Apple Pulls Latest iOS 8 Update After Complaints About Lost Phone Service

Some iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users were unable to get wireless service on their devices after updating to iOS 8.0.1 (via MacRumors)

Thank god no one actually uses smartphones to make calls anymore. Apple has been pushing out an update to its new iOS 8 operating system for iPhones that fixes some bugs from the initial release, but is leaving some people without phone service. [More]

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No, iOS 8 Does Not Allow You To Charge Your Phone In The Microwave

Things you can put into the microwave and turn it on: Food, microwave safe dishes, objects that will not melt. Things you cannot put into a microwave and turn it on: Metal, plastic, and any kind of electrical object you could think of, including cell phones, smartphones and tablets. So no, there is no update with iOS 8 that allows iPhone users to recharge their batteries by microwaving their phones. Sigh. [More]

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Watch A Dude Bend His iPhone 6 With His Bare Hands

Let us begin this post with the qualifying statement that it has never until today occurred to us to try to bend a cellphone, subsequently, we do not know how much bendy-type pressure one should expect to be able to apply on a phone without warping it. I probably could go downstairs to the labs and start bending Consumer Reports’ test phones to establish a baseline, but I suspect they’d be sort of angry, and I really want them to like me. So, let it be known that we don’t know if this video of a guy bending his phone on purpose represents evidence of an unacceptable performance from the phone. But it totally does bend. Yes, it does. [More]

Some iPhone 6 Plus Users Saying Their Phones Bent While In Their Pockets

Some iPhone 6 Plus Users Saying Their Phones Bent While In Their Pockets

The release of the almost-a-tablet iPhone 6 Plus is presenting users with a tricky issue — how to carry the phone without damaging it. It’s too big for many back pockets (where it stands the risk of being damaged anyway) and some claim that putting it in their front pocket has resulted in a bent device. [More]

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Apple Sold More Than 10 Million New iPhones In Three Days

Have you heard of this iPhone thing? It’s the sixth of its kind, and one of them is really big and apparently, people are buying them: Apple says that in the first three days the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were on sale, the company sold more than 10 million of the new devices. [More]

Some iOS 8 Privacy Settings You Might Want To Tweak

Some iOS 8 Privacy Settings You Might Want To Tweak

If you got a new iPhone today, or you’re one of the many millions of people with older iPhones and iPads that have now been updated to iOS 8, here are some new privacy settings that you should probably check out sooner rather than later. [More]

iPad users may not notice that the bluetooth has been turned back on after updating to iOS 8.

Updating To iOS 8? Remember To Turn Off Your Bluetooth Afterward

In advance of the new iPhones coming out this week, Apple has begun rolling out iOS 8, the latest iteration of its operating system for iPhones and iPads. With some who’ve updated their devices already complaining about inefficient battery use, we wanted to remind you of a power-draining annoyance that occurs with every recent update of iOS. [More]

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Apple: We Won’t Unlock Devices When The Police Ask, Because iOS 8 Doesn’t Let Us

After nude photos of celebrities stolen off the iCloud showed up all over the Internet, Apple had a whole lot of egg on its face from customers worried about their own privacy. It seems the company is taking steps to counteract some of those concerns, at least so far as devices are involved, announcing last night that with the iOS 8 software update comes another layer of privacy: The company itself will no longer be able to unlock customers’ devices, even when served with a search warrant. [More]

The Only Way To Avoid Paying A Fee For iPhone Upgrade Is To Pay Full Price

The Only Way To Avoid Paying A Fee For iPhone Upgrade Is To Pay Full Price

Earlier this week, we looked at the various offers being thrown out by the four major wireless carriers in their attempts to attract people switching to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. What was left out of that discussion — and which seems to be catching a number of customers by surprise today — is that some of them must pay a fee to upgrade. [More]

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CashForiPhones Keeps My iPhone, Cuts Cash Offer By $222

Apple announced new iPhone models earlier this week, which means that for many people, it’s time to trade up. While your mobile phone carrier might offer a sweet trade-in deal, some customers are able to get even more by using outside trade-in services. That’s what Steve tried to do, selling his iPhone 5 to the site CashForiPhones.com. The site offered him $263, but once they had the phone, only sent him a check for $41. [More]

Your Guide To The Major Carriers’ iPhone 6 Offers

Your Guide To The Major Carriers’ iPhone 6 Offers

Apple announced a couple of new phones yesterday, triggering a Pavlovian response in some consumers that can only be eased by the acquisition of one of these new phones. It also pits the four national wireless carriers against each other in a battle for Apple-hungry customers. [More]

Apple To Launch Photon Death Ray (Or Maybe Just More iPhones & A Watch)

Disregard the phone on the left. It is old and you will be embarrassed to be seen in public with it after Sept. 19.

It’s been a few weeks since an Apple CEO summoned the news media to gather before him to be told about the latest incarnation of the iPhone. Sometimes the CEO’s proclamations are worth the attention. Sometimes they are barely worth a press release (yes, we’re looking you, iPhone 5C). Where would today’s announcement fall on that spectrum? [More]

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T-Mobile To Match Competitors’ Device Trade-In Offers

Yet another iPhone is on the way in time for the end-of-year shopping blitz. This means the major wireless companies will be stepping over each other offering to let you trade in your old phone and upgrade. T-Mobile, the little magenta company that could, is trying to get out in front of the competition by saying it will match their trade-in offers. [More]

People Started Lining Up Outside Of Tokyo Apple Store On Sunday

People Started Lining Up Outside Of Tokyo Apple Store On Sunday

You may have heard that there are new products emerging from the magical land of Cupertino tomorrow. People started camping out near the glass edifice of a Manhattan Apple Store last week, but they have sponsors. The campers in Tokyo’s fancy Ginza district set up on Sunday, and are supposedly there out of just fanatical devotion to Apple products. [More]

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Of Course There Are Already Four People Camped Out In Line In NYC For The New iPhone

There are at least four people in the world who have nothing better to do for three weeks than sit in lawn chairs and wait for the new iPhone. And we know this, because there are currently four people who have been camping out at the New York City Apple store since last week, sitting in lawn chairs and waiting for the new iPhone to go on sale on Sept. 19. [More]

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The Time Has Come: Facebook Forcing Smartphone Users To Download Separate Messaging App

Have the urge to send a Facebook message to your ex at goodness knows what time in the morning saying Zeus only knows what? If you want to make that mistake on your phone, soon you’ll have to download the social network’s entirely separate Messenger app, or forever keep your peace. Until the next time you hang out with your pal tequila, at least. [More]

Apple Downplays Reports Of Back Doors To iPhones; Security Expert Says Company Is Being Misleading

Apple Downplays Reports Of Back Doors To iPhones; Security Expert Says Company Is Being Misleading

Late last week, forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski announced at a conference that Apple iPhones have back doors, undocumented functions that could allow unauthorized users to wirelessly connect and swipe data from the devices. Apple has since responded with a statement intended to downplay the issue, but Zdziarski insists that the computer company is not being honest with consumers. [More]

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Man’s Phone Mailed Back To Him From Japan 9 Months After He Lost It In 280,000 Pounds Of Grain

When an Oklahoma farmer saw his phone disappear in a pit filled with 280,000 pounds of grain, he figured it was pretty much gone. The iPhone had fallen from his shirt pocket and gone up a grain elevator, and went on its merry way into the void. Or so he thought — until he got a call nine months later from a stranger in Japan. [More]