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The case for and against upgrading to new iOS 11

To update or not to update? For anyone buying one of the new iPhone models this fall or a new iPad, you’ll likely be getting it with Apple’s latest mobile operating system iOS 11 installed. But for everyone else with older phones and tablets, is it...

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Apple’s disconnect: $1,000+ phones in a devastating hurricane season

The Apple Event on Tuesday, in which the world’s largest tech company debuted several significant new products, begins with a tribute to late founder Steve Jobs, then pivots about six minutes in to an acknowledgment of the devastation brought by Hurricane...

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Talking with Texas Standard about what the Apple Event means for customers

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio show, we talked about Apple’s Tuesday announcements, which included new iPhones, a 4K version of its Apple TV and a new cellular-enabled Apple Watch. What does wireless charging (and higher prices) bring to...

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Did last night’s ‘South Park’ give your Alexa a potty mouth? You’re not alone

“South Park” returned for its 21st(!) season premiere Wednesday night, carrying on creators Trey Stone’s and Matt Parker’s irreverent skewering of American culture.  Related: Alexa, Cortana talk to each other in Amazon-Microsoft deal But Wednesday...

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Modem security issues dubbed ‘SharknAT&To’ could be bad news for AT&T U-verse customers (Updated)

UPDATED: (See below) AT&T U-verse users and customers of other Internet service providers may be in danger of hacking due to vulnerabilities in routers made by Arris According to a blog post from cybersecurity firm Nomotion Software, which...

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Apple introduces iPhone 8 and X, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K in first Steve Jobs Theater event

Apple on Tuesday rolled out new iPhone models including an advanced “iPhone X,” showcasing changes and improvements to the product line that has driven much of the company’s success over the last 10 years.  The iPhone 8 and 8+ have a new design with...

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Talking with Texas Standard about saving storm-damaged devices

On the most recent tech segment with the “Texas Standard” radio program, we talked about 512tech’s story on data recovery in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and what to do if you have a computer or hard drive damaged by floods. You can check out the...

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In Harvey’s wake, tough task of recovering data and getting it back online has begun

Kelly Klodzinski, owner of flooring store Floor Care & Interior in the East Texas town of Lumberton, did not have flood insurance when Hurricane Harvey destroyed his business. “It had never flooded here in over 100 years,” Klodzinski said. “It...

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Keep your eye on refresh rates if you’re shopping for monitors or HDTVs

If you’re ever been staring blearily at a computer screen, blinked your eyes sleepily as you yawned and noticed the screen momentarily flickering weirdly, you may have caught a glimpse of what’s known as the “Refresh rate.” On screens, refresh rate...

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An ode to a little-appreciated hero: the phone re-charger

If the past week of disastrous coastal weather has proven anything, it’s that our smart phones and other mobile communication devices are not just useful: they can be life-savers. But the Achilles’ Heel of most phones is their limited battery life...

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