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Apple seeds iOS 10.3 with Find My AirPods, Apple File System

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Apple has dropped the third major update to iOS 10 since it launched last year, in the form of iOS 10.3. The over-the-air iOS update brings a whole lot of new (and good) things in tow, including Find My AirPods (inside Find My iPhone) and Apple File System (APFS), and is now available to download and install on iOS 10-compatible devices.

iOS 10.3 has a new addition in the ‘Find My iPhone’ app that lets you track your AirPods. This comes handy when you’ve misplaced your AirPods, assuming you own them, somewhere in your room, as it allows for in-app tracking via maps or noise alert. Not that it’s all, the app also shows the last known location of when an AirPod was connected to an iOS device.

The software update comes with Apple’s very own as well as new file format, Apple File System (APFS), which is optimized for flash/SSD storage and renders better support for encryption. Therefore, it is advised to make a backup of your iPhone or iPad before upgrading to iOS 10.3, as it will upgrade the entire file format. It might free up some space on your device, actually.

Thanks to SiriKit, Siri on iOS 10.3 is now more powerful. Siri can now let you pay and check bills with payment apps, schedule Uber rides, and check car fuel level, lock status, and more with automaker apps. It can also brief you scores and statistics for cricket. While Siri stays ahead of time (just like Belle), CarPay is also getting some love. You can now easily access to last used apps through shortcuts in the status bar. The Now Playing screen has granted you access to Up Next and currently playing song’s album, too. Plus, curated playlists and new music categories in Apple Music daily. There’s more to the addition of new features and improvements, please follow the official iOS 10.3 change-log after the fold…

Apple iOS 10.3 Full Features.

iOS 10.3

iOS 10.3 introduces new features including the ability to locate AirPods using Find my iPhone and more ways to use Siri with payment, ride booking and automaker apps.

Find My iPhone

  • View the current or last known location of your AirPods
  • Play a sound on one or both AirPods to help you find them

Siri

  • Support for paying and checking status of bills with payment apps
  • Support for scheduling with ride booking apps
  • Support for checking car fuel level, lock status, turning on lights and activating horn with automaker apps
  • Cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council

CarPlay

  • Shortcuts in the status bar for easy access to last used apps
  • Apple Music Now Playing screen gives access to Up Next and the currently playing song’s album
  • Daily curated playlists and new music categories in Apple Music

Other improvements and fixes

  • Rent once and watch your iTunes movies across your devices
  • New Settings unified view for your Apple ID account information, settings and devices
  • Hourly weather in Maps using 3D Touch on the displayed current temperature
  • Support for searching “parked car” in Maps
  • Calendar adds the ability to delete an unwanted invite and report it as junk
  • Home app support to trigger scenes using accessories with switches and buttons
  • Home app support for accessory battery level status
  • Podcasts support for 3D Touch and Today widget to access recently updated shows
  • Podcast shows or episodes are shareable to Messages with full playback support
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent Maps from displaying your current location after resetting Location & Privacy
  • VoiceOver stability improvements for Phone, Safari and Mail
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Android 8.0 Oreo Open Beta Now Available For OnePlus 3/3T

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OnePlus has released Android 8.0 Oreo Beta as part of its Open Beta program. The Open Beta program from OnePlus is similar to Apple’s Public Beta program, allowing users to test the phone’s software before it launches to the public. Let’s welcome the first Open Beta build of Android 8.0 Oreo for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. And yes the name, OxygenOS!

As long as you’re comfortable encountering a few bugs in the system, you can install and use the Open Beta based on Oreo for the OnePlus 3/3T. Following is the changelog of the software that comes along Android 8.0.

Android 8.0 Oreo Changeling (Open Beta)

  • System changes
    • Update to Android O (8.0)
      • Added Picture in Picture
      • Added Auto-fill
      • Added Smart text selection
      • New Quick Settings design
      • September security patch
  • Launcher changes
    • Added Notification dots in Launcher
    • Added OnePlus account login for access to Shot on OnePlus
      • Now able to upload photos directly to Shot on OnePlus through wallpapers

OnePlus has already highlighted some common known issues prevailing with this build of Android 8.0 Oreo Open Beta.

Known issues with Android 8.0 Oreo (Open Beta)

  • Fingerprint actions may be slower than you are used to.
  • Shortcut to access Google Photos is unavailable
  • Some stability issues with NFC and bluetooth
  • Performance and compatibility of 3rd party apps will continue to be optimized

If you’re already enrolled into the OnePlus Open Beta program, you should see the update prompting from the Settings app. Else, you can follow the installation instructions to get into the Open Beta.

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Apple releases iOS 11.0.3 with bug fixes

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Apple has released iOS 11.0.3 today, almost a month after the official release of iOS 11. The software update for iPhone fixes bugs discovered since the push of iOS 11.0.2 past week.

The previous two versions of iOS 11 focused on bug fixes and security improvements, and the third one is no different, either. Apple’s iOS 11.0.3 software release fixes an issue dealing with audio and haptic feedback on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, whereas on iPhone 6s the update addresses an unresponsive display issue. Official release notes for iOS 11.0.3 follows below.

iOS 11.0.3 for iPhone

  • Fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices
  • Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays because they were not services with genuine Apple parts

“Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use Apple parts. See support.apple.com for more information,” notes Apple.

Apple is also testing iOS 11.1 among developers and public beta testers, and will be dropping off the public stable build by the end of the month. The upcoming iPhone X is likely to ship with iOS 11.1 on board when it launches next month. Anyways, you can grab today’s update through Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone, as you always do.

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Pixelmator 3.7 brings full support for macOS High Sierra

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Pixelmator for Mac has been recently updated to fully support macOS High Sierra. The update to version 3.7, codenamed Mount Whitney, brings a lot of changes to the table, including the ability to launch Pixelmator from the Photos app, support for the new iPhone-shot HEIF images, and Continuity features like Handoff and iCloud.

“People love using Pixelmator on the Mac, and one of the biggest reasons is its extensive integration with macOS,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. “And with Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney, we think users are really going to love the much more seamless experience of launching Pixelmator right from the Photos app and automatically saving changes back to the same image in the Photos library.”

Pixelmator now makes it possible to drag and drop images from Safari and Photos directly into Pixelmator documents, along with improved support for Photoshop images. In addition, you can now launch the photo-editing app right from Photos and save your edits back to the original image in the iCloud Photos library seamlessly. Simply right click on a photo and select ‘Edit with Pixelmator.’

Bug fixes and improvements follow after the break…

  • The Pixelmator extensions for the Photos app would quit unexpectedly on certain newer Mac computers. Fixed.
  • The Quick Selection Tool’s live preview would appear in the lower left corner of the image. It’s back to where it should be.
  • The Pixelmator Change Type of Images Automator action would not convert files to PSD. Fixed.
  • Rulers would sometimes disappear when editing text. Fixed.
  • Improvements to the Repair Tool algorithm make the Repair Tool faster and more accurate.

Pixelmator for Mac is available on the Mac App Store for just $30.

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