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APPLE EXPANDING HAPTIC TOUCH FEATURE IN IPHONE XR WITH IOS 12.1.1 UPDATE: REPORT

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Apple’s new iPhone XR comes with Haptic Touch as a replacement for the 3D Touch sensor. This allows consumers to launch the camera app or turn on the flashlight by using a long-press gesture, though it is not as functional or as quick in terms of response as 3D Touch, which has been part of the iPhones since the iPhone 6s.

Right now Haptic Touch capabilities are limited on the iPhone XR, but Apple could be expanding this with future iOS 12 updates. A report by 9to5Mac says they have spotted new features in the iOS 12.1.1 beta 2, which will increase the capabilities of Haptic Touch on iPhone XR and allow users to expand notifications by long pressing them.

On the iPhone XS, thanks to the 3D Touch display, long pressing on a notification opens up a pop-up menu and action buttons. With the iPhone XR, the rich content will soon be visible thanks to a long press and users will be able to reply, market an email as done, etc depending on the type of notification. Currently users have to swipe left to view the message to take any action, which is tedious on the iPhone XR.

However, the Peek and Pop feature on 3D Touch displays which is used by many apps will not be possible on the iPhone XR. This shows a rich menu when a user long-presses on the icon of particular app. Once again the reason for this is that Apple iPhone XR does not have pressure sensitive display like the other two new iPhones.

 

Given the iOS 12.1.1 beta has the feature, Apple should add the capability to the iPhone XR when the next iOS update is formally rolled out.  The iOS 12.1.1 update will likely start rolling out to the public by the end of this year, though Apple has not confirmed when it will be officially released. The company just released iOS 12.1 which added the Group FaceTime feature, new Emojis, as well as the dual-SIM feature to the iPhone XS and iPhone XR

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Energizer P18K Pop hits IndieGogo: Who wants an 18,000mAh phone for $550?

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The Energizer P18K Pop was certainly one of the highlights at MWC 2019, differing from other devices by offering a colossal 18,000mAh battery. Now, Energizer brand custodian Avenir Telecom has announced that the phone is available on IndieGogo (h/t: GSMArena).

The company is targeting a $1.2 million goal for the gargantuan smartphone, with a shipping date set for October 2019. This date differs from the initially stated June launch date confirmed to us at MWC.

In any event, you can grab an Early Bird device for $550, but this tier is limited to 200 devices. If you miss out on the Early Bird offer, then you’ll need to splash out $599 for the device. Other tiers include two Energizer P18K Pop devices for $1,098, and three phones for $1,587.

Avenir Telecom cautions that there are risks during production, such as certification and production delays, and supply chain/mass production problems.

The energizer power max p18k pop and the Galaxy S8.

The Energizer P18K Pop and the Samsung Galaxy S8.

The Energizer P18K Pop obviously stands out from others thanks to its ridiculously bulky design, housing an 18,000mAh battery. In fact, the phone takes eight to nine hours to fully charge. But the charging time is a small price to pay when you’ve got true multi-day battery life.

Other noteworthy specs include a mid-range MediaTek Helio P70 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a 6.2-inch notchless full HD+ screen. Unfortunately the phone doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone port — clearly the brand couldn’t find space for the feature.

This absolute unit of a device is also equipped with a pop-up dual-camera housing (16MP+2MP), while a triple camera trio (12MP+5MP+2MP) resides on the back. Intrigued by this phone? Then you can check out the IndieGogo campaign via the button below.

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How to take a screenshot on any iPhone model

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  • You can take a screenshot on any iPhone model by pressing a combination of two buttons (or with a simple gesture using AssistiveTouch).
  • On iPhone X models, press the Power and Volume Up buttons simultaneously. On older iPhones , press the Power and the Home button.
  • Your new screenshot can be found in the Photos app.

You might be surprised by how often you need to take a screenshot on your iPhone .

Sure, tech journalists need to capture screenshots all the time to write articles like this one, but we all run into everyday situations where it’s handy to save their iPhonescreen to capture a text message, save a social media post, capture the winning screen of a game, or any of a hundred other common situations.

Thankfully, it’s very easy to take a screenshot. While the process varies depending upon what model iPhone you own, it takes just two fingers.

Take a screenshot on an iPhone X , iPhone XS , iPhone XR , or any model without a Home button

If you have a recent iPhone model one that eschews a Home button in favor of Face ID then you’ll take a screenshot with the buttons on the sides of the phone.

1. Make sure that your iPhone displays whatever it is that you want to capture.

2. Press and hold the Power button on the right side of the phone.

3. At the same moment, press the Volume Up button.

 

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4. You should see the screen flash and an image of the screenshot appear in the lower left corner. Release both buttons. You can find the image in your Photos app.

Take a screenshot on an iPhone 8 , iPhone 7 , or any older model with a Home button

All iPhones from the earliest models through the iPhone 8 (and iPhone 8 Plus ) use the Home button to take a screen shot.

1. Make sure that your iPhone displays whatever it is that you want to capture.

2. Press and hold the Power button on the right side of the phone.

3. At the same moment, press the Home button.

 

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4. You should see the screen flash and an image of the screenshot appear in the lower left corner. Release both buttons.

What can go wrong with your screenshot

Pressing two buttons at the same time can be tricky, and might take a little practice. If you don’t time it right, you might turn the phone off, trigger Siri, or activate Touch ID. Many people find that pressing (and holding) the Power button ever so slightly ahead of the Volume Up or Home button works most reliably.

Configure AssistiveTouch to take a screenshot without pressing buttons

AssistiveTouch is an iOS accessibility feature that gives you alternative ways to perform a lot of common tasks on your phone without needing to press buttons or perform swiping gestures. You can set up your iPhone to take screenshots with this feature. If AssistiveTouch isn’t already enabled, here’s how to turn it on.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Tap “General” and then tap “Accessibility.”

3. Tap “AssistiveTouch” and then turn the feature on by tapping it at the top of the screen.

Now that AssistiveTouch is turned on, you need to choose a way to take screenshots. For example, you might want to take a screenshot anytime you double-tap the AssistiveTouch dot that hovers on the screen. To do that, tap “Double-Tap” and choose “Screenshot.” You’ve now assigned screenshots to the double-tap gesture. Tap “Back” and you’re now ready to take screenshots.

 

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To take a screenshot, arrange the iPhone’s screen and then double-tap the AssistiveTouch dot. You’ll see a screenshot get captured, and you’ll find the image in your Photos app.

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Google’s repair center will finally take your Pixel 3

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It’s coming five months after launch.

Until now, you’ve had to visit a uBreakiFix location to get your Pixel 3 fixed in an official capacity. That’s helpful if you’re nearby, but an absolute pain if your phone breaks and you’d rather not risk voiding the warranty. After today, you can relax — Google has finally given Pixel 3 owners the option to send their devices to its mail-in repair center. While it could take up to 10 days to receive your phone, it beats having to turn to third parties.

The repair center page still points Pixel 3 owners to physical locations. However, a Google spokesperson told Android Police in a statement that “all generations” of Pixels are covered. It’s “in the process” of updating the repair page to match.

It’s arguably an overdue move when the Pixel 3 has been on the market for five months, or more than long enough for devices to break. The addition is better late than never, though, and it might make the difference if you were eyeing a Pixel but don’t live in a place where in-person repairs are easy to find.

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