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Apple releases 9.2.1 beta 2 for developers, public testers

On Monday, Apple updated its iOS beta program for the first time since before the holidays, with a new build of iOS 9.2.1, coming three weeks after the last one and with the build number only updated three times, suggesting that either development work slowed during the Christmas season or …

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Backing up iOS devices for sale, transfer, and safety

This is sort of a “part two” to the Pointers we wrote last week about how to back up your Mac, both for immediate common-sense reasons and for other goals, such as long-term archival preservation, or for preparing to transfer data to a new machine, for example. This week, we’ll …

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Apple issues public betas of OS X 10.11.3, iOS 9.2.1

On Friday, Apple followed up on its Thursday release of a public beta of iOS 9.2.1 by issuing the public beta tester version of OS X 10.11.3, likely identical to the first developer beta that was released on Wednesday. The OS X beta, which has a build number of 15D9c, …

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App-y Holidays, Part Two: discounted apps for your new iOS device

In Part One of this article, we listed some of the many, many great deals on Mac apps and games that the new Mac owner might be interested in. We’ve also routinely posted iOS app deals when they come along, sometimes as part of the Daily Deals column and also …

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Canada Starbucks app takes Apple Pay, Apple TV gains shuffle

The Starbucks iOS app available in the Canadian App Store can now be reloaded using Apple Pay, and the virtual card can also be added to Wallet on the iPhone 6 or later, including the Apple Watch. Users in Canada can simply open the app and use the Reload button, …

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iOS 9.2.1 beta 1 is out, LA gains transit info in Maps

Apple on Wednesday posted the first beta of iOS 9.2.1, an update to the recently-released iOS 9.2, which came out just over a week ago. At present, little is known about what improvements, security measures, and bug fixes are contained in the new beta, which is currently only available to …

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Netflix and thrill: TV industry braced for rollercoaster ride

As snowstorm Jonas battered the US east coast, millions turned once more to Netflix, huddled under blankets and streaming reruns of The X-Files or catching up on Jessica Jones. It’s the season of Netflix and chill. A mere eight years old in its current form, Netflix’s streaming service has not …

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Is Blockchain the most important IT invention of our age?

There are not many occasions when one can give an unqualified thumbs-up to something the government does, but this is one such occasion. Last week, Sir Mark Walport, the government’s chief scientific adviser,published a report with the forbidding title Distributed Ledger Technology: Beyond Block Chain. The report sets out the …

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Millions of broadband customers in UK ‘suffer dire internet speeds’

Millions of broadband customers and businesses suffer dire connection speeds despite BT receiving £1.7bn in taxpayers’ money to improve services, according to a report by MPs. The report calls for the telecoms giant to be split from its Openreach subsidiary in order to end its “natural monopoly” over the nation’s …

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The Guardian view on knowledge in an information age: take it to heart Editorial

The Knowledge has been saved, for now. Despite the fact that a smartphone can get you around London with very little skill required, licensed taxi drivers will still have to spend years learning streets by heart. This can seem like an absurd luddite fantasy, of a piece with the cabbies’ …

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