PhoneArena - News 30 March 2018

OnePlus co-founder deletes "Learn to love the notch" patronizing tweet

OnePlus has officially revealed the first picture of its upcoming OnePlus 6 phone and lo and behold, it will have a notch quite similar to that of the iPhone X.And while we have nothing against notches, it seems that OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei went a bit overboard with his attempts to justify a new-found love for the notch and has now deleted a somewhat patronizing tweet from two days ago:Learn to love the notch ;) https://t.co/Rd9lkcksJV— Carl Pei (@getpeid) March 28, 2018Pei tweeted a provocative "learn ...

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Best smartphones to buy from Verizon

When it comes to buying a smartphone, there's a huge list of devices to choose from. Today's market is flooded with handsets spread across different price tiers and niche sectors. Then, we have mobile carriers offering various discounts, deals, or monthly payment plans to make the purchase of that one expensive handset that much easier for the customer.One of these carriers Verizon Wireless... you know — only the largest wireless telecommunications provider in the US currently. Chances are, you may be looking to sign a new contract with Verizon and may be wondering which of their ...

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T-Mobile's April Fools' day joke pays homage to an iconic smartphone

T-Mobile has revealed it's April Fools' Day joke in advance, and it's a great giggle.After it almost had us last year with the T-Mobile ONEsie – the full-body costume that was supposed to enhance your tech life – the company is trying to catch us off-guard once again by launching it's April Fools' Joke two days prior. What is it this time, you may ask. Well, it's another wearable with smart capabilities called the T-Mobile Sidekicks – the successor of the T-Mobile Sidekick smartphone. Best described as "smartshoephone", the Sidekicks ...

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iOS 11.3 Battery Health and Performance Throttling: what is it exactly?

One of the biggest new features in iOS 11.3 is a more advanced long-term battery health monitoring and the option to disable performance throttling, but how do you use these features and what do the numbers there mean?It all started with an issue that affected iPhone SE, 6, 6s and 7 series of devices with older batteries. Those devices would unexpectedly start shutting down when an intensive app runs and to fix that issue Apple decided to quietly slow down the performance of these phones to avoid those peaks in power usage. This, however, resulted in phones running much slower ...

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Apple iOS 11.4: here is all we know so far

iOS 11.3 is already out and Apple has now officially confirmed that there will be at least one more point iOS 11 update and that would be iOS 11.4.This is the first point-four update for iOS software in years, as the last one actually happened with iOS 8 way back in 2014. Then, Apple introduced Apple Music to iOS, which was quite a big announcement, so don't rule out major features for this upcoming update either. Usually, Apple limits itself to less than five point updates, so iOS 11.4 is also expected to be the last major iOS 11 update before the big announcement of iOS ...

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Google Play Books gets a slew of audiobook features

After the recent introduction of audiobooks to Google Play, Google is now expanding the available features to improve user experience and better match offerings from Audiable and iBooks. The update is out for the Android, iOS, and Google Assistant-enabled devices.Users can now add bookmarks to their audiobooks, allowing them to revisit favorite portions of the books at any time. Just tap the bookmark icon while you're listening, and this will create a marker that you can always come back to. Another neat new feature comes in the form of more granular ...

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Under Armour MyFitnessPall app hacked, exposing data of 150 million user accounts

Sports apparel company Under Armour has gained quite the popularity in the past few years and you've probably noticed that. It now competes with the top dogs of the industry, including Nike, Adidas, and Puma. Under Armour also offers a fitness app and service called MyFitnessPal. It tracks your calorie income, has info about numerous diets and fitness programs, you get the idea. Now, before you call us SportsArena (actually, that sounds somewhat compelling) let's go straight to the topic – it turns out MyFitnessPal has been hacked, resulting in the breach of 150 million accounts. Yikes. The ...

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iOS 11.3 leaves AirPlay 2 out

The new iOS 11.3 update is here and it brings new battery health info, ARKit with support for vertical surfaces, business chat and health records in the US, and other improvements, but one important feature that was expected to come with this update, did not make it: we are talking about AirPlay 2.AirPlay 2 appears prominently on Apple's official iOS page, but the feature has been removed from iOS 11.3 beta 3 and has not made it in the final software either.With AirPlay 2, you will be able to wirelessly stream audio from an iPhone or iPad to multiple ...

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iOS 11.3: here is a full changelog and all compatible devices

Starting today, you can download iOS 11.3 for your iOS devices and get all the new features that come with it: the new battery health info, ARKit with support for vertical surfaces, business chat and health records in the US, and other improvements.We have already told you about the major new iOS 11.3 features here, but if you want to know all the features including the smaller ones, you need to look at the full changelog for this update.Right below, you will find just that: everything that is new with a very short explanation by Apple itself. This information ...

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Verizon rolls out Android 8.0 Oreo to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Although Samsung promised to bring Android 8.0 Oreo to Galaxy Note 8 smartphones in the United States in 2-3 weeks, it appears that some carriers have already decided to push out the update.AT&T was the first US carrier to roll out Android 8.0 Oreo for the Galaxy Note 8, and now it looks like Verizon is next. Reports coming from Verizon Galaxy Note owners suggest the Big Red has just started the Android 8.0 Oreo roll-out.The carrier hasn't yet updated the phone's support page, but the size of the update (1GB+) somewhat confirms that this is indeed the highly-anticipated Android ...

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New scam baits Android users into signing for weekly subscription fees, beware!

Scammers have once again proved their ingenuity by cleverly exploiting the Google Play Store's mechanics. An Android game going by the name of Pingu Cleans Up, the purpose of which is to customize your virtual penguin, has been fooling unsuspecting users into subscribing for a €5.49 ($6.76) weekly subscription fee. As usual with those, you have to manually cancel the subscription for it to go away, otherwise it will continue steadily drawing funds from your linked credit card on a weekly basis while you're none the wiser. Here's how the scam works: upon installing ...

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Apple releases iOS 11.3 software update: battery health tool, new animoji and more

Starting today, Apple has released the latest iOS 11.3 software update and millions of iPhones will be updated with new features like a battery health tool, new animoji, newer version of Apple ARKit, business chat and more.To manually start the update, unlock your iOS device and go into Settings > General > Software update.There, you will see the iOS 11.3 software update, a big update weighing 2.18GB. Make sure you are connected to a Wi-Fi network and grab a cup of coffee or do something around the house as it will take a while for the update ...

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