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Having battery issues with iOS 11? You’re not alone.

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Apple rolled out iOS 11 on Sept. 19, giving everyone with devices as old as 2013's iPhone 5S some fancy new features and ramped-up processing speeds.  The OS has been widely adopted as users flock to upgrade for the new features. As of press time, about 23 percent of all Apple devices are now running iOS 11. That's a great adoption rate for Apple — but for some iPhone owners, cycling up to the new OS hasn't been an entirely smooth process.  SEE ALSO: iOS 11 review: Great on iPhone, extraordinary on iPad Some of these new users have reported [...]

13 hidden tricks to get the most out of iOS 11

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Image: Lili Sams/Mashable You don't need to buy an iPhone 8 (or an iPhone X for that matter) to get that shiny, new-iPhone feeling. All you need to do is upgrade to iOS 11, which Apple dropped yesterday, to get in on tons of new features, access to the brand-new App Store, and a fresh coat of paint for the whole experience. SEE ALSO: iOS 11 review: Great on iPhone, extraordinary on iPad Though iPad users got a lot of love this time around, iOS 11 includes all kinds of new features for iPhone owners, too — from a one-handed [...]

Facebook releases ‘Town Hall’ feature to connect you to your local officials

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets the audience as he arrives at a town hall style meeting at Facebook headquarters on April 20, 2011 in Palo Alto, California. Image: justin sullivan/getty images Like it or not, Facebook has an impact on politics. The social network contributed to President Donald Trump's successful election, as much as CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to lessen the blame on the rise of fake news. SEE ALSO: Facebook's new 'Trending Topics' update is here now with less fake news More recently, Zuckerberg started to acknowledge Facebook's role in politics, and on Monday the social network introduced its [...]

Download this: Plotagraph will help you level up your Instagram game

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Who doesn't want to level up their Instagram game? While many apps that let you add special effects to your photos end up looking gimmicky, Plotagraph's app lets you add elegant animations that will make your want to revisit your favorite photos. SEE ALSO: How Sarahah became one of the most popular iPhone apps in the world The idea is kind of like a Live Photo, but instead of photo with a bit video tacked on, Plotagraph's app takes a still image you already have and enables you to add animations to specific areas. The result is a kind of [...]

Snapchat is staffing up in cybersecurity as it damn well should

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Image: mashable Snapchat cares about securitywhether it's keeping CEO Evan Spiegel's yacht adventures private or its software free from vulnerabilities. They, of course, would also not like to see any of their code ripped off by competitors such as Facebook. Bloomberg connected some dots in a story Friday, highlighting moves that Snap Inc. has made in taking cybersecurity more seriously. SEE ALSO: A flood of (bad) advertising is coming for your Snapchatand that might be ok Notably, Snap Inc. snatched up Strong.Codes, a Swiss startup that specializes in protecting software code from being reverse engineered, a.k.a. copied. The acquisition, according [...]

How to keep your Instagram stalking private

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Image: instagram There's no shame in admitting that you stalk people on Instagram we all do. But you don't always want anyone who grabs your phone to see who you've been stalking. So, here's the complete guide to hiding who you stalk on Instagram. SEE ALSO: How to banish ads from your Instagram feed Clear search history The "clear search history" button clears the dropdown of previous searches in your search bar. Note: this doesn't affect your search recommendations. Image: instagram To clear your search history, Go to your profile on Instagram Tap the gear on iPhone or three dotted [...]

Augmented reality could help you learn to dance better

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Augmented reality could help you learn to be a better dancer. Image: Shutterstock / edwardolive While we've now had several weeks to get a feel for iOS 11, there's still one big, unanswered question about the update: augmented reality. Namely, whether or not the apps developers are building using Apple's ARKit will live up to the hype. And while we've seen quite a few impressive demos already, being able to land a SpaceX rocket in your backyard or check out a Tesla Model 3 in your driveway is more of a novelty (albeit a cool one!) than anything approaching useful. [...]