Apple’s iOS 10 Beta Hints at Lots of Change – Not All of It Welcome

Apple's iOS 10 Beta Hints at Lots of Change - Not All of It Welcome

Apple is releasing a new version of its mobile operating system this fall, bringing the company up to a nice round number: iOS 10.

Ahead of launch, Apple is allowing anyone to test the software and give their feedback. First, I would not recommend that most people download this beta. Bugs are par for the course with all early software and could try the patience of those who don’t test imperfect things for fun. Many apps behave strangely with the beta since it hasn’t gotten its final polish yet.

That’s particularly true with this system. After a week with the beta, I’m confused about where Apple is heading with this update. It’s true that this build is, by definition, not ready for primetime and it would be unfair to fully review it. But it is still basically the same software that will hit millions of devices in just a few months and is just not as good as I’ve come to expect from Apple.

(Also see: How to Download and Install iOS 10 Beta on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch)
There are many things I like. Apple has enhanced the Health functions to track sleep, among other new data. This system also lets you erase icons for some of the pre-installed apps (Tips, Watch, etc.) that many relegate to a permanently unused folder on their phones anyway.

Apple has also done some work on Messages, that makes it easier to send music, sketches, .gifs and photos. You can also send very large emoji. It’s sort of silly, but definitely fun.

The features are welcome changes. That can’t be said of other tweaks to the system overall, which seem to move away from the logical, simple design that make Apple stand out in the first place.

Many menus and navigation screens have gained extra panels in iOS 10, which have the effect of making each individual pane more simple, but complicate navigation overall. For example, the control center that appears when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen now has two sections — one with the Bluetooth, brightness and other familiar panel controls, plus a second just for music and volume.

These controls used to be on one screen, and there was no real reason to add a second. In fact, it took me a couple days to even realize the volume control was there at all.

These menus look a lot like the bubbly, almost empty layout you see on notifications for the Apple Watch. But sparse design makes sense on that small of a screen. While it’s understandable – even admirable – for Apple to want to unify the look of its systems across devices, it hasn’t been done in a user-focused way. That’s unusual for Apple.

(Also see: iOS 10 Features: 10 Big Ones Unveiled at WWDC 2016)

Apple has also changed the lock screen so that richer notifications can be accessed on their own screen with a simple swipe to the right, in addition to being accessible by dragging down from the top. You can also search for apps from this new section on the lock screen. That’s a win for convenience, but not for privacy. I changed the widgets that I put in my notifications screen because they felt more exposed in the new layout.

Others may want to turn off the ability to get the notification center on their lock screen altogether, through settings in the Touch ID and Passcode menu.

Many of these complaints may sound like small cosmetic gripes, and admittedly some of them are. Others, though, are more serious. And all illustrate my genuine puzzlement about why Apple is changing the feel of a system that has helped propel it to such great heights.

There’s still time for the company to squash the bugs and refine the software — something that will definitely happen. But if the rough sketch of the beta is anything to go by, users will have to prepare for changes that may confuse them once the fall comes.

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Apple Music Out of Beta on Android; Gets Equaliser Settings and More

Apple Music Out of Beta on Android; Gets Equaliser Settings and More


  • Apple Music on Android comes out of beta stage
  • Apple Music updated to version 1.0.0 on Android
  • Update includes equaliser settings and stability improvements

Apple Music for Android was launched back in November last year as a beta, but nine months later, it has finally come out of its beta stage and been upgraded to version 1.0.0.

Although the Apple Music for Android update doesn’t add many new features, it does include equaliser settings and a variety of performance, playback, and stability improvements as per the change log provided by the company on Google Play.

Apple has been constantly pushing updates and has even provided some exclusive features to Android in order to compete on a level playground with other music streaming services like Spotify, which had already occupied a major chunk of market when Apple came up with its offering.

In February this year, Apple updated its Apple Music for Android app to allow users to save songs offline to their microSD cards, a feature that cannot ever be expected to come to iOS due to the restrictive behaviour of the ecosystem.

Just weeks after surprising everyone with addition of SD card support on Android, in March, the company embraced the difference that exists between its own OS and that of Google once again byintroducing a home screen widget for Apple Music app on Android.


Apple has gone to such lengths to attract users to its Android app that iOS users might start feeling envy very soon. However, as of now, it seems like Apple is moving to a more adaptive strategy in order to sustain and progress in the ever-changing tech industry.

