Posts From Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud Itani
Mahmoud Itani

Mahmoud is an Istanbul-based Beiruti who has always sought freedom through writing. His hobbies include keeping up with tech news, writing articles about Apple devices & services, crocheting, meditating, and composing poetry. You’ll likely find him jogging at a park, swimming in open water, brainstorming at a coffeehouse, or merely lost in nature. He can be reached via [email protected] or the provided social links.

Grab the Sony WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones for $100 off MSRP

Black Friday is right around the corner, and Sony already has some tempting deals! The WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling, Alexa-equipped headphones are on sale for a mere $248 on Amazon. That's $100 off the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP). This is a limited-time 29% off discount, so make sure you grab them while they're still in stock....

Samsung is offering $50 off on all Galaxy Watch 4 models

Black Friday is upon us, and Samsung is already offering discounts! You can grab any Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch 4 Classic model for $50 off. Additionally, you get to choose a band of your choice at no additional cost. This Samsung watch runs Wear OS and comes packed with sensors and features to...

XDA Basics: How to set up and use an Apple AirTag on iPhone

Earlier this year, Apple released its Find My Network-enabled trackers — AirTags. These coin-sized devices help you find lost or stolen items by piggybacking other Apple devices. So when an internet-connected iPhone user passes by an AirTag, the two devices will communicate. This is what updates the AirTag’s status and location on Apple’s servers and...

Netflix Hub has launched on Spotify in select countries

Netflix and Spotify are two of the biggest names when it comes to the video and audio streaming fields respectively. Apple happens to be one of their rivals, and the two streaming overlords have been resisting the Cupertino giant for a while. For example, both streaming services have dropped support for in-app purchases on their...

Discord brings custom backgrounds to video calls, tests new account switcher

Discord is one of the most popular platforms gamers use to interact online. It's a feature-rich communication tool that allows users to socialize via text and audio/video calls. This powerful service also enables friends to watch YouTube videos together, join Clubhouse-like audio rooms, and listen to music as a group. You can use most of...

XDA Basics: How to use the Hide My Email feature on iOS 15

Apple revealed iOS 15 back in June, during its opening WWDC21 keynote. This release was then made available to the public in September, after months of beta testing. One of the new features that it brings is Hide My Email. It's an exclusive feature for iCloud+ subscribers using the latest Apple OS. Hide My Email...

The Apple Watch SE gets a $60 discount, the biggest this year

The Apple Watch SE (GPS, 40mm) is one of the few fitness trackers out there that are both feature-rich and affordable. This watch is just over one year old and runs the latest watchOS 8. When it comes to its hardware, this compact tracker includes most of the features Apple Watches are known for. You're...

Tile to be acquired by Location Sharing app Life360, as competition with AirTag intensifies

Tile -- the pioneer of Bluetooth tracking -- popularized locating personal belongings through its expanding network of connected devices. However, earlier this year, the company found itself facing a serious rival with an even larger network -- Apple. AirTags have a prominent advantage that Tile struggles to compete with. The coin-sized Apple trackers integrate into...

Meta isn’t ready to E2E encrypt your Facebook and Instagram messages by default just yet

Meta -- the company behind Facebook and Instagram -- has shared an update regarding its end-to-end (E2E) encryption plans. The company had promised that it would E2E encrypt Facebook and Instagram messages by default during 2022. Now it has pushed this deadline till "sometime in 2023" -- a year later. Meta already E2E encrypts WhatsApp messages...

Google Messages will make it less annoying to chat with your iMessage friends

iOS and Android --as mobile operating systems -- don't always get along well with each other. For example, iPhone users can't send files to Android phones via Bluetooth without using third-party apps. Another incompatibility plenty of Android users suffer from is iMessage emoji reactions. For the unfamiliar, when an iMessage user reacts to a text from...

Instagram is testing music support in feed posts

For years, Meta's Instagram has allowed users in supported regions to add music to their Stories. With a catalog including millions of songs, users can choose a few seconds of a certain track to attach to their expiring Instagram moments. Music support on Instagram eventually expanded with the release of Reels -- TikTok's carbon copy....

Spotify no longer shuffles albums by default, thanks to Adele

Music streaming services are a convenient option for users to listen to their favorite artists without paying for songs individually. For the longest time, some services have offered a free tier that usually comes with ads and limitations. One of these limitations is Spotify's shuffle button. The company doesn't allow free users to play songs in...