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    Back around the start of the year, Google dropped a pretty exciting update to its already impressive Google Translate app, adding both a real-time dictated translation mode and one that worked with your phone's video camera to instantly translate printed text - live as you filmed it. For as useful as the latter sounded, its implementation was a little limited initially, only supporting a handful of languages. While that was a good start, things are only getting better, and today Google announces some broad new language support for the feature. In updates coming to Google Translate for both ...

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    It's been a while since Apple announced the availability of HomeKit, and how these products will be able to integrate with Apple's ecosystem. Sadly, we've barely had the chance to report on a handful of products, leading many to believe that this is Cupertino's next flop. It doesn't make sense for this to go down hill at a time when the connected home is becoming a thing, but it seems Apple is to blame. It seems that one of the major set backs for HomeKit products is that Apple has now decided to add a custom chip to its product requirements. It's not clear what this chip does, but it ...

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    Apple Pay is one of those services that Cupertino has decided to stay quiet about. We always hear Tim Cook saying how trilled he is with the service in every conference call, but so far the company hasn't provided any exact figures or statistics on performance. Obviously Apple Pay is still in its infancy, being supported by only some retailers, banks, and even countries, but analysts say numbers aren't as bad as we could speculate. The Auriemma Consulting Group has just conducted a study that involved 500 iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners between May 29 and July 15. The results revealed ...

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    Watching T-Mobile's John Legere on video with company announcements is always a treat, not really because of the deals, but because of how he just loves to bash every competitor before delivering the news. That said, the last few deals offered by the T-Mobile haven't been bad at all. Mobile without borders is one of them, giving users the ability to roam freely across North America, but it seems that this was just part of the plan. T-Mobile has just announced a few deals that are exclusive for iPhone users, and these make a lot of sense given the current popularity of the device. To ...

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    Apple's retail strategy for the Apple Watch has proven to be both weird, and unsuccessful in a way. Cupertino is still reluctant to provide exact sales figures for the product, and even though analysts predict that Apple is already the king of the market, it seems that it didn't reach the numbers the company intended. One of the biggest problems the product faces at the moment is its limited availability, and it seems that's about to change. Best Buy has just announced that it'll begin selling the Apple Watch in 100 locations during the month of August. The plan is to expand to as many as ...

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    Apple's Activation Lock is the company's response to the legal mandate that requires OEMs to provide a "kill switch" in order to render a device useless in case of theft, and as a result, removing the device as a target for such action. In the case of iOS, if you don't know the owner's iCloud password, it won't matter if you wipe the device, you wont' be able to activate it. This feature became available since iOS 7 for devices compatible with positive results at the beginning, but it seems thieves are smarter. Even though Activation Lock has proven to be a success in cities like San ...

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    Speculation over Apple working on an iPhone mini has been around for quite a while. Some predict that Apple will revamp its "c" iPhone as the iPhone 6c, and bring the specs of the current iPhone 6 to a budget minded crowd, all under a smaller iPhone 5s-like chassis. Other conflicting rumors claim that it Cupertino ditched this project a long time ago, though no reasons were provided. If this were a match where 2 out of 3 wins, then don't bet on the product ever happening. Analysts are now telling investors not to bet on the smaller iPhone happening this year, and site credible supply chain ...

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    The future of Apple's iPad lineup has been a topic of much debate over the last few weeks. While some predict that Apple is focusing its resources on an iPad Pro and holding updates to the iPad Air lineup for another year, we also hear that Apple is planning a major refresh to its iPad mini. Whatever the case may be, Apple's quarter results confirm that the company is in need of something hot, and today we learn more about its plans. Japanese sources are now claiming that the iPad mini 4 that we've seen in rumors will not only match the iPad Air 2 in design, but also in specifications. ...

