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iPhones now require a passcode to be entered once every six days

iPhones now require a passcode to be entered once every six days

One of my favorite features to come to the iPhone was the fingerprint reader. I've had laptops in the past with the feature, but I never really found myself using it very often. However, with a smartphone, it's so nice to just press and hold my finger for a second or two, rather than tapping in a passcode. A recent change to iOS means that you'll have to start using your passcode a little more often than before, though.

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Allo and Duo are in Google Play for Android now (sort of)

Allo and Duo are in Google Play for Android now (sort of)

Google's new message apps Allo and Duo have been released to Google Play for Android devices in a new form - not actually available, just appearing there as placeholders. If you were looking for the release of Google's new smart messenger app - attached to your phone number and ready to go to war with iMessage, you're in luck. Sort of. Users such as yourself will be able to see the apps in the places where they'll be listed in the Google Play app store, BUT, you wont be able to download them until Google actually makes them available.

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Duo is Google’s FaceTime: see it in action here

Duo is Google’s FaceTime: see it in action here

This week the folks at Google have launched a true competitor to Apple's FaceTime and iMessage for iPhone. They've shown off the app called Allo - that's for chat, a straight-up battle-ready app to take on iMessage - it'll be on Android and iOS, as well. Then there's Duo, a video chat app that'll battle FaceTime. That'll be released on Android and iOS as well, too. It's made by the people who developed WebRTC and is built with QUIC.

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WhoApp lets you know who’s calling, before you answer

WhoApp lets you know who’s calling, before you answer

Whenever I get a phone call from a number I don't recognize, I do one of two things. If I'm already at my computer, I'll do a quick Google search to see if I can find some info on the caller before they go to voicemail. If I'm not at my computer, then I just don't bother answering it. However, a new app might just take all of the guesswork out of unknown callers.

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Speck launches Pocket-VR viewer for iPhone 6/6s and Galaxy S7

Speck launches Pocket-VR viewer for iPhone 6/6s and Galaxy S7

Google Cardboard is among the easiest and cheapest ways to get in on the virtual reality craze. unfortunately, it's not the sort of thing that you'll want to carry around with you. It's big, bulky, and not exactly made of the finest materials known to man. That's why Speck has launched their own VR adapter for your phone. And it's small enough that you can carry it almost anywhere.

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iPhone 7 Pro feature may give Galaxy Note 6 users a wake-up call

iPhone 7 Pro feature may give Galaxy Note 6 users a wake-up call

The release of the iPhone 7 Pro - or iPhone 7 Plus, whatever they end up calling it - could be a wake-up call for Android-loving Samsung users worldwide. Why? Because Apple could be invading one of the areas the Samsung Galaxy Note still holds sway over in the smart device universe. The iPhone 7 Pro's ability to work with the Apple Pencil, for example, could be Apple's inroad to taking command of the Android phablet userbase.

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iPhone gets YouTube VR with “Cardboard” update

iPhone gets YouTube VR with “Cardboard” update

Google has brought on virtual reality-like viewing to the YouTube for iOS app at last, weeks and months after adding such functionality to the Android version of the app. This functionality for the YouTube app for iPhone and iPad is very similar to that of the Android version, adding a "Cardboard" icon to the app's user interface when a video is 360-degree-enabled and the device that's playing it is turned to its side (landscape mode, that is). This move extends VR functionality to iOS just days before Google's big yearly developer conference.

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What’s new in the iOS 9.3.2 update: Night Shift update, Power, Bluetooth

What’s new in the iOS 9.3.2 update: Night Shift update, Power, Bluetooth

Updates to the iPhone and iPads aplenty out in the wild today will have iOS 9.3.2 coming to your pockets imminently. This update will bring improvements and feature additions to several iPhone and iPad models, starting with a fix for the iPhone SE. This update brings a fix to Bluetooth pairing issues with the iPhone SE for audio quality. There's also a fix for MDM servers as they were unable to install Custom B2B apps. Then there's the Night Shift update - and what an update it is!

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Google Spaces released as teamwork app for Android, iOS, and desktop

Google Spaces released as teamwork app for Android, iOS, and desktop

Today Google has released a brand new teamwork app and ecosystem by the name of "Spaces." Users of Google's accounts - signed up with a Gmail account, that is - will be able to take part in Google's new Spaces app. This app has the ability to create rooms or "spaces" on topics. You'll create a space based on a topic then invite users via messaging, email, social network, or "whatever way you like." We can imagine this will be used in ways both intended and beyond what Google intended in short order.

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What I want most from Google IO 2016 is…

What I want most from Google IO 2016 is…

This morning we're running down our wants for Google's next developers conference, starting with what's already been asked for and ending with what we'd be surprised by. Two of the most discussed bits thus far that we've seen thanks to Reddit and The Verge are a real iMessage competitor and a new camera app. A decent camera app. One that's not just general for the masses. And what about an iMessage competitor? Don't we already have enough message apps?

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iPhone 7 leaked again, white band still there, laser AF hinted

iPhone 7 leaked again, white band still there, laser AF hinted

With the exception of Motorola, most major Android OEMs have already shown their hand for the first half of 2016. That means all eyes are now Apple and its upcoming iPhone 7. With so many hinging things hinging on this particular model, it's no surprise that it is getting a lot more attention than perhaps any previous iPhone model. Even the renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seems to be a tad conflicted about it. Fans might be in a similar dilemma if this latest leaked phtoos of what is allegedly the final iPhone 7 design is the real deal.

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An Apple Passbook driving license for the UK is in the works

An Apple Passbook driving license for the UK is in the works

Drivers in the UK could eventually take their driving license out of their physical wallet and store it in Apple's Passbook instead. The work-in-progress feature - which would see license information stored digitally in the iPhone's virtual wallet - was teased by the CEO of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the UK's equivalent of the US's DMV.

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