Epic makes big promises for Fortnite on mobile, but one thing’s missing

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Fortnite mobile will see huge improvements this summer.
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Epic Games is preparing a number of big features for Fortnite Battle Royale on mobile.

In its “State of Mobile” update published today, the company promises voice chat and statistics are coming this summer — along with Android support. But one key feature, which we’ve all been patiently waiting for, is missing from its list.

iPad robot helps hospitalized girl graduate with classmates

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iPad robot helps teen attend her high school graduation.
An iPad graduated from high school... no wait, a high school girl graduated via iPad.
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When a high school girl couldn’t attend her high school graduation, a iPad-based robot allowed her to virtually collect her diploma.

Cynthia Pettway was hospitalized last week, but the iPad on wheels filled in for her, even wearing a graduation cap and gown.

Sell us your used Apple accessories: Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard and AirPods

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Sell your Apple accessories to us! The Cult of Mac buyback program will buy your used Apple Pencil, AirPods and Smart Keyboard.
Sell your Apple accessories to us!
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The Cult of Mac buyback program just got bigger and better than ever: Now we pay cash for your used Apple accessories, including Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard and AirPods.

Although we are huge fans of all three of these accessories, we won’t judge you if you decide to unload them. And we promise to make it as easy as possible if you’ve decided it’s time to sell used Apple accessories.

Apple website celebrates accessibility for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

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The many ways in which Apple devices improve accessibility.
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The Apple website has today been updated to highlight the accessibility features of iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and more. The change is in celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a yearly event that promotes digital access and inclusion for those with different disabilities.

Microsoft will take on the iPad with a low-cost Surface tablet

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Microsoft’s next Surface tablet wants to make difficult for iPad.
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Microsoft plans to take on Apple’s popular 9.7-inch iPad with a low-cost Surface tablet, according to a new report.

The device, which will be powered by Intel processors and priced at around $400, is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2018. It will be accompanied by more affordable versions of Microsoft’s keyboard cover, mouse, and Surface Pen.

Google News lands on iOS with sleek new interface

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Grab the new Google News app while it's hot.
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Apple News is getting some fresh competition today from it’s biggest rival in Silicon Valley today.

Google launched its new Google News app this afternoon that was revealed at Google I/O last week. The updated app brings an all-new UI that’s supposed to give you a faster, smarter briefing on the top news stories going on right now.

YouTube bingers can now set ‘take a break’ reminders

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Is it time you took a break from YouTube?
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Hello, my name is Killian and I’m a YouTube addict.

I know I’m not the only one. There’s a large number of us out there. But now we have help. YouTube’s new “take a break” reminders let you know when it’s time to put down your phone and experience life outside of videos.

Here’s how you use them.