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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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Genius Bars will begin servicing Beats headphones Tuesday

Beats will be serviced by Genius Bars starting on Tuesday. Photo: Beats

Beats will be serviced by Genius Bars starting on Tuesday. Photo: Beats

Ever since Apple bought Beats for $3 billion back in May, Cupertino has slowly but surely been integrating the headphone maker’s products and services into the official Apple portfolio. It’s added Beats Music to the Apple TV, officially listed it as an Apple app on the App Store, and rolled out a Beats by Dre section at Apple Stores.

Now it looks like Beats by Dre headphones will officially be an Apple product in the biggest way that counts: You’ll soon be able to get them repaired or replaced at your local Genius Bar.

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The best Gameboy Advance emulator for iOS is back, no jailbreak required

GBA4iOS is back, and works on iOS 8.1, no jailbreak required. Photo: Cult of Mac

GBA4iOS is back, and works on iOS 8.1, no jailbreak required. Photo: Cult of Mac

Although it’s never been in either Apple or Nintendo’s graces, GBA4iOS has long been one of our favorite apps on iOS. An excellent Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance emulator for the iPhone and iPad, GBA4iOS was long available to install on iOS 7 and above, no jailbreak required.

That all changed with iOS 8.1, though. To install itself without going through the App Store, GBA4iOS required users to set back their date by at least one day, but Apple patched it out. It was a huge bummer, but guess what? GBA4iOS is back, it works on iOS 8.1, and there’s still no jailbreak required!

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iOS is twice as memory-efficient as Android. Here’s why.

Here's why the iPhone 6 can do with less RAM (outlined in red) than Android phones. Photo: iFixIt

Here’s why the iPhone 6 can do with less RAM (outlined in red) than Android phones. Photo: iFixIt

When the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were announced, many Android fans laughed at the “pitiful” 1GB of RAM of Apple’s flagship smartphone, when Android flagships tended to ship with 2GB and sometimes more.

But specs don’t always — or even most of the time — tell the whole story. As it turns out, an iPhone 6 with 1GB of RAM runs much faster than a similarly specced Android smartphone with 2GB of RAM. And it all has to do with the fundamental difference in the way iOS and Android handle apps.

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Steve Jobs’ daughter Lisa will be ‘heroine’ of Aaron Sorkin’s biopic

This isn't the Lisa that will be the heroine of Aaron Sorkin's new Steve Jobs biopic. Photo: Matthew Pearce / Flickr (CC)

This isn’t the Lisa that will be the heroine of Aaron Sorkin’s new Steve Jobs biopic. Photo: Matthew Pearce/Flickr CC

Between Pirates of Silicon Valley and Jobs, there have already been two Steve Jobs biopics. How is Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming joint going to be able to differentiate itself from them? Apparently, by casting Steve Jobs’ estranged daughter as the film’s protagonist.

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This Google Map tracks Apple Stores that will replace your bent iPhone 6

Tracking Apple Stores that replace bent iPhone 6s. Photo: Cult of Mac

Tracking Apple Stores that replace bent iPhone 6s. Photo: Cult of Mac

Although many — including Apple — would argue that Bendgate is overblown, and the iPhone 6 is no more prone to bending when treated right than any other smartphone, there’s a small but vocal minority that disagrees. If you’re one of them, there’s now a resource to track Apple Stores that will be sympathetic to your plight.

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Sprint is now offering the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 starting at just $17 per month

 Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Do you want a new iPad Air or iPad mini, but can’t afford $399 or $499 to start? Well, thanks to Sprint, you can now lease an iPad Mini 3 starting at just $17.00 a month, or iPad Air 2 for just $20.

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Miss T9 texting on your iPhone? There’s an app for that

Photo: Text 9

Photo: Text 9

For us old farts, T9 texting still has a sort of nostalgic allure. Now a new iPhone keyboard allows you to text message your friends like it’s 1999 all over again.

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Next year, your iPhone 6 could become an augmented-reality Polaroid

Next year, your iPhone could become a Polaroid camera. Photo: Prynt

Next year, your iPhone could become a Polaroid camera. Photo: Prynt

These days, the closest most iPhone owners come to experiencing what it’s like to take a picture on a Polaroid instant camera is loading up the Instagram app. But a new startup is hoping to bring a built-in instant printer to your iPhone by way of a Polaroid style case, with a little dash of augmented reality on top

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iOS 8.1.1 may arrive as early as today

iOS 8.1.1 is imminent. Photo: Cult of Mac

iOS 8.1.1 is imminent. Photo: Cult of Mac

Thanks to Pangu, we have all been able to jailbreak our iPhone 6’s far earlier than most of us thought possible. Unfortunately, though, Apple has been moving to close the loophole that makes the iOS 8 jailbreak possible with the iOS 8.1.1 beta, which is currently snaking through developer channels. When it arrives, poof, no more jailbreak.

Unfortunately, it seems like the iOS 8.1.1 update could arrive soon, perhaps as early as today. Better jailbreak now, people

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Apple Pay already fuels 1 percent of all Whole Foods transactions

Photo: Apple

Photo: Apple

How big of a success is Apple Pay? Just three weeks after its launch, Apple’s mobile payment system is already a player at Whole Foods, where it represents almost 1 percent of all transactions.

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