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    Dealing with a broken smartphone can be an abject nightmare, not to mention a pretty expensive proposition, so it's little surprise that users often turn to their most accessible, most affordable options for repair – even if that may not mean dealing with an authorized service agent. After all, your phone's already broken, so what's the harm, right? Well, for a growing number of iPhone users that harm is only becoming apparent after the fact, as they get locked out of their phones when attempting to install their latest system updates. The culprit is the Touch ID sensor embedded in the ...

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    Well, that was fast. The second best but rapidly improving web mapping service for iOS devices picked up a small update only a couple of weeks back, growing the list of places where Flyover support is offered, plus real-time Traffic and Transit information, and already, Apple Maps goes through another makeover. This one isn’t major either, and doesn’t change anything about the way the app looks, or even how it behaves for users in roughly 99 percent of worldwide markets targeted by Cupertino. The remaining one percent however should rejoice upon hearing they can now “fly over” ...

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    It may seem like Microsoft is fighting a losing battle in web search, but sometimes, even ranking second can be good enough for a tech giant of Redmond’s caliber, as long as that means servicing more than 20 percent of US e-queries. On Android devices, you have to figure it’s much harder for Bing to steal a couple of percentage points away from Google, though the app’s latest major update should definitely help. The key is to keep an open mind, and at least give the perennial underdog a chance, as the potential is clearly there for Bing to surprise you. Previously rolled out to iOS ...

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    Global iPhone sales set a new all-time record during the holiday season (ahead of a radical projected decline), while Samsung reported an unprecedented quarterly dip, so you’d probably expect the US mobile market to have gone with the worldwide flow. But surprise, surprise, the Galaxy actually increased its share of American smartphone subscribers, from 27.6 percent between July and September to 28.4 in the year’s final 90-day window. Meanwhile, Cupertino somehow lost almost a percentage point, though its local manufacturer domination is in no danger, the gap to second place sitting at ...

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    Apple's in the business of buying old iPhones. Maybe the company doesn't quite position it like that, but if your iPhone isn't ancient (iPhone 4 or newer), Apple will offer you a little cash when trading in your old model for the purchase of a new one – from as little as $100 in the case of the iPhone 4, to as much as $350 for a iPhone 6 Plus (and that's not even touching on the new lease program). But while Apple's happy to take a used-but-in-good-condition iPhone off your hands, the situation quickly starts going south when you're talking about a damaged phone. Now a new rumor claims ...

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    The first few months of any given year are a perfect time for evaluating the past 12-month success of different devices and classes of tech products, as well as trying to guess what comes next. For wearables in general, and smartwatches in particular, 2015 was a good though perhaps not stellar year, while 2016 is shaping up to be considerably better. According to Gartner research, a total of 232 million wearable electronic devices were sold worldwide between last January and December, a number predicted to surge by a healthy 18.4 percent, to close to 275M units by the end of this year. The ...

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    While there’s no disputing the benefits of a completely ad-free YouTube watching experience, no third-party apps or browser extensions needed, Google felt a little greedy and unreasonable to charge $10 a month just for that. But YouTube Red isn’t all about canceling video interruptions, as it also includes a Play Music subscription at no additional costs, easy offline saving capabilities, and background play support for mobile device multitasking. Plus, early service adopters will get to exclusively enjoy a trio of original movies produced by top YouTube content creators, as well as a ...

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    Based on Google’s more than healthy recent financial report, and generally gloomy iPhone sales predictions for at least the current quarter, we wouldn’t have been shocked to see Alphabet exceeding Apple’s market capitalization through summer or even fall. But the simultaneous iPhone 5se/Apple Watch S/iPad Air 3 announcement is drawing near, and Wall Street clearly trusts the three new iDevices will strike gold at the box-office, covering for the waning mainstream appeal of the first-gen “iWatch”, as well as the overly familiar iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Either that, or traders simply ...

