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    If you own both an Apple Watch and a Nest Thermostat, the two can finally interact with each other. The Nest app for iOS, version 5.6, now lets you adjust the temperature settings from your wrist, something Android Wear has had for a while. On the phone and tablet side, you can now track Dropcam Pro activity in 1080p (with automatic quality adjustment), share a live camera feed with password protection, and see your Nest cameras as sorted by spaces. Download: iOS Via: iMore

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    High-quality smartphone speakers, flexible OLED screens, interchangeable Apple Pencil tips, and Apple Watch-style digital crown mechanisms for other iDevices are just a few of the Cupertino-based giant’s plans the US Patent and Trademark Office disclosed in the past six months or so. But while some of these, including dual rear cameras, could definitely help the iPhone 7 (6SE?) and looming new iPads stand out from previous generations, as well as provide hardware evolution a vast majority of consumers actually want, others would be met with such controversy they’re better left ...

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    Yeah, yeah, we know, it makes little sense to dub the 2016 incremental 6s upgrade the iPhone 7 if Apple indeed plans to switch to a three-year tick-tock-tock release cycle. But iPhone 6SE is still too much of a mouthful, and iPhone 2016 doesn’t sound very... marketable. For the time being, we’ll continue referring to this more-of-the-same duo (not trio, it seems) as the iPhone 7, keeping in mind that we’re rapidly closing in on its glitzy-as-always launch event, where everything shall be officially revealed. The chronology is getting clearer and clearer, with the “week of September ...

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    Let’s be honest, no one could have predicted the rampant, record-breaking success of Pokémon Go, a “freemium” augmented reality mobile game that’s ambitious in concept but ultimately simplistic in its execution. Not Niantic, not Apple or Google, and certainly not Nintendo, which isn’t making as much money here as investors originally assumed. While various analytics firms claim the “catch’ em all” global phenomenon is about to wind down, the companies involved in its development and promotion can probably expect to milk the 1995-created media franchise for a few more ...

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    For the past few months, we’ve seen the world’s three leading mobile payment services routinely add to their support list new countries and banks around the globe, though Apple, Samsung and Google all remained quiet regarding how this constant expansion converted into actual usage growth. Well, Tim Cook finally has some official info to share about Apple Pay adoption numbers, and unlike the Cupertino-based giant’s overall financial outlook, it’s all solid and encouraging. There’s literally nothing that sounds the least bit troublesome, probably because the CEO cherry-picked the ...

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    Is the wearable fad already a thing of the past? Probably not, but Apple, Samsung, Motorola, LG and Huawei have to step on the smartwatch hardware improvement gas to stop the immature market from shrinking any further. There’s only so much super-affordable fitness bands can accomplish, and while the first-gen Apple Watch has sold better than some analysts expected, a sequel is now badly needed to revitalize demand. Ideally, the Apple Watch 2 or Apple Watch S would revise its predecessor’s love-or-hate design, slimming down its profile, reducing bulk and perhaps adding curves to the ...

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    Online chatter about Microsoft looking to beef up and consolidate its multi-factor authenticator services dating as far back as January finally spawns an official announcement today, previewing some big changes coming to security-enhancing apps for your Microsoft account and Azure AD on August 15. No more separating the two… in a few weeks, as the “best of both” worlds is combined into a single product supporting enterprise and consumer “scenarios.” Dubbed simply and fittingly Microsoft Authenticator, the revised app aims to maintain the “highest level of security” while ...

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    While Apple has been known to adopt a number of fancy new mobile technologies in recent years before many of its competitors, including fingerprint recognition and 3D Touch, the world’s most profitable corporation also showed great skepticism towards an entire slate of other innovative features. The jury is still out on whether this fall’s next-gen iPhone, dubbed 7 or 6SE, will finally, properly and officially resist water interaction, whereas the long overdue switch from LCD screens to AMOLEDs is almost surely taking place in 2017. Then there’s so-called iris authentication, which ...

