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    Big changes are coming to the way we listen to music on our smartphones, and the analog headphones we've been using for years are feeling the pressure from new, digital alternatives. Most of the conversation we're hearing these days is centered around Apple and rumors that it will ditch the analog headphone jack in favor of a Lightning-only solution for the iPhone 7, but headphone-makers have also been turning their attention to other platforms as well, especially as the versatile, convenient USB type-C connector comes to more and more handsets. Today we're learning about one of the newest ...

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    No one likes have to remember a ton of logins and passwords, but the need to authenticate ourselves is a necessary evil in order to distinguish ourselves from the billions of other users connecting to the same apps and services we are. But could there be a better, or at least an easier alternative to having users remember all those account details? Facebook thinks so, and it's turning two-factor authentication on its head for its new Account Kit login system. With standard two-factor authentication, you may log into an online service with your username and password, before being prompted ...

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    A hilarious iPhone 6s commercial starring the adorkable Cookie Monster might feel like a very tough act to follow for Apple’s marketing department, but Cupertino sure knows how to pander to cinema, TV and sports-loving audiences. The tech giant’s latest publicity stunt celebrates one of the greatest basketball players of all time, now just one NBA game away from retirement after winning five championships and four All-Star Game MVP titles. Ever wondered who could play Kobe Bryant in a Hollywood biopic? This new Apple TV ad has the answer, and it’s perfect for so many reasons. Only ...

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    When looking to buy a car, most people like to test drive a few to see which one fits their needs better. Similarly, you want to check out a house or two… dozen before making a bid. And many smartphone users will at least look up online reviews of models they’re interested in. But there are also folks so obsessed with being “early adopters”, they’ll pre-order a product as soon as it’s announced, knowing only what manufacturers want them to know. Worse yet, certain brands generate so much enthusiasm and devotion these days that their believers don’t even care about upgrades ...

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    The conflicts that exist between tech companies and government forces over encryption and access to user data aren't going away anytime soon, and even as we sort through the aftermath of the FBI and DOJ's run-in with Apple over the San Bernardino iPhone, more and more news of similar showdowns in courtrooms across the nation are coming to light. Today we're learning of another recent case that may have not grabbed the same national attention as the San Bernardino one, but represents another occasion when Apple was ordered to extract user data from an iPhone, an another occasion on which ...

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    How do you judge the success of a social network? The size of its user base? Sure. The amount of time users spend engaged with the service? Absolutely. But there's another figure that helps drive that user engagement, and it's an area where Facebook is reportedly seeing problems, with reports surfacing earlier this week that user-posted personal updates are on the decline. While reversing that trend threatens to be a complicated issue, Facebook may already be onto one way it can hope to get users posting more again, as the company tries out new ways to make it easier than ever to post. ...

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    Apple's recent hardware event may have brought us a new iPhone, and a new tablet, but it came up a little bit lacking for wearable fans: we got new Apple Watch bands, sure, and a new low price for the entry-level model, but isn't it about time to see the launch of a second-gen Apple Watch? After all, it's been a year and a half since Apple first announced the smartwatch, and nearly a year since retain availability commenced – in the mobile market, that's an eternity. But so far while we've heard a few rumors of possible changes due for a next-gen Apple Watch, we've lacked a lot of ...

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    Fancy one of those extravagant Apple Watch Hermès models launched last October, but perhaps want to save the stylish straps for special occasions, and use something a little lower-key the rest of the time? Find the luxury non-Edition configurations too rich for your blood, at $1,100 and up? Then we have great news, as starting April 19, you’ll be able to put together your own personal Apple Watch Hermès at a much lower price. Granted, combining an entry-level Apple Watch Sport with one of the French designer’s fashionable standalone bands isn’t recommended if you care about the ...

