Apple to shut down Texture's Windows app in July; Android, iOS apps to continue running

Windows users who enjoy reading magazines online through the Texture app on their PC, will have to consider purchasing an iOS, Android or Amazon Fire HD tablet to keep up with their reading. That’s because Apple, which purchased Texture for an undisclosed amount in March, plans on shutting down the Microsoft Store based Windows app in July. Texture charges $9.99 a month for access to 200 digital versions of popular magazines. It has earned the nickname the “Netflix of magazines.”

After Apple purchased Texture, there was talk about the company absorbing Texture into Apple News to create a …

Best Buy running a massive Apple Watch sale, save up to $270 on refurbished models

Apple fans, rejoice, as major US retailer Best Buy is running a huge sale on all Apple Watch models. Depending on the model, you could save up to $270 during the sale, but there’s catch. The sale only includes certified refurbished Apple Watch models, which usually come with a 90-day limited warranty.

If that’s not a problem, the biggest discount you can get is on the refurbished Apple Watch Edition (GPS + Cellular, 42mm ceramic case with gray/black sport band. Best Buy is selling this specific Apple Watch model for $1,079, so customers will save $270 when they buy it.

The cheapest …

The Apple App Store is up and running after earlier outage

Apple iPhone and iPad users were frustrated for parts of the afternoon today, as the Apple App Store went down. Note that this shouldn’t be confused with the Apple Store, which was shut down earlier this morning prior to the introduction of the new 9.7-inch Apple iPad (2018) with Apple Pencil support. It has become a tradition for Apple to take down the Apple Store prior to a new product announcement.

The good news is that the outage has ended, according to Apple’s own system status. The site shows that the App Store was down from 3:04pm EST to 4:49pm. According to Apple, “Some users were …

Best Buy running a 3-day tech sale on its most popular Apple products

Major retailer Best Buy is running a sale on some the most popular Apple products in its portfolio, so if you were hunting for deals on smartphones, tablets or headphones, you should definitely check it out.

First off, customers who go for the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus will be able to save up to $200 with qualified activation. You can choose from either of the three major carriers that have discounted their iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models: AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.

Then, there’s a bunch of prepaid iPhone models that go for as low as $160. You can even save up to $150 on the iPhone …

Running low on storage? The Google Play Store wants to help

Тhe rage-provoking “You’re running low on storage space” 

We’ve all been there – you are chilling at home, browsing through the Play Store and you see a cool game you’ve heard about. You want to play it so badly that you press the download button without checking if you’ve got any more precious storage. Then the unthinkable happens. You see the worst message one can see in such a moment: “Not enough space”. You clench teeth for a brief moment and proceed to freeing up storage manually.

Worry no more though, as Google has …

Chelsea Manning confirmed it: She's running for Senate in 2018



In a five-word Twitter statement on Sunday, Chelsea Manning formally announced her intention to run for a Senate seat in Maryland. Manning’s candidacy was the subject of much speculation on Saturday when a Federal Election Commission filing in her name surfaced.

The tweet included her brief confirmation, a handful of emojis, the #WeGotThis hashtag that appears frequently in Manning’s timeline, and a YouTube link to her first campaign ad.

yup, we’re running for senate 😎🌈💕 #WeGotThis

— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) January 14, 2018 Read more…

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Google Assistant is coming to certain tablets, and smartphones running Android Lollipop

Google announced today that Google Assistant will now be found on Android tablets for the first time. Slates running Android Nougat (7.0) and Android Marshmallow (6.0) will receive an update allowing users to access the feature. In addition, Android powered handsets running Android Lollipop (5.0) will be the recipient of an update that will add the virtual assistant. With Google Assistant, you can set timers and alarms, create lists that will appear on both your phone and tablet, get the latest weather, news, sports scores, stock prices, turn on or off smart appliances, and much more.

Once …

Apple Pay Cash is now up and running

On Saturday morning, Apple sent out an update to iOS 11.2 to put a end to the December 2nd date bug that was putting some iPhone models on a continuous crashing loop. Along with the bug killing, Apple pushed out faster wireless charging, additional live wallpaper options for the Apple iPhone X, and enabled Apple Pay Cash in compatible models. Several iPhone users attempted to use Apple Pay Cash, but could not get it to run. As we pointed out yesterday, that was because the service was not yet live. Apple had planned on pushing out iOS 11.2 some time this week, and only because of the bug did it …

Moto Z Play spotted running Android 8.0 (Oreo); update is coming soon?

With this being the most festive time of the year, it wouldn’t be unusual to see young children sitting at the kitchen table, dunking some Oreos into a tall glass of milk. Seeing children powered by Oreos is a lot more common than seeing Android phones running on Oreo (Android 8.0), at least according to the latest Android distribution figures. But that would lead us into a discussion about the “F word,” and no one wants to discuss fragmentation during the holidays.

And that leads us to a Geekbench benchmark test  performed recently on the Moto Z Play. How the device fared in the test …

Google Assistant will troubleshoot your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL running Android 8.1 developer preview?

According to a Google Pixel 2 XL owner who is running the Android 8.1 developers preview on the device, Google Assistant will help troubleshoot the handset. This person asked Google Assistant why his phone was having problems charging. That started up a troubleshooting program that resulted in Assistant “Starting Troubleshooting,” which was followed by the virtual assistant asking “Is it okay if I check a few things?”

If permission is given, Google Assistant will give the phone a check up, focusing on the part of the handset where the issue is taking place. Returning to the Pixel 2 XL …