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    Yesterday brought us the announcement of Android Pay, Google's new system for integrating mobile payments at a deeper level throughout the company's platform. If you're already a heavy Google Wallet user, it probably sounded pretty good, but some of the details may have given you pause. For instance, Android Pay won't require users to manually start up its app, and instead will go active whenever you unlock your phone. Well, fine, but what if you don't use a lockscreen at all? Will Android Pay still work for you? We're waiting to find out, but now we've got one fewer reason to be ...

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    Have your “friends” been having fun crashing your iPhone all week? The other day we shared with you word of a super-annoying denial-of-service attack that was affecting iOS devices, whereby a specially-crafted text sent to iMessage could crash your iPhone when received. With the potential to be extremely disruptive, we've been on the lookout for a workable fix. Today Apple responds to the issue with word of development on a software update, as well as a workaround that can help restore full system functionality. Apple's formal fix is coming – it just isn't here quite yet, and there's ...

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    At the Google I/O keynote earlier today, Google announced an upgrade we've been looking forward to for a few weeks now, sharing word of the revamped Google Photos. From how you save pictures, to how you search through them, there's a lot changing in this new release, and you're not going to have to wait for Android M to get it. Just hours after its public launch, the new Photos is available now, ready for you to download. While you're free to keep using Drive storage to save full-quality images to the cloud (and counting against your storage allotment), the new Photos introduces a ...

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    Apple Pay has done its fair share of damage when it comes to making mobile payments a thing. Cupertino hasn't necessarily succeeded, but statistics have proven that it has had better luck than Google, in addition to other competitors. We've heard rumors that the service will make it to China and Canada soon, but we also hear of new changes to come. Reports claim that Apple will launch Apple Pay 2.0 at WWDC 2015, even though specifics of what we're getting weren't mentioned. Apple has shown some interest in acquiring certain mobile payment startups, but nothing has been made public yet. ...

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    Apple's Force Touch technology has certainly made a big boom since it became public with the Apple Watch, and Apple's new MacBook. Many of us still find it confusing to determine when an Apple Watch has this command option, but it is cool to have a sort of right-click function on such a small display. We've heard conflicting rumors on this technology reaching the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, mainly because most of these claimed it to be an iPhone 6s Plus exclusive. Trusted supply chain sources now claim that Apple has already made up its mind, and will bring Force Touch to both the iPhone ...

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    Last year at I/O, Google introduced Cardboard, its low-cost 3D viewer for smartphones. Today it's opening the next chapter in the Google Cardboard story, starting off with the announcement of a new viewer. Fan of phablets? The new Cardboard has your name on it, with support for phones with screens up to six inches in diagonal. Input gets improved with the addition of a new physical button that promises to work with any phone under the sun. Assembly is also streamlined, now taking only three main steps, down from a dozen with the original model. Partners are already working on new viewer ...

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    Ever since the old Froyo days, Google Maps has proven to be one of the most useful tools for Android devices. As such, we’ve seen a ton of momentum in how Google updates and brings new services to its Maps application. We really weren’t expecting to see much announced today at Google I/O, but boy were we wrong. On one hand, Google has just announced that its Transit services will now support more cities, like Mexico City, in addition to other cities within India. Now the coolest announcement is that Google Maps will now bring more functionality when offline. At the moment you can only ...

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    We’ve heard a ton of rumors regarding a new Google Photos app, and it finally gets announced today at Google I/O. If you thought that having these services unlinked from Google+ was cool enough, well as it turns out, the news are much broader than just a platform change. Google is seriously doing a lot in order to make this your only photos service, and let’s talk about how. First of all, the focus of this new service is to: 1. Become a home for all your photos and videos available from any device 2. Help you organize and bring your moments to life 3. Make it easy to share and save ...

