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    When Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Note at the 2011 IFA in Berlin, the company shocked everyone with its class-defining phablet with a 5.3-inch screen (at times where phones were in the four-inch area). It took phablets some time to get traction, and, even more time in the US, but apparently large smartphones are now preferred by Americans. According to a recent Kantar World Panel research, the phablet market grew almost four times year over year. If large smartphones were accounting for six percent share in the first quarter of 2014, they now represent 21 percent of the US ...

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    Visually, the Apple Watch may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and especially at times when devices like the Moto 360 continue to challenge competitors. Internally things are a different story though, with many tear downs proving that the Apple Watch was a true engineering challenge for the most part. Today we have more teardown information revealing valuable information about this Apple Watch, and the next one to come. A new teardown and deep analysis from Chipworks reveals various details of Apple's S1 chip. On the positive front, the fact that Apple was able to fit the entire motherboard ...

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    Apple has made a significant dent in the smartphone market with its latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The company has managed to break every single record in sales that it had, and it even managed to defeat Samsung in market share for a quarter. Tim Cook spent a great deal of time claiming that a ton of new iPhone users are actually people that have switched from Android, but we don't get any solid data until today. Kantar WorldPanel has just garnered its statistics for Q1/2015, and the most revealing data of the list is that a crazy 33% of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus buyers came ...

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    Even though Apple has verbally been reluctant to compete with companies it can partner with for specific services, the story of Apple and Google is a different one. Apple didn't want to compete with Google Maps, up until it launched and failed with Apple Maps. The same can be said about Apple and search engines, but today things change drastically. Apple has just announced Applebot, its new crawler to help provide search results for Siri and Spotlight. In the past Apple would rely on either Google or Bing to provide Siri with search results, but it seems this will no longer be the case. We ...

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    Apple's launch of the Apple Watch has proven to be one of a kind. That same company that would prepare for crazy lines outside of Apple Stores decided to go for the "online only" route with its new wearable. With shipments already being pushed to July, most of us were wondering when the Apple Watch would reach stores, but today we get new information. Apple has already begun making modifications to its online store in order to allow users to purchase an Apple Watch for store pickup. The option is still not available yet for selection, but it's clear that Apple has left it ready for when ...

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    There's no denying that Apple singlehandedly rescued music labels more than a decade ago with the launch of products like the iTunes Store and the iPod, at a time when music piracy was just too convenient for consumers. That business model has proven to have become obsolete as companies like Spotify, Pandora and YouTube continue to grow in the same music streaming business that Apple has been reluctant to adopt. We do know that Cupertino has big plans for its Beats Music acquisition, but reports claim that in order for it to work, some desperate measures are being used. Trusted sources ...

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    The iPod was more than just a business for selling music and music players. Apple banked lots of money in the "Made for iPod" business model that allowed third-party manufacturers to make use of the old 30-Pin connector, in much of the same way we see today with the "Made for iPhone/iPad" program today. Apple is clearly not done with that business model, and following some recent rumors, it seems that the ease in swapping out Apple Watch bands had a purpose. Apple has just published its guidelines for allowing third-party developers and manufacturers to create watchbands for the Apple ...

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    What is Dart on Android? First of all, it's not called "Dart on Android", but "Sky". Dart represents Google's own Web development language which is focused on speed, allowing to write apps not in Java, like most (or all) apps. At the recent Dart Developer Summit, the "Dart on Android" project was showed off, of course, under the name Sky. Why is it different? While hardware support isn't even there, Sky will allow running super smooth 120fps apps, instead of 60fps (Hz) which we are currently used to (and even that isn't sustainable in all cases). The group showed off a demo app with ...

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    By far, the most popular content on websites like Pocketnow is the device reviews. We spend countless hours meticulously picking apart every aspect of every new smartphone we can cover, jotting down what we love and hate about them, and presenting our findings to you in the form of written and video reviews. But those are all reviews on specific devices, focusing on the faults and features of individual products. What about the smartphone mistakes that manufacturers as a whole make? We’ve put some thought into the errors and troubles made by the entire smartphone landscape, and compiled ...

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    Apple is in desperate need to get iPads to sell again, even if the company doesn't state it explicitly. Worldwide tablet sales have been on decline for years now, and most analysts predict this has a lot to do with phablets. We've heard a ton of rumors of what the iPad Pro might be after some case-maker leaks, but today we get insider data to reveal more. Trusted sources claim that the 12.9-inch iPad pro will bring substantial improvements when compared to Apple's existing tablet lineup. For starters, just as we've heard that the next iPhones will bring the same force touch technology of ...

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    Apple has made a substantial push into the Chinese market, as the company claims that there is tremendous amount of opportunity there. As such, out of the crazy 61 million of iPhones that Apple sold last quarter, 13.5 million units were sold to China alone. For a minute we thought that number wasn't much when you do the math on China's population, but actually it's the other way around. Strategy analytics has just provided some insight on the Chinese market share, and even though Xiaomi is still the market leader, that won't last long. Xiaomi currently owns 12.8% of the market, and Apple ...

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    Last week we found ourselves looking at a story about Sony's business selling smartphone camera modules to the manufacturers of other handsets – and specifically, the degree to which Sony was making money from sales of the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6. We touched on the subject again during the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, noting how Sony's emerged among other camera makers as the one you call out by name when you've got the company's cameras in your phone – beyond Apple and Sony, plenty of OEMs brag about their Sony cameras. But now a new report suggests that this success isn't coming without ...

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    Last we checked out all the news to emerge out of Microsoft's Build conference, and one of the more exciting announcements was what cross-platform support for means for app availability on Windows 10. The company highlighted several ways developers could bring existing software from other platforms over to Windows 10, including those originally designed for Android and iOS. It all sounded very promising, and while it still does, in the days since we've learned about some critical limitations that are going to be worth keeping in mind. Take support for Android apps, for instance: while ...

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    The Apple Watch has landed with a bang, and it's easy to see just how fervent early order intensity was; nearly as soon as we witnessed pre-orders open last month, ship times were already slipping further and further back. Apple's done an admirable job at chipping away at those shipping delays, but it ever see that kind of demand return? A new report suggests the initial wave of Apple Watch enthusiasm has passed, and consumer interest could be slowing down. Some industry analysts are already dialing back their projections for Apple Watch sales, to the tune of 10 million over the course of ...

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    Is “you're wearing it wrong” the new “you're holding it wrong?” Some new owners of the Apple Watch might find themselves wondering as much, as they struggle to get the smartwatch's optical heart rate monitor to function in certain cases. Following the wearable's commercial arrival, some users with tattoos covering their wrists reported that the Apple Watch struggled to get an accurate read through all that ink. Was this the way the smartwatch was supposed to work? Is there anything to be done about it? Now, Apple's finally acknowledging the matter, though without offering much in ...

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    Now that most of the phones from the first half are already official, the rumor mill could stop, if it weren't such a perpetuum mobile. And with the LG G4 being the most recent Android phone to see the light of day, we're now turning to a device which we've seen and heard rumored for a very long time: the iPad Pro (tentative name, describing the 12-inch iPad that might never see the light of day). The render (or blueprint) which you're seeing attached seems to return to the 12.9-inch rumor (yes, we also heard about 12.2-inches as well). The iPad Pro itself has been often referred to as the ...

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    Smartwatches can pack a ridiculous amount of tech into tiny spaces, and this is very much true for one of the latest wearables to hit the scene, the Apple Watch. We've already shared with you a teardown that documented the smartwatch's construction, from the Force Touch screen to the troubled Taptic Engine. But that stopped short when it came to one all-important component: the S1 “integrated computer” that powers the wearable. Now we've got a chance to peek under the hood there, too, as a decapsulation attack reveals the silicon hiding within. Unlike the system-on-a-chip that you'll ...

