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iOS Mail: Emailing Groups of People

9:10 AM, Mar. 17th, 2016 · · iPhone

How to use Groups in Mail on your iPhone

Today's Quick Tip is about emailing groups of people on your iPhone or iPad without having to type in each person's address every time. First off, how do you do it? Secondly, how do you add new groups? And what can you maybe, possibly expect to be frustrated by when you start using this feature? We'll reveal all in this article.

iOS 9: Turn Off Those Pesky “Frequently Visited” Sites

9:05 AM, Mar. 16th, 2016 · · iPhone

How to disable Mobile Safari's frequently visited sites option

Have you ever wondered about those weird sites listed as "frequently visited" within Safari on your iOS device? How do you delete them? And even better, how do you prevent the crazy places you've been from showing up there? Helping you keep your friends' respect is the subject of this Quick Tip.

Study says Don’t Count on Siri, Google Now, or Cortana in a Crisis

1:18 PM, Mar. 15th, 2016 · · iPhone

Study shows your smartphone may not help in a crisis

A new study shows smartphones fall short in crisis situations where we're likely to need them the most—including Apple's iPhone. The just released study by JAMA International Medicine looked at how Siri, Cortana, Samsung S Voice, and Google Now voice recognition systems respond to statements about rape, suicide, abuse, depression, and more.

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Siri, Google Now, Cortana, and Voice S can't pass the Turing test, yet many people owners expect nothing less when they talk to their smartphone. Until smartphone makers find a way to overcome that, the responses we get to crisis statements will be mixed at best.

Richard Clarke Slams FBI’s Pursuit of Weaker Encryption on Apple’s iPhone

10:13 PM, Mar. 14th, 2016 · · iPhone

Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke, former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counter-terrorism for the United States, strongly condemned the FBI's efforts to force Apple to weaken iPhone encryption. In an interview with NPR, Mr. Clarke said that the FBI was wrong on encryption and was more interested in setting a precedent in its efforts against Apple than it was in actually accessing a work iPhone used by a dead terrorist.

Class Action Denied in AT&T Data Throttling Lawsuit

9:05 AM, Mar. 14th, 2016 · · iPhone

AT&T dodges class action status in iPhone data throttling lawsuit

AT&T won't face a class action lawsuit over throttling speeds for customers with unlimited smartphone data plans. U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen handed down that ruling after determining the plaintiffs must all deal with AT&T individually because their contracts prohibit class action cases.

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Denying class action status effectively killed the hopes of many iPhone owners who wanted to see AT&T pay for what they felt was a deceptive business practice. In the end, it was the clause in their AT&T service plan contracts requiring individual arbitration that did them in—and this is exactly why companies include those terms in their service agreements.

Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar for 40% Discount

4:40 PM, Mar. 9th, 2016 · · iPhone

Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar and iPad App

We have a deal today on Jamstick, a device that lets you play guitar through an iPad app without having a full-sized guitar. At 16.4 inches long and weight of 1 pound, 9 ounces, it's easy to carry. Its built-in battery can go up to 8 hours between charges, and you don't have to tune it (it's not a real guitar, after all). It also comes with a teaching app and two other apps on the App Store. You can get it for 40 percent off retail at $149.99 through our deal.

Leaked iPhone 7 Case Supports no Headphone Jack Rumor

10:37 AM, Mar. 9th, 2016 · · iPhone

Leaked iPhone 7 case pic shows 3.5mm headphone port is gone

Rumors have been claiming the iPhone 7 won't include a headphone jack and instead will rely on Bluetooth or the Lightning port for audio out, and now what purports to be a leaked case for the smartphone backs that up.

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On one hand it sucks to lose the headphone jack we've been using since the 1980s. On the other hand, we could get much better audio quality once the digital to analog converter (DAC) moves from our iPhones to our headphones.

Apple Music: Controlling Your Library with Siri

8:00 AM, Mar. 4th, 2016 · · iPhone

Today's Quick Tip is about using Apple Music with Siri. Have you ever wondered how you can get the voice assistant to play the music you own rather than items from Apple's music catalog? Well, wonder no more, because we've got the answer to that (plus a few more handy-dandy tips) here!

Podium-Style Charging Stand for iPhone and iPad: $35.99

3:36 PM, Mar. 2nd, 2016 · · iPhone

Podium-Style Charging Stand

Check out the Podium-Style Charging Stand, a combination portable charger and stand for your iPhone or iPad. It has a 10,500mAh battery, two charging ports, and a built in stand for holding your device. Better yet, it folds into a compact square making it easy to carry. You can get this device through our deal for $35.99, a 68 percent discount.