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QR code scanner now built in to Chrome app

QR code scanner now built in to Chrome app

This week the folks at Google have updated the iOS (and soon the Android) version of the Chrome web browser. This update uses the camera of the device it's running on to locate and scan QR codes as well as bar codes. This update essentially does away with the need for that additional QR and barcode scanner app that's been sitting unused or barely used in our app drawers for years.

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Nintendo should take Pokemon GO away from Niantic

Nintendo should take Pokemon GO away from Niantic

Nintendo's released Super Mario Run for mobile devices and Fire Emblem Heroes soon approaches, but today we're talking about what could be. Today we're going to create the ideal game from scratch, without direct regard for how it'd get done. Today we're going to imagine what Nintendo could do to make the perfect game for mobile devices - one that'd capture the imagination and the coin from gamers and non-gamers alike, all around the world.

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Pokemon GO Valentines Day update: events plus conspiracy

Pokemon GO Valentines Day update: events plus conspiracy

Pokemon GO's next update and big event could reveal several Gen 2 Pokemon to the world, available for capture and use. On the other hand, if the Pokemon Company is putting up a temporary block for the game's regular updates, there could be something fishy going on. Realistically, we won't be expecting anything to happen in Pokemon GO until just before the 14th day of this month of February: Valentine's Day.

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Tim Cook teases new Apple iPhone, smart home, more

Tim Cook teases new Apple iPhone, smart home, more

An exciting new iPhone, advanced wearables, and a seamless smart home: Tim Cook was light on specifics but not short on the big picture as he described Apple's year to come. Speaking on his company's financial results call, in the afterglow of a record-breaking quarter which saw iPhone sales beat expectations and Mac turn around its decline, Cook name-checked a number of areas Apple will focus on moving forward. Even for struggling sectors like tablets, the CEO is buoyant.

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iPhone sales set new record but iPad plummet continues in Q1 2017

iPhone sales set new record but iPad plummet continues in Q1 2017

Apple has announced its latest first quarter earnings, revealing good numbers mostly across the board, including an all-time quarterly revenue record. iPhone sales are particularly exciting, with company CEO Tim Cook announcing that Apple sold more iPhones over this past holiday season than ever before. It wasn't all good news, though, as the iPad -- while climbing a bit over the company's Q4 2016 numbers -- saw significant year-on-year decreases.

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Apple has record quarter: $78.4bn in Q1 2017

Apple has record quarter: $78.4bn in Q1 2017

Apple has had a record-breaking financial quarter, confounding market expectations with its highest holiday quarter results ever. The Cupertino company announced revenue for the Q1 2017 fiscal quarter of $78.4 billion, for $3.36 earnings per diluted share. That's up $2.5bn compared to the same three month period a year ago.

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Chrome on iOS is open-sourced at last

Chrome on iOS is open-sourced at last

Google's Chrome web browser has been brought to the open source universe thanks to years of upstreaming work by its developers. Google historically kept the code for Chrome for iOS separate from the Chromium project because of what they call "constraints on the iOS platform." With iOS for iPhone and iPad, all web browsers are required to have been built on top of the WebKit rendering engine - Google just made it possible to skip that worry.

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Apple Activation Lock status may have been used for hacking

Apple Activation Lock status may have been used for hacking

Over the weekend, Apple silently pulled out what was previously an effective anti-theft measure, the Activation Lock status checker webpage. Despite increased media coverage, Apple has remained silent on exactly why. Although it still hasn’t confirmed it, some speculation by MacRumors may point to the reason both for the removal of the tool as well as Apple’s silence. The anti-theft tool might have ironically been abused as a tool to bypass locked devices and gain access to those.

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Apple device Activation Lock Status tool suddenly vanishes

Apple device Activation Lock Status tool suddenly vanishes

A few years back, the rate of iPhone thefts have been so high that authorities have jokingly called the incidents “Apple picking”. Since then, measures have been put in place both to deter the theft and resale of stolen iPhones and iPads as well as to arm buyers with some knowledge about potential purchases. One such measure was the “Check Activation Lock Status” web page that allowed users to check if a device is still currently linked to an Apple account. “Was”, because over the weekend, Apple has mysteriously pulled down the tool and any reference to it but has offered no explanation why.

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This awesome iPhone 8 concept puts the camera in the Apple

This awesome iPhone 8 concept puts the camera in the Apple

Today we're looking at a concept design for the "iPhone 8" - or what might end up being called the iPhone 7s. What's particularly unique about this design isn't its ability to blow away the competition with higher-grade specifications or the newest materials in the world. Instead, this design aims at taking command of the smartphone market by putting the back-facing camera in an Apple logo.

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Pokemon GO update: Gen 2 event transfer plus Valentine’s Day

Pokemon GO update: Gen 2 event transfer plus Valentine’s Day

Plans for the next Pokemon GO event have been made for Valentine's Day - and the time is ripe for more Gen 2 monsters. All code changes up unto this point in APK updates suggest the imminent release of another wave of Gen 2 Pokemon. As we've heard little of updates from Niantic since the last "in coming weeks" before the end of the year, one could safely assume some sort of big update is coming soon.

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Can you use a cell phone while driving? An updated state-based law list

Can you use a cell phone while driving? An updated state-based law list

Is it illegal to drive while talking on a mobile phone without a headset in your state? Driving laws related to smartphone and cell phone use - or mobile phone use, if that's what you want to call it - vary greatly. Individual states change regulations on cell phone use while driving every once in a while - it's a state's issue, not federal, after all. What we're looking at is the laws that apply to each of our 50 United States as of the month of publication of this article - and updates may be applied, but will be noted.

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