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    Well, that didn’t take long. Technically, just 21 days since Apple formally took the wraps off the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and less than two weeks from the point of commercial deployment. Of course, we’ve known about Cupertino’s controversial headphone jack-killing move for many months, and so did third-party accessory makers. A not-so-famous one, dubbed Actual Innovation, and labeled as a “group of hardware aficionados located across the globe” on Indiegogo, managed to very quickly put together the world’s first iPhone 7 case with a conveniently integrated Lightning to 3.5mm ...

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    Global music streaming competition is tightening up (not that it’s very loose at the moment), with a public Spotify beta live on Japanese shores as of today, and a similarly limited launch in India for Google Play Music. The Mountain View search giant’s Apple Music contender is technically already available across the South Asian nation as far as both Android and iOS users are concerned, but only for individual track and album purchases. The rich audio store should ultimately be joined in India, just like everywhere else, by an All Access service, offering unlimited, uninterrupted ...

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    Still substantially trailing Fitbit in terms of actual wearable device sales, GPS technology pioneer turned activity tracker rising star Garmin sure likes to keep busy, carving out niche after niche in a general landscape dominated by Apple. Of course, the just-released Vivofit Jr. isn’t exactly the world’s first kid-friendly smart wearable, and by no means does it go after “iWatches” with style, power or functionality. Nonetheless, it’s a courageous little product, designed for ages four to nine, needing to appeal to parents before it gets on a youngster’s wrist. To achieve ...

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    It may feel like an unnatural alliance to some, but Google’s Android Wear smartwatch platform supports both fellow Android handhelds and iPhones. Basically, if you’re not a hardcore fan of either Big G or Apple, don’t particularly understand the appeal of “iWatches”, yet still own a new or old iPhone, plus a wearable device from the “enemy’s” camp, it’s all good. Unless you’ve managed to get your hands on the iterative but relatively popular iPhone 7, and would like your iOS pocket notifications synchronized to your wrist via a second-gen Moto 360, Asus ZenWatch (1 or ...

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    Believe it or not, the world’s most popular mobile and desktop music streaming app has somehow managed to reach and retain that dominant position within an increasingly competitive industry sans making its freemium services available in a number of key markets. At long last, you can cross Japan off the list of unsupported countries today, with Spotify live on an invite-only basis in the Land of the Rising Sun for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, OS X, Windows, PlayStation 3 and PS4. A proper, wide, invitation-free launch is of course right around the corner, and although Apple Music and ...

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    It's been fifteen days since the release of Apple's latest version of its mobile software platform. As of 3pm Eastern Time today, more actively used iPhones and iPads had iOS 10 than any other version of iOS. Easy pickings, given that the only real competition was iOS 9. Analytics firm MixPanel's hourly observations more than 240 billion records show that 48.34 percent of devices had iOS 10, compared to 47.67 percent of devices toting iOS 9. 3.99 percent had another version of iOS. iOS 10 also took a majority share at 1pm, but calculations at 2pm brought iOS 9 back to the top. iOS 10 has ...

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    You don't see the explosion of posts about how the iPhone 7 Plus have had poor multitasking capabilities as you've seen with the OnePlus 3. Part of that could be with the optics of numerals — the OnePlus phone had 6GB of RAM while the Apple-optimized iPhone 7 Plus held 3GB. Still, just because you have complete control of hardware and software, that doesn't mean that the whole deal is doing its best. The "Plus" had a full gigabyte of RAM more than the iPhone 7 and they both multi-tasked similarly. After piling a few apps into the multitasking queue, both phones had to redraw apps. ...

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    What comes after the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus for the world’s largest, most profitable information technology company? An iPhone 7s/7s Plus duo feels like a logical answer, but many iFans probably still believe common sense would have dictated a different label for this year’s iterative release. Maybe 6SE or something along those lines, given the strong 6s physical resemblance. Apple might be facing another branding challenge next year, when history will call for a 7s that should however radically change the looks, internals and capabilities of the 7. As such, an increasing number of ...