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    It was bound to happen sooner or later. After all, we’ve been hearing about the constant growth of smartphones in India since… forever, and the country is roughly four times as populous as the United States. It’s therefore perhaps surprising it took so long to reach a billion mobile users in the region, 220 million of which are reportedly on Android, iOS or Windows Phone. With a 22 percent yearly hike in smartphone shipments, and a 15 percent boost in Q4 2015 alone, it doesn’t look like this market is in danger of saturation either, so the user base, the world’s second largest ...

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    The saga between VirnetX and Apple has been running since about the start of the decade. It's now come to a blow against Cupertino. The Arizona-based patent holding company has successfully argued that Apple infringed four of its patents concerning VPN and FaceTime interfaces. An attorney for VirnetX said that the award was "well-deserved" while an Apple representative said "cases like this simply reinforce the desperate need for patent reform." Apple requested for the judge to declare a mistrial because the company believed that laweyers for VirnetX had "blatantly [misrepresented] the ...

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    Is there still room for a dedicated fitness tracker in your life? Between widening adoption of full-fledged smartwatches, and all the sensor data our phones are capable of gathering themselves, you might think that traditional activity trackers were at risk of becoming a hard sell, but for a lot of users, their compact sizes, laser-focused feature set, and affordable price tags have continued to make them an attractive proposition. Today Fitbit announces its latest effort, the petite Alta band. Alta tracks steps, computes calories burned, and gathers sleep data. It's water resistant, ...

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    There are two conflicting theories circulating around the rumor mill in regards to the second-generation Apple Watch no doubt slated for a 2016 rollout. This will either break cover in a month or two and highly resemble its predecessor both internally and externally, or wait until fall to commercially launch and bring a slew of important hardware and software revisions to the table. Like it or not, the former hypothesis is gaining credibility by the day, as well-informed tipsters and analysts chime in with intel supporting the existence of a so-called Apple Watch S. Piper Jaffray’s ...

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    The Financial Times is sourcing "people familiar" to report that Microsoft will acquire TouchType, the company that makes algorithm-assisted keyboard app Swiftkey, for $250 million.This is the Microsoft's first acquisition of a mobile-centric services provider in 2016. It acquired the developers of the Accompli, Sunrise Calendar, Wunderlist apps in the past year or so. The eight-year-old company, which most recently reported sales of just £8.4 million ($12.1 million), is currently held in the majority by venture capital and angel firms while company co-founders Jon Reynolds and Ben ...

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    Wearables need to put up with a ton of abuse, and manufacturers go to some lengths to ensure that their products are ready to withstand the rigors of everyday use. For Apple, that meant giving its Apple Watch a tough scratch-resistant screen, either in the form of “Ion-X” glass on its more affordable Sport model, or a synthetic sapphire crystal on more premium editions. Even with that protection, though, accidents will happen – so whose fault is the damage, then? One Apple Watch owner in Wales didn't think that he should be liable for a crack that developed on the screen of his Apple ...

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    No matter which of the major smartphone platforms you call your favorite, you've got plenty of reasons to be excited these next few months. Android users are looking forward to some major flagship launches, and MWC will bring more than enough new hardware to usher them into spring. Windows aficionados have the looming arrival of Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing hardware to cheer about. And in the Apple camp, we've been hearing a lot about a rumored March event that could bring us not just the four-inch iPhone 5se, but also new Apple Watch hardware (even if it's just bands) and maybe ...

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    Unless you’ve been living under a very remote rock, you’re probably aware by now of the Iowa Caucuses’ outcome in both the Republican and Democratic presidential nomination competitions. The contest for the overall final is more evenly matched than ever, as Bernie Sanders lost the first provisional battle to Hillary Clinton by a measly five delegate votes, and Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio’s hopes for ultimately getting elected remain alive and well. In case you need some online help keeping track of the heated races going forward, Google hooks you up with a number of ...

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    Technically, the world’s most popular email service and the hottest cross-platform instant messaging client for smartphones aren’t direct rivals. In fact, the vast majority of the latter’s adopters also probably use the former app on their handhelds or desktops. But Google (or should we say Alphabet?) and WhatsApp (or rather Facebook) came forward nearly simultaneously with official word of both their user bases exceeding a billion people, and that’s unlikely to have been a coincidence. Clearly, Mark Zuckerberg wanted to rain on Gmail’s parade, presenting an achievement that’s ...

