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Comic: The Applemobile lost a wheel and Google got away

Ed: Welcome to this week's edition of The Pixel Project: a weekly comic from Diesel Sweeties' Rich Stevens on Apple, technology, and everything in-between. Today: The rumored Apple Car.

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A salute to iOS gamers, or how to stop intimidating your non-gamer friends

Ed: Welcome to iMore's author spotlight column, The Network. Every Friday, we'll be bringing you the perspective and charm of the best and brightest minds in the Apple and tech community. This week: Games journalist and podcaster Maddy Myers.

While walking home the other day with a well-read friend of mine who doesn't identify as a "gamer" — but has an Angry Birds history on his iPhone that would argue otherwise — I brought up BioShock: Infinite. I had assumed, given my friend's interest in activism and politics, that he'd be interested in hearing about the game's attempts at social critique, however ham-fisted. We never got that far.

"What do you mean, it has a sad ending?" he interrupted. "Do you mean you lost?"

"No, no – I beat it," I said. "Everybody gets the same ending."

"That's impossible!" he sputtered. "You should try it again, just in case!"

I walked in a lot of conversational circles as I explained that actually the game was meant to be a very serious narrative experience, and that many games of this type often only give you one ending. Call of Duty games only have one ending, I told him, and everybody sees the same cut-scenes. Same goes for The Last Of Us, and all the Halo games ...

"But when I play Tetris, it's different every time," he said. "If everybody gets the same ending, how is that even a game? Maybe you're supposed to look up a cheat code? I mean... I don't know, I'm not a gamer."

It's hard to say which of us is a really a "gamer" when neither of us would agree on what is or isn't a "game," though, right?

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U.S. iPhone sales top Android for the first time in two years

The latest report from research firm Kantar World Panel claims that sales of iPhones jumped ahead of Android devices in the US for the final quarter of 2014. Apple claimed 47.7% of the smartphone market, barely beating Android's 47.6% share. It's the first time that iOS has been ahead of Android in the US since the fourth quarter of 2012.

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Apple ceases signing iOS 8.1

Apple has stopped signing iOS 8.1 on compatible hardware, including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This means that, after you upgrade to 8.1.1, you can no longer downgrade back to 8.1.

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Home Depot switches execs to iPhones, MacBooks as it blames Windows for massive breach

Home Depot's security breach that left 56 million credit card numbers and 53 million customer email addresses vulnerable was blamed by a Windows vulnerability. When executives at the home improvement retailer learned of cause of the breach, those executives were quickly given replacement MacBook laptops and iPhones

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Razer introduces the Junglecat iOS game controller

Razer, known for their incredibly well designed and made gaming hardware, has announced that they are entering the mobile gaming market with their newest product: the Razer Junglecat. The Junglecat is a slide out gaming controller that also doubles as a case for your iPhone 5 or 5S. The controller measures in at a mere 18mm which slightly doubles the thickness of your phone but also comes packed with everything needed for your favorite games on iOS.

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Minuum keyboard heads to iOS 8

With Apple opening up to third-party keyboards on iOS 8, it looks like Minuum will be porting its keyboard to the iPhone in the future. "We're working on a version of Minuum for iOS now, and we'll let you know when it's ready to try," the company stated.

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iOS 8's "one more thing" that Apple didn't have time to announce at WWDC

There were lots of new things that were announced for iOS 8, but Apple didn't have time to introduce everything on stage at WWDC. We'll group these features, many of which didn't get a proper mention, in this "one more thing" post and round them up, with some notable ones including FaceTime call waiting, WiFi calling, Shazam with Siri.

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Stories and photo filters land on Google+ update

Google has just published an update to the Google+ app on iOS that brings a better photos and sharing experience. New to the Google+ app are features that include Stories and photo filters, features that were recently made available on the Android app update.

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Touch ID authentication coming to third-party apps

As part of its raft of new APIs for developers, Apple today introduced new APIs for its fingerprint-based Touch ID system at WWDC. And the big news is that third-party apps will finally be able to use Touch ID authentication in iOS 8.

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