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    Apple's one of the most successful brands on the planet, and its smartphone lineup has seen strong demand in markets the world around. But while sales may be doing alright, growth has recently seen a big drop-off, and Apple's struggling to find ways to boost profits even higher. One obvious-seeming way to help out in that department would be bringing Apple retail stores to areas that currently lack them, and that's just what the company's been working on in India for some time now. The problem is, India's got some laws in place that discourage the sort of manufacturer-run store Apple's ...

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    This year's iPhone lineup is one that could mark some big changes for Apple's hardware, and over the past few months a series of leaks and rumors have attempted to shape our expectations for the phone. Bold moves could include dropping the phone's analog headphone jack in favor of a digital-only audio interface, and super-charging the photography experience for Apple's new Plus model with a dual-rear-camera setup. Some leaks have even seemed a little hard to believe at first, like imagery showing off an apparent iPhone 7 Plus with a rear iPad-Pro-style Smart Connector. Now a new ...

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    Though official Mario, Zelda or Donkey Kong support on iOS and Android remains a pipe dream Nintendo doesn’t appear willing to turn into reality anytime soon, we’ve known for a while now the famed Japanese video game developer has big mobile expansion plans. Much bigger than just helping socially awkward individuals ask their e-friends questions they’d never dare to ask in real life with Miitomo. But as simplistic and childish that social networking app might have seemed at first for hardcore Nintendo-gaming fans in the West, it quickly became hugely popular in the company’s ...

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    For a major iOS release that was relatively light on important new features off the bat, iOS 9 received a pretty big point update in the form of 9.3, with Night Shift Mode, more 3D Touch shortcuts for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and a host of noteworthy improvements for News, Health, and CarPlay apps. But the surprisingly momentous add-ons also hauled a fair share of bugs, including a few very problematic ones that prompted an expeditious sub-point iOS 9.3.1 rollout. Certain system glitches are unfortunately still standing, which is why Apple immediately started work on iOS 9.3.2. This ...

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    The entire mobile market is in a state of transition. Owning a smartphone is no longer the status symbol it once was. Smartphones are now largely commodities for folks. A phone might be a mission critical communication device, but consumers are starting to get burnt out on yearly upgrades. This puts Apple in a precarious position as a significant portion of Cupertino’s profit comes from iOS devices, 65% of the company’s sales coming directly from the iPhone. We’ve already delved into the earnings report in-depth, but the bullet points are as follows: iPhone sales down 16% iPad ...

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    Instagram is definitely thinking about moving away from the color of social media sites — blue — and going light and bright. The platform has confirmed via spokesperson that a small number of its iOS users are seeing a new monochrome look to the UI. It's only a design change with no new or removed features — 60-second videos and an algorithmized feed still remain the same. But it's a stark edit that takes away the graphical blues and grays and replaces them with blacks and whites, more in line with iOS stock apps. The Activity icon, formerly a heart in a speech bubble, becomes just ...

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    Last time we checked in with Apple's quarterly finances, we discovered a mixed bag of fortunes: yes, Apple was bringing in more money than ever before, but its once-unstoppable growth looked like it may have finally succumbed to a changing market, as iPhone growth ground to a halt. Ever since, we've been bracing for more mixed-to-not-great news, especially as predictions looked to declining iPhone shipments. Today the company share its latest figures, and revenues, profits, and iPhone sales are all down. Quarterly revenue hit $50.6 billion, generating income of $10.5 billion. That's ...

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    While you can obviously connect the hilarious-sounding but actually very serious issue of deadly selfies in India with the monumental recent growth of the nation’s smartphone user base, the local government also aims to leverage technological progresses in order to curtail violence against women. Well, violence in general is the target of a new standard for mobile device vendors in India, which will all need to incorporate panic buttons into products sold from January 1, 2017, as well as GPS tracking systems starting the next year. Once fitted on both smart and dumb phones, the ...

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    The HTC Vive virtual reality headset seemed at a major disadvantage compared to the Oculus Rift when it went up for pre-orders a couple of months back. Not only was it a little late to the party, but its arch-rival started at a more palatable $600 price as well, and it had a huge Kickstarter fanbase. Unfortunately for Oculus and fair competition in a fledgling scene that badly needs it in order to thrive, Rift deliveries are being plagued by key component shortages. Meanwhile, the Vive is itself backordered, but unless something bad and unanticipated happens, it should ship “around ...

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    Did you happen to catch that latest iPhone SE commercial starring Neil Patrick Harris on TV last night? No? Well, it might be because Apple is yet to put together a star-studded publicity stunt for its newest 4-incher, instead continuing to invest the big advertising bucks in keeping the aging iPhone 6s in the limelight. NPH pops up for a few seconds in one of two new 6s adverts, awarding… a trophy of sorts to a teenage girl/amateur filmmaker for a home video about... onions. The micro-budget production becomes an instant mainstream hit, which is totally believable, with viewers left in ...

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    New Apple hardware is always reason to get excited, and even if something like the iPhone SE isn't your particular cup of tea, you can rest assured that Apple's going to sell its latest handset by the boatload. Much like the rumors about Apple's next-gen Apple Watch, we've been checking out a lot of new iPhone rumors lately, and just as many of those smartwatch details are up in the air between this year's and next year's model, there's been a lot of controversy over which changes might land in time for this year's iPhone 7, and which might take until 2017 to arrive. Things like an OLED ...

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    It hardly seems controversial to suggest that Apple's working on new smartwatch hardware; after all, the original Apple Watch has been around for quite a while now, and Apple's sure to have come up with a few ideas in the interim on things it might like to do better. And certainly, we've heard plenty of rumors about just what form some of those changes might take. That said, there are plenty are unknowns when we start getting specific about which of these changes Apple's most likely to make, and maybe more importantly, when the company's likely to make them. Will this year only get a minor ...

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    Beta testing can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different developers. Some use it as a last once-over, exposing some pre-release software to a segment of the public in order to help uncover any not-yet-spotted bugs. Others seem to use it as a nearly perpetual testbed where new features make their debut shortly before hitting an app's public build. So when we see an upcoming app make its beta debut, as happened with Microsoft's Word Flow keyboard for iOS a couple weeks back, we don't always know what to think. As it turns out, this was one of those quick-last-check betas, and ...

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    Consider this the other side of a proverbial coin that must always translate into the highest possible profits for the world’s most valuable brand. Apple doesn’t know the meaning of the word “generosity”, very recently discounting the iPhone family in Japan as local currency strengthened, and before that slashing iPrices in India of certain newer models while axing older, still popular handhelds. With the low-cost 4s and 5c out of the way, Cupertino probably thought its India-based fans would pay however much it took to get their hands on the sizzling hot iPhone SE. Only the ...

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    As Galaxy Note 6 speculation is already heating up, despite there likely being at least four more months until the phablet becomes official, you may have started to wonder about certain “companion” devices also prepped for IFA introductions in the fall. The first ever Gear VR consumer edition still feels fresh, but it badly needs upgrades and optimizations too, particularly on the software side of things. And then you got the Gear S2 smartwatch, which saw daylight roughly a year after the original Gear S, and could thus warrant a sequel as early as September. Indeed, Korean press now ...

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    What can we say: it's the end of the week. Manufacturers have wrapped up their big hardware announcements for the time being, leaving us to sit back and check out some of the stories that might otherwise find themselves on the back burner. And you know what? There's some pretty good stuff in there. We've already spent the day checking out some pretty neat DIY projects spread across platforms, and have recently been taking an eye to some of the latest deals to hit the mobile world. That's just the sort of thread we're continuing with now, as we learn about a selection of solid discounts on ...

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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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