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    I'm not paying y'all $9.99 for my search not to be working, what is the problem @AppleMusic? 😡 — Terra (@Ms_Marshall) February 1, 2016 Apple Music, after the debut, the trials by fire and the death glares, now has a core base of users. And they are mad. Mad because of a problem that Spotify does not. Many users on Twitter and in Apple's support forums are complaining of the search function either not delivering results properly or at all and/or blanking out when called to deliver an artist profile or track. In one case, partial search terms would be autocompleted by the search engine ...

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    Apple's supposed to have a big launch event in mid-March, and with just a few weeks to go between now and then, the leaks and rumors have seriously been picking up in earnest. A lot of the recent chatter hasn't concerned the four-inch iPhone 5se, nor the new Apple Watch hardware, but what Apple has in the works for its next tablet: the iPad Air 3. Last year passed us by without a new iPad Air model, but now all indications have been pointing to Apple finishing up work on a new edition, one that will mirror the jumbo-sized iPad Pro in more than a few ways. We've already seen one leaked ...

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    As part of a government initiative suggestively titled “Make in India”, a number of top-tier foreign smartphone manufacturers have been swayed to assemble their products locally by way of tax cuts and other incentives. The program was established in late 2014, and already, it’s helped significantly boost production in dozens of mobile plants recently erected in the second global market to reach a billion active handheld users. How significantly? According to Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, no less than 100 million smartphones were built in India during 2015, up from “just” ...

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    Apple's rumored March event is shaping up to be one to rival even the annual fall iPhone launch, and we find ourselves getting the four-inch iPhone 5se, some next-gen Apple Watch hardware, and maybe even Apple's next tablet, tipped to be a new iPad Air model. Reports have recently looked into what changes we could expect from the iPad Air 3, including picking up a few iPad Pro features, and maybe even adding a flash to its camera in the process. One week back, we looked at a schematic leak that appeared to support those rumors, and today we check out an early case design that's singing ...

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    It sure was surprising to see Apple enable on iOS the kind of feature you’d expect to first get on an open-source, tinkerer-friendly ecosystem, but while Google Chrome’s mobile version continues to oppose ad-blocking extensions, third-party Android hardware and software manufacturers join the fight against online publicity. First, Asus, and now Samsung allow their devoted customers to easily thwart ads, as long as you’re comfortable conducting your on-the-go web browsing business on the two’s pre-installed e-surfing apps. Samsung Internet 4.0 can be made to work on Galaxy devices ...

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    After many years of constant, impressive growth in overall smartphone demand, the Chinese market hit a big stagnation point in 2015, according to at least two research firms, with new trends favoring domestic manufacturers over the rulers of the Western mobile world. Things got so bad for Samsung in the single biggest market around the globe that the Galaxy failed to make the local top five both in Q4 and as far as the whole year is concerned. Huawei won the October – December gold medal, with 15.2 percent share, followed closely by Xiaomi, Apple, Vivo and OPPO, at 14.8, 13.1, 10 and 9.2 ...

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    USB type-C is here in full force, offering convenient reversible cables, high power throughput for fast charging, and maybe even the dream of a brighter, more prosperous tomorrow. Or at least, it would, if we weren't still just a bit sore about having to buy a bunch of new accessories to support it. If your latest smartphone (or hell, even laptop) purchase has brought you into the world of USB type-C connectivity, you've probably already started arming yourself with all manner of cables, but that's just part of the solution. Now Sony's announcing a new USB type-C accessory that looks ...

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    If you're a company making mobile devices right now, you're either already developing your own virtual reality hardware, or you're seriously worried about missing if you don't. Samsung and HTC have already made efforts to get in on the ground floor, and as high-profile devices like the Vive and Oculus Rift get ready to reach consumer hands, we're hearing about more and more companies putting serious efforts into making sure that they don't get left behind – firms like Google, doubling down on early interest and recruiting new talent to keep ahead of the VR curve. The latest company to ...

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