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10 hidden iPhone features we discovered after installing iOS 14.3 – CNET

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iOS 14 is full of hidden gems; you just have to know where to look. 


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Apple recently released iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3, bringing yet more new features to its iPhone and iPad lineup. With the launch of iOS 14 in September, Apple completely changed how iPhone owners interact with their home screens, including the the ability to add widgetsan app drawer of sorts and the option to create your own app icons.

For its part, iOS 14.3 added Fitness Plus, Apple’s new subscription workout service and a hidden camera feature for iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max users (more on that below). 

These welcome enhancements will surely enrich your experience, but my favorite tricks in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are the ones you have to work to find. For instance, you can now fully ditch Apple Mail and Safari with a new default apps setting.

Below, I’ll walk you through how to use ten of the best hidden features I’ve uncovered in iOS 14.3. This list will surely continue to grow, so check back for more gems. 

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It’s true, you can set some default apps on iOS 14. 


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Set your default email or web browser

It’s true, Apple is finally giving up some control over your default apps. Right now the feature is limited to email apps and web browsers. So, for example, you can assign Chrome to be your go-to browser or Outlook as your email app of choice. 

App developers will need to update their apps for iOS 14 in order for the new default assignment option to appear, so you may need to be patient if your favorite app isn’t ready. 

To get started, open your iPhone or iPad’s Settings app and then scroll down to the bottom where it lists all of your installed apps. Find the mail or browser app you’re looking for and tap on it. If it’s been updated for iOS 14, you’ll see either Default Browser App or Default Email App; tap it and then select your preferred app. 

There’s currently a bug in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 that resets your default app selection when you restart your device. Apple is aware and promises a future update will fix it. 

Right now, I know Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Outlook and Hey email have updated to include this new “default” toggle. 

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The home screen on your iPhone is now a lot more customizable. 


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Quickly get rid of app home screens

iOS 14’s new App Library acts like an app drawer, allowing you to ditch countless home screens full of apps you rarely, if ever, use. Instead of going through each app one by one and sending them to the App Library, you can hide entire home screen panels with just a few taps. 

Long-press on an empty area of your home screen to trigger edit mode. Next, tap on the page indicator, then tap the check mark below each panel you want to remove. This won’t delete those apps, but will instead move them solely to the App Library, where they’re more or less hidden in an app drawer that you can access at any time.


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Banish newly downloaded apps from your home screen

You just took all that time to curate your home screens, adding widgets and keeping just your most important apps, only to have all of your hard work ruined by a new app you just downloaded. Instead of letting your iPhone put apps on your home screen when you install them, send them directly to the App Library until they prove they’re worthy. 

Open Settings > Home Screen and select App Library Only in the top section. You can easily find recently downloaded apps in the App Library’s Recently Added category, which should be the top-right folder when you view it. 

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This was taken with the main camera as a ProRaw photo. Notice the lights on the tree, compared to the green hue of the street lighting and blue and pink tones in the sky.


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Take better photos on iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max

Apple added a new ProRaw picture format in iOS 14.3 to the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max. The new raw photo format is specific, for now, to those two iPhone models, with the ability to edit and improve the overall look of your pictures in the Photos app. We’ve taken the new feature for a spin and found it to make a huge difference. 

After installing iOS 14.3 you need to turn on ProRaw in the Camera app’s settings. Go to Settings > Camera > Formats and slide the switch next to Apple ProRAW to the On position. Going forward, you’ll see a toggle labeled “RAW” in the Camera app near the top of the screen. If it has a line through it, your camera will capture a normal jpg file. If it doesn’t, then you’re capturing photos in ProRaw format. 

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Can’t find that emoji you need? Search for it. 


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Search the emoji keyboard

Finally — yes, this one deserves a very loud “FINALLY! “– you can search the emoji picker for exactly what you want. Launch the emoji keyboard just like you always do and now you’ll find a search bar at the top of the keyboard. 

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Your hidden photo album can actually be hidden now. Cool, right? 


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Hidden photos are now actually hidden

The ability to hide specific photos or videos has been in iOS and iPadOS for a while now, but there was a big problem — these photos you didn’t want to see anymore were stored in a Hidden Album in the Photos app that was far too easy to find. With iOS 14, Apple has added the option to hide the hidden album, letting you truly cloak those photos and videos you want to keep, but don’t want anyone else to see. 

Turn it on by going to Settings > Photos and making sure the Hidden Album switch is turned off. (Yes, off: Enabling the setting means the Hidden Album will show in the Albums tab.) Anything you hide in your camera roll will still be saved on your device and in your iCloud Photos library, but you won’t have a way to get to it unless you go back to this setting and turn the Hidden Album feature on. 

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Picture-in-picture is one of our favorite iOS 14 features. 


