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iPhone X Face ID frustrations see parents next to complain

iPhone X Face ID frustrations see parents next to complain

Apple's Face ID may be dividing opinion among iPhone X fans and critics, but for family users the iOS security system is causing more immediate headaches. Those parents using Family Sharing on their iPhone or iPad have discovered that granting approval is a little tougher on the iPhone X than it has been on previous iPhones. What's unclear at this stage is whether that's a bug, or an intentional feature.

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HQ Trivia Android release near after blockbuster year on iPhone

HQ Trivia Android release near after blockbuster year on iPhone

HQ Trivia was the biggest game on iOS in the year 2017 - now its expanding beyond its iPhone borders. Android device users that found themselves jealous of their iPhone-using relatives playing HQ Trivia this holiday season can now rejoice. Android users can now head to Google Play to pre-register for the app to get updates about when the app will be available for download.

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Start the new year right with these apps

Start the new year right with these apps

It’s that time of year again when people look back at the past 365 or so days and take stock of what has transpired and what didn’t. It’s also that time when people take advantage of the changing of the year to plan for the next 365. Whether your make big lifestyle changes or taking baby steps towards a new direction, these days there is almost always an app for that. In fact, there might be dozens of apps for that, whatever “that” is. To help you get started on that path to discovery and a better 2018, here are some of our top picks to turn your smartphone or tablet into your adventure buddy.

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Wikipedia for iPhone X gets beautiful new dark mode

Wikipedia for iPhone X gets beautiful new dark mode

Wikipedia has released an update for its iOS app, bringing it up to version 5.7.3. With this version comes a sleek new "Black" mode that Wikipedia says is "perfect for OLED devices" -- chief among those, of course, being the iPhone X with its OLED screen. As with other apps that have added a dark mode, Wikipedia's new Black Mode turns the display a dark shade, making it easier to read in dark environments.

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Apple faces lawsuit over purposely slowing down older iPhones

Apple faces lawsuit over purposely slowing down older iPhones

Apple might now be regretting its decision to formally admit a course of action that has earned it not just criticisms but now a lawsuit as well. Geekbench and Reddit earlier speculated that Apple was intentionally throttling down the performance of older iPhone models with older batteries. The company then admitted to the act but defended it as a safeguard and a feature to keep iPhones safe for use. Users are not having any of it and at least two want to take Apple to court for doing such without even informing users.

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YouTube for iOS adds full vertical video playback

YouTube for iOS adds full vertical video playback

YouTube on iOS will soon be updated with full vertical video playback support, getting rid of the annoying black bars and instead filling the entire smartphone screen with vertically-recorded footage. Until now, trying to play these vertical videos on iOS devices resulted in big black bars due to the app's inability to adjust to the unique size. The new version, in comparison, features automatic adaption.

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New iPad may have this strange feature in 2018

New iPad may have this strange feature in 2018

Apple released plans today for a tablet which had a very strange, but not entirely unheard of, backside feature. We've seen devices that have the ability to make use of a back-facing touch panel before, but never exactly like this. If this new set of features makes their way to the next iPad, it'll be a rather interesting device indeed.

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Civilization VI for iPad is here, but you won’t buy it

Civilization VI for iPad is here, but you won’t buy it

Civilization VI - the latest game in the immensely popular Civilization series and one of our best games of 2016 - is arriving on iPad today. This appears to be a port of the full game, which will be exciting for mobile gamers who are used to pared back mobile ports of console and PC games. The price Aspyr Media and 2K Games are asking for, on the other hand, likely won't be very exciting.

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Apple loot box rule forces apps to now reveal IAP odds

Apple loot box rule forces apps to now reveal IAP odds

Apple will force all apps offering "loot boxes" to disclose just how likely you are to get each possible item, addressing rising criticism of the in-app purchase that it's a gateway into gambling. Loot boxes - variously known as loot crates or prize crates - are virtual items which are bought without the purchaser knowing exactly what could be inside. Designed to encourage in-app purchases and introduce a sense of random chance, they've been criticized as a money-making scheme and even targeted with anti-gambling legislation.

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Photosynth reborn in Microsoft Pix iOS update

Photosynth reborn in Microsoft Pix iOS update

Near the beginning of the year, Microsoft announced the shut down of a service called Photosynth. That shut down came as something of a surprise, as it ended a 9 year run for Photosynth, which allowed users to turn their photos into 3D panoramas. Today, however, it's getting a new lease on life by way of a new update to Microsoft Pix on iOS.

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iOS and macOS universal app merge tipped for 2018

iOS and macOS universal app merge tipped for 2018

Apple will follow Microsoft in encouraging developers to build a single app that runs on both iOS and macOS, insiders claim, upending the current ecosystem in the name of cross-platform ubiquity. Currently, developers must choose between creating software intended for iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads, and macOS devices, like the MacBook Pro and iMac. However, one is clearly more popular than the other.

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Pokemon GO AR+ update gives iPhone Trainers an edge

Pokemon GO AR+ update gives iPhone Trainers an edge

Pokemon GO is adopting Apple's ARKit, with an incoming update to the augmented reality game promising a much better experience on iPhone and iPad. The new Pokemon GO AR+ feature will be exclusive to Apple's devices - since, of course, Apple isn't making ARKit available for other platforms such as Android - and promises more accurate positioning and perspective of Pokemon encountered in the encounter mode. They'll also scale more accurately in size.

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