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Coachella's love affair with iOS

Three quarters of Coachella attendees are using the app, and 90 percent of them are using it on iOS.

Coachella — more properly the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival — is an annual celebration held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The Coachella app lets attendees view the lineup, add favorites, create schedules, and even see Twitter and Facebook social activity related to the event. And over two thirds of the people there were doing just that on an iPhone or iPad.

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iOS apps are secure — it's 'security' advertorials that remain a threat

Another day, another CEO from a "security software" company pens a "guest editorial" saying Apple needs to open up to — guess what? — "security software".

Just like the last time, the premise is self-serving, the headline spit-take inducing, and it's absolutely not worth rewarding negative attention seeking with attention. But because every time something like this posted, we get contacted by concerned readers, some of the fear-mongering needs to once again be addressed.

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Microsoft revamps Bing.com design for iOS users with new sections

Microsoft has launched a revamped design for its Bing.com homepage for iOS browser users, with a number of new features and changes.

Safari browser users can now swipe up to see the sections on the Bing.com home page. They will also notice a new translucent color scheme.

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How to type Spock's Vulcan salute emoji with your iPhone or iPad

How do you type Mr. Spock's live long and prosper (llap) Vulcan salute emoji on your iPhone or iPad?

After posting the iOS 8.3 emoji keyboard how-to earlier, of course this was the question that quickly flooded my inbox. It's part of the same new unicode emoji set Apple has added to iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3, so if you've updated to one or both of those, you can see it. The problem is, Apple hasn't yet added it to the emoji keyboard, so you can't type it. Unless you're logical about it...

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How to use the new, diverse emoji keyboard on iPhone and iPad

iOS 8.3 has over 300 new, more diverse emoji, including five alternate skin tones and thirty two new country flags

As part of Apple's ongoing efforts to address diversity, iOS 8.3 includes a much wider array of cultures and ethnicities for face and hand symbols on iPhone and iPad. Face and hand emoji now start off with a "neutral" (i.e. classic yellow) emoji. Each also offers five alternate skin tone options based on the Fitzpatrick scale for standard dermatological representation, as adopted by the Unicode Consortium.

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Apple releases iOS 8.3 to the public with performance improvements, new emoji, and more

Apple has released iOS 8.3 to the public, and users can grab the update either over the air or through iTunes.

The third major update for iOS 8, 8.3 adds a number of improvements, including over 300 new and diverse emoji characters.

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You can view your iCloud Photo Library while offline. Here's how!

Even if you don't have internet access on your Mac or iOS device, you can still access and manage your photos.

Photos for OS X and iOS let you sync your library to iCloud, so that you can have thousands of photos at your beck and call without having to store them locally on your machine or device. But what about when you don't have Wi-Fi or cellular data readily accessible?

Never fear: Whether you're stuck on a plane, in a tunnel, or simply want to show off photos when you don't have internet access, here's how you can still view and manage your iCloud Photo Library images.

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Should you use iCloud Photo Library?

Apple's new online service, iCloud Photo Library, lets you seamlessly access, manage, edit, and share pictures and video from your iPhone, iPad, and your Mac.

It's free to use — though if you want to store any real amount of data, you're going to have to pony up for a paid iCloud plan. With Photos for OS X on the horizon, I've had a lot of people ask me whether they should turn on iCloud Photo Library: Is it safe? Is it secure? Is the cost of an iCloud plan worth it? After several months of both iOS and Mac beta-testing, here are my thoughts.

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How would you change the Lock screen?

The Lock screen serves too diametrically opposed functions — to secure your iPhone or iPad against unauthorized access, and to provide convenient access to information and actions.

The original iPhone simply, delightfully let you swipe to unlock, with or without a passcode. Over time, Apple has added greater security to the Lock screen, including passwords, hardware encryption, Touch ID, PreBoard, and more. The company has also added greater convenience, including showing the time and date, alerts, wallpaper, optional direct access to Siri, Notification Center, Control Center, Passbook, motion wallpapers, Emergency Card, and more.

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iOS 8 review: Six months later

Six months ago Apple released iOS 8, the biggest update to the company's mobile operating system since the advent of the App Store in 2008.

Six months ago Apple released iOS 8, the biggest update to the company's mobile operating system since the advent of the App Store in 2008. We reviewed iOS 8 when it went live in September, and took a second look at iOS 8 three months later in our roundtable. Now it's been half a year, iOS 8.2 has been released, iOS 8.3 is already in beta, and adoption is inching close to 80 percent. So, it's time to take another look, six months later…

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