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    Here at Pocketnow we’re fond of review rebuttals, mainly because the needs of one editor are different to the needs of others. Michael’s review of the Apple Watch has been live for a few weeks now, but just like it'll happen to you and even a close friend, his taste is dramatically different to mine. I’m particularly very picky about watches, mainly because I have to actually like one in order to be willing to use it, or let alone buy it. So it’s only fair that I clarify that when deciding what smartwatch to buy a few months ago, I jumped the gun for a stainless steel Moto 360 ...

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    The latest numbers are in from IDC, looking at the smartphone market for the second quarter of 2015. According to the latest preliminary release from IDC, a total of 337.2 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in Q2 of 2015, which represents an 11.6% increase from the 302.1 million units in the second quarter of 2014. As you'd expect, Samsung and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market, but IDC notes that Samsung is the only one in the top five that recorded a shipment volume decline year over year. The report notes that, while the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge "arrived with ...

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    If Apple sticks with the same launch schedule it's employed in recent years, we're probably less than two months away from the debut of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. If Apple hopes to have decent stock ready in time for the phone's arrival, we'd expect to see it really get production underway in a big way soon (well, if not already), and that's generally what we've been hearing. Leaks have already brought us some possible pics of iPhone 6S internals, as well as the phone's rear panel, but we haven't gotten a similar look at the phone's front. This evening, that opportunity may have just ...

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    The arrival of the Apple Watch has brought with it a big family of accessories, and owners of the wearable are able to outfit their smartwatches with all variety of alternate bands, bumper cases, and screen protectors. There are also plenty of options when it comes to charging, with accessory manufacturers designing a number of third-party charging stands. So far, though, the implementation with such chargers has been a little less than graceful, requiring users to take the original magnetic charger that shipped with the smartwatch and pop it into these stands. However, that may soon start ...

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    We've kept a close eye on Apple's future Apple TV, and even the remote control that should come with it. There shouldn't be anything hot about a remote control, but this one in particular is rumored to bring a few enhancements like bluetooth, a touch pad, and other features that make it useful for any other Apple product. Today we see a patent on the topic, and it seems there's more to come. It seems that Apple is considering the inclusion of a Touch ID sensor on a future Apple TV remote control according to the patent. Now keep in mind this is Apple, and this wouldn't be the first patent ...

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    Apple has been famous for its Back to School deals ever since we can remember. Back in the day students would get an iPod Touch when they purchased a Mac, and it eventually expanded to gift cards if students bought an iPhone or iPad. There was a lot of mystery surrounding why it took Apple so long to announce its deals, and today we learn why. Apple has silently launched its Back to School deals today, and by silently we mean buried inside the company's rebates page. This is odd behavior from a company that usually gives these deals the front page. It could be because now you won't get any ...

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    Pebble's latest smartwatch has been charming us for weeks now, as the color-screened Pebble Time took an already successful smartwatch and only managed to improve upon it. We've been busy checking out recent developments like the start of retail sales, as well as talking about some of our favorite customization options, and now we get word of Pebble's latest effort to fine-tune the Time user experience, upon the release of a new Pebble Time firmware and updated Android app. The new Pebble Time 3.2 firmware delivers a number of worthwhile changes and new options for the watch's settings, ...

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    Strategy Analytics has revealed some figures, cited by DigiTimes, concerning smartphone AP revenues. An AP (application processor) is basically the SoC (system-on-a-chip), also known informally as "the processor" which supports applications running in a mobile operating system environment. 20 percent increase over the previous year is what Strategy Analytics' findigs revealed for smartphone AP revenues in the first quarter of 2015. These revenues represent US$5.3 billion, and the top five spots (related to revenue) are where you find Qualcomm, Apple, MediaTek, Samsung LSI and Spreadtrum ...

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    You may remember Ivo Marić, the CAD artist behind what we though was the best set of Galaxy Note 5 renders on July 18; sure they might be far from what the device might end up looking, but unofficial concept renders often are (and sometimes are spot on). Now we're looking at another concept render from the same artists as he envisions Apple's 2016 smartphone, the iPhone 7. A 2.5D glass protects a Quad HD display and an Apple A10 chip powers everything; a 16MP camera will be able to capture all your stills and an Apple Dock will offer both connectivity and wireless charging solutions. Of ...

