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How to Delete iPhone Apps Stuck on Installing Updates

9:50 PM, Feb. 1st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

How to delete iPhone apps stuck installing

Updating apps on our iPhones and iPads should be an easy and simple process, and it usually is. When an app gets stuck part way through installing, however, it's frustrating because you're trapped in an endless loop and trying to reinstall typically doesn't help, plus doing the tap-and-hold trick to delete the app doesn't work, either. There is a fix, although it certainly isn't obvious.

Explaining the Iowa Caucus, LEGO Style

11:33 AM, Feb. 1st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

It's Iowa Caucus day, which is a big thing heading into the presidential election. That sounds really big and important, but what does it mean? Vermont Public Radio did an awesome job explaining what a caucus is and why it's a big deal—and they did it all with LEGO minifigures. It's a great way to wrap your head around what's going down in Iowa today in a friendly and fun way. Bonus: LEGO minifigures. And thanks to @spsheridan on Twitter for turning me on to the video.

Apple Doesn’t Have an Anti-Abortion Agenda

9:28 AM, Feb. 1st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple may have taken a strong stance on the environment, equal rights, and privacy, but it isn't taking an anti-abortion position. The iPhone maker came under fire after some Maps users reported seeing adoption centers instead of clinics and other health centers when using "abortion" as a search term. Those results weren't part of a conspiracy, just a search algorithm Apple is continually refining.

Apple Wants Wide-range Wireless iPhone Charging for 2017

10:43 AM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple working on iPhone wireless charging

Apple is reportedly working on a wireless charging system for the iPhone, but instead of the currently available inductive systems where you set a device on a special plate, the company is looking at sending power wirelessly when our smartphones are in range of a charging point. Assuming Apple gets all the kinks worked out, we could see its wireless charging system debut on the 2017 iPhone models.

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Apple Officially Ends Free iTunes Radio

9:37 AM, Jan. 29th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

iTunes Radio lives on in Apple Music, but the free ad supported version is gone.

Apple was true to its word and has shut down the ad supported free iTunes Radio service. The iPhone and iPad maker warned listeners the service would be shutting down as of January 28th and 29th, and that's exactly what happened.

FCC Says it’s Time to Break Free from Proprietary Cable TV Boxes

9:23 PM, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

FCC wants to open the cable and satellite set top box market

The days of having to lease a set top box from your cable provider may be coming to an end. The Federal Communication Commission is proposing a new regulation that would let other companies such as Apple, Amazon, TiVo, and Roku make their own boxes cable subscribers can use to watch TV without being tied the set top boxes they're stuck with today.

Apple Recalls Power Adapters in Australia, Central Europe, More

10:21 AM, Jan. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple recalls faulty two-prong charger adapters

Apple announced a voluntary recall in several countries for two-prong AC wall adapters and world travel adapter kits on Thursday over concerns they make break and cause electrical shocks. The affected adapters are for use in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea.