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    After an iPhone 6s that did little to convince us we needed to upgrade from the 6, it's nearly time for Apple's hardware cycle to bring us a slightly more inspired iPhone, a model that breaks from tradition enough to really get us excited about some new functionality. But with rumors of features like dual cameras (and even then only on certain models) and a disappearing headphone jack, will the iPhone 7 we've been hearing about really do enough to justify its full-number step forward in the iPhone family line? Some days it feels like we're coming across just as many rumors talking not ...

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    Technology is such an integral part of everyone’s life nowadays that many people believe it’s the CEOs of companies like Apple, Google or Facebook who run the world as opposed to major political leaders. According to Time magazine however, there’s plenty of room on a roster of the 100 most influential individuals around the globe for nation presidents, businessmen, actors, musicians, athletes, doctors, scientists, and even fashion icons. As always, the Time 100 list is as diverse as it is bizarre and controversial this year, including names like Caitlyn Jenner, Pope Francis, Angela ...

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    Despite what most recent reports appear to suggest, you may want to hold off on branding the iPhone SE a box-office lemon. After all, while 4-inchers used to be all the rage, you can’t just turn back the clock to 2013, and expect a repackaged iPhone 5s to sell hundreds of millions of units. Instead, the SE has to be judged first and foremost by its penetration of key markets that aren’t typically very warm to overpriced, jumbo-sized iPhones. Like India and China, the latter being said to have generated 3.5 million pre-orders last month. As usual, we’re guessing someone mixed ...

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    It’s no longer a big secret Apple had a much worse year-opening calendar quarter than usual, as iPhone 6s demand uncharacteristically contracted worldwide and its number one rival was smart enough to prematurely launch a new Android flagship duo. But according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the early March Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge rollout didn’t drive sufficient new adoption for Samsung handhelds in general for the Korean OEM to beat Cupertino on the latter’s home turf. It was close, though ultimately, iPhones took the lion’s share of January – March US activations, ...

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    Walmart apparently sees no sense in touching your phone to a little sales terminal and having people on their way with groceries in hand. In fact, the big box retailer theoretically doesn't even need new point-of-sales hardware with its new Walmart Pay system. Going against Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, Walmart Pay is a mobile payments system not based on tap-and-go Near Field Communication tech, but on an old standby — the QR code. iPhone users can pull up their Walmart app, head to the appropriate tab and scan the code that shows up on the payment terminal. A linked credit or ...

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    The FBI would have loved to get Apple's help in breaking into the iPhone 5c from its San Bernardino terrorism investigation, but Apple wasn't playing ball. And before the courts could sort out just how much assistance the government could legally demand from the iPhone maker, the FBI backed out of the proceedings, claiming that it had managed to get into the smartphone without Apple at all. The agency's been keeping tight-lipped about exactly who helped it access the phone in question, but today we're learning a little more about just how this all happened, as FBI Director James Comey ...

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    It’s probably only a matter of time until the EU goes after Google for anti-competitive practices regarding the search giant’s translation service in addition to the way actual search, web browsing and shopping apps are built into stock Android. But Microsoft is doing a pretty good job nurturing its own Translator for Windows Phone, iOS and Android, so Google Translate may not hold a monopoly much longer, even on the world’s most popular mobile platform. Two of the recent major iOS updates for Microsoft Translator are essentially brought together on Android now, with the app finally ...

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    Last fall, Google revealed its grand scheme for getting the content we want to consumer on our phones to those handsets as quick as humanly possible, announcing Accelerated Mobile Pages. AMP represents a streamlined take on content distribution, reducing layout overhead in order to make accessing mobile web traffic as speedy as pulling up locally stored media. Back in February, Google took steps to further get the word out about AMP by highlighting pages featuring the tech in mobile search results, and now we're leaning about a logical next step in its love affair with all things AMP, as ...

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    How much of what makes a great smartphone camera great is in the image sensor itself, and how much in the interface? We've seen plenty of improvements on the software side of things over the years, but maybe some of the most interesting interface advancements have come in the form of extra hardware, making photo-taking with a smartphone feel a lot closer to how we'd interact with a dedicated camera. That's included camera grips like the one for the old Lumia 1020, or LG's new CAM Plus for the G5. Now we're checking out a crowdfundung effort looking to bring a similar product to the iPhone ...

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    If you think that keeping up with all the latest smartphone software is practically a full-time job – well, you're not wrong, but it's got nothing on the sort of effort tit takes to actually be developing all this code. Despite the massive scale of that effort, companies like Apple not only manage to keep at it week-in and week-out, but find time in that busy development schedule to release beta builds for us to test. Today Apple's latest batch of platform updates are incoming, as the company releases iOS 9.3.2 beta 2, watchOS 2.2.1 beta 2, tvOS 9.2.1 beta 2, and OS X 10.11.5 beta 2. As ...

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    The congestion of the worldwide smartphone market has been anticipated by analysts for a long time now, and you can almost notice it with the naked eye these days. Whether we’re talking Android devices or iPhones, upgrades happen at a slower pace than before, and driving new adoption is mission impossible, as billions of people already own intelligent handhelds. The best most major OEMs can thus hope for this year is share and sales stagnation, with perhaps a handful of rising Chinese stars looking at growth on both fronts. Overall, the market has begun to contract, and global shipments ...

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    Is it time for the tablet wars? In Australia, quite possibly. We've seen the PC marketplace at full capacity and at low interest for a few years — and we've been covering the reasons why that's the case. As PC-makers try and consolidate (and fail to do so), we may a resurgence in the plateaued tablet market. Specifically, we're talking about convertible tablets. Research and analysis company Telsyte decided to put its eyes to the land down under and found that Windows and iOS took away market share from Android in a shrinking overall market. In fact, the market's in its second year of ...

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    Apple's official expansion into the Chinese market has practically been a license to print money for the company, as the nation's smartphone users take to the iPhone in droves. And while access to those shoppers has proved quite lucrative for Apple, it's not unreasonable to wonder what sort of compromises Apple may have found itself forced to make to get that access. After all, the Chinese government loves leveraging technology to achieve its goals of censorship and social regulation; has Apple compromised on its principles in order to play ball? Today before Congress, Apple testified in ...

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    Every year, we look forward to the big developer conferences behind some of the most popular mobile platforms out there: Microsoft Build, Google I/O, and Apple WWDC. With Google I/O on our calendar about a month from now, and Build already in our past, that just leaves Apple to come through with WWDC 2016, but so far the company hasn't confirmed precisely when its conference will fall. And while we still haven't heard a formal announcement, Apple may have just gone public with WWDC 2016 dates, sharing them through Siri. Users asking Siri when WWDC will happen are being told that Apple's ...

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    Hey college kids! If you're a little late to the whole "finding your first big job" thing, you still have a lot of resources available to you. But if you're not going to deal with the counselor and if all the job sites get a little heavy on the mind, LinkedIn's hoping to simplify things for you with its new app. It's called LinkedIn Students and VentureBeat had a test run inside it. If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile, all you need to do is drop in your current school, major and expected graduation date. From there, you'll get several cards, each with their own bits of ...

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    Shortly before the Apple Watch went up for sale last year, we learned about a little data port that was hiding under one of the strap connectors. At first it seemed like this hardware might be reserved for development models, but the smartwatch ended up keeping the interface for its final form. And while Apple itself didn't offer any consumer-facing uses for the port, it wasn't long before we learned about a third-party company interested in taking advantage of the connector, in the form of the battery-boosting Reserve Strap. By tapping into those pins, the strap was supposed to help ...

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    You may have spoken with Cortana, or asked Siri for her help, but have you checked in lately to see what Amazon's been up to with its own voice-powered service, Alexa? The system finds itself at the heart of the company's Echo smart appliance, which has recently been branching out into new form factors. Amazon's even encouraged fans to build Alexa-connected hardware of their own. Now one set of developers are looking to bring Alexa to our wrists, as they crowdfund a smartwatch featuring tight Alexa integration. The iMCO CoWatch runs Cronologics' custom wearable platform, including access ...

