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Apple ends iTunes Allowances, suggests Family Sharing instead

Apple ends iTunes Allowances, suggests Family Sharing instead

When I was growing up, it was pretty easy for my parents to keep track of what I did, and how I spent money. Parents these days have to tackle things on a completely different playing field, thanks to the rise of smartphones. One way that parents could help keep their kids' spending in check was through Apple's Allowances feature. Unfortunately the company has just announced that they will be doing away with that feature.

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Controversial San Bernardino iPhone yielded nothing so far

Controversial San Bernardino iPhone yielded nothing so far

Apple's tussle with the government over encrypted iPhones isn't completely over yet but things have mellowed down somewhat. All the hoopla, mudslinging, and accusations, not to mention money, might have been for naught, however. According to an insider source on the side of law enforcement, the now hacked iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter has so far not produced any of the juicy information that the FBI alleges the smartphone holds, the very reason it took Apple to court in the first place.

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Who killed BlackBerry OS? Android or the iPhone?

Who killed BlackBerry OS? Android or the iPhone?

In an interview this week BlackBerry CEO said "I love our handset business, but we need to make money." He was speaking with The National, where he also confirmed that there were, as the publication put it "no plans to launch new devices running the operating system" - the operating system being BlackBerry 10. Meanwhile the company would continue to support and release updates for the operating system for the time being. So whose fault is this?

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WiFi networks can brick your iPhone if you don’t update it

WiFi networks can brick your iPhone if you don’t update it

Back in February, it was discovered that you could brick your iPhone just by changing the date. Of course, you'd have to go very far out of your way to do this, as you needed to send it back in time to the very beginning of 1970 to do the trick. Well, it turns out that this strange event could lead to someone using a malicious WiFi network to brick your phone.

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DisplayMate crowns 9.7-inch iPad Pro the best LCD display

DisplayMate crowns 9.7-inch iPad Pro the best LCD display

It is really no surprise that the newest and smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro would outperfrom the iPad Air 2 in the display department, since it does outrank it everywhere else except in price. It is, however, perhaps unexpected that this iPad Pro would also trump all other LCD displays, including the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro (except in one case). That is definitely the finding that DisplayMate reached with the iPad Pro, claiming unambiguously that it was by far the best performing LCD screen they have ever tested.

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Google’s Android Updates Promise, fulfilled at last!

Google’s Android Updates Promise, fulfilled at last!

Back in January of the year 2012, I wrote an article calling out Google for its promise for Android updates on smartphones of all sorts. Back then, Android was an ever-so-slightly different monster. Back then, Google was mad to make the bold and broad Android Update statement that was the "Android Update Alliance." Even just a few months after the Update Alliance was revealed, it was being shot down for its not-so-great results. But NOW, here in 2016, a new program could be the key to timely Android updates for everyone that wants them.

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Nintendo should adopt The Pokemon Company’s attitude toward mobile devices

Nintendo should adopt The Pokemon Company’s attitude toward mobile devices

Did you know that there's going to be an augmented reality Pokemon game launched this summer? It's going to be huge. Nintendo doesn't want to let their most lucrative characters and games to be released as-is on mobile devices - not unless they're being manufactured by Nintendo. Nintendo doesn't own Pokemon. The Pokemon Company owns Pokemon. The Pokemon Company has the opportunity to show Nintendo what they've got waiting for them if they open their doors to 3rd-party device game and app releases.

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iPhone 7 rumors may make you replace your Android

iPhone 7 rumors may make you replace your Android

Could the iPhone 7 be the model that makes the Android-loyal masses make a switch to Apple's iOS platform? Details leaked this week may point in that direction. Based on what we're seeing here and now, the iPhone 7 could jump the shark, so to speak, bringing in a collection of features that appeared on Android-based devices first, starting with a pair of cameras at the back of the device. If the leaked images we're seeing this week end up being accurate, this could also be a real turning point for Apple's industrial design - and maybe not in the right direction.

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The HTC 10 supports Apple AirPlay, but that’s just the start

The HTC 10 supports Apple AirPlay, but that’s just the start

Cast your eye across the row of media streaming icons on the HTC 10's packaging, and one of them may stand out as unusual. The new smartphone is the first Android device to support Apple's AirPlay out of the box, allowing easier streaming of content from the smartphone to products like Apple TV.

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Gartner, IDC: PC shipments off to a bad start in 2016

Gartner, IDC: PC shipments off to a bad start in 2016

The PC market just can't seem to catch a break. After 2015 was practically declared the worst year for PC sales, it seems that 2016 might be even worse. At least if figures for the first quarter are omens of things to come. While differing slightly on specific numbers, both Gartner and IDC agree on one depressing thing: PC shipments have substantially declined last quarter compared to 2015's opening quarter. While both do see some hope near the end of the year, that salvation might come a bit too late for the ailing market.

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Apple Watch 2 reported to sport same design, new internals

Apple Watch 2 reported to sport same design, new internals

It's been nearly a full year since Apple first introduced their take on the smartwatch. And with any Apple device that's been out for that long, it's due for a refresh. (Well, unless you're a Mac Pro, that is.) Yesterday we heard one report that the next update will be thinner, today we're hearing a much different tune.

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Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone 6S Plus Coke freeze test is a sticky mess

Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone 6S Plus Coke freeze test is a sticky mess

We already know that both Samsung and Apple integrated waterproof or at least water resistant designs into both of these smartphones. We have seen them not die when doused with water before. This time out the person in the video decides to test both of these phones now with freezing water, but with frozen Coca-cola.

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