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Jan

Samsung may bring all of its apps to iOS this year


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According to SamMobile, Samsung could release all of its apps on Apple’s platform before the end of the year, also said to be working on a Gear Fit Manager for iOS.

The intriguing report from the tech website notes that Samsung could potentially go a step further and release ‘all’ of its apps on iOS, following the group’s decision to bring iOS support to the Gear S2.

SamMobile’s Asif S. writes that sources have revealed Samsung is working on a Gear Fit Manager for iOS, which will allow Gear owners to pair the gadget with an iPhone. The smartphone group is also said to be planning an iOS release for the S Health app for iPhone, plus the Remote Control and Family Square apps.

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It doesn’t end there, as SamMobile also reports that the Level app for Level audio devices is taking a journey to the world of Apple too. Sources have lifted the lift on Samsung’s home entertainment plans, adding that the company is bringing iOS support to the Galaxy View tablet.

Other projects mentioned by SamMobile’s sources include Samsung’s progress on an updated build of the Smart Camera app for iOS, which could potentially bring a fully-redesigned UI with it.

If the rumours are true, it’ll certainly be interesting to see how Samsung’s app lineup is received on iOS.

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25
Jan

Escape the Praying Mantis in Goosebumps VR


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The Goosebumps VR experience is now on the Play Store, inviting players to join R.L. Stine on a wild ride as he flees from the giant bug.

Goosebumps VR is free to download and supports pretty much any VR viewer you can think of, so 90s kids can grab a headset and jump right into the nostalgic adventure.

This VR title is more of an experience than an interactive game, as players are simply sat alongside R.L. Stine (played by Jack Black) as he drives recklessly through the city streets to avoid a messy end. The sequence was directed by none other than Rob Letterman, who directed the latest Goosebumps movie.

Users without a VR headset can still enjoy Goosebumps VR in 360-degree mode by manually holding their smartphone in front of them and turning in different directions.

For a limited time only, Goosebumps VR downloaders can pick up a Merge VR headset with a 15% discount.

If you’re itching for even more VR titles, take a look at our list of the best virtual reality apps to start 2016 with.

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25
Jan

Apple TV software update adds missing Podcasts app


Apple has a host of notable updates coming for iOS, the Apple Watch and the new Apple TV. But in the meantime, the company has just released tvOS 9.1.1, a relatively minor bug fix update that nonetheless contains at least one user-facing feature: a Podcasts app. The fact that the new Apple TV shipped without this app was rather puzzling, as the older Apple TV has had podcast features for some time. Now, that gap has been closed.
There’s not much else to speak of in this update, but tvOS 9.2 will bring the ability to group apps into folders, bluetooth keyboard support and a new multitasking interface. There’s no word on when that’ll launch, but it’ll likely be sometime this spring alongside iOS 9.3 and WatchOS 2.2, all of which are currently in beta.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Apple

25
Jan

Gene-modified autistic monkeys could lead to a cure for humans


There’s little doubt that gene editing could be one of the greatest advances in medical science, since it might let you “turn off” conditions. However, the way you test that editing is another challenge entirely — and some scientists in China are pushing some boundaries to make it work. They’ve used genetic engineering to breed over a dozen macaque monkeys with a flawed gene that triggers a rare form of autism in humans. The hope is that researchers can not only study how brains function with this condition, but experiment with treatments that could be useful on people. Ideally, the researchers will use a gene editing system like CRISPR to eliminate the condition outright.

As you might guess, purposefully creating monkeys with a mental illness (which has happened before) isn’t going to win over anyone who objects to experimenting on animals. There’s also a concern as to whether or not this is practical — even if you can afford to wait a few years for the monkeys to grow up, you may not have enough of them to conduct sufficiently large-scale tests. Clearly, the team is betting that the ethical and logistical problems will be worthwhile if they help end a major psychological disorder.

[Image credit: ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images]

Source: MIT Technology Review

25
Jan

Web link crashes Safari on your iPhone or Mac


You’ve probably run into websites (or buggy browsers) that have inadvertently bogged down your devices, but there’s one lurking out there that causes very intentional grief. If you visit crashsafari.com (we’re not going to link it, for obvious reasons), the site will generate an ever-larger character string that creates a lot of problems. As the name implies, it’ll reliably crash Apple’s Safari browser on Macs — and on iOS devices, you’ll probably need to reboot. The code also appears to affect Chrome on Android and PCs, although not to such a severe and predictable degree.

