Apple’s iOS 7 download is now available for newer iOS devices, and there are changes throughout the system that Apple hasn’t told you about.

We’ve had some time to play with iOS 7 and found new features that will vastly improve one’s daily mobile life.

Block a number

Haters, beware! In iOS you can now block a number in your contacts. To do so, head to the person’s contact page and scroll to the bottom. There, you’ll see an option to block a number’s calls, SMS/iMessages, and FaceTime requests. The contact must remain in your phone so the person can remain blocked, and you can unblock them once they apologize to your face (unless that restraining order was approved).

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Apple’s iOS 7 download is now available for newer iOS devices, and there are changes throughout the system that Apple hasn’t told you about.

We’ve had some time to play with iOS 7 and found new features that will vastly improve one’s daily mobile life.

Block a number

Haters, beware! In iOS you can now block a number in your contacts. To do so, head to the person’s contact page and scroll to the bottom. There, you’ll see an option to block a number’s calls, SMS/iMessages, and FaceTime requests. The contact must remain in your phone so the person can remain blocked, and you can unblock them once they apologize to your face (unless that restraining order was approved).

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Put Newsstand in a folder

You never wanted to use it, and to make matters worse you couldn’t put it into a folder. Now, Newsstand can be hidden away so that you never have to look at that thing. Who wants to read magazines on a mobile device anyway?

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App switching now has live previews

When you double-click your home button to see your open applications, you will now see what each of the applications is up to. Simply swipe left or right to browse through your open apps. To close one, swipe up and “throw it” away.

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Swipe right instead of hitting the ‘Back’ arrow

No longer do you have to reach all the way up to the top left to hit the back arrow within an app. Now, just swipe from left to right to go back to the latest page.

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‘Spotlight’ is now at the top of the home screen

Instead of existing as a page on your home screen to the far left, Spotlight has moved to the top of all home screen pages. To access, swipe down from anywhere on the home screen (but not the very top, because then you’ll pull down notification center).

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View text history even when the reply window is full

You’ve been there before. You type a long-winded response to a friend, but before sending the message you need to see what else your friend said. If your reply window was full, you couldn’t hide the keyboard to view the rest of the text history unless you pressed ‘Send’ or temporarily cut your text.

You can now view text history before sending. To do so, swipe down from the contact’s name to hide the keyboard.

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View times for every text message

If you need to know how long its been in between text messages (“Is she ignoring me?” “How long has it been since I last nagged him?”), you can now swipe left to peek at each text message’s timestamp. Previously, iOS decided on its own which timestamps to display and which not to.

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‘Today’ view in Notification Center

iOS now provides you with a glance at what’s on tap for you today using your Calendar, Weather, and Maps apps. With default iOS 7 settings turned on, iOS will learn about your daily routine and is able to tell you how long it will take you to get from your frequently-visited physical locations (i.e. work, school commute times).

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‘Control Center’

You now have quick access to commonly used settings like WiFi on/off, Bluetooh on/off, calculator, camera, and flashlight. To access, simply swipe up from the bottom of your screen.

If you accidentally open Control Center too often, there is a setting to let you disable Control Center within apps. With this setting turned on, you can only access Control Center from the home screen.

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iOS 7 download

You can now download iOS 7 for free starting today. To do so, load up your iOS device and go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. Make sure your data is backed up before you download iOS 7!

iOS 7 review

By far the biggest iOS 7 feature is its all-new design which brings the operating system up to modern times. However, these new looks didn’t distract us from the fact that the operating system doesn’t boast many big new features. There are many under the hood improvements like better background app management to hopefully preserve battery life and little changes like the ones noted above, but overall we feel that Apple takes too long to add these types of improvements.

We would like to see Apple unveil two big iOS versions a year so that they’re running a better competition with Android OS. Google’s operating system seems to always be a step ahead of Apple in terms of features, and it’s time for Apple to catch up and stay ahead.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017

Maisie Williams freaks out over ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 scripts

"Nothing will prepare you for this."

7:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

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Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

At first, Williams warned fans to steel themselves for the epic events to come.

…but apparently, no amount of mental toughness will be enough for season 7.

To summarize, Game of Thrones fans the world over are now sizzlingly jealous of Maisie Williams… and also, apparently, well and truly screwed.

With George R.R. Martin’s next installment in A Song of Ice and Fire still achingly absent, there’s almost no way to predict the major events of Game of Thrones season 7. Our only theory is that we should probably say goodbye to the feelings we managed to resuscitate after Jon Snow came back to life.

Williams isn’t the only member of the cast hinting at madness to come. Maisie’s on-screen sister Sophie Turner revealed that she too had advance knowledge while pondering Sansa’s future.

“I’ve actually just got the scripts for seven,” Turner tells Variety. “So I don’t want to say too much, because I’ll probably end up slipping some truths out!”

Seven forbid, Sophie. Seven forbid.

Game of Thrones season 7 will air some time in 2017, but not soon enough.

What madness do you think ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 has in store?

Netflix adapting ‘Anne of Green Gables’ for new TV series with additional themes

Anne Shirley is returning to our screens!

2:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

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L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

The eight-book Anne of Green Gables series has been adapted numerous times over the years (including the well-known, two-part 1985 televised miniseries), but this will arguably be the biggest adaptation to date thanks to the potential audience Netflix could pull in.

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According to Deadline, “the coming-of-age series will focus on a young girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time — and thanks to her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination — 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live.”

The new adaptation “will honor the foundation of the book, but will incorporate new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”

The series will be set in 1890. The first book was published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery and has gone on to sell over 50 million copies worldwide.

Will you watch Netflix’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series?

If you’ve ever been interested in reading the series, now’s a great time to start!