doesn’t require such a big housing, or “notch.”

It’s hard to say just how accurate this early report is about the 2019 iPhone line-up, as it’s not exactly clear from the information provided how Apple would be able to combine Face ID’s infrared camera, dot projector, and flood illuminator in a single face-recognition module.

The notch has been criticised by many for its poor design, with the likes of...
by Maura at Jan 15, 2018
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Apple Watch set off heart alerts during Vikings Saints games.JPG

Last night’s post season Vikings vs. Saints game was such a thriller that it seems it actually set off people’s Apple Watch heart rate alerts, according to BGR. The upgraded heart rate warning alert was one of the very useful, and, in some cases, life-saving, features introduced in watchOS 4 last year. It alerts the wearer if their heart rate rises dramatically, especially when the wearer is in a resting state when the heart rate would not usually be elevated.

BGR’s Yoni Heisler writes that in the last few seconds of last night’s game, when the Vikings were behind by 1 and up against a third down and 10 from their 39 yard line, Vikings’ quarterback Case Keenum threw the ball to Stefon Diggs who made an incredible catch, then went on to score the winning touchdown....
by Maura at Jan 15, 2018
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iPhone 7 Plus is the second best selling smartphone in China last year.JPG

AppleInsider reports today that according to research firm Counterpoint, Apple continues to surge forward in the all-important, highly competitive Chinese smartphone market, with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both making the top 10 of best-selling mobile devices in China in 2017. The iPhone 7 Plus was actually the 2nd-highest selling smartphone in China last year, with a 2.8% market share, and the iPhone 7 came in fifth, with a 2.4% market share.

The number 1 smartphone in China last year was the Chinese brand, Oppo R95, with a 3% share. Other Chinese phones made up the rest of the top 10.

According to Counterpoint, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus sales rose in the second half of 2017, following a price cut, with sales of the 128GB iPhone 7 Plus benefitting greatly...
by Maura at Jan 12, 2018
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Niantic announces monthly Pokemon Go community day.JPG

Niantic has announced today that it is to hold a monthly Pokémon Go Community Day event that will be dedicated to Pokémon Go Trainers.

According to Niantic, this will give Trainers around the world the chance to meet and make friends with other members of the Pokémon Go community at their local parks.

Each month, the Pokémon Go Community Day event will feature a special Pokémon that will appear frequently all around the world for just a few hours. If you manage to catch this special Pokémon during the event, it will have an exclusive move. Other bonuses will also be available during the event, including increased XP or Stardust. Lure Modules will also be activated for 3 hours on Community Day.
by Maura at Jan 12, 2018
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Apple talked with AR glasses suppliers at CES.JPG

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been taking place in Las Vegas this past week, and according to a new report from Bloomberg, via AppleInsider, Apple has met with several different AR glasses suppliers at the show this year. Apparently Google, Facebook, Snap, and Xiaomi have also all taken meetings with AR reps, and Samsung and LG have already ordered some components to built prototypes.

Bloomberg’s sources were tight-lipped about which companies Apple held meetings with, which is standard operating procedure as far as Apple is concerned, as the company often forbids potential business partners from revealing anything at all about any forthcoming arrangements with Apple. And what rep is going to want to risk a huge deal with Apple to talk about any such deal...
by Maura at Jan 11, 2018
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iPhone 6 Plus battery replacement delayed due to supply shortages.JPG

MacRumors reports today that an internal document that was sent to Apple Stores and Apple Authorised Service Providers and seen by MacRumors states that iPhone 6 Plus replacement batteries are in scarce supply and therefore will not be available to customers until late March/early April in the US and other territories.

It seems like the iPhone 6 Plus is the most badly affected by the stock shortage, as the document says that there is a shorter wait of around 2 weeks for replacement batteries for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus, and that there is no delay for battery replacements for iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SE.

Apple also said in the memo that lead times for available batteries will vary in certain territories such as the Middle East, Africa,...
by Maura at Jan 11, 2018
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Complaint of iPhone X pulling some users' hair out.JPG

Yes, as bizarre as the headline sounds, it seems that, according to BGR, some iPhone X owners have been complaining on various social media platforms that their phones are pulling their hair out, including facial hair. And in fact, this is actually so much of a real thing that Apple is already replacing iPhone X units for this very reason.

The problem apparently stems from the iPhone X mute switch and bezel gap, that tugs on the hair when you hold the phone up to your ear. Here’s a Reddit user talking about the issue:

“Mine [iPhone X] pulls my hair several times a day while it’s held up to my head. It’s really starting to piss me off. I called Apple, and they will do a replacement on it, but I am just curious if mine is a fluke or if it is a design issue.”

There...
by Maura at Jan 11, 2018
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Confide app comes up with way to prevent screenshots.JPG

AppleInsider reports that secure messaging app Confide has designed a way to stop messages that appear in its iOS app being saved as screenshots.

Confide is apparently a popular app with journalists and politicians due to its privacy features, including end-to-end encryption and deleting messages and files. However, the fact that it is possible to take screenshots of messages in the app meant that it was not totally water-tight in terms of privacy, and that people could have records of private messages even if they were deleted.

Now, however, Confide has announced on its blog that it has solved that problem by launching its new ScreenShield technology, where when you take a screenshot of a message in Confide, you will only see a blank screen in the actual...
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