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    Right now, the events spotlight in the tech world is mainly on Google I/O, but soon after that event goes down Apple will be ready to counter with an annual developers' conference of its own. Following today's likely unveil of Android M, Apple will almost certainly continue the trend it has set in the past few years, and go official with the newest version of iOS (likely to be dubbed iOS 9). It seems as that pivotal WWDC 2015 keynote time has been set for sure by the company. Apple is expected to reveal a new streaming music service, Mac OS X 10.11, as well as iOS 9 during the keynote – ...

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    Were you one of the many smartwatch fans who backed the Pebble Time when it hit Kickstarter back in February? Tens of thousands of you did, and the first shipments are on their way out this week, with the balance of them set to be in the mail by the middle of next month. But what if missed that early adopter window and didn't contribute to the project while the crowdfunding effort was underway? Worry not, for you'll have your own chance to get a Pebble Time order in soon. In addition to providing that update about shipping to backers, Pebble shares that Pebble Time pre-orders will open to ...

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    Google is not only the most popular search engine in the world, but also the one that's fastest at innovating with new features for users. A really cool service that Android users had exclusively was to get app suggestions whenever they searched for something. For example, getting suggestions to download Yelp whenever users searched for restaurant information. We say, "had exclusively" because the service just expanded, or at least it sort of did. Google has just announced that it'll now give iOS users app suggestions for search queries as well. The only catch is that the service will ...

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    Even though Cupertino will want you to believe that its mobile operating system is the most secure and reliable in the world, we know there's no such thing. We've expressed how disappointing things have become for iOS since the launch of iOS 7, and as much as iOS 9 might come to save the day, that doesn't mean you won't have to wait another couple of months to get it. Today we get word on a new iOS bug, that's actually older than many think. Users are complaining of their iPhones randomly rebooting themselves, or in some cases, of having the SMS app crash every time they try to launch it. ...

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    Siri's often spoken of in the same context as Google Now, but there's a wide breadth between the features each service offers. The reason being that Google Now (and even Cortana) is more than just voice-powered search, and also delivers tools that are more in line with what you might get from a personal assistant – and the key there is being proactive about delivering you information. We voiced just such a complaint about Siri this time last year as we were first learning about iOS 8, and with iOS 9 expected to be announced at WWDC in the coming weeks, Apple might finally be ready to ...

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    Both Google and Apple are eager to spread their mobile influences from beyond that tiny device you carry around in your pocket to one that's attached to some slightly more substantial hardware: your car. Just as Apple's got its CarPlay, Google has Android Auto, and we've already seen efforts from both car makers and companies manufacturing after-market in-dash units to deliver models compatible with these systems, like the news we got from Hyundai earlier this week. Now it's GM's turn to get its fleet ready to work with your smartphone, as it shares word of dual CarPlay and Android Auto ...

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    Apple Maps is not only one of Cupertino's most recent flops, but also one that was bad enough to get high level executives fired. As such we've seen the company work hard on getting its mapping services on par with existing competitors, and even then we see Apple Maps lag significantly behind services like Google Maps. We do know that Apple is planning to fix things up a little with iOS 9, and transit maps is what we hear most. Trusted sources claim that while Apple might launch Apple Maps transit services with iOS 9, these won't be ready for prime time at launch. It seems that only a ...

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    Many of the rumors we've heard about iOS 9 have really just focused on telling us that Apple will relax its push of features to the next-generation OS. Apple has a ton of bugs to iron in iOS, and some experts even called iOS 9 as being for iOS what Snow Leopard was for OS X. That said, we don't expect Apple to make this a basic launch either, and today we hear what we should expect. Truste sources claim that even though Apple will announce iOS 9 at WWDC in a few weeks, some of the improvements won't become official until Apple launches new hardware this fall. One of these is Apple's ...

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    Do you do wireless charging? While it still can't come close to competing with the popularity of traditional wired charging, the presence of wireless charging tech in high-profile phones like the Galaxy S6 is helping to continue exposing such systems to broader audiences. But for acceptance to arrive, we don't just need phones that support wireless charging: we also need easy access to chargers. To that end, a couple months back IKEA announced a new range of furniture and home accessories designed with support for embedded wireless chargers in mind. The company said that sales would get ...

