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Google, aiming for speed, has unveiled Google Instant. From my early testing, it is pretty darn fast. Essentially, as you begin typing in a search query Google displays the results on the page. This is only available in the US at the moment and only from the Google home page, although it is promised to be baked into browsers later this year. There is also a promise of it rolling out for mobile (read Android) later this year as well.

As a couple of examples, if you type the letter “w” you get local weather results below search box. Type Warner and you’ll begin to see grayed out letters that are predicting where you might like to go. The idea here is to save time by predicting your intent. I typed in “augmented humanity” and got results on Eric Schmidt’s comments from IFA. I’m guessing the more Google gathers about us the more predictive it will become. I’m also guessing that this means results will eventually become more and more unique to the person doing the typing as long as you’re logged in. We’ve had Google predict what we’re going to type for sometime but now you can also scroll through those predictions to see what results they might yield as well.

The blogosphere is going crazy right now dishing out quick analysis of Google Instant, and from what I’m reading it is all a bit too instant to really draw any conclusions beyond the fact that what Google has unveiled is new, fast, and different than we were just a short time ago. There’s a video released by Google below with what they’re up to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElubRNRIUg4&feature=player_embedded

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  1. GoodThings2Life

    09/08/2010 at 4:32 pm

    Absolutely LOVE the idea and have wondered why it’s taken so long to do this… I mean, all sorts of content on the web behaves this way, and even Outlook has had this feature for 4 years now for filtering mail content… so why not web search?

    Has always seemed like such a no-brainer.

  2. Bobby Brooks

    09/08/2010 at 6:17 pm

    Well, what did you expect to get if you typed in “augmented humanity”? Good Lord!

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iOS 14 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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The iOS 14 beta wiped out some glaring issues, but a number of problems have slipped into the final version of Apple’s iOS 14 update for iPhone.

Apple’s finally pulled its long-awaited iOS 14 operating system out of beta. The update is available for the iPhone 6s and newer and it brings a long list of new features including improved Widgets, enhancements to the Messages app, new Memoji, and a whole lot more.

iOS 14 also features under-the-hood improvements and some iPhone users are already noticing a huge difference after moving their device up from iOS 13.

On the flip side, some iPhone users have already run into bugs and a variety of performance issues. Some of these issues have carried over from iOS 13, others are brand new.

In this guide to iOS 14 problems we’ll take you through the current state of these issues. We’ll show you where to find potential fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems and provide you with some resources that should help if you run into trouble.

We’ll also touch on the state of the iOS 13 downgrade and outline what you can expect from Apple and iOS 14 down the road.

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iOS 14 Problems

As we push away from the software’s release we’re seeing complaints from those who have adopted Apple’s new operating system. Some of the problems are minor, others are far more problematic.

The early list of iOS 14 problems includes some very common issues. iPhone users are having trouble downloading and installing the new operating system. If your iOS 14 installation gets stuck, try hard resetting your phone. This typically resolves the issue.

We’re also seeing complaints about UI lag, AirPlay issues, Touch ID and Face ID issues, abnormal battery drain, issues with first and third-party apps, iMessage issues, Wi-Fi problems, Bluetooth problems, CarPlay issues, lockups, freezes, and crashes. There’s also an issue with one of iOS 14’s new features.

iOS 14 lets users set third-party applications as alternatives to the company’s default mail and browser apps. However, iPhone users have discovered that the software reverts these apps to Apple’s whenever a device is restarted. Fortunately, Apple is working on a fix.

The company recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.”

Again, this is an early list and we expect the list of iOS 14 problems to grow as more people transition over from iOS 13.

If you haven’t downloaded the iOS 14 update yet, we recommend preparing your iPhone for the download. Some prep work ahead of time can help you avoid major headaches.

We’ve put together a step-by-step pre-installation process and it will take you through the best way to prepare for iOS 14.

Where to Find Feedback

If you’re currently running iOS 14 or if you’re planning to upgrade, you’ll want to sift through feedback from early adopters. This feedback will alert you to potential bugs and performance issues.

We’ve released our list of reasons to and not to install the iOS 14 update and it’s a good starting point for those of you weighing a move from iOS 13.

We also recommend keeping an eye on YouTubeApple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about iOS 14 performance.

