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Apple says iPhone 3D Touch multitasking gesture will return in iOS 11

Apple says iPhone 3D Touch multitasking gesture will return in iOS 11

On iOS 10, the iPhone had two ways of bringing up the multitasking feature for quickly switching between apps: the commonly known double-tap of the home button, or a 3D Touch gesture that used a firm press on the left edge of the screen. With the newly released iOS 11, the latter option has been removed, leaving the home button double tap as the only way to activate the app switcher. Fortunately Apple has confirmed that the 3D Touch gesture will be making a return in a future update.

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Don’t underestimate the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Don’t underestimate the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Any other year, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would feel, well, magical. Apple's two new smartphones address some long-standing complaints from iPhone owners, like including wireless charging support; they look sleek, have improved cameras, and borrow clever screen technology from the iPad Pro. Of course, this year there's a shadow looming over both new handsets.

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The $2,000 iPhone is coming

The $2,000 iPhone is coming

Like many, I was unsurprised and generally unmoved by the iPhone X. We can blame leaks for that. The event wasn’t exciting, and judging by the opening which brought us words from Steve Jobs’ that had never been made public, it’s clear Apple wanted it to be. Instead, we got exactly what we expected, save for one small detail. Apple is framing the iPhone X as the blueprint for mobile tech moving forward. On a hardware level, that’s great. Elsewhere, that’s a problem.

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The iPhone 8 is tougher than it looks

The iPhone 8 is tougher than it looks

One of the perceived problems of smartphone OEMs switching to glass both back and front is their durability. Glass is, after all, perceived to be more fragile than metal or even plastic. The keyword here is “perceived”. Not all glass are made equal, especially not the glass used in smartphones. And, as JerryRigEverything’s triple stress test of the iPhone 8 shows, the addition of glass may have actually helped make Apple’s latest smartphone even sturdier than ever.

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iPhone X shipments might be delayed further, says analyst

iPhone X shipments might be delayed further, says analyst

The iPhone X has already been announced, so its existence and its features are no longer in question. What’s still in doubt, however, is when people will actually be able to get their hands on one. As already speculated before, the tenth anniversary iPhone won’t be shipping at the same time as its more conventional iPhone 8 siblings. But according to financial services company Raymond James, the iPhone X might actually come much, much later, around December in fact. Not enough time to wrap or enjoy your holiday gift.

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iOS 11 features: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles

iOS 11 features: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles

In iOS 11 feature nitpicking today we're getting down to business with the newest set of toggles in the software's Control Center. Apple's documentation makes clear their intentions: allowing some parts of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to remain active while the user turns other parts off in their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. There is a whitelist of devices and functionality that remains active unless Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned off deeper inside iOS 11's settings.

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Minecraft’s biggest update ever (happens today)

Minecraft’s biggest update ever (happens today)

Today is the biggest day in Minecraft history - if you don't count that one time the game went mobile. This is the first day when cross-platform play is live for all major Minecraft platforms. That means that Minecraft on Xbox One, Minecraft Mobile, Minecraft VR, and Minecraft for Windows 10 are all in the same universe. As Microsoft said in a release today, "Say goodbye to 'Minecraft: Xbox One Edition' or 'Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition' and hello to a universal 'Minecraft!'"

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Nest Hello video doorbell rings for smart security

Nest Hello video doorbell rings for smart security

The smart home expanded this week as the Nest Hello was revealed as a new video doorbell from the company that made the smart thermostat. This doorbell includes a camera as part of the Nest Cams network. This camera can detect a person approaching or near the doorbell and send an alert and/or a photo to the device's owner.

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Pokemon GO event update: Equinox, time to start over!

Pokemon GO event update: Equinox, time to start over!

Starting soon is the next Pokemon GO event, set right on top of the Summer Equinox. This event will allow users to jump in and start their game over again from the start, rewarding them for doing so. The biggest - and perhaps most tantalizing - reason to start over is triple-bonus XP for registering a new Pokemon to a player's Pokedex!

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Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones get sporty in the wireless age

Plantronics BackBeat Fit headphones get sporty in the wireless age

This week the folks at Plantronics have gone to the wireless side with a collection of active/sport oriented earbuds and headphones. Their new lineup includes the BackBeat FIT 300 Series, the BackBeat FIT 500 Series, the BackBeat FIT Training Edition, and the BackBeat FIT Boost Edition. The BackBeat FIT 300 Series will be available starting today in four lovely colors, while the other three series will be made available "in early October."

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Tim Cook says $999 iPhone X is “a value price”: Is he wrong?

Tim Cook says $999 iPhone X is “a value price”: Is he wrong?

Tim Cook was put on the spot about iPhone X pricing, with Apple's CEO questioned as to whether the new flagship smartphone was too costly for the typical American user. It's the culmination of several months of iPhone pricing controversy, after wide speculation about just how much Apple could afford to charge for the iPhone X. The worst fears of many came true last week, with Apple confirming that the new handset would start at $999, but according to Cook we're thinking about it all wrong.

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iOS 11 released: Here’s what to do to download

iOS 11 released: Here’s what to do to download

The official final build of iOS 11 was released today by Apple, now it's time to hit the download button. The download button is actually an UPDATE button - but still. Time to hit it. This software is the latest in a long line of iOS builds for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch back several generations.

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