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How to turn off predictive text in iOS 8

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Apple calls its iOS 8 keyboard the “smartest ever.” As you type, you’ll see words and phrases pop up that “you’d probably type next, based on your past conversations and writing style.”

Clever as this QuickType feature may be, it can be annoying if the suggestions aren’t actually what you were going to type next, and you need to keep deleting words.

If your iPhone‘s predictive text options drive you crazy, it’s extremely easy to shut them up. Whether you’re looking for a temporary fix or a long-term solution, we show you how to get rid of the options below Read more…

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TC AppleCast 6: Apple Invites Us All To Watch The Watch

TC-applecast16-9 This week Apple dropped an invite to a special event on March 9, and everyone forgot Mobile World Congress was even happening. The event will likely focus on the Apple Watch, which is set for an April retail debut, and which Apple has been talking about since it unveiled the wearable wrist computer back at its iPhone event last September. We’re expecting to get firm details on store… Read More

Visa Announces Acquisition Of TrialPay To Expand Its Offers Platform

logo-trialpay Visa announced today that it’s planning to acquire Mountain View-based TrialPay, an e-commerce payment platform which sits in between payments and advertising, providing consumers with an alternative way to pay for items by agreeing to take advantage of another merchant’s offer. For example, in mobile applications, TrialPay allows gamers to unlock premium content by agreeing to… Read More

Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Could Replace Your Car Keys, And That’s Just The Start

0910_apple-iwatch_2000x1125-1940x1091 Apple CEO Tim Cook is doing a tour in part to help prepare the world for the launch of the Apple Watch, which is likely going to be the start of the show at a special even on Monday March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. He spoke to The Telegraph about the company’s first smart wearable, and in that interview he talked about what will motivate a purchase decision for the… Read More

Vimeo Finally Adds Chromecast Support Via Its iOS App

vimeo Streaming video service Vimeo now works with Chromecast the company announced this morning, making it one of the more high-profile services to support Google’s dongle-based media player which plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and allows you to “cast” video, photos, music and more from your phone or computer to your television’s big screen. The Vimeo integration is… Read More

YC-Backed YesGraph Raises A Million To Build A Better Referral System For Mobile Apps

cockpit When launching a new consumer application, especially those in the social space, many developers today rely on an invite mechanism that has the app’s initial user base reaching out and recommending the app to their friends. But today, these invite systems are often fairly basic – they connect to a phone’s address book and then force the user to sift through their hundreds… Read More

Boostcase For iPhone 6 Review: Modular Power Helps Save Face

IMG_8362 The iPhone 6 charging cases are arriving, and Boostcase has returned with its modular design, offering additional battery life when you want it, and a slim protective shell when you don’t. It’s a clever take on the usual static bulky mass, and it does what it promises to, extending your device’s battery life by a non-trivial amount for those times when you need your smartphone… Read More

Ericsson Sues Apple Over Patent Licensing, Seeks To Block iPhone And iPad Sales

ericsson-hq-08 Ericsson, the pioneering wireless technology company that holds many patents related to cellular network connectivity, has filed suit against Apple both with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, claiming violation of 41 patents that apply to both the iPhone and iPad. These include essential patents related to 2G and LTE tech,… Read More

Kochava Acquires InferSystems For Mobile Ad Optimization

kochava beacon Mobile analytics provider Kochava is announcing that it has acquired Toronto-based ad tech company InferSystems, and it’s using InferSystems technology to build a product called the Kochava Optimization Beacon. As explained to me by Kochava CEO Charles Manning, the new product allows company to move beyond mobile measurement into optimization. In other words, an advertiser using… Read More

New leaked photos show clearest view of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 yet

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Just days away from Mobile World Congress, and we may have gotten the clearest view yet of Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone,

Newly leaked photos, obtained by Android Central, show the front and back sides of two versions of what’s reportedly the upcoming Galaxy S6

The images show two handsets: one that looks similar to last year’s Galaxy S5 and one with a curved edge, which would be in line with earlier rumors that suggested Samsung’s next flagship would come in regular and “Edge” versions.

Notably, the curved portion of the display on the “Edge” version doesn’t have the special app menu like the Galaxy Note Edge does. Other rumors have suggested the S6 will have metal components in the body of the phone — a departure from the typical plastic frame — although it’s impossible to make out the materials from these photos. Read more…

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