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    Did you know that you can dictate an entire email on Siri with just one command? It's true, starting with the wake words "Hey Siri" (or pushing the home button until she 'wakes up'), you can state an entire string of words that will result in your iPhone or iPad (or even your Mac computer in newer OSs) creating the entire email for you - all you have to do is approve it by pressing 'send'!

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    You know you need to apply the urgent Apple security update on your jailbroken iPhone. While you can't do it without restoring your iPhone to its unjailbroken state, it's very easy to get the update installed and then rejailbreak your iPhone. Here's our step-by-step tutorial for how to install the iOS security update on your jailbroken phone, with screenshots.

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    While we personally find this vaguely-to-very disturbing, some of our readers may be interested in the newest thing for long-distance relationships: sending 'actual' kisses across the Internet. The Kissenger, which calls itself 'the world's first mobile kiss messenger' accessory, and exhorts you to "experience Internet kissing", is an add-on to your iPhone that you actually kiss, and which translates and sends that kiss to anyone who also has a Kissenger, who will feel the kiss you sent against their own lips, cheek, or other body part*. {Ed. note: Obviously this will be put to uses other than lip-to-lip or lip-to-cheek kisses.}

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    A study out of Virginia Tech, dubbed "The iPhone Effect", found that even just the very presence of an iPhone or Android phone, or other versions of smartphones, has a substantial negative impact on the quality of in-person conversations and connection. It also introduces us to the concept of 'polyconsciousness'.

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