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Apple iOS 11 Unveiled, Brings AR And Other Powerful Features This Fall

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Apple announced the successor to last year’s iOS 10 at WWDC 2017 in San Jose — iOS 11, obviously. The update is the biggest iOS software release to date, especially for iPad. With iOS 11, Apple finally showed its commitment toward Augmented Reality (AR) as a feature among hundreds of updates coming to iPhone and iPad this fall.

To start off, Siri on iOS 11 is more human-friendly now, with its voice at least. Apple says Siri has new male and female voices that are more natural and expressive, thanks to the latest advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning. It can also translate phrases into different languages, including Mandarin, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Based on your usage pattern, Siri now learns your behavior, offering more personalized search results and suggestions when typing in Mail, Messages and other apps.

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The update for Photos and Videos is an array, as it lets you create seamless live photo loops and bounce effects, long exposures, choose the best frame to use as the featured still, and use optical image stabilization, flash, and HDR in Portrait mode. If you’re on iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, then you’ll be more than happy to know that Apple has introduced a new technology called High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) that reduces the file size of every photo taken on the device.

Apple Pay on iOS 11 is better than ever. With the arrival of iOS 11 this fall, you’ll be able to make person-to-person payments from within iMessage or using Siri. The service, currently available only in the US, brings in Apple Pay Cash account, where you’ll receive the money and can use it to make purchases using Apple Pay in stores, apps and on the web. You can even transfer it directly to the bank account, if you wish.

In fact, iOS 11 can now automatically detect when you’re driving (thanks to machine learning, again!) and help you stay focused on the road with Do Not Disturb while driving. As simple as the name sounds, the feature automatically silence notifications and keep the screen dark, which can be interrupted by a simple tap on the screen. You can also send an auto reply to contacts in your Favorites list when DND while driving is active.

iOS 11 iPad and iPhone

As mentioned above, the iPad becomes even more powerful with iOS 11. Apple has drastically improved multitasking on iPad, offering a new, powerful Dock that provides quick access to frequently used apps and files from any screen by swiping from the bottom of your screen, and a redesigned app switcher. While it uses artificial intelligence to predict which app you want to open next, the Dock welcomes as many apps as you’d like to add. Drag-and-drop feature comes useful when you want to open up an app from the Dock in slide-over mode, or transfer text and content in between the running apps in the same mode. And finally, your split-screen configuration will not be altered while in the recent apps view.

Apple Pencil now comes with a tight integration with iPad. There’s support for inline drawing and a new Instant Notes feature that opens Notes right from the Lock Screen — all you need to do is tap Apple Pencil on the display. The App Store also received a major design overhaul.

Remember iFile on your jailbroken iPhone or iPad? Well, this time Apple has soldered its own file management app on iOS 11, which allows you to access nested folders, recent files, search, and cloud services such as iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.

Apple didn’t announce any VR/AR headset, but it did show its interest for AR. The Big A introduced a new platform — dubbed ARKit — for developers to create high-quality AR experiences for iPhone and iPad using the built-in camera, processors and motion sensors. ARKit is available for developers now alongside iOS 11. Developers registered for Apple Developer Program can get their hands on iOS 11 Beta at the dev center. Public beta will follow later this month.

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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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