Monthly Archives: January 2016

Case for Apple iPad Air 3 surfaces revealing cutouts for quad-speakers and Smart Connector

In March, Apple will reportedly hold a media event during which it is expected to introduce the 4-inch Apple iPhone 5se, and a refreshed Apple Watch. The timepiece could come with Face Time capabilities. Another device that could see the light of day during the media event would be the tech titan’s next flagship tablet, the Apple iPad Air 3.

Despite the fact that Apple has yet to make the slate official, a case for the tablet has been spotted on the website of Chinese online retailer Alibaba. Examining it reveals that similar to the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro, the iPad Air 3 will offer four speakers, one near each corner of the slab. The case also features a cutout for the magnetic-powered “Smart Connector.” Also borrowed from the iPad Pro, the Smart Connector will allow the iPad Air 3 user to connect his slate to the Smart Keyboard accessory. Another cutout is made for the LED flash that will appear next to the rear camera on the tablet. And there is a cutout for a 3.5mm earphone jack in the upper left corner. As you probably know by now, the Apple iPhone 7 is expected to come to market without the earphone jack.

The iPad Air 3 will most likely carry a 9.7-inch screen, feature 4GB of RAM, and come with the Apple A9X SoC under the hood. That is the same chip that powers the iPad Pro. We also could see the iPad Air 3 support the Apple Pencil.

With less than two full months of Apple iPad Pro sales included in the company’s fiscal first quarter, the company reported that tablet sales had declined 25% year-over-year. Can a fully loaded Apple iPad Air 3 jump start Apple’s tablet business? We won’t know the answer to that question for months. It all starts when Apple first makes the tablet official in March.

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Netflix for Windows Phone receives update to exterminate some bugs

Just because the number of Windows Phone 8.1 users pales in comparison to the number of those using iOS or Android, it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be entitled to viewing videos on Netflix bug-free. That is why the video streamer has issued an update to its app for Windows Phone 8.1, taking it to version

While no changelist was disseminated along with the update, users had been complaining that they couldn’t log in after installing the Netflix app. Other issues have popped up relating to the Netflix feature that automatically plays the next episode while you’re binge watching your favorite television series. For example, let’s say you’re watching House and you’ve just finished viewing season two episode “Safe.” If you keep the app running, the very next episode from the same season, “All In,” will automatically start. 

The update should kill these bugs, allowing you to better enjoy viewing television shows, movies and documentaries on your handset. You can install the latest version of Netflix for Windows Phone 8.1 by clicking on this link.

source: Netflix via WMPoweruser

How to disable autoplay videos on Instagram (iOS and Android)

In the past year or so, many social networks gained the ability to automatically play videos when they enter the view. While many users appreciate the new feature, autoplay videos have also been met with intense criticism, with some going as far as to argue that the feature only exist to artificially inflate view counts.

Independent of personal takes on the user benefits of autoplay videos, the least that the developers can do is provide a simple straightforward way of turning off the feature completely. 

Aside from the fact that some may just not like the feature, there’s also a problem with data usage. See, the thing is that, since each video will be automatically loaded without user input, heavy social media users will see their data usage going up by a significant amount.

While most of its competitors allow users to completely disable autoplay videos, Instagram doesn’t. The most you can do is to make sure that videos are not pre-loaded when you’re on a data connection. Unfortunately, even this limited action lays hidden in the settings menu.

In what follows, we’ll show you how to disable autoplay videos on Instagram on both Android and iOS devices:

Step 1. Open Instagram, then go to your profile page by tapping the silhouette icon.

Step 2. You now have to enter the settings screen. To do this, tap the three vertical dots (the hamburger menu) on Android. On the iPhone, tap the cogwheel.

Step 3. In the settings screen, scroll down to the ‘Cellular Data Use’ section.

Step 4. Choose ‘Use Less Data’ to stop Instagram videos from pre-loading when you’re on your data connection. Note that your videos will still pre-load when you’re using a Wi-Fi connection.

This setting will also stop images from pre-loading when you open Instagram. More granular control over how Instagram uses your data would be nice to have, but that’s all we can do for the time being.

Feel free to rant about how Instagram makes it impossible to turn off autoplay videos altogether in the comment section below!

Samsung confirms February 21st unveiling for the Samsung Galaxy S7?

just as MWC was about to kick off in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

Today, confirmation that Sammy’s new flagship will be introduced on February 21st came from a pair of images tweeted by none other than Evan Blass. The first frame shows a partially opened box with #TheNextGalaxy overlaid on top. The next frame shows the same background image, but this time the date Feb 21, 2016 is overlaid on top. It isn’t clear where the images came from, but the implication is that they are from Samsung.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 should be accompanied by the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge at the Unpacked event. We expect the Samsung Galaxy S7 to feature a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560. Depending on where you hang your hat, the Exynos 8890 SoC or the Snapdragon 820 chipset will be under the hood. 4GB of RAM will be inside, along with a 3000mAh battery. A 12MP BRITECELL camera will adorn the back of the handset. The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge will carry a larger 5.5-inch, Super AMOLED screen with a QHD (1440 x 2560) resolution.

Some of the features that we saw on the Samsung Galaxy S5 that disappeared on the Samsung Galaxy S6, like IP67 certification for dust and water proofing, and a microSD slot, are expected to return on the Galaxy S7. 

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source: @evleaks