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    For all the struggles Microsoft's own mobile platforms have gone through, and the difficulty the company's faced in acquiring a greater share of the smartphone market, Microsoft's kept a pretty good attitude when it comes to app development. Rather than focus its energies on Windows 10 Mobile exclusives in an effort to draw users to its side, the company's instead quite willing to code apps for its competition, and we find Android and iOS alike practically inundated with Microsoft apps. Today we've got news of a couple developments from that scene, as Microsoft brings its Hub Keyboard to ...

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    Update: Welcome to the weekend! The full podcast is streamable just below the YouTube video. We'll have the podcast on the iTunes and RSS feeds starting from 3pm on April 8. Enjoy! We finally have the full scoop on those dual Leica cameras found on the Huawei P9! We'll try to figure out if LG's build quality criticisms will sink the G5, and is the end near for the Blackberry brand? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and comparing mid range phones, ...

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    There's a lot to like about Apple's latest iPhone, as the iPhone SE gives users a compact handset that pairs modern processing power with an accessible price tag. But the phone's debut hasn't been entirely without controversy, and there's a contingent of Apple fans out there who are something less than in love with the smartphone's look. Sure, going with an iPhone SE that mirrors the design of the iPhone 5s so strongly can be convenient if you've got old 5s accessories lying around, but shouldn't Apple's newest iPhone model look like the rest of the phones it's released over the past ...

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    Even back when the Republican presidential candidate field was a little more crowded than it is today, and just as divergent on major social, economic and policy issues, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson could all agree Apple made a huge mistake by opposing the FBI. In the Democratic camp however, the iPhone 5c decryption controversy saw both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders reluctant to take sides, as the two candidates seemed to understand this was far from a black and white situation. In the meantime, of course, the Department of Justice managed to build ...

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    Probably for the first time in over a decade, the world’s most profitable corporation is faced with actual challenges regarding its main sales catalyst. Although Apple exhibited unusual flexibility lately, following trends instead of trying to set them, with larger iPhones, larger iPads and even a cheaper iPhone, the growth potential is simply no longer there. But everything’s not as bleak on the horizon as some analysts seem to suggest, since we don’t know yet exactly what the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 might bring to the table. 2016 is also a year of celebration for Cupertino, the ...

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    The iPhone SE has been a tricky phone to classify. After unboxing it, and reviewing it, many comments were shared debating what the SE really was. Is it an "entry level" device? Is it a "mini-flagship"? How should we draw the lines on the smartphone market map? We're sticking with "mid-range" for the iPhone SE, but that's not to say there isn't a lot of overlap between these various tiers. To see where the iPhone might belong, we're comparing it against two Android devices. These two phones are specifically built to be less expensive than the manufacturer's current flagship devices. The ...

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    In case you can't tell, we're in sort of an Apple wrap-up mode right now, bringing you tidbits on stories from multiple sources that all add up to something that's hopefully a little more interesting than their constituent parts. We just told you the latest on what's going on with the FBI's interest in iPhone hacking, and now we're turning our attention to Apple's own efforts to fix some iOS bugs, as the company corrects some buggy Siri behavior and releases its very latest iOS beat for developers. Siri's voice control can be a great way to easily access disparate parts of Apple's ...

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    Late last month, the saga of the FBI and its locked iPhone 5c reached what seemed like an uneventful end, as the government backed down from its demands that Apple help break its own product in an effort to discover what, if any useful information might be stored on a handset once owned by terrorists. After Apple's big legal showdown fizzled out, where are we left? In the time since the feds told Apple they wouldn't be needing its help after all, we've continued to follow this story and its possible repercussions. This week we get a couple new updates, including word about our chances of ...

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    Smartphones give their users tons of control over what they can do with them, letting them outfit their handsets with the apps of their choice. At least, that's true for software we install ourselves, but what about the native apps that arrive with our phones? Those can include some incredibly useful titles, but all too often there are more than a few we could do without. If we could simply remove the unwanted apps, that would be one thing, but restrictions have a nasty habit of preventing us from doing so. That's the case with iOS and its system apps right now, but last summer Tim Cook ...

