Apple's 'Move to iOS' app is now available on Android

The first Android app credited to “Apple Inc.” has arrived. Apple’s still working on Apple Music for Google’s mobile OS, but today the company has delivered a product meant to help pull people away from Android. It’s called Switch from Android to iOS (though appears on devices as Move to iOS) and, well, it does exactly what the title suggests.

“With just a few steps, you can migrate your content automatically and securely from your Android device with the Move to iOS app,” reads the app’s description. “No need to save your stuff elsewhere before switching from Android. The Move to iOS app securely transfers all kinds of content for you.” This covers all the essentials: contacts, calendars, email accounts, message history, and your…

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Author: Chris Welch

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Texas principal sends awful letter to parents after Ahmed Mohamed was wrongfully arrested

Fourteen-year-old Texas student Ahmed Mohamed was arrested this morning for bringing a clock to school, after his teacher and police confused it for a bomb. While charges were eventually dropped, the school district a memo to parents stating that it succeeded in its goal of keeping students safe. That memo fails to acknowledge that it confused an incident ultimately fueled by Islamophobia, instead showing the school trying to hide behind the reasonable aim of taking school security seriously.

In a memo sent to parents, MacArthur High School principal Dan Cummings states that the local police responded to a suspicious-looking item on campus. That item turned out to be a clock Mohamed invented for class. Despite the confusion and…

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Author: Kwame Opam

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I never expected Destiny to make me feel so very, very alone

My friends who play video games play Destiny. I don’t. I have a hard and fast rule not to play games like World of Warcraft or EVE Online, where a reliance on collaboration with friends demands a devotion of at least a few hours each week on average.

This type of video game used to be called an MMO, or Massive Multiplayer Online games, but the label has lost its luster. Most big budget games have at least some sort of component that connects each of its players with the countless others, and the jargon fell to the wayside. Enormous, multiplayer adventures that require apostate devotion remain. They’re just disguised as more casual, welcoming fare. Destiny, an online first-person shooter that caters to millions of players with its…

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Author: Chris Plante

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Mossberg: It’s time to free the smartphone

Welcome to Mossberg, a new weekly commentary and reviews column on The Verge and Re/code by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an Executive Editor at The Verge and Editor at Large of Re/code.

In 2010, Google tried an experiment — not with self-driving cars, or goofy eyeglasses, but with smartphone freedom. For the introduction of the very first Nexus phone — its showcase Android device — it attempted a disruptive business model.

Instead of being offered through carriers, the Nexus One was initially sold only online. I can still remember a very senior, very excited, Google executive showing me in advance how it would work. On one web page, you’d configure and order your phone, unattached to any carrier. On the next page,…

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Author: Walt Mossberg

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