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Apple patents activating “Panic Mode” with a fingerprint

Apple patents activating “Panic Mode” with a fingerprint

"Apple picking", as New York law enforcers called the spate of iPhone theft, is now a thing of the past. Well, at least mostly, partly thanks to Apple's strong stance on encryption and locking down stolen phones. But there might be times when it isn't your iPhone that is in danger but you yourself. Presuming you still have some presence of mind, and an iPhone of the future, you might be able to not only lock down your phone but also discretely call for help, thanks to a recent patent that Apple filed.

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Fallout 4 Pip-Boy app out now: strap it to your wrist!

Fallout 4 Pip-Boy app out now: strap it to your wrist!

This afternoon Bethesda released the Fallout Pip-Boy app for both Android and iOS devices. This app is a requirement if you're planning on using the Pip-Boy accessory included in the full special edition release of the game Fallout 4, but - as it turns out - that accessory is not entirely necessary. You can just use a bunch of duct-tape to attach your smartphone to your arm - it's easy! And a lot cheaper that way!

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YouTube enters virtual reality with Google Cardboard

YouTube enters virtual reality with Google Cardboard

While you may have been able to use a Beta version of YouTube's VR feature before, today it goes full-power, leaving Beta mode. This is the first week in which the real-deal VR video software for YouTube apps on Android and iOS is available to all. This system works with both 360-degree videos (introduced many months ago) and with standard videos. Standard videos are able to be viewed in a sort of "theater" setting, not unlike "The Void" presented by Samsung GearVR and Oculus.

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Google Drive update brings notifications to Android and iOS

Google Drive update brings notifications to Android and iOS

This week the folks at Google have updated their cloud storage system Google Drive. This system's apps now work with Sharing Notifications, this bringing the entire system into the forefront of the Android experience. Where before the app was only a secondary doorway into the Google Drive environment, now it becomes part of your device in a real active way. A number of other bits and pieces of features come with this update as well.

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Evernote for iOS gets sketching in notes, split screen support

Evernote for iOS gets sketching in notes, split screen support

Evernote has announced that users on the iPhone and iPad can now sketch within notes, bringing the much-requested feature to iOS. Sketching within a note is, more simply put, the ability to write within a note by hand; you can use the feature to sketch out ideas or to scribble math equations, or something else entirely. That’s not the only feature Evernote has announced, though, with iPad users in particular getting an extra special treat.

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Microsoft seeking Cortana for iPhone beta testers

Microsoft seeking Cortana for iPhone beta testers

It was a little over a year ago that Microsoft denied any intentions of bringing Cortana, its own voice-activated virtual assistant, to other mobile platforms. Then in May of this year, the company announced what had been rumored for some time: Cortana for iOS and Android was in the works. Now, after months of internal development and testing, Microsoft is ready to start having select users beta test Cortana on the iPhone.

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Analyst predicts new 4-inch iPhone launching early in 2016

Analyst predicts new 4-inch iPhone launching early in 2016

An analyst from KGI Securities called Ming-Chi Kuo has published a new report outlining what he expects to see from Apple with the 2016 iPhone refresh. Interestingly, he believes that with the demand for smaller 4-inch iPhone models that Apple will launch a device next year that "resembles an upgraded iPhone 5s." He says that the device is targeted for a launch in the first half of 2016.

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Apple iOS 9.2 beta lets AT&T WiFi calling work on the Mac

Apple iOS 9.2 beta lets AT&T WiFi calling work on the Mac

Apple has released the latest beta version of iOS 9.2 to developers this week, and among the updates is a handy feature that works in conjunction with AT&T's recently announced NumberSync service. iOS 9.2 will allow iPhone users to extend the WiFi calling feature to their Mac, iPad, or iPod Touch. It's similar to how Apple's Continuity features let phone calls be placed from a Mac or other device as long as the iPhone is connected to same the WiFi network, but with NumberSync, a call can be placed when the phone isn't in the same location, let along on the same WiFi.

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Apple Watch iPhone bundle tested at several stores

Apple Watch iPhone bundle tested at several stores

It's not at all what you think! Apparently Apple is testing out what it'd feel like to sell the iPhone with the Apple Watch, just to get a SENSE of what consumers would do. If they were given $50 off the price of the Watch, maybe they'd buy the iPhone and the Watch at the same time. Apparently this has nothing to do with sales numbers of either the iPhone or the Apple Watch, and it's all just a trial run.

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Snapchat is not selling most of your replays

Snapchat is not selling most of your replays

Last week Snapchat revealed a new set updates to their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, which of course threw users into a tizzy. In fact, not a whole lot is different this time around compared to any other update over the past couple of years. The big differences come in the sales of Replays and the way the Terms and Privacy Policy were written. They're easier to read now than they were before. Of course, to some people, that means it's time to panic.

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Feds still want Apple to unlock iPhone even after guilty plea

Feds still want Apple to unlock iPhone even after guilty plea

It seems that Apple won't be able to take a breather even after a case it has been dragged into has practically been closed. In a drug-related case in Brooklyn, federal Judge James Orenstein formally asked Apple's input regarding the Department of Justice's request to order Apple to unlock the defendant's iPhone. Apple naturally argued against it. The whole matter would have been moot since the defendant plead guilty to the charges, but the DOJ hasn't retracted its application and the judge himself is puzzled by it.

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