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Band Unlocker keeps the Microsoft Band useful long past its sell-by date

The problem with modern “smart” gadgets is that many of them become pretty dumb once they’re no longer supported by the manufacturer. So when Microsoft discontinued the Microsoft Band 2 wearable activity tracker a few years ago, it was helpful that the company continued offering support its companion website and mobile apps… until mid-2019. That effectively […]

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Google’s 5 years of support for older Chromebooks is starting to be a problem

When Google announced a few years ago that it would offer at least 5 years of software updates for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, that seemed like good news. After all, most Android phones only get updates for a year or two, if that. But compared to Windows and OS X, that 5 year lifespan is pretty […]

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YouTube drops support for older hardware (Apple TV, Google TV etc)

YouTube has announced that it will drop support for select devices from 2012 and earlier. That means the official YouTube apps will no longer work if you’ve got some older mobile devices, set-top-boxes, or smart TVs. So what devices are affected? Apple TV 2nd-gen or earlier won’t be supported anymore. Google TV version 2 or […]

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Install last compatible version of apps on older iOS devices

Still have an iPhone 3G or an older iPad or iPod touch lying around, but find yourself unable to install modern apps because the latest versions aren’t compatible with the version of iOS running on your device? Apple’s just updated the App Store to let you download older versions of apps. For instance if you […]

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T-Mobile “Jump” plan embraces planned obsolescence, offers 2 phone upgrades per year

Most American smartphone customers buy their phones from a wireless carrier, and most wireless carriers offer phones along with 2-year service contracts. In other words, while new phones come out every few months, most customers are only eligible for an upgrade every 24 months. T-Mobile is changing that with its new Jump plan. Customers can […]

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Giving old gadgets, new life (or how to interrupt planned obsolescence)

Google recently announced that it would not be releasing a Google Android 4.0 software update for the Nexus One smartphone, because less than 20 months after release, it’s apparently “too old.” Instead, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will focus on its newer flagship phones. First it will launch first on the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus […]