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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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Apple TV has been steadily growing as one of Apple’s hallmark products, even if the company never really intended it to be one. From a simple novelty to an actually usable content provision platform, Apple has grown its set top box steadily through the increase of newer and more channels available for streaming content from. Today, two new channels join the foray; Hallmark Cards’ Feeln network, and FYI network from A&E, which are available right now should you own an Apple TV.

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The Pangu8 jailbreak for iOS 8 / 8.1 came as a big surprise for the jailbreak community, but with a lot of complexities as well. One of those complexities was missing Cydia after jailbreaking our devices. Even though Saurik updated Cydia to work with iOS 8 / 8.1, the installation method was completely manual, and still remains so at least as of this writing.

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With OS X Yosemite, Apple introduced a slew of new features that were aimed at “making the world’s best operating system even better” (Apple’s claim, not mine). While there were obviously new features, like Handoff which I find immensely useful, or MailDrop, which has turned out to be pretty much a life saver for me. Still, a lot of improvements in Yosemite were around minor things; stuff that you didn’t even realize you needed before it was there. One such feature was the Dark Mode for Yosemite.

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Back in the old days of the Internet, one thing that thrived above everything else was the concept of chat rooms. People would spend hours and hours in IRC rooms, hiding behind pseudonyms and being whoever they wanted to be. In the days of Java-based feature phones, applications like Mig33 and Nimbuzz attempted to bring this concept to the world of mobile communication as well, but they didn’t meet much luck at that. The same concept that was massively popular on computers, never really caught on on the cellular world.

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Here’s a complete step by step guide on how you can enable Dark Mode in OS X Yosemite for use in low light conditions.

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Android L finally got a proper name in the form of Lollipop, the latest addition to Google’s growing collection of sweets and desserts that signify Android – the open-source operating system for smartphones, tablets and wearables. With Android 5.0 Lollipop not only did Google introduce the gorgeous new Material Design UI – which, by the way, actually does wonders on the Android aesthetics front – but also a slew of new features. As with any major OS release, the biggest question with Android Lollipop also remains as to when you can get it on your device for actual use. Well, some reliable sources say that the Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013-Wi-Fi variants) and the Nexus 10 will be getting Android Lollipop as early as November 3rd this year.

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Apple’s today’s special event has been expected to carry a number of announcements, including those of the new iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 3, and all the changes and innovations to the Mac lineup. Then there have been announcements like updates to the iWork suite, availability of the iCloud Drive and the OS X Yosemite final version, among various others. Well, significant one among those concerned the public release of iOS 8.1 – the first major update to Apple’s iOS 8.

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