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The week in Apple news: March 15 Apple event, iPhone trade-ins, Tim Cook town hall, and more

Apple headlines for the week ending February 5, 2016.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Get it done!

This week's roundup includes all kinds of productivity apps—for mail, managing documents, and staying on task.

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Instagram might soon let you switch between multiple accounts

Instagram is testing an easier way to switch between multiple accounts without having to log out and log in every time.

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Apple relaxing its iPhone trade-in rules to accept phones with cracked screens

Cupertino is also planning to roll out screen protector installation machines at Apple Stores to keep your iPhone display pristine.

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Apple confirms iPhone-killing “Error 53,” says it’s about security

The iPhone’s mysterious "Error 53" bug is tied to Touch ID tampering, at least according to Apple.

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11 top carry-on bags for tech-savvy travelers

No traveling techie should be without a trusted carry-on bag. These 11 unique options can help boost productivity on the road and stabilize some of the typical turbulence associated with modern air travel.

A huge X-ray system is scanning entire trucks at Super Bowl 50

A massive truck-based X-ray system and 32-mile ban on drones are two of the security measures in place for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara.

PCWorld Show Episode 2: VAIO's New Windows Phone

PCWorld's Gordon Mah Ung, Florence Ion and Jon Phillips discuss the significance of the new Windows Phone release from VAIO.

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Meet HEX's latest stingray-inspired pattern

This week's roundup of new iPhone cases features a new wallet case and look from HEX. Plus, a case that glows in the dark.

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Apple Pay is now accepted in 2 million locations, with more retailers coming soon

Apple Pay has reached 2 million locations worldwide, and is still growing—Crate & Barrel, Chick-fil-A, and Au Bon Pain are joining soon.

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Spotify gives Amazon Echo a dose of on-demand music

Amazon Echo gets millions more songs with Spotify, but only with a $10 per month Premium subscription.

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Google Chrome will flag deceptive download buttons in ads as a security threat

In another move to make browsing on the web safer, Google will start penalizing sites with ads that have deceptive download buttons.

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Why your Facebook News Feed is filled with Friends Day videos

Facebook has declared its 12th birthday "Friends Day." It's a good excuse to look at old photos.

The 3 technologies retailers need to succeed

Retailers looking to grow in a fast-changing industry need to focus on three main technologies. Computerworld's Sharon Gaudin -- just back from the National Retail Federation's Big Show -- and Executive News Editor Ken Mingis have the details.

Mingis on Tech: Mac guy becomes a Dell dude; wireless charging and the iPhone

Dell's XPS 15 9550 Touch laptop wins kudos from Computerworld Editor in Chief Scot Finnie. And what about those reports that Apple's iPhone may soon get wireless charging capabilities?

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Apple hit with $626 million in damages in patent case

A jury in Texas has ordered Apple to pay $626 million for infringing four patents held by a Nevada-based patent licensing company.

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The Week in iOS Accessories: A wallet with a wallop

This week's roundup features an iPhone case that doubles as a wallet and as a viewing stand for the phone.

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Podcast 493: VR hints, smaller iPhone rumors, Apple still doomed

It doesn't seem to matter how many millions of something Apple sells, or how happy the customers are—Wall Street only cares about growth.

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Dodgy USB Type-C cable fries vigilante engineer's $1,000 laptop

If you don't do your research, buying a third-party Type C adapter is a little like playing Russian roulette with your gadgets.