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Old smartphone as external data storage – How, Why, and Why not

Old smartphone as external data storage – How, Why, and Why not

So you're in need of a bit of data storage, and you've got a drawer full of old phones. This was the situation I found myself in this past week - and I had questions. Today I'd like to share with you what I'd learned, what I think you might want to try, and which bits and pieces of this situation you'll do well to avoid.

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Best Cases for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro

Best Cases for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro

This year Apple unleashed four all-new iPhone models in varying colors and sizes. No matter which one you choose, you’ll want a case to keep your phone safe. While the iPhone 12 Pro has a new ceramic shield display and a rugged stainless steel design, it’s still fragile enough that you’ll want protection from daily wear and tear. So, here’s a roundup of the best iPhone 12 cases and iPhone 12 Pro cases, as they fit both phones.

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Proof there’s always some potential your photos aren’t private

Proof there’s always some potential your photos aren’t private

We covered a bit about this hack earlier today - it's the one were a single code invades every iPhone within radio broadcast distance. There's another demonstration video you're going to need to see, too. This video was made by the same security researcher as the last one. This time, he makes the potential for chaos as clear as possible.

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Watch a computer hack 2-dozen iPhones with 1 code – is anything sacred?

Watch a computer hack 2-dozen iPhones with 1 code – is anything sacred?

Earlier this year, a security researcher discovered a way to remotely hack any iOS device and steal all the data inside. Before we panic, be sure to take note that the vulnerability was fixed before May of 2020. Between then and now, there's very little chance you've not already downloaded the updates you needed to avoid this hack from ever having a chance to grab hold.

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Apple names the best iPhone, iPad, and Mac games and apps of 2020

Apple names the best iPhone, iPad, and Mac games and apps of 2020

This week Apple revealed their picks for best apps of the year 2020. This is what Apple calls their "App Store Best of 2020" and, unlike Google's very similar list, they've siphoned down the list to "15 of the amazing apps and games that inspired the world in 2020." Apple's list requires that apps and games are notable for their "positive cultural impact, helpfulness, and importance."

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iPhone 8 onwards now enjoy FaceTime video calls in 1080p with iOS 14.2

iPhone 8 onwards now enjoy FaceTime video calls in 1080p with iOS 14.2

Despite how selfies have become a global practice, Apple has remained quite stingy when it came to its front-facing FaceTime camera. Sure, it boosted the sensor's capabilities to support Face ID, which became the iPhone's sole biometrics component since the iPhone X, but the normal capabilities of the camera haven't seen much action in years. That changed with the iPhone 12 series when Apple finally enabled 1080p video calls in FaceTime, but it seems that it quietly flipped the switch for older iPhones as well.

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Apple MagSafe Duo Charger now up on the Apple Store

Apple MagSafe Duo Charger now up on the Apple Store

The AirPower wireless charging mat may have been a complete disaster but Apple definitely made a comeback when it announced its new MagSafe wireless chargers. Apple actually announced two chargers in October but only one has been available, perhaps raising worries of a repeat of the AirPower. Although there were hints at an upcoming launch date, it is definitely a pleasant surprise to see the MagSafe Duo Charger finally available for sale, though people might want to keep an important thing or two in mind before they buy one.

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See 64+ Shiny Pokemon GO monsters in 2 days (with evolutions)

See 64+ Shiny Pokemon GO monsters in 2 days (with evolutions)

We've taken a look at the next Pokemon GO Community Day event, and there's good news. Niantic's plan is to re-feature all Pokemon that'd been featured in Community Day events in the years 2019 and 2020. That means there'll be 22 Pokemon appearing on December 12 and December 13, 2020, all with increased odds of Shiny spawn!

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Xiaomi overtakes Apple as third biggest smartphone vendor

Xiaomi overtakes Apple as third biggest smartphone vendor

With all that has happened this year, you'd think that the smartphone market has drastically changed over the past few months. Some might have expected Huawei to sink and Apple to reclaim its throne as the world's Top 2. The smartphone market as a whole did shrink a bit and Huawei did lose market share but not enough for Apple to recover. In fact, the Cupertino-based company sunk even lower, allowing Xioami to finally take over a coveted Number 3 spot.

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iPhone periscope zoom tipped – is it time for Pixel magic?

iPhone periscope zoom tipped – is it time for Pixel magic?

A rumor today suggests that Apple's next iPhone will have "folded" periscope cameras enabling far better zoom. That's zoom, as in the ability to get a whole lot closer to subject matter that's about to be photographed or captured with video. Apple's plans won't likely significantly change the look of the iPhone, as the "folded" keyword indicates compact and otherwise sized-down hardware action.

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This Christmas, harvest files from your old phone

This Christmas, harvest files from your old phone

If you're like me, you have more than a couple old phones in a drawer that you just can't throw away. If you're like me, you tend to forget that those devices are packed with files that could be valuable to you if only they were organized and made available to you here today. If you're looking for something constructive to do this upcoming holiday, consider this: Bust out the USB cords and go digital treasure hunting.

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iPhone 12 on DxOMark falls way behind its siblings

iPhone 12 on DxOMark falls way behind its siblings

Apple's new iPhones this year might have 5G support as their headlining feature but they might be better remembered for their photography capabilities. At least as far as the biggest and most expensive iPhone 12 Pro Max is concerned, Apple is catching up with the top performers in DxOMark's benchmarks. Not all 2020 iPhones are created equal and not all of them have the same cameras. While the iPhone 12 Pro models are just two points shy of each other, the non-Pro iPhone 12 might leave some mobile photographers a bit wanting.

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