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    Windows 10 Mobile is going to be tightly integrated with Windows 10 on PCs: that's a key pillar of Microsoft's platform vision, and promises to help further streamline communication between devices. So while Microsoft smartphones will work smoothly with Windows 10 computers, what about those of us who run Windows on our PCs but elect to go with Android or iOS as our primary mobile ecosystems? Today Microsoft shares some of what it's planning for Android and iOS users on Windows 10, including availability of a Cortana app. That's right: Microsoft's voice assistant will soon be available to ...

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    While there's more than a quarter until Apple unveils the next iPhone, or the next iPhones -- though some reports claim we'll likely see it/them in August -- we're already hearing rumors regarding the 2015 models (tentatively called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus), including some Sony-made camera improvements. On top of those, we're now getting information according to which Apple is working hard on making the new models thinner and lighter, by cutting down on some key components. The BLUs (backlight units) inside the next iPhone/s will reportedly be smaller. Rumor has it Apple will ...

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    Being able to share data between devices can be a chore depending on the platform you've chosen. We could say that each ecosystem tries as much as possible to allow you to copy data from their computer platform to a mobile that belongs to its platform, but to be able to do this between platforms is a true nightmare. Leaks over the weekend showed us that Microsoft is planning to fix that, or at least we thought it was. It's hard to predict if these were controlled leaks or not, but certain users got their hands on the installation files for a service called Microsoft OneClip. In a nutshell, ...

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    Even though modern wearables are anything but reliable when it comes to calculating fitness activities and heart rate data, the Apple Watch is actually not as bad as the rest. Apple has even publicized how the Apple Watch will monitor your heart rate every 10 minutes in order to calculate your daily activity and workouts. You'd think that any software update that Cupertino pushes is for the better on its first-generation product, but reports claim otherwise. Users seem to be complaining about the reliability of the heart rate sensor after Apple pushed its Watch OS 1.0.1 software update ...

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    Jony Ive has had a hand in the design of Apple products going back decades, working on everything from the iMac, to the iPod, and now the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. His influence hasn't stopped at hardware, and we saw Ive play a major role in leading the big UI shake-up that arrived with iOS 7 in 2013. It suffices to say that the Apple products we know today would probably look much different without the benefit of Ive's vision and leadership. In recognition of the debt today's Apple owes to Ive's work, the company has just announced his promotion to a newly created role as Chief ...

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    Even though the iPhone is still regarded as one of the best mobile cameras in the smartphone industry, that doesn't change the fact that competitors like Samsung and LG have clearly outclassed the iPhone's camera, and not just in megapixel count. It's clear that Cupertino needs to bring something new to the table for its next generation smartphones, and even though the rumors of an L-shaped camera with optical zoom gained some traction, it seems that the improvements that are coming will focus on other new technologies currently available. Trusted sources claim that just as we heard a few ...

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    As this week started off, we found ourselves thinking about some upcoming late-summer smartphone launches that might just occur a little bit earlier than expected, and maybe unsurprisingly, Apple seemed connected to all of them. First there was that rumor that Samsung could introduce the Galaxy Note 5 as early as July, supposedly in an effort to get a head start on an iPhone 6S Plus. Then we heard one about Apple itself, suggesting that the new iPhones could debut in August. While Samsung has since stepped up to dismiss that Note 5 rumor, could the early Apple launch still be in play? Some ...

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    The next time Apple refreshes its smartphone lineup, will it introduce a new (slightly) lower-cost, plastic-bodied model like the iPhone 5C? Rumors have occasionally claimed as much, suggesting we'll get some sort of iPhone 6C later this year. There's even been some possible evidence of such hardware, though it's hard to say just how legitimate that might be. But today we're turning to a much more reliable source, as Apple itself publishes an image that sure looks an unknown C-series iPhone. Maybe more precisely, it looks like an iPhone 5C with the addition of Touch ID. Remember, while the ...

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