Gmail App’s Dark Mode for iPad and iPhone

Has Gmail App’s Dark Mode Finally been Perfected for iPhone and iPad?

The image above lets you see what “Dark Mode is about.

After many false starts and software with problems of functionality, Google appears to have mastered the long-awaited “dark mode” for Gmail.

This functionality is for Apple iPad and iPhone.

Version 6.0.200519 of Gmail, which propagated through the App Store overnight, includes the following release notes:

” You can now switch between dark or light theme after upgrading to iOS 13.

You can use the system theme set by default.

Google first announced dark mode for its Gmail app in September 2019.

Progress since then has been patchy on iOS.

Problems such as users managing to activate dark mode in the app, only to find that it vanishes when they close the iPad or iPhone and restart it.

Some potential users haven’t been able to access the feature at all.

The recent update should hopefully bring to an end months of waiting for a significant number of users.

To enable dark mode in Gmail on ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌, update the app on your device, then follow these steps.

  1. Launch the Gmail app.
  2. Tap the Menu icon (the three lines) in the top-left corner of the screen.
  3. Scroll down and tap Settings.
  4. Tap Theme. (If you don’t see the option, try force-quitting and then relaunching the app.)
  5. Select Light, Dark, or System default.

The latter option makes Gmail’s theme default to your device’s system settings. This default option is useful if you’ve set the appearance of IOS to change automatically depending on the time of day.

Note that if your device is running iOS 11 or iOS 12, you’ll see a Dark theme toggle instead of a Theme submenu in the Settings screen.

 

This edited article, first appeared in full on MacRumors.com

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Apple’s Foldable iPhone – Rumour or Reality?

iPhone Prototype Allegedly Features Separate Display Panels Connected by a Hinge

 

Samsung has already brought to the market a foldable smart phone the “Galaxy Z Phone 5G”.

It is too early to comment on how successful the Samsung product will be in the market.

 

APPLE is working on a foldable iPhone prototype.

Reportedly it will feature two separate display panels that are connected by a hinge.

The Samsung Z Phone has a single display across the fold.

Though the ‌iPhone‌ features two separate displays connected by a hinge, it is claimed that the panels look “fairly continuous and seamless.”

 

SAMSUNG’S Galaxy Fold

Samsung’s foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, is designed as a single display with a fold in the middle that allows it to open and close.

 

Microsoft’s Surface Neo and Duo

It is reported that Apple’s prototype looks similar to Microsoft’s Surface Neo and Surface Duo

The Microsoft phones are foldable dual display devices that feature two displays connected with a hinge.

 

There is no indicative time scale of when Apple might develop a foldable ‌iPhone‌.

However, there have been rumours about work on such a device dating back to 2016.

Patents for such a device have been filed.

It’s not clear if the foldable ‌iPhone‌ will ever move out of a prototyping stage, but it doesn’t look like a foldable device is launching in the near future.

 

Perhaps Apple will await to see how the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G progresses in the market and how dependable and durable it turns out to be when in the hands of users.   This could be a “wait and see situation”.  It will also let provide Apple with additional time to further develop their product.

 

This abridged article is taken from MacRumors.comApple’s Foldable iPhone Prototype Allegedly Features Separate Display Panels Connected by Hinge

 

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Google Becomes Pro-Active in Covid 19 Mapping

Google - Covid 19 Maps

Google Rolls Out Covid 19 Driving Route Alerts for IOS and Android Operating Systems

Google has launched several new transit features to Google Maps on iOS (read Apple hardware) and Android (read Galaxy, Microsoft etc).  Their aim is  to help users travel safely as lockdown measures gradually ease in some countries following the coronavirus pandemic.

The latest version of Google Maps alerts users whose travel will be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, including requirements like wearing a mask on public transport and whether a chosen route has checkpoints. The update was detailed in a Google blog post:

Getting from A to B can be more complicated these days. Because of COVID-19, it’s increasingly important to know how crowded a train station might be at a particular time or whether the bus is running on a limited schedule. Having this information before and during your trip is critical for both essential workers who need to safely navigate to work and will become more important for everyone as countries around the world begin to reopen.

Users of public transport will get crowd-sourced information on traffic being experienced by services.  Drivers will receive alerts about checkpoints and restrictions on their route.

Google says the transit alerts are rolling out in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom and the U.S. where it has information from local transit agencies, with more coming soon.

In addition, users navigating to medical facilities or COVID-19 testing centres will get alerts reminding them to verify eligibility and facility guidelines to avoid being turned away or causing additional strain on the local healthcare system.

Starting this week, alerts for medical facilities will be available in Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, South Korea, and the U.S., while testing centre alerts will also be available in the U.S. Alerts are based on authoritative data from local, state, and federal governments or from their websites.

Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free.

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The best camera phone in 2020

The best camera phones take photos and video that can compete with traditional cameras.

