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Toggling Off Bluetooth & WiFi In iOS 11’s Control Center Doesn’t Fully Disable It

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

With Control Center, Apple is bringing users quick access to certain features of the operating system, like toggling on/off Bluetooth and WiFi. Now you would think that turning these features on/off via Control Center would do what it’s meant to do, but apparently that is not the case because despite being toggled off in Control Center, they aren’t fully disabled.

You might think that this is a bug but in a support document posted on Apple’s website, it seems that this was done on purpose. According to Apple, “In iOS 11 and later, when you toggle the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Center, your device will immediately disconnect from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories.”

However they note that Bluetooth and WiFi will continue to be available for use with certain features of the iOS device, such as AirDrop, AirPlay, Apple Pencil, Apple Watch, Continuity features, like Handoff and Instant Hotspot, Instant Hotspot, and Location Services. Users who want to fully disable Bluetooth and WiFi will have to go into the Settings menu to do so, and not via Control Panel.

We suppose this could be rather confusing for some users so it’s something to take note of if for whatever reason you want to fully disable Bluetooth or WiFi on your iOS device.

Toggling Off Bluetooth & WiFi In iOS 11’s Control Center Doesn’t Fully Disable It , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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iOS 11 Installed On 10% Of iOS Devices 24 Hours After Its Release

Tyler Lee September 20, 2017

Apple’s iOS 11 was released the other day and as expected, it seems that it did not take iOS users long to update their devices because according to a report from Mixpanel (via MacRumors), iOS 11 has since been installed on 10% of iOS devices after the first 24 hours of the update being released.

However this is considered “slow” compared to previous iOS releases. For example iOS 10 managed to hit an install base of 14.45% after the first 24 hours of release, while iOS 9 managed to hit 12.6%. As MacRumors notes, iOS 11 does not seem to have run into any installation issues unlike some previous iOS releases, but it seems that those bad experiences might be the reason behind the slightly slower adoption as some users might be holding out until the reviews are in, and any potential issues might have been addressed.

While iOS 11 is hardly a bug-free release, so far nothing major has been reported save for sending emails using the Mail app if you’re using Outlook.com or Exchange, but otherwise the update seems to be doing just fine. Also what’s worth noting is with iOS 11, Apple is dropping support for 32-bit apps.

This means that there could be some apps that are older and no longer updated that users still rely on which could be why they might be holding out from updating as well. It is possible that things could pick up later, especially with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the iPhone X being released.

iOS 11 Installed On 10% Of iOS Devices 24 Hours After Its Release , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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New Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet Gets 1080p Display, Price Cut

Adnan Farooqui September 19, 2017


Amazon today announced an all new version of its flagship Fire tablet. The new tablet finally brings a full HD 1080p display which is something customers have long been asking the company for. Amazon has also gone ahead and reduced the tablet’s price so those who are in the market for an inexpensive tablet should certainly check this one out.

The new Fire HD 10 tablet features a 10.1 inch full 1080p HD IPS LCD display. The company claims that it’s 30 percent faster compared to its predecessor as it has twice the amount of RAM.

This is the first model of this particular tablet to be powered by a quadcore processor. It’s coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Customers who want to spend a bit more can get the tablet with 64GB of onboard storage. External expansion is allowing through a microSD card.

Amazon promises that the new Fire HD 10 tablet is going to provide customers with up to 10 hours of mixed use battery life. It also claims that the tablet is more durable than the 10.5 inch iPad Pro, as measured in tumble tests.

The tablet features a 2 megapixel rear camera that can record 720p video. There’s a VGA camera on the front for video calling. A forked version of Android powers this tablet. It’s basically Android with a lot of customizations made on top of it by Amazon.

Alexa is onboard as well. It works hands-free too so it can basically double as an Echo speaker. Users can give it commands to control smart devices, set timers, look up information, and more.

Prices for the new Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet starts at $150. That’s $80 less than its predecessor. Amazon will start shipping the new tablet in the week of October 11th.

New Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet Gets 1080p Display, Price Cut , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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iOS 11 Update Now Available For iPhones And iPads

Tyler Lee September 19, 2017

About a week ago Apple confirmed that the iOS 11 update would be released on the 19th of September, and sure enough it has. For those who own compatible iOS devices, you will be pleased to learn that the update will be available for download today, so you can wait for your iOS device to prompt you, or you can go to your phone’s Settings -> General -> Software Update and try and pull it manually.

