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How to downgrade to iOS 9 from iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad

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So iOS 10 is out. And while we do think Apple’s “biggest release ever” is great and works as advertised on newer devices, the software update might not be to your liking, or it simply doesn’t run well on your iPhone or iPad. Which leaves you with one option: downgrade to the previous version of iOS.

Reverting to iOS 9 isn’t complicated and the process itself should only take minutes to complete. But you should do it sooner than later, as there’s only a small window of opportunity before Apple stops signing (read: approving) the last iOS build before a software upgrade. In due time (perhaps when the next update rolls out), downgrading won’t be possible, and you’ll be stuck with your least favorite iOS version.

But before we walk you through the roll-back process, make sure to backup your device first, either via iCloud or iTunes on a Mac or Windows computer. You won’t be able to use the backup on iOS 9 or older, but it’s better to have a fall-back option just in case things don’t go down so well. Your computer should be using the latest version of iTunes as well.

Oh, and one more thing: The downgrade process will install a fresh version of iOS 9.3.5 onto your device. If you don’t have an iOS 9 backup on iCloud or your computer, you’ll be left with a blank device with a few pre-installed applications.

So here’s how to revert to iOS 9 from iOS 10.

1. Download the appropriate iOS 9.3.5 file (ending in .ipsw) for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod model.

2. While the download is in progress, turn off the “Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod” feature on your phone (head to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone/iPad/iPod).

3. Connect your device to your Mac or Windows machine using a Lightning cable.

4. Launch iTunes,

5. Put your iOS device into DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode. To do that, hold down both the home and power buttons for at least 10 seconds. When you see the Apple logo, let go of the power button but continue holding down the home button until the device enters DFU mode. iTunes will notify you when it is in recovery mode.

6. Select the device icon in the upper-left side of the iTunes window, then click on the “Summary” tab in the left column.

7. In the iTunes window, hold down the Option key on a Mac or the Shift key on a Windows computer, and choose the “Restore iPhone…” option.

8. A navigation window will appear, prompting you to select the file you downloaded earlier. Navigate to the folder where you saved the file, then select it.

9. iTunes will proceed to install iOS 9.3.5. Do not unplug your device for any reason until it reboots to the “Hello” screen.

10. At this point, you can restore an iOS 9.3.5 or older backup to get all your data and settings back. Again, you can’t use a backup made using iOS 10.

Were you able to roll back to a previous installation? Sound off in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you.

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J.Lo dishes out online dating advice

If you had my love…

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Online dating is hard. Though online dating apps like Tinder make it easier to put yourself out there and meet people, it doesn’t guarantee a happy ending for all the Tinderellas in the world.

This being the case, Tinder decided to help out some of their app users. They brought in none other than timeless dazzling diva singer and dancer Jennifer Lopez to give out tips to a single girl named Brooke.

Watch J.Lo’s amusing advice as they swipe away to find Brooke true love.

Of course, J.Lo’s dating advice came with a little shade aimed at her past experiences. But all in all, it was a successful swiping session.

Do you agree with J.Lo’s tips? What are your Tinder tips? Let us know in the comments below.

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ZOZOSUIT scans your exact body measurements with a smartphone

Have all your clothes custom-made for your size!

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Online shopping is technology’s gift to the modern shopping woman. These days, you can buy anything online! The big problem? You can’t really fit outfits from the internet, and as every girl knows, the fit is everything.

Japanese online fashion retailer ZOZOTOWN is trying to combat this problem with a new clothing brand, ZOZO. How are they different? They offer custom-made fast fashion pieces, and you won’t even need to leave your house to get them. How is it all doable online? It starts with the ZOZOSUIT.

This polka-dotted ensemble allows you to scan your precise measurements with just your smartphone. All you need to do is order the free suit from ZOZO, put it on, position your smartphone on a stable area, and twirl. No really, you just need to turn around slowly as the phone scans your whole body with the free ZOZO app. It then calculates everything and gives you your measurements. Easy peasy!

From this data, you can order clothes from their website that’s custom-fitted to your specific body type. You won’t ever end up with ill-fitting pieces again! It’ll only take around two weeks for them to make and each piece won’t cost you more than US$ 100.

As of now, ZOZO, which is widely popular in Japan, carries basics like crew neck shirts and denim pants, but there are plans to expand this lineup. According to the retailer, business shirts and suits are also coming soon.

ZOZO aims to bring this tech and better-fitting clothes to the world. They’ve just announced that it’s coming to 72 new countries including Australia, Brazil, China, US, and UK.

“The time where people adapt to clothing is over,” according to ZOZO’s chief executive Yusaku Maezawa. “This is a new era where clothes adapt to people.” With the ZOZOSUIT, that definitely sounds like a plan.

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App developers have been reading your emails on Gmail

A common but unnoticed practice

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When using an app or browsing the internet, privacy is always a concern. After the Facebook Cambridge Analytica fiasco, people have been wary about their private information freely being available online. If you use Gmail, you might want to double check the permissions you give to third-party apps connected to your account.

A report from The Wall Street Journal stated that third-party app developers are able to read the contents of the emails of millions of Gmail users. It’s not a bug though, and you have to give your consent to it.

Gmail’s access settings allow data companies and app developers to view people’s emails and other private details like recipient addresses and timestamps. Don’t blame yourself if you have allowed this because the consent form isn’t exactly clear that it would allow humans — not just computers — to read your supposedly private emails.

Google reached out to The Verge and clarified that it only gives data to selected third-party developers and with users’ explicit content. The verification process of Google checks if a developer’s company is well-represented by its own app. The app’s privacy policy should clearly state that it’ll monitor emails and the requested data should also be used for proper matters.

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Take third-party email apps as examples. They need access to Gmail to properly work, or else they won’t show any content inside the app. Google said not all requests from developers are granted, but they didn’t specify how many were rejected during the application process. Google themselves may also read your emails in very specific cases.

So before you grant an app access to your Gmail account, think twice. There’s no evidence of any misused data from third-party Gmail add-on developers yet, but you should know that they can read your emails and you’ve permitted them.

SEE ALSO: How to activate the redesigned desktop Gmail

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