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Apple threatens its first ban on iMessage prank sticker app

Apple threatens its first ban on iMessage prank sticker app

Depending on your point of view (and probably your age bracket), Apple's introduction of stickers and screen effects to iMessage is either a blessing or a curse. For those who dig stickers, there's plenty of funny and creative third-party offerings on the App Store. One popular option — the most popular, in fact, sitting at the top of the paid iMessage apps list — is "Phoneys," a sticker pack with blue text bubbles that are designed to replace a message sent from a friend. Apple, however, doesn't find this funny, and is about to put a stop to it.

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Apple must pay $302M to VirnetX after losing FaceTime patent retrial

Apple must pay $302M to VirnetX after losing FaceTime patent retrial

After roughly six years of courtroom battles, a federal jury in Texas ruled that Apple had in fact infringed on patents held by VirnetX, a non-practicing entity, and ordered the Cupertino company to pay $302.4 million in damages. While Apple's ongoing struggles with VirnetX began in 2010, this latest retrial ruled that the company's FaceTime platform used the latter's patented internet security technology without gaining permission.

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MacBook Pro refresh believed to land late October

MacBook Pro refresh believed to land late October

While the new iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 definitely deserve the media attention, Apple’s other faithful users are also dying to have their time in the spotlight. Specifically, Apple’s Mac computers have languished on the sidelines, in a dire need of revitalized models and marketing. Fret not, Mac faithful, because your time might be coming in just a few weeks. Based on movements of macOS 10.12.1, it is now believed that the first Mac refresh, namely the new MacBook Pros, could be finally revealed as early as late October.

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Revealing iMessage metadata reignites Apple privacy debate

Revealing iMessage metadata reignites Apple privacy debate

The privacy promised by Apple's Messages system is again under the microscope, after leaked documents detailing records of potentially attempted messages emerged from law enforcement. The Cupertino company has previously insisted that, even if it was pressed by investigators, it would not and could not reveal the contents of conversations held via Messages (also known as iMessage); however, other metadata could still reveal more than users expected.

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New Apple HQ headed for Battersea Power Station

New Apple HQ headed for Battersea Power Station

Apple's adding another historical landmark to their collection of properties, this time at a rather recognizable London power station. This is Battersea Power Station, and according to the Standard, it'll be "a new Apple campus." This campus will be opening its doors (to employees) in the year 2021.

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Google iOS app gets incognito mode, YouTube video playback in search

Google iOS app gets incognito mode, YouTube video playback in search

Google may be gearing up for its big announcement event on October 4, but the massive company has taken some time out of its preparations to deliver an update for the Google app on iOS. It's a pretty straightforward update, bringing only three new changes with it, but those changes are almost certainly ones that users will be pleased to see.

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iPhone 7 “hack” drills hole for headphones

iPhone 7 “hack” drills hole for headphones

It would appear that some massively uninformed iPhone 7 users are falling for a hoax of epic proportions. The folks at TechRax have created a video which suggests - in title, only, really - that there is a secret "hack" to gain access to the iPhone 7's (perhaps hidden) headphone jack. The idea here is that the iPhone 7 has the hardware it needs to allow a headphone jack, but Apple has just covered up the area we'd need to plug the cord in. Then comes the power drill.

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Next Pokemon GO Update finally blocks cheaters

Next Pokemon GO Update finally blocks cheaters

Since the dawn of Pokemon GO, there've been hackers making use of their ability to spoof their way through the game. Now, with the release of the next Pokemon GO update, Niantic has finally figured out how to kick out all manner of spoofers, hackers, and general chaos-makers. While a previous update appeared to do this, Niantic's spread of ousting techniques didn't quite cover all versions of the game. Now they've figured out what works, and they're rolling out the block.

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Spotify Daily Mix: what it is and why you might want it

Spotify Daily Mix: what it is and why you might want it

This week the folks at Spotify have revealed a feature they call Daily Mix, showing users what they've heard and what they might want to hear next. This is a sort of playlist, as it were, allowing users to add or subtract from said list each day as each list evolves. This list is made with Spotify's smart algorithms which see what the user has been listening to, creating an old/new/really new set of songs for that user to listen to next.

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Apple HealthKit to morph into diagnostic tool

Apple HealthKit to morph into diagnostic tool

Apple has had its HealthKit service for a while now and back during WWDC 2014 Apple talked about how it would involve major health providers in the use of HealthKit. So far, the service has not been particularly embraced by the healthcare providers around the world and has mostly been used for collecting data from devices like wearables and pucks placed in shoes. That may be about to change as Apple is building improved health record software better able to analyze and understand patient data.

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Sonos PLAY:1, PLAY:5 comes to Apple.com, Apple Stores on Oct. 5

Sonos PLAY:1, PLAY:5 comes to Apple.com, Apple Stores on Oct. 5

By doing away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack, Apple has placed its iPhone eggs in wireless audio equipment basket. And not just wireless, Bluetooth headphones, but wireless speakers as well. When it comes to the latter, there is perhaps no brand that rings louder than Sonos. It was only natural that the two would eventually forge closer ties, which happens today as two of Sonos’ most popular connected speakers, the PLAY:1 and the PLAY:5, head to Apple’s online stores and, by next week, physical retail stores as well.

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How to watch the Presidential Debate online tonight

How to watch the Presidential Debate online tonight

Live streaming the Presidential Debates has become an event multiple outlets clamored to get exclusive rights to this year - lucky you, live video feeds can be found in multiple places. Today we're going to run down the multiple webpages and video portals through which users around the world on desktop or mobile, Windows or OS X, iOS or Android, will be able to stream the United States Presidential Debates - or at least the first of several. We'll be watching too, but you wont find any political commentary from SlashGear proper - we'll leave that to the hearts and minds of our individual writers and their own personal social networking feeds.

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