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    Just when you thought there was no way the 2016 iPhone rumor games could get interesting again, following (too) many weeks of essentially the same blurry live pics, questionable renders and videos starring various dummy units and mockups, a credible release timeframe got (ev-)leaked. Evan Blass quickly narrowed the window to a day, September 16, clarifying he meant the retail launch, not the announcement event, but hesitated as he had done before to name this new iPhone duo (not trio). What he and a few other trusted tipsters have always insisted on is the implausibility of the 7 moniker, ...

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    If you’re still wondering how it might be possible for an Android handheld manufacturer to realistically predict 100 million unit global shipments without much of a presence in many key European markets or the US, Counterpoint Research should give you a solid clue. According to the firm’s latest “Monthly Market Pulse”, OPPO claimed a big domestic win for the month of June not only in offline sales, but overall China demand, including both physical stores and online smartphone orders. This is the fast-rising OEM’s first ever victory of such a magnitude, although Huawei ...

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    There's been no shortage of leaks when it comes to Apple's upcoming iPhones. The iPhone 7 (and variations, like Plus, Pro, etc.) is what the media calls them, but people who claim to have information, like Evan Blass, state that the number 7 (seven) will not be part of the name, hence referring to the device as the iPhone 2016. Regardless of how you want to call it, the iPhone 7 release date (or the iPhone 2016 release date) is predicted to happen on the week of September 12, according to Blass, which is shortly after the conclusion of the 2016 IFA in Berlin, and just a couple of days ...

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    And so it’s come to this. Boring rumors about boring accessories to be shipped with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as standard. But wait, don’t go anywhere just yet. The latest assortment of iDevice speculation originating from Deutsche Bank researchers also includes some higher notes. The thing is these are well-known and documented for the most part, from the dual camera practically guaranteed to adorn the plus-sized model’s back “for better zoom” to “possible” stereo sound, a new color (blue or black?), and the “endlessly discussed” 3.5mm headphone jack elimination. Other ...

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    Can’t wait for the typical holiday season to make your favorite gadgets affordable enough for a sensible upgrade or two? Between Amazon’s recent Prime Day, various sweet eBay deals, frequent Newegg and B&H promos, and Best Buy’s latest blowout sale, it’s starting to feel like every day this summer is Black Friday. On that note, BB actually calls its today and tomorrow-only discount event Black Friday in July, which sounds about right, at least as far as the 9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro is concerned. The middle-sized iOS tablet goes for $125 off list in nearly all possible ...

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    Mere days ahead of official financial reports coming from most of the mobile industry’s heavyweights, research firm TrendForce has issued its own worldwide smartphone market analysis for the year’s second quarter, with overall production volume sitting at a solid 315 million units, up 8.9 percent sequentially and 3.2 percent compared to the same timeframe back in 2015. No big surprises ranking the top six global brands, as Samsung holds on to a comfortable lead, followed by Apple, Huawei, OPPO, LG, and Vivo. But even though Galaxy S7 sales are deemed “brisk”, both the Korean ...

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    Just two weeks to go until the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics, and everyone from Samsung to NBC to Samsung again to T-Mobile and even Apple is looking to get in a Games-celebratory mood. That’s to say all these companies (and then some) are trying to milk the enthusiasm of sports fans worldwide as much as they can for media attention-grabbing and profit-boosting purposes. Nothing wrong with the oldest trick in the advertising book, as long as there’s something sweet in it for the masses too. A fresh range of snazzy patriotic Apple Watch straps definitely qualifies, ...

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    Remember that hilarious but cruel online prank about iOS 7 software updates making iPhones waterproof? It’s a little sad to look back at it now, as Apple remains somewhat behind rival companies like Samsung, Sony or even Motorola when it comes to actual hardware-improving steps in the general direction of outdoor friendliness. Rumors of the looming iPhone 7 switching from a protrusive physical home button to a capacitive, touch-sensitive one sitting flush with the rest of the chassis have unfortunately died down, and it seems water protection is another big upgrade pushed back to 2017. ...