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    Surely email isn't dead, but that doesn't mean that services like Slack aren't trying to kill it. Instant messaging continues to be a more practical way to communicate, but it tends to be impractical in the long run if you want to find old conversations. Microsoft has just launched a new service that intends to fix just that. Microsoft Send is a new app for iOS that's part of the Microsoft Garage list of experimental services. The idea of Send is to allow you to communicate quicker in a sort of instant messaging UI, but then these conversations are stored on Microsoft Outlook. This service ...

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    We're still scratching our heads trying to understand Apple's motive for not sharing specific Apple Watch sales on yesterday's conference call. That said, Tim Cook kind of teased the figure with specific revenue information, and that has led to some interesting speculation. Analysts are already predicting how the smartwatch market has evolved after the Apple Watch, and the changes are significant. Strategy Analytics is already predicting that the launch of the Apple Watch represented a 457.3% growth in the smartwatch market when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm speculates 4 ...

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    How long can you enjoy your new smartphone before you start feeling that itch, the irrepressible sense that there's already something better out there, and your handset is already holding you back? While we all arguably deal with something similar to one extent or another, it's easy to understand how such concerns could be especially pronounced with millennials, a generation raised with tech in their blood. This week, a new study looks at precisely what sort of attitudes such users have as they consider moving to new phones. US carriers have really been pushing their early upgrade programs ...

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    Even though the iPhone and iPad were never famous for being enterprise products, we have seen cases of many companies that have adopted them for this purpose. As such we recently saw IBM and Apple partner with the plan of creating enterprise-specific apps that could take advantage of the popularity of both products. A decent number of apps have resulted of this, but these new ones take a step further. Apple and IBM have just announced 10 applications focused exclusively on enterprise needs, but with the added kick of supporting iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch this time. These tools were ...

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    If you thought the drama between Apple and Samsung was over think again. Surely the legal case is already defined, but it seems that the rest of Silicone Valley is not happy with the verdict against Apple. You could say this is a very late response to a case that finished months ago, but better late than never. Google, HP, Facebook among others have recently filed a "friend of the court" briefing as a protest to the Apple vs Samsung case. Apple accuses Samsung of infringing in patents that range from copying the basic design of the iPhone, to other features like multi-touch gestures and ...

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    The biggest companies in mobile are sharing their latest financial data, and last week we checked in with Google to learn about its most recent growth. Today we've got another two behemoths to crunch numbers with, and first on the agenda is Apple, reporting a record-setting quarter. Maybe the biggest questions on everyone's mind is how the Apple Watch has been doing, and while Apple doesn't provide detailed figures, it sure paints the picture of a successful debut. The problem is that while Apple lays out sales figures for iPhone and iPad product categories, the Watch gets lumped in its ...

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    Apple is not only famous for its products, but also because of its customer service. Visiting an Apple Store is definitely a pleasant experience on its own, but the company's Genius Bar services have been praised for helping users solve issues with Apple products on the spot. AppleCare+ has also been garnered a lot of fame as one of the best extended warranty services out there, but we also know nothing is perfect. An upset customer is trying to give Cupertino a class action lawsuit over the company's replacement plan, because according to the customer, the products she's received aren't ...

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    Apple has been on a roll with its beta updates for iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, and watchOS 2. Everyone was given access to the first public beta of these new operating systems a few weeks ago, but we all know developers get an earlier glimpse at what's to come, or at least most of the time. Today Apple has seeded beta 4 of all three operating systems to developers, and here are the details. First of all iOS 9 beta 4 is mostly about fulfilling Eddy Cue's promise to developers. If you remember, legacy services like Home Sharing were removed from iTunes with the launch of Apple Music, and that ...

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