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    Apple may have backed off from April 24 as the formal availability date for the Apple Watch, but with shipments already hitting customer doorsteps, the era of the Apple smartwatch has unquestionably arrived. While many of you will be content to slap the wearable on your wrists and go about enjoying it as Apple intended, the crew over at iFixit had slightly different aspirations for their Apple Watch, and have sacrificed a shiny new Apple Watch Sport to tear it open and see what makes it tick. Smartphones may already be marvels of modern micro-engineering, but smartwatches sure manage to ...

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    The four-inch iPhone that's been rumored to return to join its now-larger brethren for the next generation of Apple's smartphone hardware may not be happening this year as anticipated – at least not according to the latest analyst report we've seen. But even if that model is still a long way off, could there be hope for another petite iOS device? That's what we're wondering this afternoon as we check out a rumor that Apple's finally getting ready to deliver a new iPod touch, one that could arrive later this year. Considering how long it's been since Apple really updated the hardware of ...

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    Miniaturization has been the name of the evolution game over the last few years as mobile devices are now more powerful that some of the technology currently used in outer Space.The evolution the ARM's RISC-based architecture has been key in allowing the mobile device revolution of the last few years, and according to certain leaks, miniaturization is still a work in progress. A leaked ARM presentation shows us the reference design for ARM processors in the future, and all point to 10 and 16nm CPUs with Greek mythology codenames. Ares would be the high end 10nm core processor with a 1-1.2W ...

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    Apple is famous for owning an insane amount of patents that it hasn't ever used. When it comes to display patents, we even remember a patent the company filed for a flexible display that can emulate a keyboard a few months ago. Today we learn of a new Apple display patent, and this time it focuses on touch. Apple was granted a patent today for a display that makes use of an actuator to vibrate the surface of the glass and even change its temperature, in a way to make users feel that they're touching a particular material. This actuator moves in different directions and at different speeds ...

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    For many, the Apple Watch sold out too early to even allow them to think twice about it. Apple's odd strategy to not sell the Apple Watch on its own stores tomorrow has generated significant controversy, as online stores are not offering shipping times earlier than June. Still, there were some lucky enough to land a timely order for launch date, and some good news have begun to arrive today. Apple has already begun to send shipment alerts to those who were lucky enough to order an Apple Watch on time. As of today, the status for these products appears as "shipped," for the US or ...

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    The Apple Watch sport has proven to be one of the best selling Apple wearables so far, and it makes sense given the price difference with the stainless steel Apple Watch. That said, there is a level of compromise as aluminum is not a common material for Watches, or at least not as common as stainless steel, and neither is the Ion-X glass used on the Apple Watch Sport when compared to sapphire. We already know that sapphire is second only to diamonds when it comes to durability, but it seems Ion-X didn't do so well. A recent video from Unbox Therapy has emerged on YouTube testing the Apple ...

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    We've heard a ton of rumors surrounding a possible 4-inch iPhone mini launch later this year. Surely the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have proven to be very successful over the last few months, but there is still a significant market interested in better one-handed usability. For that matter, Apple still sells the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, and that might not be good for an iPhone mini project. KGI Securities has a very positive track record when it comes to Apple predictions, and today Ming-Chi Kuo claims that we might not see a brand new 4-inch iPhone until 2016. The reasons have a lot to do ...

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    Apple's smartphones just are not having a lot of luck when it comes to SSL this week. Yesterday we told you about a problem affecting several hundred iOS apps, whereby it was theoretically possible that an attacker could intercept app data traffic. Well easy fix, right – just don't use any of those problem apps until they're updated? Fine for that issue, maybe, but today we learn of a new vulnerability for which there isn't yet any obvious fix, as researchers reveal a denial of service attack that can crash apps or even iOS itself over a WiFi connection. The attack relies on a special ...

