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So, how did the update to iOS 8.0.2 that was released last Friday go for you? Apple support boards are getting pretty active with people complaining about the update that was "supposed to fix 8.0.1." A lot of the issues seem to be centered around WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. Many users with car Bluetooth systems are finding that...

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Apple advertisements have their own voice, a mixture of whimsy and technical flourish that makes each one compelling in its own way. Sometimes they're moving, often they're funny, but they're always visually striking. Because the visual elements differ from ad to ad it's a hard voice to emulate, but when it's done properly the results...

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Commanding armies, building a city, and employing strategies to complete a variety of quests are a big part of the action in Rise of Rome. On the quest to create a strong roman empire, players can upgrade their city for defense and upgrade their army to be able to conquer more territory. Rise of Rome is compatible with iOS devices...

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As part of our continuing coverage of the world of connected devices and of crowdsourced projects, I see a lot of item tracking devices. These are usually little Bluetooth tags that connect to something you want to keep track of - keys, backpacks, computers, cats, you name it - that work with an iPhone app to notify you when the tag is...

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I'm old enough to remember when Real Video was the only game in town for streaming video. Once upon a time, everyone had some version of real on their computer. Then it went out of fashion or was overtaken by others, perhaps YouTube? I honestly do not remember. I was shocked to discover that RealNetworks are not only still around but...

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HP has been manufacturing all-in-one printers with scanners for years, and Neat has made a name for itself with smart scanners and organization software. Today, the two companies have announced a partnership of sorts, with the new HP OfficeJet 8040 with Neat e-All-in-One printer (US$399). The new product combines the features of HP's...

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iLands is a free game for iPhone and iPad that's available for iOS 4.3 or later. However, iLands Premium is available as an in-app purchase for (US $3.99.) If you're not wanting to drop $6.99 for Minecraft - Pocket Edition, then this is your game. You start with a fresh block world to build on and customize however you chose. The...

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RadarBox24 (free) is a slick iOS app that displays a zoomable map showing airlines flights that are currently en route. Zoom in and you see representations of the planes moving along their routes. The aircraft location information comes from the servers at AirNav Systems, and is the same data used by airlines and airports. In addition...

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Vanishh Pro is an email security tool that automatically deletes the email on the receiver's end after a predetermined amount of time passes from first opening it. This ensures that the email doesn't fall into the wrong hands or receivers don't save or pass along potentially sensitive information. Vanishh Pro requires iOS 7.0 or later...

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Recently, some smart industry observers have discussed the idea that the Apple Watch will one day feature cellular connectivity and actually become so compelling as to cannibalize iPhone sales. The always insightful Ben Thompson of Stratechery, in writing about the impetus behind Apple releasing the Apple Watch in 2015, discussed the...

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With the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple now has a trio of smartphone screen sizes available for the first time in its history, which means a bit more work for game developers. But in speaking with GamesIndustry.biz, many devs made it clear that they are willing to overlook that for the opportunity to publish games on devices...

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It's not surprising for those of us who write about nothing but Apple products to get excited over a new iPhone, but what about an online journalist who is equally at home in iOS and Android worlds, often buying both an iPhone and an Android phone each year? That was the case with Kevin C. Tofel from Gigaom, who says in a new review...

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So, you've upgraded to iOS 8 and now you're having second thoughts? Well, I'm sorry to tell you, but you no longer have the option of downgrading your device back to iOS 7. This sad news comes to you from developer Steven Troughton-Smith (via AppleInsider), who tweeted the information on Friday: RIP iOS 7 - Steve T-S...

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Have you ever heard the saying "The criminal mind always sets its own traps"? A pair of hilariously stupid kids decided to film themselves walking into an Apple Store for the sole purpose of breaking iPhones. After spending a good amount of time trying (and frequently failing) to get the devices to break, they manage to pull it off a...

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When it comes to Apple's retail stores, probably the most iconic is the one in the plaza of the GM Building on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The store's signature architectural feature -- a 32-foot glass cube emblazoned with a glowing Apple logo -- is immediately recognizable . NY Magazine's Vicky Ward provided the back story to the...

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Circa News is updated and improved

We last took a look at Circa for iPhone (free) a couple of years ago. Since then this curated news app has added new features and gives you some personalization. There are plenty of news apps out there. Circa's claim to fame is that news editors condense the news and make it a bit easier to read. The on-screen presentation is very...

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