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.

First 10 things to do with a new iPhone or iPad

Apple products are known for their durability, and they tend to be supported for years to come. The company has been manufacturing several models of its iPhone and iPad lineups to match almost all budgets and needs. If you don't want to spend a fortune on an iDevice, you're no longer limited to older, outdated...

Apple releases the first beta of iOS 15.3 to public testers

Following the release of iOS 15.2 to the public last Monday, Apple seeded iOS 15.3 developer beta 1 on Friday. This first beta build of the upcoming iOS release is now available to public testers, too. We haven't been able to discover any new visual changes in this update. It likely focuses on fixing bugs...

iPhones could finally be getting periscope zoom, but you will have to wait

iPhones — particularly newer models — are known for their powerful cameras. The resulting images are sharp, vivid, and can often be mistaken for DSLR shots in some cases. However, one feature they current lack is periscope zoom. The most some current models support is 3x optical zoom. With a periscope lens, that could potentially...

To no one’s surprise, Apple AirTags are being misused to stalk people

Back in April, Apple announced AirTags -- which are trackers with Find My network support. The concept behind them isn't new, for Tile trackers have been around for years. However, Apple tends to popularize a certain product category once it releases its own version of it. For example, wireless earbuds weren't as commonly used before...

Telegram tests new feature to help you avoid spoilers

Telegram is a popular instant messaging (IM) app and one of WhatsApp's biggest rivals. The company actively develops new features that are usually original and innovative. This always makes Telegram enthusiasts wonder why WhatsApp is still a more popular service, despite not receiving as many new features. The latest addition to the feature-rich IM could...

These are the Best Cases for the Surface Pro 8

Microsoft revealed the Surface Pro 8 during an event it held online. This latest versatile device was announced alongside other Surface tablets and computers, which are designed to fit all kinds of needs and tastes. The Surface Pro 8 is a high-end, versatile tablet that runs Windows 11. One of the responsible things to do after...

XDA Basics: How to mute voice feedback during Apple Watch workouts

The Apple Watch is a great device for plenty of reasons, including fitness. However, a recent watchOS software update added a feature that has been annoying some users. During a workout, Siri would interrupt the music or podcast you're listening to and announce your latest milestones. For example, if you're walking or running, it will...

What’s the difference between the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air?

Late last year, Apple introduced its M1 chip, and it debuted inside the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini. These quickly became some of the best Macs you can buy. Seeing as the 13-inch MacBook Pro and Air are now powered by the same processor, you might think these two devices are almost exactly...

Apple has released macOS 12.2 beta 1 to developers

Apple has released the first beta of the upcoming macOS 12.2 to registered developers. The update comes a few days after the public release of macOS 12.1. macOS Monterey brings a lot of new features and improvements to the table. However, it's not as major as Big Sur. The stable build released earlier this week...

Spotify is introducing a star rating system for podcasts

Generally speaking, people's ratings help others decide whether to invest their time and/or money in a certain product. When we see a low one, we quickly scroll through and search for something similar with a better star average. Spotify is making it easier to choose the next podcast to listen to by introducing a 5-star...

TikTok plans to take on Twitch with its own game streaming platform

It's not uncommon for popular apps to copy TikTok -- we've seen plenty of services do so. However, this time it's the other way around. TikTok is testing a new PC game streaming platform, similar to Twitch, Facebook Gaming, and YouTube Gaming. The new app is in its early stages and has very basic features,...

Twitter Blue: What does paying for Twitter actually get you, and should you do it?

Twitter has slowly been evolving into a richer social media service. What started as a basic tool to express ideas using 140 characters or less has now gained some advanced features. These include Spaces for Clubhouse-like audio rooms, voice note support in DMs, newsletters, and more. Eventually, the company launched what plenty of users didn't...