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    Whether Apple ultimately topped analyst expectations for iPhone sales and overall revenue in the recently concluded year-opening quarter or not, the box-office scores are definitely on a downward trajectory compared to the same timeframe of 2015. According to parts supplier sources, demand for the aging 6s and 6s Plus, combined with SE shipments, won’t improve between April and June, prompting Cupertino to “continue its reduced production” run. No new numbers are mentioned in the Nikkei report, but back in calendar Q2 2015, Apple managed to ship roughly 47.5 million iPhone units ...

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    Yesterday we found ourselves poking around Apple's environmental-efforts FAQ, after learning that the company had possibly slipped up and publicly described OS X as “MacOS.” Was this the start of a new branding initiative? We still don't know (and Apple has since changed the text to read “OS X”), but upon looking a little further we're discovering some other interesting information here, as the new Apple Environmental Responsibility Report boasts some impressive figures on the sheer amount of raw materials the company's been able to recycle. Remember Liam, the ...

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    Back in February, when Apple and the FBI were still gearing up to face off in a court battle over the extent to which Apple could be compelled to assist the agency in its efforts to break into a secured smartphone, Apple scored a separate victory on a similar case in a New York court. There, the judge ruled that the government's attempt to force Apple's assistance relied on an overly broad interpretation of the All Writs Act. The feds didn't like the sound of that, and have since appealed the ruling to a higher court. Today Apple filed its response to that action, and the language the ...

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    Over the years, reports of Apple's home entertainment ambitions have ebbed and flowed. The Apple-branded television that once sounded like such a sure thing ended up being the stuff of vaporware, but at least we still had the Apple TV set-top box. That hardware's still been the subject of no shortage of rumors, especially concerning Apple's interest in producing its own video content, or selling access to major channels just like a cable company might. As Apple continues to work out just what it would like its role in app this to be, it's been giving Apple TV more and more features, ...

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    There’s nothing wrong with owning and cherishing devices from different “ecosystems”, but sometimes, it can be a little inconvenient and counter-intuitive. For instance, you still can’t pair an Apple Watch to an Android handheld. Meanwhile, no Android phones or tablets are compatible with Cupertino’s AirPlay protocol, so wirelessly streaming media from, say, a Galaxy S7 to an Apple TV requires a lot of jumping through hoops, installing third-party apps or even hacking your out-the-box version of Google’s OS. Check that, very few Androids play nice with AirPlay. Namely, the HTC ...

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    They say there’s no smoke without fire, and since the iPhone AMOLED flame is constantly exacerbated by tipsters pouring gasoline all over it, you can bet the farm on Apple’s move away from LCD technology happening sooner rather than later. Probably not this year, though. Granted, OLED smartphone screens are already cheaper to produce than their liquid-crystal display counterparts, but no major component suppliers can commit to the kind of numbers Cupertino needs to satisfy its fans’ rampant demand. Hiring more than one company to furnish the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus organic light-emitting ...

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    Can you believe there was a time, not too long ago, when Verizon was widely considered the stingiest of America’s big four carriers? Big Red’s clearly turned the page recently, with free data for early Android Pay adopters, a super-cool Gear S2 bundled in with GS7 pre-orders, and gratis LG 360 CAM chaperoning the G5 to market. Today, the number one mobile operator stateside also revives its dormant trade-in program, letting folks interested in sizzling hot new handhelds like the Galaxy S7, LG G5, Motorola Droid Turbo 2, or iPhone 6s net nifty $300 discounts. Technically, up to $300, ...

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    In addition to setting a dangerous precedent, compromising decades of diligent work in the service of user privacy protection, and possibly building a master key for all of the world’s iPhones that could always fall into the wrong hands, Apple’s supporters in its FBI deadlock also argued there was probably nothing relevant on Syed Farook’s handheld. Nothing about a supposed third San Bernardino assailant, nothing about other planned attacks or living terrorists affiliated with the two killed on December 2, 2015. And now, CBS News claims to have heard from a “law enforcement ...

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