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Watch YouTube videos in Picture in Picture mode

The iPhone now has one of my favorite iPad features: Picture in Picture (PiP) mode for watching videos or using during FaceTime calls. Here’s how it works. Instead of having to stay in an app, for example if you’re watching your favorite game streamer in Twitch, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to leave the app and the video will automatically shrink down to a floating window. You can move this thumbnail video around, or even hide it off the edge of the screen if you just want to listen to the audio.

The YouTube app doesn’t support PiP right now, but you can get around that by starting to watch a YouTube video in Safari in full-screen mode, then swiping up to go back to your home screen. The key is you have to put the video in full-screen mode before leaving the app. If that’s not working for you, try requesting the desktop version of the site before you start watching the video. This workaround can be hit or miss, so if it doesn’t work for one video, don’t get discouraged. Try it the next time you find yourself binging a YouTube playlist and need to use your phone. 

If you’d rather not trigger PiP when you leave an app, turn off automatic activation by going to Settings > General > Picture in Picture and turn it off. After which, the only time PiP will be used is when you tap on the icon in a playing video. 


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Fake eye contact in FaceTime

We first saw FaceTime’s eye contact feature show up in the iOS 13 beta last year, but ultimately it was never released. Well, it’s back in iOS 14. Essentially your iPhone or iPad will make it look as if your eyes are looking directly into the camera, even if you’re staring at the screen. 

It’s a subtle feature, but one that should make the person on the other end of the call feel as if you’re fully paying attention instead. 

Turn it on by going to Settings > FaceTime > Eye Contact

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Tap on the back of your phone to do all kinds of fancy tricks. 


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Double- or triple-tap on the back of the phone to trigger actions

A new accessibility feature called Back Tap makes it possible to trigger system features, like multitasking or Control Center, or launch a Shortcut just by tapping on the back of your iPhone two or three times. 

Find the feature in Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap. Pick the number of taps you want to use, and then you’ll see a list of actions you can initiate. 

For example, you can triple-tap on the back of your phone to take a screenshot or launch Siri

When I first read about this feature, I thought it would be all too easy to prompt it just by putting my iPhone in my pocket or placing it on my desk. But that hasn’t been the case at all — the phone seems good at identifying the tap pattern before it activates. 

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You can use the Apple Pencil to write in any text field. 


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Scribble in any text field on your iPad with Apple Pencil

The iPad has a new feature called Scribble. It basically converts any text field into a box that you can write in using an Apple Pencil, and your iPad will convert your handwriting to typed text automatically. 

If you’re in the middle of jotting notes and you get a new iMessage, you can pull down the alert and use the quick-reply field to write out your response and go back to writing notes, all without ever putting down the Pencil or activating the keyboard. 

For heavy Apple Pencil users, Scribble should speed up a lot of tasks that normally would have been slowed down by having to switch between stylus and keyboard. 

There’s so much more to these updated operating systems. iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are available as free updates and don’t take long to install. Just make sure to do some housekeeping on your device before installing to make sure the process goes smoothly. 

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Samsung Galaxy S21 5G review | Sharp cameras, Director’s View & smart features – The GATE

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G hits a perfect balance of size, style, power, and affordability. Samsung has made a number of improvements from last year’s S20, and that includes better speed, software, new features, and major camera upgrades as well. And on top of everything else, the price is right.

I’ve spent the last week using the Galaxy S21, and it’s an excellent, light, versatile phone that is going to make a lot of Android users want to make the switch. It’s a consistently great experience, with a perfect form factor for users who don’t want a huge phone. There are a couple of small concessions with the new Galaxy, but they’re generally not deal breakers in any way.

So what are you getting for $1,129.99? Here’s the full breakdown.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Specs

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The Galaxy S21 features a 6.2″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display that adjusts the refresh rate, up to 120Hz, depending on whether you’re gaming, watching videos, or just browsing the web.

There are four cameras on the phone, including the 12 MP ultra wide camera, 12 MP wide-angle camera, 64 MP telephoto camera, and a 10 MP selfie camera.

Powered by the Snapdragon 888 processor, the phone comes with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage space, with the option of 256 GB of storage for a little more.

And the phone lasts well all day long, on a single charge, with the 4,000 mAh battery.

Galaxy S21 Design

Samsung has made a bolder design choice with the S21 lineup. Following the Galaxy Note 20 last year, the S21 takes that style a step further, pushing the cameras right into the upper corner of the rear side of the phone, while protecting the array with a metal cover, rather than the usual all-glass design.

The phone comes in four colour options: Phantom Violet, Phantom Gray, Phantom Pink, and Phantom White, and I love the two-tone Violet design that features a bronze accent for the camera array and around the edge in a similar colour to last year’s Mystic Bronze.

Compared to all the recent phones I’ve reviewed, I have to admit that I feel a lot more comfortable with the metal that protects the camera array too. The camera lenses are slightly recessed, so it would be hard to scratch or damage them, and the designs looks and feels safer.