However if you don’t see it yet, you might have to wait since we expect that the rollout to all the markets around the world could take a while, so maybe give it a couple of hours and try again, but regardless its availability is still set for today. iOS 11 is the latest iOS update for iPhones and iPads and is the successor to last year’s iOS 10.

It will introduce a bunch of new features, such as a redesigned Control Center, a redesigned App Store, a new file manager (finally) that will allow iOS users to better manage their files, and there’s even a new Do Not Disturb mode that can be automatically be enabled while driving and can send automated replies to users during that time.

It will also feature an improved Siri and a new feature for Apple Pay that will let users send money to each other, although as previously noted this particular feature is only expected to arrive this fall.

iOS 11 Update Now Available For iPhones And iPads , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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iPad Pro Prices Quietly Raised By Apple

Adnan Farooqui September 13, 2017


Apple didn’t announce any new tablets at its event yesterday. It actually made no iPad-related announcements at the event. However, the company did raise prices for the iPad Pro quietly. This was discovered earlier today. The iPad Pro prices for some models have been raised by around $50.

Apple has quietly made the iPad Pro more expensive. The 256GB and 512GB models of the tablet have seen a price increase of $50 each. Apple launched the 10.5 inch Wi-Fi models of these tablets for $749 and $949 respectively earlier this year in June. You’ll now have to pay $799 and $999 for the same iPads.

The price increase isn’t just limited to the Wi-Fi only models. Apple has also made the cellular models more expensive as well. They previously cost $879 and $1,079 and will now be sold for $929 and $1,129 respectively.

Apple has not provided any reasoning for this quiet price increase but as it stands now if you want to buy an iPad Pro, this is what you’ll have to pay for it. The price increase has also been applied in other markets like Australia and Europe.

iPad customers who could buy the same tablets for less yesterday will now have to pay $50 more for the very same models starting today. They’re immediately available for purchase at the new price from Apple online and its retail stores.

iPad Pro Prices Quietly Raised By Apple , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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ZTE And AT&T To Launch Foldable Dual-Screen Tablet Soon

Adnan Farooqui September 5, 2017

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A new report today claims that AT&T and ZTE have teamed up to offer a tablet that’s quite different from the ones available in the market today. The two have reportedly been working on a dual-screen foldable tablet that unfolds into a 6.8 inch slate. According to the report, this device will be launched with the Axon Multy moniker.

This report comes from none other than Evan Blass or @evleaks who has been right on countless accounts in the past about his leaks.

He claims to have heard from a person brief about the new tablet that it’s going to be like a horizontal clamshell with it folding along its vertical axis. When the device hasn’t been folded out, the individual 1920×1080 pixel resolution display will sit on both the front and rear faces of the device.

When unfolded, the two displays will reportedly meet at the hinge to form a continuous display that measures 6.8 inches.

The full spec sheet of this tablet hasn’t been shared as yet but it’s reportedly going to feature the Snapdragon 820 processor from Qualcomm with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage alongside 3,102mAh battery.

AT&T will reportedly be the only carrier in the United States to sell this ZTE-made tablet in the country. It’s expected to be available starting next month for $650.

ZTE And AT&T To Launch Foldable Dual-Screen Tablet Soon , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Microsoft’s Canceled Surface Mini Tablet Images Leaked Again

Adnan Farooqui September 3, 2017


It was rumored many months ago that Microsoft was working on a “mini” variant of its Surface tablet. The company had such a tablet in the pipeline but it never ended up releasing it. The project was shelved for reasons best known to Microsoft. Some images of the Surface Mini were leaked online earlier this year and additional images have now surfaced giving us a good look at the canceled tablet.

The leaked marketing images for the Surface Mini come from Evan Blass aka @evleaks. They reveal that the Surface Mini would have had a 7.5 inch 1440×1080 pixel resolution display.

It would have been powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. The company was thinking of offering it in black, red, and blue colors.

Microsoft was reportedly going to launch the Surface Mini tablet alongside the Surface Pro 3 at its hardware event in May 2014.

However, it was reported soon after the Surface Pro 3 was announced that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop had decided to cancel the Surface Mini project weeks before the tablet’s launch.

It’s unclear if Microsoft is ever going to make a “mini” variant of its Surface tablets in the future. Given that it gave up on a similar project pretty late into the game, it’s unlikely that we’ll see the company try its hand at something like this again in the near future.

