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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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There are currently over two million apps available for Apple iPhone. Android has even more. When you throw in Windows, Mac, Linux and myriad browser extensions, the number of apps to choose from is truly overwhelming.

To help simplify things, Lifehacker's experts have hand-picked around 200 apps for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Chrome and iOS that every technology user should own. Best of all, most of them are completely free!

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Nuance, the developers of the Swype Keyboard, has announced that development of the popular third-party keyboard has ceased and that the app will be pulled. That includes their iOS and Android products. The company says this is so that can focus on their AI solutions and other products.

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Fire up an iPhone X alongside a Galaxy Note 8 and you might not think there's all that much to choose between Android and iOS any more. They offer the same apps, in the same sorts of grids, with similar approaches to notifications and quick settings, and at this stage in the game you're probably happy with your choice of mobile OS and sticking with it.

Is there really any reason to switch? Well, yeah - there's still a few!

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After a terrible end to 2017, Apple will be looking to make 2018 far more positive. The Spectre/Meltdown challenges, delayed release and lacklustre reviews of the HomePod, the battery scandal, a terrible log-in flaw and backlash against the proposed Melbourne concept store have not helped the company.

But it's a new year and that means we'll see a new version of iOS announced and shown off in June at WWDC, as well as new iPads and iPhones. So, what can we expect from Apple this year?

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After recently fixing the "chaiOS" bug, Apple now has to contend with a nasty bug that will crash any Mac or iOS device that receives a single Indian-language character specific to the Telugu language. The bug doesn't affect every app - many third party apps are unaffected - but it's a major pain in the butt.

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iOS: Unicode-created emoji might be hot right now, but they're no help when you need to access more obscure punctuation marks, accented characters and currency symbols in a document or totally witty text message. Instead of copying and pasting internet search results for characters like an animal, use UniChar, an iOS keyboard app that puts the rest of Unicode's more traditional characters and symbols (even Braille!) front and centre when you need them.

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There is not shortage of free mobile and desktop applications available on the internet. Unfortunately, most of them are either rubbish or trick you into parting with your cash via in-app purchases. But if you take the time to sort the wheat from the chaff, you'll find plenty of excellent apps that truly are free.

We're thankful every day for all the free apps out there that improve our lives (and the developers that make them!). Here are 50 our favourites.

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If you're in the market for a new smartphone then you're naturally going to want to look up key details such as processor speed, RAM, storage space, battery size and the camera's megapixel rating, but weighing up these raw specifications is increasingly becoming a waste of time. Here's why.

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Where does all the time go? When it comes to the time you spend on your phone, your computer, and the web, this doesn't have to be a vague and rhetorical question - plenty of tools out there will track and monitor your time automatically, telling you exactly which apps and sites are sucking up most of your precious minutes of existence.

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Lots of interesting software is uploaded to GitHub but iBoot - a key component of iOS - has been made publicly available in a significant data leak. iBoot is the software that ensures a trusted version of iOS is loaded. It's basically iOS' BIOS and ensures that the operating system that is loaded is the signed version Apple has distributed.

It's the kind of thing threat actors and intelligence agencies would love to get their hands on.

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While the mixtape is long gone, you still might be looking for a new way to share your latest weekend mix with your coworkers, or stay connected to friends across the country by jamming out to your favourite songs together. Now you can use JQBX to share playlists, vote on songs, and lend your musical taste to everyone with a Spotify account.

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Steve Jobs was a notorious case-hater. He once looked at Wired's Steven Levy with disgust when the journalist pulled out an iPod with a case on it. "I think stainless steel looks beautiful when it wears," Jobs said. For my own reasons, I've never used a case on my iPhone. The glass on my $1600 iPhone X, however, does not look beautiful when it wears. And let me tell you, it wears way too easily.

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iOS/Android: I hate mobile browsing. When I open Safari, I'm usually trying to google something quickly, then go back to my other apps. Lately I've been trying the mobile browser Cake, publicly released for iOS and Android today and it's made searching much faster.

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OneDrive for iOS has been given a significant update, with a refreshed UI, better support for accessing SharePoint files, drag and drop support, a bunch of new file previewers and tighter integration with the iOS Files app. These are welcome changes that make Microsoft's file sync and share service feel more like an integrated part of iOS than a bolt-on app.

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Do you remember the good old days when phone plans came with a free phone to use with them? A belt holster too, if you were lucky.

Well, if you were born after 1990 then you may not remember this. It’s been a while since we didn’t have to pay an extra handset fee on top of the plan price. Though if you look hard enough, there are still a few handsets you can nab for no extra payments on a two-year plan.