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Once Again, Spike Jonze Makes Us Care Way More Than We Should About an Ad

If there's one thing that I hate about Spike Jonze, it's that his directing and creativity are so compelling that they force me to care about corporate advertising. Damn you, Spike Jonze. Damn you.

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Apple Will Soon Let iPhone Owners Turn Off Performance Throttling

As long as you consider unexpected shutdowns to be better performance.

Recent confirmation that Apple actually uses its iOS operating system to slow down older iPhone models was met with a lot of uproar, even though the feature is specifically tuned to spread out battery usage over time to prevent phones with aging batteries from unexpectedly shutting off. Apple already launched an improvement to their battery replacement program to try to smooth things over, but now they're planning to let users opt out of the feature altogether.

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J.J. Abrams Returns to Sci-Fi Television With a New, Female-Led Creation All His Own

It's about damn time.

It's been eight years since the last show J.J. Abrams created and wrote, and 11 years since the last sci-fi show he wrote and created. Now, he's finally returning to the original sci-fi television that made him.

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Things We Saw Today: Jude Law as Young Dumbledore, and Johnny Depp I Guess

There's no such thing as too many visuals of Jude Law dressed to the nines and rocking that '20s wizarding vibe as Albus Dumbledore in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald." Also Johnny Depp is here too, as this movie insists on reminding us.

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People Are Mad That Apple’s Been Slowing Down Old Phones to Help Battery Issues

Technology changes so rapidly that the fancy phones that debut on a yearly basis become obsolete pretty much just as quickly, with companies like Apple touting new hardware that is sometimes multiple times more powerful than even recent iterations. That, on top of choices like new, backwards-incompatible charging ports and the removal of headphone jacks, makes people wary of planned obsolescence and being pushed to continually upgrade, and Apple's battery management measures aren't helping.

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Pokémon GO’s Augmented Reality Will Actually Work Soon, Letting You Sneak up on Pokémon

On iPhones, anyway.

While hardly the craze it once was—which is probably a good thing—augmented reality mobile game Pokémon GO is still going strong and adding new features, and one of them is about to make good on the game's initial promise, if characteristically late. Apple's ARKit augmented reality software is making it easier for developers to take advantage of the iPhone's AR potential, and that's going to mean getting up close and personal with Pokémon like never before.

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Nearly 100 of U.S.’s Biggest Companies (Facebook, Google, More) Filed a Court Motion Against Trump’s Muslim Ban

How's that whole "businessman president" thing going?

One of Donald Trump's key redeeming points was supposed to be that he could run our country like a business, whatever that vague nonsense means, but our actual business leaders are extremely unhappy with what he's doing so far—an impressive feat at just over two weeks in office.

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Samsung’s Replacements for the Galaxy Note 7 Are Still Catching on Fire

At this point, I'm actually starting to feel bad for Samsung. Well, as bad as anyone can feel for a massive corporation that is probably going to be fine, eventually... nonetheless, they've been having a pretty tough year.

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Things We Saw Today: Let’s Fall Asleep in this Star Wars Landspeeder Bed

Rooms To Go has a whole line of Star Wars furniture, including this landspeeder bed ($900), a Millennium Falcon bed, an X-Wing double bed ($1200), and a TIE Fighter desk ($400). They're pricey pieces of furniture, but where else are you going to find a bed that hovers in space? You could build it yourself, I suppose... send us pics, if you do.

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Samsung’s Quest to Beat the iPhone Led the Galaxy Note 7 to Blow Up (Literally)

Who's to blame for the fact that millions of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones have gotten recalled from customers, due to the fact that some of them have exploded? ... Apple! Okay, not really. It's Samsung's fault for rushing their launch ahead of the iPhone 7 release.

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Emails Leaked by Apple Employees Reveal Harassment and Jokes About Rape and “Man Periods”

After seeing their complaints about harassment at work get ignored by higher-ups, several current and former Apple employees have chosen to leak 50 pages of emails to provide evidence of harassment they experienced at work--and examples of how their bosses ignored that the harassment occurred.

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Apple Polls Customers About Their MacBook Headphone Jack Usage, Freaks Everyone the Heck Out

First, they came for our iPhones.

Hey, remember when Apple removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, and everyone was super chill about it? I guess that's Apple's recollection, because they decided to go ahead and ask MacBook Pro owners how much they really use that boring old headphone port, anyway. No way that could stir up preexisting, headphone jack-centered sentiment, right?

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Apple Disables iMessage “Butt” GIF Search After Bing Serves up My Little Pony Porn

Bing! We can't take you anywhere!

iMessage in iOS 10 is a weird bizarro land of new features and confusing menus, but the one that makes the most sense is the inclusion of native GIF search. That doesn't come without its own problems, however, and Apple took measures to keep things from getting NSFW by disabling certain naughty words from the search. One they didn't disable, however, was "butt," and the Bing-generated results made them regret that decision in short order.

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It’s Now Safe to Update to iOS 10, If Word of Bugged Updates Was Stopping You

iOS 10 came out yesterday, and such updates always come with a bit of uneasiness, but that quickly compounded when the update process began bricking people's iPhones and iPads (rendering them useless). However, if that scared you away from iOS 10, you'll be happy to know that Apple quickly fixed the bug, and you can now update with abandon—provided you're cool with all the new "features."

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Apple’s Headphone Jack Removal Isn’t Such a Big Deal, but Does It Make Any Sense?

Back when Apple removing the iPhone's headphone jack was just a rumor, I wrote about how all the commotion over the change was likely unnecessary. Now that it has happened, and we know the specifics, it's even clearer that it's really not a big deal, but what's not really clear is exactly what prospective iPhone 7 owners stand to gain from it.

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iPhone 7 Announced With Upgrades and No Headphone Jack; “Airpod” Headphones Debut

Apple has finally announced the iPhone 7, and they focused a lot on the device's design and new, sleek finish. There were also new features, of course, so let's take a look at what was announced.

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Pokémon GO Is Coming to the Apple Watch You Probably Don’t Own

Pokémon GO is coming to Apple Watch, which is great if you own one of Apple's prohibitively expensive smartwatches. It looks like a great way to improve the game by allowing you to give your phone a rest while walking around and playing the game, but the market for it is probably pretty small.

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Brand New Mario Game Super Mario Run Coming to Apple’s iOS First

Apple's iPhone event is underway, but before announcing the iPhone 7 (on purpose, anyway), they had Shigeru Miyamoto stop by to announce Nintendo's first real mobile game, Super Mario Run, coming first to iOS.

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Everything You Need to Know About Today’s iPhone 7 Announcement

Today, Apple is holding an event to announce the iPhone 7 (and 7 Plus), which has been the object of speculation—and leaked details—for some time. While some changes with the new model are all but known, plenty of it is still a mystery, so here's a helpful guide to prep yourself for the announcement.

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Go Download Your Favorite Old Apps—Apple’s Purging the App Store of “Outdated” Content

Apple has announced that they'll be purging the app store of outdated releases soon, but it's not yet clear what qualifies as "outdated," since they didn't specify.

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