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The crapification of great iOS apps

I love physics-based games, and Fish Out Of Water by Halfbrick Studios is one of the best. Well, I should say it was one of the best, and for well over a year it brought a smile to my face on a daily basis. Today, it's simply not the same game it was, and despite having paid a buck for it shortly ...

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iPad sees first full year decline, is definitely (maybe) doomed

According to a new report from analytics firm IDC, 2014 will mark the first time since its launch that the iPad will see a year-over-year decline in sales. Apple's tablet offerings are expected to show a -12.7% growth figure for 2014. Assuming nothing absurd happens in the last few weeks of the ...

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Apple rolls out two new subpar iPhone ads: "Gamers" and "Reservations"

Apple yesterday began airing two new iPhone ads, one dubbed "Gamers" and another called "Reservations." Like previous iPhone 6 ads, Apple's new commercials are voiced by Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. And while these ads are slightly better than what we've seen before, I still find them sur...

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Snapchat introduces Snapcash for P2P payments

The question "how do you monetize Snapchat" has finally been answered and it's going to open up a lot of possibilities for users. Snapchat has introduced Snapcash, a way to send mobile payments to friends using the image sending-then-destroying service. In its advertisement for Snapcash, the com...

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What am I doing wrong?

Judging from the complaints and all-around bad feelings I've been seeing on social networks lately, it appears that Mac OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 are huge failures that are causing everyone a lot of pain and agony. So, if three Macs running OS X Yosemite and four devices loaded with iOS 8 are work...

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App Store gamers are cheap, angry and whiny

Monument Valley developer Ustwo learned a harsh lesson about App Store customers this week when the group released a sizable update to its highly regarded iOS title. A level expansion titled Forgotten Shores added a further eight chapters to the popular puzzle game for $1.99, and if you had read a...

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Google has been killing Apple on the advertising front lately

I'll be blunt: Apple's new iPhone commercials featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake absolutely suck. If they're not some of the worst commercials Apple has ever put out, they're certainly in the running. For years, Apple commercials have been held up as a beacon of advertising done rig...

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What's Apple doing with the iPad Mini 3?

To say that Apple glossed over the iPad Mini 3 last week would be putting it mildly. All told, Apple spent exactly 35 seconds discussing the device. And with good reason, the iPad Mini 3 is essentially the same device as the iPad Mini 2, the lone enhancements being Touch ID and new color options...

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Is Apple experiencing a problematic decline in software quality?

While any new major software release is bound to have its fair share of bugs, the number and severity of glitches that accompanied the rollout of iOS 8 were far greater than we've come to expect from Apple. Many early iOS 8 users were quick to report issues as far ranging as Wi-Fi connectivity p...

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Why can't the biggest social network on the planet code an app correctly?

How many times have you or someone you know derided the quality of Facebook's apps for iOS? Granted, they have come a long way from the ugly, web view, slow, garbage app of just a couple years ago, but considering Facebook now wants users to download a suite of apps to accomplish ordinary tasks ...

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Dear Fitbit: technology is designed to make our lives easier

Over the past few years I have owned five or more Fitbit One trackers. Last year I got an Aria scale, which wirelessly transmits my body fat percentage and weight to Fitbit's servers. Of course, if you have bought into the Fitbit ecosystem you may also be aware that the company charges you if yo...

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Why the Apple Watch will never cannibalize iPhone sales

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 releasin...

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Three days with the iPhone 6 Plus

I've now had enough time with the iPhone 6 Plus to really get a feel for the device, so I thought I'd follow up Friday's "quick look" with a more detailed look at what's to like or dislike about the big new iPhone. Battery Life The folks at iFixit took apart a 6 Plus immediately after they fir...

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iPhone 6 Plus first impressions

While recording an episode of the British Tech Network Mac Show this morning, I was happy to hear my doorbell ring as I knew that meant that the UPS truck had arrived with my iPhone 6 Plus. After a hurried run down to the front door to sign for the phone, I was able to do a live unboxing. Unlike p...

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Searching for the big idea behind the little Apple Watch

Unlike the iPhone and the iPad, which created entirely new design spaces, the Apple Watch looks to be following the market, not leading it. We've seen the Fitbit. We've seen the Pebble. We've seen Google Glass. So why should we care in the slightest about the Apple Watch? The Apple Watch represen...

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