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John BrownleeJohn 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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Downgrading iOS to previous versions might be a possibility again very soon

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TinyUmbrella is back. Photo: Adam/Flickr CC

Back in the good old days of jailbreaking, your first step before upgrading to the latest version of iOS was to plug your device into an app called TinyUmbrella and save your SHSH blobs.

What are blobs? Simply put, saving your blobs gave jailbreakers the possibility of downgrading their devices to a previous version of iOS. Unfortunately, with iOS 5, Apple caught up with the way jailbreakers were using blobs, making TinyUmbrella virtually useless.

Now that’s changed. Three years later, it finally appears that the blobby wind is blowing in the opposite direction, and a new TinyUmbrella beta has been released that once more allows jailbreakers to save their SHSH blobs.

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Want to live above an Apple Store? Now you can.

A beautiful two-bedroom apartment, right above the Brisbane Apple Store. Photo: Gary Allen

A beautiful two-bedroom apartment, right above the Brisbane Apple Store. Photo: Gary Allen

How much do you love the Apple Store? Enough to drop $495,000 to buy an apartment right above one? Then boy, do we have the right real estate deal for you.

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How the Apple Watch is made

If you care at all about how Apple makes things (and you should, because the care Jony Ive brings to Apple's products is one we should all be trying to emulate in our personal lives), you owe it to yourself to spend the weekend reading this post. Photo: Apple

Apple put an unbelievable amount of care into crafting its smartwatch. Photo: Apple

No Apple fan is oblivious to the huge amount of science, technique, expertise and care that Apple puts into every product. Apple doesn’t design its products the way it does because it has to, but because it is compelled on a profoundly spiritual level to do so.

For the Apple Watch, Apple has taken that care to the next level. And if you want to see just how much artistry, skill, craft and passion has gone into creating the latest revolutionary Apple product, there’s no better way to spend the weekend than reading about the behind-the-scenes manufacturing process of the Apple Watch.

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Amazon 1-Click shopping is coming to your Apple Watch

Amazon, coming soon to your Apple Watch. Photo: Techcrunch

Amazon, coming soon to your Apple Watch. Photo: TechCrunch

Amazon is in the business of making it as easy as possible to spend money in their online store. It should surprise no one, then, that Amazon is already developing an Apple Watch app, which will let customers search for products and purchase them with a single click, all from a user’s wrist.

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It turns out Apple invented USB-C

USB-C might be another Apple invention after all. Photo: Apple

USB-C might be another Apple invention after all. Photo: Apple

If it seems weird to you that Apple abandoned Thunderbolt, its all-in-one connector created just a few years back, in favor of USB-C for the new MacBook, you’re not the only one. It is weird. But there might be a more straightforward explanation for that than you think: According to a new rumor, Apple effectively invented USB-C.

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This is what the Dow would have looked like if Apple joined in 2008

This is what the Dow would look like if Apple had joined in 2008. Photo: Bloomberg

This is what the Dow would look like if Apple had joined in 2008. Photo: Bloomberg

The Dow Jones Industrial Average measures the strength of American industry based upon how 30 large, publicly owned companies in the United States have traded in the stock markets. Companies come in and out the Dow periodically, according to whether their fortunes are waxing or waning.

When Apple joins the Dow Jones Industrial Average next week — replacing AT&T, which has been on the index since 1916 — the Dow will be at a historic high (assuming nothing catastrophic happens between now and then). But if Apple had joined the Dow in 2008, that value would be even more historic. It would have added more than 4,300 points to the Dow.

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Apple Watch kicks Nike+ Fuelband and Jawbone Up out of Apple Stores

The Apple Watch has kicked Nike and Jawbone off the Apple Store. Photo: Nike

The Apple Watch has kicked Nike and Jawbone off the Apple Store. Photo: Nike

The Apple Watch is coming, and this means it’s time for Apple to put all the crappier fitness bands it’s been selling all these years into the airlock and flush them into deep space.

No surprise, then, that Apple’s retail stores are no longer selling the Jawbone UP and the Nike+ Fuelband.

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Derek Zoolander stole this dude’s iPhone at Paris Fashion Week

Derek Zoolander stole this dude’s iPhone at Paris Fashion Week

Derek Zoolander — the male model played by Ben Stiller who first appeared as a gag character in 1996’s VH1 Fashion Awards, and who later went on to star in 2001’s cult classic film — made a surprise appearance yesterday on a catwalk at Paris Fashion Week, where he stole some dude’s iPhone, then flashed Blue Steel all over Vine.

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How Apple is changing America’s malls forever

Apple Stores are the new department stores. Photo: Foster + Partners

Apple Stores are the new department stores. Photo: Foster + Partners

I haven’t been to a mall in ages, except to go to an Apple Store. Turns out I’m not alone. Apple Stores have replaced the department stores of yore as the main driver of mall traffic.

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The iPhone 6s will have Force Touch, come in pink

The iPhone 6s could be pink... but not this pink. Photo: Apple

The iPhone 6s could be pink… but not this pink. Photo: Apple

The Apple Watch’s Force Touch technology and rose gold finish might not stay exclusive to the smartwatch for long.

A new report from The Wall Street Journal says that when the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus come around, they’ll have Force Touch screens, and come in pink gold.

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