Apps that use iCloud will require app-specific passwords starting June 15

May 15, 2017
Apps using iCloud will get a little harder to access, but a lot more secure.

Apple has sent out a support email explaining that, starting June 15, third-party apps using iCloud to store data will require app-specific passwords across the board. If you want to continue using your favorite third-party app with your iCloud account, you’ll have to enable two-factor authentication and generate individual passwords for each app.

The email was reported on originally by MacRumors.

Beginning on 15 June, app-specific passwords will be required to access your iCloud data using third-party apps such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, or other mail, contacts and calendar services not provided by Apple.

If you are already signed in to a third-party app using your primary Apple ID password, you will be signed out automatically when this change takes effect. You will need to generate an app-specific password and sign in again.

I know this sounds like a serious inconvenience, but…

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Review

May 15, 2017
Introduction
Sony has been among the more prolific smartphone manufacturers over the past few years. Throughout 2016, the Japanese manufacturer unveiled seven new smartphones, and at MWC this year, it introduced four more handsets. The top device in the latter bunch was the Xperia XZ Premium.

With the XZ Premium, Sony promises unparalleled experience thanks to its revolutionary camera tech, excellent 5.5-inch 4K display and Qualcomm’s latest silicon – the Snapdragon 835. Let’s see if it delivers.

DesignThat’s one big and gorgeous fingerprint magnet.
The XZ Premium is a beautiful …

HTC U11’s Edge Sense squeeze feature: useful or gimmick?

May 15, 2017

Today, HTC announced its 2017 flagship – the HTC U11. With a marketing campaign spearheaded by the slogan “Squeeze for the brilliant”, we had to wonder “What is this all about?”.
Turns out the U11 can sense when the user squeezes its metal frame and launch a pre-set app when that happens. There are two gestures – a quick squeeze or a squeeze hold. As for what gets launched – that’s up to the user. Additionally, the camera’s shutter can be activated with a squeeze, instead of pecking for the virtual shutter key. The feature is called Edge Sense.
But …

Instagram adds face filters; gets one step closer to becoming the new Snapchat

May 15, 2017
Instagram is introducing Snapchat-style augmented reality face filters today. Here’s everything you need to know!

One of the reasons Snapchat has become so popular over the last couple of years has been because of the app’s AR (or augmented reality) face filters AKA World Lenses.

If you’re ever been swiping through Tinder or scrolling through Facebook and have noticed a photo of a girl with a dog nose, floppy ears, and sometimes a big tongue, that feature is actually from a super popular Snapchat AR filter that blew up last year once the Kardashians got their hooks into it.

Now Instagram has announced that their following the filter hysteria and introducing their very own AR filters to Instagram stories!

Instagram:

Today, we’re introducing face filters in the camera, an easy way to turn an ordinary selfie into something fun and entertaining. Whether you’re sitting on the couch at home or you’re out and about, you can use face filters to express yourself and have playful conve…

These four games feature hectic comedy gameplay and are now free on iOS

May 15, 2017
The kind of games that makes you adapt to crazy control schemes and game rules by design can result in a lot of fun. That is, of course, if they’re done right. QWOP is a great example. It’s frustrating, it’s hard to grasp, you can barely walk a few meters, but it’s still insanely fun.

So, in case you like such clever video game adaptations of otherwise mundane tasks, you will probably like the work of Otto-Ville Ojala. He has so far released four games for iOS, all of them with clever gameplay mechanics that are probably the most unique we’ve seen in local multiplayer titles. And, currently, …

Join the discussion: Swiftkey or iOS keyboard?

May 15, 2017
Some people prefer the iOS keyboard, but others are a fan of Swiftkey: what about you? Join the discussion in the forums and share your opinion!

You probably already know that there are a ton of different keyboards you can use on your iPhone and iPad! Whether you’re a big fan of downloading different alternatives to the standard like Swiftkey, or you prefer to stick to the iOS keyboard, there are plenty of options for typing your texts and emails in style.

But if you had to pick, would you go for the iOS keyboard or Swiftkey? (Or another option altogether?)

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Miss Daredevil
05-14-2017 02:54 PM

Which one is better in your opinion and why?

I like the iOS one but it annoys me that I can’t customize it.
Reply

Some people say because they used Swiftkey on Android, they were more than happy to install and use it on iOS …

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Lee_Bo
05-14-2017 04:30 PM

Nokia 3310 (2017) arriving in India on May 18 for less than $50

The Nokia 3310 (2017) is coming to make feature phones great again. HMD unveiled the device in February, and finally, the market release is near. The device will be released in India on Thursday for the price of INR3,310 or around $46.

The phone will be sold in India in all four colors – Warm Red and Bright Yellow with a gloss finish on the back, and Dark Blue and Grey with a matte back. It will be distributed in offline stores only.

Since the Nokia 3310 (2017) is made in India, its price is lower than in Europe. The feature phone appeared on a German retailer’s website Saturn.de…

Samsung teases major new features in the upcoming Tizen 3.0 OS

May 15, 2017

Samsung’s Tizen OS does seem to make waves everywhere it’s available across the globe, even if that means just several emerging markets. The more recent Tizen-related news is the announcement of a new smartphone, the Samsung Z4.

The new Samsung Z4 would be the first smartphone to ship with Tizen 3.0 operating system right out of the box. Tizen 3.0 OS hasn’t been officially released for any other smartphones yet, but its launch seems imminent.

To keep the momentum after the unveil of the Z4, Samsung is now teasing some of the new features coming with Tizen …

HTC U11 first camera comparison versus the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6

May 15, 2017

After making weird and not-at-all successful experiments with smartphone cameras in the past, HTC is making sure its new flagship does not skimp in this vital area. The HTC U11 arrives with a 12MP main camera that has a really large F1.7 aperture, DualPixel autofocus, 1.4μm pixels that sound rather promising for low-light performance, and optical image stabilization as a cherry on top. You read that right, there is no laser autofocus aboard as HTC has opted for the DualPixel autofocusing technology.

Hardware-aside, HTC wants to woo wanna-be smartphone photographers …