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Virtual reality is now as cheap as Cardboard on iOS

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I can’t wait for the virtual reality future to finally go mainstream, but with company’s like Oculus talking about charging people over $1,500 for an entire Rift package, VR is virtually out of my price-range. Thankfully, Google is coming up withmf.gif



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How to annoy your Facebook friends with GIFs

Today, 04:42 PM

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Facebook and GIFs seem like they’ve both been fixtures of the Internet forever, but it has taken until 2015 for the two to finally hookup. Starting today, Facebook users can annoy friends with the most amazing GIFs the web has<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofmac...ith-gifs/">Readmore ›</a></div><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/46c41d54/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766490892/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c41d54/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766490892/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c41d54/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766490892/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c41d54/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766490892/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c41d54/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766490892/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c41d54/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766490892/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c41d54/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766490892/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c41d54/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228766490892/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c41d54/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/228766490892/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c41d54/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/>

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Mystery solved: Apple vans gathering next-gen Maps data,...

Today, 04:35 PM

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<p><a href="https://9to5mac.file...e-van.jpg"><imgtitle="Mystery solved: Apple vans gathering next-gen Maps data, grabbing Street View storefronts + 3D images" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-381834" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/apple-van.jpg?w=704&h=474" alt="Apple Van" width="704" height="474" /></a></p>
<p>Three years after Apple launched its own iOS Maps app to replace Google as its <a href="http://www.amazon.co...off">iPhone</a>and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_89_1?rnid=2528832011&amp;qid=1432744911&amp;keywords=ipads&amp;rh=n%253A172282%252Ck%253Aipads%252Cp_89%253AApple&amp;tag=trust925-20&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;fst=as%253Aoff">iPad</a> map provider, the Cupertino company is readying its first major enhancements to the service. While Apple was known to be <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/21/apple-readies-transit-subway-train-bus-guides-for-ios-9-maps-deploys-robots-for-indoor-mapping/">gearing up for the launch of a mass transit directions service</a> this fall in a <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/26/apple-transit-ios9-cities/">handful of cities</a>, sources have revealed that it is also developing its first entirely in-house mapping database to reduce its reliance on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_89_0?fst=as%3Aoff&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Atomtom%2Cp_89%3ATomTom&amp;keywords=tomtom&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1432861821&amp;rnid=2528832011">TomTom</a>, using a <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/02/03/apple-street-view-minivan/">fleet of mysterious vans</a> to take still photos of business storefronts to replace Yelp photos, and building a 3D Street View feature. Apple has been using the sensor-equipped vans in cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas, and New York since earlier this year, and, below, we detail how the vehicles are advancing Apple’s plans for the future of Maps…</p>
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<p>Since the initial Apple Maps launch on the <a href="http://www.amazon.co...off">iPhone</a>and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_89_1?rnid=2528832011&amp;qid=1432744911&amp;keywords=ipads&amp;rh=n%253A172282%252Ck%253Aipads%252Cp_89%253AApple&amp;tag=trust925-20&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;fst=as%253Aoff">iPad</a> in the fall of 2012, Apple has utilized fundamental geography data pulled together from several third-party sources, including TomTom. This core data for mapping software is known as the “base map.” The initial data errors reported by Apple Maps users were in part the result of Apple aggregating several data sources, instead of building its own singular database as rivals Google, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_p_89_0?fst=as%3Aoff&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Agarmin%2Cp_89%3AGarmin&amp;keywords=garmin&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1432861795&amp;rnid=2528832011">Garmin</a>, MapQuest, and Nokia HERE have done for years.</p>
