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    If you're anything like us when it comes to mobile devices, you end up straddling the line between platforms. Sure, you may be an Android guy when it comes to your personal phone, but maybe you use BlackBerry for work, or you just really prefer the iPad when you're dealing with tablets. In a perfect world, we'd be able to move from platform to platform as easily as we put down one device and pick up another, and while cross-platform cloud services have made things like accessing our documents much more convenient across disparate operating systems, media's been a tougher nut to crack. ...

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    Nobody likes to get left behind when it comes to mobile updates. In a perfect world, maybe we'd upgrade to the latest and greatest hardware the moment it came out, but financial realities have a way of forcing us to make do with the older stuff for as long as it holds out. Luckily for iOS users, Apple has a decent track record for supporting its older gear, like we saw this year with iOS 8 handling hardware as old as 2011's iPhone 4S or iPad 2. But while iOS 8 runs on such devices, newer software like that can be pushing the limits of what they can handle, leaving users with an experience ...

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    When, oh when, will Apple fans be able to finally slap the company's upcoming wearable on their wrists? When the Apple Watch launched in early September, the manufacturer didn't have a lot of firm information to share regarding plans for the smartwatch's release, saying little more than that sales would begin sometime early next year. Well, what the heck's “early” supposed to mean, anyway? First month of the year? First half of the year? A few weeks after the Apple Watch went official, we heard some rumors that Apple might be envisioning a start date for sales that would make the watch ...

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    Leading up to last month's iPad launch event, there were three models we had been keeping in mind: the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, both of which we ultimately saw Apple introduce, as well as the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro. At least, that last one lingered in our thoughts as a remote possibility, though sources which had mentioned Apple's plans for the jumbo-sized tablet seemed to suggest that it might not emerge until sometime in 2015. Sure enough, it failed to make an appearance, but now we're all the more curious to get to the bottom of its story. Over the weekend, a new report on the ...

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    Update:Thanks to everyone who entered! Zikica-Stevens, Gary, and Alman-Najar, check your emails, because you've got some Minuum codes on their way. Show someone Minuum's linear keyboard for the first time, and you're bound to see some head-scratching. “That's a keyboard? Where are all the buttons?” The design may be unlike anything many of us have come across before, but spend a little time using the software, as our departing Taylor Martin did this past summer, and you may well find yourself quickly coming around to this utterly unusual method of text entry. This week, Minuum's got a ...

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    October's been a surprisingly busy month for product launches this year, and as we get ready to call it a wrap and move onward to November, it feels appropriate to look back and check it with some of those new products as they get ready to make their retail debuts. One of the more unusual devices we saw announced was the RE camera from HTC, its screen-less handheld shooter. Pre-orders have opened by now on HTC's own website as well as with retailer Best Buy, but no official release date has been given. At least, not publicly, but an email update headed out to pre-order customers might have ...

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    HERE Maps has sort of been the salvation for navigation for Windows Phone users, especially offline navigation. The praises of this feature are sang across the internet almost any time the service is mentioned. Many prefer Nokia’s take on mapping over the baked-in Bing Maps on Microsoft’s mobile platform and understandably so. Although Nokia’s mapping services, such as navigation or transit directions, are divided across multiple applications, it’s typically a more reliable and renowned service. HERE Maps is one of the parts of the business Nokia didn’t sell to Microsoft, so ...

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    The Apple-branded cross-carrier SIM chips in the latest iPad models seem like such a great idea on paper: sell users a device that's all ready to be activated with the carrier of their choice, without needing to install new hardware. As we've seen, though, the reality of the situation hasn't been quite so smooth and idyllic, but the existence of this component alone sure felt like a step in the right direction. Despite all the potential such SIMs offer, it doesn't sound like you should bet on finding one in your next iPhone, though, as Apple VP Greg Joswiak explains why the Apple SIM is a ...

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    Personal privacy and device security are two ever-important concerns in an increasingly digital world. Where there is personal, private, and potentially important information being stored, there is always someone out there who seeks to use it for personal gain. Harmless or not, keeping your information and devices locked down is never a bad idea. It's always smart to keep wandering eyes out of your sensitive information, even if you have nothing to hide. Fortunately, there is an increasing number of ways to beef up security your mobile devices. Most of the security measures are ...

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    Does NFC have a curse on it when it comes to mobile payments? Every time it seems like a payment system is just about ready to really become popular, it feels like some business interests have to step in, flex their muscle, and do everything in their power to ruin things. Android users faced that headache as carriers clashed with Google Wallet over access to the secure element on our phones, forcing Google to come up with a work-around. And now that Apple Pay is live in the US and more users than ever before have the ability to make NFC payments, another group of companies is  doing ...

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    At WWDC this year, Apple announced a brand new feature for iOS devices and Macs called Continuity. The idea was to streamline the process between switching devices and to make iOS and Mac OS work more closely together. It's a software feature that lets you use your iPhone, iPad, and Mac interchangeably, for almost any task. Answer an incoming phone call on your iPhone using your iPad or Mac, load the same web page you have open in Safari on your Mac on your iPhone, or load the spreadsheet you've been editing on your iPad on the Mac, all without having to sift through dozens icons and other ...

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    One of the many cool things about the iPad Air 2 (as well as the iPad mini 3) is the inclusion of an Apple-branded SIM card. Rather than having to choose a carrier first, then go and seek out a matching SIM, the Apple SIM gives users the ability to decide on a network and plan at their leisure, with the hardware ready to support T-Mobile, AT&T, or Sprint. And if you're not willing to commit to a long-term agreement, you could always switch things up and try shorter-term plans from various carriers as the mood struck you. At least, that's how it was supposed to work, but as users are ...

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    Android Wear is a big deal for the evolution of smartwatches, giving developers a consistent platform they can code for, even as manufacturers release new and different wearable hardware. Really, its biggest limitation may be that whole “Android” bit of it, as while Wear makes it easy for you to use a Motorola smartwatch with a Samsung phone (or vice versa), you're out of luck if your phone choices fall over on the Apple or Windows side of the fence. To hear Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang talk about it, though, that's not a limitation that's necessarily set in stone, as he ...

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    With the release of iOS 8.1, Apple Pay is now live in the US, and if you've got an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, that means that everything's ready to go for you to start making some contactless mobile payments at retailer terminals. At least, that's the situation on the new iPhones (above), but it's a different story for Apple's latest tablets: right up until launch we were unsure if the Air 2 and mini 3 would have NFC payment capabilities of their own, or if their larger sizes would preclude them from participation in this project. While we've since learned that neither model is NFC-capable, ...

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    Apple and Nike have been partners for years, up to the point where Tim Cook sits on Nike's board. As a result, we've seen tons of collaboration between companies through the Nike+ applications and services, and that was also evident in the exclusivity that the Nike Fuel Band saw with iPhones for years. The next chapter for this partnership was made official earlier this year, but since we haven't seen anything yet, a recent interview provides us with a hint. Nike CEO Mark Parker was recently interviewed by Bloomberg to discuss the company's brand and product strategy. We saw how Nike ...

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