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8 new Apple iOS 11 features that will rock your world

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In the last month, Apple brought us many wondrous things: a new iPhone which will cost an arm and a leg, improved ear pods that you’ll probably still lose, and a major iOS update.

Released today, iOS 11 is known as that Apple update which gives iPhone users a bunch of features most Android phones already have.

From the perspective of a loyal iPhone user who has recently just discovered the wondrous world of Android, I am pleased with the OS improvements but still very wary of the changes.

After giving the new OS a spin, here are my top features:

New look and feel

Who are you, iOS? This is not the iPhone interface I know and love! It looks neat and crisp but it’s something I am unfamiliar with. What is up with all the white space?

Different notification center and control screen

Apple iOS 11 notification screen

The lock screen and notification shade are now one and the same! The control center is unrecognizable — what are these button bubble things? Handy, yes, but this is not the iPhone I know and love!

ios11 control center

Additionally, the Apple gods have granted us the gift of the cellular data shortcut switch on the control center! Our prayers have finally been answered, people! This was years and years in the making.

There’s a Files folder now

Apple iOS 11 file folder

A File folder? On an iPhone? Blasphemous!

Apple iOS 11 navigating through file folder

The unassuming folder just sits there, magically, after you update your OS. This means a new way to sort your files and integrate your iCloud, as well as apps like Dropbox and Google Drive.

Taking screenshots has become more complex

Apple iOS 11 new screenshot system

Screenshots used to be simple: home + power button = screenshot.

Apple iOS 11 screenshots

The home and power button combo now gives you a mini-screenshot on the bottom left and a tap gives you options to edit it. This will definitely force me to revise my screenshot sending workflow.

Messy handwritten notes are now searcheable

iOS 11 search handwritten notes

Apple’s Notes function has always allowed for scribbles, but now you can turn your unintelligible handwriting into an organized mess. The new OS allows you to search the iPhone for things you’ve mindlessly jotted down.

Ruin photos with your doodles 

iOS 11 doodle on photos

No need for a third-party app for something we’re all prone to doing: doodling on perfectly good photos. Yes, world, make way for an increased number of vandalized photos!

Do Not Disturb While Driving is a thing

Do not disturb while driving on ios 11

This is a beautiful Apple innovation because the amazingly complex creatures that we are need reminding that we shouldn’t be texting while driving. This mode makes sure we have our eyes on the road by removing notifications and automatically responding to texts while driving.

Screen record is finally here!

iOS 11 screen record

Instant screen recording is now available for everyone to use and abuse.

ios 11 screen recording

You can enable this on your control center and instantly record whatever is on the screen. Yes, ladies and gents, this is straight up how you can record those Snaps your crush sent you.

As with every every big OS update in the history of iPhones, I resist it because it is unfamiliar. For now, I wallow in my distrust.

I would be remiss to admit, though, that with this update come things iPhone users have only dreamed about — until now. Paraphrasing the wise words of Rihanna: I hate that I love this OS so much. There are a lot of new, useful things packed into iOS 11 and though I applaud Apple for finally listening to its user’s needs, they probably could’ve done it earlier — not like it was impossible, as Android has so clearly shown.

Without a doubt, iOS 11 ushers existing users like yours truly into the new era of Apple’s user interface. And, as much as I resist this overhaul, I know well enough that it’s futile.

I mean, who are we kidding? It’s only a matter of time before we all (I mostly mean me) get used to these new features and actually end up liking them completely — it happens every time. And as iPhone fans the world over fall for Apple’s “groundbreaking” new interface, Android users scoff collectively. It’s just how the world works.

SEE ALSO: All about the iPhone 8 

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4 simple ways to improve battery life on your smartphone

You don’t need a power bank for this one

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Owning a smartphone has been a need for a lot of people over the past few years — not just for calling and texting your family and friends, but also helping you book a ride or take pictures. It’s essential that your phone is up and running at all times.

But, let’s say the night is still young and your phone’s battery is close to empty, say, around 25 percent left. You or your friends don’t have an available power bank, and there are no charging outlets in sight. You still need your phone to book an Uber or call your parents to tell them how you’re holding up. Say no more, because here are some tips on how you can make your phone last longer.

Force-close your apps

Let’s say you opened a ton of apps over the course of the day, and you kept them idle while using other apps in the process. Having a ton of idle apps open drains your battery despite just being in the background. Your phone is still using power from the battery to refresh your apps in the background, apart from delivering notifications from these apps.

While smartphones have been getting better at managing battery drain from these apps, what you can do is to simply force-close your unused apps. Android smartphones have a built-in feature wherein you can see all the recently accessed apps and regulate their usage. For iPhone users, simply access the Multitasking feature and close your unused apps and turn off the “Background App Refresh” setting.