We’re in the process of publishing our mini iOS 14 reviews for the iPhone 11, iPhone XS, iPhone X, iPhone 8iPhone 7iPhone 6s, iPhone SE 2, and iPhone SE so check those out if you need additional feedback about iOS 14.

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How to Fix iOS 14 Problems

Some issues might require a fix from Apple, but some you might be able to fix on your own.

Before you make an appointment at your local Apple Store, have a look at our list of fixes for the most common iOS 14 problems. It might have what you’re looking for.

We’ve also released some tips that could help you improve your device’s performance and a guide that shows you how to fix iOS 14 battery life problems.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, you should head on over to Apple’s discussion forums. If they can’t help you, you might want to get in contact with Apple Support via Twitter or via the Apple’s website.

If you still can’t fix your issue(s), you might want to schedule an appointment to see a Genius at your local Apple Store. They should be able to diagnose your problem in minutes.

You Can’t Downgrade from iOS 14

If you can’t stand iOS 14’s performance on your iPhone, you no longer have the option to downgrade.

Apple has stopped signing on iOS 13.7 which means you can’t bring your device’s software back in an effort to improve performance.

The company’s also closed off the downgrade path back to iOS 13.6.1 and older versions of iOS. There’s no way back to any of those updates either.

This means that once you make the move from iOS 13 to iOS 14, there’s no getting back. Keep that in mind if you’re still lingering on the previous operating system.

For more about how the downgrade process works, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.

What’s Next

If your device is struggling on iOS 14, help is on the way.

Apple is currently working on iOS 14.2, a new milestone update. The update is currently in beta and it should carry new features and bug fixes for initial iOS 14 problems.

We don’t have an iOS 14.2 release date to look forward to just yet. If you can’t wait for the official release you can download the beta.

There’s a good chance we see another version of iOS 14 (iOS 14.0.1 or iOS 14.1) roll out sooner than iOS 14.2 so keep an eye out as we push toward the end of the month.

For more on iOS 14.2, take a look at our guide.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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5 Xbox Series X Pre-Order Tips to Get One After The Sell Out

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Do you want to make sure that you get an Xbox Series X pre-order? Or the Xbox Series S?

We have a collection of tips that will help you snag one as soon as the new Xbox consoles are in stock again.

The Xbox Series S is $299 and the Xbox Series X is $499. Pre-orders start started this week and will continue through November as stock arrives.

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If you missed out on a Xbox Srries X pre-order on day one, here are the tips that you can use now.

Check Account Passwords Now

When the Xbox Series X pre-orders are back in stock you need to be ready to go. This is not the time to be resetting a Best Buy or Walmart password or creating an account.

Spend 10 minutes right now making sure that you can log in to Microsoft, GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Target, and Walmart.

This can mean the difference between getting a new Xbox on day one and waiting months. I lost out on one order because I tried to check out as a guest and it took too long.

Update Payment Information

While you are logged in make sure that your credit card is up to date and that shipping and billing information is updated.

The time that you spend updating any of this, could be long enough to miss out on getting the Xbox Series X or Series S in November.

Be Ready to Checkout

Now that you can log in and your credit card is up to date, you need to be prepared to checkout as soon as the console is in your cart.

Some links to Amazon may even put the Xbox Series X directly into your cart.

Don’t wonder about tax, warranties, or look for coupon codes. Check out and get a confirmation. The console can disappear from your cart. This is not like a ticket checkout process where you are holding an item for a few minutes.

Use Websites Not Apps

Websites tend to offer a better chance to get a console this year. The PS5 pre-orders worked best on websites, with some apps just showing the landing pages while other people were ordering.

It’s a good idea to have apps available as a backup, but start on the website and be on the lookout for links directly to the products on social media.

Set Up In-Stock Alerts

You can use this guide to check for the Xbox Series X in stock and then set up an alert that notifies you in the browser, by email or by text.

Remember You Can Always Cancel Later

If you really want the Xbox Series S, but it is out of stock, you may want to lock in the Xbox Series X pre-order and then decide later.

You can cancel your pre-order pretty easily at most retailers if you find the version that you really want somewhere else.

It is best to lock in pre-order and fine-tune it later.