There doesn’t appear to be any malware lurking behind the code, and you should be fine once you restart your browser or device. However, there are concerns that someone could use the crash to compromise your security (some attacks rely on crashes to open vulnerabilities)… or at least, use a URL shortener to hide the link and pull a prank. We’ve reached out to Apple for its take on the situation, and we’ll let you know if it has a response. In the meantime, you’ll probably want to avoid visiting any obscured links from people you don’t trust.

Via: AppleInsider

Source: Guardian, Fake Jailbreak (Twitter)

25
Jan

Apple Seeds Second iOS 9.3 Beta to Developers With Night Shift Toggle in Control Center


ios93Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the first iOS 9.3 beta and more than a month since the public release of iOS 9.2.

The second iOS 9.3 beta is available as an over-the-air update and through the Apple Developer Center.

As a major .1 update to the iOS 9 operating system, iOS 9.3 introduces quite a few new features. There’s a new Night Shift mode that cuts down on the amount of blue light iOS users are exposed to in the evening hours by automatically shifting the iPhone or iPad display to a warmer (yellower) color spectrum, and there are several new features designed to improve the iPad for Education program.

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Several apps and features are also being updated. In-line video and a landscape view for the iPhone are available in the News app, which now offers more personalized recommendations and faster updates. Health includes a new Apple Watch-style “Activity” view that displays activity and goals, while Notes now has an open to password protect individual entries.

Apple Music on CarPlay now includes New and For You sections for better music discovery, and a Nearby feature in CarPlay Maps offers improved access to information about what’s close by. Paired with watchOS 2.2, an iPhone running iOS 9.3 is able to support multiple Apple Watches, and for iPhone 6s users, there are new Quick Actions for Weather, Settings, Compass, Health, App Store, and iTunes Store.

What’s new in iOS 9.3 beta 2:

Control Center Night Shift Toggle – As hinted at in the iOS 9.3 preview page provided to Canadian users, iOS 9.2 beta 2 introduces Night Shift controls in the iOS Control Center, accessible by swiping up from the bottom of an iOS device.

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25
Jan

How to block a phone number on your Android phone


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Keeping in touch with family and friends has become easier and faster thanks to our Android smartphones. However, not all people who can contact us through our mobile phones are people that we love and cherish; some are spammers, annoying strangers, telemarketers, and other unwanted callers. You don’t need to suffer these unwanted calls. Block them!

In this guide, learn how to block phone numbers on your Android smartphone.

Built-in call blocking features

Most Android phones have a native way to block specific numbers. There didn’t used to be a generalized way to do this, though, so manufacturers often had to build the feature into their own software skins.

This is why the procedure can be unique on your specific device, as it varies from phone to phone. Needless to say we can’t go into detail about the necessary steps for blocking calls on every single phone out there, but we can give you an idea and show you how it’s done with the most popular devices.

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Got yourself a stock Android handset like the new Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X? You will be glad to know blocking phone numbers is a breeze! There are two ways to do this. The simplest one is to open your Phone app and access the section containing your recent calls. Long press on any of them and select “Block number”.

The second method consists of opening the Phone app and tapping on the 3-dot menu icon on the top-right corner and selecting “Settings”. From the menu, just hit “Call blocking” and add the numbers you want blocked.

Some carriers make it easier!

Want to really get rid of those annoying callers? Doing it from your phone works, but what if you switch handsets often? Maybe you want this done in a more systemic way. Some carriers allow you to block specific numbers on a service level. And this does include the 4 major carriers in the USA (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint).

There are some limitations to these, though. For example, Verizon only allows up to 5 blocked numbers per line. AT&T also does it on a device-by-device basis. On the other hand you have T-Mobile, which only allows blocking with family plans. And then there’s Sprint, which seems to be more helpful about doing this.

Call blocking on Samsung phones

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Most of you likely have Samsung phones. They are the biggest Android smartphone manufacturer, after all. Trying to get rid of those pesky callers? Let’s show you how.

  1. Open the Phone app.
  2. Select which number you want to block and hit “More” (located on the top-right corner).
  3. Select “Add to Auto-Reject List”.
  4. To remove or make more edits, go to Settings > Call Settings > All Calls > Auto Reject.

