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With iOS 8, Apple opened one of the biggest and perhaps most controversial barriers for the entire platform that powers iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and that was native third-party keyboards. While we immediately saw an influx of popular Android offerings like TouchPal, SwiftKey and Swype, which also spelled that developers would now be able to come up with better text input methods for iOS devices that shook the traditional norms established around this practice. With exactly this in mind, enters mazec; a new ‘keyboard’ for the iPhone and iPad that offers an accurate handwriting input method.

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Xiaomi is really focusing on India as its biggest market share out of China. However, it appears that the Chinese manufacturer might be hitting a snafu there, since reports suggest that the company has been served with an injunction preventing the Chinese smartphone maker from selling, marketing, and importing its smartphones in the Indian market. Apparently, the injunction has been served on a patent dispute with telecom giant Ericsson.

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Snapchat is arguably one of the most famous apps on the App Store, having a massive following in users. Despite having suffered from some controversy over time, the app continues to be used by masses beyond measure on the iPhone. With iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both having larger screens, the app, despite its continued usage, suffered from some aesthetic ugliness since it had not been fully optimized to take advantage of the larger display real estate on the new devices. The good news is, today Snapchat has released an update that has finally brought iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus optimization to the social network, among a few other noteworthy changes. We’ll walk through them all one by one.

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Here’s how you can recover accidentally deleted photos from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch running iOS 8 and over. Complete details can be found right here.

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Sony Corporation, the Japanese company that we have more than one reason to love and adore, but all the more so for its PlayStation gaming console, is celebrating its 20th anniversary for a very coveted device: the original PlayStation.

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Apple’s stance on jailbreaking has always been quite clear, with the Cupertino company clearly and vehemently discouraging users from doing any custom software modifications to their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, which the jailbreaking process usually entails.

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Mac OS X user? Want to jailbreak iOS 8.1.1 untethered using Taig? We have a workaround. Follow the complete step by step instructions to use Taig for Windows on Mac to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on iOS 8.1.1 or iOS 8.2 beta.

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Google and Apple’s partnership has been a shaky one at best, especially when it comes to iOS devices. Earlier on, Apple dropped Google Maps integration from iOS as the default maps and navigation app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in favor of its own Maps app, and YouTube was pulled from the list of stock apps as well, forcing Google to make both of these apps user-downloadable ones from the App Store. Now, it seems, that the default search provider for iOS Safari browser is up for grabs as well, as Google’s contract is close to termination, and sources say that Bing and Yahoo! are both vying for the top spot.

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Arguably the biggest social network in the world, Facebook has been, time and time again, under a lot of fire from the media as well as users for its not so friendly privacy settings, including (at one point) resetting of the set settings for all users once they rolled out any changes. The social networking giant has been keen on improving its standing on this front for quite some time now, and the latest step that it took is a big leap in this direction. Recently, Facebook has been notifying its mobile and desktop users of upcoming Terms of Service & Privacy changes through push notifications across both its mobile platform, as well as the Web version of the service.

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Apple’s TV ads for its devices, particularly the iPhone, have always been of keen interest to not only the fans of the Cupertino tech firm, but even its rivals, since they showcase the marketing approach that the company is taking towards ensuring that its products remain a success. Just yesterday, Apple added a couple of more TV spots to its increasing media arsenal, unveiling two ads featuring the duo of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. Both these ads highlight specific features of iOS 8, and are targeted for iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

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For quite some time, there have been rumors moving around that the Steve Jobs biographical motion picture (or biopic, as it’s usually called) might be adopted by Universal Pictures, since Sony Pictures is considering dropping the project. Just a week ago, Sony actually did drop the project, and a week later, it has been taken up by Universal Pictures, confirmed a source to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Here’s a super easy way on how you can enable hidden OS X Yosemite settings to customize Dock, Safari, Finder and more.

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One thing that has differentiated Android from iOS (amongst many others, of course) has been the availability of third-party keyboards. Being able to provide textual, numeric and symbolic input to any operating system has always been one of the core requirements, and when touch-screen became the norm, a software keyboard was very much required.

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We’ve just seen the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but speculations and rumors have already started pouring in pertaining to the next generation of the smartphone. One such speculation claims that the 2015 model of the iPhone will feature a glassless 3D display, which would employ the true depth of field effects using just your naked eye.

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The holiday season is pretty much around the corner, and as the trend goes every year, it’s to be expected that we’ll see a number of retailers offer a wide variety of sales and discounts on a number of items. Being a tech outlet, we have a vested interest in all things technology and gadgetry, so when we heard of a leaked flyer from Sam’s Club that supposedly indicates that the wholesaler will slash the price of the new iPhone 6 by $100 starting November 15, we got excited, and we decided to share the news with you. Yup, on November 15, starting 7am local time, you can get your hands on a brand new iPhone 6 with two-year contract for just $99 for the 16GB variant!

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Intel announced the next generation in its processor lineup – the Broadwell series – which will ship for most Macs by early-to-mid 2015, but somewhere along the way, the company unveiled a new lineup of Broadwell processors by the name of Core M, a couple of months back. These chips stand out of the crowd due to being ultra-low-power, and will run at mere 4.5 watts. Their intended use? The next generation of fanless PCs and tablets, including the rumored (and highly anticipated) 12-inch MacBook Air that might sport a Retina display, and slated for 2015 release.

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Here are the top 15 Cydia jailbreak tweak and app repos you must try after iOS 8 / 8.1 Pangu8 jailbreak for iPhone and iPad.

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The Pangu team today released an update to the Pangu 8.0-8.1.x Untether package, pushing the patch to version 0.3, but it was pulled almost immediately because it caused issues on 64-bit devices, such as the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPad mini 2, 3 and iPad Air 1, 2.

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As promised by the Pangu Team, the updated version of their Pangu8 utility is now available for download. Now sitting at version 1.1.0, the new and updated tool lets you jailbreak iOS 8 / 8.1 untethered, but with the added benefit of installing Cydia automatically from the get-go.

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With every new release of iOS comes a slew of features that expand on the OS’s capabilities and functionality, and let users interact with and use their devices in a different manner. The beauty of jailbreak tweaks, however, is that they expand on those features even further, making it possible to do things that the company didn’t allow by default. One such feature with iOS 8 was the Reachability aspect, which basically works only on the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, bringing things in easier range by compacting them towards the bottom of the screen. While pretty great, there were certain limitations with the native implementation of Reachability, and those are what ForceReach – a freshly released Cydia tweak for iOS 8 / 8.1 – aims to address.

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