Apple’s iOS 11 & tvOS 11 are available for download now

A giant step for iPhone.
A monumental leap for iPad.

iOS 11 sets a new standard for what is already the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. It makes iPhone better than before. It makes iPad more capable than ever. And now it opens up both to amazing possibilities for augmented reality in games and apps. With iOS 11, iPhone and iPad are the most powerful, personal, and intelligent devices they’ve ever been

The new iOS 11 update has been made available overnight. A 2GB download it will of course require you to have double that space available on your upgrading device. The update comes ahead of the release of the iPhone 8, available this Friday.

tvOS11, available to update through the Apple TV’s “System” icon introduces a number of new features as well as 4K support for the release of Friday’s Apple TV 4K.

The fantastic gents at 9to5mac have a great guide detailing all the new features available in tvOS11.


Source: iOS 11 – Apple


Australia’s vending and parking machines wont be ready for the new $10 note

Many of the estimated 100,000 plus vending machines that operate in Australia will unlikely be ready to accept Australia’s new $10 banknote when it enters circulation this week, according to the national vending association.

Meanwhile, the operators of pokies, betting terminals, parking meters, ATMs, change machines, self-service checkouts and car washes are racing to get their equipment ready to accept the note on time.

Let this be a warning to you before you shove your fancy pants new $10 note into some machine and it doesn’t like it, or even worse eats it!

Coles & Woolies both think they’re ready with their self serve checkout after completely missing the boat with the $5 update.

Not sure who carries cash or pays with it at a machine these days anyway? I’ll do a single poll of my mum to make a blanket comment about the 60+ crowd and get back to you all.

Source: The hidden cost of the new $10 note – Finance – Software – iTnews

Samsung release update to disable Bixby button

Samsung is finally allowing us to disable the Bixby button, to an extent. The latest Bixby updates add a new toggle which lets you decide whether or not Bixby Home should be launched when the dedicated button is pressed. This can also be configured from the Bixby settings menu.

Even Samsung see the writing on the wall for their assistant at this point surely? Sadly their update only lets you make the button completely dead instead of letting you re-map it to something useful. There is of course a bunch of 3rd party software out there in Android land that allows you to do this.

Later Dixby.

Source: [Update] Samsung finally lets us disable the Bixby button – SamMobile


The Sizzle explains Apple’s new eSIM and how much Aussie telcos will slug you for it

The new Series 3 Apple Watch with LTE built-in is kinda cool. Leave the iPhone at home and wander around with this mini computer on ya wrist that has network ability regardless of where you are – sounds nice! To make things easy, telcos have set up a “one number” system, where your iPhone SIM and eSIM inside the Apple Watch can receive calls and send messages on the same number. No need for an extra SIM – pretty cool.

What isn’t cool is what the telcos are charging for it.

We all knew they were going to charge you for it. Optus, one of the first to announce pricing, is guided by their rulers Singtel who’ve had this up and running for a year now. Love how they give you that free taste for a few months before sucking you in too.

Source: Telco plans for the Cellular Apple Watch are pathetic rent seeking garbage – The Sizzle


Nintendo announcements coming this Thursday

Nintendo Direct is coming soon! Join us for a global presentation on what’s heading to Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS family systems over the next few months, as well as an in-depth look at Super Mario Odyssey.

Apple aren’t the only kids on the block with a conference this week. Nintendo will hold a live streamed “Nintendo Direct” this Thursday morning at 8am AEST. Nice to be on a reasonable time for us Aussies for a change!

If Nintendo floats your boat you can tune in here to watch.

Source: Nintendo Direct

Devs call for action against PewDiePie after most recent brain-fart

PewDiePie, arguably one of the biggest YouTube stars ever, has found himself in hot water after dropping the N-word during a live stream of Players Unknown Battlegrounds.

Never too far from controversy Pew-Dick-Pie is at it again. His most recent “gaff”, dropping the N-word during a live stream, was said with such flippancy observers now believe the word must be one used often as a part of the streamer’s English vocabulary.

Denounced by many, some are taking it even further. Campo Santo co-founder Sean Vanaman submitting a DCMA takedown request to have the streaming celebrity’s play-through of their indie darling “Firewatch” removed from Youtube.

The video, which currently has 5.7M views, is acknowledged by Vanaman as something they likely benefitted from by reaching PewDiePie’s large audience. He goes on to “urge other developers” to do the same and “cut him off from the content that has made him a millionaire”.

Sadly PewDiePie’s largest audience is a young one. The domino effect of his unfiltered “commentary” is large and it’s clear the YouTubers has little regard for his responsibilities in creating content for a youthful audience.

This all comes off the back of his recent comments to further distance himself from being a Nazi after the Charlottesville protests. In his video statement he promised to stop joking about such issues due to recent events. It would seem all he’s done is shift his focus and continues to be an alleged bigot.

Source: PewDiePie drops N-word weeks after distancing himself from Nazism | Metro News

iOS 11 GM leak reveals all ahead of Apple announcements on Tuesday

The leaks from the iOS 11 GM continue this weekend. Following information such as a new Portrait Lighting feature and the iPhone X naming scheme, developers have now uncovered additional details on Face ID, the Camera app, and more.

The rumour is the leak was a “deliberate malicious act by a rogue Apple employee” according to Apple pet, Gruber. God help whoever it was if they get caught, I dare say their employment wont continue (if they’re still employed at all).

Anywho, iOS 11 pretty much tells us everything we needed to know about Tuesday. iPhone 8, & 8 Plus are coming, the big new boy will be iPhone X though, which will have the OLED screen and no Home Button. “Face ID” will be in all of them but in iPhone X don’t expect Touch ID to be under the glass.

In terms of software “Portrait mode” is getting a lighting overhaul and then there’s “Animoji” which will use the Face ID tech to map your own expression onto 3D emoji models for you messaging.

There’s an LTE version of the Apple Watch coming in series 3 as well as a new version of AirPods too.

Lastly the Apple TV’s 4K upgrade is pretty much in concrete too, but that really wasn’t a secret before hand was it?

Source: iOS 11 + iPhone X tidbits: Face ID interface and setup, Camera app adjustments, more | 9to5Mac