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    Even though the global smartphone market has arguably reached a saturation point after many years of constant, spectacular growth, and tablets are slowly heading towards oblivion, Apple remains too stubborn to enforce discounts on iDevices that no longer sell like hotcakes. Thankfully, third-party retailers seem to have promptly realized the just-released 9.7-inch iPad Pro threatens the mainstream popularity of its 12.9-inch sibling, putting the jumbo-sized model on sale already. Amazon currently asks $715 and up instead of $800 for a 32GB configuration, as little as $840 for a 128 gig ...

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    If you thought the three months leading up to January were bad for iOS and the mobile iteration of Windows, as Android smartphones copiously dominated holiday sales in all key global markets, wait until you check out Kantar Worldpanel’s December – February numbers. Even with many Android power users on standby for Galaxy S7, LG G5 or HTC 10 launches, the world-dominant platform managed to consolidate and improve its supremacy from Paris to Berlin and Beijing to New York. Stateside, the gap between the gold and silver medalists surged from less than 17 percent in the 90-day timeframe ...

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    We know what it's like: you're browsing Pocketnow's Titter feed full of all the hottest mobile tech news, reviews, and video, and you see a new post you simply have to share. And while you could easily retweet that message to everyone, what if you just want to share it with a single user – it's just something that's exactly right up their alley. Today Twitter's making that process a bit easier, as it upgrades its Android and iOS apps to support easy tweet sharing via DM. This sort of functionality not sound that new? There's a good reason for that, as it's not: Twitter picked up the ...

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    Just how seriously do you take your communication security? The data connection to your email server may be protected by encryption, but what happens once the message gets there? Are you cool with Gmail having to those unencrypted conversations? Or do you place a higher value on your privacy, insisting on end-to-end encryption such that not even the companies controlling the servers over which your message travels are capable of reading it? Last month we told you about some efforts to bring just that kind of security to WhatsApp, expanding beyond end-to-end-encrypted text communication to ...

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    Smartphone security is all about balance, finding ways to deliver the functionality and convenience we desire while taking reasonable steps to keep our data secure: go too nuts with the security precautions and the phone becomes a pain to use (or maybe worse, only performs the most basic operations), but dial things back too far and you've got a wide-open phone that's not doing enough to keep private information private. Apple's long struggled with how to deliver the convenience of Siri voice control while still enforcing device security, and over the years we've seen no shortage of ...

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    When it rains, it pours. And spring feels like a perfect season for constant precipitation, combined with just as frequent rounds of sunshine. Pebble is sure going to warm you up by rolling out a deluge of updates for both its cross-platform watches and their respective iPhone and Android apps. Cheaper than ever before, Time-series devices gain new vibration settings, snooze timeline reminder functionality and improved sleep tracking accuracy, among others. Once you bump up your firmware to version 3.11, you’ll therefore be able to select your favorite vibration pattern for ...

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    While early US adopters of mobile payment services can currently try out a smorgasbord of digital wallet apps, developed by Apple, Samsung, Google and even Walmart, at millions of retail locations nationwide, things are a lot more complicated and limited on British shores. Although Apple Pay launched in the UK just nine months after debuting stateside, and it’s been a full nine months since, both Samsung Pay and Android Pay seem to be putting off their local introductions until they get enough financial institutions on board. Speaking of, not even Apple Pay enjoyed the approval of all ...

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    While a number of teardowns have shown the just-released iPhone SE to be extremely similar to the larger, much pricier 6s in terms of internal components, the 4-incher still greatly resembles the 2013-unveiled 5s on the outside. With a bill of materials also estimated at a fraction of iPhone 6s production costs, it’s only natural to expect certain build quality compromises in store for the $400 and up SE. We’re not talking major corner-cutting here, and alarming resulting frailty, but you’ll need to be a little more careful than usual to not drop or harm the device. According to ...

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