Apple Dumps AT&T Subsidized iPhone Options for Next Plan

10:47 AM, Jun. 5th, 2015 · · iPhone

Want an AT&T network iPhone? You're looking at AT&T's Next plan, now

Only days after AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega said subsidized phone prices are going away, Apple dropped the option for iPhones on the carrier's network. Instead of offering iPhones on AT&T's network with two-year contracts and subsidized prices, Apple now only offers the AT&T Next plan which spreads the cost of a new iPhone over several months.

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AT&T has been telegraphing its move away from subsidized phone plans, so it shouldn't be a big surprise seeing the change show up in the Apple Store.

Apple’s Fix for the Messages Text String Crash

11:19 AM, May. 29th, 2015 · · iPhone

Apple offers workaround for Messages bug until a real fix is ready

The Internet has been in a tizzy this week over the iOS 8 bug that lets someone crash your iPhone with a text message. Apple has acknowledged the problem and even has a fix for the issue. Sort of.

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At least Apple confirmed it knows about the bug and is working on a real fix. Until then, we'll have to deal with workarounds if our friends decide they want to crash our iPhones with text messages.

HUSKK Quickdraw iPhone 6 Wallet Case: $24.99

3:24 PM, May. 28th, 2015 · · iPhone

HUSKK Quickdraw iPhone 6 Wallet Case: $24.99

We have a deal with Father's Day written all over it. It's for the HUSKK Quickdraw Phone Wallet Case, an iPhone case with wallet pockets It will hold up to seven credit cards. It's made with Italian leather, and features a manetic closure to keep your wallety things inside. It's designed for the iPhone 6, and you can get it through our deal for $24.99.

iOS Bug can Crash Your iPhone with a Text Message

6:04 PM, May. 27th, 2015 · · iPhone

Apple is working to fix an iOS bug that lets someone crash your iPhone via SMS

Thanks to a bug in the iOS Messages app it's possible to crash your iPhone with a text message. The bug requires a specific string of Unicode characters, and there are some workarounds while we wait for Apple to release a fix.

Texas BBQ and High Technology…

4:50 PM, May. 27th, 2015 · · iPhone

Texas BBQ Technology Remote Thermometer

Dr. Mac thought he'd try something completely different this week --  a column about Texas BBQ... What does Texas BBQ have to do with technology? You'll have to read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #124 to find out. 

Hold on to Your Pants, Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana is Coming to iPhone

10:25 AM, May. 26th, 2015 · · iPhone

Microsoft's Cortana coming to iPhone

Microsoft is making a big push for cross-device support in Windows 10, and part of that includes bringing its Siri-like Cortana voice control system to the iPhone. Just like Siri, Cortana lets you speak to perform tasks and retrieve information, and in some ways is considered more advanced than Apple's own system.

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I've spoken with several Windows and iPhone users who say Cortana is superior to Siri. Bringing that experience to the iPhone will force Apple to step up its voice recognition game, but it's also a shot across the company's bow. Make no mistake: Microsoft wants to eat Apple's pie.

Google Reportedly Plans to Fingerprint ID to Android M

4:47 PM, May. 21st, 2015 · · iPhone

Google Reportedly Plans to Fingerprint ID to Android M

Google will be adding native fingerprint authentication to the next version of Android, Android M, according to Buzzfeed. Without citing sources, the publication said the feature would allow users to login to their many Google services with a fingerprint. The company will reportedly announce the feature during next week's Google I/O developer conference.

Three Easy Ways to Get Started With Home Automation

3:55 PM, May. 21st, 2015 · · iPhone

Home automation sounds really intimidating when you hear Kelly talk about hubs and horrible user experiences and compatibility concerns. Luckily there are three easy ways you can try a little bit of automation yourself without having to spend a lot of time learning new tech. Kelly has three examples of easy ways to set up cool automation in your house with a minimum of muss and fuss.

Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger: $35

3:51 PM, May. 19th, 2015 · · iPhone

Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger: $35

If you have a lot of devices in your household, we have a deal for you: the Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger. As the name suggests, it has six charging USB ports, each of them designed to deliver maximum charging power to your mobile devices. It's designed to handle U.S. and international power from the wall, and it's certified CE, FCC and RoHS. Through our deal you can get the Kinkoo for $35.