Google’s iPhone keyboard gets voice dictation, more languages

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Gboard just got even better.
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Google’s awesome Gboard keyboard for iPhone finally supports voice dictation. The feature is powered by Google’s own voice recognition technology, and you can access it quickly by holding down the space bar.

This update also brings new emoji, Google Doodles, and support for 15 additional languages.

Pokémon GO players can hunt ‘festive hat’ Pikachu this month

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Pokémon turns the legal drinking age this month.
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In news that makes us feel pretty darn ancient, this month marks 21 years since the first Pokémon game launched in Japan — and Pokémon GO is getting in on the action!

As part of the #PokemonDay celebrations, starting February 26 at 1PM PST and running through the next day, Pokémon GO players will be able to hunt and capture a wild Pikachu adored with “festive party hat.”

In other words, you’d better carve out some free time if you really want to catch ’em all!

Apple slams Trump’s reversal of transgender bathroom ruling

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Apple is clashing with President Trump again.
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Apple has criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse a policy that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms according to the gender they identify as.

The controversial stance on bathroom usage was put in place by former President Barack Obama’s administration last May. At the time, it was hailed as a significant victory for transgender rights.

Today in Apple history: iTunes hits 10 billion downloads milestone

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Announcement made Apple the world's biggest music vendor.
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Feb23February 23, 2010: The iTunes Store officially passes the 10 billion music downloads mark, with the 10 billionth purchase being “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash.

The buyer of the song in question is Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia. As part of a “Countdown to 10 Billion Songs” promotion by Apple, Sulcer wins a massive $10,000 iTunes Store gift card — and receives a personal phone call from Steve Jobs for good measure!

Verizon plans to roll out 5G network in 11 cities

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5G is coming to Verizon in 2017.
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The next generation of wireless internet speed is nearly here. But only if you have a Verizon account.

The carrier said today that it plans to start rolling out its high-speed wireless 5G network in the United States during the first half of 2017, making it the first cellular network to offer the new technology.

Nearly 80% of all iOS devices now run iOS 10

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iOS 10 brought a ton of new features to iPhone.
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It’s only been five months since Apple unleashed iOS 10 on the world, but the new mobile operating system is already installed on nearly 4 out of 5 iOS devices.

Apple revealed its latest App Store stats today that show iOS 10’s install base has grown to account for 79% of all mobile Apple devices, making it one of Apple’s fastest adopted releases ever.

Go totally ballistic with these nylon Apple Watch bands [Watch Store]

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The colors pop in Nyloon’s vibrant selection of Apple Watch bands crafted from ballistic nylon.
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Breathe new life into your Apple Watch with a cool, contemporary nylon band inspired by the original NATO watch strap. Best yet, this one won’t leave you cash-dry.

Spanish company Nyloon started with the goal of making high-quality versions of the NATO straps created by the British Ministry of Defence in 1973. The result is a line of fun, versatile and easily interchangeable nylon bands that are now flying off the shelves.