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VLC to return to iOS early this year

VLC to return to iOS early this year

The video-playing app known as VLC will return to iOS in early 2015, but not before its gathered a bit more in the bug fix department. The VLC app has been out on Android and iOS for some time, but recently disappeared from the iTunes App Store following the release of iOS 8 for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5s. At this time the app will not be re-released for iOS - not until the iTunes Connect holiday shutdown is complete. This could be as early as a few days from now.

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Five ways to repurpose (or sell!) unwanted tech

Five ways to repurpose (or sell!) unwanted tech

Someone got you that thing you wanted during the holidays, and that’s awesome. Maybe someone got you something you really didn’t want, which is a lot less awesome. Either way, you’ve now got some gifts or devices that need to be dealt with. Whether it’s a smartphone or tablet, we’ve got a few cool ways to get rid of your extra device, or just cycle it back through the mill to give it a new life. You might even make a few bucks!

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Phones 4U liquidation may bend Apple’s pricing rules

Phones 4U liquidation may bend Apple’s pricing rules

It would appear that Apple's regular relatively strict controls on pricing for iPhones and iPads will have little to no baring on the liquidation of Phone 4U. This mobile device company was kicked to the curb earlier this year - right before the release of the iPhone 6. In fact the company saw some extra controversy when it was discovered that Phone 4U wouldn't be issuing refunds on iPhone 6 pre-orders. Now we'll go ahead and assume that the owners of Phones 4U either don't expect to work with Apple ever again OR that Apple's rules for sales don't apply to a situation like this.

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Report: Samsung, TSMC will share iPhone 6S’ A9 chipset duties

Report: Samsung, TSMC will share iPhone 6S’ A9 chipset duties

Next year, Apple is expected to produce iterative updates to their existing hardware lineup. In these new devices, Apple will also bring a new chipset, as they’re wont to do. While Samsung was previously mentioned as being a big part of the process, producing the incoming A9 chipset, it seems they may have been outclassed. A new report out of Taiwan notes that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be awarded the bulk of Apple’s A9 business, leaving Samsung playing second fiddle.

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Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Wearables mean we’ve popped the smartphone bubble

Manufacturers couldn't cram any more socially acceptable functionality into their smartphones, so they moved their smartphones to your wrist. When we first started seeing so-called "Wearable" devices, it was clear: these devices were either going to be wristwatches or they were going to be extra-tiny smartphones. Or tablets, if you're talking about the devices without phone capabilities. Once the smartwatch launched with a tiny version of Android onboard, it wasn't difficult to access: smartphone innovation was over, and the hype machine was back in action.

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iTunes 14-day no-questions-asked app return policy enacted in Europe

iTunes 14-day no-questions-asked app return policy enacted in Europe

A new policy has been enacted in the UK, Germany, Italy, and Germany - amongst others - which allows people to return apps inside an extended period of days. Inside 14 days, the iTunes app store allows a "Right of Cancellation". This includes a right to cancel your order within 14 days of order of your app - except with iTunes Gifts - for any reason at all. This is a significant extension over most return policies for app stores around the world - Apple, Google, Microsoft and all.

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IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

IBM: Christmas big for online shopping, iOS destroys Android again

Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one undercurrent is noticeable: shopping. Though most stores are shut for the day, we can still go online, and we’ve likely got a series of gift cards in-hand which give us license to buy. In our mobile world, location doesn’t matter much, either. Great apps from retailers mean the mobile shopping experience is often better than on the desktop, and the latest numbers from IBM reflect as much, showing mobile shopping traffic is on the rise.

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New iPhones, iPads to have more RAM, source claims

New iPhones, iPads to have more RAM, source claims

Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, followed closely by the refreshed iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, brought us some of the best hardware of 2014. Leading into the launch of those devices, we’d heard a seemingly endless rumor cycle regarding both what they’d look like, but also what Apple may have planned for the software side of things. The iPad Air, specifically, was believed to have a split-screen mode where you could use two apps at once. A new rumor regarding more RAM hints the next hardware release may support that feature.

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Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Beyond a mini-game of a press release called INFO QUEST II - which we'll also include here if possible - is the next generation in Minecraft gameplay. This is Minecraft Story Mode, a Telltale Games Series. This is the same group that brings you Takes from the Borderlands, The Walking Dead, and most recently Game of Thrones - they're the kings of storytelling games in episodic releases, that is to say - since all the way back in 2006 when they released their first episodic series of games. It's time to get pixely.

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BlackBerry Classic envy doused with Typo2 for iPhone 6

BlackBerry Classic envy doused with Typo2 for iPhone 6

At CES 2014 we saw the Typo keyboard for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s for the first time. This device is a sort of clip-on for your iPhone that allows you to type with a physical keyboard. Now the company has updated their line to include both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. The company was sued by BlackBerry not long after they showed their keyboard off in a tease before CES - but they went ahead and showed it at the conference anyway. One year later and that suit is still pending - but they're ready to release a second generation despite any potential legal setbacks.

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