Tuesday, July 3, 2018

iOS 12 Developer Beta 3, Now Available

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iOS Developer Beta 12 includes several significant changes for iPhone and iPad including performance improvements, especially on older devices 

ARKit 2.0 with shared experiences, refined search and sharing in Photos, more Siri access in third party apps and Siri Shortcuts based on Workflow, updates to Stocks, Voice Memos, Apple Books, and Apple News, management features including updates to Do Not Disturb, more manageable notifications, and Screen Time parental controls, Memoji in Messages, and FaceTime up to 32 users.

Other notable changes in iOS Developer Beta 3 includes:

  • Clear All Notifications now has a springy animation
  • Can now swipe to clear alerts in one swipe (like iOS 11)
  • Apple Watch Face Gallery now only highlights new Siri watch face updates (previously showed watchOS 4 faces)
  • Voice Memos for iPad redesigned
  • FaceTime effect picker tweaked
  • CarPlay appears to be fixed when using side and backup cameras
  • Watch app now shows third party apps that work with Siri watch face
  • 11 Activity app stickers that animate and do not require Special Challenge to unlock

To download Apple's iOS 12 public beta hit the source link here.

Google Rolls Out Android P Developer Preview 4

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Google's Android P Developer Preview Beta 4 is available now if you have a Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, and Essential PH-1. Today Google has announced Android P Beta 4, an early release candidate build which comes with near final system behaviors.

The official Android P APIs have been finalized with the previous Android P Beta and Android P Beta 4 seems to be all about bug fixes and minor improvements. No major new features have been added in the newest Android P Beta, Google keeps on polishing the software ahead of its graduation from beta to stable which is said the released in August or September.

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System images are up for grabs if you want to manually flash your Pixel's or Essential PH-1. If you've been running Android P Beta 2 on your device you'll see an over the air update notification in the next few days. If you haven't joined Google's Android Beta Program and want to do so now head on over to the Android P Beta source link below. Once you enroll a supported device you'll receive an OTA update that will install the latest beta.

Source: Android Beta Program, Essential PH-1 Developer Beta

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Comcast Announced A $65 Billion Bid For Twenty First Century Fox

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Comcast announced a $65 billion bid for Twenty First Century Fox units that are currently in agreement to be acquired by Disney.

The bid announced Wednesday represents a 19 percent premium to Disney's offer. Comcast, the parent of CNBC offered $35 a share in cash.

Disney agreed in December to buy the majority of Fox for $52.4 billion in stock. The deal included Fox's movie studios, networks National Geographic and FX, Star TV, stakes in Sky, Endemol Shine Group and Hulu, as well as regional sports networks.

"These are highly strategic and complementary businesses, and we are in our minds the right buyer," Comcast's CEO Brian Roberts said on a call with investors.

In a letter to Fox's board and members of the Murdoch family released earlier, Roberts said, "We were disappointed when Fox decided to enter into a transaction with The Walt Disney Company even though we had offered a meaningfully higher price." He went on to say, "We are pleased to present a new, all cash proposal that fully addresses the Board's stated concerns with our prior proposal."

Comcast is planning for an increased bid from Disney that may include a cash component according to people familiar with the matter. Comcast believes it is better suited to offer cash because the market allows for a higher leverage ratio from a cable company with strong cash flows than a media company like Disney, which is accustomed to carrying lower leverage ratios the people said. A Disney bid with cash will also diminish the tax benefits for the Murdoch family, which controls Fox.

Source: The Verge

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Essential Phone’s Second Module, The Audio Adapter HD With MQA Certification

This new Essential PH-1 Audio Adapter HD module attaches to the back of the Essential PH-1 just like the 360 camera, while adding a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Audio Adapter HD module can power high impedance headphones with an “audiophile grade” amp. No pricing is available yet, and Essential says that it’s coming “this summer.”

Along with that new Audio Adapter HD Essential is also releasing MQA certification for the Essential Phone today. The latest Essential PH-1 software update enables support for Master Quality Authenticated or MQA lossless audio. This allows users to hear music the way the artist intended at the highest possible quality, all while keeping the file size to a minimum.

Essential is also partnering with TIDAL to offer users a 3 month free subscription to existing and new Essential PH-1 owners. New Essential PH-1 buyers can get a free set of the company’s USB-C earbuds included with new device purchases.

Source: Essential via Twitter

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Android P Beta 1, Now Available For Essential PH-1

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Android P Beta 1 has been released by Essential. Android P Beta 1 update is available via OTA, you need to have Android P Developer Beta installed to receive Android P Beta 1. Essential says the update will move Android P from a Developer Preview to a Beta. While this doesn’t mean it’s quite ready for general consumer use, it does signal that the build will be a lot more stable.

Android P Beta 1 includes the final Android P APIs and an updated SDK. While Essential owners can install the update keep in mind that it's aimed more toward's developers, and could be buggy. 

The Android P Beta 1 for the Essential Phone will include the following:

Google Security Patches 2018-06
Latest Google Android P code integration
Improved adaptive brightness range
Increased stability

If you're interested in loading Android P Beta 1 on your Essential PH-1 hit up settings, system update and grab Essential's Android Beta 1.

