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Apple Stores will ditch plastic bags for paper this month

As part of its focus on the environment, Apple Stores will this month ditch its instantly-recognizable plastic bags for new paper ones made of 80 percent recycled materials. The official changeover happens ten days from now on April 15, although stores will continue to use the old plastic bags until they have run out of […]

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Barclays customers can finally use Apple Pay

Apple Pay has finally gone live for customers of Barclays, a.k.a. the last of the U.K. holdout banks which didn’t support Apple’s mobile payments service when it arrived in the United Kingdom last July. That now brings the total number of major U.K. banks and credit card issuers to offer Apple Pay to 16, including Barclays, […]

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Apple will sell its 1 billionth iPhone this summer

Apple will sell its one billionth iPhone this summer and is likely to sell its 2 billionth by 2020, claims a new report. Provided these numbers are accurate (and the first is almost certainly correct), it’s a timely reminder that — even during a period when the term “peak iPhone” is being thrown around — Apple’s astonishingly […]

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Latest Siri exploit is super specific (and avoidable)

Siri might be a (halfway) decent digital assistant, but it makes for a lousy security guard. We’ve heard about a bunch of “sneaky” ways that evildoers can use a Siri to get access to your photos, contacts, or just completely unlock your phone without entering a passcode or using Touch ID. Luckily, most of them […]

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New iPhone 7 concepts have vastly different takes on the future

Now that Apple has ruined all of our fun by showing us what the iPhone SE looks like, we can go back to obsessing over iPhone 7 concepts. We have two new ones for you to check out; one of them seems way more likely than the other, but they’re equally fun. We’re sure these […]

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iPhone SE is more bendy and breakable than iPhone 6s

The iPhone SE may have the brains of the iPhone 6s, but not the brawn. It took only 160 pounds of force to bend the iPhone SE’s frame in a new durability test pitting Apple’s tiny new iPhone against the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The new 4-inch iPhone stands up well fairly well against […]

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iPhone SE only costs Apple $160 to build

When it comes to building iPhones, it really pays to use old parts. The iPhone SE only costs Apple about $ 160 to build and assemble, based on the latest findings from an IHS teardown that discovered one the display, Apple cut costs down to less than half by using the same four-inch screen found on […]

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Google Search can now teach you animal sounds

Ever wondered what a raccoon sounds like? Do you know the difference between a lion’s roar and a tiger’s “grrr?” Now you can find out right inside Google Search. Google has baked a whole bunch of animal sounds into Google to help teach kids what they sound like. To access them, you simply search for […]

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Amazon CEO teases top of the line Kindle coming next week

Looking for a new tablet but don’t need all the whiz-bang features that come with Apple’s pricey new iPad Pro? Amazon may have just what you need when it reveals the 8th-generation Kindle next week. Amazon CEO teased the new tablet on Twitter today, giving readers a heads up on something wonderful coming their way. […]

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