U.S. Apple Stores offer machine-applied protectors for iPhone

Apple Stores in the U.S. are now offering machine-applied screen protectors for iPhone. The service, which uses a Belkin protectors and the ScreenCare+ applicator tool, starts at $18 and is available for iPhone 6 and up. Apple Stores in Japan first began using Belkin’s tool to apply screen protectors last week, and now the service is […]

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Patent troll VirnetX grabs another $625 million from Apple

Apple has been ordered to pay patent troll VirnetX a whopping $625 million after losing a legal battle over the technology used for FaceTime and iMessage. The Cupertino company says it is “surprised and disappointed by the verdict,” and calls for patent reform. VirnetX, which is based in Nevada, is labeled a patent troll because […]

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Save over $200 on a refurbished iPhone 6 or 6 Plus

Here’s another great deal on Apple gear, with $229 off a 16, 64, or 128 gigabyte iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. You can still buy the last-generation handset over at Apple, but only in the 16 or 64 gigabyte configurations, so if you’re looking for a high-capacity iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, this is your […]

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WhatsApp will ditch its $1 per year subscription fee

WhatsApp will ditch the service’s annual subscription fees, after founder Jan Koum admitted that the $1 per year payment concept “doesn’t work that well.” As a result of ditching the payment model, Koum explained that WhatsApp will be looking at new ways that businesses can use the service to connect with individual users, although it’s […]

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Instagram update lets you seamlessly manage multiple accounts

Instagram is bringing a great new update to Android and iOS that allows users to seamlessly manage multiple accounts. The change means you’ll finally be able to access your personal and professional feeds — and the one dedicated to your cat — without having to log out and back in. Support for multiple accounts is now available in the […]

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WTF?! Study finds Android is actually safer than iOS

Are iPhones really more secure than Androids? Google’s platform certainly gets more stick thanks to high-profile vulnerabilities like Stagefright, but according to a new study, Android is still safer and more secure than iOS. Despite Apple’s “wall garden,” which required all iOS apps to undergo a thorough review process before they get the stamp of approval, […]

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All of Nintendo’s Android and iOS games will be free-to-play

All of the games Nintendo is currently planning for Android and iOS will be free-to-play titles, according to development partner DeNA. That means you won’t have to pay a penny to download them — but they will almost certainly be filled with in-app purchases. DeNA CEO Isao Moriyasu confirmed during an earnings call on Wednesday that […]

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Apple might spurn Samsung for next-gen iPhone chip

Apple will snub Samsung and call upon TSMC to exclusively produce all of its next-generation A10 processors for 2017’s iOS devices, according to a new report. It’s thought Apple considers TSMC’s chips to be superior to Samsung’s in performance and efficiency. Apple’s new A9 processor, which ships inside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, […]

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3D Touch is the star of the show in new iPhone 6s ad

Apple has released a new ad for iPhone 6s, focusing on its incredible new 3D Touch technology. The 30-second video highlights the Peek and Pop gestures, and demonstrates the many ways in which that can be useful during everyday use. In my review of the iPhone 6s, I noted how 3D Touch is the best reason to […]

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iPad Pro one step closer after securing FCC approval

Apple’s super-sized iPad Pro is one step closer to going on sale after securing the approval of the Federal Communications Commission. Both the Wi-Fi and LTE-equipped options were given the green light this week. The FCC’s listing confirms the iPad Pro, which has the “A1652” model number, will have Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, and Cat.4 LTE connectivity, […]

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