The best camera phones use the latest technology and are often capable of delivering better results than the a ‘dedicated’ camera. As screens get larger, camera phone sensors get more advanced and chipsets get more powerful, it can be challenging to keep up to date with of latest and best mobile phones.  A list of the best can be accessed  for you right here.

The best camera phones don’t just deliver a lot of  power – they also consist of a package of convenience, with numerous apps at your fingertips. However, one of the most impressive aspects of these handsets is their megapixel count. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has an impressive 108MP sensor, 8K video and a 100x digital zoom – specs that traditional cameras just haven’t achieved yet.

The S20 Ultra isn’t an outlier. Powerful sensors are becoming the norm for flagship phones.  While phones aren’t yet able to beat the best DSLRs or the best mirrorless cameras for image quality, the technology is moving so quickly that it almost feels like it’s only a matter of time.

The most significant advantage that camera phones hold over cameras is how small they are in comparison. Even the best compact cameras can still prove annoyingly bulky, but folding phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and the Motorola Razr are making massive strides in compact technology.

A present and future aspect of camera phones is the advent of 5G, with 5G phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and the OnePlus Nord hitting the market this year. It will be interesting  to see what the upcoming iPhone 12 brings to the table when it’s finally released this year.

Smartphone technology moves quickly, so this list is constantly changing. As we move towards the end of 2020, 5G is set to become the next big thing, so make sure to check out the best 5G phone for photography guide if you live somewhere with 5G infrastructure.

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Should You Buy an iPad or a Laptop?

The iPad Pro is a powerful tablet, and starting with iOS 10, Apple opened up the operating system and allowed third-party apps access to features like Siri. As the iPad continues to grow in processing power and versatility, will it replace other more bulky computers i.e. the Laptop?

Here are a few areas where the iPad has an advantage over the PC.

iPad Pro with and without a keyboard

 Security

The iPad is actually quite secure when compared to a PC.  It’s almost impossible for a virus to infect an iPad because viruses work by jumping from one app to the next.  The architecture of the  iPad OS software puts a wall around each app.

It’s also difficult to get malware onto the iPad. On a PC, malware can do things like record all of the keys you press and let someone remotely control your computer. It often makes its way in by tricking the user into installing it.  Apple, continues to maintains full control over the App Store, meaning it checks each new App thus controlling or eliminating rogue developers adding Apps.  The only way to add software to the iPad is via the Apple store.

The iPad also provides tools to secure your data and the device itself. The Find My iPad feature allows you to track your device if you misplace or lose it. You can also lock it and wipe its data remotely.  With the  the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, you can secure your data with your fingerprint.

Performance

Various models of iPad Pro have used Apple’s A9X, A10X, and A12X chips. These processors are comparable to Intel’s i5 and i7s, and in many cases, they’re even better. You can get better hardware in an iPad Pro than you’ll find in an entry-level laptop, and comparable builds to standard-issue ones. PCs are available that can outperform an iPad Pro, but you’ll end up paying a lot more for them.

Value relative to Price

The iPad and a PC (at the lower specification end) can be similar in terms of the prices you’ll see at the store, but you’re going to pay more for a higher specification and performance model powerful enough to do more than browse the web and with higher life expectancy.

The iPad comes with Apple’s iWork suite (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) and the iLife suite (GarageBand and iMovie). While Microsoft Office is more powerful than iWork, Apple’s office suite is up to the task for most people. And if you want to find the equivalent of iMovie for the PC, you’ll have to buy it separately.

Versatility

The iPad comes with software you won’t find in comparable PCs, but it also has some added features you won’t find.  In addition to  Touch ID fingerprint sensor, the newest iPads have good cameras built into them. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a 12 MP camera that can compete with most smartphones. The bigger Pro and the iPad Air 2 both have an 8 MP back-facing camera, which can still take pretty good pictures.

The iPad is also more mobile than a laptop (due to size and weight), which is a big selling point. This mobility isn’t just about carrying it with you when you travel. The biggest selling point is how easy it is to carry around your house or office.

You can get some of the same versatility with a Windows-based tablet, but when compared to a laptop or desktop PC, the iPad certainly has an advantage.

 

Reliability and Simplicity

One of the biggest reasons a PC’s performance degrades over time and it begins to crash more often is user error, particularly installing software that loads when you power up the PC, not doing a proper shutdown when powered off, and many other common mistakes that can eventually plague a PC

The iPad doesn’t have these problems. While it may become slower or experience strange bugs over time, you can usually clear these up with a simple reboot. The iPad doesn’t allow apps to self-load at start-up, so they won’t suffer a slow degradation of performance.  A user can’t power down an iPad without it running through a proper shutdown sequence

This simplicity helps keep the iPad bug free and in good working order.

