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    No matter where you go, buying an iPhone can prove to be an expensive prospect. Whether you're shelling out for the handset's full retail price, or incorporating the phone's cost as part of your ongoing carrier bill, you'll likely end up paying more than you would for an Android or Windows Phone model; that's just the way things are, and no matter which country we're talking about, Apple hardware fetches premium prices. This week, though, we're not so much talking about hardware as we are services, thanks to Apple flipping the switch on Apple Music. And while Apple plays up the global ...

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    Apple has used the "s" after an iPhone's product name as a representation of additional speed, ever since the old iPhone 3GS. As such we've seen the company retain the same design as the existing model, but with added performance benefits. We're expecting this to be the exact same case with the iPhone 6s, and today we get a major tip of where this will be focused on. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will reportedly use Qualcomm's new MDM9635M chip, also known as the ‘9X35′ Gobi modem platform. The major benefit with this change when compared to the current “9X25″ chip we see on ...

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    One of the most common trends ever since smartphone screens started getting larger, was for video consumption to grow. YouTube has made gigantic leaps in the quality it can support from video producers like us to consumers on a desktop, but we've also seen the company gradually bring this support to mobile. Today we see the company expand support of new features to mobile users. YouTube has just published an "HFR FTW" post on its YouTube blog. By this, the Google-owned company has just confirmed that both iOS and Android devices will now support 60 FPS video streaming. This feature was ...

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    Believe it or not, the last time Apple refreshed its iPod lineup was back in year 2012. It makes sense for Apple to loosen its on the iPod with the success of the iPhone, given the company always knew that it would be at the cost of killing its own music player. That last thing we'd expect is for Cupertino to continue refreshing the lineup, but its seems something is coming after all. When connecting an iPod to iTunes 12.2, which is necessary for users to enjoy Apple Music, we were greeted with the odd surprise of new iPod colors. We see an iPod Touch in dark blue, an iPod nano in Gold, ...

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    These days, just like with smartphones, new music streaming services have to do something different to be able to compete. It's not just about being able to listen to your music anymore; people look to apps like Spotify, Google Play Music, and Rdio for sharing their favorite songs, listening to radio stations, and much, much more. Personally, I wouldn't be able to see myself paying for a service that doesn't allow for offline playback and link sharing. One of Apple's biggest advantages right from the start is its massive music library, but what other features of Apple Music will entice new ...

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    In a perfect world, each time we topped-up the charge on our portable electronics, they'd offer just as much juice as they did the first day we brought them home. But the reality of the situation is that even the latest modern batteries degrade over time, with capacity slowly (and sometimes not so slowly) dwindling away. Some of us look to devices with replaceable batteries as a solution, while others turn to service plans. Not all warranties are created equal, though, and many explicitly refrain from insuring a battery's ongoing capacity. This week Apple makes some changes to its own ...

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    If you've used music streaming service, you've used them all. Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and other services all have roughly the same feature set, and focus around letting you access a huge library of music from anywhere, any time. Apple has historically been reluctant to embrace music streaming, instead pushing iTunes and the benefits of owning your tracks. But as of today, that all changes, as Apple has just released Apple Music to the masses, bundled into iOS version 8.4. Like competing services, Apple Music allows for radio streaming, playlists, sharing songs, and more, but the idea here ...

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    Cupertino has called its Apple Watch the "most personal" device it has ever made, and that's kind of true. You have to actually like a product a lot in order to be willing to wear it, and given the reported sales of the Apple Watch, that could hold true. The only bummer is that as a first generation product, there are a ton of limitations in its functionality, but it doesn't seem that Apple is resting in its laurels. Today we discover a new patent that allows the Apple Watch to detect when users shake hands with other Apple Watch users, or share a Hi-5, or even a bow it seems. The patent ...

