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Brent Dirks

Born and raised in sunny West Texas, Brent graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in journalism. One day, he would like to move to the Big Island of Hawaii and live in a quiet house by the ocean. He can be reached at
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Black Friday weekend is a great time to sign up for Texture

For three days, you can snag a three-month subscription to the digital magazine service for just $10.

SwiftKey updated with a new theme and redesigned Settings menu

In version 1.4.3 of the powerful third-party keyboard app, you can quickly and easily view usage stats.

The Apple TV’s App Store now features seven different categories

Previously, users could only view apps in two categories: Games and Entertainment.

A teardown of the Apple Smart Keyboard shows the iPad Pro accessory is definitely durable

The Apple Pencil is also well received in a review by a site dedicated to pens.

Vine lands on the Apple Watch with favorite videos and a complication

With version 4.4.0 of the app, users can also swipe left on any post to see more Vines.

Review: Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat with Apple HomeKit support

Can Siri control help make this a hot gift for smart home fans this holiday season?

Facebook will soon release an iOS Messenger app to use at work

The app is part of the Facebook at Work initiative.

The Apple Pencil is now available at some Best Buy locations

The $99 accessory has been hard to come by since the iPad Pro was released last week.

Pad & Quill unveils three new luxurious cases for the iPad Pro

After more than a week on the market, we're seeing more case choices for the larger tablet.

Powerful to-do app Things updated with Apple Watch complications

The app is also optimized to run natively on the wearable device thanks to WatchOS 2.0.

Apple is expected to sell more than 10 million Apple Watches in 2015

A new report also says that Apple is looking for a second supplier for the next-generation device.

Adele's '25' won't be on Apple Music or any other streaming service, for now

You'll have to buy the highly anticipated record from iTunes or other retailers.

Vine now makes remixing audio quick and easy

Users can also find Vines that use the same audio clip or song.

Amazon unveils a nice slate of deals before Black Friday

Anyone using the retailer’s iOS app can also access a number of exclusive deals during the holiday season.

The powerful Seasonality weather tracking app blows onto the Apple TV

Detailed weather information looks great on the big screen.

Apple releases iOS 9.2 beta 4 to registered developers

The software is available to download over-the-air or through Apple's Developer Center.

Take your Live Photos to a new level with Alive!

The new app allows photographers to apply filters, color effects, and more.

An official Apple Watch charging dock may soon hit the market

The Apple-designed product should cost around $100 and charge a watch in two different positions.

Rdio is history as Pandora plans to purchase parts of the streaming service

There's one less choice for consumers in the competitive streaming music market.

A new game, Underpressure_, takes full advantage of 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s

The simplistic, two-player game makes great use of color.

A number of iPad Pro users are experiencing unresponsive tablets after charging

After being plugged in for a significant amount of time, some tablet users have to perform a hard reset to their device.

A new Apple TV app, Decyde, makes finding that perfect movie easy

Along with helping you choose what to watch, the app can show you where exactly to view the flick.

Traditional watchmaker Fossil purchases Misfit for $261 million

Misfit is well-known for its simple and beautiful activity trackers like the recently announced Shine 2.

Sling TV adds Outside Television to its Sports Extra package

The great streaming video service continues to expand its channel lineup.