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Surface beats iPad in JD Power tablet satisfaction survey for first time ever

Surface beats iPad in JD Power tablet satisfaction survey for first time ever

The JD Power 2017 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study has shown the Microsoft Surface Tablet line to top the iPad for the first time since the study began. Granted, that's not an incredibly big amount of time - the study is in its 6th year this year. But in general Apple's iPad wins by a significant amount over the next closest device - in quite a few studies, not just this one by JD Power. It's a bit of a surprise to find the iPad in second place.

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This iPhone 8 video shows what Galaxy S8 does right and LG G6 does wrong

This iPhone 8 video shows what Galaxy S8 does right and LG G6 does wrong

It's difficult to say exactly why it is Samsung and Apple dominate the smartphone market - but this video takes a crack at it. What we're looking at is a spinning iPhone 8 concept - a device that's most likely going to come out next year, but commands search terms in Google this year because "iPhone 7s" is too many characters to be bothered typing. What we see here is style - design finesse - a sense of assuredness in the phone's overall excellence. That's what Apple and Samsung have, or appear to have, that most other phone companies lack.

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Starbucks for iOS updated with iMessage gift cards

Starbucks for iOS updated with iMessage gift cards

Starbucks has updated its iPhone app to version 4.3.4, adding multiple changes including the addition of a new iMessage gift card option. Those who use iMessage can now send their friends or family members a Starbucks gift card directly within the app, eliminating the need to toggle between apps or purchase a card in-store. Joining this are improvements to Mobile Order & Pay and more.

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Microsoft Sprinkles camera app is fun and not at all depressing

Microsoft Sprinkles camera app is fun and not at all depressing

The developers at Microsoft have successfully created another distraction to our everyday massacre of a modern life with an app called Sprinkles. With the app, users will be able to see how old the machine thinks they are - though that's not a strictly new trick from Microsoft, it's still wonderful to be able to do, if you look young. Another feature is matching your face with the celebrity that looks most like you.

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Apple refunding Workflow purchases, questions arise

Apple refunding Workflow purchases, questions arise

Bigger, and richer, companies buying out smaller ones is nothing new. Tech companies buying out popular startups is also nothing new. What's not always consistent is how such companies treat their new acquisitions and the crowd of users they inherit. Almost out of character, when Apple acquired iOS automation platform Workflow it made the formerly paid app free of charge. And now it is reportedly refunding those who have previously purchased the app. While a sign of good faith, it also raises questions on whether there is something afoot in Cupertino as well.

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iOS 10.3.1 released quickly to address iPhone 5, 5c issues

iOS 10.3.1 released quickly to address iPhone 5, 5c issues

It has just been a week since Apple rolled out iOS 10.3 for iOS devices, so it was definitely unexpected that Apple would follow it up immediately with a 10.3.1 release. Especially without a beta testing period, this mysterious update naturally raised a few questions. Although Apple would later release a note on what the update fixes, a security issue related to Wi-Fi, it might have left out the equally important part about fixing the update would have broken the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c.

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SoundCloud iOS app updated with Chromecast support

SoundCloud iOS app updated with Chromecast support

While still an underdog in the streaming music market, SoundCloud is still pushing ahead with new updates and features. Or, in the case of their iOS app, an update with an old feature that's been on Android for some time now. The streaming service's app for iPhone and iPad has just been updated to support Google Chromecast, allowing users to play music through more devices. At least it's better late than never.

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iOS update 10.3 patches a major security flaw

iOS update 10.3 patches a major security flaw

iOS 10.3 dropped earlier this week, and when it arrived, it brought a bunch of new features with it. Massive updates like these usually include a good number of bug fixes, and iOS 10.3 was no different, patching out a rather major security flaw that first came to light in October of last year. The exploit was particularly seriously because it overwhelmed 911 call centers in cities across the nation.

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Google Calendar launches for iPad

Google Calendar launches for iPad

Google has announced the launch of Google Calendar for iPad, giving users the ability to access and manage their Google Calendar and related tasks from the comfort of their Apple slate. Those who use Google Calendar with any sort of regularity will recognize it instantly -- all the features are there, including the machine intelligence-powered features for setting goals and scheduling new appointments.

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Cult classic Planescape: Torment is getting an Enhanced Edition

Cult classic Planescape: Torment is getting an Enhanced Edition

Planescape: Torment has always been an odd duck even when it was released back in 1999. Although set in the universe of the popular Dungeons & Dragons RPG, Planescape is one of the franchise' most alien campaigns. And even among story-centric RPGs of its generation, Torment's dialogue-heavy flavor almost makes you feel like playing a choose your own adventure game. It's exactly because of those factors that Planescape: Torment has become one of the most notable titles in gaming history, and is now being honored with its very own Enhanced Edition.

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Cortana comes to Android lock screens and Australia

Cortana comes to Android lock screens and Australia

In just a few days, Samsung will finally be showing what its own Bixby personal assistant is truly capable of, but not before Microsoft has had a chance to cement the position of its own. Cortana is gaining a few new abilities, at least on Android. And to make sure more people will be able to bridge their smartphones and their Windows 10 PCs, Microsoft is making Cortana officially available in Australia, both on Android as well as on iOS.

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iWork for iOS and Mac got a massive update: What you need to know

iWork for iOS and Mac got a massive update: What you need to know

It's been a big day for Apple fans with the arrival of iOS 10.3, but the updates don't stop there. Apple has also delivered a rather large update for its iWork suite of apps across Mac and iOS. Pages, Keynote, and Numbers are all getting new features today, with a few of those additions going live across all three apps at once.

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