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    We're probably just over two months away from the launch of the next iPhone models. Rumors have suggested we'll be seeing the introduction of an iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, as last year's pair of size options returns with some upgraded hardware. But just what's changing? The arrival of Force Touch has been one of the less controversial suggestions, and given the support it's managed to pick up, feels almost like a certainty. Other rumors have been more difficult to get a read on, especially in the absence of evidence. Well as luck would have it, evidence is just what we're turning to this ...

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    We've heard a lot about Samsung Galaxy S6 sales; some reports claimed that things are looking good, others insinuated that the situation could be better. You never know who to trust when it comes down to bits like these, and today's report doesn't manage to shed more light either (granted, the report is based on "industry watchers'" findings and insights, so there's, as usual, room for speculation). Said sources claim that Samsung Galaxy S6 sales are falling short of expectations for Q2 of the year; the situation is reportedly not brighter when it comes to Samsung's domestic competitor, ...

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    Hound is SoundHound's new voice assistant to compete with the likes of Google Now, Siri, and Cortana. It, like the others, can launch apps, run search queries, identify songs, and more, but one thing that's caught wide attention for this service is its ability to process complex, multi-part queries in a manner similar to Wolfram Alpha. Questions like "What is the population and capital for Japan and China?" work without a hitch, and very quickly at that. But rarely will most people ask a voice assistant such complicated questions. Instead, most people use these services for quick searches ...

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    While we're waiting patiently for that long-rumored Hangouts 4.0 Android update to land, we get to watch iOS get all the fun a tad bit early. This isn't much of a surprise, really – iOS saw a Hangouts redesign ages ago that still surpasses the sorry state of the Android app as it stands currently – but it is unfortunate for those of us who have been waiting for a long, long time for this to come to Android. If you're using iOS, though, this is a welcome change, bringing Hangouts some new changes bolstering the user experience. The changes center around the app's user interface for the ...

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    Back in April, Sprint announced a unique new initiative that would bring its sales and support staff outside the company's stores and into the homes of its users. The carrier's Direct 2 You program allowed users to pick out new devices, have Sprint personnel deliver them directly to their door, and then take care of data migration and device setup – all the same kinds of service you might expect from an in-store visit. And while we were quite curious to see how shoppers would respond to this project, availability's been relatively limited so far. Today Sprint starts making real headway ...

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    Tomorrow is June 30, and beyond meaning that July is nearly here, that date also marks when Apple is set to flip the switch on its new streaming music service, as the WWDC-announced Apple Music first becomes available to listeners. And while we're hugely looking forward to that in its own right, it appears we're going to have one more new arrival to anticipate for tomorrow, as we get word that Apple's also set to begin distribution of iOS 8.4. We've seen signs that the public release of 8.4 was nearly ready to go, and now Apple Music senior director Ian Rogers spells it all out in a new ...

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    As we're getting closer and closer to the time when Apple usually unveils its iPhone, the rumors are starting to slowly pile up. We've already heard mentions of a possible adoption of Force Touch, from the Apple Watch, and there were even bold reports of the iPhone becoming curved at one point (and no, we're not talking #bendgate). Today's latest bits come from the Korean media, and they refer to the screen of the iPhone. No, not the iPhone 6s (or whatever its name will be) from this year, not even the 7, or 7s, but maybe the 8 (if our calculations are right; the report claims 2018). Given ...

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    As developers currently test the second beta of OS X El Capitan, iOS 9 and watchOS 2, it's hard not for these to not reveal more than just the future of Apple software. These builds need to bring support for every product they were designed for, and this could include products that haven't been launched by Apple yet, given the fall timeline for these betas to go official. If you're in the market for a new iMac or Apple TV, it might be a good idea to wait. OS X El Capitan code reveals a possible new 21.5-inch iMac with a 4K display. At the moment if you want ultra-high resolution on an ...

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    After the tragic events that happened in South Carolina recently, a lot of companies have decided to remove products that use the confederate flag. We've seen major retailers following this trend, some removing clothes that portray the flag all together. Obviously as things go digital, these are not the only retailers joining the plan. Tim Cook recently tweeted: "My thoughts are with the victim's families in SC.Let us honor their lives by eradicating racism & removing the symbols & words that feed it." As such Apple has begun removing apps that portray the Confederate Flag, though ...

