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Lifelike AirPods sticker prank strikes a chord in SF

Lifelike AirPods sticker prank strikes a chord in SF

Apple AirPod users found themselves on the wrong side of the prank this week as art director Pablo Rochat struck! According to Rochat, he simply "made life-size AirPod stickers and stuck them on the ground, all over the city." He made his project known on November 17, 2019, and already 5-figure amounts of likes and retweets and shares have pushed him into the realm of viral prank hit.

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iOS 13.2.3 released to fix iPhone search and download bugs

iOS 13.2.3 released to fix iPhone search and download bugs

Apple has released another iOS 13 update, bringing the latest version of the software for iPhone to iOS 13.2.3 and with it addressing a number of search, attachment, and background activity glitches. It comes less than two weeks since Apple released iOS 13.2.2, which featured a fix for over-aggressive closing of background apps.

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WhatsApp MP4 bug lets hackers control your phone

WhatsApp MP4 bug lets hackers control your phone

At this moment and for the foreseeable future, it's a good idea to avoid opening MP4 files in WhatsApp. There's a bug in WhatsApp for both iOS and Android where a malicious person can send a specially-crafted MP4 file to ultimately control a users' phone. This bug was patched, but not all people in the world have said patch right this minute.

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Apple removes nearly 200 vaping apps from App Store

Apple removes nearly 200 vaping apps from App Store

Vaping is something that's garnered a fair amount of controversy lately. The CDC has linked at least 42 deaths to lung illnesses associated with vaping, with more than 2,000 non-lethal cases reported as well. With these reports out in the open, Apple has decided to remove almost 200 vaping apps from the App Store.

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Apple subscription bundles likely in 2020, here’s what you’ll get

Apple subscription bundles likely in 2020, here’s what you’ll get

The theme to Apple's 2019 has definitely been subscription services, with the company launching a bunch of new ones like Apple News+, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade. Now that all of these new subscriptions are out there, it may not be long before Apple looks to bundle them together. In doing so, it would be taking a page out of Amazon's playbook, which bundles a variety of services with Prime.

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Facebook app sees you, here’s how to stop it

Facebook app sees you, here’s how to stop it

It was revealed this month that the Facebook app for iPhone had a bug that sorta... kept your camera open. There's been no proof that Facebook used this oddity to capture any imagery, video, or audio unbeknownst to the app user - but still, there's a lesson we can take from this. In the past, this is where I'd suggest simply deleting the Facebook app outright - but not today. Today we're going to talk about prevention.

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Google Maps and Google Translate work together to make trips less stressful

Google Maps and Google Translate work together to make trips less stressful

Google gets a lot of flak when it comes to privacy and monopolistic practices but it remains unchallenged because of the almost indispensable services and products it provides. Google Maps has long changed the way we get around places, both locally and abroad, while Google Translate grows more accurate and helpful every year. Now Google is bringing these two products closer together to save you from the most harrowing travel experience: trying to get around a foreign country.

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Phil Schiller says iPad is better than “cheap” Chromebook for students

Phil Schiller says iPad is better than “cheap” Chromebook for students

Today Apple's Phil Schiller had some words for the education market with specific regard for Google's Chromebook platform. He spoke to CNET about their new MacBook, mainly, but also responded to a question on how Chromebooks seem to be taking a foothold in the education market. "In the K-12 market, particularly for the lower grades -- K through six to nine," said Schiller, "iPad is doing really well."

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Minecraft Earth early access just launched in the USA

Minecraft Earth early access just launched in the USA

Today the game Minecraft Earth was released in "early access" mode for the United States. This game uses GPS location information and allows users the ability to play a version of Minecraft wherever they may roam. Augmented reality and item searching show the game to be in a vein very similar to that of Pokemon GO, and it's ready to roll now in the USA.

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Disney Plus starter kit: 10 key details at launch

Disney Plus starter kit: 10 key details at launch

You just opened Disney Plus (or Disney+ if you prefer) for the first time and you're feeling overwhelmed. Or you've been using Disney Plus for a while now, and you wonder if there's anything you've missed. If you're looking for a "what to watch on Disney Plus" sort of article, you can find that on SlashGear too - but THIS article is all about getting started out right.

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TikTok alternative Instagram Reels released for lucky few

TikTok alternative Instagram Reels released for lucky few

Today Instagram launched an app called Reels, a direct alternative to the mega-popular music-based video social network TikTok. While TikTok has the youth market on lock, Instagram hopes to steal a bit of the pie with an as-easy-as-possible entry point for those users who already have an Instagram account. This system is currently only listed as the app "Cenas", and will eventually appear as "Insta Reels."

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What if Pokemon GO suddenly ended?

What if Pokemon GO suddenly ended?

What would you do if Niantic closed their doors tomorrow, and there was no more Pokemon GO? That's a question I had to ask a friend recently when they voiced concerns that Pokemon GO used to be fun, but more recently felt more like an obligation. This is the overarching issue with video games in general, but doubly so when the entirety of said game is played on servers at some remote location: After it's done, what's left?

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