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    Tablets have proven to be a very odd product category, but then again, so were smartphones before 2007. Most of us that have been using smartphones and tablets since before they became popular remember how long it took for both products to gain traction, though the difference here is that smartphones have continued to grow, and tablets are oddly slowing down. New market estimates for the rest of the year aren't painting a pretty picture, and it seems the iPad is mostly to blame. IDC has already revealed its estimates for the tablet market by the end of this year, and its analysts are ...

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    Apple has broken a significant amount of records since the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. We saw how the company sold its fare share of phones in just the first few days of the launch, and obviously this leap also includes an extra share of growth for the company in its services. Apple may not be too happy with its current iTunes performance, but the App Store shows a different story. We still don't have any official data from Apple, but App marketing firm Fiksu has just revealed its numbers for the last couple of months. According to the study conducted through October on the ...

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    Anyone with an interest in the bar business and a stomach for reality television is probably familiar with Bar Rescue, the SpikeTV phenomenon that's brought bar and nightclub expert Jon Taffer to living rooms worldwide since 2011. The show follows Taffer as he drops in on failing bars and restaurants all over the nation, solving their business woes through a regimen of on-the-job training, elaborate renovations, and often-scathing criticism.   But Taffer's not content merely with hosting a hit TV show and overseeing a consulting empire that includes one of the biggest annual ...

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    Earlier this week we saw Apple distribute iOS 8.1.1 to its userbase, resolving a few bugs and delivering what were supposed to be performance improvements for older Apple hardware like the iPhone 4S, which had been struggling to meet the demands of iOS 8 with aging A5 SoCs and just 512 MB of RAM. Did Apple succeed in its goal? Some real-world testing suggests it did to an extent, though even these tweaks are insufficient to bring these models back to previous levels of performance. In an array of timed tests, iPhone 4S hardware completed tasks in essentially the same amount of time running ...

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    With autumn very much making its presence felt, and the last days of 2014 looming ahead, the mobile electronics market is about to make another of its regular shifts, temporarily moving away from a time dominated by launch after launch, and instead focusing more on getting these products into our hands. We've just come off a couple big months of launches, led in by IFA in early September, and peppered with iPhone, iPad, and Nexus announcements in the weeks that followed. But now with the holiday season arriving as an unavoidable juggernaut, we're about to see the steady flow of new devices ...

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    Pebble's facing some of its stiffest competition ever, as new challengers on the Android Wear front continue to arrive, and the Apple Watch looms menacingly in the distance of 2015. It's not facing this fight sitting down, and has already been hard at work in recent months to deliver firmware updates aimed at giving its watches new functionality. That trend continues today, as we see Pebble release not just a new firmware for the Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches, but updated apps for Android and iOS, as well. The big news on the firmware side is language support: if you're often ...

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    The iPhone 6 Plus has garnered a lot of fame lately, and that's not for the reasons you'd think. In addition to being Apple's biggest iPhone ever, it's also the one that Apple has struggled most to produce. We've learned that Apple's biggest hurdles are in building the display for the phablet, something that comes as a complete irony since big displays on phones have existed for a while already, and yet, something which Apple is already looking to solve for the future. Bloomberg is reporting that Foxconn's display subsidiary Innolux is investing $2.6 billion in building a new factory to ...

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    The start of Apple Watch sales is still a long way off, giving us plenty of time to play our favorite new game: predict how strongly Apple's smartwatch will sell. After all, this is a product very unlike anything the company's given us before, and while it has its excellent reputation to rely on, as well as its crack marketing team, convincing shoppers to go out and try something new can be a tricky maneuver. One week back, we looked at rumors coming out of Apple's own supply chain that suggested the company was planning to sell something like 30-40 million units. Now a new analyst report ...