Source: Essential via Twitter, Essential Developer blog

Android P Developer Preview Beta 2, Now Available For Google's Pixel Handsets

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Android P Developer Preview Beta 2 has been released by Google. Android P Developer Preview Beta 2 devices include the Google Pixel, Google Pixel XL, Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. To receive the update OTA you need to enroll your Pixel in the Android Beta Program by following the source link OTA/flash. You can also flash the factory image if your Pixel has an unlocked bootloader. 

Android P Developer Preview Beta 2 includes the final Android P APIs and an updated SDK. While Pixel owners can install the update keep in mind that it really is aimed at developers only, and could be buggy. 

If you're interested in loading Android P Developer Preview Beta 2 on your Pixel device via an OTA update or flashing it using a factory image, click on the source links.

One major change includes the "clear all" button once you swipe to the left while in the app switcher. The update also includes the June 5, 2018 Android security patch.

If you don't have a Pixel, keep checking in. Google could soon release the Android P developer preview beta 2 to non-Pixel devices such as the OnePlus 6, Essential Phone, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, Sony Xperia XZ2, Nokia 7 Plus, Oppo R15 Pro, Vivo X21 and the Vivo X21 UD.

Source: Android Developer blogGoogle Android Beta Program

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Apple Releases iOS 11.4, macOS 10.13.6, watchOS 4.3.1, And tvOS 11.4

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Apple pushes updates to iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS. Bring with it AirPlay 2, stereo pairing for HomePod, Messages in iCloud, and more.

Below is a rundown of what's new in iOS 11.4. 

AirPlay 2
Originally announced at WWDC 2017 AirPlay 2 is Apple's latest update for streaming audio and video from an iOS device or Mac to compatible receivers. AirPlay 2 allows for play audio through multiple AirPlay 2 speakers at once.

Apple's HomePod speaker will gain support for AirPlay 2 and multi-room audio with iOS 11.4. Other speaker makers including Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, and Libratone will be offering AirPlay 2 compatible speakers and releasing software updates to bring the technology to compatible older products.

Messages in iCloud
Another feature originally announced back at WWDC 2017, Message in iCloud securely stores your  iMessages or standard SMS texts in iCloud, preserving and syncing your Messages history between your iOS and macOS devices.

In addition to keeping everything in sync Messages in iCloud has a couple of other benefits. First, you only have to delete a message thread once, no more deleting on every individual device you have. Also, when setting up a new device, all of your messages will be there for you whether or not you want to restore from a backup.

HomePod improvements
iOS 11.4 adds new HomePod specific improvements.

Also available with iOS 11.4 is the ability to link two HomePods as a stereo pair. This will allow an even larger soundscape for your audio as well as more immersive audio for pairing your HomePod with your Apple TV.

You can now create and interact with calendar events using Siri on your HomePod as well.

Other updates
Teachers can now assign reading activities to their students in iBooks using the Schoolwork app
Fixes for CarPlay audio distortion
Fixes for problems encountered when trying to access files in Google Drive, Docs, and Gmail in Safari.

Source: Apple

Monday, May 28, 2018

Motorola Nexus 6 Gets New Android 7.1.1 Update, For Those On Android 7.0

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Google had an issue with an Android update for the Motorola Nexus 6. The device was being updated to Android 7.1.1 but issues with the update is that Android Pay was broken. In order to quickly fix this problem Google pushed an OTA update that simply reverted users back to Android 7.0.

More than a year later, Google has pushed a new OTA to Motorola Nexus 6 users that brings the phone up to Android 7.1.1. 

Even so, the discontinued Motorola Nexus 6 is no longer receiving updates from Google, it now known the Motorola Nexus 6 will not be updated past the new Android 7.1.1 update and no longer receives security updates.

Source: Motorola Nexus 6 OTA images

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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Essential Reportedly Cancels Second Phone, Potentially Up For Sale

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Essential Products is not currently for sale, however cancels plans to develop a new phone. The company has hired a financial firm in order to help advise it on a potential sale or merger. 

Rumor's say Essential has already received interest from one possible buyer. Essential, part of Andy Rubin's Playground Global announced the Essential Phone at about this time last year. The phone was unique thanks to its ceramic design, all screen face, and magnetic mod system. The phone was sold by Sprint in the U.S., and unlocked directly from Essential. 

The $700 device struggled to find buyers due to poor camera and call performance. Bloomberg's sources suggest as few as 150,000 Essential phones have sold since its August 2017 launch. Essential raised around $300 million in funding and spent about $100 million of it developing the Essential Phone. The company is exploring a sale of the entire company, including hardware, patents, a smart home product, and a camera attachment for the phone. 

It's not clear what might happen to Essential's employees. Andy Rubin is known for developing the initial Android platform. In the email, obtained by The Information, Rubin said his company Essential which recently canceled plans for developing a new smartphone in favor of developing other products such as a smart speaker said the company is “working with bankers to raise money.” 

He suggested an acquisition might be part of such discussions. Essential has raised more than $300 million.

Source: Twitter