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    The world’s number one search giant sure has a lot on its plate right now. Mostly good things, don’t get us wrong, although on the software front, Android Nougat is taking a little too long to spread to the Nexus device family, while Duo and Allo haven’t been as well-received as Mountain View hoped. The latter instant messaging mobile app barely debuted last week on Google Play and the iOS App Store, a full four months after breaking cover at the I/O conference, and in addition to security and privacy concerns, it also still feels like a work in progress. As exciting as it initially ...

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    Mere hours after we expressed concern over the rumored $70 price tag of the upcoming Google Chromecast Ultra with 4K and HDR support, California-based digital media player veteran Roku decided to try to steal the search giant’s thunder by unveiling a bunch of new set-top boxes starting at $30. Mind you, the company’s direct Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick competitor, the Roku Streaming Stick, was refreshed back in April, still costing $50, although the all-new Express and Express+ gizmos are themselves small, affordable and, well, basic enough to fall in the same entry-level media ...

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    Despite a big problem encountered by a small number of iFans during the first hour of iOS 10 availability, plus a bunch of less serious but more widespread connectivity issues limited to T-Mobile’s network, everybody wants to upgrade to the latest and greatest build of Apple’s closed platform. While beta testers can already try iOS 10.1 for size, the general public needs to settle for a marginal 10.0.2 fix at the moment, ironing out three specific kinks, of which one caused plenty of headaches in the past week or so, especially for early iPhone 7 adopters. Left without their dear ...

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    Is Apple in (even more) trouble after a few consecutive sub-par quarterly reports, and a general hardware popularity slowdown? Well, that’s the thing – no one really expected the iPhone 7 to set any new box-office records. Not once it was clear this wouldn’t be a year of major upgrades. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise for either Tim Cook or die-hard iFans that various financial analysts and research firms believe 2016 iPhones are performing worse than the 2015 generation, and will continue to do so through the end of Q1 2017, at the very least. The question is what kind of a ...

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    A honeymoon is one of those things that rarely happens twice. Whenever you get a lot of the same, you could say there is very little discovery involved, but this is not one of those cases. We've just spent 24 hours with the iPhone 7 Plus, and boy is this a product unique in its own. It's too early to fully test everything about the device, but this quick video covers most of our first impressions with the device. From a guy who's never used a Plus as his daily driver, this marks a very interesting change to new territory. After you watch the video, make sure you chime in with your test ...

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    Facebook has them. So does Google.  And now Bing can join in on the fast lane. Microsoft announced that Bing would start officially linking to Accelerated Mobile Pages within its applicable search results. Content partners in the open source project will have their AMP articles — optimized HTML pages for easy, no-nonsense reading — load from close-by servers. Non-AMP pages will be called upon when their link is tapped. Marcelo De Barros, Group Engineering Manager for Bing, said that testing for AMPs started last May. "We [...] have noticed that AMP pages load, on average, ...

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    Talk about perfect timing. Just as we were trying to make heads or tails of one of the FCC’s most enigmatic Apple product filings in recent history, the always knowledgeable Bloomberg was quoting “people familiar with the matter” as suggesting the Cupertino development of an “Echo-like smart-home device” is nearing completion. So, yeah, what we assumed to be the fifth-generation Apple TV with 4K support receiving regulatohry approval may actually materialize as a home automation hub “based on the Siri voice assistant”, and gifted with “more advanced microphone and speaker ...

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    The future of TV is apps, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, as well as high-resolution video content, according to everyone else. Hopefully, the company’s fifth-generation digital media player will manage to finally combine both whenever it launches, ideally at a price tag not substantially higher than the $150 currently charged for the late 2015-unveiled Apple TV with 32GB storage. Alas, the newest hint as to the existence and impending nature of a refreshed Siri-controlled set-top box is an extremely cryptic FCC certification of an Apple product carrying the model number A1844. The ...

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    Even though one of the most familiar smartphones in the market is the iPhone, 2016 has flooded the market with a bevy of very compelling Android competitors, up to the point where some of us in the Pocketnow crew have spent most of our year in Android. Still, Apple has clearly raised the ante with its iPhone 7 line-up, up to the point where some of us have decided to experiment the idea of coming back to the iPhone, though now with an added kick. The iPhone 7 Plus is now more than just a larger iPhone with OIS, so it's time for our review period to begin, but now under the helm of a "Plus" ...

