You might have seen that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra are the first smartphones to receive “fast charging” certification from the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). Many smartphones claim to have “fast charging” batteries, but if the Galaxy S20 line is the first to get the USB-IF’s official certification, what does that mean for other devices?
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There is not shortage of free mobile and desktop applications available on the internet. Unfortunately, most of them are either rubbish or trick you into parting with your cash via in-app purchases. But if you take the time to sort the wheat from the chaff, you'll find plenty of excellent apps that truly are free.
We're thankful every day for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!). Here are 50 our favourites.
You can tell it’s January from all the gym selfies, fitness tracker screenshots, and overly-enthusiastic photos of carb-less meals filling your social media feeds. While you may have decided to put your concentration elsewhere instead of your daily step count, your phone has a different idea.
iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 both dropped yesterday, adding some convenient features and fixing a number of bugs (which we’ve listed below). iPhone and iPad owners can start the update by going to Settings > General > Software Update on their devices, though users who have enabled auto-updates likely already have the new versions installed.
iOS: All you need to create interesting, high-quality video content these days is a smartphone. With the right apps, what used to require extra gear and software can mostly all be done on a single iPhone—including recording multiple shots simultaneously. That’s all thanks to DoubleTake, a free iOS app that can record from two of your iPhone’s many cameras simultaneously. It is currently available for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS (and XS Max), and the iPhone XR. Your iPhone will also need to be running iOS 13.
There are many things that separate Apple’s products from its competitors. One of the most iconic is the Lightning port, Apple’s proprietary charging and connection cable that most of its products have been using for some time—but that could be changing very soon. Members of the European Commission will vote on whether to force all tech companies to adopt a single charging method that will be universal across all devices and manufacturers, including Apple’s.
iOS: If you’re a good Google user, you’re probably used to receiving all sorts of prompts on your device whenever you sign into your account (or in the not-so-great instance when someone else is trying to sign in as you). Android users have been able to use their devices as security keys for some time now, and iPhone users are now finally getting the chance, too.
If you’ve noticed that your $199 Smart Battery Case is struggling to charge your iPhone, or you can’t really charge the case itself that well (or at all), then you’ve got a defective product on your hands. Apple is aware of these issues and is ready with replacements, and you only have to jump through a single hoop to get one.
It’s never fun to lose your phone, but it can get worse. While Androids and iPhones have plenty of protections you can use to lock or otherwise find your device when you’ve misplaced it, or when someone has swiped it, these do you little good if you can’t even log into your online account to activate them.
The start of the new year is as great a time as any to take a quick tour through your iPhone’s settings and make sure you’ve customised its Emergency SOS feature to your liking. Heck, you should really take a few minutes and memorise—really memorise—how this feature works. I hope you don’t ever need it in 2020, but you’ll be glad you took some time to learn how it works if you ever do.
When we got all excited about Apple’s new Communication Limits that allow you to restrict who your kid can talk to (and when), we didn’t realise Apple left a big loophole that makes it very easy for your crafty child to bypass these restrictions.
iOS: Here’s a silly thing to do on a Friday. Download Rewound, and listen to your Apple Music library (streaming or owned) through an old click-wheel iPod interface.
WhatsApp will soon drop support for older versions of iOS and Android, and Windows Phone entirely. According to some reports, this means that millions of users with older smartphones will lose access to the popular messaging app.
iOS 13.3 is here. While you wait for it to download and install onto your device, you have two options. You can scan through Apple’s list of fixes and changes—which only eat up a fraction of the time it takes to just download iOS 13.3—or you can stick with us, and we’ll show you how to set up the big parental control feature that Apple’s dropping in this update.
Apple posted its roundup of the best iOS and iPadOS apps and games for 2019, which gives us a look into the trends that drove the year’s best apps. It’s a good read if you have the time, as it reveals some surprising figures—Mario Kart Tour was the most-downloaded game on the App Store, for example, and users were drawn to multimedia creation and self-publishing apps more than any other categories in 2019.
Apple is back with another fresh update to iOS 13. We’re assuming you’ve already made the plunge, but if not, now is as good a time as any to upgrade to the latest operating system for your iPhone and iPad. And if you’re already there, great! It’s time to install another update to deal with some annoying, lingering bugs.
Launched last month, Google’s Pixel 4 came packed with a ton of new features, like face unlock, a rear-facing telephoto lens, and the ability to take astrophotography. Are these enough to put the Pixel on the top of your shopping list when Black Friday arrives in a few weeks? Let’s take a quick look at how the Pixel 4 stacks up against the hottest devices from Samsung, Apple, and everyone else.