Call blocking on LG phones

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The process is very similar with LG phones, but there are slight differences. Here we go:

  1. Open the Phone app.
  2. Tap the 3-dot icon (top-right corner).
  3. Select “Call Settings”.
  4. Select “Reject Calls”.
  5. Tap the ‘+’ button and add the numbers you want blocked.

Call blocking on HTC phones

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  1. Open the Phone app.
  2. Press and hold the phone number.
  3. Select “Block Contact”.
  4. Select “OK”.
  5. You can remove them from the blocked list on the People app.

Third-party apps for blocking phone calls

If your Android phone doesn’t have an in-built call blocking feature or if it does but you find it lacking, you can choose one from the many third-party call blocking apps on the Google Play Store. Of particular note are the Mr. Number app, Call Blocker app, and Calls Blacklist app.

Mr. Number

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The Mr. Number app is a free and ads-free Android app that allows you to block unwanted calls and texts on your mobile phone. This app protects your phone from spam, silence selected contacts, or even keep your phone inaccessible by the rest of the world.

Mr. Number also has a Remote Lookup feature that allows you to find information about an unknown caller in the U.S. The first 20 lookups are free and you will be charged about US$1.00 for the next 20 lookups. This app also has a Business Caller ID that provides information about callers using a business line.

Here’s a general idea of how to use Mr. Number:

  1. Download, install, and launch the Mr. Number app. Tap OK to continue.
  2. Verify your country. Select your country with your country code, and type your phone number. Tap OK to continue.
  3. To begin blocking contacts, tap the “No” or prohibition symbol at the upper-right portion of the screen to access the block list.

The Blocklist contains three tabs: Hang Up, Voicemail, and Exceptions.

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When a contact listed on the Hang Up tab tries to call you, your phone will automatically Hang Up the call. Callers listed under Voicemail will have their calls redirected to the voicemail box. You can add numbers to the Hang Up and/or Voicemail tabs in various ways:

  1. Suspected spam
  2. All private/blocked numbers
  3. Choose from recent calls or texts
  4. Enter a number
  5. Choose from contacts
  6. All numbers not in contacts
  7. All numbers beginning with…
  8. All numbers in contacts
  9. All numbers

The Exceptions tab lists contacts that will not be blocked or redirected. So, if you want to keep in touch with your family and friends while keeping the strangers and spammers at bay, register your family and friends’ contact numbers under the Exceptions tab.

You can also block contacts right from the app’s main screen. Under the Recent tab, which shows the history of received calls and text, tap the Menu button beside each log entry and select Block Number. A popup will appear, asking you whether to block the contact or redirect all the contact’s calls to your voicemail. You can also mark it as a spam number and add a comment about the blocked contact number. A notification will appear every time the app intercepts a blocked contact. The history of blocked contacts will be displayed under the Blocked History tab on the app’s main screen.

Download Mr. Number from Google Play

Call Blocker

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Another handy call blocker app that you’d want to try is the free and ad-supported Call Blocker app. If you subscribe to the paid and ad-free version, you can enjoy premium features, including the Private Space feature that securely stores private SMS messages and call logs.

Here’s a general idea of how to use Call Blocker:

  1. Download, install, and launch the Call Blocker app. Tap Agree to continue.
  2. On the app’s main menu, tap the Blocked Calls button.
  3. Tap the add button (represented by an icon of paper with check and X marks)
  4. The Blacklist and Whitelist tabs will be displayed on the screen. Tap Add Number to add a contact. You can add a number via your contacts, call log, or SMS log, or you can type the number directly. Contacts listed on the Blacklist tab will be blocked (of course!) while contacts on the Whitelist tab will be exempted.

Download Call Blocker from Google Play

Calls Blacklist

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Last but not the least on our list is the free and ad-supported Calls Blacklist, a very simple app for keeping a list of contacts that you don’t want to allow to contact your phone. An ad-free premium version is also available for about US$3.00.

To block calls with Calls Blacklist, just launch the app and add a contact number to the Blacklist tab. You can add a number via your Contacts, call logs, or messages log, or add numbers manually. And, that’s it! Contacts saved under Blacklist won’t be able to call your Android phone anymore.

