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iTunes top apps, movies, and music for 2017

iTunes top apps, movies, and music for 2017

We're closing in on the end of the year, and that can only mean one thing: year-in-review retrospectives of every variety. Today Apple is the company looking back on 2017, revealing the most popular apps, movies, music, and books throughout the year. Though there may not be many surprises when it comes to the most popular downloads of 2017, it's always interesting to see if any newcomers managed to make their presence known.

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Pokemon GO Gen 3 releases: Groudon and full list!

Pokemon GO Gen 3 releases: Groudon and full list!

The newest Pokemon in Pokemon GO is Groudon - and along with it, a few more Gen 3 Pokemon to partner up with. That includes "dozens" of new POkemon from the Hoenn region. In the mix are the first three starter Pokemon and their evolved forms. That means Mudkip, Torchic, and Treecko are now in the mix!

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Amazon Prime Video arrives on Apple TV at long last

Amazon Prime Video arrives on Apple TV at long last

After hearing promises of an Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV at WWDC 2017, the day has finally come. Amazon Prime Video has gone live for Apple TV, with just a few weeks to spare in Apple's promise that it would be here before the end of 2017. Just as well, it appears that the iOS Prime Video App has been updated to play nice with the iPhone X.

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Qualcomm is preparing for war

Qualcomm is preparing for war

As it unveils the Snapdragon 845 and reveals its Windows on ARM plans, Qualcomm is getting all its friends together, and the omissions are conspicuous by their absence. The chipmaker is paving the way for 2018 with two high-profile launches, targeting not only its typical stomping ground of smartphones and tablets, but looking to finally broach a new and potentially lucrative segment too. That sets it on a collision course with some long-time rivals.

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Gmail gets iPhone X support and a big new feature

Gmail gets iPhone X support and a big new feature

Google has finally pushed out a Gmail iOS update that adds support for the iPhone X's beautiful, slightly unusual display. The notch is no longer at odds with the app's interface, which now plays nicely with the "ears" on either side of it. This is the latest of multiple Google app updates that have pushed out iPhone X support, the most recent one before this being Google Maps. iPhone X support isn't the only thing found in this Gmail update, though.

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You can now really use Apple Pay Cash to send money directly

You can now really use Apple Pay Cash to send money directly

Apple rolled out iOS 11.2 over the weekend earlier than scheduled in order to immediately address a critical bug that had devices crashing left and right on that date. Because of the rush, however, it also rolled out a feature that was practically useless at that time: Apple Pay Cash. The peer-to-peer payment feature was indeed included in iOS 11.2 but wasn’t actually enabled yet. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait that long as Apple Pay Cash is now starting to become available for use for those in the US.

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iPhone X, unlocked and SIM-free, arrives in US

iPhone X, unlocked and SIM-free, arrives in US

Consumers coveting the iPhone X can now buy an unlocked SIM-free version of the handset directly from Apple, giving them the freedom to use it on whatever carrier they want whenever they want. The unlocked version has appeared on Apple's website, where it is listed alongside the existing carrier-centric versions. Customization options remain.

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Apple might be sharing Face ID data with apps too freely

Apple might be sharing Face ID data with apps too freely

Most security researchers are stumbling to find a way to definitively prove, or disprove, the security and reliability of the iPhone X’s Face ID feature. Almost all of those, however, require a second face to bypass your legit one. It turns out that users might have something to fear even without a doppelganger. It is no secret that Apple allows third-party apps to access some Face ID data, but how much and how easy they’re getting that data could quickly become a privacy nightmare.

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2018 MacBook, Apple Watch to free up more space inside, says Kuo

2018 MacBook, Apple Watch to free up more space inside, says Kuo

There is only so much you can cram inside an electronics device. Aside from concerns about heat management, manufacturers are often limited by the size of the components they use. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle where you try to fit as many components as you can in the most efficient arrangement possible. There are two ways around this problem. The most common is to shrink, or even remove, components to make room for more. The other is to use more or less flexible components, which is what Apple will be doing for next year’s line of MacBooks and Apple Watches, or so says the famed Ming-chi Kuo.

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iOS 11.2 released: Apple Pay Cash and Dec. 2 bug fix for iPhone

iOS 11.2 released: Apple Pay Cash and Dec. 2 bug fix for iPhone

Apple has released iOS 11.2, pushing out the major iPhone and iPad update in what appears to be an early launch to address devices affected by the December 2 crash bug. The update was released to iOS users this morning, and includes Apple Pay Cash which allows individuals to send and receive money through Messages or by asking the Siri assistant. There's also improvements in the update for wireless charging.

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The secret iPhone X difference Apple isn’t talking about

The secret iPhone X difference Apple isn’t talking about

Not all iPhone X handsets are created equal, new research has demonstrated, and if you want the best LTE performance there are specific models you should be looking out for. While on the face of it there are only a few different configurations of Apple's smartphone, in reality there are more variations than simply color and storage capacity.

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Google Maps iOS update adds iPhone X support

Google Maps iOS update adds iPhone X support

Google Maps has received an update on iOS that adds support for the iPhone X's display. With the support comes a better experience for iPhone X users, though all iOS users benefit thanks to some bug fixes tossed into the mix. Google hasn't gone into detail about what those bug fixes pertain to, saying only that they improve the user's ability to find new places and travel to them.

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