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John Brownlee John Brownlee is a Contributing Editor. He has also written for Wired, Playboy, Boing Boing, Popular Mechanics, VentureBeat, and Gizmodo. He lives in Boston with his wife and two parakeets. You can follow him here on Twitter.

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Toshiba’s racist new ads star squinty-eyed Japanese tablets

Not cool, Toshiba.

Not cool, Toshiba.

We all know that Apple’s advertising is a cut above the competition, but sometimes Cupertino’s competitors stoop so low that all you can do is just shake your head in embarrassment.

That’s certainly the way I feel about Toshiba’s racist new ads. Released in Croatia, they feature a couple of slanted tablets that have been placed to look like squinty eyes, just like the way Asians have been stereotypically portrayed in Western media for centuries. Face palm!

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An iPad filled with apps weighs more than one with nothing installed

An iPad filled with apps weighs more.

An iPad filled with apps weighs more.

Which weighs more? An iPad filled with media and apps, or an iPad with no media or apps installed?

It sounds like a trick question — the digital age equivalent of “What weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of rocks?”

But surprisingly, an iPad without anything installed on it does weigh less than an iPad that is full.

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Can’t wait to buy the Apple Watch? 3-D print one at home!

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Despite complaints that the Apple Watch is just too big to appeal to women and thinner-wristed men, the Cupertino’s upcoming wearable isn’t actually that big. In fact, it’s about the same size as a Rolex.

Still not convinced that the Apple Watch will look good on your wrist? Why not print one out and see how you look wearing it?

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Don’t ‘Reset All Settings’ in iOS 8 unless you want to lose your iCloud files

You don't want to do this right now.

You don’t want to do this right now.

Here’s an important heads-up: If you keep documents in your iCloud Drive, don’t use iOS 8’s “Reset All Settings” option. It could delete files stored in the cloud.

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This comic perfectly sums up the hilarious inaccuracy of iOS 8 keyboard predictions

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Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give massages. Comic by xkcd.

One of iOS 8’s great new features is Quick Type, which scans your history for your most commonly used word combinations and suggests the word you’re most likely to use next, which can be selected with just a tap.

That said, Quick Type is hardly perfect… a fact made abaundantly clear by the latest xkcd comic, in which iOS 8 mangles famous quotes from Scarface, Wizard of Oz, Serenity, Goonies, Lord of the Rings and Goldfinger.

And you thought Damn You, Autocorrect was hilarious!

Sorry, you can no longer downgrade from iOS 8 back to iOS 7

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If you hate iOS 8 -— whether because it runs like crap on your device, you miss your jailbreak, or because it’s significantly more buggy — you’ve previously had the option to downgrade back to iOS 7.1.2 if you wanted to.

But bad news. That ship has sailed. Apple has stopped signing iOS 7.1.2, making iOS 8 the only version of iOS that can be installed on any device capable of supporting it.

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AT&T offers iPhone 6 upgraders double the data for free

AT&T is offering double data starting this weekend.

AT&T is offering double data starting this weekend.

Of all the carriers you could possibly get your iPhone 6 through, AT&T is one of the worst. But starting on Sunday, signing a new two-year contract with AT&T is going to get a little more attractive, especially if you use a lot of data: for a limited time, Ma Bell is offering double the data for Mobile Share Value Plans.

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Buy yourself a bigger thumb for using your iPhone 6 Plus one-handed

All iPhone 6 Plus owners get the blues.

All iPhone 6 Plus owners get the blues.

Before the iPhone 6, the reason Apple decided on 3.5-inch and then 4-inch displays was to allow for the entire screen to be easily within reach of your thumb when using your iPhone with a single hand. Now that the iPhone 6 starts at a massive 4.7 inches, you’re going to need a bigger thumb.

Like this one! Thanko, a Tokyo-based maker of electronic crapcessories, has just delivered unto the market its magnum opus: a soft, silicon-based “finger stylus” that extends your thumb up to 0.6 inches, helping you reach the far corners of your iPhone 6 Plus with one hand.

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Steve Ballmer will force Los Angeles Clippers to throw out their iPads

Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com

Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. No surprise, then, that our favorite sweaty iOS hater is banning iPhones and iPads on the court.

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Apple will dominate 25% of all the world’s RAM in 2015

One out of every four sticks of RAM belongs to Apple in 2015.

One out of every four sticks of RAM belongs to Apple in 2015.

Unless you’re talking about critically endangered species, using up a sizable percentage of the world’s anything is an impressive benchmark. When that’s 25 percent of the world’s RAM, though — a critical component of every smartphone, tablet and ultrabook on Earth — only Apple is capable of placing those kinds of orders.

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