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5 Things to Know About the iOS 14.2 Update

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Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 14.2 update and the software is now in beta testing ahead of a release for iPhone.

iOS 14.2 is a milestone release (x.x) which means it should bring new features, security enhancements, and fixes for bugs impacting the current version of iOS 14.

There’s a chance iOS 14.2 serves as iOS 14.0’s successor, but we could also see the company release iOS 14.1, or another version of iOS 14, perhaps iOS 14.0.1, before it arrives.

We don’t have an official iOS 14.2 release date yet, but iPhone users who don’t want to wait for the official roll out can try the update out right now through one of Apple’s beta programs.

With iOS 14.2 on the way, we want to take you through everything there is to know about the software.

In this guide to 14.1 we’ll take you through the update’s known changes, what you can expect from the iOS 14.2 release date and release time, key information about the iOS 14.2 beta, and more.

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iOS 14.2 Beta

If you don’t want to wait for the official version of iOS 14.2 to arrive, you don’t have to.

The iOS 14.2 beta is available to those in Apple’s developer program and those enrolled in the Beta Software Program.

While a developer account requires you to pay money, Apple’s Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a compatible device and working Apple ID. Most people should install the public iOS 14.2 beta.

Before you download the iOS 14.2 beta onto your phone remember that pre-release software is almost always plagued with bugs and performance issues. These issues could impact the performance of your core apps, your device’s battery life, and its overall speed which makes it a less than ideal daily driver.

You should be able to fix some of these problems on your own, but some bugs and performance issues will probably require a fix from Apple down the road.

If you can’t stand the beta’s performance on your iPhone you can downgrade back to iOS 14.0. The downgrade path back to iOS 13 is now closed.

iOS 14.2 Release Date

Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 14.2 release date for iPhone.

Nothing is confirmed, but the company is reportedly planning to launch iOS 14.1 alongside the new iPhone 12 series in October.  The iPhone 12 announcement is currently rumored for Tuesday, October 13th.

If that pans out, Apple could release iOS 14.1 shortly before the new iPhones arrive on shelves with an iOS 14.2 release coming sometime afterward.

Apple recently told CNET that it is “aware of an issue that can impact default email and browser settings in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 and that a “fix will be available to users in a software update.”

Given the nature of the bug, we could see a new version of iOS 14 roll out in the near future. Apple could also bake the fix into iOS 14.1 or iOS 14.2.

We’ll let you know when we learn more.

iOS 14.2 Release Time

We don’t have an official iOS 14.2 release date yet, but we know exactly when Apple will roll the software out on whatever day it chooses.

The official version of iOS 14.2 will probably arrive in and around 10AM Pacific. It sometimes takes a few minutes for iOS updates to show up so there’s no need to worry if you don’t see new software right when the clock strikes 10AM.

Apple will also release iOS 14.2 beta updates for developers and those in the Beta Software Program in and around 10AM Pacific. The company typically releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks.

Keep this timeline in mind if you plan to install the official version of iOS 14.2, or new iOS 14.2 betas, right away.

iOS 14.2 Update: What’s New

Apple’s x.x updates always bring a mix of features, security patches, and under-the-hood improvements and that’s exactly what to expect from iOS 14.2.

Developers digging through the first iOS 14.2 beta have discovered a new Music Recognition control for Control Center. The feature will let iOS 14.2 users discover music around them.

Beta testers have also discovered a new “People Detection” feature in Magnifier in Control Center that uses AR (Augmented Reality) to show you the distance between yourself and other people.

The Apple Watch icon has also been updated to reflect the new Solo Loop band that was released alongside the company’s new Watches.

Apple could add, or subtract, from the iOS 14.2 change log as the beta progresses so keep an eye out for changes as the software makes progress behind the scenes.

iOS 14 Jailbreak

If you still jailbreak, make sure you avoid the iOS 14.2 beta. The only way you can jailbreak a device right now is if it’s running an older version of iOS 13 or iOS 12.

We don’t expect them to release a tool that’s compatible with the iOS 14.2 beta.

4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14 & 11 Reasons You Should

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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4 Reasons Not to Install iOS 14 & 11 Reasons You Should

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Apple’s iOS 14 update could have a huge impact on your iPhone’s performance. While some of you should install the new operating system right now, others are better off waiting a few hours or perhaps even a few more days before moving up from iOS 13.

iOS 14 is out of beta and available to download. The new operating system is compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, and the iPhone SE 2. It’ll also be on board Apple’s new iPhone 12 series.

