Apple reduces the amount of storage iOS updates require

Apple started pushing a iOS update to iPhones and iPads on Tuesday. It’s a small bump to version 8.1.3, so it won’t completely revamp your phone. Apple said the release “includes bug fixes, increased stability, and performance improvements.”


In a more specific note, Apple said that this update reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update. You might remember that iOS uptake in the fall was slower than many expected — and the culprit seemed to be that the update was too big to fit into many people’s crowded iPhones with limited storage. Sure, users could update by plugging into a computer running iTunes without clearing space, but that doesn’t work for many mobile-first iPhone users.

It’s also worth noting that the iOS 8.0 update was a 1.1GB download — which required over 5GB to install — and this update is only 247MB. But it’s still a good sign that Apple is consciously trying to alleviate frustrations associated with upgrading its devices.

The update also fixes bugs affecting Apple ID, Spotlight, and iPad multitasking. The last major change is intriguing and vague: “Adds new configuration options for education standardized testing.”

I’ve reached out to [company]Apple[/company] for clarification on how the new upgrade process will use less storage and will update the post if it gets back to me. You can grab iOS 8.1.3. on your iOS device currently running iOS 8 by going to Settings > General > Software Update now.

Motorola’s budget handset gets Android Lollipop before Nexus devices

Stellar news if you own the 2014 version of Motorola’s Moto G, an impressive budget handset that costs $180 unlocked. According to Arstechnica, the Moto G Android Lollipop update is now officially available for some unlocked Moto G handsets. The latest version of Android brings a new look, improved home screen notifications, and a whole lot of new handy features like Screen Pinning.

Vine update shows you how many times your video has been looped

Vine (s twtr) has become a popular medium for users to share six-second videos, but until now there hasn’t been a way to know how popular individual Vines are. On Tuesday, the company introduced “loop counts,” which are available now in the Vine update for iOS (s aapl) and Android (s goog). Loop counts are exactly that — a number in the corner of a Vine that shows how many times a video has been “looped” — or played end-to-end and restarted — since April 3. The update, which includes a redesign, also offers richer analytics for Vines, including milestones like reaching 100 “likes.”

Flickr to remove Facebook and Google Log-ins on June 30

If you’re an avid Flickr (s yhoo) user who prefers to connect via a Google (s goog) or Facebook (s fb) account, your days are officially numbered. Following through on an announcement made in March, Yahoo will strip Flickr of both Google and Facebook login options. Existing users will have to transfer their accounts by June 30, and new users to Flickr are already not allowed to sign up with either third-party log-in.

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