Google Hangouts is getting iOS CallKit support, a couple of bug fixes

Google’s messaging and voice calling app Hangouts recently received a small update, which brings a long-awaited new feature and a few bug fixes.

Hangouts 16.0.0 is already available for download via App Store. The new app brings support for Apple’s CallKit, which enables VoIP services to make and receive calls using the iPhone’s dialer and phone app.

The new feature can be enabled or disabled from the Settings menu by tapping the Answer option on lock screen. After the update, users will be able to make calls using Siri commands, while the stock iOS call UI will allow them to receive incoming calls.

Aside from the options to receive incoming calls and make outgoing calls using the default phone app, the update includes a couple of fixes.

For starters, the update is supposed to address the photo pinch zoom in preview issue that many users have reported about lately. Lastly, an issue that would crash video calls should be fixed as well.

Microsoft to discontinue Skype apps on Windows Phone after July 1

Windows Phone is dead in its current form, but that doesn’t mean that Microsoft won’t try to resurrect the obsolete OS in the not so distant future. Until then, the Redmond-based company is closing all services that might eat up resources that would be better spent for different purposes.

After discontinuing the Skype WiFi apps at the end of March, Microsoft announced that the Skype apps would no longer work on Windows Phone effective July 1.

So, if you’ve previously used Skype on Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.1, or the Messaging app for Windows 10 Mobile, then you should know that Microsoft will be permanently retiring these Skype apps next month. After July 1, you’ll notice that you won’t be able to sign in to these versions of Skype.

On a side note, the Messaging app for Windows RT and TVs will be discontinued after July 1, 2017, as well. The only way to continue to use Skype after that date would be to migrate to another device that supports Microsoft’s Skype services.

Nubia Z17 may be the first to support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0+, but you won’t be able to use it

Qualcomm announced an enhanced version of its quick charge technology last week and confirmed the first smartphone to feature Quick Charge 4.0+ is the Nubia Z17, a high-end smartphone recently launched in China.

Unfortunately, it turns out that Quick Charge 4.0+ won’t be usable with the Nubia Z17, at least at first. The Chinese company confirmed that its top tier smartphone comes with a Quick Charge 3.0 charger in the retail box, which doesn’t support the new technology.

Although the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset inside the Nubia Z17 has Quick Charge 4.0+ support, it looks like there are no chargers available for the new technology.

According to Qualcomm, Quick Charge 4.0+ is an improved version of the previous technology, and it’s supposed to allow a smartphone to go from empty to 50% in just 15 minutes.

Also, the new quick charge technology comes with enhanced Dual Charge functionality, Intelligent Thermal Balancing, and advanced safety features. All these improvements have been explained in our original story about Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0+ technology, so make sure you check it out for more details.

As far as the Nubia Z17 goes, there’s no telling whether or not the Chinese company will eventually provide buyers with additional chargers compatible with Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 4.0+ technology.

Deal: Samsung shaves $100 (20%) off the Galaxy Tab S2’s price

Although the Galaxy Tab S3 was the main star of Samsung’s MWC 2017 press conference, the fact that the Galaxy S8 skipped the event overshadowed the launch of the tablet.

However, if you’re not really looking for the latest Samsung tablet, here is a decent deal that you can take advantage of until June 17. Samsung USA offers the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch for just $399, which is a good $100 off the retail price.

The deal is available at Samsung’s online store, but customers can also pick this one up via Best Buy until June 17. Alternatively, you can get the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch for $66.66/per month (excludes tax and shipping) with Samsung Financing.

Samsung Financing allows you to get the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch for no upfront price and no interest if paid in full within 6 months. According to Samsung, customers who order the Galaxy Tab S2 9.7-inch will get it in 1 to 3 business days, and free shipping is available on all orders. The same goes for Best Buy for those who decide to purchase the tablet from the major retailer.

Microsoft pushes major Outlook update to Android and iOS devices

Outlook users rejoice, as Microsoft has just released a new update for both the Android and iOS platforms. Although it doesn’t add too many new features, it’s worth noting that all the changes included are meant to improve the way users manage contacts.

First off, the update brings the ability to add and edit contacts directly from Outlook on iOS. Android users will get this feature as well, but it hasn’t been included in this update. Furthermore, the contact card has been completely redesigned to offer users more details, including the newest conversations and shared files.

In order to create a new contact in Outlook, iOS users must head to the People tab and tap the + sign. Alternatively, iOS users can add a new contact directly from a message or event by tapping the name of a person and then using the Add Contact option. Another possibility would to simply use the search bar in the People tab to find and add contacts from the company directory.

