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April 12, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
If smartphones could talk, they'd probably tell of how much smarter they are than their owners. We users put them through all the elements and then some. Fire, water, wind, snow, safari -- they've seen it all. Consumer electronics warranty provider SquareTrade asked owners to post on Facebook some of the trials and tribulations their phones endured. Several met their demise by car -- either sliding off the top of the car into traffic or just being dropped by overwhelmed or clumsy hands and getting run over as the car backed out. Some got dunked in a coffee bath like a biscotti at breakfast.
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BUSINESS
April 27, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Most cloud-service privacy policies address how they deal with your personal information and data about your usage, but less clear is whether they would tell you when and if law enforcement sought access to your files residing on their servers. As the virtual reality online storage wars gear up, many consumers and privacy advocates have expressed concern about the policies that will be applied to the content that they would be moving into remote servers. All of the services include a clause expressing that they will act in accordance with legal requests for data.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T has kept its unlimited-data iPhone users from making FaceTime calls over its cellular network for eight months, but that could change in just a few weeks. The Texas-based carrier on Tuesday announced it will give software and smartphone makers the ability to enable cellular video calling on apps that come preinstalled on devices, such as Apple's FaceTime feature, for unlimited-data users. AT&T said it will begin enabling cellular video calls to preinstalled apps by mid-June and will then continue to do so throughout the rest of 2013 -- so it's unclear when exactly each app will be enabled.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Vine will begin letting users register for custom website URLs, like the ones they can already get on Twitter and Facebook, on Monday. The benefit to custom URLs, which look like "vine.co/salrodriguez," is it lets users direct others toward their profiles with short and easy-to-remember links, rather than links with seemingly random numbers. Users can head to vine.co on Monday to register for their custom, or vanity, URL. To do so, users will log in with the information for their Vine account.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Hungry for doughnuts? Let Doughbot guide you to the nearest shop. Doughbot is a new app released this month for the iPhone and iPad that helps users quickly find the nearest doughnut shops in their vicinities. "Never be lost without doughnuts again. Ever," the app's description reads.  PHOTOS: Comparing the HTC One (M8), iPhone 5s, Galaxy S5 Pulling information from users' smartphone GPS, Doughbot quickly finds the closest doughnut shops. Users can see the shops in a list, scroll through them or see them all on a map -- represented by big round sprinkled doughnut icons.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Photo-sharing social network Instagram announced this week that it now has 200 million monthly active users. The milestone is an indicator for healthy user growth on the service, which Facebook purchased for $1 billion nearly two years ago. Instagram said it reached 100 million users in February 2013, so the service managed to double in about a year. VIDEO: Unboxing the Rocki music streaming device "To the 50 million of you who've joined in the last six months, welcome," Instagram said in a blog post . "We're so glad you're here.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Snapchat, the popular app known for letting users send photos that disappear after a few seconds, announced Tuesday that its users are now sending more than 150 million pictures per day. Evan Spiegel, one of the app's founders, announced the impressive tally at a mobile technology conference held by AllThingsD on Tuesday. By comparison, Snapchat said that its users were sending 20 million photos a day in October, and currently the users on Instagram, a photo-sharing social network owned by Facebook, are sending 40 million photos a day, according to the company's media page.
BUSINESS
September 26, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A number of Apple users have taken to the company's forum to complain that a new animation feature in iOS 7 is making them nauseated. When users unlock their device or when they tap to go in or out of an app in iOS 7, the operating system animates the apps flying in and out of the screen. Users are calling this "zoom animation" and many don't like it. Although the zoom animation is present in past versions of iOS, it is more intense in iOS 7. One reason for that is because, unlike before, it is now present when users open their app folders.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Instagram says it continues to see daily user growth despite a flap over its terms of service that prompted threats by some users to drop the service. The Facebook-owned social network was responding to a New York Post report that said the popular photo sharing app had lost a quarter of its daily users as a result of Instagram's controversial move to change its terms of service. The change would have allowed the social network to let companies pay to place users' photos in advertisements that would run within the Instagram app. Instagram withdrew the change after protests from Instagram users, but some users still vowed to drop the service.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Evernote, a cloud-based note-taking app, is the latest company to fall victim to hackers, and as a result, it asked its 50 million users to reset their passwords. In a blog post sent out this weekend, Evernote said hackers were able to gain access to users' email addresses, their user names and encrypted passwords. Fortunately for users, hackers were not able to access any of their files or their payment information, the company said. "While our password encryption measures are robust, we are taking additional steps to ensure that your personal data remains secure.
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