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    Even though Apple's App Store certification process is a developer's worse nightmare, it has done a great job in keeping iOS free from many of the emerging malware trends of the last few years. Sadly that particular topic changes every day, so there's no guarantee that your device is completely safe from any sort of hack, and today we learn of another one. An HTTPS vulnerability bug was discovered back in February that affects version 2.5.1 of AFNetwork, a popular networking library used for iOS and OS X apps. This bug allows attackers to access sensitive and private information through ...

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    WhatsApp may have started life as a simple messaging service, but after building up a user base that numbers in the hundreds of millions, the app's been working to expand its feature set into new modes of communication. Following some teases last year, WhatsApp for Android gained voice call support and the end of March. Windows Phone users are still waiting for the feature to come their way, but another platform is going to get there before them, as voice calling arrives for WhatsApp on iOS today. Well, the new version of the app is out, at least, updating WhatsApp to 2.12.1. That contains ...

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    Microsoft has shown a significant level of interest in supporting the Apple Watch since it was announced. A quick update to OneDrive for iOS allows users to view and edit photo albums on their wrist, something that even though cumbersome, may be useful for some. If you thought Microsoft was done with OneDrive, think again, as things just got more useful. Microsoft has just updated its PowerPoint for iOS, and among the changes, we now find Apple Watch controls. You can now slide back and forth through a presentation, and you even get the elapsed time that you've taken with the presentation, ...

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    It would be fantastic if devices that once supported a service were guaranteed to keep doing so for years and years to come – that if Netflix works on your TV today, or your car streams Pandora, that it will keep right on working through future server-end upgrades. Sadly, that's not necessarily the case, and given enough time, client-side software can lose the ability to communicate with the service behind it. That's what happening to a number of YouTube-accessing devices right now, as Google updates its API and breaks compatibility with old viewers. The affected hardware includes old ...

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    Those who pre-ordered an Apple Watch have been in a bit of a weird situation; at first, the pushed-back delivery dates may have seemed disheartening, with many dates pushing well into summer. But then reports arrived suggesting the Watch would ship on time, and then reports contradicting that very claim. There wasn't much clarity on any matter, really. Now today a report from MacRumors suggests that Apple is moving Watches to distribution points across the United States for on-time shipments on the 24th. Considering pre-orderers of certain models are receiving notifications of Apple ...

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    Even though jailbreaking isn't as popular as it was a few years ago, there is still a very active community working on cracking Apple's code. iOS 8.4 beta 1 was released a few weeks ago to developers, and even though the list of changes isn't vast, the new Music app does prove to be a worthy reason to upgrade. If you currently have a jailbroken iPhone and are worried about upgrading, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. Famous code-breaker i0n1c just came tweeted that he was able to Jailbreak iOS 8.4 beta 1, and there's even a video proving it. The source of vulnerability ...

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    Apple has been famous for battling boot up times since the launch of the second-generation MacBook Air. People were clearly in shock when they saw a computer startup from scratch to a lock screen in just a second or two, and that has been the standard for most Macs running on a solid state drive. Sadly the story is dramatically different with Apple's iOS lineup, and if you thought the Apple Watch would do better, think again. A video was recently published on YouTube showing the Apple Watch startup process, and believe it or not, it takes a crazy 70 seconds. Just to give you an idea, it ...

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    Mobile payments may not necessarily revolutionize how you pay for goods and services, but they can still be a convenient (and sometimes even fun) way to break up the monotony of cards and cash. Last year Apple tipped its toe in the contactless mobile payment waters with the release of the NFC-supporting iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the matching Apple Pay service. While that's been great for users in the US, where Apple Pay is currently active, iOS users abroad haven't yet been able to join in. We've already heard rumors about Apple's efforts to expand Apple Pay to new markets like Europe, and ...

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    Halo is definitely one of Microsoft’s crown jewels, and one of the biggest differentiators in its Xbox platform. The launch of Halo: Spartan Assault on Windows Phone, Windows 8.1 and Steam made a lot of sense two years ago, as these were all platforms where Microsoft wanted to use the Halo brand to extend mindshare. Today we finally get a sequel for the game, but this time Microsoft wants to expand further. Halo: Spartan Strike finally goes live today after it was announced back in October 2014, and those of you lucky enough to carry a Windows 8.1 computer, Windows Phone, Steam account ...