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    The latest smartphones, on both Android and iOS, are configured to enable device-level encryption by default; no longer is simply having one of these handsets in your possession enough to read the data stored within, requiring user authentication before information can be accessed. As far as smartphone users are concerned, this is a great development, securing our personal info against the prying eyes of both criminals and occasionally-over-reaching law enforcement. Unsurprisingly, the US government isn't quite so pleased about this practice, and it's wasting no time in pulling out the big ...

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    Issues surrounding the state of “free” apps on our phones and tablets are some that have managed to stir up surprising amounts of controversy in recent years. Consumer groups and trade regulators have long been concerned with the degree to which in-app purchases have managed to transform outright-free apps into technically-free-but-beating-you-over-the-head-to-spend-money ones, a subject most recently lampooned by South Park earlier this month. Apple's been a regular target for such complaints, and we've already seen the company take steps to limit unfettered in-app purchases and make ...

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    Many of us still wonder why Apple decided to acquire Beats by Dre for $3 billion earlier this year. At the moment we still haven't seen any collaboration between both companies, and aside from some better product placement of Beats products on Apple's stores, we don't see how Cupertino is finding any benefit to this deal. That said, we know Apple is famous for its secrecy (sarcasm intended), and it seems that the company plans to start some changes with Beats Music. We've heard that Apple is negotiating with record labels in order to drop the price tag of Beats Music in order to compete ...

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    We've barely spent a few weeks with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the market, and it's already time to do some talking about Apple's plans for its next-generation iPhone. Given Apple's track record, what'll most likely happen is that we'll get the exact same design as the current-generation iPhone 6, but with some improved specifications. The iPhone's camera is still regarded as one of the best in the industry, but that doesn't change the fact that it's been stuck at 8 megapixels since the last four generations, and it seems this is where Cupertino will strike next. John Gruber is ...

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    “Where the hell did I leave that phone? I could call it – I think the ringer might be on. Wait... what's my number, anyway?” Sound familiar? If you count yourself among the absent-minded, you're in good company, as plenty of us regularly find ourselves losing track of our smartphones. Online tracking services help to a degree, but if you're sure the phone is somewhere inside your house, a local solution can sure help speed things up. To that end, Motorola has just launched its latest mobile accessory, the Motorola Keylink Bluetooth fob. Keylink works with the Motorola Connect app for ...

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    Apple has been sitting on a gold mine for more than a decade since it launched the "Made for iPod" licensing program. Today, the "MFi" standard is all about iPhones and iPads, but ever since the launch of the lightning port with the iPhone 5, the acceptance of third party accessories that support it has been rather sluggish. We really can't understand why Apple has decided to take its time with this, but things are about to change. Apple's yearly "MFi" briefing happened last week in Shenzhen, China, and the biggest news of the event was that Cupertino has just provided third-party ...

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    First we had Facebook on our phones. Then there was Facebook Messenger, which – if we felt like it – we could use for instant communications with our friends. But eventually Facebook took that choice away and made the use of that second app mandatory if we wanted to keep sending and receiving messages. Today we see what looks to be the latest volley in this push towards a separate Facebook app for everything, with the introduction of Facebook Groups. As should be painfully obvious from its name, Facebook Groups is all about creating, discovering, and keeping up with your favorite ...

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    There's a new iOS beta out for devs this afternoon, only this time around the interesting stuff doesn't really involve new features for the iPhone or iPad, but for Apple's burgeoning wearable platform, the Apple Watch. With the release of the WatchKit framework today, Apple is giving devs the tools they need to start crafting the software that users will first interact with when the smartwatch goes up for sale early next year. And in doing so, Apple's offered the rest of us a little insight into the types of app experiences we can expect. Well, at least some of this falls into “app” ...

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    If you're living in the US, we're sure you're already seeing a fair share of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units on the street. Apple has broken a couple of records in sales when it comes to its new smartphone lineup, and that's just after a couple of weeks in the market. If you're wondering which of the two iPhones is selling more, well, analysts seem to have that figure down for you. Apple is sadly never clear about how many models of a specific iPhone have sold in a quarter. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners has recently done a study over the last 30 days and it has noticed that 68% ...