 

User Friendly

It biggest selling point is that it is easy to use and hard to “mess up”.  This means ever member in a household can use it from the youngest to the oldest.  There are also Apps to meet every taste – games, educational, finance, movies, recreational etc, etc.  With the picture quality available on the iPad, the quality of the images even on a movie (which is normally made for wide cinema screens) does little to detract from your enjoyment of this media.

The iPad’s parental restrictions let you control the type of apps, games, music, and movies younger members of your family are allowed to download and watch.

Items above are a “taster” for iPad features and are an abridged article from Lifewire.

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Can you match Apple or Samsung Technology with Belkin’s New Speaker/Charger?

Belkin Speaker Charger

Belkin provides a range of iPhone accessories that include wireless chargers

A latest product pairs wireless charging functionality with a home speaker.

The SoundForm Elite Smart Speaker and Wireless Charger, which is priced at $300, was released in May.  It is a niche product because of its price point, it may fill a void for those who are looking for devices that have a range of functions.

It has a rounded body shape with an angled top area that’s designed to fit a smartphone for wireless charging purposes. Any size ‌iPhone‌ will fit and work here.

There was concern that the speaker would look unfinished without a smartphone charging on it, but the angled smartphone charging platform looks like a deliberate design decision. The speaker is covered in a mesh fabric, but it’s clothlike and has give, so it almost feels more like a sleeve than a part of the speaker.

The speaker is available in either black or white.  There are touch controls on the top for activating Bluetooth, changing the volume, playing/pausing music, or turning off the microphone (and thus preventing Google Assistant from listening). The icons are also a little bit light in colour.

A small light on the wireless charging pad lets you know when your smartphone is charging, and there are a series of LEDs on the front that shine through the fabric cover to give you a visual on when Google Assistant is interacting with you.

This is a smart speaker, and setting it up requires the Google Home app on an ‌iPhone‌ or Android smartphone. If you are not a Google user (i.e. your kit is Apple and Apps are from the Apple Store) then this will be a problem.  You need to ne aware of this issue as it is likely to prove problematic unless you are persistent and have technical “know how”.

With Google Assistant, the speaker can play on request  when asked from these linked services: YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, and Deezer, with a default able to be set in the Google Home app. You will note Apple Music is not on this list.  If you are an Apple Music user then check out the possibilities and challenges of connecting to this.

Google Assistant  in addition to playing music, provides services such as answering queries, translating, providing weather information, adjusting volume, controlling linked smart home products, providing daily news, setting timers, setting up music routines, broadcasting voice messages, and more.

The quality of the output from the SoundForm Elite is of high quality and unless you are very “sound sensitive” most listeners will be pleased with the sound quality.  The sound is loud enough that it’s able to fill a normal sized room with high quality sound even at high volume.

Bottom Line

If you’re in Apple’s ecosystem and use ‌Apple Music‌ and Siri, the Belkin SoundForm Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker and Wireless Charger isn’t going to be worth the purchase because it’s just not set up for Apple’s devices and services. It doesn’t work with ‌Apple Music‌ except over Bluetooth, there is no ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support, and it isn’t HomeKit compatible.

If you have a mix of Apple and Android devices and also have a Google Home setup, it’s a different story. In that situation, it’s a solid speaker that offers high-quality Devialet sound at a reasonable price, and provides all the bells and whistles you get with Google Assistant integration. And to top it all off, there’s a handy wireless charger, making the speaker a versatile and useful desktop companion.

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iPhone or iPad Aesthetic Wallpaper

What is iPhone or iPad Aesthetic Wallpaper?

Apple iPad Wallpaper

A wallpaper is a window to your iPhone or iPad. It’s the first thing you see when you look at the opening screen on your iPhone or iPad. Something we tend to do dozens, or hundreds of times a day. Maybe you’re happy with a the standard opening screen and if so, that is fine. But what if you want a little more variety or are seeking to project your own personality onto the screen up from time? How do you go about changing the wallpaper on your iPhone or iPad? Read on to find out.

iPad aesthetic wallpaper

10 Different Ways to Change iPhone or iPad Wallpaper

Before we begin, please note that the steps below and the screenshots are for iOS 13. iOS 13 is currently available in Public Beta and it will be available as an update to all users in September.

Please note this is an abridged report of full and detailed instructions taken from iphonehacks.com

1. Set A Stock Wallpaper From Settings

Apple iPad aesthetic Wallpaper

 

You can quickly switch to a different wallpaper that Apple provides using Settings. Apple has a great set of stock wallpapers, especially if you’re using an iPhone X and higher, and iOS 13. You’ll see a great collection of colourful and dark wallpapers, along with Live Photos and Dynamic wallpapers. For example, iOS 13 users can use four new wallpapers that changed based on Light mode and Dark mode.

