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A new iOS 11 feature has shown up in the software’s most recent beta release that should be quite helpful for travelers and those who find themselves using a lot of public Wi-Fi. The change, not publicized by Apple but noticed instead by beta users, automatically disables auto-join for Wi-Fi networks with poor connectivity. The auto-join button itself was first added in an earlier version of the iOS 11 beta, and it can be found by tapping on the small blue “i” icon next to any Wi-Fi network.

Now, when you’re looking to connect in a public place with a slew of mobile hot spots, you can let the software automatically scrub the worst offenders from the list. It also prevents the scourge that is an Xfinity hot spot from overriding your iPhone’s network connection without you noticing. If you have “Ask to Join Networks” turned on, the feature will put an end to those needless notifications that pop up whenever you walk by your local Starbucks. ..

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The Galaxy Note 8 will be the first Samsung flagship handset to feature a dual lens camera on the back, capable of similar tricks as Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus. Reports said that Samsung wanted to equip the Galaxy S8 with a dual lens shooter on the back but ultimately decided against it. However, the dual lens camera will be the new Note’s signature feature, and a reputable analyst has new details about it.

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KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, who’s famous for his iPhone-related predictions, said in the past that the Galaxy Note 8 will have a dual camera with a telephoto lens. The analyst updated his predictions with more details, MyDrivers reports.

Assuming Kuo’s predictions turn out to be accurate, the Galaxy Note 8 might end up with a better dual camera than Apple’s, at least when it comes to features.

Kuo believes the Galaxy Note 8 will do 3x optical zoom compared to the iPhone 7 Plus’s 2x. Furthermore, both Galaxy N..

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Happy Monday, Apple fans! Well, if it wasn’t a happy Monday before, it’s about to be because we’ve got a terrific batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for you today. Check them all out below before these deals are done.

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This post covers paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. BGR is not affiliated with any developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app anyway, you will be charged by Apple.

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How to use Siri without touching your iPhone's home button

You can call up Siri without even touching the phone's home button.

It's a feature Apple introduced a couple of years ago, but a lot of people still don't know about it.

It works with almost all of Apple's products. If you have an iPhone 6 or older, your device needs to be plugged in for this to work. If you have an iPhone 6s or newer, you can call up Siri no matter where you are. It even works on Apple's newer iPad Pro tablets.

Here's how to set it up.

Open the settings app on your iPhone or iPad and tap the Siri option

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Enable “Access when locked” and “Allow Hey Siri.”

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Now you'll be walked through a setup process where Siri learns yo..

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Apple CEO Tim Cook.GettyApple is expected to launch a redesigned and desirable version of the iPhone this fall, and some analysts hope that a sales “supercycle” it could spur would turn Apple into the first public company worth $1 trillion.

One question is when the “iPhone 8” or “iPhone Pro” would go on sale.

New iPhones typically go on sale in September, which means that a few days get included in Apple's third calendar quarter. But some analysts have said the iPhone 8 may not start shipping until October or later.

In 2015, for example, Apple sold 13 million iPhones in the first weekend the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus were available. Those were counted in the September quarter.

So when Apple reports its earnings on August 1, it will give a huge hint about when the iPhone 8 is going on sale.

If Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri's guidance for third-calendar-quarter revenue is on the high end, Apple may be expecting a few days or more of iPhone 8 sales to be included. Gui..

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Apple CEO Tim Cook.GettyApple is expected to launch a redesigned and desirable version of the iPhone this fall, and some analysts hope that a sales “supercycle” it could spur would turn Apple into the first public company worth $1 trillion.

One question is when the “iPhone 8” or “iPhone Pro” would go on sale.

New iPhones typically go on sale in September, which means that a few days get included in Apple's third calendar quarter. But some analysts have said the iPhone 8 may not start shipping until October or later.

In 2015, for example, Apple sold 13 million iPhones in the first weekend the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus were available. Those were counted in the September quarter.

So when Apple reports its earnings on August 1, it will give a huge hint about when the iPhone 8 is going on sale.

If Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri's guidance for third-calendar-quarter revenue is on the high end, Apple may be expecting a few days or more of iPhone 8 sales to be included. Gui..

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Expectations are so high for the upcoming high-end iPhone that it is being heralded as a milestone in iPhone history.

In an investor note, investment bank Morgan Stanley described it as “[t]he most meaningful feature and technology upgrades in iPhone's history.”

Some of these watershed technologies include “OLED displays, wireless charging, and 3D sensors for AR,” Morgan Stanley added, referring to Apple’s first adoption of an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display and hardware to support augmented reality, often abbreviated as AR.

OLED technology is considered the future of smartphone displays because image quality is beginning to surpass that from liquid crystal displays that Apple has traditionally used on the iPhone. Augmented reality, which combines virtual reality with the real world, is considered a technology where Apple can lead.

To support AR, rumors point to a vertical dual camera on the back of the phone. And the front-facing camera may integrate advance..

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