The new contact card should now provide users with more details at a glance. Whenever you tap on any name in the messages or events, you’ll be able to access phone numbers, email addresses, along with other details such as Skype IDs and contact’s pictures. Moreover, the new contact card now shows your most recent conversations, shared attachments and all the meetings that you have been scheduled with that person.

Last but not least, Android and iOS users will now be able to save contacts to the default Contacts app so that they can see the name of a contact when they receive a call or text message much easier, as well as view all the contact’s info directly in the Contacts app.

Keep in mind that all new contacts and changes made in Outlook will sync with the built-in Contacts app. Still, edits made in the contacts app will never sync to Outlook or an email service.

It’s also worth mentioning that enabling the Caller ID feature with the Outlook contacts can be done within Settings menu from the Save Contacts tab.

Check out Apple’s official video introduction of the HomePod

This afternoon at WWDC 2017, Apple introduced its long rumored answer to the Amazon Echo. The Apple HomePod is a smart speaker that features integration with Apple Music and Siri. The latter is a very important feature since one of the major components of every smart speaker is an AI personal assistant. For example, On the Amazon Echo, that task is left to up and coming superstar Alexa. On the Harman Kardon Invoke, that job belongs to Cortana; on Google Home, well, you probably can figure that one out. So Siri handles the same chores that Alexa and Google Assistant are in charge of for …

Cozmo: The palm-sized robot that’s like having a real-life Wall-E in your desk

If you’ve ever desired to get very own R2-D2, Johnny-5 or Wall-E, your wish has been given. Well, almost – Cozmo may not be quite because smart whilst the big-screen robostars, but he (she? It?) has become the closest thing you can get within the real-world.

Designed by Anki, the minds behind Overdrive (the app-controlled undertake Scalextric race tracks), Cozmo is small sufficient to fit right in the palm of one’s hand, but is smart enough to offer robots ten times the dimensions a run for their money.

 full of sensors, 360 various components plus growing 1.6 million line codebase, Cozmo has a great deal character and it is so cute that you could think hard about picking right on up a pooch if the bot had been sat alongside a pet store puppy.

Already for sale in the united states for $179.99, Cozmo had been the amount two toy in the us final xmas, with only supply shortages thought to have held if from the top spot. Going to great britain this September for £199.99 (details of Australian and other global territory launches remain maybe not yet available), we sat straight down for play using the charming bot.

A kid and his bot

Cozmo seems like an amalgamation of most your favorite pop-culture robots, with the Johnny-5 treads, EVE from Wall-E’s screen-refresh eyes as well as the R2-D2 mindset. Component toy, component animal, component programming device, Cozmo reaches house sat on your desk, ready to be used a faucet of an iOS or Android os software.

Not that Cozmo depends on an software to interact with. While it’s needed for installing the robot and pulling down certain functions (as an “Explorer” mode that turns Cozmo into a robo RC automobile), Cozmo is most fun whenever interacting with of unique accord.

By having an onboard Central Processing Unit, a 30fp VGA digital camera, four engines and over fifty gears, Cozmo has the capacity to recognise up to ten faces (including pets!) and respond accordingly, recalling the interactions it had with every individual. Type your name to the application, have Cozmo map see your face, and you’ll get jaw drop with regards to rolls to your and bleep your name down in a charmingly synthesised small sound.

Toy time

It’s not only faces that Cozmo can recognise however, since the bot is consistently scanning and evaluating its environment for hurdles and items to interact with. Swipe your hands before Cozmo’s screen face, and he’ll shift and commence just like a cat following a laser pen. Cozmo is sold with three battery driven illuminate cubes too, which it can stack of unique accord making use of forklift-like hands, and can be useful for games.

It’s these block-based games in which Cozmo’s character shines through. One sees you competing with Cozmo to touch a block prior to the bot when it flashes an appropriate color, others is really a block-based accept schoolyard favorite ‘knuckles’, with you tasked with quickly dragging one of the cubes from Cozmo’s grasp after creeping it closer to the robot. Cozmo will chirrup cheerily with each victory, and get in a rage when losing. A ten minute cost provides you with one hour of play time with Cozmo, because of the bot time for a recharging place and showing up to enjoy a snooze whenever refuelling.

With 866 animations, expressive onscreen eyes and 42 minutes of audio and music, Cozmo is programmed to react expressively to a wide variety of situations that even its creators have found new easter eggs. Viewing Cozmo stress out whenever being fired up one side, or make use of their forklift arms to flip over whenever put ugly is just a joy to be a part of.

Python development

With plenty going on underneath the hood, Cozmo’s proving an urgent hit with programmers too.