The first version of iOS 14 is chock full of changes including improved Widgets, an assortment of changes to first-party apps, performance upgrades, and more.

The iOS 14 update requires a sizable download. It’s 2GB+ for iPhone owners moving their device up from iOS 13.7. It might be even bigger for those of you moving up from older versions of iOS 13. That’s because the features and fixes from the updates you skipped are baked into your version of iOS 14.

Those of you dealing with issues on iOS 13 could see a huge turnaround after installing iOS 14. We’re already hearing about positive changes. That being said, we’re also hearing about various bugs and performance problems.

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If you do run into an issue, note that you can no longer downgrade to iOS 13. Apple has stopped signing on iOS 13.7. The company isn’t signing on older versions of iOS 13 either.

This means that those of you having a great experience on iOS 13 need to approach the iOS 14 upgrade with caution. Once you make the move there’s no going back.

If you’re really desperate, you could try moving your iPhone to Apple’s iOS 14.2 update which is currently in beta ahead of an unknown release date.

If you’re currently debating a move to iOS 14, allow us to walk you through the best reasons to install the software today and the best reasons to hang around on iOS 13 for a little bit longer.

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

Install iOS 14 for Better Security

If security is important to you, think about installing the iOS 14 update right away.

iOS 14 brings 11 new security patches to your iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's website.

If you skipped iOS 13.7 or any older versions of iOS 13, you'll get the security patches from those updates with your iOS 14 update. 

In addition to those patches, iOS 14 comes with some security and privacy upgrades including improvements to Home/HomeKit and Safari. 

For instance in Safari, you can now tap the Privacy Report button to better understand how websites handle your privacy.

With iOS 14 on board you can now get information on the App Store that will help you understand the privacy practices of apps before you download them. 

There is also a new recording indicator that will appear at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. You can see if an app has used them recently in Control Center.

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How to Pre-Order the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S

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This is how to pre-order the new Xbox in 2020. Pre-orders started on September 22nd and continue right now, though it can be hard to find one. If you are still looking, this is how you pre-order the Xbox Series X or Series S. Just make sure you don’t buy the wrong Xbox.

Here are our Xbox Series X pre-order tips and tricks, what you need to know about problems, and how to find the Xbox Series X in stock.

The Xbox Series X is $499 and the Xbox Series S is $299. You can pre-order these at Microsoft, GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and other retailers. If you buy from Microsoft you can even get a payment plan as low as $24.99 a month.

The Xbox Series X release date is November 10th, and it is the same for both models. Here is how to pre-order if you want a new Xbox this fall. These links work for both models.

Read: Should I Pre-Order the Xbox Series S?

Here is a look at where you can pre-order the Xbox Series X and Series S. The pre-orders are open, but some retailers are no longer accepting them until more stock is released.

Microsoft Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

How to pre-order the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

Head over to Microsoft to see if you can place a Xbox Series X and Series S pre-order. You can also check out information about the consoles and you can learn more about the payment plan options through Xbox All Access.

Amazon Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

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  • Experience next-gen speed and performance with the Xbox velocity architecture, powered by a custom SSD and integrated software.
  • Play thousands of games from four generations of Xbox with Backward compatibility, including optimized titles at launch.
  • Download and play over 100 high-quality games, including all new Xbox Game Studios titles like Halo Infinite the day they release, with Xbox Game Pass ultimate (membership sold separately).
  • Xbox Smart delivery ensures you play the best available version of your game no matter which Console you're playing on.

Amazon offers a landing page for the Xbox Series X, and you can sign up for an email when they are in stock.

GameStop Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

GameStop offers a landing page where you can check out the various consoles and bundles.

Best Buy Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

The Best Buy Xbox Series X  and Series S pre-order page lets you see if either model is available to pe-order.

Read: Should I Pre-Order the Xbox Series X?

Target Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

The Target landing page to pre-order the Xbox Series X and Series S lets you click and see both consoles as well as accessories.

Walmart Xbox Series X Pre-Order Details

You can sign up for notifications when the Xbox Series X and Series S are in stock at Walmart and then quickly jump in to pre-order.

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