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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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TikTok unveils Jump, third-party mini apps that can be added in videos

Will be interesting to see how Facebook takes inspiration

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Voice assistant Alexa has something called a Skill, a simpler name for a mini-app within the ecosystem. Similarly, TikTok unveiled a new feature called “Jump,” which lets creators add mini-apps within their videos to boost engagement.

The Bytedance-owned app lets creators get onboard and make apps that the platform’s content creators can leverage. Early partners of the program currently include Wikipedia for information, Whisk for recipes, Breathwrk for breathing exercises, and much more.

Developers can create mini-apps that will become available to any TikTok user through the videos shared on the social network. In the back, everything app is powered by HTML 5, making it easy for anyone to start building with basic web development skills.

“From movie reviews to beauty tutorials, we’re excited to be expanding TikTok Jump to new verticals and use cases, and we look forward to seeing how our creators leverage these new mini-programs in their content,” the company said in a blog post.

Instagram has partially achieved this by creating a marketplace for filters, but the mini-app is a little more complicated. With proper integration, entire services can be embedded within a video, creating an ecosystem of its own.

For example, when watching a video with a Jump, users get a button near the bottom of the screen. When tapped, it’ll open the content on a new screen within TikTok.

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Top iOS 15 Features to look out for

FaceTime for Android, anyone?

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The next version of iOS rolls out this fall. There are new features such as FaceTime for Android, new Memojis, rebranded Safari and Messages app, personal identification card compatibility for Wallet, and more.

But in this video, we rounded up our Top 10 iOS 15 Features you should look out for.

Watch the whole video by clicking here.

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Voilà AI Artist turns your selfies into 3D cartoons, caricatures

And many more artistic renditions!

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From FaceApp to Zepeto, plenty of avatars from these apps proliferated social media platforms. Most recently, the Internet went crazy with cute avatars once more. You probably noticed how people have been posting a 3D cartoon version of themselves, akin to a Disney character. It’s all thanks to Voilà AI Artist — a photo-editing app using artificial intelligence to turn your photos into artistic renditions.

Get yourself painted as a Renaissance painting.

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Have your selfies transformed into a 3D cartoon from an animated movie.

Turn your photos into a 2D cartoon…

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… or even have your face drawn as a caricature.

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Voilà AI Artist is developed by WeImagine.AI., a Canada-based team of creators and developers. The app is free to download on the App Store and Google Play Store. If you’re concerned about the app’s privacy policy, read it here.

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