Download Calls Blacklist from Google Play

Conclusion

Through your Android phone, you can be called wherever you are by your friends and family — as well as spammers, telemarketers, and other unwanted callers. Thankfully, call blocking is possible on our Android phones or via third-party apps from the Google Play Store.

Do you receive a lot of unimportant or unwanted calls on your Android phone? How do you filter your calls? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.

25
Jan

50% off in-app purchases for select Google Play Games


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Google Play is holding a pretty expansive sale on in-app purchases that spans 57 games. For a limited time, getting an edge in your favorite free-to-play game might be half as expensive as it used to be.

We’re not seeing a whole lot of the most popular games on this list. Giants like Fallout Shelter and Clash of Clans are notably absent (although there are plenty of “Clashes” on the list: Clash of Lords 2, Castle Clash, Clash of Kings, etc…). However, there are quite a few fan favorites like Mobile Strike, Summoner’s War, Simcity Buildit, The Sims, and Agar.io, to name a few.  This primarily looks like a way to give some under-appreciated gems some time in the spotlight.


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Perhaps, then, those most interested in this sale might be gamers who have been looking for a new addiction and have a handful of change and/or a Google Play balance burning a hole in their pocket. No way to know your next favorite time-sink isn’t just around the corner unless you check it out.

Click the button below to head over to the promo’s landing page. A few users are reporting that in-app purchases don’t appear to be discounted, so it’s possible that this is a regional sale. If you’re feeling altruistically inclined, feel free to report whether or not the sale is working for you in the comments, and let us know what part of the world you’re checking it from.

Also, tell us what you think of this selection of games. Is this a worthwhile deal, or are all in-app purchases, no matter how discounted, the product of hellish machinations designed to twist the human soul into a withered vestige of what it once was?

Next: 10 best offline Android games

25
Jan

Is this the front of Samsung’s Galaxy S7?


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The Galaxy S7 is inching closer to an official announcement. Leaks and reports have been off the charts lately and over the weekend a big one surfaced.

At this time, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect inside the Galaxy S7. A new leak shows off two images that appear to be taken straight off the production line.

The first leaked image shows off several camera modules with the model number SM-G930F at the top. This is the same model number discovered in past Galaxy S7 leaks. Judging from older leaks, unlike the Galaxy S6 ,which featured a center aligned camera sensor, the Galaxy S7’s camera lens is a little bit off to the side. This appears to be the case here.

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In the second leaked image, the full body of one Galaxy S7 model is exposed. Based on the image, it appears that the design will be quite similar to the Galaxy S6, which puts it right on par with recent leaks. Since we can only see the face of the device, we can’t be absolutely sure just yet. As for the front, the top and bottom bezels seem slightly larger in height. The home button keeps its placement and so does Samsung’s branding. Ironically, the picture was captured by someone using an HTC One.

We’ll keep you covered on everything you should know heading into the official unveiling.

Source: GSMArena

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25
Jan

Google donates $5.3 million to support refugees


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Working as part of NetHope’s Project Reconnect scheme, Google has donated $5.3 million in Chromebooks to educate refugees based in Germany.

Speaking more about the project, Jacqueline Fuller, Director of Google.org, said that Google hopes to offer support to refugees that need an education.

Fuller explained that once refugees have found shelter, food and care, the next logical step is to learn local languages and gain skills that’ll help them survive in a new country against new challenges.

She said:

“Today, we’re making a $5.3 million Google.org grant to support the launch of Project Reconnect, a program by NetHope to equip nonprofits working with refugees in Germany with Chromebooks, in order to facilitate easier access to education.”

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Chromebooks have proven to be a good tool for learning purposes in the past, easily configured to run education apps or language-learning software.

Google says that the Chromebook’s strengths make the product a vital piece of equipment for nonprofit organizations, mentioning that the computers are automatically kept up to date with new features and virus protection.

The Google.org Director added:

“[Chromebooks] can run an educational game for children, a language course for younger adults or even feature information about the asylum application process on a pre-installed homepage.”

From today, nonprofits can apply to join the movement via the Project Reconnect website, where each organization can put its name down for a grant that offers 5,000 Chromebooks. The computers are scheduled to arrive at the start of March.

Earlier this month, the Google for Education team posted a letter today to their “Friends and Family” claiming that customers are activating an average of 30,000 Chromebooks every school day.

Source: Google Blog

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