Today, millions of people using a variety of Apple’s iOS devices will get a free upgrade to their latest mobile operating system, iOS 6. Find out what the most interesting iOS 6 features are while you’re downloading!

Announced back in June during Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), iOS 6 has finally been released to the public. The new mobile operating system is being released alongside Apple’s long-hyped iPhone 5, which will be arriving on doorsteps and on the tables of Apple stores this Friday.

However, iPhone 5 users aren’t the only Apple users who get to experience the latest iOS 6 features. If you have any one of the following devices, you too will be able to download iOS 6:

  • iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, 5)
  • iPod touch (4th and 5th generation)
  • iPad 2 and the new iPad

So what are some of the iOS 6 features you can expect? We’ve broken down the top 8 features that you’re going to want to use when you’ve got the new operating system on your device (in no particular order).

1. All new Maps app

Say goodbye to your former Google Maps app. Apple has built an all new Maps app from the ground up. The new Maps will include:

  • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • 3D mode (with flyover which let’s you zoom in to cities and see a 3D rendering)
  • A sleeker, more Apple-friendly design

2. Facebook integration

Much like Twitter integration in iOS 5, Facebook has now been integrated throughout all of iOS 6. You can now import all of your Facebook contacts directly to your Contacts app, post statuses directly from your notification center, and share links directly from Safari.

3. Siri enhancements

If you have an iPhone 4S or 5 you have Siri built in to your device. With iOS 6, Siri gets some enhancements including:

  • The ability to reveal sports scores
  • Make restaurant reservations
  • Show you a list of movies playing in your area
  • Launch apps for you
  • Post to Facebook and Twitter without ever having tapped the screen!

4. FaceTime over cellular

In iOS 6, for those with FaceTime enabled devices, you are able to FaceTime over cellular. In previous versions of iOS you were only able to FaceTime over WiFi. But be careful with this, because some carriers are charging extra for the use of this feature of cellular.

5. Phone enhancements

Have you ever received a call and you can’t take it and wish you could just hurry up and text them that you’re in class or in a meeting? iOS 6 makes that a lot easier for you. Now, a new call screen allows you to swipe up to reveal multiple options. You can decline, remind yourself later, or reply with a message. The reply with a message feature allows you to directly reply with a preconceived text, or gives you the option to immediately create one yourself.

6. Passbook

You know how you have gift cards for Target, iTunes, Starbucks and a variety of other retail outlets? Or, you know how you hate carrying your boarding pass around in an airport because you’re always afraid you’ll lose it and miss your flight? Apple has now created an app that combines all of these physical issues in to one simple, easy-to-use app. Just load the information from your gift card or boarding pass right into the app and have it there all in one spot. You can then pull out your phone and have a clerk scan the bar code on the screen rather than your physical card.

Apple better explains Passbook here:

With Passbook, you can scan your iPhone or iPod touch to check in for a flight, get into a movie, and redeem a coupon. You can also see when your coupons expire, where your concert seats are, and the balance left on that all-important coffee bar card.

7. Mail enhancements

The new Mail app comes with some pretty cool new features that will enhance your user experience on an iOS device:

  • VIP – you can now assign certain contacts as VIP which will notify you on your lock screen as well as filter in to a special VIP folder in your inbox
  • You can also now add photos and videos in to your emails as you are composing them (as opposed to copy and pasting from the Photos app as before)

8. Camera with panorama

Now, you can take panoramic pictures straight from the Camera app itself. Just tap the Panorama option and your iPhone or iPod touch will guide you to swipe across your field of vision at a particular pace, and voila! This feature is only available on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation).

 

 

There are apparently 200 new features to iOS 6, but these eight seem to really enhance the overall user experience. Do you have iOS 6 yet? If so let us know what you like and don’t like about it in the comments section below.

For more details about all of the features included in iOS 6 check out Apple.com.

Netflix announces new Bill Nye the Science Guy talk show

BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL!

11:39 am EDT, August 31, 2016

Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

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Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Bill Nye in a press release.

“Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”

Netflix also promises that “In Bill’s unfiltered style, he will bring in special guests, conduct experiments and demonstrations, and ultimately let the facts lead the argument.”

Bill Nye is best known for Bill Nye the Science Guy, the half-hour PBS show that ran from 1993 through 1998.

The theme song is iconic. Science RULES!

The new Netflix series seems like a continuation of Bill Nye the Science Guy, so we’re very excited for the new show to launch in 2017.

Sherlock’s official social media channels have released a portrait to promote series 4!

The new Sherlock series 4 photo depicts Mr. Holmes (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) working that mind palace as Watson (Martin Freeman), sporting some plaid, looks to their left. Quite frankly, the boys are looking great here.

Sherlock series 4 photo Benedict Cumberbatch Martin Freeman

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Sherlock’s official social media channels have released a portrait to promote series 4!

The new Sherlock series 4 photo depicts Mr. Holmes (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) working that mind palace as Watson (Martin Freeman), sporting some plaid, looks to their left. Quite frankly, the boys are looking great here.

Sherlock series 4 photo Benedict Cumberbatch Martin Freeman

The first Sherlock series 4 trailer premiered last month at San Diego Comic-Con, where Cumberbatch teased that “a lot comes home to roost this season… it’s ballsy.” Indeed, the trailer suggests that the characters have a lot to be concerned about. Check it out below:

The new season of Sherlock doesn’t have a premiere date, but it’s expected to launch in late 2016 or early 2017. Perhaps today’s portrait release suggests that some more news is on the horizon!

The last season of Sherlock aired in early 2015, but the busy schedules of Cumberbatch and Freeman have left the show with production challenges.

Netflix announces ‘Stranger Things’ season 2, adds first cast member

Back to the upside-down!

8:52 am EDT, August 31, 2016

Coming as absolutely no surprise whatsoever, Netflix is bringing Stranger Things back for a second season!

Can we get a YAAAS?

Netflix’s hugely successful ’80s horror series Stranger Things has been renewed for season 2. The news hit Wednesday morning, and fans are already losing their minds (as well they should).

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Coming as absolutely no surprise whatsoever, Netflix is bringing Stranger Things back for a second season!

Can we get a YAAAS?

Netflix’s hugely successful ’80s horror series Stranger Things has been renewed for season 2. The news hit Wednesday morning, and fans are already losing their minds (as well they should).

Here’s Netflix’s official announcement video:

The video plays the show’s eerie theme, over what appears to be the season 2 episode titles: “MadMax,” “The Boy Who Came Back to Life,” “The Pumpkin Patch,” “The Palace,” “The Storm,” “The Pollywog,” “The Secret Cabin,” “The Brain,” and “The Lost Brother.”

Netflix has confirmed that there will be nine episodes of Stranger Things season 2. Writers/creators Matt and Ross Duffer will return, along with executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. No news of cast changes yet, although we know that four new characters will be showing up.

Related: You need to be watching Netflix’s new series Stranger Things

We’re stoked to see this awesome series return for a second season. No spoilers, but Stranger Things season 1 kind of ended on a major cliffhanger, which needs to be resolved.

While we’re glad to have official confirmation that the show is returning, there never really was a question, considering the series’ popularity. In fact, we’ve already compiled a list of 60 questions the show needs to answer.

The Duffer brothers have also been pretty candid about their future plans for the series, hinting that season 2 will pick up at least a year after the first season ended. They’re further implying that the show could continue for as many as seven seasons, to mirror Harry Potter and allow us to watch the kids grow up.

“I think we talked like a larger time jump where the kids are older now and it’s a different decade,” Ross Duffer tells EW. “That’s something we batted around from the very beginning. But for us, there’s still more story here, there’s still things that are unresolved.”

But first, let’s wait and see if Stranger Things season 2 can maintain the momentum of season 1. As much as we love Netflix series, they’ve been kind of hit-and-miss with their second seasons.

‘Stranger Things’ season 2 premieres in 2017