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Stephen Hall

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Stephen is Managing Editor at 9to5Google. You can find his current work at 9to5Google, 9to5Mac, 9to5Toys, and Electrek. If you want to get in touch with Stephen, be sure to follow him on Twitter. Or, you can send him an email at stephen (at) 9to5mac (dot) com, or an encrypted email at hallstephenj (at) protonmail (dot) com.

 

 

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September 12

Comment: Apple could kill Wear OS with a pull of the Apple Watch lever

This week, Apple unveiled the Apple Watch Series 5. It’s the perhaps the most modest year-over-year upgrade for the Apple Watch yet, adding little more than an always-on display. But that’s the thing: Apple doesn’t need to make major strides with its smartwatch offering — they’re far enough ahead that it doesn’t matter. And they could leverage that lead to destroy Wear OS if they wanted to…

June 26

How much is your iPhone X worth right now?

The iPhone X was one of the most stunning iPhones to date when it launched, but as time passes, it ages just like any other smartphone. Whether you’re looking to sell your iPhone X to upgrade to the iPhone XS or maybe the iPhone 11, you’ve come to the right place. First, let’s find out how much it’s worth and how to get the most value for your trade-in.

June 25

How much is your iPhone 8 / 8 Plus worth right now?

So you have an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus laying around, and you’re wondering what it’s worth. Good, you’ve come to the right place. You might be surprised how simple it is to ditch your old and dusty iPhone 8 or 8 Plus and get on with updating to the latest iPhone. But first, let’s find out how much it’s worth and how to get the most value for your trade.

May 30

Not only are your aging AirPods recyclable, you can make a few bucks on them too

AirPods don’t exactly have a reputation for standing the test of time. Many who bought a pair back when they launched in December 2016 have probably experienced this by now, most often in a wasting battery (not to mention horrid earwax buildup in the case!). It turns out that not only are AirPods more recycle-able than you’d think, but you can also get cash for repurposing them…

May 28

Apple just announced the 2019 MacBook Pro, packing — on the higher end at least — some notable speed bumps and a refreshed 3rd generation butterfly keyboard. Have an older MacBook Pro that you want to sell or trade in to get the latest MacBook Pro? You have lots of options for doing so.

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April 25

What’s the difference between Apple Trade In and Apple GiveBack?

Nothing. There’s no difference between Apple Trade In and Apple GiveBack. Just before Earth Day 2018, Apple rebranded its Trade In program as GiveBack, and around Earth Day 2019, Apple walked back that branding change and is now once again referring to its trade in program as Apple Trade In.

April 22

It’s Earth Day 2019, and that means there’s pretty much no better day than today to think about how your iPhone, iPad, MacBook, or other Apple device will affect the planet. Whether it’s an old iPhone 5 sitting in a drawer that you want to recycle, or a relatively new Apple Watch that you’d like to sell to upgrade to the latest model, we can help you make sure your old devices end up in the right hands.

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April 16

How much is your iPhone 7/ 7 Plus worth right now?

So you have an aging iPhone 7 or 7 Plus sitting in a drawer somewhere and you just want to get rid of it? Or maybe you’re looking to upgrade to a brand new iPhone X or later? Regardless of your situation, if you’re going to get rid of your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, it can help to know how much it’s worth and how to get the most value for your trade in (or, alternatively just skip the hassle of selling it altogether).

October 8, 2018

[Update: Final renders, details] Everything Google’s debuting at its 2018 ‘Made by Google’ event: Pixel 3, Home Hub, and more

Google’s annual fall hardware event is right around the corner, and that means this year’s rumor season is coming to a close. But thanks to countless leaks, reports, tweets, and information from our own sources over the last several months, we have a really good idea at this point what the Made by Google event 2018 has in store. We can confidently say you should expect to see the new Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL, a Google Pixel Slate tablet, a Google Home Hub Smart Display, and more.

September 19, 2018

Gmail’s Smart Reply prototype thought ‘Sent from my iPhone’ was a good response

The Wall Street Journal is out today with a quick story on the rollout and reception of Gmail’s new Smart Reply feature, and it comes with a few interesting bits of information and anecdotes from random users and Google alike — one of which is particularly humorous…

September 12, 2018

Google unsurprisingly killing Inbox next year, given overlap with Gmail

With the launch of the new Gmail earlier this year, many questioned the future of Inbox, the company’s experimental email client. Today, Google announced that Inbox by Gmail will be discontinued next year.

March 8, 2018

Google launched the first Developer Preview for Android P yesterday, and while you can find extensive coverage of all of its features at 9to5Google, there are several features included that might feel familiar to iOS users. The new release packs support for iPhone X-style notches, a redesigned notifications menu with iOS-like quick settings toggles, and more.

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July 5, 2017

Snapchat just got a pretty noteworthy update. And while the first bullet point in this update’s change log — on-demand geofilters — was introduced at the end of last month, a few of these features are entirely new. Among them are the ability to add links to your snaps, Backdrops, and Voice Filters.

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March 24, 2017

9to5Rewards: iFixit Pro Tech Toolkits [Giveaway]

For this week’s 9to5Rewards, we’re giving away some iFixit swag, straight from the website that’s best known for their teardowns of iPhones, Android phones and other gadgets. This week we’re giving away about a few repair kits to three lucky 9to5Google readers…

March 20, 2017

According to a report today out of The Wall Street Journal, SoftBank has pulled out of a deal to provide Essential with $100 million in funding. Essential reportedly plans to launch a premium smartphone to go head-to-head with the iPhone, and was founded by the father of Android, Andy Rubin…

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March 16, 2017

Update: Full video now available.

We’re here on the ground for SXSW, and as was announced last fall, Creative Director and LA Anchor for Beats 1, Zane Lowe, is giving the Music Keynote.

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February 27, 2017

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This week is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and that means almost all of Apple’s biggest competitors are getting together to show off their latest phones, tablets, and other gadgets. Yesterday was the official press day, so let’s take a look at all the devices that were announced by Samsung, LG, Sony, Huawei and others…

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December 22, 2016

PSA: The original RollerCoaster Tycoon is now available for iOS

If you have nostalgia for RollerCoaster Tycoon, today might just be your day. Atari, the publisher of RollerCoaster Tycoon games since the release of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 for PC, has today released the original RollerCoaster Tycoon for both iOS and Android…

November 18, 2016

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Nest has introduced a pretty substantial update to its iOS and Android apps, bringing Nest Aware customers the ability to easily create, save, and share video clips straight from the Nest app. The iOS app also adds support for Apple TV, so you can quickly check out your Nest Cam feeds straight from your couch…

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October 27, 2016

Twitter is shutting down its Vine mobile apps ‘in the coming months’

It goes without saying that Twitter has been struggling lately, but it looks like there might be a bit of an explanation now for the news shared earlier today — alongside its earnings report for the quarter — that the company is laying off about 9 percent of its workforce. Twitter announced on Medium today that the Vine mobile applications for Android and iOS are being shut down soon…

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