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Dropbox Paper Enters Open Beta; Android and iOS Apps Launched

Dropbox Paper Enters Open Beta; Android and iOS Apps Launched


  • Dropbox Paper moves into public beta phase
  • Dropbox Paper apps launched on both Android and iOS
  • One million docs created during service’s private beta phase

Dropbox Paper, the online tool to collaboratively create and edit documents, has moved from its private beta phase to a public beta and the company has also announced that it is launching the app for its service on both Android and iOS.

The company said on its blog that Dropbox Paper was created with the intention of being a tool to create collaborative documents and share important information with team members. There have been over a million documents that are already created during Dropbox Paper’s private beta and the company has used the feedback to improve certain components of its service.

“With that input (feedback), we’ve made improvements like enhanced tables and image galleries; desktop, Web, and mobile notifications; and powerful search to help you quickly find the docs you need,” the company said in its blog.

With the new mobile apps, users will be able to get project updates, make edits, and respond to feedback even when they are on the move, the company added.

You can join Dropbox Paper’s public beta by signing up over here.

Apart from just plain words, Dropbox Paper also allows you to communicate with the rest of your team by embedding images, videos, and other media. If you connect your Google Calendar with Paper, it can create a custom notes document for your next meeting and automatically share it with the attendees.

The Dropbox Paper app is already available for Android users worldwide, but is available only the in US right now on iOS. Users from the European Union will get access to the iOS app soon, the company said in its blog.

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How to Download and Install iOS 10 Beta on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

How to Download and Install iOS 10 Beta on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch


  • iOS 10 public beta is now available.
  • You can download and install it for free.
  • Be sure to back up your iOS device first.

Apple has made iOS 10 public beta available as a free download. If you want to try out the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, you can do so now. A word of caution – be sure to backup your iOS device before you download and install iOS 10 public beta. Be aware that this isn’t the final version of iOS 10 and that it will have quite a few bugs and that your favourite apps may stop working entirely. We strongly advise that if you’re going to install iOS 10 public beta, don’t do it on your primary iOS device.

Which iOS devices can install iOS 10 public beta?
Apple has announced iOS 10 for the following devices:

iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone SE
iPhone 5s
iPhone 5c
iPhone 5
iPad Pro 12.9-inch
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
iPad Air 2
iPad Air
iPad 4th generation
iPad mini 4
iPad mini 3
iPad mini 2
iPod touch 6th generation

If you have any of these, you can install the iOS 10 public beta. Follow the steps below.

How to download and install iOS 10 public beta


  1. Open Safari on any of the iOS devices listed above.
  2. Head to Apple’s iOS 10 public beta website.
  3. Tap the blue Sign Up button and sign up for the beta software program.
  4. If you already have signed up, just tap Sign In and key in your your Apple ID and password.
  5. Read the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement and tap Accept.
  6. Tap the iOS tab. Its background becomes blue when selected.
  7. Under Get Started, tap enroll your iOS device.
  8. Scroll down and tap the blue Download profile button.
  9. This will take open an Install Profile screen, asking you to install iOS Beta Software Profile. Tap theInstall button on the top-right.
  10. Enter your passcode, if any.
  11. Read the Consent message from Apple. Tap Install on the top-right.
  12. Tap Install again in the pop-up.
  13. A pop-up will ask you to restart your iOS device to apply changes. Tap Restart.
  14. Once the device has rebooted, head to Settings > General > Software Update.
  15. You will see iOS 10 Public Beta 1 here. Tap Download and Install.
  16. Enter your passcode, if any.
  17. Read Apple’s Terms and Conditions and then tap Agree on the bottom-right.
  18. Now iOS 10 will begin downloading. On our iPhone 5s, it showed up as a 1.6GB download.
  19. Once the download is complete, tap Install Now to install iOS 10 public beta on your iOS device.

Even though this process seems long, it is fairly simple. Most people will have no trouble installing iOS 10 public beta. Did you take the plunge and install iOS 10 public beta on your iOS device? Do you like it? Let us know via the comments. For more tutorials, visit our How to section.

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Titanfall 2 launch Date, single-player campaign, and Multiplayer Beta showed

Titanfall 2 Release Date, Single-Player Campaign, and Multiplayer Beta Confirmed

Sci-fi shooter Titanfall 2 can be out on October 28.
It functions a unmarriedplayer campaign that can be performed offline.
There will be a multiplayer beta previous to launch.
Hours before EA’s own event prior to E3 2016, EA Play, the enterprise broadcasted practice sessionpictures containing the discharge date and unmarriedparticipant campaign trailer for Titanfall 2. Thebusiness enterprise has released the trailer for the game now.