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    The AppleCare+ warranty extension program looks pretty sweet and straightforward at first glance. For an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, it covers two accidental damage incidents up to two years from your original purchase date, and it only costs $130 upfront, as well as $100 for each major repair. Repair isn’t exactly the right word, since Cupertino will replace your broken 6s or 6s Plus with a brand-new unit under the terms of this agreement. Or any other iDevice, for that reason, with varying fees. Meanwhile, standard AppleCare warranties merely have your backs for 12 months, and offer no ...

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    Bots are taking over the world. And they're here to help. No, we're not talking "Big Hero 6" style or even RoBoHoN-style, we're talking about services you chat with like Facebook M or Google Assistant or Bing's army of bots to help you get reservations for a restaurant or book tickets to an attraction. They're accessible from a growing number of messenger apps. Skype's one of them and it wants to make finding the right one to talk to a little bit easier. It has updated its iOS app to include a new bot icon on the "Recent" section. Need to keep one in your pocket? Add it to your favorites. ...

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    When it comes to updates, it's developer betas yesterday, public betas today. If you're on the public beta for iOS 10 or macOS Sierra 10.12, check for a software update. If you're not on it, head to our source link to get on it. The first public beta of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra came just under two weeks ago, so you probably won't be able to get the full blast of what's going on with the third developer beta of the platforms. At least you'll probably get to Rest Finger to Unlock. Source: Apple Via: 9to5Mac (1, 2)

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    Microsoft's SwiftKey has completed its first major order of business since its acquisition — make a keyboard all about the emoji. Swiftmoji, now available for iOS and Android, brings smartened emoji suggestions on top of the word suggestion bar, not relegated to a panel of icons you have to pull up and dig through. There are over a thousand of these little things out there and plenty of keyboards to type them up with. As far as we know, few put an algorithm to good use for them. Download: Android, iOS Via: Android Central

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    With Pokémon Go already considered the most popular mobile game in history, at least stateside, as well as bigger than both Tinder and Twitter in terms of daily users, and even topping Facebook as far as average time spent hunting goes, it feels fitting to remind the world of other things they can do on their phones. For instance, “make plans, share dreams, send payments, tell jokes, play games, and let their loved ones know they’re thinking of them”, which are only a few of Facebook Messenger’s strengths, according to the social media giant’s latest press release. This ...

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    Japan is the physical and conceptual homeland of both the Pokémon media franchise and its inhabiting namesake monsters, which makes the country’s exclusion from the slow global rollout of the Pokémon Go phenomenon thus far ironic and regionally painful. Adding insult to injury, the augmented reality mobile game’s beta was made exclusively available in the “land of the rising sun” back in March, before spreading to Australia, New Zealand and the US in subsequent months. But it’s not that Niantic and Nintendo don’t want to release the finished product in the latter’s domestic ...

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    Given the music streaming service’s historic popularity in "international" markets, especially European ones, this was probably many years in the making. After all, Deezer’s been around in various incarnations for roughly a decade now, only amassing a total of 6.3 million monthly active users however, including a modest 1.5 mil on paid accounts, as the French company showed inexplicable hesitation in tackling the US head-on. It goes without saying the web-based audio resource saw better days before Apple Music entered the picture, at one point reaching 5 million Premium+ subscribers. ...

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    Yesterday was the first time all three gossiped iPhone 7 variants were photographed side by side in half-decent quality, yet we still couldn’t shake the feeling at least one dummy unit wasn’t what a conveniently placed name tag suggested. Not only does the purported iPhone 7 “Pro” look too similar to the Plus model, but it also makes little sense of Apple to expand the family this year, when a second consecutive incremental upgrade is likely in the works. Of course, we wouldn’t rule out the plus-sized version borrowing the single rear camera of the 4.7-incher, with the Pro then ...

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    While certainly annoying and time-consuming, the occasional app freeze, lag or system crash is unlikely to impact an average mobile user’s life in a truly meaningful way. On the literal battlefield, however, a split second is often the difference between life and death, so clearly, the US Army Special Operations Command can’t afford to cut corners when it comes to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment. Oddly enough, unconfirmed reports suggest The Department of Defense has been living with sub-par, problematic Android Tactical Assault kits recently, known to require ...

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