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    It's been more than three years in the making and only now is it getting out to the public. Microsoft has been researching how to craft an entire on-screen smartphone keyboard fit for one-thumb use. The company sent out invitations for beta testers to try out the Word Flow keyboard on iOS just last week. We now have snaps of what's going on with that refined setup. Windows 10 Mobile and select Android OEM skins feature keyboards with compacted keys biased to one side of the screen, but this takes things to a natural level of thumb arcing. Word suggestions follow that arc, too. Android ...

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    Apple hasn't jumped platforms very well. But everyone else has — which only serves to reinforce the idea that the iPhone is the phone to have forever and ever everywhere. Microsoft and Google have come to play, now there's word that Apple's largest competitor in the mobile space will bring its software over to the App Store. Samsung may be planning on bringing its S Health, Gear Fit Manager and Gear Manager apps to iOS. This would open up the company's Gear wearables to iPhone compatibility. It also plans on bringing Remote Control and the Family Square apps for use with the the ...

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    As Spotify struggles with competition and licensing agreements with the music industry, it has decided to not only go into podcast distribution, but video as well. The company is introducing video content to its Android app in the US, UK, Germany and Sweden starting this week. The iOS app will get the update late next week. Spotify is licensing short-viewing content from content creators including the BBC, ABC, Turner Broadcasting, Comedy Central, Vice, ESPN and Maker Studios — the producers of Epic Rap Battles. Tastemade and other companies are planning on producing original, ...

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    Two weeks back, Apple gave developers their first look at the upcoming 9.3 release of iOS, and maybe most notable among the new features it delivered was a mode for adjusting screen color temperature in the hopes of offering more comfortable late-night usage: Night Shift. Apple's been continuing to refine things behind the scenes since that early release, and today we see the company see its second iOS 9.3 beta to devs, further refining the Night Shift experience while making a few other tweaks around the operating system. With iOS 9.3 beta 2, users will notice a new Night Shift interface ...

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    Last year came and went without bringing us a new standard-sized iPad option. Sure we got the new iPad Pro, as well as a refreshed iPad mini 4, but nothing new in the 9.7-inch space. But while the presumed iPad Air 3's remained elusive, we have managed to hear a little about what we might expect from the tablet when it finally does launch, including maybe a big resolution bump, or a ton of extra RAM – even if we don't get 3D Touch. With multiple sources pointing to an H1 2016 launch, this new iPad Air could be right around the corner – so when are we going to get some more definitive ...

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    It finally feels like the home stretch is nearly upon us, and all the rumors we've been hearing about Apple's interest in releasing a new iPhone that looks back to the smaller sizes of older handsets may finally be coming to fruition. Lately, they've settled in on the name iPhone 5se, while describing hardware that might look like the iPhone 5, while performing like the iPhone 6, getting that model's A8/M8 chip pair. But while that older silicon could be sufficient for some users, apparently Apple's not so sure it wants to bank on a new phone with yesterday's chips, and now a new iPhone ...

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    There’s been a steady stream of rumors coming in with regard to Apple’s alleged first 4-inch iPhone in close to three years, but it’s all turned to a furious avalanche now, as the name changes… again, and multiple sources claim to have seen the 5se, 5e, 6c or 7c in the flesh in pre-release prototype form. Add the no doubt educated guesses of famous and infamous financial analyst Ming-Chi Kuo to the equation today, as the unnamed “4-inch iPhone” is practically guaranteed to go official during the first half of the year, but with limited box-office hit potential due to not enough ...

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    It’s no longer a question of “if”, but rather “when” and, well, “what”. Also, “why”, for some people, although many feel there’s definitely still a market for a diminutive iPhone, especially if priced significantly below the 6s and 6s Plus. At only 4 inches in diagonal, you’d think that would absolutely be the case, yet it’s possible the iPhone 5se will borrow a number of features from the 6s duo, thus needing to charge compact handheld lovers an arm and a leg. Then again, anything’s possible at the moment, including 6c or 7c names, and an A8 chip and 8MP ...