(also see: EA’s E3 2016 exhibit: Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, Titanfall 2, and extra)

you’ll be able to play Titanfall 2 on October 28 this year. it will likely be to be had on the laptop thru EA’sfoundation digital distribution service and Xbox One as well as the PS4. in the beyond a unmarriedplayer marketing campaign become simplest teased and later hinted at, now it has been confirmed. The presentation harassed it may be played offline and could consciousness on “exploring the unique bondbetween pilot and titan.” In this example it seems to be the titan named BT-7274 and its pilot, rifleman Jack Cooper.

The trailer showed off new enemy types inclusive of what appeared to be a sort of dragon, a bunch of mechs, and a few superb close zone fight offering robots beating the dwelling daylights out of everyother. Respawn seem like going for something much like Asimov’s three legal guidelines of Robotics what with the trailer regarding “protocols” that seem a tad familiar to the sci-fi creator‘s tenets.

A unmarriedplayer marketing campaign for Titanfall 2 is a welcome addition. Even extra so thinking about that the first recreation, whilst being a blast in multiplayer, lacked any offline factor to hold us hooked. The purpose for the absence of a unmarriedplayer campaign in the preceding access was due to the lack of price range at Respawn entertainment.

aside from the trailer, the rehearsal pictures said there might be six new titans, improved gameplay and customisation, in addition to a deeper development machine. There can be a multiplayer technicalanalysis as well, which fans can sign in for on the respectable website. assume extra details at theidentical in days to come back.

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Halo Wars 2 launch Date, variants, and Open Beta found out

Halo Wars 2 Release Date, Editions, and Open Beta Revealed

Halo Wars 2 can have wellknown and Deluxe editions.
the sport may even have a season pass.
There might be an open beta from June thirteen to June 20.
With some hours to move before Microsoft’s massive E3 2016 conference, statistics has been trickling in on what to anticipate. apart from the Xbox One S – a slimmer version of the company‘s Xbox One console with some new delivered capability like 4K video which changed into leaked, there are video games. Andan entire lot of them. One mainly is Halo Wars 2.

announced at Gamescom 2015, it merges actual-time strategy (RTS) with the Halo universe. earlier due for a Fall 2016 release, it has been shifted to February 21, 2017. And it will come with a season bypass. There could be two variants of the game, wellknown and Deluxe, with the latter being priced at $80 (roundRs. five,368) and will include the season skip. don’t assume this model to come to India, because of theexcessive price. instead we must see just the usual edition in addition priced to Quantum spoil at Rs.three,999. There can be an beta though, from June 13 to June 20.

The news comes from famous gaming forum NeoGAF, through customers who were able to accessMicrosoft’s site which had been handy publicly. In fact there are recommendations of greater to come.

clearly i am surprised someone did not leak all of the vids and other screens from games when you consider that all changed into hosted on public get right of entry to MS website online (speakme aboutthe monitors/gifs I published),” claims a forum goer with the aid of the take care of of Gwyn on NeoGAF, who went on to mention that Microsoft had in the end pulled the plug on get right of entry to.

the primary Halo Wars game got more interest for being the closing recreation from Ensemble Studios, the mythical Age of Empires studio, and relatively little interest for its pretty particular take at the RTSstyle it really is in no way been popular on consoles. whilst Microsoft shut Ensemble soon after Halo Wars become launched, many lovers felt cheated. nevertheless, with studio innovative assembly at thehelm , it is going to be exciting to peer how the developer in the back of overall warfare: Warhammer take the style forward in Halo Wars 2.

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WhatsApp gets Gif image guide in cutting-edge iOS Beta release: file

WhatsApp Gets Gif Image Support in Latest iOS Beta Release: Report

Gif picture sharing aid become spotted within the iOS app’s beta release.
there’s no information about when the characteristic will roll out.
The characteristic to this point has no longer made it to the Android app.
WhatsApp for iOS’ modern beta launch (v2.sixteen.7.1) is now doing the rounds, and apart from severacomputer virus fixes and upgrades, it brings guide for autoplaying gif snap shots. The fb-owned messaging app has staunchly resisted the gif invasion till date, and help for sharing animated pictures willcertainly be a welcome feature addition for users.

