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Simple Steps to Get iOS 9 Update!!

Downloading iOS 9 update on your iPhone and iPad is really simple.. Apple has released the update worldwide and you just need to follow these three steps for update. Before doing that, it would be smart thought to set up your phone for the update.

Are you compatible for the upgrade?

Before attempting to get the update, this is the first thing you have to check. Most of the current iOS devices are getting the upgrade, but it would good to confirm. All the iPads except the first one will be getting iOS 9.

Along the similar lines, iPhones after 4S will get the upgrade. See the complete list below:


Now get rid of the useless apps

After checking the compatibility, it’s an ideal opportunity to clean your iOS device. As a result of the continuous use, it’s possible that your phone has gathered huge amounts of garbage.

For performing the update, you phone needs some storage and it makes sense to delete useless stuff. However, this year Apple has shrunk the size of updates to half- so you’ll be needing lesser space. Still, it’s good to delete the apps you don’t use and other useless data. Simply go to the Settings and tap on Usage and afterward Storage. Check the apps eating tons of memory and delete them if they are useless.

Time to update your apps

To make your current iOS applications compatible with the latest iOS 9, update them. By doing this, you can make the most out of the new applications from the minute iOS 9 is available on your device.

Simply go to the App Store, tap on Update and begin updating the apps to prepare your iPhone for iOS 9 upgrade.

Now backup your data

This is one of the most important steps but Apple has eased the process using iCloud. This will be useful in case the upgrade doesn’t go smoothly. You can either sync your iPhone data on iCloud- or you can connect your iOS device to you Mac and backup using iTunes.

For iCloud alternative, simply go to iCloud setting and check whether your iPhone for iOS 9 upgrade.

It’s time to perform the upgrade

Once released, getting the iOS 9 upgrade is easy as Apple releases the updates over the air. Just head to the General option in Settings, tap on Software Update and check if iOS 9 update is available for you.

If it shows available, download and install the update using the desired options. Things would be completed in some time depending upon your internet speed. Just make sure that your phone is plugged in and charging along with a good internet connection, of course.

Note that your iPhone or iPad must be having enough battery and a good internet for smooth upgrade.


Spotify job listing hints the company’s ‘first physical products’ are coming

Spotify so far has been content to partner far and wide on hardware, via its Spotify Connect platform, which allows anyone building a connected speaker, mobile device or piece of AV equipment to turn their gadget into a Spotify speaker. But a new job listing suggests it will soon build hardware of its own, and it’s looking for people to help make that happen.

The job listing, spotted by The Guardian, seeks an ops manager for “hardware product,” and the first line of the description says outright that “Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products,” though it doesn’t go into detail bout what those products might be. Chances are good that these will be smart, connected speakers of some kind, however, since it seems like a logical first step into the hardware world for software-focused Spotify.

A dedicated Spotify smart speaker could be a very good thing, especially if it integrates some kind of assistant tech, and could help the streaming leader translate its software success into an ecosystem of products with a bit more range in terms of diversifying their business. The question would be what Spotify could offer that devices from existing partners cannot, and whether Spotify would continue its strategy of embracing such an open ecosystem of hardware partners if it’s also making its own.

Another possibility is that Spotify explore dedicated streaming devices (a low-cost, Spotify-specific iPod-type media player seems like an idea with legs, for instance). But based on this listing, it seems like it’s still early days for any gadget strategy from the streaming music provider.
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Essential Phone’s new ‘Halo Gray’ color goes on sale exclusively at Amazon

The Essential Phone is currently in the midst of being rolled out in a range of new colors, including three that will be released excessively on Essential’s own website, with a staged release schedule that began Thursday. On Friday, however, Essential revealed a surprise fourth new color, “Halo Gray,” which will be exclusive to Amazon and which is now available to pre-purchase.

Amazon is a partner to Essential both as a sales channel, and as an investor. The distribution partnership with Amazon has been particularly fruitful, among all its sales channels, according to Essential President Niccolo de Masi, so it made sense to do something unique for Amazon with the ‘Halo Gray’ colorway.

With the Halo Gray Essential Phone, customers get the dark, matte finish of the ‘Stellar Gray’ color it released itself, along with the natural titanium, silver look of the band on the current white Essential model. The combination should be a good one, I can say from having seen both the matte finish and the titanium bands separately on other versions of Essential’s device.

The phone will also be unique in another way: It’ll include the Alexa app in the app drawer right from setup (though it’s still user removable, too, unlike pre-loaded stuff on most other Android devices). Given the popularity of Echo devices, and the gadget–buying audience Amazon is probably reaching anyway, it’s very likely that Essential buyers will appreciate saving a step with Alexa ready to go out of the box.

Amazon has been a solid partner for Essential, de Masi says, especially given its relative youth. The Essential Phone was one of the top-selling unlocked phones for Amazon on Cyber Monday last year, for instance, and also been an avenue for bringing the unlocked device to other markets via international shipping options.

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I asked De Masi about the recent IDC report that claims Essential sold just around 90,000 phones in its first six months of availability. Essential has always been upfront about the fact that it wouldn’t approach sales volumes of giants like Apple or Samsung in its first few years, but de Masi said he’s been pleasantly surprised by their performance, and called those estimates off-base relative to their actual sales volume thus far.

“I have yet to see any estimate throughout the life of this company that wasn’t low,” De Masi said. “Every single industry number has been low throughout the life of this product. I’m comfortable saying we sold in the six figures last year. We weren’t in the seven figures, but we certainly weren’t in the five figures.”

The Essential President also noted that Xiaomi’s first-year sales were in the same ballpark, so in general it’s happy with the company it’s keeping. De Masi also hinted about more to come, though he wouldn’t provide any specifics on any potential Essential Phone successors. New accessories are also in the pipeline, as are additional software improvements to build on the great work the company has done with the Essential Phone’s camera to date.

Like the other limited edition new colors from Essential, this Halo Gray version will be sold out once all the inventory is gone. de Masi acknowledged that Essential is taking cues from other limited release products in the lifestyle, including watches and sneakers, in pursuing this kind of strategy. Essential’s industrial design is unique and distinct enough that it seems like a good fit, but it’ll be interesting to see how it impacts overall sales numbers for the smartphone startup.

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Amazon reportedly paid around $90 million for security camera maker Blink

Amazon acquired Blink late last year, a maker of affordable, easy to use security cameras powered by AA batteries. The acquisition was reportedly worth around $90 million to Amazon, according to a new report from Reuters, though the terms of the deal were not disclosed by Amazon and it hasn’t provided any comment on the specifics.

The Blink acquisition is something that could help Amazon further develop its connected home strategy, which includes its Cloud Cam and its Amazon Key program for allowing deliveries within their homes while they’re away. It’s not yet clear how the two product lines will integrate, however.

Blink’s cameras are still available on Amazon, and the company was planning a video doorbell for release in 2018, similarly powered by standard batteries.

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