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Friday Highlights: And so it begins, the class action lawsuit against Apple over Error 53 bricking iPhones which have had 3rd party Touch ID replacements, and faces similar legal proceedings in Australia—details in our Apple/Macintosh section; the legal woes continue in another lawsuit from Immersion over infringing of haptic patents in new iPhone 6s models with 3D Touch technology; Apple's iPod is "the best-selling digital music player in history"; iMore breaks down the Sparkle updater vulnerability; iDownload Blog on using Gatekeeper for securing your Mac; Samsung's new Galaxy S7 said to be less expensive than the iPhone 6s; Wired feature looks at Google's plans to develop their own chips; please don't be "that guy" and try the date reset on your iPhone...it will brick your device; Tom's Guide face-off between a DSLR and iPhone looks at whether or not the iPhone can beat the DSLR; ZDNet shows how you can live with and not lose your mind with a 16GB iDevice; Dan Moren doesn't think Apple's heart is into the Smart Home just yet.
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"Bricked iPhone 6? Lawyers want you to join 'Error 53' class action: Apple is facing a class action suit over 'Error 53', which renders iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices unusable after Touch ID is replaced by an unapproved repair shop." ZDNet 7:09 AM
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"Camera Face-Off: Can an iPhone Beat a DSLR?" Tom's Guide 7:47 AM
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"Planet Revenge is like a level-based Flappy Bird in outer space" AppAdvice 7:11 AM
"Tomb of the Mask - Does This Tomb Have The Goods?" Apple'n'Apps 7:39 AM
"'Splash Cars' Review - Black and White and Sped All Over" Touch Arcade 9:45 AM
"How to live with a 16GB iPhone or iPad (and not lose your mind): Don't want to pay the exorbitant Apple tax to pick up an iPhone or iPad with more than 16GB of storage? Here's how to make your digital life fit into under 16 gigabytes of space." ZDNet 9:18 AM
"How to use an Android Wear smartwatch with an iPhone: The benefits and drawbacks of mixing Android Wear and iOS" Macworld UK 7:48 AM
"Apple Battery Case=Vaccum (How To Keep Your Vacuum Clean)" AppleBlend 9:12 AM
"This smart little iPhone trick will help you find any app instantly" BGR 8:57 AM
"Switching from Mail to Airmail on iOS: 7 tips to get started/Learn how to customize Airmail's sidebar, choose your own swipe actions, 'snooze' messages, and more." PCWorld 7:04 AM
"10 3D Touch Messages secrets iPhone users need" Computerworld 6:51 AM
"Facebook Is the New Apple: The social networking giant is set to outperform the Nasdaq the same way Apple did several years ago." Barron's 7:36 AM
"Study of Apple iOS, Google Android Users Offers Important Message for Investors" TheStreet 7:36 AM
"Dow futures up 150 points after strong retail sales growth: U.S. stocks futures climbed Friday, pointing to a higher open for Wall Street, after official data showed consumer spending rose sharply in January." MarketWatch 8:15 AM
"Stock Futures Rise as Retail Sales Climb 0.2%: S&P 500 futures were up 0.71%, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures gained 0.6%, and Nasdaq futures climbed 0.65%." TheStreet 8:14 AM
"Will stock markets end ugly week with a rally? Solid economic data is supporting a relief rally in Europe, although there were more big falls in Asia. U.S. stock futures are slightly higher, after markets sank to their lowest level in nearly two years on Thursday." CNNMoney 8:14 AM
"JPMorgan, Wynn Resorts Lead As Stocks, Oil Grope For A Rebound: Stocks futures were positive and ticking higher ahead of Friday's open as a number of stocks and commodities sought to rebound from Thursday's tough day of trade." Investor's Business Daily 8:12 AM
"Market tumult enters new, scary phase: The persistent pounding global stock markets are taking seems to be taking on a more sinister tone and more dangerous phase, with emotions and fear taking on a bigger role in the rout, investors questioning the ability of the world's central bankers to calm the market's frayed nerves and a volatile environment in which selling begets more selling." USA Today 8:12 AM
"Retail Sales Rose More Than Expected in January: American consumers increased their spending in January, a robust start to the year amid low unemployment and months of cheap gasoline." FOXBusiness 8:12 AM
"U.S. Stock Futures Point Higher, Following Europe Rebound: A rally in commodities and banking shares lifted European markets and U.S. futures on Friday, even as Japan's main index fell to its lowest level in more than a year as it caught up with a sharp selloff in the previous session." WSJ.com [Paid Membership Required] 8:11 AM
"Japan stocks post worst weekly drop since 2008: Japanese shares were hammered Friday, capping their worst week since the 2008 global financial crisis, as a litany of worries weighed on investors, from slowing global growth to the health of the world's banks." MarketWatch 8:10 AM
"European stocks bounce back, as banks revive: European stocks jumped Friday, coming back from a sharp selloff in the previous session, and held to higher ground after the release of economic growth figures for the eurozone." MarketWatch 8:10 AM
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