Similar to last year’s Galaxy phones, the S21 also has the simple cutout on the display for the selfie camera, with a gorgeous edge-to-edge display with the slimmest bezels around the edge.

The rear of the phone is gorgeous, but it’s notable that while the design is lighter, it’s plastic. With a good case though, that won’t be an issue for most people, short of a major drop.

Galaxy S21 Cameras

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Between the Galaxy S21’s three rear cameras, the performance is excellent. Samsung put the largest sensor behind the telephoto camera, so you can zoom in to really get the details, and I had great results. Improved focus and subject tracking features also make it easier to get sharp photos.

Samsung also launched a new mode with the Galaxy S21, and it’s a great one. Director’s View previews all three rear-facing cameras on the screen, so you can switch between them while you’re filming. No need to pinch the screen–just tap the camera preview and it switches while you’re recording. You can also show the selfie view picture-in-picture style, or split-view, which feels like a feature content creators will love for YouTube, Instagram, and Tik Tok.

My only complaint with Director’s View is that you can’t control the video quality, and you can only record in standard HD, so you can’t use the feature to capture 4K or 8K video. Hopefully some day we’ll see Director’s View and Pro Video modes combined, or at least more control for DV, since it feels like it could be even more powerful and useful.

Looking at selfies and portraits, the S21 captured excellent results in my tests, even on my cat. After you take the shot, you can also adjust and edit portraits, using Samsung’s built-in portrait editor, to apply studio lighting, and change the backdrop. Photo editing in the gallery app also gives you control over colour, brightness, and cropping.

Like the Note 20 Ultra as well, the S21 shoots up to 8K video, and I absolutely love the Pro Video mode. With all the available options in Pro Video, it’s pretty easy to get extremely high quality video (like with my Note 20 Ultra), taking full control over the shutter speed, ISO, microphones, aspect ratio, while monitoring the white balance.

The scene optimizer also does an excellent job getting the right colour balance, brightness, and contrast for photos, or you can shoot in Pro photo mode to get the shot exactly the way you want.

And if you’re shooting 8K video, Samsung also offers 8K Video Snap to capture images from your videos, so you don’t have to pick between video or photos any more.

Galaxy S21 Performance, Battery, and Features

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For the size of the phone, the S21 still has lightning fast response times and loads everything quickly thanks to the processor and 8 GB of RAM. Gaming was very quick, and the phone zipped through tasks while switching between apps, and using editing software.

Battery life was also good, and the phone lasted all day for me, even when I was using power-hungry apps and watching videos.

The one change with the S21, over recent Galaxy phones, is that Samsung didn’t include expandable memory, and the box doesn’t come with a wall plug.

For me, this makes it important to decide if you can afford getting the 256 GB model of the phone, since most people will have a much harder time filling up that much space, making expandable memory unnecessary.

In terms of charging, the phone does come with a USB-C cable, and I found charging over that, connected to my laptop, very quick. For those of us who have had Samsung phones before, you can also use those USB-C charging cables still, and I frankly don’t need any more plugs in my house anyway.

The 5G phone also offers the fastest download speeds, where 5G is available, while offering improved Wi-Fi speeds for when you’re home. Plus the S21 is IP68 rated, for water resistance against splashes.

Final Notes

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is a great phone, it’s affordable versus other phones with similar features, and there are a lot of benefits to switching, especially compared to older phones.

The S21 design is fresh it looks amazing, with colours that pop, especially the two-tone Phantom Violet with bronze accents. If I had to pick between the phones, the S21 is the perfect affordable options, and while the S21 + has some interesting perks for a little more money, if you can spend a bit more, I’d say the S21 Ultra seems like the best buy for a phone that will last you longer.

The Galaxy S21, as well as the S21 + and S21 Ultra, are available for pre-order now, starting at $1,129.99 for the S21, and $1,199.99 for the S21 with 256 GB of memory. The phones arrive in stores and for delivery on January 29, 2021.

Watch my unboxing video below, scroll down to see Director’s View in action, and for sample images with the phone.

