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    Apple's in the midst of its latest earnings call for investors at the moment, and just announced some jaw-dropping iPhone sales leading to record quarterly profit; it's a good time to be Apple. But these sort of calls aren't just about looking back on what the company has done to date, and are also designed to give us a little insight into how the next quarter should fare for Apple stockholders. While we're probably still several months away from any new tablet hardware, not to mention a new iPhone, Apple Watch sales have been looming in the shadows since the hardware was first announced ...

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    Without doubt, Apple had one heck of a first quarter this year, having just posted the largest profit ever for any company. But that wasn't the only massive number milestone Apple has hit recently: Tim Cook, the company's chief executive, has revealed on the first quarter earnings call that Apple has sold one billion iOS devices as of November of last year. The lucky purchase was made in late November, and the handset that made the cut was a space grey 64GB iPhone 6 Plus (no word on which carrier it was). Cook said that the device is "saved here at Apple," which is slightly confusing, ...

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    Coming off the launch of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air 2, Apple looked like it was going to have a pretty good quarter. The combination of fresh hardware and the holiday shopping season is a recipe for success, and analysts were hoping to see Apple sell some 65 to 70 million iPhones. As it happens, Apple did them one better, and iPhone sales of 74.5 million units helped lead the company to its highest revenue and profit ever. All told, Apple brought in some $74.6 billion in the quarter running through the end of December, with $18 billion of that representing ...

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    Going back several weeks now, we've been eagerly awaiting Apple to deliver iOS 8.1.3. Rumors suggested that the update might start heading out as early as two weeks ago, following word that Apple retail employees were helping out with some late-stage testing. But after the public release failed to materialize, we heard about an additional round of 8.1.3 betas, as Apple worked out the remaining kinks. Hopefully that fine-tuning has paid off, because it's finally time to flip the switch on iOS 8.1.3, with Apple getting mass distribution underway this afternoon. The download notification ...

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    Over the years, Twitter's been evolving from a blank 140-character slate to deliver users more and more features. It used to be that you had to manually shorten URLs, until Twitter automated the process. And you used to need third-party image hosts until Twitter started accepting uploads itself. With video, the situation's been a little more complicated, and while the company purchased Vine, that service has continued to exist more as a companion to Twitter itself. But now Twitter's finally ready to address video head-on, announcing integrated video capture and sharing tools for its mobile ...

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    A couple of years ago, it would've been almost impossible to imagine Apple experimenting with anything outside its comfort zone. That said, the same company that was reluctant to launch a mini tablet, did with the iPad mini, and the same company that denied the need for a bigger iPhone, launched two of them with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Recent reports claim that Apple is working on a larger iPad and even a 12-inch MacBook Air, and if you've ever wondered what that will look like, have a look. Designer Martin Hajek has already garnered some significant fame for his iPhone renders in ...

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    It's regularly common for the citizens of many countries to show a certain degree of pride and nationalism for the products made in their respective territories. That has slowly changed though, as the whole concept of "Made In America" stopped being important in the US many years ago. You'd think that this would be important in countries like South Korea, and especially with Samsung's world dominance of the smartphone market, but it seems to be slowly fading away. Counterpoint Research has just revealed some numbers for South Korea, and according to the report, Apple has broken records, ...

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    Smartwatches are the cool new thing in the market, but not necessarily cool enough to take the world by storm. Many consumers still debate the need for a smartwatch, and especially when they add the burden of giving users another product to charge every night. Apple intends to revolutionize this market just like it has with smartphones and tablets in the past, but it seems that even certain basics won't be met. Sources claim that the combination of Apple's S1 processor and the stripped-down version of iOS being used, codename SkiHill that powers the Apple Watch, is similar in capabilities ...

