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PC gamers hate Dungeon Keeper mobile - here's why they should accept it

There’s been a massive fiasco over the launch of EA’s mobile iteration of Dungeon Keeper last week, primarily from old-school PC gamers that are downright disgusted at how a beloved franchise has been warped by the standards of the mobile economy. The transition from a game about skill, strategy and timing to one about the amount of time you’re willing to wait or money you’re willing to spend is sharp, but there are reasons why things the way they are on mobile, and they don’t entirely revolve around greedy developers using abusive models.

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Tell us: how does your smartphone factor into your sex life?

Here at Mobile Nations we like to think of ourselves as being real tech for real people. And we know that in addition to owning smartphones, real people go on dates, send each other photos, have sex, and all sorts of other stuff. The smartphone is playing a greater and greater role in all of that, so we wanted to know just how you are using your smartphone to get it on.

We're not afraid to ask the prickly questions. Even that leads to us finding out you're into prickly things (to each their own).

Now, I know where your brain is going, and we're not suggesting that you engage in sexy times with your smartphone (that's weird and a potential trip to the ER), but we know that plenty of you use your smartphone to facilitate said sexy times. So we've put together this little survey that delves into how you use your smartphone in kinky and not so kinky ways

We want you to be fully honest with us, and to have some fun. After all, there's nothing at stake here. Except for maybe your dignity. So hit the link below and, uh, get it on.

Smartphones and sex — the survey

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How to delete old iOS software update files and get back even more hard drive space

I recently posted details on how to recover gigabytes of lost storage back from iTunes by deleting local copies of apps you can download from the App Store if you need to. Lots of you let me know how many dozens of GB you got back, which is great to hear. Now I have some another tip for you if you're looking for more ways to compress your iTunes library.

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Why Apple is buying back stock faster than promised

Tim Cook revealed today in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that Apple had purchased $14 billion of its own stock in the last two weeks. This brings the total buyback to over $40 billion. You might recall that back in April of 2013 Apple announced its plan to return $100 billion to shareholders by the end of 2015 including a $60 billion stock buyback. So here we are in early 2014, only 10 months later, and Apple has completed two thirds of its buyback. This is not the sign of a company lacking confidence in its future. Why?

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Understanding Apple: When reporting doesn't seem to lead to insight

UPDATE: The quoted material is from an article in the New Yorker, not an excerpt of the forthcoming book, Haunted Empire: Apple after Steve Jobs. I've updated it to reflect that. I regret the error, apologize for it, and won't judge the book based on the contents of the article.

I've often wondered if reporting on Apple — getting sourced information and writing it up — automatically led to understanding Apple as part of the process. This following article from the New Yorker leads me to believe that's not necessarily the case. And that makes me sad. From The New Yorker:

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Sony to exit the PC business: What's it mean for the Mac?

Sony announced Thursday that it will sell off its VAIO computer business to a Japanese investment fund. Sony cited "the drastic changes in the global PC industry" as one reason for its decision. Apple hasn't been immune to the global dropoff in PC sales either. Is Sony's decision a harbinger of what's to come for the Mac?

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Do you really use Siri?

When Siri was introduced with iOS 5 on the iPhone 4S there was plenty of jokes made about the integration but just like iOS, Siri has grown quite a bit since the initial release. With that growth came a lot of new feature additions and improvements to Siri. It's a bit hard to gauge how many people are really using Siri though, Apple doesn't share much info in that area.

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Dear Sonos, please make me headphones!

It's no secret. I freak'n LOVE Sonos. I purchased a few Sonos speakers late in 2012 as a Christmas present to myself. As a result, I listened to more music in 2013 than I did in the last 15 years of my life combined. It made for a happy and productive year. It's just so convenient, it's rock solid in terms of reliability, sounds great and it connects with so many music sources, including my iTunes collection and my favorite streaming service, Songza (which btw, via Sonos is ad free and always works overseas in countries where Songza isn't technically supported).

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The case for Front Row: Should Apple make another media center app for the Mac?

When Apple introduced OS X Lion in 2011, they got rid of a software app that had been included with the Mac ever since the fall of 2005, when OS X Tiger was still cutting-edge: Front Row, Apple media center software that made it simple to control your Mac in the living room. I'd like to see it come back. Here's why.

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5 problems a 5-inch iPhone solves for Apple

I've been writing about a 5-inch iPhone 6 for well over a year now, but most of it has been long-form, exploring the market potential, screen resolution options, interface scaling issues, and why it all matters. This is the opposite of that. This is 5 simple reasons why a 5-inch iPhone 6 does exactly what Apple needs it to: solves problems, mainstreams technology, makes for a better product, and ultimately makes our lives better.

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