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Google Photos video ad pokes fun at 16GB iPhone

Google Photos video ad pokes fun at 16GB iPhone

Smartphones these days, even the lower spec ones, are capable of taking high resolution (though not always high quality) photos. That means those photos take up more space on the smartphone's storage. And when you have a measly 16 GB of internal memory, with no microSD card option, you will inevitably run out of space. That is precisely the point that Google is trying to make in a rare and admittedly amusing Google Photos video ad. And it is aiming its guns at, what else, the 16 GB iPhone.

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iOS 10 Beta offers up prioritized app downloads

iOS 10 Beta offers up prioritized app downloads

iOS 10 is bringing with it a number of new features, including the ability to remove stock apps from your homescreen and add stickers to your text messages, but today we're getting word of a particularly exciting feature that offers up a lot of utility. A Reddit user by the name of nite_ has discovered that iOS 10 Beta 1 allows users to prioritize app downloads by utilizing the 3D touch capabilities of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, a feature that's sure to make a lot of iPhone users happy.

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macOS Sierra Preview – The ecosystem play

macOS Sierra Preview – The ecosystem play

OS X has a new name, but macOS Sierra is otherwise business as usual for Apple: continue to draw together the Mac on your desk and the iPhone in your pocket. That means features we've become familiar with on iOS, like Siri and Apple Pay, making the leap to your Mac, but also a blurring of the lines between your different devices and what's in the cloud.

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Siri comes to macOS Sierra

Siri comes to macOS Sierra

Following WWDC 2016 announcements of new versions of watchOS and tvOS, Apple premiered the 2016 update to the Mac's OS X. Except, it's not called OS X anymore. Just as has been predicted, the desktop OS has been rebranded to "macOS," putting it in line with Apple's other platforms, including iOS. But just as the last few years have seen the OS feature a sub-name based on a California landmark, so too will this: macOS Sierra.

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Man charged, pleads guilty in celebrity photo iCloud hacking case

Man charged, pleads guilty in celebrity photo iCloud hacking case

A Pennsylvania man has been formally charged in the hacking case that saw hundreds of private photos from celebrities stolen from their iCloud and other cloud storage accounts and posted online in the fall of 2014. The US Department of Justice says 36-year-old Ryan Collins is facing felony computer hacking charges after he broke into more than 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts. He has agreed to plead guilty, and is expected serve at least 18 months in prison.

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iOS 9 “app slicing” feature delayed due to iCloud bug

iOS 9 “app slicing” feature delayed due to iCloud bug

It seems that one of iOS 9's interesting, not to mention space saving, features didn't make it to the first release after all. Apple announced to its developers that app slicing, known as app thinning to some, is currently unavailable in the current iOS release. This is due to an issue with apps' iCloud backups that breaks the feature. The good news is that Apple isn't giving up on the feature just yet and will re-enable it in a future update for iOS 9.

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iCloud.com now lets users restore deleted files

iCloud.com now lets users restore deleted files

With no announcement whatsoever, Apple has just added a new feature to iCloud.com, the browser version of its cloud storage service, that has it rivaling Dropbox just a tad: the ability to restore recently deleted files. Unfortunately, the feature isn't exactly easy to find, buried in the Advanced Settings menu, so most iCloud users may not even notice it exists. Should they find it though, they'll be able to restore documents and other files, in addition to recently deleted contacts and calendar entries.

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Apple iOS 8.4.1 released to fix Apple Music issues

Apple iOS 8.4.1 released to fix Apple Music issues

Apple has released iOS 8.4.1, tackling a number of media bugs that have surfaced since Apple Music launched. The update, a roughly 57MB download, addresses hidden tracks, missed favorites when listening to Beats 1 music, and finesses playlist management.

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Apple may soon have Siri transcribe voicemail messages

Apple may soon have Siri transcribe voicemail messages

According to a new report, Apple is said to be working on integrating voicemail into iCloud, bringing about some of the biggest advancements since visual voicemail on the first iPhone. This information comes from Business Insider, which says the primary feature will be Siri's ability to transcribe voicemails into text, letting users read their messages instead of listen to the audio. Even more interesting, this iCloud Voicemail will deliver custom messages to select callers, and even let them know the user's location.

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iOS 9’s new two-factor authentication ditches annoying Recovery Key

iOS 9’s new two-factor authentication ditches annoying Recovery Key

With the release of iOS 9 Beta 3 to developers this week, Apple has released details on security changes that improve the way users verify their Apple ID from secondary, trusted devices, including better implementation of verification codes and elimination of the annoying Recovery Key. The current system in iOS 8 is known as "two-step verification," while the new version will be called "two-factor authentication." This new system is currently limited to select beta users, will be available to all when iOS 9 launches later this year.

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Documents reveal FBI probe details on celebrity pics leak

Documents reveal FBI probe details on celebrity pics leak

In 2014, there was a big leak involving celebrity pictures that had been garnered from the victims' hacked iCloud accounts. This spurred an investigation, which has been ongoing despite news of the incident quieting down. Now details on what the investigation turned up have been revealed via a federal search warrant that has been unsealed, as well as an affidavit. According to the documents, FBI agents identified a home in southern Chicago as being one of the locations where hacking attempts (which may have been successful) took place, as well as an apartment also in Chicago.

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Apple’s iOS 9 to feature iCloud Drive app

Apple’s iOS 9 to feature iCloud Drive app

Now that the avalanche of info released by Apple during its WWDC keynote yesterday has begun to subside, smaller details about the newly announced iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan are beginning to surface. Now that developers have had a few hours to play with the iOS 9 beta, images have surfaced that reveal a dedicated app for iCloud Drive, the cloud storage service Apple launched last year. The app offers users direct access to a file manager on their iPhone or iPad.

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