<p>Apple is now in the process of collecting its own base map data, using beige, black, and white minivans to augment work already done by <a href="http://9to5mac.com/r...&#38;h=">recentacquisitions such as BroadMap</a>. These minivans have been the subject of rampant speculation since they were first spotted months ago, including many guesses that they were test vehicles for <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/02/19/apple-electric-car-team/">upcoming Apple-designed cars</a>. However, sources indicate that they are solely being used to gather data and images for the Apple Maps application.</p>
<p>The current plan is to revamp the foundation of the Maps application, shifting to the in-house base map database by 2017; this would lead to the cutting of ties with partners such as TomTom, which currently have <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...ps/">multi-yearMaps contracts</a>. While Apple hopes to achieve the 2017 shift, a source says that Apple is not completely on track to meet this goal, so a 2018 launch may be more likely.</p>
<div id="attachment_382052" style="width: 714px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://9to5mac.file..._1280.jpg"><imgtitle="Mystery solved: Apple vans gathering next-gen Maps data, grabbing Street View storefronts + 3D images" class="size-full wp-image-382052" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/tumblr_mbknsztv301rhptwbo1_1280.jpg?w=704&h=528" alt="Apple Maps (Left) in 2012 not showing lake (Right)" width="704" height="528" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Apple Maps (Left) in 2012 <a href="http://theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com/page/2">not showing lake</a> (Right)</p></div>
<p>For end users, this change will mean more accurate and rapidly updated data. For Apple, this means more control over the core user experience, and, consequently, less of a need to rely on partners for data to be updated. Apple is notably taking a similar approach to its <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...ping/">upcomingindoor mapping feature</a>, which is being developed entirely in-house with iBeacons equipped to <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/21/apple-readies-transit-subway-train-bus-guides-for-ios-9-maps-deploys-robots-for-indoor-mapping/">small autonomous robots</a>.</p>
<p>In addition to assisting with in-house data collection, the Apple Maps vans are equipped with cameras to collect Street View data. Apple does not believe that classic Street View interfaces developed by Google are intuitive to the user, according to sources with knowledge of Apple’s work on Maps services, so the company is exploring new ways to present Street View imagery.</p>
<p>To expand its 3D Flyover mode in Maps, Apple is working on ways to tie together its new camera data to make a street level version of 3D Maps for a future version of its Maps app. As Apple has only recently started collecting its 3D Street View data, such a feature is not likely to be imminent. However, Apple has another plan for the imagery it’s gathering that will appear sooner rather than later.</p>
<div id="attachment_382056" style="width: 714px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://9to5mac.file..._1150.jpg"><imgtitle="Mystery solved: Apple vans gathering next-gen Maps data, grabbing Street View storefronts + 3D images" class="wp-image-382056 size-full" src="https://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/img_1150.jpg?w=704&h=396" alt="IMG_1150" width="704" height="396" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Apple Maps listing showing Yelp photo</p></div>
<p>Sources say that Apple’s camera equipped vans are taking still pictures of businesses along commercial roads, an initiative Apple has internally codenamed “Project Gardar,” an apparent reference to Norse strongholds in new territory. Apple has planned to begin integrating still exterior photos of points of interest this fall in its iOS 9 Maps app. Currently, the individual cards (or listings) within the Apple Maps application are illustrated with Yelp’s images, as seen in the screenshot above.</p>
<p>In order to reduce its reliance on Yelp, Apple wants to replace photos taken by amateur reviewers with its own pictures of storefronts. Replacing Yelp’s images with ones snapped from vans is a long-term initiative planned for a gradual rollout, rather than one that will happen all at once. It is unclear if Apple is still on track to begin the transition with iOS 9, but it appears likely to begin within the next year at the latest.</p>
<p>Apple initially launched its van project to verify, plus add to, its work on an in-house, next-generation Maps geography database and to take still photos of storefronts, but sources say that the photos can be stitched together for other purposes, such as for the aforementioned 3D Street View feature.</p>