Microsoft’s Canceled Surface Mini Tablet Images Leaked Again , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Lenovo Home Assistant Pack Extends Tab 4 Tablet Capabilities

Hubert Nguyen August 31, 2017

#IFA2017, #ShowStoppersIFA – The Lenovo assistant is a specialized speaker that was created to turn Lenovo’s Tab 4 tablets (8 and 10 inches) into an always-on voice assistant powered by Amazon’s Alexa. At first, the idea may seem strange at first, but a full-on Amazon Echo costs $179.99, and the Echo Dot sells for $44.99, Lenovo would provide something in-between with better speaker performance for a price of $69.99.

Obviously, you need a tablet, but it is assumed that you are not buying one just to build a voice assistant. Since most people use their tablets at home, the Home Assistant Pack also serves as a charging station and a stand. In many cases, it’s not hard to imagine how having a speaker/stand could be useful in a room or living-room setting.

The speaker is not intelligent, and the tablet will do all the voice assistance heavy lifting, thanks to Amazon’s Alexa. It is also light (300 grams) and can be easily moved or transported. Although the most likely usage is to be at a fixed position.

The Lenovo Home Assistant Pack can take and process command exactly like an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot would. Lenovo has a Lenovo Kid’s Account feature that adds a layer of security and parental controls. The Kids feature also come with additional protection for the device and some colorful stickers to make things fun.

Teens and Adults also get a Lenovo Home Assistant Pack extension in the form of a (Bluetooth) keyboard that also doubles as a protective sleeve and a stand. In productivity mode, Lenovo has added special software in the shape of a taskbar and windows. Those features were introduced with the Lenovo Yoga Book, a tiny Android clamshell tablet.

In the end, if you already have a Tab 4 tablet, or are committed to have one, this could be an attractive option which gives you Echo-like features, while serving other purposes as well.

Lenovo Home Assistant Pack Extends Tab 4 Tablet Capabilities , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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AT&T Launches New Primetime Tablet

Adnan Farooqui August 21, 2017


AT&T today announced that it’s going to start selling a new tablet soon. This isn’t a tablet that AT&T is just going to carry for some other OEM. It’s the carriers own-brand tablet. Carriers in the United States have been shifting their attention to own-brand devices recently, with Verizon launching its Ellipsis tablets and T-Mobile coming out with its REVVL smartphone. AT&T has now announced its Primetime tablet.

As the name suggests, this tablet is aimed at those who want to consume media content on the go. It also takes advantage of AT&T’s ownership of DirecTV. The Primetime tablet has a TV mode which provides easy access to video apps like DirecTV and DirecTV Now with one swipe, a subscription is still required to access those video services, though.

As far as the hardware specifications go, the AT&T Primetime tablet has a 10.1 inch 1920×1200 pixel resolution LCD display, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 2GB of RAM, 32GB storage, Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and a 9,020mAh battery.

AT&T will start selling the Primetime tablet from August 25th for $10 per month on a 20 month term. Customers will also have the option to purchase it on a 2 year contract for $29.99.

LTE connectivity is supported and AT&T customers will be able to add the tablet to their existing plans for an additional $20 per month.

AT&T Launches New Primetime Tablet , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Microsoft Disagrees With Consumer Reports’ Findings

Tyler Lee August 11, 2017

Recently Consumer Reports announced that due to stability issues, they were no longer able to recommend Microsoft’s Surface series of tablets and laptops. Unsurprisingly Microsoft didn’t take too kindly to the report and in a blog post penned by Panos Panay, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Devices, he iterated that the company is standing by its products.

According to Panay, “While we respect Consumer Reports, we disagree with their findings. Surface has had quite a journey over the last few years, and we’ve learned a lot. In the Surface team we track quality constantly, using metrics that include failure and return rates – both our predicted 1-2-year failure and actual return rates for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are significantly lower than 25%.”

He also cites how customer satisfaction surveys have indicated that 98% of Surface Pro 4 owners and Surface Book owners are satisfied with their devices, and that the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro are still receiving “rave reviews”. For those hearing about this for the first time, Consumer Reports is claiming that the Surface series of devices are not stable, and that 25% of Surface owners were likely to face problems by the end of the second year of owning them.

That being said, this isn’t the first time that Consumer Reports has changed their mind when it comes to recommending a product, like they did last year for Apple’s MacBook Pros, but they did change their minds later, so perhaps it could be the same for Microsoft as well.

Microsoft Disagrees With Consumer Reports’ Findings , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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