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The SanDisk iXpand Base (a real product name that somehow survived to reach the market) is an iPhone charger with a nifty trick up its sleeve: it’ll back up your phone when you charge it (via Digital Photography Review).

It’s not a perfect backup solution — due to the way iOS actually works, the iXpand Base can only store photos, videos, and contacts — but it’s certainly a useful option for those who prefer local storage or are out of iCloud backup space. SanDisk is selling the iXpand Base in four storage capacities: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, for $49.99, $99.99, $129.99, and $199.99, respectively.

The iXpand Base works over a Lighting to USB cable (not included), which you can conveniently coil inside the iXpand Base, and then plugs into a wall outlet to provide 15W of power. You can also transfer files directly from the iXpand Base to a computer using an SD card or a Micro USB cable, or access them on your phone through a new SanDisk iXpand Base iOS app.

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Fall is fast approaching, but even as the leaves begin to change color and the temperature starts to drop, there will be one constant — we will continue providing you with a list of stellar paid apps gone free from the iOS App Store. Today is no different, and if you hurry, you might be able to find a few from yesterday too.

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This post covers paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. BGR is not affiliated with any developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “get,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app anyway, you will be charged by Apple..

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Is the sun-and-cloud icon on your weather app looking just a little too dull these days? Don’t you wish you could just switch it out for a more substantial-looking egg yolk, or perhaps an ombre, grapefruit-red icon? No? Okay, me neither, to be honest.

I didn’t give much thought to the fact that my sun and moon icons could be a lot cuter and more like Line stickers until I tried out Weather Atlas from Contrast, the maker of nerdy-yet-simple iOS apps like Rando and Launch Center Pro. Now I’m pretty much sold on the adorable UI and wish I could change out the ugly oranges in my Discover card app and my Headspace app while we’re at it, because they clash badly with my bright violet and pink wallpaper.

The developers at Contrast released its original weather app in 2013 called Perfect Weather, but what started out as an update to Perfect Weather eventually grew into Weather Atlas. Contrast founder David Barnard explains, “As we started kicking around the new user interface and all the fe..

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The Macalope is fascinated by the collective madness that has seized technology coverage in 2017. It might be understandable that people mostly want to talk about the iPhone 8, since it’ll be the high-end model. What is really weird, however, is how many refuse to even mention the iPhone 7s.
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How much storage will the iPhone 8 have to offer? More importantly, how big a dent will it make in our pockets? There’s a new leak to answer both those questions.

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A Weibo user posted a picture of a computer screen that supposedly shows the storage configurations for the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8, as well as their prices for China.

It’s unclear where the listing originates from, but it refers to the phones as iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone X Edition. The image says Apple will stick with the current iPhone storage tier for both iPhone 7s flavors — that’s 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB.

The iPhone 8, meanwhile, will come in two versions, including 128GB and 256GB, which is reminiscent of the way Apple handles storage options for the Jet Black and Red iPhone 7 versions. A leak a few days ago said the iPhone’s storage may go up to 512GB this year.

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Though Apple Inc.’s iPhones may lag Android devices in terms of market share, Apple is expected to bring in $180 billion from its smartphones alone by 2021, according to a report from market intelligence firm IDC.
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IDC predicts that Apple will command 36% of the device market value, the money spent on smartphones, leading to the $180 billion estimate. That number does not include money it could make off services related to the devices such as the App Store.
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A leaked icon reportedly showing the iPhone 8’s display, with no home button and a “notch” at the top of the device.

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All the rumors about the upcoming iPhone 8 point to Apple making some fairly big changes to the device’s user interface, with tweaks needed to accommodate the removal of the home button and the addition of a “notch” housing the phone’s camera and sensors at the top of the display.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has a new report on how exactly these changes could be implemented, with Gurman’s sources suggesting that Apple is looking for ways to replace the functionality usually assigned to the home button. (E.g. returning to the home screen, opening up the multitasking interface, and accessing Siri.)

In the dodgy supply chain of Apple leaks, it’s often better to repeat then paraphrase, so here’s what Gurman is predicting for the iPhone 8 UI:

Dock: The dock housing commonly-used apps will be “redesigned with a new interface similar to the one on the iPad..

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How to send money using Siri on your iPhone

You can use Apple's Siri voice assistant to send money using your iPhone.

This morning, for example, I needed to send my friend money for the upcoming fantasy football season. I was getting out of the car and, instead of fumbling with Venmo to enter in his name and the amount I owed him, I just asked Siri to send my friend Steve $100.

That was it.

Of course, configuring it takes a couple of steps. Here's how to get started.

Pick a payment app

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First you'll need to pick your app of choice.

Venmo, PayPal and Square Cash are some of the more popular options. With iOS 11, due in September, Apple Pay will let you send and receive money, too.


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