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    Whether it's just a fad or a legitimately useful tool, there's no two ways about it: apps that offer users the ability to send messages that have a built-in expiration date are the hot thing to deliver right now. Following the success of Snapchat we've seen no shortage of copycats, including Facebook's recent launch of Slingshot. Last week, rumors about a new one emerged, with word that Instagram was preparing an ephemeral messaging service of its own, dubbed Bolt. While Bolt is still not widely available, Instagram has quietly gone ahead and publicly launched the service in select ...

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    Facebook has been notorious for doing some interesting and odd things lately in the attempt to retain social relevance in the market. The company's messenger app has been one of those particular services that has made a lot of sense. The company may not have gained any fame from its Facebook Home launcher, but the whole Chat Heads concept did prove to be famous, and now the company wants to continue pushing this forward. Facebook is now notifying both iOS and Android users that it will phase out messaging on its mobile application, and force everyone to use its messaging app. For those of ...

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    As we get closer to September, the amount of rumors regarding the future of the iPhone 6 will only get stronger. There's been a continuous debate over the possible launch of both the 4.7-inch and the 5.5-inch models of the iPhone 6 that are being rumored, some assuming a simultaneous launch, and others a separate one. Today we get some additional rumors from China, some of which are credible, some of which are questionable. Two separate sources are claiming that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will not receive any sapphire display love when launched in September. According to one of these sources, ...

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    When you notice that the word "Bolt" has nothing to do with photo chatting, nor even voice chatting, you wonder what goes through the minds of the people that use this name for apps that do just that. Such is the case of Instagram and the possible Snapchat competitor that was discovered a couple of days ago, and the same goes to an already existing app for voice communications as well. Yes, you guessed right, Instagram might be facing some legal trouble. Instagram's Bolt app is rumored to be ready for a launch this week as the company silently invited beta testers through its existing ...

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    Purchasing an iPhone on any Apple Store can be as convenient as it is a burden. On any launch day it's always easier to find iPhones at an Apple Store than at carrier stores, but you're always stuck with he burden of not being able to take advantage of US Carrier Early Upgrade Programs. You were forced to go for either another 2-year contract, or cough the amount of money it costs to buy an iPhone unlocked. Sources claim that this policy is about to change as Apple is rumored to be training its Apple Store employees from August 10th to August 8th on how to apply early upgrade programs. If ...

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    Apple is notoriously famous for being a late bloomer when it comes to adding new hardware features to its iPhone lineup. Still, we must admit that in most of these cases, the late adoption of certain technology has allowed Apple to find smarter ways to use it. We've been using NFC on Android smartphones for years, and more rumors point to Apple doing the same with the iPhone 6. Leaked photos of the iPhone 6 printed circuit board (PCB) show us that it's not only growing in size, but it's also growing in the antennas it will support. The sources claim that the extra connectors found in the ...

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    A little over a week back, proponents of a free and open smartphone landscape got some promising news, as the latest bill with its eye on restoring consumer rights in regards to phone unlocking passed in the US Senate. While unlocking had previously been allowed under an exemption to the DMCA, the Library of Congress failed to renew that option, and now Congress was looking to force the Library to reconsider that decision. Today we get the latest news on the bill's progress, as the House of Representatives approves the legislation. With both the House and Senate behind it, all that's left ...

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    About a month back we came across a rumor discussing a possible follow-up to some of last year's weirder smartphone accessories, the Sony Cyber-shot “lens-style cameras” that affixed to existing smartphones to give them high-quality image sensors, big lenses, and optical zoom capabilities. The QX10 and QX100 models we have now give us a 10x zoom and 3.6x zoom, respectively, but word was that this year's edition would bump that figure up to something like 30x zoom. Now we've got some new evidence that might just support that idea. A new listing at the South Korean National Radio ...

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    The Internet is full of two things lately: conflicting rumors on the launch date for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6, and a ton of dummy units that tease what to expect. The biggest problem with these dummies is that we've learned they aren't close to the level of detail we'll find in the final design, so it's really hard to use these in order to land predictions. Hardware aside, what if you could see how a 4.7-inch iPhone would handle itself if it were a working dummy? Well, instead of calling this a dummy, let's call this a clone as a new video shows us the "Wico6" being tested. This ...

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    Instagram has proven that some of us just want a social network for sharing photos, and especially if it's a place where we won't get bothered by Candy Crush invites. Facebook saw this success early on, and did a smart move in acquiring the company and letting it be. Together with Facebook, we've seen how Instagram has managed to control the popularity of competing services like Vine (owned by Twitter) with its video offerings, and reports have it that the company is out for more. Rumors claim that a few Instagram users received an invitation to download a free application called "Bolt" ...

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    Many of the rumors that have surround the two iPhone 6 models have claimed the possibility of a delay in the launch of the 5.5-inch model due to manufacturing issues. Newer rumors even mention that Apple is having a hard time deciding on the date for the announcement because it wants to launch both devices at the same time. Now, what if these rumors were wrong and a separate iPhone launch is actually part of a strategy to compete against companies like Samsung? Digitimes is reporting that Apple wants to launch the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 before it launches the 5.5-inch model in order to avoid ...

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    There are a ton of conflicting rumors in the market regarding the launch of the iPhone 6. The general consensus is that the event will happen in mid September, but where things are mainly mixed is in the possibility of both the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch variant launching at the same time. Today we land another batch of rumors on the topic, and instead of providing some clarity; it only made things more confusing. New sources claim that even though iOS 8 is nearing its final stages to be complete, Apple hasn't decided on a final date for the announcement because the of issues with ...

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    Apple's quarter results are in, and for those of you non-Apple fans that are hoping for the Cupertino kids to file for bankruptcy any time soon, that's just not going to happen. The company has reported revenue of $37.4 billion, and earnings of $1.28 per share (after last month's seven-for-one stock split). These numbers are above Apple's own $36 billion projections, though a little shy of Wall Street's $37.99 billion forecast, where the earnings per share did exceed the $1.23 projected. Still, if you think all these numbers are positive, that's actually not the case; so prepare to not be ...

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    Who's your virtual assistant of choice? Are you a die-hard Siri user, running the app since even before Apple bought it up? Or have you been won over by Google Now and its tight integration with your phone's launcher? Maybe you're a new Cortana fan, eager to spend more time seeing what Microsoft can bring to this race. That last one's still a little too new to be included in this study, but a recent analyst report took a look at the performance of Google Now and Siri, evaluating a number of factors, and while both exhibit improvements, Google Now looks like it's just barely starting to ...

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    If you all remember, the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c last year caught Apple with a little surprise. Tim Cook at some point admitted that he expected there to be a balanced demand for Apple's current iPhones, and instead, people went crazy for the iPhone 5s and nearly ignored the iPhone 5c. It took Apple months to be able to meet demand for the iPhone 5s, and reports claim that the company doesn't want to face these constraints with the iPhone 6. The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple is placing an order for a staggering 70 to 80 million units of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch ...

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