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Do you really need a smartphone?

Do you really need a smartphone?

Accenture research has produced a study which suggests that "a majority" of smartphone users are "dissatisfied with their mobile experience." They also suggest that this majority is prepared to "switch mobile providers." In the grand scheme of things, do these people really need to have a smartphone? Do you? What would your life be without a smartphone at your side, connected at all times? Would you be living the same life?

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iPhone SE Review – Classic Remix

iPhone SE Review – Classic Remix

Did you love the iPhone 5s and rue the day Apple switched from crisp edges to comely curves on the iPhone 6? You'll probably approve of the iPhone SE, then, which goes excavating in the graveyard of Apple's design labs and comes up with a barely-changed riff on the classic.

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iPhone SE gets dropped, smashed, and dunked in durability test

iPhone SE gets dropped, smashed, and dunked in durability test

They say that it's what's on the inside that counts. With the iPhone SE, that's definitely the case. After all, the phone looks nearly identical to the 5s, which came out more than two years ago. The specs are far closer to those of the 6s, but how does it fare in a battery of tests designed to cause physical harm to the phone?

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FBI’s iPhone-cracking trick unlikely to remain secret for long

FBI’s iPhone-cracking trick unlikely to remain secret for long

The ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI over bypassing an iPhone's security during a criminal investigation took an interesting turn last week, when the government abruptly dropped its court appointment, saying it had found another method to get inside the iPhone 5c at the middle of San Bernardino terrorism case. Unfortunately for the FBI, this new trick for bypassing Apple's encryption is unlikely to remain a secret for long.

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iOS browser Brave reveals payment system for blocking (or viewing) ads

iOS browser Brave reveals payment system for blocking (or viewing) ads

Brave, the new web browser app for iOS, made a splash a few months ago when it was announced with a feature that would allow users to block ads in exchange for payment. The purpose is to allow privacy-minded individuals to browse the web without ads or trackers, but still help benefit publishers and the sites they visit. Now Brave has detailed the second half of the feature: the ability for users to get paid if they permit the browser to show them safe replacement ads.

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Clear space on your iPhone by watching a movie

Clear space on your iPhone by watching a movie

Today might be April Fool's day, so I'll preface this piece by letting you know that this isn't a prank of any sort. It very well may be some form of witchcraft or sorcery, but it does actually work. It turns out that you can free up a significant amount of space on your iPhone by doing little more than trying to watch a movie.

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Grubhub announces ride-sharing service named Grüber [April Fools]

Grubhub announces ride-sharing service named Grüber [April Fools]

A couple of decades ago, not a lot of people were concerned with the likes of global warming, and the effects that burning fossil fuels had on the environment. Sure, some people were concerned, but it wasn't the major issue that we're seeing today. And because it's such a big problem, we need to work on ways to cut back our carbon footprint. One company has come up with a clever ride-sharing program that is so genius, that you'll wonder why you hadn't thought of it.

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iOS 9.3.1 update arrives with web link crashing bug fix

iOS 9.3.1 update arrives with web link crashing bug fix

Apple has pushed out iOS 9.3.1, and with the update comes a fix for the web link crashing bug that would leave some apps unresponsive. In certain cases, apps could become unresponsive and/or crash after the user tapped a link within some other app, including Safari. This makes for a small overall update, but one that fixes a particularly frustrating issue some users have been dealing with.

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Let’s Fix Miitomo on jailbroken/rooted devices

Let’s Fix Miitomo on jailbroken/rooted devices

Today marks the release of Nintendo's Miitomo app here in the US. The service proved to be quite popular in Japan, gathering more than 3 million users in the first day, so we can only imagine how quickly it will catch on over here. Unfortunately, many users are finding that they can't run the app at all, and it's because Nintendo wants it that way.

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Dyson Pure Cool Link is an air purifier with an air quality app

Dyson Pure Cool Link is an air purifier with an air quality app

Dyson has added a new product to its catalog called the Pure Cool Link. The Link is a follow up to the Pure Cool air purifier that Dyson unveiled last year at this time. The Pure Cool Link is an app-connected air purifier that claims to be able to remove nearly 100% of ultrafine particles including pet hair, mold, and pollen from the air you breathe inside. The purifier has a 360-degree HEPA filter inside to filter the air.

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Uber lets you check into your hotel with new Trip Branding feature

Uber lets you check into your hotel with new Trip Branding feature

Uber is a great way to get around when you're traveling. Rather than renting a car or trying to hail a cab, with a few taps on your screen, you can have a car ready to take you to your destination on the cheap. But Uber is wanting to make their app even more useful, by letting you do things like check into your hotel room while you're en route.

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Mac OS X to be rebranded ‘macOS’ hints hidden file

Mac OS X to be rebranded ‘macOS’ hints hidden file

Apple has a number of different operating systems for its various device these days, including iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and, of course, OS X for the Mac itself. Ever notice that one of those is not like the other when it comes to the naming convention? Turns out, Apple may already be planning to address this, with OS X possibly being rebranded as "macOS" sometime in the near future. A developer has spotted a hidden file in the latest update to OS X 10.11 El Capitan that makes mention of "macOS" in the name.

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