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Apple: end of year review (2017 edition)

It’s been a mixed year for Apple, some great new hardware intermingled with some embarrassing software cock ups, here’s my highs and lows following …

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Visual Dictionary

With every new Star Wars movie I’ve gotten into the habit of buying two books<p>The visual dictionary<br>• The art of Star Wars<p>I enjoyed both books for The …

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Tim Cook says Apple wants to use AI to boost iPhone battery life

Apple’s boss Tim Cook traveled around Japan on a bullet train last week as part of his whirlwind tour of the country, his first visit since becoming …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens set to hit iTunes early next month ahead of Blu-ray release

<i>From 9to5Toys.com</i>:<p>After grossing more than $2 billion worldwide at the box office, Disney has now announced some details on what expect for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray combo pack and DVD release. Disney announced this morning that we can expect it to release digitally (on …

Apple makes progress on Campus 2 solar panels, R&D facility, auditorium & more in latest flyover [Video]

Since last checking in a month ago, today Duncan Sinfield gives us an update on progress at Apple’s under construction Campus 2 in his latest drone flyover video of the site.<p>In the video, we see Apple’s progress in recent weeks including the continuation of the installation of the giant glass …

How to transfer notes from Evernote to Apple Notes

After the launch of iOS 9 and El Capitan, I started giving the built-in Notes app some serious consideration. However, the sheer amount of notes I …

Firewatch patch adds major improvements on PS4

More updates on the way<p>Developer Campo Santo has released a patch for the PlayStation 4 version of <i>Firewatch</i>, promising a "significantly" improved experience on the console. The patch is available to download now from the PlayStation Store and adds the following fixes, which are detailed on the …

Best news and RSS apps for iPhone and iPad

The iPhone and iPad are both great ways to consume news and RSS on the go, or while simply lounging around the house. No matter what service you use — Feedly, Feed Wrangler or something else — there are tons of RSS and news apps that support them. If you don’t need a news aggregator service, or …

20 secret OS X keyboard shortcuts to turn you into a power user

While there are plenty of great tips out there detailing how to get the most out of your iPhone, there aren’t many primers on how to make the OS X …

Firewatch wallpaper for iPhone and desktop

Available now for Steam and Playstation 4, Firewatch is a new action adventure puzzler set in 1989. Manning an outpost, Henry descends into the …

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First Luke Skywalker Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toy Revealed

Today kicks off New York Toy Fair 2016, and that brings along with it a sneak peek at the first ever Luke Skywalker toy based on his likeness in the …

Sleep++ 2.0 Brings Improved Sleep Analysis to Apple Watch App

I've previously noted how, almost a year into the Apple Watch, I haven't found myself depending on any particular Watch app. I mostly use my Apple Watch for basic features such as notifications and timers, and I like wearing it because it looks <i>nice</i>. All the productivity or utility apps I've tried …

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Bound is a Dropbox-Connected Audiobook Player

Audiobooks occupy a weird backwater on iOS. Long tucked away in Apple's Music app behind a 'More' button, audiobooks were kicked out of Music with iOS 8.4 and now live alongside eBooks in iBooks. Audiobooks are also one of the most restrictive types of media you can purchase on iTunes. Once …

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Apple Pay temporarily unable to add Visa debit and credit cards [U: Resolved]

[<b>Update:</b> Apple says the issue is now resolved after roughly seven hours.]<p>If you’re having trouble setting up Apple Pay this morning, it’s not just you. Apple is currently reporting an hours-long issue with adding credit cards and debit cards to the mobile payment service.<p>The issue only appears to …

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Uninstalling Facebook app saves up to 15% of iPhone battery life

Facebook,iPhone,iPhone 6S,iOS,Apps,Social networking,Social media,Technology,Media,Smartphones,Software,Mobile phones,Apple,Mobile phones,Internet, phones & broadband,Money,Consumer affairs<p>Testing reveals Facebook iOS app drains battery life, even when it isn’t being used, and that using Safari …

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PSA: Switching from the Facebook app to Safari can boost iPhone battery life by up to 15%

If your iPhone battery struggles to make it through a full day, and you don’t want to add an ugly hump to your device, <i>Guardian</i> tech writer Samuel Gibbs has found that deleting the Facebook app and using Safari instead can boost battery life by up to 15%.<p>Gibbs spent a week comparing battery usage …

Apple Music launches in Taiwan, now in 113 countries

Following the most recent Apple Music launch for users in Turkey last week, the subscription music streaming service and accompanying Beats 1 radio station have now officially launched in Taiwan.<p>Apple Music is available now for users in Taiwan that want to subscribe and comes with the usual three …

13 tips for getting the best results from your iPhone camera

Tim Cook’s embarrassment at the Super Bowl seems a timely opportunity to put together something that’s been on my to-do list for a while now: a quick guide to getting the best results from your iPhone’s camera.<p>As a keen photographer, I’ve been amazed just how far cameras have come in the past few …

This ‘Star Wars’ Solo Family Portrait Is A Bittersweet Piece Of Internet Genius

<b>WARNING: Very obvious spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens are ahead. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, what are you holding out for?</b><p>Sometimes the folks on the Internet take a simple picture and turn it into a special meme that transcends that original intention. Take a simple photo of Carrie …

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Get where you’re going with fewer steps using these 3D Touch shortcuts in Apple Maps

Getting where you’re going with fewer steps is a lot easier with time-saving 3D Touch shortcuts in Apple Maps. For example, pressing the Maps icon on …

Rose Gold coming to iPhone 5se like iPhone 6s, not ‘bright pink’, plus next iPads & MacBooks

In January, we reported that the upcoming 4-inch iPhone 5se would be released in the same colors as the iPhone 6s: Silver, Space Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold. That is still the case, according to sources. This weekend, reports have emerged with claims that the new device will be offered in a new …

Deadpool review – Ryan Reynolds' pansexual superhero is needy, neurotic and very entertaining

Reynolds deploys likable Clooneyesque goof in this shriekingly self-aware and very violent super-antihero Marvel vehicle<p>The meta the better. This seems to be the mission statement for this horribly violent, shriekingly self-aware and macabre Marvel super-antihero movie. It’s the funniest Ryan …

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How to create perfectly sized iPhone and iPad wallpapers

Anyone who knows me in real life would tell you I’m a bit of a wallpaper nut when it comes to my iPhone and iPad. While I can normally get my fix via Google image search, that sometimes doesn’t cut it. Sometimes I come across a photo that isn’t sized correctly. Luckily, as long as you know iPhone …

Day One 2 upgrades the journaling experience for both Mac and iOS [Giveaway]

The team at Bloom Built has today released the latest version of its journaling app Day One. Five since its original debut, with 40 free releases since then, Day One 2 sets the precedent for the direction of the new app. Albeit awkwardly titled, version 2 of Day One includes new overall features …

Alphabet’s time at the top short-lived as Apple again becomes world’s most valuable company

Following the release of its Q4 earnings earlier this week, Alphabet saw it stock prices surge to upwards of $800, increasing by 8 percent thanks to its strong earnings report. This jump on Alphabet’s part caused the company’s market capitalization to increase as well, rising to over $540 billion. …

Apple Music for Android updated with ability to save music to SD cards for offline listening

Apple has some good news for all of the Apple Music users on Android. The company has just released an update to Apple Music in the Google Play Store that allows users to download songs to an SD card so that they may store even more music for offline listening.<p>Showcasing one of Android’s greatest …