Apple Hikes International App Prices

The Canadian loonie is struggling in comparison with the American dollar and citizens are feeling it in more than one way. Now they are bracing themselves to pay more for apps after Apple adjusted its pricing to reflect the rising disparity around the world. The App Store in Canada, New Zealand, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Singapore and South Africa will see a hike in prices. The cost of an app is expected to increase 17 percent in Canada, meaning a $1.19 app will now set Canucks back $1.39. An app that costs $50 will ring in close to $70. These price

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Big Phone Bill Thanks to Wi-Fi Assist

Your iPhone’s Wi-Fi Assist feature might help keep your phone up and running, but it could also be doing some serious damage to your cellphone bill, as one California father found out. The San Francisco family received a $2,021.07 phone bill – leaps and bounds beyond their usual $250 spend – and traced it back to their teenage son’s phone usage. Turns out, his bedroom was a weak Wi-Fi area and his phone was automatically switching over to cellular data. The kid churned through about 144 GB of data, resulting in the shocking phone bill. Sadly, this is just one

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Apple’s Billion Dollar Holiday App Sales

Apple celebrated the holidays quite happily in 2015, setting new records on app sales in the Apple Store. Over the two week time covering Christmas to January 3, iOS and Mac OS X users spent a total of $1.1 billion on apps and in-app purchases. If that wasn’t good enough, 2016 started off on a high for the iPhone maker, selling over $144 million on January 1 alone, setting a single-day record. “The App Store had a holiday season for the record books. We are excited that our customers downloaded and enjoyed so many incredible apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac,

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Parental Controls Are Important

Did you give your kid a smartphone for Christmas? If you gave them that iPhone they’ve been bugging you for, it may have been a wise decision simply because it has more parental controls. “You’re giving your kid a lot of power when you hand them a smartphone,” Caroline Knorr of Common Sense Media, was quoted as saying in a New York Times article. She’s not wrong. With problems like sexting, in-app purchases and more, youngsters are falling prey to different smartphone dangers. This makes parental controls on your child’s first phone incredibly important. Although Android devices may be cheaper,

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Google Launching Family Play Music Plan

Google is combatting Apple Music’s success by offering its own family plan for its Play Music service. That means the only advantage Apple Music had over Google Play Music is gone. Now, a $14.99 monthly subscription will support up to six Google accounts. Like its major competitors – namely Apple and Spotify – Google Play Music offers access to 35 million titles, all ad-free. Subscribers can access these tracks through the Android or iOS apps, or from the Play Music website. The new family plan, in the style of Netflix, will allow family members to keep their playlists separate. Google

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Apple Battery Case Coming Soon

Charging your phone overnight is not enough anymore, considering how much we use them in our daily lives. As a result, the battery case for smartphones has become a must-have addition to your tech collection. Apple has decided to put its own design for a battery case on the market, a case for the iPhone 6S that will sell for $99. Apple’s version of the battery case promises 25 hours of additional talk time and 18 hours of data usage on an LTE network. It has a silicone exterior and a hinge design that makes it easily removable. The case

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Apple Testing iPhone 7 Features

It would be unlike Apple not to dazzle with its newest smartphone model, the highly anticipated iPhone 7. A recent leak, reported by Forbes, has suggested Apple is currently testing five different models, each of which has a design that might be surprising. The first design would replace Apple’s signature Lightning connector with a USB Type-C port instead. Although you might groan at the thought of having to purchase a whole new array of cables, plugs, and whatnot, it turns out that Android models might switch to Type-C in 2016 too, unifying the smartphone world. The second design, changing the

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Apple Pay Available in Canada

American Express users in Canada can now access Apple Pay on their iPhones. The service allows users to upload their credit card information into their phone and use it for tap-to-pay purchases. Apple requires cooperation of banks and card issuers for the service to work, and unfortunately for them Canada’s financial institutions have not been eager to jump on board. That’s why at this time only American Express cardholders issued by Amex Bank of Canada can activate Apple Pay. There is no word on whether it will expand to others. Apple Pay is compatible with near-field communication while using the

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Mozilla Rolls Out Firefox for iOS

Although it has been a long time coming, Mozilla’s Firefox for iOS app is finally available publicly to anyone with an Apple device. Last December the non-profit browser maker, whose mandate is to keep the Internet open, announced it would be reversing its stance against making software for the App Store. By May, the earlier versions of Firefox for iOS were released in a limited capacity for user testing. It’s certainly great that users now have access to Firefox on their phones, but will the app actually make a splash amongst its competitors? Safari comes installed on all iOS devices

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Will iPad Pro Kill the PC?

The iPad Pro is close to its release date, and its 12.9-inch screen is nearly the same size as a MacBook and other laptops. Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks that this will finally be the product to do the long prophesized task of replacing the PC. “I think if you’re looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore?” Cook told The Telegraph. “No really, why would you buy one? Yes, the iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people. They will start using it and conclude they no longer need

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