Kobo adds audiobooks to its iOS and Android apps

Audiobook fans have a new option to comparison shop against. Rakuten Kobo has announced it’s adding audiobooks to its iOS and Android ebook apps, with two ways to buy them: a la carte, or with a $10 per month subscription service that nets you one book per month. The service launches today in Canada, the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand via an update to the apps.

Kobo, which was bought by e-commerce platform Rakuten in 2011, is best known for being one of the only e-reader makers around not named Amazon. But while it doesn’t have the same kind of name recognition, Kobo does have an almost completely global reach. It sells e-readers or ebook services in 190 countries, according to the company, and has a library of 5 million ebooks. The company also offers access to discounted ebooks, and library card compatibility, too.

The new audiobook offering is only coming to the mobile apps, though, so don’t expect to be able to listen to books on any of the company’s e-readers any time soon. Kobo hasn’t said how many books will be available at launch, but you can try out the service for free for 30 days.

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iOS 10.3.3, macOS 10.12.6, watchOS 3.2.3, and tvOS 10.2.2 Updates Released: What’s New

iOS 10.3.3, macOS 10.12.6, watchOS 3.2.3, and tvOS 10.2.2 Updates Released: What's New

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New versions are minor updates
  • Available worldwide for supported devices
  • iOS 10.3.3 brings security fixes and other improvements

Apple rolled out minor software updates for all its major platforms – iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS – on Wednesday evening, most of which have to do with bug fixes, performance improvements, and security updates.

iOS 10.3.3 fixes a number of security issues that could affect core services such as Messages, Safari, WebKit, and Contacts. Meanwhile, macOS Sierra 10.12.6 is said to improve security, stability, and compatibility of your device. It also patches a few enterprise aspects, such as SMB, Xsan, and the Terminal app.

The Apple Watch update – watchOS 3.2.3 – fixes some of the same issues that plagued iPhone and iPad, aside from kernel and Wi-Fi security improvements. That leaves tvOS 10.2.2, which is only available for the most recent 4th-generation Apple TV. It too handles similar security updates.

iOS 10.3.3 can be downloaded through the Settings app under General > Software Update, while macOS Sierra 10.12.6 is available via the Mac App Store. As always, we advise you backup your iPhone or iPad before installing the update.

watchOS 3.2.3 can be found in the Apple Watch app under General > Software Update, and tvOS 10.2.2 is available under Settings > System > Software Updates.

In fall this year, Apple will release major new updates for all of its platforms in the form of iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11. Public beta versions are already available for some of these operating systems if you wish to test out the new features, though do understand that beta software can be buggy and can even lead to data loss.

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How to Downgrade iOS 11 Beta to iOS 10

How to Downgrade iOS 11 Beta to iOS 10

HIGHLIGHTS

  • You can go back to iOS 10.3 from iOS 11 beta
  • The process is not as easy as installing iOS 11 beta
  • You need to connect your iOS device to a PC or Mac

If you are reading this, it means you probably downloaded and installed iOS 11 beta on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and are regretting the decision. Switching back to an older version of iOS is not as simple as installing iOS 11 beta. We’ve always advised you to take a complete backup of your iOS devicebefore attempting adventurous things like switching to beta versions of iOS. If you did that, you don’t have much to worry about at all.

If you did not take a full back up, you may lose some data while downgrading to iOS 10. There’s a simple reason for this — you can’t restore your iOS 11 backup if your device is on iOS 10. So hopefully, you either backed up your device, or didn’t have any important data on the device you installed iOS 11 on. If you’re ready to revert to iOS 10 from iOS 11 beta, read on.

How to revert to iOS 10 from iOS 11 beta
These steps will help you downgrade to iOS 10 from iOS 11 beta.

  1. Be sure to check you have the latest version of iTunes.
  2. Now you need to download the iOS 10.3.3 beta restore image. This varies based on how you downloaded iOS 11 beta as there are separate links for developer beta, public beta, or Apple customer seeding. Most people – like those who followed our instructions – will have the public beta, so if you are not sure, stick to that version.
  3. You need to enter your Apple ID and password, log in, and download the image file.
  4. Connect your iOS device to your PC or Mac running iTunes.
  5. Now you need to put the iOS device in recovery mode: If you have an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, press and hold the volume down and power button on your phone until you see the recovery mode (iTunes logo with lightning cable) show up on the phone. For older iPhones, iPad, or iPod touch, press and hold the power and home button until you enter recovery mode (iTunes logo with lightning cable) show up on the phone.
  6. Once the device is in recovery mode, iTunes on your PC or Mac will show a pop-up asking whether you want to restore to an older version. On Mac, while keeping the Option key on your keyboard pressed click Restore. On Windows, while keeping the Shift key on your keyboard pressed click Restore.
  7. Select the iOS beta restore image you downloaded in step 2.
  8. To remove the iOS 11 beta and return to iOS 10, click Restore.
  9. Now the wait begins. It takes a lot of time for the process to complete. Once the restore is done, you’ll have to enter your Apple ID and password on the iOS device.
  10. After that you can choose to set it up as a new device or restore from a backup to return to the state it was in before you upgraded it to iOS 11 beta.

Do you have any questions on downgrading from iOS 11 to iOS 10? Let us know via the comments.

For more tutorials, visit our How To section.

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Gmail for iOS Gets Anti-Phishing Security Checks Like Android

Gmail for iOS Gets Anti-Phishing Security Checks Like Android

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The same checks were added to Android version earlier this year
  • These anti-phishing security checks warn users against malicious links
  • The feature is similar to Safe Browsing Feature on Chrome desktop version

Earlier this year, Google introduced anti-phishing security checks for Android version of its app that will warn users against opening suspicious links. This move from the company, incidentally, came right after a phishing scam spread widely on the platform and tricked people with what appeared to be Google Docs links inside Gmail. Now, months later, the search giant has introduced the same checks on iOS version of its app as well.

From now on, when you click on a suspicious link in a Gmail message on either iPhone or iPad, the app will show the warning that would tell you to exercise caution before opening the link. “We recommend that you use caution before proceeding, because the link is likely unsafe. Only proceed if you’re confident there’s no risk,” the company said in its post.

If the user still chooses to open the link that the app knows is dangerous, it will take them to a different page that will warn against visiting the original URL. As you might have understood by now, these warnings are just in place to safeguard users against the phishing attacks and protect their account from mails with suspicious links.

This feature from the company is similar to the Safe Browsing feature that was added to Gmail for Google Chrome users on the desktop last year. The Safe Browsing feature presents users with a warning when they receive an email with a link to website known to be associated with phishing, malware, or unwanted software.

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