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    The Apple Watch may not be so bad after all when it comes to battery life, but it's definitely no Pebble Time either. You can get 1.5 days on average with it, so long as you don't train at the gym for more than an hour, or simply don't use it for fitness. We thought the idea of bringing extra functionality through watch straps was only a Pebble idea, but it isn't. Reserve Strap for Apple Watch is planned to make its debut on November 3, and it's main selling point is adding an extra 30 hours of battery life to the 1.5 days you already get, which would pretty much mean doubling it. It's not ...

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    Apple hasn't necessarily re-invented te wheel with its Force Touch technology on the Apple Watch, but it did prove to be extremely useful on the new MacBook. It's clear that the use for this technology is beneficial when used in a larger canvas, and any rumors have claimed that the next generation iPhone will be benefited by this. This is not just a software gimmick though, and today we learn more about the progress of this new hardware. Asian suppliers close to the matter have just confirmed that Apple has placed a substantial order for the flexible printed circuit boards that are ...

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    Apple has gained a lot of fame over the quality of its iPhone cameras since the iPhone 4 back in 2010. It's taken years for competitors to be able to match this level of quality, but after five years, we can safely say that competitors have surpassed Apple by a lot with products like the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6. Apple is now pressured to come up with something great for the next iPhone, and today we learn of how long the company has been working on it. Altek is the company responsible for the dual-lens camera setups we currently see from HTC and Huawei, and its CEO Xiaru Wen has just ...

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    Who doesn't love taking home a new smartphone? For several years now, the big US carriers have offered subscribers special plans that keep them hooked-up with new hardware at a far brisker pace than you'd get just waiting around for regular upgrade eligibility on a subsidized plan: things like T-Mobile JUMP! and AT&T Next. Though they all had their various trade-offs, they still meant that you could start fresh with a new phone far more often than you might otherwise be able to. Now T-Mobile's got an interesting new spin on the concept, as it introduces its JUMP! On Demand system. ...

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    When it comes to bringing smartphone interaction to a vehicle, without the risk of a fender bender, CarPlay and Android Auto are the way to go so far. The only problem is that even though these services were launched a year ago, it took for ever for car makers to adopt them, and it would force you to buy a new car if you wanted some love. Lucky for us Pioneer and Kenwood gave us an affordable alternative, and one of the options goes live today. The Kenwood DDX9702S and Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S are both shipping to stores and customers today, and what made them stand apart from Pioneer's ...

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    Facebook Messenger is much more than a convenient way to get in touch with your friends while you're busy wasting time on Facebook, and has evolved into an important communication tool in its own right. We've known that Facebook has grand plans for the service, and have already seen some big improvements this year, like the arrival of mobile payments and video calls. The next major change for Messenger concerns how users access the service, giving them the ability to sign up without the need for a full Facebook account. Starting in the US, Canada, Peru, and Venezuela, users can register ...

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    Accessing real 3D content on your smartphone is a breeze these days, thanks largely to the efforts of Google in promoting its bare-bones Cardboard viewer. A couple lenses, an enclosure for your phone, and you've got everything you need to start checking out tons of 3D apps. And while there are any number of extremely affordable Cardboard viewers out there, there's no beating free, and that's exactly what we're talking about today, as Conan O'Brien hands out free VR viewers for Android and iOS users. Remember the Adult Swim Cardboard-viewer giveaway we heard about back at the start of the ...

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    Even though Google owns the most popular smartphone platform in the world, the company has proven that ignoring strong competitors is a bad idea. We've seen the company update most, if not all of its iOS applications to match Android counterparts in almost every way possible. One of the only services that was left behind was Google Calendar, or at least until today. Google has just published an update for Google Calendar on iOS, and the plan is to have it resemble its Android sibling in just about everything. Google Drive integration is a major update, so now iPhone users can integrate ...

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