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    Even though the Apple Watch has proven to be quite successful when it comes to its initial sales, it doesn't change the fact that these are the most expensive smartwatches in the market right now, with some even costing the average price of a mid-sized vehicle. Tim Cook was blunt in Apple's recent conference call about how cost estimates for any Apple product were far from accurate, in a way to justify the price tag for the Apple Watch. Today a new teardown estimate emerges, and it doesn't make Tim Cook look good. IHS recently dissected the 38mm Apple Watch Sport, and according to the cost ...

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    Apple's Tim Cook stated that he was optimistic about iPad sales, even though these have been on rough decline over the last couple of quarters. As a matter of fact, it's not just the iPad that's on decline, but really all tablets in a very proportionate manner. Today the IDC reveals some statistics for Q1/2015, and the results aren't to celebrate. The report claims that Apple still owns the tablet market with 26.8%, which amounts to the 12.6 million iPads that Cupertino sold according to the last conference call. This is down a whopping 22.9% when compared to how tablet sales performed for ...

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    One thing that cannot be disputed is the fact that Apple does a good job getting a vast majority of its user base to use the newest available software revisions. Despite being available for less than a year at this point, iOS 8 adoption has managed to reach quite a respectable percentage; 81% of all iOS devices currently in use are running the newest version of Apple's mobile operating system. This information is as reported by the App Store and measured on April 27; it's quite likely these figures are accurate for actively-used iOS devices. The reason for such a large percentage can be ...

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    Apple is famous for many things, including its flops, and a major one is definitely Apple Maps. We've seen the company try to pick up the pieces of the disaster that Apple Maps was at launch, by making it available to the Mac, but it's still not a service users trust when compared to Google Maps. A new Apple patent intends to change that though, and we hope it works this time. Apple has just been granted a patent that was filed back in October 2013 that provides users with more human-like directions to places while in navigation. For example, instead of telling you to "head north," the new ...

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    A few years ago, many of us found the idea of online shopping to be cumbersome on a phone, and it wasn't until store applications emerged that this idea became a mainstream. You'd think that doing so on a watch would be even crazier, but Amazon and Target differ on that with their recent decision to support the Apple Watch, and it seems these are not the only companies considering it. Trusted sources claim that Apple is already preparing an its Apple Store application to support the Apple Watch in a future software update. The intent is for the app to provide some added convenience to ...

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    Earlier this week, a rumor broke that Microsoft had a big announcement coming for Build 2015, one that threatened to shake up the app landscape on Microsoft's platform. Supposedly Android compatibility was in the works, opening up Windows devices to a huge new selection of software. Today as Microsoft details the many ways devs can bring their apps to the Windows Store under Windows 10, the company has not only confirmed something that's very much along those lines, but that extends to iOS, too. Microsoft highlights four main ways devs can bring existing apps to Windows 10. They can ...

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    If you spend a lot of time working with Microsoft's suite of Office apps, you're likely familiar with the company's support for Office add-ins, plugins that allow developers to brings news tools and features to standard Office programs. These can be anything from document management systems, to collections of shortcuts, to industry-specific projects that make it easier to work with advanced notation. At its Build conference today, Microsoft is showcasing some expanded add-in support coming with Office 2016, including the ability for add-ins to exist across platforms. Considering how Office ...

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    Hamburger buttons have been seeing a lot of controversy recently, especially with Microsoft piling them into all of the new universal Windows apps that it's been developing for Windows 10 both on desktop PCs and phones. Many people already know what's wrong with them, and as some of my Twitter followers might say, "anyone with eyes can see how bad it is."  There have been many usability studies that show how hamburger buttons can greatly reduce and impair user engagement.  Apple hates them and Google has started moving away from them (they've been removed from the Google+ app), but ...

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