The End of Windows Phone

Mac Rumors:

Today, Microsoft is ending support for Windows Phone 8.1, effectively marking the end of the “Windows Phone” era.

The Windows Phone Tile user interface to this day, is still the most visually impressive user interface I have ever seen on any platform. Microsoft just left it too late to get traction in the market.

Improvements and Changes Spotted in Latest iOS 11 Beta 3

MacRumors:

– iPad App Switcher – When closing an app, the swipe to close gesture has been restored. Previously, it was necessary to hold down on an app and tap the “x” to close it when using the iPad’s App Switcher interface.

– SOS – When using Apple’s emergency alert feature, an SOS that’s canceled will no longer send out notifications.

– Files app – OS X Server and Dropbox have been added to the Files app on the iPhone and the iPad as new Locations.

– TV Providers – Comcast, Cox, AT&T U-verse, Verizon Fios, Time Warner Cable, and more are all listed as new providers in the TV Providers section of the Settings app in iOS 11 beta 3, and they appear to allow users to take advantage of Single sign-on.

– Notification Center – There’s no need to swipe a second time to see “Earlier Today” notifications in the Notification Center. All notifications are shown on the first downward swipe to get to the Lock Screen/Notification Center. In previous betas, you needed to swipe down to see unread notifications and then swipe up again to see earlier notifications. Beta 3 simplifies the Notification Center.

– iCloud Messages – The syncing feature that uploads your iMessages to iCloud in iOS 11 now lets you know how many messages still need to be uploaded.

– Screen Recording – When you 3D Touch the Screen Recording button in the Control Center, there’s a new option to start a broadcast. Right now, the feature works like a standard screen recording and saves a video to the Camera Roll, but it could perhaps integrate with third-party apps in the future for automatic uploads.

– Music – When a song is playing in the Music app, tapping the song name from the Control Center will once again open the Music app.

Notification Center here is the standout improvement. There were some grumblings in regards to how it was over complicating the notifications so it’s good that Apple appear to have improved and simplified this feature.

10-second automatic toothbrush On Kickstarter

The Telegraph:

A hands-free toothbrush that takes just 10 seconds to clean teeth could save people hours every year. 

The Amabrush looks a bit like a mouth guard and can brush teeth automatically. Users place it in their mouths and press a button. The device then dispenses toothpaste and vibrates for 10 seconds, long enough to clean every tooth, according to the creators. 

“Even in this 10 seconds, every tooth surface is cleaned longer compared with common toothbrushes,” the makers said on Kickstarter. “If you brush your teeth for the recommended 120 seconds with a regular toothbrush, every surface gets brushed for just 1.25 seconds. Amabrush brushes all your surfaces for the whole 10 seconds.”

Kickstarter has received a bad rap recently, but I have to admit, I like the look of this idea. Backed and hoping it delivers.

Spotify Premium Users Can Now Adjust Track Playback Position From the iOS Lock Screen

MacRumors:

Spotify has quietly added the ability for users to adjust the playback position of the currently playing track directly from the iOS lock screen.

The option to adjust the progress of a playing track – also known as audio scrubbing – from the lock screen has been a feature of Apple’s native Music app for some time, but the ability has been missing from Spotify until very recently

It’s worth noting that only Spotify Premium subscribers can scrub tracks, so users on the Free ad-supported tier won’t see any change to their lock screen when playing tracks via the app.

Samsung’s doomed Galaxy Note 7 to go back on sale

The Telegraph:

Samsung will start selling a refurbished version of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone this week after an embarrassing recall over exploding batteries rocked the tech giant last year.

The recall of millions of Galaxy Note 7 devices cost the world’s largest smartphone maker billions of dollars in lost profits and hammered its global reputation.

The damage to their reputation as far as this particular handset is done. They should take the hit and move on – not ask customers to trust them with a new battery for this device just because they have stock to clear. Good luck with selling it Samsung.

Jailbreaking pioneers say iPhone jailbreaking is dead

Cult of Mac:

“What do you get in the end?” Jay Freeman asks Motherboard in the interview. “It used to be that you got killer features that almost were the reason you owned the phone. And now you get a small minor modification.”

The death of jailbreaking has been caused by a four things of things: 1) Apple’s increased security has made it harder, 2) If a hacker does find a vulnerability they can make up to $1 million selling it. 3) Most of the best jailbreakers have moved onto high paying security jobs. 4) If you can jailbreak an iPhone, you’re exposing it to security vulnerabilities.