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OnePlus videos show its new phone charging faster than the Samsung Galaxy S8

June 20, 2017
Remember when the most important thing about smartphone batteries was how long they lasted for? At the time, no one cared about how fast the battery would charge up. In the last three to four years, this has changed as manufacturers started to realize that charging times were half of the equation. While Motorola has its Turbo Charging, Qualcomm has its QuickCharge technology integrated into its Snapdragon chipsets, and OnePlus has Dash Charge.

To show off how fast Dash Charge “does its thang,” OnePlus posted a couple of videos today showing the barely out of the womb OnePlus 5 against the …

Deal: Get the Xperia XZs with a free pair of on-ear Sony headphones

June 20, 2017
Released in the US in April, the Xperia XZs is one of Sony’s two new high-end handsets unveiled this year, alongside the Xperia XZ Premium – launched stateside earlier this week. While the XZ Premium is larger and more powerful, the XZs has the advantage of being cheaper, while still offering Sony’s new Motion Eye camera (which can shoot slow motion video at 960 fps). Moreover, right now, interested customers can get a pretty nice gift when purchasing the Xperia XZs.

Focus Camera, a Sony authorized dealer, is currently selling the Xperia XZs for $649 (that’s $50 off the launch price), and …

How to download tvOS 11 beta 2 to your Apple TV

June 20, 2017
Installing the tvOS 11 beta is more complex than an iOS or macOS beta, but it’s also for developers only.

Update June 21, 2017: Apple has just released tvOS 11 beta 2 for developers. If you already have a tvOS 10 beta installed, proceed to System > Software Updates and download away. If you’ve been waiting for beta 2 to get started with tvOS 11, keep reading and we’ll walk you through the set up!

Apple hasn’t announced a public beta for tvOS the way the company has for iOS and macOS. That means until it is released to everyone this fall, it’s only available to developers. It also means installing it on the Apple TV (4th generation) is more complicated than a simple download and go. If you’re a developer and you’re having trouble getting the tvOS beta installed, here’s what you need to do.

Unlike Apple’s other operating systems, you can’t back up your Apple TV; as such, Apple offers two options for updating tvOS: over the air, which just updates the system; and via USB-C, which …

How to download watchOS 4 beta 2 to your Apple Watch

June 20, 2017
Installing the watchOS 4 beta is more complex than an iOS or macOS beta, but it’s also for developers only.

Update June 21, 2017: Apple has just released watchOS 4 beta 2 for developers. If you already have a previous watchOS 4 beta installed, proceed to the Watch app on your iPhone running iOS 11 and download away. If you were waiting to begin watchOS 4 testing with beta 2, keep reading and we’ll walk you through the set up!

There’s yet to be a public beta for watchOS the way there has been for iOS and macOS, and that’s okay — the process of installing the software is more complicated, and really meant for developers only. You need to install a certificate on your Apple Watch, then download the software to your iPhone running iOS 11 beta, transfer it across, and get it up and running. It’s not hard, but it does take patience and you may have to troubleshoot.

How to download the watchOS 4 beta certificate
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How to download and install macOS High Sierra beta 2 to your Mac

June 20, 2017
If you are a developer and want to know what to expect in macOS High Sierra, here is how to install the developer beta

Update June 21, 2017: Apple has just released macOS High Sierra 10.13 beta 2 for developers. If you already have the macOS High Sierra beta installed, head to Mac App Store > Updates and download away. If you’ve been waiting for beta 2 to start testing macOS 10.13, keep reading and we’ll walk you through the setup!

macOS High Sierra is coming this fall with plenty of awesome new features that developers can take advantage of in their apps; as such, Apple is releasing early beta software so that developers can make their apps work seamlessly when the full operating system launches to the public.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs t…

How to download iOS 11 developer beta 2 to your iPhone or iPad

June 20, 2017
If you’re a developer looking to take a peek at iOS 11, here’s how to install the developer beta.

Update June 21, 2017: Apple has just released iOS 11 beta 2 for developers. If you have a previous iOS 11 beta installed, you can head to Settings > General > Software Updates and get started downloading. If you were waiting for beta 2 to get started with iOS 11, keep reading and we’ll help you get set up.

iOS 11 is on its way with new features, several that require lots of third-party developer input. As such, the company is releasing developer betas so that software engineers can get a head start on making great software for you.

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How to make an archived backup of your iPhone or iPad

Before you begin, make sure you back up your iPhone or iPad. While the beta process is fairly straight…

Get updates for games that matter to you with Channels on Nintendo Switch

June 20, 2017
Channels on Nintendo Switch let you keep track of news, updates, tips, and guides for specific games you follow.

You can now customize your news feed on Nintendo Switch with important information for games you are most interested in. The feature is called Channels, and each Channel offers different content. For example, The New Frontier Days channel has guides and tips for using the game, while Splatoon 2’s channel offers news and updates. Here’s how to add Channels to your news feed.

How to find and add Channels on Nintendo Switch

You can find all of the Channels available so far and add them to your feed all at once.

Select News from the Home screen on your Nintendo Switch.
Select Find Channels in the upper right corner of the News page.

Select Follow Channel next to each Channel you want to follow.

News and updates for these Channels will be added to your news feed, along with the other general news information Nintendo sends out.

How to add Channels from a news post on N…

How to search your Pokémon collection in Pokémon Go

June 20, 2017
How do you quickly find exactly the Pokémon you want to evolve and level up? With the new search feature in Pokémon Go!

Pokémon Go has just added a search feature on the Pokémon page. With it, you no longer have to scroll through the list trying to pick out the Pokémon you want to evolve, power up, or simply check out. Now you can start typing and quickly filter down based on Pokédex number or range, CP number or range, name, species, type, and more. Here’s how!

How do you search for Pokémon in Pokémon Go?

You can start a search from the Pokémon screen.

Tap the Menu button, bottom center. (Looks like a Poké Ball.)
Tap the Pokémon button, bottom left. (Looks like a Pikachu outline.)
Tap the Search button, top right. (Looks like a magnifying glass.)
Enter the search term you want to filter by.

The main sort button still dictates the order of the search results, so if it’s set to CP, you’ll see results or…

watchOS 4 beta: How to troubleshoot common problems

June 20, 2017
watchOS 4 won’t install or update on your Apple Watch? Here’s what to do!

Apple’s got all-new betas for watchOS. While everything should — and usually does — go smoothly, once in a while betas simply don’t update or install the way you’d expect. Sometimes it’s a connection issue. Sometimes it’s a verification error. Sometimes it won’t reboot. And other times it just… does nothing.

If you’re having problems installing or updating to the watchOS beta, here are a few things you can try.

Apple occasionally offers updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS as closed developer previews or public betas for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac (sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch). While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That’s why we strongly recommend staying away from developer preview…

How to apply skins to your HTC Vive base stations

June 20, 2017
Give your base stations a fresh coat of paint.

SteamVR gives players the ability to customize the appearance of both the HTC Vive controllers and base stations through SteamVR Home. While these skins are limited to SteamVR and supported titles, adding a personal touch to your HTC Vive accessories is more streamlined than ever. Skinning your base stations also has practical advantages, as a result of community-created skins that visualize the field of vision for both base stations. Then again, when isn’t it fun to redecorate your room in the style of Portal’s disconcerting test chambers too?

Follow the steps below to digitally transform your HTC Vive base stations!

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