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    Long-time Apple users, especially those who juggled their mobile subscriptions between iPhones and devices on competing platforms, have only been all too aware of some lousy logic Apple's iMessage service has been employing when trying to work out where to send texts. Even after moving on to another OS, texts from iOS users meant to go to your number would end up stuck in an iMessage black hole, never reaching you as intended. It sure took long enough, but Apple has now finally made available an online tool for performing iMessage deregistration, mitigating the impact of this issue. ...

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    Yesterday we saw Microsoft make an aggressive move to capture the mobile productivity market, freeing all versions of its iOS and Android Office apps from the requirement for paid Office 365 subscriptions. While that sounded great on the surface, there were a few limitations, like how business users would still have to pay up for Office 365. We also heard at the time that certain features wouldn't be available in the free version, like certain “advanced authoring, analysis, [and] presentation” tools. But just what counts as “advanced?” Would you find yourself not having access to ...

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    Microsoft has long struggled with its strategy for Office on mobile devices. Does it want to make these apps free to use, encouraging lucrative sales of Office software on the desktop? Can it convince users to pony-up for ongoing Office 365 subscription fees, dangling these mobile apps as a carrot on a stick? The Office smartphone apps may have launched with requirements for 365 subscription, but Microsoft eventually backed down from that position, making them full-on free. But even as that change arrived, tablet users still found themselves forced to pay up. Rather than continuing to seed ...

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    If the simple fact that you're using an Apple product makes you sleep well at night, without worrying about malware, it's time to change your perspective. WireLurker is a family of Apple malware discovered by the Palo Alto Networks that is capable of infecting both your iOS as well as Mac OS devices.  iOS devices can be infected through infected Mac OS X computers, or by downloading apps to your phone that have been repackaged to contain the malware bit. Its presence has been reported in China, and 467 OS X applications have been reported as infected on the third party Maiyadi App Store ...

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    It's been two weeks now since Google decided that Gmail alone just wasn't cutting it for the email needs of the modern smartphone user, and introduced Inbox, a supposedly smarter, more streamlined approach to email. The productivity-focused app launched for both Android and iOS, but with one pretty big stipulation (one that had us feeling nostalgic for the early days of Gmail itself): Inbox was invite-only. If that idea alone turned you off, today might be your cue to reconsider things, with Google announcing a limited-time “happy hour” where getting an Inbox invite  becomes a sure ...

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    With the Nexus 9 shipping and Android 5.0 factory images hitting Google's servers, Lollipop and the Material Design look it embraces are on everyone's mind. We've already heard this week about Google releasing updated versions of key apps like Calendar and Gmail to really show off that Material Design aesthetic, and today the company keeps that trend going, sharing word of a new version of Google Maps with some new Material Design influences of its own. That means plenty of bold colors, smart contextual info cards, and a layered interface designed to feel as natural to use as possible. But ...

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    By all accounts, the release of the Apple Watch is still many months away – and to hear the latest rumors, even that anticipated early 2015 start to sales may not be quite so “early.” But eventually, the smartwatch will go up for sale, and based on Apple's reputation alone, it's almost guaranteed to sell like hotcakes. When that happens, though, just how much will you find yourself shelling out for one of these wearables? We've heard rumors talking about the possibility of a sky-high price for the premium gold Watch Edition model, as well a quite-pricy-in-its-own-right steel version, ...

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    One of the best fitness trackers on the market right now is undoubtedly Jawbone's UP24, and today the company is unveiling the successor to that wristband and more with the announcement of the Jawbone UP3 and UP MOVE. The UP3 is more of a flagship, while the UP MOVE distances itself as a bit of an entry-level sibling, with much less features for a lower price point. The UP3 features a plethora of sensors, including a tri-axis accelerometer, bioimpedance trackers, and skin and ambient temperature sensors. This allows for the collection of things like your heart rate, and through firmware ...

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    If you're anything like us when it comes to mobile devices, you end up straddling the line between platforms. Sure, you may be an Android guy when it comes to your personal phone, but maybe you use BlackBerry for work, or you just really prefer the iPad when you're dealing with tablets. In a perfect world, we'd be able to move from platform to platform as easily as we put down one device and pick up another, and while cross-platform cloud services have made things like accessing our documents much more convenient across disparate operating systems, media's been a tougher nut to crack. ...

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    Nobody likes to get left behind when it comes to mobile updates. In a perfect world, maybe we'd upgrade to the latest and greatest hardware the moment it came out, but financial realities have a way of forcing us to make do with the older stuff for as long as it holds out. Luckily for iOS users, Apple has a decent track record for supporting its older gear, like we saw this year with iOS 8 handling hardware as old as 2011's iPhone 4S or iPad 2. But while iOS 8 runs on such devices, newer software like that can be pushing the limits of what they can handle, leaving users with an experience ...

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    When, oh when, will Apple fans be able to finally slap the company's upcoming wearable on their wrists? When the Apple Watch launched in early September, the manufacturer didn't have a lot of firm information to share regarding plans for the smartwatch's release, saying little more than that sales would begin sometime early next year. Well, what the heck's “early” supposed to mean, anyway? First month of the year? First half of the year? A few weeks after the Apple Watch went official, we heard some rumors that Apple might be envisioning a start date for sales that would make the watch ...

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    Leading up to last month's iPad launch event, there were three models we had been keeping in mind: the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, both of which we ultimately saw Apple introduce, as well as the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro. At least, that last one lingered in our thoughts as a remote possibility, though sources which had mentioned Apple's plans for the jumbo-sized tablet seemed to suggest that it might not emerge until sometime in 2015. Sure enough, it failed to make an appearance, but now we're all the more curious to get to the bottom of its story. Over the weekend, a new report on the ...

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    Update:Thanks to everyone who entered! Zikica-Stevens, Gary, and Alman-Najar, check your emails, because you've got some Minuum codes on their way. Show someone Minuum's linear keyboard for the first time, and you're bound to see some head-scratching. “That's a keyboard? Where are all the buttons?” The design may be unlike anything many of us have come across before, but spend a little time using the software, as our departing Taylor Martin did this past summer, and you may well find yourself quickly coming around to this utterly unusual method of text entry. This week, Minuum's got a ...

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    October's been a surprisingly busy month for product launches this year, and as we get ready to call it a wrap and move onward to November, it feels appropriate to look back and check it with some of those new products as they get ready to make their retail debuts. One of the more unusual devices we saw announced was the RE camera from HTC, its screen-less handheld shooter. Pre-orders have opened by now on HTC's own website as well as with retailer Best Buy, but no official release date has been given. At least, not publicly, but an email update headed out to pre-order customers might have ...

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    HERE Maps has sort of been the salvation for navigation for Windows Phone users, especially offline navigation. The praises of this feature are sang across the internet almost any time the service is mentioned. Many prefer Nokia’s take on mapping over the baked-in Bing Maps on Microsoft’s mobile platform and understandably so. Although Nokia’s mapping services, such as navigation or transit directions, are divided across multiple applications, it’s typically a more reliable and renowned service. HERE Maps is one of the parts of the business Nokia didn’t sell to Microsoft, so ...

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