Turn down your phone’s brightness and screen timeout

Another feature that eats up your phone’s battery is your screen’s brightness. By default, your phone would have the brightness set to automatic, but if you want to see all the colors in full bloom, you would turn the brightness up.

But, for cases wherein your battery is already low, it is advisable to turn it down to conserve energy. Also, you can turn down the screen timeout settings on your phone to the quickest time. The shorter time your phone’s screen is on, paired with low brightness settings, the more your battery conserves energy.

Turn off some phone features when not in use

Apart from idle apps open in the background, your phone also has main processes and features running. Functions such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, cellular data, location services, and auto-sync are normally on by default. You would want to keep these running at all times to stay connected, and obviously in case of emergencies.

However, it’s best to turn some of these features off, especially if you’re not actively using them. Of course, the easiest way of turning off your Wi-Fi and cellular services is by turning on Airplane Mode. For the rest, you have to turn them off manually through your phone’s action center. Doing so stops the background processes for the time being, saving your battery life for a while longer.

Use ultra power saving mode

Let’s say your phone is now bordering on the 10 to 15 percent mark, and you are desperate to keep your phone alive. You’ve tried all the things above but your phone’s battery is still depleting by the minute. Luckily, your phone also comes with different battery saving options accessible through its settings.

When you go to your Settings menu, enter Battery options and you’ll likely notice that your phone has both a power saving mode and an ultra power saving mode. If you want to keep your phone on for as long as possible, turn ultra power saving mode on for good measure. While on ultra power saving mode, you only have access to your calls, texts, and other necessary apps you prefer.

There are other ways to improve battery life, but these are the easiest, most accessible ways to do so. Let’s hope your phone had enough power left to scroll through this article!

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Mate 20 series offers a solid lineup: Weekend Rewind

There’s a Mate 20 for everyone!

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Here are this week’s top stories on GadgetMatch.

1. Huawei offers plenty of things with their Mate 20 Series

Huawei could very well fill up this week’s entire rewind with the whole Mate 20 series. In total, they released four new smartphones along with two wearables during their event in London. Here’s all of them.

Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro

These were the devices most of us expected to see. The Mate 20 Pro is probably the most feature-packed phone of 2018. They brought in everything that was good with the P20 Pro and added a few wait-hold-up-did-it-really-do-that features like reverse wireless charging.

Watch the Mate 20 Pro Hands-on…

And our Mate 20 Unboxing while you’re here.

Porsche Design Mate 20 RS

If you have an excessive amount of money to spend (please give us some), you can opt for the more luxurious Mate 20 RS. It has all the bells and whistles of the Mate 20 Pro but with the leatherback Porsche Design. It’ll come in two colors: Black in select markets and in a limited edition Red in China.

Mate 20 X

This was announced as Huawei’s one more big thing. Big, it truly is. Coming with a massive 7.2-inch display, the Mate 20 X is being marketed as a gaming smartphone. It even pairs with a gamepad for that ultimate gaming experience.

Huawei Watch GT and Band Pro 3

These two wearables mostly flew under the radar but they are still worth taking note of. The Huawei Watch GT, while waterproof and equipped with fitness features, is the more lifestyle model thanks to its design. The Huawei Band Pro 3 is the more straightforward health tracker and something you probably shouldn’t wear at formal gatherings.

2. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 getting hype ahead of launch

In case you haven’t been keeping up, there’s already a handful of smartphones released in October and there’s a handful more coming. One of them is Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 which is slated for an October 25 launch and is rumored to have a whopping 10GB of RAM and 5G connectivity.

Xiaomi also released a teaser showcasing the device’s sliding camera feature.

3. Palm breaking trend of bigger phones

Tired of phones getting bigger and bigger? Palm came back this week and offered a different approach with the Palm phone. It’s not exactly a standalone smartphone and is really meant to be more of a Robin to the Batman which is your daily driver. At this point, we’re not sure how useful it’ll be but if you’re curious, it’s priced at US$ 349.

4. OnePlus 6T moves launch date

Speaking of more phones coming, the OnePlus 6T, which was reported to come with a smaller notch, an in-display fingerprint scanner along with the usual performance we’ve come to expect from the company, was forced to move its launch to October 29 with OnePlus CEO and founder Pete Lau saying they want “to make sure it gets the time and attention it deserves.”

Why wouldn’t it get the attention during its initial launch date? Well, it’s because of this next news item.

5. Apple wants to end October with a bang

Whether intentional or not, looks like Apple isn’t done announcing things and they want to be the one to cap off October with their own launch event. After announcing the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, the company is expected to unveil a new iPad Pro with Face ID, and possibly a low-cost MacBook or MacBook Air as reported by Bloomberg.


Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.

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Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro Unboxing

What’s inside the box?

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You already know how impressed we were during the hands-on, so now it’s time to see what comes in the package of Huawei’s newest flagships. This is our Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro unboxing.

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