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    It used to be that iPhone naming was so simple: once we got past that whole G/GS business, we had number, number+s, number, number+s. Easy, right? And sure, that iPhone 5c oddball ended up breaking the pattern a little, but it was the exception that proved the rule. But now with this new four-inch iPhone that everyone's expecting … all bets are off. Dubbing it the iPhone 6c seemed like a safe enough bet, but over the months we've been inundated by rumors of names like the iPhone 7c, or iPhone 5e, and the closer we get to when we're hoping to see Apple actually launch the handset, the ...

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    We rely on our phones for so much that it's little surprise that when we realize our handset's gone missing, it feels like the world has fallen apart around us. That's why phone-tracking services like Find My iPhone or the Android Device Manager have proven so invaluable, not just helping us locate our phones in times of crisis, but giving us some nice peace of mind the rest of the time. Unfortunately, something's gone horribly wrong for one Atlanta couple, as both iOS and Android users have been incorrectly pointed to their house in search of missing phones. More than a dozen times in the ...

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    It took Microsoft a vexingly long time (several years, to be exact), but at long last, Skype’s most serious security vulnerability has been patched with a simple update. No more following a few quick steps on nefarious websites to uncover the IP address of any given user, as the immensely popular video chat service hides such information by default now. The desktop and mobile amendment available on all platforms tackles concerns voiced primarily by gamers over time, but individuals attentive to data privacy should come together and relish the change, no matter their online preferences ...

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    The road from an abstract concept or idea to a mass-produced commercial device can often be quite long and convoluted in the tech décor, especially when talking about Apple, which very rarely takes risks on “experimental” gadgets or features. Cupertino delayed the inevitable IPS LCD to AMOLED iPhone transition for as long as humanly possible, so naturally, it seems highly unlikely the tardy move will occur simultaneously with folding screen technology adoption. But a patent filing with the USPTO from yesterday, January 21, does at least prove Apple is testing the “electronic device ...

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    There’s no question Apple’s proprietary web mapping service greatly evolved in the past few years, in terms of stability, capabilities and especially iOS popularity, but in many ways, it remains a poor man’s Google Maps. Thankfully, Cupertino seems to acknowledge that, and spare no effort to update Apple Maps every month or at least every couple of months. The latest system revision doesn’t appear to quash any bugs (mostly because there are way fewer than ever), instead taking care of the spread of such beloved features as Flyover, Nearby, Traffic, and Transit. With Flyover, you ...

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    Traditional computers are dead dying, tablets have gone out of style, smartphones are starting to stagnate due to saturation, and smartwatches remain “a category waiting for a market”, lacking a clear focus and compelling use cases. Unsurprisingly therefore, everybody in the tech business is scouting for the “next big thing”, which many analysts seem to believe lies in virtual or augmented reality. Enter Google Glass, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, and… nothing from Apple? That’s sure odd, although Cupertino’s made it a habit of very carefully exploring the ...

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    Imagine a world where, aside from Windows Phones featuring Bing as their default search engine, both Androids and iPhones would at least offer their users a choice between Google and its counterparts upon setting your device up. Or how about if iOS products used, say, Yahoo’s services for your initial online search needs? If you’re thinking the company currently dependent on Alphabet would lose hundreds of millions of dollars, you may want to add a couple of zeros. That’s because, following Android income figures, Google’s ongoing legal war with Oracle has just revealed how much ...

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    Microsoft seems to be a diligent player in another company's walled garden. With the introduction of the iPhone 6s and the iPad Pro, two new iOS interaction methods have changed up what it means to be an app on an Apple device. And Word, Excel and PowerPoint are on it. All three apps are taking up new features, including: "Annotate with Ink," accessible via the new Draw tab and now takes the Apple Pencil A 3D Touch menu which allows you to immediately create or open a project Download fonts from the cloud on demand Files are now searchable on Spotlight (iOS 9) PowerPoint also now ...

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    If you needed fresh proof the wearable market has flourished and matured surprisingly quickly, the nichey Garmin Quatix 3 essentially caters to an audience of a few thousand people. Literally, as beyond general fitness functions, the Android and iOS-compatible timepiece aims to stand out with a robust set of smart maritime features. Both amateur and professional sailors should find great comfort on their wrist, with a full “navigational and marine toolset” pre-loaded, including easy access to speed, depth, temperature, wind data and “more”, no matter where you’re located on your ...