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Anki has now released a Cozmo SDK that’s permitting developers and tinkerers discover brand new uses for and ways of having fun with the robot. A community of thousands on the Cozmo United States forums has seen the bot programmed to do sets from display recreations scores to weather updates through Python programming language. The model happens to be being seeded around universities as gateway unit for teaching coding.

Along with free updates towards application (with new secret features guaranteed ahead of the UK launch), Cozmo need a shelf prolonged beyond those of the standard ‘dumb’ toy. We’ll be investing even more time with this brand new robot buddy in front of its British launch, so always check back quickly for further impressions.

June’s Android distribution figures are released; Android 6.0 is now on top

If it’s the first week of the new month, it must be time to take a look at the latest Android distribution numbers. And as you might suspect, the percentage of Android phones using the latest Android 7.0-7.1.1 builds (Nougat) has increased. This time, the addition amounts to 2.4 percentage points, thus taking Nougat’s share to 9.5%. The biggest slice of the pie belongs to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), which now can be found on 31.2% of Android devices. That is followed by the 30.8% of Android flavored phones and tablets that are powered by Android 5.0-5.1 (Lollipop). Last month it was Lollipop that …

iMac professional very first appearance: the absolute most effective Mac computer ever made

The latest iMac Pro demonstrates Apple wasn’t keeping back at WWDC 2017, announcing  what it calls ‘the most powerful Mac available.’

That’s a strong statement, however the brand new all-in-one pc has top-of-the-line specs to backup this lofty claim – and possesses a top cost.

We weren’t permitted to test and on occasion even touch the iMac professional. It’s beneath the sneak peek label, just as the Apple HomePod smart presenter we’re able ton’t touch either.

We are going to must wait on a hands-on review. But we did reach see it personally in area Gray, plus it looks like the computer upgrade energy users have actually desired.

iMac Pro price and release date

You are going to must buy iMac Pro’s effective specifications, contemporary design and, of course, that alluring brand new area Gray color. It will run you a whole lot.

Apple claims it’ll begin at $4,999 (about £3,870, AU$6,680). That is likely likely to be the most expensive computer you have ever purchased in the event that you bite.

However, it’s not necessary to determine as of this time. Apple states that it’ll start shipping the newest iMac professional in December. It might have a launch date eventually for the breaks.

iMac professional is a paper-thin tiger

iMac professional, using its area Gray color and big 27-inch 5K display, would look like an imposing juggernaut of a computer – if it wasn’t so think and sleek.

It provides you an incredibly detailed, color-rich image on front associated with display as a result of its 5K display and wider color gamut.

The newest Wireless Magic Keyboard also offers most of the keys you need within intense workflow, including numeric secrets), and there’s a wireless Magic Mouse to complement in Space Gray.

But looking at the iMac Pro from the side and also the back implies that this capable computer is like other iMac: slim, minimalist and almost paper thin.

Simply cannot expect a zero-gravity hinge like regarding Microsoft Surface Studio or any kind of touchscreen or Apple Pencil capabilities. This this year at least.

iMac professional specifications

Apple teased out the iMac Pro processors, very first announcing it’ll have 8-core and 10-core Intel Xeon processors. That seemed all well and good.

Then again it went further, touting the 18-core processor. That is definitely not the one that’ll have the entry level cost, therefore try to find that it is super costly.

It’ll push high-end photos processor with all the AMD Radeon Vega illustrations chip, with 11 teraflops of single precision and 22 teraflops of half accuracy compute energy.

What’s more, it’ll have 128GB ECC memory for the many extreme workflows and 4TB of 3Gbps SSD interior storage, which is enough space for some professional users.

Around straight back, we saw four Thunderbolt 3.0 ports and a 10GB ethernet port, all in a minimalist row around straight back. They seem easy sufficient to get into, yet taken care of.

Clearly, iMac professional is considered the most effective Mac it is possible to own – until at least Apple decides to upgrade the display-less Mac Pro in 2018. But that is means off.

We will most likely get more (real) on the job review time using the Mac Pro later on in 2010 – perhaps whenever Apple announces the iPhone 8 in September.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge start receiving Android Nougat updates

If you own a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, an official Android 7 Nougat update for your phone is just around the corner. T-Mobile Product Manager Des Smith today confirmed that the update should be available to both handsets “this week.”

For now, the Nougat update for the S6 and S6 edge doesn’t show up over at T-Mobile’s support website. However, one of our readers (thanks, Arthur!) informed us that he received the update on his T-Mo Galaxy S6 earlier today.

Of course, since the week has just begun, it will probably take a while before all …