Quick tip: How to translate words in iOS with a single tap

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Translate any word with a tap on iOS.
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The Look Up feature in iOS, which lets you tap on a word and look it up in the dictionary, the web, Wikipedia, and more, is one of the most useful things about reading on an iPhone or iPad. But did you know that you can also add new dictionaries, including translation dictionaries for foreign languages? That’s right. You can look up words in all kinds of other languages and translate them into English, or vice versa.

Apple begins testing 5G data speeds for iPhone

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The iPhone is set to get a major speed upgrade.
The iPhone is set to get a major speed upgrade.
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Insanely fast mobile data speeds could be coming soon to Apple’s iPhone lineup, based on a new filing with the FCC that reveals the company has begun testing 5G network technology.

Apple recently applied for an experimental license to use new wireless technology called “millimeter wave.” The FCC approved Apple’s permit today and revealed some details about the project by making the company’s application public.

How to use Text Replacement to avoid typing the words you hate

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Text Replacements are easy to set up, and save a ton of time and hassle. You can even use them with emoji.
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What if you could type out any of your email addresses just by tapping on the same key a few times? Or do Google searches over and over on a favorite website just as easily? What about easily typing that special symbol that’s so hard to reach on the iOS keyboard that you usually never bother? All this, and more, can be yours, if only you’ll spend a minute or two setting up some text replacement shortcuts. Let’s do it right now.

Verizon CEO reveals plan to launch TV streaming service

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Verizon has a massive platform for video content.
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Once Verizon’s acquisition of Yahoo finally gets completed this summer, a new TV streaming service could roll out to customers shortly after.

The news that Verizon is planning to enter the highly competitive streaming TV market was revealed today by the company’s CEO Lowell McAdam, who says the platform will be a great place to test out an over-the-top service.

Before your Lightning cables fray, get some backup [Deals]

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With these three extra long, Apple certified cables, you'll be covered for when your Lightning cable inevitably frays or breaks.
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We rely on our Lightning cables to keep our iDevices charged and synced. Unfortunately, these soft white cables are pretty prone to fraying and breaking. With something so essential to our digital lifestyles, it’s important to have backup. And, while we’re at it, why not add a little reach? Right now you can get all of the above, when you get a triple pack of MFi-certified, 10-foot long Lightning cables for just $20 at Cult of Mac Deals.

Microsoft takes aim at iPad with new Surface Pro

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The Surface Pro looks slick.
The Surface Pro looks slick.
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The iPad Pro is getting some fresh competition from Microsoft after the company just took the wraps off its newest tablet, the Surface Pro.

It’s been over 16 months since Microsoft’s would-be iPad-killer was last updated. Although its the 5th version of Microsoft’s tablet, this go around the company decided to ditch the number suffixes and pack the Surface Pro with more features than ever before.

DevMate and Paddle join forces for all-in-one software platform

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It's going to be easier than ever to sell your software online.
It's going to be easier than ever to sell your software online.
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DevMate and Paddle are joining forces to provide macOS developers with a single platform for building, managing, licensing and selling their software online.

The merger will combine the capabilities and expertise of both businesses for a unique, “next-generation platform” that hopes to make life easier for software creators.

National security requests for Apple user data doubled in last half of 2016

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Apple has shared the number of user data requests it received last year.
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National security requests for user data from Apple doubled in the second half of 2016, compared to the first six months, Apple’s newly-published biannual transparency report reveals.

Apple received somewhere between 5,750 and 5,999 orders during the July-December period of last year, compared to the 2,750 and 2,999 requests it was handed in the January-June period. This represents the highest total count in the 3.5 years since Apple first began releasing this information in a six-monthly report.

America’s favorite iPhone will surprise you

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Customers love the iPhone SE.
Customers love the iPhone SE.
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Despite the demand for larger, sharper smartphone displays, iPhone SE has beaten out all other smartphones to top the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).

Just two of Apple’s devices placed in the top five, and with a score of 87 out of 100, iPhone SE took the number one spot ahead of iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy S7 series.