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Apple China Factory Conditions Response

Apple’s response to the BBC’s sweatshop labor report is completely tone deaf

By about 7 hours ago.

Apple’s response to the BBC’s sweatshop labor report is completely tone deaf

Apple is a terrific company in many ways but it often does not handle criticism all that well. Although there have been times when Apple has shown a commendable willingness to own up to its mistakes — Tim Cook’s apology for the Apple Maps fiasco is one example — just as often it will get overly defensive and will insist, despite evidence to the contrary, that it hasn’t made any mistakes. Recall the company’s initial response to “Antennagate,” in which it told customers that they were holding their phones the wrong way, to get an idea of what I’m talking about. More →

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Apple China Factory Conditions

New report slams Apple for ‘broken promises’ on sweatshop labor

By about 11 hours ago.

New report slams Apple for ‘broken promises’ on sweatshop labor

Believe it or not, there might be worse things Apple does than giving you a free U2 album. A major new report from BBC Panorama has exposed some of the brutal working conditions in factories run by Apple supplier Pegatron. Panorama got two undercover reporters jobs at a Pegatron facility and they found almost immediately after they started working there that the facility was not following Apple’s protocols for fair labor practices. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now

7 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now

By about 12 hours ago.

It’s the end of another long week, and we’re also now less than a week away from Christmas. Stress has undoubtedly washed over you as you rush to finish up your last-minute holiday shopping, but perhaps an awesome deal on paid iPhone and iPad apps will help you calm down for a moment. There’s no better deal than getting something that normally costs money for free, and we showed you eight paid iOS apps that were all made free yesterday (a few are still free if you hurry). Today, we’ve got seven more cool apps and you won’t pay a dime for any of them if you’re quick. More →

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Canada vs. Apple: iPhone

Canada is investigating Apple over possible shady dealings with carriers

By on December 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Canada is investigating Apple over possible shady dealings with carriers

The Canadian Competition Bureau wants to have a closer look at Apple’s contracts with local carriers, as it’s interested in whether or not they contain any special clauses that might harm competition in the region. Reuters reports that the Federal Court of Canada on Wednesday agreed to order Apple to turn over all such documents to the Competition Bureau. More →

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How To Fix Cracked iPad Screen

How to fix a cracked iPad Air 2 screen yourself in 10 minutes

By on December 18, 2014 at 4:20 PM.

How to fix a cracked iPad Air 2 screen yourself in 10 minutes

There are few things that are more heartbreaking to a gadget fan than a cracked smartphone screen. Gorilla Glass is incredibly strong, but it may never be strong enough to survive some of the nasty spills that smartphones often take. If there is one thing that’s even sadder than a cracked smartphone screen though, it’s probably a cracked tablet screen. For some reason, the larger scale makes it that much more heartbreaking.

If you have Apple’s iPad Air 2 and it recently became the victim of an unfortunate accident, you’ll need so cough up some serious money to get it fixed or replace it. If you’re handy, however, and you can manage to source parts at a decent price, you can save some money by fixing your iPad yourself in about 10 minutes. More →

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Tim Cook Memo

Here’s the full internal memo that Tim Cook sent to Apple employees for the holidays

By on December 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM.

Here’s the full internal memo that Tim Cook sent to Apple employees for the holidays

Apple certainly has a lot to be thankful for this year. The company’s stock is up 39% year to date, its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus represent the biggest smartphone launch in history, and Apple is still the most valuable technology company in history. It takes the hard work of tens of thousands of people to achieve such staggering success, of course, and CEO Tim Cook took a moment earlier this week to thank them all ahead of the holidays. More →

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BGR-iPhone-6-top

Apple just released iOS 8.2 beta 3

By on December 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM.

Apple just released iOS 8.2 beta 3

If you’re a developer — or one of the tens of thousands of non-developers with an iOS developer account — we have some good news for you: Apple just released a new version of its iOS software. iOS 8.2 beta 3 is now available as an over-the-air (OTA) download for users with compatible devices. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $41!)

8 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free for a limited time (save $41!)

By on December 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

Yesterday’s post included a huge list of 10 paid iPhone and iPad apps that were all on sale for free for a limited time — and if you hurry, you can still download several of them for free. Today is a new day, however, and we have a fresh list of eight more apps that are regularly worth $41 all together, but each and every one of them is now a free download for a limited time. Want them all? You’d better hurry because these sales could be over at any minute. More →

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Apple Pay European Launch

Apple Pay marches toward the future with big new launch

By on December 18, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

Apple Pay marches toward the future with big new launch

After launching it in the U.S. as a limited iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature — as it needs certain hardware components to work — Apple Pay has quickly become a success product for the company, surpassing in popularity similar mobile payments solutions that have been available to some smartphone users for years. Unsurprisingly, Apple doesn’t want to limit Apple Pay support to iPhone 6 units sold in the U.S., and the company plans to expand to more regions of the world, including Europe, according to a job listing found by iClarified. More →

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How To Use Apple Pay

The most comprehensive guide you’ll find to using Apple Pay

By on December 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM.

The most comprehensive guide you’ll find to using Apple Pay

Apple Pay is the future. You can fight it all you want, but as we have discussed several times here on BGR in the past, services like Apple Pay will be the primary means of transactions in the United States at some point in the future. It will be a while until they truly proliferate, as we said when covering a cool new smart card called Coin, but these services will proliferate.

As fantastic a job as Apple did making its mobile payment solution as easy as possible to use, there are still some things that won’t be obvious to every iPhone owner out there. But don’t worry — we’ve found the most comprehensive guide on the planet to using Apple Pay, and it has everything you need to know. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

10 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now

10 awesome paid iPhone apps that are free downloads right now

By on December 17, 2014 at 11:04 AM.

This has been a great week for paid iPhone and iPad apps that have gone on sale for free, and with Christmas right around the corner, we all need to save as much money as possible right now. Tuesday’s list included eight nifty iOS apps on sale — and you can still grab some for free if you hurry — and now we’re back with another 10 paid apps that are all free for a limited time. More →

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Best iPhone 6 Wallpapers

81 stunning iPhone 6 wallpapers you can download for free

81 stunning iPhone 6 wallpapers you can download for free

By on December 17, 2014 at 10:39 AM.

Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus might not pack as many pixels on their displays as the quad HD screens on smartphones like the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but there’s absolutely no question that in terms of display quality, the iPhones are two of the best in the business. The screens are bright and clear, and colors are far more bold and vivid than they are on most other smartphone displays.

So an important issue arises: How do you find beautiful high-resolution wallpapers that make the most of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’ stunning screens?

That’s where we come in. More →

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