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    Even with the supremacy of Microsoft Office in the productivity space, and considering Microsoft's new push to bring more desktop-like features to its mobile platforms, it's clear that there is a big platform war going on. Google's launch of Docs, Sheets and Slides as separate apps that segregate from Google Drive was a clear response to Microsoft's launch of Office for mobile on iOS and Android. If you thought Microsoft was the only company with major software announcements today, think again as Google has done the same. Google has just launched a major update for its Docs, Sheets and ...

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    Apple is famous for many of its patents, mainly because even though most of these reach a final product, some don't. That being said, Cupertino is also famous for taking its time in not launching products until it feels ready to shine with them, and that sometimes means holding patents for years until implementation, like in the case of the iPad. Today we learn of some old Apple patents that gain a new status, and we're talking about features that competitors are already using to a certain degree. The USPTO has granted Apple a patent it filed back in 2012, and it has to do with ...

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    Google has been working hard on bringing Material Design updates to its mobile applications, and these changes aren't really focused on its in-house platform. In addition to the Android updates, we've seen Google bring these same changes iOS, and we also see rumors of more to come. A new major change has arrived to one of Google's iOS apps today, and this time it's major. iOS users may stick to Safari for many things, but Google Chrome has also proven do a great job on iOS. Today's app update is for Google Chrome, and in addition to bringing its famous Material Design elements, we also see ...

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    Facebook hasn't been quite successful with its attempts to branch out into different services. So far the company has only found success in services it has acquired, like WhatsApp with 700 million users, and Instagram with 300 million users. The only in-house service that has found parallel success to Facebook is its Messenger service, which currently has 500 million active users, and to which the company is already planning major improvements. David Marcus, Facebook’s vice president of messaging products recently spoke at the Digital Life Design Conference in Munich. He detailed the ...

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    Google's launch of its native Google Calendar application made a lot of sense for most Android users that rely on Google services. The intensive skinning of Android led many OEMs to launch proprietary calendar services that weren't on par with the pace at which Google was bringing newer and smarter services to Google Calendar. You'd think that only Android users would benefit from this, but that reality is about to extend. Leaked screen shots show us that the Google Calendar is almost ready for a launch on iOS. The design replicates almost every single detail of how we see the Google ...

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    Many of us miss the old days of the Windows Mobile and Palm stylus, something that Apple single-handedly killed with the iPhone. Still, it would be unfair to forget that the Apple Newton was one of the first products to feature such a concept, and we have seen companies like Samsung succeed in making the stylus something smarter. Recent patents showed us that Apple has been considering building a stylus for the masses, but under a very different concept to what we currently see in the market. KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo gained a lot of fame for some of the recent iPhone 6 predictions. In a new ...

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    The week is nearly over, and despite what rumors from last Friday would have us believe, it doesn't look like we're going to see the public release of Apple's iOS 8.1.3 update. So what happened? Did someone get their wires crossed and instead that news was supposed to be about the 8.2 beta we saw devs receive? Maybe not, as today word arrives of a new 8.1.3 build that's in testing, as well as some early work towards iOS 9. Remember how we heard that Apple has tasked its retail employees with helping it do some real-world testing of iOS 8.1.3 before the update went wide? Well, evidence ...

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    We may be seeing a lull in device launches for the next several weeks, leading up to the madhouse that is sure to be MWC, but there's still plenty of mobile news to keep us busy, In addition to all the rumors and leaks that are sure to give us plenty to talk about, software releases keep right on coming, and this week Google's got new editions of Maps out for both Android and iOS users, packed with a few useful new features. Let's start with the official changelog, and at the top of the list there is the ability to filter restaurant searches based on the type of cuisine you're looking for; ...

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    Ever since the iPhone 5, all iPhones (iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus) made by Apple feature 1GB of RAM. This means absolutely nothing to Android users (except for maybe bragging rights and an old joke), but Apple users will agree that the iPhone performs buttery smooth even with the single gig of memory it is equipped with. The secret, we all know, lies within the iOS platform, optimizations, and the way it handles memory, tasks, and so on, as well as the strict requirements for app developers. The situation was kind of identical with the iPad too, but, starting with the iPad ...