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    While a lousy password can work as an open invitation for the most inept hackers to take an unauthorized gander at your personal and technically confidential information, using no password whatsoever to protect your devices and data is even worse. You’d think everybody knows that, yet according to Duo Analytics, no less than 1 in 3 Androids snub standard lock screen passcode security. That’s around 33 percent of a pretty large sample surveyed by the Duo Labs team, while only 1 in 20 Apple devices lack this basic measure of sealing one’s apps and especially web browsing info. Of ...

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    Roses are red, violets are blue, Android has more fans than iOS, but with less money to spend on both hardware and software. Facts of life or exaggerated urban legends? You know, like Apple’s alleged mobile security advantage, disputed in numerous reports of late. Unfortunately for Google, its device-making partners, and especially friendly app developers, the same can’t be said about Cupertino’s edge when it comes to App Store revenue. That one’s no myth, and in fact, iOS titles generate more income overall, despite considerably lagging behind their Android counterparts in terms ...

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    The Microsoft Build developer conference is up, coming and a year beyond Build 2015. It was then that the company announced its efforts to close the Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile app gap with a development bridge between the above platforms and Android and iOS. What was called Project Astoria lies in stillwater, but sources signaled that Project Islandwood has turned up green lights. Today, Microsoft published the first of several tutorials for "Building a Simple App with the Windows Bridge for iOS." The process involves both a Windows 10 PC running Visual Studio 2015 and the Bridge ...

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    Samsung's next big smartphones are nearly here, as we look forward to seeing the Galaxy S7 family make its debut in just a few more weeks. When those phones finally arrive, we're sure to see all sorts of new efforts by retailers and carriers alike to move existing Galaxy-series stock, whether in the form of discounts or special bundle offers. Today we're checking out an early instance of one of the latter, as AT&T encourages shoppers to pick up a new Galaxy smartphone with the promise of a free Gear S2 smartwatch. For a limited time, customers buying a new Samsung Galaxy phone on ...

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    CES this year was all about accessories, and out on the show floor we saw no shortage of headphones, keyboards, and tools ready to turn your mobile device into a music-creation powerhouse. You don't always need fancy hardware to cook up some compelling tracks, though, and today Apple brings its users both one new and one updated tool to keep them cranking out some of their own hot tunes. The new player is an app called Music Memos, and it gives musicians the ability to quickly and easily capture some off-the-cuff jams in a high-quality lossless format. Beyond simple recording abilities, ...

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    Connectivity options for smartphones are going through some big changes right now. USB type-C is making its presence felt on Android and Windows 10 Mobile alike, and while right now that means some bumpy periods of adjustment (how many times have you needed to charge your type-C phone and couldn't find a suitable adapter lying around?), that's one change that promises to bring us into a bright future full of broad cable interoperability. Apple users may be facing some serious shifts in cable connectivity, as well, and one of the most prolific (to say nothing of controversial) rumors ...

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    Apple's most recent iOS work has been proceeding with at least two simultaneous forks: Beta builds of iOS 9.2.1 started headed out to devs back in mid-December, and earlier this moth we saw the first test release of iOS 9.3 land. We were hoping that meant that a final iOS 9.2.1 public release could be right around the corner, and today we come back from lunch to find just that waiting for us, as Apple begins sending iOS 9.2.1 out to its users. The name of the game this release is “bugfixes,” and while Apple isn't yet providing a comprehensive list of what unwanted behavior's being ...

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    Aside from new 3D Touch shortcuts, more Siri languages, better Apple Pay – Wallet interaction, and the adoption of a cool Night Shift mode for smart screen color adjustment in low-light conditions, iOS 9.3 should bring a fair share of your typical bug patches to the table as soon as it’s ready to move out of beta. Of course, the ninth major version of Cupertino’s acclaimed operating system is far from unstable, especially after its .2 December maintenance update, but at least one vexing glitch will need to be thoroughly repaired before long. For the time being, you can dodge it by ...

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