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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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Improve your iPhone's bedside manner with this quick Do Not Disturb tip

Two weeks ago I wrote a ranty editorial on iMore in regards to the areas where I personally find the iPhone's features are lacking while I'm in bed catching zzzzz's. If you missed it, it's worth reading. It got a huge response and sparked an amazing community discussion. And I'm extremely glad I wrote post, as in the comments a suggestion was given by an iMore member that's proven to be a great band-aid fix for my biggest pet peeve.

What Was Driving Me Nuts

Here's the quick recap:

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Why I'm rage-quitting Skype for iPhone and considering doing the same on the Mac!

Stop me if you've been driven mad by this before — you launch Skype on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or some other device you haven't launched it on in a while, and for the next few minutes, if not hours, you're pummeled by notifications going off for messages you've long since seen and conversations you've long since forgotten. Today I opened Skype on my MacBook Air for the first time in 3 or 4 days, and the beeps and bounces went on for over an hour, and now, almost 8 hours later, another batch just popped up. It's even worse on iOS. I haven't launched Skype on my iPhone for long enough that I'm afraid to ever launch it again. That's not only shameful for a company as big as Microsoft and a product as important as Skype, it's inexcusable. And it's only one of many problems...

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