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  • Microsoft basically quits the phone business

    3h By Mike Flaminio
    Peter Bright for Ars Technica:Microsoft bought Nokia's Devices and Services business in 2013 for $7.1 billion. In July last year, Microsoft laid off 7,800 of the staff from that acquisition and took an impairment charge of $7.6 billion. The remaining feature…
  • Twitter announces some tweet content won't count towards character limits

    Tue 9:18pm By Mike Flaminio
    In the coming months we'll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer "use up" valuable characters.…
  • Otterbox announces uniVERSE modular case for iPhone 6/Plus, 6s/Plus

    Tue 9:13pm By Mike Flaminio
    Tuesday Otterbox announced a new protective case for the iPhone 6/6 Plus and iPhone 6s/6s Plus. The uniVERSE is a modular system that works with a wide range of popular third-party products. For example, you can attach an olloclip, Square reader, among other…
  • Maine trading in some iPads for MacBook Air

    Mon 5:07pm By Mike Flaminio
    Deployed in 2013, the state of Maine funded an initiative to give students iPads. After reviewing the program, it appears many feel laptops are a better fit for older students.…
  • iOS Touch ID may be able to unlock Macs in OS X 10.12

    Mon 4:54pm By Mike Flaminio
    Juli Clover for MacRumors:There has been speculation Apple might introduce dedicated Touch ID fingerprint scanning hardware for the Mac, but as it turns out, Apple is working on a simpler way to allow a Touch ID to unlock a Mac, and it's a feature that could…
  • Why you have to enter your passcode when you wake up

    Thu 5:28pm By Mike Flaminio
    Glenn Fleishman for Macworld:When iOS 9 was released, Apple updated its list of cases in which iOS asks for a passcode even when Touch ID is enabled. A previously undocumented requirement asks for a passcode in a very particular set of circumstances: When the…
  • Netflix announces its own Internet speed tool

    May 18, 2016, 4:52 pm By Mike Flaminio
    We all want a faster, better Internet, yet Internet speeds vary greatly and can be affected by other users on your network or congestion with your Internet service provider. When you're experiencing streaming issues, fast.com allows you to check the download…
  • Apple announces app incubator in India

    May 18, 2016, 4:46 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Tim Cook appears to be on a goodwill tour. After visiting China where Apple invested $1 billion in a ride sharing service, Cook visited India where Apple announced an app incubator. Called an iOS app design and development accelerator, the goal is to support…
  • Apple engineers make house call for iTunes deletion bug

    May 18, 2016, 4:40 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Chance Miller for 9 to 5 MacLast week, we drew attention to a blog post from James Pinkstone in which he described how iTunes Match deleted 122GB of his personal music collection went viral. Apple confirmed the issue on Friday and rolled out a potential fix…
  • On a potential iPhone security panic button

    May 17, 2016, 5:14 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Macworld:In this week's iPhone Show, we look into an Apple patent that would give iPhones a new "panic mode" to lock out personal information or reset the device entirely. You'd be able to designate a certain finger for Touch ID to secretly trigger panic mode.…
  • Some metrics on reportedly faster App Store review times

    May 17, 2016, 5:10 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Graham Spencer for Mac Stories:It is too early to say conclusively, but given the extent of the reduction (and the sudden nature of it), I think it is fairly safe to guess that Apple has made some internal changes in order to improve the speed of App Review.…
  • Twitter to stop counting link, photo URL characters

    May 16, 2016, 8:34 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Sarah Frier for Bloomberg:The social media company will soon stop counting photos and links as part of its 140-character limit for messages, according to a person familiar with the matter. The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who…
  • FileVault encryption at center of child-porn case

    May 16, 2016, 8:21 pm By Mike Flaminio
    An unnamed Philadelphia police officer has been held in jail for seven months for contempt of court. The suspect was ordered to providing the passcode to unlock two hard drives. The drives are encrypted by Apple's FileVault system.…
  • On Gboard iOS keyboard privacy

    May 15, 2016, 9:46 pm By Mike Flaminio
    John Gruber: This privacy policy could change in the future, of course. Deals can be altered, and Google's history of deliberately circumventing iOS privacy features is well-documented. But right now, it looks like Gboard is actually private. In fact, so far…
  • Apple's invest $1 billion in Chinese Uber rival Didi

    May 15, 2016, 9:11 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Didi is a ride sharing service and direct competitor to Uber in China. The company is valued between $20-$25 billion. This is a very big investment for Apple, which typically deals in much small acquisitions and investments in manufacturing/component partners.…
  • Google Gboard bakes Google into iPhone keyboard

    May 12, 2016, 5:29 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Google released a new custom keyboard for the iPhone. Once installed, the keyboard replaces the built-in iOS touch keyboard. Essentially it makes it easier to interact with Google anywhere there is a keyboard input. It's kind of cool. See the video for a demo.…
  • Report: Apple Isn�t Going To Stop Selling Music Downloads On iTunes

    May 12, 2016, 5:23 pm By Mike Flaminio
    A report came out this week that Apple was planning to cycle down the iTunes Music Store in favor of subscription-based Apple Music. That would be pretty weird and apparently isn't happening, according to BuzzFeed News:"This is not true," Apple spokesperson…
  • Cable lobby group: Broadband competition is bad for customers

    May 11, 2016, 5:50 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Quick background... as part of Charter's Time Warner merger, the FCC is requiring Charter to build broadband capacity to 2 million new residential or small businesses and 1 million of those must be served by at least one provider.…
  • Netflix saves subscribers 160 total hours of commercials per year

    May 11, 2016, 5:40 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Anyone who skips commercials with a DVR knows an hour long commercial program goes by quicker than watching in real time. With a DVR, we can watch an hour show + a half hour show in nearly the time it takes to watch an hour show live. With TiVo's new Skip…
  • Microsoft vs Apple Stores

    May 11, 2016, 5:30 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Ina Fried for ReCode:Microsoft's stores have a warm decor, plenty of helpful staffers and an array of PCs, phones and devices. They could use a few more customers, though.…
  • Next iPhone could benefit from Lightning audio

    May 9, 2016, 6:03 pm By Mike Flaminio
    One of the reoccurring rumors is that the next iPhone will drop the old 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, users will need to either go wireless with Bluetooth or link via a Lighting adapter or actual Lightning headphones.…
  • Slick video compares all 13 iPhones

    May 8, 2016, 9:43 pm By Mike Flaminio
    This is a great video comparing every iPhone model back to the original up to the latest iPhone SE. Tested are various performance speeds, audio, and camera functions. Article Link
  • Apple's real in podcasting

    May 8, 2016, 9:36 pm By Mike Flaminio
    There was an interesting New York Times article about an apparent meeting at Apple with some large podcast producers. Essentially it seems a meet and greet on how Apple could better help the business side of podcasting.…
  • College students to get 50-percent discount on Apple Music

    May 8, 2016, 9:05 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Sarah Perez for Tech Crunch:Amid news that Apple Music is getting a makeover come this summer, Apple today launched a new plan to boost subscribers to its streaming music service and competitor to Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal and others. It's introducing an…
  • Apple Music may be getting overhaul

    May 5, 2016, 5:37 pm By Mike Flaminio
    Bloomberg:Apple is altering the user interface of Apple Music to make it more intuitive to use, according to people familiar with the product who asked not to be identified because the plans aren't public. Apple also plans to better integrate its streaming and…
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