Smash your iPhone? You may still be eligible for Apple Store credit

Thanks to a policy change, Apple Stores may soon begin offering store credit for certain models of slightly damaged iPhone. In related news, the stores will soon begin to offer third-party screen protector installation, too.

Verizon’s prepaid plans are finally graced with additional data

Verizon announced it has added more data to its prepaid plans. The changes, which are currently live on Verizon's website, thankfully do not arrive at the expense of inflated prices, though the cheapest plan doesn't include cellular data.
Cool Tech

MIT engineers have developed a new kind of RFID chip that’s nearly impossible to hack

MIT and Texas Instruments have developed unhackable RFID chips to prevent common security hacks and fix vulnerabilities in the existing technology. Their ferroelectric crystal material is stops hacks like side-channel and power glitch…

Court fines Apple a whopping $625 million over FaceTime and VPN patent infringement

A jury in a Texas court has ordered Apple to pay holding company VirnetX $625 million for infringing on its security-related patents. Apple says it will appeal the verdict.
Social Media

We’re not sure if #BeforeFacebookI makes us want to laugh or cry

While Facebook is celebrating its 12th birthday on Friends Day, others are remembering back to a time before the social network ruled (or ruined) their lives, with comedic results.

It's an S year for the Apple Watch: Analyst claims an improved chip and battery are in store this March

Rumors about the Apple Watch 2 are starting to heat up. Reports say it will be more independent, have better fitness support, and come in more styles. If the reports are correct, a March 15 event date may introduce new models and bands for…
Social Media

Facebook users have 3.5 degrees of separation from one another, data shows

It's not a milestone, but Facebook is bringing a lot of attention to its 12th birthday. Its research team released data that shows how close Facebook users are to one another. Plus, custom Friends Day video and #BeforeFacebookI.

You can now checkout with Apple Pay at 2 million retail locations

Apple Pay is growing rapidly, so we've built a list of all the vendors, retailers, and companies that plan to support Apple Pay or already do. Plus, we've integrated details on its forthcoming international launch.
Virtual Reality

StreetView, 360-degree web browser make their way to GearVR today

This week's Oculus Store update for Samsung Gear VR lets you explore the world or explore the web in new ways uniquely crafted for virtual reality headsets.

The Internet is going to reach a zettabyte, nearly a trillion gigabytes, of data this year

If you thought a terabyte was a lot of space, think again, as our Internet traffic is about to approach the one zettabyte mark later this year, with an expected doubling in the next three years.

Dual-lens cameras are coming to smartphones, but not until next year, says Sony

Get ready for dual-lens cameras on smartphones. Two lenses used simultaneously could offer DSLR-like quality, which is exciting. However, Sony doesn't think dual-lens cameras will take off until 2017.

Best app deals of the day! 14 paid iPhone apps on sale for a limited time

Everyone likes free apps, but sometimes the best ones are a bit expensive. Now and then, developers put paid apps on sale for a limited time, but you have to snatch them up fast. Here are the latest and greatest apps on sale in the iOS App…