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The View40 is Honor's first phone after splitting from Huawei – Yahoo Canada Shine On

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Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID, According to Scientists

More than 10% of those who get COVID will feel sicker, longer—they are victims of Long COVID, or Post-COVID Syndrome. The symptoms can be as painful as they are unnerving: tinnitus, migraines, myalgia, hair loss—the horrors never cease. Now, a new study has determined the most common characteristics. “This is the first study on COVID investigating 3,762 patients beyond 6 months of illness, tracking the prevalence of 205 symptoms in 10 organ systems,” say the researchers. “We focused on mapping the longer-term impact of COVID-19 on health, work, and returning to baseline.” Read on to see if you have the most frequent symptoms reported after month 6—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus. 1 You Will Most Likely Suffer Fatigue Up to 80.3% Experienced This In nearly every study of Long COVID, fatigue is the most common symptom. This fatigue doesn’t just make you feel “sleepy”; it’s a soul-sucking, full-body drain that can leave many incapacitated, or at the very least feeling “no longer themselves.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has likened Long COVID to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis, for which there is no cure. The hallmark symptom for CFS/ME is a fatigue that doesn’t improve after six months—and worsens with exertion. Which leads us to our next slide…. 2 You Will Likely Have Post-Exertional Malaise Up to 75.0% Experienced ThisPost-exertional malaise—aka “PEM”—”has been described as a cluster of symptoms following mental or physical exertion, often involving a loss of physical or mental stamina, rapid muscle or cognitive fatigability, and sometimes lasting 24 hours or more,” reports one study. The worsening symptoms can include “fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, cognitive deficits, insomnia, and swollen lymph nodes. It can occur after even the simplest everyday tasks, such as walking, showering, or having a conversation.”RELATED: 7 Tips You Must Follow to Avoid COVID, Say Doctors 3 You Will Likely Have Cognitive Dysfunction Up to 58.8% Experienced This Long Haulers have reported “brain fog”—which Dr. Fauci describes as a difficulty to concentrate—as well as hallucinations, confusion and clumsiness. “Many other long haulers describe their most debilitating persistent symptom as impaired memory and concentration, often with extreme fatigue,” reports JAMA Network. “The effects are different from the cognitive impairment patients might experience after a critical illness.” “I do think there’s a subset of patients [who] weren’t even in the hospital who have a postviral brain fog,” said COVID-19 Recovery Clinic (CORE) of Montefiore Medical Center in New York, codirector Aluko Hope, MD, MSCE. 4 How Long Do These Symptoms Last? How Will They Impact Your Life? “These three symptoms were also the three most commonly reported overall,” say the study’s authors. How long will they last? Long COVID may last forever; after all, there is no cure for CFS/ME. Other people recover within a year. Doctors just don’t know yet. To get granular, according to the study: “In those who recovered in less than 90 days, the average number of symptoms peaked at week 2, and in those who did not recover in 90 days, the average number of symptoms peaked at month 2. Respondents with symptoms over 6 months experienced an average of 13.8 symptoms in month 7,” they continued. “85.9% experienced relapses, with exercise, physical or mental activity, and stress as the main triggers. 86.7% of unrecovered respondents were experiencing fatigue at the time of survey, compared to 44.7% of recovered respondents. 45.2% reported requiring a reduced work schedule compared to pre-illness and 22.3% were not working at the time of survey due to their health conditions.” 5 What to Do If You Have Long COVID Symptoms “Patients with Long COVID report prolonged multisystem involvement and significant disability,” report the study’s authors. “Most had not returned to previous levels of work by 6 months. Many patients are not recovered by 7 months, and continue to experience significant symptom burden.” If you experience any of these symptoms, contact a medical professional immediately. And to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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Why we're so excited for Resident Evil: Village and its very tall lady – it's the Eurogamer next-gen news cast! – Eurogamer.net

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Oh, mother.

It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for another Eurogamer next-gen news cast! In the video below, Eurogamer news editor Tom Phillips, reporter Emma Kent and me discuss the week’s news, including the gameplay reveal of the promising Resident Evil: Village. Is its very tall lady a vampire? This is actually something we have thoughts about.

We’re excited for Village, but we’re not so pumped for multiplayer spin-off Re:Verse. Capcom’s multiplayer Resident Evil offerings have been mixed at best, and we’re not sure why Re:Verse, with its off-putting art style, even exists.

Eurogamer Next-Gen News Cast – Why we’re so excited for Resident Evil: Village and its very tall lady.

Elsewhere in next-gen news, PlayStation 5 scalpers are at it again – although GAME has played down the claims from some on social media who posted screenshots of scores of secured orders alongside a boast about making loads of money from them.

We then have a chinwag about Sony’s decision to pull the PS5 game release windows it published in the small print of its own CES 2021 video, and what we think that means for those release dates (spoilers: everything will probably be delayed anyway).

Then we’re onto an upcoming Microsoft exclusive: the mysterious Project: Mara. This week, developer Ninja Theory offered a fresh glimpse at its “mental terror” experience, and its photo-realistic apartment. This is certainly one to watch.

And finally, Skyrim! Now, I know Bethesda’s near decade-old role-playing game isn’t exactly next-gen, but this week it emerged you can get Skyrim running at 60fps on a PS5 with the help of a new mod, and all of a sudden I feel the need to jump back into its open world – again. You know, if Bethesda put out a next-gen console update for Skyrim, I’m pretty sure it would do well!

Oh, and keep your eye out this week for a mug check. Perhaps we’ll make it a regular thing.

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