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    China and India have repeatedly been highlighted in recent months by independent financial analysts, Apple investors and even various top-ranking executives, Tim Cook included, as the key markets dictating the Cupertino money maker’s future prosperity. But what about South Korea? Home to Apple arch-rivals Samsung and LG, this is the most developed country in East Asia, as well as extremely urbanized, with 25 million residents in the Seoul Capital Area alone. Seoul, by the way, is the world’s fourth largest economy, behind Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles, which begs the question ...

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    iPhone it and he will come. At least, Luca Todesco definitely will. He's the developer/hacker that's been jailbreaking iOS for a while. And he's always kept those Cydia proofs to himself, — he's under no obligation to give it away — the teasing always leaves a bitter taste. Thus, the iPhone 7, running iOS 10 out of the box, has been broken. This is a jailbroken iPhone 7. pic.twitter.com/wa4ZyEpK8o — qwertyoruiop (@qwertyoruiopz) September 21, 2016 obligatory cydia screenshot pic.twitter.com/peSF0kVNBh — qwertyoruiop (@qwertyoruiopz) September 21, 2016 Now all we have to do is get ...

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    The iPhone camera is praised for its simplicity, but does it really have an intuitive design, or is it popular for its familiarity? Apple should be praised for setting a high watermark for building camera into smartphones, and the iPhone has done a phenomenal job in introducing consumers to concepts like High Dynamic Range photography in an accessible way. However, as Apple adds more features and settings to a "simple" app, is the app still easy to use. Consumers are becoming more familiar with features like 60FPS video, UHD video, and the current app doesn't at yet support RAW photo ...

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    Apple made a pretty big gamble by waiting nearly a year and a half to upgrade its love-or-hate first-generation wearable piece, but as Android Wear manufacturers largely failed to get the platform off the ground, it may have all paid off for the early global smartwatch leader. Not only was Cupertino able to design a vastly improved Apple Watch Series 2 with built-in GPS and water resistance up to 50 meters, but the original model never feared it would lose its crown. Not for a day. Even as it reportedly and understandably ran out of steam in the past few months, the iOS-compatible ...

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    You should all know the drill by now. First come the ambitious sales targets, then component-revealing teardowns, various durability tests, the occasional something-gate controversy, bombastic ads, and finally, bill of material estimates. Well, London-based analytics company IHS Markit is ready today to offer us its preliminary overview of the iPhone 7 manufacturing costs, and the conclusion isn’t surprising in the least. As always, Apple rules the charts when it comes to profit margins, spending roughly $224.80 (marketing not included) for every new 4.7-inch iPhone copy sold at $649 ...

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    Google’s latest push for relevance in the chat app landscape finally enters phase two today, as the text-specialized Allo joins the video-only Duo in the Android Play Store and iOS App Store to try to give Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp or iMessage a run for their money, and wash the taste of Hangouts out of everyone’s mouths. Unlike Duo, which, let’s be honest, merely stood out with ease of use and Knock Knock awkwardness, Google Allo features at least one key “selling” point in Assistant support. For the time being though, you’re getting a “preview edition” of the ...

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    If you like to make the most of your vacation but haven't the foggiest of where to start planning your ventures, Google has a few of them for you in its new Google Trips app for Android and iOS. In addition to sorting out your travel arrangements and any rental or reservation situations you may have, you can pick a site plan to hit up for any particular day for the amount of time you have, be it half a day or all day. You can download trips to keep them handy if you want to forego getting a new SIM for the stay. In fact, all of your travel information is handily stored within the app. But ...

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    Coming up with the perfect idea to promote the “all-new Apple Music” app built into iOS 10, and the world’s second most popular audio streaming service in general, is no easy feat, even when involving the rapidly trendy mind behind such viral hits as Carpool Karaoke or Drop the Mic. But late-night talk show host and recent Emmy loser (kudos, John Oliver) James Corden does have a bunch of hilariously goofy ideas. Like an Inception-style scene where he’s giving birth to Justin Bieber, who’s giving birth to Anthony Kiedis, who… wait, what? Never mind, because Corden’s ...

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