<p>Earlier this month, we <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...ping/">revealedApple’s plans to launch a robust mass-transit directions service</a> for iOS 9, along with details on Apple’s plans for new <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/27/apples-proactive-to-take-on-google-now-with-deep-ios-9-search-augmented-reality-maps-siri-api/">Augmented Reality and Browse Around Me features for the iPhone and iPad Maps</a> applications. As Apple uses similar features for its Maps app on OS X, the company is likely to integrate data from its next projects on the Mac as well over the course of the next few years.</p>
<p>For iOS 9, Apple is also working on a <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2...-font/">tweakeduser-interface with a new typeface</a>, a <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/20/apples-planned-ios-9-home-app-uses-virtual-rooms-to-manage-homekit-accessories/">Home app to control HomeKit devices</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/21/future-of-ipad-dual-app-viewing-mode-then-j99-ipad-pro-multi-user-support/">split screen apps for the iPad</a>, a <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/27/apples-proactive-to-take-on-google-now-with-deep-ios-9-search-augmented-reality-maps-siri-api/">Google Now-competitor</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/26/ios-9-supports-iphone-6s-force-touch-may-enhance-imessage-keyboard-apple-pay/">Force Touch support, iMessage improvements, a new keyboard</a>, and an overall focus on <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/22/ios-9-os-x-10-11-to-bring-quality-focus-smaller-apps-rootless-security-legacy-iphoneipad-support/">quality, security, and stability</a>. Apple is working on similar stability enhancements for OS X 10.11, in addition to new features such as <a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/22/ios-9-os-x-10-11-to-bring-quality-focus-smaller-apps-rootless-security-legacy-iphoneipad-support/">Control Center</a>. Apple’s WWDC keynote takes place on Monday, June 8th.</p><br />Filed under: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/'>AAPL Company</a> Tagged: <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/acquisitions/'>Acquisitions</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple/'>Apple</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/base-map/'>Base Map</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/bing/'>Bing</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/broadmap/'>BroadMap</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/craig-federighi/'>craig federighi</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/data/'>Data</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/eddy-cue/'>Eddy Cue</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/google-maps/'>Google Maps</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/infrastructure/'>Infrastructure</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/ios-9/'>iOS 9</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/maps/'>maps</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/nokia-here/'>Nokia HERE</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/overhaul/'>Overhaul</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/partners/'>partners</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/patrice-gautier/'>Patrice Gautier</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/street-view/'>Street View</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/tomtom/'>TomTom</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/yahoo/'>Yahoo</a>, <a href='http://9to5mac.com/tag/yelp/'>Yelp</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381833/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381833/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381833/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381833/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381833/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381833/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381833/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381833/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381833/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381833/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381833/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381833/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381833/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/9to5mac.wordpress.com/381833/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="http://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=9to5mac.com&blog=22754319&post=381833&subd=9to5mac&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1" /><p>For more news on <a href="http://9to5mac.com/category/aapl-company/">AAPL Company</a>, <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/apple/">Apple</a>, and <a href="http://9to5mac.com/tag/maps/">maps</a> continue reading at <a href="http://9to5mac.com">9to5Mac</a>.</p><p>What do you think? <strong><a href="http://9to5mac.com/2015/05/29/mystery-solved-apple-vans-gathering-next-gen-maps-data-grabbing-street-view-storefronts-3d-images/#comments">Discuss "Mystery solved: Apple vans gathering next-gen Maps data, grabbing Street View storefronts + 3D&nbsp;images" with our community.</a></strong></p>

