All Articles by John Callaham

Facebook iPhone and iPad users should see photos load faster with file changes

Facebook has made some changes in the background to its iPhone and iPad app that should allow users to load photos faster. The improvements are due to Facebook adopting the Progressive JPEG (PJPEG) image format.

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OneDrive improves its photo albums for its web, iPhone and iPad users

Microsoft has just announced some improvements to its storage service that will offer users a better look at their photos, along with new search features. Those changes and additions are currently available on the web and in the newly updated app for the iPhone and iPad.

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Your typical mobile gamer today spends two hours every day face-down in a tablet

A new survey of mobile gamers conducted by the NPD Group says that they are playing, on average, over two hours a day on their devices. The survey, conducted in late 2014, indicates a 57% increase in the average play time for mobile gamers, compared to just 80 minutes a day in 2012.

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iOS 8.1.3 is here! Fixes Spotlight, takes less space to install, and more bugs squashed!

Apple has just released iOS 8.1.3 for iPhone and iPad devices. The over-the-air update has a number of fixes and improvements, including one that should cut down on the amount of storage needed for future software updates.

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Foxconn plans to cut its huge workforce due to higher labor costs [Update: No, it won't]

Update: Foxconn has now told CNET that Reuters' story is "completely inaccurate and totally without foundation", adding, "As we continue to increase the application of automation in our operations, the magnitude of our employee recruitment is expected to decrease in the years ahead, but we have no plans to reduce our workforce numbers now or anytime in the future."

Original story: Foxconn, the main manufacturing partner for Apple, will reduce its huge workforce in the face of higher labor costs and lower revenues. The move comes even as Apple is expecting to reveal high sales for its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus later today, both of which are made at Foxconn factories.

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200 of Apple's US retail employees may be relocating to China

A new report claims Apple's retail store head Angela Ahrendts is trying to get some of her US employees to move to China. It adds that about 200 US Apple retail workers have indicated they will indeed relocate to that part of the world in an effort to beef up Apple's stores in China.

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AT&T to acquire Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion

AT&T plans to acquire Nextel Mexico for $1.875 billion in an effort to create a massive North American Mobile Service area that will be able to offer wireless access to 400 million people. The news comes a few months after AT&T announced plans to buy another Mexico-based wireless carrier, Iusacell, for $2.5 billion.

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Second episode of Telltale's 'Game of Thrones' series due Feb. 3 for Mac, Feb. 5 for iOS

The second episode of Telltale Games' six-part adventure game based on the Game of Thrones TV series from HBO makes its Mac debut February 3 and for the iPhone and iPad on February 5. The second episode is titled "The Lost Lords" and Telltale is getting fans of the fantasy series pumped for its release with a new trailer.

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Apple ending iPhone and other product sales in Crimea on Feb. 1

Apple has sent out letters to retailers in Crimea informing them that they should end shipments and sales of its products like the iPhone to that country, along with its services, on February 1.

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T-Mobile will offer its best deals to customers who pay their bills on time

T-Mobile will begin a new program starting on January 25 it calls Smartphone Equality. The effort will give customers of the wireless carrier their best deals on its smartphones and tablets, regardless of their credit score, if they have paid their bills for at least 12 straight months.

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The Witcher: Battle Arena fights its way out of beta and onto iPhone and iPad

The Witcher: Battle Arena, a MOBA-style game set in the Witcher fantasy universe, is now available to download worldwide for the iPhone and iPad. The game was first announced in the summer of 2014 and its developers held a closed beta test that year as well.

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Dungeon Hunter 5 will hack and slash its way to your screens in 2015

Gameloft has just announced plans to release Dungeon Hunter 5, the latest game in its popular "hack and slash" fantasy RPG series. The game is due out sometime in 2015. Gameloft released Dungeon Hunter 4 for iOS in April 2013.

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Facebook wants to cut down the number of hoaxes in your News Feed

Facebook is making yet another change in its News Feed today, designed to reduce the number of stories that could offer false information or be deliberate hoaxes. This new feature comes a few months after Facebook announced it would give less relevance to News Feed posts that have what it considers to be "click-bait" headlines.

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C Spire expands its rolling data offer to its 10, 15 and 30GB sharable plans

Wireless provider C Spire, which serves about 1 million customers in the southeastern US, is now offering rolling data for its 10GB, 15GB and 30GB shared data plans for free. Customers on the company's other plans can switch over to one of the three rolling share data plans at no additional cost.

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At long last, Stronghold Kingdoms is available for Mac castle builders

Stronghold Kingdoms, the free-to-play medieval-themed real-time strategy from developer Firefly Worlds, has finally made its way to the Mac App Store. The game was first released for Windows-based PCs in 2010 as an open beta before officially launching in 2012.

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Sid Meier's Starships will explore space on iPad and Mac in early 2015

Legendary game designer Sid Meier continues to keep himself busy. Today it was revealed that he and a small team at developer Firaxis have been working on a space-themed turn-based strategy game, Sid Meier's Starships. It's due for release early in 2015 for the iPad and Mac, along with the PC.

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Google wants to reward you with medals for bringing new players to Ingress

Ingress, the GPS-based adventure game from Google's Niantic Labs, wants its current players to encourage their family and friends to join in. It will do so with a new Recruiter Medal that will reward the "agents" of Ingress for their efforts in this area.

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Office apps for iPhone and iPad now support VoiceOver for reading and editing

Microsoft has updated the Office apps for the iPhone and iPad, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint, to version 1.5. This update will allow users to read and edit documents in all three apps using the VoiceOver feature in iOS.

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Apple has five new stores in China on tap for the new year

Apple plans to open four more new retail stores in China in the next several weeks, according to the company's retail head Angela Ahrendts. Apple opened a new store location in the city of Zhengzhou last week.

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Apple Pay now used by nearly 800,000 Bank of America customers

Apple Pay has apparently been a big hit for Bank of America. The company announced today that nearly 800,000 of its customers have used Apple's payment service since it launched in October, and those users have added about 1.1 million cards.

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