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Android made downloading from Google Play much easier

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One of the more tedious tasks for Android users is updating apps. That’s because Google Play requires you to re-download an entire app in order to experience the latest patches. Fortunately, things are about to change, and it’s thanks to a technique called file-by-file patching.

The concept sounds a lot like the “middle-out” algorithm explained in the popular HBO series Silicon Valley, wherein data is saved during the download process using high-tech methods to compress and decompress files for better optimization.

Sounds complicated? Let’s dumb it down a bit by using the source’s analogy:

Imagine you are an author of a book about to be published, and wish to change a single sentence — it’s much easier to tell the editor which sentence to change and what to change, rather than send an entirely new book. In the same way, patches are much smaller and much faster to download than the entire APK.

This leads to an average of 65 percent smaller downloads when updating apps for users; in some instances, savings can hit as high as 90 percent.

Android’s developers have applied the technique to Google Play-supported apps, and consumers should see the difference soon — once the app developers themselves apply the code to their own software.

You can read more about the development process at the Android’s Developers blog, but be warned, it can get a little too in-depth.

As a reminder, updating apps is vital in keeping your device in top condition. By having the latest patches, you’re less prone to security breaches and the possibility of a single app slowing down your whole phone. Make it a habit to frequently check for updates, or turn on notifications from Google Play so you won’t miss a thing.

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Pokémon Go will drop old iPhones that don’t support iOS 11

You must upgrade to play!

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Bad news for Pokémon Go trainers out there with an old iPhone. If the “battery-gate” fiasco is not enough to make you upgrade, this announcement might force you if you want to keep on playing.

Niantic announced its plans to drop support for iOS devices that can’t be updated to iOS 11. Primarily, these are iPhones and even iPads released in or before 2013. They are the following:

  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (1st generation)
  • iPad 2

The anticipated update will take effect starting February 28, 2018. After that date, Trainers using Apple devices that can’t be updated to iOS 11 will no longer be able to log in, catch Pokémon, and use their PokéCoins or other items. They must switch to a supported device to continue playing.

Niantic stated that the change is a result of improvements to Pokémon Go which push the game ahead of the capabilities of old iPhones and iPads.

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6 free VPN apps for Android and iOS

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If you’re connecting to a public Wi-Fi, it’s best to use a virtual private network or VPN to mask your IP address and avoid security risks. A VPN creates a secure, encrypted “tunnel” over the internet between your device and any website or app you are trying to access.

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Zalora pop-up store is a shopping and Instagram haven

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In 2017, shopping looks different. With a few swipes and taps on your smartphone, you can have anything delivered to your doorstep.

Zalora, a company of Global Fashion Group, is pushing the envelope and blurring the lines between online and offline shopping. (more…)

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