For now, it’s doubtful while gif photograph support will roll out to customers of the general launch, orwhilst it will launch on Android. The changes within the brand new beta release of WhatsApp for iOShad been reported through @WABetaInfo, which tracks beta releases of the app.

modifications listed by the group include help for autoplaying gif snap shots while shared as a link, thepotential to store the gif photo to your digicam roll (together with the choice to save it as a simplepicture), the potential to at once respond to gif image messages, encryption assist for gif sharing, andassist for Peek and dad (3-D touch) moves on gif snap shots.

news of planned guide for gif images in WhatsApp comes rapidly after rival messaging carrier Viberbrought gif photograph aid to its platform. maximum other rival structures (consisting of facebookMessenger) already aid gif photograph sharing.

another fundamental function addition anticipated to arrive soon for WhatsApp is video calling, with lotsof proof in beta releases pointing to the enterprise‘s plans for the feature.

The final main update to the platform became last month – the addition of record sharing on WhatsApp net.shortly before that, the employer rolled out its first computing device app for windows and OS X.

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Gran Turismo sport Beta Cancelled

Gran Turismo Sport Beta Cancelled

Gran Turismo game will now not have a beta as promised in advance.
Developer Polyphony virtual claims that that is to satisfy its release date.
Gran Turismo recreation releases in India for the PS4 on November 16.
PS4-specific Gran Turismo recreation‘s launch date changed into unveiled at an event through Sony in advance this week. It got here at the side of a slew of appropriate screenshots and films displaying off how far along developer Polyphony virtual has come. as well as highlights of its features consisting ofimage modes and social interactivity.

when Gran Turismo game changed into first discovered at Paris games Week closing yr, there was the promise of a beta. unfortunately, this can no longer occur.

it really is something that i’m very, very sorry about,” Polyphony virtual‘s innovative Director Kazunori Yamauchi informed Videogamer. “on the way to do a beta test we have to make a gold master of the betatest code, and for us it absolutely takes as an awful lot effort as to complete the real grasp code of thereal sport.

just because it‘s beta we can’t just throw it available. it’s required that that allows you to do an open beta we have to create a proper grasp for it, and thinking about the discharge timing that we announced, we determined that we just don’t have sufficient time to do two gold masters for the sport.

via omitting that it saves us about 3 months of time,” he delivered.”most probably I do not assume it’d befeasible. i am very sorry however it’s simply the way it became out.”

November 15 this year is while the public gets its first flavor of Gran Turismo sport for the PS4 in Asia, Japan, and the usa. Europe can be capable of play it from November 16 while the UK has to wait untilNovember 18.

For Sony, India falls underneath its european release agenda, which should see the game to be had in the country from November 16. As for the charge, it will retail for $fifty nine.ninety nine or its equal in respective territories. What this means is, game enthusiasts in India can pay Rs. 3,999 that is what Sonycharges its first-party exclusives consisting of Uncharted 4 and Bloodborne for inside the state.

With almost every essential massive price range game having a beta prior to launch from the likes of Uncharted 4 to Hitman, the shortage of one for Gran Turismo sport does look like a unusual omissionthinking about its charge. would you opt for a beta or clearly the final product whilst it is prepared?allow us to recognise inside the remarks.

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Gears of conflict 4 Beta stay; Pre-Orders and price revealed

Gears of War 4 Beta Live; Pre-Orders and Price Revealed

Gears of conflict 4the largest Xbox One (and probably home windows 10) exclusive this 12 months is now to be had for Xbox One owners to test out. Weighing in at around 7GB, it’s going to allow you toplay a group of multiplayer modes which include team deathmatch, dodgeball, and co-op groupdeathmatch that helps you to and 4 others square off in opposition to hardcore bots. The beta will ceaseon may additionally 1.

And if you locate the multiplayer beta to be what you’re searching out, you may pre-order the gamedigitally as nicely. on the time of scripting this, Indian sites which include Amazon India, Flipkart, and Snapdeal do now not have the game listed just but, making the Xbox store the best region you could get pre-order and pre-down load it from right now. the same old version of the game will set you again via Rs.four,000 while the ultimate edition which incorporates the Gears of warfare 4 Season pass and vintageskins will cost you a princely Rs. 6,six hundred. remember the fact that you might want round 80GB ofloose space on your Xbox One to down load the sport. Gears of warfare 4 is out on October elevenworldwide.

in line with the list the Season pass grants you get right of entry to to a “vintage VIP percent, 12 monthsof limitless get right of entry to to new maps, early get entry to to an different VIP playlist and sixequipment Packs.”

With Gears of struggle being one of the biggest, if no longer the most important Xbox franchise in India, we might not be surprised to peer the enterprise finally input traditional retail officially with Gears ofstruggle four. for the time being, Xbox One exclusives are to be had at brick and mortar stores, albeit with out Microsoft’s understanding or consent. previous Gears of conflict games have had a hardcore following and a colourful online community. optimistically we will see the equal for Gears of battle four.

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