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iOS Text Bug Begins to Affect Twitter and Snapchat Apps [...

Today, 01:26 PM

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The iOS bug that was <a href="http://www.macrumors...>discovered</a>earlier in the week and causes an iPhone to crash after receiving a specific string of symbols and characters, today expanded to both the Twitter and Snapchat iOS apps (via <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/29/iphone-text-crash-bug-twitter-snapchat"><em>The Guardian</em></a>). The bug not only crashes an iPhone, but causes the Messages app to repeatedly crash after being opened to anything other than the conversation in which the string of characters was located in. <br/> <br/> <img src="http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2015/05/messagescrashingbug-800x632.jpg" alt="messagescrashingbug" width="800" height="632" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-451981" /> <br/> Although the issue was known to be routed in banner notifications when it was discovered, thus opening a wide range of apps that could be hit by the malicious text, today's news confirms that third-party apps can successfully transfer the bug. In Twitter, any direct message or public mention that includes the string of characters will cause a recipient's phone, with notifications turned on for Twitter, to crash immediately. A similar situation occurs when sending text chat via the Snapchat app, permanently crashing an iPhone when the user goes to read the message. <br/> <br/> As noted in the original story, and just last night <a href="http://www.macrumors.com/2015/05/28/apple-temporary-text-bug-fix/">confirmed by Apple</a>, a temporary fix for the bug remains in place in which a user can use Siri to reply to the malicious message thread in order to prevent Messages from crashing every time it is opened. The company promises that they "will make a fix available in a software update," but a time frame for any such fix wasn't given. Given that third-party apps are now becoming affected without as clear of an easy fix, Apple will probably try to put that update out as soon as possible before more permanent damage befalls any users.<img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/35070/f/648326/s/46c21d72/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228858308884/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46c21d72/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228858308884/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46c21d72/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228858308884/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46c21d72/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228858308884/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46c21d72/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228858308884/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46c21d72/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228858308884/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46c21d72/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228858308884/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46c21d72/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228858308884/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46c21d72/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/228858308884/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46c21d72/sc/28/ach.htm"><img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/228858308884/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46c21d72/sc/28/ach.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/228858308884/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46c21d72/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/228858308884/u/49/f/648326/c/35070/s/46c21d72/sc/28/a2t2.img" border="0"/><div class="feedflare">
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Today, 04:03 PM

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
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Apple Continues to Provide Top-Rated Tech Support on Stre...

Today, 03:38 PM

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Apple had the highest overall customer satisfaction for tech support among more than 3,200 computer owners surveyed by Consumer Reports, unsurprising given the company has been top-rated for tech support since the not-for-profit organization first surveyed customers about the topic in 2007. Apple has also routinely topped multiple J.D. Power and Associates studies for customer satisfaction over the past decade.

Apple earned high marks for the Genius Bar located at the back of most Apple retail stores, where customers can book an appointment to receive face-to-face technical support and troubleshooting for iPhone, iPad, Mac and several other Apple products and services. Consumer Reports praises the Genius Bar's free lifetime support as a differentiating factor over similar services, which generally require paying for help.

Windows-based PC makers did not receive the same accolades for tech support among survey participants:

"The help desks at Windows PC companies often didn’t live up to that name. For four of the six PC brands in the survey, tech support solved only half of the problems consumers brought to them. Even the best of them—Lenovo and Dell—came through just 61 percent of the time."

Consumer Reports found that most Windows-based PC users were most satisfied by phoning tech support rather than seeking online help through web, chat or email support. Best Buy's Geek Squad and Staples' EasyTech services were found to be a step behind the Genius Bar, given that Apple serves as both the retailer and manufacturer and is subsequently more knowledgable about its own products and support information.

Apple provides 90 days of complimentary phone and online chat support that can be extended for up to two years with an AppleCare+ Protection Plan for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV and other products. AppleCare+ also protects against up to two incidents of accidental damage with an applicable service charge, such as a cracked screen from dropping the device or water damage.mf.gif


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Todoist brings its task management app to the Apple Watch

