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I’m getting two-day battery life from my iPhone 6 — Here’s how

I’m getting two-day battery life from my iPhone 6 — Here’s how

If Santa brought you an iPhone for Christmas, you’re likely still in love with your new iDevice. Of all the knocks on any iPhone, battery life is among the most notable, with the small-ish battery of an iPhone tending to need a charge daily. In my experience, though, the iPhone 6 can last quite a bit longer than your work day and commute home. I’ve even been able to take it on weekend jaunts without needing to plug it in. Here’s how.

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Milk app pulled from App Store while team regroups

Milk app pulled from App Store while team regroups

Milk, the app that potentially saved you quite a bit of cash at the grocery store, is going on sabbatical. In an email to users, Milk says they’re puling their app from the App Store and ditching support for it. don’t worry, though, it’s not long term. Milk says they’re concentrating on “working with manufacturers and grocery stores on a new version of Milk that delivers a better experience for more people”. There was no timetable for return noted, nor did they say what the new-look Milk would change.

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’12 Monkeys’ TV show to sync with Philips Hue for mood lighting

’12 Monkeys’ TV show to sync with Philips Hue for mood lighting

In the movie ’12 Monkeys’, time traveler James Cole skips around our timeline trying to thwart the efforts of one organization bent on destroying humanity via a virus. The movie itself is dystopian cool, and a TV show of the same variety would be like Quantum Leap for a new generation. There will be a TV show, too; a spinoff from the movie/short story is currently in production via Syfy, but will have one really neat twist to it.

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Amazon: Prime saw 10 million new users this holiday season

Amazon: Prime saw 10 million new users this holiday season

According to Amazon, over 10 million new Prime users signed up over the holidays. That’s 10 million brand new users who are trying Prime for the very first time in 2014, enjoying streaming media as well as “free” two-day shipping. Amazon also says we’re lazy; their numbers show those who are in areas where same-day delivery is possible ordered 10 times more via Amazon than in 2013. It also seems all we really want to do is watch TV via Fire TV.

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Los Angeles may soon have Uber-style app for taxis

Los Angeles may soon have Uber-style app for taxis

Uber is no stranger to offending the status quo, with several taxi and limo commissions making life difficult for them in various parts of the world. The ridesharing service also runs aground in legislation, where cities like Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco all take issue with Uber’s business model. Still, for consumers, Uber is dead simple to use, which makes it attractive. Now, the city of Los Angeles says they’re ready to challenge Uber, and are about to vote on creating their own app for taxi services.

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WhatsApp voice calling feature surfaces

WhatsApp voice calling feature surfaces

WhatsApp has been around for a long time now for Android users and what people might not know is that there are two versions of the app for Android devices. One of those versions is offered via the Google Play store and the other is offered directly via the WhatsApp website. If you want the most up to date app, you want to be using the version offered via the website.

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Samsung Look At Me app helps autistic kids make eye contact

Samsung Look At Me app helps autistic kids make eye contact

We often fancy technology and devices as great addons to our lives, but for some minorities, they can also be great enablers. Trying to harness the latest in smartphone technology, software development, and psychology, Samsung developed its new Look At Me app to help train children with autism make eye contact, recognize facial expressions and emotions, and ultimately help them develop better socials skills and bring them closer to family and friends. Best of all, to the kid, it's all just a game.

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Starbucks chooses their own payment solution over Square

Starbucks chooses their own payment solution over Square

When Starbucks teamed up with Square for their payment processing, it was seen as a big win for the mobile payment space. If Square could compete with traditional payment processors, it stood to reason any startup could. Over time, the relationship began to fracture, and now the mobile payment angle to their partnership is done. Square is shuttering Wallet and rolling it into Order, which lets you order ahead and pay for items before you get to the store. Starbucks won’t be accepting Order, instead concentrating efforts on their competing proprietary product.

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Google+ for iOS brings new sharing option, HD

Google+ for iOS brings new sharing option, HD

Google’s own social network, Google+, has been updated for iOS users. The new-look social app brings in a higher resolution to better support the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as some updated (and much needed) sharing options. The sharing is interesting because it adapts a very Android-y feature found in iOS 8, giving you the ability to add Google+ to your sharing options. Google+ users on iOS will also get the ability to vote on polls.

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Snapchat Windows Phone apps yanked by Microsoft

Snapchat Windows Phone apps yanked by Microsoft

Windows Phone users addicted to ephemeral messaging service Snapchat have found themselves without a way to access their self-destructing photos, with Microsoft yanking all third-party apps offering the system. The news leaves Snapchat completely absent from Windows Phone, since Snapchat itself still lacks a homegrown client. The writing was on the wall for workarounds like 6snap, however, after Snapchat had asked users not to use third-party clients over security concerns, following a spate of photo and data leaks blamed on unofficial apps.

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