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How to back up your iMessages (and why it’s essential)

iMessage sync in iCloud is fantastic, until you delete a conversation and find it gone from all your devices. Heres how to make a local backup of your messages, just in case. (via Cult of Mac - Tech

New Apple Watch videos highlight fall detection and heart notifications

Apple came out with two new how-to videos for the Apple Watch today, showing customers how to take advantage of some of the new features introduced last year. The two videos cover how to turn on heart

How to turn your old Apple devices into quick cash

Apple’s newest devices are now available everywhere. If you’re planning to upgrade, or you’ve already upgraded your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, it’s time to turn your old models into quick cash.

Do not call Dmitry Markov’s iPhone photos ‘seamy’

Each of the 80 arresting iPhone images in an exhibition entitled #DRAFT #RUSSIA are a chapter in the life of the photographer Dmitry Markov. The pictures may feel like a hard, unpleasant view of a

Should you use the EQ in the iPhone’s Music app?

The quick answer is “Yes, of course you should.” The more complex answer is “But only if you need it.” Your iPhone has an equalizer built in, although it’s not exactly easy to find.

Chris Evans spotted on set of upcoming Apple TV show

Captain America star Chris Evans is already hard at work on his next project now that Avengers: Endgame is nearly ready to hit theaters. Evans was spotted on the set of his upcoming TV series,

Pre-orders for Samsung’s crazy expensive folding phone start tomorrow

Samsung’s very experimental and pricey Galaxy Fold takes a big step toward its launch tomorrow. This will be the first wide release of a folding phone in the U.S. In addition, Samsung promised the

Terry Gilliam still hasn’t signed contract to remake Time Bandits with Apple

Terry Gilliam’s 1981 movie Time Bandits is set to get the TV series treatment by Apple, but in a recent interview, Gilliam revealed he’s still not sure how involved he will be in the project. Despite

Sharp’s clamshell folding smartphone actually looks good

Every Android smartphone maker has a concept folding smartphone that turns into a tablet, but what if manufacturers used folding screens to make our smartphones smaller? That’s exactly what Sharp has

Dutch regulators probe App Store for anticompetitive policies

Dutch regulators are investigating complaints by developers that Apple promotes its own apps over others in the App Store. News of the anti-trust probe comes on the heels of Spotify filing a formal

Epic makes big changes to Fortnite’s Team Rumble mode

Epic Games has made a number of big changes to Fortnite’s Team Rumble game mode. Players can enjoy longer matches and more loot while having to combat fewer rocket launchers. The changes rolled out

How Ops operates back at Apple HQ [Cook book outtakes]

This post was going to be part of my new book, Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level, but was cut for length or continuity. Over the next week or so, we will be publishing several more

Massive lawsuit accuses Apple of infringing 16 different patents

A mega-lawsuit from a so-called patent troll claims that Apple is infringing on 16 separate patents. The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Texas by Seven Networks, a software company which

Get the knowledge and resources you need to launch your startup [Deals]

It takes more than a good idea to get a business off the ground. You also need savvy, skills, a network, and other resources. You can’t do it alone, so don’t. offers the education,

Apple doubles the number of suppliers committed to green energy

Apple shows an impressive commitment to sustainability, particularly when it comes to clean energy. Today, it revealed that it has almost doubled the number of suppliers committed to running their

Apple’s newest services lack ‘depth,’ analysts warn

Apple’s newest services don’t deliver the “depth” investors want to see as iPhone sales fall for the Cupertino company. Some analysts are particularly disappointed with the upcoming Apple TV+ video

German finance minister blasts tech giants which ‘pay taxes nowhere’

Germany’s finance minister Olaf Scholz has slammed tech giants that “pay taxes nowhere.” It’s the latest shot at tech giants such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon which have previously clashed

Netflix’s next big original? A comedy radio station

Netflix has confirmed plans to launch its first comedy radio station. Netflix Is A Joke Radio, which is being launched in partnership with radio streaming service SiriusXM, will go live on April 15.

Apple Podcasts now offers web playback feature

Apple has overhauled the web interface for podcasts hosted on its platform. The refresh means that Mac users can now stream episodes directly from the website, instead of being

Amazon employs thousands of people to listen to Echo recordings

Amazon employs a team made up of thousands of people to listen to recordings made by Echo devices, a new report claims. These recordings are transcribed, annotated, and ultimately used to “help