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<p>Apple may not have included its Reminders app on Watch OS, but Todoist is bringing its own to-do list app to the Apple Watch. Included in the latest update to the iPhone version, Todoist for Apple Watch lets you sort through your tasks and projects, respond to alerts, and even create new assignments.<span id="more-382113"></span><div class="inlinead"><a href="http://rss.buysellad...5&c=1166990453"target="_blank"><img src="http://rss.buysellads.com/img.php?z=1288305&k=0d0633b70e3c2bda246a715efcc79f88&a=1432920285&c=1166990453" border="0" alt="" /></a></div></p>
<p>Todoist for Apple Watch also features a glance so you can quickly see the next step in a project just by raising your wrist and swiping up from the watch face. You can make new entries by pressing firmly within the app, then using voice commands and natural language input in Todoist.</p>
<p>For just working off of Todoist for Apple Watch, the task manager presents your inbox for random tasks, your today view for what you want to accomplish now, your projects list for the bigger picture of what you need to get done, and filters for sorting through items. Todoist Premium users can access labels from the Apple Watch app as well.</p>

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<p>In addition to including a complete Apple Watch app, Todoist version 10.1 also adds a new widget and extension for the iPhone and iPad:</p>
<p><em>Today Widget: While not much has changed on the surface, we did a ton of behind-the-scenes work to make the Today Widget faster, smoother, and more reliable. We think it’s going to make a huge difference when you want to manage your tasks quickly without having to launch the app.</em></p>
<p><em>Share Extension: Our Share extension allows you to save pretty much any item from any of your iOS apps in Todoist. For this update, we completely rebuilt the UI to make it faster and much more pleasant to capture tasks from anywhere on your iPhone or iPad. We also added in our intelligent new date parser so you can add even your most complex recurring due dates right from the Share extension screen. </em></p>
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Consumer Reports survey ranks Apple top for tech support...

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If you want quality, reliable tech support for your computer, get a Mac. That’s according to the results of a new Consumer Reports survey that ranked Apple top among PC manufacturers for technical support post-purchase for the ninth year running…
Of the 3,200 participants that took part in the survey, Consumer Reports notes that “Mac users gave Apple’s phone and online support glowing reviews, and four out of five said tech support was able to resolve their problem.” That’s compared to “a 50-50 chance that a manufacturer’s tech support will do the trick” among the Windows PC manufactures included in the survey.
Apple has been at the top of the list since Consumer Reports first started surveying consumers about tech support in 2007, “even though Apple provides just 90 days of free phone and online tech support, compared with one year for most Windows PC companies.”

The help desks at Windows PC companies often didn’t live up to that name. For four of the six PC brands in the survey, tech support solved only half of the problems consumers brought to them. Even the best of them—Lenovo and Dell—came through just 61 percent of the time.

Apple does, however, offer a year warranty on hardware for its products and the option to extend support through AppleCare for around the same price most other retailers charge for a single appointment just to diagnose the issue.
And not surprisingly, results for the Apple Stores were just as impressive:

Users who went to a walk-in retail store for help were generally pretty happy, whether they had a PC or a Mac. The Genius Bars in Apple stores were among the best-rated options, and independent shops were rated pretty much even with Apple. Best Buy’s Geek Squad and Staples’ EasyTech were a step behind Apple and the independents but did a decent job… There’s one huge difference among them: The Genius Bars in Apple retail stores offer free lifetime support. With the other services, you generally have to pay for help. Prices vary greatly depending on the service you need and by retailer, so get an estimate before you commit.

Consumer Reports has more stats from the survey on its website.
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Apple has published its official workaround for Messages bug

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If you’ve been online or, frankly, any school or office over the past week, chances are you’ve heard about the iOS bug which lets users send a string of text via messages to another iPhone owner which causes their Messages app<span class="ellipsis">…</span><div class="read-more"><a href="http://www.cultofmac...ages-bug/">Readmore ›</a></div><img width='1' height='1' src='http://cultofmac.com.feedsportal.com/c/33797/f/606249/s/46c1cc87/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228767833602/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c1cc87/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228767833602/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c1cc87/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228767833602/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c1cc87/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228767833602/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c1cc87/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228767833602/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c1cc87/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228767833602/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c1cc87/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228767833602/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c1cc87/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/228767833602/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c1cc87/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/228767833602/u/3/f/606249/c/33797/s/46c1cc87/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/>

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