 

Go to Settings -> Wallpaper -> Choose New Wallpaper to get started. Here you’ll find three categories: Dynamic, Stills, and Live. You’ll also see all your photos below, but we’ll get to that in the next section. Go to a section, tap on a wallpaper to select and preview it. Tap on Set and then choose if you want to set the wallpaper on the Lock screen, Home screen, or both. And that’s it, your wallpaper has been changed.

2. Set Your Own Photo as Wallpaper

3. Use a Wallpaper App

4. Set Live Photos as Wallpaper

5. Download Wallpapers From Web

6. Edit and Crop Your Own Wallpapers

7. Manage and Sync Wallpaper Collection Using Files

8. Change Wallpaper Daily Using Shortcuts

9. Set Wallpaper From Online Source Using Shortcuts

10. Set a GIF as a Wallpaper

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Apple Promotes Multiplication Benefits of iPhone and Apple Watch Integration

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Apple has launched a new webpage promoting the benefits of integration between iPhone and Apple Watch. “Add them together. Multiply their power,” reads the minisite, which highlights the benefits that come with using the two devices together.

Scrolling down the vector image-based page brings some of the more basic features into view first, like the ability to answer or decline a phone call or FaceTime call on ‌Apple Watch‌, and then transfer it to your ‌iPhone‌.

Messages are next, with ‌Apple Watch‌ features like quick replies, Tapback, emoji support and Scribbles covered, as well as the ability to ask Siri to compose or reply to an incoming message using your voice.

The site goes on to highlight the two devices’ deep Camera app integration and the way you can use ‌Apple Watch‌ to remotely set up a shot on ‌iPhone‌, including the ability to frame and shoot, zoom in and out, switch between the ‌iPhone‌’s front and back cameras, and switch between camera modes.

Apple shines a light on the music capabilities of ‌Apple Watch‌, such as Apple Music streaming, playlist support, and remote ‌iPhone‌ playback controls. There is a section on ‌Apple Watch‌ health functions with iOS Health and Activity app integration, as well as mentions for hand’s off support in Maps, Find My, and Apple Pay.

The site does a good job of surfacing some lesser known features available to prospective customers who might be thinking about pairing the two devices.

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Samsung Galaxy A41 – Review of Suitable Cases or Covers

 

Part of Samsung’s A range, the Galaxy A41 is the successor to the A40 which was released last year.

In this article, we’ll be covering the best cases and covers for the A41 which vary from brand, type of case and the price points.

1. Official Samsung Galaxy A41 Silicone Cover Case – Black

The official Silicone cover case is always a popular choice among Samsung customers and it’s clear to see why. Made from silicone, the case not only looks and feels great, but it’s also durable and keeps your A41 slim and lightweight. Additionally as this is an official Samsung case, it’s made with precision and to the highest quality. The Silicone Cover Case is available in black, white, red and blue.

2. Olixar NovaShield Samsung Galaxy A41 Bumper Case – Black

The NovaShield by Olixar combines a clear hard plastic back with a black bumper to provide great levels of protection, without effecting the overall design and size of the Samsung A41. The dual layered design brings about benefits such as shock resistance and air cushioning, helping to protect against drops, knocks and scratching. Overall the NovaShield retains the sleek and thin design of the A41 and also allows for the body colour to show through.

3. Official Samsung Galaxy A41 S View Wallet Cover Case – White

Next up, we have another Official Samsung case with the S View Wallet Cover Case. A long term case within Samsung’s accessory range, this case combines functionality, protection and style. Built into the front of the case is a transparent window, which allows Galaxy A41 users to view the time, date and notifications such as calls, messages and battery life. Additionally, the inside of the case features a card slot, ideal for storing an ID, credit card or anything else of a similar size. In terms of protection, as the Cover Case wraps all the way round the A41, it offers maximum protection against scratching and drops. The case is available two colour ways; black and white.

4. Spigen Tough Armor Samsung Galaxy A41 Case – Metal Slate

Designed to exceed US Military Standards, the Spigen Tough Armour Case offers high levels of protection for the Samsung Galaxy A41. Featuring a two layer construction, the case offers shock absorption and safe guards against external impacts. Furthermore, even though the case is protective, it is still relatively slim. Spigen have also integrated a kickstand into the case, ideal for watching videos on the go.

5. Olixar Genuine Leather Samsung Galaxy A41 Wallet Case – Black

The final case to feature in our roundup is the Genuine Leather Wallet Case from Olixar. Crafted from real leather, the case is soft , slim and lightweight. Within the inside of the case, you’ll find 3 card slots and a large document slot, idea for storing ID, credit cards, cash and anything else of a similar size. Additionally, Olixar have made the case with a unique folding function allowing the case to be used a viewing stand.

Summary!

That concludes our round-up on the best Samsung Galaxy A41 cases.

Amit Patel

Amit Patel is the Online Marketing Analyst for Mobile Fun.

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