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    Do you Uber? For a growing number of smartphone users, convenient transportation's just a couple taps away, with services like Uber ready to hook them up with local drivers. And while taking advantage of such services may prove to be a lot easier than owning a car of your own, you give up a fair degree of freedom in the process: how many of us treat our cars as our personal listening booths, surrounded by speakers and ready to rock out to our favorite tunes? Now a new partnership between Uber and Spotify seeks to bring some of that experience to for-hire rides, giving users the ability to ...

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    Sometime early next year, be that the tail end of winter or the early days of spring, Apple will start selling its Apple Watch. With three primary models, each available in a couple sizes and with your choice of bands, there's going to be plenty of selection to go around. Between all the options, will you find a Watch that's compelling enough to make a purchase? Apple looks to be expecting some pretty substantial interest, with industry rumors reporting an initial sales target of 30-40 million of these smartwatches. That figure comes from sources apparently involved in the production of ...

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    Though the bigger YouTube news of the day may be the announcement of YouTube Music Key, that's not to say that this latest YouTube iOS update isn't important. It, too, brings music-related changes for the world, with the introduction of a music dashboard and the YouTube Mix playback option. Let's first discuss the music-focused dashboard. It'll give you an overview in the "What to Watch" section of the most popular music videos / songs on the service, as well as iTunes Radio-esque curated playlists called Mixes. Mixes can be based on either a song or an artist, and the feature allows you ...

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    For the longest time now we've been hearing about some big ideas Google has for YouTube, introducing a new subscription component to the service while simultaneously delivering long-overdue features like offline playback and the ability to keep audio from clips playing in the background on our phones. Back over the summer a rich new leak arrived that attempted to detail much of what we could expect, while also teasing the YouTube Music Key name. Today, Google goes ahead and makes it all official, announcing the launch of its Music Key beta. Here's how it works: pay eight dollars a month ...

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    Yesterday we caught wind of a long overdue fix arriving for some frustrating behavior of Apple's iMessage service, where the phone numbers of people who had previously used iMessage got “trapped” in the system, preventing other iMessage users from sending text messages to these ex-users' phones. Apple's solution was to launch an online iMessage deregistration tool, where you could once and for all tell Apple to stop associating your phone number with a now-dormant iMessage account. And while that's going to help out a lot going forward, it doesn't do much to resolve the months and ...

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    Apple’s newest iOS devices are finally here and everyone wants them. For a limited time at the Pocketnow Deals Store, you could win a brand spanking new iPad Air 2 and an iPhone 6, both in the prestigious color of gold, with The Golden Apple Giveaway. The lucky person who wins The Golden Apple Giveaway will instantly be the envy of his or her family and friends. It’s one thing to have a shiny new iPad Air 2 or iPhone 6, but to have them both at the same time, as well as in gold, takes things to a new level. For those unfamiliar with the technology being offered in this contest, the ...

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    The iPhones (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) of 2014 are bigger; both of them. Apple has finally decided to give up on whatever it was that made the company stick to the form factor of the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, and the slightly smaller ones on the 4s, 4, and previous generation. Samsung played a huge role in setting a trend for bigger smartphones with its first Galaxy Note, and, ever since, the industry has been moving in the direction of bigger screens. The way it was before the two iPhones of this year, most of the competition's mini phones were larger than Apple's flagship. However, Apple ...

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    Long-time Apple users, especially those who juggled their mobile subscriptions between iPhones and devices on competing platforms, have only been all too aware of some lousy logic Apple's iMessage service has been employing when trying to work out where to send texts. Even after moving on to another OS, texts from iOS users meant to go to your number would end up stuck in an iMessage black hole, never reaching you as intended. It sure took long enough, but Apple has now finally made available an online tool for performing iMessage deregistration, mitigating the impact of this issue. ...

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