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    If you're tired of iPad Pro (or iPad Plus) leaks, so are we, and that's mainly because we've spent a good portion of this and last year talking about it. At some point we assumed that the new MacBook was really what all the fuss was about, but more case leaks continue to emerge, and saying otherwise. Today we find some new leaks from Asian case makers, and it seems that Apple is ready for a change. First of all, the case leaks show us much of what we had seen in the past. A 12.9-inch display that's now accompanied by dual speakers on the sides, both new changes to the existing iPads that ...

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    Even with all the negative reviews surrounding the Apple Watch, this reminds us of the time when Steve Jobs unveiled the first-generation iPad and none of us in the tech media liked it. History ended up proving us wrong, with the iPad selling more in a year, than 10 years of Tablet PC sales, and so far, the story seems to repeat itself with the Apple Watch. KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is famous for accurate predictions, and so far it seems that Apple has sold a crazy 2.3 million Apple Watch units, which is already more than the whole smartwatch market combined. The statement also claims that ...

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    A soda can, airplane fuselage, and your iPhone may all be crafted out of aluminum, but that doesn't mean you should expect the same things from all of them. The main reason is that we're not talking about pure elemental aluminum, but various aluminum alloys: mixtures of aluminum with other trace elements in order to modify its physical and chemical properties. Some may be harder, while others softer and easier to machine. Now a new rumor claims that Apple could be thinking about changing-up which aluminum alloys it uses for its products in an effort to make the next iPhone more durable. ...

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    Reports of Apple Watch delays have been crossing our desks ever since the device's initial announcement way back in September of last year, which serves as some explanation for Apple announcing that the smartwatch would begin shipping on April 24 during its March "Spring Forward" event. But it's possible that Apple won't even be able to hit that mark – following the opening of pre-orders on April 10, shipping estimates quickly began shipping to dates well into the summer. Now Apple has done away entirely with its Apple Watch availability date of April 24 from its Watch website; is this ...

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    Microsoft has become a preview machine over the last couple of months with Satya Nadella's leadership. From a free preview of Windows 10 for desktops and phones, to a preview of Office 2016 for the Mac, it's clear that Microsoft wants to gain loyal customers through free testing. Office 2016 for the Mac has proven to be very popular so far, and with today's update, even iOS and Android get some love. Microsoft has just launched Office Delve for iOS and Android, as companion apps to Office 2016. The service requires Office 365, and the idea is for this app to serve as a companion to Office. ...

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    Even though Apple and Samsung are more famous for their courtroom battles, that doesn't change the fact that their partnerships for hardware internals keep growing. Samsung currently supplies Apple with processors, flash storage, RAM chips and even display technology in a few cases, but rumors point to more collaboration to come. Trusted sources claim that Samsung has just built a team of around 200 employees, and their sole purpose is to design and build new displays for Apple. It's not clear as to what these displays will power, or if these are multiple displays for Apple's future ...

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    At this point in time, we're probably just five months away from Apple's next iPhone models going official. We've already heard plenty about what sort of improvements the next generation of the company’s smartphones may deliver, including things like new SoCs, higher RAM capacity, and maybe even the Apple Watch's Force Touch. One idea that's been mentioned before has been a serious camera upgrade, with things like an optical zoom or maybe even a dual-sensor arrangement suggested. Now Apple's latest acquisition is adding fuel to that rumor fire, as the company scoops up Israel's LinX ...

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    Even though Apple launched iOS 8.3 just a few days ago, it seems that Cupertino was already hard at work with its next software update. The company has just seeded iOS 8.4 to developers this morning, and so far the biggest news are focused on Apple's new Music app. Most of us have complained over how barebones Apple's music player became since the launch of iOS 7, but not any more. The list of changes is rather significant, so let's focus on the main features that visually changed for the better: A new design - Aesthetically it still looks like the old music player, but things have ...

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