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Any Former Jailbreakers Out There?

Jacob Siegel of BGR, among others, is heralding what may be the beginning of the end of Jailbreaking. Two of the three main repositories that Cydia depends on, ModMi and ZodTTD, have both announced that they are shutting down. With many of the early reasons to Jailbreak worn away by the passage of time and ten years of updates to iOS, it certainly feels like this is the home stretch for something once thought to be essential to the power user experience on Apple’s mobile platforms.

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A Few Apple Deals for Your Cyber Monday

While Apple isn’t known for going all out on Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales, other retailers who sell Apple gear always come up with something that won’t get them on the wrong side of the most profitable company in the world. Usually these come in the form of rebates, gift cards, and such, but there are always a few gems out there.

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Review- Belkin and Griffin Apple Watch Battery Packs

One of the strengths of the Apple Watch since its release has been that it handles all of the expected tasks of a smartwatch and fitness tracker with all day battery life. I have used a Watch since day one, and have rarely had any kind of battery life issues over the last two plus years. While Apple certainly isn’t the only wearable manufacturer to pull this off, they are the only one to do so with a device that has both a reasonable size and a gender-neutral design. These are two big reasons that Apple now finds themselves at the top of the entire wearables market. However, with new features such as on-device LTE and Apple Music Streaming, that day long battery life can start to come up pretty short, pretty quickly.

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Deals- The iPhone X Giveaway!

We all know what a new iPhone X costs by now. Those of us who have already taken the plunge know exactly how much our monthly payments to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Apple, or whoever else have gone up to.

If you’ve been holding out or maybe even moved on due to sticker shock, what if you didn’t have to worry about coughing up a grand or more? What if you could win an iPhone X for free?

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Deals: Bobine Flex iPhone Dock

Finding an accessory that can hold your iPhone at just the right position and angle, regardless of whether it’s in a case, is a challenge. Consider this problem solved, as Fuse Chicken’s Bobine Flex is capable of twisting, turning, and flexing into exactly the position that you want.

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

There are plenty of great articles around pointing out some of the best iOS and general tech deals coming up over the next few days. If that is more what you are after, take a look at BGR’s or The Huffington Post’s Apple Black Friday Deals Articles. For this Holiday Gift Guide, I’m going to focus less on what sales are out there, and more on potential gifts that can fill various needs for the iOS users in your life.

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Living with the iPhone X- Fast Charging

One slightly controversial subject surrounding the iPhones 8, 8 Plus, and X is the inclusion of fast charging capability. What has made it so is the fact that, like the iPad Pro before them, these devices don’t ship with a charging brick or cable that are capable of meeting the required specs. I will get into what I think are the reasons behind this omission in a moment, but first, let’s take a look at how it works based on some testing I’ve been doing with a couple of compatible chargers.

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Tips and Tricks: Forcing Face ID

If you’ve had an iPhone X for a week or more, you have probably learned to adjust a little bit to the way Face ID works. Thanks to its machine learning capabilities, it is also doing the same and adjusting over time to what it learns from failed attempts that are followed by either successful ones or a passcode unlock. Despite this, there are situations and angles, such as looking downward at your phone sitting on a flat surface, that FaceID struggles with.

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Apple Retakes the Wearables Crown and Nudges Developers Forward

Earlier this week, we got word that Apple is once again at the top of the wearables heap. Analyst firm Canalys released their quarterly report on this up and coming category of devices, showing that Apple regained the top spot they had occupied earlier this year. They had been passed up by both Xiaomi and Fitbit in the Second Quarter, before the release of the Apple Watch Series 3 and their Watch Series 1 price cut. This lead to a lot of conjecture about the state of the smartphone, and its place alongside simpler fitness bands and the like.

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Why Was Apple’s HomePod Delayed Until 2018?

If you haven’t heard by now, Apple has pushed the release of the HomePod from the more advantageous Holiday sales season to sometime in early 2018. I can’t say this comes as a massive surprise, because there has been very little news on the device over the last month. Part of that is because of the massive wave of interest in the new iPhone X, but if it had been coming out in December, we would have seen some leaks by now. This is definitely unfortunate for Apple, as they will certainly lose potential sales in a market where they are already later to arrive than usual. However, the why is more interesting than the what in this situation.

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Review- Apple Leather Folio for the iPhone X

I’ll be completely honest in saying that I’ve never been a big fan of Apple’s case solutions, in general. I loved the original iPad Smart Covers for the iPads 2 through 4, but that’s about it. They changed that design to a setup that I don’t prefer, and I haven’t bought another one, or any other Apple cases or covers since. Despite my skepticism of past products, however, I have been eyeing some of their Leather iPhone case colors for a bit and thinking of picking one up. When I saw that the new Apple Leather Folio for the iPhone X had wallet-like storage pockets and was also the first case ever to bring sleep/wake functionality to the iPhone, it nudged me over the edge.

As is the case with many Apple products, the deciding factor comes down to whether it is worth the typically higher Apple price to you. This has been a barrier for me, since most of their previous cases were more about looks than compelling functionality, with the Smart Cover being a notable exception. However, the Leather Folio adds a bit more in the functionality column, so it was well worth taking a look at in my book.

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