Chinese national living in U.S. pleads guilty to selling $1.1 million of fake iPhone and iPad units

Jianhua “Jeff” Li, a 43-year old Chinese national who was living in the U.S. on a student visa, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey over charges related to a criminal operation. The illegal scheme sold $1.1 million of fake Apple iPhone and iPad devices in the states. Li admitted to one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and labels, and to smuggle goods into the United States, and to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. He will be sentenced on May 30th.

Li and his associates smuggled 40,000 electronic devices and accessories into the U.S. …

Apple confirms 65% of iPhones and iPads run iOS 11, less than 30% are still on iOS 10

Google releases monthly updates concerning the distribution of various Android versions, but Apple doesn’t have to do that. From time to time, the US giant releases statistics that offer us a look at the iOS distribution at a macro level.

Today, Apple published statistics about the iOS 11 adoption, as well as how the previous versions of the operating system performed in comparison. It’s true that fragmentation exists in the world of Apple as well, but not at the same level as Google’s Android.

But let’s not compare apples and oranges, and get straight to the point. According to Apple, …

11 Easy DIY holiday gifts your family will actually like


The holidays are already among us and if you’re still scrambling for the perfect holiday present for your family, you’re probably shit out of luck, my friend. 

But have no fear. It’s time to finally skip those long lines and those pesky overdraft fees with a few simple DIY holiday gifts your family will actually enjoy. 

1. ‘How To Tell Time’ Coffee and Wine Glass Holder

Image: Etsy

How to: You’ll need an 18 by 16 inch dark-stained piece of wood, white paint, and attach sawtooth hangers. This is a funny but simple DIY gift that anyone can appreciate, cheers.  Read more…

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iOS 11 installation rate reaches 59 percent, adoption lagging behind older versions

iOS 11, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, is now installed on 59% of iOS devices. The latest information comes from statistics that were shared on Apple’s App Store support page for developers. 
This number is rather impressive, especially when compared to the adoption rate of Android Oreo (0.3% distribution as of November 9th). Still, we have to note that the adoption of iOS 11 is slower than what we’ve seen in previous years. For comparison, iOS 9 was running on 67% of devices by mid-November 2015, while iOS 10 …

Woman spends $100 for what she thought was the iPhone 6; instead, she bought 11 potatoes

Over the years, we’ve passed along stories about consumers who thought they were buying an Apple device only to be victimized by a scam. Whether it was the 22-year old South Carolina woman who paid $180 for an Apple iPad and ended up with a block of wood, or the lady who handed over $200 to a con man who promised her an iPad but sold her a broken mirror, it is always good to remember that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t; true, that is.

It feels like it has been some time since we had one of these sad sack stories to tell you about, but as it turns out, Black …

Google Docs, Slides and Sheets finally gain iPhone X and better iOS 11 support

Google has silently updated its Office-related apps for iOS devices to make them fully compatible with Apple’s latest hardware and software releases. If you’ve been using Docs, Slides and Sheets, you’ll be pleased to know that all three apps are now fully compatible with Apple’s iPhone X.

Basically, this means iPhone X users will now be able to take advantage of the whole screen, as toolbars have been included with the phone’s unusual form factor. There aren’t any other visual changes aside from the added iPhone X support, or at least Google doesn’t mention anything …

Another iOS 11 autocorrect bug affects the words "it" and "is"

Remember the recent autocorrect issue that Apple users with iOS 11 suffered with? Every time the letter “I” was typed into a message, the autocorrect would suggest “A[?].” This became such a big issue that Ohio State Buckeye fans made fun of the bug in front of a sold out Ohio Stadium with 105,000 fans in the stands. Certain students were holding up cards that spelled out OHIO and when they got to the letter “I”, the cards formed an “A[?].” That bug was fixed by Apple.

Now, another autocorrect bug is afflicting iOS 11 users. Type the word “it” on your iOS 11 powered Apple mobile device and …

11 times brands were the greatest trolls on Twitter in 2017


Most of the time, brands are on social media to answer your concerns. But sometimes, they can surprise you with the comeback of a lifetime. 

Brands used Twitter to do more than just promote their products this year. Their platforms also produced the funniest comebacks and the most shadiest tweets to their competitors. And sure, we shouldn’t really be celebrating a company’s PR strategy. But a good clapback is a good clapback. 

From Netflix to Hamburger Helper, 11 brands didn’t shy away from roasting the hell out of each other in 2017. Read more…

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Ohio State fans had the best response to Apple's iOS 11 glitch


Ohio State crushed Michigan State yesterday—and they also crushed Apple. 

Ohio State fans perfectly executed a timely prank directed at the iPhone maker. During an O-H-I-O chant, when they would usually represent the “I,” fans instead held up signs that read “A[?].” 

Yep, they replaced the “I” with the nonsense “A[?]”—just as Apple did with an autocorrect suggestion for iOS 11 users this week. 

Watch the prank below: 

OSU’s student section is the capital I 😂 #apple #ohiostate #gobucks

— ✌🏻️❄️☮️ (@e_l_y_s_e_) November 11, 2017

.@OhioStateFB having a little fun trolling today at the @Apple glitch ⭕️🙌🏼🙏⭕️ or is it A? Either way great win Buckeyes! #ohiostate #apple

— Ohfoodtruckfind (@OHfoodtruckfind) November 11, 2017 Read more…

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Apple iOS 11 update has reached 52% of devices, roll-out slower than before

Apple has already rolled out iOS 11 to 52% of devices, while 38% remain on iOS 10, and 10% still run on earlier versions, according to information that Apple itself revealed regarding App Store development.
This is marks a slowdown in the update pace for iOS. Last year, Apple’s roll-out of iOS 10 went as follows:
60% of devices as of end October, 201676% of devices in early January, 201787% of devices in August, 2017
Overall, iOS 11 has been a bumpy ride, especially for owners of older devices. …