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Comparing iPhone 6 Lead-Times To Earlier Models

I have been tracking Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus lead-times in a number of countries; on Verizon’s, AT&T’s, Sprint’s websites and three of Vodafone’s around the world since Apple and its partners started taking pre-orders on Friday, September 12. I also tracked lead-times for the iPhone 4S, 5, 5c …

5 wacky iOS 8 keyboards that will change the way you communicate

Third-party keyboards like SwiftKey and Swype vastly improve touchscreen typing in iOS 8, but sometimes you need to go that extra mile to really express yourself. Sometimes you need to send text messages in Klingon, or get your point across visually with an animated GIF or an off-the-cuff …

App Store

DWISS introduces first Apple Watch accessories in new crowdfunding campaign

We may not even have a solid release date for the Apple Watch yet, but that’s not stopping the designers at DWiSS from launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new line of wearable accessories. The line includes several colorful watch covers and bands that can be used to customize your device beyond …

Chitika: OS X Yosemite adoption rate slightly higher than Mavericks in first week

New numbers released by analytics firm Chitika have revealed that public adoption of OS X Yosemite has been very similar to that of its predecessor, Mavericks. According to the stats, Mavericks achieved an install base of 12.4% in North America in its first week. Yosemite is performing slightly …

How to Get 'Handoff' Working in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8

Apple is heavily pushing its new "Continuity" features in OS X Yosemite that improve cross-platform integration between iOS and the Mac. The most significant of the Continuity features is <b>Handoff</b>, which allows OS X and iOS users to start a task on one device and swap to another one nearby to …

How to use OS X Yosemite to send texts from your Mac

In the past, using the Messages app on a Mac could be an irritating experience. And what if a friend dared to send a green-bubble text from an Android phone? When texting from your Mac, messaging those friends wasn’t possible until now.<p>In today’s Cult of Mac video, find out how to enable Text …

Android Phones

Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay

Some merchants hope to launch their own mobile payments system next year<p>There's a lot of hype around Apple Pay right now, but not everyone is on board with the new mobile payments system. In fact, a significant number of merchants, including heavyweights like Walmart, Kmart, 7-Eleven, and Best Buy, …

How to replace your iPhone battery: The ultimate guide

Need an iPhone battery replacement? Here's everything you need to know to DIY (do-it-yourself) replace a dead or dying battery in your iPhone!If …

Mobile Technology

Calendar App: The Ultimate Guide

Calendar lets you can create and edit appointments, share agendas, invite friends and colleagues to events, get alerted, stay on track and — most …

Mac mini vs. iMac vs. iMac Pro vs. Mac Pro: Which Apple desktop should you get?

With the introduction of the iMac Pro, Apple now has more Mac desktops in its lineup than ever before. Whether you're looking for a base-level …

How to Manage Your Apple ID Account in Settings on iPhone

For quite some time now, you’ve been able to manage your Apple ID account in Settings on your iPhone. But with iOS 10.3, Apple made it even easier. At the top of your Settings menu, you’ll see your Apple ID profile photo and name. This new option allows you to look at your Apple ID profile in one …

Apple confirms: iMessage and FaceTime back online

After a particularly long outage today, Apple says it has restored access to both iMessage and FaceTime.<p><i>9to5Mac</i> readers first started alerting us today around 3:30PM ET. The outage lasted around four hours and was up and down for some users.<p>This outage was the latest in a long string of problems …

Apple Retina 5K iMac Has a Screen That Can Stop Traffic

There is a lot to like about Apple's 27-inch iMac With Retina 5K Display. In addition to having the fastest processor that Apple's ever put in an …

Why Apple Pay is the future

Critics are fond of saying Apple doesn’t innovate any more. But Apple’s new electronic payment system, Apple Pay, is innovation of the highest order. After a relatively smooth rollout this week, I honestly believe Apple Pay is the future of payments.<p>Even so, Apple Pay must clear some big hurdles if …

FinTech

CVS Stores Reportedly Disabling NFC to Shut Down Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Earlier this week, pharmacy chain Rite Aid shut down unofficial support for the Apple Pay and Google Wallet mobile payments systems, resulting in an outcry from users who have been testing out Apple's new system since its launch on Monday. Rite Aid was not an official Apple Pay partner, but the …

CVS stores rumored to be ending NFC payments, which will stop Apple Pay support

In the wake of Rite Aid reportedly dropping support for Apple Pay by closing its NFC-based payment systems comes word of another rumor that claims …

Beats Music Will Become Part Of iTunes Next Year

Apple will shut down Beats Music and relaunch it next year under the iTunes brand, according to The Wall Street Journal's Hannah Karp.<p>Last month, …

Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Set up and use SMS Relay

Now that iOS 8.1 is out, with iOS 8.1 running on your iPhone, you can set up SMS Relay. This is one of the features of Continuity, which further integrates and connects your Mac and iOS devices, running Yosemite and iOS 8.1. Continuity also includes Handoff, iPhone Cellular Calls, Instant Hotspot, …

How to use Apple’s Continuity, iCloud Drive and AirDrop to share files with yourself

It’s like sharing for one; Apple refers to it as continuity. With the latest OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 updates, Apple has greatly improved how you …

What's on Georgia's iPhone 6 Plus right now!

<b>Wallpaper</b>: I'm using one of Apple's static wallpapers. It's beautiful, it was in the keynote, and it just looks iconic.<p><b>Utilities:</b> This is an …

NSFW: Shut up about the new Mac mini, already

Some of the complainers are put off by the fact that you can't get a quad-core processor anymore; more are upset about its use of soldered RAM, …

The Week in Review: Value of Sleep

We blame it on laziness, too much socializing or a late bedtime, but there is also some science involved in why teens just can’t wake up in the …

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