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iOS 11.0.2 is now out to give your ears a break

iOS 11.0.2 is now out to give your ears a break

No software is without bugs and Apple is no longer the exception. It has become common, similar to other major software releases, to advise users to hold off for a week or two before updating to the latest iOS version. Of course, that didn't stop eager beavers, some of whom may have paid the price in the form of some annoying crackling sound coming from the phone ear speakers. Never fear, because the software fix is finally here. And, yes, this is the one time you might want to immediately download and install that update.

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Instagram Stories now let you poll your friends

Instagram Stories now let you poll your friends

Another day, another Instagram Stories update. Instagram has been seemingly launching new features for Stories left and right, and just when you might think that it's running out of new things to implement, it comes right back and introduces polls. Beginning today, you can poll your friends in Instagram Stories and see the results of your poll in real time.

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Nike+ Run Club app update heralds arrival of Apple Watch 3 model

Nike+ Run Club app update heralds arrival of Apple Watch 3 model

You don't have a third gen Apple Watch yet and are still mulling over buying it. If you're any type of sports buff and swear by Nike's philosophy, then the athletic brand's Nike+ app may have just given you a few reasons. The Nike+ Run Club app has just gotten a major feature boost and while many of those can be enjoyed on any old Apple Watch, for best results, you might want to get an Apple Watch 3 instead.

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Apple releases kernel source code for iOS, ARM macOS

Apple releases kernel source code for iOS, ARM macOS

While it doesn't have as aggressive a stance against open source as the old Microsoft did, Apple has never really been seen as an open source-friendly company. Which is somewhat ironic considering some of its core foundations are built on open source software, like the BSD kernel and the KHTML engine used by WebKit. So it's not exactly a small thing, though not exactly huge either, that Apple just released the kernel source code for iOS. What's more interesting, however, is that Apple also released the source code for macOS kernel for the ARM architecture.

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iPhone 8 Plus battery expansion: Apple investigating details

iPhone 8 Plus battery expansion: Apple investigating details

It would appear that the iPhone 8 Plus may have a manufacturing problem on its hands - maybe, possibly. Two and possibly three separate events seem to have appeared in which the iPhone 8 Plus's display has popped up from its sides. Sort of like a warped piece of wood popping up from a outdoor deck, or a plastic tupperware container filled with to the brim with corn kernels and placed in a microwave. Something's got to give.

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Blizzard’s Battle.net mobile app lets you chat about Orcs on the go

Blizzard’s Battle.net mobile app lets you chat about Orcs on the go

Blizzard's Battle.net app is making the jump to mobile devices. Though most Blizzard fans are already deeply familiar with the Battle.net desktop app, the company wants to ensure that your friends list - and your window into what those friends are playing - is never out of reach. Notably, this app is launching on mobile devices just in time for next month's Destiny 2 PC launch.

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iPhone 8 crackling earpiece fix coming, iOS 11.0.1 rolling out

iPhone 8 crackling earpiece fix coming, iOS 11.0.1 rolling out

To some, Apple might be losing its touch. In the past, each release and each new device underwent stringent tests to ensure that the user’s first experience would be as flawless and as pleasurable as possible. Now it seems that, just like any other company, new Apple products are exhibiting growing pains. This includes issues like crackling audio from the earpiece of the iPhone 8 as well as several major bugs on iOS 11. Fortunately, fixes are on the way or are already here.

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This iOS 11 setting isn’t new, but it is essential

This iOS 11 setting isn’t new, but it is essential

It's not strictly new, but this iOS setting just changed the way I use apps, download apps, and keep apps to use in the future. This isn't the way I used to do things - I'd usually test and app until a "would you PLZ rate our app, THX" popup occurred, then I'd delete the app immediately. But that's no longer the deal, per Apple's new rules and this one setting. What we'll find out now is if this setting and these rules have the gas to change the way apps get rated by everyday average users.

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Pokemon GO is down and this time it’s serious

Pokemon GO is down and this time it’s serious

Amid login issues aplenty, this morning Pokemon GO was declared officially down and out for several hours. This is the first time in about a year that the service was down for more than an hour or two - and this time it appears to be relatively serious. This time the Pokemon-based adventure app is having trouble with login and, for those that log in, the entire Pokemon GO universe seems to be barren.

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Google Assistant is now on LG’s smart appliances

Google Assistant is now on LG’s smart appliances

Earlier this year, we heard that LG had plans to bring Google Assistant to its range of smart appliances. It appears that today is the day for that functionality to go live. LG revealed this morning that its roster of 87 WiFi-connected smart appliances can now talk to Google Assistant through Android, iOS, and Google Home.

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WhatsApp blocked in China

WhatsApp blocked in China

It would appear that WhatsApp has caused China enough trouble that the government has blocked the app's usage entirely. This comes after weeks of smaller blocks within the app, including voice chats, the sending of photographs and other files, and video chats. Now Nadim Kobeissi, an applied cryptographer at Symbolic Software, suggests that China's blocked all communication with WhatsApp entirely, starting this week.

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Apple dumps Bing for Google

Apple dumps Bing for Google

Apple is making a small yet important change to the way search works on iOS, Mac, and Siri today. When you perform a web search within Siri, iOS Search, or Spotlight on Mac, you'll now see results from Google, as Apple has made it the new default search provider. Previously, the default search engine those services used was Bing from Microsoft.

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