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    Another year, another International Consumer Electronics Show behind us. Was 2015's one that will go down as a banner year in the annals of history? We didn't see any huge show-stopping announcements, nor surprise reveals of everyone's-talking-about-it hardware, but the show we did see unfold over the course of last week was still a totally solid offering, packed with lots of great phones, tablets, wearables, and accessories that all came together to place us on some solid footing as we get ready for the rest of this quarter's launches. As we start thinking about gearing up for MWC in ...

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    As smartphones, the software that run on them, and the services they access mature, these tiny yet extremely powerful computers continue to pull off feats that maybe even only fifteen years ago sounded like something out of science fiction. We can carry on natural conversations with virtual assistants, send notifications to our wrists, and view video in higher resolution than even our living room TVs are capable of displaying. One of these straight-out-of-sci-fi features to become reality has been the universal translator, tasking our phones to bridge communications between people speaking ...

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    Apple users in the EU rounded-out last year with the arrival of some good news about consumer rights and how they applied to their digital purchases, as Apple found itself compelled to enact a new two-week, no-questions-asked return policy on many of its digital goods, including apps. Lest you think that such a policy is a free pass to download and return apps as you please, Apple's rules made clear that your right to return would be lost upon actually downloading any content: you could purchase something and change your mind just fine, but buyer's remorse after actually installing an app ...

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    When we first started talking about what Apple might have up its sleeve for its next-generation iPhone, whether that's set to be the iPhone 6s or maybe even iPhone 7, the detail everyone wanted to discuss seemed to be screen size: if Apple would stick with the 4.7-on-up sizing of the iPhone 6, or if we could see a return to form with a new model closer to the dimensions of the iPhone 5s. Recently, however, that idea's been losing steam, and it's feeling more likely that we'd see a repeat of 6/Plus sizing. Instead, next-gen rumors have taken to looking at upgrades to specific components, ...

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    With that new iOS 8.2 beta 4 update landing just hours ago, the release that further primes Apple's mobile OS for supporting the company's upcoming smartwatch, we've very much got the Apple Watch on the mind. As we just mentioned, the latest rumors have been pointing to a March start to actual sales, but some lucky folks already have access to the smartwatch. Obviously, that's going to include Apple employees doing some internal testing, but for this product Apple's also been reaching out into other industries, courting the design and fashion communities for their input. It's thanks to one ...

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    Sales of the Apple Watch should be getting started in just a few more weeks, with a retail launch sometime in March now looking like the most probable target for the smartwatch's arrival. We've already talked a lot about what Apple's doing in preparation for those sales, including a program to train salespeople for this new class of product. The other side to those preparations comes in the form of software, as Apple readies the rest of its iOS gear to play nicely with the Watch. In a new iOS 8 beta update hitting developers today, we can clearly see just how those efforts are coming ...

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    It was one month ago today when Apple released its latest iOS 8-series update, delivering 8.1.2 to waiting users. With little but minor bugfixes on its changelog, it wasn't much to talk about. Still fixes are fixes, and anything Apple can do to help further smooth-out its mobile OS is welcome in our book. Now the next iOS update looks to be nearly here, as rumors (along with a smattering of evidence) suggest Apple's preparing to release it next week. At first we just heard a general rumor about an iOS update coming out sometime next week, without any details about the version number, nor ...

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    We're more than a week into 2015 by now, and little by little we're getting used to this new year – remembering to stop writing 2014 when filling out the date, and whatnot. The passage of time now brings us closer to highly anticipated smartphone launches, with new entries from Samsung, HTC, and more teasing us in the months to come. But while we get better and better phones as time goes on, the future's not without its downsides, and progress can also mean higher prices – not just because tech keeps getting better, but because inflation, taxes, and currency fluctuation have a nasty ...

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