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Apple just bought tech to make your iPhone an art critic

Apple just bought tech to make your iPhone an art critic

Every once in a while, we'll hear about Apple buying up a company few have heard of. Today is one of those days, as it's been revealed that Apple has purchased a small company called Regaind. As always, Apple is hesitant to comment on why a certain company attracted its attention or what it plans to do with that company's technology, but once you hear what Regaind was working on, Apple's interest should become immediately clear.

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Sorry FCC, there’s a good reason Apple can’t turn on iPhone FM radio

Sorry FCC, there’s a good reason Apple can’t turn on iPhone FM radio

The FCC might want Apple to enable an FM radio in its iPhones so that they can be used during emergencies like the recent devastating hurricanes, but the Cupertino company has a good reason why that's not going to happen. FCC chairman Ajit Pai made his appeal earlier this week, insisting that "it is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put safety of the American people first." Unfortunately, it seems Pai didn't do his technical homework first.

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iPhone FM radio chips need to be activated for safety says FCC

iPhone FM radio chips need to be activated for safety says FCC

Though some high-end phones still offer FM radio support, that is becoming increasingly uncommon. The FCC isn't happy about the lack of support, though, and is now asking Apple to activate the FM radio chips in the iPhone. Statements about the matter were recently made by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who said, "It is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put safety of the American people first."

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iPhone X Face ID spills secrets as Apple talks security

iPhone X Face ID spills secrets as Apple talks security

With the iPhone X on the horizon, and plenty of questions about how Face ID will hold up, Apple has relaunched its privacy site and released a white paper about the facial recognition system. Announced at Apple's iPhone event earlier this month, Face ID relies on the iPhone X's TrueDepth Camera, the cluster of new sensors that occupies much of the controversial "notch" at the top of the smartphone's OLED screen. Since it completely replaces Touch ID, there have been questions all the way up to the government about just how safe and secure it might be.

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iPhone 8 Review

iPhone 8 Review

"Familiarity breeds contempt," or so the old proverb goes, and never has that been more topical than for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. In any other year from the past decade, Apple's new smartphones would be the topic of endless fascination and discussion. In 2017, though, they're almost forgotten in the shadow of the iPhone X. While "X" may mark the spot where Apple's future lies, however, the realities of price, availability, and carrier upgrades means many more people will switch to an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus this time around. So, are they being short-changed?

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iPhone 8 crackling earpiece fix coming, iOS 11.0.1 rolling out

iPhone 8 crackling earpiece fix coming, iOS 11.0.1 rolling out

To some, Apple might be losing its touch. In the past, each release and each new device underwent stringent tests to ensure that the user’s first experience would be as flawless and as pleasurable as possible. Now it seems that, just like any other company, new Apple products are exhibiting growing pains. This includes issues like crackling audio from the earpiece of the iPhone 8 as well as several major bugs on iOS 11. Fortunately, fixes are on the way or are already here.

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This iOS 11 setting isn’t new, but it is essential

This iOS 11 setting isn’t new, but it is essential

It's not strictly new, but this iOS setting just changed the way I use apps, download apps, and keep apps to use in the future. This isn't the way I used to do things - I'd usually test and app until a "would you PLZ rate our app, THX" popup occurred, then I'd delete the app immediately. But that's no longer the deal, per Apple's new rules and this one setting. What we'll find out now is if this setting and these rules have the gas to change the way apps get rated by everyday average users.

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Pokemon GO is down and this time it’s serious

Pokemon GO is down and this time it’s serious

Amid login issues aplenty, this morning Pokemon GO was declared officially down and out for several hours. This is the first time in about a year that the service was down for more than an hour or two - and this time it appears to be relatively serious. This time the Pokemon-based adventure app is having trouble with login and, for those that log in, the entire Pokemon GO universe seems to be barren.

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The iPhone X launch will be a nightmare

The iPhone X launch will be a nightmare

If you've been holding off upgrading to iPhone 8 because you really want an iPhone X, don't say goodbye to your current phone quite yet. Rumors that Apple's 2017 flagship would be severely short supply have been circulating almost since we first heard tidbits about its specifications. Now, though, the rumors are solidifying into seriously bad news for early-adopters.

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Force rebooting an iPhone 8 is like a Konami code

Force rebooting an iPhone 8 is like a Konami code

It may sound prehistoric, but there will always be times when you need to forcibly turn off your smartphone. That may be because it froze or, in the case of Apple devices, you see the dreaded "Connect to iTunes" screen. Since Apple blazed the trail for non-removable batteries, it had to resort to a specific series of button presses to reboot an iPhone, iPod, or iPad. That pattern of presses changed last year with the iPhone 7 and is changing again with the iPhone 8, this time requiring a bit more timing than usual.

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iPhone 8 Plus is now DxOMark’s highest rated phone camera

iPhone 8 Plus is now DxOMark’s highest rated phone camera

Camera benchmark specialists DxO just recently revised their testing procedures and ratings to make room for modern smartphone camera features. And that update may have just given Apple the advantage to reclaim the title of King of Smartphone Cameras. The second new smartphone it tested after the update (the Xperia XZ Premium being the first), the iPhone 8 Plus now stands at the top of DxOMark's list, followed immediately by the smaller iPhone 8. This definitely puts a lot more pressure on former champion Google to do better with the Google Pixel 2 coming next week.

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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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